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Boeing executive sells $3.8M in stock
August 13, 2005
Alan Mulally, head of The Boeing Co.’s commercial airplanes division, sold $3.8 million in company stock last week, about half of his total outright stock holdings.
Children seek to keep property from late father’s second wife
August 13, 2005
After my mother died four years ago, dad was just not the same person. He lived alone, becoming almost hermit-like. My brother and sisters all agreed that he seemed to be slipping mentally, but we couldn’t get him to a doctor. His neighbors expressed concern, and some even took him meals every now and then.
Commodities
August 13, 2005
 
Mickelson gathering steam
Golfer grabs three-shot lead after 5-under 65; Woods barely makes cut
August 13, 2005
Phil Mickelson oozed confidence, firing at flags and grinning with every step he took Friday, establishing himself as the man to beat in this PGA Championship. Tiger Woods was happy, too, but only because he didn’t have to pack up and go home.
Mangino mulling redshirts
Some KU freshmen could play this season
August 13, 2005
Like most years, Kansas University football’s true freshmen face a staggering uphill battle if they want to play right away. But it’s not impossible.
K.C. shows positive signs
Holmes solid; defense so-so against tough Vikings attack
August 13, 2005
Using his fast feet to maneuver around the field, Daunte Culpepper had no trouble finding the right receiver during a sharp opening possession. That’s how Minnesota is going to have to move the ball without Randy Moss.
Simien signs $4.6 million deal with Heat
August 13, 2005
Wayne Simien officially is a member of the Miami Heat. Simien, a former Kansas University standout who was selected by the Heat as the 29th pick in the June NBA Draft, agreed to terms Friday.
Raiders rebound to rout Fargo
Ellenbecker excellent on mound for Lawrence
August 13, 2005
Max Ellenbecker rode to the rescue of the Lawrence Raiders on Friday morning. Ellenbecker hurled one-hit ball for six innings, fanning 11 of the 20 batters he faced as the Raiders avoided elimination in the Legion Central Plains baseball regional by run-ruling Fargo, N.D., 12-0, in seven innings.
Liberty rally, stop hapless Sting
August 13, 2005
Shameka Christon scored seven of her 18 points in the second overtime, and the New York Liberty overcame an 18-point first-half deficit to beat the league-worst Charlotte Sting, 82-74, Friday night.
Oritz sparks Red Sox rally
Slugger homers twice in 9-8 victory over White Sox
August 13, 2005
David Ortiz gets frustrated when he lines the ball right at fielders. On Friday night, he hit two drives over all of them and into the stands. His two-homer game led the Boston Red Sox back from a four-run deficit against the Chicago White Sox and Mark Buehrle to a 9-8 victory in a meeting of the AL’s two best teams.
Bears lose quarterback Grossman
August 13, 2005
The Chicago Bears lost their second preseason game, 17-13, to the St. Louis Rams - but more importantly, they lost starting quarterback Rex Grossman for three to four months when the former Florida standout broke his left ankle.
Cameron scheduled for surgery
Outfielder has facial injuries after collision with Beltran
August 13, 2005
Mike Cameron was to undergo facial surgery Friday night, one day after his frightening outfield collision with New York Mets teammate Carlos Beltran.
Cubs’ Zambrano stymies Cards
Hurler tosses six shutout innings as Chicago wins second straight against St. Louis
August 13, 2005
Carlos Zambrano’s back began to tighten up again. This time, he stayed around long enough to get the win. Zambrano allowed six hits over six shutout innings Friday to lead the Chicago Cubs to their second straight victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-1.
Thunderstorms drench, but cool, area
Some in Linwood lose power, but most welcome relief after dry spell
August 13, 2005
Heavy rain - welcomed by gardeners and lawn enthusiasts - pelted the Lawrence area late Friday afternoon as a strong thunderstorm moved through in the span of an hour, leaving 50 Linwood homes without electricity.
Downtown streets open after waterline project
August 13, 2005
Motorists should no longer be bothered by the city’s downtown waterline replacement project.
City officials seek to expand left-turn bans
Safety commissioners want prohibition to apply in morning, too
August 13, 2005
It’s not fancy like a roundabout or a speed hump, but the latest traffic-control device on 23rd Street seems to be working. It’s a set of simple signs that prohibit motorists turning left at six intersections during weekday afternoon rush-hour traffic on 23rd Street.
Lawrence doctor and mother of 2 heads back to Iraq
Second tour brings feelings of pride, sadness to family
August 13, 2005
Dr. Natalie Griego already did one stint in Iraq, right when the war started in 2003. Her family was hoping she could avoid a return trip. But four weeks ago, Griego, a Lawrence resident and a major in the Colorado National Guard, received word she is being called up for a second tour of duty.
Government: Abu Ghraib photos could cause riots
August 13, 2005
Releasing photos and videotapes of detainee abuse at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison would aid al-Qaida recruitment, weaken governments in Iraq and Afghanistan and incite riots against U.S. troops, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff warned in court papers.
