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See the Blitz Build LIVE
June 4, 2006
See the Blitz Build going on this weekend for the Lawrence Habitat for Humanity home in eastern Lawrence on a live Web cam.
Lawrence gets morning rain
07:32 a.m., June 4, 2006 Updated 08:49 a.m.
A thunderstorm rolled across Lawrence this morning, bringing some lightning and periods of heavy rains.
Prose, poetry sought for literary contest
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D4
The Kansas Authors Club is seeking entries for its 2006 literary contest. Both prose and poetry will be accepted.
Watkins museum opens new exhibit
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D4
A former American Indian reservation northeast of Lawrence, Bismarck Grove, is the subject of a new exhibit at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
Van Go plans fundraiser at Clinton Lake Marina
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B3
Members of Van Go Mobile Arts will throw their third annual bash and auction fundraiser at 6 p.m. June 17 at the Clinton Lake Marina.
Lawrence artists’ work displayed at Capitol
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D4
Work from Lawrence artists are part of an exhibit titled “Sunflowers” on display at the office of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
How far can you stretch $300,000?
Market yields solid purchases, but amenities often extra
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A1
Creighton and Nikki Alexander paid $299,900 - the asking price - for their new house in Lawrence and they love their new digs. Four bedrooms. Four baths. A finished basement.
KU, Regents pleased with legislative action
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B1
Higher education officials say they are happy with the results of the recently completed 2006 legislative session, despite the fact that one of their major initiatives was immediately shot down.
Czyz’s draft status an anomaly
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s Don Czyz looms as a rarity - a college senior who could go high in the June baseball draft.
Leave it to Beavers
Oregon State upends upstart KU, snaps win streak
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University ran into a buzzsaw named Jonah Nickerson on Saturday night and toppled into the loser’s bracket of the NCAA Corvallis regional after an 11-3 loss to top-seeded Oregon State.
Local amateurs victorious
Pair hauls 6.26 pounds at Crappie USA regional
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C1
Terry Hinson and Gary Vestal used all the right angles to claim victory in the amateur division of the Crappie USA region 4 regional at Lake Perry on Saturday.
M’s rout Royals
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C1
Richie Sexson hit a pair of two-run homers and Adrian Beltre homered at Safeco Field for the first time this season, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 12-1 rout of Kansas City on Saturday night.
Weaving an amiable love nest
Shacking up before marriage? Consider money woes, chores
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D1
We’ve all heard the nursery rhyme: First comes love, then comes marriage. Odds are, that catchy little chant was developed before divorce was commonplace and rent prices were astronomical.
Thomas the Tank Engine raises funds for group
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B2
A train whistle sounded in the distance, and it got louder.
Man killed when train hits garbage truck
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B2
One man was killed and another was injured when an empty coal train hit their garbage truck Saturday morning.
On the record
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B2
Shortage of doctors nationwide threatens quality of care
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A1
A looming doctor shortage threatens to create a national health care crisis by further limiting access to physicians, jeopardizing quality and accelerating cost increases.
Canada arrests 17 in foiled terror plot
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A1
Canadian authorities thwarted what they believed to be a major terrorist threat on home soil with the arrests of 17 people “inspired by al-Qaida” who had stockpiled three times the amount of explosive used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the country’s national police announced Saturday.
The bottom line
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C10
Despite rising gasoline prices, lagging consumer confidence and lingering inflation concerns, dads still can expect some fine gifts for Father’s Day, now just two weeks away.
Toplikar: Focusing on latest in digital cameras
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C10
I answered the phone on the second ring. It was Katy. “Yo, Dad. I’ve been looking at cameras online.”
Bankruptcies
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C10
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection from May 25 through Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Eldridge Hotel hires catering director
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C10
The Eldridge Hotel announces its hiring of Wendy Jacobs as catering director. Raised in western Kansas and a graduate of Kansas State University, Jacobs has more than 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry - the past five years in Lawrence, and previously in Denver and Los Angeles.
Avoid adjustable-rate mortgages
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C10
With interest rates rising, fewer people are applying for new mortgages - just as you’d expect.
Troops begin to enforce new immigration plan
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A4
Fifty-five National Guard members from Utah arrived in Yuma on Saturday afternoon - the first troops to be sent to the Arizona-Mexico border in a new crackdown on illegal immigration.
Ex-sale barn officials escape felony charges
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B3
Officials with the former Central Livestock sale barn in South Hutchinson won’t face felony charges for allegedly bouncing checks written for more than $300,000 to ranchers and cattlemen.
