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New volleyball coach takes up reins for Lions
June 8, 2005
It’s a strange feeling at Lawrence High School, where Jo Huntsinger is no longer the head volleyball coach. In her place is former assistant Molly Lamere. However, the program’s goals remain the same.
Severe weather brewing up tornado, thunderstorm warnings
07:25 p.m., June 8, 2005 Updated 07:25 p.m.
Severe weather was brewing in the Lawrence area this evening, leading to tornado warnings in Leavenworth County and extreme southern Douglas County, said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist.
Young prisoners allege Taliban forced them to join, also accuse U.S. of abuse
June 8, 2005
Some were baby-faced teenagers too young to grow facial hair. Others said they were snatched from their families and forced to work for Afghanistan’s Taliban.
Russia to launch news channel in English
June 8, 2005
Faced with international criticism over the Yukos Oil crackdown, the war in Chechnya and a perceived rollback of democratic freedoms, the Russian government announced Tuesday it would launch a 24-hour satellite television station in English to offer an alternative glimpse of the world through Russian eyes.
Iraqi politician says rebel groups ready to negotiate
June 8, 2005
A Sunni Arab politician said Tuesday two insurgent groups were willing to negotiate with the government, possibly opening a new political front in embattled Iraq. But a string of coordinated deadly bombings signaled that militants remain fierce.
Briefly
June 8, 2005
¢ Flight diverted after suspicious object found ¢ Government suspects plan to foil elections ¢ Report: Global military spending over $1 trillion ¢ Saudi officials deny persecuting Christians ¢ Rebels apologize for deadly bombing ¢ Scientists worldwide call for greenhouse gas cuts ¢ Pinochet loses immunity in tax case
Six people killed in West Bank; cease-fire strained
June 8, 2005
Clashes and mortar fire in the West Bank and Gaza Strip killed six people Tuesday, one of the deadliest days of violence since Israel and the Palestinians declared a cease-fire four months ago.
Unrest prevents Bolivia’s Congress from addressing leader’s resignation
June 8, 2005
Riot police launched round after round of tear gas Tuesday to repel thousands of dynamite-wielding marchers in downtown La Paz. The chaotic scene prevented Congress from meeting to consider President Carlos Mesa’s resignation, offered the night before.
Briefly
June 8, 2005
¢ N. Korea, U.S. to renew nuclear negotiations ¢ Poll: Bush ignoring public concerns ¢ Teen gets scholarship from death row inmates ¢ Defense: Suspects have no link to jihad ¢ Topeka seventh on list of safest driving cities
High school grad’s disappearance under investigation as homicide
June 8, 2005
The attorney for two former security guards arrested in the disappearance last month of an Alabama honors student said Tuesday his clients were being investigated for murder and kidnapping.
Kerry’s Yale grades similar to Bush’s
June 8, 2005
Sen. John F. Kerry’s grade average at Yale University was virtually identical to President Bush’s record there, despite repeated portrayals of Kerry as the more intellectual candidate during the 2004 presidential campaign.
Bush, Blair plan to work on African aid
June 8, 2005
With relief for famine-plagued and disease-ravaged regions of Africa taking center stage in international negotiations this summer, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair predicted Tuesday that the leading industrial nations would eventually agree to forgive African nations’ debt to aid in their recovery.
Lobbyist directed donations from tribes in exchange for meeting with Bush
June 8, 2005
At the behest of a lobbyist now under criminal investigation, two Indian tribes paid $25,000 each to a conservative tax-exempt group to underwrite an event that scored tribal leaders a private meeting with President Bush.
Senate ends filibuster of nominee for Appeals Court
June 8, 2005
The Senate on Tuesday ended a two-year filibuster of California judge Janice Rogers Brown, clearing for final vote her nomination to the U.S. Appeals Court and hewing closely to a historic deal to avert a partisan showdown over judicial filibusters.
Legislators worry cost of court ruling will grow
June 8, 2005
Under orders from the Kansas Supreme Court to raise an additional $143 million for schools by July 1, many legislators worry the bill will balloon next year if they are to satisfy the court.
Report prompts Defense officials to apologize for Boeing deal
June 8, 2005
Contrite senior defense officials offered apologies and suggested procurement reforms to a Senate committee Tuesday after a new report said the Pentagon violated federal procedures in pursuing a $23.5 billion contract to lease aerial refueling tankers from Chicago-based Boeing Co.
