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Rosen named to Kansas Supreme Court
July 22, 2005
State District Court Judge Eric Rosen will be the new Kansas Supreme Court justice. Rosen, of Topeka, was selected today by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Heat index climbs to 116 degrees
More hot weather expected through weekend
08:25 a.m., July 22, 2005 Updated 05:37 p.m.
Find some air conditioning. Lawrence’s temperature soared over 100 degrees by mid afternoon and the heat index — a measurement of humidity and the air temperature — reached 116 degrees, said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist.
Dancers to showcase Middle Eastern styles
July 22, 2005
For the 11th year, “Cairo on the Kaw” will present a smorgasbord of Middle Eastern dances. In keeping with the event’s tradition, director Jo Anne Zingo-Hargis has drawn up an eclectic program.
Shoppers muscle their way to deals
Heat index hits 111
July 22, 2005
Clara Kundin wasn’t afraid to push people around for a new outfit. “I can shove people,” the 15-year-old Lawrence resident said. That’s the way it was at some stores downtown Thursday as thousands of shoppers streamed in for the annual Sidewalk Sale.
Sculpture celebrating freedom unveiled in downtown Lawrence
Freeform’ created for Lawrence sesquicentennial
July 22, 2005
Lawrence residents now have another visible reminder of the city’s historical connections to freedom and flames.
Rock drummer shares ‘legendary life’
July 22, 2005
Johny Barbata notched his first hit record in 1962 with The Sentinals. The fledgling drummer was only 16 and still in high school when the surf instrumental, “Latin’ia,” became a West Coast smash, leading his band to tour with The Ventures and The Champs. He hasn’t really put his sticks down since then.
Bad News Bears’ chokes at the plate
July 22, 2005
As they say in baseball, the “Bad News Bears” team sure looks good on paper. Billy Bob Thornton is one of America’s finest character actors. He proved in “Bad Santa” that he can play an antisocial loser with little problem.
IRL’s Carpenter used to parental pressure
July 22, 2005
Anyone with a job knows the pressure of trying to make the boss happy. Now, what if he’s also your stepfather? And the head of the entire company where you work?
For Edwards, win worth flipping over
Driver surges into unlikely role of contender for Nextel Cup
July 22, 2005
Carl Edwards will have so much to celebrate if he wins Sunday at Pocono that a double backflip would be in order. Last month, Edwards did his trademark backflip off the car’s windowsill after a victory at the triangle on the mountaintop. This time, a victory would mean even more.
Armstrong eager for end
The sooner it’s done, the better,’ six-time champ says
July 22, 2005
Lance Armstrong feels so sure of victory, so ready for retirement, that he doesn’t want to get off his bike. Not now, with the end this tantalizingly close.
Ripken retired, but busy
Ex-slugger keeps hand in baseball
July 22, 2005
It’s a lovely summer day, perfect for playing baseball, and that’s precisely what some 250 kids are doing as part of an exclusive camp in this rural town about 30 miles northeast of Baltimore.
Dodgers’ Perez too tough for Phils
L.A. hurler takes no-hitter into sixth inning of 1-0 victory over Philadelphia
July 22, 2005
Odalis Perez never considered tossing a no-hitter, even while retiring batters so easily it seemed like a real possibility. The only zero he wanted was in Philadelphia’s run column.
NHL players approve new contract
Owners to rubber-stamp bargaining agreement today
July 22, 2005
The NHL’s sole obstacle to being back in business is as easy as an empty-net goal.
Texas coach puts onus on QB Young
July 22, 2005
With five words, Texas coach Mack Brown put the pressure of Texas University football squarely on one man’s shoulders. “This,” Brown said, “is Vince Young’s team.”
Beard, Mystics clip Comets
July 22, 2005
Alana Beard scored 16 points, and DeLisha Milton-Jones added 15 to lead the Washington Mystics to a 70-65 victory over the Houston Comets on Thursday. Temeka Johnson had 11 points for the Mystics (11-10).
USA Volleyball invites KU sophomore Brown
July 22, 2005
Kansas University sophomore Emily Brown was one of 14 athletes who trained with the USA Volleyball Junior National Team, July 13-18 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Tennis tourney in town
July 22, 2005
Kansas University will play host to the 2005 Intercollegiate Tennis Assn. Summer Circuit, which runs Saturday through Monday at Robinson Courts.
