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Lawrence area in tornado watch
June 4, 2005
If you have afternoon activities today, keep a watch on the skies — the Lawrence area is under a tornado watch until late this evening and thunderstorms are expected beginning late this afternoon. Lawrence is also under a flood watch through early Sunday morning.
People and places
June 4, 2005
 
Pistons’ legacy on line
Heat preparing for Game 6 unsure of standout Wade’s availability
June 4, 2005
At stake for the Detroit Pistons in Game 6 against the Miami Heat is so much more than their playoff lives. The outcome will go a long way toward determining whether history will view them as a fluke champion.
Melvin, Mystics edge Lynx
June 4, 2005
Chasity Melvin scored 17 points to lead the Washington Mystics past the Minnesota Lynx, 74-71, Friday night at the MCI Center.
Two Firebirds named to all-state first team
June 4, 2005
Free State High pitchers Jake Hoover and Max Ellenbecker and Firebirds’ shortstop Robby Price have earned Class 6A first-team all-state designation from the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches.
KU chancellor tapped for NCAA task force
June 4, 2005
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway has been named to a new NCAA presidential task force to study the future of college sports.
Kansas City, Bell ring up another victory
June 4, 2005
As the victories pile up, it’s getting tougher and tougher for Buddy Bell to deflect the credit away from himself and toward his team. Matt Stairs homered, Runelvys Hernandez pitched six solid innings, and the lowly Kansas City Royals beat Texas, 2-1, Friday night for their first four-game winning streak in 21 months.
Back problem ends Niang’s KU hoops career
June 4, 2005
Kansas University senior Moulaye Niang’s basketball career is finished. Niang, a 6-foot-10 senior forward from Senegal, has a recurring back problem. He will remain on scholarship as part of the NCAA’s medical red-shirt system, but he will not play again.
Twins keep Yankees reeling
Minnesota roughs up Mussina; Steinbrenner livid
June 4, 2005
After being outplayed thoroughly by the undermanned Minnesota Twins in their sixth straight defeat, it’s clear that everything is going wrong for the New York Yankees. If George Steinbrenner was upset before, he’s REALLY going to be angry now.
Palestinian leader plans to appoint deputy official
Abbas’ health issues raise succession question
June 4, 2005
After a sudden health scare, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Friday he planned to name a deputy, raising the touchy issue of succession just five months into his tenure.
Serbs see brutality of Muslim massacre
June 4, 2005
The Serb paramilitaries prodded the six skinny young Bosnian Muslims - their hands tied behind their backs - through the tall green grass, and then shot them one by one. The bodies slumped to the ground.
Three childhood stages may predict obesity
June 4, 2005
Being fat at one of three stages in your life may be critical in predicting whether you will have a weight problem as an adult, researchers said this week, citing several studies.
Briefly - World
June 4, 2005
¢ Evidence growing of terrorists hiding in Iran ¢ Missing teen’s mother seeks more U.S. help ¢ Aid groups plead for more hunger relief ¢ Mother arrested after four infant bodies found ¢ Hundreds of Hmong tribespeople surrender ¢ Rumsfeld questions China’s military buildup ¢ ‘Mr.’ earns Bush praise from North Korea
On the record
June 4, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
June 4, 2005
 
