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July temperatures making a return
July 29, 2005
After a few days of cool weather, more July-like temperatures return to the Lawrence area today, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the 90s through the weekend.
Corrections
July 29, 2005
 
Trade request creates pickle
Ramirez wants out, but contract is too hefty
July 29, 2005
Manny Ramirez’s trade request would be difficult to honor because of his contract, Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino said Thursday.
Pilot plans another record
GlobalFlyer aims to fly 29,000 miles
July 29, 2005
Aviation’s adventuresome duo of Steve Fossett and Sir Richard Branson are at it again, announcing plans Thursday for another world record flight in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer.
Hostess snack cakes getting a new look
July 29, 2005
Twinkie the Kid’s getting a makeover. For the first time in 25 years, the Hostess brand of snack cakes, which include Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs, are getting brand new packaging designed to update the product line’s look and improve its visibility on store shelves.
U.S. hopeful about N. Korea talk
July 29, 2005
The top U.S. envoy held his longest meeting yet Thursday with his North Korean counterpart and said he hoped they would soon be able to draft a joint document that would signal some progress in talks aimed at curbing the North’s nuclear ambitions.
Fellow Republican may challenge Praeger for post
July 29, 2005
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, a Republican political veteran from Lawrence, may face a challenge within her own party.
KU report initiated after ‘possible misconduct’
July 29, 2005
Kansas University’s self-investigation of NCAA rules violations stemmed from “possible misconduct” regarding a KU football coach and possible improper recruitment in women’s basketball.
Blogger shines light on case of missing, pregnant mother
July 29, 2005
Working under a national media spotlight, police recruits searched a wooded section of Cobbs Creek Park Thursday looking for clues about the fate of Latoyia Figueroa, a pregnant Philadelphia woman missing since July 18.
Spurrier angers high school coaches
Yanking scholarships from six players rubs South Carolina Coaches Assn. Board wrong way
July 29, 2005
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier upset high school coaches in his new home state when he revoked the scholarships of six players recruited by his predecessor.
Ga. Tech rematch switched
Jayhawks-Jackets will wait until ‘06-‘07
July 29, 2005
Kansas University’s 2005-06 men’s basketball schedule — which, barring any unforeseen snafus, will be released next week — will not include a rematch of last year’s New Year’s Day victory over Georgia Tech.
Camp Vermeil kicks off
Coach hoping improved defense helps K.C. start strong
July 29, 2005
That tough old taskmaster Dick Vermeil has softened up in the twilight of his career. Or should that be smartened up? Assistant coaches no longer are required to work such long, grueling days that Vermeil insists they have beds in their office for quick power naps.
Research center earns Peruvian medal
July 29, 2005
A Peruvian research center affiliated with Kansas University has received the Peruvian Congressional Medal of Honor.
Fox brings in attorney to probe ‘American Idol’
July 29, 2005
An independent investigation has been launched into Paula Abdul’s conduct on “American Idol,” a top Fox executive said Thursday, and results will be soon shared publicly.
Scientists uncover a Jurassic perk
Researchers confirm find as oldest dinosaur embryos found yet
July 29, 2005
Scientists have uncovered the oldest dinosaur embryos ever found, dating to the beginning of the Jurassic age 190 million years ago.
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
July 29, 2005
 
This Weekend’s Highlights
July 29, 2005
 
Douglas County Fair to kick off this weekend
July 29, 2005
More than 20,000 people, almost 6,000 exhibits and hundreds of pounds of funnel cake. That’s what’s in store at the Douglas County Fair, which begins officially this weekend with horse shows, and which hits full gear Tuesday with a carnival, exhibit judging and other popular events.
Sky High’ superheroes save the day
July 29, 2005
How refreshing to watch a movie where superheroes revel in their powers rather than mope about them. Don’t look for characters preoccupied with soul-searching like Spider-Man, self-loathing like the Thing of the Fantastic Four or a scarred childhood a la Batman. In “Sky High,” a tight, clever little adventure-comedy, the characters can’t wait to test-drive their new powers.
KU prof premieres book about composer biopics
July 29, 2005
One of the most difficult subjects to capture on-screen is the life of a composer, and yet filmmakers have been doing it for years - even as far back as the silent era.