Panel calls for reform on underfunded pensions
June 8, 2005
Lax reporting rules created by Congress, and corporate America’s eagerness to take advantage of them, have triggered a spike in underfunded pension plans largely unknown to millions of workers and retirees, the Senate Finance Committee was told Tuesday.
Pedro almost perfect in New York
Mets’ new ace throws two-hitter after taking no-no into seventh inning
June 8, 2005
On a night when he had everything working, Pedro Martinez threw one hanging curveball that cost him a chance at the first no-hitter in New York Mets history.
Heat hope to grow from loss
June 8, 2005
Their arena was dark and quiet Tuesday, matching the collective mood of the Miami Heat.
Spurs’ Popovich learned from Brown
June 8, 2005
Gregg Popovich has long credited Larry Brown for bringing him into the NBA and teaching him much of what he knows about basketball. That’s why the NBA Finals between Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs and Brown’s Detroit Pistons is creating mixed feelings.
Pistons overcame obstacles
Brown rumors, brawl early in season didn’t stop Detroit
June 8, 2005
The Detroit Pistons had to get past more than just the Miami Heat to have a chance to defend their title in the NBA Finals.
Finals matchup a delight for purists
Spurs, Pistons should provide plenty of subplots in title series
June 8, 2005
The NBA Finals will be more about substance than style, more about matchups than minutiae.
Stars shine late
San Antonio rolls, 71-62
June 8, 2005
LaToya Thomas scored 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting, and the San Antonio Silver Stars closed with a 10-0 run to beat the Washington Mystics, 71-62, Tuesday night.
Arizona taps Upton No. 1
June 8, 2005
Justin Upton was simply too good for the Arizona Diamondbacks to pass up.
Royals snag Gordon
Nebraska third baseman fan of K.C.
June 8, 2005
The good news came to Alex Gordon via sign language.
Royals drop Giants, 8-1
June 8, 2005
D.J. Carrasco pitched a five-hitter for his first career complete game, and Tony Graffanino homered and drove in two runs to help Kansas City snap a nine-game road losing streak with an 8-1 victory over slumping San Francisco on Tuesday night.
Outlaws swept in debut
June 8, 2005
The Lawrence Outlaws have an abundance of youth. Fortunately, so does their schedule.
Key witness denies Giddens was instigator
Knight: ‘That’s not the way it happened’
June 8, 2005
A key witness to the Moon Bar fight denied reports Tuesday that Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens instigated the May 19 brawl that led to Giddens being stabbed in the calf.
Task force aims to revive rural areas
Two communities sought for program
June 8, 2005
Wanted: two small towns in Kansas. Growth opportunities possible.
Lawrence companies collect Commerce awards
June 8, 2005
Four Lawrence companies were among those receiving Merit Awards on Tuesday from the Kansas Department of Commerce.
Troubled GM to eliminate 25,000 jobs
Chairman outlines plans to turnaround car maker
June 8, 2005
General Motors Corp. plans to close plants and eliminate 25,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States by 2008 in an attempt to restore profitability at the world’s largest automaker, its chairman said Tuesday as he fended off calls for his resignation.
Briefcase
June 8, 2005
¢ New Sears posts loss for quarter ¢ United bags Denver baggage system ¢ Aquila disputes KCC staff report
Commodities
June 8, 2005
 
Da Vinci Code’ movie touted
June 8, 2005
Not a single foot of film has been shot, the movie doesn’t open for a year and a few critics already are denouncing it, but “The Da Vinci Code” nevertheless has made its multiplex debut.
Nancy Drew vs. serial killers in gory Fox drama
June 8, 2005
Like a June wedding, “The Inside” (8 p.m., Fox) offers some things borrowed and something blue. The brand-new weekly drama borrows the studied morbidity of television’s many other forensics dramas. Its chilly, blue, overexposed cinematography will seem very familiar to even casual fans of “Cold Case.” Even Peter Coyote, who plays FBI Special Agent Virgil “Web” Webster, is borrowed from “The 4400,” a more intriguing and original sci-fi series on USA.
Elusive ‘umami’ adds flavor
June 8, 2005
When chewing food, the tongue identifies the four primary flavors of sweet, salty, sour or bitter tastes. But there are secondary flavors that are more complex that add to the enjoyment or dislike of foods. The elusive flavor “umami” gives an inexplicable, delicious taste that is meaty and savory. Umami can be considered a secondary flavor or “secret ingredient” to create more interesting and desirable foods.
