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Rain closes pool
July 27, 2006
The Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky., will be closed for the remainder of the day due to rainy weather. The pool will reopen at 10 a.m. tomorrow for lap swimming and at 1 p.m. for public swimming.
6News Now for July 27
July 27, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Journal-World, officials test electronic voting machines, job cuts at a company in Eudora, and campaign finance money continues to roll in.
Kansas has 10 in NFL
Patriots’ Davis dean of Jayhawks in league
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Ten former Kansas University football players are on National Football League rosters as preseason camps get under way.
OU’s Adrian Peterson has his sights set on big numbers
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Adrian Peterson did the math when setting up his 2006 aspirations.
MU centers offense on : tight ends?
Now that Brad Smith is gone, Rucker, Coffman could be key to Tigers’ new-look offense
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman each caught 47 footballs last season.
Fuel concerns delay tank installations
Gas station owner hopes to open by August
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
The installation of new fuel tanks at the Phillips 66/Miller Mart, 3300 W. Sixth St., has been delayed after a city inspector voiced concern about spilled fuel still at the site.
Frog days of summer
Environment harsh for amphibians
July 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
As a young girl growing up in Lawrence when Kasold Drive was on the fringe of town, I used to see hundreds of frogs. There are many reasons that I’m seeing fewer frogs where they were once abundant: human infringement onto their territory, pollution and an increase in the UV rays due to the thinning ozone layer are making them disappear.
At summer convention, Santas agree presents should be bigger
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
Singing Christmas carols and bellowing ho-ho-hos despite the 90-degree heat, dozens of jolly old elves ended the World Santa Claus Convention on a merry note Wednesday, voting to make Christmas presents bigger.
Somalia becomes battleground for outside warring parties
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
A mysterious Russian-built cargo plane believed to be loaded with weapons landed in this capital Wednesday, setting off a fresh round of allegations that Somalia has become a proxy battleground for its neighbors Eritrea and Ethiopia.
On the record
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Molestation case scheduled for October
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
A judge ruled Wednesday that there was enough evidence to try a 27-year-old Douglas County man for molesting a 6-year-old boy in 2002.
Annual moving time begins this weekend
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Good luck getting movers, a U-Haul or even a storage space. The annual move-in, move-out begins this weekend as Kansas University students start to get situated for the upcoming school year.
Director of Budig Hall, Hoch Auditoria mourned
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas University officials are mourning the death of James Vequist, director of Budig Hall and Hoch Auditoria.
Charges dropped against prosecutor’s son
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
Douglas County Dist. Atty. Charles Branson’s office has dropped charges against the son of Leavenworth County’s prosecutor, who was arrested after a fight June 11 that sent a 22-year-old Lawrence man to the hospital.
Boy playing with lighter damages 6 buildings
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B4
An 8-year-old boy playing with a lighter started a fire Tuesday that damaged six buildings and delayed train traffic for three hours, the fire department said. No injuries were reported.
Downtown Norton blaze destroys buildings
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B4
A fire destroyed two buildings and jeopardized another in downtown Norton on Monday, and investigators were uncertain about the cause of the blaze.
Children, 68 pit bulls removed from home
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B4
Two children have been removed from a home where 68 pit bulls were found, some bearing scars suggesting they were used for fighting, police said Tuesday.
Man charged in death, rape of Olathe woman
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B4
An Olathe man was charged Tuesday with the rape and death of a woman whose remains were found in the woods near Paola and who had being missing for two months.
New Arkansas City company planning to hire inmates
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B4
A new company that opened its plant here Wednesday will be hiring minimum-security inmates for part of its work force.
Immigration lawyer in court on federal charges
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B4
A disbarred attorney and his wife, who used to serve immigrants in southwest Kansas, face federal charges for allegedly filing forged documents with U.S. authorities.
Ex-group home worker may face second trial
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
A former group home worker charged with physically abusing a mentally disabled client could stand trial a second time.
Konza Swamp Band to perform today
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
The final Brown Bag concert of the summer will be today in downtown Lawrence.
Residents donate air conditioners
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Cool air was starting to flow again Wednesday afternoon inside the trailer of Robert and Martha Davis at Gaslight Village, 1900 W. 31st St.
Spending summer around the world
KU professors, students take creative vacations
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
You’ve got to hand it to academics. They really know how to get away for the summer.
