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Tanker truck destroyed in fire northeast of Lawrence
July 13, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.) Black smoke plumes billowed hundreds of feet this morning northeast of Lawrence as a tanker truck carrying 1,700 gallons of diesel fuel and oil burned in the 1700 block of North 1800 Road, which is just east of the Kansas Highway 32 and U.S. Highway 24-40 intersection near the Douglas-Leavenworth County line.
Accident restricts turnpike traffic in Lawrence
July 13, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 9:43 a.m.) A tractor-trailer hit a section of road barrier on the Kansas Turnpike early today, producing no injuries but snarling traffic just east of the West Lawrence tollbooth.
Heat index soars past 110
Heat advisory issued for two area counties
July 13, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 1:54 p.m.) It’s going to be another hot day, with temperatures in the upper 90s, plus a heat index that had soared to 111 by mid afternoon. “If you have to be outside today, make sure you wear light clothing and drink plenty of water,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. Schack also suggested checking on children, elderly friends and relatives and making sure pets kept outside have water.
Menefee 14th in 5,000
July 13, 2004
Former Kansas University runner Mark Menefee placed seventh in his heat and 14th overall in the 5,000-meter semifinal race Monday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials after posting a time of 13:47.02.
Lights out in Athens
July 13, 2004
The worst blackout in more than a decade hit Athens and southern Greece on Monday, leaving millions sweltering and raising concerns about whether the lights will go out at next month’s Olympics.
Broadway producers, actors reach agreement
July 13, 2004
Broadway lights will continue to shine.
People
July 13, 2004
¢ Captain Fantastic planning fund-raising performance ¢ Imelda Marcos loses lawsuit ¢ ESPN, Espen to meet ¢ Eastwood, Spielberg to make film
Congress trying to pass buck
July 13, 2004
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has found that bad information was provided to the Bush administration in the run-up to the Iraq war. Some members of Congress claim that had they known then what they now know they would have not voted to authorize force to topple Saddam Hussein.
One year in France
A Lawrence teen finds Europeans saddened about 9-11, angry with President Bush and fond of Woody Allen movies
July 13, 2004
Coming back to America after a year in France is like going into culture shock all over again. Some things have changed and others not at all. There are many people and things I miss about France, but at the same time I am glad to be back. The year went by quickly, but there are many things I have learned not only about myself, but also my country.
County weighs proposed design for four-land freeway to Ottawa
July 13, 2004
State engineers will have to wait at least another month before getting Douglas County commissioners’ advice for designing a new freeway alongside U.S. Highway 59.
Foes Clemens, Piazza unlikely battery mates
July 13, 2004
At least Mike Piazza will be wearing a mask, shinguards and a chest protector when Roger Clemens throws at him tonight.
Raiders sweep twinbill
July 13, 2004
Lawrence’s Raiders swept Salina, 12-6 and 13-3, in an American Legion baseball doubleheader on Monday.
Horoscopes
July 13, 2004
Questions to ask
July 13, 2004
Nightmare repairs needed for designer dream home
K.C. homeowner faces expensive maintenance on historical house by architect Frank Lloyd Wright
July 13, 2004
The good news is that Homer Williams lives in a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the world’s best-known architects. That’s the bad news, too, as the unique characteristics of the 40-year-old house have made a much-needed repair and renovation project extraordinarily expensive.
Dawn Marie Beck
July 13, 2004
Daily ticker
July 13, 2004
Couple sell Overbrook sale barn
Longtime owners take advantage of hot market
July 13, 2004
As owners of the Overbrook Livestock Commission for the past 19 years, John and Joyce Dillon know the concept of “buy low, sell high.”
Briefcase
July 13, 2004
¢ MCI may become target of telecom bidding battle ¢ Fate of Boeing tankers to be decided in spring ¢ Google taps Nasdaq ¢ Tech sector takes hit ¢ Visa launches campaign
Plan would open forests to logging
July 13, 2004
The Bush administration Monday proposed lifting a national rule that closed remote areas of national forests to logging, instead saying states should decide whether to keep a ban on road-building in those areas.
Members discuss new alignment operations
July 13, 2004
For years, Kansas University athletics was governed by a 24-member board.
Two cyclists ejected from race
Casagranda of Saeco team and Hvastija of Alessio no longer welcome heading into ninth stage
July 13, 2004
Two cyclists being investigated in doping cases were ejected from the Tour de France on Monday.
