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Hot and windy again
Slight chance for thunderstorm tonight, better chance Saturday
June 16, 2006
Turn on the sprinkler again today - more hot and windy weather is expected for Lawrence this afternoon, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Hunch paying off for Oilers
Little-used Markkanen holding his own in net
June 16, 2006
Jussi Markkanen tilted his head, rubbed the blond beard sprouting from his chin and let out one of those smiles that says: C’mon, what do you think? No way he saw this coming.
Heat draw even with Mavericks
Miami claims 98-74 victory, deadlocks NBA Finals at two games apiece
June 16, 2006
Dwyane Wade’s tender knee held up fine, and so did home-court advantage for the Miami Heat. The NBA Finals aren’t over - not even close. They’ve only just begun. Wade, barely able to walk on a badly banged-up left knee 24 hours earlier, scored 36 points, and big buddy Shaquille O’Neal added 17 and 13 rebounds as the Heat downed the Dallas Mavericks, 98-74, Thursday night to even the series 2-2.
Our Town Sports
June 16, 2006
Chemically treated wood shouldn’t cause harm
June 16, 2006
Q: We recently learned that the deck of our longtime home is made of lumber that was injected with a chemical called “CCA.” My brother says CCA was taken off the market a few years ago because it causes cancer. Is this true? Do we need to replace our deck?
Sheryl Crow gets back to music
June 16, 2006
Sheryl Crow has made a few adjustments since returning to the stage after battling breast cancer. She still performs more than two hours each night, but the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter is more apt to take a nap during the day. And she’s added a private chef to her road crew to ensure she’s eating healthy.
Bomb targets workers for U.S.-led coalition
June 16, 2006
A bomb exploded aboard a minibus carrying Afghans to work at a coalition air base Thursday, killing seven, as U.S.-led forces launched a sweeping anti-Taliban offensive across southern Afghanistan.
Reflecting on Wakarusa
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June 16, 2006
Wakarusa media coordinator Heather Lofflin recalls speaking with a fan who frequently travels from one concert festival to the next. He told Lofflin after Sunday’s finale that Wakarusa was his favorite one because he always felt like “I had grown by the time I left.” Those involved with Lawrence’s predominant musical event can share the sentiment.
Black fights for laughs in ‘Nacho Libre’
June 16, 2006
When it comes to cinematic sight gags, there are few images this summer that can rival Jack Black in Mexican wrestler’s gear. Already fashion-challenged because his character is poor, pudgy and an occupant of the 1970s, Black looks simply hilarious in his red-and-blue Lycra uniform. A tight-fitting mask provides no added menace as it barely covers his prepubescent-style mustache. The whole outfit somehow makes his unsightly body look even less streamlined.
Royals’ rally thwarted
K.C. ties game late, falls in 10th inning
June 16, 2006
ladimir Guerrero hit a two-run homer, and Orlando Cabrera’s two-out RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night. Cabrera’s soft liner off Elmer Dessens sailed over the reach of Royals shortstop Angel Berroa and scored Mike Napoli from third.
Team Kansas drops sixth straight
June 16, 2006
Tyler Lawrence dropped back in the pocket, made one read and threw a perfectly arced pass to Stephen Blumhardt in the corner of the end zone - touchdown, team Kansas. Unfortunately for the Kansas University quarterback recruit, it would be the most protection he’d see all night from his offensive line.
Ultimate’ smoker rolls into town
June 16, 2006
A Texas bread company is announcing its arrival in Lawrence with a major piece of equipment: a grill and smoker big enough to handle 200 steaks or 500 hamburgers or 1,000 hot dogs.
Gardeners can capture water
City workshops outline use of rain barrels
June 16, 2006
There’s a cheap, easy way to add a few precious inches to this summer’s oh-so-scarce precipitation. “Rain barrels,” said Diana Sjogren, a waste reduction and recycling specialist for the city. Sjogren is coordinating a series of workshops aimed at touting the benefits of homeowners using barrels to capture and store rainwater for later use on the lawn or in the garden.