Republican candidates to speak at LMH
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Republican candidates vying to face incumbent Democratic Congressman Dennis Moore in the November election will address voters at 7 p.m. today at Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Conference Room A.
Valentin lifts Mets in 10th
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C4
Jose Valentin hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning, and the New York Mets edged the Chicago Cubs, 1-0, Wednesday to snap a three-game skid.
Twins complete sweep of Sox
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C4
Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer each hit two-run homers, and the surging Minnesota Twins beat plummeting Chicago, 7-4, to complete a three-game sweep and move into a second-place tie with the White Sox.
Survey says golfers not a fit bunch
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
No one would mistake David Voekel’s body for that of Tiger Woods.
A pro college league?
New football circuit to allow only grads
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Former NCAA president Cedric Dempsey is ready to give a new pro football league that ol’ college try.
Commentary: Stewart’s antics could haunt him later
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
Denny Hamlin had just whipped the field to win Sunday’s Pennsylvania 500, and he was talking about all the valuable lessons he’s learned in his rookie season of Nextel Cup competition.
Midterm marks
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
It’s two weeks after the midway mark of the 2006 Nextel Cup season, but with this being the final open slot on the sport’s calendar, it’s the perfect time to evaluate the performance of this year’s crop of Cup drivers.
Houston, Philly miss Olympics cut
L.A., Chicago, San Francisco remain in running for 2016
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C2
The backdrop of America’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Games might be the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sears Tower or the Los Angeles Coliseum - or none of these at all.
Professor invents ‘ripeness’ sticker
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Wasting money on bad fruit could be a thing of the past.
Highway deaths rock town
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
It’s been too much bad news, too fast for residents of this small Jefferson County town.
Veteran Conine helps ‘pup’ win
Young Loewen benefits from older Oriole’s homer; Royals fall, 4-3
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Adam Loewen was 6 years old when Jeff Conine broke into the major leagues in 1990.
Former President Ford released from hospital
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Former President Ford was released from a hospital Wednesday, two days after being admitted for shortness of breath.
Airline recovers after computer glitch
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Northwest Airlines Corp. said it was able to fly its full schedule Wednesday after its computer system resumed normal operations.
Kansas schools low on teachers
Many in Lawrence nearing retirement
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
Ever so slowly, Kansas schools are running out of teachers.
Child molester to be released
Evaluator: Offender no longer a ‘sexually violent predator’
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
A repeat child molester from Lawrence won’t be going back to his lock-up in a treatment program at Larned State Hospital.
22 Taliban killed; NATO expands mission
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
Fighting in southern Afghanistan killed 22 suspected Taliban militants, officials said Wednesday, as NATO nations approved expanding the alliance’s peacekeeping force into the region.
Peace deal signed with neighboring Sudan
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
Chad signed a peace deal Wednesday with neighboring Sudan after months of accusations from both sides about rebel attacks and bloody cross-border raids.
Researchers find prehistoric skull
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
Greek researchers have discovered a well-preserved skull of the 5-million-year-old primate. The monkey-like animal was a little more than 3 feet long and had a tail.
Floods wash away military barracks
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
Floodwaters rushing down a mountain in south China washed away military barracks, leaving six dead and another 38 people missing, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.
Combative Saddam returns to court
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
A thinner but combative Saddam Hussein said Wednesday he would rather die by firing squad like a soldier than hang “like a common criminal,” as the defiant ex-president made his final appearance before the tribunal until it renders a verdict.
Bird flu vaccine shows promise
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
A British company reported Wednesday it had achieved the best results ever seen on an experimental human vaccine for bird flu and said mass production might be possible by 2007.
Iraqi leader asks Congress for more reconstruction aid
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki appealed to Congress Wednesday to press the war in Iraq with money and troops, portraying his country as crucial to the U.S. as a front line in the war on terror and comparing violence there to the Sept. 11 attacks.
Chicago sets ‘living wage’ for big-box retailers
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A4
Brushing aside warnings from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the City Council approved an ordinance Wednesday that makes Chicago the biggest city in the nation to require big-box retailers to pay a “living wage.”
Washington ruling on gay marriage comes as surprise to supporters, foes
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A4
The Washington Supreme Court upheld the state’s ban on gay marriage Wednesday, dealing the gay rights movement its second major defeat in less than a month in another liberal-leaning state that had been regarded as a promising battleground.
