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Archive for Sunday, August 27, 2006

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Couples - Falen 50th anniversary
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What do you think of rise in the property tax rate in Lawrence?

Poll results

Response Percent
Government officials are spending too much money with little to show for it.
 
83%
It’s needed to pay the cost of necessary services.
 
15%
No opinion.
 
1%
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Monday classes canceled at East Heights Early Childhood Family Center
07:23 p.m., August 27, 2006 Updated 08:07 p.m.
A water line on the campus of East Heights Early Childhood Family Center burst this afternoon, forcing the cancellation of classes there Monday.
Tonganoxie author’s book honored
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D3
Tonganoxie author L.D. Harkrader’s novel “Airball: My Life in Briefs,” has been named a 2006 Kansas Notable Book and is a finalist for the 2006 Thorpe Menn Award.
Study: Pedometer boosts walking habits
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D4
Imagine a little $20 gadget that, just by wearing it, made you move.
Neighbors OK plans for E. Lawrence development
Meeting produces consensus on Pa. Street project
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
For the time being, it appears there is finally peace in East Lawrence. “We all came together. We left with a consensus,” architect Eddy Krygiel said toward the end of a day-long development meeting that began with some bickering but wound down with applause and thank-yous.
Rain washes out Free State tennis
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D3
The Free State High girls tennis team’s season-opening tournament at Shawnee Heights was postponed Saturday because of rain.
Millennium man?
Cornish confident benchmark within reach
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
A specific goal that is made public often comes with scrutiny. Kansas University running back Jon Cornish now knows that.
Wildfire prompts evacuation orders
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Tourists and cabin owners were ordered to evacuate Saturday from the perimeter of a wildfire in southeast Washington state.
Make your picks before tonight’s Emmy awards
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
Floyd Landis isn’t the only one in the midst of a doping scandal. Many critics and other forms of TV fans seem convinced that Emmy voters were under the influence of a fuddy-duddy-inducing substance when they selected the nominees for tonight’s prime-time awards, hosted by Conan O’Brien.
Rumsfeld praises soldiers doing extra duty
Defense secretary says families have no reason to be angry
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A9
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Saturday praised the work of an Army brigade whose one-year tour in Iraq was extended just as they prepared to return home, and said he saw no reason for the soldiers or their families to be angry at him.
Soda fountain history
August 27, 2006
A history of soda fountains, as written by the William & Joan Soderlund Pharmacy Museum in Saint Peter, Minn.:
Poet’s showcase
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D3
“The Smallest Light,” by Susan Waldo Simmons
Critics call registry for sex offenders vague, unfair
State system makes no distinction between rapists and molesters and young men in a relationship
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
The other day, Brad Totman says, his wife came home nearly in tears. Some neighborhood children who play with the couple’s 3-year-old daughter had said they couldn’t play with her anymore because Totman might “touch them.”
Special education teachers in chronically short supply
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
Looking for a job as a special education teacher? Call Bruce Passman; he needs to quickly fill eight positions. “It’s a great concern to us,” says Passman, deputy superintendent of Lawrence public schools. “We’ve had quite a number of vacancies over the last several years in special education that are becoming increasingly more difficult to fill.”
Other states have different tax laws
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A4
Kansas residents only need look south to see how different the world of property taxes can be for senior citizens.
Critics of property tax increase say: ‘Senior citizens are being thrown to the wolves’
School district says revenue needed
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
The thought is almost enough to make Scott Henderson lose his appetite. It wasn’t long ago that he and his wife, Betty, realized they were spending more in property taxes each month than they were on groceries.
Best sellers
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D3
Lawrence artist’s exhibit announced
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D4
Roger Shimomura will unveil new paintings at an exhibit titled “Gottabees, Wannabees & Gonnabees” at Jan Weiner studio, Kansas City, Mo.
Philip K. Dick’s visions showcase dark future
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D2
No one on the planet could match Philip K. Dick before his arrival or after his departure: Not his musings, not his paranoia, not his vision of the future. He called himself “a fictionalizing philosopher.”
Women increasingly perform home improvement tasks
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D4
When Michele LaMasters bought a fixer-upper to rehab as an investment, she was ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work - alongside male contractors. Her take-charge attitude caught crews off-guard.
Bankruptcies
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C12
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection for the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Martial arts school to open downtown
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C12
Integrated Martial Science will celebrate its grand opening at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at 1117 Mass.
Lawrence school district using mix of electronic, old-fashioned books
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C12
Officials in the Lawrence school district have been checking into electronic textbooks for at least a decade and for now, at least, the best solution they can see is using a mixture of digital materials and good, old-fashioned textbooks.
