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Lawrence man arrested in connection with wife’s death
July 30, 2004
(Updated Friday at 10:37 p.m.) Lawrence police are investigating the murder of a Lawrence woman — and have arrested her husband in connection with her death.
Raiders win Legion AAA opener
July 30, 2004
(Web Posted Friday at 5:20 p.m.) Jake Hoover clubbed four hits and Ryan Engel three as the defending champion Lawrence Raiders opened the State AAA Legion baseball tournament with a 13-2 pasting of Arkansas City Thursday afternoon.
Kansas primary turnout expected to be 27 percent
July 30, 2004
(Updated Friday at 3:24 p.m.) The percentage of voters participating in Tuesday’s primary will remain relatively flat compared with recent primaries, Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh said today.
Cloudy skies expected today
July 30, 2004
(Updated Friday at 7:42 a.m.) Lawrence’s skies will go through quite a few changes over the course of the day, according to Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist — clouds, then clearing, then clouds again.
Devil Rays complete sweep
July 30, 2004
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ 13-game homestand is off to a great start.
Last muckraker’ ends his career
July 30, 2004
Jack Anderson, 81 and ailing with Parkinson’s disease, quietly gave up his syndicated column last week after more than half a century. It was not the ending some of Richard Nixon’s men once had in mind.
Graves appointee settles lawsuit regarding state job
July 30, 2004
The state has agreed to pay $50,000 in a settlement with the former director of the Kansas workers’ compensation system, who said that after he was laid off state officials prevented him from getting another position with state government.
Democrats not all that unified
July 30, 2004
The Democrats have convinced most of the journalists covering their convention here their party has eliminated most of its internal differences. That is true, unless you count the gap between the party’s head and its heart.
Briefly
July 30, 2004
¢ Israel moving barrier, but it will still jut into West Bank ¢ Synthetic protein created to further mad cow research ¢ U.S. alters Sudan resolution but still threatens action ¢ FDA approves new drug to treat alcohol abuse
Briefly
July 30, 2004
¢ Dallas suburb declares flooding disaster ¢ Soldier guilty of armed robbery of Iraqi driver ¢ Worms that live on whale bones discovered ¢ Wife of billionaire Warren Buffett dies
Briefly
July 30, 2004
¢ Three U.S., two Afghan soldiers injured in clash ¢ U.N. war crimes tribunal clears Bosnian Croat ¢ Report: Militias burned villagers alive in Sudan ¢ Socialist says officials lied about train bombing
A damp query
July 30, 2004
Valent touches them all in victory
Outfielder becomes fourth to hit for cycle this season; New York cruises 10-1
July 30, 2004
Eric Valent got a rare start for the Mets and hit his way into New York’s record books.
Who’s next?
July 30, 2004
National historic districts OK’d in Lawrence
July 30, 2004
Four areas of Lawrence that date to the city’s earliest settlers are among the newest additions to the National Register of Historic Places.
Bucket calf show occupies 4-H youths at county fair
July 30, 2004
Eight-year-old Lindsay Fangman was a little nervous Thursday afternoon as she prepared her 5-month-old calf, Star, for the bucket calf show at the Douglas County Free Fair.
DJ utilizes Israeli music at Tap Room
July 30, 2004
As the host of student-run radio station KJHK’s premier world music show, Sam Hopkins prides himself on knowing the music he plays.
Music industry warms to limited file sharing
Artists see online service as promotional device
July 30, 2004
Free-for-all music sharing online has drawn the ire of the recording industry, but some commercial online music providers and even a few recording artists are opting to allow music fans to share the songs they’ve bought.
Horoscopes
July 30, 2004
Manning, Giants agree to six-year pact
July 30, 2004
Eli Manning has yet to play an NFL game and he’s almost as wealthy as his brother, the league’s co-MVP.
Vital Signs
Downtown venue bringing music into its mix
July 30, 2004
In downtown Lawrence there are places to buy books, places to get a cup of coffee, places to listen to music, and places to admire and purchase art. What Signs of Life has done is eliminate the extra walk.