Vintage rock wear loses stock as reproduction tees surface
June 8, 2005
Consider the rock T-shirt. It’s not just a piece of clothing; it’s a cultural totem, a tangible memento of personal taste. At least, it was.
Gardening secrets: Fact or folklore?
June 8, 2005
After I complained last week about the damage that insects were likely to do to my squash again this year, reader Jeanne Klein wrote to suggest a solution. Squash bugs can be discouraged, she said, if you plant nasturtiums around each squash plant.
Weak in the knees for peas
Versatile little legumes with sweet crunch will be gone in a snap
June 8, 2005
When fresh, locally grown peas become available in Lawrence, there’s no shortage of takers. To find a few of them, just visit the Lawrence Farmers Market, 1000 Vt., these days, where sugar snap peas and snow peas are among the bounty of produce offered by vendors.
People in the news
June 8, 2005
¢ Jury continues to deliberate in Michael Jackson case ¢ All business, all the time ¢ Model hurt in wreck ¢ New ‘Lost’ character ¢ The ex weighs in ¢ Wonder boy
Oscar winner Anne Bancroft dies at age 73
June 8, 2005
Anne Bancroft, who won the 1962 best actress Oscar as the teacher of a young Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker” but achieved greater fame as the seductive Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate,” has died. She was 73.
Building named after famous son
State office tower linked to Eisenhower’s highway legacy
June 8, 2005
A 14-story building the state bought and renovated now bears the name of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Kansan who commanded the Allied forces in Europe during World War II and later served two terms as president.
Judge denies motion to delay start of second Westar trial
June 8, 2005
A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion to delay the start of the second trial for former Westar executives David Wittig and Douglas Lake.
Raiders rip Topeka 1
June 8, 2005
The Lawrence Raiders scored six runs in a big seventh inning, lifting them to a 13-7 victory over Topeka Post 1 on Tuesday.
Tornadoes abound in Kansas, but season starts slow nationally
June 8, 2005
While Kansas already has recorded more tornadoes this year than the state’s yearly average, tornado activity through May has been relatively quiet nationally.
Award thrown out by Appeals Court
June 8, 2005
A federal appeals court has tossed out a $2 million judgment a jury awarded to a man who was shot by Kansas City police during a 1998 drug raid.
Hollywood memorabilia the star of the show at Wichita estate sale
June 8, 2005
Letters, cards, programs, books, cast albums and video boxes autographed by Hollywood stars such as Ethel Merman, Gena Rowlands and Jean Stapleton are among items owned by hairdresser Dale Isaacs that will be sold this week.
Twisted twosome leads qualifying
Tiger, Jayhawk join forces for one-stroke edge
June 8, 2005
It’s pretty safe to say that most of the players atop the Kansas Golf Assn. Four-Ball championship leaderboard Tuesday were not to Trent Twaddle’s liking.
Woodling: Jayhawks have history with signees in draft
June 8, 2005
History does repeat, and sometimes in a way that leaves you with an uncanny feeling of dejà vu. When Kansas University basketball signee C.J. Henry was selected in Tuesday’s baseball draft, the moment was eerily reminiscent of exactly 20 years ago when KU football signee Brian McRae also was a first-round baseball draftee.
Commissioners may change rule
Douglas County Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. today ¢ County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.
June 8, 2005
Douglas County commissioners will consider a temporary ban on building permits for tracts relying on the five-acre exemption rule.
On the record
June 8, 2005
 
Lawrence datebook
June 8, 2005
 
Convicted murderers coming up for parole
June 8, 2005
A man who killed an elderly woman in her Lawrence home nearly 21 years ago will soon be up for parole.
LPGA to add $1 million playoff event
Starting in 2006, tour will have dramatic finish to season
June 8, 2005
The LPGA Tour will have its own version of the playoffs next year, culminating with players competing for $1 million in the final round of the season.
Beating the anti-science stigma
June 8, 2005
It would appear that the end of the battle over evolution and intelligent design in Kansas schools soon will reach its inevitable conclusion with the adoption of new science standards which will permit - at least for the next two years - the teaching of intelligent design and downplay the significance of evolution. Certainly, from my perspective, and the perspective of many Kansans, this is an unfortunate result, but it is a result that was preordained as soon as the conservatives on the Kansas State Board of Education achieved a majority.