Judge orders death sentence in killing of six
August 13, 2005
A judge ordered a death sentence Friday for a man convicted of gunning down six members of his girlfriend’s family at their rural home, a ruling that rejected the jury’s recommendation of life in prison without parole.
Couple accused in guard’s death refuse quick extradition
August 13, 2005
The couple accused of killing a Tennessee corrections officer in a daring escape objected Friday to being sent back to the state to face charges. At a hearing, the wife appeared dazed and the husband declared, “I don’t want to leave without her.”
Scientist files complaint about lawyer
Evolution opponent has no license to practice law in Kansas
August 13, 2005
A Kansas University scientist on Friday filed complaints in two states against the attorney who helped devise anti-evolution instruction in public schools but is not licensed to practice law in Kansas.
Pump patrol
August 13, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.44 at Citgo, at Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
NASA embarks on another mission to study Red Planet
August 13, 2005
A school bus-sized spacecraft carrying the largest telescope ever installed in a planetary probe blasted off early Friday from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, beginning a seven-month journey to the Red Planet.
Doctor accused of aiding flesh-eating paste therapy
August 13, 2005
A doctor is accused of assisting an unlicensed practitioner who allegedly treats cancer patients with a flesh-eating herbal paste that leaves them with horrible disfigurements, including mutilated breasts.
Supreme Court allows redistricting initiative
August 13, 2005
The California Supreme Court ruled Friday that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s attempt to change the way the state’s legislative districts are drawn should be placed back on November’s special election ballot.
Grateful NYU doctor to give school $105M
August 13, 2005
A microbiology professor who fled the Nazis as a child, then made a fortune inventing a drug for rheumatoid arthritis plans to give the New York University School of Medicine a $105 million donation.
Judge grants bond for former Klansman
August 13, 2005
Former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen was released from jail Friday on $600,000 bond while he appeals his manslaughter convictions and 60-year sentence in the 1964 killings of three civil rights workers.
Employee suspected of embezzling $30,000
August 13, 2005
A former employee is suspected of embezzling nearly $30,000 from a local construction company.
KU drops plan to sell beer in union
Fears of underage drinking convince officials to say no
August 13, 2005
Kansas University administrators have nixed plans to allow alcohol sales in the Kansas Union. Marlesa Roney, vice provost for student success, said Friday that KU wouldn’t allow sales of beer with 3.2 alcohol content in the Hawk’s Nest lounge and Jaybowl bowling alley, as had been advocated by students and the union.
Wildfires engulf more than 100 homes
August 13, 2005
A 48,000-acre wildfire in southeastern Washington has destroyed more than 100 homes, ranging from modest summer cabins to full-time residences, a spokeswoman said Friday.
Wal-Mart to refund customers who bought mislabeled CD
August 13, 2005
A judge has approved a deal enabling people to get refunds on the Evanescence album “Anywhere but Home” if they bought it at a Wal-Mart in Maryland.
Baseball stadium dispute pitched into court system
August 13, 2005
A breach-of-contract lawsuit brought by Van Halen against the Baltimore Orioles seeking at least $2 million from a failed concert deal will go to trial, an attorney for the rock band said.
Lynyrd Skynyrd postpones eight upcoming concert dates
August 13, 2005
Lynyrd Skynyrd has postponed eight appearances this month because lead singer Johnny Van Zant has inflamed vocal cords.
Date with Governor, Stones carries $100,000 pricetag
August 13, 2005
Concert tickets for major acts are costly, but $100,000 to see the Rolling Stones?
Celebrity birthdays
August 13, 2005
Cuban President Fidel Castro is 79. Television evangelist Rex Humbard is 86. Singer Don Ho is 75. Actress Gretchen Corbett is 58. Actor Danny Bonaduce is 46. Country singer Andy Griggs is 32.
Cambodia grants citizenship to actress Angelina Jolie
August 13, 2005
Family ties between Angelina Jolie and her son, Maddox, just got a little tighter.
Statue commemorates famous WWII embrace
Sailor’s identity still a mystery 60 years later
August 13, 2005
A kiss is just a kiss - but not this kiss. The photograph of the exuberant kiss by a sailor on the lips of a surprised nurse in Times Square remains, 60 years later, an iconic image of the day World War II ended.
Former 9-11 commissioners defend intelligence omission
Statement says only ringleader was identified to them
August 13, 2005
The leaders of the 9-11 commission late Friday disputed a congressman’s criticism that the panel did not adequately investigate a claim that four hijackers were identified as al-Qaida members more than a year before the attacks.
Legislative committee slates hearing on gay, lesbian adoption proposal
August 13, 2005
Addressing the question of whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to adopt children in Kansas has been added to a legislative study committee’s list of things to do.
On the record
August 13, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
August 13, 2005
 
