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Former Enron chief Lay in handcuffs pleasing sight
July 18, 2004
The other day, my 9-year-old asked why a cartoon character on TV stood at attention, saluting as his ship sank beneath him.
Minus story
When it comes to color, painter says less is more
July 18, 2004
Color wields power. Everyone remembers that Dorothy’s slippers glistened ruby red in “The Wizard of Oz.”
Quirky artist declares: ‘We’re all mad here’
July 18, 2004
Margaret Meyer Schultz isn’t REALLY twisted. It’s just that she loves Halloween, she loves darkly imaginative filmmaker Tim Burton and she loves painting curious pictures and fabricating even curiouser puppets and dolls.
Pet post
July 18, 2004
Suspect sprinters advance
Edwards, Grimes in finals in 200; Jones withdraws
July 18, 2004
A couple of sprinters who may be barred from the Athens Games because of positive drug tests sped into the men’s and women’s finals in the 200 meters Saturday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.
Armstrong clears path for his sixth crown
July 18, 2004
Start icing the champagne. Lance Armstrong cleared his path to a record sixth straight Tour de France crown, overpowering rivals to win the 13th stage Saturday. His two-day display of dominant mountain riding has all but decided cycling’s showcase event even before it veers into the Alps next week.
Review: This ‘Cinderella Story’ a tired tale
July 18, 2004
Maybe the time has come to give the Cinderella story a rest for a while.
The truth about water
Eight glasses a day advice turns out to be a myth
July 18, 2004
Water is the wheel that keeps us going. It lubricates our joints, protects our organs, makes our blood flow and regulates our body temperature.
Study says kids visualize pain relief
July 18, 2004
When asked what his pain felt like, a Tucson, Ariz., teen pictured a red-hot, molten rock in his stomach.
Review: Modern ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ surprises, delights
July 18, 2004
The “Summer of Romance” continues at University Theatre with Oliver Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer,” a hallmark of the brief 18th-century revival of the Restoration comedy of manners; despite its age, the play is a fresh, funny and pointed caricature of humanity’s foibles.
Day of rest not what it used to be
Changing attitudes lend new character to Sunday
July 18, 2004
Once, within living memory, it was a day apart in many places: a 24-hour stretch of family time when liquor was unavailable, church was the rule, shopping was impossible and — in some towns — weekend staples like tending the lawn and playing in the park met with hearty disapproval.
Praeger endorses Kerry’s health care plan
GOP insurance official says Bush’s proposal would harm Kansans
July 18, 2004
Fifty percent of adult Americans are “uneasy” about President Bush’s approach to reforming the nation’s health care system, according to a poll taken shortly after his State of the Union speech earlier this year. Count Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger among the uneasy half.
Palestinian premier resigns amid chaos
Qureia says security in state of crisis
July 18, 2004
The Palestinian prime minister resigned Saturday in a sweeping leadership shakeup that also saw two senior officials replaced in Yasser Arafat’s overhaul of his security forces, a key U.S. and Israeli demand for restarting the deadlocked peace process.
Firefighters making progress against wildfires
July 18, 2004
Fire managers began releasing engines and air power from a fire Saturday that destroyed at least 15 homes as crews secured containment lines near homes and made progress in the Sierra backcountry to keep the flames out of the Lake Tahoe basin.
Briefly
July 18, 2004
¢ Route 66 museum to cruise into K.C. ¢ Wyoming city ranks high on outdoor report card
Undecided voters share their leanings
July 18, 2004
A generation ago, analysts Ben Wattenberg and Richard Scammon portrayed a housewife in this southwestern Ohio city as the prototypical swing voter.
Men approach shopping like surgical strike
July 18, 2004
I can’t shop with my wife. The problem is that she almost never has a clear objective. I ALWAYS have a clear objective. Without a clear objective, you’re just wandering randomly around a store, which is NOT the point of shopping.
