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Jury finds Miller guilty of wife’s murder
June 20, 2005
The verdict is in. A former Christian school leader was convicted late this afternoon of first-degree murder.
Jury: Miller guilty of wife’s murder
04:25 p.m., June 20, 2005 Updated 04:22 p.m.
BULLETIN - A Douglas County jury this afternoon convicted Martin K. Miller of killing his wife.
Officials identify man who died at weekend music festival
Coroner investigating cause of death
11:37 a.m., June 20, 2005 Updated 11:37 a.m.
The Douglas Dounty Sheriff’s Department has identified the man who died Sunday at the Wakarusa music festival.
KU researchers get nearly $8 million to study male contraceptives
June 20, 2005
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Kansas University and the KU Medical Center nearly $8 million to research male contraceptives.
Find some shade - hot and sunny today
June 20, 2005
The calendar might say it’s the last day of spring. But today’s weather seems more like the middle of summer — sunny skies and hot temperatures.
Gators take bite out of Nebraska
Florida rides early home run to 7-4 victory over Cornhuskers, halting NU’s 11-game win streak
June 20, 2005
Five pitches into the game, Florida’s Jeff Corsaletti and Adam Davis had negated some of Nebraska’s home-field advantage at the College World Series.
Vietnamese protesters call for human rights action
June 20, 2005
Phan Van Khai, the first Vietnamese prime minister to visit the United States since the end of the war 30 years ago, called on Vietnamese emigres to help strengthen ties between the two countries as he began a weeklong tour aimed at improving relations with Washington.
Researchers finding earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease
June 20, 2005
A subtle change in a memory-making brain region seems to predict who will get Alzheimer’s disease nine years before symptoms appear, scientists reported Sunday.
Briefly
June 20, 2005
¢ Hundreds mourn boy who died at Disney World ¢ CIA pilot buried 53 years after being shot down ¢ CIA chief has ‘excellent idea’ where bin Laden is ¢ Citadel selects new president
AMA considers backing moratorium on prescription drug ads
June 20, 2005
Amid increased scrutiny of advertising drugs directly to consumers, the American Medical Assn. is considering backing a government moratorium on drug ads.
Horoscopes
June 20, 2005
For Monday, June 20, 2005
Bush’s criticism of Iranian vote backfires on Washington
June 20, 2005
Iran’s spy chief used just two words to respond to White House ridicule of last week’s presidential election: “Thank you.”
Capturing counterculture
June 20, 2005
It was 1968, a year of assassinations, student unrest and growing protests against the war in Vietnam. David Fenton was just a kid with a camera, and his life was forever changed.
Corrections
June 20, 2005
Smoking ban changes considered
City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at www.lawrenceks.org
June 20, 2005
City commissioners will consider making changes to the city’s smoking ban that could make it easier for city prosecutors to prove that bar owners and other business owners are in violation of the ordinance.
On the record
June 20, 2005
Lawrence datebook
June 20, 2005
Fee increases likely in budget
June 20, 2005
Lawrence residents can expect single-digit percentage increases for water, sewer and trash services, along with an increase in green fees at the city-owned Eagle Bend Golf Course, in 2006.
Lawmakers have several options on gambling
June 20, 2005
The Legislature’s options for expanding gambling during a special session set to begin Wednesday.
Briefly
June 20, 2005
¢ Study: Stem cells could develop into sex cells ¢ Police question father of Dutch teenager ¢ Emigrant vote could swing election balance ¢ American plane makes emergency landing
U.S. troops see flare-up of fighting in Afghanistan
June 20, 2005
Fighting raged across southern Afghanistan on Sunday as the U.S. military pounded suspected Taliban positions with airstrikes that killed as many as 20 militants along a narrow mountain footpath.
Anti-Syrian faction may gain control of parliament
June 20, 2005
Pro-Syrian candidates appeared headed for defeat Sunday in Lebanon’s first free elections in three decades - a win that would break Damascus’ longtime domination of Lebanese political life and its parliament.
U.S. allies question CIA deportations
June 20, 2005
U.S. allies have begun to resist Washington’s secretive role in spiriting away terror suspects: Italy is investigating the disappearance of one accused militant as a kidnapping, Sweden wrote rules to assert its authority over outside agents and Canada is holding hearings after one of its citizens was sent to Syria.
Censored 1945 dispatch describing atomic bombing printed
Reporter described Nagasaki as ‘wasteland of war’
June 20, 2005
An American journalist who sneaked into Nagasaki soon after the Japanese city was leveled by a U.S. atomic bomb found a “wasteland of war” and victims moaning from the pain of radiation burns in downtown hospitals.
Campbell unlikely winner at Open
June 20, 2005
Even with the shiny silver trophy at his side, Michael Campbell had a hard time grasping how far he had come to win the U.S. Open.
