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Raiders advance in state tourney
July 31, 2004
(Web Posted Saturday at 10:47 p.m.) Lawrence’s Raiders battled back from a seven-run deficit to defeat Hays, 9-7, at the state American Legion baseball tournament Saturday night.
People
July 31, 2004
¢ J.Lo exes team up for democracy ¢ Clinton headed to ‘Late Show’ ¢ Fisher writes autobiography ¢ Cage marries former waitress
Briefly
July 31, 2004
¢ State fines restaurants for code violations ¢ Probate case involving homicide victim delayed ¢ Three counties added to West Nile Virus list ¢ more…
Around and about
July 31, 2004
Creditors seek to force E and E bankruptcy
Four vendors claim former Lawrence manufacturer owes $343,692
July 31, 2004
Four former vendors of the now-defunct E and E Display Group have filed a petition to force the former Lawrence manufacturer into bankruptcy. The four companies are owed a total of $343,691.86. They filed a petition Thursday seeking to force E and E into involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The petition was filed at the bankruptcy court in Kansas City, Kan.
Armstrong bolsters business for bicyclist
Lawrence resident profits by training amateurs
July 31, 2004
Lawrence resident Jim Whittaker got the chance to see Lance Armstrong cross the finish line for his sixth consecutive Tour de France victory Sunday in Paris. What Whittaker didn’t get the chance to do was thank the sport’s legend for making his job so much easier. Whittaker makes his living as a trainer for competitive bicyclists across the country.
Economists troubled by second-quarter slowdown
Consumer spending reaches three-year low
July 31, 2004
The U.S. economy slowed dramatically in the spring to an annual growth rate of 3 percent, as consumers, worried about higher gasoline prices, cut back their spending to the weakest pace in three years, the Commerce Department reported Friday.
Drug firms to pay $300M each in settlements
July 31, 2004
Schering-Plough Corp. will pay $346 million to settle charges that it paid off an HMO to protect the price of its top-selling allergy drug, the company and federal prosecutors announced Friday. A subsidiary of the company, Schering Sales Corp., also will plead guilty to violating federal laws against kickbacks and be banned from federal health programs for five years, authorities said.
Weddings
July 31, 2004
Anniversaries
July 31, 2004
Military news
July 31, 2004
Club news
July 31, 2004
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Church newsletters connect with congregation
July 31, 2004
Yes, America is great, but with caveats
July 31, 2004
“Is America great?” Saido Kamara, a 22-year-old college student from Sierra Leone, asked me this from the back seat as we traveled a road outside Freetown. His tone wasn’t that of a man seeking information but rather, confirmation, somebody to validate what he had already decided.
Where to write
July 31, 2004
Kansan has high hopes for peace in the Philippines
July 31, 2004
An American missionary who returned to the Philippines to testify against the Muslim rebel captors who held her and her slain husband for more than a year said Friday she hoped her effort would help rid the country of terrorism.
Farmland asbestos removal under way
July 31, 2004
Work began this week to remove asbestos from material at the Farmland Industries ammonia plant in east Lawrence. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, approximately 16,600 linear feet of material containing asbestos will be removed from pipe surfaces and 8,500 square feet of material containing asbestos will be removed from tanks, vessels and exchangers that were used in the ammonia production process.
Female officers claim sex discrimination
July 31, 2004
Four female police officers are suing the Wichita Police Department, claiming they were repeatedly discriminated against at work because they are women. The suit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court seeks class action status to represent other current and past female officers.
Powell vows quick Iraq aid
NATO to train Iraqi security forces
July 31, 2004
Secretary of State Colin Powell said Friday the United States would speed delivery to Iraq of billions of dollars in reconstruction aid that Congress approved last year. Powell disclosed the plan during a news conference in which he vowed that terrorist violence in Iraq would be defeated — only to be challenged by an Iraqi journalist who defended the right of Iraqis to “kick out” occupiers.
Soldier from Derby killed in Iraq
July 31, 2004
A 21-year-old soldier from Derby was killed in Iraq while on guard duty, the Department of Defense said Friday. The Pentagon said Spc. Joseph F. Herndon II was shot while on duty in Hawijah, Iraq. Herndon was assigned to the Army’s 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light) from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. No other information about his death was available.
