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Congressman to speak at Red Dog workout
August 5, 2005
U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., a three-time Olympian and former world-class miler, will speak briefly Monday morning at a session of the Red Dog’s Dog Days workout program.
Lawrence man injured in turnpike accident
01:28 p.m., August 5, 2005 Updated 04:10 p.m.
A Lawrence man was transported to the hospital with head and arm injuries after an early morning crash near the eastern terminal of the Kansas Turnpike.
Court says local judge too lenient in rape case
Court of Appeals orders new sentence for men accused of raping 13-year-old
August 5, 2005
The Kansas Court of Appeals today rejected Douglas County Judge Paula Martin’s sentences of two men in the rape of a 13-year-old girl, saying the judge was too lenient.
Lawrence splashed by few raindrops
August 5, 2005
Lawrence was a little damp and cool this morning as light showers and a few rumbles of thunder passed through, said Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist.
Dukes’ hazardous to one’s mental health
August 5, 2005
Now “Bewitched” has some competition. Those who thought that cinematic train wreck represented the summer’s worst adaptation of a “classic” TV show need only see “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Stupidity is exchanged like hard currency in this sub-“Smokey and the Bandit” romp around backwater Georgia.
Tractors pull in fair crowd
August 5, 2005
Rich Wakeman, of Law-rence, hopped down from the seat of a red 1960 Farmall 560 tractor, and his 17-year-old son, Curtis, quickly jumped up and took his place.
Former Dolphin duo key to Chiefs’ secondary
August 5, 2005
The young linebacker, with hopes of becoming a team leader, watched intently as safety Sammy Knight quickly closed on the tight end and knocked a pass away with exquisite timing. “I’d like to be like Sammy Knight,” said an admiring Kawika Mitchell.
Clement wins return
August 5, 2005
Matt Clement’s most impressive move simply was taking the mound for the first time since he was hit in the head by a line drive. The fact that he struggled Thursday in his first outing in nine days meant little to his admiring teammates after the Boston Red Sox won their season-high eighth straight game, 11-9, over the Kansas City Royals.
Jayhawks’ slate ‘challenging’
August 5, 2005
Kansas University’s young men’s basketball team will be asked to grow up in a hurry this preseason. “This schedule will be very challenging, especially right out of the chute,” third-year Jayhawk coach Bill Self said Thursday after scanning a 28-game 2005-06 slate that includes a Thanksgiving-week trip to the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Henrickson tourney scheduled Aug. 20
August 5, 2005
Spots are still available for the Bonnie Henrickson Benefit Golf Tournament Aug. 20 at Eagle Bend Golf Course.
Bogues drops Sting debut
August 5, 2005
Rebekkah Brunson scored 16 points, and the Sacramento Monarchs beat Charlotte, 76-58, on Thursday night, spoiling the debut of Sting coach Muggsy Bogues.
Abreu, at last, gets his groove back
Phillies slugger hits grand slam, breaking a 25-game homerless slump
August 5, 2005
One of Philadelphia’s most baffling second-half problems has been solved: Bobby Abreu really can hit home runs in games, not just meaningless exhibitions.
Seattle looks to the future
Hernandez sharp in debut, but Mariners fall, 3-1
August 5, 2005
Felix Hernandez was pretty impressive in his major-league debut. But Sean Douglass was even better. Douglass (4-1) outpitched his 19-year-old opponent, throwing eight strong innings to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 3-1 victory Thursday over the Seattle Mariners. Douglass allowed one run and three hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Owens not faking injury
Disgruntled All-Pro receiver has groin pull, still seeks new contract
August 5, 2005
Disgruntled All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens isn’t faking a groin injury, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid says. Owens left the morning practice after injuring his left groin Thursday and did not return for the team’s afternoon workout.
Mazzilli out as Orioles’ manager
Perlozzo appointed as interim for rest of campaign
August 5, 2005
A miserable week for Lee Mazzilli began with Rafael Palmeiro’s suspension and ended with the manager’s dismissal.
Exxon Mobil CEO to retire
Company’s president expected to take helm
August 5, 2005
Exxon Mobil Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Lee R. Raymond will retire at the end of this year from the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, the company said Thursday.
D-list celebs are the rage in reality shows this summer
August 5, 2005
Modern celebrity is like a colossal compost heap, swallowing amiable but forgettable sidekicks and drug-addled ego cases alike. They seem to disappear into obscurity, but that’s just an illusion. They’re like those stubborn dandelions that squeeze through pavement cracks no matter how much Weed-B-Gon you aim at them.