Unprecedented hearing set for justice
June 16, 2006
In the first such case for Kansas, state Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss will face accusations Aug. 10 that he violated judicial rules. The alleged violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct stem from Nuss’ conversation with two legislators about school finance, a pending case before the court. Judges are prohibited from talking privately with interested parties during a case.
Vandal strikes garden
June 16, 2006
The Community Garden Project in the 900 block of Mississippi Street is a place where sociability is cultivated alongside the vegetable and ornamental crops. So Sharla True, who tends a plot in the communal garden, was outraged when she discovered a vandal had struck, uprooting plants and causing other damage. “I really feel like the person who did this should be ashamed,” she said.
Cat lovers, get ready!
Annual show opens this weekend at fairgrounds
June 16, 2006
Kitties usually don’t travel well. But this weekend, more than 100 cats and kittens and their owners from several states and Canada again will invade Lawrence for the annual International Cat Show by the Kansas City Midwest Cat Club.
Automatic lease renewal can be costly
Landlords cite convenience, but tenants can overlook fine print
June 16, 2006
Stephanie Krehbiel is moving into her first home, but her recent rental experience still haunts her. “The mistakes we made, anybody could make,” the Lawrence resident said. Krehbiel, 30, is trying to sort out a $1,600 mess related to a controversial clause included in many rental contracts.
Police say rapes may be related
Suspect, timing similar in three attacks since ‘04
June 16, 2006
Police said Thursday that an armed intruder who raped a woman earlier this week in central Lawrence may be the same person who committed two similar unsolved rapes in 2004. “These attacks are terrible. They last for a while,” Lawrence Police spokesman Sgt. Dan Ward said.
Utility franchise fees seen as budget fix
Move would increase phone, cable, electric bills
June 16, 2006
As city commissioners work on creating a 2007 budget, they’re considering more than just increasing people’s taxes. They’re also contemplating action that would raise everyone’s electric, cable and telephone bills.
KU plays star role in sea monster film
June 16, 2006
Every kid knows the tyrannosaurus or the triceratops. But few likely know the mosasaur. The ferocious prehistoric sea reptile that roamed the seas over what is now Kansas is among the creatures depicted in an upcoming IMAX film shot Thursday at Kansas University. “This to us was the dinosaur story that’s never been told,” said Lisa Truitt, a producer of “Sea Monsters 3D.”
Bush makes Hawaiian archipelago world’s largest marine sanctuary
June 16, 2006
President Bush created a vast new marine sanctuary on Thursday, extending stronger federal protections to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the surrounding waters with their endangered monk seals, nesting green sea turtles and other rare species.
Bus bombing kills at least 64
June 16, 2006
Suspected Tamil separatists attacked a crowded bus Thursday, triggering a pair of hidden bombs that killed at least 64 people - the worst violence since a 2002 cease-fire began unraveling in recent months.
Police: Driver carrying wife’s severed head crashes, killing 2
June 16, 2006
The severed head of a man’s wife flew from his pickup truck Thursday when he crashed into an oncoming car, killing the driver and her child, police said. The investigation of the wreck and the head, which was tossed onto the roadway by the impact, led police to the decapitated body of 47-year-old Theresa N. Time in the garage of the home she shared with her husband, Alofa Time, said Nampa police Lt. LeRoy Forsman.
Boxes hold ashes, memories
Mortuary a final resting place for ‘cremains’
June 16, 2006
In the basement of Warren-McElwain Mortuary is a secluded room. The sign outside reads: “Cremation Storage Area: Visitation Hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.” Inside are several dozen containers. Some are cardboard boxes, some are brass tins, a few are elaborate urns. But they all contain the same thing: the ashes of someone’s dearly departed.
Youngster thrilled despite big number in opening round
June 16, 2006
The kid wore a big smile, even after shooting an 81. Tadd Fujikawa made history at the U.S. Open on Thursday, and it had nothing to do with a lackluster round that included three double bogeys. The USGA initially said the Hawaii high-schooler would be the second-youngest player to participate in an Open, behind only Tyrell Garth Jr., who played in 1941.
