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Fire destroys rural home
August 6, 2006
A home in rural Douglas County near Clinton burned to the ground this afternoon as dozens of local fire fighters scrambled to find water to extinguish the blaze.
Different perspective sought for Civil War commemoration
August 6, 2006 in print edition on D2
Look down the schedule of events for this year’s Civil War on the Western Frontier, and you’ll realize: This isn’t just about North and South, slave and free, Union and Confederate. In fact, many of the speakers and events attempt to get people thinking outside the stereotypes usually associated with Civil War historians.
Indelible images
Spencer project, others exhibit works of John Steuart Curry
August 6, 2006 in print edition on D1
The image, in most Kansans’ minds, is indelible. John Brown, a maniacal look on his face, stands in a crucifix-like pose, a rifle in one hand and a Bible in the other. Dead soldiers from the North and South lay at his feet.
Ballad of Black Jack’ rides to Lawrence
August 6, 2006 in print edition on D1
The story is familiar, but it’s coming to a completely new stage.
Runners unite to raise money for programs
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B1
At least for a day, Andrew Grover ran track with guys and girls from Free State High School without wanting to leave them in his dust.
In Kabul, wars from past mingle with the future
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
The new Kabul Serena hotel rises in the middle of the city, a palace of sandstone built around gardens that even in summer’s drought gleam green.
Deaf Iraqi girl, 3, brought to U.S. for procedure to restore hearing
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A10
Three-year-old Amina can’t hear the bombs and bullets that rake through Baghdad. The Iraqi girl has been deaf since birth.
U.S. reinforcements take positions in Baghdad
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A10
U.S. soldiers sent to beef up security in Baghdad were seen for the first time on the streets of the capital Saturday as Iraqi police used loudspeakers to reassure people that the Americans were there to protect them.
Mediocrity widespread in West
All teams west of Rockies - including Rockies - in running
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C5
Welcome to the wild, mild West.
Prior logs first victory
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C4
If Mark Prior had an ounce of uncertainty about his ability to win games, Cubs manager Dusty Baker is hoping it is gone now.
Floor Sample:’ ‘Artist’s Way’ author finds path to stability
August 6, 2006 in print edition on D3
Julia Cameron’s journey to guru-dom began here in the 1970s after a failed celebrity marriage and a scotch-and-cocaine binge had brought her to rock bottom.
White heads list of Hall inductees
Fans chant ‘REG-GIE, REG-GIE’ at Canton ceremony
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C2
The glory of the newest Hall of Famers’ achievements was punctuated by a steady stream of tears and a singular chant: “REG-GIE, REG-GIE.”
Poet’s showcase
August 6, 2006 in print edition on D3
“Mom and Apple Pie,” by Florence Smith
Llamas in the limelight
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B1
Delia, the 4-year-old llama, is trained for public relations.
Fireman wins ‘Ultimate Pioneer’ challenge
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B2
Justin Swank, a 22-year-old firefighter and medic from Plains, was named the Ultimate Pioneer Friday night after he spent six days in June living on the prairie in Seward County.
Crew works to repair water main break
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B2
A city utilities crew at 10:15 p.m. Saturday was still trying to repair a water main break near 23rd and Vermont streets.
On the record
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B2
FAA closes investigation of AirTran subsidies
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B3
More than a year after it began, the Federal Aviation Administration’s investigation into how the city of Wichita subsidizes AirTran Airways has ended, city officials said.
Volunteer encourages ongoing efforts to help city’s impoverished, homeless
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B1
Neva Merriman doesn’t always find a steady amount of canned goods and food to pick from while stocking baskets for families in need at the Ballard Community Center, 807 Elm St.
Sustainability’ efforts to be evaluated
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B3
Lawrence’s sustainability will be evaluated later this month, when consultants from the American Institute of Architects visit on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
Lawrence commuter report
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B3
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.96 at several locations throughout town.
Police question suspected shoplifter
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence man is suspected of going on a massive shoplifting spree at a local store that involved the theft of everything from soup bowls to cufflinks.
Hackers infiltrate Web site
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B1
The main Web site for the Douglas County Fair looked a little different Saturday.
City considers increasing water rates
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence residents may face an increase in water and sewer service rates, starting in 2007.
Diplomats expelled after spying allegation
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
Pakistan on Saturday expelled an Indian diplomat it said it had caught with “sensitive documents,” and India responded by ordering out a Pakistani diplomat, in a setback to the nuclear-armed rivals’ shaky peace process.
Basque terrorist group ends with a whimper
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
They were familiar faces from the neighborhood. Now they are enshrined in a neat row of 11 enlarged snapshots displayed above the bar in an anonymous cafe.
