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Advocates worry ruling could threaten Internet sex stings
August 6, 2005
A federal judge’s decision to override a jury conviction in an Internet sex case has called into question a law enforcement tactic seen as essential in nabbing potential child molesters across the country.
Lawrence judge saw missing park ranger
August 6, 2005
The search continued Friday in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park for a park ranger who briefly spoke with a group of vacationing Kansans, including Douglas County District Judge Steve Six, before disappearing into the wilderness.
Derby delivers demolition aplenty
County fair event offers thrills for both drivers and fans
August 6, 2005
They came to see metal crunch and hear engines roar. Hundreds packed the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds’ rodeo arena Friday evening for one of the fair’s highlighted events: the Demolition Derby.
Moon Bar hosts filmmaker
Director hopes to submit film to Sundance
August 6, 2005
The Moon Bar, 821 Iowa, was transformed Friday into a very different establishment: “Rosie’s Cafe,” an eatery specializing in strawberry pie. It might be difficult to get your own slice, however; the cafe and the pie were fiction, created for a feature-length independent movie being shot by a Lawrence filmmaker.
Self: Decision to ban Indian mascots, nicknames ‘probably a good rule’
August 6, 2005
As former coach of the University of Illinois’ Fighting Illini men’s basketball team, Bill Self knows all about the controversy regarding the use of American Indian names as college mascots.
Appeals court: 13-year-old’s rapists must be resentenced
Judge deemed to have abused discretion in giving probation
August 6, 2005
The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday found a Douglas County judge was too lenient when she gave lightened sentences to two men who raped a 13-year-old girl.
Fellow Marines feel pain of loss
Despite differences in age, military ‘bonds run deep’
August 6, 2005
Erv Hodges has been wearing civilian clothes for three decades now, but don’t let that fool you: He’s still a Marine.
Judge hears arguments from liquor store
August 6, 2005
A judge heard arguments Friday but didn’t make a ruling about whether the owners of Lawrence’s Cork & Barrel stores deserve their day in court.
Tech’s Knight joins reality-TV wave
August 6, 2005
Bob Knight will give one Texas Tech student the chance to play on his team in a reality show featuring the Hall of Fame coach.
Who’s smiling now?
Working with young campers helps KU sophomore Darnell Jackson deal with death of his grandmother
August 6, 2005
Darnell Jackson smiles. For now, that means a lot. With a whistle pressed between his lips at the recent Danny Manning basketball camp, Jackson, the 6-foot-9 Kansas University sophomore basketball forward, can’t help but smile when one of his players, a member of the red squad who stands all of about 4-feet tall, twirls with an impossible turn-around jumpshot that miraculously touches nothing but net.
IUP hires ex-KU aide
August 6, 2005
Former Kansas University football assistant Tyrone Dixon has landed an assistant-coaching job at his alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Former Jayhawk Gogel struggling on PGA Tour
August 6, 2005
Former Kansas University golfer Matt Gogel is tied for 135th place after one rain-interrupted round of the The International.
Pump patrol
August 6, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.20 at two stations: Zarco Phillips 66, at Ninth and Louisiana, and Citgo, at Ninth and Iowa. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Chiefs cornerback Warfield paying penance with backups
August 6, 2005
Anyone who ever has done something really, really stupid and let all his friends down will understand the way Eric Warfield is feeling these days. Because of his bad judgment, the Kansas City Chiefs have been weakened. Their Super Bowl goal will be even more difficult to achieve.
Holdsclaw, Sparks end 3-game skid
August 6, 2005
Chamique Holdsclaw scored a game-high 21 points, Doneeka Hodges added 17 and Lisa Leslie 16, leading the Los Angeles Sparks over the San Antonio Silver Stars, 66-63, Friday night.
QB Vick to be used sparingly in Japan
August 6, 2005
Jim Mora saw the chance to have a little fun when asked how much Michael Vick would play in the first preseason game.
Eagles’ Pinkston through for season
Starting wide receiver suffers ruptured right Achilles’ tendon
August 6, 2005
The Philadelphia Eagles’ thin receiving corps received a major blow when starter Todd Pinkston was lost for the season Friday with a ruptured right Achilles’ tendon. Pinkston was injured when he was tripped up on a route down the sideline.
Commentary: Thumbs down on Miami Heat trade
After adding Walker, Williams, Miami won’t have enough basketballs to go around this season
August 6, 2005
Shaquille O’Neal took a pay cut for this? You mean to tell me the Big Socialist gave back $25 million in future earnings just so Heat president Pat Riley could surround him with a couple of defense-optional, certifiable ball hogs in Antoine Walker and Jason Williams?
Mayfair first at International
Eagle putt of 70 feet on No. 17 good for two-point lead
August 6, 2005
There aren’t many players who make more eagles and birdies than Billy Mayfair. And there aren’t any tournaments that reward below-par shooters the way the International does.
Wal-Mart wants bias case tossed
Retail giant - facing billions of dollars in damages - prefers individual cases
August 6, 2005
Has Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest private employer, grown too big for the U.S. justice system? That provocative question is the key to Wal-Mart’s defense against a lawsuit filed on behalf of 1.6 million former and current women employees.
On the record
August 6, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
August 6, 2005
 
