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Archive for Thursday, July 14, 2005

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KU freshman killed in turnpike accident
Three other KU students critically injured in accident
July 14, 2005
A Kansas University student was killed and three other students were seriously or critically injured in an accident Wednesday on the Kansas Turnpike between El Dorado and Wichita.
Seventh and Kentucky intersection reopens
July 14, 2005
The intersection at Seventh and Kentucky streets is now open after being closed for more than two months.
Temperatures to steam into the 90s
July 14, 2005
Pull out the wading pool and the Slip N’ Slide — Lawrence will have another hot, sunny day, with clear skies and temperatures in the mid 90s.
Commodities
July 14, 2005
Celebrated WorldCom CEO cries as 25-year sentence read
Ebbers headed to prison for $11 billion fraud scandal
July 14, 2005
The hallmark of Bernard Ebbers, known almost universally as Bernie, was his brash, swaggering style - and he leveraged it at WorldCom to become one of America’s most celebrated CEOs.
Adviser to help reorganize health care
Sebelius appoints Bob Day to make programs more efficient
July 14, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius put her top health policy adviser in charge Wednesday of administering seven programs that provide medical coverage to those in need and state employees.
Armstrong savoring his final Tour
Six-time champion retains lead halfway through race; Kazakhstan’s Vinokourov wins 11th stage
July 14, 2005
Lance Armstrong finds himself in a familiar position midway through this Tour de France. He’s firmly in the lead, riding well - and savoring every minute of the race that will be the last of his storied career.
Briefly
July 14, 2005
¢ World’s oldest panda in captivity dies ¢ Preparations made as Emily nears ¢ Saddam’s trial could begin next month ¢ Raid, reprisals leave at least 71 dead
Egypt pursues return of antiquities
July 14, 2005
Egypt announced Wednesday it was launching a campaign for the return of five of its most precious artifacts from museums abroad, including the Rosetta Stone in London and the graceful bust of Nefertiti in Berlin.
Karl Rove is Bush’s most indispensable aide
July 14, 2005
Now Karl Rove has become “fair game.”
Stationary bike might be latest in cycle of home-fitness gadgets
July 14, 2005
We talked about Lance Armstrong. And I tried to sell my vision about why I should get a stationary bike. But Matt wasn’t buying. He shook his head, beating me up with logic.
Area briefs
July 14, 2005
¢ Deputy head of KBI retiring at end of week ¢ Habitat is seeking aluminum cans ¢ Education official named V.P. of national group ¢ KCSL announces new president, CEO
Briefly
July 14, 2005
¢ FEMA workers share Powerball jackpot ¢ Disney World reopens Twilight Zone ride ¢ Planet with three suns discovered
Legislator questions adoption by gays
Conservative wants state to study issue; gay rights advocate calls it bigotry
July 14, 2005
A Wichita-area legislator wants a study done to see if Kansas should change its policy allowing gay people to adopt foster children.
Bobcat family moves in
Cats seen in west Lawrence
July 14, 2005
A family of bobcats has taken up residence in a west Lawrence neighborhood this week. The first sighting was Monday.
Cause of MU death still unclear
Autopsy results will be made public today; preseason workouts criticized
July 14, 2005
Medical examiners will wait until today to release autopsy results for Missouri football player Aaron O’Neal.
Avoiding bunkers vital
Sand hazards - 112 in all - await field at St. Andrews
July 14, 2005
The names Tiger Woods must master at this British Open are not the usual suspects he faces at other major championships, like Vijay Singh or Phil Mickelson or Ernie Els.
Wood: Huskers will win North
July 14, 2005
Local throat Jud Easterday of KLWN-AM 1320 had a doozy of an idea: Construct a Big 12 Conference North football dartboard, announce for what place each dart represents, and fire six of them at your creation, preferably from across the street.
Arizona to test young KU in Maui
July 14, 2005
Kansas University’s young men’s basketball team will be asked to grow up in a hurry this November.
Nationals, Palmeiro among intriguing stories in second half
July 14, 2005
From opening day through the All-Star game, they were baseball’s feel-good story.
Local briefs
July 14, 2005
¢ Charges reduced in alleged rape case ¢ Hornsby to headline ‘Treads and Threads’ ¢ Cyclists plan to stop in Lawrence
Patrol seeks fuel deals
July 14, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $2.29 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Guests promote reading program
Weseman pitches in to assist young students
July 14, 2005
Lawrence schools Supt. Randy Weseman honed his pirate imitation before a band of Prairie Park School students on Wednesday.
Security machine reveals money woes
July 14, 2005
Douglas County will be the proud owner of a new X-ray machine in about six weeks because of a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant.
