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Lawrence food pantries running low
August 25, 2006
The cupboards at some Lawrence food pantries are bare and officials from the Salvation Army today turned to “Harvesters” in Kansas City for a special shipment of food to help fill its shelves.
6News Now for August 25
August 25, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a woman who will return to New Orleans for college, Chamber of Commerce plans to hold a homecoming party, and Mass. Street opens ahead of schedule.
Mass Street opens ahead of schedule
Fair weather and extra work brought a quicker end to construction
August 25, 2006
Mass Street reopens days ahead of schedule
Showers in forecast through weekend
Heaviest rains expected Saturday
August 25, 2006
Pull the cobwebs off your umbrella - it’s likely to finally get some use as widespread rainfall moves into the Lawrence area through the weekend, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Inside the ‘Bunker’
Indie film production unifies Lawrence and Hollywood talent
August 25, 2006 in print edition on D1
It’s a complicated setup for the first day of filming. Dancers, musicians, actors and horses are all gathered around a bandstand at Pendleton’s Country Market in Lawrence.
Time for more local bands to reunite
August 25, 2006 in print edition on D1
Not everything went perfectly smooth during Sunday’s reunion of The Embarrassment at Liberty Hall. But what the Wichita band lacked in precision after a 17-year hiatus, it more than made up for in amplifying good vibes.
Let the ‘Sunshine’ in
August 25, 2006 in print edition on D1
I had the feeling after watching music-video maestros Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ first feature, “Little Miss Sunshine,” that if they’d known how well it would play at the Sundance Film Festival, they would have made a better movie.
Social service agencies issue call to restock pantries for needy
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
The cupboards are almost bare at Lawrence’s charity food pantries because of dwindling summer donations.
McCain’s age could affect presidential run
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A8
Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, will do something next week that’ll set him apart from everyone else who’s weighing a run for president in 2008. He’ll celebrate his 70th birthday Tuesday.
Colbert wants to become an online star
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A2
While many of his television brethren have been more wary of YouTube and the Web, Stephen Colbert is urging his fans to make him a viral-video star.
Little engine, big record
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C8
Lawrence’s biggest private-sector employer lined up the state’s top gentleman to read one of 70,000 books printed for a massive literacy effort intended to establish a world record.
Pharmacists say demand likely to climb
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A1
Now that the federal government is going to allow over-the-counter sales of the Plan B morning-after pill, Lawrence pharmacists are wondering what happens next.
Armed robber holds up store
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
A man held a gun a few feet from the heads of two clerks and robbed a convenience store of about $400 Thursday night near 23rd and Iowa streets.
Phils’ win streak halted by Cubs
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C4
Aramis Ramirez wonders what might have been if he had gotten off to a better start, if Derrek Lee had stayed healthy and if Mark Prior and Kerry Wood hadn’t broken down.
Chisox claim ‘huge’ victory
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C4
The Chicago White Sox could have left Detroit barely trailing in the AL Central or back in a huge hole.
Former Jayhawk Lima to play volleyball in Spain
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C3
Former Kansas University volleyball player Josi Lima will play professionally in Spain this season.
Chesang’s KU career nears finish
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C1
As legend has it, Benson Chesang used to run eight miles a day - five days a week - as an elementary-school student in Eldama Ravine, Kenya.
Ochoa to captain line
Center ignores preseason accolades, lauds Meier
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C1
After scanning some sports clips, David Ochoa’s girlfriend, Allison Smith, informed him the media had named him to the preseason watch list for the Outland and Rimington trophies, which are awarded to the best interior lineman and center, respectively.
Kansas Relays director resigns, citing family
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C3
Tim Weaver, meet director of the Kansas Relays since 2000, has accepted a position with a commercial real estate company in Kansas City, Mo.
Tagliabue engaging in bully tactics
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C2
“They employ us. They don’t own us.” Usually, such a statement should not apply when an employee is paid handsomely, abounding with affluence, credibility and all the peripheral perks that come with a high level of excellence.
