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City briefs
June 22, 2004
¢ Red Cross sponsoring blood drive at church ¢ Senior Services board schedules meeting ¢ Health issues focus of town-hall meeting
Mosques of death
Some of our Iraq forces are hamstrung because of the sensitivity regarding fortress religious sites.
June 22, 2004
One can readily agree with irate U.S. military people who have to deal with Islamic use of mosques as enemy refuges in Iraq.
Terrorist threat remains frighteningly real
June 22, 2004
The latest conclusions from the 9-11 commission — that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden never developed a cozy relationship and that the United States essentially was unprepared for the 2001 attacks — strike me as stunning in only one way: their obviousness.
Past or future?
June 22, 2004
Deficit monster still lurking
June 22, 2004
Suppose there’s an alligator in your neighborhood. He’s been around for years, and he hangs out at the far end of your street, feeding on chickens that the local children bring him. The alligator’s been there so long, and caused such little inconvenience, that he’s receded to a small place in your mind; you casually leave food out on the porch, and the backdoor’s wide open. But while your thoughts are elsewhere, the alligator is tripling in size. One day those chickens aren’t enough, and he sets off for your bedroom.
Baldwin High School honor roll
June 22, 2004
Baldwin High School has announced its spring 2004 honor roll students.
Perry-Lecompton High School honor roll
June 22, 2004
Perry-Lecompton High School has announced its spring 2004 honor roll students.
Lawsuit involving GOP primary set for early July court hearing
June 22, 2004
A Shawnee County judge has scheduled a July 6 hearing on whether unaffiliated voters will be allowed to participate in this year’s Republican primary.
Paramedic back on job after shooting
Ambulance worker in KCMO was shot responding to fires
June 22, 2004
Paramedic Mary Seymour was back at work Monday for the first time since she was shot and seriously injured while responding to a call in February.
Portillo: Congressman wants you to say goodbye to your VCR
June 22, 2004
A landmark 1984 Supreme Court decision in the Universal City Studios v. Sony case declared that VCRs were legal even though they could be used to break copyright laws. Universal City Studios wanted to confiscate and impound all Betamax VCRs on the basis they could theoretically be used illegally. Thankfully, the Supreme Court decided the VCRs weren’t illegal merely because they could be used for an illegal purpose; thus the crowbar and baseball bat industries are still safe. And, despite the theories of the motion picture industry at the time, the VCR has led to huge profits for the industry with sales of cassettes and DVDs eclipsing box office sales.
In the halls: Do you use Web diaries?
June 22, 2004
Do you use Web diaries?
Diversions
June 22, 2004
¢ Teen Advisory Board will meet July 15 ¢ Live music for all ages
Borders chain seeks to revive urban cores
Bookseller opening stores in struggling downtowns
June 22, 2004
Borders Group Inc. is becoming an urban pioneer.
Commodities
June 22, 2004
Concerns about Iraq war erase Bush’s lead over Kerry in poll
June 22, 2004
Public anxiety over mounting casualties in Iraq and doubts about long-term consequences of the war continue to rise and have helped to erase President Bush’s once-formidable advantage over Sen. John F. Kerry concerning who is best able to deal with terrorist threats, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Conjoined twins successfully separated
June 22, 2004
After months of fear about their infant twin daughters, who were joined from chest to abdomen from birth, Kevin and Melissa Buckles are looking forward to returning to a more normal life.
Suspect in burglary attempt left dangling
Sheriff’s deputies find surprise when called to Baldwin automobile dealerships
June 22, 2004
A burglary suspect dangled 5 feet off the ground for hours early Sunday after getting stuck in an exhaust shaft at a Baldwin auto dealership, officials said.
Lawrence students rolling along in Great Race
June 22, 2004
A group of Lawrence school district students and their 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air were rolling along Monday afternoon in second place during the third day of a cross-country car race.
Fullerton ends Miami’s streak
South Carolina sends LSU packing with 15-4 victory
June 22, 2004
Ricky Romero threw a nine-hitter, and Felipe Garcia went 4-for-4 to lead Cal State Fullerton to a 6-3 victory over Miami in the College World Series on Monday night.
