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Concert on the Deck canceled
August 18, 2006
The Lawrence Aquatic Center’s Concert on the Deck scheduled for tonight has been canceled under threat of rain. The concert may be rescheduled at a later time. For more information, please contact the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatic Division at 832-7946.
6News Now for August 18
August 18, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Journal-World, commecial development hubs take shape, recent upgrades to Lawrence Public Library, and trying to avoid another mumps outbreak at KU.
Nuss admonished, but not disciplined
August 18, 2006
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss was admonished today by a disciplinary board, but escaped any further sanction for his discussion of school finance with two powerful legislators.
KU provost elected to think tank
August 18, 2006
Kansas University Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Lariviere has been elected to the Council on Foreign Relations, a nongovernmental, nonpartisan think tank on foreign affairs.
Storm closes Chi Omega sorority for the night
August 18, 2006
Members of Chi Omega sorority, 1345 W. Campus Rd., are recovering from a tumultuous night.
Asteroid busters’ widen sky search
Astronomer task force will be on lookout for solar objects headed toward Earth
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A4
They’re out there, hidden among a haze of stars: killer asteroids. Now the world’s astronomers are keeping a wary eye to the skies for giant objects on a collision course with Earth.
University of Chicago climbs six spots to No. 9, thanks to data revisions
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A5
The University of Chicago boasts more than 70 Nobel laureates, and its math and economics departments are among the best in the world.
Mayer: Auker fantastic story
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
This is an unabashed boost for a terrific sports book written by a local guy I happen to work with - about one of the greatest athletes in Kansas (or anybody else’s) history.
Raiders not happy just to be in Series
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Lawrence Raiders baseball team might be the envy of all area high schoolers right about now. While Lawrence and Free State high schools have started the new school year, members of the Raiders aren’t quite done with their summer.
People in the news
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Mel Gibson pleads no contest in DUI case, gets probation ¢ Timberlake doesn’t envy ‘Idol’ champion Hicks ¢ Connick’s new song dedicated to Hurricane Katrina victims ¢ It’s official: Aniston says they’re NOT engaged
Vietnam Nurses’ tell war stories
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A2
Powerful on many levels, “Vietnam Nurses” (9 p.m., WE) may be too graphic and wrenching for some viewers.
Dog trainer faces federal charges
Volunteer, convicted murderer stopped to pick up guns after prison breakout
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
On their way out of state after a February prison break, Lansing Correctional Facility volunteer Toby Young and convicted murderer John Manard made a quick stop at Young’s house in Kansas City, Kan.
Brits to celebrate 11th anniversary
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
Brits, a downtown shop known for its eclectic assortment of British items, is set to celebrate its 11th anniversary with an open house Saturday.
Merck suffers setbacks
New Orleans jury orders company to pay $51 million in Vioxx case; New Jersey judge rules company withheld information
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
Merck & Co. was stung with two major legal setbacks over the withdrawn painkiller Vioxx on Thursday when a federal jury ordered the drugmaker to pay $51 million to a heart attack victim, and a state judge in New Jersey overturned a November verdict that had favored the company.
Bush failures may exceed those of father
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B8
In handling the latest Middle East crisis, President Bush has shown once again how different he is from his father.
Fighting terrorism demands new tactics
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B8
Condoleezza Rice has rescued Israel from the depths of the Hezbollah trap into which it was heading, egged on by some in the Bush administration.
Horoscopes
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
For Friday, Aug. 18
Kane starts strong at PGA Championship
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
Sandy Kane wore black and white to the opening round of the 88th PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club, but she could have worn red to match her husband’s score.
KU climbs in national rankings
Last year it was 45th, and this year’s it’s 39th
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
On the roller-coaster ride that is the U.S. News & World Report college rankings, Kansas University has climbed a hill - ranking 39th among public institutions.
LHS sophomores bear brunt of contact
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
Fifteen minutes into their first practice in pads, Lawrence High football players swarmed the equipment trailer to gather hip pads and other gear.