Generation country
Children of Nashville stars forging own path
August 5, 2005
If anyone seems born to write and sing songs, it’s Holly Williams. Her grandfather is American music icon Hank Williams, her father the country outlaw Hank Williams Jr. She released her debut album last year in the long shadow of her family’s honky-tonk history.
Threshing Bee to begin today
August 5, 2005
The McLouth Threshing Bee began 48 years ago because of a farmer’s demonstration how to use the farming machine that separates the grain or seeds, husks and straw.
London Underground line reopens with show of force
August 5, 2005
In a show of force to calm an edgy London, officers armed with submachine guns patrolled uncrowded subway stations and police helicopters hovered over city streets as one of the busiest Underground lines reopened Thursday - four weeks to the day after suicide bombers killed 52 people.
Murderball’ star making most of newfound fame
August 5, 2005
Mark Zupan, the most recognizable star of “Murderball,” says he’s embracing the fame brought by the documentary.
Seinfeld, Simon to hold benefit concert
August 5, 2005
Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Simon will perform together for one night only to raise money for research into autism.
Etheridge heading back to recording studio
August 5, 2005
Melissa Etheridge is jumping back into recording and performing after spending much of the last year fighting breast cancer. The 44-year-old rocker has appearances booked for October, when her greatest hits collection “The Road Less Traveled” is due for release.
Celebrity birthdays
August 5, 2005
Former astronaut Neil A. Armstrong is 75. Actor John Saxon is 70. Actress Loni Anderson is 59. Actress Tawney Kitaen is 44. Rapper MCA (The Beastie Boys) is 41. Actor Jonathan Silverman is 39.
Rowling, Dylan among Quills Awards nominees
August 5, 2005
J.K. Rowling, Bob Dylan and Stephen King are among the nominees for the first annual Quills Awards, a glitzy literary affair for which the general public will cast the ballots.
On the record
August 5, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
August 5, 2005
 
Lawrence hikers may have been last to see park ranger
August 5, 2005
Authorities on Thursday conducted a massive search in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park for a missing ranger whose last known contact with humanity may have been with a Lawrence man and his two sons.
Death toll increases pressure to develop exit strategy from Iraq
August 5, 2005
President Bush found himself in a familiar position Thursday as he paid tribute to the latest batch of troops killed in Iraq and sought to reassure Americans once again that the rising casualties were worth the cost. “We will stay the course,” the president said. “We will complete the job in Iraq.”
Clash of the graduations
Book your hotel now; ceremonies for KU, Free State, LHS on same day
August 5, 2005
The time is now to make plans for spring graduation ceremonies - or, in some cases, to change them. Lawrence public schools shifted senior high graduation dates so that Free State and Lawrence High commencements will fall the same day as the Kansas University commencement, guaranteeing May 21 will be a day teeming with caps and gowns and a strong chance of too few hotel rooms and other logistical complications for families.
Workers’ vacation days often go unused
August 5, 2005
Subarna Bhattachan went to Boston a few weeks ago for a niece’s wedding. Last year, he went back to his home country of Nepal for his uncle’s funeral. But Bhattachan says the last time he took a vacation - a real vacation, the kind where you take a trip to have fun and relax - was five years ago, when he and his wife toured Nepal and Thailand.
Iraq’s prime minister unveils plan for better security, intelligence
August 5, 2005
The Iraqi government on Thursday announced an ambitious plan for improved border protection and intelligence gathering and for the formation of an elite Iraqi force to prepare the embattled country for an eventual drawdown of American troops.
Red Dog Days draw throngs
Exercise brings young and old
August 5, 2005
The first time Ellen Young participated in Red Dog Days, her husband and daughter watched from the bleachers in case she had a heart attack. Young, 52, has since shaved 35 pounds off her 5-foot-2-inch frame and is contemplating running a marathon.
Official wants all-day kindergarten
August 5, 2005
Raising teacher salaries makes a difference in the classroom, Supt. Randy Weseman said Thursday in an online chat.
Meeting resolves wrong address incident
August 5, 2005
The Lawrence Journal-World has answered concerns expressed by a woman whose apartment was burglarized following a wrong address appearing in a paid legal advertisement.
Officials seek help solving burglary
August 5, 2005
Police are asking for the public’s help solving a burglary that occurred early Wednesday at a tavern in central Lawrence.
Burger King to cover subcontractor’s unpaid bill
August 5, 2005
The owner of the Lawrence Burger King franchise plans to cover a $10,400 bill for a remodeling job it already paid for, after a disgruntled subcontractor sent one of its own employees to town to encourage customers to boycott one of the restaurants.
