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6News Now for August 15
August 15, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Journal-World, charges are dropped against man accused of infecting women with HIV, going back to school is becoming costly, and Perry Lake might be developed into a state park.
Consequences
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B10
Phelps donation to Kline campaign brings criticism
12:00 a.m., August 15, 2006 Updated 11:24 a.m. in print edition on B2
Paul Morrison’s campaign for attorney general criticized Atty. Gen. Phill Kline on Monday for taking a campaign contribution from a member of the Fred Phelps family.
Skating addition sails to approval
City OKs $50,000 for building features at Centennial course
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A1
Apparently, skateboarders in Lawrence can grind the same rails only so long. After years of prodding and fundraising from a small but dedicated group of Lawrence skateboarders, the city finally approved Tuesday funding for additions to the skateboard course at Centennial Park.
Traditions Night introduces freshmen to university
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B1
School hasn’t started yet, but Anna Ferber already feels comfortable at Kansas University.
Traditions Night draws a crowd
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B5
Kansas University’s annual Hawk Week has started.
Housing costs spur creative arrangements
Young adults try to make most of affordable accommodations
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A8
Some are buying homes with friends or siblings. Others barter for rent - or live in buildings where residents share occasional meals, childcare and sometimes a car.
Wal-Mart reveals design for Sixth Street location
Developers praise distinctive plans, but neighbors offer mixed reviews of proposal
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lawrence will have one of the more distinctively designed Wal-Marts in the country, according to company leaders and developers who unveiled designs Monday for a new store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Publicity for new film turns up 9-11 hero
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A8
For years, authorities wondered about the identity of a U.S. Marine who appeared at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, helped find a pair of police officers buried in the rubble, then vanished.
Terror cases tied to phones crumble
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A7
The FBI said Monday it had no information to indicate that the three Texas men arrested with about 1,000 cell phones in their van had any direct connection to known terrorist groups.
British officials downgrade threat level
Links to charity investigated; searches go beyond airports
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A7
Britain lowered its terrorist threat level a notch Monday, a relief for weary travelers who have endured days of chaos at the nation’s main airports since security forces foiled an alleged plot to blow passenger planes out of the sky.
Boy George reports for trash duty
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A2
With a city-issued broom in his hand, Boy George started his court-ordered community service early Monday, sweeping the streets for the Department of Sanitation and getting in a dust-up with the media.
County seeks state grant for juvenile justice
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B2
Douglas County is seeking a state grant to fund a program that helps troubled youngsters avoid being removed from their homes by the juvenile justice system.
Hearing on county budget set for Wednesday meeting
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B2
Douglas County residents will have a chance to comment Wednesday night on county government’s final 2007 budget proposal, which calls for a slight decrease in the mill levy.
Corkins hires new director
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas Education Commissioner Bob Corkins has hired a new communications director to replace David Awbrey, who resigned after six months on the job.
Ranking by magazine falls below competitors’
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas University ranked below Kansas State University and the University of Missouri-Columbia on a new college ranking list from Washington Monthly magazine.
Library closed until noon
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence Public Library will be closed until at least noon today as crews work to finish installing a new online catalog system.
Koizumi snubs critics, prays at war shrine
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A6
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi prayed at the Yasukuni war shrine today to mark Tokyo’s World War II surrender, triggering immediate protests by China and South Korea but cheering his conservative followers.
Election protesters clash with police
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A6
Riot police scuffled with protesters and some leftist lawmakers outside Mexico’s Congress on Monday after an attempt was made to set up a protest camp to demand a full recount in last month’s presidential election.
American among latest kidnap victims
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A6
Gunmen wearing military uniforms went into a nightclub and dragged out four foreign oil workers - two Britons, an American and a German - in the latest abduction targeting petroleum industry workers in Africa’s largest crude-producing country.
Seau calls it quits
Portis ailing; Leinart reaches terms
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C6
Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Pace left morning practice because of what the team believed to be minor injuries to his right ankle and knee.
Chicago keeps clicking
Royals no match for suddenly surging Sox
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C5
There was no letdown for the White Sox. Just another homer from Jim Thome, a big inning with timely hits and their fifth straight victory.
LHS sports hit the ground running
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C1
Asbestos removal in the gymnasium and construction throughout the school forced the Lawrence High girls volleyball team to conduct its offseason strength-and-conditioning program under the balmy Lawrence sun three to four days a week.
Sharon’s condition takes turn for worse
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A6
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for more than seven months, suffered a further deterioration in his health Monday, according to the hospital where he is being treated.