Griffey, Bonds, Sosa top vote-getters for NL outfield
June 22, 2004
A day after hitting his 500th home run, Ken Griffey Jr. solidified his spot Monday in fan voting for NL starting slots in the All-Star game.
Cardinals bullpen stingy lately
June 22, 2004
More than timely offense was responsible for three straight comeback victories by the St. Louis Cardinals last week.
Giants slide past L.A.
Ransom’s single in ninth keys 3-2 win
June 22, 2004
Cody Ransom singled up the middle with two outs in the ninth to drive in the winning run, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.
Mourning Sabathia cuffs Chicago
Indians allow four hits in 5-1 win over White Sox; Anaheim throttles Oakland
June 22, 2004
C.C. Sabathia had more on his mind than just baseball Monday night.
Davison to offer football clinic
June 22, 2004
Former Kansas University cornerback Andrew Davison, now a member of the Dallas Cowboys, is offering a clinic for football players ages 8-17 on July 10-11 at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe. Other NFL players participating include Kansas City Chiefs rookie John Booth, St. Louis Ram Joel Jacobs and former Pro Bowl tight end Russ Francis.
At 47, Navratilova still triumphant
Legend oldest woman to win at Wimbledon since 1922
June 22, 2004
The woman Martina Navratilova beat in her 1973 Wimbledon debut was back Monday at the All England Club to watch her daughter’s first-round match.
Commentary: Giants’ Bonds shows ignorance, prejudice
June 22, 2004
Barry Bonds is wrong — they do “build stuff for blacks.” If the self-absorbed San Francisco Giants slugger ever lowered himself to walk through the public entrance at SBC Park, he would notice the nine-foot statue dedicated to his godfather, Willie Mays.
Backing rackets
Falbo’s academy proves Seahawks see future in tennis
June 22, 2004
Take a glance at the up-tempo practices at the Falbo Knows Tennis Academy, and you’ll see a who’s who of local prep tennis standouts.
Mickelson’s major mistakes no longer magnified
June 22, 2004
Phil Mickelson is a changed man, even if the ending looked all too familiar. The lasting image of the 104th U.S. Open is not the six pressure-packed putts Retief Goosen made down the stretch to win his second major, but Lefty missing two short putts on the 71st hole that cost him a chance to go to Scotland next month chasing the third leg of the Grand Slam.
Royals deal Grimsley
June 22, 2004
The Orioles acquired Jason Grimsley in a trade with the Kansas City Royals on Monday for right-handed prospect Denny Bautista. Grimsley, 36, was 3-3 with a 3.38 earned-run average in 32 appearances this season.
Solstice arrives ahead of summer’s heat
Meteorologist predicts mild season; Wiccans celebrate peak of sun’s power
June 22, 2004
As Kansas summers go, it was a meek beginning. Monday was the season’s first full day, but it came to Lawrence with relatively mild temperatures and a meteorologist predicting a slightly cooler summer than usual.
Hip-hop convention raps on politics
June 22, 2004
The scene is one you’d expect in an election year: The university gym hums with lobbyists, activists, and political committee members, all engaged in serious conversation. Men in suits and less well-heeled college students hand out fliers about upcoming legislation and community meetings.
Film institute proffers favorite movie soundtrack
June 22, 2004
John Travolta hosts “AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Songs” (7 p.m., CBS), the American Film Institute’s countdown of the best 100 songs used in American movies.
Police have right to demand ID
June 22, 2004
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that people do not have a constitutional right to refuse to tell police their names.
Connecticut governor resigns under fire
June 22, 2004
Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland announced his resignation Monday, as his three-term rule collapsed after revelations that he had accepted gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars from state contractors and top aides.
Castro launches stern warning against U.S. military action
June 22, 2004
Tens of thousands of Cubans rallied Monday, as Fidel Castro warned President Bush against launching a military attack on Cuba, saying it would provoke a mass exodus and an all-out ground war.
On the record
June 22, 2004
Persistent Panthers persevere
June 22, 2004
The last-place Eudora Cardinals started strong against the second-place Panthers on June 14 at 4-H Cowser Field, scoring four runs in the first inning. The Panthers quickly showed why they were higher in the standings, though, taking a lead in the second inning.
Giddens not glib? No way!
