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6News Now for August 29
August 29, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Journal-World, what the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina means for some local residents, Kansas National Guardmen, and whether the law adequately protects our pets.
Kansas right in middle of national obesity rankings
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B9
The ever-growing waistlines of Americans expanded a little bit more in 2005 as 31 states registered statistically significant increases in obesity among adults.
Arugula, tomato and prosciutto sandwich
August 29, 2006 in print edition on D3
Veteran QB George joins Raiders
Collins also returns to league - with Titans; Jaguars lose running back Jones
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C6
Jeff George never doubted he had what it took to be an NFL quarterback, even when he was coaching the run-and-shoot offense last year for his son’s fourth-grade team.
Nowitzki awaits U.S. in quarters
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C6
The bracket says the United States will be facing Germany in the quarterfinals of the FIBA world championships Wednesday. In truth, the U.S. is facing Dirk.
Bengals’ Palmer passes test
QB returns to spark Cincinnati to 48-17 victory
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C6
Carson Palmer aced the test. With a brace protecting his rebuilt knee, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback took the hits, avoided the rush and threw three touchdown passes Monday night in his first game back from the injury.
New York manhandles Phillies, 8-3
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C4
Carlos Delgado, David Wright and Paul Lo Duca drove in two runs apiece, and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-3, Monday for their ninth victory in 10 games.
On the record
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B2
Teachers agree to strike
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
Teachers overwhelmingly rejected a two-year contract proposal by the city public school district on Sunday and decided to strike.
Tests on swan rule out deadly bird flu strain
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
Bird flu found in a wild swan in Michigan was not the deadly Asian strain that has ravaged poultry and killed at least 141 people worldwide, the Agriculture Department said Monday.
Mother’s conviction in son’s suicide tossed
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Connecticut Supreme Court on Monday overturned a mother’s conviction on charges that she contributed to her 12-year-old son’s suicide by keeping a filthy house.
Prosecutors drop case in JonBenet Ramsey slaying
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
Prosecutors abruptly dropped their case Monday against John Mark Karr in the slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, saying DNA tests failed to put him at the crime scene despite his insistence he sexually assaulted and strangled the 6-year-old beauty queen.
State court will decide legality of smoking ban
Kansas Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments by opponent of Lawrence’s 2-year-old law
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
The controversy over the city’s smoking ban will be played out on the state’s highest legal stage.
Bush marks anniversary, says recovery just beginning
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
President Bush said Monday the huge job of rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina was just beginning a year after the massive storm but expressed hope that the $110 billion of help sent from Washington would be enough.
Mexican immigrant pleads in fraud case
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B3
The last of six illegal Mexican immigrants accused of lying about their status to get work at Cessna Aircraft Co. pleaded guilty and agreed to a sentence of 13 months in federal prison.
First talk in series focuses on 9-11
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas University will present the first event in the “Peace, War, and Global Change” series at 4 p.m. Friday in the Hall Center Conference Hall.
Organizations seek housing solutions
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B3
Two Lawrence organizations are seeking people interested in creating a pilot project to offer “humane and cost-effective” permanent and supportive housing.
Bus ridership down from last year
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B3
High gas prices don’t seem to be encouraging more students to ride Lawrence school buses.
Recent runway changes may have confused pilots
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
Pilots of a Comair jet that crashed on takeoff noticed there were no lights as they prepared to take off, but they didn’t recognize they were headed down the wrong runway, investigators said Monday.
School board OKs tax increase
Lawrence district approves additional $4.9M in levies
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
Supposedly, Mark Twain observed that while just about everybody talks about the weather, nobody does anything about it.
Frontage buffer regulation extended
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B3
A regulation prohibiting construction of new homes unless there is 250 feet of frontage along a public road right-of-way was extended for a year Monday by the Douglas County Commission.
KU student charged in weekend rape
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B3
An 18-year-old Kansas University student from Overland Park has been charged with raping a 19-year-old acquaintance during the weekend in an on-campus residence hall.
Big Easy wants its tourists back
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A4
Friday night in the French Quarter, and the place was kind of hopping. Crowds flowed along Bourbon Street, but not shoulder-to-shoulder.
New Orleans’ future remains uncertain
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A4
The city was barely dry when Terrie Guerin made the decision to rebuild her home, wrecked by Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters.