Recovering Royal Hernandez baffles Astros
June 20, 2005
Runelvys Hernandez is recovering nicely from Tommy John surgery.
Horry clutch; Spurs up 3-2
June 20, 2005
Big Shot Bob did it again. Robert Horry, the veteran player whose clutch postseason three-pointers have defined his career, knocked down a wide-open three with 5.8 seconds remaining in overtime Sunday night to give the San Antonio Spurs a 96-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
Raiders take title
Lawrence continues mastery of Manhattan
June 20, 2005
Pitcher Jake Hoover just didn’t like the looks of things. The Lawrence Raiders had just given him an early one-run lead against the Manhattan 17ers, which, as crazy as it sounds, was exactly the problem.
Former Jayhawk Ostertag big man at hoops camp
June 20, 2005
Bill Self asked his 500 or so basketball campers what appeared to be an easy question Sunday afternoon at Horejsi Center.
Schumacher wins ‘strange’ race
Michelin drivers skip U.S. Grand Prix because of tire woes
June 20, 2005
Michael Schumacher climbed from his car to a chorus of boos, die-hard Formula One fans unable to accept his first victory of the season after more than two-thirds of the field quit in protest over tire safety.
Griffey slugs game-winner for Reds
June 20, 2005
With a noteworthy home run, Ken Griffey Jr. turned Father’s Day into another personal hallmark moment.
Look out: New York is rolling
Surging Yankees complete sweep of Cubs
June 20, 2005
Mike Mussina’s bright yellow T-shirt hardly seemed appropriate. Written across the chest was “Chico’s Bail Bonds,” sponsor of the most famous fictional Little League team in Hollywood history.
Young Outlaws fall to Manhattan in semis
June 20, 2005
No one ever told the Lawrence Outlaws that growing pains would hurt this much.
Woods roars, but putter betrays him
Tiger makes charge, but bogeys on 16, 17 result in 2-stroke loss
June 20, 2005
The birdie putt dropped from five feet, Tiger Woods pumped his fist in excitement, and the roars echoed through the tall Carolina pines.
McCain: Iraqi military training likely to take ‘a couple more years’
June 20, 2005
A leading Republican senator said Sunday it probably would take “at least a couple more years” before enough Iraqis are capable of securing their country, a prime condition set by the Bush administration for beginning to withdraw U.S. troops.
Bomber kills nearly two dozen at restaurant
June 20, 2005
A suicide bomber strapped with explosives killed nearly two dozen people at a busy downtown restaurant frequented by Iraqi police, topping a series of bloody attacks Sunday that killed at least 36 Iraqis nationwide, including 12 members of the U.S.-trained security forces.
People in the news
June 20, 2005
¢ Jackson spotlight shifts ¢ Exhibition of father’s works brings De Niro to tears ¢ Former Greek king’s grandson christened in Athens ¢ Actor wants to see more roles portraying culture spectrum ¢ Stephen King faces misery of lawsuit ¢ Security upgrade considered for Beach Boys’ landmark
FBI admits it didn’t promote terrorism experts despite 9-11
June 20, 2005
In sworn testimony that contrasts with their promises to the public, the FBI managers who crafted the post-Sept. 11 fight against terrorism say expertise about the Mideast or terrorism was not important in choosing the agents they promoted to top jobs.
Local West Nile case comes earlier than expected
June 20, 2005
A 51-year-old Douglas County man is being treated for the nation’s first case of West Nile virus this season.
Jury likely to begin deliberating today in murder trial
June 20, 2005
There’s no dispute that a Kansas University librarian died in her bedroom last summer after letting out muffled screams in the night. There’s no dispute that her husband, a carpenter and former Christian-school trustee, was at the scene.
Bolton could get U.N. post during recess
June 20, 2005
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declined to rule out the possibility Sunday that President Bush would temporarily make John R. Bolton the U.N. ambassador if Senate Democrats continue stalling the nomination.
Search continues for missing Scout
June 20, 2005
Search-and-rescue crews continued combing a rugged mountain area Sunday for an 11-year-old Boy Scout who went missing while on a camping trip with a friend.
More local control sought for UMKC
June 20, 2005
Trustees of the University of Missouri-Kansas City say they should have more local control over the school - and that the University of Missouri system’s management structure hurts the university’s chances to raise money and improve academically.
Young volunteers sought for summer
June 20, 2005
The Youth Volunteer Council, sponsored by the Roger Hill Volunteer Center, can help kids stay busy over summer break. This group organizes several volunteer opportunities per month during the summer.
Study clarifies effects of eating fish while pregnant
June 20, 2005
Fish can be healthful as well as hazardous, therefore medical experts have grappled for years with what advice to give people, particularly pregnant women, about how much is safe to eat.