Vetting for GOP’s No. 2 top secret
July 31, 2004
There has been a lot of speculation in the past few weeks about the possibility of Dick Cheney being dropped from the Republican ticket in favor of a more popular and less polarizing figure, such as John McCain or Bill Frist.
Scientists create potent shark repellent
July 31, 2004
Excited by the scent of blood, a dozen sharks dart about in a frenzy as a researcher dips a pole in the sea and squirts out a clear, yellowish substance. Within seconds, the sharks jerk their snouts away and vanish.
First terror detainee gets defense hearing
July 31, 2004
For the first time in the nearly three years since the Sept. 11 attacks, a prisoner picked up as a potential terrorist and held nearly incommunicado at a U.S. prison in Cuba got a chance Friday to convince his jailers that he should go free.
9-11 panelists see lack of urgency on reforms
July 31, 2004
Three years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, there’s still no one coordinating government efforts to thwart a new assault, the co-chairmen of the Sept. 11 commission told Congress Friday.
Shrine Bowl swan song
Dillingham done with football after tonight’s all-star game
July 31, 2004
As it turns out, tonight’s Kansas Shrine Bowl is going to be Dain Dillingham’s farewell football game, after all. Dillingham, a Free State High graduate, had signed in February to play football at Drake University with plans to join the Bulldog basketball team, too.
Hurley Services
July 31, 2004
Kindergartners will need two more immunizations
July 31, 2004
Children may be excited about the idea of starting school — buying new clothes, making new friends. But here’s something they probably won’t like: immunizations. Students ages 12 to 15 may need a shot for tetanus and diphtheria.
Water damage from storms raises insurance dilemma
Claims could lead to policy nonrenewal over mold concerns, agents warn
July 31, 2004
By now, hundreds of Lawrence residents have learned their homeowner’s insurance won’t cover the damage caused by July 2 and July 24 downpours that flooded low-lying basements across the city. What they may not know is that if they filed a claim there’s a good chance their insurance company won’t renew their policy.
Two opportunities left for advance voting
July 31, 2004
Douglas County voters still have time to vote ahead of time for Tuesday’s primary elections. Advance voting will be available from 10 a.m. to noon today and 8 a.m. to noon Monday on the second floor of the county courthouse, 1100 Mass.
Boston cools off Twins
Arroyo masterful in 8-2 decision at Metrodome
July 31, 2004
This time, Bronson Arroyo needed only his pitching to inspire his teammates. Arroyo threw seven-plus sharp innings, Gabe Kapler drove in three runs and the Boston Red Sox ended Minnesota’s four-game winning streak with a 8-2 victory on Friday night.
Cleveland drops K.C.
Indians 7, Royals 6, 11 innings
July 31, 2004
Before Omar Vizquel could score the game-winning run, he had to prevent one. Cleveland’s shortstop threw out Kansas City’s Joe Randa at the plate to end the ninth inning Friday night, then tripled and scored on Matt Lawton’s sacrifice fly in the 11th to give the Indians a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Mildred Scott
July 31, 2004
Vermeil optimistic
July 31, 2004
The veterans are one year closer to being over the hill, the schedule is a meat grinder and a recycled coach was their only significant offseason pick up. Nevertheless, Dick Vermeil opened two-a-day practices Friday insisting the Kansas City Chiefs could improve on the 2003 squad that went 13-3 and captured the AFC West.
Bandits win
July 31, 2004
Seattle storms past Lynx
July 31, 2004
Betty Lennox scored 17 of her season-high 23 points in the second half as the Seattle Storm defeated Minnesota, 70-55, Friday night. Sue Bird scored 12 points, and Lauren Jackson added 11 as the Storm solidified their hold on second place in the West by dominating the third-place Lynx in the second half.
WNBA Brief
July 31, 2004
¢ Brown steps down as Silver Stars coach
KU’s Self has good reason to smile
With paucity of point guards, Jayhawks’ head man already has secured one of best in nation
July 31, 2004
It nearly is impossible to catch Kansas University coach Bill Self without that wide, disarming grin spread above his chin. Right now, though, he has a reason to smile. Many of the other coaches in this gymnasium are searching for point guard prospects like blackjack bettors wishing for another ace. The supply is short, but the Jayhawks grabbed theirs early in the game.
