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KU unveils new football uniforms
August 11, 2005
Kansas University’s football team unveiled its new uniforms for the upcoming season during the team’s annual media day at Memorial Stadium.
Chat with Lawrence City Manager Mike Wildgen
August 11, 2005
Lawrence City Manager Mike Wildgen took part in a wide-ranging online forum where he commented on issues that included the South Lawrence Trafficway, curb cuts and the Eagle Bend Golf Course.
Raiders fall to Eden Prairie
August 11, 2005
Eden Prairie, Minn., rode a five-run third inning to a 12-8 triumph over the Lawrence Raiders this morning in the Central Plains American Legion baseball tournament.
Perseid meteor shower visible overnight
August 11, 2005
Another hot, sticky day in the upper 90s will probably keep many of us indoors today. But if it’s not too cloudy tonight, you might want to head out to a rural area and watch a big-time astronomical event — the Perseid meteor shower, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Waterline break slowing traffic at Ninth and Iowa streets
August 11, 2005
A waterline break near Ninth and Iowa streets is slowing traffic in the area this morning.
Iran brings uranium conversion facility to full operation
August 11, 2005
In the end, there was nothing U.N. inspectors could do but watch as Iranian technicians broke open seals on the doors to a unit in Iran’s nuclear program and fired up equipment that the West had hoped would remain mothballed forever.
Highway bill’s safety provisions praised
August 11, 2005
Safety advocates lauded new auto protection provisions included in the $286.4 billion highway bill signed Wednesday by President Bush during a scripted ceremony in Montgomery, Ill., near a plant that manufactures roadbuilding equipment.
People in the news
August 11, 2005
¢ Paparazzi won’t face charges ¢ Now she needs dreadlocks ¢ Rocking the runways ¢ Third juror expresses doubts ¢ Stones get kicks with NFL ¢ Clinton vs. Cheney?
Film, stage star Barbara Bel Geddes dies
August 11, 2005
Barbara Bel Geddes, the winsome actress who rose to stage and movie stardom but reached her greatest fame as Miss Ellie Ewing in the long-running TV series “Dallas,” has died. She was 82.
Fugitives from courthouse shooting captured
August 11, 2005
A fugitive inmate and his wife, wanted in a brazen courthouse escape and shooting in Tennessee, were captured Wednesday night at an Ohio motel after a tip from a cab driver who had dropped them off, authorities said.
Krispy Kreme panel blames former execs
August 11, 2005
Most of the blame for the financial woes of snack maker Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. lies with two former executives who tried to “manage earnings” to meet Wall Street’s expectations, according to a report issued Wednesday.
On the record
August 11, 2005
City manager to take part in online chat
August 11, 2005
Lawrence City Manager Mike Wildgen will chat with readers this afternoon on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Minorities comprise majority of Texas residents
August 11, 2005
Texas has become the fourth state to have a non-white majority population, the U.S. Census Bureau said, a trend driven by a surging number of Hispanics moving to the state.
Killer’s execution is 11th of year
August 11, 2005
A former farm worker from central Texas was executed Wednesday in Huntsville for beating a man to death with a car jack during a violent spree 17 years ago.
Red Sox rough up Rogers
Boston spoils Texas hurler’s return from suspension
August 11, 2005
Maybe another week off would have done Kenny Rogers good.
Kaun enhancing skills at Newell camp
August 11, 2005
A trip to the 28th annual Pete Newell Big Man Camp won’t magically transform Kansas University’s Sasha Kaun into the next Shaquille O’Neal.
Discovery astronauts welcomed home
Shuttle gets thorough damage inspection
August 11, 2005
Discovery’s astronauts arrived to a rousing celebration Wednesday as nearly 700 people crowded an airplane hangar, waving flags and holding signs that read: “Welcome Home, Astronauts!”
