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6News Now for Aug. 7
August 7, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Journal-World: KU releases its findings in the air quality report at Wescoe Hall, new safety measures are in place at Baldwin Junction, and new details emerge about the 2004 firing of Fred Williams, the former director of the KU Alumni Association.
LHS yearbook signing party tonight
August 7, 2006
Pull out your markers and highlighters - Lawrence High School’s annual yearbook signing party takes place tonight.
Chance for scattered showers
August 7, 2006
Cloudy skies and a few more showers could be in store for Lawrence today, says Sarah Jones, 6News weather forecaster.
Eyes of the Tigers
MU players shed helmets, meet fans
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C1
Temperatures soaring near 100 degrees Sunday afternoon didn’t keep Tom Phillips, a 20-year season-ticket holder out of St. Louis, from driving two hours to see the 2006 Missouri football team up close.
Author: Adversity forged true Kansas character
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A1
Two-thirds of Kansas lies west of U.S. Highway 81, away from the state’s major population centers, distant from its biggest universities.
Nonprofit group to build more affordable homes
Tenants to Homeowners will use land trust to keep prices low on single-family units
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence’s Tenants to Homeowners organization plans to soon begin work on its largest affordable housing project yet.
COO likely to rise to commissioner
Owners to begin meeting today; Goodell has been favorite throughout selection process
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C8
Twenty years ago, Roger Goodell volunteered to chauffeur Pete Rozelle around at the Super Bowl in New Orleans when the NFL commissioner’s regular driver couldn’t make it.
Kickers shine in sloppy opener
Eagles starters dominate, but Raiders reserves prevail
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C8
All Art Shell asked to see in his first game back as coach of the Oakland Raiders was some progress.
County fair wraps up with awards
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
For Sarah Heschmeyer, this winning thing is becoming a habit. “My sister’s getting mad at me,” she said. “She wants to win it.”
Attempt at MySpace intrusion criticized
After House passage, Senate has bill that would block social sites in libraries, schools
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A1
Michael Boster uses the computers at Lawrence Public Library almost daily during the summer.
Toymaker’s need for speed draws tourists to rural town
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
Nestled in farm fields just south of a bend of a rural two-lane highway, this town is among Kansas’ smallest, with only 35 residents, a dozen houses and no downtown businesses.
Attacks intensify before U.N. vote
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A1
A defiant Hezbollah pounded northern Israel with rockets Sunday after rejecting a U.S.-French truce proposal, killing at least 15 people. Israel also struck hard, killing 14 in Lebanon as both sides tried to take advantage of the days before a U.N. resolution is put to a vote.
Debut novel becomes surprise summer hit
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter’ tells of child with Down syndrome
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A2
Kim Edwards is sitting on her porch swing when the flower delivery man arrives with two bouquets and a copy of Edwards’ debut novel, “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.”
Assisted listening
Hearing system helps many enjoy thrills of theater
August 7, 2006 in print edition on D1
Vicki Douglas has had trouble hearing for 25 years. But that hasn’t kept her from religiously attending plays at the University Theatre.
Rural home deemed total loss after fire
Emergency crews have trouble finding water
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B2
A home in rural Douglas County near Clinton burned to the ground Sunday evening as dozens of area firefighters scrambled to find water to extinguish the blaze.
Kids Voting Coalition seeks help with polls
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B2
The Kids Voting Coalition seeks the assistance of community volunteers to offer students kindergarten though 12 an authentic voting experience at the polls this Election Day, Nov. 7.
State fair officials want to boost attendance
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B2
Blue ribbon winners will take home more prize money from the Kansas State Fair this year as organizers seek to boost the number of contest entrants and turn around faltering attendance numbers.
On the record
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B2
Cardinal suffers post-operative setback
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A7
Cardinal Francis George, hospitalized since cancer surgery more than a week ago, was back in intensive care Sunday because of internal bleeding, the Archdiocese of Chicago said.
John Glenn, wife, released from hospital
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A7
Former senator and astronaut John Glenn and his wife, Annie, were discharged Sunday from a hospital where they had been recovering from what he called a “very serious” car accident.
Pediatricians cite shopping cart dangers
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A7
With more than 24,000 U.S. children treated for shopping cart-related injuries last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics says better designs and stricter government regulation are needed.
