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Governor signs school finance bill
July 20, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today signed into law the $148.4 million school funding increase that was approved during a special legislative session and OK’d by the Kansas Supreme Court.
Heat index hits 107
Heat advisory issued for Friday through Sunday
08:15 a.m., July 20, 2005 Updated 03:08 p.m.
Grab your goggles and flippers and head out to the pool — mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 90s are expected today. The heat index had reached 107 degrees by 3 p.m. and the temperature was still rising.
Commentary: Brown, Pistons won before losing
July 20, 2005
The divorce was messy, but the marriage was worth it.
American master?
Despite the TV tribute, Bob Newhart is dubious
July 20, 2005
Bob Newhart responds with customary modesty when asked about his selection as a subject for the PBS series “American Masters”:
Local briefs
July 20, 2005
¢ Humane Society takes custody of pit bulls ¢ Lawrence woman hurt on Kansas Turnpike ¢ Man treated, released after one-car accident ¢ Reception planned for delegation ¢ KU announces final exam
Kasold Drive won’t close completely
Move unanimously approved
July 20, 2005
Lawrence motorists won’t have to learn to live without a busy portion of Kasold Drive that is scheduled to be rebuilt next year.
Texas braces for hurricane blow
July 20, 2005
With heavy wind from Hurricane Emily whipping the coast and giant tides swallowing up beaches, Risa Jones and her husband decided to pack up their two young children and head inland to get away from the storm.
Briefcase
July 20, 2005
¢ Credit companies cut CardSystems loose ¢ ‘Make Someone Smile’ arrives at LMH center ¢ New leaders elected for Payless shoes
High gas prices drive buys of small SUVs
July 20, 2005
Three years ago, it would have cost the average driver about $20 a week to power a midsized sport utility vehicle like the Ford Explorer. Today, it costs about $31.
$idewalk $ale
Construction workers to clear out for annual downtown bazaar
July 20, 2005
Work to replace century-old water lines won’t stem the flow of thousands of bargain hunters pouring into downtown Lawrence for Thursday’s annual Sidewalk Sale.
Horoscopes
July 20, 2005
For Wednesday, July 20
Rockers pitchers combine for shutout
July 20, 2005
The Soft Rockers kept rocking all the way to a shutout victory in their game against the Diamonds in a Lawrence Girls Fast Pitch Assn. 10-U game on July 12 at Lawrence High School.
Hurricanes break tie, get victory over Cobras on Turner’s heroics
July 20, 2005
There are times when a game, even a whole season, of baseball comes down to one swing of the bat. Friday’s Rec Baseball league showdown between the Hurricanes and the Cobras at Youth Sports Inc. was one of those times, as the teams played to a dead heat through 4 1/2 innings.
Ligers come from behind to take victory
Big five-run inning leads Ligers to 8-6 victory over Green Machine
July 20, 2005
A late inning surge propelled the Ligers ahead of the Green Machine for a victory in a Jhawk Softball game on Wednesday at Youth Sports Inc.
Marchiony: Report not meant to offend
July 20, 2005
Kansas University’s athletic department did not mean to offend former women’s basketball coach Marian Washington or former assistant Lynette Woodard by the self report of NCAA violations sent to the NCAA last week, KU associate AD Jim Marchiony said Tuesday.
Schilling earns rare save
Red Sox dump Devil Rays to halt three-game slide
July 20, 2005
Red Sox closer Curt Schilling is starting to look like the pitcher who anchored the staff in a different role last year.
Diabetics, weight watchers can make jam at home
July 20, 2005
Can jam be made using Splenda?
Officials hope fertilizer lock will lower number of meth-related thefts
July 20, 2005
Shawnee County farmers are testing a new, advanced type of lock designed to protect a form of fertilizer that is a common target for people making methamphetamine.
Conservative pastor watching gay adoption issue ‘with interest’
July 20, 2005
One of the main ministers who succeeded in getting Kansas to approve a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage said Tuesday that he opposes allowing gays to adopt.
