Archive for Thursday, August 4, 2005

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Douglas County Fair 08-03-05
How much vacation do you take a year?

Poll results

Response Percent
All that I’m allowed to take.
I take most of it, but can’t take it all.
I take about half of what I’m allowed.
I can’t afford to take any vacation.
I rarely take a day off.
I take less than half of what I’m allowed.
I haven’t had a vacation in years.
My boss frowns on me taking vacation.
Total 790

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Morningstar preparing for prep school
August 4, 2005
Other than gaining weight and adding a couple of inches to his frame, former Free State High School basketball star Brady Morningstar says he wants to work on all areas of his game.
Chat transcript with Supt. Randy Weseman
August 4, 2005
Lawrence public schools’ Supt. Randy Weseman took questions from readers on issues that included teacher collaboration times, the use of athletic facilities, school security and the need to consolidate some of Kansas’ 300 school districts as a cost-saving measure.
KU announces men’s basketball schedule
August 4, 2005
Kansas University today announced the 2005-06 KU men’s basketball schedule.
K-10 accident victims still in hospital
August 4, 2005
Two people from Lawrence injured in a rollover accident Wednesday on Kansas Highway 10 remain hospitalized today at Kansas City hospitals.
Lawrence family sought to help find missing ranger
August 4, 2005
Several Kansans, including a Lawrence family, may have been among the last to see a Rocky Mountain National Park ranger before the ranger was reported missing, officials said today.
Police seek information in tavern burglary
August 4, 2005
Police are asking for the public’s help solving a burglary early Wednesday morning at a tavern in central Lawrence.
Cold front bringing chance for showers
August 4, 2005
Grab your umbrella on the way out. “We see sprinkles in the morning and showers in the afternoon, with a little bit of sunshine in between,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Swine disease deaths in humans raise alarm
August 4, 2005
Experts on a strep germ that’s sickening people and pigs in China are baffled by reports of 37 farmers suddenly falling ill, bleeding under the skin and dying - all previously unheard of with the disease.
First suspect charged in failed bomb attacks
August 4, 2005
Police charged a 23-year-old man Wednesday with withholding information about the failed July 21 bombing attempts targeting London’s transit system, making him the first person in Britain to face criminal charges in the attacks.
Arabs flee southern town following riots
August 4, 2005
Sudanese Arabs fled the southern town of Juba on Wednesday after ethnic Africans angered by the death of their popular rebel leader went on a two-day rampage, chasing Arabs in the street and burning Arab shops and homes. At least 18 people were killed, witnesses said.
Mauritanian president overthrown while attending King Fahd’s funeral
August 4, 2005
A military junta overthrew Mauritania’s U.S.-allied president while he was abroad Wednesday, prompting celebrations in this oil-rich Islamic nation that looked increasingly to the West amid alleged threats from al-Qaida linked militants.
Black boxes retrieved from plane wreckage
Weather a factor in Air France crash; pilot could have flown to another airport
August 4, 2005
Toronto’s airport was under “red alert” because of the threat of lightning when an Air France jetliner landed in a fierce rainstorm despite having enough fuel to reach another airport - a decision that was made by the pilot, airport authorities said Wednesday.
Saudis pledge allegiance to new king
August 4, 2005
Hundreds of tribal chiefs, Islamic clerics, princes and commoners pledged loyalty Wednesday to Saudi Arabia’s new King Abdullah, vowing to “hear and obey” in a traditional Islamic ceremony that seals his status as monarch after a decade as de facto ruler.
Tropical Storm Harvey shouldn’t threaten U.S.
August 4, 2005
A depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Harvey as it slowly approached Bermuda, forecasters said Wednesday night.
Blood-donation screen cuts West Nile threat
August 4, 2005
Screening blood donations for the West Nile virus to prevent its spread has proved remarkably effective, though a few contaminated units have been missed, according to reports on the first two years of testing.
Boy, 7, dies on water ride at park
August 4, 2005
A 7-year-old boy was found dead in the water of a boat ride at a historic amusement park Wednesday after he didn’t emerge from a tunnel, authorities said.
Cow tests negative for mad cow disease
August 4, 2005
A cow suspected of having mad cow disease has tested negative for the brain-wasting ailment, the Agriculture Department said Wednesday.
Brain-dead mother taken off life support
August 4, 2005
A brain-dead woman who was kept alive for three months so she could deliver the child she was carrying was removed from life support Wednesday and died, a day after giving birth.
Girl, 11, avoids trial for throwing rock
August 4, 2005
An 11-year-old girl who threw a rock at a boy during a water balloon fight escaped jail time Wednesday on a felony assault with a deadly weapon charge after lawyers worked out a deal in the emotionally charged case.
Lightning kills Utah Boy Scout, injures three others in shelter
August 4, 2005
A bolt of lightning killed a 15-year-old Boy Scout and injured three others while they slept in a log shelter during a violent storm.
