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Heritage area passes Senate
July 27, 2005
A proposal to turn northeastern Kansas into a national heritage area celebrating the area’s Civil War history has passed the U.S. Senate.
Record low temperature greets early risers
July 27, 2005
Clear skies and a record low temperature of 55 degrees — that’s what Lawrence woke up to today. The cool weather will last through the day, with the high topping out around 79 degrees, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Hummers hit road bump in pool play, rebound when it counts
July 27, 2005
The Hummers had an easy route through pool play of the American Fastpitch Assn. National “B” Tournament, opening the tournament with a forfeit and a lopsided victory. But it was a different story in the Hummers’ third and final game in tourney pool play. The team was shut out, 6-0, by the Sun Devils at Clinton Lake Sports Complex.
Phenix Rusk comes up short against Blazer Blitz in extra innings
July 27, 2005
Usually home field is an advantage for teams. For the 14-U Phenix-Rusk team, getting to play at home ended up being a loss in the opening round of the American Fastpich Assn. National “B” Touranment. After jumping to an early 2-0 lead, the Phenix suffered a 3-2 loss to the Blazer Blitz.
Softball Tourney a success for Lawrence
Hummers, Phenix Fyler come away with fifth-place finishes
July 27, 2005
The American Fastpitch Assn. National “B” Tournament came to a dramatic end Sunday at Clinton Lake Sports Complex. Each age division in the tournament crowned a champion after more than 300 games by upwards of 100 teams from around North America.
On the record
July 27, 2005
Yankees’ Brown scratched
July 27, 2005
Kevin Brown was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday because of his bad back and Carl Pavano’s return from a shoulder injury was pushed back, leaving the New York Yankees uncertain about two turns in their rotation this week.
Byrnes happy to be with bottom-dwelling Rocks
July 27, 2005
Outfielder Eric Byrnes made the move very few players in their prime would wish for - from a contender to one of the worst teams in baseball.
Kansas gets low marks in kids survey
State still ranked as 15th best in nation
July 27, 2005
These aren’t the best of times for Kansas children. According to a new national survey, more than one out of every seven children in the state lived in households at or below the federal poverty guideline in 2003.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
July 27, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.14 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Teachers want pay increased, revamped
July 27, 2005
Lawrence teachers want a big raise. After years of bare-bones salary increases in lean budget years, the city’s public school teachers are asking for $4.5 million of the possible $6.2 million in new funding available under the new state school finance law. The district is proposing adding $1.9 million to teacher salaries.
Egyptian ID’d as possible bomber
Officials reveal authorities had received warnings
July 27, 2005
Investigators identified an Egyptian as a possible suicide bomber in the terror attacks at this Red Sea resort and were searching Tuesday for his suspected Islamic militant cohorts - the first break in the probe.
Probe into CIA leak wider than initially indicated
July 27, 2005
The special prosecutor in the CIA leak probe has interviewed a wider range of administration officials than was previously known, part of an effort to determine whether anyone broke laws during a White House effort to discredit allegations that President Bush used faulty intelligence to justify the Iraq war, according to several officials familiar with the case.
Both parties offer Social Security bills
July 27, 2005
Key House Republicans and Democrats continued to play political hot potato with Social Security on Tuesday, as both parties introduced separate legislation on the program and overhauling retirement savings.
KU business symposium to provide global perspective
July 27, 2005
I generally don’t write about events or activities in which I am involved, but, on occasion, I think it’s acceptable.
Cubs, Yanks share players, scrimmage
July 27, 2005
Though the final Jhawk Baseball game for the Cubs and the Yankees at Holcom on July 11 was decided before it began, both teams walked away with smiles on their faces and trophies in their hands.
Apartment units get green light
July 27, 2005
Lawrence city commissioners took a half-million dollar bite out of the city’s affordable housing problem on Tuesday.
Topeka zoo on rebound
But funding ‘inadequate,’ report says
July 27, 2005
Its name once described it as “world famous,” but Topeka’s zoo has had three directors in seven years, and the number of annual visitors peaked more than a decade ago.
Under pressure, Frist to delay defense spending bill
July 27, 2005
Faced with pressure from fellow Republicans to impose restrictions on the Pentagon’s treatment of detainees, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Tuesday he would delay until September consideration of the $491 billion defense bill authorizing funding for military operations next year.
