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6News Now for August 23
August 23, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, school officials discuss teacher contracts, Haskell’s president talks about her last few months at the university, and city population estimates and census numbers need to be reconciled.
Skateboarder injured in car accident
Although no citations have been issued at this time, Lawrence Police said the skateboarder was in the roadway illegally.
August 23, 2006
No condition report was available.
LHS and Free State fall sports jamborees set for tonight
Events showcase athletes, coaches, cheerleaders and bands
August 23, 2006
Lawrence High and Free State High will have their annual fall sports jamborees beginning at 6 tonight. LHS’s event will be at Haskell Stadium while Free State’s will be at the school.
90s continue today
Chance for showers Saturday morning
August 23, 2006
Clear skies will help the sun slowly bake Lawrence today, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “We’ll stay warm to hot again this afternoon,” Schack said. “Temperatures will be climbing into the mid 90s … Get used to it. The 90s will be here for several days.”
People in the news
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Oklahomans write song for state’s centennial ¢ Anchor to get early start on ‘Good Morning America’ ¢ Didn’t read the book
Colts tackle Simon has surgery
August 23, 2006 in print edition on C6
Indianapolis defensive tackle Corey Simon is likely to miss a couple of more weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his injured left knee, but was hopeful he could return for the Colts’ regular-season opener.
Scary figure
The Gardner-Edgerton school district’s 78-mill property tax levy could be in Lawrence’s future if we don’t broaden our tax base by attracting more business and industry.
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
Here’s a number that should scare Lawrence residents: 78.01.
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Wednesday, Aug. 23
Mustang hopes to overcome injury
August 23, 2006
When Central Junior High ninth-grader Tyler Campbell noticed that he might have an ingrown toenail on his right big toe in June, he did something that most people would not- he reached for his pocketknife and went after the problem himself.
Southwest player eager to contribute
12:00 a.m., August 23, 2006 Updated 10:38 a.m.
Unable to practice in pads, Jamal Brown spent much of last Thursday’s Southwest Bulldogs eighth-grade practice sitting comfortably on a dummy bag. Brown passed the time in the hot sun by closely watching practice and making his teammates laugh. The pleasant-natured Brown could not participate because he had not completed three days of practice with a helmet. Brown, though, had good reason for missing the Bulldogs first three days of practice. He was visiting family in Detroit.
Confucius Institute goes high-tech
Ni hao, class: Classes taught by videoconference
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Teacher Yi Honggen slowly enunciated the Mandarin Chinese word for hello. “Ni hao,” he said.
Westar plans $330M plant
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B7
Westar Energy plans to build a $330 million plant near Emporia to help ensure that air conditioners continue to run in Lawrence and other growing Kansas communities.
Commission defers vote on retail policy
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
It appears new retail projects in Lawrence will have to go through a more detailed review process before they’re allowed to set up shop in the community.
ATF called in to handle mortar shell
Man brought explosive to authorities at judicial center
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
A man unwittingly caused a scare Tuesday by bringing a mortar shell to the Douglas County Judicial & Law Enforcement Center.
Local teams beat the heat
LHS, Free State take special summer measures
August 23, 2006 in print edition on C3
With local temperatures hovering in the mid-90s, the focus has turned to precautions taken by Lawrence-area high school sports teams.
Eagle’s gridiron grit
Reynolds relishes chance to ‘smash some heads’
August 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
Ben Reynolds doesn’t take warming up for football practice lightly. He backpedals intensely, with his weight still shifted forward at his feet. He gets in a rhythm. So much of one that he passes two groups of football players that took off before him. The length of the warmup backpedaling was only about 50 yards.
KU approaching ticket record
August 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
With just a little time left, Kansas University is approaching a long-lasting record for season- ticket sales.
Drainage easement on today’s agenda
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
A public hearing on whether to vacate a drainage easement is scheduled during today’s Douglas County Commission meeting.
