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New evidence causes mistrial in Decker case
August 3, 2006
A mistrial is declared in the case of a Lawrence man charged with first-degree murder of his 5-month old daughter.
6News Now for Aug. 3
August 3, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Journal-World, a mistrial is declared in the trial of Jay Decker, a bird worth almost $2,000 is stolen from a pet shop, and Sen. Sam Brownback is criticized by the New England Journal of Medicine.
City moves forward on new sewer plant location
Southeast option tapped
August 3, 2006
Plans for new sewage treatment plant move forward
Cold front brings wet relief to Lawrence area
Temperatures to sink into 60s overnight
August 3, 2006
Take your umbrella along this morning - just in case. “I think the rain may be done. But I’m keeping a slight chance of a sprinkle or two during the morning hours in the forecast,” said Sarah Jones, 6News weather forecaster.
KU announces gallery season dates
August 3, 2006 in print edition on D2
Kansas University’s School of Fine Arts has announced its fall schedule of events at the Art and Design Gallery.
Baldwin Junction death prompts call for safer highways
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Traffic engineers and the Kansas Highway Patrol have said the intersection at Baldwin Junction is safe.
Butler’s eligibility saga continues
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
Eric Butler suddenly has one more shot.
Mideast war shows no signs of ending
Rocket fire kills Mass. native
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
Hezbollah fired its biggest and deepest volley of rockets into Israel on Wednesday as Israel pursued the guerrillas with 8,000 soldiers on the ground and heavy bombing. With fighting in its fourth week and diplomatic efforts stalled, the region braced for a bitter and long war.
Tiny drug dog has big impact
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A4
Though she’s only a 6-pound Chihuahua-rat terrier mix who looks like she belongs in Paris Hilton’s purse, Midge has the will, skill and nose of a 100-pound German shepherd.
Dog destroys nearly $1M in teddy bears
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
Elvis wasn’t nothin’ but a hound dog either, but he still never attacked his own teddy bear.
Myths about credit scores, debt
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A8
If you had a chance to settle an old credit card debt for about 42 percent less than what you owe, would you jump at the chance?
Moderate victory
Tuesday’s primary election will alter the course of the Kansas State Board of Education and perhaps weaken the conservative social agenda of the Kansas Republican Party.
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B8
“Election a moderate success.” The headline in Wednesday’s Journal-World did a pretty good job of summing up Tuesday’s primary election results.
Horoscopes
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B7
For Thursday, Aug. 3
Poultry takes center stage at fair
Birds of a feather flock to judgment together
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
When it comes to poultry, Richard Marteney is no dumb cluck.
Perkins gets raise of $20K
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins received a 4 1â2 percent raise for fiscal year 2006-07 and now has a salary of $458,651, according to information provided by the KU athletic department through an open-records request.
Woodling: Of ‘B’ samples, Berroa
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
Nobody asked me, but : the next time my doctor tells me my cholesterol level is too high, I’m going to ask him to delay judgment until he checks the “B” sample.
Creepy peepers
Nike’s new MaxSight lenses designed to aid outdoor athlete
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
Nike would lead you to believe better sporting performance comes in a box. That’s the implied promise behind the shoes the corporate giant shills, but it’s also the allure of another boxed bit of athletic gear Nike is pitching: MaxSight contact lenses.
Murder charge follows beating
Boyfriend has history of abuse against girlfriend
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
A Lawrence man with a history of domestic violence charges and alcohol abuse has been charged with fatally beating his 37-year-old girlfriend at a local trailer park.
School board intends to raise property taxes
Money sought for equipment, maintenance
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lawrence school officials formally announced their intent Wednesday to raise property taxes.
Hotter nights compound summer misery
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
America in recent years has been sweltering through three times more than its normal share of extra-hot summer nights, government weather records show. And that is a particularly dangerous trend.
Storm threatens to become first hurricane of season
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
Tropical Storm Chris swept through the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday, forcing cruise ships to change course and tourists to evacuate small islands off the coast of Puerto Rico as it threatened to become the first hurricane of the Atlantic season.