Scott fires 63, leads Bridgestone
Gore trails by two, Woods by four after opening round
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C2
Adam Scott has played better than anyone else in his last two rounds. Now if he can just work on his timing.
Langford headed overseas
Former KU standout to play season in Italy
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C1
Former Kansas University basketball standout Keith Langford, who has been working out with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks the past couple of weeks, apparently is headed overseas to play basketball.
Lofty goals
Free State, LHS to face stiff competition
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C1
Last season, Free State High was three victories away from winning the Kansas state championship, losing to the eventual state champion, Olathe East, in the quarterfinals.
Army Corps restructures, aiming to prevent disasters
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A7
The chief of the Army Corps of Engineers announced several changes at the agency Thursday intended to help prevent engineering disasters like the levee failures in New Orleans.
Ramsey slaying suspect arrives in Colo.
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A7
After eight days of tantalizing admissions, speculation and a marathon trip from Asia, a suspect in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey arrived in Colorado to face an investigation prosecutors admit is still in its infancy.
Fen-phen lawyers suspended by high court
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A5
The state’s highest court suspended three lawyers Thursday over questions about how they divided a $200 million settlement over the fen-phen diet drug.
Drink companies agree to benzene settlement
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A5
Two soft drink companies have stopped using ingredients that can form cancer-causing benzene, according to a proposed lawsuit settlement.
On the record
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B2
Leadership crucial in teacher retention
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B3
The quality of school leaders is the top reason teachers in the state stay in the profession, according to a survey analysis released Thursday.
Deputies frequent visitors to home of suspect in drug-related killings
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B2
Neighbors had long complained about the loud, heavily tattooed man who cut down their trees for firewood.
1,000 new sheet metal workers sought for aviation industry
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B3
This is a shortage Wichita doesn’t mind having, for now. The city needs 1,000 new sheet metal workers for its aviation industry, officials said Thursday, another sign that the business of building airplanes is on the rebound.
Man convicted in fatal shooting is executed
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
A man convicted of robbing and fatally shooting a man nine years ago in Tyler was executed Thursday.
Cleveland pulls away
Indians bury Royals with 3-run ninth
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C3
The Kansas City Royals just can’t figure out a way to beat the Cleveland Indians.
Explosions rock bomb recycling plant
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
More than 10 explosions rocked a bomb recycling plant Thursday in northwestern Louisiana, forcing the evacuation of an entire town and more than 400 prisoners from a nearby jail, authorities said.
Fannie Mae avoids criminal prosecution
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
Mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae avoided criminal prosecution for its alleged multibillion-dollar accounting fraud, the latest twist in a saga of intrigue involving a politically potent company.
Report: Katrina contracts awarded without bidding
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
The government awarded 70 percent of its contracts for Hurricane Katrina work without full competition, wasting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in the process, says a House study released Thursday by Democrats.
Gunman kills two after breakup
Girlfriend’s mother among dead
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
Hours after breaking up with his girlfriend, a man shot four people Thursday, including the girlfriend’s mother and her co-worker at an elementary school, then shot himself in the head, police said.
Army reviewing Afghan, Iraq casualty reports
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Army is reviewing casualty reports on American soldiers killed in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere since 2001, a response to complaints that it has not always given families accurate information.
Tropical storm no threat to land, may strengthen
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
Tropical Storm Debby was expected to stay away from land as it remained out in the open Atlantic, but another system north of Venezuela was on the verge of strengthening into a named storm, forecasters said Thursday.
Twins, Reyes agree on two-year extension
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C5
Reliever Dennys Reyes and the Minnesota Twins agreed Thursday to a $2 million, two-year contract extension through the 2008 season.
Another death blamed on West Nile virus
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
A second northeast Kansas resident has died from West Nile virus-related encephalitis and meningitis, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Thursday.
J-W seeks essays about 9-11’s effects
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
Terrorists struck the United States in a series of coordinated attacks five years ago on Sept. 11, 2001.
