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Father accused of murder appears in court
July 14, 2006
Final preparations are underway in the case of a Lawrence man charged with murdering his infant daughter last fall in east Lawrence.
Police connect convict to Lecompton murder
July 14, 2006
After a lengthy and difficult investigation, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department cracks the case of the murdered jeweler.
6News Now for July 14
July 14, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Journal-World, a federal report suggests Kansas might lose money under No Child Left Behind, the murder of a Lecompton jeweler may be solved, and church pastors are getting grayer all the time.
Prison inmate charged for killing of Lecompton man last year
July 14, 2006
A 44-year-old prison inmate with at least three burglary convictions- each in a different Kansas county - has been charged with the murder of a Lecompton jeweler.
Highlights of recommended 2007 budget
July 14, 2006
Here are several new programs, positions or projects included in interim City Manager David Corliss’ recommended budget
Investigators to make announcement about jeweler’s death
July 14, 2006
Investigators who have been looking into the 2005 death of Clarence David Boose, a 77-year-old Lecompton man, plan to make an announcement this afternoon.
Preparations continue for man’s child abuse murder trial
Attorneys discuss number of photographs to show of slain infant
July 14, 2006
Final trial preparations are under way in the case of a Lawrence man charged with murdering his infant daughter through repeated child abuse. Defense and prosecutors were in court this morning arguing about how many photos of infant Risha Lafferty’s body should be allowed at the upcoming murder trial of her father, Jay D. Decker.
Heat index soaring to 105 or higher
Hot spell to continue through weekend
July 14, 2006
Find a cool drink and stay in the shade - the temperature is heading up to 96 degrees today, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Early morning wreck kills two Tonganoxie men
04:34 a.m., July 14, 2006 Updated 04:30 p.m.
Those reported killed were Jacob Wyrick, driver of the 2001 Ford Mustang, and passenger Benjamin Pickert.
Dupree’ an ode to lovable losers
July 14, 2006 in print edition on D1
Beware of guys who are only known by their last names. It reeks of both schoolyard immaturity and anonymous superficiality.
Tracking down Brien Taylor
Pitcher’s life turned upside down just before stardom
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C5
A few times a week, often on his way home from work, the greatest pitching prospect the New York Yankees ever had pulls into a little roadside convenience store called In & Out Food Mart. It has cramped aisles and cheap gas, a cement box that sits forlornly across from a billboard that says “What A Friend We Have in Jesus” and a ballfield that once attracted big-league scouts by the dozens.
Best-laid plans not foolproof
Royals received very little help from veteran signings
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C4
Every team tries to improve in the offseason - some with splashy moves that make headlines, others with quiet deals for unheralded players.
Haskell athletics no easy sell to high schoolers
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C3
Phil Homeratha is looking for a big girl. Preferably a student at a junior college, but he’s willing to consider a recent high school graduate. Jamie Morrison is looking for a few big guys. Age doesn’t matter, but drive does.
Tigers claw to win
Detroit adds to MLB’s best record with mid-inning comeback
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C1
Even without his best stuff, Jeremy Bonderman kept the Detroit Tigers in the game long enough for them to get another win.
Oil surges above $78 a barrel
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A3
Oil prices surged to a record above $78 a barrel Thursday in a market agitated by escalating violence in the Middle East and the threat of supply disruptions there and beyond.
Democrats to open primary; GOP’s to stay closed
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B6
Democrats and Republicans again will play by different rules when it comes to who can vote in their Aug. 1 primaries.
Disaster readiness compromised by radio communication issues
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B6
If a major disaster struck Douglas County that required assistance from outside public safety agencies, most likely they would be unable to communicate by radio with local police and firefighters.
Steroids era blurs the guilty, innocent
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C2
I was back in the Chicago area to surprise my dad on Father’s Day. The driver from the car service who picked me up at the airport was a kindly older woman. She was in a good mood. Her grandchild had been born earlier that day.
