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Firebirds school 6Sports on basketball court
June 9, 2005
6Sports reporters Kevin Romary, Mike Rigg and DJ Whetter participated Wednesday in this year’s Free State High’s girls basketball camp.
Judge allows jurors to view graphic photos in Miller trial
June 9, 2005
Jurors will be allowed to see graphic photographs portraying the alternative lifestyle of Martin Miller, who stands trial Monday for the first-degree murder of his wife. Judge Paula Martin ruled Thursday that two photographs could be presented as evidence.
Body found on duplex
June 9, 2005
Lawrence Police are investigating the death of an unidentified man after a west Lawrence property owner found his body Thursday evening in the backyard of a duplex.
Governor officially calls for special session
June 9, 2005
The following is the text of the official prolamation, released today by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ office, to call the Kansas Legislature into a special session on June 22 to deal with the Kansas Supreme Court’s order on school funding.
Muggy, damp start to the day
June 9, 2005
Lawrence is in for a damp, muggy morning. But the severe weather will stay out of the area today, says Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist.
Wild turkeys in area
June 9, 2005
 
County plan addresses rural subdivisions
June 9, 2005
Douglas County commissioners unanimously approved a moratorium on the five-acre exemption Wednesday night, urging quick action to improve rural subdivision regulations.
Teachers’ summer vacations no picnic
Many take second jobs or spend time tending to unfinished business
June 9, 2005
It’s a common perception that teachers have it easy. After all, they get summers off.
Underground Railroad clues surface
June 9, 2005
Margaret Wood and her fellow anthropological sleuths have spent the last three weeks trying to solve a mystery at a northwest Lawrence dig site.
Sources say Iran advancing nuclear capabilities
June 9, 2005
Iran plans to install tens of thousands of advanced centrifuges at its huge underground nuclear plant near the central city of Natanz, which eventually would enable it to enrich uranium nearly twice as fast as anticipated, according to Western intelligence officials.
Analysis: Some Democrats wish Dean would cool his jets
June 9, 2005
When Howard Dean opens his mouth, Democrats cringe - and Republicans pounce.
Army falling short of making recruiting goal for 2005
June 9, 2005
The Army appears likely to fall short of its full-year recruiting goal for the first time since 1999, raising longer-term questions about a military embroiled in its first protracted wars since switching from the draft to a volunteer force 32 years ago.
Brown, Popovich have mutual respect
June 9, 2005
Rasheed Wallace gained a full realization of the depth of the friendship between coaches Larry Brown and Gregg Popovich when the Detroit Pistons were trying to come up with a strategy to stop a specific opponent.
Census: One in 7 Americans Hispanic
June 9, 2005
One of every seven people in the United States is Hispanic, a record number that probably will keep rising because of immigration and a birth rate outstripping non-Hispanic blacks and whites.
Our town sports
June 9, 2005
 
Briefcase
June 9, 2005
¢ Sears’ Kmart unit to close 188 eateries ¢ Economic growth forecast declines ¢ Feds OK merger of Harrah’s, Caesars ¢ Ex-Ameriquest workers plead guilty
Report: Airline cutbacks pose safety risks
June 9, 2005
Safety inspectors are not keeping up with potential risks posed by airlines trying to save money, according to a Transportation Department report Wednesday.
Innovators build on Google maps
Web site developers add crime data, real estate listings for consumer use
June 9, 2005
Tracking sexual predators in Florida. Guiding travelers to the cheapest gas nationwide. Pinpointing $1,500 studio apartments for rent in Manhattan.
Horoscopes
June 9, 2005
For Thursday, June 9
Study: Uninsured raise premiums
Kansas governor, advocacy group say costs passed along to businesses, insured
June 9, 2005
Providing health care for the uninsured increases the annual cost of insurance premiums for the average worker by $341 and for the average family by $922, according to a study by a group promoting universal health insurance.