Mexican Fiesta includes dancing, food, fun
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B3
Mexican dancing and food will be part of the 25th annual two-day Mexican Fiesta at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Ky.
Lawrence commuter report
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B3
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Best sellers
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D2
Conservative opposition narrowly wins elections
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A9
The conservative Czech opposition narrowly won general elections, according to preliminary results Saturday, but parliament could face a deadlock even if the Civic Democratic Party can form a coalition.
Black Jack Trust plans for future of battle site
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B1
When people now walk into the cool silence of the towering maple grove, all of the historical gunfire and violence of the Black Jack Battlefield has washed away.
Kansas foreclosures soar during year
Despite rise, state ranks well below national average
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A5
It’s getting harder for Kansans to hang onto their homes. The number of home foreclosures in Kansas more than doubled between April 2005 and April 2006, a new report shows.
Nuclear breakthrough possible, president says
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A9
A breakthrough in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program is possible, the republic’s president told the U.N. chief Saturday while welcoming unconditional talks with all parties, including the United States.
Attacks kill 35 rebels; police leaders replaced
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A9
Backed by warplanes, U.S. and Afghan troops recaptured a town from suspected Taliban rebels in heavy fighting as violence across southern Afghanistan left at least 35 militants dead, officials said Saturday.
Independence declared; ties severed with Serbia
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A9
Montenegro’s parliament declared independence from Serbia for the tiny Balkan republic Saturday, forming Europe’s newest country and dissolving the last vestiges of the former Yugoslavia.
World Cup may bolster Germany’s image
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A9
The stadiums are ready, the grass is cut and sleek; the giant sculptures of Bayer aspirin tablets and Adidas soccer shoes, proud German inventions, rise over parks and fields. Out walking their dogs or sunning in the Tiergarten, Germans seem happy, almost loose, ready to become unhinged by the madness, euphoria, heartbreak and torment of the World Cup.
Rumsfeld takes conciliatory tone toward China
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A9
U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld struck a conciliatory tone toward China Saturday, saying he was encouraged that Beijing was on a path toward being more transparent in its military intentions.
Emissions grow as nations confront warming
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A9
Britain and Sweden are on target for reducing global-warming gases, but other countries will have to toughen policies and rely on “carbon trading” to achieve their Kyoto Protocol goals by 2012, says a new U.N. report.
Law allows dogs to eat outside at restaurants
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A3
Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday signed the so-called “doggie dining” bill, which allows local governments to let restaurants permit dogs to eat with their owners outside.
Female silversmith’s work known for graceful design
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D5
One of the most famous 18th-century English silversmiths was a woman. Hester Bateman, the illiterate mother of three sons, was widowed in 1760 when her husband John, a silversmith, died. She took over the business and, with her sons, John, Peter and Jonathan, made silver and increased the importance of the shop. Later, her daughter-in-law Ann, her grandson William, and her great-grandson William II joined the family business.
Data includes some active-duty personnel
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A3
Personal data on up to 50,000 active Navy and National Guard personnel were among those stolen from a Veterans Affairs employee last month, the government said Saturday in a disclosure that goes beyond what VA initially reported.
FedEx drivers get $61M in harassment case
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A3
A jury awarded $61 million to two FedEx Ground drivers of Lebanese descent who claimed a manager harassed them with racial slurs for two years.
Bush backs federal marriage amendment
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush on Saturday backed a resolution to amend the Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman even though the idea has little chance of being passed in the Senate.
Five KU honorees enshrined
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C3
In all, 14 individuals, including five with Kansas University ties, were enshrined into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Ringling Bros.’ treatment of elephants criticized
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A3
With their colorful headgear and repertoire of tricks, they’re top-billed stars of The Greatest Show on Earth.
Quilt show planned in mid-June
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D4
The 22nd annual Sunflower Quilt Show will be June 10-June 11 in Ottawa, with demonstrations, special displays, craft sales and a miniature quilt auction.
Education linked to dads’ parenting skills
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D4
They don’t teach fathering skills in school, but education has a big influence on how dads interact with their kids, according to a new government survey.
Artist entries sought for Lawrence ArtWalk
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D4
Fine artists are invited to participate in this year’s Lawrence ArtWalk, which is the annual self-guided tour of Lawrence artists’ studios and other art spaces. The Oct. 28-Oct. 29 event will be the 12th year that artists will have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work to the public from their own workspace.
