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Archive for Thursday, June 8, 2006

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Wakarusa Festival, 2006 - Day 1
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Polls
Do you think the police check lanes for Wakarusa Festival goers is a good idea?

Poll results

Response Percent
No. It’s an overreaction that sends the wrong message to tourists.
 
56%
Yes. It’s designed to keep illegal drugs out of the festival and promote safety.
 
40%
Undecided.
 
2%
Total 1361
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Chat with Douglas County District Chief Judge Robert Fairchild
June 8, 2006
Chief Judge Robert Fairchild discusses Judge Paula Martin, the handling of possession arrests at the Wakarusa Festival, and the specialization of courts.
Traffic problems arise at Wakarusa fest
10:01 a.m., June 8, 2006 Updated 02:45 p.m.
Stalled vehicles - some that were overheated or out of gas - were tying up traffic headed out this morning to the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival at Clinton Lake.
World: Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi Killed in Air Raid
Identity confirmed by fingerprints and a first-hand look at his face
June 8, 2006
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida’s leader in Iraq who led a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and kidnappings, has been killed in an air strike, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday.
Warm and sticky today
Clouds to thin out through afternoon
June 8, 2006
If you’re heading out to the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival at Clinton Lake, pack the sunscreen. And grab a bag of ice. “We’re heading up to 90 degrees today,” says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. And Friday’s temperature is headed up to 97 degrees, Schack said.
State rains on Wakarusa parade
Festival didn’t have lease for event
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A1
There won’t be a Mardi Gras-style parade Saturday at Wakarusa Fest. It’s been canceled. But don’t blame the weather.
Tafanelli seeks re-election
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B1
State Rep. Lee Tafanelli, R-Ozawkie, has filed to run for re-election.
Scattered by Hurricane Katrina, band remains intact
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A5
Nine months after Hurricane Katrina pushed five feet of water through his house in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood, Roger Lewis, a 30-year veteran of the New Orleans music scene, will perform with his bandmates in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band this Saturday at Wakarusa Fest.
KU student president presses for more campus wireless zones
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B1
Richard Heishman loves the ease of wireless computing. “I’ve got all my information on here,” he said, gesturing to his trusty machine that he lugs to Kansas University, where he’s studying for licensing exams. “I can access all my documents if I need to.”
Gala aims to raise museum funds
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B1
Supporters of the Clinton Lake Museum said they hope Saturday marks the start of a new era leading to better preservation and recognition of the area’s history.
Squirrels, rabbits create mischief
June 8, 2006 in print edition on D2
Flowers are not the only enjoyable life in the garden. The amazing aerobatic antics of eastern gray tree squirrels can amuse gardeners for hours … up the tree, across the power line, over the roof and down to the bird feeder for a mid-morning snack. Likewise, furry cute bunnies can bounce freely through the green grass, stopping just long enough to steal a quick bite of clover or dandelion. Although both are clever and mischievous, they wear out their welcome when they begin chewing on something more desirable.
250 were arrested after riot in Kabul
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A6
More than 250 Afghans were arrested after a riot in Kabul last week that killed about 20 people, the intelligence chief said Wednesday. A roadside bomb killed three Afghan troops, and the U.S.-led coalition confirmed the deaths of two American soldiers.
One of last WWI veterans dies at 109
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A6
Nearly 90 years after he was sent to the Western Front in World War I, Leon Weil has died.
Hamas agrees to keep soldiers out of sight
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A6
The Hamas-led government agreed Wednesday to withdraw a controversial private militia from public areas of Gaza in an agreement with the rival Fatah movement aimed at halting weeks of bloody infighting.
Militants kidnap 5 South Koreans
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A6
Gunmen in speedboats attacked a Shell gas plant early Wednesday, sparking a firefight and kidnapping five South Korean contractors in the latest violence to hit Africa’s leading crude producer.
Powder scare briefly shuts down Parliament
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A6
Police briefly locked down Britain’s Houses of Parliament on Wednesday after a man sprayed a powdery substance in the main lobby.
Iraq releases 594 prisoners to appease Sunnis
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A6
Hundreds of newly freed Iraqi prisoners kissed the ground after being dropped at bus stations Wednesday as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki launched the largest such release since the U.S.-led invasion.