Here’s ‘Johnny’
Lawrence team imagines original rock musical
July 29, 2005
It all started as a joke. Just a way for bored coworkers Andy Stowers and Nick Wells to pass the time at a Lawrence coffee shop. “Nick and I were working together at the Java Break and needed something to occupy our brains besides doing dishes,” Stowers recalls.
Ranger shoots, kills club-wielding camper
July 29, 2005
A camper brandished a club and threatened to kill two park rangers, then was shot dead by one of them, a park spokesman said Thursday.
Photojournalist dies in traffic accident
July 29, 2005
Medford Logsdon, photo editor of The Newton Kansan, has been killed in a traffic accident.
On the record
July 29, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
July 29, 2005
 
Horoscopes
July 29, 2005
 
Surprise! Players report
James, Walker eschew holding out
July 29, 2005
So much for agent Drew Rosenhaus’ threats to keep some of the NFL’s premier players out of training camp. Edgerrin James took the field Thursday for the Indianapolis Colts, Javon Walker showed up in Green Bay, and there’s every indication Terrell Owens will be Bethlehem, Pa., when Eagles veterans report Monday.
Mystics, Beard batter Silver Stars
July 29, 2005
Alana Beard had 27 points, a career-high seven steals and six assists, leading the Washington Mystics to a 73-58 victory Thursday night over the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Yankees acquire pitcher Chacon
New York fills rotation vacancy caused by abundance of injuries
July 29, 2005
The New York Yankees acquired pitcher Shawn Chacon from the Colorado Rockies for a pair of minor-league pitchers on Thursday night, filling the remaining opening in their injury-ravaged rotation.
Save one inning, Carpenter cruises
St. Louis right-hander becomes National League’s first 15-game winner
July 29, 2005
The three runs Chris Carpenter gave up in the second inning were just a hiccup. Otherwise, the right-hander had no trouble becoming the NL’s first 15-game winner, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the staggering San Diego Padres, 11-3, on Thursday.
Unstable staff gets Small help
Career minor-leaguer pitches New York to victory
July 29, 2005
Aaron Small has wiped out one of the TBA slots in the New York Yankees’ creaky pitching rotation, earning a job for now after spending most of the last 61â2 years in the minor leagues.
Record-tying round boosts Stadler
Watson, Norman four shots back at U.S. Senior Open
July 29, 2005
It took a round that made the U.S. Senior Open record books for Craig Stadler to hold off a leaderboard that included Greg Norman and Tom Watson.
Raiders rally for victory at state tournament
July 29, 2005
The Lawrence Raiders rallied to beat Emporia, 4-3, Thursday night in the AAA American Legion state tournament. Lawrence will play Topeka Post 400 in a game scheduled for 8 tonight. Thursday’s Raiders game didn’t begin until after 10 p.m.
Ex-KU coach Bingham lands NU gig
July 29, 2005
Former Kansas University baseball coach Dave Bingham has been hired as pitching coach at Nebraska, NU coach Mike Anderson has announced.
KU football notebook
July 29, 2005
¢ Season tickets selling ¢ Summer workouts over ¢ No Charles after all
Brown finally returns to New York roots
Well-traveled coach introduced as Knicks boss
July 29, 2005
Last stop: Madison Square Garden. That’s the way it was when Larry Brown was a youngster taking the subway to Knicks games, and that’s the way he hopes it will be in his newest job.
Kazmir, Tampa rout K.C.
Young pitcher regains composure as Rays rally
July 29, 2005
Scott Kazmir took another step forward in his promising career. Kazmir struggled early, but rebounded for his third consecutive victory as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays overcame a five-run deficit Thursday to beat the Kansas City Royals, 10-5.
Commentary: Knicks not just another stop
July 29, 2005
The gypsy king of basketball returned home to find his name already in lights outside the world’s most famous arena. “Welcome Back Larry!” the marquee at Madison Square Garden flashed Thursday.
Kansas’ child marriage law angers Neb. attorney general
July 29, 2005
It’s a law that the top law-enforcement official of a neighboring state calls ridiculous: In Kansas, it’s OK for children to have sex as long as they’re married, and they can get married whenever their parents say they’re ready.
Republican criticizes own party
GOP should be against tax increases, he says, while honoring Kansan
July 29, 2005
Anti-tax increase crusader Grover Norquist swung through Kansas on Thursday and compared Republicans who vote for tax increases to “rat heads in a Coke bottle.”
