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World Online Panorama: Beware the kiss of the dementor
July 16, 2005
In celebration of the release of “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince,” fans of Harry Potter including the employees of Borders dressed up as characters from the book.
World Online Panorama: The inner eye sees all
July 16, 2005
Braden Johanning, 7, Lawrence, gets his palm read by Professor Trelawney during Borders’ Harry Potter Party on Friday. Johanning says he is a Harry Potter fanatic.
World Online Panorama: Harry Potter Party at Borders
July 16, 2005
More than 300 Harry Potter fans preordered “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” at Borders, 700 N.H.
Simons: Priest leaves grateful, but disappointed, flock behind at KU
July 16, 2005
Few church leaders in Lawrence’s history have left their church for another out-of-town assignment with such appreciation, as well as disappointment, as has been the case with Monsignor Vince Krische.
Religion briefs
July 16, 2005
 
Faxon proving doubters wrong
July 16, 2005
Brad Faxon knew what the reaction would be. Why would an American golfer fly eight hours across the Atlantic to play two rounds of golf on some obscure Scottish links for a shot - make that a longshot - at qualifying for the British Open?
ESPYs: Who needs them anyway?
July 16, 2005
Come on, you’ve got to give it up for ESPN, the Entertainment, Sports & Poker Network. Despite every gimmick Fox Sports may try, nobody is as consistently self-serving as the guys in Connecticut.
Briefly - World
July 16, 2005
¢ Police capture reputed cocaine cartel leader ¢ Oil-for-food probe finds gross mismanagement ¢ Atlantic’s second major storm taking its toll ¢ Archaeologist led to pieces of biblical scroll
People
July 16, 2005
¢ Swank, Costner to narrate upcoming 9-11 documentary ¢ Chan says Hollywood restricts his artistic freedom ¢ Under house arrest, Stewart pens book on following her path ¢ Birthdays
Eminem may be planning to give up rapping career
July 16, 2005
Marshall Mathers is ready to get rid of Eminem.
Mining waste to be sold
July 16, 2005
Notice of plans to sell mining waste piled on Indian allotment lands during decades of lead-and-zinc mining in northeastern Oklahoma went out to construction companies in three states on Friday.
Refreshing view
July 16, 2005
 
Bus company has driver shortage
July 16, 2005
With the first day of school about four weeks away, the Lawrence district’s bus service is hunting for bus drivers. Finding good candidates for a job with unusual part-time hours, moderate wages and a lot of responsibility is a perpetual challenge, said Wayne Zachary, head of driver development and safety for Laidlaw Education Services, the company that provides transportation for the school district.
Ex-assistant carries bulk of blame
July 16, 2005
Former Kansas University women’s basketball assistant coach Tim Eatman was responsible for landing the nation’s No. 6-rated recruiting classes in 1997 and 1998.
Wichita shelves plan to bottle water
Officials say city lacks time and resources
July 16, 2005
Wichita’s water department chief on Friday put the damper on the notion that the city will be getting into the bottled water business anytime soon.
Briefly - Nation
July 16, 2005
¢ Gay-rights opponent stands by outed aide ¢ Police: Coach told player to harm teammate ¢ Police: Mother injected toddler with feces ¢ Oreos recalled because of peanut butter filling
Boschee received two gifts
July 16, 2005
Jeff Boschee says, yes, he received a pair of graduation gifts from boosters after leaving Kansas University in 2002. He’s not hiding the fact. In fact, he’s proud of it.
Woodling: Jayhawks’ spotlight too bright
July 16, 2005
When I walked in the door of Hadl Auditorium Friday afternoon, one of the Kansas University sports information staffers handed me a “Media Copy” of the report. I can remember when Lawrence phone books weren’t that hefty. The “Self-Report of NCAA Rules Violations by the University of Kansas” contained 125 pages — I counted them — with eight thick dividers.
Football hit with recruiting restrictions
July 16, 2005
Kansas University’s football team, accused of several improper academic practices in 2003, must adjust its recruiting strategy as a result.
Society Calendar
July 16, 2005
 