Oral Roberts added to 2006-07 schedule
KU needs one game to finalize slate
June 16, 2006
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team will play three teams from the state of Oklahoma during the 2006-07 season. The Jayhawks, who meet Oklahoma State and Oklahoma each campaign in Big 12 play, will also tangle with Oral Roberts University of the Mid-Continent Conference on Nov. 15 at Allen Fieldhouse.
Montgomerie’s the man
June 16, 2006
This wasn’t the return Tiger Woods had in mind. Three holes into the U.S. Open, he already was 3 over par. He heard more groans than cheers, which happens when the No. 1 player in the world hits three short shots - from the rough, a drop area and a bunker - that sail over the green. All that saved him Thursday was playing the final six holes in 1 under to shoot 76, his worst start ever in a major.
Astros sweep Cubs
June 16, 2006
Houston’s latest victory was a tough one for manager Phil Garner to sit through. Brad Ausmus hit a two-run single in the eighth inning, rallying the Astros to a 3-2 victory Thursday and a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs. The Astros earned their first three-game sweep at Wrigley Field since May 15-17, 2001. They have won four straight overall and eight of 11.
Hollandsworth powers Tribe
June 16, 2006
Todd Hollandsworth knew the numbers: 3-for-39, 0-for-19 - a slump of rather substantial dimensions. Still, he broke out of his skid Thursday with a double and a homer, driving in four runs in Cleveland’s 8-4 victory over the New York Yankees.
England, Ecuador reach second round
Host Germany advances in tournament on a day it doesn’t have to play
June 16, 2006
England and Ecuador vaulted into the second round of the World Cup with wins Thursday, and host Germany also advanced without even having to play. Ecuador beat Costa Rica, 3-0, in Hamburg, a win that was enough to send both the South Americans and Germany into the knockout round. They will play for first place in Group A on Tuesday. The hosts, who beat Poland 1-0 on Wednesday, also qualified with Ecuador’s win. Winless Costa Rica and Poland have been eliminated.
Roethlisberger out of hospital
Steelers QB vows to wear helmet if he rides motorcycle
June 16, 2006
Ben Roethlisberger apologized to the Pittsburgh Steelers, fans and his family Thursday, hours after being released from a hospital, saying he was fortunate to be alive and pledging to wear a helmet if he ever again rides a motorcycle.
Bridge project on hold for frog mating season
June 16, 2006
A bridge project in Cherokee County has been put on hold to allow for a species of frog that is rare in Kansas to mate.
Public bands an old tradition in Lawrence
June 16, 2006
Bands are nothing new to Lawrence - a band played public concerts in the city’s pioneer days, according to Robert Foster, director of the Lawrence City Band. “One of the most memorable early concerts had to be one which was presented in downtown Lawrence the evening before Quantrill’s raid,” Foster wrote during an online chat Thursday on the Journal-World’s Web site.
On the Record
June 16, 2006
Lawrence Datebook
June 16, 2006
Poverty summit slated
June 16, 2006
About 130 Kansas and Missouri college students are expected to participate in the “Young Global Leaders Summit: Ending Poverty,” a leadership conference set for Saturday at Lawrence Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave.
Free plane rides at fest
June 16, 2006
This year’s Planes Trains and Automobiles celebration in Baldwin will feature free plane rides for kids and events all day Saturday downtown.
Paris Hilton Tax Relief Act?
June 16, 2006
Now let us praise Paris Hilton. This is not a phrase I ever expected to fall from my lips or my laptop. The high school dropout and celebutante is the heiress that America loves to ridicule. Nevertheless, I raise a glass to Paris, the young and the spoiled, the rich and rhymes-with-rich, after the near-death experience of the estate tax. Paris may yet become the unwitting icon who pulls us from the brink of policy madness.
Real world is hard to shut out
June 16, 2006
I am in corpse pose. Flat on my back, legs out, arms at my sides, because that’s how yoga class ends. My mind is empty. Free of stress. Free of worry. Free of … Wait, if I lie here too long the meter I fed 55 minutes ago will run out. Class was supposed to start at 7:15, but in the yoga world that means 7:25 or 7:30 or whenever the earth chakra aligns with the vapor of the sun.