Activists to protest high incarceration rate
August 13, 2005
Lawrence activists will gather today in front of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass., to protest what they say is an “extraordinarily high incarceration rate” in this country.
People and places
August 13, 2005
 
Harvard dean heeds Mormon call
August 13, 2005
Getting a 34-year Harvard man to abandon one of the nation’s most prestigious business schools for an Idaho church college seems like a task that would demand divine revelation.
Have faith, will travel
Churches reach out to religious wayfarers
August 13, 2005
For John Brewer, a vacation to New York didn’t mean a vacation from church. When Brewer, a member of the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, visited a friend in the Hudson Valley this summer, he hopped on the Internet and looked up the nearest Unitarian Fellowship congregation - in Kingston, N.Y.
Tommy Lee on campus
Nebraska university prepares for debut of reality show
August 13, 2005
When Tommy Lee descended on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus to film a TV show, there were concerns about how the finished product would make the school and the state look.
Black roses
In midst of Pixies comeback, frontman’s solo career blooms
August 13, 2005
Pixies lead singer Frank Black takes the prize in this year’s derby for Oddest Duet, inviting his ex-wife to sing about their failed relationship on his new solo album.
British Airways strikes end, thousands wait for flights
August 13, 2005
British Airways resumed flights to and from Heathrow Airport on Friday night when a strike by ground crews ended - and began what was likely to be a days-long process of getting thousands of stranded passengers to their final destinations.
Outdated view
August 13, 2005
To the editor: George Lauppe never got stuck on “Gumbo Road,” but like many Bureau of Indian Affairs officials who ran Haskell in the 1950s, his mind is still mired in the 19th century.
Inconsiderate
August 13, 2005
To the editor: I should like to compliment the NASA people for having scheduled their shuttle take off (two weeks ago) and landing (Monday) so as not to interfere with the daily airing on television of “The Regis and Kelly Show” and “The Price is Right.”
Terra cotta?
Many of the landscaping improvements proposed for downtown sound great, but it’s hard to envision terra cotta-colored planters.
August 13, 2005
We’re all for having a beautiful downtown area. The “park in the heart of the city” image promoted by Downtown Lawrence Inc., sounds positive. Plantings that provide year-round color would be nice.
Personal touch
Teachers at a Leavenworth elementary school are trying a new tactic to get the school year off to a positive start.
August 13, 2005
What an awesome idea. Educators often say that the support and training students receive at home is an essential part of their success at school.
State treasurer: Wittig, Lake sought influence with KCC
August 13, 2005
Kansas Treasurer Lynn Jenkins, testifying as a prosecution rebuttal witness in the federal fraud retrial of two former Westar Energy executives, said they tried to use her to gain influence with state regulators while she was a state senator in 2001.
Menninger’s taste in books varied
August 13, 2005
Dr. Karl Menninger’s taste in books ranged from the serious to the speculative, from religion in 18th-century England to the Rat Pack of 1960s Las Vegas.
Blast near mosque kills three children, an adult
August 13, 2005
A blast Friday near a mosque west of Baghdad, Iraq, killed four people, including three children, and wounded at least 19 other people, officials said.
U.S. steps up role in Iraq’s constitutional talks
August 13, 2005
With three days remaining before the deadline for Iraqi politicians to complete their draft of a permanent constitution, U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has taken a leading role in negotiations among rival factions, Iraqi lawmakers said Friday.
Excerpts from 9-11 documents
August 13, 2005
Excerpts of more than 500 firefighters’ oral histories of their experiences on Sept. 11, 2001, released Friday along with more than 15 hours of radio transmissions:
Poll: More people feeling a pinch from the pump
August 13, 2005
More people are feeling that record-high gas prices soon will have their wallets running on empty.
Auditions planned for theater group
August 13, 2005
Leavenworth Players Group, a professional theater group that performs in the greater Kansas City area, had scheduled two auditions. Casting for “Murder at Madam Conundrum’s, or Ghost Who’s Coming to Dinner?,” will be at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Leavenworth Public Library, 417 Spruce. It is a Halloween show.
Students would benefit from school choice
August 13, 2005
A great deal is being made about something called “school choice” these days. Could you explain this concept and tell me whether you are in favor of it?
Best Bets
August 13, 2005
 