New details, questions emerge on Haditha killings
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A6
A small group of U.S. Marines alleged to have killed up to two dozen Iraqi civilians conducted a house-to-house hunt that stretched over three hours, while other Marines in Haditha did not intervene, according to an Iraqi human rights investigator.
European nations accused of collusion on CIA renditions
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A6
Fourteen European nations colluded with U.S. intelligence in a “spider’s web” of human rights abuses to help the CIA spirit terror suspects to illegal detention facilities, a European investigator said Wednesday.
Dispatchers charged for bungling 911 call
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
Two 911 operators who authorities say wrongly assumed it was a prank when a 5-year-old boy called to report that his mother had collapsed have been charged with neglect of duty.
Corkins’ hires draw ire from board
New employee was fired from last job
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A1
The controversy started before the news conference, and it increased afterward. Kansas Education Commissioner Bob Corkins on Wednesday announced hiring two new deputy commissioners - one of whom was recently fired from his last job - as part of a reorganization plan.
Wescoe air tests to begin this week
Sampling may not provide reason for brain tumors
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A1
Kansas University is moving forward with a $3.5 million renovation of Wescoe Hall even as it launches an investigation into whether the building has caused brain tumors.
After 80 years, rare millipede resurfaces
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
Millipede means “thousand-legged.” But most species of the creature actually only have about 300 legs.
Congress increases TV indecency fines
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
Congress gave notice to broadcasters Wednesday that they will pay dearly for crossing the line with offensive material like Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction,” passing legislation that would multiply indecency fines 10 times.
CBS correspondent begins trip home
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
Kimberly Dozier has improved enough to travel home.
Suspect confesses to slaying student
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
A registered sex offender confessed to killing a Clemson University student and to sexual assaults in Alabama and Tennessee, authorities said Wednesday.
Blood pressure drugs shown to raise risk of major birth defects
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
Some blood pressure drugs previously thought to be safe when taken early in pregnancy now appear to substantially raise the risk of major birth defects, doctors say.
Fossils show dinosaur shrank to adapt to island habitat
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
Dwarf dinosaurs? It sounds like the old George Carlin joke about jumbo shrimp: two words that just don’t go together.
Finalists put faith to test
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C1
Dallas (ap) - The NBA finals are a new phenomenon in this part of Texas and in Pat Ri The NBA finals are a new phenomenon in this part of Texas and in Pat Riley’s part of Florida. The Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat have never been this far in the postseason, and there’s plenty of rafter room for the banner to be won in the next two weeks.
Keegan: Simien must miss fieldhouse
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C1
Didn’t get a chance to interview many NBA players during nearly three years of radio shows, but did particularly enjoy having a pair of college basketball stars on the show to talk about the draft.
Three from KU in track finals
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C3
Three Kansas University track and field athletes qualified Wednesday for finals at the NCAA Championships at Sacramento State’s A.G. Spanos Sports Complex.
KU great headed to Hall
Marilynn Smith to be enshrined for lifetime achievement
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C3
LPGA pioneer Marilynn Smith will become a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame on October 30 as part of the Class of 2006.
Coulter remarks anger N.Y. politicians
Conservative pundit lashes out at 9-11 widows
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A2
New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused commentator Ann Coulter of making a “vicious, mean-spirited attack” on outspoken 9-11 widows whom the television pundit described as “self-obsessed” and enjoying their husbands’ deaths.
People in the news
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ The nutty musical ¢ De Niro donates collection ¢ Jolie, Pitt deny wedding plan
Windfall’ full of hot air
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A2
Am I the only one who believes that the most boring conversations begin with the phrase, “When I win the lottery …?” The summer series “Windfall” (9 p.m., NBC) asks viewers to care about the fates of 20 photogenic folks from all walks of life who share ownership of a $400 million sweepstake ticket. As you can imagine, we get to see people say, “yippee,” more than once. This takes up an inordinate amount of time in the 42-minute pilot, and with so many personal sagas to introduce, there isn’t much time to spare.
Bush promotes immigration reform in Omaha
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A7
Immigration reform has divided Americans, and President Bush’s speech on the issue got a divided response in Omaha Wednesday.
Bookies won’t set odds on Brownback
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A7
There are odds for getting struck by lightning.
Florida reclassifies endangered species
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A8
The manatee, long the poster mammal of the environmental movement in Florida, lost its endangered status from the state on Wednesday.