Assembly begins to revise constitution
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
This quiet, colonial city nestled in the Andean mountains has hosted some of this country’s most auspicious moments, from economic booms fueled by nearby silver mining to the declaration of Bolivia’s independence in 1825.
Aircraft maker, trader protest U.S. sanctions
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
Russia’s state-controlled arms trader and top aircraft maker criticized Washington Saturday for imposing sanctions on them over dealings with Iran. The defense ministry said the move reflected U.S. annoyance at arms sales to Venezuela.
Coca growers try to evade eradication program
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
Julian, a peasant farmer in this mountainous region of Colombia, wants to stop growing coca but says leftist guerrillas won’t let him. If they catch you pulling up any coca plants, he says, they give you 12 hours to leave your land or they kill you.
Officials say Castro steadily recovering from intestinal surgery
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
Cuban officials said Saturday that Fidel Castro was steadily recovering from surgery and the government was still preparing for its worst-case scenario: an attack by government opponents taking advantage of the leader’s health crisis.
Online poker players face legal questions
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A3
Is online poker legal?
Confidentiality of abuse victims at issue
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A3
Attorney Stan Chesley promised confidentiality to more than 350 people who said they were sexually abused by priests. Then a judge ordered him to reveal their names, along with contact information and a description of the abuse.
John Glenn hospitalized after car accident
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A3
Former senator and astronaut John Glenn and his wife were recovering at a hospital Saturday after a car accident a day earlier, Glenn’s former press secretary said.
Teacher admits to molesting 100 students
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A3
A substitute elementary school teacher was charged Friday with lewd and lascivious acts involving a 10-year-old girl, and police said he claimed to have molested more than 100 students.
Judges order limited recount of Mexican presidential race
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
Rejecting the principal demand of the leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s highest electoral court ordered Saturday only a limited recount of votes in the disputed July 2 race for president.
Shots for rabies are advised for Va. campers
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A3
Loudoun County, Va., officials have notified the parents of nearly 1,000 girls in the Washington region that the youngsters may have been exposed to the deadly rabies virus at a local Girl Scout camp and should consider getting a month-long series of protective vaccinations - the largest proactive rabies outreach effort ever conducted in the United States, according to federal authorities.
Friends are surprised by arrest of accused serial shooter in Phoenix
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A3
He was always polite to friends. A lover of boxing who decorated his room with drawings of his favorite athletes. A father to a 2-year-old girl, as well as two young sons who died in a tragic car accident.
Two arrested in VA laptop theft
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A3
Two teenagers were arrested Saturday in the theft of a laptop and hard drive containing sensitive data on up to 26.5 million veterans and military personnel, authorities said.
Governors oppose plan to expand Bush’s control of Guard
Disputed bill would grant executive authority during disasters, threats
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A8
The nation’s governors on Saturday launched a bipartisan drive to block a move to expand the president’s authority to take over National Guard troops in case of natural disaster or homeland security threats.
Bin Laden’s deputy: New group joins al-Qaida
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A7
Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader said in a new videotape aired Saturday that an Egyptian militant group has joined the terror network.
Israel seizes Palestinian parliament speaker
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A7
Israeli forces arrested the speaker of the Palestinian parliament early today in the West Bank, adding to the more than two dozen members of the Hamas government in custody.
Fighting escalates amid U.N. cease-fire resolution
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A7
Israel and Hezbollah sharply intensified fighting Saturday with airstrikes, rocket attacks and brutal ground fighting - an apparent bid to inflict maximum mutual damage even as the United States and France agreed on a draft U.N. resolution calling for a halt to the violence.
Woman to go to school after crash mix-up
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A4
It’s back to school for a woman misidentified as a college classmate killed in a traffic accident, according to her family’s online blog.
New drug adds method to stop smoking
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A4
Something new, Dr. Thomas Cariveau said, is what it sometimes takes to give a smoker the confidence to quit.
Doctors often refuse to give lethal injections
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A4
The death penalty in the United States may be hitting a roadblock: the Hippocratic Oath.
Car drive across Montana highlights breach between Old West and New
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A4
Speedometer nudging 90 on a freshly paved two-lane, my rental Ford swooped past swells of deep-green prairie grass. To the west a searing afternoon sun was laying into the Crazy Mountains, still pimpled with snow despite triple-digit temperatures down on the plain.
Unveiled files show coverup of Vietnam war crimes
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C4
The men of B Company were in a dangerous state of mind. They had lost five men in a firefight the day before. The morning of Feb. 8, 1968, brought unwelcome orders to resume their sweep of the countryside, a patchwork of rice paddies along Vietnam’s central coast.
