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Simons: KU must ‘look over the mountain’ for new challenges
July 30, 2005
In a recent New York Times column, writer Tom Friedman compared the accomplishments of American bicyclist Lance Armstrong, and what it took to achieve his amazing feats, to what seems to be the current trend and thinking in American business and politics.
Teens tend to shun sunscreen
Studies find few use protection despite knowing risks
July 30, 2005
Another sun-baked summer day, and at the suburban pool, there was no paucity of sun worshipers. Among them: Lori Mininger, 23, who admitted she knew better. She knows about the risks of skin cancer; knows about the A-B-C-D signs of melanoma, the most dangerous kind of skin cancer. Yet there she was, stretched out on her striped towel for a few more hours of soaking up rays.
Society Calendar
July 30, 2005
 
Philly player shot; Pats missing key defenders
July 30, 2005
The 2005 NFL season isn’t starting well for the teams that played for the championship in February. The latest misfortune came when Jerome McDougle, the former first-round pick who is supposed to start at defensive end for NFC champion Philadelphia, was shot in the stomach by robbers in Miami.
Twin City theater
The stage is all the rage in Minneapolis
July 30, 2005
Jacob Hanson and Kelsey Ciatti-Miller don’t do sports. They do theater. On a late-spring night, the couple wait for a performance of Peter Shaffer’s comedy, “Lettice and Lovage,” at Theatre de la Jeune Lune in the Minneapolis Warehouse District, a popular downtown area packed with bars and restaurants.
Book suggests Catholic, Evangelical divide fading
July 30, 2005
Evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics - the nation’s two largest religious blocs - have a relationship that’s been marked in the past by hostility and tension.
Spiritual leader not intimidated about addressing U.S. relations with Muslims
July 30, 2005
The voice of the new imam at one of the largest mosques on the East Coast rang loud from the pulpit during Friday services: “The call to reform Islam is an alien call.”
Area students attend youth academy
July 30, 2005
Five area students recently participated in the Kansas Youth Leadership Academy at Tall Oaks Conference Center near Lawrence.
Boat ramp to close for two weeks for repairs
July 30, 2005
The Kansas River boat ramp near Eighth Street in North Lawrence will be closed for the next two weeks for repairs.
Pressure sometimes breaks human symbols
July 30, 2005
An hour after former Miami City Commissioner Arthur E. Teele Jr. shot himself to death in the lobby of The Miami Herald on Wednesday evening, I received an e-mail from a distraught reader laying his death at the doorstep of news media.
Profiling
Since we are in a war, we are going to have to learn to live with controversial security measures.
July 30, 2005
Historical purists tend to disagree but, truth be known, America is now involved in another world war in which we likely will be engaged for a long time.
Heartland Park undergoes renovations
Track owner hopes improvements will attract more fans, races
July 30, 2005
Millions of dollars of improvements are being made at Heartland Park in an effort to attract more events and racing fans.
People and Places
July 30, 2005
 
MU details events leading to death
Ten-point timeline released regarding specifics in case of fallen Tigers linebacker O’Neal
July 30, 2005
The University of Missouri on Friday released a 10-point timeline detailing the events leading up to the July 12 death of Tiger football player Aaron O’Neal.
Family hopes missing woman avoids tragedy that befell mom
July 30, 2005
All her life, Latoyia Figueroa feared ending up like her mother. Before little Latoyia was old enough for grade school, police found her mom dead on a Philadelphia street with a deep cut in her throat.
Remaining suspects in bombings in custody
July 30, 2005
Police swooped down on a posh London neighborhood and traced cell phone calls across Europe to a Rome hide-out Friday, netting the remaining suspects in the failed transit bombings without firing a shot. The arrests capped an eight-day manhunt that was one of the most extensive in British history.
Shuttles’ time may be past
July 30, 2005
The following editorial appeared in Friday’s Dallas Morning News: NASA’s decision to ground indefinitely its once-proud fleet of space shuttles further dents the nation’s extraterrestrial pride and clouds Houston’s outlook as the center of manned space exploration.
Bed-hold’ policy causes dilemma
July 30, 2005
My parents have lived in the same small house for more than 50 years. They have very little savings and have existed on Social Security and dad’s small pension.
Setback in Wyandotte casino case
Third party helped tribe buy site in KCK
July 30, 2005
A federal judge handed the Wyandotte Tribe of Oklahoma another setback in its campaign for a casino in Wyandotte County. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson ordered the U.S. Department of the Interior to revisit a 2002 decision that supported the tribe’s purchase of a casino site as following federal law.
Horoscopes
July 30, 2005
 