Mother’s protest gaining attention
August 11, 2005
The mother of a fallen U.S. soldier who started a quiet roadside peace vigil near President Bush’s ranch last weekend is drawing supporters from across the nation.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 11, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.25 at two stations: Presto Phillips 66, at Ninth and Louisiana streets, and Citgo, at Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Horoscopes
August 11, 2005
For Thursday, Aug. 11
Nude actors to perform in Topeka
August 11, 2005
Actors and actresses will bare it all next month at a city-owned theater when a nudist colony stages a series of plays it commissioned to promote a clothing-free lifestyle.
Pinochet’s wife, son charged in tax case
August 11, 2005
Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s wife and younger son were arrested Wednesday and charged as accomplices in a tax evasion case linked to an investigation into the former dictator’s multimillion dollar fortune overseas.
Helicopter carrying 14 crashes in Baltic Sea
August 11, 2005
A helicopter carrying 14 people, including two Americans, crashed in the Baltic Sea off the Estonian coast on Wednesday and all aboard were believed killed.
Haze crisis worsens as air turns hazardous
August 11, 2005
A noxious haze blamed on forest fires in Indonesia reached dangerous levels in Kuala Lumpur and nearby areas Wednesday, closing schools, halting some flights and keeping residents indoors.
Fifth U.S. soldier killed in less than a week
August 11, 2005
A U.S. service member was killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, the military said Wednesday, raising to five the number of Americans killed in less than a week as violence escalates ahead of next month’s parliamentary elections.
Police search for clues in Brazil heist
August 11, 2005
Police in northeastern Brazil on Wednesday examined fingerprints and scoured through evidence left behind by thieves who stole $67.8 million from a Central Bank vault in one of the world’s biggest heists ever.
London police warn of threat to financial district
August 11, 2005
The police chief for London’s financial district warned Wednesday that terrorists will likely strike the British capital’s biggest business hub, where they have already surveyed targets in the area.
Prosecutor challenges Clinton for Senate seat
August 11, 2005
Jeanine Pirro, a street-smart and media-savvy Republican prosecutor, launched her campaign for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday,
Court upholds law on Pledge of Allegiance
August 11, 2005
An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a Virginia law that requires public schools to lead a daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, rejecting a claim that its reference to God was an unconstitutional promotion of religion.
Study: Strict diet may block prostate cancer
August 11, 2005
A radical ultra low-fat diet and other lifestyle changes may help keep early-stage prostate cancer from worsening, says the first attempt to test the theory.
Farm subsidies lean on nutritive value
August 11, 2005
The government says half your diet should be fruits and vegetables, but it doesn’t subsidize the farmers who grow them.
Military recruiting has hits and misses
August 11, 2005
The active-duty Army hit its recruiting target in July for a second straight month, but the summertime rebound may not be enough to make up for a long-term shortfall, according to figures the Pentagon provided Wednesday.
Big Fish’ actor Matthew McGrory dies at 32
August 11, 2005
Matthew McGrory, the deep-voiced 7-foot-plus actor who moved from appearances on Howard Stern’s radio show to a high-profile role as a gentle giant in the movie “Big Fish,” has died. He was 32.
Archbishop to waive immunity in deposition
August 11, 2005
Archbishop William Levada agreed Wednesday to waive diplomatic immunity and answer questions about sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests after he takes over as the church’s guardian on doctrine - the Vatican post formerly held by Pope Benedict XVI.
Chemical plant fire evacuation continues
August 11, 2005
Hundreds of people were advised to stay away from their homes Wednesday as a fire at a suburban Detroit chemical plant sent acrid smoke over their neighborhoods.
Falling tree kills girl at Boy Scout camp
August 11, 2005
An 8-year-old girl died and three others were injured Wednesday when an oak tree crashed down on them during a first-aid class at a Boy Scout camp, authorities said.
Truck loaded with explosives crashes
August 11, 2005
A tractor-trailer carrying 35,500 pounds of explosives overturned and exploded Wednesday, injuring four people and leaving a huge crater in a Utah highway.
Sin City outgrows borders
August 11, 2005
Can America’s fastest-growing big city possibly get any bigger? “On Assignment: Las Vegas Inc.” (7 p.m., CNBC) offers interviews with some of the gambling mecca’s biggest players, and examines the business strategies that keep tourists and gamblers returning.