Softball pitcher signs
July 22, 2005
Valerie George, a right-handed pitcher from Tucson, Ariz., has signed a softball letter of intent with Kansas University.
Work ties could bind justice
Investments, previous clients could leave Roberts on case sidelines
July 22, 2005
As one of the country’s pre-eminent appellate lawyers, John G. Roberts Jr. advanced the interests of major corporate clients. Rules that govern conflicts of interest would allow him to hear Supreme Court cases involving those same companies on different issues.
On the run
Island’ deserts substance for lavish action
July 22, 2005
Hide the fact that Michael Bay directed until the closing credits and you might puzzle over just what sci-fi fanatic has imagined “The Island.” Well, for the first 45 minutes, anyway.
Sudanese officials rough up Rice’s entourage, reporter
July 22, 2005
Sudanese security officers roughed up members of Condoleezza Rice’s entourage Thursday and spoiled the African nation’s hopes of showing off a new peace deal and improving a bruised reputation with the United States.
Grand Theft Auto’ change could signal crackdown
July 22, 2005
The video game industry’s decision to give an adults-only rating to the best-selling “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” because of explicit sexual content could signal the start of a crackdown on raunchy games.
KU’s security cameras should be ready by start of school
July 22, 2005
A much-anticipated plan to put surveillance cameras in parking lots of Kansas University residence halls is almost done.
Former Gov. Carlin to teach at K-State
July 22, 2005
He’s back. Former Gov. John Carlin recently bought a home in Manhattan and has accepted a part-time teaching position at Kansas State University.
Report: Schools deteriorating without funds to make repairs
July 22, 2005
The classrooms are still crumbling. And there’s not enough money to fix them. That was the assessment of a report released Thursday by the Legislative Division of Post-Audit. But the report - and the Kansas Board of Regents - still didn’t address how to pay for the $584 million in deferred maintenance identified on the six state university campuses.
Professor disputes woodpecker sighting
Researcher says team’s video is likely of more common, not ‘extinct,’ bird
July 22, 2005
Mark Robbins would love to be wrong about this, but he really thinks that big woodpecker that got everyone so excited in April was pileated, not ivory-billed.
Made in China’ items may soon be costlier
Bush praises revaluation of Chinese currency
July 22, 2005
Attention Kmart and Wal-Mart shoppers: The prices you pay for sneakers, sweat shirts, toys and thousands of other items made in China are likely to be rising soon.
More Kansans doing without health insurance
12 percent lack coverage, according to report
July 22, 2005
Beth Bockover found a lump on her breast recently, a discovery that would send most women immediately to a doctor. But Bockover - like a rising number of Kansans and Douglas Countians - doesn’t have health insurance.
Audit cites bad morale, decisions at SRS
Report on reorganization described as ‘devastating’
July 22, 2005
A reorganization of the state’s welfare agency under Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ administration has produced low staff morale, decisions based on political pressures and an increased layer of managers, according to a state audit released Thursday.
London gripped by fear after 2nd attack
July 22, 2005
This time, there was no carnage, no bombed-out trains or buses, no makeshift triage centers on the sidewalks. But for the legions of people who rely on London’s public transport system, the suffocating sense of fear Thursday afternoon was the same.
U.S. cities tighten security measures on transit systems
July 22, 2005
Washington’s Metro transit agency tightened security Thursday in response to the latest London bombings, increasing patrols and planning a sweep of the entire subway system Thursday night to search for explosives and weapons.
On the record
July 22, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
July 22, 2005
 
Area briefs
July 22, 2005
¢ Topeka teenagers killed in Iowa car accident
Agreement reached to extend daylight-savings
July 22, 2005
House and Senate negotiators agreed Thursday to extend daylight- saving time by four weeks as part of a sweeping energy bill. The provision is designed to save energy, but Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., one of the sponsors, said, “The beauty of daylight savings time is that it just makes everyone feel sunnier.”
House votes to extend Patriot Act
July 22, 2005
The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to extend the USA Patriot Act, the nation’s main anti-terrorism tool, just hours after televisions in the Capitol beamed images of a new attack in London.
Roberts leaving impression as a ‘nonactivist’ judge
Supreme Court nominee has yet to draw harsh criticism
July 22, 2005
Supreme Court nominee John Roberts gained ground Thursday in his drive for Senate confirmation. He was rated a “nonactivist judge, which everyone is looking for,” by the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was praised by several centrist Democrats.
