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Motorcyclist seriously injured near KU campus
05:36 p.m., June 23, 2005 Updated 05:36 p.m.
A helicopter ambulance was called in late this afternoon to transport a person injured in a truck-motorcycle accident just northeast of the Kansas University campus.
Regents approved locked-in tuition
June 23, 2005
Tuition rates have been locked in at state universities for the 2005-2006 school year.
Search continues for body in Kansas River
June 23, 2005
Douglas County Sheriff and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical crews today continued searching the Kansas River near Eudora for a body.
Senate approves $161 million more for schools
Bill expected to get rough welcome in Kansas House
June 23, 2005
The Kansas Senate today approved a $161 million school finance bill over the protests of conservative Republicans who said lawmakers were succumbing to an unconstitutional order by the Kansas Supreme Court.
Hot, steamy conditions continue
June 23, 2005
Crank up the air conditioner, turn on a fan and get an ice-cold drink — hot, sunny conditions return to Lawrence this afternoon. “We’re still baking here in most of Kansas,” said Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist. “By the time we hit the afternoon, we should see highs in the mid to upper 90s.”
Senators tentatively approve $161 million school finance plan
June 23, 2005
After five hours of venting frustration with the Kansas Supreme Court, senators inched closer Wednesday to complying with a July 1 deadline to increase funding for public schools.
Fate of expanded gambling uncertain in Senate
June 23, 2005
For more than a decade, proposals to expand gambling have gotten nowhere, but supporters say the Kansas Supreme Court may have provided the needed push to make it a reality.
Jayhawks get schooled
Alumni win scrimmage, speak out about ‘stuff’
June 23, 2005
One by one, an esteemed collection of former Kansas University basketball players stood and lectured the current KU players late Wednesday afternoon in the Jayhawks’ Allen Fieldhouse locker room.
Collison tickled to return to KU
June 23, 2005
The eyes of 2,000 fans in Horejsi Center were fixed on former Kansas University guard Kirk Hinrich on Wednesday afternoon as he put on a dribbling display that would have brought a smile to even the hottest-handling AND1 Mix Tape Tour player’s face.
Lennox lifts Storm
June 23, 2005
Betty Lennox scored 23 of her season-high 29 points in the second half as the Seattle Storm rallied to end the Connecticut Sun’s eight-game winning streak with a 95-86 victory Wednesday night.
Buehrle hurls Sox over K.C.
Pitcher wins eighth straight, Chicago completes sweep
June 23, 2005
Mark Buehrle finally gave up a run in an otherwise dominant outing.
Raiders pitchers eager to face wood-wielders
June 23, 2005
So far this summer, Lawrence Raiders coach Kevin Tucker couldn’t have asked for much more from his red-hot pitching staff.
Rare Game 7 looms
Spurs, Pistons meet tonight with title on line
June 23, 2005
One of the most vivid memories Robert Horry has from the last Game 7 in NBA Finals history was New York Knicks guard John Starks firing up shot after shot after shot after shot - almost none of which went in.
Space exploration popularized rocket ship toys
June 23, 2005
Children’s toys imitate life because children like to pretend to be part of the adult world.
First Baptist Church marks 150th anniversary
June 23, 2005
First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold Drive, is celebrating its 150th anniversary during 2005, centering on the theme “Our 150th Year: A Time to Reflect, Rejoice, Renew.”
Dry heat a sign of hoppers to come
June 23, 2005
There are three certainties about summers in Kansas: It will be hot. It will be dry. There will be grasshoppers.
Water walk
Garden tour splashes through aquatic locales
June 23, 2005
It’s time, once again, to get out your cameras and notebooks and go snooping around other people’s outdoor spaces.
Art entries wanted for seniors exhibit
June 23, 2005
Presbyterian Manor’s “Art is Ageless” exhibition is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and organizers have opened the August show to all area artists 65 or older.
Two icons overstay their welcome
June 23, 2005
If all goes according to schedule, Tom Cruise will appear tonight on “The Late Show with David Letterman” (10:35 p.m., CBS). I guess that should be interesting in a painful fashion. Both Cruise and Letterman gained national prominence in the early 1980s and have remained perched in our consciousness ever since. But neither man seems quite what he used to be - or even quite who he used to be.