City briefs
July 18, 2004
¢ KTWU forum to probearea congressional race ¢ Board ready to schedule public hearing on budget ¢ Boys & Girls Club benefits from fund-raiser
Iraq justice minister escapes bombing
Suicide attack is latest on government targets
July 18, 2004
Iraq’s justice minister, Malik Dohan al-Hassan, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt, but five of his bodyguards were killed when a suicide car bomber attacked his convoy as he drove from his home in the capital Saturday.
From riches to rags: Martha may be roughing it
July 18, 2004
The Danbury Federal Correctional Institution is only about 20 miles from Martha Stewart’s home in Connecticut, but it will seem like a world away from her usual lifestyle.
Arts notes
July 18, 2004
¢ Arts Commission seeks poet laureate ¢ Lawrence City Band wraps up season ¢ Brown Bag Concert features jazz band ¢ Organ concert includes artists and dancers ¢ Children’s theater program sets sail ¢ Van Go to unveil Benchmark 2004 ¢ Online book seminar set for the fall ¢ Lawrence thespians act in Colorado ¢ Entry deadline nears for art exhibitions
Work keeps retiree sharp
July 18, 2004
He’ll sharpen anything: saw bits, knives, scissors, lawn mower blades. Read the signs outside his house.
Briefcase
July 18, 2004
¢ American Cancer Society accepting car donations ¢ John Deere video game offers lesson on farm life ¢ Name that company
Pro fisherman’s life high on work, low on glamour
July 18, 2004
Skipping across Lake Wylie at 65 mph a few minutes after 7 a.m. is a great way to start a day.
Murderer given prison sentence of 113-plus years
Club owner had cut up, burned bodies of three victims after slayings in 2003
July 18, 2004
A former nightclub owner convicted of killing three men and recruiting patrons to help destroy the victims’ remains has been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.
K.C. group on lookout for politics in pulpits
Volunteers monitor religious services for adherence to federal tax guidelines
July 18, 2004
A recent Sunday found Tina Kolm paying particularly close attention to a church sermon more conservative than what she typically hears when she’s at her usual Unitarian Universalist service.
Congress may look to Kansas for sentencing guidance
July 18, 2004
Federal courts nationwide are in disarray after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling intended to correct sentencing injustices, and some experts are looking to Kansas’ judicial system for answers.
Mitchell: Cats adjust to new home, companions
July 18, 2004
There is a cat living in my sock drawer. Don’t worry. He likes it there.
9-11 commission to urge centralized agency
Cabinet-level post would oversee intelligence offices
July 18, 2004
The commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks will recommend a new Cabinet-level post to oversee the nation’s 15 intelligence agencies and control their budgets, say two people familiar with the panel’s final report.
Herbicide hinders crops
Farmers form educational venture
July 18, 2004
Pep Solberg is a new type of Douglas County farmer. He grows grapes on a 20-acre tract about a mile south of Kansas Highway 10 between Lawrence and Eudora. But unlike many traditional farmers, Mother Nature isn’t his biggest worry. He spends his time looking at the skies and wondering what is blowing in the wind.
Garcia, ChiSox ‘finally’ solve A’s
Chicago wins at Oakland for second time in last 17 games, 5-2
July 18, 2004
Freddy Garcia and the Chicago White Sox got rare wins in Oakland on Saturday.
KU gives pay raises to Perkins, staff
Kansas athletic director’s salary boosted from $400,000 to $420,000; Hadl’s salary bumped by $55,000
July 18, 2004
Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins received a 5 percent pay raise this month, as did a handful of his senior staffers.
Congress shouldn’t stall car donations
July 18, 2004
Father Joe Carroll ministers daily to thousands of this city’s destitute and disoriented. Yet he, and hence they, may soon have a tax problem created by Congress. If so, he and many other doers of good works will do fewer, cities nationwide will struggle to do more, and many vulnerable people will lose their tenuous grips on the lowest rung of the social ladder.
