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6News Now for July 18
July 18, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Journal-World, ongoing work at Wescoe Hall, the funding for a program that helps at-risk youth is up in the air, and questions about Chicago’s proposed ban on trans-fat foods.
Electrical fire damages home in North Lawrence
July 18, 2006
An electrical fire caused an estimated $17,000 damage this morning to a North Lawrence home.
Nearly 180 voters cast ballots
Primary election set for Aug. 1
July 18, 2006
Nearly 180 people have taken advantage of advance voting opportunities since it began last Wednesday, according to the Douglas County Clerk’s office.
Hot afternoon ahead
Temperature to reach 100 degrees
July 18, 2006
Get ready for another hot, steamy day. The temperature will hit triple digits again this afternoon with high humidity making it feel as hot as 110 degrees, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Bush voices frustration with U.N. response
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A7
A frustrated President Bush used a four-letter expletive here on Monday to describe his frustration with violence in the Middle East.
Keegan: There’s no easy fix for what ails Alvamar
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
For the first time, I’m at a loss for an easy solution to a problem on the local sports scene.
High hopes for recovery
Seven-year-old’s leukemia changes family dynamic
July 18, 2006 in print edition on D1
Leukemia hits a family in ways you might not expect. Take, for instance, having time to play with your brother. “He’s changed a lot,” says 9-year-old Brogan Ryan about his 7-year-old brother Seamus.
Gov. hopeful’s press secretary under fire for lack of disclosure
Newspaper publisher supports boss in editorial
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
The Republican gubernatorial campaigns of Jim Barnett and Ken Canfield on Monday tangled over an editorial in an evangelical Christian newspaper.
Regional firefighters battle fire in auto shop
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
A fire tore through a Perry automotive shop Monday, sending firefighters from 10 different departments scrambling to battle both the flames and the 98-degree temperatures of summer.
Swan census mixes pagentry, science
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
“All up!” goes a cry, and the scarlet-clad boatmen close in on the family of swans.
Boat builders riding economic wave
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
David Ross slips off his loafers and climbs aboard the giant boat floating on the Manitowoc River.
New president stresses progress, unity
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
She’s still learning her way around Baker University, but new President Pat Long already knows what’s on her to-do list.
Mystery writer Mickey Spillane dies
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A2
Mickey Spillane, the macho mystery writer who wowed millions of readers with the shoot-‘em-up sex and violence of gumshoe Mike Hammer, died Monday. He was 88.
Vandalized campus Jayhawk could fly the coop
Campus bookstore owner says statue may be retired
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
The owner of three vandal-prone Jayhawk statues said he’s ready to remove them from the Kansas University campus if the latest culprits aren’t brought to justice.
Determined to dope?
Expulsions do little to change suspicions
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C6
Through the picturesque countryside and the strenuous mountain climbs, suspicion rides along with the cyclists at the Tour de France.
British Open pairings do Faldo no favors
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C6
Nick Faldo wore a Superman logo on his cap Monday, appropriate for this British Open.
Sports briefs
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C5
¢ Ailing Glaus sits out ¢ Quintanilla on DL ¢ Japan’s Oh has surgery ¢ Twins’ Stewart done? ¢ Gammons in rehab
L.A.-Arizona brother battle
Siblings J.D., Stephen Drew face each other for first time since their childhood
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C5
Not since they were kids in Valdosta, Ga., have J.D. Drew and his little brother, Stephen, played against each other.
Bosox rally to sink K.C.
Boston wins, but Wakefield ailing
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C5
A comeback victory kept the Boston Red Sox in first place. Staying there could be tougher if Tim Wakefield is sidelined.
Hurting Twins still win
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C4
The Minnesota Twins are running out of healthy players and finding a way to win at the same time. Credit the confidence they gained during their pre-All-Star-break surge.
New era for Alvamar; board offers to step aside
Shareholders to vote on new leaders Thursday
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
Alvamar Inc., whose golf courses, country club and residential areas built an upscale image for design and development of much of western Lawrence, is poised to begin operations this week under new management.