Landplan expands into Junction City
June 16, 2006
Landplan Engineering is expanding. The Lawrence-based company, which provides civil engineering and landscape-design services, has opened a new office in Junction City to focus on clients in Junction City and Manhattan.
Seminar to address wage, hour issues
June 16, 2006
Michelle Bird, an investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, will discuss the Fair Labor Standards Act from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Kansas University Endowment Association, 1891 Constant Ave.
Attorneys to review issues for landlords
June 16, 2006
Landlords and other property managers are invited to attend a free seminar Tuesday that will include a review of leases, background checks, late fees and other related topics.
Gates moving to charity work
Microsoft chairman to leave daily duties, focus on foundation
June 16, 2006
Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates announced Thursday that he would transition from day-to-day responsibilities at the company he co-founded to concentrate on the charitable work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Heartless rivals
June 16, 2006
To the editor: Fred Phelps now has a rival for the title of “Most Heartless Exploiter of the Misery of the Loved Ones of Victims of Islamic Terrorism.” We now have laws against picketing funerals, so Fred may not be able to keep his title.
Satellite solution
June 16, 2006
To the editor: Will ANY of the proposed downtown libraries best serve Lawrence (taxpayers)? Unlikely. Replacing an adequate downtown library by spending $50 million to $70 million on another downtown library will mostly satisfy the special interests of downtown property owners and developers, rather than library patrons from all parts of an expanding city.
Pointless visit
June 16, 2006
To the editor: The spectacle of our president’s unannounced mad dash to Baghdad should give everyone second, maybe third, thoughts about Iraq’s festering disaster.
Bitter Coulter
June 16, 2006
To the editor: Leonard Pitts’ column (Journal-World, June 11) expressed my impression of Ann Coulter more eloquently than I could have. This darling of Fox News and conservatives is a bitter, hateful individual who would almost make you laugh if she wasn’t so pathetic and obsessed.
Festival positives
June 16, 2006
To the editor: Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of the Wakarusa Music Festival, I believe it is time to point out the positive as well …
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 16, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 16, 1906: “The Crawley auto frightened a team of horses hitched to a farm wagon on South Massachusetts today and in the runaway that followed, the wagon was demolished. Nobody was hurt.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 16, 2006
The Douglas County Commission, after consulting with county attorney Ralph King, planned to put the proposed new $1.25 million Lecompton bridge over the Kansas River to a public vote in the August primary elections.
Plethora of parks
An arbitrary standard to double park density in Lawrence won’t serve the city well.
June 16, 2006
A new standard requiring at least small parks to be built within a quarter-mile of every Lawrence residence is one of those ideas that sounds good but just isn’t practical. The current standard in Lawrence is to have a park within a half-mile of every residence, but a majority of the Lawrence City Commission decided Tuesday night that wasn’t good enough. Most people wouldn’t walk a half-mile to a park, they reasoned, so we need to build enough parks so people will only have to walk a quarter-mile to access one.
Al-Zarqawi opened deep sectarian wounds
June 16, 2006
The dust having settled - 500-pound bombs can raise, and even manufacture, a lot of dust - it is time to give the devil his due. To understand the diabolical genius of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, that pornographer of violence, begin with this: He was a primitive who understood the wired world, and used an emblem of modernity, the Internet, to luxuriate in gore.
Law increases fines for indecent broadcasts
June 16, 2006
President Bush signed legislation Thursday that will cost broadcasters dearly when raunchy programming exceeds “the bounds of decency.” At a signing ceremony for the new law increasing by tenfold the maximum fine for indecency, Bush said that it will force industry figures to “take seriously their duty to keep the public airwaves free of obscene, profane and indecent material.”
WWI museum trying to generate interest
June 16, 2006
Promoters of a new, $26 million World War I museum scheduled to open in less than six months are trying to find a way to get the public interested in a war that took place nine decades ago.
Memorial scheduled for Costa Rica drownings
June 16, 2006
A memorial service has been scheduled for three Kansas teenagers and a missing teacher who were swept out to sea during a weekend swimming accident off Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast.
Homeless shelter offers block party
June 16, 2006
There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, music and, perhaps, a little neighborhood fence-mending this evening when the homeless, their advocates and people living near the Lawrence Community Shelter gather for a two-hour block party.