Heritage designation would help tell story
August 6, 2005
If all goes as planned, between 200 and 300 people will take part in the Aug. 15-21 commemoration of William Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence.
Amtrak train strikes dump truck
August 6, 2005
An Amtrak passenger train struck a large dump truck at a crossing in rural Ventura County, Calif., late Friday, severely injuring two people in the truck but causing only minor injuries to train passengers, authorities said.
Guilt of executed man questioned
August 6, 2005
Many death row inmates proclaim their innocence, but Roy “Hog” Roberts, a big man, loud and profane, was adamant. He was so convinced of his innocence that in the waning days before his 1999 execution for the murder of a prison guard, he demanded a polygraph test.
U.S. Army battling a decline in black recruits
August 6, 2005
The Iraq war is drying up at least part of a pool of recruits the Army has relied upon for decades: black Americans.
Latest death at Disney park not from trauma
Autopsy shows girl didn’t die from physical injury
August 6, 2005
Jerra Kirby, the 12-year-old girl who collapsed while visiting Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon Thursday and died, did not suffer a physical injury before her death, according to an autopsy conducted Friday morning.
Molestation suspect sentenced to crocheting
August 6, 2005
An ex-convict who pleaded no contest to sexually abusing his daughter was sentenced to 320 hours of community service crocheting blankets.
FDNY to release post-Sept. 11 data
August 6, 2005
The New York City Fire Department will release voluminous records next week containing the oral histories of city firefighters in the days after Sept. 11, 2001.
Oakland diocese settles abuse lawsuits for $56M
August 6, 2005
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland announced Friday that it had settled lawsuits with 56 victims of sex abuse for a total of $56 million.
Mourners grieve for Israeli Arabs killed by soldier
August 6, 2005
Weeping mourners on Friday attended the funerals of four Israeli Arab men and women gunned down by an AWOL Israeli soldier who had fled his army unit to protest Israel’s imminent withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
U.N. appeals for $80M for Niger hunger crisis
August 6, 2005
The United Nations appealed Friday for $80 million to fight a food crisis threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands in this impoverished West African nation.
First arrest made using Mo. meth law
August 6, 2005
The seizure of an alleged methamphetamine lab in west-central Missouri marks the first bust credited to a new state law that tracks the sale of certain ingredients for making the drug.
Man injured in series of turnpike crashes
August 6, 2005
A Lawrence man was taken to the hospital with head and arm injuries after an early-morning crash on the Kansas Turnpike.
Man found guilty of first-degree murder
August 6, 2005
A man linked by DNA evidence to two killings in the 1980s was convicted Friday of one of them, after previously withdrawing his guilty pleas to both crimes.
Professor pleads not guilty to killing lover
August 6, 2005
A longtime college music professor has been arraigned in the killing of his former lover.
18-year-old charged in stabbing death
August 6, 2005
A Liberal man was charged with stabbing a 19-year-old to death during an argument.
Eudora Middle School to host health fair
August 6, 2005
The Coordinated School Health Team of Eudora will sponsor a Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 13 in the commons area of Eudora Middle School, 2635 Church St. The event is open to the public.
Crash victim released from hospital
August 6, 2005
The driver in a one-vehicle rollover accident Wednesday on Kansas Highway 10 just west of Eudora has been released from an Overland Park hospital while another Lawrence woman involved remains hospitalized in fair condition.
Ryun to speak at Red Dog Days
August 6, 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 Days workout program.
Guardians laud Michael Schiavo for fulfilling wife’s wishes
August 6, 2005
He has been rebuked by the Vatican, castigated by Congress and slandered on the Internet, but Michael Schiavo was welcomed as a hero Friday by a state organization whose members make end-of-life decisions for people unable to make them for themselves.
U.S. envoy: N. Korea talks ‘excruciating’
Meetings will go on over the weekend
August 6, 2005
Nuclear talks with North Korea are moving too slowly, but delegates have no plans to recess and have agreed to continue meeting over the weekend, the chief U.S. envoy said Friday.
Under proposal, Britain could deport foreigners inciting hatred
August 6, 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair proposed strict anti-terror measures Friday that would allow Britain to expel foreigners who preach hatred, close extremist mosques and bar entry to Muslim radicals. “The rules of the game are changing” following last month’s bomb attacks, he declared.
EU offers to back Iranian nuclear program
Support conditional that it not be used to build weapons
August 6, 2005
European diplomats on Friday sought to entice Iran into a binding commitment not to build atomic arms by offering to provide fuel and other long-term support to help Iranians generate electricity with nuclear energy.
U.S., British forces joining rescue of Russian sub crew
August 6, 2005
Russian, U.S. and British forces were scrambling to rescue seven Russian sailors trapped with dwindling oxygen supplies 600 feet under the Pacific on a mini-submarine caught on an underwater antenna.
Gunmen kill council member in border city
August 6, 2005
Gunmen killed a Nuevo Laredo city council member and his bodyguard as they drove to work Friday, the latest attack on a high-ranking official in the increasingly lawless border city.
Charged Cubs derailed by Mets
New York knocks 14 hits - all singles - to blow by new-look Chicago
August 6, 2005
The return of Nomar Garciaparra and Kerry Wood was supposed to inspire the Chicago Cubs to play better and help them make a run at the playoffs.
U.S. delegation pays respects to new king
August 6, 2005
A U.S. delegation led by Vice President Dick Cheney paid respects Friday to King Abdullah, a visit intended to show the importance Washington attaches to close ties with oil power Saudi Arabia.
Investigators: Airplane landed far down runway
August 6, 2005
The Air France jet that skidded off the runway and burst into flames earlier this week landed farther down the runway than it should have, but it is too soon to know if that was the reason for the crash, aviation investigators said Friday.
Shiite leaders seek key support for constitution
Political leaders try to quell frustrations over negotiations
August 6, 2005
With negotiations for a new constitution entering a tense final stage, Iraq’s Shiite Muslim political leadership ventured out Friday to rally support for the country’s government.
Marines, Iraqi troops launch offensive
August 6, 2005
U.S. Marines and Iraqi troops pounded insurgents with bombs and tank cannons Friday during a major offensive along a stretch of the Euphrates River valley where 22 Marines were killed this week.
Wild’ Tara Reid finds double dose of Paris in Greece
August 6, 2005
On the Aug. 10 season premiere of “Wild On Tara,” Tara Reid visits Athens, Greece, where she gets together with engaged couple Paris Hilton and Paris Latsis.
Hudson: monogamy not realistic
August 6, 2005
Kate Hudson says monogamy isn’t “realistic,” but believes couples have the power to be faithful.
Perlozzo stays perfect for O’s
Interim manager 2-0 after Baltimore beats Texas
August 6, 2005
So far, so good in Sam Perlozzo’s two games as interim manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Jay Gibbons and Brian Roberts homered in a six-run third inning, and the Orioles beat the Texas Rangers, 10-5, Friday night to remain unbeaten with Perlozzo in charge.
People and places
August 6, 2005
 
