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Ryun goes to Iraq
July 3, 2006
Kansas Republican says he sees dedication in Iraqis.
New city development code in place
July 3, 2006
New city development code replaces rules established 40 years ago.
Sales tax collections up dramatically
On a pace unseen since late 1990s
July 3, 2006
Through June, the city’s sales tax collections were up 6.1 percent.
Douglas County and Jefferson County leaders at odds over bridge
July 3, 2006
Jefferson County commissioners want to keep Lecompton bridge open during repairs. Douglas County commissioners don’t.
Nineties continue today
Thunderstorms move in tonight through morning of holiday
July 3, 2006
Another scorcher is in store for Lawrence today, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Kansas zombie movie to premiere tonight
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B3
Joel Trujillo’s new horror film “Dusk of the Living Dead” won’t be premiered in Hollywood, nor even in a movie theater.
Robin is Batman in New Orleans
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
Here was the lineup for the fifth “Celebrity Poker Showdown,” shown on Bravo on June 28: Macy Gray (Grammy Award-winning singer), Joy Behar (“The View”), Christopher Meloni, Andy Dick (“bad boy” and actor), and Robin Tunney (“Prison Break”).
Taking the plunge
It’s possible to learn, practice scuba in Midwest
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C5
Sara Rich long had an affinity for the underwater world. But she never really had been, well, under water.
Shuttle launch halted; next attempt Tuesday
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Stormy weather Sunday afternoon again forced NASA to scrub the launch of shuttle Discovery.
Vitamin C treatment shows cancer promise
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
As Sandy Kellar battles ovarian cancer, she’s noticing an unusual vitality in herself that she doesn’t see in others with the disease.
Apple Users’ Group meets Wednesday
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A8
The Lawrence Apple Users’ Group 2.0 will meet Wednesday for a presentation, “Photo Restoration using Photoshop?”
Horoscopes
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Monday, July 3
Globetrotting LHS graduate gets close-up view of world justice
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Yugoslavian war crimes. Israel’s judicial system. Those are topics most people would know only through reading, but Lawrence native Trevor Ulbrick had a behind-the-scenes look at both in one eye-opening year.
How well do you know the ‘80s
July 3, 2006 in print edition on D1
Ah, the ‘80s. It was a magical time of perms, big glasses and mediocre music.
At UNM, Giddens ‘gets it’
July 3, 2006
Sometimes, it’s not all about the ring. Sure, winning championships should be every player’s goal. And don’t get J.R. Giddens wrong, he said leading the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team to unprecedented heights was his top basketball priority this season.
With Agassi and Roddick gone, how far can Nadal go at Wimbledon?
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
Rafael Nadal talks a lot about how he hopes to contend for a Wimbledon title in three or four years, once he gets used to the odd bounces and tricky footing that come with playing on grass.
Beckham steps down as England captain
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
David Beckham quit as England captain Sunday, the morning after his team went out in the World Cup quarterfinals on penalties to Portugal.
Surprise teams in semis no surprise
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
Portugal isn’t exactly George Mason, though its soccer pedigree isn’t much stronger than what the Patriots brought to college basketball’s Final Four. Then again, surprise teams in the World Cup semifinals are hardly a surprise.
Hincapie takes Tour lead
Casper takes stage, but American dons yellow
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C8
He can sprint, climb mountains and excel at time trials. And, thanks to some wily riding, he has the Tour de France’s famed yellow jersey after the opening weekend.
Jones to have tests for new foot problem
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C6
Chipper Jones was a late scratch from Sunday’s starting lineup due to a sore foot as he tries to avoid an injury similar to the one that shortened his 2005 season.
St. Louis options Perez, recalls righty Kinney
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C6
The Cardinals optioned outfielder Timo Perez to Triple-A Memphis on Sunday to make room for right-hander Jason Kinney.
Stat addicts unite at SABR convention
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C6
Jim Bouton scanned the ballroom filled with vintage and current baseball uniforms and hats, donned by a hodgepodge of mostly middle-aged men.
Who celebrates the Third of July?
July 3, 2006 in print edition on D1
I’ve been writing this column for more than nine years, and I can attest, from some desperate experience, that Independence Day Eve qualifies as the slowest TV night of the year.
Fantasy Baseball Saying ‘thanks’ to the studs
July is time for Corey Patterson-inspired awards
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C6
Forget the Espys. What most baseball players want more than anything in the world is a Corey. I refer to the heretofore-unknown Associated Press half-season fantasy baseball awards.
Rec Calendar
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C5
A-Rod’s 7 RBIs lift Yankees
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C4
Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam and a three-run homer, sending the New York Yankees to a 16-7 blowout of the Mets in their Subway Series finale Sunday night.
Bicycling enthusiasts advocate extending trails
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Though they still have a long way to go, area proponents of a biking and hiking trail are stepping up their efforts to get one extended from Berryton to Clinton Lake and ultimately to Lawrence.
Raiders win
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C3
The Lawrence Raiders took out their frustrations from Saturday’s loss on Arkansas City on Sunday, winning 8-0 on the strength of a two-hitter from Kansas University’s Max Ellenbecker.
