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Briefly
June 26, 2004
¢ British troops fly back to Iraq after release ¢ U.N. troops take over peacekeeping mission ¢ Official calls terrorists to give up with amnesty ¢ Journalist slaying may be linked to drug cartel
Briefly
June 26, 2004
¢ Two U.S. Marines killed ¢ U.S. animal tests positive for mad cow in initial test ¢ NATO nears agreement on request to train Iraqi troops ¢ Three-star general now leads probe of Iraq prison abuses
Briefly
June 26, 2004
Briefly
June 26, 2004
¢ British troops fly back to Iraq after release ¢ U.N. troops take over peacekeeping mission ¢ Official calls terrorists to give up with amnesty ¢ Journalist slaying may be linked to drug cartel
Briefly
June 26, 2004
¢ Suspect hit by police won’t be charged yet ¢ U.S., Mexico launch study of monsoons ¢ Reason sought for lack of species protection ¢ FBI: Flight attendant admits leaving threat ¢ Suspect charged in fireworks shootings
Farmland future
June 26, 2004
Faulty logic
June 26, 2004
Adults must respond to cruelty among children
June 26, 2004
As an elementary school teacher, I am bothered by what I see my students doing to each other every day. They can be brutal — especially to the child who is a little different.
Engagements
June 26, 2004
¢ O’Neal-Hertach ¢ Lerud-Mason ¢ Smith-Hoover ¢ Leach-Wondrack
Employees’ health becoming consideration in building designs
Overland Park-based Sprint promotes fitness with walkways, exercise center
June 26, 2004
In some ways, Mary Still is a typical weight-loss success story. She changed her eating habits, started working out and dropped 82 pounds in a year.
Monica rebuffs book’s account
June 26, 2004
Monica Lewinsky begs to differ. The former White House intern scorned Bill Clinton’s explanation that he had an affair with her “just because I could,” and accused the former president of failing to correct the record and make clear their relationship was mutual in his new memoir.
Anniversaries
June 26, 2004
¢ Pottorf ¢ Wren
Club news
June 26, 2004
The Lawrence Mentors Duplicate Bridge Club met June 16. Four teams participated in a Swiss match. Don Brennaman directed the game.
People
June 26, 2004
¢ Spears engaged to dancer ¢ Ross plays to hometown crowd ¢ INXS turns to TV for new singer
Society calendar
June 26, 2004
Caring for Eliza
Church reaches out to cancer-stricken infant
June 26, 2004
Nathan and Jessica Fortner have been facing a tough time these days. Their 7-month-old daughter, Eliza Mae, was recently diagnosed with a form of cancer called glioma astrocytoma. A brain tumor.
Trade deficit slows growth
Consumers tighten spending in first quarter
June 26, 2004
The economy, weighed down by a bloated trade deficit, grew at a slower pace in the first quarter of the year. The 3.9 percent rate suggested a still-sturdy recovery but raised questions about its strength in the months ahead.
Experts warn Web infection may be stealing financial data
Computer virus appears to use Microsoft products
June 26, 2004
A mysterious Internet virus being spread Friday by hundreds and possibly thousands of infected Web sites may be aimed at stealing credit card and other valuable information, security experts warned.
MCI closes call centers in Kansas, Colorado
June 26, 2004
Citing economic and regulatory conditions, MCI Inc. announced its third major round of job cuts this year, eliminating 2,000 jobs by closing two call centers, including one in Wichita, and reducing operations at two others.
Agency hopes photos spur
June 26, 2004
The group charged with finding homes for the more than 700 children under the state’s care plans to use a touring collection of professionally made photographs to boost interest among potential adoptive parents.
Neodesha pegs closed refinery pollution damages at $1 billion
June 26, 2004
A southeast Kansas town has estimated its damages from pollution at $1 billion in its lawsuits against BP PLC. But an attorney for the city of Neodesha said Friday the figure, provided at the oil company’s request, could change dramatically with further research.
Congress civility drops to low point
June 26, 2004
In 1856 a House member from South Carolina took his cane to an abolitionist senator from Massachusetts, bloodying the Senate floor and leaving the man near death. Capitol attacks these days are not as dramatic, but lawmakers from both parties lament what has become another low point in political civility.
Lesbian couple seeking spouse privileges at club
June 26, 2004
B. Birgit Koebke golfs alone because no one at her country club will play with her. She hits the links late in the day to avoid running into hostile club members. If a group of golfers happens to be ahead of her, they don’t let her play through.
Governor says regents off-base with criticism
June 26, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday she was concerned with new tuition increases and disagreed with Kansas Board of Regents members who said the increases were needed to make up for miserly state spending on higher education.