Chipper misses; Braves roll
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C4
The only thing missing on another huge night for the Atlanta Braves’ offense was an extra-base hit from Chipper Jones.
Candidate outlines economic strategy
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ken Canfield outlined his strategy Monday for improving the Kansas economy, relying on increased venture capital and use of research and development at state universities.
On the record
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
Tenn. Street repairs to hamper traffic
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B3
Traffic is expected to be reduced to one lane through tomorrow on a portion of Tennessee Street near 14th Street while city crews work to repair a hole caused by a collapsed sewer line.
More workers feel underpaid, survey finds
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A5
The average worker hasn’t seen a meaningful pay increase in three years, despite the economy’s rebound, according to U.S. Labor Department data.
Activists push states for wage increases
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A5
Democratic activists are pushing aggressively to make the minimum wage an election-year issue; they helped persuade several legislatures to boost state minimum wages and want six other states to do likewise through ballot initiatives this November.
Thousands rally at U.N. to support Israel
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A7
Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, Jewish leaders and elected officials including Sens. Hillary Clinton and Frank Lautenberg rallied thousands of Israel supporters Monday as fighting continued in Lebanon between the Jewish state and the militant Islamic group Hezbollah.
Westerners flee Lebanon as attacks continue
Diplomatic channels open, but relief not expected soon
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A7
Westerners fled by land, sea and air Monday as Israel sent ground troops into Lebanon briefly and Hezbollah rockets knocked down a three-story house in northern Israel.
EPA: Fuel economy shows no improvement
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
The average fuel economy of 2006 model year vehicles remained constant compared with the previous year, the government reported Monday.
Homeless encampments will be on the way out
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
Hundreds of homeless people living in encampments under highways and bridges and next to train trestles will be aggressively urged to leave the streets, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday.
Big Dig highway troubles, commuter headaches grow
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
Gov. Mitt Romney on Monday dramatically raised the number of potential trouble spots identified by engineers and investigators in a Big Dig connector tunnel where the ceiling collapsed.
Heat broils much of U.S.
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
Broiling temperatures in the 90s and beyond gripped large swaths of the country Monday, sending people scrambling for the shade and prompting officials to open air-conditioned buildings and take to the streets to rescue the homeless and elderly.
Families of TWA 800 victims mark 10th anniversary of crash
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
On a steamy afternoon similar to the day 10 years ago when they hugged their loved ones for the last time, relatives of the 230 people who died in a fireball aboard TWA Flight 800 gathered Monday to dedicate the final piece of a memorial to the victims and the rescuers who raced in vain to the crash site.
Thrilled to throw
Riley shows skills in passing game
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
Lawrence High coach Dirk Wedd joked he didn’t learn much about his team after Monday’s 7-on-7 passing drills, saying “we don’t throw the football.”
Bandits, Mavericks qualify for state
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C3
The city of Lawrence will be well represented at this week’s Kansas Class A state Legion baseball tournament.
Woodling: Games should go on tour
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
While digging through the back of my sock drawer the other day, I came across my one and only Sunflower State Games medal.
Frequent-flier miles add up in July
Self, staff crisscrossed country to hit summer hoops hot spots
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
The first 10 days of the July college basketball recruiting evaluation period took Kansas University coach Bill Self to six cities: Indianapolis; Atlanta; Kansas City; North Augusta, S.C.; Teaneck, N.J.; and his favorite stop of all - Miami.
Kansas trying to lure Calif. biotech firm
Ventria Bioscience wants to grow genetically engineered rice used to produce experimental drug
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
A biotechnology firm that abandoned plans to grow biotech rice in California and Missouri amid protests by farmers and others in those states now is being courted by Kansas.
Manilow music an assault to residents
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
“I don’t know how I will cope.” That’s how Moya Dunn describes the barrage of Barry Manilow music that’s intended to drive away late-night revelers from a suburban Sydney park.