One man’s trash not legally another’s treasure
With moving season here, curbside finds are everywhere, but few realize Dumpster diving is a crime
July 30, 2005
Lacey Dumler doesn’t often intend to go Dumpster diving. But sometimes, she says, the opportunity is too good to refuse. Take, for example, the time Dumler - an eight-year Lawrence resident - found an abandoned Papasan chair left by the garbage during one of the city’s big moving weekends.
Around and about
July 30, 2005
 
Club News
July 30, 2005
 
FCE News
July 30, 2005
 
Scouting News
July 30, 2005
 
Catchings sparks Indiana’s victory
July 30, 2005
Tamika Catchings scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, helping the Indiana Fever rally in the second half for a 62-58 victory Friday over the Washington Mystics.
Peterson rips state inactivity
K.C. boss cites need for stadium upgrade
July 30, 2005
The $2.4 million Wisconsin spent to upgrade the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp facilities should send a message to Missouri lawmakers who refused to earmark tax money for upkeep of the aging Truman Sports Complex, Carl Peterson said Friday.
Moss makes loud entrance at camp
Raiders learning to deal with newly acquired superstar receiver
July 30, 2005
Randy Moss’ large, bright-purple SUV took the prime parking spot for Oakland’s first training-camp practice, nearly blocking the field entrance.
Ramirez’ RBI single caps Cubs rally
Chicago victimize Arizona reliever Bruney to pull off comeback victory
July 30, 2005
A pair of pinch hitters came through in the clutch for the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Michael Barrett and Aramis Ramirez drove in the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the ninth as Chicago rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3.
Sox roll despite Ramirez flap
Olerud’s slam powers Boston; Twins’ Hunter hurt
July 30, 2005
With trade rumors about Manny Ramirez swirling around Fenway Park and the fans booing the outfielder every time he stepped to the plate, the Boston Red Sox proved once again they can win under duress.
Watson tied for lead at Senior Open
Legend Palmer struggles, says he’s finished with majors
July 30, 2005
On the day Arnold Palmer bowed out of his final major championship, Tom Watson took a big step toward winning yet another.
Deals begin as trade deadline nears
July 30, 2005
John Schuerholz knows how to read a market. “There are more of us trying to elbow each other out of the way to get what we want,” the Atlanta Braves general manager said this week. “You’re shopping at the same store and looking in the same window a lot of times. There’s not a lot of what everybody’s looking for.”
More KU hoop dates revealed
July 30, 2005
Add four more dates to Kansas University’s soon-to-be released 2004-05 men’s basketball schedule.
Trade bait Huff roughs up Royals
July 30, 2005
Aubrey Huff can’t wait until Sunday afternoon. Huff homered and drove in four runs, and Casey Fossum took a shutout into the eighth inning, leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays past the Kansas City Royals, 6-3, Friday night.
City trio ‘touched’ by visit
July 30, 2005
Three city football players learned this week what life would be like playing football in college. But more importantly - and as always seems to be the case for participants in the annual Kansas Shrine Bowl, which kicks off at 7 tonight at Kansas State’s KSU Stadium - the recent Lawrence High and Free State graduates received a reaffirming lesson of what life is all about.
Chiefs sign two draftees, but not top pick Johnson
July 30, 2005
The Kansas City Chiefs signed their fourth- and sixth-round draft picks Friday, but No. 1 pick Derrick Johnson remained out of camp.
Raiders cruise at state
July 30, 2005
Give the win to Lawrence. But give an assist to Emporia. A day after Lawrence Raiders were pushed to their limits in a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over Emporia, they came out with a little extra fire Friday against Topeka Post 400.
Top preps descend on K.C.
July 30, 2005
He was late, and everybody in the gymnasium knew it. That’s why most of the college coaches, Internet recruiting gurus/reporters and other assorted basketball junkies turned their attention to other games Thursday evening during the first day of this weekend’s Price Chopper/Kansas City Prep Invitational at the Johnson County Parks and Recreation facility.
Coach exam launched probe
July 30, 2005
The “possible misconduct” involving a Kansas University football coach that contributed to the launching of an internal investigation was related to a coaches-certification exam taken in May of 2003.
All eyes on O-line
New-look front could be key to offense
July 30, 2005
Perhaps the finger-pointing is misdirected sometimes. With all the question marks surrounding Kansas University’s football offense this year — from the quarterbacks’ big-play capabilities to the running backs’ efficiency carrying the ball to the receivers’ relative inexperience outside of senior Mark Simmons — KU offensive guard David Ochoa can’t help but wonder if the line can do plenty to answer them all.
KU scientist praises Frist for stem cell stance
Senator breaks with Bush
July 30, 2005
Advocates of embryonic stem cell research hailed it a victory Friday when Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist announced his support for expanding federal funding for stem cell research despite a threatened veto from President George Bush.
KU in driver’s seat with $14.5M
July 30, 2005
Kansas University officials say they’re on the road to becoming a major player in transportation research following approval of $14.5 million funding by Congress this week.
Pump patrol
July 30, 2005
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.08 at two stations: Phillips 66 Presto, at Ninth and Louisiana, and Citgo, at Ninth and Iowa. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
St. Joseph man killed by bomb in Iraq
July 30, 2005
A St. Joseph man has been identified as one of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb went off while their unit was patrolling in Iraq.
Court refuses to order removal of statue
July 30, 2005
An appellate court Thursday refused to order the removal of a statue depicting a clergyman with a bishop’s miter that some said was offensive to the Roman Catholic church because of its phallic appearance.
Homeless to wash cars for softball team funds
July 30, 2005
Kelly Henly has an idea, and it involves some cars getting washed today. Henly wants to organize an every-other-week softball game for the city’s homeless.
Vandalism startles kids
Park’s graffiti removed
July 30, 2005
Laura Davis and eight of the children from her day care expected a fun picnic lunch Friday at their favorite North Lawrence park.
President gets his sweeping energy bill
July 30, 2005
Four years after President Bush called for an overhaul of the nation’s energy agenda, Congress presented him with a mammoth plan he said he was eager to sign - even though it costs twice as much as he wanted and won’t open an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling.
Congress OKs massive highway bill
July 30, 2005
Congress on Friday passed sweeping highway and mass transit legislation that will send nearly $300 billion to the states to build and fix roads, create thousands of new jobs and - lawmakers hope - save lives and cut hours wasted in traffic jams.
The Jerk’ is a joke, but Bill & Ted triumph
July 30, 2005
As the Kennedy Center prepares to honor Steve Martin this October with its annual Mark Twain Award - recognition for a lifetime of comedic achievement - Universal Home Video has chosen the perfect time to release a new DVD of “The Jerk,” the 1979 movie that transformed Martin from wild and crazy guy to leading man.
HBO special a dated affair
July 30, 2005
The star of “Politically Incorrect” returns to perform in front of a live audience in the comedy special “Bill Maher: I’m Swiss” (9 p.m. today, HBO), taped some months back in Portland, Ore.
Best Bets
July 30, 2005
 
Newborn left inside bag hanging on fence rescued
July 30, 2005
A newborn baby was rescued from a plastic shopping bag hanging over a chain-link fence in Brooklyn early Friday, and one of her saviors says she’d like to try to adopt her.
Conviction overturned on DNA evidence
July 30, 2005
A court on Friday used new DNA tests of hair to overturn the conviction of a man who has spent 18 years behind bars for a rape and murder he says he did not commit.
Religion briefs
July 30, 2005
 
Get counseling before delivering ultimatum to spouse
July 30, 2005
My wife has been involved in an affair with her boss for six months. I’ve known about it from the beginning but just haven’t been able to confront her. Melanie acts like she doesn’t love me anyway. If I give her an ultimatum I could lose her completely. Can you assure me that won’t happen? Have you ever offered the “love must be tough” advice and had it backfire, ending in divorce?
KU student victim of identity theft
ATM card used in Romania
July 30, 2005
A Kansas University student says her ATM information might have been stolen by a thief using a fake card reader - or a surreptitious device attached to a legitimate machine.
Owner spruces up retail area
Lawrence center seeks anchor tenant after Big Lots backs out
July 30, 2005
An aging strip retail center in southern Lawrence is getting a fresh look as its owner searches for a new tenant. Southern Hills Center, opened in 1977 at 1601 W. 23rd St., is getting new stucco facades for its 70,000 square feet of commercial space, now occupied by Pizza Shuttle, King Buffet, Pinnacle Career College, Daycom and the Masonic Lodge.
Profit-taking drives stocks lower
Markets post gains for July
July 30, 2005
Investors closed out a stellar July by collecting profits Friday, sending stocks lower despite a respectable reading in the nation’s gross domestic product. The major indexes finished the week mixed, ending four consecutive weeks of gains, but had big advances for the month.
Ads featuring ‘real’ women prompt inspiration, ridicule
July 30, 2005
Gina Crisanti was taking out the trash at work one day when a stranger approached her with an odd request. It was a talent scout who wanted her to try out for an ad campaign to sell Dove beauty products - wearing nothing but her underwear.
Report: Utah’s Mormon population shrinking
July 30, 2005
Mormons comprise a substantial majority of Utah residents, but their share of the state’s population has been declining and will continue to do so in the years ahead, according to projections in a published report.
Faith forum
July 30, 2005
How much does God intervene in human affairs?
Senate OKs gun industry liability exemption
July 30, 2005
After four days of emotionally charged debate, the Senate easily approved a broad liability exemption for the firearms industry Friday that would protect gun manufacturers and sellers from lawsuits by shooting victims.
Senate to begin Roberts hearings Sept. 6
July 30, 2005
Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee John Roberts will begin the day after Labor Day, but Senate Democrats say the White House must release more documents to ensure he’s wearing a justice’s black robes before the new term begins in October.
Scientist claim 10th solar planet
July 30, 2005
Astronomers announced Friday that they have discovered a new planet larger than Pluto in orbit around the sun, likely renewing debate over what exactly is a planet and whether Pluto should keep its status.
Crowds pray for end to terrorism
July 30, 2005
One million candles lit up the ancient Borobudur Buddhist temple in predominantly Muslim Indonesia as people of all faiths prayed for an end to acts of terrorism, such as the deadly bombings that have rocked Egypt and Britain.
Robins may be West Nile carrier
July 30, 2005
The beloved American robin, not the annoying, raucous crow, may be the more potent source for West Nile virus, according to new research.
Another launch possible this year, NASA chief says
July 30, 2005
NASA chief Michael Griffin reaffirmed his commitment to the shuttle program Friday and took personal responsibility for the foam problems that have a put a damper on the Discovery mission.
Parts of Patriot Act still too vague, federal judge rules
July 30, 2005
A federal judge has ruled that some provisions of the U.S. Patriot Act dealing with foreign terrorist organizations remain too vague to be understood by a person of average intelligence and are therefore unconstitutional.
Ex-officer gets 30 years in child pornography case
July 30, 2005
A former police officer charged in a federal child sex and pornography ring was sentenced Friday to 30 years and five months in prison.
Casino-goer found floating in moat
July 30, 2005
A woman who spent more than $100,000 gambling in recent years was pulled from a moat outside a Kansas City casino Friday after she apparently leaped into the 16-foot deep water.
Woman sues for being burned
July 30, 2005
A Kansas woman who claims her buttocks were burned by cleaning fluid when she sat on a toilet seat at a Lake Saint Louis Denny’s restaurant has sued the chain and the franchise owner.