Prep coach supports Giddens
Marshall High’s Martin: ‘I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. He’s a good kid.’
June 4, 2005
J.R. Giddens’ high school basketball coach said Friday that he didn’t believe his former player was the instigator of the fight that left the Kansas University shooting guard on crutches with a knife wound to his calf.
Carpenter latest to stifle Astros’ bats
June 4, 2005
The Houston Astros can make almost any opposing pitcher look great these days. It was Chris Carpenter’s turn Friday night. Carpenter pitched eight mostly dominant innings, and Albert Pujols hit a solo homer in the ninth, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-0 victory over the Astros.
Three sentenced in killing
June 4, 2005
A Topeka man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for shooting a man to death last year at a car wash here while the victim’s wife and children watched from inside the vehicle.
Howard Dean preaches values in Kansas City visit
June 4, 2005
National Democratic Chairman Howard Dean quoted the Bible, the golden rule and moral values Friday while chastising Republicans for failing to practice what they preach.
Excerpts from the Supreme Court’s decision on school finance
June 4, 2005
Excerpts from the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision Friday on education funding: “In our January opinion, this court reversed the district court in part and affirmed in part, agreeing that the Legislature had failed to make suitable provision for finance of the public school system and, thus, had failed to meet the burden imposed by Article 6, Section 6 of the Kansas Constitution. :
Senate will need place to meet for special session
June 4, 2005
Kansas lawmakers must return to the Statehouse this month to comply with the Supreme Court’s mandate to come up with more money for public schools by July 1.
Jury deliberations begin in Jackson case
June 4, 2005
The child molestation case against Michael Jackson went to the jury Friday after the defense begged the panel to acquit the singer, portraying Jackson as a victim of grifters trying to pull “the biggest con of their careers.”
People
June 4, 2005
¢ Louis-Dreyfus takes another shot with new CBS sitcom ¢ Report: Chappelle spotted at L.A. comedy clubs ¢ Birthdays
Truckers now must register to haul hazardous materials
June 4, 2005
Johnny Zarda, 58, has hauled everything from grain to asphalt since he began working as a trucker about 40 years ago. But thanks to the Patriot Act and its new restrictions on truck drivers, he said he’s coming close to giving up hauling hazardous materials, such as propane, liquid asphalt and oil.
Pentagon confirms Quran incidents at Guantanamo
June 4, 2005
The Pentagon on Friday released new details about mishandling of the Quran at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects, confirming that a soldier deliberately kicked the Muslim holy book and that an interrogator stepped on a Quran and was later fired for “a pattern of unacceptable behavior.”
Nadal shocks top-ranked Federer
Nineteen-year-old to meet Puerta in French Open final
June 4, 2005
Rafael Nadal celebrated his 19th birthday with the match of his young life. The Spaniard won a showdown Friday against top-ranked Roger Federer, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, to reach the final in his first French Open.
Diocese makes record settlement
$120 million designated for northern Kentucky molestation victims
June 4, 2005
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington agreed Friday to set up a $120 million fund to compensate hundreds of victims of child-molesting priests and other employees. It would be the nation’s biggest settlement in the scandal that has staggered the church.
U.S. lists trafficking offenders
June 4, 2005
The United States accused 14 nations Friday of failing to do enough to stop the modern-day slave trade in prostitutes, child sex workers and forced laborers. The countries include Saudi Arabia, Washington’s closest Arab ally in the war on terrorism.
Lawrence school officials happy with ruling
June 4, 2005
There were smiles in the Lawrence school district offices Friday as officials reacted to the Kansas Supreme Court’s school finance ruling.
Restraining order filed ordering Hendricks out
Leavenworth county opposing molester’s move
June 4, 2005
Leavenworth County hasn’t exactly put out the welcome mat for a sexual predator sent to live there after his release from a state prison hospital. On Friday, a day after learning that Leroy Hendricks had been moved to a rural home in the southwest part of the county not far from Lawrence, leaders moved to kick him out of the home - and it appears they may have succeeded.
Laguna Beach landslide creates years of uncertainty for residents
June 4, 2005