Town’s civic leaders think there’s too much art
Galleries abound in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., but just try to buy some socks
August 4, 2005
The artists discovered this village in the early 1900s and put up wooden cottages where they could paint the shoreline and the coastal pines.
People in the news
August 4, 2005
¢ Martha Stewart’s home confinement extended ¢ Wanted: Song co-writers ¢ Rumor control ¢ Hottest spot north of Havana ¢ Knotts in poor health
Baby giant panda born in San Diego
August 4, 2005
A 13-year-old giant panda gave birth to a cub at San Diego Zoo, but a second fetus died in the womb, officials said Wednesday.
Researchers work out levels of exercise capacity for women
August 4, 2005
For the first time, researchers have established how much exercise women should be able to do for their age and found that their capacity is slightly lower than men’s.
Longtime music professor charged in lover’s slaying
August 4, 2005
A longtime college music teacher was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the strangulation death of a man prosecutors call his former lover.
On the record
August 4, 2005
Sebelius objects to new sheriff
Smith County chooses Murphy, who was previously forced to resign
August 4, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius doesn’t like the new sheriff in town, but there’s nothing she can do about it.
Fort Hays to require meningitis vaccine
August 4, 2005
Fort Hays State University is joining a growing number of colleges that are requiring students living on-campus to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis or sign a waiver.
Sprint-Nextel merger gets OK from feds
August 4, 2005
Sprint Corp.’s $35 billion acquisition of Nextel Communications Inc. received the go-ahead Wednesday from regulators, bolstering Sprint’s status as the No. 3 wireless company in the United States.
August 4, 2005
A reader’s review of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in Tuesday’s Journal-World titled “Newest novel humorous” included several phrases similar to the book’s description on the book jacket. The book jacket should have been cited as the source of the information.
August 4, 2005
Sauer-Danfoss posts record sales
August 4, 2005
Sauer-Danfoss Inc., a manufacturer of power systems for mobile equipment, reported record sales for its second quarter Wednesday, citing strong growth in North America.
Oil prices retreat on federal report
August 4, 2005
A benign petroleum-supply snapshot helped send oil prices down by more than $1 a barrel Wednesday, although analysts said crude futures - still above $60 a barrel - weren’t likely to fall too far given the market’s jitters about rising global demand and U.S. refinery snags.
Daily ticker
August 4, 2005
Adidas buys Reebok to compete with Nike
August 4, 2005
By combining Adidas’ popularity in Europe among soccer fans with Reebok’s appeal to U.S. fans of basketball and football, the architects of the $3.8 billion sportswear and athletic gear deal hope to create a more muscular rival to world leader Nike.
30-year bond to return
August 4, 2005
The 30-year U.S. Treasury bond is coming back.
A special place: Indianapolis Motor Speedway carries meaning for drivers
August 4, 2005
You don’t have to be from Indiana, Jeff Burton said, to know how much it would mean to win a race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Twins get a walk-off win
Ford’s ninth-inning triple stops surging Athletics
August 4, 2005
Minneapolis - Minnesota finally mustered some m
Brewers turn tables on Mets
Hall’s homer, Overbay’s two-run single give Brewers big victory over New York
August 4, 2005
One night after blowing a lead, the Milwaukee Brewers handled the late innings perfectly.
Commentary: Hall of Famer Morgan discouraged
Former baseball great says steroid use in today’s game worse than crime of banned Pete Rose
August 4, 2005
As a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame, Joe Morgan knows he will not have the initial say on whether Rafael Palmeiro is worthy of Cooperstown. That does not prohibit Morgan from having definite opinions on Palmeiro’s deservedness after a 10-day suspension for violating baseball’s steroid policy.
Man accused of fleeing police, crashing truck
August 4, 2005
A 30-year-old Lawrence man crashed his pickup truck early Wednesday on West Ninth Street while trying to flee law enforcement officials after a fight at The Pool Room, 925 Iowa, police said.
Nephew of Royals manager killed in Iraq
August 4, 2005
Lance Cpl. Timothy Michael Bell Jr., a nephew of Kansas City Royals manager Buddy Bell, was among 14 Marines killed Wednesday by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
Glass knocked out
August 4, 2005
Lawrence’s Bob Glass bowed out in the Round of 16 during Wednesday’s match play at the PBA Senior Tour Manassas Open.
Gordon set to amaze again
Jayhawks’ do-it-all junior proud to be preseason All-America, but ready to back it up
August 4, 2005
He’s by far the most decorated man of the Mark Mangino era, but Kansas University junior Charles Gordon knows preseason accolades are useless unless he can back it up.
Ugly collision can’t stop Boston
August 4, 2005
Manny Ramirez charged in from left field and Edgar Renteria ran out from shortstop. They collided, leaving fans silent and the Boston Red Sox hopes for a healthy stretch drive on the ground.
