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Kris Kobach, 3rd Congressional District GOP candidate, chats online
July 28, 2004
(Updated Friday at 4:20 p.m.) Welcome to our online chat with Kris Kobach, one of three candidates running in Tuesday’s 3rd Congressional District Republican primary. The chat took place on Wednesday, July 28, at 12:30 p.m. and is now closed, but you can read the full transcript on this page.
Patricia Lightner, 3rd District GOP congressional candidate, chats online
July 28, 2004
(Updated Friday at 4:21 p.m.) Welcome to our online chat with 3rd Congressional District candidate Patricia Lightner. The chat took place on Wednesday, July 28, at 11a.m. and is now closed, but you can read the full transcript on this page.
Fire starts with unattended candle, guts apartment
July 28, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 2:11 p.m.) Fire officials say a Lawrence man is lucky to be alive this morning after a fire caused by an unattended candle gutted his apartment 527 Calif. St.
Firefighters called in after gas line break
July 28, 2004
(Updated Wednesday at 12:53 p.m.) Lawrence police are alerting residents in an area just northeast of Kansas University’s campus about a gas line break in their neighborhood.
Briefly
July 28, 2004
¢ Doctors Without Borders to leave nation in protest ¢ U.S. revises Sudan resolution ¢ PM withdraws resignation
Muslim charity accused of aiding Hamas
Texas-based group’s leaders indicted
July 28, 2004
Moving against a shuttered Islamic charity that was once the United States’ largest Muslim-American philanthropic group, a federal grand jury in Dallas on Tuesday indicted the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation and its leaders for funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian group Hamas.
Iraqis to start conference this week despite violence
July 28, 2004
Iraq announced that a national conference for 1,000 delegates to choose an interim assembly would begin Saturday — a vital step toward democracy in a nation struggling to deal with a persistent campaign of kidnappings and other violence.
Reds finish season on high note
Team defeats Red Sox in final game of season
July 28, 2004
After a late rally by the Red Sox fell short, the Reds went on to win the Jhawk Baseball League game between the two teams, 13-7, July 22 at Holcom Sports Complex. Both teams ended their respective seasons with impressive offensive performances. But in the end, the Reds were too much for the Red Sox, putting the game out of reach with five runs in the top of the fourth inning.
88s win league, head to Indiana
Traveling team comes back to beat River Bandits in extra innings
July 28, 2004
The University Bank 88s helped secure the Shawnee Co. Amateur Baseball Assn.’s Gopher League’s regular-season title with a dramatic 4-3 win over the River Bandits on July 19. Because the Outlaws forfeited both games of their doubleheader against the 88s two days later, the River Bandits, who were tied for first with the 88s going into their game, had to settle for second place in the league.
Democrats ready to sing a winning tune
July 28, 2004
A year ago the contestants for the role of Democratic Idol were singing their hearts out on stages from Iowa to New Hampshire.
Briefcase
July 28, 2004
¢ Area residents to serve on state wine council ¢ Job market boosts consumer confidence ¢ CapFed declares dividend ¢ Serologicals purchases firm to boost research
Legislative candidates report campaign spending
July 28, 2004
Tom Sloan is a 10-year incumbent in the Kansas House facing a political newcomer in next week’s Republican Party primary for the 45th District in Douglas County.
Lawrence briefs
July 28, 2004
¢ Adult-sized tricycle stolen from disabled vet ¢ Navajo justice experts to speak at Haskell
Electronic voting needs backup
July 28, 2004
You pause after pumping gas and wait for the thin, shiny paper to come chugging out of the gasoline bay, printed confirmation that fueling up the car really did cost that much.
Jayni’ features recipes from Italy
July 28, 2004
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Postcards From the Edge of Umbria: An Array of Antipasti with Guest Sandy Praeger.”
18-U Phenix fall to Dakota Wild
Phenix determined to put loss behind them, advance in tournament
July 28, 2004
8-U Phenix head coach Eric Epperson said his team had experienced their fair share of lumps early in the season, but the lump the Dakota Wild dealt them — an 11-1 loss July 19 at Clinton Lake Sports Complex — was too much for the Phenix to handle while opening pool play at the American Fastpitch Assn. national “B” tournament. “We made too many mistakes,” Epperson said.
Maddux eyeing milestone
Cubs pitcher picks up 299th career victory, 7-1
July 28, 2004
If Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker really wants to know why Greg Maddux’s quest for 300 wins has been so quiet, all he has to do is listen to his selfless right-hander.
Yankees win, lose another starter
New York rallies past Toronto, 7-4, but Hernandez departs in second inning
July 28, 2004
The New York Yankees overcame the loss of yet another starting pitcher to an injury.
