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Kansas Supreme Court considers closing schools
Sen. John Vratil: ‘This was the nuclear option.’
July 2, 2005
The Kansas Supreme Court will consider keeping Kansas schools closed because legislators have failed to comply with the court’s demand for additional money for public schools.
Lawmakers deadlock on school finance
Amendment on judicial power appears unlikely, some now say
July 2, 2005
State lawmakers today broke a court-ordered deadline to increase school funding but kept their special legislative session alive.
Simons: Regents appointments vital to future of higher education
July 2, 2005
Considering the current state of affairs in Kansas concerning higher education, it appears greater attention needs to be given to the selection of those invited to serve on the Kansas Board of Regents.
Rangers’ Rogers suspended 20 games
July 2, 2005
Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers was suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000 by Major League Baseball on Friday for an outburst that sent a television cameraman to the hospital and prompted a police investigation.
Federer rolls into Wimbledon final
Roddick-Johansson delayed; Davenport advances
July 2, 2005
The best view of Roger Federer’s latest masterful performance at Wimbledon belonged to Lleyton Hewitt, and even he felt compelled to call out, “Too good, mate!” when one perfectly placed forehand flew past.
Kansas troops head to Iraq, take KU flag
July 2, 2005
Steven and Vanessa Schneider are celebrating their one-year anniversary. It may be another year before they see each other again. Steven Schneider, first lieutenant with the Kansas Army National Guard, is headed to Iraq later this month. He admitted it’ll be tough to be away from his wife but said it’s his duty.
Justice O’Connor retiring from court
Lines already being drawn in battle over swing-voter’s seat
July 2, 2005
Friday afternoon in Overland Park, a group of abortion-rights supporters gathered on Roe Avenue for a “Save Roe on Roe” rally. Meanwhile, abortion foes accused the pro-choice crowd of going “completely overboard” and having a “panic-stricken attitude.” Already, the fallout was being felt in Kansas from the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Religion briefs
July 2, 2005
 
A fair justice system establishes sibling peace
July 2, 2005
I’ve been very careful to be fair with my children and give them no reason to resent one another. Nevertheless, they continue to fight. What can I do?
How much caring?
Even in compassionate Lawrence, there may be a limit to how accommodating we should be to the homeless population.
July 2, 2005
A trio of homeless men who camp along the Kansas River east of City Hall came to the podium at Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission meeting to ask commissioners to reconsider plans to prohibit camping in city parks and and public right of way.
Iraq reality doesn’t match Bush rhetoric
July 2, 2005
It’s hard to juxtapose President Bush’s Tuesday speech on Iraq with the realities on the ground in Baghdad. I’ve found the security situation worse than on my last visit in January. The ray of hope provided by Iraqi elections has waned. Iraqis go to work, shop, take university exams, but their daily lives are defined by the violence of an insurgency that doesn’t end.
Faith forum
July 2, 2005
Will I be reunited with my loved ones after death?
KU piano camp attracts international talent
Local youth among 101 participants
July 2, 2005
John Bond is a good piano player, for an incoming senior at Free State High School. He wants to know how he stacks up against young pianists from around the world.
Notebook
July 2, 2005
¢ Soph Jackson to enroll in 2nd summer school ¢ Next stop for Giddens?: Major Div. I conference ¢ Simien’s offering ¢ Another “package deal?”
Briefly - World
July 2, 2005
¢ Bomb kills 11 troops ¢ Monsoon floods kill more than 100 ¢ Chancellor sets up loss in no-confidence vote
Horoscopes
July 2, 2005
 
