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Testimony continues in Miller trial
June 15, 2005
Testimony resumes today in the first degree murder trial of Martin Miller — the former Christian school board member — accused of killing his wife.
Officers investigate shooting
June 15, 2005
Lawrence Police officers are investigating an early morning shooting in north Lawrence.
Sebelius: Gambling revenue key to avoiding tax increase
June 15, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today said the state can increase school funding without a tax increase to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court order.
Another nice summer day ahead
June 15, 2005
Today will continue the week’s trend of clear skies and pleasant weather.
Commentary: Hyping Patrick over Sorenstam unfair
June 15, 2005
Annika and Danica.
Pistons run past Spurs, 96-79
June 15, 2005
Three games into the NBA Finals, the Detroit Pistons finally figured things out: With some energy and aggression, they actually can play with the San Antonio Spurs.
The many faces of Batman
Crafting a credible Caped Crusader means following certain rules
June 15, 2005
It’s a truism as old as the character himself: Every generation gets the Batman it wants - or deserves.
Flag receives high-flying salute
June 15, 2005
Flags waving in time to music.
What will democracy look like in Mideast?
June 15, 2005
Are we in the midst of an Arab spring of democracy?
Lawrence educators criticize proposed guideline
June 15, 2005
In two decades of teaching health education in Lawrence schools, Vickie McCauley has seen about 10 children opt out of sex education lessons.
Memos show war plans made long before public knew
June 15, 2005
In March 2002, the Bush administration had just begun to publicly raise the possibility of confronting Iraq. But behind the scenes, officials already were deeply engaged in seeking ways to justify an invasion, newly revealed British memos indicate.
13-U Rebels cruise to win over Ravens
Umpires end game after five inning with Rebels ahead 10-2
June 15, 2005
When you play good baseball, sometimes things come easy. The 13-and-under Kansas Rebels certainly had an easy time of things in their game last Thursday.
Warriors keep winning streak alive
June 15, 2005
The Warriors dealt the Giants their first lost of the Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. season, but it took them almost a month to do so.
Briefly
June 15, 2005
¢ Search for missing teen yields no new clues ¢ Deputy president dismissed from post ¢ Capital on verge of cholera epidemic ¢ Police demolish thousands of shacks ¢ New memos surface in oil-for-food probe
Forecasts not always right, but people check them anyway
June 15, 2005
Never mind fancy computers, satellites and Doppler radar. Most people have limited faith that meteorologists can accurately forecast the weather.
Briefcase
June 15, 2005
¢ Promotion pays customer $1,300 ¢ Leasing companies order Boeing jets ¢ Viacom OKs split ¢ Best Buy profits up 85 percent
Bachelors on the auction block
Male sale to benefit Health Care Access
June 15, 2005
Bachelors on the auction block —
State law puts up roadblocks for potential high school dropouts
June 15, 2005
Dixie Littlesun’s hardships could have been prevented.
KDOT study focuses on K-10’s future
Lawrence to K.C. bus service, bike trails among department’s suggestions
June 15, 2005
The Kansas Highway 10 of the future could have six to eight lanes, a 100-foot landscaped buffer on either side, bus service between Lawrence and Kansas City, and a pedestrian or bicycle trail along the sides.
Farmers worry about crops as recent rains flood fields
June 15, 2005
Enough is enough. That’s what many area farmers who are hoping for good wheat, soybean and corn crops are saying about rain, including Douglas County farmer Norman Leary, who has been getting a workout just emptying his rain gauge.
Corrections
June 15, 2005
Horoscopes
June 15, 2005
For Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Phenix-Rusk gels through challenges
June 15, 2005
Last season Jay Rusk’s 14-U Phenix softball team was forced to overcome tragedy with the death of Krystal Bateson. This year, it appears those lessons learned are paying off for the team.
12-U Rebels fall short against Varsity
Gold Glove League teams face off with title, prize money on line
June 15, 2005
Controversial calls, high drama and a battle for a big payday. This game had it all. When the 12-U Rebels squared off against Gold Glove League foe the Kansas City Varsity on Thursday at the Prairie Center Complex in Olathe, the game was not to be missed.
Blastball introduces kids to baseball
Parks and Recreation offers game to prepare children for T-ball
June 15, 2005
The Parks and Recreation Department offers 4- and 5-year-olds a unique summer game that teaches boys and girls the fundamentals of baseball and an opportunity to socialize with other children.
Biker-style bar and grill enticing customers to hog heaven
June 15, 2005
Sticky floors, grimy walls and dim lighting.
Archaeologists track kin of Jamestown founder
June 15, 2005
Archaeologists trying to exhume the remains of the sister of one of the founders of the first permanent English settlement in North America have found what they believe is her 400-year-old burial shaft and hope to find her body soon.