Celebrity birthdays
July 30, 2005
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is 58. Jazz musician David Sanborn is 60. Singer-songwriter Kate Bush is 47. Actor Laurence Fishburne is 44. Actress Lisa Kudrow is 42. Actress Hilary Swank is 31.
Elton John to play Colosseum
July 30, 2005
Elton John will take the stage just outside the Colosseum in September, Rome officials said on Friday.
Lohan misses premiere in London for parents’ divorce
July 30, 2005
Lindsay Lohan missed her own premiere Thursday in London to fly home to her mother for the start of her parents’ divorce proceedings.
Police investigating apartment burglary
July 30, 2005
Lawrence police are investigating a burglary at a Tennessee Street apartment in which the tenant lost more than $3,500 worth of possessions, including her 7-month-old kitten.
Roberts heads for Broadway
July 30, 2005
Julia Roberts, movie star, is heading to Broadway next spring.
What’s $1 million when ‘All you need is love’?
July 30, 2005
John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “All You Need is Love,” salvaged from his music stand after The Beatles’ final television appearance in 1967, have sold at auction in London for $1 million.
Drive-ins seeing an increase in summer traffic
July 30, 2005
Martin Murray wanted to build something straight out of the 1950s. So he cleared 30 acres of rural pasture off Interstate 45 about 20 miles south of Dallas and built his Galaxy Drive-In as a museum to a mostly extinct industry.
Bird flu strain from Asia found in fowl in Russia
July 30, 2005
Hundreds of fowl in Siberia have died of the same strain of bird flu that has infected humans throughout Asia, Russia said Friday.
Suicide bomber kills 25; Sunnis protest treatment
July 30, 2005
A suicide bomber wearing a belt of explosives blew himself up among Iraqi army volunteers in a town near the Syrian border Friday, killing as many as 25 people. Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility.
U.N. votes to expand sanctions against al-Qaida, Taliban
July 30, 2005
The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday expanding U.N. sanctions against al-Qaida and the Taliban to their affiliates and splinter groups and clamping down on terrorist financing.
N. Korea meetings extend into weekend
July 30, 2005
An improved atmosphere might be the most significant accomplishment as six-nation talks on North Korean nuclear disarmament stretched into their longest round Friday, but the top U.S. envoy stressed “this isn’t going to be easy.”
Cuba, Venezuela dominate unity summit
July 30, 2005
Cuba and Venezuela led opposition to free market policies Friday, but Mexican President Vicente Fox called for a “strategic alliance” based on free trade in an ideological clash at the Summit of Caribbean States.
U.S. to leave 13 bases as part of redeployment
July 30, 2005
The U.S. Army will pull out of 13 bases in southern Germany as part of its repositioning of American forces around the world, its European headquarters said Friday.
The great divide
Religious patients with mental illness find faith separates them from treatment
July 30, 2005
When actor Tom Cruise spoke out in June against psychiatry, his controversial remarks underscored a little-known but notable conflict: the tension between some religious beliefs and mental health treatments.
BTK to defend self
July 30, 2005
BTK serial killer Dennis Rader plans to act as his own lawyer in wrongful-death lawsuits filed by the families of his 10 victims. Rader filed a notice of his intention Thursday to represent himself “pro se,” a legal term that means he plans to go to court without a lawyer.
Poor planning
July 30, 2005
To the editor: Golly gee whiz! USD 497 board member Sue Morgan is quoted in the paper as saying “we need to have a reasonable explanation” when asked about the changes at Central Junior High.
Share U.S. wealth
July 30, 2005
To the editor: For those who choose to argue against a woman’s reproductive rights, I can say only this: Read more. The United States has long been comfortably enshrouded in its way of life, often forgetting that many of our “values” are a product of privilege.
Battle erupts between warring gangs
July 30, 2005
Warring Mexican gangs fought a pitched battle with bazookas and grenades late Thursday in a middle-class neighborhood of Nuevo Laredo, terrorizing citizens who say they live in a “Baghdad-like” war zone.
Learning, liberals
July 30, 2005
To the editor: Doug Burger’s letter to the editor, “Liberalism,” (Public Forum, July 26) raised an intriguing question: “does one become liberal as they become better educated, or does one seek higher learning because they are liberal?”
Abuse charges filed against egg company
July 30, 2005
Misdemeanor animal abuse charges have been filed against a southwest Missouri egg producer after a man videotaped live chickens being dumped from a conveyer into a trash bin.
On the record
July 30, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
July 30, 2005
 