Gothic anniversary
75-year-old masterpiece continues to turn heads
August 11, 2005
Just before the photographer counts three, John Bruce and his wife, Jennifer, glance over their shoulders, a final check on their alignment with the white farmhouse behind them and its unmistakable second-story window.
Kansas throws coach leaves for Kentucky
August 11, 2005
Doug Reynolds, throws coach at Kansas University for the last five years, has resigned to take a similar position at Kentucky.
Glass advances
August 11, 2005
Lawrence’s Bob Glass was in 18th place after Wednesday’s qualifying at the PBA Senior Lake County Open at Olympia Lanes. Glass scored a 16-game pinfall total of 3,296. The top 32 bowlers advance to today’s match play, with the semifinals and finals to follow.
Our town sports
August 11, 2005
Raiders ready for Regional
Lawrence squad hopes to build on state title
August 11, 2005
State championships are nice but right now not enough for the Lawrence Raiders.
Cardinals’ Suppan baffles Brewers
Milwaukee’s strategy backfires when Sheets is allowed to hit in crucial situation
August 11, 2005
Ben Sheets was pitching too well for his own good.
K.C. kicker Tynes seeks consistency
August 11, 2005
After an up-and-down rookie season, Lawrence Tynes is trying to find his stroke in the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp.
Owens told to leave Eagles’ camp
All-Pro wide receiver has heated argument with coach
August 11, 2005
Terrell Owens got T.O.’d - as in Thrown Out of training camp.
A fateful race
Fortunes of several drivers may rest on their performance at Watkins Glen
August 11, 2005
Road-course races, much like restrictor-plate tracks or the bumping and banging of short tracks, have typically been some of the Nextel Cup Series’ “toss up” races.
Gunmen kidnap senior official; 5 Americans killed
August 11, 2005
Gunmen kidnapped a senior Interior Ministry official in the heart of the Iraqi capital Wednesday, and the U.S. military reported that five more American soldiers had been killed.
Lemonade just right for dog days of summer
August 11, 2005
Something magical happens when you combine sugar, water and lemon juice - the result is a tangy mixture of unadulterated ingredients that offers a refreshing substitute for sodas. Despite these unassuming, simple ingredients, old-fashioned lemonade can be the ultimate thirst quencher on a hot summer’s day.
Some folk art finds can be quite valuable
August 11, 2005
Folk art is just that - art made by common folks. There is no special age, no special type. It is anything unique made by an individual. In the 1950s, books about American folk art discussed 18th- and early-19th-century paintings by untrained artists, wood carvings, decoys, cigar-store figures, quilts, early painted furniture, tombstones and decorated stoneware.
City a microcosm of security problem Iraqis will face after U.S. leaves
August 11, 2005
Nearly a year ago, U.S. forces swarmed through Tal Afar, killing enough insurgents for the local police chief to declare the city insurgent-free. Now the militants are back, and the United States has moved in more soldiers to drive them out.
Company to sell trips to moon
August 11, 2005
The company that pioneered commercial space travel by sending “tourists” up to the International Space Station is planning a new mission: rocketing people around the far side of the moon.
NASA set to launch $450 million Mars orbiter
August 11, 2005
A $450 million NASA probe that will search for signs of water and future landing sites on Mars is set to launch today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Commodities
August 11, 2005
Negative-option buying can be troublesome
August 11, 2005
Have you ever heard of a “Prenotification Negative Option Plan”?
Whirlpool boosts offer for Maytag - again
August 11, 2005
Whirlpool Corp. moved more aggressively Wednesday to clinch a deal to buy rival Maytag Corp. by raising its offer for a third time to $1.79 billion, or $21 a share.
Texas clears SBC, Verizon for video
August 11, 2005
The nation’s largest phone companies scored a Texas-sized victory Wednesday in their march to provide video programs in competition with cable television.
Unocal shareholders OK Chevron takeover
August 11, 2005
Shareholders of oil and gas company Unocal Corp. formally voted Wednesday to accept a takeover bid by Chevron Corp., even as some at the company’s meeting continued to lament a failed rival bid by a Chinese oil company.