Richie, finance featured on Bongo jeans ads
August 6, 2005
Nicole Richie has a new co-star - fiance Adam Goldstein. The couple appear together in print ads for Bongo jeans.
Simpson’s shaped up to play ‘iconic’ figure
August 6, 2005
In the eyes of Jessica Simpson, Daisy Duke is an “iconish” figure.
Roberts had role in gay rights victory
August 6, 2005
A decade ago, John Roberts played a valuable role helping attorneys overturn a law that would have allowed discrimination against gays - pro bono work the Supreme Court nominee didn’t mention in a questionnaire he filled out for the Senate Judiciary Committee.
NCAA bans Indian mascots, nicknames
Prohibition of ‘hostile’ or ‘abusive’ items applies only to postseason tournaments
August 6, 2005
Fed up with what it considers “hostile” and “abusive” American Indian nicknames, the NCAA announced Friday it would shut those words and images out of postseason tournaments, a move that left some school officials angry and threatening legal action.
Reporter should get his job back
August 6, 2005
I hope this column is outdated by the time you read it. Ordinarily, it is the bane of a columnist’s existence, the fear that his words will become obsolete between the time of his writing and your reading. But in this case, that would be the happiest possible outcome, because it would mean Jim DeFede had his job back.
Open race makes room for party spats
August 6, 2005
For both parties, it was like a premature preview of 2008 presidential politics. No sooner had Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist reversed himself to back expanded federal support of embryonic stem cell research than Republican conservatives went on the attack.
Ongoing liability
The financial picture of Lawrence’s city-owned golf course certainly hasn’t measured up to projections.
August 6, 2005
It shouldn’t come as any major surprise that city taxpayers are likely to be subsidizing the city’s Eagle Bend Golf Course for years to come.
Bad ordinance
August 6, 2005
To the editor: In a recent article, the city of Lawrence is enforcing a storm water runoff ordinance by citing a local fundraising group for holding an unauthorized car wash. This is ludicrous. The citing of an ordinance is not unusual but an ordinance that is absurd is the issue.
Salary matters
August 6, 2005
To the editor: Every year I look at the salary scales for teachers in Lawrence. Every year I look at the salary scales for teachers in Shawnee Mission.
Around and about
August 6, 2005
 