People
July 30, 2004
¢ Dreaming of a co-star ¢ Tickets doom ‘Amazing Race’ pair ¢ J.Lo’s ‘new beginning’ ¢ Aces and eights for everyone
Brown, Williams still learning from Smith
Former North Carolina basketball coach holding court at U.S. Olympic training camp
July 30, 2004
Red, white and Carolina blue. The coaches on the U.S. Olympic team certainly have that look.
FSHS aide to coach Lions
July 30, 2004
After seven years on the other side of town, Brad Stoll had a haunting realization Wednesday, the night before he was to be introduced as Lawrence High’s new baseball coach.
Raiders, Outlaws forced to wait a day
American Legion baseball tournament postponed because of wet grounds
July 30, 2004
Lawrence Raiders players and coaches were in uniform and waiting to defend their State AAA American Legion baseball title Thursday.
Knievel retrospective is short on accuracy
July 30, 2004
George Eads must be a very happy man to have reconciled his pay dispute with CBS and “CSI” before the arrival of “Evel Knievel” (7 p.m., TNT) on our TV screens. Otherwise, he’d be drifting helplessly into the Shelley Long night of his career.
Lecompton Township race features retirees
Political novice faces GOP incumbent
July 30, 2004
Charles “Chuck” Wright has never lost an election.
Leslie lifts Sparks to 2-OT victory
July 30, 2004
Lisa Leslie scored 17 points to become the first 4,000-point scorer in WNBA history, and Mwadi Mabika scored all seven of her team’s points in the second overtime to give the Los Angeles Sparks an 85-80 victory over the Sacramento Monarchs on Thursday night.
Corrections
July 30, 2004
Orioles push over Yankees
Ponson pitches gem in 9-1 Baltimore victory
July 30, 2004
After a shout-out, Sidney Ponson responded with a semi-shutout.
Briefly
July 30, 2004
¢ Indoor Aquatic Center to close for repairs ¢ Planning Commission pans rural development ¢ Veritas students earn writing honors ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Bands do battle by the book
July 30, 2004
Teenagers have a knack for inventing creative Friday night alibis, from wildly unbelievable falsehoods to slick and practiced white lies. But tonight one seemingly strange excuse should hold up, says Kim Patton, young adult specialist at the Lawrence Public Library. “If you hear your child say, ‘Mom, Dad, I’m going to a rock concert at the library,’ well, I can assure you it is a real event.”
Manchurian’ remake teems with paranoia
July 30, 2004
Certain films should stay off limits to being remade.
Fahrenheit’ draws crowd in Bush’s ‘hometown’
July 30, 2004
Brian Munoz already saw the documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” in a theater, but he and some friends couldn’t resist a chance to watch it again outdoors on a muggy summer night — especially only a few miles from President Bush.
Analysts expect oil prices to remain volatile
July 30, 2004
Oil prices eased Thursday but remained above $42 a barrel, a day after hitting a 21-year high in U.S. trading because of a threat by Russian authorities to shut down most of the production from that country’s largest oil company.
Exxon Mobil profit increases 39 percent
July 30, 2004
Higher prices for oil and gas led to another record quarter at Exxon Mobil Corp., the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, with profits jumping 39 percent from a year ago.
Energy rebound provides windfall for southwest Kansas
High property valuations aid cash-strapped counties
July 30, 2004
Rising natural gas prices across the country have become something of a buried treasure for several southwest Kansas counties.
Briefcase
July 30, 2004
¢ Bush proposes tariffs to help shrimp producers ¢ Payless, Parade to part ¢ Earnings of area interest
State revenue exceeds estimates
Legislators hope surge in collections reflects economic recovery
July 30, 2004
The state collected $68.3 million more than expected during its 2004 fiscal year, and legislative leaders said Thursday they hoped the good news was a sign that Kansas is experiencing an economic recovery.
