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Police setting up check lanes
July 8, 2005
If you’re out driving late tonight in Lawrence, you might end up in a police check lane.
Local drivers in third place in Great Race
July 8, 2005
Lawrence Auto Club members driving cross-country in a 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air were running in third place this morning as they started the last long stretch in the Great Race.
Supreme Court OKs school finance law
Schools should open on time
11:11 a.m., July 8, 2005 Updated 03:25 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court today approved the new school finance law, paving the way for schools to open on time next month.
Temperatures soaring into 90s
July 8, 2005
If you have a chance, it’s a good day to get outside — sunny skies and warm temperatures are on tap again today, said Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist.
Campy approach dooms ‘Fantastic Four’
July 8, 2005
Its plot is stretched thin. Its creativity is nearly invisible. Its logic is rocky. And the whole enterprise goes up in flames. Welcome to “The Fantastic Four,” Marvel’s latest and least impressive entry into its recent superhero adaptations. After delivering dandy versions of “Spider-Man” and “X-Men,” the comic book kingpin takes a giant step backward with this big-screen bomb. It’s worse than “Hulk” … even worse than “Elektra.”
Lawrence theaters adjust to box-office slump
July 8, 2005
The combined muscle of Obi Wan Kenobi, Batman and Tom Cruise hasn’t been able to save the galaxy … not the galaxy where Hollywood resides, anyway. The Fourth of July holiday marked the 19th straight weekend that domestic box-office revenues were down compared to last year.
All-Star decision up to Rogers
July 8, 2005
AL manager Terry Francona said it was up to Kenny Rogers to decide whether he wants to participate in next week’s All-Star game.
Yankees claim fifth straight victory
Giambi homers in third consecutive game in 7-2 triumph over Cleveland
July 8, 2005
A new center fielder and the Jason Giambi of old helped the New York Yankees extend their winning streak to five. Giambi homered for the third straight game, and 20-year-old Melky Cabrera singled in his major-league debut Thursday night as Mike Mussina and the Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-2.
Olympics drops baseball, softball
IOC votes to cut two sports from 2012 Summer Games
July 8, 2005
Baseball and softball, two sports invented in America, were dropped Friday from the Olympic program for the 2012 Games in London. Each of the 28 existing sports was put to a secret vote by the International Olympic Committee, and baseball and softball failed to receive a majority required to stay on the program. The other 26 sports were retained.
Giddens to visit N. Mexico
July 8, 2005
Former Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens is taking an official visit to New Mexico today, according to the Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal.
Here comes heir to ‘Air’
Michael Jordan’s son making name for himself
July 8, 2005
Jeffrey Jordan needs no introduction at the Nike All-America Camp. The contagious smile, penetrating stare and determined look on his boyish 16-year-old face resemble the features of his world-famous father, Michael, and offer proof that young Jeffrey is the true heir to the Air Jordan legacy.
Raiders postponed
July 8, 2005
A Legion baseball game between the Lawrence Raiders and Topeka 400 on Thursday at Free State High was called off after both teams thought they were playing at home.
Lottery’s eScratch game not popular with players
Despite heavy promotions, customers find game confusing and too time consuming
July 8, 2005
Despite a redesign and humorous new commercials, the Kansas eScratch lottery game is still underwhelming players.
Joplin lawyer pleads guilty to scamming clients
Clients defrauded of more than $500,000
July 8, 2005
A former Joplin attorney pleaded guilty Thursday to defrauding his clients of almost $512,000.
BTK killer blames his ‘dark side’ for murders
July 8, 2005
Confessed BTK serial killer Dennis Rader blames a “demon” that got inside him at a young age for the murders that terrorized the city for three decades.
Camp teaches with fun
Activities help children improve communication capabilities
July 8, 2005
Juliana Hill, 6, is too busy with animals, games, singing, arts and crafts to realize she’s learning a lot at summer camp this week. “I just think it’s fun,” she said.
Documents show Westar paid DeLay
July 8, 2005
A Kansas energy company said it donated $25,000 to a political action committee so that it could attend a golf outing with U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay in 2002 to try to influence pending energy legislation, court documents show.
Tobacco education campaign unveiled
July 8, 2005
A partnership of state and private groups is trying to increase the percentage of Kansas retailers enforcing federal laws against selling cigarettes to minors.
Area briefs
July 8, 2005
¢ Parents killed in crash, boy survives ¢ 13-year-old boys charged in carport fire
District will wait before spending school money
July 8, 2005
A day after the Kansas Legislature ended its stalemate on school finance, local school officials say it’s too early to start spending the money.
Ballard played key role against amendment limiting courts
July 8, 2005
It may have been the turning point of the special legislative session. A late night meeting July 1 between Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, and Republican legislative leaders produced no agreement, and House Speaker Doug Mays, who is no fan of Sebelius, left the meeting in a bad mood. The session was near meltdown with nothing accomplished.
E-mail scam costs Lawrence resident $2,000
Attorney general’s office fielding more and more complaints
July 8, 2005
For Geoff Griffith of Lawrence, the first red flag came when he was asked to send money to James Brown in London. James Brown? The godfather of soul? That seemed odd.
Attacks don’t trigger heightened security in Kansas
July 8, 2005
Explosions in London didn’t cause officials to heighten security Thursday in Kansas.
KU student from England stunned
Study abroad participants unharmed
July 8, 2005
Henry Way couldn’t believe it. On Wednesday, he was celebrating his home country’s victory in luring the 2012 summer Olympics. On Thursday, he was mourning the loss of his fellow British citizens who were killed in a series of bombings.
London reeling after terror blitz
Al-Qaida suspected in attacks that kill at least 37
July 8, 2005
The first bomb went off at 8:51 a.m., on a London Underground train just outside the financial district. Five minutes later, another train exploded, then another, and finally a crowded red double-decker bus. In 56 minutes, a city fresh from a night of Olympic celebrations was enveloped in eerie, blood-soaked quiet.
Opponents agree schools should stay open
Supreme Court to hear arguments this morning
July 8, 2005
Both sides in the public school finance battle will ask the Kansas Supreme Court today to allow schools to open as scheduled this coming school year.
On the record
July 8, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
July 8, 2005
 
