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Archive for Thursday, July 6, 2006

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Audio clips
Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Country gardens Red Dog's Dog Days
Polls
Do you agree with the decision to shut off the fountain in South Park during city band concerts?

Poll results

Response Percent
No. The fountain should be left on during the concert so the public can enjoy it.
 
53%
Yes. A child could slip, fall and get hurt.
 
44%
Undecided.
 
2%
Total 215
What factor will guide your vote for the Kansas Board of Education

Poll results

Response Percent
Science standards
 
62%
School finance
 
25%
Other
 
6%
Sex education
 
5%
Total 531

All stories

Firetruck up for bid, smokes a little
July 6, 2006
Need a bright green city firetruck? For $500, you can start the bidding for a retired Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical fire truck at Govdeals.com.
South Park fountain shut off during concert
Officials concerned about safety of children
July 6, 2006
The crowd loved the music, but Wednesday night’s city band concert was more dry than usual. Concerns about children climbing and playing in the nearby fountain at South Park caused the city to shut off the water during Wednesday’s concert and to post signs warning people to keep away.
Officials urge use of mosquito repellent to ward off West Nile
July 6, 2006
State health officials have urged Kansans to take precautions against West Nile Virus.
New state health board to hold public meetings
July 6, 2006
The state’s new health policy board will hold three public meetings this month to get input on the direction of the Kansas health system.
Clear with highs in 80s
Temperatures stay below average
July 6, 2006
Expect a beautiful, sunny Thursday, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “Grab those sunglasses. We have all sunshine in the forecast,” Schack said.
Hernandez lifts Mets past Bucs
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C4
Ageless Orlando Hernandez baffled Pittsburgh on four hits through seven innings Wednesday night, pitching the New York Mets to a 5-0 victory over the Pirates.
Our town sports
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C3
Uncanny resemblance to Bono pays off
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A2
Rob Kemp does a double-take. Then he does a triple-take. Bono? The lead singer of the biggest band in the world, U2?
County Commission approves amendments
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B2
Changes to city codes initiated by the Lawrence City Commission received approval Wednesday night by the Douglas County Commission.
Strong principles
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: President Bush’s angry response to the New York Times article revealing this administration’s monitoring of U.S. monetary transactions (Journal-World, June 27) misses the most important point.
Man convicted of killing deputy won’t be executed
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B8
A man convicted of killing a Harvey County sheriff’s deputy during a shootout last year will not receive the death penalty after jurors were unable to reach a unanimous verdict regarding his sentence.
Cultures clash in Democratic primary
Challenger for Education Board minority seat supports majority
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B1
In 2002, Iris Van Meter ran below the political radar in the Republican Party primary to unseat an incumbent member of the Kansas State Board of Education in southeast Kansas.
Self, assistants hit recruiting trail
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C1
Travel bag over his shoulder, Bill Self walked hurriedly to his car in an Allen Fieldhouse parking lot, Kansas University’s basketball coach needing to hustle to catch a late Wednesday afternoon flight at Kansas City International Airport.
Saving the shiner is just one piece of a larger battle’
KU group fights for endangered fish
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A1
The Topeka shiner only grows to about 3 inches long, and it looks a lot like the minnows sold at any self-respecting bait shop in eastern Kansas.
Daytona wins showcase Stewart’s driving talent
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C7
Twice in three nights, at almost exactly the same spot at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Tony Stewart showed once again that he might very well be the most talented driver in the world today.
Making strides
After early race setbacks and adjusting to a new team, Kurt Busch’s patience is beginning to pay off in top finishes
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C7
Adversity is nothing new for Kurt Busch. Handling it well is what has sparked an enormous turnaround for him in his first season with Penske Racing South.
Prairie Dunes makes favorable impression
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C6
Practice rounds are done and today marks the opening round of the 27th U.S. Senior Open in Hutchinson.
American Leipheimer emerging as favorite
Australian McEwen wins stage; Belgium’s Boonen keeps overall lead
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C6
In a sport ruled for so long by Lance Armstrong, fellow American Levi Leipheimer is hardly a household name. In the next two weeks of the Tour de France, he might become a little more familiar.
Twins hurler Bonser sent to minors
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Minnesota Twins optioned right-handed starter Boof Bonser to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he was roughed up in a loss to the Kansas City Royals that ended the Twins’ 11-game winning streak.