Railroad lines carrying more and longer cargo across Kansas
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B10
Several factors have combined to bring more and longer trains to Kansas in recent years, and railway officials say that is not likely to change anytime soon.
En garde! Popular pirate movie thrusts fencing into the limelight
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B1
Daniel Dyck was a bit reluctant to admit his five-year fencing career was inspired by the swashbuckling heroes in the movie “The Princess Bride.”
Horoscopes
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B7
For Friday, July 14
Daughtry: Fourth place on ‘Idol’ not so bad
July 14, 2006 in print edition on D2
While still surprised by his early exit from “American Idol,” Chris Daughtry said Wednesday his fourth-place finish might be better than winning the show’s grand prize.
Commissioners not sold on raising tax rate
Interim city manager suggested mill levy increase
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B1
The future of your city tax bill is hanging in the balance.
How to decorate for summer
July 14, 2006 in print edition on D1
When it comes to decorating homes for the summer, everybody knows the drill: brighter colors, lighter fabrics, fewer of almost everything - like throw pillows and mantel tchotchkes. But use a lot of fresh-cut flowers, beachy-casual slipcovers, sisal and seagrass.
Rembrandt honored on 400th birthday
July 14, 2006 in print edition on D3
Rembrandt’s earliest self-portraits show a curly-haired, full-cheeked young man of 23, full of confidence, clad in dress above his station, literally wearing his ambition on his sleeve.
Former CIA agent sues Cheney for leak
Couple also accuse aide, presidential adviser
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A1
The CIA officer whose identity was leaked to reporters sued Vice President Dick Cheney, his former top aide and presidential adviser Karl Rove on Thursday, accusing them and other White House officials of conspiring to destroy her career.
Not all rookie lessons learned on field
Playing pranks one way to combat wearisome pattern during preseason
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C6
When they weren’t standing on the practice field, sitting in a meeting room or lying on their beds, quarterback Trent Dilfer and center Robbie Tobeck engaged in some serious one-upmanship a few summers ago at the Seahawks’ training camp in Cheney, Wash.
Gay Games, Outgames to start in Chicago, Montreal
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C6
If gays want to play flag football or darts, Chicago is the place to be. If they are looking to see how they measure up against the best gay handball players or are looking for a rousing game of bridge, Montreal is the spot.
American Landis takes leader’s yellow jersey
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C6
This could be the last Tour de France for Floyd Landis. If so, then at least the U.S. cyclist is determined to go out in style.
Sports briefs
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C5
¢ Royals name broadcaster VP of public relations ¢ MacDougal off DL ¢ Nats, Reds broker eight-player deal ¢ Yankees to sign Ponson ¢ Home plate ump injured
Huff a hit in Astros debut
Newcomer’s home run helps Houston turn back Florida
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C4
Aubrey Huff made quite a debut with his new team. Huff hit a three-run home run in his first game with Houston, and Lance Berkman had three hits to lead the Astros to a 5-1 victory over the Florida Marlins on Thursday night.
HINU still pressing for artificial turf
Proposal in ‘final stages’ seven weeks before season starts
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C3
Dwight Pickering has his fingers crossed. “Time is running out,” said Pickering, athletic director at Haskell Indian Nations University, “but we think it will happen.”
Jayhawk wins KWGA
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C3
Annie Giangrosso birdied the final two holes for a final-round 69 Thursday to win the Kansas Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship, played over three days at Independence Country Club.
Pierce’s contract extended
July 14, 2006
The Boston Celtics have agreed to terms with forward Paul Pierce on a three-year contract extension worth almost $60 million, pending league approval.
KU golf assistant takes over at CU
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C3
Colorado University will announce today that it has hired Kansas University assistant golf coach Roy Edwards to head its men’s golf program.
President defends Israel’s attacks
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A7
Unexpectedly, Mideast violence pushed to the top of President Bush’s agenda today and exposed sharp divisions among allies heading for a weekend summit in Russia.
