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Police finish investigation of Moon Bar incident
11:41 a.m., June 16, 2005 Updated 12:02 p.m.
An investigation report about the fight and stabbing at the Moon Bar that left Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens with a slashed artery was turned over by police to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office this morning.
Miller’s mistress takes the stand
June 16, 2005
Defense attorneys this afternoon began making their case for accused wife killer Martin K. Miller.
Warm and dry start to Wakarusa Fest
June 16, 2005
The weather looks great for the Wakarusa Festival this weekend.
Dark knight revealed
True face of Caped Crusader uncloaked in ‘Batman Begins’
June 16, 2005
The title of the latest Batman adaptation reportedly went through numerous changes, from “Batman: The Frightening” to “Batman: Intimidation Game.” Ultimately, the producers settled on the more befitting “Batman Begins.”
Scare leads to evacuation near Capitol
June 16, 2005
Emergency officials on Wednesday locked down a downtown office building one block from the Capitol after an envelope filled with an unidentified powder was found, authorities said. No injuries were reported.
Interviews begin for state’s top public schools job
Three Kansans, Virginian are finalists
June 16, 2005
The State Board of Education on Wednesday began interviewing the four finalists - three Kansans and a Virginian - for the top public schools job in Kansas.
Controversy increases over Morris’ newsletter
June 16, 2005
Democrats on Wednesday criticized State Board of Education member Connie Morris for her newsletter that ripped several board members and her stay at a posh hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. - both paid for by taxpayers.
Roberts calls for action on Bolton nomination
June 16, 2005
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has moved in recent days to the center of the fight over John Bolton’s nomination as ambassador to the United Nations.
House votes to curb reach of Patriot Act
Seizures of library, bookstore records would require warrant
June 16, 2005
The House handed President Bush his first defeat in his efforts to preserve the broad powers of the USA Patriot Act, voting Wednesday to curtail the FBI’s ability to seize library and bookstore records for terrorism investigations.
Schiavo autopsy backs husband’s claims
June 16, 2005
The autopsy of Terri Schiavo backed her husband’s contention that she was in a persistent vegetative state, finding she was severely and irreversibly brain-damaged and blind as well. The report, released Wednesday, also found no evidence that she was strangled or otherwise abused before she collapsed.
Study: Adults self-medicating too much in struggle to fall asleep
June 16, 2005
Millions of Americans lie awake at night counting sheep - or have a stiff drink or pop an allergy pill, hoping it will make them drowsy. But experts agree all that self-medicating is a bad idea, and the causes of chronic insomnia remain mysterious.
GOP leader blasts policies on detained terror suspects
June 16, 2005
The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee challenged Congress Wednesday to help define legal rights of terrorism detainees at Guantanamo Bay, bemoaning a “crazy quilt” system.
Hatracks evolved with modern American home
June 16, 2005
The front hall, the introduction to the house, was an important part of the Victorian home. Its furnishings were selected not only to make it a useful place to hang a hat and coat, store an umbrella and leave a calling card, but also to show family wealth, social position and knowledge of current styles.
Separate bulbs to get more blooms
June 16, 2005
Before your spring flowering bulbs melt back into the soil until next year, take a last look at their dying leaves.
Extreme makeover, garage edition
June 16, 2005
If you can’t park your car in the garage or have trouble finding it when it is parked there, your garage could probably use an extreme makeover.
Briefly
June 16, 2005
¢ Jet carrying bombs crashes in neighborhood ¢ Hundreds of illegal immigrants arrested ¢ Report: Nichols declines to testify before jury
Wakarusa Festival rolls out welcome mat
June 16, 2005
Clinton Lake State Park was being transformed Wednesday from a sleepy camping area into a concert venue that will house and host thousands of music lovers for the next four days, starting tonight.
Cat show headed to Lawrence
June 16, 2005
Kitties will be strutting their stuff this weekend at the American Cat Fanciers cat show.