Rays’ Navarro unhurt in traffic accident
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C5
Tampa Bay catcher Dioner Navarro was not in the lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox after escaping serious injury when his sport utility vehicle flipped twice in a traffic accident.
Cardinals acquire Angels’ Weaver
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Los Angeles Angels traded disappointing right-hander Jeff Weaver to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night for minor-league outfielder Terry Evans.
Developers have high-rise plans for campus corner
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A1
The plans call for five stories of brick and steel with underground parking in the space where a popular college beer joint and sandwich shop now sit.
Canseco trade approved
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C5
Only one game into his comeback, Jose Canseco was traded Wednesday after seeking the move because of family obligations.
Bonds’ trainer sent to prison for refusing to testify
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C5
Barry Bonds’ personal trainer was held in contempt of court and taken to prison Wednesday for refusing to testify to the federal grand jury investigating the San Francisco Giants’ slugger for perjury.
Buck delivers in clutch for Kansas City
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C5
John Buck made the Minnesota Twins the latest team to pay for an intentional walk.
Tigers avoid sweep against A’s
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C4
Jim Leyland’s players were singing and smiling again around the clubhouse tables, exhibiting the kind of exuberance that comes with knowing you are accomplishing something special.
Absent teams cause change in tournament format
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C3
The Lawrence Raiders’ tournament winning streak has been halted by too many teams jumping ship.
Yankees claim Guiel off waivers from Royals
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C5
In need of outfielders, the New York Yankees claimed Aaron Guiel off waivers from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Former SM East star leaves Evansville
Christie coming to KU, but not for hoops
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C3
J.D. Christie, a first-team all-state basketball player out of Shawnee Mission East who signed a letter-of-intent with the University of Evansville in April, has left the Indiana school and decided to enroll at Kansas University.
Fickle winds make Prairie Dunes difficult course to dissect
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C1
It’s bad enough when the prevailing southwesterly winds play havoc with drives into the narrow fairways and iron shots onto the tricky greens of Prairie Dunes.
Stuntz: Greens will cause major fits
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C1
Dick Stuntz, vice president of golf course operations at Alvamar, is plenty familiar with Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, site of the four-day U.S. Senior Open that gets under way today.
Taming the great wide open
Couple cultivates spacious country garden through trial, error
July 6, 2006
When you live in the country, life seems to move at a slower pace. There’s more time to sip lemonade on the patio, catch up on your reading or while away hours on a hobby like knitting.
Marriage myths & truths
Credit misconceptions abound
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A8
Women are often told that once they get married, it’s imperative that they keep credit in their own name.
Pressure grows to end coalition immunity in Iraq
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A7
Iraq’s prime minister Wednesday demanded an independent inquiry of the rape-slaying of a girl and the killing of her family, saying the immunity from Iraqi prosecution enjoyed by U.S. forces “encouraged them to commit such crimes.”
Lay’s death closes saga
Enron founder faced decades in jail for fraud
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A1
Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay gave his role in the scandal that enveloped him and his company the most final ending possible.
Congressional hearings on immigration open
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A3
The economy of the country’s largest city and the entire nation would collapse if illegal immigrants were deported en masse, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.
Accused ex-GI had ‘anti-social’ disorder
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A7
A former Army private accused of raping an Iraqi woman and killing her and three family members was a high-school dropout from a broken home who enlisted to get some direction in his life, yet was sent home early because of an “anti-social personality disorder.”
New Jersey casinos close on fifth day of shutdown
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A5
The dice stopped rolling, dealers quit shuffling and slot machines fell silent Wednesday as New Jersey’s casinos closed for the first time, the latest victims of a five-day state government shutdown that showed no signs of ending soon.
Company’s victims contemplate issues of justice, retribution
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A5
He was a man, after all - not just some abstract symbol of corporate thievery and vanished investor billions. Kenneth Lay, founder of Enron Corp., was a grandfather to 12, a husband to the woman who sobbed at his side on the day of his conviction.