Israeli soldiers practice removing settlers from homes
July 27, 2005
At a desert military base, thousands of police and soldiers practiced removing Jewish settlers from their homes Tuesday in the biggest dress rehearsal yet for next month’s Gaza withdrawal.
Afghans demonstrate at U.S. base, protesting raids
July 27, 2005
More than 1,000 stone-throwing Afghans tried to break down an outer gate at the main U.S. base here Tuesday while demanding the release of eight detained villagers, and Afghan troops fired warning shots and used clubs to beat the mob back. U.S. troops also fired into the air.
Lack of offense leads to Ts’ early exit
July 27, 2005
Rain delayed the start of the 18-U Phenix Ts pool play in the American Fastpitch Assn. B National Tournament until Wednesday. And when the game finally started, it looked as if the Ts still were a bit delayed. However late inning offense propelled the Ts to a 3-2 victory over the Sooner Stars.
Drivers in the right groove dodge traffic-calming effort
July 27, 2005
The experiment has begun. Lawrence drivers on Friday had their first encounters with “speed cushions”- the newest type of traffic-calming devices to hit the city - as a nearly $400,000-project on Harvard Road opened to motorists.
Horoscopes
July 27, 2005
For Wednesday, July 27.
Sales, Sun sink Fever
July 27, 2005
Nykesha Sales scored 19 points, and Margo Dydek finished with 12 defensive rebounds and five blocked shots to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 68-55 victory over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday night.
Lawrence datebook
July 27, 2005
BTK’s wife granted emergency divorce
July 27, 2005
A judge waived the usual 60-day waiting period and granted an immediate divorce Tuesday to the wife of BTK serial killer Dennis Rader, agreeing that her mental health was in danger.
Damaged gas line leads to evacuation
July 27, 2005
A natural gas line was damaged by a construction crew Tuesday morning, causing the evacuation of a one-block area southwest of downtown Lawrence.
Patience pays off for Atlanta in win
Bases-loaded walk by Andruw Jones caps dramatic 10-inning Braves victory
July 27, 2005
Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox is known for giving his players the freedom to swing on 3-0 counts.
Big Unit has another big night
Johnson pitches eight scoreless innings in victory
July 27, 2005
Randy Johnson was every bit the dominant ace the New York Yankees thought they were getting last winter. And they really needed that.
Cubs’ Garciaparra pushes back rehab
July 27, 2005
Chicago Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra on Tuesday pushed his first rehabilitation outing back a day, preferring to test his surgically repaired groin in consecutive games.
Commentary: Sorenstam, teens give boost to LPGA
Women’s professional golf has never had more sizzle than 2005 season
July 27, 2005
Annika Sorenstam has not given up on winning the Grand Slam, for no other reason than she is very determined and very good.
Brown to take Knicks’ coaching job
Daily News sources say Big Apple next stop for Larry
July 27, 2005
The deal that will make Larry Brown the highest-paid coach in professional sports history and return the Knicks back to respectability again will be finalized today.
Doing the Death Ride
Former Kansas AD survives challenge
July 27, 2005
Now Bob Frederick knows why they call it the California Death Ride.
Giles gained from Trials
KU sophomore learns he ‘can compete’ with top players in country
July 27, 2005
C.J. Giles left the Under-21 team tryout camp Saturday in Dallas with a bruised hip — not a bruised ego.
Jayhawk earns bid, trip to hospital
After placing 2nd at Amateur qualifier, Woodland hit hard by dehydration
July 27, 2005
Gary Woodland celebrated his berth in the U.S. Amateur Golf Championships from, of all places, a hospital bed Monday night.
Kansas City puts end to skid against Chicago
July 27, 2005
Mark Teahen hit a three-run double and scored on a throwing error in a six-run sixth inning to help the Kansas City Royals defeat the Chicago White Sox for the first time this season, 7-1, on Tuesday night.
You can pickle summer squash
July 27, 2005
Thanks to the Georgia Cooperative Extension Service for sharing the following methods recommended for pickling summer squash and zucchini.