Lesbian denied as foster parent
ACLU asks court to reverse decision
July 22, 2005
The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a court to overturn the state Department of Social Services’ decision to deny a woman’s application for a foster parent license because she is a lesbian.
Briefly - Nation
July 22, 2005
¢ Smuggling tunnel found on U.S.-Canadian border ¢ U.S. grants asylum to Cuban dance troupe
Two Algerian diplomats reportedly kidnapped
July 22, 2005
Two Algerian diplomats and their driver were abducted Thursday in a western Baghdad neighborhood, police and embassy employees said.
People in the News
July 22, 2005
¢ B.I.G. biopic in negotiations ¢ ‘Idol’ winner to sing for TV ads ¢ Depp: Wonka portrayal not based on Michael Jackson ¢ Birthdays
House Speaker fined $1 for ethics violation
July 22, 2005
House Speaker Pro Tem Ray Merrick was fined $1 Thursday for violating a state ethics law prohibiting fundraising before the end of the legislative session.
Schools to lose new funding
Three had failed to meet new goals set by Regents
July 22, 2005
Three Kansas schools won’t get their full state funding this year after failing to reach goals under a new accountability system.
Emporia approves Sunday sales
City Commission passes ordinance after voters’ April rejection
July 22, 2005
An ordinance allowing the sale of beer and liquor in Emporia on Sunday was approved by the City Commission with a 4-1 vote Wednesday.
Wichita group battles sex shops
Group to petition for grand jury review
July 22, 2005
In the latest battle against sexually oriented material, a group of opponents are seeking a grand jury review to determine whether shops that sell such material violate state obscenity laws.
Pakistani leader blames West for attacks
July 22, 2005
Under pressure to deliver on promises to root out Islamic militants, President Pervez Musharraf sought in a speech Thursday to shift some of the blame to Britain and the United States.
Suspect admits throwing grenade during Bush speech, official says
July 22, 2005
A man arrested after a fatal shootout with police admitted in video footage shown Thursday to throwing a grenade during a May rally where President Bush was making a speech.
The case of the missing Emmy
July 22, 2005
“Law & Order: Trial by Jury” (9 p.m., NBC) may have been canceled, but the spin-off series was not overlooked by the Emmy judges.
Best Bets
July 22, 2005
 
30-year mortgage rates edge up
July 22, 2005
Mortgage rates climbed this week but remain at levels expected to keep the housing market hardy, analysts say.
Commodities
July 22, 2005
 
QB conundrums
Half of conference’s coaches haven’t settled on starter
July 22, 2005
Think Kansas University’s Mark Mangino is the only Big 12 Conference football coach unsure about who’ll play quarterback? Not by a long shot.
Liberal rants
July 22, 2005
To the editor: It seems to me that lately (for the last five years), every day has been Ground Hog Day. What do I mean by this? Simple.
Not a problem
July 22, 2005
To the editor: I’ve been following the story of the persecution of the adult bookstore on Massachusetts Street. The shop is inconspicuous and you hardly notice it driving down the street and certainly can’t see it driving down Vermont Street. So, what’s the problem?
Growth woes?
Lawrence home building has reached a 23-year low. Reasons behind such a statistic should be a cause for concern.
July 22, 2005
Has Lawrence suddenly become a less desirable place to live? Is there some reason people have decided they would rather live in some other place than Lawrence?
Bishop Seabury Academy Honor Roll
July 22, 2005
Bishop Seabury Academy has announced the names of students on its second semester honor roll.
Briefly - World
July 22, 2005
¢ Family of missing teen increases reward ¢ Emily fizzles but still triggers flooding ¢ Koehler orders parliament dissolved
Royals pitcher, skipper disciplined
Hernandez lands 10-game suspension; Bell to sit out game
July 22, 2005
Kansas City pitcher Runelvys Hernandez was suspended for 10 games and fined an undisclosed amount Thursday, and manager Buddy Bell will have to sit out a game following a benches-clearing brawl last weekend at Detroit.
Indians salvage split
July 22, 2005
Aaron Boone isn’t ready to give up on his first season with the Cleveland Indians. “As bad as we’ve been playing, and as frustrating as it has been for all of us, we’re right there,” Boone said.
