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East beats West in Native American All-Star game
July 1, 2005
The top Native American football players from across the country were in town for the Native American All-Star game Friday at Haskell Stadium. The East shut out the West, 42-0.
Supreme Court rejects extension of school finance deadline
July 1, 2005
The Kansas Supreme Court today rejected a request from Atty. Gen. Phill Kline to give the Legislature more time to work on school finance during the special legislative session.
Legislative leaders await key vote
July 1, 2005
A vote is scheduled today that could make or break the special legislative session.
KU law prof helping legislators on constitutional issues
July 1, 2005
Kansas University law professor Richard Levy trolled the Statehouse today to provide assistance to lawmakers trying to figure out whether the State Constitution needed to be changed because of the recent school finance court order.
Man shoots himself in ‘groin region’
July 1, 2005
A 21-year-old Lawrence man accidentally shot himself in the groin early Friday while playing with a gun he didn’t think was loaded.
Mostly sunny holiday weekend ahead
Chance of showers overnight Sunday into Monday
July 1, 2005
Fog was shrouding much of eastern Kansas this morning, creating some visibility problems for area commuters. “Once that morning fog burns off (by 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.), I think we see plenty of sunshine,” said Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist. “What a great way to start off the month.”
Armstrong vows he won’t lose focus
July 1, 2005
This ride will be different because it’s his last - and so will Lance Armstrong. For a change, he’ll savor the sights along the Tour de France route and even the strategy meetings with his Discovery Channel team. Just don’t expect his heightened awareness to distract him from focusing on winning his seventh Tour in a row.
Venus advances to Wimbledon final
Williams tops Sharapova; Davenport leads other semifinal
July 1, 2005
Venus Williams hopped for joy, punched the air and doubled over in laughter, renewing a once-familiar Centre Court ritual. The celebration came after Williams earned her sweetest victory yet in a career revival, beating 2004 champion Maria Sharapova, 7-6 (2), 6-1, Thursday in the rain-delayed Wimbledon semifinals.
Native American All-Star game will be battle of attrition
July 1, 2005
The way East coach Antwain Jimmerson sees it, tonight’s Native American All-Star game won’t come down to who has the better athletes. Instead, it will be all about heart.
People
July 1, 2005
¢ Young to perform 3 months after brain aneurysm ¢ ‘Kong’ headed back to the Big Apple ¢ Hart expecting first child ¢ Birthdays
Briefly - Nation
July 1, 2005
¢ Ethics stalemate ends ¢ Cattle confined at ranch linked to mad cow case ¢ Judge blocks abortion law from taking effect ¢ Army says it’s unlikely to meet recruiting goals
Local briefs
July 1, 2005
¢ KU flag to accompany Guardsmen to Iraq ¢ Attorney General’s Office warns of bank scam ¢ Dog attack sends boy to hospital ¢ City’s director of utilities to retire after 30 years ¢ Court hearing slated on sexual predator ¢ Traffic stop leads to marijuana bust ¢ TV channel lineup rearranged, expanded
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
July 1, 2005
 
Briefly - World
July 1, 2005
¢ Bush: Kyoto treaty was harmful to U.S. economy ¢ Men sentenced in activist’s death ¢ Prosecutor: Case can be tried without body
Oh-so-close Meira seeks encore
July 1, 2005
As if seeing the enlarged picture everyday in the Rahal Letterman Racing Shop in Hilliard, Ohio was not enough to remind Vitor Meira how unbelievably close he was to victory last season at the Kansas Speedway, a special photo session with teammate Buddy Rice Thursday afternoon at the 1.5-mile track certainly reopened Meira’s second-place wounds.
Help wanted
State school board members should regroup and consider getting some professional help in their search for a new state commissioner of education.
July 1, 2005
It probably should come as no surprise that the Kansas State Board of Education couldn’t come to quick agreement on the hiring of a new state education commissioner.
Bush lowers expectations for Iraq
July 1, 2005
President Bush shifted to a more realistic vision of what he can achieve in Iraq in deft and deniable fashion in his address to the nation Tuesday night. As Bush’s changing of gears - but not of direction - is more widely understood, it is likely to reassure Americans and deeply trouble Iraqi democrats.
Horoscopes
July 1, 2005
 