Sprint settles affiliate lawsuit, picks up another
July 30, 2005
It’s one step forward and one step back for Sprint Corp. as it deals with a mutiny from its affiliates angry over its pending acquisition of Nextel Communications Inc.
Former Microsoft exec barred from Google job
July 30, 2005
A judge has temporarily barred a former Microsoft executive from performing his job at Google, saying Microsoft has a well-grounded fear that leaked trade secrets could hurt its business.
Growth rate reaches 3.4 percent in quarter
July 30, 2005
The economy clocked in at a chipper 3.4 percent annual growth rate in the second quarter, fresh evidence the country’s business climate is healthy despite surging energy costs.
Commodities
July 30, 2005
 
Global trade center possible in Wichita
July 30, 2005
An international trade center under consideration for Wichita could mean savings for area businesses shipping products overseas or bringing them into the U.S.
United Food union plans to leave AFL-CIO
July 30, 2005
The United Food and Commercial Workers, with almost 1.4 million members, will join the Teamsters and the service workers in bolting the AFL-CIO, union leaders said Friday.
Chinese airlines confirm Boeing orders
July 30, 2005
China plans to sign a deal next month confirming five airlines’ orders for 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, a Chinese news agency said Friday. The Boeing Co. said it was still negotiating with those carriers and a sixth airline to seal commitments for a total of 60 orders placed in January.