Pump Patrol
July 29, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.11 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Fall Activities Guide to be released Sunday
July 29, 2005
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s Fall Activities Guide will soon be released.
School board raises cost of lunches
July 29, 2005
The Lawrence school board this week raised lunch costs by 10 cents up to $1.85 for elementary students, $2.10 for secondary and $2.60 for adults.
Aquatic center to close for maintenance
July 29, 2005
The city’s Indoor Aquatic Center will be closed for routine maintenance beginning Sunday.
Microwave popcorn blamed in house blaze
July 29, 2005
A house fire Wednesday night in west Lawrence caused about $45,000 in damage.
Shuttle critics seize opportunity
NASA resists scuttling spacecraft despite latest mishap
July 29, 2005
Some critics are casting the space shuttle’s latest setbacks as evidence it may be too costly and too risky in the twilight of its life. But NASA and its backers are steeling themselves against any effort to retire it early.
LHS girls finally to get equal locker room
And they won’t have to walk through boys’ room
July 29, 2005
After 50 years of unequal athletics facilities for girls, Lawrence High School finally is catching up with the times. Tripling the size of the girls’ locker room to make it equal to the boys’ locker room is one highlight of the $3.6 million renovation and construction plan slated to begin in the spring.
Land transfer opens door to ‘world-class’ possibilities
July 29, 2005
A major tract of undeveloped land along the Kansas Highway 10 corridor, which officials say has huge economic development potential, is about to be open for business.
Party of one
Technology puts new fold in social fabric
July 29, 2005
If you woke tomorrow and didn’t feel like dealing with another human being all day, no problem. You could shop for clothes, cars and airline tickets, pay your bills, stock up on groceries, refuel your car, get medical advice - all without ever talking to another living soul.
FBI’s mob crackdown yields 20 arrests
July 29, 2005
An 85-year-old reputed mob boss was arrested Thursday along with 19 other alleged Genovese crime family members and associates on extortion, loansharking and other charges.
NASA says Discovery looks safe to fly home
July 29, 2005
Space shuttle Discovery escaped damage from the potentially deadly chunk of foam that broke off from the fuel tank during liftoff, but may have been struck in the wing by a much smaller piece, NASA said Thursday.
Court throws out GOP challenge to Colorado redistricting plan
July 29, 2005
A federal court has thrown out the last remaining challenge to Colorado’s congressional redistricting plan, saying the state Supreme Court resolved the case when it upheld a plan backed by Democrats.
IRA says it is abandoning violence as political tool
July 29, 2005
The Irish Republican Army renounced the use of violence against British rule Thursday and said it will disarm - a dramatic end to the IRA’s 35-year threat to Northern Ireland and a boost toward peace making.
Respectable actors nose-dive in ‘Stealth’
July 29, 2005
Rob Zombie’s execrable “The Devil’s Rejects” opened last week, which is a godsend to the producers of “Stealth.” At least the talking fighter-bomber fiasco won’t be remembered as “the worst movie of the summer.”
Same dog, old tricks breed formulaic romantic comedy
July 29, 2005
So here’s the first thing you have to do before walking in to see “Must Love Dogs”: Suspend all disbelief and assume that Diane Lane is incapable of finding a date on her own.
Celebrity birthdays
July 29, 2005
Former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum-Baker (R-Kan.) is 73. Sen. Elizabeth H. Dole (R-N.C.) is 69. ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings is 67. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is 52. Actor Wil Wheaton is 33.
Carson donations to alma mater reach $11 million
July 29, 2005
Johnny Carson’s donations to his alma mater now total more than $11 million.
Burke splitting with husband
July 29, 2005
TV personality Brooke Burke and her husband, Garth Fisher, have called it quits.
Moby gives props to Eminem
July 29, 2005
Moby says he has newfound respect for Eminem - who once mocked him in a song - because the rapper criticized President Bush and the war in Iraq on his last album.
Military may protect foreign diplomats after three envoys slain
July 29, 2005
The U.S. military is considering offering protection to foreign diplomats in Baghdad after al-Qaida agents killed three Arab envoys this month, the American ambassador said Thursday.