Nickelodeon hotel has character of its own
July 2, 2005
In front of me, dozens of children chanted. “Slime! Slime! Slime!” Beside me sat another father and three children, all of our faces gooey from cream pies we had already taken in the face. Now we awaited our final fate, a green liquid that sloshed in a pipe above us.
Hernandez’s win streak reaches 11
Nationals pitcher ties franchise record in 4-3 victory over Cubs
July 2, 2005
Livan Hernandez’s latest win did not come easily. Hernandez tied a franchise record by winning his 11th straight decision Friday afternoon, leading the Washington Nationals to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Ordonez homers in return
Outfielder’s first hit of season helps Tigers top Yanks
July 2, 2005
After needing three months to get his first hit with the Tigers, Magglio Ordonez could not wait to return - even if it meant facing Randy Johnson.
Laimbeer ejected; Monarchs top Shock
July 2, 2005
In a game that featured five technicals and the ejection of Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer, Nicole Powell scored 17 points to lead the Sacramento Monarchs to an 80-63 victory Friday over the Shock.
Hoover helps Raiders romp
July 2, 2005
Jake Hoover pitched a complete-game six-hitter and helped his cause with a first-inning grand slam as the Lawrence Raiders beat Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest, 7-3, in Legion baseball Friday in the Bartlesville tournament.
ARCA pole-sitter wary of No. 2
July 2, 2005
Even though legendary ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Frank Kimmel has won only one race at the Kansas Speedway, today’s Kansas Lottery $200 Grand pole-sitter Joey Miller said the six-time series champion Kimmel was the guy to watch out for.
Truck pole-winner surprised by success
July 2, 2005
Just about everybody who will race in today’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 at Kansas Speedway broke the 1.5-mile track’s qualifying record Friday. But Bill Lester beat everyone.
Comedy of errors dooms Royals
Lineup-card blunder, Byrd’s ‘two-hitter’ sparks Angels, 5-0
July 2, 2005
Paul Byrd is going to go ahead and call it a two-hitter. “The first hit didn’t count,” he said. He’s right. It didn’t. Byrd wound up with a career-best two-hitter Friday night, facing only one batter over the minimum and getting a boost from a Kansas City blunder in the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-0 victory over the Royals.
Self, KU look to future without Giddens
July 2, 2005
J.R. Giddens’ transfer to a to-be-determined school means Kansas University’s men’s basketball team will have four scholarships to offer in recruiting this school year.
People and Places
July 2, 2005
 
Midwest economic growth slows in June
July 2, 2005
Although the overall Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region declined in June, it still indicates economic growth lies ahead.
Head, shoulders above West
East QB Boydstun takes to the air in 42-0 victory
July 2, 2005
So much for a balanced attack. After promising to mix his offense with runs and passes, East coach Antwain Jimmerson finally found what worked best. And that was throwing the football.
GM sales soar on big discounts
Asian brands post best June results in U.S.
July 2, 2005
General Motors Corp.’s sales rose 41 percent in June to their highest monthly total in nearly 19 years thanks to a heavily promoted discount that allowed customers to buy cars and trucks at the employee rate, new sales figures show.
Fire at Baghdad utilities plant leaves millions without water
July 2, 2005
A mortar attack sparked a fire Friday that forced authorities to shut down a water plant, leaving millions of weary Baghdad residents with dry taps in 100-degree heat, Iraqi officials said.
Gunmen kill aide to Shiites’ most influential cleric
July 2, 2005
Gunmen killed an aide to Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric and two bodyguards in a drive-by shooting outside a Baghdad mosque Friday - an attack likely to stoke tensions between the Shiite majority and the Sunni minority, officials said.
Beloved Father Peter leaves a bigger Girls and Boys Town
July 2, 2005
While serving in Iraq last year, young Marine Sgt. Eric Eggink wrote in gratitude to the Rev. Val Peter, president and chief executive of Girls and Boys Town. “Thanks to the skills I learned at Girls and Boys Town, I’m able to lead others and teach these men how to handle battle,” wrote Eggink, who graduated in May 2001 after arriving at the institution in 1997, at age 15.
Making a difference
Local students take on ‘mission’ in Mississippi
July 2, 2005
The Rev. Peter Luckey is big on youth mission trips. In the past three years, the senior youth group at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt., has traveled to undertake work projects in West Virginia; El Paso, Texas, and just across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; and, May 28 through June 5, in Biloxi, Miss.
Destroy Humans’ fun, but too easy to master
July 2, 2005
What would an advanced, space-faring civilization possibly need from creatures who think sliced bread is a marvel? “Destroy All Humans!” (PlayStation 2 and Xbox, T-rated, $50) has some disturbingly hilarious answers. It turns out that being entirely expendable is what makes us humans such a ripe target.
Live Aid 1985 hard to beat
Musicians to perform follow-up benefit
July 2, 2005
Live 8 will have to be pretty stupendous to equal its 1985 predecessor. Live Aid set a standard for ambition, scope, impact and musical talent that is unsurpassed 20 years later.
Minnesota enters Day One of government shutdown
More than 9,000 state employees told to stay home on Friday
July 2, 2005
More than 9,000 state employees were told to stay home Friday and drivers found highway rest stops closed at the start of the busy Fourth of July weekend as a budget stalemate led to the first government shutdown in Minnesota history.
KU professor offers his services to lawmakers
July 2, 2005
Kansas University law professor Richard Levy trolled the Statehouse on Friday 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.
Lawrence’s Tacha mentioned as possible successor
July 2, 2005
Lawrence resident Deanell Reece Tacha, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, was mentioned on a national news program Friday as a possible replacement for outgoing Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Battle over vacancy could define Bush’s presidency
July 2, 2005
The news was about Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. But the story is about President Bush. How Bush manages that story, by the person he nominates to replace O’Connor, by the words he chooses to frame that debate, by the way he deals with Congress, could define his presidency almost as much as terrorism and the war in Iraq.
Area to sparkle with fireworks
Lake Perry will hold annual display tonight
July 2, 2005
Several Douglas County communities will be hosting fireworks displays in honor of the Fourth of July. Fireworks aficionados who can’t wait for Monday’s displays can head out to Lake Perry tonight, where a half-hour show will begin at the marina beach at sundown. The event will feature music from the band Final Drive from 7 to 11 p.m.
People
July 2, 2005
¢ Auction offers Brando items that bidders couldn’t refuse ¢ Organizers say McCartney a no-show at benefit ¢ Shields play war of the words with Cruise over use of pills ¢ Birthdays
Grammy-winner Vandross dead at 54
July 2, 2005
Grammy award winner Luther Vandross, whose deep, lush voice on such hits as “Here and Now” and “Any Love” sold more than 25 million albums while providing the romantic backdrop for millions of couples worldwide, died Friday. He was 54.
Judge orders CU to turn over documents in lawsuit
Women suing school claim they were raped by athletes
July 2, 2005
A federal judge on Friday ordered the University of Colorado to turn over documents it is accused of withholding from two women who filed a lawsuit claiming they were raped by football players or recruits.
On the record
July 2, 2005
 