KU hopes to reap biorefining bounty
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A8
Kansas University is putting together plans to squeeze a potentially lucrative fuel source - and perhaps millions of dollars in funding - from leftovers from harvested corn, soybeans and other crops.
Seniors ready to play the dating game
August 3, 2006 in print edition on D2
Beth Cation’s daughter calls her a “man magnet,” and it’s easy to see why.
Flower therapy
Garden’s beauty, tranquility can offer peace of mind
August 3, 2006 in print edition on D1
Human beings have an innate, primal attraction to nature.
High winds blow trucks off highway
Tractor-trailer was carrying hazardous material
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B2
Powerful storms slammed central Kansas with winds up to 100 mph Wednesday afternoon, sweeping at least three tractor-trailers and other vehicles off Interstate 70, authorities said.
Correction
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B2
An Associated Press story Sunday incorrectly stated that state Rep. Anthony Brown (R-38th) was running unopposed in the primary and general election. He has a Democratic opponent, Diane Bryant of Lenexa, in the November election.
On the record
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B2
Galena cave-in grows; contractor filling in hole
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B5
A contractor for the state has started filling in the large cave-in caused by an old mine, after it claimed a 114-year-old tavern and the last remaining bar in this southeast Kansas town.
Oklahoma’s heat toll mounts as respite arrives
Latest victim is Kansan found on road
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B5
Excessive heat continued to take a toll on people, crops and livestock in Oklahoma, but some areas might see a break in triple-digit weather gripping the state.
PolyHeme trial over in Douglas County
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Douglas County ambulances are no longer carrying the synthetic blood substitute PolyHeme.
Air conditioning restored for clinic
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Thanks to several donations, Lawrence’s Health Care Access once again had air conditioning on Wednesday, one day after someone stole the medical clinic’s air conditioning unit.
Neutral arbitrator called to KU-GTA talks
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s graduate teaching assistants rejected the university’s offer to settle contract negotiations. Both sides now will head into “fact-finding” with a neutral arbitrator.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.86 at several locations.
Election hailed as pro-evolution
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas voters dealt a blow to national efforts to put creationism in science classes, evolution proponents said Wednesday.
NU tapped No. 1 in volleyball
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C3
Nebraska is the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 Conference volleyball title for the 10th consecutive season in a vote of the league’s head coaches.
KU official sympathizes with Huskers
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C3
The timing couldn’t be much worse for the University of Nebraska as it begins its search for a new men’s basketball coach.
Rain plagues Chiefs; Bennett to suit today
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
If it keeps raining in Wisconsin, the Kansas City Chiefs may head for Minnesota.
Disputed injuries key focus in trial
Testimony inconsistent in 5-month-old’s death
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
As he sat in a police interview room under suspicion of killing his 5-month-old daughter, Jay D. Decker insisted to police that he had never abused his child and that parenting wasn’t that hard.
Cowboys try to connect
Bledsoe, Owens working to iron out timing troubles
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C6
After the deep ball that didn’t come close in a drill without defenders, the pass that was underthrown in double coverage and the one that went high, wide and out of bounds, Drew Bledsoe must have sensed frustration rising in Terrell Owens.
Utley streak hits 34
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C4
Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 34 games when the official scorer changed his call on an eighth-inning grounder, then added a single in the ninth to help the Philadelphia Phillies rout the St. Louis Cardinals, 16-8, Wednesday night.
Wells a winner in Texas debut
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C4
Kip Wells made a successful first start for Texas, Mark Teixeira homered twice, and the Rangers beat Minnesota, 10-2, on Wednesday to give the Twins their first losing homestand this season.
Giants’ catcher Matheny to miss rest of season
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C5
Catcher Mike Matheny has made little progress in his recovery from a concussion and will not play again this season for San Francisco.
Players sweating it out all around majors
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C5
Sure, it’s hot out there. Stifling, in fact.
Teahen turns on power against Chicago
K.C. third baseman belts go-ahead homer
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C5
Mark Teahen hit a go-ahead, two-run homer and drove in three runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 7-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
No tricks, just work
Ford says there’s no secret to success at Indy
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
Mike Ford still has to fight off a grin just about anytime the 2002 Brickyard 400 comes up in conversation.