Scouting News
July 16, 2005
 
Good homes
July 16, 2005
 
Pump patrol
July 16, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $2.23 at three stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Violations revealed
Probe cites gifts to graduates
July 16, 2005
Roy Williams, who violated an NCAA extra benefit rule at Kansas University by approving donor gifts to graduating basketball players and others who completed their eligibility, will wait until today to make an official statement on the matter.
Local briefs
July 16, 2005
¢ Female bobcat killed on road ¢ Miller ordered not to sell home, contents ¢ Man receives probation in November attack ¢ Lawrence-based Internet forums down ¢ Officials hope to keep programs
Sebelius chief steps down
Former Rep. Findley to take over as chief of staff
July 16, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ chief of staff, who faced criticism along with the Kansas Supreme Court because she’s married to a justice, announced her resignation Friday.
Fathers play critical role in their children’s lives
July 16, 2005
Why don’t behavioral scientists see the important need for a father to be an active component in a son’s life and report their findings to us?
Faith forum
July 16, 2005
Is violence against innocents in the name of faith ever justified?
Lessons from abroad in war on terror
July 16, 2005
“Winning the War on Terror” (7 p.m. today, CNN) looks at ways nations around the world have prepared for attacks on their civilians while trying to respect and protect civil liberties.
Horoscopes
July 16, 2005
 
KU violations overview
July 16, 2005
 
Briefcase
July 16, 2005
¢ HP layoffs expected ¢ Industrial production roars ahead in June ¢ Chiron cuts supply of European vaccine
Still wild about Harry
Sixth Potter book draws crowds at midnight hour
July 16, 2005
If only there was a spell to fight the “dark art” of sleep deprivation. Hundreds of Harry Potter fans of all ages -some costumed - waited late into the night Friday at Lawrence bookstores for the midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” J.K. Rowling’s latest novel about the orphaned wizard.
World Online Panorama: Harry Potter Party at Kansas Union
July 16, 2005
At the Harry Potter Midnight Release Party at the Kansas Union, Harry Potter fans got to view a free screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” enter contests and drink fictional drinks from the books (butterbeer and pumpkin juice) prepared by Milton’s Coffee & Wine.
Former execs face days of reckoning
July 16, 2005
In the summer of 2003, when a grand jury indicted Martha Stewart, pundits asked why the government was going after her for a relatively small personal stock sale when fat cats like WorldCom’s Bernard Ebbers walked free.
Corporate crackdowns
Westar trial among cases crowding courtrooms
July 16, 2005
Stop in Room 476 at the federal courthouse here, and you’ll hear prosecutors weave a story of millionaire executives who, the prosecutors say, broke the law to pad their paychecks and who quashed the hopes of average shareholders to fuel their own boundless greed.
Boeing touts long-range plane
July 16, 2005
With its sales lagging behind Airbus, Boeing Co. is confident its newest 777 model will help it catch up to its archrival in the high-stakes battle for long-range jet supremacy.
No bones about it
Dinosaur Jr. roars back from extinction
July 16, 2005
In the last half of the ‘80s, Dinosaur Jr. roamed the earth, or at least the alt-rock universe. They would have preferred to be simply Dinosaur, except a psychedelic band from San Francisco laid prior claim to the name, forcing singer-guitarist J Mascis, bassist and sometimes vocalist Lou Barlow and drummer Emmett Jefferson “Murph” Murphy III to add a Jr. after the 1985 release of their debut.
Playtime moves indoors
Author says kids have ‘nature-deficit disorder’
July 16, 2005
Lauren Showstead sends her boys outside nearly every day to play. In the summer, 5-year-old Justin and 3-year-old Brian collect bugs, pick up worms and explore nearby ponds and marshy areas. In the fall, they help rake the leaves, and in the winter, they’re making snowmen and shooting down the luge track their dad made for them.
Comic favorites to help ‘Blondie’ celebrate 75th year
July 16, 2005
Hard to believe it’s been almost 75 years since ditzy flapper Blondie Boopadoop fell for bumbling Dagwood Bumstead in a love match made in the funny papers.
Church moves into former Houston Rockets site
July 16, 2005
An arena that basketball fans once packed to see the NBA’s Houston Rockets is about to take on a new role - home to the largest congregation in the nation.
Gay Singaporeans worship as Christians in nation that bans homosexual sex
July 16, 2005
In a country where homosexual sex is punishable by prison time and the government bans gay-themed parties, the Free Community Church stands out. It is the only place of Christian worship willing to accept gays and lesbians in Singapore.
Rove e-mailed official about reporter
July 16, 2005
After mentioning a CIA operative to a reporter, Bush confidant Karl Rove alerted the president’s No. 2 security adviser about the interview and said he tried to steer the journalist away from allegations the operative’s husband was making about faulty Iraq intelligence.
Car bombs target U.S., Iraqi forces, killing 29
July 16, 2005
Suicide car bombs and explosions rocked wide areas of the Iraqi capital Friday, targeting U.S. and Iraqi security forces and killing at least 29 people. Two U.S. Marines died in a blast near the Jordanian border.
Club News
July 16, 2005
 