Tanker spills oil in Indian Ocean
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A6
A Japanese tanker spilled about 1.3 million gallons of crude oil in the eastern Indian Ocean following a collision with a cargo ship, the tanker’s operator said today.
Cuban television airs first video of ailing Fidel Castro
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A6
Cuban state television on Monday aired the first video of Fidel Castro since he stepped down as president to recover from surgery, showing the bedridden Cuban leader joking with his brother and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
U.S., Iraq at odds over blasts
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A6
A deadly series of explosions in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad triggered a new battle Monday - between the U.S. military and the Iraqis over what caused the blasts. The number of casualties also was in dispute.
Lebanese returning home as cease-fire takes hold
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A6
Tens of thousands of Lebanese jammed bomb-cratered roads Monday as they returned to still-smoldering scenes of destruction after a tenuous cease-fire ended 34 days of vicious combat between Israel and Hezbollah.
Tigers put end to skid
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C4
Jim Leyland wouldn’t let the Detroit Tigers start worrying, even after a five-game losing streak left them in their longest slump of the season.
Latest Census survey shows snapshots of life in Lawrence
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B1
Here’s a snapshot of the people of Lawrence according to the latest Census Bureau survey: Mainly white, well-educated, transient in nature and less likely to have children. In other words, about like most other university communities.
Gooden commits to Cleveland
Former Kansas University forward agrees in principle to three-year deal with Cavaliers
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C2
All Drew Gooden has ever wanted was a place in the NBA to call home. Now he has one.
Kansas State dismisses Hughes
Player’s name discovered in registered sex-offender database
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C2
Tyler Hughes, a reserve basketball player at Kansas State University, was dismissed from the team Monday after it became known that his name appears in a registered sex-offender database.
Free State’s fall practices kick off, too
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C1
As Lauren Self elevates to hit the volleyball over the net, Taylor Manning attempts to block it from the other side. Self manages to hit the ball past Manning, who had sent numerous shots back in the faces of other Free State High volleyball players on the first day of practice on Monday.
Raiders win Legion regional
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C1
The only bump in the road for the Lawrence Raiders at the Central Plains Regional was they had to stick around for a little more baseball than they wanted.
Census study tracks immigrant migration
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A5
America’s growing diversity has reached nearly every state. From South Carolina’s budding immigrant population to the fast-rising number of Hispanics in Arkansas, minority groups make up an increasing share of the population in every state but one, according to figures released today by the Census Bureau.
Dell recalls laptop batteries
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A5
Dell Inc. said Monday it will recall 4.1 million notebook computer batteries made by Sony Corp. because they can overheat and catch fire.
Crash survivor describes ID mix-up
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A5
A woman wrongly identified as a college classmate killed in a traffic crash says it was “strange to find out my family and friends had a funeral for me.”
On the record
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B2
Disputed cross becomes federal property
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A5
A giant cross in San Diego that’s been contested for 17 years by an atheist became the property of the federal government Monday with President Bush’s signature.
After Chernobyl, youths find help in Missouri
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B4
He’s 9. Skinny. All arms and legs and a head of pale blonde hair. He sits in the stands as classic rock in a foreign language fills the ball park air on a sweaty Sunday summer night.
2 workers killed by falling concrete
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A3
Concrete debris fell 19 stories from a construction site Monday, killing a worker who was knocked into an excavation pit and a truck driver whose cab was crushed.
Military recruiters’ misconduct rising
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A3
Wrongdoing by military recruiters jumped by more than half - from about 400 cases in 2004 to almost 630 in 2005 - with more than half the recruiting crimes reported last year linked to the Army, government investigators said.
Property tax increase moves forward
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A1
No one showed up Monday to protest the Lawrence school board’s plan to add as much as 6.437 mills to the district’s property tax levy.
PepsiCo names new chief executive
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A3
PepsiCo Inc. said Monday that Chief Financial Officer Indra K. Nooyi will replace Steven Reinemund as chief executive officer of the soft-drink and snacks company, making her the No. 2 female CEO in the Fortune 500.
L.A. airport again hit by landing-system outage
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A3
An instrument landing system that guides arriving planes onto a runway at Los Angeles International Airport failed Monday for the second time in a week, delaying several flights, officials said.
KU’s Gault tapped for all-conference team
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University senior Holly Gault was named to the preseason all-Big 12 soccer team, the conference announced Monday.
Study evaluates state of Katrina evacuees
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A3
Evacuees who escaped Hurricane Katrina’s flooding on their own are faring better almost a year later than the thousands rescued and dumped in cities saturated with evacuees, according to a report released Monday.