Forever young
Gardening keeps elderly sharp in mind, body
August 11, 2005
All three of my living grandparents are well into their 80s. In fact, my grandfather will pass the 90 milestone in a couple of weeks. One activity they all have in common is that they all love to garden. They have long since given up on water skiing, hang gliding and even golfing, but gardening has remained a passion through the years.
Big Fijian, bigger goals
All that matters for aloof, driven Singh is hoisting tournament trophies
August 11, 2005
Vijay Singh showed up without an entourage, virtually unnoticed as he walked down a road next to the practice range at Baltusrol and onto the far end of the tee box. Only when he passed a dozen players did the fans packed into the bleachers realize it was the defending PGA champion.
Tribe sends K.C. to 12th straight loss
August 11, 2005
Things have gotten so bad in Kansas City, Wednesday night’s 6-1 setback to Cleveland actually felt like an improvement to the Royals.
Woodling: Jayhawk one jolly mascot
August 11, 2005
No doubt Kansas University can lay claim to one of the nation’s most memorable nicknames.
Police say suspect admitted hitting girl
Defendant allegedly beat, shook 3-year-old for not helping with laundry
August 11, 2005
On a Saturday when he was baby-sitting his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter, Jason Dillon was tired and hung over.
Other cities battling retailer, too
August 11, 2005
Lawrence isn’t the only town doing battle with Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart getting its day in court
August 11, 2005
Neighbors are worried about traffic snarls. An economist thinks it might help kill off older businesses in Lawrence. And the City Commission voted against allowing a Wal-Mart superstore at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive, one of the city’s choicest corners for development.
Newspaper, family honored as friend of fair
August 11, 2005
The Journal-World and the Simons family of Lawrence were presented the 2005 Friend of the Fair Award at closing ceremonies of the Douglas County Fair at the Community Building at the fairgrounds.
Regents expect difficult budget
August 11, 2005
After dodging a budget bullet during the recent special session of the Legislature, leaders of the state’s higher education institutions are bracing for what may be another challenging legislative session starting in January.
Oil prices hit record $65 a barrel
Analyst says costs may continue to climb until ‘consumers are crying uncle’
August 11, 2005
Oil prices zoomed higher Wednesday, touching a new high of $65 a barrel, with buyers focused on refinery snags, shrinking U.S. inventories of gasoline and motorists’ growing thirst for fuel despite record-high costs.
Daily tickers
August 11, 2005
Topeka approves, Hutchinson rejects Sunday liquor sales
August 11, 2005
Officials in Topeka have reaffirmed the sale of liquor on Sundays, while Hutchinson said no to allowing such sales by failing to bring a proposed ordinance to a vote.
Rumors of fake KU parking permits lead to lookout
August 11, 2005
Rumors of fake Kansas University parking permits being sold around Lawrence has campus Parking Department employees on the lookout.
Killer gets three ‘Hard 40s’ for 1998 triple homicide
Native of Mexico shot wife, two others
August 11, 2005
Seven years after his wife, her father and her boyfriend were found shot to death, Martin Vasquez was sentenced Wednesday in an Edwards County courtroom to three back-to-back “Hard 40” prison sentences for their deaths.
Lawrence datebook
August 11, 2005
Watermelons sweet treat to grow
August 11, 2005
Plant scientists are reinventing the watermelon, that most traditional of all summertime fruits. New “mini” varieties fit easily into refrigerators. Seedless melons are easier to eat. Reduced-sugar hybrids a year or so from production will appeal to dieters and diabetics.
Cosmetologists asked to help fight abuse
August 11, 2005
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline is enlisting cosmetologists in the effort to detect and curb domestic violence.
Task force wants homeless plan endorsed
August 11, 2005
A nearly $5 million price tag shouldn’t scare city commissioners away from a proposed plan to deal with homeless problems in the city, members of the city’s Task Force on Homeless Services said Wednesday.