Local briefs
June 9, 2005
¢ Six teens injured in early morning crash ¢ Hearing postponed in sex predator case ¢ Dean named provost at Michigan State
Herbs add flair to garden, flavor to home cooking
June 9, 2005
Although Tish and Bill Tuohy’s home south of Lawrence was built little more than 10 years ago, it looks as if it could have sheltered one of Lawrence’s founding families.
Briefly
June 9, 2005
¢ Suspects can be held in missing teen case ¢ Father, son arrested in al-Qaida probe ¢ Bush unclear on closing Guantanamo
The call of the hall
Cast your vote to predict who will be inducted into NASCAR’s proposed hall of fame
June 9, 2005
If you believe the question of where a new NASCAR hall of fame should be built can get a lot of discussions started, just think about the other big question that follows along with it: Who should be inducted?
Briefly
June 9, 2005
¢ City employees charged in heroin investigation ¢ Saudis deny creating nuclear program ¢ Survey: ‘Questionable’ research common ¢ Former pilots convicted of being drunk in cockpit ¢ District to require black history course
Review: ‘Brigadoon’ captures appeal of the highlands
June 9, 2005
With the thrilling sound of bagpipes on Friday night, Lawrence Community Theatre ushered in its last show of the season, “Brigadoon.” This award-winning 1947 Lerner and Loewe musical contains beautiful and memorable Broadway tunes, and Lawrence Community Theatre’s production, directed by Mary Doveton with musical direction by Judy Heller, artfully captures this tale’s appeal to a universal desire for the perfect place, a Shangri-la, a place of eternal life and love.
The fashion eye of the regular guy
June 9, 2005
Tom Frame is not a fashion plate. He will never make Mr. Blackwell’s annual list of best-dressed men. He is completely out of touch with what the men’s silhouette for summer looks like. Even the Fab Five of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” fame would pass on this guy. And Frame, 77, couldn’t care less.
Basketball player’s grandmother dies
June 9, 2005
Evon Jackson, the grandmother of Kansas University sophomore basketball player Darnell Jackson, died Tuesday at the age of 62 in a Las Vegas hospital.
French vases mimic popular Asian enameled pottery style
June 9, 2005
Some ceramic wares that were deliberately made to look like cloisonne enamels from Asia could fool a beginner. The Longwy factory of France started making pottery in 1798. In 1872, it began producing pottery that mimicked the very popular enameled metal vases being made in China. Instead of using metal “fence” outlines like true Chinese cloisonne, Longwy developed a method of putting a black printed outline on the pottery after the first baking to hold the enamel colors in place.
Kansas’ Battle, Mims advance at track meet
June 9, 2005
Kansas University’s Sheldon Battle and Jeremy Mims advanced past the first day of the NCAA Division One Outdoor Track and Field championships Wednesday at Alex Spanos Sports Complex.
City bowler in 16th
June 9, 2005
Lawrence’s Bob Glass was in 16th place after the second round Wednesday of the PBA Senior Tucson Open at Golden Pin Lanes. Glass had a 16-game pinfall total of 3,654. Leader Junichi Yajima of Japan had 3,833. The top 38 advance to today’s third round.
Raiders postponed
June 9, 2005
The Lawrence Raiders’ youth baseball game with Topeka Post 400 Wednesday was postponed due to wet weather. The nine-inning game will be made up at 7 tonight, but will be moved to Seaman High in Topeka.
Ominous clouds spawn tornadoes, hail
June 9, 2005
Storms thumped the Lawrence area and much of northeastern Kansas Wednesday night, bringing tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, hail and heavy rain.
On the record
June 9, 2005
 
Lawrence datebook
June 9, 2005
 
Robins rockin’ new webcam
June 9, 2005
The development of two baby robins born late last month in the Old West Lawrence neighborhood may be followed on a new webcam on www.ljworld.com. The robins’ nest-cam can be found in the left rail of the home page of www.ljworld.com. A direct link is www2.ljworld.com/downloads/webcams/.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 9, 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.