Mangino: Summer conditioning did the trick
July 28, 2004
After seven grueling weeks, Kansas University’s football team will wrap up its summer conditioning program today.
County Free Fair in full swing
July 28, 2004
The Douglas County Free Fair kicked into full swing Tuesday with the judging of nonlivestock exhibits, the entering of all livestock, and the first day of both the president’s pie baking contest and the carnival.
Jay-Z leads nominees for MTV video awards
July 28, 2004
The MTV Video Music Awards are all about scene-stealing stunts, so it was fitting Tuesday when the network announced that stars will approach this year’s red carpet on luxury yachts and the entire show will be host-free.
Fyler forms Phenix’s foundation
Over 30 years of challenges help coach teach about softball, life
July 28, 2004
To say Randy Fyler is the father of Lawrence fast-pitch softball wouldn’t be a stretch. He started what has evolved into the 10-team Phenix organization in the early ‘80s, and more than 30 years later, he’s still coaching.
Soccer academy set to boost area talent
Francis, Pendleton hope to help area players improve
July 28, 2004
It really isn’t too common for high school soccer coaches, like Free State’s Jason Pendleton, to work closely with the local university coach, like Kansas University’s Mark Francis.
All-American burger has gone upscale
July 28, 2004
Go ahead. Light the candles and celebrate hamburger’s 100th birthday. There’s no harm in it.
Hamburger recipes
July 28, 2004
¢ Five-Cheese Burger With Pears ¢ Big, Juicy Herb-butter Burger ¢ Chocolate-Encrusted Cranberry Burgers
How-to guidelines on pressure canning
July 28, 2004
For successful pressure canning, follow these steps.
Prosecutors allege Jackson imprisoned victim’s family
July 28, 2004
Michael Jackson imprisoned a child and his family at his ranch and forced them to make a videotape absolving him of molestation claims after a television documentary linked the pop star to an obsession with young boys, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Amish in the City’ tries to tempt young followers
July 28, 2004
Can a group of kids from a strict religious background cope in a “Real World” setting? “Amish in the City” (7 p.m., UPN) follows a group of Amish teens as they embark on “rumspringa,” a cultural ritual that allows young people to taste the freedoms and pleasures of the “English,” or modern, world. It’s done in the hopes that once they sow their wild oats, they will return to the fold. Rumspringa was the subject of “Devil’s Playground,” a 2001 documentary by one of the co-creators of “Amish in the City.”
Kerry advocates 9-11 panel continue work for reforms
July 28, 2004
John Kerry said Tuesday that he would fight a more effective war on terror than President Bush, and he encouraged the 9-11 commission to keep working to ensure its proposed reforms were adopted.
Heinz Kerry praises husband’s service
July 28, 2004
Teresa Heinz Kerry presented her husband to the world Tuesday as a defender of freedom, environmental savior and all-American patriot who would not “mistake stubbornness for strength” as the nation’s next commander in chief.
People
July 28, 2004
¢ Prince, sweetheart step out ¢ Ja Rule out on bail ¢ Newhart statue dedicated
Briefly
July 28, 2004
¢ Jury inspects Scott Peterson’s boat ¢ FBI revokes benefits for gay agent’s partner ¢ Troopers allege driver made terror claims ¢ STDs increase 4 percent in Britain
Lady Texans gain player
Olathe resident Patterson rejoins former team
July 28, 2004
For the Lady Texans from Amarillo, coming to Lawrence for the 14-U National B-division tournament meant that they gained a player. Kirstie Patterson had played with the Lady Texans before moving to Olathe last December.
Pistons claim DCABA 8-U crown in postseason tournament
Team beats Royals twice to win title
July 28, 2004
The Pistons won the 8-U Douglas Co. Baseball Assn.’s postseason tournament, beating the Royals 5-2, July 15 at 4-H fields. The victory was an unexpected one, as the team from Lecompton went 7-7 through the regular season, finishing fourth out of seven teams.
Phenix lose game, win first round
Coach ejected in loss to Flames
July 28, 2004
Gary Tanner’s 16-U Phenix T’s softball team didn’t escape pool play of the American Fastpitch Association National “B” Tournament without a little drama. After winning their first two games, the Phenix T’s were expected to be the first seed from their pool for the double-elimination tournament when they went up against the Flames of Nebraska on July 20 at Clinton Lake Sports Complex.
16-U Phenix game down to wire
Sixth inning rally ends with winning run stranded at second base
July 28, 2004
The Phenix-Riling offense was comparable to the sporadic showers that passed through Lawrence during the 16-U American Fastpitch Assn. National “B” Tournament game against the Oklahoma City Invasions on Friday. After a rain delay pushed the game, which was originally scheduled for 8 a.m., back to 5:30 p.m., the Phenix were fighting to stay alive in the losers’ bracket. Fellow 16-U Phenix team, the Phenix-T’s were victorious with a 5-4 win on the field immediately before Phenix-Riling took the field.