No attacking Big Mac
Cheeseburger law’ fends off lawsuits
July 14, 2005
At Jefferson’s in downtown Lawrence on Wednesday afternoon, Ron Pulvers, the soccer coach at Baker University, ate a chicken finger sandwich with onion rings on the side.
U.S. health care costs highest in world, study finds
Soaring prices, not malpractice suits, to blame
July 14, 2005
Americans pay more for health care per person than citizens anywhere else in the world, doling out half again as much in medical expenses each year as the second-highest-cost country, according to a new study.
40 bucks and no luck
Ex-cons re-enter society with little hope of success
July 14, 2005
Starting over on $40. That’s not the name of some new reality television show. It is just reality for Marcus Crawford, the type of reality that a life of crime will buy you.
Banks offer protection options for keeping overdrafts in check
July 14, 2005
If, as the saying goes, life happens, the same can be said about bouncing a check. It happens, even to the most careful consumer.
Briefcase
July 14, 2005
¢ Googols of Fun adds preschool programming ¢ Apple sales, profit surge on iPod
Shareholders OK Sprint-Nextel deal
Merger now in hands of FCC, Justice
July 14, 2005
With shareholder blessing in hand, Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. are pressing forward to have their unified company - and its newly branded products - in stores in time for the holidays.
Family Video buys thrift store building
July 14, 2005
Family Video closed its purchase Wednesday of the Salvation Army Thrift Store building south of downtown Lawrence.
Making the grade
KRT motorsports writer David Poole measures Nextel Cup drivers’ progress at midseason
July 14, 2005
Halfway through the 2005 Nextel Cup season, three drivers have put themselves at the head of class.
Smith nets 5,000th point
July 14, 2005
Katie Smith remained understated while reaching a professional milestone. With another of her famous off-balance shots, she became the first woman to reach 5,000 career points in Minnesota’s 71-61 victory over Detroit on Wednesday.
Rockies deal Wilson to Nats
Colorado also acquires OF Byrnes from Oakland
July 14, 2005
The Colorado Rockies traded outfielder Preston Wilson and picked up outfielder Eric Byrnes in a pair of trades Wednesday with Washington and Oakland.
Try these 10 tips to conquer persistent garden pests
July 14, 2005
The heat of summer is starting to take its toll on landscapes. Flowers are fading, weeds are thriving, and bugs and disease are becoming more of an issue. With so many pests and so many chemicals to choose from, gardeners will ask: “Why did the spray that I bought not work?” Here are the top 10 reasons why homeowner lawn and garden chemicals fail to do their job.
Tropical paradise
These heat-loving plants will thrive during humid dog days of summer
July 14, 2005
It’s downright steamy outside. Mother Nature has replaced the cool breezes and dewy mornings of early summer with blazing sun and a persistent humidity that seems to leave everyone with a slippery film on their skin.
National Park Service searching for lost traces of Santa Fe Trail
July 14, 2005
Researchers with the National Park Service are spending time in some city parks here.
Deal reached to end NHL lockout
Tentative agreement expected to include salary cap
July 14, 2005
Open the arenas, break out the skates and fire up the Zamboni. The NHL is back.
Daily ticker
July 14, 2005
One trampled as bull run nears end
July 14, 2005
The seventh bull run at the annual Pamplona festival ended Wednesday with dozens of people battered and bruised and one man trampled after tripping in front of a pack of bulls. No one was gored.
Possible mastermind of London attacks sought
July 14, 2005
Police pursued what they suspect is a mastermind behind London’s terror attacks, raiding a home Wednesday and widening their search to a new area. The top law enforcement official suggested the bombers were “foot soldiers” intent on causing mayhem.
Bush passes on public endorsement of Rove
July 14, 2005
President Bush passed up a chance Wednesday to express confidence in senior aide Karl Rove in a political fight over a news leak that exposed a CIA officer’s identity. The lack of endorsement surprised some White House officials who had been told Bush would back his embattled friend.
Rehnquist remains in hospital with fever
July 14, 2005
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who is fighting thyroid cancer, remained hospitalized Wednesday after having been taken by ambulance to a suburban hospital a day earlier because of a fever.
Faulty fuel gauge scuttles shuttle mission
July 14, 2005
NASA scrapped Wednesday’s launch of the first shuttle flight in 2 1/2 years because of a fuel gauge that mistakenly read full instead of empty, a frustrating setback to the agency’s bid to get back into space after the Columbia tragedy.
Online dating gets real
July 14, 2005
Produced by ABC News, the five-part series “Hooking Up” (8 p.m., ABC) welcomes viewers to the frantic world of Internet dating.