Suspected bird flu in swans believed to be milder strain
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A3
Scientists have discovered possible bird flu in two wild swans on the shore of Lake Erie - but it does not appear to be the much-feared Asian strain that has ravaged poultry and killed at least 138 people elsewhere in the world.
Barbaro adds daily walks to recovery
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C5
How’s this for a breath of fresh air? Barbaro is enjoying daily outings outside his intensive care stall to pick his own grass, enjoy the warm weather and stretch his recovering legs.
Hoops squad visits U.S. troops
Team USA to play final exhibition game today vs. South Korea
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C5
Coach Mike Krzyzewski knew the drill. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and the rest of the U.S. basketball team got into combat uniforms and took marching orders from former U.S. Army officer Krzyzewski on Monday during a visit to Yongsan Garrison in central Seoul.
Ex-Texans GM Casserly joins CBS
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C6
Former Houston Texans general manager Charley Casserly joined CBS Sports as an “insider” on the network’s pregame NFL show.
NFL Network hires Rams’ Faulk
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C6
Marshall Faulk, out for the season and facing reconstructive knee surgery that almost certainly will end his career, has joined the NFL Network as an analyst.
Moss returns quietly
Ex-Vike has 1 catch in Raiders’ victory in Metrodome
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C6
Randy Moss’ return to Minnesota was filled with frustration. The way Aaron Brooks played, that could continue when it counts.
Dumping halted at landfill
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A3
Mayor Ray Nagin on Monday ordered waste haulers to stop depositing debris in a controversial landfill opened after Hurricane Katrina, a move state regulators said could delay the battered city’s cleanup by more than a year.
Trial starts this week in HIV-exposure case
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B1
The first of four trials for a Lawrence man charged with knowingly exposing women to the HIV virus is scheduled to begin this week.
Train-accident victim identified
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B1
Police on Monday identified the person struck and killed by a Union Pacific train on Saturday as Lawrence resident Jeannie Marie Newmoon, age 53.
At least 11 forums on tap for state candidates
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B10
At least 11 candidate forums before the Nov. 7 general election will feature Democratic and Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor or attorney general.
Sebelius: Driver’s license issue moot
Barnett criticizes previous plan to allow migrants to obtain licenses
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B10
Republican Jim Barnett is telling voters that illegal immigrants won’t get driver’s licenses if he’s elected governor, but Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says a federal law prevents such a policy anyway.
Report: X-rays don’t detect explosives in shoes
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A7
X-ray machines that screen airline passengers’ shoes cannot detect explosives, according to a Homeland Security Department report on aviation screening.
First-grader seeks Big Brother
August 15, 2006 in print edition on D2
Six-year-old Chase, an avid Kansas University fan, is seeking a Big Brother through the Big Brother/Big Sisters of Douglas County program.
Only Captain Underpants could outlast busy nephew
August 15, 2006 in print edition on D1
My nephew Max is bright, friendly, talkative, imaginative, occasionally bossy and endlessly energetic - which is to say that he is 6 years old. Actually, he strikes me as more precocious than other children his age, but oddly, that only seems to highlight his very 6-year-oldness.
College-bound columnist says goodbye
August 15, 2006 in print edition on D1
Wes: It is mid-August. Summer is in its slow and hot ebb. September is close, but not close enough. When it arrives, it will begin a seasonal transition toward renewal as the heat withdraws, the rains hopefully return, the grass turns green and the grain yellows.
Health benefits expanded for ground zero workers
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A8
Gov. George Pataki signed legislation Monday to greatly expand benefits for workers who have died or become sick from toiling in the smoke and dust that hung over the ruins of the World Trade Center.
British fall short on immigrants
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B9
While many Americans may have an inferiority complex about things British - the refinement, the style and, of course, those accents - it would be a mistake to carry it over to the area of counterterrorism.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 15, 1906: “He is an old settler, indeed, who remembers a year in Kansas when there was a better general crop condition than there is this year.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B8
About 40 attended a meeting on county zoning with the goal of getting more consistency, planning and coherence in area growth.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B8
A 23-year-old Topeka woman was formally charged with the slaying in Douglas County of another Topeka woman.
Not shocked
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: The idea that we Americans are “shocked” that the Islamic terrorists are trying to kill as many of us as they can on or before the Sept. 11 anniversary is nonsense.
Higher standard
Charges that the city’s landlord-tenant mediator owns rental property that violates the city’s housing code is an embarrassing situation for the city.