Less-jagged ‘Pill’ is a well-timed release
June 16, 2005
It was 10 years It was 10 years ago Monday that Alanis Morissette’s album “Jagged Little Pill” was released, and she figures you oughta know.
Military Channel reveals survival of fittest
June 16, 2005
“Survivor” fans who miss the physical aspects of the game should check out “Best Ranger” (7 p.m., Military Channel), three hours of coverage of the U.S. Army’s Best Ranger competition held annually in Fort Benning, Ga.
District losing 92 educators
Lawrence teachers taking flight
June 16, 2005
More than 90 teachers and administrators are leaving their posts in the Lawrence district this year.
Board spars on evolution
Personal attacks move to forefront of standards debate
June 16, 2005
A State Board of Education discussion about science standards for Kansas’ public schools didn’t evolve much Wednesday past personal attacks.
Judge upholds ban on sketching of juvenile witness
June 16, 2005
Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin on Wednesday stood by her earlier order prohibiting a Lawrence Journal-World artist from sketching a juvenile witness in the Martin Miller murder trial. The sketch artist also was told by the court that no sketches of the witness should be published.
City still hopeful of holding line on taxes
Road repairs prompt discussion of increase, but little support shown
June 16, 2005
City commissioners on Wednesday stood behind their goal of not increasing property taxes as part of the 2006 budget, even as they received $20 million worth of bad news about the city’s streets.
Sebelius says gambling could fix funding problem
June 16, 2005
Seventeen months after pushing for higher taxes to prop up school funding, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday that goal could be accomplished without further burdening taxpayers.
City briefs
June 16, 2005
¢ West Nile case suspected here ¢ City cancels wood-chip sale ¢ Red Cross conducts blood drive today
Lawrence datebook
June 16, 2005
Gunfire outside club scares customers
June 16, 2005
Patrons of a Lawrence strip club got a scare - but no one was injured - after gunfire erupted in the parking lot early Wednesday morning.
Leavenworth federal penitentiary to become medium-security institution
Some inmates and staff to change, but name of prison will remain same
June 16, 2005
Maximum-security inmates at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth are expected to be moved within the next nine to 12 months as the facility is transformed into a medium-security institution.
Widow sues over crash
Suit claims I-70 unsafe
June 16, 2005
A woman whose husband and two sons died in a crash on Interstate 70 last year has sued the Kansas Turnpike Authority, contending the highway is unreasonably dangerous and unsafe for public travel.
Fossil evidence
June 16, 2005
It is really wonderful to know that early man may have lived and hunted in western Kansas about 12,200 years ago.
Court oversteps
June 16, 2005
The Kansas Supreme Court just ordered the Kansas Legislature to increase the education budget. It is no surprise that this court, filled up with Sebelius sympathizers, decided to push Gov. Sebelius’ tax agenda. The Sebelius court went too far in its decision, denying local control over education, forcing the closing of rural schools and placing us on a path to an $853 million tax increase, which will hurt our frail economy and destroy jobs.
U.S. special counsel responds
June 16, 2005
As head of the independent (and not affiliated with the White House) U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), I take issue with your biased story (“White House Counsel’s Ouster Sought,” June 2) that is replete with inaccuracies, false charges and extraneous name-calling. As head of the independent (and not affiliated with the White House) U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), I take issue with your biased story (“White House Counsel’s Ouster Sought,” June 2) that is replete with inaccuracies, false charges and extraneous name-calling. Although the story said we did not return calls, we immediately responded to an after-hours e-mail and said we would respond in the morning. Unfortunately that was too late for our comments to be included in the initial story.
Jackson verdict reflects sick society
June 16, 2005
Geraldo Rivera’s mustache is safe. The television personality had pledged to shave it off if Michael Jackson had been found guilty of child molestation. Geraldo had nothing to fear. A California jury acquitted O.J. Simpson of murder, so why should it hold Michael Jackson accountable for molesting children? Maybe Michael can now help O.J. search for the “real killer.”