Crackdown sought on Kurdish guerrillas
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
Turkey called Monday for Iraq and the United States to crack down on Kurdish guerrillas based in northern Iraq, and issued a veiled threat to attack the rebel bases if there is no progress.
NASA hits milestone after Discovery’s return
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
The shuttle Discovery and its crew of six returned safely home Monday, rejuvenating a space program that until now had been vexed by the same chronic foam problem that brought down Columbia three years ago.
Officers absolved in civilian shooting
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
Police officers who shot and killed an innocent Brazilian they mistook for a suicide bomber will not face criminal charges, prosecutors said Monday, in a decision criticized by both Brazil and the victim’s family.
Taliban take control of 2 southern towns
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
Taliban militants seized two towns in tumultuous southern Afghanistan, forcing police and government officials to flee, officials said Monday.
Health issues top agenda at African summit
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
Former President Clinton told African leaders Monday that they need to strengthen their governments so that they can address long-standing problems of hunger and disease.
U.N. urges U.S. to set better example on rights
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
The United States must set a better example for the world in areas ranging from its treatment of Latin American migrants to its handling of detainees in the war on terror, U.N. human rights experts said Monday.
Landis confident of his ability in Alps
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C6
Floyd Landis knows the Alps well - he sweated up enough steep mountain climbs to help teammate Lance Armstrong clinch three of his seven Tour de France victories.
Pierce lands three-year extension
Boston forward to earn extra $59 million
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C2
Paul Pierce, the Boston Celtics captain whose prolific but occasionally troubled career put him on the trading blocks last summer, signed a three-year, $59 million contract extension Monday that would keep him in Boston through the 2010-11 season.
Prospective nominees supported by investors group are named
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A4
Players on both sides of the competition for control of Alvamar Inc. say they have the interests of company shareholders in mind as they mull strategies and goals for the business that owns Alvamar Country Club and Alvamar Public Golf Course in Lawrence.
Man pleads guilty to bank robbery
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence man has pleaded guilty to robbing a Topeka bank earlier this year.
Heat may be factor in train derailment
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Union Pacific train derailed near St. Marys on Monday, toppling 30 coal-filled cars and ripping out railroad ties at the crossing.
State road projects to finish on schedule
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
All highway projects under the state’s current transportation plan, including improvements on U.S. Highway 59, will be completed as scheduled, officials said Monday. The $13 billion, 10-year transportation program is entering its last three years.
Buses to give free rides Thursday
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
The T, the city-operated public transit system, will be offering free rides on all its buses Thursday as part of a promotion tied to the annual Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale.
Hospital fundraiser starts phone campaign
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
And you thought house calls were a thing of the past in the health care world.
People in the news
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Just girlfriends, not gay ¢ From film to TV ¢ Ready for a friendly reunion ¢ Chan issues apology
Addiction to video games not just hype
July 18, 2006 in print edition on D1
Dear Dr. Wes and Marissa: I saw an article claiming that there are actually treatment programs - like 12-step groups - being set up for video game addiction.
U.S. shouldn’t think Mideast can’t get worse
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
“Grotesque” was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s characterization of the charge that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was responsible for the current Middle East conflagration.
Building basics
City commissioners should correct the legal gap that currently allows owners of multi-family rental property to avoid regular building code inspections.
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
With such a large number of Kansas University students living in off-campus housing, Lawrence has a special responsibility to monitor the safety of rental properties in the city.
Iran ‘holds all the cards’ in Middle East
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
As battles raged last week between Israel and Islamist groups in Gaza and Lebanon, my mind flashed back to a conversation I had with a senior Iranian official in May.
Ballot trail
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: As we know, the very cornerstone of our democratic system is our ability to vote and have confidence that our vote counts.
Earthquake, tsunami strike southern coast of Indonesia’s Java island
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
A tsunami crashed into beach resorts and fishing villages on Java island Monday, killing at least 226 people and leaving scores missing after bulletins failed to reach the region because no warning system was in place.
Local support
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: A big thank you to all those involved in the June 17, Sixth Annual Heather’s Run.