Teachers, district to resume salary talks
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Salary negotiations between Lawrence teachers and school district officials resume at 4:30 p.m. today at the district service center, 110 McDonald Drive.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.63 at several locations.
Governor declares drought warnings statewide, though some areas have seen rain
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Although the entire state is now under a drought warning, it has been a weird summer with some places inundated with water while others just a few miles down the road remain dry.
Suspect pleads no contest to sex crime
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B3
Prosecutors will not oppose continued probation for a Lawrence man who entered a plea Tuesday to his second criminal case involving allegations he inappropriately touched young children at a local apartment complex.
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
On the record
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
Historic district designation may thwart plan to tear down Yello Sub
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
The city has chimed in for the first time on the proposed high-rise development that would replace The Crossing, Yello Sub and a hair salon at 12th and Indiana streets. And from a first glance, staffers say the condo-laden building just wouldn’t fit.
Lawrence datebook
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
Veritas bids on Lake View property
School leaders seek room to expand
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
A Lawrence private school has made an offer to buy a vacant nursing home property in southwest Lawrence that once was proposed as a site for a homeless shelter.
Measure may fight youth obesity
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
Kansas health officials say the state could take a tip from Arkansas on how to reduce childhood obesity.
Baldwin teen hospitalized after collapse at school
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B3
A freshman at Baldwin High School collapsed Tuesday while jogging during her physical education class and was flown to a Kansas City, Mo., hospital after not responding for several minutes.
Democratic AG candidate makes pitch at KU
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
Slouching at the podium Tuesday in Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union, Johnson County Dist. Atty. Paul Morrison appeared fairly relaxed. But he sure didn’t talk like it.
Study: Extra pounds weigh heavily on health
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
Being a little overweight can kill you, according to new research that leaves little room for denial that a few extra pounds is harmful.
KU paleontologists say kayakers made jaw-dropping discovery
Ancient mastodon bones uncovered
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
Four kayakers put in at Clinton Lake last week for a 25-mile trip down the Wakarusa River. It was one of many river trips Garry Bichelmeyer and his brother, Mark Bichelmeyer, have made.
Israel’s Olmert takes tough stance on lifting blockade of Lebanon
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A7
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Tuesday that Israel has no plans to lift its air and sea blockade of Lebanon until an international peacekeeping force takes up positions along the Syrian border and at Beirut’s airport.
Marines recall troops on involuntary basis for Iraq, Afghanistan
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A7
The Marine Corps soon will begin ordering thousands of its troops back to active duty because of a shortage of volunteers for Iraq and Afghanistan - the first involuntary recall since the early days of the war.
Villagers confront Saddam at trial
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A7
Sometimes tearfully, sometimes coughing, two Kurdish villagers on Tuesday told an Iraqi court hearing genocide charges against Saddam Hussein that they were poisoned by gas that spewed from planes passing overhead, then were detained for days while suffering from blindness and burns.
Iraq launches probe into alleged slaying
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A7
Iraq has launched its own probe into the alleged rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl by American soldiers even though they face a possible U.S. court-martial in the case, an official said Tuesday.
Report narrows cause of eye fungus
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A5
Federal health investigators narrowed the cause of a mysterious outbreak of a potentially blinding eye fungus that affected scores of people earlier this year to poor hygiene practices and a cleaning solution made by Bausch & Lomb.
Attorney joins bar committee
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B7
Sally Pokorny, an attorney and of-counsel in the Law Offices of David J. Brown, Lawrence, recently joined the Access to Justice Committee of the Kansas Bar Assn.
Kief’s schedules DVD tech seminar
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B7
Jeff Talmadge, national trainer for Denon Electronics, will explain new DVD technology during a free public seminar from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at Kief’s Audio Video, 2429 Iowa.
Lawrence resident ends index course
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B7
Mary Brooks, Lawrence, owner of Mary Brooks Indexing and Editorial Services, has completed Basic Indexing, a USDA Graduate School comprehensive training course for back-of-the-book indexers.