Lawrence consultant tapped for KCC post
Nominee for regulatory post was onetime bandmate of governor’s husband
June 26, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed a Lawrence consultant and former bandmate of Sebelius’ husband to the Kansas Corporation Commission, the agency that regulates telecommunications, trucking and utility services.
Thousands line up for food on opening night of Fiesta
Annual event marks 23rd year at church
June 26, 2004
The 1200 block of Kentucky Street exuded Mexico Friday night, and several thousand people were on hand to breathe it in. The 23rd annual Mexican Fiesta, which continues today, served up authentic tamales, tacos, tostadas and rice in the parking lot of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Ky.
Witnesses credit police for keeping cool in confronting sword-wielding suspect
June 26, 2004
A North Lawrence man swung a 4-foot sword at neighbors and police officers Friday afternoon along the street near his home at the intersection of Fifth and Minnesota streets, witnesses said.
Jackson judge won’t unseal transcripts
June 26, 2004
The judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation case reinforced the wall of secrecy around grand jury transcripts and other evidence Friday and said that trying to ensure a fair trial for such a famous entertainer was “exasperating.”
Around and about
June 26, 2004
Dorothy McCune
June 26, 2004
Warren H. Cantrell
June 26, 2004
Michael J. Ross
June 26, 2004
Phyllis Jean Bones Hollon
June 26, 2004
Wenger services
June 26, 2004
Bailey services
June 26, 2004
Scouting news
June 26, 2004
Boy Scout Troop 62, chartered to the Linwood Lions Club, helped clean June 12 around Kansas Highway 32 and Linwood Elementary School.
George E. Harriman
June 26, 2004
Carolee Drake Martin
June 26, 2004
Phillip L. Stallard
June 26, 2004
Woodworker suffers burns in flash fire
June 26, 2004
A rural Leavenworth County man suffered burns to 70 percent of his body and was lifeflighted to the University of Kansas Hospital after he caught fire while cutting wood in his garage.
U.S. again strikes suspected Iraq terrorist safe house
Leaders mull ‘stronger measures’ to combat insurgents
June 26, 2004
U.S. jets targeted terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, pounding one of his suspected hideouts Friday in Fallujah in a strike U.S. officials said killed up to 25 people.
Drug felon freed on bond while pursing appeal
June 26, 2004
A man recently sentenced in Lawrence to 11-1/2 years in prison for third-time cocaine possession has been freed on bond while he appeals his sentence — a punishment he says is unjust because of a new law that gives drug offenders probation and treatment.
Governor stands by pay raise directive
June 26, 2004
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday defended her proposal to allow state agency chiefs to choose which employees receive some pay raises.
City golf tournament field shrinks
June 26, 2004
Kyle Taylor knows planning a mid-summer golf tournament never is easy, considering the numerous conflicts that present themselves during the warmest time of year.
Missouri paid assistants $136,000 to resign
June 26, 2004
The University of Missouri-Columbia paid more than $136,000 to two basketball coaches who are accused of breaking NCAA rules in exchange for their resignations and pledges never to sue, documents obtained by the Associated Press show.
KU basketball alumni make camps ‘special’
June 26, 2004
Some of Kansas University’s most distinguished alumni basketball players have made appearances at coach Bill Self’s summer camps the past two years.
Day falters in bid for round of 59
Scott reaches 14-under par for Booz Allen Classic lead
June 26, 2004
A 61 and a 62 already were in the books over two days at the Booz Allen Classic when Glen Day made a serious charge toward the 50s. Then the weather took over.
Jeff Gordon snares Sonoma pole
Despite off-road trip, driver up front for second straight race
June 26, 2004
Jeff Gordon flung his Chevrolet through the twisting turns at Infineon Raceway, driving through the dirt, bouncing across the washboard-like curbs and nearly bouncing off a concrete wall coming off the final turn Friday.
Former KU football players find new homes
June 26, 2004
Chuck Jones appears to be making the most of a new opportunity.
Outlaws hammer Carthage, 9-0
June 26, 2004
Will Falk threw a two-hitter, and the Lawrence Outlaws banged out nine hits in a 9-0, six-inning rout of Carthage, Mo., Friday in the first round of the Pittsburg Wooden Bat Tournament.
Rangers’ Rogers wins 10th
Beltran 2-for-4 in losing cause for Houston
June 26, 2004
Kenny Rogers accomplished something even more important for the Texas Rangers than becoming the AL’s first 10-game winner.
Pena’s slam propels Reds
June 26, 2004
Wily Mo Pena sure relished the biggest hit of his career.