Marquis, Pujols stop K.C.
Royals’ rally falls short; Cardinals avoid sweep
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
Jason Marquis was ready to pitch as long as he needed to go to snap his personal two-game losing streak.
Same old champion
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C3
The greatest competitive round of golf in Dana Quigley’s career came, of course, in the Kansas City area.
Concealed weapon applications available
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Beginning today, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will accept applications for licenses to carry a concealed weapon, although permits will not be issued until January.
A new rush for Self
IRL could return to speedway in April
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C3
Bill Self gave a single thumbs-up after contorting his body into the back of the IndyCar.
Turf Team among best in business
Trained pros work behind scenes to make sure Prairie Dunes plays its best for U.S. Senior Open
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C2
Tents line the fairways. Trucks by the dozens are tucked in corners. TV towers, ropes and bleachers are all around.
Pianists compete for international title
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B1
Sixteen-year-old Hugo Chang was so exhausted after his piano performance of Chopin’s “Ballade No. 2 in F major” that he could barely stand.
Sorenstam, Hurst headed to playoff
Marathon day at U.S. Women’s Open leads to tie
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C2
Annika Sorenstam had to wait 10 years to recapture the U.S. Women’s Open and thought it was in her hands Sunday when a 30-foot birdie putt broke gently toward the cup and started to dip into the hole.
Home stretch: Pole-sitter challenges, but Hornish holds on
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
For far too long in Sunday’s Kansas Lottery Indy 300, Sam Hornish Jr. had no one to look at in front of him.
Keegan: Patrick on the path to IndyCar stardom
July 3, 2006 in print edition on C1
Those who know the auto-racing game insist any comparison between Danica Patrick’s talent level in her sport to Anna Kournikova in hers is absurd. Neither has a victory to her name, but that, the experts tell us, can be explained easily enough.
Sri Lanka sliding into ‘low-intensity’ war
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A7
Gunfire echoes nearly every night across the lagoon that rings this fishing town. Bodies turn up nearly every day in the jungles beyond, some riddled with bullets, others bound and gagged with a single shot to the head.
Cubans find backdoor route into U.S.
Island off Puerto Rico poses different risks than Florida
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A7
Taking the back door into the United States, droves of Cubans are crossing some of the world’s stormiest seas and clambering onto this rugged speck of an island belonging to Puerto Rico.
Normal’ girls: Study finds some surprises in how young women see themselves
July 3, 2006 in print edition on D1
They eat junk food, skip breakfast and say it’s “normal” to do so. They get less and less physical activity as they progress through their teens but still see themselves as “healthy enough.”
American seeks hot-dog eating glory on July 4
Californian hopes to wrest title from Japanese record-holder
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A2
The biggest challenge of his life awaits Joey Chestnut on the Fourth of July - and he doesn’t want to choke.
Doctors weigh whether to call children ‘obese’
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
Is it OK for doctors and parents to tell children and teens they’re fat? That seems to be at the heart of a debate on whether to replace the fuzzy language favored by the U.S. government with the painful truth - telling kids if they’re obese or overweight.
Growing more, living with less
Subsistence farmer has need-to-work method
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
Tim Coughenour lives on about $600 a year. He grows his own wheat on about one-fifth of an acre in North Lawrence.
Fireworks injuries climbing nationwide
As firecracker sales jump, more children get hurt
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A1
Backyard use of fireworks and related injuries are increasing nationwide, according to industry and government data, and researchers say thousands of children each year are among the victims.
Casinos, racetracks ordered closed as N.J. budget impasse continues
Governor, lawmakers meet Sunday but fail to reach compromise
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Atlantic City’s casinos were ordered to close Wednesday, the latest casualty of a state government shutdown that began after the Legislature failed to adopt a budget by its July 1 deadline.
Opportunities available to help disabled residents
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B2
Trinity In-Home Care has volunteer positions available to help local residents with disabilities.
South Junior High School & Southwest Junior High School Honor Rolls
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B2
South Junior High School announced its spring semester 2005-2006 honor roll students. Southwest Junior High School announced its spring semester 2005-2006 honor roll students.
On the record
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B2
Booster seat law may hinder field trips
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B3
New, more stringent guidelines on using booster seats for children in Kansas motor vehicles may have an unintended consequence - on youngsters’ field trips.
U.N. chief says Darfur peace deal at risk
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
The head of the United Nations mission in Sudan said on his personal blog that the Darfur peace agreement “does not resonate with the people” and is in danger of collapse.
U.S., British agents seek war crimes suspect
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
U.S. and British agents have joined the search for top U.N. war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic, Serbia’s defense minister said in comments published Saturday.
Attack on base kills two British soldiers
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
An insurgent attack on a British base killed two soldiers and an Afghan interpreter, military officials said Sunday, while at least 20 militants died during clashes and coalition airstrikes.
Leader lacks votes for constitutional overhaul
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
President Evo Morales’ party won a majority Sunday in elections for an assembly that will retool Bolivia’s constitution but fell short of the two-thirds needed to push through its leftist agenda, according to unofficial preliminary results.