U.S. vetoes U.N. council’s resolution condemning Israel’s Gaza offensive
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A7
The United States blocked an Arab-backed resolution Thursday that would have demanded Israel halt its military offensive in the Gaza Strip, the first U.N. Security Council veto in nearly two years.
Israel blasts Beirut’s airport
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A7
Widening a military offensive triggered by the abduction of two of its soldiers, Israel warplanes struck early today in the southern suburbs of Beirut, where the militant group Hezbollah has its political headquarters, as militants in Lebanon fired more than 150 rockets at communities across northern Israel.
Drum, bugle corps to perform at LHS
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B2
The Colts, a Dubuque, Iowa-based drum and bugle corps, will stop Monday in Lawrence as part of a 12,000-mile summer tour.
Workshop focuses on silver preservation
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B2
Preserving silver will be the topic of the Caring for Your Collections workshop Saturday at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
On the record
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B2
Witness refuses to testify at murders trial
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A4
The key prosecution witness in the deaths of six people in what prosecutors say was a dispute over a video game system claimed innocence Thursday and refused to testify.
Jury absolves Merck in woman’s heart attack
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A4
Merck & Co. won a crucial legal victory on Thursday, when jurors decided that the drugmaker’s Vioxx painkiller, now the subject of at least 16,000 product liability lawsuits, did not cause a 68-year-old woman’s heart attack.
St. Louis weight-loss instructor sues Coke
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A4
A St. Louis weight-loss instructor is suing The Coca-Cola Co. over its product loyalty campaign, claiming the program might encourage kids to drink so much of the sugary soft drink that they could die.
Small city passes law against illegal immigrants
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A4
The City Council approved a law Thursday night designed to make this small city in northeastern Pennsylvania among the most hostile places in the U.S. for illegal immigrants to live or work.
CritiTech OK’d for $48K in financing
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A4
Kansas State University wasn’t the only college operation getting good news Thursday from the Kansas Bioscience Authority.
Driver in deadly crash had suspended license
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A4
The driver of a van involved in a fiery crash that killed five residents of an adult home had a suspended license, authorities said Thursday.
More defects found in Big Dig tunnel
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A3
Inspectors on Thursday quadrupled the number of possible ceiling bolt problems in a Big Dig tunnel where a woman was crushed by falling concrete, adding to the urgency of the growing debate over who should ensure the safety of the troubled project.
One Sago air pack was past expiration date
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A3
One of the 12 miners killed in the Sago Mine disaster was carrying an expired air pack, a mistake the mine’s owner blames on a typographical error.
Judge stops effort to seat jury in murder trial
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A3
The judge halted jury selection Thursday in the trial of a sex offender accused of kidnapping 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford and burying her alive, saying it was difficult to find jurors who hadn’t been exposed to media reports or other discussions of the case.
Bush agrees to have eavesdropping program reviewed
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A3
In a policy reversal, President Bush has agreed to sign legislation allowing a secret federal court to assess the constitutionality of his warrantless domestic eavesdropping program, a senior Republican senator announced Thursday.
Mother has quadruplets three years after triplets
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A5
After delivering triplets three years ago, Angela Magdaleno thought she was done having babies. She was wrong four times over.
Organized crime wave brings havoc to city
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A6
Gangs torched buses and attacked banks and police stations across South America’s biggest city Thursday, deepening crime fears as a wave of rampant violence entered its third day.
Nation inaugurates Caspian oil pipeline
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A6
The presidents of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia formally opened a pipeline Thursday designed to bypass Russia and bring Caspian oil to Europe, a route that President Bush said would bolster global energy security.
President orders probe into airstrike casualties
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A6
President Hamid Karzai ordered an investigation Thursday into reported civilian casualties during a coalition airstrike this week in which U.S. forces claimed more than 40 Taliban were killed.