School fees harder for some to pay
Bus, textbooks, activities add up for families with multiple students
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A1
For Lori Nation, the mother of four students in Lawrence public schools, the start of the new school year produces sticker shock. Bus, textbook and activity fees set the family back about $1,000.
Technology boosts tornado warning systems
Text messages can inform people in the path of a severe storm
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A1
The sounds instantly signal danger: the wail of an outdoor tornado siren or the insistent pitch of the Emergency Broadcast System.
U.S., France agree on diplomatic solution to crisis in Middle East
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A1
The U.S. and France agreed Saturday on a draft Security Council resolution that seeks a full halt to fighting in Lebanon, breaking a three-week impasse caused partly by Washington’s refusal to press Israel to end its offensive against Hezbollah.
Concealed carry law makes gun sales soar
Instructors say demand high for certification classes
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A1
Kansans are lining up to buy guns and learn how to shoot them.
Chiropractor joins physicians’ board
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C10
Dr. Michael Stuart, of Stuart Chiropractic Health Center, Lawrence, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Physicians’ Advisory Board of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Dale Willey adds sales consultants
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C10
Dale Willey Automotive announces the hiring of two new sales and leasing consultants for its Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Pontiac business in Lawrence.
Bankruptcies
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C10
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection for the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Watercooler
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C10
Has your office door become the revolving door? Perhaps your tough management style needs some softening, according to one author.
Carter: U.S. must work for Mideast cease-fire
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A7
Former President Carter, who helped broker the historic Camp David peace accord, said President Bush has pursued an “erroneous policy” that has fostered violence in the Middle East.
Super summer job
Lawrence teenagers work on computers at MicroTech
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C10
Like many of her high school classmates this summer, Samantha Sparkes showed up for work with no real experience, without a specific job title and more than a little bit of anxiety.
Mind your manners
Alvamar’s Stuntz offers etiquette tips
August 6, 2006 in print edition on D3
Asked to describe the golfing style of Lawrence’s most famous sports celebrity, Dick Stuntz, the general manager of Alvamar, chuckled.
McNair shrugs off interception
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C6
Facing another team for the first time as the new quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, Steve McNair had his second pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown in a scrimmage Saturday against the Redskins in Landover, Md.
Minnesota packs punch
K.C. starter Hernandez walks nine
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C5
Justin Morneau, Luis Castillo and Nick Punto provided much of the offense for the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night, but they went about it in different ways.
Orioles hold Yanks to one hit
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C4
Rookie Adam Loewen and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, Miguel Tejada went 3-for-4 and scored twice, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Mike Mussina and the New York Yankees, 5-0, Saturday.
Kansas football notebook
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C7
¢ DB Thompson ineligible ¢ Freshman a no-show ¢ Whitaker going slow ¢ So far, so good ¢ Oh, captain, my captain
Fishing report
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C7
Best sellers
August 6, 2006 in print edition on D3
Unusual iron tools once used in kitchen
August 6, 2006 in print edition on D5
Cooking for a family was labor-intensive in the 19th century. Each dish started with a living animal or fresh produce that had to be cleaned, cut, pitted, peeled, grated or chopped.
University launches computer-gaming major
August 6, 2006 in print edition on D4
New at the University of California-Santa Cruz: Not only can students spend gobs of time on computer games, they can major in them, too.
Hello, it’s me: Cell phone a necessary mid-life evil
August 6, 2006 in print edition on D1
I am sitting in traffic listening to my Blackberry ring off the hook.
KU stadium holds memorable moments for law students
August 6, 2006 in print edition on D8
Memorial Stadium is a special place for a pair of 2005 Kansas University School of Law graduates.
Backup test deems Landis guilty
Cyclist discredited, disowned when elevated levels of testosterone appeared in ‘B’ sample
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C2
The Tour de France no longer calls him champion. His cycling team cut him loose.
Settlement reached in sale barn case
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B8
A settlement for more than $250,000 has been approved for 117 people who received bad checks from the former owner of the Central Livestock Corp. sale barn.
Defense impressive already
Mangino: Defenders quick, but must be quick to learn
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C1
Last year’s Kansas University football defense was impressive.
Youth key for HINU
Haskell football drills to get under way Monday
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C1
Few, if any, college football coaches battle attrition more than Eric Brock.
Lawrence angler pro from head to toe
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kirk McFadden disagrees with the notion that there’s no such thing as a bad day fishing.
Toledo coach has nightmarish memories of KU
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C1
Tom Amstutz hopes his last memory of Kansas University’s football team isn’t similar to his next one.
McLouth Threshing Bee strong in 49th year
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B8
The garden tractors purred loudly and lawn mower drivers waited for a chance to zip around the dirt track at the 49th annual Threshing Bee in McLouth.