No joking around
Untested Meier crucial for KU
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
If they felt like it, teammates of Kansas University red-shirt freshman quarterback Kerry Meier could tease him frequently.
Wailin’ Jennys band finds harmony in wacky name
August 18, 2006 in print edition on D1
The band name “The Wailin’ Jennys” is enough to get some people to buy a concert ticket - even if they don’t know who they’re going to see.
Split decision
Doctors gave Split Lip Rayfield’s frontman two months to live … so he booked a tour
August 18, 2006 in print edition on D1
It took one year, a few phone calls and cancer to reunite Split Lip Rayfield. Tonight, the heartfelt hillbilly punk quartet is getting back together to play the second show in a tour that’s billed to be its last.
Court strikes down Bush’s domestic spying
Federal judge says warrantless surveillance is unconstitutional
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
A federal judge on Thursday struck down President Bush’s warrantless surveillance program, saying it violated the rights to free speech and privacy, as well as the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution.
Landlord says he didn’t get fair trial, files appeal
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
A landlord ordered to pay more than $110,000 for denying housing to an unmarried, interracial couple has filed an appeal alleging he didn’t get a fair trial.
Institute taking over archaeological collections
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s Biodiversity Institute is taking over management of the archaeological collections that were once part of the museum of anthropology.
Questions surround JonBenet suspect
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
The arrest of an American former schoolteacher in the decade-old killing of JonBenet Ramsey created a tangle of questions Thursday about whether the sensational crime has finally been solved, even as the suspect told reporters in Thailand that he had been with the child beauty queen when she died.
Gorey house charming, not gory
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A2
Two little legs, one slightly askew with a sneaker lace undone, poke out from underneath the blue living room rug.
Bush signs pension reform
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
President Bush on Thursday signed new rules to prod companies into shoring up their pension plans and offered strong words for corporate America: “Set aside enough money now.”
Ballard checks out Georgia on own dime
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C3
Free State High senior and Kansas University football recruit Christian Ballard recently took an unofficial visit with his family to Georgia, another school he’s considering.
Familiar faces back on Mount Oread
Former KU athletes taking advantage of ‘Degree Completion Program’
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C3
Former Kansas University athletes who came close but never earned a college degree now may have some extra incentive to return to school.
Chiefs still can’t find their stride
Manning, offense effective in Giants’ 17-0 victory
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C6
Eli Manning and the New York Giants showed flashes of the offense they’ll need to repeat as NFC East champions. They also showed Herm Edwards how much work his Kansas City Chiefs have left to do.
Support plummets for America’s ‘cowboy’ war
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
Amid plummeting public support in Britain for backing America’s policy in the war on terror, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott denied Thursday that he called President Bush a “cowboy with his Stetson hat” whose progress on a Middle East peace plan was “crap.”
Karzai, U.S. disagree on victims of airstrike
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
President Hamid Karzai condemned a U.S. airstrike Thursday that Afghan officials said killed 10 border policemen. Sixteen other people died in violence across the country, including an American soldier slain by a Soviet-era land mine.
Doomsday cult chemist’s death sentence upheld
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
The death sentence for a doomsday cult chemist was upheld today by a Japanese court that turned down the appeal filed by a 41-year-old man who played a key role in the 1995 nerve gas attack in Tokyo subways that killed 12.
U.S.: Arrest is ‘major break’ in border slayings
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
Authorities are calling the arrest of a man in Denver a “major break” in the investigation of the killings of more than 100 young women in a U.S.-Mexico border town.
Plan in works to send peacekeepers to Somalia
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
African military experts Thursday were devising a plan for sending a peacekeeping force to Somalia, where fundamentalist Islamists appear to be taking more control of the country from the weakened government, officials said.