Rare disease hits close to home
Douglas County resident has been diagnosed with deadly brain disorder
August 11, 2005
Gale Armbrister, a longtime Douglas County resident, has been diagnosed with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a deadly brain disorder that strikes about one person in a million and is often confused with mad cow disease.
Attorney in evolution case not licensed in Kansas
August 11, 2005
The battle over public school science standards has gone from evolution to law.
Park’ look sought for downtown
Makeover may give planters year-round appeal
August 11, 2005
Downtown’s beauty should have no offseason. That should be the guiding principle as city commissioners figure out how to spend an additional $90,000 placed into the city’s budget for improved downtown landscaping, members of Downtown Lawrence Inc. told commissioners at a study session Wednesday.
Virtual School doubles size
High school classes now included in curriculum
August 11, 2005
If you added more than 100 new students to a traditional “brick and mortar” school, the building would probably burst at the seams. In the virtual world, it’s no big thing.
Big oil pocketing big profits
August 11, 2005
When oil prices spiked - and oil profits soared - 26 years ago, virtually every newspaper intern in America (including me) was dispatched to gasoline stations to collect quotes from irate motorists. Big Oil was viewed as public enemy number one: Congress convened hearings to skewer oil industry execs, regulatory agencies investigated pricing, and some news organizations rented helicopters to scour the waters (in vain) for signs of oil tankers floating offshore just waiting for prices to climb higher.
Ruling fathers and sons
August 11, 2005
Texas and Saudi Arabia have much in common. Oil. Vast tracts of scrubland. And political dynasties. No wonder King Abdullah is the only foreign leader to have two bilateral meetings with George Bush at the president’s sun-baked Crawford ranch.
Rumsfeld sees cause for optimism
August 11, 2005
There are at least two presumptions some people make about the peace effort in Iraq (yes, I’m being semantically clever to make a point). One presumption is the falsehood that the United States can say “never mind,” stop its effort to help bring freedom and self-determination to Iraq and, like magic, those who now hate and wish to destroy us will also say “never mind” and go back to killing each other instead of us.
Democracy in Mideast is a tricky process
August 11, 2005
As next Monday’s deadline nears for drafting the constitution for the new government of Iraq, more than the future of that war-torn country is at stake. In a real sense, this is the first crucial test for the ambitious project of bringing democracy to the Middle East and Persian Gulf that President Bush has made a centerpiece of his second-term foreign policy.
Recycling loss
August 11, 2005
To the editor: I hope that the irony of the temporary closing of the Wal-Mart Recycling Center isn’t lost on city leaders who have fought to prevent a supercenter in Lawrence for so long.
Divine greeting
August 11, 2005
To the editor: The word “namaste” (used in a photo caption on Page 1D of Monday’s Journal-World) does not mean thank you or bless you
Impressive team
August 11, 2005
To the editor: I wanted to compliment the Kansas University football squad for their actions at the recent “Kids Day” held south of Allen Fieldhouse.
Correctable error
The American system of justice doesn’t depend on judges being infallible.
August 11, 2005
The system is working.
A little TLC can spur gorgeous blooms in autumn gardens
August 11, 2005
The once splendid displays of annual flowers have begun to look frazzled and fried from the summer’s heat and lack of rain. Now is a good time to rejuvenate sickly plants and spindly beds by spending a few hours and dollars on your plantings. Here are some things you can try to turn that meager bed into a grand-prize winner later this fall.
Fiscal responsibility
Lawrence city commissioners are dipping into reserves to provide an additional 1-mill reduction in taxes.
August 11, 2005
It’s hard to argue with lower taxes, but Lawrence city commissioners are right to have some reservations about their decision Tuesday to reduce the city’s tax levy.
Black is back
Basic color sings in a season rich with texture, trims
August 11, 2005
Black is going to be white hot this fall.
Keeping food cool at school
Dorm fridges can do more than chill
August 11, 2005
I was flipping through a back-to-school catalog when my wife walked in. “What’s the main thing - a gadget or appliance - that a college student needs in a dorm?” I asked, looking up from the pages.