Vinland Fair to feature music, games
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B8
Wacky scarecrows, tractor pulls, log sawing and musical entertainment will be among the highlights again this year at the Vinland Fair.
County certifies primary election
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B8
The votes from Tuesday’s primary election were certified by the Douglas County Board of Canvassers on Friday.
Eudorans fifth at King Kat tourney
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C7
Eudora anglers Dennis Barnhardt and Chris Pepe teamed to finished fifth in Cabela’s King Kat Tournament on the Missouri River near Waverly, Mo.
Dangerous spot
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Charlene Pohl, the latest fatality at the Baldwin Junction, was my mother.
Voting advance
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Tuesday, I voted for the first time without assistance.
Teaching profession deserves more respect
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B7
Perhaps what America needs is another Paul Revere, a patriot with intellect and a booming voice to warn us that a mounting crisis is about to threaten the nation’s economic viability and, in turn, our way of life. For some unexplainable reason, the stunning loss of elementary and secondary school teachers is a mere blip on the radar screen of concerns in the United States.
Rice’s most important work is at White House
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B7
It has been a hard stretch of diplomatic road for the Condoleezza Rice we see in public. That is the “frustrated and stressed” secretary of state who made no visible progress on the crisis in Lebanon while visiting the Middle East. But beneath that surface image of failure lies a strategic opening for the private policymaker Rice to exploit.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 6, 1906: “The seven drug stores having permits from Douglas County Probate Court to sell liquor “for medicinal, mechanical and scientific purposes” have made their monthly reports of sales during July. : Laura Potts, the negress whose death was reported in yesterday’s papers in town, is not dead and will probably live to grace the police court for several years to come. It was reported she was killed by her lover after a quarrel but she was not.”
Old home town - 25 years ago today
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B6
Along with their roles as the governor and first lady of Kansas, newlyweds John and Karen Carlin also played the part of 4-H parents at the Douglas County Fair. The Carlins and some of their relatives sat in the stands as Mrs. Carlin’s daughter, Marci, showed her calf in the junior Holstein event. Both the governor and his wife had 4-H and farming backgrounds and Mrs. Carlin had been raised in Douglas County.
Primary participation
Changing the state’s primary election date could be one way to draw more Kansas voters to the polls.
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B6
An 18 percent statewide turnout in Tuesday’s primary election should be of serious concern to Kansas residents and officials.
Horoscopes
August 6, 2006 in print edition on D6
For Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006.
Project starts with search for tastier chicken
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B6
Many Americans today probably think that chicken is a “food product,” one of those compositions infused with partially hydrogenated soybean oil and other embalming fluids, manufactured on an assembly line in standard bite-sized pieces. Finicky fast-food eaters would be repelled by a drumstick or thigh with actual bones and veins, and would be shocked to learn that the juicy golden filet on a bun pictured in television ads starts out as part of a living creature with wings, feathers, a gizzard and a beating heart.
Neighborhood success story in Chicago
August 6, 2006 in print edition on B6
What I saw here on a recent summer weekend was a sight I never imagined. I am not referring to two-year-old Millennium Park, the stunning mixture of greenery and architecture that has been built over the old railroad yards east of Michigan Avenue. I am talking about another of Mayor Richard Daley’s legacies, the mixed-income townhouse and apartment developments south and west of the Loop that have replaced those 16-story monuments to drugs, despair and degradation that were the landmarks of Chicago’s public housing for 50 years.
People in the news
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Madonna to help African children affected by AIDS ¢ James Cameron movie to have New Zealand effects ¢ Jackie Chan wants to continue to be role model ¢ Acting teacher to the stars honored on Walk of Fame ¢ Leno fills in for Ebert
Modern Florida traces roots to Cuban exiles
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A2
It is a supreme irony: The most-hated man in Miami is arguably the city’s greatest benefactor and among Florida’s greatest agents of change.
Companies adopt ‘green’ buildings as power bills rise
August 6, 2006 in print edition on C4
When bank executive Gary Saulson told his project team that he wanted to turn a partly constructed operations center in Pittsburgh into a “green” building, they called him “well-intentioned” - but “crazy.”
Parties stake out stances for election
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A8
With only four legislative weeks left, congressional Republicans and Democrats have defined their positions on most key issues in the Nov. 7 elections, staking their political fortunes on sharply different views about Iraq, immigration, taxes and stem cell research.
Governors’ groups lead way in raising campaign money
Organizations spanning political spectrum prepare for 36 gubernatorial races
August 6, 2006 in print edition on A8
Poll results. Demographics. The issues playing best with voters, like immigration, stem cells, homeland security.