Mute the music
June 8, 2005
Recently, my husband and I have gone out to dinner in different places. In each place we had to request the so-called music be turned down or off.
Point spread
June 8, 2005
The Big 12 all-sports standings are of great interest. The scoring system is designed to encourage representation in all sports, which may be commendable. However, the system used does not reflect a school’s competitive efficiency in the sports in which they participate. By awarding 12 points for first, 11 points for second, etc., no matter how many schools participate in an individual sport, all a school need do is field a team no matter how competitive that team may be.
Not compatible
June 8, 2005
Richard Cole, in his June 6 column, offers a fine defense of free inquiry and keeping political-religious agendas out of biological science. But he’s mistaken if he claims that religion and science are ultimately compatible, non-competing ways of knowing, or that evolution opponents are wrong to fear science’s implications for their theology.
Goodbye Oread
June 8, 2005
Our family moved to the Oread Neighborhood in September 1991. We knew we were the “minority,” competing with a heavy student population. We grew to love the old house we lived in, and appreciate the history, beauty and ambiance of the area.
Demonstrators not lovin’ it that McDonald’s closed for remodeling
June 8, 2005
Standing on the roadside dressed as a hamburger, Steve Balbone insisted he and his friends weren’t on drugs. “Everybody’s clean,” he said.
No surprise
June 8, 2005
Mr. Dalton’s recent letter about the mausoleum should certainly come as no surprise to the elected city officials or the Journal-World. In the recent City Commission campaign, as a candidate, I submitted to the Journal-World reporter a statement about various issues, and the mausoleum and Memorial Park were covered.
Marijuana ruling defies judicial labels
June 8, 2005
With the parties warring over the composition of the federal judiciary, and with a Supreme Court vacancy perhaps impending, Americans should use the court’s end-of-term decisions as whetstones on which to sharpen their sense of the ambiguities in the categories - “liberal,” “conservative,” “activist,” “practitioner of judicial restraint” - used when judges are discussed. Consider the case arising from the destruction, by agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency, of Diane Monson’s home-grown marijuana plants, a case about which the court’s two most conservative justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, disagreed.
Peace or myth?
Does the future belong to dreamers or to those who go forward with open eyes?
June 8, 2005
Its of the concept of globalization and the human relations miracles it supposedly can create are likely to have their ardor dimmed by a recent Ralph Peters article in USA Today. He contends that the conventional “one world” notion has major flaws and that the Internet has become “the greatest tool for spreading hatred.”
Horoscopes
June 8, 2005
For Wednesday, June 8
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 8, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $1.99 at the Citgo, 2005 W. Ninth Street, Presto Phillips 66, 602 W. Ninth, and Zarco 66, 1415 W. Sixth Street. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Area briefs
June 8, 2005
¢ Franklin County sheriff investigating fatality ¢ Committee formed for presidential search ¢ Indecent exposure incident reported ¢ State guide lists endangered species
Fox tales more common as sightings on the increase
June 8, 2005
It’s a jungle out there. At night, when Lawrence goes to sleep, the city comes alive with all manner of wildlife.
School projects moving along
Designs drawn for Southwest Junior High
June 8, 2005
There is a portable classroom village behind Southwest Junior High, a school whose 680 students surpass the 550-student capacity. But the portables’ days are numbered.
Fisherman shares whopper of a tale after reeling in bomb
Olathe bomb squad called to destroy pipe packed with gunpowder
June 8, 2005
It was a strange and scary one that didn’t get away. Lawrence resident Sean Un was fishing Monday afternoon at Mary’s Lake, a popular fishing hole for Lawrence children, when he reeled in a 20-pound pipe packed with gunpowder.
KDOT officials pledge action on K-10
Committee to study ‘unsafe’ East Hills intersection
June 8, 2005
This time it won’t just be another study. This time, state road officials pledge, there will be changes on a dangerous stretch of Kansas Highway 10, site of 14 accidents last year.
Special legislative session sparks contempt for court
June 8, 2005
They’ve been told to return to the Capitol on June 22 for a special legislative session to increase school funding, but some Republican lawmakers say they prefer a showdown with the Kansas Supreme Court even if that means going to jail.
Henry ‘definitely’ will play baseball
June 8, 2005
The ripple effect that the New York Yankees have sent through the sports world over the last decade with their dominance on the field and spending off it finally has reached the Jayhawk nation.
