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U.S. raises terror alert to code orange for transit
11:30 a.m., July 7, 2005 Updated 01:48 p.m.
The Bush administration raised the terror alert a notch to code orange for the nation’s mass transit systems on Thursday, responding to a spate of deadly rush-hour bus and subway bombings in London.
40 killed in London terrorist bombings
11:10 a.m., July 7, 2005 Updated 02:07 p.m.
Four explosions rocked the London subway and tore open a packed double-decker bus during the morning rush hour Thursday, sending bloodied victims fleeing in the worst attack on London since World War II. At least 40 people were killed, U.S. officials said, and more than 700 were wounded.
KU students in Britain accounted for
In wake of terrorist bombings, KU officials verify safety of 47 students, faculty
10:55 a.m., July 7, 2005 Updated 03:47 p.m.
Kansas University officials have made contact with all 47 students and faculty currently in Britain today following a series of apparent terrorist bombings in London that left at least 40 dead and 700 injured.
Temperatures to hit upper 80s
July 7, 2005
Get ready for a series of textbook summer days — mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s.
House roll call on $148.4 million school finance plan
July 7, 2005
The 75-48 vote Wednesday night by which the House approved a compromise, $148.4 million school finance package.
Senate roll call on $148.4 million school finance plan
July 7, 2005
The 26-11 vote Wednesday night by which the Senate approved a compromise, $148.4 million school finance plan, sending it to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
July 7, 2005
Highlights of Wednesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature
Kline confident but Sebelius staff baffled over maneuver
July 7, 2005
Attorney General Phill Kline believes he thwarted any attempt by the Kansas Supreme Court to shut down public schools, but his activities only baffled Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and her staff.
House rejects proposed constitutional amendment on judicial power
July 7, 2005
For a dozen days, many legislators talked about passing a proposed constitutional amendment making clear that lawmakers thought the Kansas Supreme Court crossed the line by ordering legislators to spend more money for schools.
Hernandez sees streak go down
Glavine wins battle of veteran starters as Nats’ bats don’t come through
July 7, 2005
Tom Glavine was missing his best stuff. A pair of baserunning errors stopped a big inning cold. A few groundballs weren’t fielded cleanly. The opposing pitcher was riding a 21â2-month winning streak.
Bonderman baffles Indians
22-year old snubbed as All-Star, but solid again
July 7, 2005
Jeremy Bonderman’s teammates can’t understand why the 22-year-old right-hander isn’t going to the All-Star game.
Kansas football briefs
July 7, 2005
Kansas University senior linebacker Nick Reid and junior cornerback Charles Gordon, defensive standouts for the Jayhawks, are vying for different player-of-the-year awards.
DeForge sparks Mercury
July 7, 2005
Anna DeForge scored nine of her 15 points during a 21-2 surge in the second half, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Seattle Storm, 73-61, Wednesday night.
Ex-Jayhawk Miles solid in summer debut
July 7, 2005
Former Kansas University point guard Aaron Miles contributed three points, four assists and three rebounds for the New York Knicks in his first summer-league game, a 93-89 Knicks loss to the Portland Trailblazers.
KU gear not available in a store near you
July 7, 2005
Kansas University officially has entered the adidas era, but if fans want to join the fun, they’ll have to hold their horses for a little while longer.
Discerning buyers can track down long-lasting roses
July 7, 2005
Rose bushes, especially hybrid teas, are not the prettiest of plants, but the flowers sure do look pretty in vases. A few tricks can prolong the indoor show.
Take care not to kill your favorite tree
July 7, 2005
If you slit somebody’s throat, you sever the carotid artery, and blood flow between brain and body ceases. What the carotid is to a human being the cambium layer is to a tree. It connects the leaves above to the roots underground. This vital conductive tissue lies in the thin band just underneath the bark.
Take the itch out of chigger bites
July 7, 2005
Camping, picnics and spending time outdoors: These activities make summer enjoyable.
What their gardens grow
Caterers find peace, ingredients in landscapes
July 7, 2005
Liz Karr has been in the catering business since she was 18 years old, but she has been gardening for at least 30 years. “I grew up in the country, and my mother made me garden and I hated it,” the Lawrence chef says. “But once I moved out, I immediately started gardening, and every day I thank her for introducing me to it.”