MTV2 resurrects ‘Celebrity Deathmatch’
June 23, 2005
Celebrities had better watch out: Their petty feuds will once again play out in claymation form.
Bewitching Brit
Juliet Mills casts her spell on ‘Passions’
June 23, 2005
At 11 weeks old, Juliet Mills made a brief appearance in “In Which We Serve,” the World War II film starring her father, John Mills, and written and directed by her godfather, Noel Coward.
Guillen strikes fear in former team
Ex-Pirate records four hits, muscles two home runs in Nationals’ 5-4 victory
June 23, 2005
The Pirates could not wait to see Jose Guillen leave Pittsburgh in 2000. Five years later, they feel much the same way.
Rays zap embarrassing loss
Tampa Bay beats Yanks 18 hours after 20-11 rout
June 23, 2005
Comeback win, curious loss. The New York Yankees’ roller-coaster season rambles on.
Team dysfunction
Destructive divide in Penske team raises eyebrows
June 23, 2005
When Junior Johnson had a multicar operation, a creek ran through the property at his headquarters in Wilkes County, N.C. Darrell Waltrip’s team had a shop on one side of the creek and Neil Bonnett’s team was on the other, and Waltrip remembers Johnson shuttling from one side to the other spurring his teams by hinting that the boys across the creek were eager to whup up on them.
Briefcase
June 23, 2005
¢ Alabama chosen for new Airbus plant ¢ Airline fares take off as fuel costs increase ¢ Morgan Stanley profits decline
Daily ticker
June 23, 2005
Texas advances to championship
Longhorns down Big 12 Conference foe Baylor to win Bracket 2; Florida or Arizona State next
June 23, 2005
Texas is going back to the championship round of the College World Series, thanks to a ninth-inning homer from sore-shouldered Chance Wheeless.
Unlikely winner continues emergence
Gimelstob wins again at Wimbledon, faces Hewitt next
June 23, 2005
Justin Gimelstob keeps falling into what he calls tennis “oblivion,” losing more than he wins, dealing with injuries, then doing whatever it takes to get back on the scene, whether it’s crisscrossing the globe for minor events to raise his ranking or taking a dangerous number of painkilling injections.
Commodities
June 23, 2005
E-mails, letters pour in for John Paul II
Diocese of Rome overwhelmed with support for his beatification
June 23, 2005
One Pole wrote a poem. Someone else wrote an account of a possible miracle. Hundreds of others have sent e-mails - all testifying to Pope John Paul II’s saintliness in support of his beatification, the cleric spearheading the case said Wednesday.
U.S. bombards rebel hideout
June 23, 2005
American aircraft bombarded a rebel hideout with missiles and bombs, killing up to 76 insurgents in one of the deadliest battles since the Taliban’s ouster more than three years ago, officials said Wednesday.
Spy plane crashes in Asia
June 23, 2005
An American U-2 spy plane crashed while returning to its base in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, killing the pilot after a mission in support of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Poll: High school isn’t a challenge
June 23, 2005
Almost half of Americans say the nation’s public high schools need reforming, a poll released Wednesday found.
Ameritrade to buy rival TD Waterhouse
June 23, 2005
Rejecting a takeover offer from E-Trade Financial Corp., Ameritrade Holding Corp. on Wednesday said it instead would acquire rival online brokerage TD Waterhouse from Toronto-Dominion Bank.
Progressive Christians organize
June 23, 2005
With the stated goal of reclaiming the issue of faith from the Christian right, a new political organization for religious progressives launched Wednesday, joining a small number of liberal, religious-oriented groups and think tanks that sprang up around the faith-infused 2004 election.
Accused molester enters no plea in court appearance
June 23, 2005
A man who authorities say could be the nation’s most prolific child molester made his first court appearance Wednesday on charges of felony molestation involving two 12-year-old cousins.
Car bombs kill 23; former judge assassinated
June 23, 2005
Four car bombs exploded at dusk Wednesday, killing at least 23 people, including sidewalk diners and passengers at a bus station.