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B7
Trouble sleeping? Try relaxation before pills
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B7
Are sleeping pills the best treatment for sleeplessness? A report from the Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs public-information initiative can help you decide whether you should be taking a pill to help you sleep and, if so, which is the better medication.
Daily ticker
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B7
Lecompton celebrates elementary school addition
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B6
There’s a little more elbow room this year at Lecompton Elementary School.
Conservative groups target hotel porn
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
Pornographic movies now seem nearly as pervasive in America’s hotel rooms as tiny shampoo bottles, and the lodging industry shows little concern as conservative activists rev up a protest campaign aimed at triggering a federal crackdown.
Group: School lunches getting better grades
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
Lunch programs are improving in many big school districts nationwide, a preventive medicine group said Tuesday.
Astronaut reveals new moonship’s name
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
The name of the new vehicle that NASA hopes will take astronauts back to the moon was supposed to be hush-hush until next week.
JonBenet suspect agrees to extradition
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
John Mark Karr, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit and handcuffs chained around his waist, waived extradition to Colorado on Tuesday to face murder charges in the slaying of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.
Another tainted tissue scandal brews
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
A leading medical firm quietly has recalled hundreds of human tissue products destined for transplants across the nation that were supplied by a North Carolina body parts broker believed to have a tainted history.
Charter schools lag slightly in report
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
Fourth-graders in traditional public schools nationwide did somewhat better on average than those in charter schools in reading and mathematics in 2003, a long-awaited federal report said Tuesday.
Traffic deaths climb to 15-year high
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
The number of people killed in 2005 on U.S. roadways climbed to the highest level in 15 years, an increase tied to rising deaths among motorcyclists and pedestrians, the federal government reported Tuesday.
New York’s oldest bartender still going strong as he celebrates 90th birthday
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A2
Marilyn Monroe came Wednesdays for lunch and ordered a Beefeater martini, very dry. Danny Kaye pulled his jacket over his head to avoid being recognized. Judy Garland sat in a corner drinking Johnnie Walker Red.
Amanpour searches for bin Laden
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A2
With the fifth anniversary of 9-11 just weeks away, the architect of the terror attack remains at large and remains a mystery. Christiane Amanpour hosts “In the Footsteps of Bin Laden” (8 p.m., CNN), a two-hour biography of Osama bin Laden, featuring interviews with 21 friends, colleagues, teachers and reporters who have known the enigmatic figure at different stages of his life.
Wichita State reports rare sellout
Season tickets to WSU basketball games gone for first time since early 1980s
August 23, 2006 in print edition on C2
It’s not that Larry and Mary Kloefkorn can’t handle sitting next to each other at a Wichita State basketball game. They just didn’t have any other choice.
Gatlin receives eight-year penalty
Sprinter avoids lifetime ban in exchange for cooperation
August 23, 2006 in print edition on C2
Sprinter Justin Gatlin received an eight-year ban from track and field Tuesday, avoiding a lifetime penalty in exchange for his cooperation with doping authorities and because his first positive drug test was deemed an honest mistake.
Teahen keeps producing
Third baseman guides Royals to victory
August 23, 2006 in print edition on C5
Mark Teahen is doing his best to make the Carlos Beltran trade turn out well for the Kansas City Royals after all.
Dolphins’ camp quieter without Williams
August 23, 2006 in print edition on C6
In the wake of the Miami Dolphins’ latest exhibition game, the most interesting issue surrounding the team concerned confusion over whether third-string lineman Kevin Vickerson’s injury was to his hand or hamstring.
Retaliation threatened over military exercises
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
North Korea lashed out Tuesday at ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills and warned that it could take retaliatory action amid renewed concern that the communist nation may be preparing to test a nuclear bomb.
