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Chat with a city staff attorney about downtown Lawrence safety issues
July 7, 2006
Downtown Lawrence has faced many safety concerns. City attorney Scott Miller answers questions about these issues.
Intelligent design advocates to campaign in Kansas
July 7, 2006
A Seattle-based research group that advocates intelligent design said today it will campaign to educate Kansans that the science standards approved by the State Board of Education are sound.
Law firm drops out of school finance suit
Lathrop & Gage says its contract with the state has expired
July 7, 2006
Lathrop & Gage says its contract with the state has expired.
City staff attorney chats online about downtown Lawrence safety issues
01:30 p.m., July 7, 2006 Updated 03:11 p.m.
Concerned about safety in Lawrence’s downtown night spots? A city staff attorney is chatting online about the issue at 1:30 p.m. today on LJWorld.com.
Law firm drops out of school finance lawsuit
July 7, 2006
The private law firm that has been defending the state in the school finance lawsuit has dropped out of the case. Lathrop & Gage filed motions to withdraw as counsel of record for the state in both federal court and before the Kansas Supreme Court.
Former governor named to bioscience authority
July 7, 2006
A former Kansas governor, John Carlin, has been appointed to a state agency designed to bring more bioscience companies and cutting-edge technology breakthroughs to Kansas.
Officers seen removing items from Yellow House
11:29 a.m., July 7, 2006 Updated 11:37 a.m.
Lawrence Police and other law enforcement authorities today were removing items from a Lawrence secondhand shop that has been under investigation as part of an alleged fencing operation for stolen goods.
Wichita basketball player in video charged with battery
July 7, 2006
A Wichita boy caught on video hitting another 14-year-old during a basketball game has been charged with misdemeanor battery.
City budget proposal unveiled today
City manager proposes increasing taxes for street maintenance
10:44 a.m., July 7, 2006 Updated 03:46 p.m.
Better streets will require higher property taxes and higher fees, according to a budget being recommended by Interim City Manager David Corliss.
Another day in the 80s
Pleasant stretch continues
July 7, 2006
Relatively cool temperatures for July are staying around for one more day, says Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist “The high today is topping out at 86 degrees - comfortable for this time of year,” Sayers said.
Neighbors struggle to mend fences
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C8
Q: I came home two weeks ago to find that my neighbor had demolished the old brick wall that sits on our shared property line and separates our backyards.
Realtor refines retail plan
Proposal revealed for Clinton Parkway, Wakarusa intersection
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C8
Tim Schmidt is ready to pump $4 million into building a strip shopping center at a major intersection in southwest Lawrence.
Top U.S. officials in Iraq decry alleged rape-murder
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A7
America’s two top officials in Iraq on Thursday sought to calm Iraqi anger about allegations that U.S. soldiers were involved in the rape-murder of a girl, promising an open investigation and calling such acts “absolutely inexcusable and unacceptable.”
Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘24’ top nominees
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A2
The thrills of “24” and the sex appeal of “Grey’s Anatomy” eclipsed last year’s Emmy darlings “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” in the award nominations Thursday, while shows that have fallen off the TV schedule scored a number of high-profile bids.
French striker ready to vent frustration
After Les Bleus’ early exit in 2002 and riding the bench in 1998, Henry finally has his shot
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C6
World Cup final frustration has been building in Thierry Henry for eight years. The France striker hopes to take it all out on Italy.
Armstrong dismisses defamation lawsuits
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C6
Lance Armstrong dropped defamation lawsuits in France after winning three legal battles elsewhere over doping accusations.
Belgian extends lead
Cautious Boonen runner-up in fifth stage
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C6
Tom Boonen built his overall lead in the Tour de France by finishing second in the fifth stage Thursday, although the Belgian world champion is feeling the strain of wearing the yellow jersey.
Soccer dreams go here to die
Penalty spot causes meltdowns, heartbreak
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C6
A dozen yards in front of every soccer goal sits the intersection of crime and punishment. It’s called the penalty spot, and it’s where the dreams of World Cup minnows often go to die.
Mets place ace Martinez on DL
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
All-Star ace Pedro Martinez was placed on the disabled list by the New York Mets on Thursday due to pain in his right hip.