Toplikar: Students steering clear of e-books
But electronic versions are cheaper, and technology is improving
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C12
I was helping haul a minifridge to the second floor of my daughter’s dorm at the University of Iowa when a voice called out. “Bonnie! I just got my books! It cost me, like, $560!”
Despite storms, state needs more rain to refresh dry areas
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B8
Storms that swept through much of Kansas on Friday and earlier last week helped drought-stricken areas, but more rain would be needed to relieve the parched state, authorities said.
Church + State
Authors this fall explore religion in politics
August 27, 2006
This fall, former Sen. John C. Danforth will tour the country in support of his new book, “Faith and Politics,” an attempt, he says, to start a discussion about the role of religion in elections and government.
Motet Singers visiting Grace Cathedral
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D4
The Lawrence Motet Singers will conclude their summer schedule today by singing at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in Topeka. The group, which visits Grace Cathedral once a year, will sing a short program of five selections starting at 10:15 a.m., including compositions by Alexander Kastalsky, A.F. Lvov, Alexander Gretchaninoff and Dimitry Bortniansky.
Firefighters, fellow cyclists remember 9-11 with bike ride
Group to tour country
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
A group of cyclists and firefighters is riding across the nation to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.
Sundae drive
Soda fountains still staple of Kansas towns
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
Jocelyn Daley just couldn’t resist taking her friend back in time. Daley grew up around soda fountains in Philadelphia, but her friend, Sherry Lanham, had never been at such a place.
Clues sought in glider wreck
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Aviation investigators are trying to determine what caused a single-seat aircraft to crash shortly after takeoff at Jabara Airport Friday, killing the pilot.
On the record
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Essentials for traveling with grown kids: iPods, pillows, whiskey
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
I am driving southbound on Interstate 35 through Iowa, returning home from a family vacation in Minnesota, “the land of 10,000 lakes.” And though there were about 9,992 lakes we didn’t get to see (gas prices, you know), we still had a great time.
Veteran convoy supports Boyda
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
Democratic congressional candidate Nancy Boyda emphasized veterans issues and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder as Kansas veterans stopped in three cities Saturday.
County jail to consider fees for cities’ inmates
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
In a bid to control admissions and reduce crowding, Sedgwick County soon will consider charging cities for housing their inmates in the county jail.
Lawrence commuter report
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Kenseth clinches spot in Chase
Driver makes Sharpie 500 his fourth victory of season
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C2
Matt Kenseth continued his momentum-building run toward the Chase for the championship Saturday night, pulling off a weekend sweep at Bristol Motor Speedway by winning the Sharpie 500.
Twins stay ahead of ChiSox
Dye’s homer clutch, but Minnesota prevails
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C4
Nick Punto hit an RBI single with two outs in the 11th and the Twins increased their AL wild-card lead to 11â2 games by beating the White Sox, 8-7.
Ex-KU pitcher Walrond to start for Cubs today
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
Former Kansas University standout Les Walrond is back in the major leagues, and will start for the Chicago Cubs today in St. Louis.
Cubs’ Baker reveals racial hate mail
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
When Dusty Baker essentially opened his racist hate mail to America by recently sharing details of several letters with a USA Today reporter, critics questioning Baker’s tactics out of habit wondered if this was part of his exit strategy.
Hernandez spins shutout
Homers by Teahen, Shealy decisive
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
Runelvys Hernandez picked a perfect time to throw Kansas City’s first shutout by a starter in more than two years.
Manning a hit in Mississippi
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Peyton Manning grew up hearing about his father Archie’s exploits in the old horseshoe-shaped stadium in Mississippi’s state capital. Now he has his own story to tell.
Seabury soccer drops opener
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C3
Isiac Welsh scored four goals and contributed three assists as the Eudora High boys soccer team opened the 2006 season with a convincing 9-2 victory Friday against Seabury Academy.
Jayhawks split two in ‘Bama
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday at the Crimson Tide Invitational.
Rose lists KU among final five
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C3
Chicago Simeon High senior Derrick Rose has narrowed his list of prospective colleges to five: Kansas University, Memphis, DePaul, Indiana and UCLA.
Anti-government leader, dozens others killed
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A10
Security forces Saturday killed an anti-government Baluch tribal leader and at least 24 suspected rebel supporters in a blow to a long-running ethnic resistance movement, government and security officials said. At least five security forces also died.
Nation, rebels sign truce to end conflict
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A10
The Ugandan government and Lord’s Resistance Army rebels agreed Saturday to a truce aimed at bringing an end to a brutal 19-year conflict that has left thousands dead, officials said.