U.S. hasn’t surrendered in ‘war on drugs’
June 16, 2005
Exasperated by pessimism about the “war on drugs,” John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, says: Washington is awash with lobbyists hired by businesses worried that government may, intentionally or inadvertently, make them unprofitable. So why assume that the illicit drug trade is the one business that government, try as it might, cannot seriously injure?
Limited space
Downtown sidewalks are primarily for pedestrians, and city officials should be careful about allowing outdoor dining areas to encroach too much on that use.
June 16, 2005
The Lawrence City Commission delayed consideration this week of new standards for sidewalk dining areas after members of the public asked for more time to study the issue.
Briefcase
June 16, 2005
¢ Colgate Palmolive to close KCK plant ¢ Consumer prices dip; factory output rises ¢ OPEC pledges to boost output ¢ Five dissident unions seek AFL-CIO breakup ¢ Flu shot firm cuts forecast
Commodities
June 16, 2005
Flight of fancy: Imagine being able to wing your way to work
June 16, 2005
I turned the computer screen around for my wife to see. “Check it out - they’re moving around,” I said, watching the robin’s nest webcam that showed two fledglings in a nest in Old West Lawrence.
Meadowbrook Apartments clears room for expansion
June 16, 2005
An expansion on the books for years and in the works for months finally is getting under way at Meadowbrook Apartments.
Daily ticker
June 16, 2005
KU corrals campers
Numbers up this summer for camps around state
June 16, 2005
Kansas University’s flurry of football camps came to an end Wednesday, after two weeks of varying lessons, lengths and locations.
Freshmen sparkle in debut
Newcomer Wright hits game-winner during Self camp scrimmage
June 16, 2005
It didn’t take McDonald’s All-American Julian Wright long to hit his first game-winning shot at Kansas University.
It’s finally ‘Lima Time’ for Royals against Dodgers, 3-1
June 16, 2005
Whether he’s with them or facing them, the Los Angeles Dodgers bring out the best in Jose Lima.
Raiders, Outlaws eager for tourney
Lawrence Invitational baseball tournament on tap in Lawrence
June 16, 2005
For one team, it will be good to see home. For the other, it will be good to see sunshine.
Tough test awaits U.S. Open field at Pinehurst
June 16, 2005
Balls that land in the rough can’t be seen five feet away. Shots that land on the domed greens at Pinehurst No. 2 don’t stay there very long. The U.S. Open is supposed to be the toughest test in golf, and Vijay Singh found it to be every bit of that.
Our town sports
June 16, 2005
 
Football all-star game tonight
June 16, 2005
Six city high school football standouts and one area prep player will take part in the K.C. Metro All-Star football game at 7 tonight in Liberty, Mo.
Glass rolling in Vegas
June 16, 2005
Three-time PBA Senior Player of the Year Bob Glass won all three of his matches Wednesday to stay in the winner’s bracket in the 2005 ABC Senior Masters at Suncoast Bowling Center.
Life insurer offers free term policy
June 16, 2005
You’ve probably heard that nothing in life is free. But sometimes you can get something for nothing.
Marlins’ bats come alive against Cubs
June 16, 2005
Run support was not an issue for A.J. Burnett this time.
Ten-run sixth lifts White Sox
Chicago comes back for 12-6 win over Arizona
June 16, 2005
The Chicago White Sox’s biggest inning in five years made Jon Garland the American League’s first 11-game winner.
Routs becoming common in Finals
Heading into Game 4 tonight, Spurs-Pistons series first to have every game decided by at least 15
June 16, 2005
One of these days, both the San Antonio Spurs and the Detroit Pistons will bring their “A” game to the NBA Finals on the same night. It hasn’t happened yet, but there still are as many as four chances left for the teams to click at the same time.
Former Baylor player off to prison
Dotson faces 35-year sentence for murder of best friend
June 16, 2005
Former Baylor basketball player Carlton Dotson was led off to prison for 35 years Wednesday to shouts from the stepfather of his murdered best friend and teammate, who held up a framed picture of his son and yelled: “Remember him! Remember his face!