Violence forces Obama to cancel trip to Congo
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
As the United Nations called for an end to days of deadly violence in Congo, Sen. Barack Obama canceled a long-scheduled trip to the Central African nation that has been roiled by fighting between followers of the country’s two presidential candidates.
Lech Walesa quits union he founded
August 23, 2006
Lech Walesa said Tuesday he has quit the Solidarity trade union that he founded and which helped bring down communism in Eastern Europe.
Romanian oil rig comes under Iranian fire
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Romania said Iranian warships opened fire and seized a Romanian oil rig Tuesday off the coast of Iran, holding its workers for hours in an incident stemming from a commercial dispute.
Russian airliner crashes in Ukraine, killing all 170 aboard
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Pulkovo Airlines Flight 612 was packed with families, tourists and others returning to the Russian city of St. Petersburg after soaking up the sun and salt water on the Black Sea.
U.N. leader calls meeting on Darfur resolution
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
The U.N. Security Council president has invited the key players in the Darfur crisis to a meeting next week on a proposed new resolution to transfer peacekeeping in the conflict-wracked region to a U.N. force, a move the Sudanese government strongly opposes.
Alleged terrorists appear in court
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Eleven suspects charged in an alleged plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners appeared in court for the first time Tuesday, and the eight men who faced the most serious charges were ordered held until next month as detectives press on with their investigation.
U.S. dominates third game
Victory against Slovenia clinches trip to second round
August 23, 2006 in print edition on C8
After the United States whipped Slovenia, 114-95, on Tuesday, LeBron James was asked if he would guarantee a FIBA world championship.
Rogers deals Tigers past Chisox
Detroit extends lead in AL Central to 71â2 games
August 23, 2006 in print edition on C4
Kenny Rogers is proving his 41-year-old arm can still win games late in the summer.
Temporary judge named in Wyandotte County
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B10
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has appointed Kansas City, Kan., attorney Kathleen Lynch to fill the unexpired term of the late Wyandotte County District Court Judge Cordell Meeks Jr.
Jelly on a roll
Unusual fruits combine for great flavor
August 23, 2006 in print edition on D1
Mary Wakeman admits the idea often raises eyebrows. “I know, the first time I tell somebody to do mint and jalapeño together, they think you’re crazy,” Wakeman says.
Deceptively easy desserts can make a huge impact at your table
August 23, 2006 in print edition on D1
The best desserts offer sweetness and something special: the merger of flavors, contrasting textures, a splash of color. To be interesting, they also must seem to be complex, regardless of whether they really were complicated to make. Some of the best desserts I have eaten presented real challenges in the kitchen, while others were deceptively easy to create.
Jayni prepares meals for summer
August 23, 2006 in print edition on D1
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Play It Cool: Vibrant Summer Meals.”
How to shop, and cook, for one
August 23, 2006 in print edition on D3
The trick to saving money by cooking is to not buy more than you’ll need. For a single cook, this can be difficult, but here are a few tips.
Physical activity battles overconsumption of calories
August 23, 2006 in print edition on D3
How many calories does physical activity use?
Election laws reduce choices
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B9
Election laws exist to ensure orderly voting and vote counting and to facilitate a democratic process that helps citizens choose their officials. Increasingly, however, election laws are being used not to achieve either of these ends but rather to reduce competition and deprive voters of choices.
Equal opportunity offenders
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B9
Sen. George Allen, R-Va., was caught on tape referring to a campaign worker for his Democratic opponent, James Webb, as a “macaca.” The campaign worker, S.R. Sidarth, is East Indian and it was quickly noted that the word “macaca” is considered a racial slur in some European countries. Macaques are monkeys and, thus, the derivative “macaca” is considered racially insensitive.
Report is suspect
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: I am writing because of my disappointment over your newspaper’s article discussing the meeting on the possibility for developing areas of Clinton Lake and other Kansas reservoirs.
Keegan: Murph’s task no easy one
August 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
Ask those who have done it and they will tell you fielding punts isn’t as easy as it looks.