Chemical spill pollutes reservoir serving 100K
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A10
A chemical spill in a northwestern Chinese river has polluted a reservoir serving 100,000 residents, state media reported on Saturday.
Israeli airstrike hits journalists’ vehicle
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A10
Two missiles fired by Israeli aircraft early this morning hit an armored car belonging to the Reuters news agency, moderately wounding two television cameramen and three bystanders, Palestinian witnesses and hospital officials said.
Iraqi tribal chiefs sign pact that supports plan to end violence
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A10
Hundreds of Iraqi tribal chiefs gave important support Saturday to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s national reconciliation plan, while the government leader called the release of a leading Sunni Arab lawmaker by kidnappers a gift to his unity campaign.
Chevron, Petronas ordered out of Chad
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A10
Chad’s president on Saturday ordered oil companies Chevron Corp. and Petronas to leave the country, saying neither has paid taxes and his country will take responsibility for the oil fields they have overseen.
Keegan: KU will show life on offense
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Cavemen could have put on a livelier offensive performance than Kansas University stumbled through in a 12-3 loss to Kansas State last season in Manhattan.
Tropical Storm Ernesto gains strength
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A10
Tropical Storm Ernesto gathered strength as it steamed through the central Caribbean toward Jamaica on Saturday and threatened to enter the Gulf of Mexico as the first hurricane of the 2006 Atlantic season.
Protesters criticize immigration ordinance
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Clutching American flags and signs that read “America was formed by immigrants,” more than 300 protesters on Saturday denounced a city proposal that would prohibit landlords from leasing to illegal immigrants.
Ramsey suspect’s legal counsel full of confusion
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Confusion over John Mark Karr’s legal representation continued Saturday as a Colorado attorney denied reports that she will help two California lawyers defend the suspect in the slaying of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey.
State trying to oust trooper in KKK
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Robert Henderson was not fired as a state trooper because he belonged to the Ku Klux Klan and another white supremacist group, authorities said.
Protests intrude on president’s visit to family summer home
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush came to his parent’s century-old summer home on the Maine coast for a little relaxation, a distant cousin’s wedding and some family time. He got all that, along with a boisterous reminder nearly on his bucolic doorstep of the unpopularity of his Iraq policies.
Agents: State farm underpaid on purpose
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Two sisters who handled Hurricane Katrina claims for State Farm have turned over records to federal and state investigators because they say the company purposely underpaid or denied coverage for wind damage.
Deadline for journalists passes without update
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A10
A 72-hour deadline set by a militant group holding two Fox news journalists passed Saturday night with no new information on their fate, but Palestinian officials expressed confidence the men would be released soon.
Overseas airports can be weak link
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
A passenger’s stick of dynamite on a flight from Argentina to Houston exposed a weak link in aviation security: International airports are not always as secure as those in the United States.
Volunteers make home visits to enroll dropouts
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A4
Andres Torres, 18, is working to support his infant twin girls. Claudia Zavala, 15, gave birth on Friday. Diocelina Garcia, 18, is seven months pregnant.
Five Guantanamo detainees released
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Pentagon said Saturday it had transferred five detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Afghanistan.
Defying U.N., Iran expands nuclear program
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
Iran inaugurated a heavy-water plant Saturday, expanding its nuclear program only days before a U.N. deadline that threatens sanctions unless Tehran curbs activities the West fears are meant to make atomic weapons.
Children’s choir programs announced
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D5
The Lawrence Children’s Choir is currently offering two choir experiences for interested first- through sixth-graders.
Drop-leaf’ or ‘extension’ tables solved space constraints
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D5
There always seems to be a need for more usable space in a house, like room for a large dining table. More than 200 years ago, furniture designers solved the problem of too little space by creating a table that could be made larger if needed. Some designers made a “butterfly” or “drop-leaf” extension at the end of the table. It’s an extra leaf that’s held up by a leg that swings out underneath it. Sometimes two small tables with drop leaves were moved together to make a large table. By the 19th century, many tables could be pulled apart so that loose leaves could be inserted on a track under the tabletop. Sometimes a complicated mechanism separated the table halves and held leaves. About 1930, tables were made that could be pulled apart so a leaf stored below would pop into place as part of the dining surface. All of these ideas are still used today on tables called “extension” or “extending” tables.
Astronaut a hometown hero
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A12
Corner of Brent Jett Boulevard and Northeast Sixth Avenue. Sixth Avenue is easy. But who is Brent Jett Jr.?
NASA delays Atlantis launch
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A12
NASA postponed today’s scheduled launch of the space shuttle Atlantis for at least 24 hours while engineers look into possible damage to the orbiter from a massive lightning strike.