Canada confirms another case of mad cow disease
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A6
Canada on Thursday confirmed its second case of mad cow disease in as many weeks - and seventh since 2003.
Leaders of ruling party blast Obrador’s tactics
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A6
The public-relations and legal tactics Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is using to contest his defeat in Mexico’s presidential election are aimed at annulling the results, leaders of Mexico’s ruling party charged Thursday.
Gunmen kill national wrestling coach
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A6
Gunmen killed the coach of Iraq’s national wrestling team in a botched abduction attempt Thursday but a player escaped, police said.
Iraqi forces take over security for entire province
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A6
Iraqi forces for the first time took over security responsibility for an entire province Thursday, a milestone in the American plan to transfer control of the entire country by the end of next year.
Incentives for Iran revealed
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A6
The world powers are prepared to provide Iran with advanced technology and possibly even nuclear research reactors if it agrees to suspend uranium enrichment under a package of incentives revealed in full for the first time Thursday.
People in the news
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Britney Spears ‘can’t wait’ to get back to performing ¢ Jolie, Pitt to work together on movie about reporter ¢ Beer executive Pete Coors confirms DUI citation
Monk gets makeover in ‘Psych’
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A2
What if “Monk” were a carefree, childlike goofball of the Will Ferrell variety? The comedy “Psych” (9 p.m., USA) explores this question with varying success.
Comedian Red Buttons dies at 87
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A2
Red Buttons, the carrot-topped burlesque comedian who became a top star in early television and then in a dramatic role won the 1957 Oscar as supporting actor in “Sayonara,” died Thursday. He was 87.
Schools go on health kick as federal wellness law takes hold
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A8
They’re promising to keep closer tabs on student lunch trays, pull sugary treats from vending machines and classroom celebrations and encourage more pulse-raising activities during the school day.
Report calls for research to reduce pre-term births
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A8
Too many babies born today are arriving premature and too small - 12.5 percent of all births in 2004 - and nobody knows why, a new report has found.
Doctor: Barbaro’s chances ‘poor’
Derby winner develops potentially fatal laminitis
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C2
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro has developed a severe case of laminitis, a potentially fatal disease caused by uneven weight distribution in the limbs, and his veterinarian called his chances for survival “a long shot.”
Caring people
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: One of the outstanding things about this community is the number of caring people doing what they can to help others. This happens in so many ways every day.
Unfair play
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: Where does the Journal-World get off placing an article about troops being tortured, maimed and murdered on page 9A and several days later putting a story about troops being accused of rape on the front page?
Not boring
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: When I hear people complain about soccer being boring, I remember the time my parents went to a Royals-Cardinals game in St. Louis with Buddy and Eileen Hanna.
Going along
The serious penalties now facing a former community college coach are a wake-up call for others who might choose to “go along” with illegal or unethical behavior.
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B8
The conviction of a former Kansas community college coach is a vivid reminder that the excuses of “everybody’s doing it” or “I was just doing what I was told” don’t go very far in a court of law.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 14, 1906: “There is talk that Lawrence and Lawrence people are helping local fishermen break the law by assisting them in seeking redress after their nets were seized by the state.
Woodling: Shocker football had high
Now-defunct squad hit its stride vs. KU
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C1
Every school kid knows Gettysburg was the high-water mark of the Confederacy.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B8
Wholesale gasoline prices were declining but few noticed because of the ever-rising gas taxes in most states, Kansas included.
Clinic for uninsured losing $38K
Health Care Access seeking funds to offset KDHE cut
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B1
Groceries or health care. That’s a choice that Nikki King, executive director of Lawrence’s Health Care Access, hopes her patients don’t have to make.
Spending discipline in Washington is a joke
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B8
The following is not parody. House Republicans are being told by their leaders to run campaigns this fall on a platform of fiscal discipline that includes cutting spending.
Bush instincts appear faulty on Putin
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B8
It’s been five years since President Bush looked into the eyes of Russian President Vladimir Putin and got “a sense of his soul,” finding him to be “very straightforward and trustworthy.” Putin, he added, is “deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country.”