30 percent of troops back from Iraq develop mental illness
July 29, 2005
A survey of troops returning from the Iraq war found 30 percent had developed mental health problems three to four months after coming home, the Army’s surgeon general said Thursday
Mortgage rates continue to climb
July 29, 2005
Mortgage rates rose for a fourth consecutive week as financial markets responded to fresh evidence that the economy is picking up momentum.
Serologicals to start plant in early 2006
July 29, 2005
Serologicals Corp. expects to commence full production early next year at its production plant in Lawrence, the company said Thursday.
Chrysler boss to be DaimlerChrysler CEO
July 29, 2005
DaimlerChrysler AG announced Thursday that Dieter Zetsche would take over for chief executive Juergen Schrempp at the end of this year.
Commodities
July 29, 2005
 
Yellow Roadway profits surge
July 29, 2005
Trucking and logistics company Yellow Roadway Corp. on Thursday said second-quarter profit surged 62 percent on stronger revenue from each of its business segments.
Bush poised to install Bolton
July 29, 2005
President Bush is expected to sidestep Congress and appoint John Bolton, his controversial choice for United Nations ambassador, to the job temporarily because opponents have blocked his confirmation by the Senate, several lawmakers and influential conservatives said Thursday.
Cleric linked to bin Laden gets 75-year prison term
July 29, 2005
A federal judge sentenced an ailing Yemeni cleric to 75 years in prison for plotting to aid al-Qaida and Hamas.
FAA backs O’Hare expansion plan
July 29, 2005
The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that it supported Chicago’s $15 billion master plan to expand O’Hare International Airport in an effort to reduce some of the United States’ worst flight delays.
House passes energy bill; transit vote delayed
July 29, 2005
A national energy plan that would send billions of dollars in tax subsidies to energy companies passed the House on Thursday, while a vote on a $286.4 billion highway and transit bill was put off until today.
Out-of-state travelers in Colorado at record levels
July 29, 2005
State tourism officials said Wednesday a record 25.8 million travelers flocked to Colorado from other states last year, a 4 percent increase from the year before.
Conservative bishops plan to take Connecticut cleric to court
Conflict arises over support for gay bishop; similar rift in Kansas
July 29, 2005
Nine conservative Episcopal bishops said Thursday that they would take Connecticut’s bishop to religious court over his suspension of one priest and threat to remove five others.
Community rental laws differ
July 29, 2005
Our landlord gave us a 60-day notice to move, but the 60th day is a Saturday. We would rather move on the 61st day (Sunday), but the landlord says the law requires us to leave on that Saturday. Is this true?
Restaurants use consumers’ input to beef up profits
Companies spend more time researching products through taste tests
July 29, 2005
Looking to create new menu offerings, the casual-dining business has historically relied largely on gut intuition and instant feedback from customers.
Rural water district patrons grill board on meter approval
Officials deny conflict of interest accusation
July 29, 2005
Patrons of Douglas County Rural Water District No. 5 questioned the district’s board on how it approved new water meters and a potential conflict of interest with a district employee Thursday night.
Activist explains Reagan’s bitter campaign of 1976
July 29, 2005
Even though Ronald Reagan lost the 1976 Republican nomination to President Gerald Ford, the primary race became a defining set of events that brought the former California governor to the national forefront and pushed the Republican Party to its current conservatism, author and political activist Craig Shirley told a Lawrence crowd Thursday.
Earnings bolster stocks
S&P, Nasdaq reach four-year highs despite oil prices
July 29, 2005
The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and Nasdaq composite index both reached four-year highs Thursday as investors, unfazed by oil prices nearing $60 per barrel, welcomed a raft of strong earnings reports.
Jones Store, others to take Macy’s name
July 29, 2005
The Jones Store - in name, anyway - is about to be no more.
Illinois corn crop withers in state’s worst drought in nearly 20 years
July 29, 2005
A thin cornstalk comes out of the dry, dusty ground with just a slight tug, its bug-eaten roots barely an inch long. Husks peel back to reveal scraggly-looking ears not much longer than a thumb.
Army mechanic acquitted of desertion
July 29, 2005
An Army mechanic who refused to go to Iraq while he sought conscientious objector status was acquitted of desertion Thursday but found guilty of a lesser charge and sentenced to 15 months behind bars.
John Cusack ‘Must Love’ romantic comedies
July 29, 2005
With apologies to strong against-type performances in films like “The Grifters” and “Eight Men Out,” John Cusack has built a career on playing modern men with very specific ideas about modern romance.