Summer brings welcome respite for house directors
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B1
No one waits for summer quite like the directors of Kansas University’s greek houses. “When the girls leave, you’re like a butterfly,” said Sunny Walsh of Pi Beta Phi sorority, 1612 W. 15th. “We all wait for this time of year because we have our freedom.”
Horsing around, child’s play just another day at work for physical therapist
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B1
Jake Daugherty, a 20-month-old, sits like a rodeo cowboy on Cassi Vandever’s lower legs. He giggles as he braces to be bucked around.
Concerts moving to big screen via simulcast
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D4
After attending more than 100 Widespread Panic concerts, Julie Stevens knew what she was talking about when she said a show this month at Atlanta’s Fox Theater was different.
The right prescription
KU class connects pharmacy students
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D8
Betsey Johnson met Nick Gallinger when they were undergraduates at Kansas University, both taking the same path toward a doctorate in pharmacy. They spoke, but that was about it.
Threat squads track to-be terrorists
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A7
The report was unnerving: A woman was diagnosed with deadly bubonic plague, the first Los Angeles-area case in 20 years.
New trial drug delays growth of advanced breast cancers
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A8
Women with advanced breast cancer soon may have another treatment option: A novel experimental drug delayed the growth of tumors nearly twice as long as standard chemotherapy did in patients who had stopped responding to Herceptin, doctors reported Saturday.
People in the news
June 4, 2006
¢ Welnick, Grateful Dead’s last keyboardist, dies at 51 ¢ Former ‘Idol’ contestant Daughtry says no to Fuel gig ¢ Wolverine tops magazine’s list of fictional power players ¢ Game show host gets star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame ¢ McConaughey, Cruz ‘have decided to split’ ¢ LL Cool J, Bill Withers to receive music awards
Nadal survives scary moment
French Open defending champ nearly chokes on banana
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C2
Rafael Nadal was terrified.
Commentary: Bonds apologists passionate, puzzling
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C2
You want to feel sorry for him. No matter how many illegal substances Barry Bonds injected and digested, no matter how selfishly he violated sport’s most sacred code of fair play, he is still a human being, a son, a father, even a friend to a certain few. Cut his veins and presumably red blood would gush forth. He has been known to cry, to feel pain.
Birthday boy sparks Indians
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C4
Travis Hafner hit a grand slam on his birthday and tied a career high with six RBIs to lead the Cleveland Indians over the Los Angeles Angels 14-2 on Saturday.
Oprah makes stop in Kansas on way to Tonys
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B8
Oprah Winfrey was in Wichita on Friday during a coast-to-coast drive.
1 killed as portion of old bridge collapses
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B8
A portion of a former two-lane highway bridge that was being demolished collapsed Saturday, killing one member of the construction crew and injuring another, police said.
Does Hillary ‘deserve’ presidency?
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B6
The Washington Post carried a strange story on its front page Tuesday (May 30). It was headlined, “Clinton Is A Politician Not Easily Defined: Senator’s Platform Remains Unclear.”
Former hostage recalls experiences in books
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B8
Gracia Burnham knew when she met her late husband, Martin, that he was likely headed for missionary work far from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Mo., where the two fell in love.
Two and out for Nebraska
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C5
Aaron Poreda repeatedly worked out of trouble in his six-plus innings Saturday, and San Francisco knocked No. 6 national seed Nebraska out of the NCAA Tournament with a 5-1 victory in the Lincoln Regional.
Texas ousted by UCLA
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C5
Catcher Emily Zaplatosch had three hits, including a home run, and Andrea Duran had an inside-the-park home run as UCLA beat Texas, 2-0, Saturday in the Women’s College World Series.
Mavs headed to NBA finals
Dallas rallies past Phoenix, 102-93, takes series, 4-2
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C5
Avery Johnson put the “D” in Dallas. Then the coach put the Mavericks in the NBA finals for the first time in the franchise’s 26-year history.
Haditha lawyer calls U.S. compensation inadequate
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A10
A lawyer who had several relatives among 24 Iraqis allegedly slain by U.S. Marines last fall and is representing kin of other victims complained in a videotape Saturday that American compensation paid to the families was inadequate.
May body count is highest since invasion
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A10
Excluding the Iraqi capital’s nearly daily bombings, new Iraqi government documents show that more Baghdad residents died in shootings, stabbings and other violence in May than in any other month since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
Suicide car bomb kills 28 at crowded market
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A10
A suicide car bomber blew himself up in a crowded market in oil-rich southern Basra on Saturday, killing 28 people and wounding 62. In Baghdad, a Russian diplomat was killed and four diplomatic employees were kidnapped.