Crowd speaks out against pedophile priest’s release
July 31, 2004
Dozens of people spoke out Thursday against the possible prison release of a Roman Catholic priest who admitted molesting four young men. Robert Larson, a former Diocese of Wichita priest, is expected to go before the Kansas Parole Board on Wednesday to plead his case for release.
Kerry, Bush, events
John Kerry gets an election bump, but al-Qaida may have much to do with what happens in the election
July 31, 2004
The Democratic Party spent the first three days of this week choreographing and orchestrating its national convention to cast presidential nominee John F. Kerry in the best possible light Thursday night. Would or could the normally reserved, flip-flopping Kerry justify such an extreme flood of promotion?
On the Record
July 31, 2004
Lawrence briefs
July 31, 2004
¢ KU sex class opponent to appear on KTWU ¢ Veritas begins class sign-ups
Opponent: Sloan voted against ‘traditional marriage’
July 31, 2004
Republican Keith Noe, of Lecompton, who is challenging incumbent Tom Sloan, of Lawrence, in the 45th House District race, has mailed campaign fliers that suggest Sloan voted against “traditional marriage.” The ad states that Noe is “a traditional Republican” while “Politician B” is a “RINO,” which stands for Republican in name only.
Voter turnout likely to be about 25 percent
July 31, 2004
Only about one in four registered voters is expected to cast a ballot in Tuesday’s primary, Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh said Friday. “We still have work to do in getting more people to be involved in the process,” said Thornburgh, the state’s chief election official.
Books give way to continuous partial attention
July 31, 2004
The recent study by the National Endowment for the Arts that reveals a precipitous drop in book reading among Americans has many wringing their hands, but the trend is nothing new. We’re a nation of people who can, but choose not to, read for pleasure.
Outlaws rally past Chanute in 10th
July 31, 2004
Mitch McPherson’s line-drive single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted Lawrence to a 5-4 victory over Chanute in a first-round game of the Class AAA American Legion baseball state tournament Friday evening at Katy Field in Chanute.
Engagement
July 31, 2004
Mary E. Miller
July 31, 2004
Fox’s flatfoots continue to stomp competition
July 31, 2004
What Fox show still dominates its time period after 15 years on the air? If you guessed “The Simpsons,” you would be wrong. “Cops” (7 p.m. today, Fox) premiered in March 1989 and has been on Saturday nights ever since.
Society calendar
July 31, 2004
People and places
July 31, 2004
Faith forum
July 31, 2004
What is the role of ritual in religious life?
Briefly
July 31, 2004
¢ U.N. warns Sudan to disarm militias or face consequences ¢ Participant in assassination plot with Libya pleads guilty ¢ Participant in assassination plot with Libya pleads guilty ¢ Commanders admit coverup but don’t think Iraqi drowned
Spouse faces murder charge
Carpenter shop owner, Christian school trustee jailed in wife’s death
July 31, 2004
Police on Friday arrested the chairman of Veritas Christian School’s board of directors on suspicion of murdering his 46-year-old wife at their landmark home at 21st and Carolina streets. Martin Kenneth Miller, 45, a carpenter also known for helping form the Centennial Neighborhood Assn., was arrested about 6 p.m.
Briefcase
July 31, 2004
¢ H&R Block wins ruling ¢ Former Enron executive pleads guilty to fraud ¢ Delta CEO asks pilots for $1 billion in cost cuts
Religion briefs
July 31, 2004
Wood shingle debate not a hot priority
July 31, 2004
Wood shingles may be a fire concern, officials say, but deciding their future on Lawrence rooftops shouldn’t be a burning issue.
Robin Hood’ among weekend fun
July 31, 2004
Next ‘Apprentice’ in the wings
July 31, 2004
A camouflaged architect, children screaming “You’re fired!” and hundreds of business-suited wannabe moguls flocked to the Trump Tower for “The Apprentice 3” auditions Friday. “I’m looking for someone with great drive,” Trump told The Associated Press.
Chicago’s Ramirez rocks Phillies
Cubs’ third baseman blasts three home runs in 10-7 victory
July 31, 2004
Aramis Ramirez missed 11 games earlier this month with a sore groin and is still running the bases at less than full speed. That’s OK, though, when all he needs is his home run trot.