Biofuels spark USDA interest in rural Kansas
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B8
Is $3-a-gallon gasoline necessarily a bad thing? Not necessarily, if it spurs interest in fuels made with corn, soybeans, wheat straw or even switch grass - and builds an industry that can be big in rural Kansas, a high-ranking U.S. Department of Agriculture official who toured the state this week with Rep. Jerry Moran suggested Thursday.
Court gives woman 11 lashes for selling drugs
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
Islamic leaders in Mogadishu on Thursday gave a woman 11 lashes for selling cannabis, the first female to receive such punishment since the fundamentalist rulers took over the capital in June.
12 men arrested in flight diversion to be released
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
Prosecutors said Thursday they found no evidence of a terrorist threat aboard a Northwest Airlines flight to India that returned to Amsterdam, and they are releasing all 12 passengers arrested after the emergency landing.
12th suspect charged in alleged terror plot
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
A 12th suspect was charged Thursday in the alleged plot to use liquid explosives to down U.S. airliners over the Atlantic, British police said.
Reports: Alleged nuclear exports lead to arrest
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
Japanese police arrested the president of a precision instrument maker over the alleged export to Malaysia of goods that can be used in making nuclear weapons, news reports said today.
A golden celebration
County group marks 50 years of service to developmentally disabled residents
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
It started as nine Douglas County couples seeking better opportunities for their children, who had developmental disabilities before even public schools provided aid.
Kansas corporal killed from explosive device
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
An Army corporal from Hiawatha became the sixth Kansan to die in Afghanistan.
France to send 2,000 peacekeeping troops to Lebanon
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
President Jacques Chirac announced Thursday that France will send 2,000 soldiers to southern Lebanon and hopes to retain command of the U.N. peacekeeping force, as a top European Union official said international troops could start deploying within days.
Generals: Baghdad violence curbed; 16 Iraqis, two U.S. soldiers killed
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
America’s two top generals in the Middle East said Thursday a security operation in Baghdad was helping curb violence after a surge of bombings and shootings there in recent months.
Thome out for weekend
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C5
Jim Thome is expected to miss the Chicago White Sox’s key weekend series with the Minnesota Twins because of a strained hamstring.
Umpire goes to hospital
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C5
Umpire Paul Emmel was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after complaining of dizziness and nausea before Thursday’s game between the Cubs and Phillies.
Police find woman allegedly held captive for 8 years
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
Natascha Kampusch vanished on her way to school on March 2, 1998, when she was 10. Police said Thursday they were “quite sure” she is the young woman who turned up this week claiming she had been a captive, confined much of the time in a small cellar.
Cleaning up after bombings in Iraq just a day’s work
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
They’re scenes all too familiar in Iraq: shattered buildings, mangled cars, pools of blood. The carnage takes its toll on the landscape - and those responsible for cleaning up the mess.
Nose tackle Jackson passes Atlanta test
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C6
Nearly five months after he visited as a free agent, Grady Jackson finally plays for the Atlanta Falcons.
T.O. likely out until opener
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C6
Terrell Owens missed practice again Thursday, virtually ensuring he will miss his third straight preseason game for the Dallas Cowboys this weekend and might not play until the regular-season opener.
Researcher for New York Times jailed for fraud
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C6
A Chinese researcher for The New York Times was acquitted today of state secrets charges but was convicted of fraud and sentenced to three years in prison, one of his defense attorneys said.
Palmer says he’ll play in next exhibition
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C6
Carson Palmer is ready to play.
Lelie paid big fine to leave Broncos
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C6
Ashley Lelie’s departure from Denver was a costly one.
Rice signs 1-day deal with 49ers, retires
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C6
Jerry Rice spent some of his favorite days on the green practice fields next to the railroad tracks that run behind the San Francisco 49ers’ training complex.
Royal to have surgery
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C5
Royals first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz was scheduled Thursday for season-ending back surgery on Aug. 29.
U.S. spanks Senegal
Greater challenges await Americans
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C6
Now comes the hard part. The U.S. closed a perfect week of group play Thursday night by routing Senegal, 103-58. But with more demanding games ahead, one stumble and this young but talented team will be out of the hunt for the country’s first FIBA world championship title since 1994.