Surplus zucchini difficult to cook, give away
July 27, 2005
Every year’s vegetable garden has a tendency to produce too much of one good thing. In my garden last year it was green beans. The year before that it was cukes, and this year it’s golden zucchini, which presents a particular challenge since I’m the only one at my house who eats it.
Flavor fiesta
Ripe tomatoes yield rainbow of seasonal salsas
July 27, 2005
Keith Whealy is beloved among his circle of friends and family for his homemade salsa, filled with vegetables fresh from the garden.
Local briefs
July 27, 2005
¢ Memorial scheduled for slain librarian ¢ Reagan author to speak on Thursday ¢ Illegal sexual conduct report investigated ¢ Lawrence car dealer reappointed to board
Vaccination rate is up
July 27, 2005
More Kansas children are getting their immunization vaccines on time, but the state still lags behind the national average, officials reported Tuesday.
Water line renovations confusing motorists in downtown Lawrence
July 27, 2005
Water line renovations in downtown Lawrence are causing confusion for drivers - resulting in at least one traffic ticket issued this week.
KU fan to stand trial after altercation in Columbia
Banner at hoops game led to trouble with police chief
July 27, 2005
A former Kansas University student plans to challenge criminal charges stemming from an altercation with the University of Missouri police chief during a “Border Showdown” basketball game earlier this year.
Sick-day pretenses show healthy dose of creativity
July 27, 2005
Reasons not to go to work: My cat unplugged my alarm clock. My garage door is broken. I couldn’t find my shoes.
Boy, 4, drowns in Lake Perry
Ozawkie family, community devastated by youngster’s death
July 27, 2005
Like many little boys, Johnathon Jacob VanVleck loved fishing and swimming with his dad. The two also liked to look at boats and motorcycles.
America roars back into space
NASA studies apparently chipped tile, debris recorded during launch
July 27, 2005
NASA skipped the customary post-launch party Tuesday. The celebrating will have to wait until Discovery and its seven astronauts are safely home.
Thousands cheer for Discovery
July 27, 2005
“Go, baby! Go, baby!” Casey Kauffman shouted as the shuttle Discovery lifted off its Cape Canaveral launch pad on time Tuesday and disappeared into a cloud.
ACLU suing N.C. to allow religious texts in courtroom oaths
July 27, 2005
When witnesses are sworn in, the religious texts of non-Christian faiths should be allowed in North Carolina courts along with the Bible, the ACLU argued in lawsuit filed against the state Tuesday.
Pesticides linked to school illness
July 27, 2005
Pesticide use in or near U.S. schools sickened more than 2,500 children and school employees over a five-year period, and though most illnesses were mild, their numbers have increased, a nationwide report found.
Senate GOP moves to shield gun industry
July 27, 2005
Senate Republicans on Tuesday moved the National Rifle Association’s top priority ahead of a $491 billion defense bill, setting up a vote on legislation to shield firearms manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits over gun crimes.
Man charged for having sex with 14-year-old wife
22-year-old Nebraskan married pregnant teen legally in Kansas
July 27, 2005
A 22-year-old man who legally married a 14-year-old girl in Kansas after she became pregnant has been criminally charged in Nebraska for having sex with her.
Missing show dog subject of lawsuit
July 27, 2005
Jag, a prize-winning golden retriever, has been missing at least nine weeks. Two California women who own him believe he’s dead and are suing a Topeka couple.
Briefly
July 27, 2005
¢ New round of six-party nuclear talks begins ¢ Lake drained in search for missing U.S. teen ¢ State Department renews travel advisory ¢ Castro says power problems being resolved
Rumsfeld gets OK to keep U.S. troops in Kyrgyzstan, for now
July 27, 2005
American troops can stay at a Kyrgyz air base for as long as they are needed to bring stability to Afghanistan, officials of this former Soviet republic assured Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday.
Blair: Britain won’t ‘give one inch’ to terrorists
July 27, 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday that Britain would not “give one inch” to terrorists on his policy on Iraq and the Middle East, while police said two suspects in last week’s failed bombings were emigrants from Somalia and Eritrea.
Briefly
July 27, 2005
¢ Heat causes misery across Midwest, East ¢ Kidnapping suspect found incompetent ¢ Judge finds teenage school shooter sane
Report details security lapses
Inconsistent checks on exports have created gap
July 27, 2005
Homeland Security agents do not consistently screen sensitive chemical and biological materials to ensure they are being legally exported, the department’s inspector general said Tuesday.