Americans eating too much salt
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A7
It’s good luck to throw salt over your shoulder. It’s bad for your health to eat it. And chances are you’re eating way too much.
Study: Raunchy song lyrics prompt earlier teen sex
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A7
Teens whose iPods are full of music with raunchy, sexual lyrics start having sex sooner than those who prefer other songs, a study found.
Johnson charges to Indy victory
Early tire problem doesn’t deflate NASCAR points leader
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C2
If Jimmie Johnson wants to capture his first Nextel Cup championship, winning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a step in the right direction.
U.S. soldier injured; 17 Taliban are killed
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
A British soldier was fatally shot Sunday as NATO-led troops went after Taliban insurgents in a southern mountain range, and a U.S. soldier suffered minor injuries in the suicide truck bombing of a military convoy in a neighboring province, officials said.
Leader: Castro soon will be back at work
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
Cuba’s vice president said Sunday Fidel Castro would return to work in a few weeks after intestinal surgery that forced him to hand over power temporarily to his younger brother.
Flash floods kill more than 100; many flee
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
More than 100 people were killed by flooding Sunday in a town in eastern Ethiopia, a government official said.
After long debate, Hong Kong leaders OK surveillance bill
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
The Hong Kong legislature passed a law Sunday that allows the government, with the permission of a judge, to use telephone wiretaps, e-mail scans, and other surveillance techniques in the name of public security.
Japan marks 61st anniversary of Hiroshima bombing
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
The mayor of Hiroshima on Sunday called for the elimination of all nuclear weapons as he marked the 61st anniversary of the world’s first atomic bomb attack, which killed more than 140,000 people in the Japanese city.
Iran plans to expand nuclear activities
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
Iran vowed Sunday to expand its uranium enrichment, defying a U.N. Security Council deadline for it to suspend its nuclear activities by the end of the month or face the threat of political and economic sanctions.
Maine quiets Phillies
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C4
Jose Reyes hit a grand slam to cap a seven-run fourth, and John Maine (2-3) extended his scoreless streak to 23 innings as the New York Mets pounded Philadelphia, 8-1, on Sunday.
Tigers complete sweep, 1-0
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C4
Wilfredo Ledezma struck out five in 52â3 innings as the replacement starter for Justin Verlander, and the Detroit Tigers took advantage of an error by C.C. Sabathia to beat the Cleveland Indians, 1-0, Sunday and complete a three-game sweep.
Vikings’ Tank Williams likely out for season
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C8
Minnesota Vikings safety Tank Williams probably will miss the entire season due to an injury to his left kneecap sustained Saturday during training-camp practice.
Shockey back in practice six days after concussion
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C8
Jeremy Shockey participated in team drills for the first time since he sustained a concussion while going for a pass last week.
Misfortune at main event
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C8
There is more than $90 million in prize money in the main event of the 2006 World Series of Poker (WSOP); first place is a whopping $12 million!
Summer flies by for Self
KU coach enjoys break before fall’s ‘fun stuff’
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C1
Bill Self spent half of June working his basketball camps for youths in Lawrence.
Woodling: St. Joe’s boasts retro ball
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C1
I could have been in a time warp. I was sitting in Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph, Mo., the other night watching a professional baseball game.
Primary results show TV, money still matter in statewide races
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B8
Abortion opponents, fundamentalist churches and anti-tax activists have become known over the past decade in Kansas politics for an ability to push conservative voters to the polls.
Rainbow flag causes flap in small town
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B8
A 12-year-old son’s gift of a colorful flag he found while staying with his grandparents in California has put his parents in the middle of controversy in this small town.
Car-theft suspect leads wild chase
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B3
Lawrence Police assisted other area police forces Sunday in searching for a man who fled in two stolen cars and burglarized several homes.
Arc sponsors sock hop, dance lessons
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B3
Before members of The Arc of Douglas County celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary on Aug. 24, the Self Advocates of Lawrence group will play host to an ice cream social and free dance lessons on Tuesday.
Students find campus jobs suit them well
University positions offer understanding supervisors, flexible schedules
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
No weekend work. No stress. Flexible scheduling. Emily Bucher’s part-time office job at Kansas University is a dream.