4-H News
August 6, 2005
 
Club News
August 6, 2005
 
Feds ease rules on DSL broadband
August 6, 2005
Federal regulators on Friday eased rules governing high-speed Internet services offered by phone companies, saying they hope it will speed Internet growth.
Consumers boost borrowing in June
August 6, 2005
Consumers boosted borrowing in June by the largest amount in eight months, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.
Ex-WorldCom officials sentenced for fraud
August 6, 2005
An accountant who made some of the fraudulent entries in the books at WorldCom was sentenced Friday to five months in prison and five months of house arrest.
Commodities
August 6, 2005
 
Recordings of Potter books are for the ages
August 6, 2005
Many young readers gobbled up the print version of the new Harry Potter novel the first weekend it was out. Must have been a disappointment: a few sittings and then, boom, you find out who dies and suddenly it’s over.
Weekend history docs are the bomb
August 6, 2005
As we approach the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Discovery Channel devotes three hours to the war with Japan.
Best Bets
August 6, 2005
 
Vote lauded
August 6, 2005
To the editor: When our elected officials stand up for their constituents knowing full well it may not play well with some special interests, they deserve our public praise.
Signups begin for band, orchestra groups
August 6, 2005
The Encore Homeschool Band and Orchestra will resume rehearsals in September. There will be three levels of band and an intermediate level of orchestra.
Singing group plans auditions today
August 6, 2005
The Kansas City Singers will have auditions for “Classical Aperitifs” starting at 1 p.m. today.
Lessons on honesty best taught by example, not lectures
August 6, 2005
I’m having the hardest time trying to teach my boys about honesty and truthfulness. I talk and talk to them, and it just doesn’t seem to do much good. What would you advise?
Clergy training for times of disaster
N.H. using federal grant to pay for sessions
August 6, 2005
The Rev. Al Belleseuille remembers in 1997 when two state troopers, a newspaper editor and a part-time judge were shot dead in his small town of Colebrook.
Religion briefs
August 6, 2005
 