Ruin is just a click away in Lifetime flick
June 20, 2005
Actress Kelly Lynch first got my attention as a stone cold junkie in the 1989 film “Drugstore Cowboy.” Now she’s playing the mother of a teenage jock with a very serious problem in the cautionary TV drama “Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life” (8 p.m., Lifetime). Teenage swimming champ Justin Petersen (Jeremy Sumpter) has it all. He’s going to the state finals and is on track to get a huge scholarship. He’s got a sweet girlfriend, Amy (Lyndsy Fonseca), who’d be ever sweeter, thinks Justin, if she wasn’t so hung up on church and abstinence.
Offering legwork, not just ideas, may garner more credit
June 20, 2005
You’d think that “I have an idea!” would be the most welcomed sentence in organizational life, but no-o-o-o. Why? Two reasons.
The week ahead
June 20, 2005
CEO oversees Sprint’s recovery
Gary Forsee brings morale, merger to K.C.
June 20, 2005
Shareholders for Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc. vote next month on the companies’ proposed $35 billion merger - a combination that would cap Sprint chief executive Gary Forsee’s two-year campaign to transform the telecommunications company from a struggling also-ran to one of the industry’s leaders.
Stem-cell cause
June 20, 2005
The Journal-World editor urged Lawrence and the whole state of Kansas, in an April 16 article, to take a leadership role in the area of biosciences. This includes stem-cell research. He reminded us that with successful leadership, this growing field will not only provide cures for people but bring thousands of dollars and thousands of jobs to the state of Kansas. I urge the editor to lead by example and ensure that the Journal-World not only reports on embryonic stem-cell research but also on the positive successes of adult stem-cell research.
Political insanity
June 20, 2005
Being a member of a white Christian party I thought I’d make a few comments toward Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean. First of all, yes, I am white, and I am a born-again Christian. I am sorry if that offends you. Second, I make an honest living, as you have recently blanketed Republicans as being not honest in how they earn money.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 20, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $2 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
City briefs
June 20, 2005
¢ St. John Fiesta begins on Friday ¢ Workshop to examine pets in family photos ¢ Dinosaur fossil focus of presentation ¢ Antique car rally to hit Lecompton
Costs and benefits of growth
June 20, 2005
We all know that Lawrence is growing. Some of the effects of growth are hard to miss: new housing subdivisions, more retailers on South Iowa Street and West Sixth Street, and more traffic on the roads. But other consequences of growth are harder to see.
A liberal mole?
June 20, 2005
My explanation for the latest newsletter screed by Kansas State Board of Education member Connie Morris (Lawrence Journal-World, June 14, page 1A) is that Ms. Morris is a liberal mole whose mission is to damage the conservative cause as much as she possibly can.
Misdirected threat
June 20, 2005
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Senate Republican Policy Committee has asked Bush to “reconsider financial support for the (Red Cross) after its criticism of how U.S. forces treat their detainees abroad.”
Adopt a terrorist?
June 20, 2005
On June 14, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., likened our troops to the Nazis and the Khmer Rouge because a “barefooted detainee was shaking with cold” in his room at Guantanamo Bay. A day later, William Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA - the group that has called Guantanamo a “gulag” - said interrogators would have more success with a terrorist detainee by “making friends with the person.”
Apology due
June 20, 2005
I am appalled that the Journal-World ever, at any time, felt there could be justification for sketching one of the Miller children during the murder trial of their father.
Harsh security offsets reforms in Egypt
June 20, 2005
The Egyptian capital is my first stop on a trip to examine whether this is really a new day for Arab democracy. If democracy is really bursting out in the Middle East no venue is more important than this one.
Street work
Reducing its fund balance may be an acceptable way to help the city catch up on much-needed road maintenance.
June 20, 2005
Lawrence city commissioners got a rather shocking report last week on the condition of the city’s streets.
Study on costs of growth will cost $140,000
June 20, 2005
City commissioners aren’t sure what the costs of growth are in Lawrence, but they now know how much it will cost to find out: $140,000.
Noise ordinance puts bands in jam
New complaint-enforcement policy has brought police to several practice sessions
June 20, 2005
These days, the rock group Psilenus takes extra care to mute noise coming from the North Lawrence home where members practice. The four-piece band barricades itself behind a series of closed doors in a concrete basement, where a menagerie of quilts coat the walls to further deaden the sound.
Special session may pose challenges
Lawmakers might not stay focused on education funding
June 20, 2005
In other states, special legislative sessions occur frequently enough that they aren’t a big event. That’s not true for Kansas.
Briefly
June 20, 2005
¢ Aftershocks felt across quake-rocked state ¢ Police search for missing plane ¢ Son shoots father after pleading for mother’s life
Festival deemed a hot success
Concerts end on peaceful note, but police investigating death
June 20, 2005
The Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival drew toward a close late Sunday much the way it began, with bands performing on stage and thousands of people having a good time.