It will take at least two to three years to restore the hillsides of Laguna Beach’s Bluebird Canyon that came crumbling down this week, but some of the destroyed homes may never be rebuilt, city officials said Friday.
Briefly - Nation
June 4, 2005
¢ Standoff gets inmate sixteen life sentences ¢ Tylenol’s maker recalls children’s products ¢ White House downplays missing weapons report ¢ Court: Pharmacists can be liable for drug risks
New KU buildings don’t hold up to rain
June 4, 2005
There’s some cutting edge architecture at Kansas University’s Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. That might be why the roof was leaking Friday after a second day of rain.
Evidence at issue as murder trial nears
June 4, 2005
As trial approaches for a Lawrence man charged with killing his wife, attorneys are still debating what evidence should be kept from jurors.
Rotary Arboretum to cater to amateur landscapers
June 4, 2005
A $50,000 gift from Lawrence’s three area Rotary Clubs may end up helping the entire city’s landscape look more beautiful.
Randle might be made to speak of alcohol
June 4, 2005
Prosecutors are recommending that a former Kansas University football player speak out about the effects of alcohol as part of his sentence for two counts of battery.
Reservists death toll hits high in May
June 4, 2005
May was the deadliest month of the Iraq war for part-time American servicemen.
Deputy’s conduct under review
June 4, 2005
Reports that a Sedgwick County deputy continued to write citations rather than respond to a drowning at Lake Afton on Memorial Day have prompted an investigation by Sheriff Gary Steed.
Homeland Security studies reveal $18 million misspent
June 4, 2005
Investigations by the Homeland Security Department’s internal watchdog yielded the arrests of 146 workers and grant recipients and identified $18.5 million in unsupported costs during a six-month period that began last fall.
Some war veterans have trouble finding work
Legislation would encourage businesses to hire troops returning from war on terror
June 4, 2005
Nearly every day he was in Iraq, Army Staff Sgt. Steven Cummings would get so shaken by mortar round explosions that, even now, a year after his return home, he drops to the ground at the crackle of lightning.
When summer heat gets you down … curl up with a good book
June 4, 2005
Summer days mean lighter clothing, lighter meals and, of course, lighter reading. New books with tales of romance and travel, mystery and misadventure seek to satisfy warm-weather readers wherever they might be - the beach or backyard, poolside or porch, fire escape or Fire Island, or the living room recliner with the air conditioner pumping full blast.
Mother’s respect for kids impresses father
June 4, 2005
My wife works hard to teach my sons to respect me as their father, and that makes my job with them easier. Even when she is upset with me, she never lets the kids know about it. Don’t you think that is generous of her?
Pastor apologizes for sign that offended Muslims
June 4, 2005
The pastor of a small Baptist congregation had a change of heart and apologized to Muslims for posting a sign in front of his church that read: “The Koran needs to be flushed.”
Sporadic insurgent attacks kill eight
June 4, 2005
Eight people died from insurgent attacks around the country, bringing to at least 830 the number killed since the Shiite-led government took office April 28 - an average of 23 deaths a day, not counting rebels.
Old monastery celebrated
June 4, 2005
The monks living at North America’s oldest Orthodox Christian monastery rise early, meet in their icon-filled church at 5 a.m. for three hours of prayer, and again at 5 p.m. for another service.
Local briefs
June 4, 2005
¢ Conviction stands in fatal shooting ¢ Randle might be made to speak of alcohol ¢ Girls State coming to KU this weekend ¢ Police investigating sexual assault ¢ 3 injured in accident ¢ KU grad to lead architecture institute ¢ Police cruiser allegedly hit by drunken driver ¢ KU professor starts scholarship program
Lawmakers told to double school spending
Supreme Court gives July 1 deadline; Legislature must hold special session
June 4, 2005
In a landmark ruling, a unanimous Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ordered state lawmakers to increase school funding by $285 million by July 1, a decision that will force a special legislative session and a possible tax increase.
Card helps fliers avoid security lines
Entrepreneur’s plan for voluntary ID gets first taker
June 4, 2005
Since the federal government began letting select frequent fliers with new high-tech passes speed through airport security checkpoints, one of the biggest complaints has been that the year-old program is too limited to be of much use.
Religion briefs
June 4, 2005
 