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B8
Interim City Manager David Corliss was on the right track last week when he said, “We do expect city employees to be held to the same level of accountability as any citizen.”
Lack of realism hinders U.S. in Mideast
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B8
Five weeks have passed since the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers provoked Israel to launch its most unsatisfactory military operation in 58 years. What problem has been solved, or even ameliorated?
Horoscopes
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B7
For Tuesday, Aug. 15
Commodities
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C8
Ribbon-cutting set for career institute
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C8
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. today at Pinnacle Career Institute, 1601 W. 23rd St.
Attorneys to present advice on estates
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C8
Lawrence attorneys David Brown and Scott Stockwell are scheduled to make presentations during a seminar, “The Eight Greatest Estate Planning Techniques,” which will be Aug. 22 in Overland Park.
Krauses seek consent for home cooking
Fine-dining restaurant owners propose zoning change for East Lawrence property
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C8
Robert and Molly Krause already have the kitchen, garden room and high-end clientele.
Lawrence broker joins commission
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C8
Marilyn Bittenbender, senior vice president, principal and broker for Grubb & Ellis/The Winbury Group in Lawrence, has been appointed to the Kansas Real Estate Commission.
Canceled debt can cause tax bill
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C8
If you’re working with a creditor to forgive some of your debt, there’s something important you should know.
Civic choir rehearsals starting
August 15, 2006 in print edition on D2
The Lawrence Civic Choir resumes rehearsals for the fall season on Monday.
Local control
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: A recent letter to the editor (Aug. 14) commented on the State Board of Education elections and the “opt-out” language the board adopted this summer.
Neighbors not keen on new sewer plant
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B1
If and when the city builds the new Wakarusa water treatment facility, certain things will travel. The smell. The flood water.
Intelligence is key
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: Despite statements by columnists like Cal Thomas, we are not at “war on terrorism,” we are at war with Iraq, as we have been without sufficient troops, or adequate equipment, and intelligence, since 2003.
Ailing Pedro shelled; Phils roll
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C4
Pedro Martinez felt a twinge in his calf before the game and felt the effects during a terrible first inning. The New York Mets only could hope a bad outing was the worst of his problems.
Middle blocker Uhart granted waiver for ‘05
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University middle blocker Natalie Uhart was granted a medical-hardship waiver Monday and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at KU, coach Ray Bechard said Monday.
Pluto solid as a rock at KU
Potential demotion of planet won’t affect discovery, leaders say
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A1
Pluto and its discoverer will always be important at Kansas University, even if the solar system’s smallest planet is kicked out of the heavenly club that includes Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Thinking inside the box
Spirituality explored in exhibit
August 15, 2006
The assignment was a challenge for Derek Ishmael. He was to come up with an object or objects that fit in a 6-by-6-by-4-inch box and represent his spirituality.
New MNF crew makes its debut
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C6
Listen up! Tony Kornheiser had to be better than the short-lived sitcom loosely based on his life. And he was. Much better. And that’s even putting aside such a low standard as “Listen Up.”
Little lineman beefs up
Rodriguez refined technique last season
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C1
Cesar Rodriguez knew how the better - or in this case, bigger - half lived.
Researchers face setbacks in solving 127-year-old mystery
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B1
The century-old murder mystery that drew University of Colorado researchers to a gravesite in Lawrence’s Oak Hill cemetery may never be solved.
Lawrence Datebook
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B2
2 Fox News journalists kidnapped in Gaza City
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A6
Palestinian gunmen kidnapped two Fox News journalists Monday, according to witnesses and Fox.
Woodling: Hearing a time to grovel
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C1
Earl Huyser approached me Sunday morning and queried: “What do you think is going to happen in Baltimore today?”
Driving for show’ could be handy
Medinah checks in at record 7,561 yards for this week’s PGA Championship
August 15, 2006 in print edition on C5
Tiger Woods held a yardage book in his left hand and a putter in his right hand, casually rapping a dozen or so putts on the 18th green at Medinah Country Club and stopping every so often to jot down notes.
People in the news
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Hudson, Robinson split ¢ ‘Dancing’ lineup announced ¢ Stones have to cancel ¢ Birthday bashes continue
Popeil’s story diced, sliced
August 15, 2006 in print edition on A2
For all of the dramas, comedies, documentaries, music, news, talk and sports available on television, it’s easy to get confused about the essential nature of television.
Adjusting to life at 64
August 15, 2006 in print edition on B9
Twenty-four people packed into the dining room for my 64th birthday dinner and made a steady dull roar from the salad course right on through the cake and coffee, and I hardly got a word in edgewise.