New futures market would allow bets on where hurricanes might hit
July 20, 2005
Three University of Miami professors are setting up a futures market that will essentially enable people to bet on where a hurricane will strike.
Iraq is key to future Arab democracies
July 20, 2005
My travels to Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq in recent weeks to look at the prospects for democratic change in the Middle East led me to one clear conclusion: The chance for more-representative Arab governments rests on what happens in Iraq.
Lawrence datebook
July 20, 2005
Kansas to review seizure powers
July 20, 2005
Key state officials on Tuesday said they expect a tough fight during the next legislative session over how much power governments should have to seize private property for development projects.
Sunny skies allow for plenty of softball
July 20, 2005
Just one day after the AFA softball nationals fell victim to rain, play at the Clinton Lake Sports Complex and Youth Sports Inc. began as scheduled.
Nats’ Patterson baffles Rockies
Washington hurler works into ninth inning of 4-0 victory over Colorado
July 20, 2005
John Patterson’s red cap was soaked on a muggy, 87-degree night. His right hand was too wet with sweat to throw his curveball.
With lead in hand, Armstrong shifts focus
Cyclist hoping to claim individual stage victory
July 20, 2005
The high mountains safely beind him, the finishing straight almost in sight, just one thing is missing as Lance Armstrong closes in on a seventh straight and last Tour de France title: a daily stage victory of his own.
Douglas helps Sun avoid letdown against Sting
July 20, 2005
Katie Douglas made sure Connecticut coach Mike Thibault’s fears didn’t come true.
Knicks could offer Brown $50-60 million
July 20, 2005
Isiah Thomas’ courtship of Larry Brown began Tuesday night, almost immediately after the coach and the Detroit Pistons reached a buy-out agreement that will allow Brown to coach the Knicks or any other team next season.
Brown, Pistons will go their separate ways
July 20, 2005
Larry Brown is out as coach of the Detroit Pistons.
NCAA to keep eye on betting lines
Significant changes in point spreads to be scrutinized
July 20, 2005
The NCAA plans to begin more closely monitoring betting lines on games and to start background checks on baseball and hockey officials as part of its antigambling efforts.
K.C.’s Graffanino sent to Red Sox
July 20, 2005
The slumping Red Sox began to overhaul their roster on Tuesday night, acquiring infielder Tony Graffanino from the Kansas City Royals and outfielder Adam Hyzdu from the San Diego Padres.
Outlaws roll at zone
July 20, 2005
Lawrence’s Outlaws defeated Topeka Post 74, 9-5, on Tuesday night in the first game of the American Legion zone baseball tournament. John Sneegas pitched a complete game five-hitter, and Kyle Cross had three hits for the Outlaws, who will meet Manhattan at 5:30 p.m. today in the second round of the four-team zone.
Randle still KU student
Ex-player denied other schools’ offers
July 20, 2005
John Randle is a former Kansas University football player, but he also is a current KU student — and it appears that’s not going to change.
Self set to woo preps
Coach says violations won’t hurt recruiting
July 20, 2005
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self, who Friday will hit the recruiting trail for the second half of the July evaluation period, does not believe last week’s self-reporting of NCAA violations will hurt his pursuit of high school talent.
KU sanctions hot topic
Mangino says Jayhawks prepared to deal with penalties
July 20, 2005
Surrounded by local, regional and national media at the annual Big 12 Conference media day Tuesday, a majority - scratch that, a LARGE majority - of questions directed toward Kansas University coach Mark Mangino were variations of two thoughts: 1. What’s up with the Big 12 North? 2. What’s up with KU’s self-imposed recruiting sanctions that were announced last week?
Greinke suddenly sizzling since break
July 20, 2005
For three days during the All-Star break, Zack Greinke hardly moved a muscle. He wasn’t tired, just tired of losing.
Coaches: MU death tragic
Mangino: Incident ‘touches all of us’; McCarney feels for player’s family
July 20, 2005
Several coaches made it a point to address one somber issue right away before diving into anything else Tuesday at Big 12 Conference football media days: the death of Missouri linebacker Aaron O’Neal.