Phenix provides softball sisterhood
June 8, 2005
The three teams in the 18-U age group of the Phenix organization treat each other like sisters, with an occasional touch of a sibling rivalry.
DCABA sports new look for summer
June 8, 2005
The Douglas County Amateur Baseball Association may have a different look to it, but it still offers baseball players between the ages of seven to twelve the same opportunity to play competive baseball in Lawrence.
Mavericks top Hawks, 11-4, with late-inning offensive showcase
June 8, 2005
The Mavericks flexed their muscle in the improved Heinrich League on June 2, knocking off the Hawks with an impressive offensive display at Holcom.
Heinrich League grows to nine teams
June 8, 2005
Competitive baseball is making a comeback in Lawrence.
88s continue last season’s success
SCABA team sets high goals of postseason tournament play
June 8, 2005
Last year the University Bank 88s finished the season with the Shawnee County Amateur Baseball Assn. Gopher League regular-season title. This year the team has set their sights on a World Series appearance.
Hummers have sights set on national tournament berth
June 8, 2005
Since his daughter Ashley was playing 8U softball, Brain Wagner has coached her team. Now as the recent Lawrence Free State High School graduate’s summer softball career is in its twilight, he hopes to help the Hummers take its success one step further than it did last year.
More young players help LGFPA grow
June 8, 2005
Where do Lawrence girls turn to find competitive softball during the summer without leaving town?
Self, Watson win Skins
Tandem claims charity golf event against Brett, Colbert
June 8, 2005
Bill Self lofted a chip shot out of heavy grass from about 45 feet to just next to the hole on the 18th green, wrapping up a Bayer Advantage Skins Game championship with partner Tom Watson on Tuesday afternoon at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate.
Young girls learn game’s fundamentals
Rookie Softball league highlights sportsmanship, basics
12:00 a.m., June 8, 2005 Updated 02:14 p.m.
Being a part of Team 2 is a family event for the Kirks. Tom Kirk is the coach of the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Rookie Softball team, which also includes his daughter, Ellie. Michelle Kirk, Ellie’s mother, is the bench manager for the team.
Daily ticker
June 8, 2005
 
City hears sidewalk cleaning dilemma
June 8, 2005
Chuck Magerl, owner of the Free State Brewing Co., simply thought he was being a conscientious merchant by regularly washing clean the sidewalk in front of his downtown business.
Local briefs
June 8, 2005
¢ Police investigating unattended death ¢ Breast cancer group seeks award nominees ¢ Judge attends leadership institute ¢ River City Weekly profiles geography prof
Clinton always bouncing back
June 8, 2005
Come on. Admit it. You miss him, don’t you?
National Archives to open records of military personnel
June 8, 2005
Don Vaughn is about to have access to more than a million new files that could help him learn about his family history.
Briefly
June 8, 2005
¢ Man with bloody chain saw let into U.S. ¢ Murderer executed ¢ Calculator recalled after student finds flaw ¢ Katherine Harris to run for Senate
Misery keeps finding Yankees
Milwaukee - like most teams lately - beats New York
June 8, 2005
The Milwaukee Brewers are getting the clutch performances that the New York Yankees used to be known for.
Zagurski picked by Philadelphia
June 8, 2005
It’s pretty safe to say that Mike Zagurski is just one of those roll-with-the-punches type of guys.
Coach: Giddens’ status ‘isolated’
June 8, 2005
The talk show circuit was abuzz with rumors Tuesday that J.R. Giddens had been booted off Kansas University’s basketball team.
Book browsers
At annual convention, booksellers ponder habits of future customers
June 8, 2005
As the book world winds up its annual national convention, some retailers are wondering about the fate of a cultural institution.
Soldier testifies against fellow soldier in murder case
Attorneys question witness’ credibility
June 8, 2005
A fellow soldier involved in illegal drug trafficking with an Army sergeant testified Tuesday during a court-martial that the sergeant killed two other soldiers because he thought they were informants for post police.
Commentary: Interleague play has worn out welcome
Once a fun change of pace, the luster of interleague has faded away - now it’s time to put it to rest
June 8, 2005
The Philadelphia Phillies played the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night for the first time in team history, and there certainly must be someone who thought this was a good idea or something other than merely a flat, bland stretch in the long road of a baseball season.