KDOT: State fared poorly in road bill
Kansas may not be able to finish 10-year highway program
August 5, 2005
Even with a sizable increase in federal funds coming, the state could be forced to consider canceling road projects it promised to communities, top transportation officials say.
Attempted murder charge filed
August 5, 2005
Prosecutors filed attempted-murder and intimidation charges Thursday against a Lawrence man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend earlier in the week at Colony Woods apartments, 1301 W. 24th St.
Tell us about your working life
August 5, 2005
In honor of Labor Day, the Journal-World is creating a special feature on the working lives of our readers. We’re looking for two kinds of stories:
LJWorld.com to debut audio magazine today
August 5, 2005
A new weekend audio magazine makes its debut today at LJWorld.com.
Eating establishments fined for violations
August 5, 2005
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has announced health code violations at two Lawrence area restaurants. J.B. Stout’s, 721 Wakarusa Drive, and Joy Garden, of Baldwin, were both fined for health code violations.
Pump patrol
August 5, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $2.17 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Jewish extremist opens fire inside Israeli bus, killing four Arabs
August 5, 2005
A 19-year-old Israeli soldier opened fire inside a bus Thursday, killing four Israeli Arabs in the deadliest attack on Arabs in Israel by a Jewish extremist since 1990. An angry crowd then killed the gunman.
Roberts’ record not always on the right
August 5, 2005
As a legal adviser to President Reagan, Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. joined a scathing denunciation of abortion-clinic bombers and urged Reagan to stay out of an effort to post tributes to God in Kentucky schools.
Astronauts honor fallen comrades
August 5, 2005
On the shuttle Discovery’s 10th day in space, its seven members joined the International Space Station’s two-man crew to pay tribute to fallen cosmonauts and astronauts, including the seven who died when the Columbia shuttle disintegrated above Texas 2 1/2 years ago.
N. Korea nuclear talks still deadlocked
August 5, 2005
Diplomats seeking a basic agreement on nuclear disarmament of North Korea decided Thursday to soldier on with more talks despite fundamental differences that have left them deadlocked after 10 days of grueling negotiations.
Russia: Avian flu will spread into Europe
August 5, 2005
Russian authorities, struggling to contain an outbreak of avian flu that has killed thousands of birds in Siberia, admitted Thursday that a spread of the virus into Europe seems almost inevitable.
U.S. to hand over Gitmo detainees to Afghanistan
August 5, 2005
U.S. military officials will gradually hand over 110 Afghan prisoners to Afghanistan’s government in the largest repatriation of detainees from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since it was converted to a military prison for terrorism suspects three years ago, the Pentagon said Thursday.
Rehnquist treated, released for fever again
August 5, 2005
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was hospitalized briefly with a fever on Thursday, the second emergency treatment for the 80-year-old ailing justice in two months.
Sebelius, Republicans both take credit for state’s economic growth
August 5, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday claimed credit for the state’s economic rebound, but Republicans said credit is due to the GOP-dominated Legislature.
Robbery suspect deemed a juvenile
August 5, 2005
A judge on Thursday turned down prosecutors’ request to try a juvenile suspect as an adult in the armed robbery of a pizza shop.
Best Bets
August 5, 2005
 
Rate surfers shouldn’t go overboard
August 5, 2005
My sister is always opening new “zero-interest” credit-card accounts and transferring her balances from her older, high-rate accounts. I would like to do the same, but I’m worried that frequently transferring balances and opening and closing accounts would hurt my credit score and make it harder for me to get a mortgage later this year. Would it?
Judge upholds sign code
Court rejects business owner’s challenge of fine
August 5, 2005
Businesses wanting to attract returning students or anybody else with a banner or temporary sign need to get a city permit to do so. Bill Muggy, owner of the Jayhawk Bookstore, has the $50 fine to prove it.
Average 401(k) holds $61,000
August 5, 2005
The average 401(k) account balance rose 10 percent in 2004, reaching a five-year high of $61,000, according to preliminary study data provided by Fidelity Investments.
Barbecue joint cooks up giant mural
August 5, 2005
Vermont Street BBQ owners are working to break records, although the records have nothing to do with their smoked turkey sandwiches and burnt ends.
Commodities
August 5, 2005
 
Unfair exemption
August 5, 2005
To the editor: To the advocates of our compulsory Social Security system (both liberal and conservative) I have but one question: Is it proper for the federal government to exempt the Amish from forced participation in this system, as it currently does?