State briefs
July 7, 2005
¢ Zoo loses track of flamingos again ¢ Officials intervene to stop bird attacks
County hears more budget requests
July 7, 2005
Douglas County Public Works director Keith Browning’s concerns about maintaining and putting new overlay along county roads has translated into a $172,260 budget request for 2006.
Climbing the points
Strong finishes help Stewart gain standings traction
July 7, 2005
A season once mired in mediocrity almost overnight now appears poised for destiny.
Commentary: Armstrong’s idea bad for business
Cyclist’s attempt at sportsmanship shot down by race directors because it might offend sponsor
July 7, 2005
Yes, the food is good and the restrooms are bad and France is everything it’s supposed to be, but some things are definitely the same all over the world.
County commissioners OK alcohol sales
July 7, 2005
The taps will be open and ready to serve beer on Sunday at Cecil Monday’s Bar & Grill.
City briefs
July 7, 2005
¢ Woman charged with indecent exposure ¢ Man shot by cannon during celebration ¢ Trial in shooting case is delayed ¢ Aquatic center to close for swim meet
Patrol seeks fuel deals
July 7, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $2.09 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa, and Presto Phillips 66, 602 W. Ninth. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Westar defense says testimony should be struck
July 7, 2005
Attorneys for two former Westar Energy Inc. executives accused of trying to loot the utility attempted to whittle away Wednesday at the credibility of a key prosecution witness they say has a vested interest in the defendants’ convictions.
Judge overturns murder conviction
Attorneys: Former district attorney withheld information in ‘96 shooting
July 7, 2005
A judge has overturned a Topeka man’s conviction in a 1996 murder outside a Lawrence nightclub, leaving prosecutors to decide whether to undertake the challenge of retrying the case after nearly a decade.
Rogers says he feels ‘deep regret’
Rangers pitcher addresses incident with cameramen
July 7, 2005
Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers apologized Wednesday for last week’s tirade against two TV cameramen that sent one to the hospital and prompted a police investigation, but said he has not decided if he will go to next week’s All-Star game.
Big Brother’ series is big bore
July 7, 2005
I never thought I would be happy to see the return of “Big Brother” (7 p.m., CBS), but after “The Cut” (which moves to Wednesdays to complete its run in well-deserved obscurity) anything is a relief.
Young actress gets ‘Inside’
July 7, 2005
The original concept for “The Inside” was something akin to “21 Jump Street.”
U.S. detains 5 Americans in Iraq suspected of being insurgents
July 7, 2005
The U.S. military in Iraq has detained five Americans for suspected insurgent activity, Pentagon officials said Wednesday. The five have not been charged or had access to a lawyer, and face an uncertain legal future.
School funding increase passes
Amendment dies
July 7, 2005
With the Kansas Supreme Court breathing down its neck, the Legislature on Wednesday broke a historic deadlock and approved a $148.4 million funding increase aimed at keeping schools open.
Olympic nod makes England merry
Brits beat out City of Light
July 7, 2005
From the streets of Singapore to Trafalgar Square, jubilant Londoners celebrated their upset victory Wednesday over Paris for the right to stage the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
Residents angry over asbestos
July 7, 2005
A huge cloud of construction dust blowing across the field where his son played Little League signaled to Lance McMahan it was time to get out of this fast-growing suburb above Sacramento.
Despite risks, many immigrants choose herbal remedies
July 7, 2005
When Luckner Pierrsaint feels congested from the flu or bronchitis, he doesn’t go to a doctor or a drugstore. He takes his own concoction: a spoonful of a sugar-and-purple-onion mixture left outside for three nights.
Payoff for NASA’s comet buster in the weeks ahead
July 7, 2005
It seemed the whole world was watching Sunday night as NASA’s Deep Impact probe took its historic plunge into a comet, releasing explosive plumes of gas and dust that astonished even the experts with their brilliance.
Al-Qaida threatens to kill diplomat
July 7, 2005
The most feared terrorist group in Iraq threatened Wednesday to execute Egypt’s top diplomat, who was seized in Baghdad last weekend.
Briefly
July 7, 2005
¢ U.S. lawmakers praise conditions at Gitmo ¢ Violence-plagued town gets new police chief ¢ Bush collides with police officer during bike ride
Aruba defending its image
July 7, 2005
Five weeks after Natalee Holloway vanished on this sunny Caribbean island, some of the publicity is beginning to rub Arubans a bit raw.
