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Hole of the week, installment No. 8
July 28, 2006
Heading back to Alvamar Private Golf Course for the 6Sports golf hole of the week with head pro Randy Towner and the par five No. 5 hole.
6News Now for July 28
July 28, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Journal-World, the Kansas Supreme Court accepts the legislature’s school finance plan, where your tax dollars go, and Westar plans to remove some large trees that are threatening power lines.
Supreme Court dismisses school financing lawsuit
09:53 a.m., July 28, 2006 Updated 02:39 p.m.
The Kansas Supreme Court today dismissed the landmark school finance case, saying the Legislature had fixed inequities in the state’s system for funding public schools.
Omnipresent Pharrell releases solo album
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A2
The words “low profile” and “Pharrell” rarely find themselves in the same sentence.
On the record
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lisher chooses altruistic option
Free State athlete forgoes opening days of Legion tournament to play in shrine game
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C3
The choice was never baseball or football, state tournament or all-star game. No, when Brett Lisher decided to participate in Saturday’s Shrine Bowl - instead of joining his state-bound Lawrence Raiders’ baseball team - it came down to something much deeper.
Raiders primed for title run
Coach tweaks pitching rotation for state tournament
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C3
After three run-ruled games in the American Legion zone tournament, the Lawrence Raiders are one step closer to winning their fourth consecutive AAA state title.
Party didn’t have permits, city says after shootings
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B5
The company behind a weekend party that ended in the shooting deaths of two college students could face fines and other penalties because it didn’t have permits to hold the event, city officials said.
Two main militia groups in Congo agree to disarm
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
The last two main militia groups in Congo’s most troubled province agreed to disarm in exchange for amnesty and army positions, officials said Thursday as violence erupted in the capital, reportedly killing seven people ahead of historic weekend elections.
Blood tainted with E.coli cited in death of Kansas City-area patient
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B4
A hospital patient died after receiving a unit of blood platelets tainted with E.coli bacteria, the Community Blood Center in Kansas City said.
Networks recycle cable fare
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A2
The revolving door separating cable and network series continues to spin. ABC now recycles episodes of “Kyle XY” (8 p.m., ABC) that originate on its cable cousin, the Family Channel. On tonight’s “Kyle,” a mysterious man burglarizes and bugs the Trager house.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B8
Spending 20 to 80 minutes with each candidate, the Lawrence school board interviewed the six people who had applied to replace Bob Davis, who resigned to move to Liberty, Mo.
Horoscopes
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A8
For Friday, July 28
Director deals with ‘Firecracker’ shortage
July 28, 2006 in print edition on D2
It’s one thing to get your movie made; it’s another to make sure people see it. “That’s the tricky part,” says Steve Balderson.
New Willmott movie will infiltrate ‘Bunker Hill’
July 28, 2006 in print edition on D1
When dabbling with standup comedy in college, Kevin Willmott spent a lot of time roving Interstate 70 en route to gigs in rural Kansas. He recalls how one place about 180 miles west of Lawrence particularly caught his eye.
All systems go at county’s polling places
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A1
Douglas County’s new voting machines passed their pre-election tests Thursday with high grades, County Clerk Jamie Shew said.
Udderly acrylic
Downtown Gallery Walk artist attempts to capture character of bovine subjects
July 28, 2006 in print edition on D1
When Shirley Akers looks into a cow’s eyes, she sees more than a future hamburger. She sees character - a lot of it.
Moore’s challengers meet
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Republican candidates didn’t agree on everything, but they were united in their criticism of four-term Democratic Congressman Dennis Moore and the status quo in Washington.
Praeger seen as vulnerable in race for insurance post
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
Trying to persuade 100 or so fellow Republicans to nominate him for insurance commissioner in Tuesday’s primary, Eric Carter calls to the back of the room and asks his 11-year-old son where the boy’s new football was manufactured.
Blood banks hope 16-year-olds will donate
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
Blood banks hope a change in Kansas law will prompt 16-year-olds to step forward and help meet the constant demand for more donations.
Blackout’ donors escape scrutiny
Law creates void of financial reporting in days before vote
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A1
Voters in Kansas won’t know until late October who contributed to candidates in the final, and often frantic, 11 days leading to Tuesday’s primaries.