Bank of America to acquire MBNA
July 1, 2005
In a bold move that reinforces Bank of America Corp.’s dominance of consumer banking in the United States, the nation’s third-largest bank said Thursday it would buy credit-card leader MBNA Corp. in a deal worth $35 billion in stock and cash.
Fed boosts rates, hints more to come
July 1, 2005
The Federal Reserve raised a key interest rate Thursday and signaled that Americans’ borrowing costs probably will keep heading higher. Still, the economy is on firm footing despite gyrating energy prices, Fed policymakers said.
Boeing names 3M chief as new CEO
July 1, 2005
Boeing Co. turned to an aerospace veteran to help repair the company’s strained government relations and lead its market-share battle with rival Airbus SAS, naming 3M Co. Chief Executive W. James McNerney Jr. its new CEO Thursday.
Briefcase
July 1, 2005
¢ Morgan Stanley names former leader as CEO ¢ Mortgage rates reach 14-month low ¢ AT&T shareholders OK merger with SBC ¢ Ebbers to forfeit assets in settlement
Commodities
July 1, 2005
 
Connecticut rolls past Minnesota
July 1, 2005
Nykesha Sales had 18 points and Lindsay Whalen 15 to lead the surging Connecticut Sun to a 71-56 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday night.
Sorenstam overcomes early deficit to edge Morley in opener, 2 and 1
July 1, 2005
Annika Sorenstam needed a little time to close out Joanne Morley - and adjust to Hamilton Farm’s soggy greens. Coming off a disappointing finish in the U.S. Women’s Open on Cherry Hills’ speedy greens, Sorenstam overcame an early deficit to beat Morley 2 and 1 on Thursday in the first round of the HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship.
Make sure price is right before hiring home ‘stager’
July 1, 2005
We are about to put our house up for sale. Our sales agent suggested that we consider hiring a “home-staging” expert to make our house more attractive to potential buyers, but we’re not sure whether hiring such a person would be worth the extra $1,000 charge. What do you think?
Thorpe hoping to extend streak
July 1, 2005
It’s easy to handicap this week’s Champions Tour event: Jim Thorpe wins in a playoff.
Immelman first-round leader at European Open
July 1, 2005
South African Trevor Immelman shot a 6-under 66 to take the lead after the first round of the European Open on Thursday, while newly crowned U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell struggled to a 74.
Curtis hoping to find his 2003 form
Ex-British Open champ fires 64, shares lead with Furyk, Fischer
July 1, 2005
Winning the British Open didn’t protect Ben Curtis from golf’s ups and downs. He’s been down for most of the last two years, struggling to make cuts let alone a run like the one that won him the Claret Jug in 2003.
Kline, Sheffield suspended
July 1, 2005
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Kline was suspended for four games and New York Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield for two by the commissioner’s office on Thursday.
Rangers await word on Rogers’ punishment
Baseball expected to penalize Texas pitcher for clash with cameramen
July 1, 2005
Kenny Rogers’ immediate future will be determined by Major League Baseball, and the Texas Rangers expect their ace to be suspended for his angry outburst that sent a television cameraman to the hospital.
Beckett’s return from DL brilliant
Florida hurler allows just one hit in six innings of work in Marlins victory
July 1, 2005
Josh Beckett’s finger felt great for six innings. And in the best news of all for the Florida Marlins, it felt pretty good after the game as well. Beckett allowed only one hit in his return from the disabled list, and Miguel Cabrera and Juan Encarnacion homered to help the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-2, Thursday night in a game delayed nearly three hours by rain.
Texas puts on powerful show
Rangers blast eight homers in 18-5 victory
July 1, 2005
Kevin Mench and his Texas teammates went to their strength Thursday: the long ball. Mench hit three homers and Mark Teixeira had two as Texas hit eight home runs in a game for the second time this season, leading the Rangers to an 18-5 rout of the Los Angeles Angels.
Perkins supports Self, team
July 1, 2005
Lew Perkins says he has not lost any confidence in Kansas University’s basketball program or its coach in the wake of the Moon Bar melee.
Self: We prepared for this
KU coach confident program will be OK
July 1, 2005
Bill Self built the 2005-06 Kansas University basketball team on the assumption J.R. Giddens would not be a member of the squad. Entering last recruiting season, KU’s coach figured Giddens, a 6-foot-5 three-point specialist, would be off to the NBA after his sophomore campaign.
Score KU gear on eBay
July 1, 2005
Want to snag a piece of the former Allen Fieldhouse scoreboard or a genuine jersey worn by Kansas University basketball walk-on Terry Nooner? The clock is ticking.
Grant deadline passes for Lied Center expansion
Fate of project to be discussed in meetings today
July 1, 2005
Today marks the deadline for a challenge grant to expand the Lied Center, but officials with the Kansas University Endowment Assn. aren’t saying whether the target was reached.
Cyclists offer range of reasons for Raiding
Bike tour caters to variety of interests, ages
July 1, 2005
Martin Allen, 76, Topeka, likes to cycle with friends to breakfast - even when it’s 30 to 40 miles one-way. He lives in Texas in the winter and three mornings a week friends arrive at his house and choose a route to a place for breakfast. Allen tracks his cycling mileage from October through September each year and he hit 5,000 miles for the current year last month while on the Bike Across Kansas.
Girl bolts from bed after lightning strike
Seven-year-old escapes unharmed after flames engulf mattress
July 1, 2005
Lightning accompanying the intense storms that swept through the area Thursday sent a 7-year-old Tonganoxie girl scrambling from her burning bed - and left Snow, her favorite unicorn doll, with a coat of singed white fur.
Foreign fighters die for insurgency
Most suicide bombers in Iraq recruited elsewhere
July 1, 2005
The vast majority of suicide attackers in Iraq are thought to be foreigners - mostly Saudis and other Gulf Arabs - and the trend has become more pronounced this year with North Africans also streaming in to carry out deadly missions, U.S. and Iraqi officials say.
Daily Show’ offers DVD collection full of political satire
July 1, 2005
The sharp, satirical minds behind “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” regularly poke fun at politicians and celebrities. So it comes as no surprise that “Indecision 2004,” the first collection of “Daily Show” episodes on DVD, takes great pleasure in mocking itself.
Making a rebound
Martin Lawrence scores as coach in family comedy
July 1, 2005
“Rebound” is almost the same movie as “Coach Carter,” played for “Bad News Bears”/”Mighty Ducks”/”Mean Green”/”Kicking and Screaming” laughs. It’s so close it could be a parody, pointing out how worn out the formula was before “Carter” ever hit theaters.
Best Bets
July 1, 2005
 
This Weekend’s Highlights
July 1, 2005
 
July launch date set for shuttle Discovery
July 1, 2005
After 2 1/2 two years of frustrating setbacks and delays, NASA officially set July 13 as the launch date Thursday for the first space shuttle flight since the Columbia tragedy.
Time to turn over reporter notes
Magazine, New York Times ordered by high court to give sources on CIA leak
July 1, 2005
Even though he was threatened with jail, Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper said he hoped his company would not supply his notes to a prosecutor probing the leak of a CIA officer’s name.
Senate passes trade deal; House increases pay for federal workers
Proposals to ease sanctions against Cuba rejected
July 1, 2005
The Senate on Thursday endorsed a free trade agreement with six Latin American nations, handing a major win to President Bush, who has promoted the accord as a mark of U.S. commitment to democracy and prosperity in the hemisphere.
U.S. exploring allegations against Iran president-elect
Ex-hostages claim Tehran mayor was a captor
July 1, 2005
President Bush said Thursday that “many questions” have been raised by allegations of some former American hostages that Iran’s president-elect was one of their captors a quarter century ago.
Affleck, Garner wed; baby on the way
July 1, 2005
After months of speculation, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have tied the knot - and she’s pregnant.
Fans ready to move on
July 1, 2005
Kansas University basketball fans view J.R. Giddens’ departure as the end of a sad chapter, and many are ready to turn the page.
Extension of today’s deadline sought
No one knows what court will do if school funding not increased
July 1, 2005
State legislators remained at odds Thursday over how much money to give schools and whether to restrict the Kansas Supreme Court’s authority - even as they hoped for more time to work out a solution.
Sex offender charged with second crime
July 1, 2005
A Baldwin man has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old girl less than five months after he was put on probation for trying to molest a child.
Gas main break forces evacuations
July 1, 2005
A burst natural gas pipe Thursday night in southern Douglas County led to the evacuation of roughly half a dozen homes on the western edge of Palmyra Township, about 10 miles south of Lawrence.
Lawrence Datebook
July 1, 2005
 
Candidate withdraws on commissioner job
July 1, 2005
One of the two finalists for the Kansas Education Commissioner’s job has withdrawn from consideration.
Supporters, opponents calculate first year’s cost of smoking ban
July 1, 2005
More food, less drink. New sales tax numbers suggest the landscape of Lawrence’s restaurant and bar industry has shifted from alcohol to food sales since the city’s smoking ban began one year ago today.
Mayor complains about crumbling Baghdad
July 1, 2005
Baghdad’s mayor decried the capital’s crumbling infrastructure and its inability to supply enough clean water to residents, threatening Thursday to resign if the government won’t provide more money.
Spain legalizes gay marriage
July 1, 2005
Parliament legalized gay marriage Thursday, defying conservatives and clergy who opposed making traditionally Roman Catholic Spain the third country to allow same-sex unions nationwide. Jubilant gay activists blew kisses to lawmakers after the vote.
Former players say Giddens will be missed
July 1, 2005
It has been rumored that J.R. Giddens and Keith Langford clashed during their two years as teammates at Kansas University. Not so, said Langford, who Thursday said he was “very surprised” Giddens had decided to transfer to a to-be-determined school in the wake of the May 19 Moon Bar melee.
Mad’ dancers bust moves, stereotypes
July 1, 2005
The New York fifth-graders of Mad Hot Ballroom make their teachers cry. If you’re not careful, they’ll make you cry, too.
Kanye West joins Philly’s Live 8
July 1, 2005
Russell Simmons, a producer of the Live 8 concert here, is behind new names just added to Saturday’s bill, including Kanye West (“Jesus Walks”) and Rita, Ziggy and Stephen Marley, who will lend a reggae edge to Black Eyed Peas.
Heir apparent
With Get Up Kids splitting, the area music scene looks for the next big band
July 1, 2005
When Lawrence’s Get Up Kids ascend the stage at their final concert this weekend, it will mark the close of a decade performing together. The difference between the band’s first show and last show isn’t lost on the members.”It will actually be in a venue as opposed to a basement. And we’re all older and fatter,” says Matt Pryor, singer-guitarist for the band. “But we pretty much have the same sort of energy.”
On the record
July 1, 2005
 
KU, Giddens part ways
July 1, 2005
J.R. Giddens is no longer a Jayhawk, KU basketball coach Bill Self announced Thursday. “We met last night and came to the conclusion that it’s in his best interest and in our best interest that we part ways and go in different directions,” Self said during a noon news conference at the athletic department.
Nick at Nite turns 20
July 1, 2005
Happy birthday, Nick at Nite. This Nickelodeon primetime spin-off channel and home for classic sitcoms launched on July 1, 1985. Some of Nick’s current crop of retro programming didn’t even exist when it first started broadcasting and repackaged shows like “Mr. Ed” as campy nostalgia for baby boomer parents. Nick at Nite is now old enough to be recycled on Nick at Nite.
Increased disclosure required by new laws
Lew Perkins Provision’ among changes
July 1, 2005
Kansans will find state and local governments a little more open, and a new agency overseeing health care policy will come to life today. That’s when changes in the state’s Open Meetings and Open Records act take effect, as well as a law creating an independent Kansas Health Policy Authority. It marks the beginning of the state’s new budget year and often the start of many new statutes.
Death penalty will be sought for man accused of killing sheriff
July 1, 2005
Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a man accused of the fatal shooting of Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels. U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren announced Thursday that U.S. Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales is permitting Melgren’s office to pursue capital punishment against Scott Cheever.
Soldiers remove Jewish militants
July 1, 2005
Israeli forces stormed a Gaza Strip hotel Thursday where dozens of Jewish squatters were holed up to disrupt this summer’s Israeli withdrawal, in a quick operation that could serve as a blueprint for the pullout itself.
Italy denies prior knowledge of CIA kidnapping
July 1, 2005
Italy’s government denied Thursday it had prior knowledge of the alleged CIA kidnapping of a radical Egyptian cleric and summoned the U.S. ambassador to explain the operation, which has led prosecutors to seek the arrest of 13 purported CIA officials.
Motion to be heard on BTK mail access
July 1, 2005
BTK serial killer Dennis Rader has asked the judge overseeing his case to allow him to receive mail from the media at the jail. He also wants permission to resume contacts with a Topeka woman writing a book about his life, court papers show.
Search called off for missing teenagers
July 1, 2005
Investigators concluded their search Thursday for two Oklahoma teenagers who went missing 5 1/2 years ago, after finding no evidence that their bodies had been dumped across the state line in Kansas.
16 troops confirmed dead in copter shot down in Afghanistan
July 1, 2005
All 16 U.S. troops on a special forces helicopter were killed when the chopper was shot down by insurgents, the U.S. military said Thursday after rescuers recovered the bodies from the wreckage in a mountainous ravine.
Bush may be buying time for Iraq withdrawal
July 1, 2005
Like many predecessors, this White House seeks the most telegenic settings possible for major presidential pronouncements. So when President Bush on Tuesday night called on Americans to “stay the course” despite increasing violence and U.S. military deaths in Iraq, he spoke in front of paratroopers at Fort Bragg, N.C. In the past, he gave similar speeches from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and before military and civilian personnel at the Army War College.
The FBI can’t be reformed
July 1, 2005
Of all the failures that allowed al-Qaida’s attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, to succeed, those of the FBI are the most egregious. Yet none of the commissions or congressional committees investigating them has proposed more than platitudes about the FBI’s reforming itself. Blistering criticism has been abundant, but not a single serious remedy has been demanded.
Show respect
July 1, 2005
 
Right choice
July 1, 2005
 
Get creative
July 1, 2005
 
Judicial deja vu
July 1, 2005