A feisty Texas gal
Miranda Lambert sets the ground rules for success with debut CD
July 2, 2005
Signing a record contract is usually a joyous occasion for an unknown artist, especially one that has spent years struggling. But Miranda Lambert recalls little joy when that big moment came, only increasing dread as she stared at the papers in front of her.
Lawrence Datebook
July 2, 2005
 
Man accidentally shoots himself
July 2, 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. Police said the man was handling the 9 mm handgun about 1:10 a.m. while with a group of five acquaintances at an apartment in the 1000 block of Missouri Street.
Red Cross worker killed in Haiti
July 2, 2005
A kidnapped international Red Cross worker was found shot to death, the organization said Friday, expressing its concerns about escalating violence that threatens elections to replace ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Defiance by detainees met by guard retaliation
July 2, 2005
The prisoners banged on their cells to protest the heat at Guantanamo Bay. They doused guards with whatever liquid was handy - from spit to urine. Sometimes they struck their jailers, one swinging a steel chair at a military police officer.
Suspects may be charged Monday
Earlier report said murder charges filed
July 2, 2005
Aruba’s chief government spokesman said Friday that three young men detained in the disappearance of an Alabama teenager have not been formally charged but could be as soon as Monday.
Spacecraft ready for comet-busting mission
July 2, 2005
A NASA spacecraft was speedily closing in on its target Friday, a comet scientists hope to smash open this weekend, producing celestial fireworks for the Independence Day weekend. But the real purpose is to study the comet’s primordial core.
Surge in fighting threatens U.S. efforts in Afghanistan
July 2, 2005
Afghanistan was held up as an example of U.S.-led nation-building just three months ago. But that optimism has succumbed to near-daily ambushes, bombings, execution-style killings and this week’s downing of a U.S. military helicopter.
Lied expansion scrapped
KU misses deadline to match grant
July 2, 2005
Kansas University officials have shelved plans to build an addition to the Lied Center. KU couldn’t raise the $7.5 million necessary to receive another $7.5 million challenge grant by Friday’s deadline.
Majority of new principals hired from other districts
Some concerned that too few ‘insiders’ given administrative jobs
July 2, 2005
Four out of five new principals in Lawrence schools were plucked from posts outside the district. The outside hires are becoming a trend, some say.
Squirrel attacks boy, mother
Both get treatment for bites as officials capture animal
July 2, 2005
Squirrels: Cute, furry - dangerous. An 8-year-old boy and his mother sustained minor injuries Friday night after a squirrel attacked them, clawing and biting their arms and legs outside a southeast Lawrence home.
Reporters in contempt case seek home detention
July 2, 2005
Lawyers for Time magazine reporter Matthew Cooper on Friday urged a federal judge not to jail him for refusing to discuss his confidential sources with a prosecutor, arguing in a court filing that there is no need for his testimony now that his employer has turned over his notes, which identify the sources.
Sidewalk dining changes on hold, bar owners want speedy action
July 2, 2005
Downtown bar owners may have to wait a little longer before they find out whether they can have sidewalk seating areas. Business owners were told at a meeting Friday that design guidelines for sidewalk seating won’t be presented to city commissioners for at least two more weeks.
N. Korea to U.S.: stop description of country as ‘outpost of tyranny’
July 2, 2005
North Korea told the United States that it must withdraw its description of the communist nation as an “outpost of tyranny” and treat Pyongyang as a friend if it wants nuclear talks to resume, a senior North Korean official said Friday.
Congress seeks to limit eminent domain
July 2, 2005
Reacting to a recent Supreme Court decision, lawmakers are moving to make it more difficult for local governments to seize private property that stands in the way of shopping malls and other commercial development.
Fla. sees 3rd shark attack in a week
July 2, 2005
A shark bit an Austrian tourist on the ankle Friday while the man stood in chest-deep water in the Gulf of Mexico, the sheriff’s office said. It was the state’s third shark attack in a week.
Briefly - Nation
July 2, 2005
¢ Firefighters struggle to protect communities ¢ Federal agents search congressman’s home ¢ City inaugurates first Latino mayor since 1872
CMT pays tribute to U.S.
July 2, 2005
Viewers who can’t wait for the fireworks can watch “Greatest Patriotic Songs” (9 p.m., Saturday, CMT), an appreciation of flag-waving martial anthems from the time of the Civil War to the more recent war in Iraq. Interviews include Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, Trace Adkins, Aaron Tippin, actor Rick Schroder and combat veterans who share their feelings about their favorite ballads.
Best Bets
July 2, 2005
 
Society Calendar
July 2, 2005
 
Club News
July 2, 2005
 
Around and about
July 2, 2005
 
4-H Club News
July 2, 2005
 
Briefcase
July 2, 2005
¢ McDonald’s reopens after renovation ¢ ONEOK completes asset purchase ¢ Microsoft, IBM settle claims from ‘90s case
Commodities
July 2, 2005
 
Parking tip
July 2, 2005
 
No responsibility
July 2, 2005
To the editor: Since the start of the special legislative session, the Kansas House of Representatives has spent the time not looking for money to fund the Legislature’s obligation to the children of Kansas, but rather by taking swings at the Kansas Supreme Court. As a Kansas taxpayer and as a voter, the actions of the House are unconscionable. We need to hold all of our legislators accountable, particularly House Speaker Doug Mays.
Amazing stand
July 2, 2005
 
Cooler heads prevail’ after rate hike
Bargain hunters help lift stocks
July 2, 2005
Wall Street finished a lackluster session with modest gains Friday as stronger-than-expected economic data helped investors rebound slightly from their disappointment with the Federal Reserve’s latest policy statement. The major indexes finished the week narrowly higher.
Profit motive
July 2, 2005
 
Music academy
July 2, 2005
 
Crisis at hand
July 2, 2005
 
Military News
July 2, 2005
 
Revenue robbed
July 2, 2005
 
Child, nursing home at odds over care for stroke victim
July 2, 2005
My father has been a nursing home resident since he was discharged from a rehabilitation hospital two months ago. He had suffered a severe stroke, needed help with all of his activities of daily living, and was being given occupational and physical therapy four times each week.
LHS grad plans to stay at Boeing
July 2, 2005
Brushing aside speculation that he would leave The Boeing Co. if he didn’t win the top job, Alan Mulally says he’s not going anywhere. Asked if he plans to stay as head of the company’s commercial airplane division, Mulally told The Seattle Times, “Absolutely.”
Local briefs
July 2, 2005
¢ McDonald’s reopens after renovation
Border Raiders on last leg of historic bike tour
July 2, 2005
“Fun, fun, fun,” says Jim Turner of Lawrence, describing the Border Raiders tour this week as he sits in back of the U-Haul truck he uses to transport the cyclists’ luggage to each overnight stop.
Armstrong’s goal to go out on top
July 2, 2005
Lance Armstrong, ever the headstrong Texan, aims to succeed where the likes of Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and other sporting giants failed.