Easy summer dessert has stylish touch
July 20, 2005
Here’s a delectable way to literally wrap up your summer grilling menu: a simple but stylish dessert that makes smart use of the hot coals left after the steaks are done.
Blackberry farm draws a crowd
July 20, 2005
When I opened an e-mail last week, I could almost hear the big, juicy “plop” as the lure hit the water. The bait was an invitation to come watch a blackberry pie demonstration at a nearby fruit farm. I love blackberries and have always been puzzled that they are so underappreciated among the picking fruit, so an opportunity for a blackberry dessert was enough to reel me in.
Downtown delectables
Carry-out joints cater to hungry lunchtime crowds
July 20, 2005
Kristina Christmas is a regular at Downtown Catering & Carry-Out. Christmas, a relay operator for Southwestern Bell, walks from her office upstairs in the building that houses the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, 734 Vt., to the tiny business at least once a week for lunch.
Reader’s Digest reaches 1,000-issue milestone
July 20, 2005
If your grandmother claims she’s squirreled away every issue of Reader’s Digest, there will soon be an easy way to check: Just go up to the attic and count to 1,000.
Series turns miracles into tedium
July 20, 2005
Want more proof that “reality” television reduces the amazing to the mundane? Watch “Criss Angel Mindfreak” (9 p.m., A&E). In back-to-back episodes, the illusionist levitates himself and then sends a perfect stranger floating into the air. In the second installment, he turns himself into a human candle. Slow and repetitive, “Mindfreak” turns these seemingly miraculous stunts into tedium. And the heavy-metal music and theatrics of “Mindfreak” left me with a headache.
On the record
July 20, 2005
Area briefs
July 20, 2005
¢ Political postcard inquiry continues ¢ Senate bill provides water-project funding
State Supreme Court nominee will need personality
Sebelius says her pick must be compatible with current justices
July 20, 2005
With the deadline for an appointment looming, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that a potential Kansas Supreme Court justice’s personality and ability to work well with others will be key factors in whom she picks.
Toddlers drown in backyard pool
July 20, 2005
Two children drowned Monday in a backyard swimming pool, Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman said.
Merrick faces fine over fundraiser faux pas
July 20, 2005
House Speaker Pro Tem Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, faces a possible fine for sending out a fundraiser invitation prior to the end of the legislative session, officials said.
Sebelius to sign bill for school funding increase
July 20, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will sign into law legislation increasing school funding by $148.4 million today in Topeka.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
July 20, 2005
The Journal-World has found gas prices as low as $2.23 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Spencer Museum is going digital
Grant speeds up process which may soon get collection on the Internet
July 20, 2005
The approximately 200 quilts in the Spencer Museum of Art rarely see the light of day. Unfolding some of them for exhibition - or even scholarly examination - might turn threads to dust.
Woman charged in morphine thefts
July 20, 2005
A former nursing-home employee has been charged with stealing pain-relieving morphine from two elderly patients for her own use.
Surplus property move lauded
July 20, 2005
Bill Hartman brags about bargains he finds at his favorite supply warehouses.
Sebelius mum on future of former chief of staff
July 20, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius wouldn’t say Tuesday whether her former chief of staff will run her campaign for re-election next year.
Benefits sticking point of negotiations
July 20, 2005
The Lawrence Education Assn. is expected to introduce a proposal for increasing teacher salaries at a contract negotiations meeting Tuesday.
Team’s footwear sparks White House flip-flop flap
Some family members dismayed by lacrosse champions’ choice in casual shoes
July 20, 2005
There’s a flip-flop controversy at the White House, and this one has nothing to do with President Bush and John Kerry.
Legislators question lease of Wildlife and Parks building
July 20, 2005
Legislators want to take a closer look at a lease agreement by the Department of Wildlife and Parks for a property in northwest Topeka.
25,000 Iraqi civilians killed in two years after war began
July 20, 2005
A British research group said Tuesday that about 25,000 civilians died in violence in Iraq in the two years after the start of the U.S.-led invasion.