Transgendered pastor hired
June 4, 2005
A 27-year-old pastor who is openly transgendered will begin a two-year appointment as an outreach minister at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis.
Top cadet sends message with biblical quotes
Air Force Academy criticized for not policing religious intolerance
June 4, 2005
On the eve of his graduation, the top cadet at the Air Force Academy sent out a religious-themed e-mail to thousands of fellow cadets, even as the school is grappling with complaints that some evangelical Christians are harassing others at the school.
Southern rock rolls on CMT
June 4, 2005
Young and old fans of “American Idol” runner-up Bo Bice and his music would do well to catch “American Revolutions: Southern Rock” (7 p.m., Saturday, CMT). “Revolutions” begins in the mid- and late 1960s with a look at the Muscle Shoals, Ala., recording studio where black pop and soul artists cut records with white session musicians.
Best Bets
June 4, 2005
 
CDC investigates obesity problem
June 4, 2005
West Virginia, a state with one of the worst obesity problems in the country, has called in the big guns for help. For the first time, federal disease investigators in Atlanta are studying obesity, just as they would investigate the rapid spread of an infectious disease.
New rule requires airlines to tally pet casualties
June 4, 2005
Plenty of vacation guides list camps that allow dogs or rank pet-friendly hotels, but until now there has been no way to know which airlines are safest for four-legged travelers.
Scouting News
June 4, 2005
 
4-H and FCE News
June 4, 2005
 
Club News
June 4, 2005
 
Payrolls grow by smallest amount since August 2003
June 4, 2005
Job growth slowed nearly to a crawl in May, with new hiring registering the smallest gain in almost two years. The latest employment snapshot, released Friday by the Labor Department, kept up the recent pattern of choppy job creation. Employers boosted payrolls by just 78,000 after a hiring spurt of 274,000 in April.
Lawrence hooks fly-fishing shop
Booming sales cause fisherman to expand business into shopping center
June 4, 2005
Before Jerry Neverve loads up his rod, reel and gaiters for his next fly-fishing trip into the Rockies, Sierra Nevadas or even the Ozarks, the avid outdoorsman plans to drop by his neighborhood fly-fishing shop. Right here in Lawrence.
Hackers break into MSN Web site in S. Korea
June 4, 2005
Password-stealing software planted by hackers was active on Microsoft’s popular MSN Web site in South Korea for days before the world’s largest software company learned about the break-in and removed the computer code.
Boeing workers learn job fates
More Onex letters to arrive today
June 4, 2005
Debbie Logsdon, a systems analyst for Boeing Co. for the past 25 years, asked her husband Friday to read over the phone the letter she had received from the Canadian buyer of the aerospace giant.
Commodities
June 4, 2005
 
Deep Throat ID sheds little light on Watergate
June 4, 2005
The disclosure that W. Mark Felt, formerly the No. 2 official at the FBI, was Bob Woodward’s famous Watergate source, “Deep Throat,” has received a flurry of media attention normally reserved for such world-shattering events as a tsunami, the death of a pope or a runaway bride. Some perspective is in order.
Quote clarified
June 4, 2005
 