Haskell wins $100,000 grant
Research to aid grass preservation
July 8, 2005
Soldiers headed for war in Iraq are tearing up the grass at Ft. Polk, La. And that became a good thing for Haskell Indian Nations University.
Marsh cards 64 in Senior Players
Watson opens with 66 in Champions major
July 8, 2005
Tom Watson shot a 66 Thursday morning in the first round of the Senior Players Championship, then said he wouldn’t be surprised if he lost his lead. About an hour later, he did.
Wie fires 1-under 70 at John Deere
Fifteen-year-old standout sets sights on making cut - and more
July 8, 2005
Michelle Wie wants to do more than make history. The 15-year-old shot 1-under 70 at the John Deere Classic on Thursday, keeping her hopes alive of being the first woman in 60 years to make a cut on the PGA Tour. She was on the right side of the line when she finished, but the cut had moved to 2 under at the end of the day.
Taliban say they will kill captured SEAL
July 8, 2005
The U.S. commando missing in Afghanistan is being held by the Taliban who have decided to kill him, a purported spokesman for the group said Thursday, but offered no proof for the claim he made earlier.
Bird flu showing up in migratory birds
July 8, 2005
The strain of bird flu responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of chickens and 54 people in east Asia over the past two years is now circulating in long-distance migratory birds, potentially opening a way for the deadly virus to reach India, Australia and Europe.
Investors buy E and E Display building
Prairie Village group purchases Lawrence facility after selling another
July 8, 2005
One of the biggest industrial buildings in town is operating under new ownership this week, and it’s Steve Chellgren’s responsibility to make sure the place shows as a worthwhile investment.
Markets recover from early drop after attacks
Traders see ‘buying opportunity’
July 8, 2005
Surprisingly calm investors pushed stocks modestly higher Thursday, helping Wall Street recover from steep early losses after the London terror attacks that killed at least 40 people and injured more than 700.
Dark Water’ sinks
Nightmarish apartment anchors remake that’s leaky, predictable
July 8, 2005
More ghost story than horror movie, “Dark Water” is a modestly spooky tale about a mother and daughter enduring a living nightmare. And that nightmare is living in a New York rent-controlled apartment.
Michael Chiklis moves onto an even bigger Thing
July 8, 2005
The Boston Red Sox have been known to drive their fans crazy. For longtime, wicked-diehard Michael Chiklis, they helped keep him sane. While shooting the movie “Fantastic Four” in Vancouver, Chiklis spent long, arduous hours being transformed into the comic-book superhero The Thing.
Egyptian diplomat reportedly killed
July 8, 2005
Al-Qaida’s wing in Iraq claimed Thursday it had killed Egypt’s top envoy who was abducted by gunmen last weekend and warned it would go after “as many ambassadors as we can” to punish countries that support Iraq’s U.S.-backed leadership.
KDOT unveils 59 plan to landowners
July 8, 2005
Landowners got a glimpse of the state’s finalized plans Thursday to expand U.S. Highway 59 to four lanes from Lawrence to Ottawa. Dozens of Douglas and Franklin County residents gathered at Baldwin High School, where Kansas Department of Transportation officials displayed several poster-sized maps that highlighted plans to shift a portion of the new highway east of the current road.
Body found in river believed to be missing 5-year-old girl
July 8, 2005
A young girl found dead in a river is believed to be a 5-year-old whose disappearance last week prompted a frantic search, authorities said Thursday.
Mickelson three back in Scotland
July 8, 2005
Phil Mickelson found his ball in deep grass at the base of a large tree, some 30 yards left of the ninth fairway at Loch Lomond, but he hardly looked concerned Thursday in the Scottish Open.
Kim, Morgan lead Corning
July 8, 2005
Birdie Kim took a solid first step toward proving her stunning U.S. Women’s Open victory wasn’t a fluke.
Bush not budging on climate
July 8, 2005
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair failed on Thursday to reach agreement on international efforts to combat global warming, even as they showed immediate solidarity in the London attacks that overshadowed other issues.
Tax receipts put U.S. budget deficit in better shape
July 8, 2005
Higher-than-expected tax receipts and the steadily growing economy have combined to produce an improved picture for the federal budget deficit, congressional analysts say.
Best Bets
July 8, 2005
 