Shoot to end today
July 18, 2004
Horoscopes
July 18, 2004
Boeing boss focuses on discipline, costs
Chief executive’s return boosts company’s outlook
July 18, 2004
Boeing Co.’s boss is pushy, aggressive and loath to compromise. That’s the way Harry Stonecipher sees himself — with no punches pulled.
Faces and places
July 18, 2004
Poet’s showcase
July 18, 2004
People
July 18, 2004
¢ Shock jock seeks sheriff’s job ¢ Prince’s plane had ‘near miss’ ¢ Creator of Internet knighted
Briefly
July 18, 2004
¢ Four injured as balloon gets stuck over city ¢ Boyfriend charged with using alligator in fight ¢ Videotape of beheading posted on Internet
Bookstore
July 18, 2004
Strange webbing encases trunk of walnut trees
July 18, 2004
No one is playing pranks and putting plastic shrink-wrap around trees, although it may look like it in one Kansas county.
Rainy weather increases chance of blackspot
July 18, 2004
Rose gardeners in the area are watching their prize-winning rosebushes slowly turn yellow and drop leaves, leaving behind a twisted mass of unattractive leggy stems.
Rodeo coordinator fights cancer
McCracken resident runs award-winning event despite illness
July 18, 2004
Jack Wilson calls cancer “a little bug” he’s trying to kick and downplays his importance to the award-winning McCracken Rodeo.
Calendar
July 18, 2004
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents age 55 and older. Future seniors are allowed to participate if space permits. Call Senior Services at 842-0543 for more information.
New cartridges will reduce rifle recoil
July 18, 2004
There are a couple of neat new deer hunting products that should be in local sporting good stores this summer. One could save you some money. The other may cost you a few bucks.
Survey shows duck numbers down 11 percent
July 18, 2004
Duck populations have declined to 32.2 million birds — 11 percent below last year’s count — in surveys conducted in May by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Area fishing report
July 18, 2004
More French follies
Levet’s struggles similar to Van de Velde’s
July 18, 2004
Thomas Levet staged more French follies in the third round of the British Open.
Maddux magic on July 17
Pitcher tosses shutout on day oddly good to him
July 18, 2004
Greg Maddux must like July 17. Maddux pitched a six-hitter for his first complete game in exactly one year and his first shutout in precisely three years, earning his 297th win and leading the Chicago Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-0, Saturday.
Byrd maintains B.C. Open lead
Five challengers one stroke back at New York tourney
July 18, 2004
Jonathan Byrd stayed in the catbird seat in the B.C. Open. Barely.
Commentary: O’Neal changes landscape in East
More trades rumored as NBA teams try to counter Miami’s acquisition of impact center
July 18, 2004
The first week of the NBA free-agent signing period dramatically altered the landscape in the Eastern Conference with the arrival of Shaquille O’Neal in Miami and the departure of Kenyon Martin from the Nets.
KU’s Bookman fails to reach 200 finals
July 18, 2004
Kansas University sprinter Leo Bookman’s 2004 Olympic dreams ended in the semifinals of the 200-meter run at the United States track and field trials Saturday.
KU’s Green sporting new look
July 18, 2004
Kansas University football fans might not recognize Clark Green — at least not out of uniform — this fall.
Baty slugging for Hudson Valley
July 18, 2004
Former Kansas University first baseman Ryan Baty drove in four runs with a two-run homer and a pair of singles to lead the Hudson Valley Renegades to a 7-2 win over the Aberdeen IronBirds on Friday night.
Education is Job One
Kansas voters shouldn’t let hot-button issues distract them from the top issue in this fall’s legislative elections.
July 18, 2004
There is no more important duty of state government than to educate its young people. That’s Job One, and it should be Issue One in the current campaigns of those seeking seats in the Kansas Legislature.
CIA intelligence shaped to justify agenda
July 18, 2004
I feel sorry for the CIA. The Senate Intelligence Committee found that the CIA’s prewar reporting on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction was mostly wrong. So now when critics cavil about missing Iraqi weapons, the president can say he got bad information.