KU sets sights on Asia
Delegation hopes to increase number of affiliate schools
June 9, 2005
Kansas University is hoping to tap into China’s booming economy. Chancellor Robert Hemenway will lead a team of three KU officials to China starting today, with later stops planned in Taiwan and South Korea.
Thinking ahead can prevent box elder bug infestation
June 9, 2005
Box elder bugs are traditionally an insect that cause concern in the fall months. As the weather cools, they tend to congregate on the warmer, sunnier sides of houses and buildings. This spring, however, a large number of immature nymphs congregating in flower beds and rock gardens are raising a few eyebrows and causing gardeners to wonder what these little red bugs are.
CB Gordon honored; Jets slice Whittemore
June 9, 2005
Kansas University junior cornerback Charles Gordon has been named to the Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook All-America Team. Gordon led the Big 12 Conference and tied for the NCAA Division I-A lead with seven interceptions last season.
FSHS grad Morningstar picks N.H. prep school
June 9, 2005
Former Free State High boys basketball player Brady Morningstar has decided to attend New Hampton School in New Hampton, N.H., for a year before accepting a major-college scholarship.
Veterans Stewart, Roberts take top seed
June 9, 2005
Make way for the “old guys.” OK, at 27 and 30, Andy Stewart and Conrad Roberts aren’t ready to join AARP just yet, but compared to their competition made primarily of collegians, the two have quite a few years of experience.
Woodling: Far East junket provides respite
Chancellor gets break from Giddens flap
June 9, 2005
When Robert Hemenway mentioned to me he would soon embark on a 10-day trip to China and the Far East, I offered the Kansas University chancellor what I thought was a bit of good news. “One billion Chinese,” I told him, “don’t give a hoot about J.R. Giddens.” “Actually,” Hemenway replied, “the population is 1.3 billion now.”
Jayhawks dodge draft bullet
Three players drafted, but outfielder Van Slyke only junior leaving for pros
June 9, 2005
After the dust settles from Wednesday’s conclusion of baseball’s amateur draft, Kansas University coach Ritch Price expects one thing to be absent from his roster.
Results of investigation might stay sealed
June 9, 2005
There’s a chance that results of the bar-brawl investigation involving Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens will not be made public.
Kansas considering background checks
Recruits could come under greater scrutiny
June 9, 2005
Background checks might not be confined just to certain jobs in the private sector in the future. Colleges like Kansas University - hit with controversy and negative publicity after J.R. Giddens was stabbed in the calf in a May 19 melee outside the Moon Bar, combined with John Randle getting booted off the football team following legal issues - at least have discussed the possibility of having firms investigate prospective players.
Brownback puts nomination of abortion-rights supporter on hold
June 9, 2005
Sen. Sam Brownback has put a hold on the White House’s nomination of a prominent abortion-rights supporter to a diplomatic post.
GOP strategizes how to fight education ruling
June 9, 2005
Top Republican legislators met privately this week to vent anger at the Kansas Supreme Court over its school funding order, and to develop a strategy to fight it.
Tax breaks play role in school fund crisis
Since 1995, Legislature has OK’d $5.8 billion in cuts, credits, exemptions
June 9, 2005
Lawmakers griping about how there is no additional money to meet a court-ordered increase for schools might look at their own handiwork over the past 10 years.
Sixth Street project may be insufficient to handle growth
Obsolete before complete?
June 9, 2005
Construction crews are still plugging away at an $8 million widening of West Sixth Street, but, despite the upgrades, city leaders should brace for snarled traffic on the corridor even as the paint dries on the lane stripes, KDOT officials said.com Construction crews are still plugging away at an $8 million widening of West Six
Briefly
June 9, 2005
¢ Rebels kill two Americans, wound eight ¢ Volcano of Fire forces evacuations ¢ Researchers discover unknown Bach aria ¢ U.S. forces training in northern Africa ¢ Palestinian leader in Gaza to stabilize truce ¢ Protesting journalists arrested in capital
Peruvian ‘Miracle Baby’ doing well
June 9, 2005
One week after surgery to separate her fused legs, 13-month-old Milagros Cerron was recovering quickly, with daily treatments inside a super-oxygenated hyperbaric chamber to speed her healing, her doctors said Wednesday.