River searched east of Eudora
Person separated from watercraft appeared to be unconscious
June 23, 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.
County rejects Southeast Area Plan
June 23, 2005
Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday unanimously rejected a plan outlining the future of 1,200 acres of property southeast of the city limits.
Regents to scale back budget request next year
June 23, 2005
Higher education officials will scale back their request for additional money during the next legislative session.
On the record
June 23, 2005
Lawrence datebook
June 23, 2005
City briefs
June 23, 2005
¢ Officials still seeking man’s whereabouts ¢ Local motel cited for violations ¢ Hearing continued for drug, neglect cases ¢ TV features painter, prairie burn photos ¢ KU student selected for congressional internship ¢ Teacher selected for training program
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 23, 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.
Lindley Annex razed for parking lot
Temporary’ building had been KU fixture since 1947
June 23, 2005
Lindley Annex was far from perfect. Termites munched on the walls. Rain dripped through holes in the roof onto students, who were usually hot during summer and cold during winter because of ventilation troubles.
BTK suspect calls media from prison
June 23, 2005
Days before the scheduled start of his trial, the suspect in the BTK serial killings called a Wichita television station and talked about problems with his defense team but wouldn’t discuss specifics about his case.
Silt threatens drinking water
Report predicts eventual trouble with Clinton Lake supply
June 23, 2005
Surprise, we’re out of drinking water. That’s exactly the type of shock Lawrence City Commissioner David Schauner doesn’t want city leaders to face about 30 years from now.
Briefly
June 23, 2005
¢ U.S. to donate 50,000 tons of food to N. Korea ¢ Wildfires break out around the West ¢ Southern Baptists end boycott of Disney ¢ Senator may block defense nomination ¢ Giant promotional ice pop melts, floods square ¢ Counselor sentenced for role in boy’s death
GOP touts Social Security proposal
House plan would defer, not solve, solvency problem
June 23, 2005
With prospects dim for a broad Social Security overhaul, House Republicans proposed Wednesday to create personal accounts that would stop short of President Bush’s quest for larger permanent accounts.
Missing Utah boy avoided strangers during search
June 23, 2005
Jody Hawkins buckled and collapsed as she climbed into a sheriff’s truck, convinced that authorities were about to tell her that her 11-year-old son had been found dead four days after getting lost in the Utah wilderness.
House approves amendment outlawing burning of U.S. flag
Measure appears unlikely to gain required votes in Senate
June 23, 2005
A constitutional amendment to outlaw flag burning cleared the House Wednesday but faced an uphill battle in the Senate. An informal survey by The Associated Press suggested the measure doesn’t have enough Senate votes to pass.
Funding disparities make school choice costly for taxpayers
June 23, 2005
You wouldn’t pay $6,400 for something you could get for $5,000. That would be wasting money.
Mom’s boyfriend charged in death of 3-year-old
There’s not a more heinous crime than this,’ district attorney says; hospital employees didn’t believe girl’s head, chest injuries were from fall
June 23, 2005
Prosecutors on Wednesday filed a first-degree murder charge against a Lawrence man accused of killing a 3-year-old girl by shaking her, knocking her to the ground and striking her in the head.
Area briefs
June 23, 2005
¢ Student powwow today at Haskell ¢ Ottawa airman’s remains to be buried ¢ Plagiarism topic of KCUR program today
Testimony starts in new trial for Wittig, Lake
Former Westar executives accused of committing fraud
June 23, 2005
Attorneys for two former Westar Energy Inc. executives repeatedly objected to evidence and testimony presented Wednesday as a prosecution witness began to outline actions the government says amount to white-collar fraud.
Suspect in Cosmosphere thefts had items taken from safes, affidavit says
June 23, 2005
The former head of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center who is accused of stealing artifacts from the museum at one point asked employees to remove items from safes to which he did not have access, according to recently unsealed court documents.
Street waste
June 23, 2005
I agree with “Fix the streets first” (June 18, Public Forum). The extensive work happening out on Sixth Street is too much.