Democrat maintains lead over Senate incumbent
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A8
Democrat Bob Casey maintained a slight lead over Republican Sen. Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania, but more voters say they have a poor opinion of the challenger, according to an independent poll released Thursday.
Horoscopes
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B4
For Friday, Aug. 25
Old Home Town - 100 years agod
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B10
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 25, 1906: “The Old Home Week Committee here has ruled out carnivals at future events due to the many problems they have created.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B10
Fire of undetermined origin destroyed a grain elevator owned by the Farmers Elevator Co. of Eudora. The loss was conservatively estimated at more than $50,000.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B10
Charges of applying a restricted pesticide without a proper commercial license were filed here against a Kansas City, Mo., firm that had been trying to repel pigeons from a North Lawrence grain elevator.
Opening doors
A new program at Kansas University acknowledges the need for Americans to reach out and learn more about the world.
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B10
Tripling the number of Kansas high school students who are learning Chinese probably still results in a pretty small total, but the efforts of Kansas University’s Confucius Institute are a positive development.
Information essential to a free society
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B10
The conventional wisdom has it that John F. Kennedy was the first television president.
Study: Medical debt burdens farmers
Most carry minimal insurance, so accidents are double blow
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B9
Kansas farm families are carrying heavy loads of medical debt, even though most of them are covered by some health insurance, a new study shows.
Commodities
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C8
Finalists announced for Emporia State presidency
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B5
The Kansas Board of Regents has picked five finalists for president at Emporia State University.
Terracon hires two engineers
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C8
Two engineers have joined the staff in the Topeka office of Terracon, a national consulting firm that provides geotechnical, environmental, construction materials and facilities engineering services:
Beauty Brands sets Girls’ Night Out
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C8
Beauty Brands Salon Spa Superstore, Lawrence, will conduct a Girls’ Night Out next month, giving women a chance to stop by for free “mini services” like paraffin treatments, chair massages and hair consultations, plus salon tours, gifts, samples and snacks.
Fire chief charged with theft
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B12
The fire chief of this northwest Kansas town was charged with attempting to steal cigarettes from the wreckage of a tractor-trailer, and a volunteer firefighter is charged with stealing enough of the cigarettes to trigger a felony charge.
Former Hays resident earns doctorate at age 21
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B9
While most children were learning to walk, Kate Denning was learning to read. By the time they graduated to bicycles, she was playing Bach on the piano.
Big kick return sparks Panthers
Backup running back Williams goes 98 yards for score in 19-10 victory
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C6
DeAngelo Williams may not start at running back as a rookie, but he likely secured the Carolina Panthers’ kickoff-return job Thursday night.
TiVo consults faith leaders on parent controls
August 25, 2006 in print edition on D5
TiVo is looking to religious leaders to get the word out about a new feature that helps parents control the TV shows their children watch.
Indians revel in historic comeback
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C5
In baseball’s long history, only two teams have scored 10 runs in the first inning and lost.
People in the news
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Japan to allow nude photo of pregnant Spears in subway ¢ Former POW Jessica Lynch, boyfriend expecting child ¢ Survey: Katie Couric better known than her news rivals ¢ ‘Idol’ winner Hicks sues producer over old recordings ¢ Miss America pageant returning to Las Vegas
Cheetah Girls’ take Spain
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A2
Raven-Symone (“That’s So Raven”) and friends return in “The Cheetah Girls 2” (7 p.m., Disney). Not too many made-for-TV musicals for kids rate a sequel, but the 2003 “Cheetah Girls” was a smash for Disney’s audience of children and ‘tweens.
Cosmosphere founder faces $132,000 fine
Judge orders restitution for thefts from Hutchinson space museum
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B5
The founder of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center must pay $132,374 in restitution for stealing artifacts from NASA and the Hutchinson museum, a judge determined Thursday.
Apple recalls most laptop batteries
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A1
Ten days after Dell’s record-setting notebook battery recall, Apple Computer Inc. told its customers Thursday to return 1.8 million batteries that could cause their Mac laptops to overheat and catch fire.