Who’s the man at QB?
Barmann, Swanson early favorites to replace Whittemore
July 13, 2004
Kansas University’s football team set school records for single-season points (384) and total yards (5,479) during the 2003 season.
Snowballing debt
In 1992, Kansas owed $195 in debt for every resident; by 2002 the per capita debt was more than four times that amount. Where will it stop?
July 13, 2004
It’s still nowhere near the size of the national debt, but the rapid rate at which Kansas state government is increasing what it owes demands some attention.
Study: Fewer people reading literature
Library reports lower circulation of books
July 13, 2004
Fewer books are circulating at the Lawrence Public Library and fewer Americans are reading literature, according to Lawrence library officials and a new national study.
Suspected identity theft sends wrong man to jail on charges in three Kansas counties
Fiance misses wedding during 12-day incarceration
July 13, 2004
Prosecutors in three Kansas counties admit they likely erred in arresting and jailing a Missouri man for 12 days in a burglary scheme, but said Monday he might not be too far removed from the actual criminal.
Jones struggles, advances
July 13, 2004
Marion Jones, her vulnerability seeming to grow with each event, finished a shocking seventh but managed to advance to the final of the long jump at the U.S. Olympic trials.
Briefly
July 13, 2004
¢ First lady rules out run for presidency ¢ Police can’t verify anti-Semitic attack
Not all technology is an advancement
July 13, 2004
Do you remember the future? Chances are you remember it well if you came of age in the ‘50s or ‘60s, that era when everything was “modern,” “space age” or “new and improved” and we looked forward with awe. The future was where people would zoom around on jet packs and plan weekend getaways by lunar lakes. The future was where everything would be made better.
Take a stand: VNA financially sound
July 13, 2004
We would like to assure the community of the financial soundness of the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. and our commitment and ability to continue to provide home care services to the residents of Douglas County.
Good moves
July 13, 2004
New sandals hot for summer, but flip-flops still work
July 13, 2004
Fun, quirky, shoes are hitting the sidewalks this summer, and many wonder how to get the same look. Flip-flops will continue to be popular during the summer, but more sophisticated sandals have been making appearances.
In the halls
July 13, 2004
Where would you go if you could travel abroad?
J-W teen advisory board will meet Thursday
July 13, 2004
The teen advisory board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the News Center, 645 N.H. (We’ll have a sign on the correct entrance.) Are you interested in joining? We’re looking for aspiring writers entering sixth through 12th grades.
Eight plead not guilty in insulin thefts
July 13, 2004
Eight of the 11 people charged in an alleged scheme to steal insulin and insulin test strips from U.S. Army pharmacies pleaded not guilty Monday in federal court.
Lawrence High School honor roll
July 13, 2004
Lawrence High School has announced its spring 2004 honor roll students.
Free State High School honor roll
July 13, 2004
Free State High School has announced its spring 2004 honor roll students.
Families drifting away from faltering Nebraska State Fair
July 13, 2004
Becky Ferguson and her husband used to take their three children to the Nebraska State Fair every year to eat deep-fried candy bars, ride the Ferris wheel and look at the 4-H exhibits.
State may expand prenatal care
July 13, 2004
A state lawmaker Monday said she would push to expand taxpayer-funded prenatal care, an idea that was killed last year in a dispute between opponents and supporters of abortion rights.
Voter registration campaign focuses on Lawrence’s homeless population
July 13, 2004
Score one for John Kerry. “George Bush is nothing but his father’s pantywaist,” said Bruce Martin, a 52-year-old who’s been homeless on and off for several years.
Theresa E. ‘Pat’ Boudreau
July 13, 2004
Robert Lewis Carlson
July 13, 2004
Morgan Stanley settles lawsuit
Broker agrees to enhance women’s roles as part of $54 million settlement
July 13, 2004
Wall Street brokerage Morgan Stanley on Monday settled a sex discrimination suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for $54 million.
Government predicts U.S. to produce record corn crop
Soybean-harvest forecast lowered to 2.9B bushels
July 13, 2004
U.S. farmers could produce a record corn crop this year of 10.6 billion bushels, the Agriculture Department said Monday.
Commodities
July 13, 2004
Weezie’ of ‘Jeffersons’ fame dies
Isabel Sanford won Emmy in 1981
July 13, 2004
Actress Isabel Sanford, best known as “Weezie,” Louise Jefferson on the television sitcom “The Jeffersons,” died of natural causes, her publicist said Monday. She was 86.
