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Crews searching river for possible missing person
June 22, 2005
Rescue crews were searching the Kansas River east of the bridge at Eudora late Wednesday night for someone who reportedly fell off a jet ski and was swept away.
DA identifies girl killed by ‘heinous’ abuse
June 22, 2005
Douglas County Dist. Atty. Charles Branson today identified the 3-year-old girl who he said was killed by rough treatment from her mother’s boyfriend, calling it a “heinous crime.”
Legislature begins special session
June 22, 2005
The Kansas Legislature today started the first special session since 1989 to grapple with a state Supreme Court order to increase school funding.
Hot and sticky this afternoon
June 22, 2005
“Temperatures are heading into the 90s again today,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “I think we have a lot of sunshine through Friday afternoon.”
Local briefs
June 22, 2005
¢ Family escapes fire in home ¢ Driver arrested on drug charges ¢ Police complete embezzlement report ¢ Web site provides illness updates
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 22, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $2.06 at Presto Phillips 66, 602 W. Ninth St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Small Kansas farms falling by wayside
June 22, 2005
By Dave Ranney dranney@ljworld.com Kansas farms are disappearing. Thirty-five years ago, there were 87,000. Today, there are 62,000.
Ex-Farmland leaders seek coverage
Former executives file lawsuit against insurance firms
June 22, 2005
Facing a lawsuit that could cost them more than $300 million in compensatory damages, Lawrence resident Bob Honse and 28 other former leaders of Farmland Industries are going to court to get the insurance protection they say they’re owed.
Jaws’ still packs bite with anniversary DVD edition
June 22, 2005
It might be three decades old, but “Jaws” still can make one think twice before venturing into the surf.
Herbie: Fully Loaded’ revs up old-fashioned charm
June 22, 2005
Disney, pimp my ride!
Baylor battles back to beat top seed
Down 7-0 after six innings, Bears rally for three in ninth frame to tame Tulane
June 22, 2005
Baylor wanted to stick around and play some more baseball at the College World Series.
Egyptian judges earn support
June 22, 2005
If Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wants to promote democracy on her visit to the Egyptian capital, she should visit the Judges’ Club.
Horoscopes
June 22, 2005
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88s rack up runs in win over 47s
June 22, 2005
The 88s brought out their best effort against the 47s on June 15, excelling on the mound, in the field and at the plate. They played almost flawlessly, cruising to a 21-2 victory in the Heinrich League game at Holcom.
Briefly
June 22, 2005
¢ AMA refuses to back ban on drug ads ¢ Prostitutes’ alleged clients featured on Web ¢ Frist reverses himself, will push for Bolton vote ¢ Huge fire destroys century-old warehouse ¢ Texas also facing school funding woes
Plan for Sixth and SLT reviewed
Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:30 p.m. today ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets
June 22, 2005
Commissioners are to review plans for a major new commercial area at Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway. The project, dubbed Mercato, proposes a mix of retail, office and residential uses on 122 acres immediately north and east of the interchange of Sixth Street and the trafficway.
Washers: a pressure purchase
June 22, 2005
Some of the more powerful pressure washers we recently rated are capable of splintering wooden tables. All are at least forceful enough to harm a car’s paint.
People in the news
June 22, 2005
¢ Family of slain rapper presses on with wrongful death case ¢ Former vice president’s daughter fighting cancer ¢ Book deal I ¢ Book deal II
Study the studies
June 22, 2005
I think the Lawrence City Commission should have a $100,000 study to determine why the City Commission needs so many studies.
Security incentive
Credit card processors might be more security-conscious if they had to cover more of the financial losses resulting from stolen data.
June 22, 2005
A recent incident that exposed 40 million credit card accounts to possible fraud is a stark reminder of how much our society depends on the security of computer records.
Phenix gain experience despite defeat
High level of competition pushes 12-U team to learn the game
June 22, 2005
Every team encounters its share of challenges through a season. The obstacles that Phenix-Asher, a 12-U softball team in its second year under coach Kristy Asher, are overcoming require one thing: experience.