Preserving life plans deters problems
August 6, 2005
Six years ago, my husband and I went to a lawyer to prepare our wills, powers of attorney and health directives. After we had signed everything, he gave us a copy of each document. My husband asked what would happen if we needed the originals. Our lawyer told us he would put the original copies in his safe deposit box, and that if anything happened to us, we could call to get them. I remember him saying, “I ain’t going anywhere.”
Holidome awaits new ownership
Incoming general manager expects up to $3 million in upgrades for hotel
August 6, 2005
Whoever ends up as the new owner of Lawrence’s largest hotel and convention center will be left to figure out which brand it will operate under. And the company will be working with a new general manager who will expect the bosses to spend up to $3 million sprucing up the place.
Simons: Lawrence should seek title of nation’s ‘finest university city’
August 6, 2005
Last week, this writer discussed the importance of Kansas University officials figuring out a way to project a genuine sense of enthusiasm, excitement and optimism about the school - both to the Mount Oread/Lawrence audience and to those across the state.
Mayer: ‘For life’ directive bogus, foolish
August 6, 2005
I know some little old ladies in tennis shoes and scuffies who can go to bed and sleep well tonight knowing they are not, as they might have feared, collegiate criminals.
Aging forcefully
Retirees combat gravity and time with martial arts
August 6, 2005
Retirement should be a time of relaxation and enjoying the good life. But a broken hip, a nasty fracture - any number of injuries can compromise the quality of life for seniors.
Muslims question edict calling for end to religious extremism
August 6, 2005
As they issued an edict condemning religious extremism, American Muslims hoped to silence complaints from outsiders dating back to the 9-11 attacks that the community has done too little to confront terrorism.
Employers boost payrolls by 207,000
August 6, 2005
U.S. employers cranked up their hiring in July, adding more than 200,000 jobs in a summertime show of confidence in the economy’s staying power. The unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent.
Supervisor gives rationale for judge’s dismissal
Improper use of title in e-mails cited as a cause
August 6, 2005
A municipal court judge who contends she lost her job because of her race and her rulings was fired because she violated policies against inappropriate use of the city’s e-mail system and continuing a private law practice while on the bench, her former supervisor says.
Tapes may link white supremacist to slayings
August 6, 2005
A white supremacist investigated for a child-killing spree that terrorized Atlanta’s black community once praised the crimes in secretly recorded conversations obtained by The Associated Press.
Suppressed Hiroshima footage to air on cable TV
August 6, 2005
Sixty years after the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, a film documenting the aftermath is reminding Americans about the horrors of nuclear war.
Faith forum
August 6, 2005
Is it acceptable to blend faiths to find meaning?
Horoscopes
August 6, 2005
 
Watkins Musuem planning commemoration events of raid
August 6, 2005
Just don’t call it a celebration. The Watkins Community Museum of History has plans for this year’s commemoration of William Quantrill’s deadly raid on Lawrence.
Raid letters finally see print
As Quantrill anniversary nears, magazine features eyewitness accounts
August 6, 2005
The five men helped themselves to Sophia Bissell’s belongings. Then they pistol-whipped her older brother and set the family’s house and barn on fire. “I cannot begin to tell you all that was said and done,” Bissell wrote in a letter to a cousin, offering an eye-witness account of William Quantrill’s murderous raid on Lawrence in 1863.
K.C. skid hits eight straight
August 6, 2005
Oakland rookie Dan Johnson is on a home run binge. Johnson homered for the third consecutive game, and the Athletics rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, Friday night.
Cops & robbers
TNT’s ‘Wanted’ aims beyond usual suspects
August 6, 2005
Wanted: a distinctive cop show. In a summer of usual suspects, Jorge Zamacona is on the case. The creator of TNT’s “Wanted” isn’t trying to “reinvent the cop wheel.” But he thinks his new Sunday series (9 p.m.), about an elite unit that tracks down the baddest guys in L.A., humanizes the relationships between cops.
Military families rally for relatives of Ohio casualties
August 6, 2005
With the last of 16 Ohio families notified that their Marines were dead in Iraq, other military families rallied to help, and hundreds gathered for a prayer vigil in Cleveland.
Celebrity birthdays
August 6, 2005
Movie writer-director M. Night Shyamalan is 35. Actress Catherine Hicks is 54. Singer Geri Halliwell is 33. Singer-actor David Campbell is 32. Actress Ever Carradine is 31. Actress Soleil Moon Frye is 29.
Scouting News
August 6, 2005
 
Society Calendar
August 6, 2005