Sprint to launch new wireless service
July 8, 2005
Sprint Corp. announced its arrival onto the wireless broadband scene Thursday, more than a year and a half after one of its top rivals, Verizon Wireless, started offering broadband Internet service.
Briefcase
July 8, 2005
¢ Steep auto discounts not expected to spread ¢ H&R Block buys online services firm ¢ Payless ShoeSource reports sales rise
Commodities
July 8, 2005
 
Briefly - World
July 8, 2005
¢ Hurricane Dennis passes Jamaica, heads for Cuba
The role of judicial discretion
July 8, 2005
The short answer is: J. Harvie Wilkinson III. A longer answer to the question of who President Bush should nominate to fill today’s Supreme Court vacancy is: Constitutional law is rife with clashing certitudes generated by too-clever theories purporting to illuminate the one valid approach to construing the Constitution.
Sane Fourth
July 8, 2005
 
Love of liberty
July 8, 2005
 
Berroa, Lima lead Royals
July 8, 2005
All signs point toward a five-hit game for Angel Berroa tonight. Revitalized since being dropped lower in the lineup, Berroa had one hit Monday, then two Tuesday and three Wednesday. Thursday night he had four hits with two RBIs and two runs scored, leading Kansas City past Minnesota, 8-5.
Troop’ usage
July 8, 2005
 
Africa effort
July 8, 2005
 
People
July 8, 2005
¢ Jolie, Pitt in Ethiopia to pick up orphaned child ¢ Hall and Oates cancel shows because of Hall’s illness ¢ Farrow tucking in off-Broadway ¢ Kravitz takes retro style to interior design ¢ Hometown to honor James Garner ¢ Birthdays
Pump patrol
July 8, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $2.19 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
After Boss, what’s next for Yankees?
Steinbrenner’s family could make a killing by selling team - valued at close to $800 million
July 8, 2005
The greatest gift George Steinbrenner enjoyed Monday - his 75th birthday - was a peek at the Yankees’ books. In a word, they (and The Boss) are loaded.
Armstrong survives wet, windy ride to retain lead
Six-time champion out front by 62 seconds
July 8, 2005
Downpours, treacherous and slick roads, buffeting winds and a nasty crash in the final dash to the finish line. Not a Tour de France day Lance Armstrong will want to remember.
Rocks, cookies helping shelter residents
Nonprofit group to provide career assistance to homeless
July 8, 2005
Ricky Edwards’ plan to emerge from homelessness includes homemade cookies and biscotti. Hey, it is a better plan than he had just a few months ago. Edwards is the first, and thus far, only salesman for Melting Pot Cookies and Biscotti, a Lawrence-based company that seeks to use homeless residents to market cookies and other sweets at area farmers markets.
Murder reversal hinged on letter
Judge says defendant didn’t receive fair trial
July 8, 2005
A Douglas County judge’s decision to overturn a nearly decade-old murder conviction hinges on one piece of evidence: a letter written by a jailhouse informant in 1996 that purported to describe a confession overheard in jail.
Cartoon Network takes notes on camp
July 8, 2005
Just in time for summer-camp season, the Cartoon Network introduces “Camp Lazlo” (7 p.m., Cartoon Network), a new animated comedy from Joe Murray, creator of the 1993 series “Rocko’s Modern Life.”
This Weekend’s Highlights
July 8, 2005
 