Local difference
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Small pink signs in the window of my favorite downtown shop are advertising that it is on the chopping block.
Kind words
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Regarding our attitudes toward homeless people, we should keep in mind what the Clintons said at the opening of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock on Nov. 18, 2004:
Small steps
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The other day, I went to see the new documentary film at Liberty Hall that details the mounting consequences of our mistreatment of the planet and its finite resources.
Pondering the proper end
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B7
A summer night in paradise, supper in the back yard, and the neighbors’ elderly cat who is on his last legs wanders over, smelling the salmon on our grill, walking as if his feet hurt.
LMH nurse earns credential
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
Melynda Swoyer, Lawrence Memorial Hospital intensive care unit nurse, recently received her Critical Care Registered Nurse credential.
LMH therapists attend workshop
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
Dana White an d Tamra Anrig, occupational therapists from Kreider Rehabilitation Services at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, recently attended a workshop on manual edema mobilization in Kansas City.
Retired KU professor to speak on China
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
Joe Lee, China businessman and recently retired Kansas University professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering, will be the guest speaker at the Lawrence Technology Assn. meeting.
Commodities
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
College students’ credit use troubling
Expert: Charging tuition a bad idea
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
More than half of college students have at least one credit card that is billed to them, a new study says, and about a quarter of those students have used their cards to pay tuition.
Retirement Pot: Don’t put all of your money into one
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
For nearly a decade, Ariel Capital Management and Charles Schwab Corp. have studied the investing habits of African-Americans who earn more than $50,000 a year. The results of this year’s survey concerned both companies.
Mientkiewicz still miffed over World Series ball flap
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C5
Doug Mientkiewicz returned to Fenway Park on Monday wanting to get past the issue of the ball he caught for the final out of the 2004 World Series and instead was critical of Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino.
Conflict in Middle East reverberates in Lawrence
Residents pray for peaceful end to hostilities
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lawrence resident Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel is paying close attention to news from Israel. His parents are there.
U.S. seeks return to hoops dominance
Players to gather in Las Vegas this week to begin lengthy team-building exercise
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C2
It once was considered impossible that basketball’s founding nation would ever lose its international supremacy in the fast-growing sport.
County budget may result in marginal property tax increase in 2007
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B8
County commissioners are expected this week to endorse a 2007 budget that calls for a slight decrease in the property tax rate.
City struggles to keep mill levy steady
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B8
A property tax rate increase continues to loom large for Lawrence residents.
Gunmen kill at least 50 in attack on volatile town
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
Gunmen sprayed grenades and automatic weapons fire in a market south of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 50 people, mostly Shiites. The sectarian attack drew an angry protest from lawmakers who accused Iraqi forces of standing idly by during the rampage.
Stewart suddenly finds himself in Chase trouble
July 18, 2006 in print edition on C6
Tony Stewart once said he should be fired if he failed to make NASCAR’s Chase for the championship.
Eureka’ a Sci-Fi Mayberry
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A2
Fans of whimsical fish-out-of-water tales should enjoy the new series “Eureka” (8 p.m., Sci Fi). Combining elements of “Northern Exposure,” “Twin Peaks” and “The X Files,” “Eureka” stars Colin Ferguson as U.S. Marshall Jack Carter.
Blogger ready to wed his belching bride
July 18, 2006 in print edition on D1
The love of my life belches with utter abandon. It’s this kind of sonic barrier-shattering brrrrap! that invades your thoughts and very soul. She doesn’t hold back, ever, that I know of, but her momma brought her up right: She always says “Excuse me” afterward.
Horoscopes
July 18, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Tuesday, July 18
From the diary of Rabbi Tiechtel Sr.
July 18, 2006
Rabbi Zalman received this e-mail from a friend in Israel
Flower’s power disrupts development
Endangered species’ presence, although suspicious, holds up housing project
July 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
Did someone in this wine country town illegally plant an endangered flower to sabotage a proposed housing development? That is the question at the center of a quarrel folks here have dubbed “Foamgate.”