Democrats frustrated by limited access to Roberts’ records
July 27, 2005
Frustrated Senate Democrats struggled to unearth Supreme Court nominee John Roberts’ elusive views on abortion, civil rights and other controversial issues Tuesday, digging through newly released government documents while criticizing the White House for refusing access to thousands more.
Boy Scouts hold safety review in wake of deaths
July 27, 2005
They were deeply devoted to the Boy Scouts, traveling thousands of miles to the woods of northern Virginia for 10 fun-filled days of fishing, archery and storytelling beside the campfire. One of their first tasks: Set up a large tent.
Maternity leave differs worldwide
America lacks legislation to support new moms
July 27, 2005
In Santa Fe, N.M.,In Santa Fe, N.M., Linda Strauss McIlroy, a first-time mother, is trying to get used to the thought of soon putting her 2-month-old boy in day care so she can get back to work.
Free credit report can be difficult to find
July 27, 2005
Lenders long have used credit scores to determine whether to lend you money and how much interest to charge you. But these days, auto insurers, utility companies, landlords and even employers also are using your credit worthiness to determine your worth.
Union schism may seep into town
July 27, 2005
The effects of a bombastic schism driven this week between stalwarts in organized labor soon could trickle into Lawrence, cutting into efforts on both sides to support workers, a labor leader said Tuesday.
Daily ticker
July 27, 2005
Commodities
July 27, 2005
People in the news
July 27, 2005
¢ Eminem considering entering retirement or taking a break ¢ ‘Law & Order’ star enjoying his lighter workload ¢ Annan to Trump: If you can do better, prove it ¢ Megadeth lead singer suing former band member
Stones announce first new CD in 8 years
Possible track list includes song reputed to be critical of White House
July 27, 2005
Hey, Mr. President, get off of their cloud.
Fluff: Cheesecake, the nonfattening kind, has long history in Hollywood
July 27, 2005
When Joan Leslie won a contract at Warner Bros. at age 15, she was instructed to report to the swimming pool at the Lakeside Country Club two blocks from the studio. Her duty: to pose for photographs in bathing suit and shorts.
DVD marks return of ‘Quincy,’ warts and all
July 27, 2005
The first and second seasons of Jack Klugman’s NBC series, “Quincy, M.E.,” about a crime-solving, sleuthing medical examiner is now out on DVD.
Aircraft industry shaking up unions
July 27, 2005
Already reeling from layoffs that slashed their ranks, unions representing Wichita’s aircraft workers must now grapple with a new workplace reality after the sale of the Boeing Co.’s commercial airplane operations in Kansas and Oklahoma to a Canadian firm.
Briefcase
July 27, 2005
¢ ‘TV Guide’ revamps format to fit market ¢ BNSF profit increases ¢ Amazon shares surge despite earnings sag ¢ IBM unveils updated mainframe computers ¢ Waddell & Reed reports loss ¢ Consumer confidence dips on job worries
Compromise gives tax breaks to utilities
July 27, 2005
Lawmakers scaled back support for energy conservation and efficiency programs as part of a $11.5 billion tax package expected to be added today to a sweeping energy bill that Congress hopes to complete this week.
Senate moves up homeland security secretary in line of succession
July 27, 2005
The Senate approved a bill Tuesday to raise the homeland security secretary from last to eighth place in the presidential line of succession, just after the attorney general.
4 U.S. soldiers, 16 Iraqi government workers killed in attacks
July 27, 2005
A roadside bombing killed four American soldiers in southwestern Baghdad, the U.S. command said Tuesday, and 16 Iraqi government workers died in a hail of gunfire as they left work on the western edge of the capital.
U.S. plans to screen troops for combat disorders
Military will watch for post-traumatic stress
July 27, 2005
The military plans to screen all troops who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan for post-traumatic stress disorder and other combat-related health problems within three to six months after they return home, the Pentagon’s chief health official said Tuesday.
Warm memory
July 27, 2005
To the editor: Regarding the Eudora Nursing Center, my husband Clint was a resident there for almost two years and I was there once or twice a day most every day.