Geranium imposter still lovely to grow
July 14, 2005
How’s this for a case of identity theft? I went shopping for some geraniums recently and came home with an assortment of pelargoniums.
Collect transfer dishes for unique table setting
July 14, 2005
A dinner plate decorated with a picture of the Boston Massacre would not be the work of a current designer. Modern dinnerware includes solid-color pieces with no decoration; white or cream-colored plates decorated with a single flower or abstract pattern; colorful wild animals or fruit; bands or blocks of color; or informal peasant designs.
New U.S. envoy plans proactive role
July 14, 2005
The new American ambassador to Iraq said Wednesday he plans to rethink the troubled Iraqi reconstruction program and will intensify U.S. efforts to help Iraq toward stability.
Bomber targets U.S. troops giving candy to children
July 14, 2005
Tiny plastic sandals, some tattered and stained with blood, lay in a pile near a child’s crushed bicycle. Mothers wailed and beat themselves after a suicide bomber killed 18 children and teenagers getting candy and toys from American soldiers.
Surprise tax receipts cut deficit
July 14, 2005
The federal budget deficit will slip to $333 billion this fiscal year from $412 billion in 2004, as a surge of unanticipated tax receipts pushes the tide of red ink significantly below levels projected just five months ago, White House officials said Wednesday.
Officials worry about ‘sleeper cells’
July 14, 2005
The possibility that terrorist “sleeper cells” are working undetected in America is near the top of worries for counterterrorism officials. This concern is brought home by evidence that seemingly ordinary young men carried out the London bombings.
Homeland Security secretary outlines department overhaul
July 14, 2005
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Wednesday announced sweeping changes at his 2-year-old department, pledging to make mass transit safer from terrorists as part of a new focus on the nation’s greatest vulnerabilities.
Schaake injured in accident
July 14, 2005
A rural Lawrence man was rescued Wednesday afternoon after he was injured in an accident while riding an all-terrain vehicle.
On the record
July 14, 2005
Lawrence datebook
July 14, 2005
Our town sports
July 14, 2005
People in the news
July 14, 2005
¢ Bookseller to move Harry Potter launch ¢ Queen dedicates show to emergency workers ¢ Duff, Schneider to host Teen Choice Awards ¢ Lansbury set for surgery ¢ Brad Pitt diagnosed with meningitis
Watchdog group wants health warnings on sodas
July 14, 2005
Sodas should follow alcohol and cigarettes and bear a federally mandated warning label detailing the dangers of consuming too many, a food watchdog group said Wednesday in filing a petition with the Food and Drug Administration.
Power balance
July 14, 2005
I’m surprised by the strange arguments about what power the Kansas Supreme Court has over the Kansas Legislature. As with the U.S. government, Kansas has a system of checks and balances, designed so that no one branch of government can become despotic and/or tyrannical.
Judicial power
July 14, 2005
Our Founding Fathers created the three branches of government to act as checks and balances. Unfortunately, the judiciary has become the 800-pound gorilla answerable to no one.
War’ must shift to ‘struggle’
July 14, 2005
History is so much wet cement for presidents and presidencies. You are stamping a footprint on immortality one minute, stuck firmly and ignobly the next if you don’t move quickly enough.
Former senator bartering health care deal
July 14, 2005
When John Breaux retired from the Senate last year, many assumed that the let’s-make-a-deal approach which he had perfected in his 18 years of service had vanished with him. In an increasingly partisan and polarized Congress, the bargaining skills Breaux had displayed seemed relics of another time.
Pass it on
Enforcement, not education, is the key to curbing underage tobacco sales.
July 14, 2005
Bad news rolls downhill. That’s not the exact saying they have in the Army, but it suggests the general approach officials at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services should be considering to deal with underage tobacco sales.
Horoscopes
July 14, 2005
For Thursday, July 14
Caring residents
July 14, 2005
On Friday, July 1, I was involved in an accident at about 3 p.m. on Metcalf in Overland Park. Four lovely young women, Kathy and her daughters, from Lawrence, stopped to help me.
Long stretch of drought ends for actress
July 14, 2005
Kate Burton called her agent last August with a simple question: Where were all the acting jobs?
Conquering the country
Slim Thug graduates from local rap hero to national music scene
July 14, 2005
Slim Thug is a Goliath on the Houston rap scene, and it has nothing to do with his 6-foot-6, 265-pound frame.
School may ease up on its alcohol policy
July 14, 2005
The University of Colorado, long tabbed as a top party school, may ease the strict alcohol-related measures put in place last year.
Music to soothe the ailing soul
Concert to benefit families of children with cancer
July 14, 2005
Short of actually losing a child, there are few things more difficult for parents than having to nurse a child through a life-threatening illness such as cancer.