Great complement
Anyone who supports increased life sciences research in Kansas should be elated by a major grant announced last week.
July 28, 2004
An $18 million grant from the National Institutes of Health is a wonderful way to kick-start a renewed effort to make Kansas a leader in the field of life science research and business development.
FBI a joke
July 28, 2004
Pro-life, pro-war
July 28, 2004
That’s it?
July 28, 2004
Lowlife thieves
July 28, 2004
Leave Kansas be
July 28, 2004
GM touts Alpha, its midsized Hummer
Analyst expects new series to reach larger customer base
July 28, 2004
General Motors Corp.’s Hummer brand is scheduled to begin selling a midsize sport utility vehicle in the first half of 2005 and is planning a high-performance series of vehicles called Alpha.
Planners identify development sites
ECO2 to examine industrial park possibilities
July 28, 2004
Planning officials have identified six areas in Douglas County as possible sites for major industrial developments.
Judge delays trial for former Westar executives
July 28, 2004
A federal judge has agreed to postpone the criminal fraud trial of David Wittig and another former Westar Energy Inc. executive until Oct. 12, parties involved in the case said Tuesday.
Commodities
July 28, 2004
Quality of wheat better than expected
July 28, 2004
Kansas farmers abandoned 1.2 million acres of planted winter wheat this season, but the quality of the smaller harvest fared better than many feared in a year when drought, freezes and harvest rains beset the crop.
Daily ticker
July 28, 2004
Court upholds arrest of protesters
July 28, 2004
A federal appeals court panel has ruled that Kansas City police officers had a right to arrest five abortion opponents who were displaying large color photographs of aborted fetuses near a busy intersection.
Conservatives grab fund-raising edge
July 28, 2004
Conservative candidates in two State Board of Education races were outspending their moderate Republican opponents, with the board’s ideological balance at stake in the Aug. 3 primary.
PGA pros bemoan Ryder points system
Top-10 demand can fail consistent players
July 28, 2004
Scott Verplank is 12th in the Ryder Cup standings with three tournaments left, and he will have only himself to blame if he fails to earn one of the 10 spots on the U.S. team.
Course: Mongolia. Par: 11,880
American plays ‘extreme’ round across Asian country
July 28, 2004
Andre Tolme has just finished a round of golf with an eagle on the 18th hole. But his score was 506.
Out with old players, in with new
Woodson, Mobley cut; Redskins, Jets, Eagles sign top picks
July 28, 2004
Rod Woodson, one of the top defensive backs of the last two decades, was released by the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, the day that NFL training camps officially began to open.
Vikings sign pro wrestler as next big thing
July 28, 2004
Brock Lesnar is hoping to become the next big thing for the Minnesota Vikings.
Turning Japanese
Novosel finding niche as Tokyo rapper
July 28, 2004
Without benefit of accompaniment or background beats, Scott Novosel raps willingly before an audience of one. “How’s that?” the 31-year-old former KU basketball guard said with a laugh after performing his hip/hop hit single “Onsen” in Japanese.
Sanders can’t explain Williams’ retirement, either
July 28, 2004
Barry Sanders, who unexpectedly left football five years ago, said even he was surprised to learn Miami’s Ricky Williams had done the same thing.
Baldelli’s big plays lift Rays
July 28, 2004
Rocco Baldelli used his all-around game to help Tampa Bay get back on track. Baldelli had an RBI double and threw a runner out at the plate Tuesday night, helping the Devil Rays end their six-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Backpacks of school supplies prepared for needy students
July 28, 2004
An activity for residents at a Lawrence retirement community will pay dividends throughout the coming school year for some much-younger Douglas County residents.
Young, old help stir Democrats
Standardbearer, fresh face both take shots at Bush
July 28, 2004
The weathered old face of Edward Kennedy and the fresh new face of Barack Obama bridged the generations Tuesday night, summoning the Democratic Party to its highest ideals and sharply condemning President Bush.
Kansas governor’s speech makes pitch to Ohio voters
July 28, 2004
With an eye on helping John Kerry win Ohio, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday compared her father’s post-World War II sense of duty with Kerry’s return from Vietnam.
Bike plan due for retooling
New lanes, paths for cycling included in Planning Commission proposal
July 28, 2004
Getting across Lawrence is sometimes scary for Randy Breeden. Not many city streets are built for bicycles.