Scouting news
July 31, 2004
City baseball standouts to play at ‘The K’
July 31, 2004
Matt Berner and Derek Bailey dreamed about playing at Kauffman Stadium while growing up in Lawrence. The Kansas University baseball players will have their chance Sunday morning during the Ban Johnson League All-Star Game at Kansas City, Mo.
Briefly
July 31, 2004
¢ Dozens of couples sign up as domestic partners ¢ Flooding toll rises to 3 ¢ Gene therapy pioneer accused of molestation
Distraction often best discipline for toddlers
July 31, 2004
Architects, neuroscientists look at link between design, devotion
July 31, 2004
Why is it that the arches and open spaces of a cathedral inspire faith, yet so does the comfort and familiarity of a small country chapel? The connection between design and devotion is under study by a group of clerics, neuroscientists and architects who are trying to understand how the mind reacts to the sensations of entering a house of worship.
Sebelius selects KU geologist to serve as state’s energy adviser
July 31, 2004
The director of the Kansas University-based Kansas Geological Survey is leaving to take a job with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration. Lee Allison, director since 1999, will serve as policy adviser for science and energy to the governor and the 2-year-old Kansas Energy Council, which Allison chairs.
Judge rules against newspaper in open records lawsuit
July 31, 2004
A Douglas County judge ruled Friday it was legal for Lawrence police to withhold dispatch recordings from the public after a deadly high-speed pursuit last summer, but an attorney questioned the decision, saying it failed to address the key issue.
Douglas County fair’s food options larger than life
July 31, 2004
The Douglas County Free Fair may not be the best place to go if you’re on a diet, but at the Douglas County Pork Producers tent you may be able to find a few items that won’t make you cheat on your Atkins regime. For example, you can get a sausage on a stick. And you don’t have to eat the stick.
Poll checks in Kansas focus on accessibility
July 31, 2004
Advocates for the disabled will be checking polling places across the state during Tuesday’s primaries to make sure that handicapped people have easy access to voting. “We’ve already gotten some reports that are pretty concerning,” said Rocky Nichols, executive director of Kansas Advocacy & Protective Services.
Kerry, Bush hit the road with dueling messages
July 31, 2004
President Bush and John Kerry tangled long distance Friday in a new get-tougher phase of their battle for the White House in critical swing states. For Bush, the message was: “Results matter,” and he’s delivered.
Briefly
July 31, 2004
¢ ‘Last Don’ convicted, faces life in prison ¢ Suspect charged with killing three women ¢ Fast-growing wildfire prompts evacuations ¢ more…
KU graduate named bishop for Methodist churches
July 31, 2004
Smoking ban’s effects still unclear
Uncertainty doesn’t keep Lawrence businesses from accommodating smokers
July 31, 2004
Sunday marks the one-month anniversary of the citywide indoor smoking ban. But bar and restaurant operators say it is too soon to know what the ban has meant for business. “You know we don’t have the first full month of business completed, so it’s really hard to say; it bounces back and forth from day to day,” said Chuck Magerl, owner of Free State Brewing Co., 636 Mass.
Raiders cruise in state opener
Lawrence routs Arkansas City, 13-2, to begin defense of American Legion title
July 31, 2004
Even more impressive than the way the Lawrence Raiders run-ruled Arkansas City in their opening game of the Class AAA American Legion baseball state tournament was Lawrence Post 14’s absence of swagger afterwards.
K.C. high school player Walker comfortable in spotlight
July 31, 2004
Considering Marcus Walker is the big-name local basketball player at the Price Chopper/Kansas City Prep Invitational Tournament, it would be understandable if he felt added pressure to play well.
Around and about
July 31, 2004
Horoscopes
July 31, 2004
Sideline
July 31, 2004
¢ KU’s Hinrichs finalist at Northern Colorado ¢ Kansas adds another AD ¢ Jones inks four-year deal ¢ Pair of Jayhawks advance
Budget deficit to hit record $445 B
July 31, 2004
This year’s federal deficit will soar to a record $445 billion, the White House projected Friday in a report provoking immediate election-season tussling over how well President Bush has handled the economy. The administration’s annual summertime budget update forecast shortfalls falling to $331 billion next year, then fading to $229 billion by 2009.