Fox offers ‘people’s choice’ baseball fare
July 13, 2004
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the 75th Baseball All-Star Game (7 p.m., Fox) at Minute Maid Park (formerly Enron Field) in Houston. Am I just getting crabby, or do these spectacles mean less every summer?
Bomb scare snarls downtown traffic
July 13, 2004
An explosion shook a usually serene downtown Japanese garden Monday as police destroyed a suspicious device that they say a man falsely claimed was a bomb while trying to rob a nearby business.
Call center to add jobs
Affinitas to hire 100, move to Riverfront Plaza
July 13, 2004
So much for the national Do Not Call Registry ruining the call center industry. A Lawrence call center announced Monday it would begin adding 100 new jobs to its operations later this month by expanding into vacant space at the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza.
Funding equation creates division
Analysts argue whether more money actually needed for public schools
July 13, 2004
On one side are Kansas school districts under siege, cutting programs and personnel and increasing fees to stay afloat while policymakers demand better student performance. On the other side are conservative critics who say school budgets are top-heavy with administrative expenses and frills.
Bush defends invasion of Iraq
July 13, 2004
President Bush asserted Monday that the war against Iraq has made America safer as he sought to counteract the findings in a Senate report late last week that the U.S. intelligence community distorted and exaggerated the weapons threat posed by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Kansas not alone in legal challenge
July 13, 2004
“The legislature shall make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state.” — Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution. Those 15 words from the Kansas Constitution, and similar provisions in other states’ constitutions, have prompted a series of lawsuits that is shaking the foundation of public school funding in the United States.
U.S. policies cited as danger to fight against spread of AIDS
July 13, 2004
A potential trade agreement between Thailand and the United States could derail this country’s production of inexpensive AIDS drugs and imperil the future of an anti-HIV program that is widely considered a model for countries throughout Asia, the group Doctors Without Borders said Monday.
Report: Philippines will meet captors’ demands
July 13, 2004
Philippine official Rafael Seguis said his country would withdraw its troops from Iraq “as soon as possible” in response to kidnappers’ demands. But it was unclear if any pullout would be ahead of its scheduled Aug. 20 departure.
KU hires Theisen as new media liaison
July 13, 2004
Chris Theisen has worked closely with every men’s basketball coach in the Big 12 Conference the past six years. Starting in August, the league’s associate media-relations director will assist just one. On Monday, Theisen accepted a position as Kansas University’s assistant athletic director for media relations.
Tejada too tough
Orioles shortstop beats Astros’ Berkman in final
July 13, 2004
Miguel Tejada walked on the field, gazed at Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and Willie Mays and felt very out of place in the All-Star Home Run Derby.
On the record
July 13, 2004
Lawrence briefs
July 13, 2004
¢ Journal-World editors win national awards ¢ KPR to feature finalists from piano competition ¢ KU’s Gunn Center gives science fiction awards
Phelps denied in 200 backstroke
Peirsol defeats world’s greatest swimmer at trials
July 13, 2004
Not so fast on those seven gold medals for Michael Phelps.
Brownback speech stuns local gay-rights advocates
July 13, 2004
Members of a Lawrence gay and lesbian organization were taken aback by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback’s speech Monday proposing that gay marriages be outlawed.
9-11 panel expected to target Congress
Final report planned July 22
July 13, 2004
It’s gone after the CIA, lax border controls and gaps in the nation’s air-defense system. Now the independent commission that’s investigating the 9-11 attacks is readying what’s likely to be a harsh assessment of Congress for failing to grasp the threat that al-Qaida and other terrorist groups posed.
Conspiracy theories not helpful
July 13, 2004
With controversial CIA Director George Tenet’s departure as a backdrop, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warns that terrorists linked to al-Qaida might be plotting attacks to mess with U.S. elections.
Briefly
July 13, 2004
¢ Sharon seeks alliance with moderate Labor Party ¢ Kerry targets minorities with $3 million ad buys
Briefly
July 13, 2004
¢ Suspect pleads not guilty in antifreeze slaying ¢ Immigrant ship docks, but arrests made ¢ More injuries reported during running of bulls
Briefly
July 13, 2004
¢ Prison inmate shot after taking hostage ¢ Tougher cholesterol standards advocated