Soph survives speech, says injuries healing
June 22, 2004
A man of many words, J.R. Giddens could think of just a few Monday afternoon after being introduced as guest speaker at Bill Self’s Kansas University basketball camp.
Phenix play on after Bateson’s death
June 22, 2004
The past week for Jay Rusk’s 14-U Phenix fast-pitch softball team has been a series of unexpected events. It began on a somber note with the unexplained death of Krystal Bateson, who was found unresponsive by her mother June 13 in her hotel room while at a tournament in Winfield.
Voter registration campaign targets under-30 crowd
Advocates want to boost participation in August, November
June 22, 2004
Concertgoers and nightclub crowds seem surprised when people offer them the opportunity to register to vote at their party venues. But political advocate Katie Wolff said she had grown accustomed to it.
High court sides with HMOs
Managed care plans can’t be sued in state court for refusing to pay for treatment
June 22, 2004
Patients who are harmed because their managed health-care plans refuse to pay for medical treatment cannot sue the insurer, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, closing the courthouse door to more than 130 million Americans who rely on coverage provided by a private employer or a labor union.
Privately manned rocket makes space history
June 22, 2004
An ungainly looking rocket plane punched through the Earth’s atmosphere and then glided home to a desert landing Monday in history’s first privately financed manned spaceflight, a voyage that could hasten the day when the final frontier is opened up to paying customers.
Center lands 100 more jobs
June 22, 2004
A backlash from work being outsourced to India has landed Lawrence’s I-70 Business Center a new company and 100 new jobs.
State seeking input on U.S. 59
Engineers penciling out interchanges, crossings on Ottawa-to-Lawrence road
June 22, 2004
Crossing the planned U.S. Highway 59 with a new bridge along North 200 Road would serve a handful of farmers and rural residents. And it would cost about $1.4 million.
LHS grad sets sights on global health
June 22, 2004
Wendy Taylor hopes to save a few million lives at her new job.
Weekend festival-goers leave little behind at Clinton Lake
Campers voluntarily clean site, place trash by side of road
June 22, 2004
Beer-can cartons, soggy towels, discarded tent poles, melting chocolate-chip cookies and a pack of cigarette rolling papers littered the ground at one abandoned camp site. But that kind of scene was the exception Monday morning in the aftermath of the three-day Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival at Clinton State Park. Overall, concertgoers and others say, campers did their part to keep the park clean.
Nader remains a big factor
June 22, 2004
As paradoxical as it seems, though Ralph Nader will probably receive significantly fewer votes in his independent candidacy for president than he received in 2000, he could again easily make the difference in this year’s race.
Stanford swimmer tapped top woman athlete
June 22, 2004
Tara Kirk set the world record in the 100-meter breaststroke, swept four straight NCAA titles and became an Olympic favorite.
McGrady, O’Neal rumors abound
Trade talk dominates pre-draft team talks
June 22, 2004
A blockbuster trade involving Tracy McGrady and Steve Francis dominated the NBA rumor mill Monday, while the Los Angeles Lakers waited to learn whether Shaquille O’Neal was serious about demanding a trade.
Attorneys sparring over trial details
June 22, 2004
Kobe Bryant returned to court Monday for a two-day hearing that included sharp arguments over how to instruct the jurors who will decide whether the NBA standout is guilty of sexual assault.
World Cup could conflict with spring training
June 22, 2004
Players on teams that advance to the final stages of the first baseball World Cup would not be with their major-league teams for most of spring training next year.
Healthy Griffey back on top of his game
Injuries slowed Cincinnati standout’s quest for 500 career homers
June 22, 2004
If Ken Griffey Jr. can stay in the lineup, the next 100 home runs might come a lot easier than his 500th.
State briefs
June 22, 2004
¢ Food distributor admits offering tainted meats ¢ Fugitive from Kansas arrested after 9 years ¢ Romantic defrauder sentenced to five years ¢ Benedictine College looking for new leader
4 U.S. soldiers killed; S. Korean’s fate unclear
June 22, 2004
Insurgents gunned down four U.S. Marines on Monday west of Baghdad, while South Korea awaited word on the fate of a kidnapped worker after the deadline for his execution passed.