Reds acquire closer Guardado
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
Trying to bolster their struggling bullpen, the Cincinnati Reds will turn to former All-Star closer Eddie Guardado.
Cincinnati pitcher faces assault charge
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brian Shackelford was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of third-degree sexual assault.
Punch A.J.’ promotion works for Pierzynski
White Sox catcher nets final spot on A.L. All-Star team; Garciaparra N.L. slot
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C5
A.J. Pierzynski’s ticket has been punched to Pittsburgh.
Lamb flashes power as Astros clip Cards
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C4
Mike Lamb homered in the first inning, and the Houston Astros went on to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night, their fifth win in six games.
Ortiz belts two in Sox victory
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C4
David Ortiz hit his AL-leading 28th and 29th home runs, the latter a ninth-inning grand slam that broke open a close game and helped the Boston Red Sox avoid a four-game sweep by Tampa Bay with a 12-5 victory over the Devil Rays on Thursday night.
Registration ongoing for Amateur Golf Assn.
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C3
Registration for the 2006 Lawrence Amateur Golf Assn.’s Big Event is still available. Participants will play two rounds of golf during the weekend: one at Eagle Bend Golf Course on Saturday, the other at Alvamar Golf and Country Club on Sunday.
KU football hires new trainer
Grant to relocate from OSU; Ballard still committed
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University hired former Oklahoma State aide Murphy Grant to be head football trainer last week.
Knicks’ players not kind to Brown
Exit interviews indicate New York players disagreed with Hall of Famer’s coaching tactics
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C2
Simply put, nothing in their basketball experience could have prepared Channing Frye, David Lee and Nate Robinson for their wild and wacky rookie year under Larry Brown.
Sprint Center lands NCAA tourneys
Men’s event headed to K.C. in 2009; women’s in 2010
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C2
The new Sprint Center will be the site for first- and second-round NCAA men’s basketball tournament games in 2009.
Hutch treat for Haas, Barr
Early tee times aid leaders at rugged Prairie Dunes
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C1
Jay Haas and Dave Barr played early, which helped them play well.
Steroids cases bulk up tester’s business
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C1
The ongoing focus on eradicating steroids and other banned substances from athletics is leading the National Center for Drug Free Sport Inc., the NCAA’s official drug tester, to look for a larger home.
Redman pitches like an All-Star
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C1
Mark Redman had a pretty good comeback for all the disparaging remarks that were made when he was selected for American League All-Star team over the weekend.
Bioscience initiative still moving ahead
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A5
Economic development leaders are asking for significant increases in public funding despite not yet having spent $400,000 that they received during the last budget process.
Columbine killers’ journals show detailed plans for attack
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A5
Authorities released nearly 1,000 pages of new documents from the Columbine High School massacre Thursday, including step-by-step plans written by the two killers as they gleefully plotted the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
Bus blast kills eight people, wounds 46
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
An explosion ripped apart a small bus Thursday in a separatist Moldovan region, killing eight people and injuring 46, state media said.
Islamic group arrests 2 militiamen in killings
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
The Islamic group that controls Somalia’s capital arrested two of its own militiamen for killing two people who were watching a World Cup soccer match, the group’s leader said Thursday.
Ultimate concentration’ brings pianist 1st prize
International Piano Competition winners to perform in concert Sunday
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
Mi-Eun Kim focused her eyes intently on her fingers as they moved steadily across the keys of a grand piano Thursday afternoon inside Murphy Hall.
Nuss talks turn political
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lacking witnesses, a House committee investigating a conversation two senators had with a Kansas Supreme Court justice about a pending school finance lawsuit descended into partisan bickering Thursday, with a Democratic member declaring the inquiry should be abandoned.
President condemns attacks on civilians
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
A U.S.-led coalition soldier and 10 suspected Taliban militants died in the latest clashes to roil southern and eastern Afghanistan, while security was tightened in Kabul after a series of bombings, officials said Thursday.
Bomber’s video says attacks ‘the beginning’
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
One of the suicide bombers who struck London’s transit system a year ago warned in a video broadcast Thursday that the attacks were only the beginning of a campaign of terror.