Field trip bus crash injures dozens
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A3
More than 50 people were hospitalized after a bus carrying children on a field trip crashed Wednesday on Interstate 95 near Baltimore, officials said.
Columbine gunmen’s papers to be released
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A3
Diaries kept by the Columbine High School gunmen are among some of the nearly 1,000 pages of documents seized from their homes and cars that will be released today, authorities said.
Three charged with stealing Coca-Cola trade secrets
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A3
Three people were charged by federal prosecutors Wednesday with stealing confidential information, including a sample of a new drink, from The Coca-Cola Co. and trying to sell it to rival PepsiCo Inc.
Astronauts find no shuttle damage
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A3
Early inspections revealed no major damage to the space shuttle Discovery, NASA said Wednesday after a day of checking out the spacecraft with on-board cameras.
City, bars to talk about safety issues with public
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B2
City leaders will meet next week with representatives of downtown bars and other members of the public to discuss safety concerns.
Regular enrollment not expected to rise
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence school officials on Wednesday projected a 445-student increase in the district’s fall semester enrollment.
On the record
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B2
Line blurs between news, entertainment
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A2
Twenty contestants learn who was chosen to return to the house and compete for $500,000 on “Big Brother 7: All Stars” (7 p.m., CBS).
Nursing plans
The United States should commit itself to training more nurses rather than just luring them from other countries.
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B6
Easing immigration standards for nurses educated in other countries is a quick way to address America’s nursing shortage, but, as a long-term solution, it would be far better to solve this problem by investing in education programs for American students who want to become nurses.
It’s really closed
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Let’s check the dictionary, shall we? Road: “An open, generally public way for the passage of vehicles, people, and animals.” Now, how about closed: “To bar access to, i.e., the road is closed for repairs.”
Casting doubt
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: After reading George Gurley’s column on the Sunday, July 2, opinion page, I keep returning to a basic question: What is Gurley trying to accomplish with this column?
Retail walk
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: After reading the front page of the Journal-World on June 30 about the Wal-Mart plan to build a new retail store, I was encouraged to look through my files for previous news articles dealing with the future size of our city.
Cat information
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: We read with great interest an article in the June 30 Journal-World. It was the reported sighting by Liz Dobbins of a mountain lion. This is the latest in a long list of sightings.
North Korea poses world’s greatest threat
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B6
This week’s North Korean missile firings are an unpleasant reminder to the world - and to President Bush - that the reclusive Pyongyang regime and its unpredictable leader remain one of the greatest threats to global peace.
Bar employee charged with battering patron
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Police arrested an employee of Last Call, 729 N.H., early Sunday on suspicion of battering a club patron.
Suspect faces theft, burglary charges
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B1
Police arrested a 22-year-old man for attempted burglary and attempted theft Monday after a woman in the 4800 block of McCormick Street reported he tried to enter her home as she was inside getting dressed.
Witnessesdecline to testify at panel
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B1
No one wants to talk any more to the House committee investigating communication about school finance between Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss and two state senators.
Horoscope
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, July 6
Invisible invader can damage landscape
July 6, 2006 in print edition on D1
This time of year, many trees, shrubs and flowers show signs of abuse and neglect. Hail, strong winds, drought and insects tatter leaves and shred stems.
Commodities
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A8
Next Hereford House could be in by fall
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A8
Hereford House is done in Lawrence, but its next incarnation could be back in town by fall.
Canadian firm buys DataTeam
$5 million sale to close next week
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A8
DataTeam Systems Inc., a Lawrence-based software company that provides financial administration products for school districts, is being sold to a Canadian company for nearly $5 million.
New Jersey taxes are no joke
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B7
An early joke about New Jersey is attributed to Ben Franklin: “New Jersey is like a beer barrel, tapped at both ends, with all the live beer running into Philadelphia and New York.” Maybe you had to be there.
Flag gift a big responsibility
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B7