Abu Ghraib no longer houses prisoners, Iraqi officials say
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A11
The infamous prison at Abu Ghraib, scene of an abuse scandal that tarnished the United States’ reputation worldwide and helped to fuel the growth of Iraq’s insurgency, is now empty, Iraqi government officials have told McClatchy Newspapers.
People in the news
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ LeBlanc sued for defamation ¢ Federline to appear on ‘CSI’ ¢ Young actor mows lawns ¢ Actress loves Emmys week
Answers to questions on Marine call-ups
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A9
The Marine Corps last week announced plans for involuntary call-ups of Marine reservists to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here’s some background:
Senate candidate a star for progressives
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A8
Ned Lamont headlined a recent fundraiser for the liberal Democracy for America. Days later, the Democratic Senate candidate was rubbing elbows with celebrities at a charity event sponsored by the liberal MoveOn.org, and he’s been a guest on Air America, the liberal talk radio network.
Out-of-state contributions for Democrats a blessing, curse
August 27, 2006 in print edition on A8
Cherilyn Anderson is a $45-per-month, small-town council member in southwestern Pennsylvania with no appetite for the partisanship of national politics. She won’t even set aside $1 in her tax returns to help pay for presidential campaigns.
Retired educators celebrate 50 years of marriage in Maui
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D8
Darrell and Carol Falen have warm memories of their wedding day. It was June 23, 1956, at Winfield’s First Methodist Church.
Lieberman could blaze trail as a true independent
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
Joseph I. Lieberman was clocked in his Democratic primary fight against Ned Lamont this month but has vowed to fight on, as an Independent, to retain one of Connecticut’s two seats in the Senate. He may win, and if he does, he says he’ll then declare himself a Democrat and go on as if nothing happened.
Sadness sometimes overwhelms survivors in New Orleans
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
One year later, the airport is open again. One year later, it’s hard to find parking at a mall in Metairie. One year later, standing in certain parts of town, you might convince yourself that what happened one year ago didn’t.
Broader lessons from Katrina
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
America is in danger of learning the wrong lesson from Hurricane Katrina. One year ago, Hurricane Katrina showed Americans the ferocity of nature, and how vulnerable we are when our government is not prepared for a crisis. But while some are taking the anniversary of Katrina to catalog further what went wrong, we had better accept that good government is essential and start looking forward to getting things right.
Was a federal judge correct that President Bush abused wiretaps? Yes.
Bush was dead wrong
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
President Bush is violating the law by wiretapping on his own, without getting court approval. And U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor got it right when she said so in her Aug. 17 decision.
Was a federal judge correct that President Bush abused wiretaps? No.
Judge shows ignorance
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
A recurring thought while wading through Judge Anna Diggs Taylor’s truly appalling opinion in ACLU v. NSA was the old Latin proverb, Ignorantia juris non excusat - “ignorance of the law is no excuse.”
Chiefs eke out just enough offense
Kansas City claims battle of Missouri for first preseason win under Edwards’ watch
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas City coach Herman Edwards contended all week the Chiefs’ flops in their first two preseason games were not indicative of how they would play during the regular season. The Chiefs’ first-team offense did its best to back up Edwards in the first half of Saturday’s 16-12 victory against St. Louis.
Accurate count
Lawrence officials must reconcile their population estimates with the lower numbers reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
The population of Lawrence is more than just a number - it drives planning for the city’s future in many ways.
Horoscopes
August 27, 2006 in print edition on D6
For Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006
Soda fountain list
August 27, 2006
A complete list of soda fountains in Kansas, as provided by the Kansas Explorers Club:
Citizen Journalism Academy gives public inside look at media
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Here’s your chance to become a journalist.
Artist paints niche in bookstore setting
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
He’s an artist in a bookstore. Or is it a textbook manager who likes to paint?
Commentary: Time to restore 61 as HR standard
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C2
It was 45 years ago this week, and Roger Maris’ hair had not yet begun to fall out. A bigger milestone awaited, but on Aug. 22, 1961, Maris hit a home run off of Ken McBride of the Los Angeles Angels that had its own place in history.
New design earns support
Shorter building at Yello Sub site pleases neighbors
August 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
It’s 22 feet shorter than a proposed high-rise development and may be a better fit for the neighborhood at 12th and Indiana streets. That’s the hope of Jeff Morrow, owner of the Yello Sub building there.
Inexperience costs Fightin’ Indians
HINU struggles to find its rhythm in season-opening setback
August 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Haskell Indian Nations University’s youth showed throughout Saturday night’s 2006 season opener.