Men don aprons for NAACP fundraiser
July 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
As Adrienne Paranjothi settles into bed and digs into a good book, she usually can count on her husband, Kitcha, doing the same - sort of.
Israeli soldiers killed in ambush in Lebanon
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A7
Hezbollah dealt Israel its heaviest losses in the Lebanon campaign Wednesday, killing nine soldiers in fierce firefights. With key Mideast players failing to agree on a formula for a cease-fire, an Israeli general said the operation could last weeks.
People in the news
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Bass reveals he’s gay ¢ Stones tour returns to U.S. ¢ ‘View’ coming into focus ¢ ‘Dilbert’ creator gets hitched
Sci Fi channel embraces silliness
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
As the character David St. Hubbins observes in “This Is Spinal Tap”: “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.” Both ends of that spectrum are on display in the parody series “Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace” (9 p.m., Sci Fi). The series consists of an elaborate put-on, presenting itself as a look back at a quickly canceled British horror show from the 1980s.
Seize control of weeds before they get too far along
July 27, 2006 in print edition on D2
Jean Fessenden, a 50-year-old working mother, knows all about a certain irresistible, bordering-on-loony impulse. A few years ago, she was overseeing her son’s birthday party at an outdoor amusement park when she found herself on her knees, weeding a flower bed.
Blister beetles tear into produce
July 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
Grasshoppers, drought, leaf spots - does the list of garden pests ever stop? Not yet!
Wal-Mart TechTank in Lawrence today
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A8
The Wal-Mart TechTank Tour stops today in Lawrence.
Bonds’ trainer not likely to talk
Lawyers say Anderson would rather return to prison than testify before grand jury
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
Lawyers for Barry Bonds’ personal trainer say he’d rather go back to prison for a third time than take part in the grand jury investigation of his childhood friend for tax evasion and perjury.
Commodities
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A8
California heat wave does lasting damage; death toll rises sharply
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A4
Temperatures made a barely noticeable dip on the 11th day of 100-degree heat Wednesday, but the stress on California’s electric grid eased slightly, as did the possibility of rolling blackouts.
Local plant gets shift in work
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A8
Sauer-Danfoss Inc.’s manufacturing plant in Lawrence is shifting into a new gear, bringing in new lines from Denmark as it sends its transmission business to Iowa.
Differing explanations offered at trial regarding swallowed cell phone
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B10
Different explanations for how a cell phone became lodged in a woman’s throat were offered as the trial of the woman’s boyfriend got under way in this Kansas City suburb.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.92 at several locations throughout town.
Lawrence firm hires attorneys
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A8
The Lawrence law firm of Knox, Johnson, Rockwell & Babbit has added attorneys Mark Rockwell and Kevin Babbit.
Police say shooter died from cyanide
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B10
Omaha police say they now know the cause of death for a man suspected of shooting another to death north of downtown Omaha earlier this month.
Relaxing’ vacation is money well spent
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A8
Here’s an interesting question from a reader with vacation anxiety and the insight that perhaps she’s not viewing her spending for time off the right way.
Father pleads guilty to killing sons by setting fire to camper
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B10
A Liberal man facing a possible death penalty for setting fire to a camper as his two young sons slept inside pleaded guilty Wednesday to reduced murder charges as jurors were being chosen for his second trial.
1,600 attend coach’s funeral
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B5
About 1,600 people attended the funeral of Craig Crespino, the Girard High School football coach who was electrocuted last week while carrying a goal post that hit an overhead power line.
Daily ticker
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A8
Topeka officer faces 2 misdemeanor charges in jail scuffle
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B5
A veteran police sergeant faces two misdemeanor charges over a scuffle with an inmate in April at the Shawnee County Jail that was recorded by a surveillance camera.
Thriving 4-H
July 27, 2006
To the editor: I would like to thank Karrey Britt for her article regarding the Douglas County Fair and 4-H’er John Brown in the July 25 Journal-World.
A new golf generation
Kids tourney could produce next great
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Everybody is searching for the next Tiger Woods.