Australian features may be earliest fossils of life on Earth
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A8
Odd-shaped mounds of dirt in Australia turn out to be fossils of the oldest life on Earth, created by billions of microbes more than 3 billion years ago, scientists say in a new report. And these mounds are exactly the type of life astrobiologists are looking for on Mars and elsewhere.
Commodities
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C8
Congress passes bill to make mining safer
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A3
It will never be as safe as a desk job, but lawmakers hope coal mining becomes less risky due to changes they ordered Wednesday.
Chiropractors to talk about subluxation
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C8
The Chiropractic Experience: A Creating Wellness Center is inviting the public to observe and celebrate Subluxation Awareness Day.
Information fair set for local landlords
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C8
Landlords of Lawrence Inc. will sponsor its fourth Landlord Information Fair at 6 p.m. Monday in Building 21S at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Toyota tops in quality rankings
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C8
Toyota Motor Corp. continued to dominate the initial quality rankings, grabbing the top spot in 11 out of 19 segments in the 2006 survey by J.D. Power and Associates, released Wednesday.
Daily ticker
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C8
No test for Nadal in quarterfinals
Opponent quits, sending Spaniard to French Open semis
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C2
Hopping in place in a hallway leading to the court, Rafael Nadal was drenched with sweat before he smacked a ball in his French Open quarterfinal.
Nats win series in Atlanta
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C4
Marlon Anderson hit a two-run homer, and Ramon Ortiz won his fifth straight start as the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves, 5-2, on Wednesday night.
Angels rookie keeps rolling
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C4
Mike Napoli and Kendry Morales homered, and rookie Jered Weaver remained unbeaten in three major-league starts as the Los Angeles Angels beat Tampa Bay, 6-2, on Wednesday.
Rookie goalie guides ‘Canes
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C5
The kid looks like he’s done it all before. So do the Carolina Hurricanes, halfway home to their first Stanley Cup championship after a dominating performance on Tobacco Road.
Bullpen surrenders shutout
Nasty ninth erases Keppel’s stellar start for K.C.
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C5
The 100 or so friends and family who trekked across Missouri hoping to see Bobby Keppel’s first major-league victory had a night filled with boos and cheers.
Life after NASCAR
Rusty Wallace explores several options in his post-racing career
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C6
When Rusty Wallace, never the retiring sort, stepped away from Nextel Cup racing after 25 seasons, he was shocked at what he found.
Clarification
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B2
A story Wednesday on the Lawrence City Commission’s decision to extend the Lawrence Community Shelter’s conditional use permit reported that Brandy Sutton said “known drug dealers” and convicted sex offenders hang out at the shelter, and that both should be banned.
On the record
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B2
District court judge to chat online today
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B1
Have questions about local courts?
KU cancer research reported in journal
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B1
Research at Kansas University has led to a new strategy for getting anti-cancer drugs to kill cancer cells, without causing serious harm to normal cells in the body.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.66 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Plymouth bell choir hits high note with U.S. tour
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B1
Ding, dong, ding … That’s the sound the Plymouth Ringers have echoing in their ears after thrice-daily bell choir practices.
Senator denies court contact before Nuss lunch
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B1
Senate President Steve Morris’ contact with the Kansas Supreme Court on school finance issues might be more extensive than previously disclosed, according to sworn statements from senators released Wednesday.
County leaders consider, discuss long-term goals
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B3
Douglas County leaders hope to turn Wednesday’s daylong brainstorming session into actions over the next 30 months.
City, KU looking for input on transit issues
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B8
The Lawrence Transit System and Kansas University leaders want to hear about the public transit needs of students and area residents.
County eyes housing options for R.I. Street property
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B8
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday night expressed their willingness to explore lease or conveyance options for residential use of land the county owns in the 1100 block of Rhode Island.
City Hall security improved after consecutive outbursts at meetings
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B8
Maybe City Commission meetings will calm down now that we’re past the date 6-6-06.
Lower limit?
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I appreciate the Journal-World’s attention to safety issues on U.S. Highway 59.
Civic senses
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Regarding “Phone ban loses favor” (Journal-World, June 6): Over the millennia, engaged citizens have debated a fundamental characteristic of civilized societies: the civilian’s willingness to obey unenforceable laws.