Cards will discipline Kline
June 26, 2004
The St. Louis Cardinals told the baseball commissioner’s office that the club planned disciplinary action against reliever Steve Kline after an outburst during Wednesday night’s 10-9 win over the Chicago Cubs.
NASCAR says no to sponsor
June 26, 2004
NASCAR has rejected Roush Racing’s bid to sign a hard liquor company as primary sponsor for Jeff Burton’s No. 99 Ford.
Champ Car penalizes pair
June 26, 2004
Defending series champion Paul Tracy, Bruno Junqueira and Alex Tagliani were penalized Friday for actions at Sunday’s Champ Car World Series race in Portland, Ore.
Ivanisevic says goodbye to Wimbledon
Hewitt takes straight-sets victory in third round over former champion
June 26, 2004
In the final set of his wild and crazy career, 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic was preparing to serve when a spectator cried out: “We love you, Goran!”
Magic found no reason not to pick Howard first
June 26, 2004
Orlando general manager John Weisbrod asked his assistants the night before the NBA draft why the Magic should not pick Dwight Howard.
Connecticut works OT for win
June 26, 2004
Nykesha Sales scored 22 points and matched a career high with 10 rebounds to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 71-67 overtime win over the Detroit Shock on Friday night.
King must pay $14 million to Tyson
Former boxing champ owes $38.4 million to various creditors
June 26, 2004
Mike Tyson will have to fight — and fight often — to get out of debt, despite the prospect of a $14 million payment from Don King to settle his claims against the promoter.
County already outgrowing jail
Taxpayers picking up cost of keeping overflow inmates elsewhere
June 26, 2004
Douglas County taxpayers are paying the price for a 5-year-old jail that’s already overcrowded.
E and E to close for good July 1
Company blames 9-11 for business collapse
June 26, 2004
The fight is over for Lawrence’s E and E Display Group.
Chautauqua celebrations make city feel young again
June 26, 2004
Those near downtown Lawrence Friday probably couldn’t avoid the first official day of Chautauqua celebrations in Lawrence, even if they hadn’t planned to attend them.
Report blasts EPA for enabling polluters
June 26, 2004
Federal regulators are bungling the job of making sure that the nation’s oil refineries — among the country’s biggest polluters — reduce their emissions as promised.
Events scheduled for ‘Bleeding Kansas: Where the Civil War Began’
June 26, 2004
Here’s the schedule for the remaining events in the “Bleeding Kansas: Where the Civil War Began” Chautauqua. Events will be in South Park, 11th and Massachusetts streets, unless otherwise noted.
Bryant trial scheduled to start Aug. 27
Transcripts of closed-door hearing mistakenly released to media organizations
June 26, 2004
A court reporter accidentally released transcripts of a closed-door hearing in the Kobe Bryant case, setting off a First Amendment battle between the judge and media organizations that received the documents.
Briefly
June 26, 2004
¢ Safety board targets deaths on small planes ¢ Rock discovery on Mars befuddles scientists ¢ Wildfires strand dozens; half escape in convoy ¢ Frozen cod sold at SuperTargets recalled
Umpiring reasons differ
Fun, future among motives for job
June 26, 2004
First-year umpire Brad Vibbard was working a Parks and Recreation league baseball game for fourth- and fifth-graders when there was a close play at first base.
Castroneves blisters SunTrust Indy field
June 26, 2004
Helio Castroneves took advantage of fast conditions Friday to shatter the track record at Richmond International Raceway and win the pole for the SunTrust Indy Challenge.
Faith forum
Services at my house of worship don’t move me spiritually. What are my options?
June 26, 2004
True worship is focused on God
One man, no vote
June 26, 2004
We have a running joke at our house these days. In our retirement, whenever my wife and I have a decision to make, I get one-half vote, and she gets one vote. Just yesterday “we” decided to do some extensive landscaping around our townhome. The vote was one vote for and one-half vote against. I can live with that. But what I have great difficulty living with is our archaic presidential voting tradition.
Lawrence mugging conviction upheld
June 26, 2004
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld the conviction of a woman sentenced in connection with the 2001 mugging of a 78-year-old man in Lawrence.
Briefs
June 26, 2004
¢ Senator publicizes plight of Sudanese ¢ Accident victim flown to K.C. hospital ¢ Chase County is focus of museum exhibit ¢ Pump Patrol seeks deals
Red, White and Boom among area events
June 26, 2004
If you’re looking for entertainment options outside of this weekend’s Kansas Chautauqua, there’s plenty to do in the area.
Scientist envisions space elevator
June 26, 2004
President Bush wants to return to the moon and put a man on Mars. But scientist Bradley C. Edwards has an idea that’s really out of this world: an elevator that climbs 62,000 miles into space.