Hummers dominate Sirens in pool play, finish third place overall
June 22, 2005
There was no place like home for the Hummers on Saturday at the Wham Bam Slam at Clinton Lake Softball Complex. That was the case not only because most of the Lawrence-based Hummers team was playing on its own turf, but also because each Hummers batter visited home plate at least once during their first game of pool play against the Sirens.
Author’s home placed on historic register
June 22, 2005
Commissioners without much discussion agreed to place the former Lawrence home of author William S. Burroughs on the Lawrence Register of Historic Places.
Missing camper mystery solved
Connecticut man left town without telling friends
June 22, 2005
A Connecticut man sought during an intensive search at Clinton State Park left a message on his parents’ answering machine Tuesday evening saying that he had left a weekend music festival and had arrived at another location.
Chicago’s Garland earns 12th victory
June 22, 2005
Jon Garland heard the once-familiar boos when he left the game Tuesday night. They weren’t for him. Not this time.
Raiders win another, 8-4
June 22, 2005
After winning the Lawrence Invitational last weekend, Lawrence’s Raiders rallied for four runs Tuesday night in the seventh inning to defeat Topeka 400, 8-4.
NBA age limit to affect colleges
KU’s Self says recruiting landscape to change
June 22, 2005
The next high school phenom will have to wait until he’s 19 before declaring for the NBA Draft.
Smoltz fires shutout for Braves
June 22, 2005
John Smoltz never forgot how the Florida Marlins battered him in the season opener.
Huge outburst lifts Yankees
New York rallies from 10-2 deficit to win, 20-11
June 22, 2005
In one stunning inning, the New York Yankees appeared to exorcise three months of frustration.
Mystics win
June 22, 2005
In a game that featured four second-half technicals and an ejection, Alana Beard scored 19 points to lead the Washington Mystics to a 77-56 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night.
Diogu to remain in draft
June 22, 2005
Arizona State’s Ike Diogu, the third player ever to lead the Pac-10 in scoring and rebounding in the same season, was among several players who indicated Tuesday they would remain in the NBA Draft.
Age restriction included in deal
Minimum age upped to 19 in six-year pact
June 22, 2005
The days of jumping from the preps to the pros - the route to the NBA chosen by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tracy McGrady and others - almost are over.
Briefly
June 22, 2005
¢ North Korean delegation in South for talks ¢ Pinochet hospitalized after fainting ¢ Vatican envoy to talk with Orthodox Church ¢ Warships dispatched to defend fishermen
Sharon, Abbas fail to resolve Gaza issues
June 22, 2005
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas failed Tuesday to resolve key issues on Israel’s planned Gaza withdrawal, and the Palestinian chief said he received no positive answers in a “difficult” meeting.
Prominent critic of Syria victim of car bombing
June 22, 2005
Anti-Syria critic and former Communist Party leader George Hawi was assassinated Tuesday morning by a bomb attached to the underside of his Mercedes, just days after Lebanon elected its first legislature independent of Syrian control in decades.
Train wreck kills seven, injures nearly 200
June 22, 2005
A passenger train plowed into a coal truck Tuesday and sent three cars tumbling off the tracks in a sunflower field in southern Israel, killing seven people and injuring nearly 200 in one of Israel’s worst train accidents.
Cub Scout found unscathed after four days in wilderness
June 22, 2005
An 11-year-old boy who vanished from a Boy Scout camp was found alive and in good condition Tuesday after spending four days lost in the rugged Utah wilderness.
Runaway bride’ feared being imperfect wife
June 22, 2005
Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks wanted to vanish because she feared she could not be the perfect wife. She picked Austin, Texas, as her original destination after seeing actor Matthew McConaughey talk about his hometown on TV. And she funded her odyssey by cashing a cell phone rebate check and emptying an old bank account.
Bush says he’ll visit communist Vietnam
June 22, 2005
As hundreds of Vietnamese-Americans protested outside the White House gates Tuesday, President Bush welcomed Vietnam’s prime minister to the Oval Office, praising the new relationship between the former enemy nations and announcing that he’ll visit communist Vietnam next year.
On the record
June 22, 2005
Lawrence datebook
June 22, 2005
KU conducting auction
June 22, 2005
Kansas University’s athletic department will conduct its first online auction starting Friday.