Program at KU helps integrate classes with community service
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
Volunteers in the AmeriCorps VISTA program are known for working with the poor.
Collector to sell top Bonds wares
One-time Bonds fan now ‘can’t stand the guy’
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C5
A baseball memorabilia collector is parting with the highlights of his Barry Bonds collection, saying the Giants star treated him poorly during a federal investigation into sales of Bonds collectibles.
Menninger blasts mental health policy
Psychiatrist sees many failings by state
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
When Dr. Roy Menninger addressed a Thursday meeting of the League of Women Voters of Douglas County, he looked for something nice to say about the state approach to caring for the mentally ill.
Vintage baseball comes back
New league to use old attire, rules
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C5
Talk about turning back the clock. Former major-league pitcher Jim Bouton announced Thursday the launch of an organization that will play by 19th century rules: The Vintage Base Ball Federation. Yup, back then baseball was two words.
Plan B pill to be sold OTC
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A1
By the end of the year, American women will be able to walk into any pharmacy and buy emergency contraceptive pills without a prescription as a result of a Food and Drug Administration decision announced Thursday.
Judge dismisses Kentucky governor’s hiring charges
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A8
A judge on Thursday dismissed accusations that Gov. Ernie Fletcher violated state hiring laws, allowing him to get out from a long-running legal jam without personal punishment.
A planet no longer
Decision downgrades KU alumnus’ discovery
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A1
The fall of Pluto from the list of major planets left Kansas University astronomers crestfallen Thursday.
Defense asks judge to throw out murder charge against professor
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
Prosecutors improperly withheld DNA evidence that would help clear a college music professor accused of strangling his former lover, the professor’s attorney said in a court hearing.
Kansas schools group releases financial records
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
Facing one lawsuit and the possibility of another, a group that successfully sued the state to force massive funding increases for public schools made its financial records public Thursday.
Parents increasingly embrace organic baby products
August 25, 2006 in print edition on D1
Pink and blue are passe. The hot thing in the children’s market these days is green.
KU to weave larger wireless Web
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A1
Kansas University has aggressive plans to spread wireless Internet coverage across all academic buildings, a top administrator said Thursday.
Shooting suspect faces 2nd murder charge
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
A man charged in a deadly shooting early this year in downtown Lawrence now faces a second murder charge for a 2005 shooting in Topeka.
Mayer: Seat sales could be bad sign
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C1
Two factors indicating how Kansas University football enthusiasm has blossomed are: (1) People want to know when the Jayhawks will have an open practice so they can watch, and (2) season-ticket sales seem sure to top the all-time record level of 27,700 in 1969.
Border patrol creates zero-tolerance zone
August 25, 2006 in print edition on A7
Standing in a cramped federal courtroom last month, illegal immigrant Walter Oscar Portillo-Machado pleaded with a judge for mercy. But he came to the wrong place for that.
Albert Belle sentenced
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C5
Former major-league slugger Albert Belle was sentenced to three months in jail and five years of supervised probation Thursday for stalking his ex-girlfriend.
U.S. should make offer Iran can’t refuse
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B10
Last week, someone at a dinner party asked me if I’d heard that Iran was going to destroy Israel on Aug. 22.
Another war raging at home
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B11
Sorting through the verbal clutter that often characterizes a George W. Bush news conference, one can find small nuggets of valuable truth.
Japan prepares for transition
August 25, 2006 in print edition on B11
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s tenure, which ends next month, has been more remarkable than perhaps most Japanese comprehend. The third-longest serving prime minister since 1945, his five years have echoed aspects of the careers of four Western leaders - Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Rudy Giuliani and Andrew Jackson.
First-time buyers should focus on debt
August 25, 2006 in print edition on C8
Q: We would like to purchase our first home, and so far have been able to save $5,000 for a down payment. However, we also have a lot of credit-card debt and are paying several hundred dollars a month in finance charges on the cards. Should we keep saving for a down payment, or use the money to pay down our credit cards?