Report: Explosion kills at least 43 people
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
An explosion in a villager’s home killed at least 43 people early today in northern China, a government news agency reported.
Scandal surrounds deputy prime minister, KU grad
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
One of Kansas University’s most generous benefactors is at the center of a controversy that has put one of Britain’s top officials under political pressure to resign.
Israel steps up offensive in Gaza Strip
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
Palestinian militants armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades battled Israeli helicopters and tanks Thursday in the bloodiest day since Israel invaded Gaza because of a soldier’s capture. At least 21 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier died.
Calderon wins vote count; rival vows legal challenge
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
The ruling party’s Felipe Calderon won the official count in Mexico’s disputed presidential race Thursday, a come-from-behind victory for the stiff technocrat. But his leftist rival refused to concede and said he’d fight the results in court.
Pool hours shift this weekend for swim meet
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B3
Hours of operation at both the city’s Indoor and Outdoor Aquatic Centers will change this weekend to accommodate the Roger Hill/Lawrence Aquahawk Swim Meet.
U.N. rights experts urge Guantanamo closure
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A6
U.N. human rights experts Thursday welcomed growing international demands for the United States to close its prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and urged Washington to set a timetable for shutting it.
Increased funds sought for city marketing plan
Chamber of Commerce wants $145,000 in effort to keep Lawrence from becoming a bedroom community
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lawrence needs more ammunition if it hopes to defend itself from becoming a bedroom community where thousands of residents leave town every day to go to work.
Wescoe results anxiously awaited
Ex-worker with tumor says air quality was not good in building
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A1
Weeks after Kansas University announced the start of air-quality testing at Wescoe Hall, employees still await word whether it’s OK to breathe in the building.
Health policy board to hold public meetings
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B2
The state’s new health policy board will host three public meetings this month to get input on the direction of the Kansas health system.
Health officials warn of West Nile virus
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B2
State health officials have urged Kansans to take precautions against West Nile virus.
Lawrence Datebook
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B2
Scientists: Amphibians face extinction
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A4
Predicting a mass extinction of the world’s frogs, toads, newts and salamanders, 50 international amphibian experts are sending out an unprecedented SOS calling for an urgent global mission to avert a cataclysm.
NTSB: Crew asleep in fatal train crash
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A4
A Union Pacific freight train crew probably was asleep at the controls, causing a fatal Texas train crash that released deadly chlorine gas, the government said Thursday.
Wrongfully convicted prisoner released
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A4
A man who spent more than two decades in prison after being wrongfully convicted of a brutal rape was freed Thursday because DNA evidence has cleared him.
Port Authority assumes 9-11 memorial oversight
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A4
The government agency that owns the World Trade Center site is taking over construction of the Sept. 11 memorial, following recommendations that the move could trim spiraling costs.
President hits campaign trail, not ranch
This summer’s travel aims to give Republicans a boost during November elections
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A4
Forget the hot, dusty weeks relaxing at his Texas ranch.
On birthday, Bush embraces big 6-0
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A4
After months of griping about getting old, President Bush turned 60 Thursday and decided it wasn’t so bad after all.
Baldwin High School & Bishop Seabury Academy Honor Rolls
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B7
Baldwin High School announced its fourth-quarter 2005-06 honor roll students. Bishop Seabury Academy announced its 2005-06 honor roll.
Bush: ‘Plan for worst, hope for best’ with North Korea
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A1
President Bush pushed for stern international action against North Korea on Thursday but ran into resistance from China and Russia. The North Koreans threatened to fire off more test rockets.
Police searching for rapist after victim dies in crash
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B6
Police are continuing to hunt for an alleged rapist even after his victim died in a car crash in Kansas, city police and the Newton County Sheriff’s Department said.
The Best Bressed’ join fight against cancer by walking
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
Amy Weber is fighting back. “I have four cancer survivors in my family - my mother is a 10-year breast cancer survivor,” she said.
St. Louis man who fell from bridge identified
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B6
Authorities on Thursday identified a man who died after falling from a bridge he was repairing as Andy J. Wilson Sr., 49, of St. Louis.