Vote distribution
July 18, 2004
Life purpose
July 18, 2004
Ease pollution
July 18, 2004
The race card
July 18, 2004
Services set Monday for El Dorado airman
July 18, 2004
Family and friends will gather in Arkansas on Monday to remember a Kansas airman who was killed during an attack in Iraq.
Speeding stop lands officer in court
Driver says Parkville, Mo., policeman made her shed clothes to avoid ticket
July 18, 2004
A former suburban Kansas City police officer has been charged with a felony after a woman accused him of making her disrobe to avoid a speeding ticket.
Clarence E. Denton
July 18, 2004
Parents grieving after school fire
July 18, 2004
Parents of the dead went home, silently weeping. Others sat in the sun Saturday outside a hospital, hoping their children would survive burns they suffered in a school fire in southern India that killed 90 children.
Army desertion case is four decades in making
July 18, 2004
The Army’s desertion case against Charles R. Jenkins seems to hinge on four notes he left behind that cold morning on Jan. 5, 1965, when he disappeared while on patrol in a wooded no man’s land.
Zahniser services
July 18, 2004
Brownback recommends use of adult stem cells
July 18, 2004
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, a leading opponent of using embryonic stem cells, last week chaired a hearing that investigated the use of adult stem cells.
On the record
July 18, 2004
Area briefs
July 18, 2004
¢ Accident in Tonganoxie sends drivers to LMH ¢ Regional coordinators for security chosen ¢ LHS students place in French competition ¢ Early enrollment scheduled at Ottawa ¢ Crack cocaine habit fed by K.C. car burglaries
Old-school cyclers ride through Lawrence
July 18, 2004
The “high wheels” of 19th-century bicycles rolled Saturday through downtown Lawrence, captivating onlookers and giving them a history lesson at the same time.
Visiting Nurses to make tough decisions
Without extra funding, agency may cut services
July 18, 2004
Leaders of Douglas County Visiting Nurses Assn. will meet this week to make sure they’re on track for a balanced budget by the end of the year.
Governors test party promises at meeting
July 18, 2004
Politics undermined efforts to find common ground as the nation’s governors gathered Saturday for their summer meeting, with Democrats criticizing domestic security and the economy and Republicans defending President Bush.
Los Alamos suspends work
July 18, 2004
The Los Alamos National Laboratory director, tired of security lapses at the northern New Mexico lab, has brought nearly all work there to a standstill and is calling scofflaw “cowboys” out for a final showdown.
Soldier details tactics of Afghanistan interrogations
July 18, 2004
Soon after he arrived at Afghanistan’s Kandahar Airfield in December 2001, Army Sgt. 1st Class Chris Mackey discovered that the training he and his fellow interrogators had received at the Army’s top intelligence school was useless in persuading supporters of al-Qaida and the Taliban to talk.
Mr. Moran goes to Kansas
Congressman travels state’s highways and byways every weekend to stay connected to constituents in his sprawling 1st District
July 18, 2004
It’s known as the “Big 1st.” It includes 69 counties, a quarter of the state’s population and about two-thirds of its area. And for the past eight years, Rep. Jerry Moran has returned nearly every weekend of the session to visit the sprawling 1st Congressional District he represents.
Talks to end Sudanese violence collapse
July 18, 2004
Talks to end the unbridled violence that has killed tens of thousands of people in Sudan’s western Darfur region collapsed Saturday with two rebel groups charging the government had not kept its end of the bargain.
Deaf dog learns sign language
July 18, 2004
“I want to tell him to sit again,” Lee Jones, 11, of Brierfield, Ala., tells Melannie Layne.
Labrador retrievers can collapse with exercise
July 18, 2004
Some Labrador retrievers are collapsing from a syndrome called exercise induced collapse. After 5 to 15 minutes of strenuous exercise, affected Labrador retrievers develop weakness, incoordination and can collapse.