Argentine court voids military amnesty
Hundreds of officers could face new charges for human rights abuses
June 15, 2005
Hundreds of people could be charged with torture, disappearances and babynapping during Argentina’s “Dirty War” against dissidents after the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down amnesties passed in the 1980s.
Briefly
June 15, 2005
¢ Mudslide closes section of interstate ¢ Sightseeing helicopter crashes in East River ¢ Bankruptcy judge OKs church settlement
Army deserter visits home for first time in 40 years
June 15, 2005
Charles Jenkins, who deserted his U.S. Army unit and crossed into North Korea in 1965, arrived Tuesday in the United States for his first visit in 40 years.
Disney ride reopens after boy’s death
Four-year-old died Monday after trip in rocket simulator
June 15, 2005
A 4-year-old boy died after a spin on a Walt Disney World spaceship ride so intense that some riders have been taken to the hospital with chest pain.
California quake briefly raises tsunami fear
June 15, 2005
A major earthquake struck about 80 miles off the coast of northern California on Tuesday night, briefly prompting a tsunami warning along the Pacific coast.
Amendment aims to prevent medical-marijuana prosecutions
June 15, 2005
Seated and steadied by her husband’s hand, Angel Raich’s eyes welled up with tears at the mention of her son.
U.S. to revamp passport standards
June 15, 2005
The Bush administration is putting off plans that could have required visitors from friendly nations to show passports with fingerprint and iris scan information by this fall.
Report: Indian casinos share more than $900M in profits
June 15, 2005
American Indian tribes shared more than $900 million in casino gambling revenue with governments in 2004, a 23 percent increase over the previous year, according to a comprehensive review of Indian gaming to be released today.
Kansas senators disclose finances
June 15, 2005
Sen. Pat Roberts is financially comfortable and Sen. Sam Brownback still has considerable wealth, according to forms released Tuesday that offer a look into senators’ personal finances.
Senate’s presidential hopefuls have deep pockets
June 15, 2005
Senators eyeing the White House are a well-heeled lot.
Positive inflation data boost stocks
June 15, 2005
Wall Street managed a small advance for a second straight session Tuesday after the government released benign inflation figures and a newspaper reported that General Motors Corp. is seeking health care concessions from the United Auto Workers.
Checking the coolest buys in air conditioners
June 15, 2005
All but three of the 35 room air conditioners Consumer Reports recently rated scored “excellent” in tests focusing mainly on temperature and humidity control. And even those three, which scored “very good” in that crucial measure, should keep you cool this summer.
Daily ticker
June 15, 2005
Westar campaigning for rate increase
June 15, 2005
As former executives of Westar Energy Inc. face retrial on conspiracy charges this week, a handful of current company leaders are making the rounds in support of a different case: a proposed $84 million rate increase.
Perry’s Tucker inks WU baseball tender
June 15, 2005
Drew Tucker, an all-state outfielder/pitcher from Perry-Lecompton High, has signed a national baseball letter of intent with Washburn University.
KU pitcher signs with White Sox
June 15, 2005
Kansas University senior left-handed pitcher Jacob Jean has signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago White Sox.
Kansas Sports Hall to reopen in Wichita
June 15, 2005
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame this fall will re-open its doors to the public.
Raiders win, 8-7
June 15, 2005
Lawrence’s Raiders nudged Manhattan, 8-7, on Tuesday night in American Legion baseball.
Glass advances to match play
June 15, 2005
Lawrence’s Bob Glass had a 15-game pinfall of 3,423 Tuesday during qualifying for the ABC Senior Masters at the Suncoast Bowling Center.
Jamaican breaks 100-meter record
Powell’s 9.77 clocking betters Montgomery’s mark
June 15, 2005
Asafa Powell broke the world record in the 100 meters Tuesday with a 9.77 clocking at Olympic Stadium, where the Jamaican didn’t fare nearly as well during the Athens Games last summer.
Cubs’ Mitre mows down Marlins
June 15, 2005
Sergio Mitre seemed to be the only pitcher who handled the windy conditions Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
Yanks to unveil plan for stadium
Ballpark could be ready in time for 2009 season
June 15, 2005
The New York Yankees will announce detailed plans today for a new $800 million ballpark, which would be built adjacent to the current Yankee Stadium and could be ready by the 2009 season.
KU’s Self has help
St. John’s power forward visiting coach’s camp
June 15, 2005
Huge St. John’s University junior power forward Lamont Hamilton patiently waited his turn in line during a dunk drill designed to thrill more than 500 Bill Self basketball campers Tuesday at Horejsi Center.
Mangino ‘very comfortable’ with replay
Coach addresses changes, 2005 season at breakfast
June 15, 2005
Instant replay officiating - like it or not - is coming to Big 12 Conference football this fall.