Briefly
July 7, 2005
¢ Russia agrees to send American into space ¢ Sharon orders speed-up in building barrier ¢ No immunity in human rights case for Pinochet
Unforeseen events playing havoc with oil prices
July 7, 2005
When a tropical depression in the Caribbean was upgraded to Tropical Storm Dennis this week, crude oil prices immediately began climbing on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Won’t you be my neighbor?
ABC neighborhood isn’t too friendly
July 7, 2005
ABC’s extraordinary cancellation of “Welcome to the Neighborhood” less than two weeks before its premiere proves that reality television can only handle so much reality.
Tropical storm Dennis building strength
July 7, 2005
Tropical Storm Dennis built toward hurricane strength Wednesday, flooding roads in Haiti and Jamaica and helped push oil prices sharply higher as it became the second storm to threaten petroleum output in the Gulf of Mexico.
Volunteers head to Mozambique
July 7, 2005
When Felix Karlin hears news reports about the need for aid in Africa, he thinks about a widow with eight children living in Mozambique.
Briefly
July 7, 2005
¢ Vandross’ fans turn out to pay last respects ¢ Fire gets close to homes before being turned back ¢ Mistrial declared in Notorious B.I.G. lawsuit
Bush defends Gonzales
Attorney general under criticism as potential Supreme Court nominee
July 7, 2005
President Bush on Wednesday defended potential Supreme Court nominee Alberto Gonzales, under attack from conservatives, as White House officials reached out to Democrats. The party’s top senator said the attorney general was qualified but would not necessarily get “an easy way through” confirmation.
Goodland project to produce power, ethanol, biodiesel
July 7, 2005
Investors in northwest Kansas hope to fire up the region’s economy with a power plant and two fuel processing plants that will use some of each other’s products.
Briefcase
July 7, 2005
¢ Early sampling shows state wheat quality up ¢ Automakers embrace employee discounts ¢ Alltel’s acquisition gets tentative OK
Still yellow fellow
Armstrong forced to wear leader’s jersey
July 7, 2005
No yellow jersey Wednesday. No race today. It didn’t take Lance Armstrong long to make up his mind.
Commodities
July 7, 2005
Daily ticker
July 7, 2005
Lawrence datebook
July 7, 2005
On the record
July 7, 2005
Burroughs fan
July 7, 2005
You have got to be kidding me. Lawrence shouldn’t memorialize its most famous author, William S. Burroughs, because he was “not a poster boy for good citizenship”? If good citizenship were a prerequisite for recognition for one’s achievement, we would no longer be reading the plays of Christopher Marlowe, who died in a tavern brawl more than 400 years ago. Please spare me this prudery.
Watch duty
July 7, 2005
Political experience might benefit justice
July 7, 2005
In gauging the momentous choice President Bush must make in choosing a successor to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, it is tempting to suppose that his highest priority will be satisfying the conservative interest groups that were unhappy with her rulings on abortion, affirmative action, sodomy and other social issues.
Still a gem
Plans for an additional auditorium have been put on hold, but the Lied Center of Kansas remains a vital part of Lawrence and Kansas University.
July 7, 2005
The failure of a fund drive to finance an addition to the Lied Center of Kansas is disappointing, but the mission of the performing arts center will remain as vital as ever.
O’Connor a model of civility
July 7, 2005
Sandra Day O’Connor will be missed on the U.S. Supreme Court not only because of her moderate, compelling voice, her leadership on controversial issues ranging from affirmative action to church-state relations, and her trailblazing journey for women’s rights. She also will be missed most for her civility.
Too far out?
School district officials are acutely aware - as they should be - that taxpayers expect the new South Junior High School to be a practical building with a long life ahead of it.
July 7, 2005
As much as Lawrence likes to be on the cutting edge, school district officials are right to ask themselves whether a proposed design for a new South Junior High School is “too far out.”
Horoscopes
July 7, 2005
For Thursday, July 7
Less Legislature
July 7, 2005
As I read about the Republicans’ efforts to tie school funding to cutting back the court’s power, I realized the better solution might be to have a constitutional amendment to reform the House and Senate to a system like Nebraska’s. Let’s just have one group of elected officials. As the Legislature has proven, more is not always better. Maybe the Legislature could meet once every two years. The savings could fund the schools. Fewer elections, fewer people on the government payroll!