Two Sunnis drafting constitution killed
July 20, 2005
Gunmen killed two Sunni Arab members of the commission writing Iraq’s new constitution on Tuesday, witnesses and political associates said. They were among at least 18 Iraqis killed Tuesday across the country.
Statement threatens ‘war’ in Europe
July 20, 2005
A statement in the name of a group that claimed responsibility for the London bombings threatened Tuesday to launch “a bloody war” on the capitals of European countries that do not remove their troops from Iraq within a month.
Briefly
July 20, 2005
¢ 1 million flee homes ahead of typhoon ¢ Moratorium on U.S. adoptions sought ¢ Nuclear talks to resume July 26 ¢ Emergency rule imposed in south ¢ Chechen insurgents kill 14 in attack on troops
Blair asks Muslim leaders to help combat terror
July 20, 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair appealed to Muslim leaders on Tuesday to combat the “twisted logic” of terrorism and offered to help them counter extremism with reason. In a show of vigilance, police deployed dogs for the first time to sniff out explosives on London’s Underground.
Protesters set up camp in Israel after police block march to Gaza
July 20, 2005
Israeli police backed by officers on horseback sealed off an encampment filled with thousands of Jewish settlers and their supporters Tuesday, trading punches and dragging off protesters in the biggest confrontation yet over Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza.
Briefly
July 20, 2005
¢ 3 Navy facilities added to closure list ¢ Anti-smoking activists rally for regulation ¢ FDA warns of risk with abortion pill ¢ Boy, 8, charged in death of baby sister
Fire chief recalls 27 years of duty
McSwain says retirement won’t extinguish ties to ‘his people’
July 20, 2005
The worrying has taken its toll. Lawrence Fire Chief Jim McSwain announced Tuesday he will retire in September from the department that he has led for 27 years.
Judge upholds restraining order against Hendricks
Future home of sexual predator still up in the air, state says
July 20, 2005
A judge sided with Leavenworth County commissioners in their effort to stop a group home for aging sexual predators from coming to a rural area outside Lawrence.
Kansans to keep close eye on confirmation hearings
July 20, 2005
The battle cries from Kansas’ culture warriors were relatively subdued Tuesday after President Bush nominated John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Roberts relies on patience, persistence, sense of humor
July 20, 2005
John G. Roberts Jr. complements his legal brainpower and squeaky-clean image with an equally important asset - an ego that friends say he keeps firmly in check.
Bush’s ‘stealth nominee’ worries liberals
July 20, 2005
Even to some in the Senate, the president’s pick for the Supreme Court was a mystery Tuesday.
People in the news
July 20, 2005
¢ Madonna, re-invented ¢ Celebrity lawsuit, part I ¢ Celebrity lawsuit, part II ¢ Musicians band together
Daily ticker
July 20, 2005
Study: Ethanol not worth energy
Researchers urge investing in sources such as wind, solar
July 20, 2005
Farmers, businesses and state officials are investing millions of dollars in ethanol and biofuel plants as renewable energy sources, but a new study says the alternative fuels burn more energy than they produce.
Hewlett-Packard to eliminate 14,500 jobs
July 20, 2005
Striving for Dell Inc.’s efficiency and IBM Corp.’s breadth, Hewlett-Packard Co. said Tuesday it would cut 14,500 jobs and overhaul its retirement plan in a move that all but buries the legendary company-employee bond known as the “HP Way.”
Commodities
July 20, 2005
Victim says mock trials acquitted bomber
July 20, 2005
Serial bomber Eric Rudolph, who pleaded guilty to avoid a possible death sentence, may have had a better chance than he realized to beat the rap, according to a new book by one of his victims.
Briefly
July 20, 2005
¢ Health problem ends bid for governor’s seat ¢ ‘Burn, baby, burn’ trademark sought ¢ Rare coin display stolen from courthouse
Benefit event
July 20, 2005
Your excellent front page story, “40 bucks and no luck,” prompts me to tell you about Heart of America Teen Challenge, which visits young men in jails and prisons and offers them more than hope; it offers opportunities to train as apprentices after they’re released to re-enter society with heads held high!