Commissions ironing out rural regulations
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B6
It’s come down to a matter of acres and rooftops. A key sticking point between Douglas County commissioners and city-county planners as they hammer out new rural development regulations centers on how to split rural acreage and how many houses can be built on the resulting land parcels.
Consultant hacked FBI director’s passwords
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
An FBI computer consultant gained access to the secret passwords of Director Robert Mueller and others using free software found on the Internet, the latest embarrassment in the bureau’s long struggle to modernize its computers.
Shuttle docks with space station
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
Life in space returned Thursday to as close to normal as it has been since the Columbia disaster three years ago.
Court rejects smokers’ $145 billion award
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Florida Supreme Court lifted a huge burden from U.S. tobacco companies Thursday when it threw out a record $145 billion punitive damage award against them even though it agreed the companies had misled smokers about the dangers of lighting up.
Governor, legislators near budget deal
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
New Jersey’s governor and lawmakers reached a deal Thursday on a new state budget, six days into a state government shutdown that shuttered casinos and threw more than 80,000 people out of work.
dalmatian mascot welcomed home
Owner contests animal at-large ticket, says deaf puppy was stolen
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
Firefighters for Sarcoxie Township in Jefferson County have their Dalmatian mascot, Booster, back.
Puush for simpler speling perzists
Written English confusing for learners, advocates say
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A8
When “say,” “they” and “weigh” rhyme, but “bomb,” “comb” and “tomb” don’t, wuudn’t it maek mor sens to spel wurdz the wae thae sound?
Budget shortfalls force cutbacks at Army posts
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A7
A diversion of dollars to help fight the war in Iraq has helped create a $530 million shortfall for Army posts at home and abroad, leaving some unable to pay utility bills or even cut the grass.
Wildfires linked to warming climate
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
The number and spread of major wildfires has exploded in western states since the late 1980s in part due to a warming climate, says a study in today’s edition of the journal Science.
States’ student testing lacking
Kansas among 34 awaiting approval, government says
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
Most states are failing to pass muster with the government on student testing and may lose money unless they improve quickly.
N.Y., Georgia courts rule against same-sex marriage
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A3
The highest courts in two states dealt gay rights advocates dual setbacks Thursday, rejecting same-sex couples’ bid to win marriage rights in New York and reinstating a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Georgia.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 7, 1906: “W.R. Stubbs today released a list of questions he feels Republican candidates should answer before running for office.
Jury selection stalls in murder-kidnap case
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A4
Jury selection in the trial of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. was halted before it began Thursday when U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson told the court that the sample from which the first 15 perspective jurors were to be called was not sufficiently random.
Artifact’s handling
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: The 1878 Van Hoesen playhouse is a favorite artifact at the Watkins Museum, but the children’s crayon markings on it present many problems.
Bridge hardship
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: In regards to the closing of the Lecompton bridge: I’m saddened at how many people want to put a price on the safety of our children.
Show suggestions
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: This year’s Lawrence Jaycees Fourth of July fireworks show might have been the best yet.
Cat reports
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: This is about a Lawrence runner’s recent encounter with a mountain lion while running along the Kansas River levee.
Court ruling is wake-up call for Congress
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B8
John Paul Stevens, the author of the majority opinion in last week’s historic decision on Guantanamo detainee trials, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1975 by President Gerald R. Ford.
Sheriff’s office adds drug-sniffing dog
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has added a second drug-sniffing police dog to its force.
Lawrence man faces federal drug charges
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B1
A 25-year-old Lawrence man faces federal marijuana and gun charges.
People in the news
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Crow discusses cancer battle, split from Armstrong ¢ ‘American Idol’ winner happy to be on the bus ¢ Ashley Judd says treatment helped ease depression
Monk’ brings Shalhoub, Mucci together again
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A2
For several years now, summer has belonged to cable. The junior networks have gained audience and showcased superior programming, while the networks have relied on reality fodder and gimmicky talent contests.
Bush concerned about Iraq’s neighbors
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A7
President Bush expressed concern Thursday that some of Iraq’s neighbors might be working against the fledgling Iraqi government.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B8
The new Lawrence School District 497 was under discussion by the new board, with Carl Althaus as the president.