Protesters, Congress at odds over who should lead Bolivia
June 9, 2005
With outgoing President Carlos Mesa warning that Bolivia could be heading into civil war, Senate President Hormando Vaca Diez maneuvered Wednesday to persuade the 157-member Congress to elect him as the country’s next president.
Senate confirms judicial nominee
June 9, 2005
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed California judge Janice Rogers Brown for the federal appeals court, ending a two-year battle filled with accusations of racism and sexism and shadowed by a dispute over Democratic blocking tactics.
Backe gives Astros boost against Mets
June 9, 2005
Brandon Backe was at his best with runners on base. Good thing, too, because he put them there.
A-Rod blasts 400th homer
Yankees slugger youngest to reach milestone
June 9, 2005
It was just a matter of time before Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees snapped out of it - at least for a day.
Briefly
June 9, 2005
¢ Police: Man faces fourth drunken-driving charge ¢ Incoming college leader suffers heart attack
Proposed Union Station exhibits may hurt smaller regional museums
June 9, 2005
If exhibits about the outlaw Jesse James and aviator Amelia Earhart become a reality at Kansas City’s Union Station, some worry about the impact on some smaller regional museums featuring the two.
Defense witnesses take stand in Fort Riley court-martial
June 9, 2005
Testimony from a key prosecution witness about a double shooting by an Army sergeant fits the evidence from the crime scene, an investigator testified Wednesday during the soldier’s court martial.
Former Baylor player pleads guilty
Dotson faces five years to life for Dennehy’s death
June 9, 2005
Former Baylor basketball player Carlton Dotson pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing teammate Patrick Dennehy.
Report finds inequity in distribution of tsunami aid
June 9, 2005
San Jose, Calif.- Doling out tsunami relief fu
Proposed Patriot Act changes would expand FBI powers
June 9, 2005
The FBI would get expanded powers to subpoena records without the approval of a judge or grand jury in terrorism investigations under Patriot Act revisions approved Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
U.S. officials negotiate to bring insurgents into fold
June 9, 2005
U.S. officials are negotiating with Sunni Arab leaders to pull insurgents into Iraq’s political process, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday. An American-Iraqi offensive, meanwhile, killed at least 10 militants, including four blown apart by their own car bomb.
Reality series doesn’t make ‘The Cut’
June 9, 2005
The makers of “The Cut” (7 p.m., CBS) forgot a basic rule of reality television: The contestants are supposed to look desperate, not the host. “The Cut,” a jury-rigged combination of “The Apprentice” and “Project Runway,” is actually an extended commercial for Tommy Hilfiger, described in the show’s press material as a “design mogul.”
Works by American art giants paired in Warhol-O’Keeffe show
June 9, 2005
Paintings of big, splashy flowers hanging on the walls of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. So what else is new? They’re not by O’Keeffe. They’re by Andy Warhol.
Ice volcano may solve mysteries about Titan
June 9, 2005
The possible discovery of an ice volcano on Saturn’s moon Titan may solve one of the lingering mysteries about the strange satellite with the smog-choked atmosphere.
May revenues exceed estimates by $75M
June 9, 2005
As legislators made preparations for a special session on education funding, they received a dose of good news Tuesday, learning that the state collected $75 million more in revenues than expected in May.
Fame overshadows justice
June 9, 2005
Michael Jackson is surely not sleeping well these nights.