Weddings
June 26, 2004
¢ Moore-DeBoy ¢ Payne-Kueffer ¢ Frossard-Nierman
4-H Club news
June 26, 2004
Justin McCandless and Joanna Wakeman led the Kanwaka 4-H Club in reciting the flag salute during its June meeting. Scott Bronoski led the club in singing “Happy Birthday” to Debbie and Justin McCandless. Members answered roll call by naming their father’s middle name.
Briefcase
June 26, 2004
¢ European Union gives boost to biotech crops ¢ Low-carb craze factor in closure of Tippin’s ¢ Chamber launches redesigned Web site ¢ Companies receive dismal diversity ratings
Sideline
June 26, 2004
¢ Schilling top ‘Good Guy’ ¢ Stinnett to have surgery ¢ George sent to Omaha ¢ Umpire given boot
People and places
June 26, 2004
Truth finally coming out
June 26, 2004
“We have no credible evidence that Iraq and al-Qaida cooperated on attacks against the United States,” reports the staff of the bipartisan 9-11 commission in demolishing one of the Bush administration’s main arguments for invading Iraq. Now the administration and its spinmeisters are reduced to playing cheap semantic tricks to justify one of history’s great bait-and-switch operations, arguing that they never said explicitly that Iraq was collaborating with al-Qaida to harm the United States.
The link
There is good reason to continue to question Iraq-al-Qaida connections.
June 26, 2004
The nature of the relationship between Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime and the al-Qaida terror operation continues to create controversy, debate and discussion, with interpretations often depending on what political niche the observer inhabits.
U.S. starving seeds of Iraq democracy
June 26, 2004
In the past year, U.S. officials spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to jump-start a culture of liberal democracy in an Islamic country that had never known anything but dictatorship or authoritarian rule.
Margaret Ann Drain
June 26, 2004
Henry Delligatti
June 26, 2004
Jackson wins duel
Raiders pitcher dominant in 4-0 victory
June 26, 2004
Something unusual jumped around inside Ryne Jackson all day Friday.
Cards roll in opener
June 26, 2004
Facing Scott Rolen with the bases loaded in the third inning, Zack Greinke was determined not to let a grand slam go sailing over the wall.
Boy meets girl, girl freezes boy in Sci Fi Channel stinker
June 26, 2004
The “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus” trend takes a weird new twist in the 2004 Canadian shocker “Decoys” (8 p.m. today, Sci Fi). Equal parts “Species” (6 p.m. today, Sci Fi) and “Porky’s,” the film explores this mind-boggling question: What if a group of sexy sorority sisters were really extraterrestrial beings out to seduce randy college freshman and freeze them to death with their tentacles?
Religion briefs
June 26, 2004
Leo Center maxing out resources
June 26, 2004
Since The Leo Center opened its doors April 5, hundreds of people have come to the facility seeking aid — everything from medical care to food to help paying their bills.
World briefs
June 26, 2004
¢ U.N.: Worldwide opium production on the rise ¢ Two Palestinians killed in curfew enforcement ¢ Annan not ready to send troops to Sudan ¢ Tanker truck crashes into buses, killing 71
Truck loses footing
June 26, 2004
Irish protesters greet Bush as European visit begins
June 26, 2004
The welcome mat was hard to find for President Bush on Friday night. Arriving in Shannon at the start of his second visit to Europe this month, he ran into a buzz saw of protest over his decision to invade Iraq and the U.S.-led occupation that followed.
Lawrence briefs
June 26, 2004
¢ Residents return home, discover house on fire ¢ McLouth announces fireworks event ¢ Cyclists to join fight against leukemia ¢ Old West Lawrence street party is set
Briefly
June 26, 2004
¢ Government expands use of oral HIV test ¢ Shepard killer loses bid for sentence reduction
Sprout damage hits wheat crop
Inspectors hope condition limited to areas of N.W. Kansas
June 26, 2004
Years of drought. Spring freezes. Harvest rains. Just when Kansas farmers thought nothing more could possibly go wrong with this year’s winter wheat crop comes news of yet another blow: sprouting in the kernels.
Sex allegations drive Senate candidate
June 26, 2004
Illinois Senate candidate Jack Ryan dropped out of the race Friday amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations that horrified fellow Republicans and caused his once-promising candidacy to implode in four short days.
K.C. seeks to fill void
June 26, 2004
The day after the Kansas City Royals traded one of the finest players they ever developed, a handwritten message brought tears to manager Tony Pena.
Drone takes to sky to patrol U.S. borders
June 26, 2004
The Border Patrol launched an unmanned drone Friday that uses thermal and night-vision equipment to help agents spot illegal immigrants trying to cross the desert into the United States.