Earl charged in assault
June 22, 2005
Former Kansas University basketball player Lester Earl was charged Monday with two misdemeanors after he allegedly fought with his girlfriend Sunday at their home. Earl, 28, was charged in Johnson County District Court with domestic battery and criminal damage. He pleaded not guilty and posted $2,000 bond. His next court date is a scheduling conference July 6.
Speedy Salinan commits to KU
Football/track great makes pledge for ‘06
June 22, 2005
Snagging a running back for the 2005 recruiting class took Kansas University’s football team up to the final hours before signing day in February.
Pistons force decisive Game 7
Defending champs sink Spurs, 95-86
June 22, 2005
Larry Brown and Gregg Popovich met at midcourt as the final buzzer sounded to exchange handshakes and a hug.
Lecompton Territorial Days offers old-fashioned fun
June 22, 2005
A parade, games and plays will all be part of Lecompton’s Territorial Days fest.
Southeast Area Plan to be revisited
Douglas County Commission agenda ¢ 6:35 p.m. today ¢ County courthouse, 1100 Mass.
June 22, 2005
County commissioners today will discuss the proposed Southeast Area Plan, which spells out future land uses for about 1,200 acres of property near O’Connell Road and Kansas Highway 10.
City delays changes to smoking ban
June 22, 2005
City commissioners Tuesday held up on approving changes to the city’s smoking ban after a Lawrence bar owner said he felt the city was unnecessarily trying to make it easier to convict business owners of violating the ban.
Salvation Army leaders leaving
June 22, 2005
Lawrence Salvation Army leaders Rich and Judy Forney are being transferred out of the community as the organization begins a fundraising drive for a new $3.5 million homeless shelter.
U.S. revisiting Civil Rights era
Former Klansman’s conviction latest effort to amend past
June 22, 2005
The ghosts of America’s violent civil rights battle are haunting the headlines again this summer, 40 and more years later.
Legislature starting summer camp
Special session on school funding kicks off today
June 22, 2005
Court-ordered school funding, angry Republicans, casino gambling and a possible preview of next year’s governor’s race. These subjects and more will collide today at the start of the special legislative session, the first in Kansas since 1989.
Discouraged farmers predict below-average wheat harvest
Mother Nature dims crop prospects
June 22, 2005
Leonard Heffner’s hands are thick and so sullied that he declines a handshake. In denim coveralls, he bustles around one of his barns, not ceasing his work as he talks about the struggles of farming.
Police report child homicide
June 22, 2005
Lawrence Police Tuesday night arrested a man in connection with the death of a 3-year-old girl.
Easy fruit bars make for good snacking
June 22, 2005
If you’re looking for a wholesome, homemade snack that has more nutritious value than many “junk” food items, you may wish to try this recipe with its blend of grain ingredients.
Water works
Overhydration leads to marathon of problems
June 22, 2005
It’s a little known problem, really. Many athletes are unaware it’s even possible. You can die from drinking too much water? What?
Briefcase
June 22, 2005
¢ Kroger profits rise 12 percent ¢ CarMax earnings accelerate in quarter ¢ Hammons plans N. Carolina center
AMC plans merger despite sales slump
June 22, 2005
At a time when most Americans say they would rather watch a movie at home, the country’s second largest theater chain, AMC Entertainment Inc., announced plans Tuesday to acquire Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corp.
Anti-drug advocates don’t buy into candy
Every lick is like taking a hit’
June 22, 2005
Marijuana-flavored lollipops with names such as Purple Haze, Acapulco Gold and Rasta are showing up on the shelves of convenience stores around the country, angering anti-drug advocates.
Daily ticker
June 22, 2005
Arts notes
June 22, 2005
¢ KPR promises steady aim for season finale ¢ Lawrence youth lauded for volunteer work
A body to die for on FX
June 22, 2005
Last week on “30 Days” (9 p.m., FX), nearly 2 million viewers watched filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) and his girlfriend, Alexandra Jamieson, spend a month subsisting on minimum wage. Tonight, Spurlock cedes guinea pig status to a former high school swimming champ who has seen his once svelte physique become a tad too pear-shaped.