Experts seek innovative policy
A farm policy for the 21st century
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B7
Seventy-three years ago last month (May 12, 1933) the first farm bill became law. This landmark legislation was drafted in response to Depression-era economics that were devastating America’s heartland and political forces that demanded change. It was a time when farm prices were depressed and when nearly half the U.S. population lived in rural areas, where most were employed in agriculture.
Illegal vs. legal
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Who are the “illegals”?
Party switch
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The caterwauling of Republican State Chairman Tim Shallenburger and other party leaders about Mark Parkinson’s party switch is laughable.
Unity08 offering alternative ticket
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B6
In a wonderful example of life imitating art, a group of serious political pros has taken the plot line of “The West Wing” and turned it into the most intriguing gambit yet seen for the 2008 election.
1979 warning
Our war with Islam-based terrorism began with that “student” takeover of a U.S. embassy 27 years ago.
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B6
Many a competent analyst believes the current and expanding United States war against terrorism with its Islamic base began in 1979 with an alleged “student” takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran. People with short memories are inclined to consider 9-11-01 an official declaration of war. It all began long before that.
Air tours of Lawrence raise funds for charities
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B5
Pilots and passengers raised about $7,200 for charity Saturday by selling air tours of Lawrence at Lawrence Municipal Airport.
Threatened oysters found to thrive in ‘uninhabitable’ areas
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A5
Virginia scientists have discovered millions of native oysters thriving along shorelines in a section of the lower Chesapeake Bay once thought uninhabitable for them, a discovery that could shift efforts to revive the bay’s ailing oyster stocks.
Stepping out and revealing need for feet - grotesque or not
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B7
In all the vast zoo of creation - including the sloth, the slug, the platypus, the tick - I can think of no creature as homely or hapless as the human foot. My own feet look like frightful anemones or squids risen from the ocean depths. Their prehensile toes suggest that I was designed for hanging upside down. I can provoke my family to cries of disgust by dining with a knife and fork held between these grotesque, though dextrous, digits.
Kansan sees need for change
A farm policy for the 21st century
June 4, 2006 in print edition on B7
There was a time when investing in rural America meant something personal to most Americans. Many of us are only two or three generations away from a nation of farmers and rural communities.
Everyone wins in charity event
Even Keegan, who contributes nothing
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C6
If the wheel was the greatest invention of all-time and coffee the second, rank charity golf outings a close third. Everybody wins.
Pop reunion
Artist recreates former selves with dolls inspired by ‘80s toys
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D1
It wasn’t an Easy-Bake Oven. Or an Astronaut Barbie. Or a Speak & Spell.
Raiders win first pair
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C3
The Lawrence Raiders opened their season with two victories Saturday, knocking off Omaha Burke, 8-3, and Omaha Creighton Prep, 10-5.
Mother, son reunite after eight years apart
Internet search helped two connect
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A1
The last time Christine Reed saw her son Brandon Price was outside a Douglas County courtroom eight years ago.
Account executive becomes VP, owner
June 4, 2006 in print edition on C10
Charlton Manley Insurance announces Chris Hutchens has been promoted to vice president and has become a shareholder in the company.
Review: Book recalls deadly 1940s nightclub fire
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D2
Tall and slim, 21-year-old Missourian Clifford Johnson was on a first date at the Cocoanut Grove in Boston in 1942 when fire raged through the famous watering hole. Johnson was swept out the door by the panicked crowd, but lost his grip on the hand of his date, Estelle Balkan.
Controversial author throws readers a life preserver
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D2
A.M. Homes doesn’t court controversy. But it finds her nonetheless.
Genghis Khan’s progeny is discovered in Florida
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A3
A British research firm recently combed 25,000 DNA samples searching for a modern descendant of Genghis Khan from outside the Mongolian warlord’s ancient empire.
Suspect in slaying of family in Indianapolis surrenders
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A3
A man suspected of gunning down seven family members he believed kept large amounts of money in their home surrendered to police on Saturday, authorities said.
Woodrow Wilson’s 150th birthday celebrated
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A2
Woodrow Wilson tried to bring the United States into the League of Nations, but Congress voted him down. He also tried to block Prohibition and failed.
Horoscopes
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D6
For Sunday, June 4, 2006.
Exercise with an E! or whatever works
June 4, 2006 in print edition on D1
I am shopping for a new TV for the upstairs bedroom slash office slash exercise room.
Poet’s showcase
June 4, 2006 in print edition on A2
“Diamond Head, Hawaii,” by Beverly Boyd