Oklahoma inmate scheduled to die for 1994 killing
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B10
An Oklahoma inmate convicted in the 1994 stabbing death of an Oklahoma City woman is scheduled to be executed today under a new lethal injection system that delivers a larger dose of anesthesia before the fatal drugs are administered.
Royal colors to appear soon
Large monarch migration expected
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
If you don’t see a monarch butterfly this year, you’re not outdoors enough.
Convent mixes modern needs, sense of history
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B10
In the heart of old O’Fallon, Sister Josepha Bauer demonstrates her lifetime of service to God with a spool of shimmering gold thread and the bobbing needle of an ancient Singer sewing machine.
MLB bumps prices on World Series tickets
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C5
Be prepared to pay if your team makes it to the World Series.
A-Rod enduring rough spell at plate
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C5
If Alex Rodriguez thought the constant booing from the home crowd was getting out of control, wait until he returns to Yankee Stadium tonight from one of the worst road trips of his career.
Ernesto’s storm warnings extended
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A3
Florida residents rushed to fill their prescriptions and stood in long lines for gasoline, food and other supplies Monday as officials warned people not to wait for Tropical Storm Ernesto to become a hurricane again before taking precautions.
A whole new ballgame
Cox, Atlanta not used to life below .500
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C5
All the signs say an era is ending in Atlanta. The Braves are all but mathematically eliminated from winning the NL East, ending the team’s streak of 14 straight division titles.
Judge orders Bonds’ trainer back behind bars
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C5
Barry Bonds’ personal trainer was back in jail Monday, where he’ll stay until he agrees to testify before a federal grand jury investigating the Giants slugger.
Love in Xiangxi’
Free State senior takes teaching trip to rural China
August 29, 2006 in print edition on D1
Imagine explaining how far away America is to kids who can count on one hand how many times they’ve seen a car, used running water or traveled more than a few miles away from their village.
Annan tries to further peace process in Mideast
Lebanese civilians express contempt for U.N. leader
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan faulted both Israel and Hezbollah on Monday for not living up to key sections of the cease-fire resolution, while two more countries took steps to provide troops for an expanded peacekeeping force to secure the truce.
Reader wants to be tested for AD/HD
August 29, 2006 in print edition on D1
Q: Dear Dr. Wes and John: I would like to inquire about AD/HD testing. While my father was in the military, I was diagnosed at the age of 6 with AD/HD and put on medication around 11 or 12.
Applicants wanted for journalism academy
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
The World Company and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas University are seeking applications for the Citizen Journalism Academy.
J-W seeks essays about 9-11’s effects
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Terrorists struck the United States in a series of coordinated attacks five years ago on 9-11.
A year of transformation
Surviving storm, helping with recovery have been life-changing, residents say
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
A year ago today, the biggest natural disaster in U.S. history struck the Gulf Coast.
East Heights reopens after water line break
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Classes will resume today at East Heights Early Childhood Center after a work crew spent Monday repairing a pipe that burst Sunday.
New Orleans writer says city, residents are ‘sinking’
Speaker at first event of Hall Center lecture series packs Lied Center
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
We are all working in this pit of sorrow to unfreeze time. The line, buried in the post-Hurricane Katrina writings of author and New Orleans transplant Andrei Codrescu, painted a frame around the way the writer saw the days, weeks and months following last year’s disaster.
Cervical cancer vaccine offered at KU
Health center one of first in area to provide Gardasil shots
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Months after gaining FDA approval, the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine is available at Kansas University’s Watkins Health Center.
Applicant pool deep for city manager
Commission hopes to fill position by early October
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Twenty-five people want to become Lawrence’s next city manager, and city commissioners say they are still hopeful they’ll find the right person by early October.
Emmys telecast pays price for bad timing
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A2
The latest edition of the Emmy Awards proved that timing really is everything.
People in the news
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Charity bash canceled ¢ The smoking loophole ¢ Concert venue changed ¢ Horse-riding mishap ¢ First Emmy, then surgery
Home show heavy on glitz factor
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A2
“Million Dollar Listing” (8 p.m., Bravo) follows 10 agents as they try to sell in Southern California’s pricey real-estate market. The business pages tell us that the housing market is slowing down, but that doesn’t seem to matter in the rarefied air of Malibu and Hollywood.