I walked out Saturday afternoon to discover an American flag planted outside my house, like the work of some incredibly stupid explorer.
More than 250 die in monsoon flooding
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
Heavy rains kept schools and colleges shut for a third day Wednesday and meteorologists forecast more for Bombay as the nationwide death toll rose to more than 250 since the monsoon began in June.
More arrests ordered in CIA rendition case
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
Italian authorities ordered the arrests of a former CIA station chief, an Air Force commander and two other Americans and took a top Italian spymaster into custody Wednesday as they broadened their investigation into the CIA’s alleged abduction of a radical Muslim imam.
Bond denied in Sears Tower plot
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A3
Ruling that they posed too great a risk to the community to be released, a federal judge denied bond Wednesday to six men accused of plotting to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower and conspiring to help al-Qaida attack several federal buildings.
Federer rolls into Wimbledon semis
Three-time champ sweeps No. 7 seed Ancic
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C2
The “Ooohs” and “Aaahs” from an appreciative crowd began during warmups, when Roger Federer volleyed one ball through his legs. His artistry grew more impressive once play began for real.
France continues to flourish
Zidane’s perfect penalty kick enough to secure spot in Sunday’s final
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C1
Leave it to the French to give this World Cup a sense of deja vu. Zinedine Zidane had been there before, standing behind the penalty spot, with a chance to gain glory for himself and France.
People in the news
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ No charges for Limbaugh ¢ Sheik pardons producer ¢ ‘Survivor’ winner arrested
Video shows Arab radicals joining the fight in Somalia
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
A recruiting video issued by members of the fundamentalist Islamic movement in Somalia shows Arab radicals fighting alongside the local extremists in Mogadishu, and it invites Muslims from around the world to join in their “holy jihad.”
Mexico begins massive review of presidential vote
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
As Mexico launched the official recount of presidential vote tallies Wednesday, conservative Felipe Calderon insisted his slim lead from a preliminary count would hold, and he said he would be willing to include his leftist rival in his Cabinet as a show of unity.
Technicians finish repairs to Big Ben
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
Big Ben’s chimes are back. The melodic quarter-hour chimes that precede the famous bonging of the 13-ton Big Ben bell have been silenced by repairs since early June.
Israel authorizes wider offensive
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
Israel stepped up pressure Wednesday on Hamas militants who launched improved, longer range rockets into the heart of a major Israeli city, authorizing the army to enter populated areas in northern Gaza.
China, Russia resist sanctions over N. Korea missile tests
Communist nation prepares for more rocket launches
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A6
North Korea has three or four more missiles on launch pads and ready for firing, major South Korean newspapers reported today.
Dead man identified as missing lobbyist
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B8
A body found near the Kansas River was that of a convicted sex offender who became a lobbyist for the homeless, Topeka police said Wednesday.
Red Dog steps up workout
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B1
Jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups and trips up and down the Memorial Stadium steps are all in a day’s workout at Red Dog’s Dog Days.
Financial troubles not history yet
Director asks County Commission for additional $14,500 in 2007 budget
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A1
Watkins Community Museum of History is struggling and needs more money, Douglas County commissioners were told Wednesday.
Crazy Kevin’ should be promoted
Blazers need to act quickly and reward former Kansas University player Pritchard, who ran 2006 draft
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C2
It was a slow day Thursday at One Center Court, which is only to say the Trail Blazers did not trade any of their 2007 draft picks.
Exchange recognizes scholarship winners
July 6, 2006 in print edition on A8
The Lawrence Business Exchange announce the winners of its annual scholarship awards:
Courts put security on trial
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B1
A federal grant has allowed Kansas to begin a methodical look at ways to improve security at all 110 of its county courthouses.
Firework injury results in flight to K.C. hospital
July 6, 2006 in print edition on B3
The wife of a local fireworks stand owner was flown to a Kansas City, Kan., hospital by air ambulance Tuesday night after being hit in the head by an errant firework.
Keegan: Kansas kids can produce
July 6, 2006 in print edition on C1
Saying the word Missouri isn’t the only way to make Don Fambrough’s blood boil. State the opinion that Kansas high schools are barren in the area of sending football talent to colleges and be prepared for return fire.
A mystery’s ‘Afoot’ at KU theater
July 6, 2006 in print edition on D1
There’s an air of mystery surrounding Kansas University’s summer theater season this year.