Acquitted 9-11 suspect returns home
June 22, 2005
Abdelghani Mzoudi fell into the arms of his sobbing mother as he emerged into the airport’s arrival terminal Tuesday, sent home to Morocco by German authorities after being acquitted of aiding the Sept. 11 hijackers.
Army deserter, family return to Japan
June 22, 2005
U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins left his boyhood home for Japan early Tuesday, a day after apologizing for his more than 40-year-old decision to abandon his post for life in North Korea.
Two Marines say ‘lack of leadership’ led to Humvee armor contract delay
June 22, 2005
Two top Marine Corps officers acknowledged Tuesday that they waited two months to issue a contract for armor kits to protect the undersides of Humvees after promising to do so earlier this year.
Official: Militants want to rule Islamic world
U.S. envoy says Iraqis are being used as ‘cannon fodder’ in domination quest
June 22, 2005
America’s new ambassador to Iraq expressed horror Tuesday at the violence wracking the country and said Islamic extremists and Saddam Hussein loyalists are trying to start a civil war.
Expanded gambling: Not instant money, but may help in school crisis
June 22, 2005
Expanded gambling won’t mean instant riches for the state, but it could provide enough revenue in time to satisfy a state Supreme Court mandate that legislators quickly come up with more money for public schools.
Area briefs
June 22, 2005
¢ Couple set up bequest to geographical library ¢ KU professor featured in school finance talk ¢ United Way to offer 211 referral service ¢ Horse kick sends victim to hospital ¢ First West Nile case in U.S. confirmed by CDC ¢ Pharmacist loses appeal
Retrial of Westar executives begins
June 22, 2005
Federal prosecutors opened the government’s retrial case Tuesday against two former Westar Inc. executives who are accused of trying to loot the state’s largest electric utility.
Nobel prize-winning electronics pioneer dies
June 22, 2005
Nobel laureate Jack Kilby, whose invention of the integrated circuit ushered in the electronics age and made possible the microprocessor, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 81.
Young Musicians president prepares pre-concert feast
June 22, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “A Medley of Flavors.”
Cilantro provides lively zest
June 22, 2005
Native to the Mediterranean and the Orient, coriander is related to the parsley family. It’s known for both its seeds (the dried, ripe fruit of the plant) and for its dark green, lacy leaves (cilantro). Interestingly, the flavors of the seeds and leaves bear absolutely no resemblance to each other.
Signal detected from solar sail spacecraft
June 22, 2005
Scientists said they may have detected a signal from the world’s first solar sail spacecraft, hours after it suddenly stopped communicating following Tuesday’s launch from a Russian submarine under the Barents Sea.
Serena outlasts childhood buddy
Haynes wins first-set tiebreaker, ultimately falls to Williams
June 22, 2005
The asphalt courts at the public park where Serena Williams and Angela Haynes learned to swing a racket and the patch of grass where they engaged in a riveting Grand Slam match Tuesday are separated by thousands of miles and so much more.
Racism and the death penalty
June 22, 2005
The U.S. Supreme Court has finally busted the Death State, Texas, proving that the anti-death penalty crowd is not made up of paranoid conspiracist apologists for criminals. That the issue of race is deeply embedded in the administration of the death penalty in Texas could not be denied by even a supposedly conservative-leaning court.
Jewish defense
June 22, 2005
Last Thursday, the Public Forum included a letter “Poor image” about Jews “stealing the land” and bombing people.
Flip-flops are strictly for fun
June 22, 2005
Why is it that, day after not-quite-summery day, otherwise practical, savvy, street-smart and generally tasteful women insist on slipping slabs of rubber on their feet and slapping around the city? Yes, I’m talking about flip-flops, that utterly irrational fashion trend that seems frozen in an eternal crest. Why won’t they go away?
Time teaches lessons in garden
June 22, 2005
When I was in second grade, I won a third-place ribbon in my hometown science fair for an embarrassingly rudimentary experiment. I took a set of basic cacti (those little round ones with the short needles) and planted them in various substances (soil, sand, clay probably), compared the results over time, and described my findings on a big, fancy poster.