Ex-soldier pleads not guilty, waives hearings
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A7
A former Army private charged with raping an Iraqi woman and killing her and her family entered a plea of not guilty through his public defenders Thursday.
Suicide car bomber strikes pilgrims at Shiite shrine
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A7
A suicide car bomber attacked Iranian pilgrims Thursday as they got off tour buses at a Shiite Muslim shrine south of Baghdad, killing 12 people and wounding 39.
Drama queens’ now can find their ‘bling’ in the dictionary
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A8
Need tips on how to groom a unibrow or soul patch? Just google it. Or get a mouse potato to do it for you.
Lincoln lessons being repeated
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B9
The maxim that those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it has a corollary: Those who study history will learn something about the present. I’m rediscovering that truth courtesy of a book about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.
Global fireworks not over
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B9
On Tuesday, Americans celebrated the Fourth of July by shooting off fireworks, including, of course, the space shuttle. The North Koreans shot off some fireworks of their own - missiles fired out into the Sea of Japan.
Mirror publisher leads press group
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C8
Caroline Trowbridge, Lawrence, recently was elected president of Kansas Press Assn.
Charities to benefit from ‘Retro’ event
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C8
Another “Retro Saturday at Stout’s” is approaching, giving a guest bartender and disc jockey the chance to raise money for selected charities.
Commodities
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C8
Lawmakers subpoena Abu Ghraib information
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A7
Lawmakers have issued a subpoena seeking Pentagon information on a soldier who says he suffered retaliation for reporting abuses at Abu Ghraib prison.
Neighbor charged in fire that killed 8-year-old
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B10
A neighbor was charged Thursday with murder and arson in a house fire that killed an 8-year-old girl.
Missouri governor signs 2nd funeral bill
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B10
Missouri now has two ways to try to restrict people from protesting at funerals.
Awesomely ‘80s contest answers
July 7, 2006
Here are the anwers to the Awesomely ‘80s photo contest that ran in the July 3 Pulse section of the Journal-World:
Give it up
A Kansas House panel investigating a school finance conversation between state senators and a Kansas Supreme Court justice is accomplishing nothing and should disband.
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B8
What if the Kansas House leadership staged an investigation and nobody came?
Saving the world through science fiction’
KU’s Campbell Conference honors standout writers in maturing genre
July 7, 2006 in print edition on D1
“Skiffy.” That’s how some prominent science fiction writers jeeringly pronounce “sci-fi” because they so detest the term and all the baggage that accompanies it.
Comic books enrich their character mix
July 7, 2006 in print edition on D3
POW! Take that, racism. And - WHACK! - take that, homophobia. And - THOOM! KER-THWACK! KRUMMMMM! - take that, gender stereotyping, cultural bias and religious intolerance.
Fountains to be seen, not played in, city says
July 7, 2006 in print edition on A1
Wednesday night’s city band concert at the South Park gazebo was unusually dry.
Senior Open starts off without a hitch
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C3
They’re off! Opening day started without a hitch. “Flawless!” was the word used by Golf Course Superintendent, P. Stan George, CGCS, or “Sir George” as the Golf Course Management Turf Team calls him.
Top seed trumps No. 4 Sharapova
Mauresmo reaches first Wimbledon final
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C3
Amelie Mauresmo could sense another Wimbledon semifinal slipping away with each of Maria Sharapova’s piercing shrieks and powerful shots.
Keegan: Chicagoan targeted by Self
July 7, 2006 in print edition on C1
Bill Self, Public Enemy No. 1 among fans of Illinois basketball, incurred Illini wrath when he bolted Champaign for Kansas University.
On the record
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B2
Fireworks kill one, injure many, burn down house
July 7, 2006 in print edition on B10
It was a busy Fourth of July for emergency workers in Wichita as fireworks mishaps sent twice the normal number of people to area hospitals, including one fatality, and caused numerous fires.
Pirates’ offers mind-numbing ride
July 7, 2006 in print edition on D1
Part of what makes a thrill ride fun is knowing that it’s a momentary adventure.