County examines dangerous intersection
Road trip seeks solutions for traffic concerns
July 30, 2004
Vic Beda sees the problems every day from the cab of his 18-wheel, $123,000 rig.
Book on sightings of Virgin Mary lands KU prof on History Channel
July 30, 2004
The Moore Reading Room at Kansas University’s Smith Hall was transformed into an impromptu television studio Thursday.
Kansan testifies against accused captors in Philippines
July 30, 2004
Pointing to a rusty dog chain, a prosecutor asked American missionary Gracia Burnham if it was used to shackle her husband before he was killed in a bloody rescue attempt after a year of captivity in the jungle. “I recognize that chain,” Burnham testified softly Thursday at the trial of eight al-Qaida-linked guerrillas.
State official keeps GOP primary closed
July 30, 2004
It will be Republicans only, at least for Tuesday’s GOP primary, said Republican Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh Thursday.
Drug link cited by DA in slaying
July 30, 2004
The men who shot and killed a man in front of his wife and children at a Topeka car wash apparently were looking for money to buy drugs, the county prosecutor said.
Kansas football ticket sales brisk
With more than month to go before season opener, KU tops 2003 total
July 30, 2004
Kansas University’s progress on the football field last season has led to increased sales at the ticket office.
Texans draw crowd
KU, Arizona top contenders for Miles, Rogers
July 30, 2004
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self found a prime seat behind the basket Wednesday evening and Thursday morning to watch Texas high school hoops standouts C.J. Miles and Kevin Rogers play in the Price Chopper/Kansas City Prep Invitational Tournament.
Eight Jayhawks on NFL rosters
July 30, 2004
Eight former Kansas University football players are listed on the rosters of the 32 National Football League teams on the opening weekend of preseason camps.
Metcalf named All-Star
July 30, 2004
Travis Metcalf, Kansas University’s career and single-season home run leader, has been chosen to participate in next Tuesday’s Northwest League All-Star baseball game in Spokane, Wash.
Gruber trying to meet Olympic qualifying time
July 30, 2004
Former Kansas University runner Charlie Gruber will try to earn a trip to the Athens Olympics on Sunday in Belgium.
Strong finish
July 30, 2004
High school seniors accepted for college need to realize that semester No. 8 also factors in their future.
Southern message resonates at convention
July 30, 2004
The Democrats were ruthlessly uplifting this week as they nominated a flinty Massachusetts liberal who is a war hero and a smooth Southern populist to send up against the brash George W. Bush and dour Dick Cheney on Nov. 2.
Dear neighbors:
July 30, 2004
Misguided view
July 30, 2004
Gonzalez done
July 30, 2004
Kansas City Royals outfielder Juan Gonzalez is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a lower back injury.
Raymond M. Harjo
July 30, 2004
Charles P. “Pete” McMillon
July 30, 2004
Jail mix up leads to accused sex offender’s release
July 30, 2004
The Shawnee County Jail accidentally released a man facing sex crime charges this week because he had the same last name of another inmate due to be freed, officials said.
Sebelius cites actor among Kansans
July 30, 2004
John Brown? Check. Amelia Earhart? Check. Dennis Hopper? What?
Edwardses relate challenges of children
July 30, 2004
Moments after vice presidential candidate John Edwards delivered the biggest speech of his life, his 4-year-old son wanted to make a few remarks.
Planning committee seeks change in rules regarding rural development
July 30, 2004
Proposed rules for rural Douglas County development would end the so-called “five-acre exemption” and work to preserve disappearing farmland threatened by the growth of cities.
Vaughn to back up Kidd in Jersey
Former Jayhawk point guard signs one-year contract with Nets
July 30, 2004
NBA veteran Jacque Vaughn on Thursday signed a free agent contract with the New Jersey Nets.
Traveler arrested for eating candy bar in subway station
July 30, 2004
Eating en route to or while riding the subway here is a no-no.
Kerry challenges Bush on war
Democratic nominee touts service to country, leadership
July 30, 2004
Sen. John Kerry challenged President Bush’s Iraq policy in blunt, biting terms Thursday night and promised cheering Democratic National Convention delegates, “I will be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war.”