Best of luck
July 27, 2005
To the editor: We all knew, and said as much when Chief McSwain first arrived on the scene, that he was here to simply pad his resume and he’d move on to bigger and better things.
Fine example
July 27, 2005
To the editor: I would like to thank Mr. Tyler for his letter about liberal rants.
Enough already
July 27, 2005
To the editor: When our elected officials want money for projects, taxes usually get raised.
National labor split to cause pain before gain
July 27, 2005
In the annals of labor leave-taking, it was neither as contentious as Mineworkers President John L. Lewis’s departure from the 1935 AFL convention, when he decked the president of the Carpenters Union on his way out, nor as arrogantly dismissive as one of Lewis’ later farewells, when he penned a note to AFL President William Green that read, simply: “Green - We disaffiliate - Lewis.”
Professionals should be held responsible
July 27, 2005
Breaking a law that one believes is unjust or immoral is an American tradition of sorts. Whether as a public act of protest or a private statement of values, those who’ve taken a proverbial seat in the front of the bus sometimes earn a special place in the national pantheon of heroes.
Yea, Harry!
Whatever else J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter do or have done, they have sparked a wondrous, much-needed interest in reading.
July 27, 2005
Author J.K Rowling and her star literary character, Harry Potter, have had to overcome innumerable obstacles to reach the virtual cult status they now enjoy. But thank heaven they have finally “arrived.”
Book shares delectable gelato, dessert recipes
July 27, 2005
A lifetime’s supply of ice cream for just $250? What a deal!
Tower power: Proposed skyscraper would trump Sears
Developer to unveil plans for Chicago
July 27, 2005
It would twist into the sky over Chicago’s lakefront like an oversized birthday candle, surpassing Sears Tower and the planned Freedom Tower in New York as the nation’s tallest building.
FX series explores war’s toll on soldiers, families
July 27, 2005
Perhaps everything viewers need to know about “Over There” (9 p.m., FX) can be found in the show’s official title. In the network’s press materials, it’s known as “FX & Steven Bochco present ‘Over There.”’ So we already know that the folks behind “The Shield,” “Nip & Tuck” and “Rescue Me” have joined forces with the producer of “NYPD Blue” to make a drama about the ongoing war in Iraq. Attention must be paid.
Tornadoes find success quickly, represent DCABA in Nationals
July 27, 2005
For a group of eight-year-olds who haven’t played as a team, two top-three finishes and an appearance in the HapDumont Baseball World Series is something special. The Tornadoes, an 8-U Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. All-Star team, started playing together at the end of the first week of July, when the DCABA tournament ended. Success came quickly for the team.
10-U All-Stars take second in tourney
July 27, 2005
An all-star team from the Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. 10-U league had a successful run in the National Baseball Congress Hap Dumont state tournament held July 9 though July 12 at the Hillsboro Sports Complex. The team, which took the name Lawrence Hawks for postseason play, placed second in the tournament, going 4-2 and coming very close to winning the event.
Victory gives Purple Power undefeated Jhawk Softball season
July 27, 2005
The Purple Power’s ability to decisively dominate the Jhawk Softball league was put to test in its second-to-last league game against White Tigers on July 13 at Youth Sports Inc. Although the Purple Power won, 7-5, the White Tigers threatened to deliver the team its first loss.
Phenix throws party for Hawaiian team
July 27, 2005
The island of Kauai in Hawaii is known for the good life - beachside luaus, a laid-back lifestyle and a friendly atmosphere. Lawrence might not have Kauai’s reputation as a popular tourist destination, but when the Kauai Kine came for the American Fastpitch Assn. National “B” Tournament held last week in Lawrence, the team was greeted with some island-style hospitality.
Riling scores runs in final pool play game for first win of tourney
July 27, 2005
Phenix-Riling wanted to get one win in pool play heading into the 18-U American Fastpitch Assn. National “B” Tournament bracket play. The team was shut out in its two previous contests and needed to get their bats going to pull out the victory as the game against the Omaha Extreme on Thursday game down to the final inning.
Fyler finds tourney success at home
July 27, 2005
After going 1-1 in pool play of the American Fastpitch Assn. “B” National Tournament, Phenix-Fyler took on the Harvard (Ill.) Sting in the first round of bracket play.