Kids day planned
August 4, 2005
Kansas University football’s annual Gatorade Kids Day will be Sunday on the practice fields south of Anschutz Pavilion.
Splitting the bill: Frugality can lead to ill will
August 4, 2005
It seems a lot of people are experiencing frugal-diner fatigue. That’s when a restaurant meal turns into an embarrassing battle over the bill.
Pesky yellow nutsedge invades dormant lawns
August 4, 2005
The stifling heat of summer has slowed the growth of our lush, green lawns. However, weed growth has kicked into overdrive.
Upcoming horticultural events announced
August 4, 2005
Kansas State University Research and Extension and/or its Extension Master Gardeners are participating in the following area and statewide horticultural events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with a Kansas county extension office.
An oasis in the city
Lawrence gardens, parks provide respite in concrete jungle
August 4, 2005
I love biking around Lawrence. My husband and son meander about town with me in no real hurry, stopping at parks to play on equipment or letting my son dart through fountains, wading pools or puddles.
Dinosaur eggs may nest at KU
China’s gift enchants Kansans
August 4, 2005
It could be sunnyside up for Lawrence and Kansas University curators, if a pair of crowd-pleasing dinosaur eggs from China find their home here.
Shuttle repair makes history
August 4, 2005
With a gentle tug of his gloved right hand, Discovery astronaut Stephen Robinson removed two worrisome pieces of filler material from the shuttle’s belly Wednesday in an unprecedented space repair job that drew a big sigh of relief from NASA.
Youthful ‘officers’ arrested
August 4, 2005
Police in El Monte, Calif., have arrested two teenagers who they say impersonated officers and pulled over at least two motorists while sounding a siren and flashing emergency lights they had purchased on eBay.
Battery suspect jailed in alleged stabbing
August 4, 2005
A Lawrence man arrested last month for battering his ex-girlfriend has been arrested again for allegedly trying to kill her by stabbing her Tuesday night at Colony Woods apartments, 1301 W. 24th St.
Woodling: Ex-player loving life as official
August 4, 2005
In his life as the vice president of an engineering firm in his native Omaha, Neb., he is known as John Mascarello.
Newer African art affordable
August 4, 2005
Collectibles used in American homes come from many countries. Crafts from Africa have been especially popular since the 1960s. Many modern European and American artists like Pablo Picasso were influenced by traditional African pieces.
Trial postponed in MU banner incident
August 4, 2005
The trial for a former Kansas University student accused of trespassing at Mizzou Arena has been postponed until Dec. 21.
Weseman to chat on
August 4, 2005
Have a question about Lawrence’s public schools?
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 4, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $2.17 at several locations around Lawrence. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
KU professor recounts second London bombing
English faculty member was at Liverpool Station during July 21 attack
August 4, 2005
Beverly Boyd is glad to be home. Boyd, an English literature professor at Kansas University, returned to Lawrence on Tuesday night after business trips to England and Holland.
Sebelius appoints three to Regents
August 4, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday appointed three new members - all with political experience - to the Kansas Board of Regents.
Exotic animals strutting their stuff at Douglas County Fair
August 4, 2005
When you go to a county fair, you expect to see cattle, swine, sheep and poultry.
Lawrence rated No. 72
August 4, 2005
Lawrence is ranked as America’s 72nd best sports city in the annual ratings of The Sporting News.
Kansas receives grant to measure water better
August 4, 2005
Federal officials have awarded Kansas $230,720 to better measure water use by irrigators along the Republican River, it was announced Wednesday.
Rental solution
August 4, 2005
To the editor: Owner-occupied residents in single-family zoned neighborhoods find little comfort that landlord Mark Lehman has “stopped paying attention” to how many students he can “cram” into his 60 rental houses (as though he ever did).
Unfair portrayal
August 4, 2005
To the editor: As a frequent visitor to Lawrence, I had opportunity to read the Lawrence Journal-World article, “Shepherding the flock” (July 23).
Israel’s future in doubt
August 4, 2005
In the H.G Wells novel and subsequent film, “The Invisible Man,” the main character takes a dangerous drug and slowly disappears.
Violence for a cause has powerful appeal
August 4, 2005
Since the bombing attacks in London last month, a welter of columnists, writers, talking heads and ordinary people have puzzled over the mystery of British Muslims, one in four of whom recently told pollsters that they sympathize with the July 7 suicide bombers.
Rumsfeld’s report on Iraq disappointing
August 4, 2005
The common theme of the controversies roiling the capital this summer is the contest over access to vital information. This is one of the classic points of contention between the executive and legislative branches, but the conflict is sharper than usual this year.