Man accused in Olathe woman’s death had prior sex conviction
Wife, church had no way of knowing because suspect was not listed on national offender registry
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B3
A man accused of raping and killing a member of his church had a record for sexual assault in Minnesota - but Kansas had no record of his conviction, and he was not required to register on a national database.
Plagiarism hunt targets students and staff
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
First, they went after the business school dean’s welcome message on a university Web site.
Warming said to cause coastal ‘dead zone’
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
Bottom fish and crabs washing up dead on Oregon beaches are being killed by a recurring “dead zone” of low-oxygen water that is larger than in previous years and may be triggered by global warming, scientists said.
Police: Suspected killers took turns at trigger
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
The gunmen took turns as they drove around the city.
War protest resuming near Bush’s ranch
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
A year after her first war protest in President Bush’s adopted hometown attracted thousands and reinvigorated the nation’s peace movement, Cindy Sheehan resumed her vigil Sunday.
Few experts believe meteorite from Mars has evidence of life
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
It was a science fiction fantasy come true: Ten years ago this summer, NASA announced the discovery of life on Mars.
Alaskan oil field is shut down
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
In a sudden blow to the nation’s oil supply, half the production on Alaska’s North Slope was being shut down Sunday after BP Exploration Alaska, Inc. discovered severe corrosion in a Prudhoe Bay oil transit line.
U.S. policy curbs options in Mideast, critics contend
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A5
The Bush administration’s policy of refusing to engage with nations and groups linked to terrorism, including Syria, Iran and Palestinian factions, has sharply limited U.S. maneuvering room during the war between Israel and Hezbollah, according to former administration officials and outside experts.
Iraqi medic testifies about scene during soldiers’ rape-murder hearing
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A5
An Iraqi army medic on Sunday told a U.S. military hearing of the horrific scene that confronted him in a tiny home south of Baghdad where he found the naked and burned body of a 14-year-old girl allegedly raped and murdered by American soldiers.
D’Rays option pitcher; Miceli comes off DL
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays optioned struggling right-hander Edwin Jackson to Triple-A Durham and activated reliever Dan Miceli from the 60-day disabled list Sunday.
Mets’ Wright signs six-year extension
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
David Wright became the latest young player on the New York Mets to get a long-term contract, signing a $55 million, six-year extension Sunday.
La Russa: Cards not sulking over lack of moves
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa believes his team’s second eight-game losing streak, which ended Saturday night, had nothing to do with the team’s failure to land an impact player by the trade deadline.
Mexican leftist ready for long battle in election
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday he was digging in for a long battle to ensure his ruling-party rival is not declared the winner of presidential elections, calling on supporters to demonstrate in front of the court that ruled against his demand for a full recount.
Fantasy leagues feel effects of trades
Dellucci, Gross, Shealy land bigger roles; Betemit, Cabrera downgraded
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
The American League became stronger, the National League worse, and some fantasy owners irritated.
People in the news
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Gravestone for Rick James ¢ Mel Gibson not anti-Semitic, friend Patrick Swayze says ¢ Boston area has leading role in Ben Affleck’s new film
Talladega Nights’ takes checkered flag among weekend moviegoers
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A2
Will Ferrell’s NASCAR spoof “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” enjoyed life in the fast lane with a No. 1 finish in the weekend box office race, taking in $47 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Rec calendar
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C6
Events calendar
August 7, 2006 in print edition on D2
Designers suggest styles to beat heat
August 7, 2006 in print edition on D2
Looking hot is good when you’re headed out to a nightclub; not so good when you’re going to work.
How to keep the car sparkling
August 7, 2006 in print edition on D1
Our cars take a daily beating from bad roads, bad drivers and exposure to the elements (rain, sun, salt, bird droppings, pollen). Yet 52 percent of us wash our cars less than once a month, and 15 percent never wash their cars at all, according to a survey by the International Carwash Assn.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 7, 1906: “Both the city and county tax levies were set yesterday and it will be extremely pleasing to the taxpayers to learn both will be a trifle lower for next year.
Study: Bad nursing home care persists
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
Not-for-profit nursing homes generally provide better care than those operated for profit, an analysis of state inspections for some 16,000 homes nationwide found.