As fall semester nears, KU, GTAs still at odds
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas University just isn’t listening to its graduate teaching assistants, the students said Thursday.
This show’s stars don’t wing it
They’re highly trained - and highly loved - by Kansas City birdkeeper
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A1
Show business is for the birds. Just ask Yvonne Patterson. “They love it,” the Kansas City area birdkeeper said.
Israel calls up troops, digs in for long battle
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A1
Israel’s government decided Thursday not to expand its battle with Hezbollah in southern Lebanon for now but authorized the army to call up 30,000 reserve soldiers in case the fighting intensifies. Lebanese officials estimated a civilian death toll as high as 600.
Court: Sex abuse files can be used in lawsuit
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A5
Decades of files that the Boy Scouts of America compiled on sexual abuse allegations can be used in a lawsuit claiming the organization was ineffective at preventing abuse, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Neighbor charged with murder of 5-year-old girl
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A5
Prosecutors on Thursday charged a man with kidnapping and aggravated murder in the death of a 5-year-old girl, saying he confessed to smothering the girl, then sexually assaulting her - a crime that could bring the death penalty.
Most women in killer’s photos believed alive
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A5
Investigators who released decades-old pictures of about 50 women photographed by a murderer said Thursday that they believe more than half of the women are alive, but that three appear to be homicide victims.
Bolton ignites more partisan debate over U.N. confirmation
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A5
The Bush administration and GOP leaders on Thursday renewed their push for Senate approval of John Bolton as U.N. ambassador. Democrats maintained he is too brash and ineffective to be confirmed.
Colorado killer claims 48 slayings across U.S.
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A5
A man serving a life sentence in Colorado for murdering a teenage girl has claimed responsibility for as many as 48 slayings across the country dating back more than three decades, authorities said Thursday.
Raytheon considers sale of aircraft unit
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B6
Amid a rebounding business jet market, Raytheon Co. announced Thursday it was exploring options for its Wichita aircraft unit - including a possible sale, initial public offering or a spinoff.
Bodies piling up in deadly heat wave
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
Corpses piled up at the morgue Thursday, and aid workers went door-to-door, checking on elderly people in hopes of keeping the death toll from California’s 12-day heat wave from rising.
Study: Wild birds spread a bird flu to hunter
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
A study of duck hunters in Iowa is believed to be the first to show people can catch bird flu - a non-threatening kind - from wild birds.
Student pleads not guilty in terrorism case
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
A college student accused of discussing terror targets with Islamic extremists and training for “violent jihad” pleaded not guilty Thursday in a case his attorney said amounts to nothing more than “imprudent talk.”
Rare disease reported in transplant recipients
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
Two U.S. heart transplant patients who died earlier this year had contracted a parasitic tropical disease from their new organs, health officials reported Thursday.
Bush signs extension of Voting Rights Act
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
With the nation’s civil rights royalty fanning themselves on the White House lawn, President Bush on Thursday signed a 25-year extension of the law that seeks to protect minorities from obstacles to voting.
Exxon Mobil reports $10 billion profit
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
Soaring energy prices catapulted Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, to a second-quarter profit of more than $10 billion, and they promise to ignite industrywide growth - and public outrage - all year.
Landis sample positive
Tests say biker had elevated testosterone
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C1
Floyd Landis says he didn’t cheat to win the Tour de France, he doesn’t know why he tested positive for high testosterone and he’s sure he can clear his name.
Pigskin plans
Facility will not obstruct view of hill
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C1
The location and floorplans are all but finalized, and the brainstormers of the Anderson Family Football Complex did keep in mind the one absolute must.
Intruder damages Kroeger’s front door
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B2
A well-known Lecompton business was broken into early Thursday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Texas man indicted for Army officer ruse
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B2
A man who was discharged from the Army after he allegedly stalked a female officer has been indicted on a charge that he pretended to be an officer and demanded pay that he was not entitled to.
Lawrence Datebook
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B2
Vaccine to help smokers quit tested
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
Doctors are testing a radical new way to help smokers quit: a shot that “immunizes” them against the nicotine rush that fuels their addiction.
Dodgers farmhand charged with burglary
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C5
A minor-league pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ system was arrested after being accused of breaking into several suites at Dodgertown and stealing credit cards and cash from his teammates.