Blind spots
August 5, 2005
To the editor: I have a whole collection of columns by light-skinned Christians justifying ethnic profiling against dark-skinned Muslims. They exhibit the same blind spots as your July 30 editorial.
Realistic goals
August 5, 2005
To the editor: Your recent article about Atty. Gen. Kline and Sen. Vratil appearing before the Kansas Board of Education, noted: Vratil said, “the state may be setting itself up for future lawsuits because of school accreditation regulations that require in future years that every student reach a proficient level in reading, math and science.
Noise pollution
August 5, 2005
To the editor: One would like to think that the various city administrators read the Journal-World to keep abreast of the concerns of their constituents and then try to remedy them.
Stands can be guided by convictions
August 5, 2005
Scalding criticism directed by some conservatives at Sen. Bill Frist concerning his slightly revised position regarding federal funding of embryonic stem cell research is symptomatic of the casual cynicism that nowadays passes for political realism.
Candidate qualms
If his heart wasn’t in the governor’s race, U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran was right to bow out.
August 5, 2005
No one should be pressured into running for public office. Any potential candidate should want the job. Candidates should think they can make a positive difference and have no hesitation about running. A potential candidate shouldn’t have to be begged to enter a race.
Lawrence Phenix take home bronze in national competition
August 5, 2005
The 14-U Lawrence Phenix had to wait a year for the State Games of America, but it was worth the wait. The team took 3rd place last weekend in the national tournament.
This Weekend’s Highlights
August 5, 2005
 
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
August 5, 2005
 
Yoga keeps pounds from coming on, study says
August 5, 2005
The slow stretches and meditations of yoga don’t burn calories like a run on the treadmill. But a new study suggests it might help people keep weight off in middle age.
4 more U.S. troops killed
August 5, 2005
The U.S. military said Thursday that four more American troops were killed Wednesday, a Marine in the central city of Ramadi and three soldiers targeted by a car bombing in southwest Baghdad.
Brandon Woods receives facelift
August 5, 2005
A year ago, Don Shepherd was upset with conditions at Brandon Woods Retirement Community. “It used to be like family out there,” said Shepherd, whose 92-year-old mother has been at Brandon Woods since 1999.
KU intersection to close for repaving
August 5, 2005
A major Kansas University intersection will close Monday for repaving.
Jayhawk Central to open Monday
Union to serve Edwards Campus
August 5, 2005
Nick Shigouri has seen the trend. His fellow classmates at Kansas University’s Edwards Campus drive to campus and walk to class. When class is dismissed, they walk to their cars and drive home.
NBC discovers who’s among the missing
August 5, 2005
Thanks to extensive news coverage, we’ve all followed the sad, shocking stories of Laci Peterson, Natalee Holloway, Jennifer Wilbanks and Tamika Huston. Stop right there. Just who is Tamika Huston?
Social Security plan needs push
August 5, 2005
President Bush must be having a horrendous case of deja vu. Ninety minutes down the road from his Crawford ranch, where the president is hanging his hat for the month, Texas legislators are wrangling over the state’s school funding mess. The scene should strike Bush as eerily familiar.
Horoscopes
August 5, 2005
 
Checkered flag
Does the Confederate symbol deserve a place with the ‘Dukes,’ or is it merely a reminder of America’s enduring racism?
August 5, 2005
Bo and Luke Duke sit in their car, stuck in traffic on an Atlanta street. A vehicle pulls up next to them and a driver shouts, “Nice roof, redneck. Why don’t you join us in the 21st century?” On the other side, a trucker slows down to counter, “The South will rise again!”
Heat’s moves could cut into Simien’s playing time
August 5, 2005
Former Kansas University basketball forward Wayne Simien, who averaged 17 points and seven rebounds a game for Miami Heat’s summer-league team, did so as an unsigned player.
Woodling: FHSU to K-State: One man’s take
August 5, 2005
Here’s my take on Kansas University’s 2005-2006 men’s basketball schedule, one game at a time: Nov. 9 — Fort Hays State (Looms as one of the most eagerly anticipated exhibition games in years. Everybody wants to check out freshmen Julian Wright, Mario Chalmers and Micah Downs).
Media vs. family values
August 5, 2005
This is how the rant entered its second generation. Two women who share their DNA with a toddler were sitting within the television range of a baseball game. Suddenly the screen shifted from the game of Johnny Damon to an ad for “The Amityville Horror.” Balls and strikes gave way to blood and gore.