Lawrence briefs
July 30, 2004
¢ Teen reports neighbor made advances on her ¢ Resident reports sexual assault by acquaintance
On the record
July 30, 2004
Suspect in embassy bombings arrested
July 30, 2004
A Tanzanian al-Qaida suspect wanted in the 1998 bombings at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania has been arrested in Pakistan and is giving authorities “very valuable” information, the interior minister said.
Saddam has prostate infection, Iraqi official says
July 30, 2004
Seven months after being taken prisoner, former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein suffers from a chronic prostate infection but has rebuffed suggestions that a biopsy be performed to rule out cancer, Iraq’s human rights minister said Thursday.
Audit finds crime, fraud, abuse in Iraq
U.S. officials, contractors accused of violations
July 30, 2004
A comprehensive examination of the U.S.-led agency that oversaw the rebuilding of Iraq has triggered at least 27 criminal investigations and produced evidence of millions of dollars’ worth of fraud, waste and abuse, according to a report by the Coalition Provisional Authority’s inspector general.
White House eases pesticide rules for wildlife protection
July 30, 2004
The Environmental Protection Agency will be free to approve pesticides without consulting wildlife agencies to determine if the chemical might harm plants and animals protected by the Endangered Species Act, according to new Bush administration rules.
Arizona scratch Yanks from talks for Johnson
July 30, 2004
George Steinbrenner isn’t going to be able to buy himself a new toy this time.
Barbershop’ actor charged with rape
July 30, 2004
Anthony Anderson, the rotund comedic co-star of “Kangaroo Jack” and the original “Barbershop,” has been arrested and charged with aggravated rape while shooting a movie.
Treasurer wants to oust trustee in Grant Township
July 30, 2004
Chester “Chet” Fitch figures that if he can’t beat longtime incumbent Don Palmateer in an election for Grant Township trustee, he won’t bother sitting next to him anymore.
Lawrence residents welcome different direction for nation
July 30, 2004
It was a Democratic party Thursday night, as more than 200 supporters of Sen. John Kerry gathered at Abe & Jake’s Landing to watch him spell out his vision for America as the Democratic presidential nominee.
National conference of Iraqi leaders delayed
Event considered crucial step toward democracy
July 30, 2004
Iraq authorities abruptly put off Thursday a national conference of political, religious and civic leaders considered a crucial step on the road to democracy amid rising violence and disarray over choosing delegates and boycott threats by key factions.
K.C.’s opener smooth
Chiefs off to fast start at training camp
July 30, 2004
The Kansas City Chiefs hit the ground running in their first practice of training camp Thursday, and coach Dick Vermeil said he expected nothing less.
Congress, Bush pressured to act on 9-11 report plans
July 30, 2004
Congress is eager to show voters it’s acting on the Sept. 11 commission’s call for overhauling intelligence agencies, but turf fights, partisan rivalries and the task’s sheer complexity are sure to slow lawmakers’ work.
Winifred L. Hurley
July 30, 2004
Pioneering DNA researcher dies at 88
July 30, 2004
Nobel laureate Francis Crick, who half a century ago with James Watson made one of the seminal discoveries of modern science, the double-helix structure of DNA, died Wednesday in San Diego. He was 88 years old.
7-year-old hero honored
911 calls helped relieve two crises
July 30, 2004
Seven-year-old George Wedge is, in the words of his father, a “cool character.”
MLB briefs
July 30, 2004
¢ Eight players punished for Yanks-Red Sox fight ¢ Stanford has surgery ¢ Yankees questioned about intestinal parasite ¢ Rangers re-sign Cordero
Wanted: Convention trinkets
Smithsonian seeks historic mementoes
July 30, 2004
History is roaming the aisles at the Democratic National Convention, getting in people’s faces, asking them for buttons, lusting after practically everything that isn’t nailed down, as well as some things that are.
Daily ticker
July 30, 2004