Israeli tanks, bulldozers enter southern Gaza
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A7
Israeli tanks and troops moved back into southern Gaza early Thursday, closing off the entrance to a main town, residents and the military said.
Explosion levels house, kills two
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A4
A powerful explosion destroyed a house early Wednesday, killing a woman and her young grandson and seriously burning two of her sons, officials said.
Lawrence resident to exhibit photos
August 3, 2006 in print edition on D2
Bernard Ewbank, 86, will feature his black-and-white photographs of New York City after World War II as well as candids and portraits of his family on Saturday.
AOL makes more services free in attempt to maintain relevance
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A4
AOL just gave its customers more reasons to stop paying.
Former coach proposes walk of fame to honor KU greats
A dream for Allen Fieldhouse
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
Former Kansas University track coach Bob Timmons has a dream for Allen Fieldhouse.
Probe supports Haditha claims
Prosecutors now to determine if criminal charges are warranted
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
An initial U.S. military probe supports allegations that American Marines deliberately shot 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.
Suspect in stabbing charged with battery
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B3
A Lawrence man was charged Wednesday with aggravated battery in a stabbing incident that put another man in the hospital Monday night.
Study: Cooling exercise garments beat the heat
August 3, 2006 in print edition on D2
Olympic athletes wear them to boost endurance. U.S. soldiers wear them to stave off heatstroke. With recent temperatures making Dante’s Inferno look like a spa vacation, cooling exercise garments may be an idea whose time has come.
Create more space in your laundry room
August 3, 2006 in print edition on D1
All it takes is a little creativity and elbow grease to create a more functional and inviting laundry room. Here are some tips from Alice Rockmore and Sarah Welch, of getbuttonedup.com.
Summer yields fine melon crop
August 3, 2006 in print edition on D1
The oppressive summer heat has been good for neither man nor beast. However, based on a number of gardeners with whom I have spoken, the dry summer has been great for developing high-quality, flavorful fruit in this year’s melon crop.
People in the news
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Elton’s fashion advice ¢ Prison-go-round ¢ He will come, again ¢ Voice of a hurricane ¢ Rockin’ for the troops
New shows just seem old
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A2
The dog days are upon us, bringing triple digits, brownouts, repeats and talent shows. OK, “Big Brother: All-Stars” (8 p.m., CBS) is not a repeat, but with its recycled cast, it sure seems like one. How many times can you hear the antics of somebody named Nakomis and not feel like you’re in a cruel time warp?
Gibson charged with DUI
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A2
Mel Gibson was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving Wednesday, five days after he was stopped on Malibu’s Pacific Coast Highway for speeding and made anti-Semitic comments that have stained his public image.
Malibu highway a celebrity image-wrecker
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A2
Mel Gibson is only the latest celebrity to find trouble on an infamous stretch of the scenic Pacific Coast Highway.
Cuban leadership remains out of sight
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
Fidel Castro still appeared to be running the show in Cuba on Wednesday after undergoing abdominal surgery and naming his brother acting president, while police and civilian groups patrolled neighborhoods that have seen civil disturbances in the past.
Typhoon threatens severe destruction
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
A tropical storm strengthened into a full-blown typhoon on Wednesday as it headed on a collision course with southern China, forecasters warned.
Report: OU quarterback dismissed
Bomar kicked off team for violating NCAA rules
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C2
Oklahoma starting quarterback Rhett Bomar was kicked off the team Wednesday after an investigation revealed he broke NCAA rules through his employment at a local business, according to a television report.
Commentary: The Chase is no excuse for childish behavior
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
Why is gasoline $3 a gallon? Why is a lasting peace in the Middle East so elusive? Why are Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes being so protective of their daughter, Suri?
Former president named to key post
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said today that he is nominating his former Orange Revolution foe, Viktor Yanukovych, for prime minister, insisting the decision would help unite the divided nation but acknowledging it might cause confusion.
British drug tests ignite debate
Project targets schoolchildren as young as 11
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
A British school has launched a pilot program where students as young as 11 are subjected to random drug tests - a project that has generated interest in Washington and fed a civil liberties debate on both sides of the Atlantic.