Watchful eye
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Why don’t background or reference checks reveal problems with employees who work in homes for the handicapped or elderly?
Saving marriage
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: So, the president wants a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage?
Mayor cleans up Providence
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B7
Something remarkable is happening here. A city long renowned for the rackets and graft is being cleaned up by a reform-minded mayor.
U.S. diplomacy gives Iran chance to join global mainstream
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B6
As the nuclear-sparked crisis in Iran intensifies, some readers worry that I savor military confrontation with Tehran. Quite the contrary.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B6
Mock state activity began in earnest with the opening of Boys State on the Kansas University campus.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B6
Jury selection began in the first of 13 civil lawsuits to come to trial in connection with the 1977 natural gas explosion in downtown Lawrence that killed two men. The blast also destroyed the Pier 1 Imports store at 747 Mass. along with wiping out the overhead apartment in which the men lived.
Iraqi leader must pursue politics of unity
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B6
The American ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, was rushing to his residence from a visit to a new electrical plant in Baghdad, a landmark at a time when Iraqis get only a few hours of electricity a day.
Horoscopes
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, June 8
Same-sex marriage ban fails by wide margin in U.S. Senate
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A1
The Senate rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage by a wide margin Wednesday, delivering a stinging defeat to President Bush and other Republicans who had hoped the issue would rally GOP voters for the November elections.
Ex-pro Troutman relishes amateur status
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C3
Frontenac’s Jon Troutman is having quite the time becoming an amateur once again - at the age of 30.
KU pair snared
Schweitzer, Quick picked on Day Two
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C1
OK, so Jared Schweitzer doesn’t have a shopping spree of sports cars, mansions and bling-bling ahead of him just yet.
Walkin’ Wakarusa
Your guide to getting around the festival grounds
June 8, 2006 in print edition on D1
Now in its third year, the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival is positioned to draw about 15,000 people a day to Lawrence. Supposedly, four out of five ticket buyers aren’t native to the area. So here’s a handy map of the event and today’s lineup for those who might not be exactly sure what they’re getting into.
Highway patrol drug check greets fans on way to fest
Inspections an effort to curb crime this weekend
June 8, 2006 in print edition on A1
As thousands of revelers began pouring into Lawrence for one of the nation’s biggest outdoor popular music festivals, the Wakarusa Festival’s promoter complained Wednesday that police had jerked the welcome mat by setting up a three-day check lane to stop drivers as they exited Interstate 70.
KU School of Fine Arts publication wins award
June 8, 2006 in print edition on D2
The creators of Kansas University’s School of Fine Arts 2005 annual report received a silver medal in the recent Council for Advancement and Support of Education Circle of Excellence competition.
EMU Theatre planning auditions
June 8, 2006
EMU Theatre has scheduled auditions for its upcoming 10-minute play festival.
Area artists awarded in Mulvane Mountain fair
June 8, 2006 in print edition on D2
Three Kansans won awards at the 14th Annual Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Fair on Saturday.
Theater gives its regards to composer
Musical pays homage to ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ writer
June 8, 2006 in print edition on D1
George M. Cohan’s critics considered him a flag-waver, and he probably saw that as a compliment.
KU grid recruits present
Just one member of class not on campus
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s public student directory lists all but one of KU’s 25 incoming scholarship football recruits for the 2006 season.
City softball standings (through Monday)
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C3
$ummer $avings
Season full of possible tax breaks
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C8
And you thought you could have the summer off with no tax issues to think about.
Commentary: Sampson’s infractions no minor matter
Even simple phone calls helped give former Oklahoma coach an extra edge during recruiting
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C2
Question: How many extra phone calls add up to an automobile?
Lawrence resident to lead national teacher education group
Educator shortage top concern
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B2
In Kansas, a lot of school districts are hurting for teachers. Some, in fact, have turned to recruiters in India, Spain and the Philippines.
Our town sports
June 8, 2006 in print edition on C7
Old home town - 100 years ago today
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B6
No contest
The “music scene” may be important to Lawrence residents but not as important as a safe and secure downtown.
June 8, 2006 in print edition on B6
By all means, city officials should try to work with downtown nightclub owners to address problems related to violence and crime. But if it comes down to a choice between preserving “our music scene” and preserving the safety of people in downtown Lawrence, there should be no contest.