KU, GTAs still at odds over salary offering
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B10
The contract battle between Kansas University and its graduate teaching assistants continued Wednesday with KU offering to increase the pool for merit raises by 11.3 percent and to increase the minimum wage by $1,000 to $11,000 for the next academic year.
BR549 member to go solo on Opry
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B1
Chuck Mead, a Lawrence native and a founding member of the country rock band BR549, will perform solo tonight and Saturday on the Grand Ole Opry.
Eudora names new fire chief
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Eudora City Council has named longtime firefighter and medic Randy Ates from Yellville, Ark., as the city’s new fire chief.
Coroner: Shooting victim couldn’t have survived
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B1
A man shot outside the Granada earlier this year was a “dead man walking” as he fled the scene with a gunshot wound through his heart, a coroner testified Thursday.
Olathe gives K-State land for campus
Research, education facilities envisioned on 90-acre site
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A1
Kansas State University is preparing to expand into Johnson County, pouncing on a portion of prime development land being donated by the city of Olathe for use as a bioscience research park and educational center.
Road to recovery
LHS’ DeBiasse ready to prove injury is in the past
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C1
Nick DeBiasse plans to take every precautionary measure needed to play football this fall, but only to a point.
Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence applicants sought
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C8
People interested in applying for spots in the 2006-2007 class of Leadership Lawrence are invited to attend an information meeting from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
GCSAA manager earns designation
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C8
Janet Satterlee, senior manager of chapter services at Golf Course Superintendents Association of America in Lawrence, recently earned the Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives.
Commodities
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C8
Small insurance claim could turn costly
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C8
Q: A pipe inside one of our bathroom walls suddenly broke and caused about $900 in damage to the wall itself and a few tiles on the floor. Should we file a claim with our insurance company, or would it be better just to pay for the repairs ourselves so our annual premiums won’t go up?
Affinitas adding 200 jobs
Booming cable market brings business to call center
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C8
A downtown call center is busy training 100 new customer-service representatives to keep up with a growing list of calls and clients. And more are on the way.
Suspect pleads not guilty in sexual torture case
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B5
A 42-year-old Independence man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to expanded Jackson County charges in the videotaped death and sexual torture of one woman and to new charges of sexually assaulting a second woman whose burned body turned up in a neighboring county.
Salina resident argues that looking at child pornography is not illegal
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B5
A Salina man who has admitted that he saw child pornography pictures on his computer is arguing that he is not guilty of a crime because he did not try to save the images on his computer’s hard drive.
Food chain’s tough reality
July 14, 2006 in print edition on B9
It’s 8 a.m. and my neighbor, Bob Putnam, has been at work for hours by the time he eases the lobster boat up to the dock to take this slacker on board.
Steamy, sticky heat takes hold
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A1
There’s an old summer saying: “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” On Thursday in Lawrence, it was both.
Neighbors ready to fight East Lawrence project
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A1
Members of the East Lawrence Neighborhood Assn. are promising to do their best to torpedo a proposed large development in the 800 block of Pennsylvania Street if city commissioners don’t bow to their demands that it be scaled back.
Teixeira blasts three
Slugger keys Texas’ 15-1 romp
July 14, 2006 in print edition on C4
Mark Teixeira has been insisting for months that his swing is no different from a year ago, when he hit 43 homers and drove in 144 runs.
Mayor accused of using ethnic slurs suspended
July 14, 2006 in print edition on A3
A judge on Thursday suspended a mayor who is accused of using racial slurs, intimidating political opponents and operating a speed trap to collect cash for his city.
Clerks II: A lively sit-down with Dante and Randal
Abrasive slacker duo grows up in comedy sequel
July 14, 2006 in print edition on D1
A young waitress stops Jeff Anderson as he’s leaving a downtown barbecue restaurant.