Mac-N-Seitz ‘really good’ in sweep
June 15, 2005
Considering the Lawrence Outlaws opponent Tuesday night receives its training from a pair of former major leaguers, it’s probably not too surprising the Mac-N-Seitz 16-year-old Indians put their talent on display in a doubleheader sweep at Free State High.
Royals win first game ever with Dodgers, 3-2
June 15, 2005
Shane Costa could not hide his excitement after the best game of his brief career.
Working stiffs’ travails make for compelling TV
June 15, 2005
What’s it like to live on minimum wage for a month? Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) and his fiance, Alexandra Jamieson, do just that in the debut installment of “30 Days” (9 p.m., FX), a new series inviting participants to experience life in a radical new way for a one-month period.
Cereal lasagna starts the day
June 15, 2005
No time for breakfast? Think again. Here’s a quick
Summer is perfect time to explore ‘messless meals’
June 15, 2005
Although complicated recipes can be satisfying to prepare, every cook undoubtedly has a deep appreciation for simple meals, particularly during hot weather, when spending time over a stove can be uncomfortable.
Making vinaigrette
June 15, 2005
Simply fresh
Local strawberries struggled in late frosts, but plenty remain for ice cream, shortcake or a just-picked snack
June 15, 2005
Jane Creighton has big plans for the field-fresh strawberries she and her husband, Horace, grow at River Bluff Gardens, near Pomona.
Brownback: Two-term pledge still stands
June 15, 2005
Even if he does not run for the White House in three years, Sen. Sam Brownback said he’s sticking to his two-term pledge in the Senate.
Morris’ expenses raise eyebrows
June 15, 2005
State Board of Education member Connie Morris attended a conference in April in Miami Beach, Fla., billing taxpayers $339 per night for her hotel, state records show.
Missouri hotelier donates $800,000 to Kansas Sports Hall of Fame
June 15, 2005
Hotelier John Q. Hammons, founder of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, has donated $800,000 to open a museum and renovate the current Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in Wichita.
On the record
June 15, 2005
 
Lawrence datebook
June 15, 2005
 
UMKC dean hopes to regain credibility after plagiarism flap
June 15, 2005
A University of Missouri-Kansas City dean whose December 2003 commencement speech included unattributed excerpts from a nationally renowned scholar on Tuesday called his apparent plagiarism “a stupid mistake.”
Constitutional posturing pointless and potentially harmful to state
School finance ruling raises constitutional issues
June 15, 2005
This is not a column about separation of powers. The argument about whether the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision in the school finance case violated this doctrine is utterly irrelevant. The doctrine is an important one, but in Kansas there is a recognized authority on it: the Supreme Court. The justices are charged with interpreting the Kansas Constitution and, in a number of decisions, they have developed the law about it. And, in a unanimous opinion, they have decided that they have the power to order the Kansas Legislature to increase school funding. Of course, the Legislature could decide to cause a constitutional crisis and either ignore court’s order or try to impeach the justices of the court, but to do so would have nothing to do with constitutional law and everything to do with irresponsible extremist politics.
State Supreme Court oversteps powers with school ruling
School finance ruling raises constitutional issues
June 15, 2005
On June 3, the Kansas Supreme Court did something truly astonishing. In its decision in Montoy v. Kansas, it ordered the Kansas Legislature to appropriate an additional $143 million for K-12 education this year.
Schools are priority
June 15, 2005
At the risk of sounding like a recent college graduate full of idealism, which I am, I would like to share a few thoughts. Having lived the majority of my 22 years in Lawrence, I am rather dismayed by some of the opinions expressed in letters to the editor.
Cafe comment
June 15, 2005
Too many outdoor cafes in downtown Lawrence? Not enough sidewalk room?
Thanks to court
June 15, 2005
I continue to be amazed at legislators and lawmakers who accuse judges of being “activist” for just doing their jobs. These lawmakers conveniently forget that our constitutions, again state and national, provide for three branches of government. Remember “checks and balances”? It is the job of the judicial branch to “check” on the legislative branch by ruling on the constitutionality of statutes brought before it.
Wasteful show
Members of the Kansas State Board of Education have a right to rewrite the state’s science standards, but do they also have to waste taxpayer’s money in the process?
June 15, 2005
What exactly did Kansas taxpayers get for the estimated $17,000 it cost to stage hearings concerning proposed science standards for Kansas public schools?
Murder suspect portrayed as leading double life
June 15, 2005
In one photo, Martin K. Miller is smiling and wearing a suit and tie. In another, he’s reclining with his arms extended, wearing nothing but a blindfold and a pair of black leather shorts.