Deadly car bombs continue in Baghdad
Iraq to double spending on fuel imports
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
Car bombs killed 10 people Thursday in Baghdad as violence persisted in the capital despite the U.S.-led security crackdown. Two more American soldiers were killed in combat, the U.S. command said.
Volcano’s fiery eruption kills one
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
A volcanic eruption in Ecuador’s Andes mountains showered incandescent rock and lava on nearby villages, smothering houses and burning residents as thousands tried to flee to safety. At least one person was killed and 60 were missing.
South Lebanon welcomes army
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
Villagers throwing rice and Hezbollah supporters holding banners welcomed the country’s army to south Lebanon on Thursday after a nearly 40-year absence, and the first airliner landed at Beirut airport since fighting began more than a month ago.
Baldwin district discovers fiscal shortfall
General fund overspent by $295,000
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B3
A recently completed audit shows the Baldwin school district is almost $300,000 in the hole. The school board and a packed crowd got the unhappy news Thursday at a special meeting.
On the record
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
Company wants lawyer sanctioned
Attorney sued over hospital staffing
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
In a rare legal move, the nation’s largest hospital chain is asking a court to sanction a Wichita lawyer who sued the company over its staffing of nurses at hospitals across the country.
PLAY chooses study consultant
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
A group formed to push for construction of additional recreational sites in Lawrence has chosen a team of planners to assess the area’s needs.
Director of special education named
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
A longtime educator from Utah has been named as the Kansas director of special education, Education Commissioner Bob Corkins said Thursday.
Man suffers injuries after U.S. 59 wreck
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
An Ottawa man was flown to a Kansas City area hospital with life-threatening injuries Thursday night after a two-vehicle accident about one-half mile south of the Baldwin Junction.
83-year-old dies in I-35 accident
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
An elderly Kansas City, Mo., woman was killed Thursday afternoon in a crash near Ottawa while her vehicle was stopped in the right lane of Interstate 35.
Rolen propels Cards
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C4
Scott Rolen enjoys pressure. Rolen tied the score with a home run in the seventh inning, then hit a winning single in the ninth that led St. Louis over the Cincinnati Reds, 2-1, Thursday and boosted the Cardinals’ NL Central lead back to 21â2 games.
Orioles beat up on Yankees
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C4
This was not exactly the way the New York Yankees wanted to head into their first-place showdown with the Boston Red Sox.
Moderates take aim at remaining conservatives on state education board
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
With the August primary election it became clear that moderates will control the State Board of Education next year, but just barely.
Boys and Girls Club hopes to get newer, roomier home
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
Two days into the school year and the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club already had a waiting list of youngsters wanting in the club’s after-school program.
NASA advisers opposed to science cuts resign
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A4
Three NASA advisers who spoke out against budget cuts to the space agency’s science programs turned in their resignations this week, officials said Thursday.
New passport rules raise concerns
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A4
The travel industry is pressing the Bush administration to delay a security measure that would require all cruise passengers and air travelers taking trips beyond U.S. borders to carry passports starting Jan. 8.
Bonds’ trainer refuses to testify
Judge decides not to put Anderson in jail for contempt
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C2
Barry Bonds’ personal trainer again refused to testify before a grand jury investigating the Giants slugger Thursday, but a federal judge did not jail Greg Anderson for contempt of court.
More suits filed in lung case
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B7
Twenty-nine more workers filed a lawsuit Thursday, claiming they sustained lung damage by working with a butter flavoring used at the Jasper Popcorn Co.
Woods, Mickelson play to draw
Riley, Glover share first-round lead as players have no trouble taming Medinah
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C5
It was opening day of the PGA Championship, or, if you prefer, round one of the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson battle at Medinah Country Club. The record will show that when it came time to play, the two competitors shook hands, walked to opposite corners of the tee and then came out swinging … their clubs.
Guillen gambles; Sox win
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C5
Ozzie Guillen had seen Mark Grudzielanek beat his team enough this week. The White Sox manager wasn’t about to let it happen again.