Pentagon cites progress, but no withdrawal forecast
Report says democracy on track despite disruptions by insurgency
July 22, 2005
The Pentagon told Congress on Thursday that progress toward establishing democracy in Iraq is on track despite an adaptable and deadly insurgency. The Defense Department offered no estimate of when U.S. troops would start withdrawing and let Iraqi security forces fight the insurgents on their own.
Disabled Kansas boy honored for fight to play ball
July 22, 2005
Matthew Whaley just wanted to play baseball with his friends. But it took a federal lawsuit before the 8-year-old with cerebral palsy could join the lineup on his summer baseball team in Scott City, Kan.
Local briefs
July 22, 2005
¢ Japanese students from sister city arrive ¢ Death penalty to go to U.S. Supreme Court ¢ Jail time ordered for ex-KU player ¢ Driver exposed himself, passenger says ¢ City’s credit rating upgraded by company ¢ Record number of meals served in soup kitchen
Pump patrol
July 22, 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.
This Weekend’s Highlights
July 22, 2005
 
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
July 22, 2005
 
Briefcase
July 22, 2005
¢ Delta loss narrows ¢ Nextel profit falls ¢ MGI Pharma buying owner of Aquavan
Fireworks ban
July 22, 2005
To the editor: A question comes to mind: Why does it take senseless bangs to show patriotism?
Iraq at heart of Rove flap
July 22, 2005
Breathless daily coverage centers on leaks to journalists, the accuracy of statements by White House aides and a former diplomat, and the propriety of reporters withholding information from secret sources in a criminal probe.
Roberts will build Bush legacy
July 22, 2005
Once again, President Bush has confounded his critics by doing what he said he would do. He has nominated to the Supreme Court someone he believes will not make law from the bench, but interpret laws in light of the Constitution as the Founders wrote it.
Nominee should openly share thoughts
July 22, 2005
In the end, I’m hoping for his “deep regard” for the Supreme Court. I’m rooting for what John G. Roberts described as “a lump in my throat whenever I walked up those marble steps.”
Horoscopes
July 22, 2005
 
Urban intrigue
Denizens of the concrete jungle explore their natural habitat
July 22, 2005
Three weeks ago, long before I had heard of “elevator surfing,” “buildering” or “urban exploration,” I never pictured myself trespassing aboard a leaky rowboat in a flooded underground business park in southern Kansas City. I am on an excursion with a team of amateur enthusiasts whose mission is to find, explore and document the hidden and obscure landmarks of metropolitan history.
Ramirez’s blast lifts Red Sox
Given second chance, slugger belts game-winner
July 22, 2005
Manny Ramirez is a tough enough out. Give him a second chance at the plate like the Chicago White Sox did Thursday night, and it can mean the difference between winning and losing.
Fallen MU player deemed ‘class act’
Tigers coach Pinkel lauds backup middle linebacker O’Neal at memorial service on campus
July 22, 2005
Trusted teammate. Caring son and brother. A friend to all, even strangers. Those were just some of the memories, both tearful and joyful, shared to describe fallen Missouri football player Aaron Ashley O’Neal at a Thursday morning memorial service on campus.
Hawaiian squad relishes trip to tourney
Kauai Kine all-star team picks up first victory - and dispenses tips on how to hula dance
July 22, 2005
The Kauai Kine had just defeated the Oklahoma Mirage, but that didn’t keep the Mirage players from asking for some lessons after the game. But this wasn’t about softball - not about fielding, throwing or even hitting.
Google shares fall on revenue outlook
Company’s quarterly profits quadruple
July 22, 2005
Google Inc.’s second-quarter profit quadrupled as the online search leader continued to exceed the great expectations underlying its soaring stock, but its outlandish revenue growth appeared to be tapering off - a trend management warned could continue through the summer, rattling investors.
Bill could prompt housing assistance
July 22, 2005
The company I work for has a program that offers up to $10,000 in down-payment help to employees who want to purchase their first home. If I qualify for the program, will I have to pay income tax on the money?
Collison defends Williams
Ex-Jayhawk’s father: No such thing as free breakfast
July 22, 2005
Dave Collison, the father of former Kansas University basketball All-American Nick Collison, is positive former KU coach Roy Williams would never commit an NCAA violation knowingly. How does he know for sure?