Unfair burden
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: Although I believe the financial problems at Alvamar are due, in part, generally to the poor economic climate for golf courses and specifically to mismanagement, the impact of Eagle Bend is significant.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 27, 1906: “There is growing evidence from Chicago that some wealthy packers are ‘buying’ members of Congress with big bundles of money. And one correspondent for a newspaper there says he was offered $1,000 for an influential article about meat packing. : From Lone Star comes the report that one man tried to kill another and that many were watching, though the deed never was done. Apparently there was a dispute over title to some land and officials are investigating to prevent new violence.”
Old home town - 40 years ago today
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B8
About $50 million in construction of new facilities was under way or about to begin at the six schools overseen by the Kansas Board of Regents. Kansas University, received about $14 million. Oliver Hall and Naismith Hall (the latter a privately funded dormitory) were about finished. Their combined worth was just under $6 million although the Naismith funding did not come from state coffers.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B8
Facing a possible county tax increase of about 4 mills, Commissioner Bob Neis said, “Despite our desire to hold things down, I don’t see much of an alternative.” Overall, including the city, county, school board and state levies, a mill rate of about 123.5 was being talked about. The city of Lawrence was looking at a 40.744 mill rate, and the school board figured to have a rate of 49.5.
Safety concerns on Big Dig first raised seven years ago
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Seven years before falling concrete crushed a motorist to death inside one of Boston’s Big Dig tunnels, a safety officer warned that the bolts could not possibly hold the heavy ceiling panels, according to a bluntly worded memo leaked to a newspaper.
Who will set Mideast agenda?
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B8
Why has Iran decided to play its Lebanese card now? That is a question asked by Iranian-born journalist Amir Taheri in the July 23 London Sunday Times. Part of the answer, he writes, “lies in Washington’s decision last May to reverse its policy towards Iran by offering large concessions on its nuclear programme. Tehran interpreted that as a sign of weakness.”
Dissension in the ranks may hurt GOP
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B8
My weekend visitor was one of the founders of the postwar Republican Party in the South, one of those stubborn men who challenged the Democratic rule in his one-party state. He was conservative enough that in the great struggle for the 1952 nomination, his sympathies were with Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio, not Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Super manager?
Lawrence city commissioners have set some lofty qualifications for our next city manager.
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B8
A review of the Lawrence City Commission’s “ideal candidate” for city manager sent us searching the News Center for that mild-mannered reporter, Clark Kent, who might be persuaded to strip down to his Superman togs and leap over to City Hall in a single bound.
Horoscopes
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
For Thursday, July 27
Expert predicts quick release for Yates
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Texas mother who drowned her five kids in a bathtub five years ago could soon be freed after a Houston jury decided Wednesday she wasn’t guilty of murder because she was insane at the time.
School ruling expected Friday
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Three weeks before 450,000 students begin returning to their classrooms, Kansans will learn whether state officials have done enough - and promised enough money - to improve public schools.
Our town sports
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C3
Commentary: Coach K perfect for U.S. basketball
Unlike Brown in 2004, Krzyzewski right man for the job of leading Americans’ Olympic squad
July 27, 2006 in print edition on C2
Mike Krzyzewski always had resisted the temptation to leave Duke for the jobs where another coach cast the longest shadow, where someone already staked his claim to that bench’s gold standard. Through the years, he has turned down UCLA, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, leaving John Wooden, Red Auerbach and Pat Riley to be the forever faces of those places.
Artist proposes creating sculpture trail by river
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
Marie Thompson said she knows many Lawrence residents prefer to avoid the Kansas River, though it flows just north of the city’s popular downtown.
Cease-fire consensus eludes diplomats
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A7
Top U.S. and European officials agreed Wednesday on the need for urgent action to halt the fighting in Lebanon and on the creation of a multinational force to keep the peace. But the two sides had starkly divergent views of what that means.
Identigen identifies city as U.S. headquarters
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A8
Ireland-based Identigen Ltd. isn’t just launching its North American operations in Lawrence.
Police identify worker killed in accident
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B5
Authorities on Wednesday identified an oil field worker who was electrocuted.
Nostalgia for Ashcroft?
July 27, 2006 in print edition on B9
Alberto Gonzales is achieving something remarkable, even miraculous, as attorney general: He is making John Ashcroft look good.
Monopoly version turns to debit cards
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
If you’re passing Go and want to collect $200, better bring a debit card.
Sales tax proposal met with approval, opposition
City would have highest rate in state
July 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
A new 1-cent sales tax being proposed by Mayor Mike Amyx would push Lawrence’s citywide sales tax rate to the highest in the state.