Obama promotes end to corruption
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
Sen. Barack Obama urged Kenyans to take control of their country’s destiny by opposing corruption and ethnic divisions in government during a policy speech Monday at the main university in his father’s homeland.
Last embassy plans move to Tel Aviv
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
Down a cramped alleyway, inside an unremarkable apartment building in a neighborhood that once separated Jerusalem’s Jewish west from its Arab east, sits the Embassy of El Salvador, the last ambassadorial holdout in Israel’s long struggle to secure global acceptance of this disputed holy city as its capital.
World’s oldest person dies at age 116
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
Maria Esther de Capovilla, considered the world’s oldest person, has died in her native Ecuador, her granddaughter said Monday. At 116, she was born the same year as Charlie Chaplin and married the year the U.S. entered World War I.
Britain requests suspect’s extradition
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
Pakistan is considering a British request for the extradition of Rashid Rauf, who was arrested earlier this month in connection with the alleged plot to blow up U.S.-bound jetliners, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.
Electoral court finds no voting fraud
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
Mexico’s top electoral court announced Monday that a partial recount of the votes in this country’s disputed presidential election found no evidence of widespread fraud, a ruling that placed conservative Felipe Calderon tantalizingly close to victory.
Brutal Ugandan rebels announce intent to end their fight
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
The leaders of a shadowy rebel movement that has terrorized Ugandans for nearly two decades went on local radio with a special announcement: As of today, their war is over - the Lord’s Resistance Army will stop fighting.
Best weapon against bird flu exists in education, state says
Fears of next virus strain prompt early monitoring of poultry
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B4
They’re already testing water fowl and have had emergency response plans in the works for months, but state and local officials said Monday that public education will be the best weapon to fight bird flu if it ever strikes Kansas.
Ky. crash kills two from Leawood
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B4
Two Leawood families were mourning a teenager and her horse riding coach who were among the 49 people killed in the crash of a Comair plane Sunday in Kentucky.
City squads have high hopes
Veritas hopes to build on fourth-place finish; LHS, FSHS seek setters
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
From watermelon feeds to state appearances, high school volleyball in Lawrence has just as much tradition as any other sport in town.
U.S. Rep. Moore to discuss student issues
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Congressman Dennis Moore will visit Kansas University at 7:30 p.m. today to discuss with students the future of student loans and other issues.
Air Force cutbacks extend to bands
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
The Air Force won’t be eliminating the Heartland of America Band at Offutt Air Force Base, but it will be cutting back on the volume.
Private colleges recover from deficits, low enrollments
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
After struggling through declining enrollments and budget deficits in the 1980s, many private colleges in Kansas are experiencing a resurgence in enrollment, fundraising and capital construction.
Kansas Public Radio adds sales rep
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
Joanna Manaenkov has joined Kansas Public Radio as a full-time underwriting sales representative, joining a staff of four development professionals that raise almost half of the station’s $2.1 million annual budget.
Commodities
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
Time for a break from school fundraisers
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
The shopping spree for school supplies I had to do recently reminded me of something else I don’t like about this time of year - the deluge of school fundraising notices.
Driving toll
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: You probably missed the article last week (“Traffic deaths climb to 15-year high,” Journal-World, Aug. 23), as we have become so inured to the automobile’s gruesome toll.
Retail restrictions
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: Plans to further restrict retail development in Lawrence are foolhardy and unnecessary. Retail businesses do not fail because someone else provides a similar product. They fail because they do not offer the buying public the products it wants at the time or the price it wants to pay.
Gift of rainbow flag draws anti-gay protesters to hotel
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B4
A 12-year-old’s gift to his parents - a brightly colored flag that he said reminded him of Kansas and the Wizard of Oz - has spawned one of the biggest controversies to hit this town of 1,600 people in a long time.
Process city
The neighborhood negotiation of development projects may not be unique to Lawrence, but it takes a patient developer to work through the local process.
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B8
It’s hard to imagine that the process currently under way related to a couple of proposed developments in Lawrence is typical of most communities. For better or worse - and there probably is some of both - this is the way business gets done in Lawrence.