Self, staff made big recruiting push
August 4, 2005
For Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self, the July recruiting-evaluation period began with trips to Nike and Reebok camps in Indianapolis and Teaneck, N.J., and ended at the Price Chopper tournament in Shawnee.
Mullein’s a weed with many handy qualities
Plant’s leaves make good herbal medicine
August 4, 2005
Mullein is too good a plant to be called a weed. Instead, call it by one of its nicknames, such as Adam’s flannel, candlewick, hare’s beard, velvet plant, feltwort or lungwort.
The long and short of Daisy
August 4, 2005
Who wears short shorts? Daisy Duke wears short shorts, and - if you can believe it - Jessica Simpson’s denim cutoffs in the new “Dukes of Hazzard” movie are even cheekier than Catherine Bach’s were in the old CBS series.
When is it trash?
August 4, 2005
To the editor: Interesting.
Bomb kills 14 Marines in Iraq
Deaths renew complaints about armored vehicles
August 4, 2005
Fourteen U.S. Marines were killed Wednesday when a huge bomb destroyed their lightly armored vehicle, hurling it into the air in a giant fireball in the deadliest roadside bombing suffered by American forces in the Iraq war.
Our town sports
August 4, 2005
Love letter
Embattled Yoko Ono pays tribute to late husband with musical ‘Lennon’
August 4, 2005
It was not long after she met John Lennon that Yoko Ono realized she had become one of the most hated women on the planet.
The skinny on a new FX sitcom
August 4, 2005
What if the characters on “Seinfeld” were all food addicts in a recovery group run by the soup Nazi? That’s not a bad description of the premise for the new comedy “Starved” (9 p.m., FX).
4 injured in Kansas Highway 10 wreck
SUV overturns west of Eudora
August 4, 2005
Two women and two children from Lawrence were injured Wednesday evening when their vehicle overturned several times on Kansas Highway 10 just west of Eudora, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Former capital to celebrate its unique history
August 4, 2005
Gary Kroeger looks at the state Capitol in Topeka and wonders what might’ve been.
A travesty
August 4, 2005
To the editor: I was disheartened to read the article in Sunday’s edition about the result of the homeless car wash (“Homeless car wash shut down by city,” July 31).
Congress to investigate Palmeiro
Committee to examine whether slugger committed perjury
August 4, 2005
Congress will investigate whether baseball slugger Rafael Palmeiro perjured himself when he told a House committee that he hadn’t taken steroids.
Violations probe cost KU Athletics Corp. $143,493
August 4, 2005
Kansas University spent $143,493 in the past two years to outline violations in its athletics department, officials said.
Rights group says U.S. held Yemenis in secret jail
August 4, 2005
Two Yemeni men say they were held in solitary confinement in secret, underground U.S. detention facilities in an unknown country and interrogated by masked men for more than 18 months without being charged or allowed any contact with the outside world, Amnesty International charged Wednesday.
Ohio town mourns loss of 19 Marines
August 4, 2005
The rash of violence in Iraq this week has taken an especially brutal toll on a Marine battalion based in this working-class town: Nineteen members from the unit were killed over two days.
Judge won’t jail man awaiting trial in servitude case
Social workers accused of fraud, videotaping sexual contacts
August 4, 2005
A federal judge has declined to jail a Newton man awaiting trial on charges that he physically and sexually abused residents of a home for the mentally ill.
Westar fraud trial nearing end
Douglas Lake testifies investment in QuVis wasn’t conflict of interest
August 4, 2005
The federal fraud trial of two former Westar Energy Inc. executives ended its seventh week Wednesday as the company’s former chief strategy officer denied pushing the company in 2001 to invest in a Topeka-based tech startup because he was an investor.
Canadian firm buys Peak Chemical
Adjacent Astaris plant awaits possible sale
August 4, 2005
A Canadian company is the new owner of a chemical plant at the edge of North Lawrence, and an adjacent plant is in negotiations for a sale of its own.
Korean creates first dog clone
August 4, 2005
He could be just another frisky, long-haired puppy with a slightly dazed expression. But his genetic fingerprint says otherwise.
School standards
State officials need to find some middle ground between school standards that guarantee higher achievement and those that simply protect the state from litigation.
August 4, 2005
Setting achievement goals for Kansas public schools is a tricky proposition.
Morningstar out in crunch time
FSHS product watches as his North squad falls
August 4, 2005
Brady Morningstar promised it didn’t bother him.
Lawrence datebook
August 4, 2005
Synthetic blood treatment may soon be available
August 4, 2005
Critically injured trauma patients in Douglas County may soon be eligible for a new type of treatment - synthetic blood.
August 4, 2005
For Thursday, Aug. 4
Women’s slate released
August 4, 2005
Kansas University’s women’s basketball team shouldn’t suffer from road weariness next season. The Jayhawks will have 19 games in Allen Fieldhouse, including exhibitions against Pittsburg State and Emporia State.