NASCAR Trucks’ family affair
Team owner values kin over financial success
June 16, 2005
Bob Keselowski knows he should have gone south years ago. It would have been good for business, in his case, NASCAR Trucks series racing.
People in the news
June 16, 2005
¢ What happens in Vegas … ¢ New film for Eddie Murphy ¢ PETA star power ¢ A Wayans park? ¢ In case you hadn’t heard ¢ Forget method acting
Briefly
June 16, 2005
¢ Police search home in missing teen case ¢ Taliban suspect says bin Laden alive and well ¢ Suspects arrested in terror recruitment case
Troops rescue hostage in Iraq
June 16, 2005
A militant strapped with more than 100 pounds of explosives and disguised in an army uniform blew himself up in a crowded mess hall Wednesday as brutal attacks across Iraq killed more than 50 people. In a dramatic raid, Iraqi and U.S. forces freed Australian hostage Douglas Wood, held by insurgents for 47 days.
Mystic waters
Lawn-free garden proves fertile ground for memories, whimsy and discovery
June 16, 2005
High school sweethearts Kitty and Captain Gray have created a mystical getaway in their backyard.
Dwight Yoakam returns with new album, movies
June 16, 2005
During his 20-year career, Dwight Yoakam has borrowed from rock, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly and even punk to keep his country songs interesting.
Local briefs
June 16, 2005
¢ KU identifies man found in apartment ¢ Police arrest homicide suspect ¢ Eudoran loses money in financial scam ¢ LMH board gives president a raise
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 16, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $2.02 at the Presto Phillips 66, 602 W. Ninth St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
On the record
June 16, 2005
Criminals still thrive in Iraq
June 16, 2005
Three haggard Romanian journalists appeared on al-Jazeera television April 22 in handcuffs and with guns pointed at their heads to beg for their lives. They would be killed if Romania did not immediately withdraw its 860 troops from Iraq, their captors announced to the world.
Horoscopes
June 16, 2005
For Thursday, June 16
Briefly
June 16, 2005
¢ Bush calls for passage of energy bill ¢ No trauma found on child at Disney World ¢ Former state trooper kills wife at courthouse ¢ Klansman’s trial begins for 1964 slayings ¢ House rejects action on medical marijuana
Too much water drowns plant health
June 16, 2005
My three-year-old son stood looking out the window singing to himself: “Rain, rain go away, I want to come out and play, rain, rain go away.” I chuckled to myself and thought, “If he only knew how fitting that song was.
Van Go fleet floats for fun, fundraising
Benefit parade boasts ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and rock ‘n’ roll boats
June 16, 2005
“Man, they want me to wear this big hat,” says Trenton Boster, a Lawrence High School junior, with a skeptical smile.
Defendant’s diary shows marital discontent
Coroner confident of strangulation; son says he heard dad in room
June 16, 2005
Martin K. Miller felt his wife of nearly 25 years wasn’t meeting his needs.
Kline’s guidance on school finance questioned
June 16, 2005
A memo to Kansas legislators from the state’s attorney general has drawn ire from the lead attorney for school districts in the lawsuit that has prompted the Legislature’s first special session in 15 years.
Review of Kansas River use stirs political waters
June 16, 2005
As the “Spirit of the Kaw” churned along the Kansas River, a blue-winged teal created a stir by fluttering its wings half in the water.
Kansas reps disclose perks
June 16, 2005
When Democratic Rep. Dennis Moore traveled to a Nasdaq Stock Market conference in Miami last year, the stock exchange covered his travel, food and hotel expenses.
Underdogs’ soar during scrimmage
June 16, 2005
No, they have not yet added tattoos of Underdog, the cartoon superhero, on their arms. But by choice, Rodrick Stewart and Jeremy Case each have taken on the label.
Poor image
June 16, 2005
With all of the controversy about “Gitmo” and the military prison there, let’s look at some facts.