Pioneer designer favored no curves
July 7, 2005
Christopher Dresser was a pioneer modern designer working in England in the late 19th century. He created unusual forms and decorations that were “cutting edge” for the day. From 1879 to 1882, he originated 37 radical designs for silver and silver plate made by James Dixon and Sons.
Indulgent design
Innovations represent ‘different kind of necessary’
July 7, 2005
The 2005 Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) offer a dizzying portrait of a consumer society on steroids.
Habitat store a bargain depot
Facility to help homeowners, environment
July 7, 2005
A nondescript building in northwest Lawrence is about to turn into a gold mine for bargain hunters wanting to fix up their homes.
City’s schools preparing to possibly close
July 7, 2005
Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman on Wednesday called on staff to prepare for a shutdown of public schools.
Times reporter sent to jail for not divulging source
July 7, 2005
As a reporter, Judith Miller is used to telling the story. But now she is the story.
Bankruptcy professionals spread CARE with educational program
July 7, 2005
I think it’s safe to say most people would prefer to never have to see a bankruptcy attorney or judge.
State helps finance study on biodiesel plant
July 7, 2005
Efforts to build a $20 million biodiesel production plant in Douglas County are picking up state support.
House roll call on proposed constitutional amendment
July 7, 2005
The 74-49 vote Wednesday by which the House rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to prevent the courts from closing schools as a remedy in school finance lawsuit.
Our town sports
July 7, 2005
Reliever, Royals stymie Seattle
MacDougal making most of new pitch
July 7, 2005
One new pitch has made a big difference for Mike MacDougal.
Raiders hammer Manhattan
July 7, 2005
Brett Lisher could only shake his head and laugh at teammate Tyler Knight’s bomb over the left-field fence in the bottom of the fourth inning Wednesday night at Free State High School.
Tornado deaths fewest on record
July 7, 2005
Not one person was killed in the United States by a tornado in April, May or June, for the first time since record-keeping started in 1950. Those three months are normally the peak tornado season, but weather officials say this has been an unusual year.
KU supporter’s generosity remembered
July 7, 2005
Robert Bailey Riss is being remembered this week as a pleasant, thoughtful man who was generous with his money and his time when it came to supporting Kansas University.
KU, Lawrence bus systems considering merger
July 7, 2005
A merger may be in the works for Lawrence’s two bus services.
Peltier moves to Indiana penitentiary
Leavenworth becoming medium-security institution
July 7, 2005
Leonard Peltier, serving two life sentences for the 1975 slaying of two FBI agents in South Dakota, has been moved to a federal penitentiary in Indiana, according to his attorney and the Bureau of Prisons.
Group of 8 leaders convene
July 7, 2005
Leaders of the world’s most prosperous nations convened a three-day summit Wednesday to address endemic poverty, environmental neglect and other global challenges, even as President Bush declared his continued opposition to mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions.
U.S. releases details of downed chopper, missing SEAL team
July 7, 2005
The last radio contact was an urgent appeal for help. Night was falling, a rainstorm threatening, and four Navy SEAL commandos were surrounded by about a dozen militants in rugged, wooded mountains. They needed reinforcements.
Military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy faces court challenge
Sailor discharged after admitting she was a lesbian
July 7, 2005
During her first five years in the Navy, Jen Kopfstein avoided conversations about her personal life, taking the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy seriously.
Investors revive former Davol plant
Businessmen to share 215,000-square-foot plant in southeast Lawrence
July 7, 2005
Three Lawrence businessmen lead an investment group that has purchased the former Davol Inc. building at 700 E. 22nd St.
Accused Idaho kidnapper suspected of killing family
July 7, 2005
A convicted sex offender accused of kidnapping 8-year-old Shasta Groene and her brother is also believed to be responsible for the May killings of three people at the family’s home, authorities said Wednesday.
Respect is a two-way street
July 7, 2005
What is it with Mexico lately? When did it hire David Duke as an image consultant?
People in the news
July 7, 2005
¢ Krakow recognizes Spielberg for ‘Schindler’s List’ ¢ Jolie to adopt second child ¢ Pink Floyd guitarist donating his Live 8 profits to charity ¢ Music artists to donate tickets to charity auction ¢ Graceland closing last independent shops