Verify dog’s cataract diagnosis
July 18, 2004
My poodle, Mimi, is the light of my life. The poor thing is 15 and has developed cataracts. So far, it seems she still sees well, and I don’t really want to do surgery. Are there any natural therapies that might help? I’ll try anything that will prolong her vision. I can’t bear the thought of her losing her sight and not being able to get around
Sculptural toys can be found at rummage sales
July 18, 2004
Designs for furniture, glass, pottery and kitchen appliances changed dramatically in the 1950s.
Cairo on the Kaw’ celebrates decade of Middle Eastern dance
July 18, 2004
Jo Anne Zingo-Hargis, a thrill-seeker since birth, used to climb telephone poles for a living. The Connecticut native moved to Kansas in 1978 after she heard Southwestern Bell was “looking for women to work outside.”
Behind the lens: Stair rail casts right light on line-up
July 18, 2004
I tried shooting Lawrence’s Big Metal Rooster all over the band’s house: in the basement, sprawled out on the living room floor, on some stairs — pretty much anywhere because nothing seemed to be working right.
White migration ravaged Kansas Indians with disease
July 18, 2004
A summer day in 1800 probably felt to a Kansa Indian very similar to how the early summer weather this year felt to Lawrence residents.
Martin: Literacy helps people celebrate differences, honor commonalities
July 18, 2004
Literacy ain’t what it used to be. I’m serious.
Behind the scenes
Budding thespians enliven Lawrence Arts Center stage
July 18, 2004
Hannah Bailey scrunches up her face and tries to look menacing. Playing a dog — even a soft, shaggy one — is no easy task.
Hooked on fishing
Crown Casting Club reels in young anglers
July 18, 2004
Tiara Barrett was exultant about her catch. “I got a big-mouth bass — 12 inches, I think. I’m just happy to see the fish and catch it. I’m trying to get another one,” said Tiara, 10, a fifth-grader at Deerfield School.
Raiders not great, but good enough to triumph
July 18, 2004
Those poor Lawrence Raiders. If injury-induced absences continue to add up, soon they’ll be shorthanded because everyone will be on the bench applying ice packs to every joint, bone and muscle imaginable.
Ordinary People’ author hopes for success with fifth novel
July 18, 2004
Judith Guest’s first book, “Ordinary People,” has brought her “one birthday present after the next,” including a film version that won wide acclaim and several Academy Awards.
What are you reading?
July 18, 2004
Mayer: U.S. hoop squad worth rooting for
July 18, 2004
Since 1952, I’ve never rooted harder for a U.S. Olympic basketball team than I am and will be doing for the 2004 version with three former Kansas University coaches in charge. It is a team some think is a cut or two below what it would be if all the candidates were equally patriotic.
Children’s titles explore the fantastic, serious
July 18, 2004
From absolutely wacked-out, to absolutely serious, these two children’s books won’t soon be forgotten by kids or by the adults who introduce them to lucky adolescents.
Thursey Mae Atkins
July 18, 2004
Jayhawk housing authority
KU players pitch in to help build Habitat house
July 18, 2004
David Ochoa didn’t lead Kansas University’s football team in any statistical categories last season. The offseason has been a different story.
Santana solves K.C. again
July 18, 2004
Johan Santana has mastered the Kansas City Royals.
Top pros in hunt at Open
Hamilton leads by one,but golf’s finest lurking
July 18, 2004
Todd Hamilton is used to feeling out of place. It’s strange enough trying to make a living in outposts stretching from Singapore to Pakistan to Kuala Lumpur, or showing up at PGA Tour qualifying school for the eighth time as a 38-year-old father of three.
Half Dome’s alluring summit
Yosemite National Park visitors overcome fears on 8,842-ft. climb
July 18, 2004
Anthony Frost was just 200 feet from the summit of Half Dome when he lost his nerve. Then he almost lost his lunch.
Outdoor fitness
Research shows working in garden has health benefits
July 18, 2004
Lawrence commuter report
July 18, 2004
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week