Princeton tops rankings
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A5
Princeton takes the top spot in the latest U.S. News & World Report college rankings, breaking a three-year tie for No. 1 with Ivy League rival Harvard.
Jazz promoter has idea for K.C.
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B5
A famed promoter who produces major jazz and general music events in more than a dozen cities around the world is considering launching a music event in Kansas City, possibly as early as next spring.
Report: N. Korea near nuclear weapons test
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
The White House said Thursday that a nuclear weapons test by North Korea would be an “extremely provocative” act that would be denounced around the globe.
Suspected drug kingpin pleads not guilty
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
Suspected drug kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano Felix pleaded not guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges Thursday after arriving on U.S. soil in a Coast Guard boat and being whisked to a downtown jail under heavy security.
Bicycle ban doesn’t sit well with all
Children must be in third grade or higher to ride bikes to school
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
Some parents say the Lawrence school district overreacted to a tragedy.
Professors surprised, honored by $5,000 fellowship awards
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
Tears welled in Lisa Friis’ eyes Thursday as Kansas University’s prize patrol handed her a check for $5,000.
Study confirms disorder among Vietnam vets
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
A painstaking reanalysis of data collected in the 1980s from Vietnam War veterans confirms that post traumatic stress disorder is a real and common psychiatric consequence of war, but it comes to the controversial conclusion that significantly fewer veterans were affected than experts have thought.
Anti-abortion groups take aim at FDA choice
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
Anti-abortion groups are urging President Bush to withdraw his nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration, angry that the agency may allow nonprescription sales of the morning-after pill.
West Virginia terminal evacuated
Tests find no evidence of explosives in suspicious liquid in luggage
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
A West Virginia airport terminal was evacuated Thursday after two bottles of liquid found in a woman’s carry-on luggage twice tested positive for explosives residue, a Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman said.
Man says he was robbed, beaten
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
A 39-year-old man told police he was robbed and beaten late Wednesday in a vehicle in North Lawrence.
Woman’s car accident delays passenger train
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
An Edwardsville woman drove into an Amtrak train early Thursday morning but survived without major injuries.
Report: Police seize $245 in counterfeit
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Police seized more than $200 in counterfeit money Wednesday after a grocery store employee reported a fake $5 bill.
Ex-prisoner arrested for sex crime in Texas
Former Lawrence man released from Kansas prison 7 months ago
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
Seven months after being released on parole from a Kansas prison, a former Lawrence man convicted of raping a woman at knifepoint in the mid-1980s has been arrested in Texas for a new sex crime.
Deficit projected to hit $1.76 trillion in 10 years
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
The federal deficit will shrink dramatically this year but will total $1.76 trillion over the next decade, and could be double that estimate if President Bush’s tax cuts are made permanent, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday.
Son sues for mom’s death in wake of Katrina
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
The son of an 91-year-old woman who died slumped in her wheelchair after Hurricane Katrina - an image that came to symbolize the government’s slow response to the catastrophic storm - sued the city and state Thursday.
Judge rules against cigarette makers
But government denied billions for anti-smoking programs
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
A federal judge ruled Thursday that the nation’s top cigarette makers violated racketeering laws, deceiving the public for years about the health hazards of smoking, but said she couldn’t order them to pay the billions of dollars the government had sought.
Abortion clinics, doctor face suspensions
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
State agencies have accused a doctor of failing to follow proper procedures in two late-term abortions, suspended his license and blocked his five clinics from performing abortions.
Orgas out for 2006-07
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C3
Sophomore forward Jen Orgas will not play for the Kansas University women’s basketball team during the 2006-07 season due to personal reasons, head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced Thursday.
Former CIA contractor found guilty of assault
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
The first American civilian charged with mistreating a detainee during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was convicted Thursday of assaulting an Afghan man who later died.