Park priority
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: Kudos to the Lawrence city commissioners (David Schauner, Boog Highberger and Mike Rundle) who voted 3-2 to require parks or green space within a quarter mile of any house in new Lawrence developments.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 23, 1906: “Mason S. Peters has been chosen by the Democrats to be the Kansas 2nd District candidate for Congress. ‘The district is Republican but I believe I can overcome this,’ he told well-wishers. : One jointist on parole did not appear in court today but the other 12 recent arrestees did and were given leniency for the time being. A warrant was issued for the missing man who knew he had violated his parole and was afraid to show up. : C.E. Costello, the deputy fish and game warden who destroyed many nets and other fishing property belonging to Lawrence people, has been arrested and is being held on a $600 bond. He caused great damage and harm. : A large number of corpses in Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City were washed from their graves by a heavy rain followed by flooding. It has been a disastrous event.”
Old home town - 40 years ago today
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
Eudora public school pupils were getting ready to begin classes Aug. 29 while the first full day of Lawrence schools was not to be until Sept. 6.
Iran says it is ready for ‘serious negotiations’
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Iran said Tuesday it was ready for “serious negotiations” on its nuclear program, offering a new formula to resolve a crisis with the West. A semiofficial news agency said the government was unwilling to abandon uranium enrichment - the key U.S. demand.
Sunni-Shiite conflict drives Mideast future
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
If you want to understand the wider repercussions of the war between Hezbollah and Israel, buy a brilliant and very readable new book called “The Shia Revival: How Conflicts Within Islam Will Shape the Future.”
Focused on a fourth
Seniors aim to repeat success; Uhart out for year
August 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University volleyball’s five seniors hope to accomplish something unprecedented this year. “Our senior class wants to be a senior class that’s been to four NCAA Tournaments,” coach Ray Bechard said. “Prior to them coming here, Kansas volleyball had never been to one, and now they’ve never known anything but NCAA Tournaments.”
Play-by-play camp helps set the stage
August 23, 2006
Remember this name: Drake Hofer. You might be seeing him on ESPN one day, but probably not on the highlight reel. Instead you may seem him behind the desk as an anchor, delivering sports scores and information.
Female footballer hopes to help Mustangs
August 23, 2006
Watching Central Junior High’s ninth-grade football team practice, one might notice the usual things taking place. The team runs around from drill to drill, honing their skills on everything from catching, route running and tackling. Another thing one may notice is the long brown hair dangling down from the back of one player’s helmet. No, this long hair is not from a boy in need of a haircut. The hair belongs to Brandy Padilla, the only girl on Central Junior High’s football team.
New Bulldogs hope to learn old tricks
August 23, 2006
Members of the Southwest Bulldogs eighth-grade football team opened their Aug. 17 practice the same way they ended their seventh-grade season- with a bang. Last season the Bulldogs won the seventh-grade championship, and are looking to do so again, as eighth-graders.
Football comes knocking on the door
August 23, 2006
Riley Buller almost didn’t make the team. He was good enough. But he almost did not even try out. The Lawrence Youth Football Hurricanes can thank a few of their other players for convincing Buller to try out and fill the right guard spot.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
August 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
A slight mist hung over a procession of Kansas University faculty members and administrators as they marched toward Allen Fieldhouse for the 116th opening university convocation. The event also marked the inauguration of the schools’ 14th chancellor, Gene Budig, recently the president of West Virginia University and earlier the head at Illinois State.
Doherty returns to prime time
August 23, 2006 in print edition on A2
Beautiful, difficult and scandalous, Shannen Doherty lends her face, name and attitude to “Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty” (9 p.m., Oxygen). In this cheeky, hidden-camera reality show, the former “Beverly Hills, 90210” bad girl helps women without gumption dump bad or clingy boyfriends so they can get on with their lives and their quest for Mr. Right.