CBS finds life in ‘Mars’
July 29, 2005
CBS and Fox take advantage of a summer Friday night to showcase a couple of television’s more promising shows. “Veronica Mars” (CBS) isn’t even on CBS; it’s a UPN drama. Viacom owns both networks, and they clearly think exposure on the more established network will draw fans to the drama starring Kristen Bell about a teenage detective toiling in a dark town of secrets and lies.
Lawrence artists part of KC Fringe Festival
July 29, 2005
Kansas City joins the ranks of a select group of cities worldwide with its KC Fringe Festival this weekend, and several Lawrence performance groups will be there to take part. Fifty-two shows at 16 venues are scheduled during the three-day celebration of the arts.
Best Bets
July 29, 2005
 
Police: Terror cells still active
July 29, 2005
The police chief warned deadly terror cells could strike any time as thousands of officers flooded the transit system, made more arrests and grilled suspects Thursday in their biggest investigation ever. Exhausted police faced their greatest challenge since World War II.
After deluge, rescuers search for survivors
July 29, 2005
Rescuers working beneath leaden skies pulled bodies from rivers of mud Thursday as they searched for survivors of record-breaking monsoon rains that killed more than 500 people.
10 dead, 367 rescued in oil platform fire
July 29, 2005
Ten people were confirmed dead and several were still missing Thursday from a massive fire on an oil platform in India’s biggest oil field. Ships and helicopters rescued more than 350 survivors.
FBI: Hair did not come from missing U.S. teen
July 29, 2005
Strands of blond hair found stuck on duct tape in Aruba did not come from Natalee Holloway, the FBI said Thursday, the latest lead to come to nothing in the two-month old search for the missing American teenager.
Founder of Wichita film festival dies
Timothy Gruver, 33, dies suddenly of grand mal seizure at hospital
July 29, 2005
Timothy Gruver, an animator and filmmaker who returned to his hometown three years ago to start a film festival, has died after collapsing on the street near his loft. He was 33.
Garden City takes no action on Sunday liquor
July 29, 2005
With liquor store operators voicing opposition, the City Commission took no action this week on a proposal to allow liquor sales in Garden City on Sundays.
Kline: Blocking ‘Sweet 17’ relief denies state republican government
July 29, 2005
By blocking extra help for “Sweet 17” school districts, the Kansas Supreme Court is denying the state a republican form of government, Atty. Gen. Phill Kline argues in legal documents.
Fonda may repeat mistakes
July 29, 2005
We’ve all seen them: aging athletes, beyond their prime, trying to squeeze out one more fight or season, but failing to bring back their glory days.
Clinton seeks shift to center
July 29, 2005
It’s no coincidence the only recent Democratic presidents were pro-defense Southern moderates. And though Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton can hardly claim her 18 years of Arkansas residence qualifies her as a Southerner like her husband and Jimmy Carter, she seems determined to adopt the ideological stance that helped them win the White House.
Why is it?
July 29, 2005
To the editor: Why is it that when you pull up to a stop sign, there usually is an SUV, van or pickup that pulls up beside you and pulls out so far ahead of you that you can’t see traffic?
Soccer success
July 29, 2005
To the editor: In the past five years, a well-kept secret has been the success of Lawrence girls in college soccer.
Proud opposition
July 29, 2005
To the editor: I write in response to the “Liberal Rants” letter, written by Robert M. Tyler, in which he states, “Democrats have been carping, whining : about nothing.”
Great production
July 29, 2005
To the editor: One of the best kept secrets of the summer was the musical, “The Children of Eden.”
Wives may not share husbands’ views
July 29, 2005
Didn’t this all begin when we rediscovered that pillow talk in the White House doesn’t always penetrate a president’s ear? In the frenzied days after Sandra Day O’Connor’s announcement, the first lady openly expressed her desire to see another woman on the highest bench.
Gotcha’
If Lawrence police officers wanted to contribute to traffic safety in a downtown construction zone, they should have been directing traffic, not writing tickets.
July 29, 2005
Even if the signs directing traffic at Seventh and Massachusetts streets had been posted at the legal height, local police officers used poor judgment in deciding to crack down on drivers stymied by a downtown construction project this week. Traffic patterns that change every time construction shifts are confusing and annoying. There’s no sense in police making the situation worse.