Price gains, sales likely to remain strong in most housing markets
July 8, 2005
We would like to buy a home soon, but we’re worried that values are going to start falling because they have been going up for so long. What do you think? Prices in most U.S. housing markets should keep climbing for at least another year or two, as mortgage rates remain low and the economy continues to grow at a slow but steady rate.
No history
A review of what our founding fathers had to cope with should make what we have as a nation even more dear to us.
July 8, 2005
Recent discussions about America’s birthday and the shaky underpinnings of our July 4 Independence Day should have made us aware of just how difficult it was for our “founding fathers” to operate effectively. How tenuous and dangerous were the paths they traveled to help get us where we are.
London attacks eclipse Blair hopes for Africa
July 8, 2005
Tony Blair’s hopes that this was to be Africa’s week in the world media and the beginning of a second chance for the impoverished continent were blasted to bits in London early Thursday by terror squads with other priorities.
Stingy Sting end losing skid
July 8, 2005
With their offense in a funk, the Charlotte Sting turned up the defense to snap a three-game losing streak. The Sting, last in the WNBA in scoring, converted 20 Minnesota turnovers into 29 points in a 66-58 victory over the Lynx on Thursday night.
Delgado’s slam lifts Marlins
Pinch-hit blast fuels Florida’s victory over Brewers
July 8, 2005
Carlos Delgado isn’t in danger of losing his everyday job at first base, but the Florida Marlins always can use him as a pinch hitter, if necessary. Delgado hit a pinch-hit grand slam that capped a six-run fifth inning and lifted the Florida Marlins to an 11-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.
Bombings shake London from Olympics celebration
July 8, 2005
Olympic triple jumper Jonathan Edwards found it all too hard to believe. A day earlier, he was celebrating victory in Singapore, where London was the surprise pick to play host to the 2012 Summer Games. Then came news of the deadly bombings Thursday morning.
Shelved adaptation becomes bootlegged favorite
July 8, 2005
In 1993, filming wrapped on a $1.5 million adaptation of Marvel’s Fantastic Four. And then … nothing happened. No theatrical premiere. No video release. No TV showings.
Suspected kidnapper discusses ‘demons’ on Internet blog
July 8, 2005
Convicted sex offender Joseph Edward Duncan III spent months on the Internet documenting his internal struggle over right vs. wrong. Then, four days before two Idaho children he is accused of kidnapping disappeared, he wrote: “The demons have taken over.”
Briefly - Nation
July 8, 2005
¢ Widespread mistreatment of detainees not found ¢ Nothing criminal found in Schiavo’s collapse ¢ Board urges intensified search for missing pilot ¢ Giuliani: Bombings stir 9-11 emotions ¢ Britain’s support of U.S. seen as motive ¢ Muslims fear backlash ¢ Londoners take pride in stoic ‘Blitz spirit’ ¢ U.S. terror alert raised for mass transit
Horoscopes
July 8, 2005
 
Scam dialogue
July 8, 2005
An email dialogue detailing the progression of a scam.
Local briefs
July 8, 2005
¢ Charges reduced in sex assault case ¢ Trials ordered in meth seizure incident ¢ KU plans to sell spare equipment ¢ Grants to fund WWII oral history project
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
July 8, 2005
 
O’Connor leaves large hole in the middle
July 8, 2005
If I hear one more person refer to Sandra Day O’Connor as the swing vote on the Supreme Court, I’ll ban him forever from my playground. I have a different metaphor for the first woman on the Supreme Court or, as she described herself archly, the FWOTSC. She’s the Justice of the Peace, occupying a rather female ground as the mediating force in the court and the country.