Timeshare owners share frustrations
June 23, 2005
Since writing about vacation timeshares, I’ve received quite a bit of mail from timeshare owners - many of them unhappy that they can’t sell them - and others with good advice for newcomers to the timeshare market.
Fireworks vendors say new rules are duds
New county regulations drive one family business out of town
June 23, 2005
A new set of safety regulations is snuffing out at least one Douglas County fireworks business, while pushing another to plan a move from its familiar stand of more than a half-century.
Peaceful paddle
June 23, 2005
In 18 years of four-season canoeing and sandbar camping I’ve logged 400 Kaw River trips and paddled nearly 5,000 miles. If any canoeist in Kansas has had opportunities for conflict with fishermen and hunters out there, it’s me. But not once have I had a cross word with fellow river sportsmen.
Rare insight
June 23, 2005
I was absolutely stunned after having read Roger Boyd’s article in Tuesday’s Journal-World.
Evidence of PBS bias is clear
June 23, 2005
A battle is raging between Kenneth Tomlinson, chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who believes that PBS and NPR slant too far left and need to be brought into balance, and Bill Moyers and his ideological soul mates, who think public broadcasting is fine as it is.
Exit is best strategy for U.S. in Iraq
June 23, 2005
How best to support our troops in Iraq? By sacrificing more of them in a war that should never have been launched and has no end in sight, or by bringing them home? The latter is the best course for the United States and Iraq. Our military occupation fuels nationalist and religious insurgents and we should begin a phased withdrawal as soon as feasible, while increasing aid.
Public, teachers differ on education strategy
June 23, 2005
Washington — The good news is that the American public values education sThe good news is that the American public values education so highly that it is prepared to support almost any sensible reform that promises to improve the quality of grade schools and high schools.
Apology or action?
The best way to show we’ve learned from the past is to change the future.
June 23, 2005
A heartfelt apology never hurts, but it also doesn’t eliminate the need for remedial action.
Energy-saving tips
Beat heat without going broke
June 23, 2005
With energy prices rising, it’s going to cost more to stay cool this summer.
Our town sports
June 23, 2005
Notebook
June 23, 2005
Former Kansas University guard Michael Lee has declined an offer to play for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Briefly
June 23, 2005
¢ Palestinian PM’s visit marred by gunfire ¢ U.N.: Fight against AIDS faces funding shortfall ¢ Official urges new focus on protecting civilians ¢ Terror suspect cleared ¢ Koreas open talks to pursue cooperation
City tours break language barriers
Summer field trip program allows ESL students to enhance learning experience
June 23, 2005
It was the Lawrence Municipal Airport, not the Eiffel Tower.
Pentagon creating student database of potential recruits
June 23, 2005
The Defense Department began working Wednesday with a private marketing firm to create a database of all U.S. college students and high school students between 16 and 18 years old, to help the military identify potential recruits in a time of dwindling enlistment in some branches.
Competition heats up at KGA Junior Amateur
June 23, 2005
The tournament trophy glistened Wednesday on a table at Eagle Bend Golf Course as a reminder to those involved in the Kansas Golf Assn. Junior Amateur Championship why they were playing in sweltering heat: an inspiration for their perspiration.
Women softball players relive glory days at Senior Games
June 23, 2005
You’re never too old to play the game. Lou Ann Thomas and Margaret McNiel are living proof.
Iraq wins support at global conference
June 23, 2005
Iraq won wide and concrete support from the international community at a conference that wrapped up Wednesday with high hopes for the future of a country where the new government is trying to rebuild its security forces but failing to cope with relentless terror attacks.
Tensions run high as conservatives try to defeat bill funding schools
Lawmakers continue hostility to court as teachers demand order be followed
June 23, 2005
Conservatives responded angrily Wednesday to the Kansas Supreme Court order that brought lawmakers into a special legislative session to increase school funding.
People in the news
June 23, 2005
¢ Gibson stalker given three years in prison ¢ Housekeeper charged with thefts from celebrities ¢ DiCaprio files police report over attack at party ¢ Star of new zombie film tells when it’s good to be a zombie
Horoscopes
June 23, 2005
For Thursday, June 23, 2005