Taxing food
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The proposed sales tax increase, while modest, is nevertheless regressive. Because Kansas has been in the minority of states that still tax food items, the extra burden will, as usual, fall on those, the working poor, whose income barely exceeds eligibility guidelines for food stamps.
Area residents lead livestock groups
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A8
Two area residents have been elected to leadership positions in livestock-related associations.
New assistant joins SS&C office
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A8
SS&C Business & Tax Services Inc. announces the hiring of two new employees at its office in Lawrence.
Pet Friends adds employees
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A8
Denise Van Sickel, owner of Lawrence Pet Friends, an in-home pet sitting and dog walking service, announces the hiring of several professional pet sitters for her growing year-old business:
Watercooler
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A8
While retailers experienced a slowdown in sales activity this summer, a new survey shows that consumers are readying their wallets for autumn spending.
Automatic program can help invest instead of spend
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A8
Q: I don’t see how I’m ever going to be able to retire. I’m 50 and earn $60,000 a year; my wife makes $40,000, and we have saved nothing. I need a job where I can earn more money, or I’ll be broke for the rest of my life.
Horoscopes
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Monday, Aug. 7
Procreation argument fails to justify gay marriage ban
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B7
Now I got it. After hours spent poring over Washington state’s Supreme Court decision upholding the ban on same-sex marriage, I’ve finally figured it out. The court wasn’t just ruling against same-sex marriage. It was ruling in favor of “procreationist marriage.”
Online poker faces legal questions
Justice, players at odds about big business
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A8
With the nightclub Tao swathed in red and black, music pulsated and go-go dancers gyrated on raised platforms along the wall.
Old-timer’s seen bad days - and good
August 7, 2006 in print edition on A1
Toby Dietz is standing on a little piece of the 580 acres of farmland and pasture he still owns about two miles east of Ness City.
Reds, Yankees, Rangers improved
Trade deadline passes quietly; moves did little or nothing to help Red Sox, Nationals and Angels
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline came and went rather quietly Monday, with most of the big names rumored to be moving staying put.
Intelligence ‘guess’ was right on
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B6
I write this in order to say I told you so. Not for me. Well, maybe a little bit for me. But also for some people who would probably never publicly say it for themselves.
Driving desire
Driving aggravations of various sorts may be softening the American public’s attitude toward public transportation.
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B6
Could it be that impatience with heavy traffic and other drivers is preparing Americans to embrace, or at least accept, transportation options other than private automobiles?
Mass. Democrats seek positive message
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B6
The party elders are watching. They’re watching television, and they’re watching the Democratic gubernatorial candidates, and there had better not be a disparaging word about any of them.
Voters value military service
August 7, 2006 in print edition on B7
In times of war, warriors tend to rise to the top in politics. That’s good news for war veterans seeking elective office and bad news for nonvets of both genders.
USF faces eligibility obstacles
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C1
The South Florida football team’s summer hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing.
Back from the dead
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C6
Death took a bit of a holiday, but it came back with a vengeance.
Twins find cure for road woes
Bartlett’s five hits help Minnesota overcome deficit
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C3
After losing 18 of their first 23 road games, the Minnesota Twins have found success away from the Metrodome.
Nevada’s Fox won’t pursue NU job
Huskers hold informal discussions with Wolf Pack coach, now may turn to Hobbs, Sadler, Pelphrey
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C2
Mark Fox is not interested in leaving Nevada for Nebraska. Nevada announced over the weekend that men’s basketball coach Fox had withdrawn from consideration for the Cornhusker coaching job.
Steelers’ Brooks arrested
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C8
Steelers tackle Barrett Brooks was arrested early Sunday after police said he fled from them on motorcycle.
Arizona recalls two from Triple-A Tucson
August 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Arizona Diamondbacks designated left-hander Randy Choate for assignment and optioned right-handed Dustin Nippert to Triple-A Tucson on Sunday.
A&E and the KISS of death
August 7, 2006 in print edition on D1
Here’s a quaint notion. Take a rock dinosaur from the 1970s and document his “family life.” Interview his long-suffering wife and his cynical children and watch him fumble and fail at everyday chores. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because you watched “The Osbournes,” a hit MTV show some years back.