Mexico’s next president won’t be known for days
Election too close to call; Wednesday is earliest a winner will be named
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
Mexico’s presidential election was too close to call Sunday, with voters bitterly divided between a leftist offering himself as a savior to the poor and a conservative warning that his rival’s free-spending proposals threaten the economy.
Times editor defends terrorist banking story
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Published reports that the U.S. was monitoring international banking transactions were not news to the terrorists who were its target because the Bush administration had already “talked openly” about the effort, The New York Times’ top editor said Sunday.
Washington one of few areas dried out for Fourth of July
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
One week after the nation’s capital experienced some of its worst flooding in more than a century, museums and other attractions were dried out and open for the long July Fourth holiday weekend.
Study: Limits on teen drivers pay off
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
Laws that set numerous strict conditions before teenagers can get a license can reduce fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers by up 21 percent, public health researchers say.
Senator seeks review of Bush security policy
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Supreme Court’s decision to toss out a key Bush administration anti-terror program is a sign the president’s entire national security effort is shaky and in need of major renovation, Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday.
Sebelius gives some employees day off
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B8
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ decision to give thousands of classified state employees an extra day off today isn’t coming cheap.
Attention to food labels doesn’t trim weight problems
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A5
Oh, the irony. A nation full of overweight people is also full of label readers. Nearly 80 percent of Americans insist they check the labels on food at the grocery store.
People in the news
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Appeal for Darfur aid ¢ Treasured experience ¢ Tenor returns to Sarajevo
Superman Returns’ leaps to $52.15 million opening
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A2
Superman may not be the world’s greatest superhero at the box office, but the Man of Steel still flies high.
Not many able to take day off before Fourth
July 3, 2006 in print edition on D2
Today has become one of the hottest days of 2006, and it’s not because of the weather. The coveted day is the bridge between the weekend and the Fourth of July.
Patriotic Names
July 3, 2006 in print edition on D2
30: Places nationwide with “liberty” in the name. The largest is Liberty, Mo. (population 28,528).
The Fourth of July by the numbers
July 3, 2006 in print edition on D2
July 1776: Number of people living in colonies was 2.5 million.
Frequent flier programs flying high
After 25 years, concept shifts from original destination
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A8
Mark Erickson is the kind of flier that airlines love. Every Monday, he leaves for New York or California for his job as a master chef for the Culinary Institute of America. He returns Friday night to Atlanta and does it all again two days later.
Ameriprise adviser earns recognition
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A8
Dan Cary, a senior financial adviser for Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. in Lawrence, received the company’s 2005 President’s Recognition Award, given to financial advisers who demonstrate exceptional financial advice through their written recommendations.
Seabury teacher completes training
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A8
Judith Galas, literature teacher at Bishop Seabury Academy, recently completed a two-day training workshop in Chicago.
Health care becoming key factor in job decisions
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A8
Q: I’m about to enter the job market. A few years back I had some serious health problems. I’m fine now, but I worry about a recurrence. How much information does an employer need to have about my health history?
Old home town - 100 years ago today
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 3, 1906: “Fizz! Pop! Bang! Independence Day will be celebrated in Lawrence tomorrow with one of the biggest and loudest times ever.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
Timothy Beavers, 20, Lawrence, was killed in a head-on vehicle collision about three miles south of Tonganoxie.
Minn. independents are back
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B7
Jesse Ventura has retired his act to Baja California and is reportedly confining his politics to coaching Kinky Friedman on his long-shot run for governor of Texas.
Israel going all-out to free abducted soldier
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A7
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stepped up pressure on the Palestinian government Sunday, telling his military to “do all it can” to free an abducted soldier and hinting Israel might arrest more Hamas leaders.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
Great imagination and enterprise had been noted in the cars built by local youngsters age 11-15 for the first Lawrence Soap Box Derby. Thirty youngsters and their homemade cars were set to compete, and the entry list included boys from both Topeka and Ottawa, which did not have derbies.
Sneaky hikes: How can Congress justify pay and benefit increases when so much is wasted?
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
The question is as valid and current as it always has been: Why should members of Congress get pay and benefit increases when they can’t create a balanced budget? If their packages were tied to better fiscal management, wouldn’t they be far more judicious and prudent about spending other people’s money?
Ruling could hold U.S. officials responsible
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
The Supreme Court on Thursday dealt the Bush administration a stinging rebuke, declaring in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld that military commissions for trying terrorist suspects violate both U.S. military law and the Geneva Convention.
Religious groups must seek universal values
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B6
A half-century dominated by the secular ideologies of capitalism, communism and physics has given way to a time of religious backlash provoked by the uncertainties and menaces of vertiginous modernization. While shrinking the world, the forces of technology, trade and communications have done little to make it a more tolerant place.
Miami book fight just a waste
July 3, 2006 in print edition on B7
The other day, I gave two teachers I know $300,000 apiece. Hypothetical money, that is. If $300K fell out of the sky, I said, and you could use it to improve your school, how would you spend it?
Iraq issues list of most wanted
Saddam’s wife, daughter among new names
July 3, 2006 in print edition on A6
Saddam Hussein’s wife and eldest daughter are among 41 people on the Iraqi government’s most wanted list, along with the new leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, a top official announced Sunday.