Plan would create savings account as birthright
ASPIRE Act would give $500 to every U.S. newborn
July 28, 2004
When Chris and Amanda Croucher learned they were expecting a child, they thought they were planning ahead by opening a college savings account, socking away $100 a month.
Upgrade sought for psychiatric services
LMH, Bert Nash leaders to work to improve mental health offerings
July 28, 2004
To illustrate the need for inpatient mental health services in Lawrence, David Johnson cited a startling statistic Tuesday.
Attorneys tout experience, ideas in race for DA
July 28, 2004
One says he has more experience. The other says he has more innovative ideas. The Democratic primary for district attorney pits a 23-year legal veteran and former assistant prosecutor, Martin Miller, against Charles Branson, a relative newcomer who says he’s an alternative to the status quo.
FBI continues to track anarchists
July 28, 2004
The FBI has questioned at least two members of a Lawrence anarchist group since Monday, and has confirmed agents were here checking out a tip that a group planned to firebomb media vehicles at the Democratic National Convention in Boston.
Lawrence an oasis for soldier on break from duty in Iraq
July 28, 2004
Like most people on holiday, Pfc. Brian Fuhr is enjoying his vacation. But unlike most, he had to travel 6,850 miles for the fun to start.
Strength coach Sahratian accepts job at Carolina
July 28, 2004
Jonas Sahratian, who worked five seasons as Kansas University’s men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach, has accepted a similar position at the University of North Carolina.
Kansas Guard troops called up
July 28, 2004
An additional 1,100 Kansas Army National Guard troops have received orders to mobilize for at least 15 months of active duty, including up to a year in Iraq.
City briefs
July 28, 2004
¢ Suspects arrested after dirt bag stolen ¢ Suspect arrested in ID theft of deceased ¢ 3rd District candidates to chat online today ¢ Lawrence student wins junior chess title ¢ Homeschool band needs musicians
Burnis D. Fowler
July 28, 2004
Sandia K. Leffler Kirby
July 28, 2004
Services for Sandia K. Leffler Kirby, 33, Bradenton, Fla., will be at noon Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Inurnment will be later at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.
Angels, Rangers scuffle during batting practice
July 28, 2004
Anaheim second baseman Adam Kennedy and Texas catcher Gerald Laird got into a scuffle during batting practice Tuesday, a carry-over from a dispute the night before.
Miami sets standards for recruit
Linebacker allowed to enroll despite past legal troubles
July 28, 2004
The coddling Willie Williams received on his recruiting trips will be a distant memory once he enrolls at Miami.
Commentary: Coaches should learn from La Salle scandal
July 28, 2004
Billy Hahn has a good idea, using his nightmare experience as a cautionary tale for other college coaches, administrators and student-athletes.
Ernestine Marie ‘Stinky’ Tripkos
July 28, 2004
Corrections
July 28, 2004
Sunshine Acres Montessori Preschool Kindergarten & Child Care Center, 2141 Maple Lane, offers an all-day kindergarten program. A story in Monday’s newspaper didn’t include the school as part of other programs in Lawrence offering all-day kindergarten.
On the record
July 28, 2004
Iraqi alleges U.S. general saw Abu Ghraib prison abuse
July 28, 2004
The American general who headed the U.S. military prison at Abu Ghraib personally witnessed abuses there, an Iraqi man alleged in a federal lawsuit protesting his treatment.
Italian tomatoes terrific in sauces
July 28, 2004
It’s tough when your best critic confronts you at the breakfast table. Mine frequently delivers one-liners from behind the newspaper, and he recently let me know what he thought of my prognostication earlier this year, that we were in for a drier than average gardening season.
Grilled steak sizzles in summer
July 28, 2004
Lean beef top-round steak, marinated and grilled, can be a flavorful low-fat choice for weeknight family meals.
How to build the perfect burger
July 28, 2004
Want to build a better burger? Start thinking outside the bun — and well beyond the traditional accompaniments.
KU claims pay records ‘clearly’ off-limits
Arguments filed in case on athletic director’s compensation
July 28, 2004
News organizations seeking records about the Kansas University athletic director’s compensation knew the documents could remain closed when they sued to get them, a KU attorney argued in a court filing Tuesday.
Horoscopes
July 28, 2004
Fox News reaches niche audience
July 28, 2004
Fox News is the subject of dozens of articles, at least one book (“Crazy Like a Fox” by Scott Collins) and now a full-length documentary (Robert Greenwald’s “Outfoxed”). Fox is revered and reviled for its political tilt, which it both embraces and disavows. Fox brandishes its “fair and balanced” slogan, paradoxically, as both a repudiation of bias and as code for the rebalancing it promises to offset the liberalism alleged of its rivals.