Around and about
July 16, 2005
 
FCE News
July 16, 2005
 
Military News
July 16, 2005
 
People and Places
July 16, 2005
 
Raiders roll past Ottawa, 21-0
July 16, 2005
The Lawrence Raiders rolled, romped and routed past its competition in the opening round of the American Legion Zone tournament on Friday, walloping Ottawa, 21-0, in a game shortened to seven innings by the run rule.
Hairston’s slam helps Cubs clip Bucs
July 16, 2005
After hitting his first grand slam, Jerry Hairston wasn’t sure what to think when Jose Mesa threw a pitch that went sailing past his back. “I was kind of taken back by it,” Hairston said. “His first pitch was behind me. From the box, it looked like he was throwing at me, but you’d have to ask him.”
Red Sox beat up on Yankees
Boston belts New York, 17-1, for second time
July 16, 2005
Trot Nixon chugged around the bases for an easy inside-the-park homer as center fielder Melky Cabrera chased the ball to the wall. There was no way the New York Yankees were going to catch the Boston Red Sox, either.
Late charities lift Minnesota past New York
July 16, 2005
Katie Smith made two free throws with 6.2 seconds left, and the Minnesota Lynx withstood New York’s late run to beat the Liberty, 64-60, Friday night.
Wie disappointed after loss in quarters
July 16, 2005
One step at a time in Michelle Wie’s quest for the Masters. Her hopes for next year ended Friday when Clay Ogden birdied four of the first five holes and eased to a 5-and-4 victory in their quarterfinal match at the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
Bear bows out; Tiger terrific
Nicklaus barely misses cut; Woods extends lead
July 16, 2005
They leaned out of store-top windows, crammed onto hotel balconies and filled every inch of space along the 18th hole at St. Andrews to witness a historic moment at the home of golf.
Armstrong takes lead to Pyrenees
Six-time Tour champion holds 38-second advantage
July 16, 2005
Lance Armstrong retained his overall lead in the Tour de France’s flat, fast stage 13 on Friday, won by Robbie McEwen in a sprint.
Cease-fire in Gaza falling apart amid violence
July 16, 2005
A Mideast truce was in tatters as Israel killed six Hamas militants in a series of airstrikes Friday and early Saturday after Palestinian fighters unleashed a deadly barrage of rockets and mortars.
Robertson baffles K.C.
Detroit pitcher finally wins at home
July 16, 2005
Nate Robertson’s teammates knew he deserved to win a game at home. On Friday night, it finally happened.
Egyptian jailed in London bombings
July 16, 2005
Police in Cairo detained a biochemist who studied in the United States and taught at a university in Leeds - the home base for at least three of the London bombers. Investigators in Britain raided an Islamic book shop and the Egyptian’s home, searching for explosives and other evidence Friday.
Officer cleared in BB gun case
Jury: Unnecessary force wasn’t used
July 16, 2005
A Jackson County jury on Thursday cleared the Kansas City Police Department and one of its officers of liability in the 2001 shooting and wounding of a boy carrying a BB gun.
County commissioners grapple with mill levy
July 16, 2005
The dust hasn’t settled yet on Douglas County budget making, but taxpayers could see an increase in their 2006 county tax rate. Commissioners ended a budget working session Friday with a projected 2006 budget of about $48.9 million. That would require the commissioners to levy 30.209 mills in property tax to pay for it.
Patriotic pride?
July 16, 2005
 
Wetlands logic
July 16, 2005
 
On the record
July 16, 2005
 
City to decide on closing Kasold
Residents, businesses along street not thrilled with two options
July 16, 2005
Tom Raney has no appetite for the bullet he’s being asked to bite. Engineers have proposed closing Kasold Drive between Bob Billings Parkway and 22nd Street for eight months during a reconstruction project next spring.
Hitman pleads guilty to shooting informant
July 16, 2005
A Kansas City, Kan., man has pleaded guilty to a failed 2004 mob-style hit on a drug informant in North Lawrence. Kyle Anthony Crayton, 25, admitted Thursday that he tried to kill 28-year-old Tania Atkins in April 2004, when he crashed a stolen car into her minivan and shot her in both legs before she escaped when his gun jammed.
Rowling’s series no longer so controversial
July 16, 2005
Harry Potter: pariah or parable? For a vocal group of Christians, the answer was resoundingly pariah when “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” made its U.S. debut in 1998.
KU reveals NCAA violations
Athletics investigation will be first since 1988
July 16, 2005
Kansas University officials on Friday made public detailed reports of various violations of NCAA rules uncovered during a two-year internal investigation.
Police: Postman shooter’s motive was to avoid debts by going to prison
July 16, 2005
Earl Lazenby had delivered mail for years to the aging brown home with overgrown plants in the yard and a National Rifle Assn. sticker on the front door. The home’s owner was always friendly, sometimes chatting with Lazenby at the grocery store in this Atlanta suburb.
Driver pleads no contest in death
23-year-old faces up to 14 years
July 16, 2005
A Lawrence man entered a plea Friday to striking and killing a pedestrian while driving drunk in April.
Agency helps taxpayers save
Services keep seniors independent
July 16, 2005
Two months ago, 76-year-old Wilma Jeffrey could barely move. “I fell,” she said, seated in a corner chair in her tiny, seventh-floor apartment in Babcock Place, 1700 Mass.
Lawrence Datebook
July 16, 2005
 