City to start constructing roundabout at Clinton Parkway
Lake visitors fear traffic-calmer will create hassle
June 15, 2005
To Donna Johnson’s way of thinking, roundabouts are hard enough to navigate in a normal-size car, let alone in a truck pulling a fifth-wheel camper trailer.
Board of Education studying opt-in sex-ed policy
June 15, 2005
Some conservative members of the State Board of Education said Tuesday that sex education was too graphic or inappropriate for some students, and urged educators to change how the subject was presented.
Suicide bomber kills 23; 4 Americans die
June 15, 2005
A man standing in a line of people waiting for government paychecks in Kirkuk detonated a bomb strapped to his waist on Tuesday, killing himself and at least 23 others, many of them elderly pensioners and children selling wares in a nearby market.
Pedestrian safety committee planned for public awareness
City residents want safer streets
June 15, 2005
Take it from Lawrence resident Amy Sneegas: Green doesn’t always mean go. Sneegas said Lawrence pedestrians would be much safer if motorists would learn that simple lesson.
League unifies kids on the ballfield
Parks and Recreation offers Unified baseball league
June 15, 2005
For Matthew Johnson, Fridays are days when he gets to play on the same team as his brother Steven. Matthew is a member of the Unified Sports league of the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department.
Weather conditions influence games
June 15, 2005
The Storm and the Bats hoped to face off in a Houk league game June 8 at Holcom, but lightning struck down the teams’ plans. As the National Weather Service issued various tornado warnings and watches, hopes of a complete game narrowed, then referees suspended the contest.
Wroten blanks Bulls, leads Sidewinders to Houk League win
June 15, 2005
Getting a good game out of your starting pitcher gives you a chance to win any ball game. Getting a complete game shutout from your starting pitcher means you win every ball game. That’s just what Sidewinder pitcher Alec Wroten was able to provide June 6 against Houk League opponent the Durham Bulls.
LGFPA 10-U Rockers top Thunder, 12-4
June 15, 2005
The Thunder’s game against the Soft Rockers on June 7 featured daring baserunning, moments of defensive brilliance and even a battle between two sisters.
Phenix finds home away from home
16-Fyler plays many league games, tournaments in Shawnee
June 15, 2005
Even though it is more than 20 miles away from where many of the players on Randy Fyler’s 16-U Phenix team live, Mid-America West in Shawnee has pretty much been the team’s home.
Practice game doesn’t lack competition
DCABA teams take advantage of open field to hone skills
June 15, 2005
Most of the time you would find Bulls players competing against the Lancers. But Thursday, the two teams joined forces to play a practice game against the Bears in a 10-U Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. game at 4-H Middle field.
Carpenter tosses one-hitter
Cardinals hurler shuts down Blue Jays in 7-0 win
June 15, 2005
Chris Carpenter had a dominant response for a fan that mocked him in his return to Toronto.
After year apart, Lakers rehire Jackson
Bryant, L.A. welcome back wildly successful coach
June 15, 2005
Phil and Kobe, together again. Phil Jackson is back with the Los Angeles Lakers following a breakup that took a year to mend, and back to coaching Kobe Bryant - a player he once called “uncoachable.”
Despite lack of major, Garcia ahead of curve
June 15, 2005
Not long after Phil Mickelson won the Masters last year, a search was launched to find his replacement as the “best player to have never won a major.”
Woods hit and miss this year
World’s top-ranked golfer no longer dominating
June 15, 2005
The tee shot was pure power, right down the middle of the fourth fairway at Pinehurst No. 2, a perfect drive by Masters champion Tiger Woods.
People in the news
June 15, 2005
¢ Fans offer advice to Michael Jackson ¢ Reporting from Tehran ¢ EBay withdraws tickets
Area briefs
June 15, 2005
¢ Unattended death leads to evacuation ¢ Teen faces charges for vomiting on teacher ¢ Suspect pleads guilty in plot to kill witness
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 15, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $2.02 at several locations around town. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Three-time dropout’s diploma corrects ‘biggest mistake’ of her life
June 15, 2005
Dixie Littlesun dropped out of school at 16, returned to get her GED, quit again, returned, quit again, and returned. Now, at 24, she is celebrating.
Legislator apologizes for questioning three school districts’ expenses
June 15, 2005
The chief education legislator in the Kansas House has apologized for questioning expenses at three school districts, but some people were still upset Tuesday.
Kline to defend legislators, Sebelius, if they defy court
June 15, 2005
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline is promising to defend legislators if they don’t comply with a Kansas Supreme Court order to increase education spending and to pursue legal action to ensure that schools open on time in August.
Commission rejects Southeast Area Plan
City leaders say developers need to give more thought to growth
June 15, 2005
Commission rejects Southeast Area Plan –- Much more thought needs to be put into a plan that will spell out the future of approximately 1,200 acres of property southeast of the city limits, city commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday.