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Cooler weather, early start fuel downtown sidewalk sale
July 15, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 4:02 p.m.) It was shortly before 9 a.m. and Ali Kelling had already shopped till she dropped — the 3-year-old girl was sound asleep in her stroller in downtown Lawrence.
Sunny weather expected for sidewalk sale
July 15, 2004
(Updated Thursday at 7:31 a.m.) Shoppers headed out today to the 33rd annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale can expect temperatures reaching a high of 87 by the afternoon.
No standards
July 15, 2004
Negative slant
July 15, 2004
Reading list
July 15, 2004
Quick tow
July 15, 2004
Leipheimer fills void on U.S. team
July 15, 2004
Levi Leipheimer was selected Wednesday to replace Lance Armstrong on the U.S. Olympic men’s road cycling team.
Ohlde sparks Lynx, 66-63
July 15, 2004
This time, Nicole Ohlde got the best of Lindsay Whalen.
Daily ticker
July 15, 2004
Lawrence station closes pumps
Mass Street Phillips 66 owner to focus on automotive repair
July 15, 2004
Not even record high gasoline prices were enough to save a nearly 50-year-old Massachusetts Street gasoline station from closure.
Retailers report disappointing sales in June
July 15, 2004
America’s shoppers had a tight grip on their pocketbooks and wallets in June, dropping sales at the nation’s retailers by 1.1 percent. It was the largest decline in 16 months.
Harrah’s, Caesars discussing merger
Las Vegas firms seek to top gambling industry
July 15, 2004
Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. is in talks to buy larger gambling rival Caesars Entertainment Inc., a source familiar with the negotiations said, to leapfrog ahead of the proposed merger of MGM Mirage and Mandalay Resort Group as the biggest gambling company in the world.
County, Lawrence sales tax collections increase
July 15, 2004
Sales tax collections for both Lawrence and Douglas County rose in June, according to new data from the Kansas Department of Revenue.
Report: Overtime rules to affect 6 million
July 15, 2004
Disputing Bush administration estimates, a liberal think tank said Wednesday that new federal rules would remove overtime protections for at least 6 million U.S. workers.
Israel anticipates Arafat burial controversy
Plan says Palestinian leader won’t be laid to rest in Jerusalem
July 15, 2004
Israel is worried about chaos that might follow the death of Yasser Arafat and will do everything possible to prevent the Palestinian leader from being buried in Jerusalem, according to a contingency plan obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.
Call increase for bishop’s ouster amid seminary sex scandal
July 15, 2004
An official with the Archdiocese of Vienna urged the Vatican on Wednesday to oust a Roman Catholic bishop in charge of a seminary where candidates for the priesthood hoarded child pornography and photos of themselves kissing and fondling each other.
State Fair aims to ‘hip up’ its image
July 15, 2004
With an eye toward attracting a younger crowd, the Kansas State Fair will promote itself this year as an attraction so square that it’s actually hip.
Developer questions city law defining paintball guns as firearms
July 15, 2004
Todd Rozof wants to add a paintball park to his golf training center.
Kansas Relays director to manage U.S. team
July 15, 2004
Kansas Relays meet director Tim Weaver has been selected as head manager of the U.S. men’s track and field team at the Team Athletics Challenge in Munich, Germany.
Mangino, Perkins to meet alumni
July 15, 2004
New artists perk up country music sales
July 15, 2004
Last summer, country music’s hottest act, the Dixie Chicks, was in a meltdown. Country CD sales were sliding, and record executives were praying for a spate of holiday releases to perk up the industry.
New stars make Latin Grammy list
July 15, 2004
Household names took a back seat at the Latin Grammy nominations Wednesday, as Brazilian jazz singer Maria Rita and Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes collected four nods each while producer Tom Capone had five.
State education commissioner pleased with report
July 15, 2004
All 50 states have met or are on track to meet half of the 40 requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Jayhawk’s unit mobilized
Senior lineman McCoy to miss football season
July 15, 2004
The war in Iraq has filtered down to Kansas University’s football team.
Sideline
July 15, 2004
¢ Garner interim manager after Astros fire Williams ¢ League fines Stubblefield ¢ That’s Racin’ takes break
L.A.-Miami O’Neal deal finalized
Lakers, Clippers waiting for Bryant’s decision
July 15, 2004
Never again will Shaquille O’Neal wear gold and purple. And if that wasn’t stunning enough, consider the idea of Kobe Bryant clad in red.
Thompson, Jensen snare victories
July 15, 2004
Jenny Thompson knows she’ll have to swim a lot faster in Athens if she wants to win her own Olympic gold medal.
Advertising production shines on downtown
For a day, Mass. Street takes on new look for Madison Avenue
July 15, 2004
Skies were clear Wednesday, but a block of Eighth Street downtown morphed into rainy, leaf-strewn, midsummer anomaly.
James Edward Rouviere
July 15, 2004
$1.3 million grant to boost reading skills
July 15, 2004
Kansas University researchers have secured a $1.3 million grant to help adolescents learn to read, and a policy push by President Bush may mean more money is on its way.
Police investigating rape
July 15, 2004
Police are investigating a rape that happened early Wednesday after an unknown man invaded a woman’s residence in the southwest part of the city.
On the record
July 15, 2004
Area briefs
July 15, 2004
¢ Ottawa VFW group plans veterans dance ¢ Felon going to prison on weapons charge ¢ Ex-resident featured in newspaper article
State Dept. warned of errors in case-for-war speech
July 15, 2004
Days before Secretary of State Colin Powell was to present the case for war with Iraq to the United Nations, State Department analysts found dozens of factual problems in drafts of his speech, according to new documents contained in the Senate report on intelligence failures released last week.
Al-Qaida images posted to U.S. server
July 15, 2004
An Internet computer server operated by an Arkansas government agency was transformed last weekend into the online home of dozens of videos featuring Osama bin Laden, Islamic jihadist anthems and terrorist speeches.
Ratings for All-Star game hurt by AL’s big first inning
July 15, 2004
Television ratings for the All-Star game were down from last year, hurt by the American League’s six-run first inning.
QuikTrip plans to open Lawrence store
July 15, 2004
One of the Midwest’s largest convenience store chains is seeking to enter the Lawrence market.
Woods searching for answers, fairways
Once invincible, Tiger not the favorite to win this week’s British Open
July 15, 2004
Tiger Woods has been hitting fairways this week, and his caddie, Steve Williams, hasn’t been hitting anyone.
Kingdom,’ ‘Pepsi Smash’ fizzle out
July 15, 2004
Two series wrap up their summer seasons without having made much of a ripple in the ratings pool.
Optimism alone doesn’t make a leader
July 15, 2004
I never dreamed that I would be feeling quite so cranky this early in the campaign season. Or that I would be driven from my usual sunny disposition to grumpiness by the Optimism Imperative.
Briefly
July 15, 2004
¢ Financing approved for chemical weapons vaccines ¢ NATO troops duped into helping U.S. vigilantes ¢ AOL, Yahoo, MSN to integrate messaging
Briefly
July 15, 2004
¢ Overtime rules hurt workers, report says ¢ Free trade approved with Australia<
Briefly
July 15, 2004
¢ Wildfires blacken thousands of acres ¢ University settles religious-beliefs case
Houston manager Williams fired
Astros turn to Garner in hopes of ‘dramatic’ change in second half
July 15, 2004
The Houston Astros made it clear they’re making one final push for the postseason, firing manager Jimy Williams on Wednesday and bringing in Phil Garner.
Iraq report exonerates Tony Blair
July 15, 2004
Prime Minister Tony Blair escaped harsh criticism in an official inquiry into prewar intelligence on Iraq, which faulted him Wednesday for informal decision-making and pushing available intelligence to the limit, but found no deliberate distortions.
Education mandates make progress
States uneven in following No Child Left Behind law
July 15, 2004
As report cards go, it is a spotty mix of promising and abysmal grades. But an independent review praises the states for progress given the scope of their assignment — putting in place the most sweeping education law in decades.
Gruber guns for Games
Former Kansas runner in 1,500 quarterfinals
July 15, 2004
Charlie Gruber isn’t favored to win the metric mile at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Sacramento, Calif.
Toomey determined to stay healthy in ‘04
July 15, 2004
Gabriel Toomey started fast in 2003, recording double-digit tackles in six of Kansas University’s first 10 football games.
Our town sports
July 15, 2004
Briefcase
July 15, 2004
¢ MCI trades on Nasdaq ¢ Medical center attracts high-tech startup firm ¢ Harris Construction taps KU graduate as president ¢ Regulators seek greater oversight for hedge funds
Revised Westar charges issued
Federal grand jury hands down new indictments against Wittig, Lake
July 15, 2004
A federal grand jury issued a pair of new indictments Wednesday against former Westar Energy Inc. executives David Wittig and Douglas Lake, adding to the charges they already face.
Career institute not working for some students
July 15, 2004
For Darrin Reinertsen, seven years at the post office was enough.
Homicide investigator shares tips of the trade
July 15, 2004
Don’t tell the media too much.
Judge lifts order saving K-State adviser’s position
July 15, 2004
A federal judge dissolved a temporary injunction Wednesday that would have kept Kansas State University from reassigning its student publications adviser.
Passing marks
Ranking Nextel Cup teams’ midseason performance
July 15, 2004
Barely is the line between Nextel Cup racing’s very best teams and the rest of the pack as easy to draw as it is at the midpoint of the 2004 season.
The political power of soccer
July 15, 2004
For yellow-dog Democrats, one part of the Kerry campaign has been a particular joy. Whereas some of our presidential candidates have been lampooned as weak-kneed, girlie-men, Kerry has starred in an array of photo ops illustrating his manliness. Here he is playing hockey with Boston Bruin legends. There he is holding a shotgun with the casual ease of Steve McQueen. The campaign even travels with a bike, never missing an opportunity to slip their man into a helmet and spandex.
Bush hits suburbs to attract voters
July 15, 2004
President Bush woke up Wednesday in downtown Milwaukee, but his campaign bus promptly headed for the suburbs and even farther out — Republican territory where aides believe his re-election hopes can flourish this year.
Kerry campaign targets black voters
Democrat launches television ads
July 15, 2004
The vast majority of black voters will take one of two paths in the presidential election this fall: Vote for John Kerry or stay home.
U.S. rejects call for more AIDS funding
July 15, 2004
U.S. AIDS official Randall Tobias on Wednesday rejected a plea from the United Nations that the United States increase its yearly contribution of the Global Fund to $1 billion, saying, “It’s not going to happen.”
Senate blocks gay-marriage ban
July 15, 2004
President Bush and supporters of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage suffered an embarrassing defeat Wednesday when the proposal failed to get a simple majority in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Briefly
July 15, 2004
¢ Probation ordered in bloody chalupa scam ¢ Units called to Iraq include Lawrence troops ¢ Sheriff’s Office finishes probe into March fatality ¢ Provost warns students of financial aid scam
Government by initiative
July 15, 2004
From this metropolis to the rural stretches near the Oregon border, California’s contentment with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is palpable. And measurable: at 65 percent, his job approval after eight months in office is five points higher than ever achieved by his hero, Gov. Reagan. Schwarzenegger’s success — a happy audience is an entertainer’s sovereign measure of success — involves substantive and atmospheric achievements.
Militiamen of al-Sadr rearming
Rebel cleric’s followers said to be preparing for offensive
July 15, 2004
Hundreds of militiamen loyal to rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr are rearming in their sanctuary in the Shiite holy city of Najaf in possible preparation for a new offensive, say U.S. and Iraqi officials here.
Happy dance
July 15, 2004
Horoscopes
July 15, 2004
Briefly
July 15, 2004
¢ Air Force Academy begins steroid testing ¢ Testimony disputed in Scott Peterson trial ¢ Residents evacuated for flooding cleanup ¢ Fourth Guantanamo detainee charged
People
July 15, 2004
¢ Love admitted to institution ¢ Coppola, Tarantino dating ¢ Bergman retiring from stage ¢ Presley women speak out
Wheelmen’ roll through area
Parade on Saturday to feature old-fashioned, high-wheeled bicycles
July 15, 2004
About 160 members of the Wheelmen, a national club for vintage bicycle collectors and restorers, on Saturday will ride their 19th-century two-wheelers up Massachusetts Street.
Kansas teacher salaries in bottom third of nation
July 15, 2004
The average salary of Kansas teachers was $7,741 less last year than those elsewhere in the nation, according to a new survey from the country’s second-largest teachers union.
Price-fixing settlement nets libraries Whitney Houston’s patriotic pipes
July 15, 2004
The state of Kansas has become the proud owner of 600 copies of a compact disc with one song on it: Whitney Houston’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
County delays decision on rural subdivision
July 15, 2004
Douglas County commissioners agreed Wednesday to wait another month before ruling on plans for a new rural subdivision along Stull Road.
Eudora sewer project cleared for construction
July 15, 2004
Eudora can go ahead and build its estimated $1.5 million sewer line and pump station.
Briefly
July 15, 2004
¢ Girlfriend, children set afire in automobile ¢ Powell seeks amends with France ¢ House panel gives abortion foes victory ¢ Paper drops petition seeking e-mail identities
Pig paradise
July 15, 2004
Brotherly shove
July 15, 2004
Golfers to battle elements
Weather main obstacle at British Open
July 15, 2004
From the time Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and the rest of golf’s top players set foot on Royal Troon, they have lavished this piece of linksland with praise.
Big 12 coaches taking notice of Lions’ Handshy
Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska among NCAA Division I-A programs recruiting Lawrence High senior linebacker
July 15, 2004
Ian Handshy expected to spend this summer in the weight room, working on becoming bigger, faster and stronger for the sake of Lawrence High football.
Briefly
July 15, 2004
¢ Search ends for remains of American contractor ¢ Saudi company meeting kidnappers’ demands ¢ Nation says it handed over bin Laden ally ¢ Officials prohibit class segregating Muslims
Independent judges
July 15, 2004
A look at the heated judicial elections in other states should convince Kansas lawmakers to do away with partisan elections in the 14 state judicial districts that still use them.
NASCAR’s indecision at root of recent pit-road fight
July 15, 2004
Sunday was the first day of harvest for NASCAR.
Armstrong strikes blow to rivals
Texan gains slight edge; France’s Virenque wins Bastille Day stage
July 15, 2004
Seven seconds. That may not seem like much, but in the Tour de France, the advantage Lance Armstrong gained over two rivals Wednesday could be an important step in the Texan’s bid for a record sixth straight crown.
Summit delivers tax law gospel
A.G., IRS give do’s, don’ts of preaching politics
July 15, 2004
Top law enforcement officials, convening an unprecedented Kansas summit on the sometimes-volatile mix of church and state, said Wednesday it was OK to preach politics from a tax-exempt pulpit but urged moderation.
Report: About one in five flights late
July 15, 2004
This summer is shaping up as the worst for flight delays since 2000, when about one in five flights was late.
Surprises likely in store
Rangers, Cards will try to duplicate first-half success
July 15, 2004
Almost everybody was stunned to see Roger Clemens get knocked around in the All-Star game. The second half of the season could be filled with big surprises, too.
Briefly
July 15, 2004
¢ President trying to revive popularity ¢ 21 killed in collision ¢ U.S. cuts aid to anti-terror ally