Soccer field becomes bomb target yet security plans progress
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
Bombs exploded on a soccer field Wednesday killing 11 young people, and at least 42 other people - two of them Americans - died elsewhere in sectarian or political violence. Still, the president said plans are on track for Iraqis to take over security.
Armed teen surrenders after hostage standoff
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
An armed 16-year-old walked into a bank, took two employees hostage and demanded to speak to a mental health counselor before surrendering Wednesday, authorities said.
Law on feeding homeless challenged
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Activists sued Wednesday to strike down a new city law that makes it illegal to feed homeless people in parks.
Murder charges filed in Jewish center shooting
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Prosecutors filed charges including murder and hate crime violations against the man accused in last week’s shooting rampage at the Jewish Federation office.
Topeka boy dies in hot car
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
A 23-month-old Topeka boy died Monday after being left in a parked car during the afternoon.
Vioxx maker cleared in heart ailment case
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
A California jury on Wednesday cleared pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. of liability in the case of an elderly man who claimed his heart ailments were caused by the drug maker’s once-popular painkiller Vioxx.
Minimum wage showdown pits rich against poor
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
With a showdown approaching today or Friday, Senate Democrats are publicly predicting that they’ll block a minimum-wage hike this year so long as Republicans insist that it be tied to slashing taxes on inheritances for a select group of wealthy Americans.
Democrats on attack in governor’s race first morning after primary
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B10
Newly chosen Republican nominee Jim Barnett didn’t even have a chance to get a good night’s sleep before Democrats were attacking him on behalf of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ re-election campaign.
Democratic race for secretary of state race still undetermined
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B10
In a race still too close to call, neither Sen. David Haley nor Wichita lawyer Robert Beattie was willing Wednesday to cede the Democratic nomination for secretary of state.
Therapist serves as state delegate
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A8
Carolyn Bloom represented Kansas physical therapists in June as chief delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Physical Therapy Assn. meeting in Orlando, Fla.
Funeral director receives designation
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A8
Kurt Torkelson, of rural Leavenworth, recently received the Certified Funeral Service Practitioner designation from the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.
Daily ticker
August 3, 2006 in print edition on A8
Cycling safety
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: Thank you, John Gutschenritter, for writing in about the bicyclists on Douglas County 458 and 1057 roads.
Medicaid return
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: Matthew Hisrich, from Flint Hills Center for Public Policy, wrote “that all the creative financing in the world will not transform Medicaid into a sustainable program” (“Medicaid woes,” July 24 Public Forum).
New voting machines perform well on first test
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B3
When the polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, only about 9,000 Douglas County voters, or about 12 percent of those registered, had participated in the primary election.
Cuba conditions
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: This concerns the piece by Anita Snow on Castro and Cuba in Tuesday’s Journal-World.
Israel’s war is also our own
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B9
Last week brought an amazing discovery in an Irish bog: an ancient Book of Psalms that had been lost about a millennium ago. The psalter was opened to Psalm 83, which - and this is startling - is a prayer asking God to deliver Israel from the Arab peoples of the north who, according to the Psalmist, “say, ‘Come, let us wipe out their nation; let Israel’s name be mentioned no more!”’
Gibson’s not the only bigotry in Hollywood
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B8
In the commentary and posturing I’ve read about Mel Gibson’s drunken slur against the Jewish people and his incredible hubris about his power and position while driving under the influence of stardom, some things have been left out.
If U.S. can’t win, how long do we stay?
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B8
If you think there is an echo in the air when officials discuss the twin crises in Iraq and Lebanon, you are not hearing things. In both cases, the argument for carrying on the destructive current policy comes down to a claim that “we can’t afford to let the other guy win.”
Protected view
August 3, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: In a recent article in the Journal-World, it was stated that the Kansas University athletic department kept its promise that the plan for the new football facility would not block the view from the stadium to the hill.
Our town sports
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C7
Commentary: Don’t pin hopes on sports figures
August 3, 2006 in print edition on C2
For a lot of reasons, people want to believe the story of cyclist Floyd Landis. He sure seems like the most earnest of souls, his Mennonite upbringing in Pennsylvania serving as a purifying backdrop to his alibi.