Orioles’ Palmeiro reaches 3,000-hit milestone
July 16, 2005
Baltimore Orioles slugger Rafael Palmeiro became the 26th player to reach 3,000 career hits on Friday night, curling an RBI double into the left field corner in the fifth inning off Seattle starter Joel Pineiro.
Clay Center man indicted in pilot’s shooting
July 16, 2005
A Clay Center man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the shooting and wounding of an airplane pilot, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Friday.
Jail requested for Newton man
68-year-old accused of abusing mentally ill residents
July 16, 2005
Federal prosecutors filed court papers Friday asking a judge to revoke house arrest and jail a Newton man accused of physically and sexually abusing residents of a home for the mentally ill.
Reporter no longer a threat to society
July 16, 2005
Finally, the world is safe from Judith Miller. With her locked up in the same maximum-security prison as would-be Sept. 11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, we no longer have to worry that a 57-year-old New York Times reporter is out there blatantly interviewing people.
Bill draws the line on ‘lifestyle drugs’
July 16, 2005
You have to say that the drug companies asked for it. I mean really asked for it. Remember when Viagra first came on the market? The spokesman was Bob Dole, veteran, Senate leader and prostate cancer survivor who urged other men to talk to their doctors about erectile dysfunction. The slogan was: Courage.
Tis the season
As if the heat of a Kansas summer wasn’t enough to sour your mood, there’s always summer road construction.
July 16, 2005
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy has compiled a series of one-liners specifically for people who live or used to live in Kansas. Here’s one of them: “If you know all four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you might live in Kansas.”
Rare bird attracts watchers
Canada woodpecker appears in Elkhart
July 16, 2005
A little bird has made a big impression in the far southwest corner of Kansas.
Bill would increase debt by $851 billion
July 16, 2005
The leading House bill to overhaul Social Security would marginally extend the program’s solvency, but it would add $851 billion to the national debt over 11 years, according to an analysis released Friday by the system’s chief actuary.
Guantanamo tribunals to go forward
July 16, 2005
A federal appeals court Friday reinstated the use of military tribunals established by the Bush administration to try suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay and cleared the way for the trial of a chauffeur for Osama bin Laden.
NASA launch put off indefinitely
July 16, 2005
NASA has indefinitely put off its long-awaited return to space, saying Friday that engineers were no closer to knowing why a fuel gauge acted up right before a scheduled liftoff two days earlier.
Arts Note
July 16, 2005
¢ ‘American Idol’ judge has ‘Million Dollar Idea’ ¢ Faith-based TV shows planned this week
Best Bets
July 16, 2005
 
Kroger, others sue Visa over price-fixing
July 16, 2005
Grocery chain operator Kroger Co. said Friday that it and several other large retailers had filed a federal lawsuit against Visa, charging the credit-card issuer with price-fixing and restricting competition in credit-card transactions.
Lawrence home building hits 23-year low
July 16, 2005
Builders secured permits last month for nearly $6.5 million of work in Lawrence, the lowest total for the month since 1996, according to a report from city officials.
Commodities
July 16, 2005
 
Nursing homes need to adhere to restraining rules
July 16, 2005
My mother broke her hip and, after surgery, was discharged to a nursing home for rehabilitation. Since her surgery, she has become combative and now suffers from memory loss. She continuously tries to get out of bed by herself, has fallen twice, and has had several near-falls. My brother and I have hired round-the-clock sitters, who are very costly. We have tried to get the nursing home to restrain her physically and chemically for her own protection, but are told that federal law prohibits restraints. If that’s true, is there no way to protect our mother?
Court rules EPA not required to regulate greenhouse emissions
July 16, 2005
The Environmental Protection Agency does not have to regulate gases linked to climate change as air pollutants, a federal appeals court ruled Friday, dealing a blow to a dozen states and three cities hoping to cut heat-trapping gases.
L.A. shooting widens divisions between community, police
July 16, 2005
Dozens of protesters wave signs branding police as “baby killers.” They heckle passing police cars as lines of baton-toting officers keep close watch on the restless crowd.