Rural Kansas losing its grip
June 9, 2005
Memorial Day week-end brings the Cottonwood 200, a three-day bicycle ride that courses through the Flint Hills, past prairie cemeteries and through the small Kansas towns that seem to die a little more each year. Saturday morning, 150 cyclists roll out from Washburn University through the western suburbs of Topeka for the 75-mile trek to Council Grove.
Poor welcome
June 9, 2005
We recently moved my daughter to Lawrence to spend the summer for an internship. She woke up Tuesday, May 24, to find that her car had been towed from the student apartment complex where she is living. Without going into whether or not the towing was justified, let me tell you her experience.
SLT need
June 9, 2005
Our city, county and state governments have done a disservice to the residents of Lawrence and all of Douglas County by letting construction of the South Lawrence Trafficway ground to a halt. Twenty-third Street has become a major bottleneck during much of the day, forcing east-west traffic onto side streets and through residential neighborhoods that were never designed to handle this kind of traffic load.
Flawed criticism
June 9, 2005
I wonder how many people realized they were ostensibly reading a page out of an intelligent design training manual in a letter submitted by Hugh Wentz (Public Forum, June 3) in which he challenged findings of evolutionary biology. He asked readers to ponder this question: “Did you know that if you gathered together all of the chemicals necessary for any biological life form and mixed them up you would not end up with anything living? You would end up with a mixture of chemicals, but not life.”
Efficiency goals
June 9, 2005
The recent Kansas Supreme Court decision ordering an increase in school funding may receive strong support in this area, but it is a bad example of constitutional government. The court has overstepped its authority by violating the basic checks and balances defined in the Kansas and U.S. constitutions. In addition, the court has attempted to suppress localities by limiting property tax options.
Lost neutrality hurts Amnesty International
June 9, 2005
A few years ago I spent several days sitting in the back of a library in London, reading through newsletters, pamphlets and other accounts of Soviet prison conditions published in the 1970s and ‘80s by Amnesty International. Sometimes these reports were remarkably detailed, testifying to the extraordinary ability of prisoners to smuggle out their stories. One included the memorable observation that on Sept. 13, 1979, the prisoner Zhukauskas “found a white worm” in his soup. A more harrowing 1987 news release told the story of the hunger strike and prison death of dissident writer Anatoly Marchenko. His widow, denied a death certificate or a proper funeral, wrote his name in ballpoint pen on his makeshift grave.
Lasting design
School district officials should make sure the expansion of Southwest Junior High will be both beautiful and functional for many years to come.
June 9, 2005
The first design schematics for the expansion of Southwest Junior High School have been made public, and the community hopes the project will be a big success in every respect.
Lawrence’s loss
Monsignor Vince Krische has made many contributions to Lawrence and Kansas University during his 28 years of service here.
June 9, 2005
Kansas University and Lawrence are losing a great asset with the transfer of Monsignor Vince Krische from his post as director of the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center to St. Ann Catholic Church in Prairie Village.
Graffanino powers K.C., 4-1
June 9, 2005
Tony Graffanino tripled, drove in a run and scored twice, and Matt Diaz added two RBIs in the Kansas City Royals’ 4-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
Commodities
June 9, 2005
 
H&R Block reports higher earnings
June 9, 2005
H&R Block Inc., the nation’s largest income tax preparer, said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter earnings increased 7 percent after a strong tax season, and that its board of directors had approved a two-for-one stock split.
New Sprint executive outlines growth possibilities
Division CEO seeks to develop Internet options
June 9, 2005
The new head of Sprint Corp.’s local phone service division said Wednesday he looked forward to steering the soon-to-be-independent operation and shrugged off concerns that the local telephone sector is on the decline.
People in the news
June 9, 2005
¢ Crowe apologizes on ‘Letterman’ for assault ¢ Cruising to a third ‘Mission Impossible’ ¢ Macaulay Culkin pleads guilty to drug charge ¢ Lotsa Madonna books ¢ Jackson attorney says he hasn’t violated order ¢ More kid books