Troop support
July 20, 2005
To the editor: You want proof the anti-war crowd supports our troops? I’m a Vet for Peace who’s been part of the movement against the Iraq war since before it began, and yet, I oppose the fact that soldiers are being tried for abusing Iraqis.
Stop slaughter
July 20, 2005
Where is our government, in conjunction with its allies, in acting to stop the genocide in Darfur?
Primary creep hurts voters
July 20, 2005
Political junkies had a field day at the opening of this week’s annual meeting of the National Governors Assn. in Des Moines, Iowa. Everywhere you looked was a would-be presidential candidate.
Crabby Washingtonians claw for advantage
July 20, 2005
This is crab country. Put a chicken neck on a string, toss it into the saltwater creek off Inlet Point and get your net ready. Or put out a dead fish as bait and bring in a squirming basket of crabs clawing and wounding each other with a destructive energy that spares not even themselves.
A high note
A generous donation will help breathe new life into a local cultural tradition.
July 20, 2005
Just more than a week ago, members of the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra were concerned they didn’t have enough fans.
Former Royals inspire, teach children
July 20, 2005
The Royals have been Christian Iles’ motivation for learning life skills like reading. But most importantly, they have been the 6-year-old’s inspiration to learn how to play baseball.
States act to counter eminent-domain ruling
July 20, 2005
Alarmed by the prospect of local governments seizing homes and turning the property over to developers, lawmakers in at least half the states are rushing to blunt last month’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling expanding the power of eminent domain.
Lightning exceeds own expectations
July 20, 2005
The Lawrence Lightning silenced critics and had a break-out season this year, placing in many tournaments and having the opportunity to play for the U.S. Specialty Sports Assn. 11-U AA World Series crown.
14-U Rebels getting used to big infield
team loses practice game to Cardinals in preparation for tourney
July 20, 2005
It didn’t take the 14-U Rebels long to get used to playing with a bigger infield. But they still had the Cardinals to contend with in a series of doubleheaders last week.
Weather won’t cut tournament short
July 20, 2005
Last year, rain caused the American Fastpitch Assn. National B Tournament to be an abbreviated version of what it should have been. A series of showers and thunderstorms put a damper on the tournament, forcing officials to cut the weeklong event short because of the unplayable, saturated fields.
Falcons close out season with win over tough Mad Batters team
July 20, 2005
A long season of softball games ended on Thursday for two teams in the Lawrence Girls Fast Pitch Assn. 12-U league at Holcom. In scorching heat, the Falcons took on the Mad Batters, with the Falcons winning the game, 15-5.
Riverdogs win, preserve perfect season
July 20, 2005
An undefeated season was on the line for the Riverdogs in their Tuesday night Jhawk 4 Baseball game with the Mud Cats at Holcom. The Riverdogs had won their two previous matchups with the Mud Dogs earlier this season. The Riverdogs struck early and held off the late surge from the Mud Cats to take a 6-4 victory.
Hot bats come with players maturing
July 20, 2005
A rare July cold front couldn’t chill the hot bats of the players in the final Rookie Baseball matchup between Team 2 and Team 8 on July 12 at Youth Sports Inc.
GAME celebrates two years
July 20, 2005
Baseball and softball are unique sports, loved by many, yet truly understood by very few people. The intricacies of the games are vast, and it takes years of studying this deceptively slow exercise, whose decisive moments often come unexpectedly after hours of anticipation, to figure out why one team is able to succeed where another can’t. Maybe as a result, the people who do understand the game tend to be mildly eccentric, with the ability to see patterns no one else sees and anticipate developments well before they happen.
Air quality may take hit from ozone
July 20, 2005
If the forecast for blazing temperatures and clear skies today comes true, it will strain the area’s air quality.
Briefly
July 20, 2005
¢ Acres of tires burn at recycling plant ¢ Former soldier executed for murder ¢ Six counselors charged in teen’s death at camp ¢ Infected hamster traced to pet center