Disaster is opportunity for some
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B8
Hurricane Katrina was different storms in different places. In Franklinton and Bogalusa, La., it was a freight-train wind that toppled trees and peeled away roofs. In New Orleans, it was water drowning neighborhoods, old people trapped in attics and communities accessible only by boat.
Insecurity haunts economic success
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B8
One of the current political mysteries is why the economic statistics have looked so good for some time while polls show Americans are worried about their financial futures.
Pluto teaches a new lesson
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B9
What is most surprising about Pluto’s change of status is not that the world’s leading astronomers decided Pluto doesn’t really belong in the same category as the rest of the planets. It’s the emotional reaction this decision has brought out in people.
Mangino: Youth will be served this season
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
College football depth charts usually are filled out with a big chunk of battle-tested juniors and seniors.
Self holds court on course
Kansas coach impressed by Hinrich
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
Thanks in part to former Kansas University basketball player Kirk Hinrich, the United States appears to be regaining prominence on the international scene.
Big 12 Conference football notebook
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C3
Death sentence given for couple’s murder
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B6
A Lyons man was sentenced Monday to death by lethal injection for helping to kill a Great Bend couple because he feared one of the victims might tell police about a previous crime.
Kansas volleyball to entertain UMKC in home opener
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s volleyball team will entertain
Agassi survives opening match
Romania’s Pavel pushes fan favorite, but falls in four sets
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C2
If Andre Agassi keeps this up, it’s going to be absolutely exhausting. For him, for his opponent, for his fans, for everyone at the U.S. Open.
Chiefs’ Holmes likely finished
Kansas City RB on ‘physically unable to perform list’
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C1
The odds of seeing Priest Holmes on the field this season got much longer Monday when the Kansas City Chiefs put the three-time Pro Bowl running back on the “physically unable to perform” list.
USA, USA’: Georgia team crowned
Walker’s two-run home run, Carter’s pitching pace Columbus to 2-1 victory over Japan in final
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C2
Chants of “USA! USA!” spread through the crowd when the gritty young competitors from Columbus, Ga., recorded the last out in the Little League World Series. How fitting.
TherapyWorks adds therapist assistant
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
Emily Miller has joined TherapyWorks, Lawrence, as a physical therapist assistant.
Rain doesn’t cause problems near gas station
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A1
Finally, some good news about gasoline. State regulators confirmed Monday that this weekend’s heavy rains did not cause dangerous gasoline fumes to re-emerge in an old West Lawrence neighborhood that was the site of a major underground storage tank leak earlier this year.
Pressure now on schools to make most of funding
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B2
For years, the mantra coming from school officials was that teachers knew how to help students learn but needed more resources.
Indians’ Sizemore sizzling
Leadoff hitter jolts Blue Jays in 6-4 victory
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C4
Grady Sizemore’s star isn’t merely rising, but hurtling across the sky at warp speed.
Shiites wage daylong battle with Iraqi forces
August 29, 2006 in print edition on A6
Shiite militiamen battled Iraqi forces for 12 hours Monday, leaving at least 40 people dead and underlining the government’s struggle to rein in an anti-U.S. cleric. The U.S. announced nine soldiers killed over the weekend in separate fighting.
Slowly but surely, pennies bring about small change
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B1
Another milestone in our young marriage last week: My wife combined our loose change - one jar for the silver stuff, one jar for the pennies.
Hay prices add to cattle ranchers’ burdens
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B5
Add the high price of hay to the burden on cattle producers coping with prolonged drought in parts of Kansas, Missouri and points south.
Early harvest yields disappoint farmers
Dry summer afflicts fall crops, grazing pastures
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B5
Fredonia farmer Bob Timmons was grateful for whatever bushels he could get off his dryland corn acres this season.
Health clubs mull market
Topeka-based company considers options in Lawrence
August 29, 2006 in print edition on C8
Rick Sells hears talk of another health club opening in Lawrence, and he shakes his head.
Don’t silence voices of 9-11
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B9
It was painful to hear the woman in anguish on the 83rd floor of the World Trade Center, crying, “I’m going to die, aren’t I? I’m going to die.” Melissa Doi was 32, beautiful, with laughing eyes and black hair.
Horoscopes
August 29, 2006 in print edition on B7
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