U.S. eyes reactor as newest nuclear worry
August 13, 2005
As the U.S. and Europe struggle to stop Iran’s uranium development, the Iranians are pushing ahead on another track that could also lead to a nuclear bomb - construction of a heavy-water reactor that can produce weapons-grade plutonium.
Palestinians will gain control of greenhouses
August 13, 2005
Farmers from the Jewish settlements of the Gaza Strip on Friday signed an agreement to sell most of their greenhouses to a private international fund, which in turn will hand them over to the Palestinian Authority.
Train-truck collision kills two, injures dozens
August 13, 2005
A tanker truck hauling liquid petroleum collided with a freight train, killing at least two people, injuring at least 44 and reducing parts of a border-town settlement to rubble.
Police arrest bombing suspects after gunbattle
August 13, 2005
Egyptian security forces on Friday arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of involvement in bloody bomb attacks last month in the resort city of Sharm el-Sheik.
Society Calendar
August 13, 2005
 
Military News
August 13, 2005
 
4-H News
August 13, 2005
 
Club News
August 13, 2005
 
Scouting news
August 13, 2005
 
Termination fees frustrate cell phone users
Survey finds nearly half of customers would consider switching plans if not faced with hefty fines
August 13, 2005
Nearly half of cell phone users feel hemmed in by the hefty fees they face for early termination of their contracts, according to a new survey from a consumer advocacy group.
Corn, beans face damage from drought
August 13, 2005
Midwestern corn has suffered irreversible harm from persistent drought, but soybeans still have a chance at solid yields, the Agriculture Department said Friday.
Cable cooperative president retiring
August 13, 2005
An executive who helped build a collection of independent cable operators into an industry powerhouse is retiring next month, more than three decades after starting his career in Lawrence.
Simons: Public involvement in Kansas education system crucial
August 13, 2005
From all reports, the three individuals Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed to serve as members of the Kansas Board of Regents are fine individuals and good citizens.
KU group aims to help small-town students
Kansas Connections helps newcomers adjustment to life on large campus
August 13, 2005
When Jennifer Meitl walked into her first biology class at Kansas University, her jaw dropped. There were 1,000 people in the class - more than four times the population of her hometown of Rush Center.
Lutherans reject easing gay clergy rules
August 13, 2005
A national meeting of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America rejected a proposal Friday that would have allowed gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy under certain conditions.
Sprint, Nextel complete merger
Stock to begin trading Monday under symbol S
August 13, 2005
Sprint Corp.’s long awaited takeover of Nextel Communications Corp. was completed Friday, with executives from the wireless leaders now preparing for the unified company’s introduction to some 40 million customers.
Bush passes protesters’ camp without stopping
August 13, 2005
President Bush on Friday passed within 100 feet of the roadside encampment where the mother of an Iraq war casualty was inviting him to stop and talk, but his motorcade passed by the protest site without making contact.
Oral histories documenting 9-11 released
Tapes capture panic, emotion during aftermath of terror attack
August 13, 2005
They were trudging up the stairs of the north tower, weighed down with gear and pausing every four floors to catch their breath. They had no idea the south tower had been hit.
Magazine put blacks in mainstream
August 13, 2005
“Why is there an Ebony? If some white guy started a magazine called Ivory, you blacks would riot in protest.”
Mo. lawmaker perks include free movies
August 13, 2005
State lawmakers get a salary and daily expense allowance, special license plates and free meals from lobbyists. They also get a little-known perk that might arouse the envy of some Missourians - free movies.
Would we care if they weren’t famous?
August 13, 2005
It’s not easy having two Oscar winners in the same family. Kirk and Michael Douglas bicker about movies and women in the documentary “A Father … A Son … Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” (7 p.m. today, HBO) directed by family friend and actress Lee Grant.
Sri Lanka’s foreign minister assassinated; military blames Tamil rebels
August 13, 2005
Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, a member of the ethnic Tamil minority who led an international campaign to ban the Tamil Tiger rebels as a terrorist organization, was assassinated after a swim at his home Friday. The military blamed the rebels.
Faith briefs
August 13, 2005
 
Faith forum
August 13, 2005
How can college students stay active in their faith?
Horoscopes
August 13, 2005
 
Tigers-Royals postponed
August 13, 2005
The Detroit Tigers game against the Kansas City Royals on Friday was postponed by rain.
Back-to-school shoppers clogging store aisles
Bells for new year to sound next week
August 13, 2005
Oh, how they wished they had done it sooner. Moms, dads and kids from across the region flooded school supplies aisles at Wal-Mart on Friday, battling the crowds as they hunted for notebooks, rulers and glue.
Church rift reflects national Episcopal debate
August 13, 2005
Like many in the Episcopal Church, parishioners at St. John’s are divided over the issue of gay clergy. But here, the rift has split the congregation in two.
Political clock ticking on U.S. mission in Iraq
August 13, 2005
A generation ago, President Richard Nixon faced an unwinnable war in Vietnam and public pressure to withdraw. So he gradually turned the fighting over to the Vietnamese, withdrawing American troops, while vowing to protect the country’s freedom.
Around and about
August 13, 2005