Court process
June 22, 2005
Rich Lorenzo (Public Forum, June 16) decried as “unconstitutional” the recent order by the Kansas Supreme Court that the Kansas Legislature increase the budget for education. In doing so, he labeled the court as the “Sebelius court” no less than six times in three paragraphs. Unless you live in south Lawrence or Baldwin, you might not remember that Lorenzo ran as a Republican for the 10th District in the Kansas House in 2004.
Missing the point
June 22, 2005
Call me crazy, but I think that most Republican members in the Kansas Legislature have totally missed the point. The members of the Kansas Supreme Court are not standing on top of the Capitol, shouting down to all lawmakers, “I am all-powerful, bow to my will.” The Supreme Court is simply aski
Option to Bolton may be dumping U.N.
June 22, 2005
The folks trying to stop John Bolton from becoming U.N. ambassador might want to consider that the alternative could be much worse from their point of view.
Commodities
June 22, 2005
Orange Crush uses defense, clutch hitting to down Tornadoes
June 22, 2005
The Orange Crush won a game against the Teal Tornadoes, 10-5, on June 14 in a 15-U Lawrence Girls Fast Pitch Assn. game at Holcom. The Crush scored five runs in the first inning and never looked back, using a combination of strong hitting and aggressive base running to pick up the victory.
DCABA provides history, opportunities
June 22, 2005
As far as many people in the Lawrence baseball community can remember, competitive baseball in the area began with the Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. for players as young as 6 years old.
Lawrence teams bring home hardware
Local teams place in all but one age division at national qualifier
June 22, 2005
Home-field advantage worked in favor of the nine Lawrence softball teams competing in the American Fastpitch Assn. national qualifying tournament, the Wham Bam Slam, last weekend at Clinton Lake Sports Complex. A team from Lawrence took home a trophy in every division except for the 12-U age group. Phenix-Rusk, Phenix-Fyler and the Hummers all took first in pool play.
Cubs come up big in win over Orioles
Orioles offer little resistance to Cubs’ offense in 23-0 loss
June 22, 2005
A 12-U Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. rematch between the Cubs and Orioles didn’t go the way the Orioles had hoped. The Cubs struck early and often, taking a commanding first inning lead they would never relinquish en route to a 23-0 victory June 13 at Youth Sports Inc.
Cardinals score early in win over Raptors
Big third inning helps team roll to easy 22-4 DCABA victory
June 22, 2005
The Raptors and the Cardinals met on the diamond for a second time this season June 13 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The first time the two 12-U Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. teams faced off, the Cardinals escaped with a narrow win. This time, the Raptors looked to even the series.
Storm win with late-innings comeback
Houk League team rebounds from 10-run deficit for 11-10 win
June 22, 2005
You had to see it to believe it. And even the people who did witness the Storm’s 11-run comeback in the fourth and fifth innings of their Houk League game against the River Dogs on June 15 at Holcom were still shaking their heads in disbelief after the last out.
Thunder take charge against Yankees
June 22, 2005
When your pitcher doesn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning and your offense begins the game with four runs, your chances of winning the game are good. That turned out to be definitely true for the Thunder in a Lawrence Girls Fast Pitch Assn. 10-U game against the Junior Yankees on June 14 at Lawrence High.
Yellow Jackets hold on for 7-6 victory
June 22, 2005
No one would describe the Yellow Jackets as a quiet team. From the first pitch to the last at-bat of their 12-U Lawrence Girls Fast Pitch Assn. game Thursday at Holcom, a steady stream of cheers, chants and yells flowed from their dugout.
Marlin’s bats get it done against Brewers
Jhawk league face off in make-up of rain-delayed game
June 22, 2005
After numerous days of rain, the conditions were perfect June 15 for the Marlins and Brewers to meet in a Jhawk Baseball game at Holcom. The Marlins won the Lawrence Parks and Recreation game, 9-5.
KU’s Giles eager about shot at playing for U.S.
June 22, 2005
C.J. Giles hopes an invitation to USA Basketball’s Men’s Under-21 National Team Trials signals the start of something big for his budding college basketball career.
Smell making name for self
June 22, 2005
Not many people in the clubhouse at Eagle Bend Golf Course were familiar with Kyle Smell’s name before Tuesday, but after the first day of the Kansas Golf Assn. Junior Amateur Championship “that Smell kid” was leading the way with a score of 7-under-par 65.