Agency wants records closed to shield whistle-blowers
Legislative Division of Post Audit looks to balance open government, employee protection
June 22, 2004
A small state agency that often puts a spotlight on waste and inefficiencies in state government wants to increase protections of state employees who provide information.
Golf course group mum on report
Company to discuss findings on whether it should relocate
June 22, 2004
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is keeping secret a new report about whether the organization should leave Lawrence, where the association has been based since 1972.
KCC commissioner doesn’t expect reappointment
Governor likely to make decision within few weeks
June 22, 2004
Kansas Corporation Commissioner John Wine said Monday he probably wouldn’t be reappointed to the post he has had for the past eight years.
State appraisal values Circle K at $3.2 million
Purchase of ranch from city of Hays considered
June 22, 2004
State officials said Monday they have received a long-awaited appraisal for the Circle K ranch, a major step in a deal that could become the state’s biggest land purchase since Kansas bought the Cheyenne Bottoms 50 years ago.
6News video: Phenix take field once more
June 22, 2004
The Lawrence Phenix Under-14 girls softball team had a tough call to make following the death of first baseman Krystal Bateson, but the girls decided to play on in this weekend’s tournament.
People
June 22, 2004
¢ Third ‘Bill’ not due for 15 years ¢ Communication breakdown ¢ Houston sets China date ¢ Fair and balanced — not
Briefly
June 22, 2004
¢ Assailants attack posts adjacent to Chechnya ¢ 3 British vessels seized ¢ War fears increase
Burst water pipe closes KU Medical Center building
June 22, 2004
The main administration building at Kansas University Medical Center was shut down Monday after a broken water pipe flooded numerous offices, officials said.
Clinton stealing Kerry spotlight
June 22, 2004
Forgive John Kerry if he doesn’t see any humor or humility in Bill Clinton’s “because I could” line. From Kerry’s unhappy perspective, Clinton’s flip explanation of his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky could also explain the lousy timing of Clinton’s book.
Naismith Hall to honor KU’s Falkenstien
June 22, 2004
Max Falkenstien, who has broadcast Kansas University basketball and football games for nearly six decades, on Monday was named recipient of the 15th annual Curt Gowdy electronic media award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Briefly
June 22, 2004
¢ Nader picks activist as running mate ¢ Mad cow victim dies ¢ Panda numbers stabilize ¢ GOP ketchup billed as counter to Heinz
New rules designed to fight surgery mixups
June 22, 2004
Starting July 1, operating rooms are supposed to be a little safer: Surgical teams must take new steps to prevent operating on the wrong body part or wrong patient.
Dear Diary: Stash your secrets on the Internet
June 22, 2004
Gone are the days of hiding your diary at the bottom of your underwear drawer. Now the innermost thoughts and feelings of today’s teens are safely tucked away — online.
Briefcase
June 22, 2004
¢ Former Enron executive’s lawyer rejects rumors ¢ Wachovia to purchase SouthTrust for $14B ¢ Firm settles allegations ¢ Gasoline prices drop
Defense lawyers may question U.S. generals in prison scandal
June 22, 2004
Lawyers for two defendants in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal won the right Monday to question top U.S. generals to bolster arguments their clients were following lawful orders in their treatment of inmates.
Former A&M boss Watkins hired at Mizzou
Snyder taps experienced coach as top assistant
June 22, 2004
Missouri hired former Texas A&M coach Melvin Watkins as the new top assistant to Quin Snyder on Monday, filling a vacancy that opened in the fallout of an NCAA investigation.
Delbert Max Bailey
June 22, 2004
Horoscopes
June 22, 2004
City briefs
June 22, 2004
¢ Stores offer discounts on Clinton memoir ¢ Subject of photo talks about incident to police ¢ State legislator to join Dole Institute staff ¢ Committee formed to find alumni group CEO
Perry Middle School honor roll
June 22, 2004
Perry Middle School has announced its spring 2004 academic honor students.
Daily ticker
June 22, 2004
Judge: Missouri River can run without changes
Environmentalists considering appeal
June 22, 2004
The Missouri River can operate without changes sought by environmentalists to save endangered fish and birds, a federal judge ruled Monday.
City softball standings
June 22, 2004