Royals sign pitcher Yan to minor-league contract
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C5
Esteban Yan, who has pitched 11 years in the major leagues, signed a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, and was assigned to Triple-A Omaha in the Pacific Coast League.
Sebelius launches political TV ad
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A1
She doesn’t have an opponent in Tuesday’s primary, but Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is reminding folks who the commander in chief of the state is with a new political ad.
Father, stepmother of starved girls charged
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B5
The father and stepmother of two emaciated girls who said they ate only when their father wasn’t traveling on business were charged Thursday with multiple counts of child abuse.
Israeli attacks kill five Palestinians
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
The Israeli army killed five Palestinians on Thursday, including a 75-year-old woman and a child, one day after the Gaza Strip suffered its deadliest violence since Israel launched its offensive last month.
7 soldiers, 6 smugglers die in shootout, bombing
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
Pakistani troops and drug traffickers clashed Thursday near the Afghan border and five soldiers and six smugglers were killed, an official said.
Labor group: Dozens arrested after protests
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
Dozens of workers were detained after a two-day protest over pay and working conditions at a toy factory, a labor monitoring group reported Thursday.
Bonds’ trainer apparently keeps his vow of silence
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C5
Barry Bonds’ personal trainer left federal court with his legal team Thursday after shuttling between secret grand jury hearings and closed-door appearances before a judge.
NBC World Series boasts rich history
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C5
It has changed in appearance and purpose over the years, at once a last gasp at fame for fading stars and harbinger of unbridled dreams.
Blackout hits downtown commercial district
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
Blackouts caused by sweltering temperatures struck more than 3,000 businesses in London’s major shopping district and part of its transit network on Thursday, officials said.
Government warns of typhoon by text message
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
With Typhoon Kaemi roaring toward China’s crowded southeast, Dr. Yang was sealing his apartment windows against the pounding rain when his cell phone buzzed to life.
Ex-prime minister freed from prison
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
Former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune, looking frail in the wake of his on-and-off hunger strike, was freed Thursday after two years in prison and ferried away by an ambulance escorted by heavy security.
Tatis terrific in long-awaited start
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C5
Fernando Tatis surfaced again Thursday night after all but disappearing from baseball for two years.
Apartments burglarized while occupants sleep
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
Two apartments at Tuckaway Apartments, 2600 W. Sixth St., were burglarized earlier this week while the occupants slept inside, according to reports.
Lug nuts stolen from Honda cars
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
It might be wise for Honda owners out there to check their wheels today.
Pit bull jumps fence, kills 71-year-old
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
A pit bull leaped over a fence and attacked and killed a 71-year-old woman who was gardening in her yard, police said Thursday.
New SOS in Chicago: Save Our Sox
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C2
No one mocks the White Sox, not after what happened last year. Last week the Detroit Tigers tried very, very hard not to rub it in, even while they were pulling further in front of the Sox.
Kansas State QB Webb to transfer
Senior was expected to battle for starting assignment
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C2
Senior quarterback Allen Webb, who was expected to battle for the starting job at Kansas State entering fall practice, will instead transfer to an NAIA school in Texas.
People in the news
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Scarlett Johansson denies ‘Sound of Music’ demands ¢ Second wife of pop superstar Prince files for divorce ¢ Chris Cornell to record theme song for James Bond flick ¢ Pamela Anderson confirms weddings to Kid Rock ¢ Socialite in hospital; doctor says condition improving
Crouch comfy in Canada
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C6
Eric Crouch is having fun playing football again. “I feel like I’m back in college again. I’m just playing a game that I love,” the 2001 Heisman Trophy winner from Nebraska said Thursday.
Up to 16 killed in chopper crash
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
American and Afghan troops hiked through rugged terrain Thursday to reach the wreckage of a civilian helicopter that crashed in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, killing up to 16 people, including at least two Americans.
Reebok tourney loaded
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C1
Promoter Sonny Vaccaro says 21 future first-round NBA Draft picks competed at his just-completed Reebok Big Time AAU Tournament in Las Vegas.
Jayhawks add to ‘07 class
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s football team received another oral commitment for the 2007 class, this time from defensive lineman Patrick Dorsey.
Hali, Croyle under contract
Chiefs sign all their picks in time for today’s camp opener
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C6
The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms Thursday with first-round draft pick Tamba Hali and third-round selection Brodie Croyle, bringing all their draft picks under contract a day before camp starts.