Survey finds most parents oblivious to teen drug exposure
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
A third of American teenagers have attended parties where parents were at home while alcohol or illegal drugs were used, according to an annual back-to-school survey on teens’ attitudes that paints an overall portrait of a generation of parents clueless about their kids’ vices.
Research confirms TV’s numbing effect on children
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
Sometimes the numbing effect of TV can be helpful. Especially if you’re a kid being stuck with a needle at the hospital.
NFL exhibitions are prime-time slime
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C2
We’ve already heard John Madden, seen Ben Roethlisberger and smelled Dallas 13, Seattle 3 - an exercise that featured one touchdown, three field goals and five fumbles.
Commodities
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
Overbrook resident joins angus group
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
Brenna Stebbins, Overbrook, is a new junior member of the American Angus Assn.
Rescoring can help buyers save
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
Q: We signed a contract to purchase a home. However, when we subsequently applied for a mortgage, our credit report came back with a few errors on it, and the credit bureau says it will take up to 30 days to review the discrepancies and make any changes.
Wal-Mart walk
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: Oh, joy! A 99,840-square-foot synthetic behemoth of a Wal-Mart is proposed for Sixth and Wakarusa Drive. Hello? Have you studied demographics?
School taxes
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: The school system has become a monster whose appetite for funding cannot be appeased. The school board needs to change the focus of teaching to education instead of sports training grounds for college and professional sports.
Ms. Wheelchair Kansas ranks nationally
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
Ranita Wilks, Ms. Wheelchair Kansas 2006, was named the second runner-up in the national Ms. Wheelchair America competition.
Trash problem
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: I can’t help but notice the increase of cans and bottles thrown in my yard, and trash blowing down my street, as our town fills back up.
Profiling valid in terror war
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B9
In the wake of last week’s foiled terrorist plot to blow up 10 U.S. jetliners flying between Britain and the United States, sensible people are reconsidering our government’s stubborn opposition to profiling.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 18, 1906: “It is well-known that Lawrence is such a temperance town that any candidate who runs on a ‘wet’ ticket is doomed.
No-smoking trend
Bans on smoking in public places seem to be gaining popularity.
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B8
Although a few local businesses still are protesting Lawrence’s ban on smoking in public places, a number of other cities in Kansas and the Kansas City area now are following Lawrence’s example.
Former hair academy owner faces fraud charge
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B4
The former owner of a hair design school in Topeka has been indicted on charges of wire fraud and trying to hinder a federal investigation, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Payroll error gives thousands extra to firefighters
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B4
A payroll error caused the city of Pittsburg to overpay its firefighters $122,260 in a 16-month period, the city has acknowledged, although no evidence of intentional wrongdoing was found, the city said Wednesday.
Wichita teen gets perfect scores on ACT, SAT exams
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B4
A perfect score on the American College Testing exam is rare enough. Same goes for perfection on the SAT Reasoning Test. Acing both?
Arrested passenger appears in court
August 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
A woman on a trans-Atlantic flight diverted to Boston for security concerns passed several notes to crew members, urinated on the cabin floor and made comments the crew believed were references to al-Qaida and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to an affidavit filed Thursday.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B8
The city commission delayed until further study action on a controversial Parker Buick sign on West 23rd Street. Sign-builder Glenn Barnard challenged the ruling that the sign was illegal.
Families of ConAgra rampage victims sue security company
August 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
Relatives of three victims of a deadly shooting rampage two years ago at a food processing plant have filed wrongful death lawsuits against a security company.
Firebirds happy to hit
August 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
Even though Thursday marked the first day of school at Free State High, Kyle Weinmaster only had one thought in his mind - hitting someone at football practice.
Accepted’ earns a solid C
August 18, 2006 in print edition on D1
If you’re into snap judgments, write off “Accepted” for what it is, a doltish “college” comedy with characters so generic they could have come from any youth “party” comedy, from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” to “Old School,” “Can’t Hardly Wait” to “American Pie.”