Military bent
June 4, 2005
 
Thanks to city
June 4, 2005
 
Briefcase
June 4, 2005
¢ Vietnam Airlines to buy Dreamliners ¢ Berry Plastics closes Kerr acquisition ¢ Apple shares decline ¢ Security expert to speak in Lawrence ¢ Few wheat bushels harvested before rains
Listen up
If the Kansas Legislature didn’t get the Kansas Supreme Court’s message at the beginning of the session, it should be crystal clear now.
June 4, 2005
Apparently, in the eyes of the Kansas Supreme Court, the 2005 Kansas Legislature just didn’t get the message about school finance. So, on Friday, the justices released a unanimous decision spelling out the details that legislators failed to grasp.
Sunni leaders say offensive unfairly targets neighborhoods
June 4, 2005
A campaign against insurgents by Iraqi forces has sparked a backlash from some of the country’s Sunni Muslim leaders and could complicate efforts to enlist more Sunnis in running Iraq’s new government, drafting a democratic constitution and battling the insurgency.
Retrial ordered in Emporia case
State Supreme Court says man’s rights were violated
June 4, 2005
When Wallace L. Dixon III was convicted of killing a mother and her infant son in an apartment explosion in Emporia, the trial judge kept the verdict under wraps for one day.
Gaming addiction growing
When a 35-year-old guy stays inside all weekend and plays a game, no one blinks an eye’
June 4, 2005
The new Nintendo “Revolution” and PlayStation 3 will come out next year, and already 29-year-old Roy Lopez is scheming. He’ll have to save up money to buy both video game consoles on his got-to-have list. And he plans to be at the store when the supply truck arrives.
Job growth disappoints investors
June 4, 2005
Wall Street finished a disheartening week sharply lower Friday after a government report showing the slowest job growth in nearly two years exacerbated concerns about the health of the economy.
Unrated DVDs tend to sell better than counterparts
June 4, 2005
Two DVD versions of “Team America: World Police” hit the shelves May 17. One was R-rated. The other was unrated - and for good reason. It contains, among other things, 50 seconds of new footage of a sex scene best described as Larry Flynt meets the Kama Sutra.
Kansas football camp scrapped
June 4, 2005
The rain, rain won’t go away. So the Great Plains Shootout will have to. The annual 7-on-7 football camp at Kansas University was slated for today, but was wiped out because of Friday’s rain and the forecast for more.
War stories
Soldiers produce ‘Live from Iraq’
June 4, 2005
As Staff Sgt. Terrance Staves dodged bullets recovering a burned-out Humvee in Baghdad’s Sadr City, he heard a rocket-powered grenade zooming toward him.
Toning down tomes
KU’s among nation’s shrinking media guides
June 4, 2005
Kansas University’s athletic department will save thousands of dollars thanks to a new NCAA rule limiting the size of sports media guides.
Correction
June 4, 2005
 
School finance timeline
12:00 a.m., June 4, 2005 Updated 04:32 p.m.
 
One Brown is enough for Cavaliers
With Larry as president, what would team do when he felt better and wanted to coach again?
June 4, 2005
If Dan Gilbert wants new coach Mike Brown to be a success, then the owner should forget about hiring Larry Brown to run the Cavaliers. At the news conference Thursday to announce the hiring of Mike Brown, Gilbert admitted that Larry Brown’s first passion and desire remains to coach.
Pump patrol
June 4, 2005
 
Police admit problems in ‘Doe’ case
June 4, 2005
Police have acknowledged that detectives returned only one of 50 calls made to them by the tipster who led to an eventual break in the case of a beheaded girl known for years only as Precious Doe.
Faith forum
June 4, 2005
How much money should I give to my church?
Society Calendar
June 4, 2005
 
Wal-Mart receives jeers, cheers
Executives outline diversity goals at annual meeting
June 4, 2005
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. used the stage of its annual shareholders meeting Friday to try to convince two divergent groups - the company’s social critics and Wall Street - that the world’s largest retailer is on the right path.
Note to plagiarist: Get your own words
June 4, 2005
Dear Chris Cecil: Here’s how you write a newspaper column. First, you find a topic that engages you. Then you spend a few hours banging your head against a computer screen until what you’ve written there no longer makes you want to hurl.
Water tower gets new coat of paint
June 4, 2005
Chris Stewart knows this about painting a city water tower: You don’t want to use cheap paint. That’s because it isn’t cheap or easy to paint one of the massive steel structures, so you want to make sure it is done right the first time.
America’s stem-cell standoff involves variety of complex moral problems
June 4, 2005
At first glance, the nation’s emotional debate over stem-cell research seems a mere rerun of the unending dispute over abortion. Both involve the questions about protecting the development of human life, after all.
Around and about
June 4, 2005
 
Horoscopes
June 4, 2005