Cyclist should start looking for a good lawyer
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C6
What looked inspiring, even heroic, a week ago now looks suspiciously like just another example of better living through chemistry. Floyd Landis says not in this case.
Anthem issues
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: A language universally understood is nonverbal, the world’s great music. The news, millions of words are war, war, war, bringing unending suffering, death and destruction of civilization itself.
Unfair trade deal
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: The Peru free trade agreement has failed to mention the devastating impact it will have on the livelihoods of poor farmers, public health and the regulation of investment to protect the public interest in Peru.
Wood: Zaniness rampant in Big 12
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C1
Three days. Twelve coaches. Thirty-five players. Some 60 million questions with the words “confidence,” “momentum,” “outlook” or “Kerry Meier” somewhere in it.
History lesson
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: Regarding the Israeli response to the daily Hezbollah rocket attacks on Israeli cities, which began before and helped to trigger the current response, I think it is useful to recall the United States’ own history with Hezbollah.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 28, 1906: “Topeka is now having prize fights regularly.
Time for Bush to be right or lucky
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B8
So it has come to this: Baghdad or bust. Either increased American and Iraqi troops can stop the mayhem in the capital, or the insurgency will have triumphed.
Information gap
It’s unfortunate the governor and state legislators couldn’t agree on provisions to require the reporting of contributions and expenditures made in the closing days of election campaigns.
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B8
There’s little doubt that politics is a money-driven affair in Kansas and throughout the nation. That’s why it’s so important that voters have as much information as possible about who is donating money to candidates.
Help Lebanon police its own country
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B8
How do you define victory? That is the question that Condoleezza Rice and Israeli leaders must ask themselves as diplomatic efforts intensify to end the Lebanon crisis.
HCA Midwest names chief of research site
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
Kevin Hicks, president and CEO of Overland Park Regional Medical Center, is leaving the hospital to lead another one of HCA Midwest’s operations: Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., HCA Midwest announced Thursday.
Commodities
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
Illegal drugs found in City Hall’s plants
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B4
Some interesting items have been showing up in the potted plants at Wichita City Hall.
Rising loan rates make locking a wise choice
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
Q: We are getting a new mortgage. The lender has asked whether we want to lock in a guaranteed 6.75 percent loan rate now or let the rate “float” for a few weeks in the hope that rates will fall and our monthly payments would be lower.
Japan accepting U.S. beef
Lawrence company to help provide security
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
Japan reopened its meat markets Thursday to U.S. beef, leaving Japanese merchants, restaurateurs and consumers to decide if they still have an appetite for the products that once served up sales of more than $300 million a year for Kansas producers, packers and processors.
M-Pact sale to eliminate Eudora jobs
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
M-Pact Worldwide, a Eudora-based maker of medical supplies, is being purchased by a German company that plans to move the bulk of the Eudora operations to other areas and eliminate many of its 67 jobs.
Rocket, mortar barrage hit Shiite area, killing 31
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A8
Rockets and mortars rained down Thursday on an upscale, mostly Shiite area of Baghdad, collapsing an apartment house, shattering shops and killing at least 31 people - part of the rising sectarian violence President Bush has vowed to stop.
U.S. may send 5,000 more troops to Baghdad, delay returns
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A8
Military commanders in Iraq are developing a plan to move as many as 5,000 U.S. troops with armored vehicles and tanks into Baghdad in an effort to quell escalating violence, defense officials said Thursday.
Salina declares water emergency
Smoky Hill River, which supplies half of city, has nearly dried up
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B10
The city of Salina has declared a water emergency, meaning residents are prohibited from watering lawns, washing their cars or filling swimming pools.
Israelis back fight for survival
July 28, 2006 in print edition on B9
In 1982, following the massacre of 800 Palestinian civilians in Beirut, Lebanon, about 500,000 Israelis took to the streets.
Rice defends U.S. position on cease-fire
July 28, 2006 in print edition on A7
Amid an intensifying clamor for an end to Israeli-Hezbollah fighting, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday she was “willing and ready” to return to the Mideast to work on a cease-fire.
Cubs make Dusty’s day
Baker’s job safe, players respond with victory
July 28, 2006 in print edition on C4
The distractions about Dusty Baker are over for now.