Hearing postponed in HIV exposure case
June 16, 2006
A hearing was postponed Thursday on whether a Lawrence man charged with exposing multiple women to HIV should be extradited to Missouri.
People in the news
June 16, 2006
¢ Prosecutors won’t charge Moss on cocaine allegations ¢ Appeals court holds up conviction of rocker Glitter ¢ ‘Idol’ singer Ruben Studdard awarded $2 million in suit
Disney airs ‘Buffy’ knockoff
June 16, 2006
Any similarities between “Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior” (7 p.m., Disney) and the series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” are strictly intentional. Like Buffy, the young Wendy (Brenda Song) is a spirited teen who discovers that she has been endowed with supernatural powers and is the only thing standing between mankind and the forces of evil.
House Democrats vote to strip lawmaker of committee assignment
June 16, 2006
House Democrats, determined to make an election-year point about ethics, voted 99-58 Thursday night to strip Rep. William Jefferson of his committee assignment while a federal bribery investigation runs its course.
Colorado appeals court: 12-year-old girls, 14-year-old boys can marry
June 16, 2006
A 15-year-old girl can enter into a common-law marriage in Colorado, and younger girls and boys possibly can, too, a state appeals court ruled Thursday. While the three-judge panel stopped short of setting a specific minimum age for such marriages, it said they could be legal for girls at 12 and boys at 14 under English common law, which Colorado recognizes.
Twins recovering after surgery to divide them
June 16, 2006
Regina and Renata Salinas Fierros lay in side-by-side beds for the first time in their 10-month-old lives Thursday after doctors separated and rebuilt the twins’ bodies in a marathon surgery.
Cruise line sued after ship sails to Canada
June 16, 2006
New Jersey’s attorney general sued Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. on Thursday for diverting a Bermuda-bound cruise to Canada last summer and refusing to issue refunds.
Cousin: Wanted man said judge was biased
June 16, 2006
A man sought by police Thursday in the slaying of his estranged wife and the attack on a family court judge left a phone message saying he wanted “the true story” to get out to the public, his cousin said.
Bishops vote for Mass changes
June 16, 2006
Roman Catholic bishops on Thursday voted to make the most significant changes to the Mass since Americans began worshipping in English instead of Latin more than three decades ago.
High court upholds no-knock police search
June 16, 2006
The Supreme Court made it easier Thursday for police to barge into homes and seize evidence without knocking or waiting, a sign of the court’s new conservatism with Samuel Alito on board.
Reporter gets prison on extortion charge
June 16, 2006
A Chinese journalist found guilty of extortion after writing articles about corruption was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison, his wife and attorney said.
Hamas offers to restore cease-fire with Israel
June 16, 2006
The Hamas-led Palestinian government offered Thursday to restore a cease-fire with Israel, nearly a week after calling off the truce to protest a deadly explosion on a Gaza beach. Israel responded favorably, signaling that both sides are prepared to step back from fighting that threatened to escalate into a broader conflict.
If convicted, ex-Liberian leader may go to Britain
June 16, 2006
The British government said Thursday it was willing to jail former Liberian President Charles Taylor if he is convicted of war crimes, breaking an impasse that had stalled his trial before an international tribunal.
Rebel leader pledges to disarm
June 16, 2006
Rebel soldiers holed up in hills around East Timor’s capital plan to start handing over weapons to a multinational peacekeeping force today, their commander said, in a step that could help end months of violence.
Kickapoo Tribe files suit over water supply
June 16, 2006
The Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday, accusing a watershed district in Brown and Nemaha counties of stalling improvements to the tribe’s water supply.
Al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist blueprint shows weakening insurgency
June 16, 2006
A document purportedly captured in an al-Qaida hideout portrays the insurgency in Iraq as being in “bleak” shape, saying that it is losing strength and proposing ways to stir up trouble between the U.S. and Iran to divert American attention.
No legal agreement yet on schools’ use of ‘KU
June 16, 2006
The KU-KU public relations debacle is not over yet. After spending more than a year developing a new “visual identity” and logo, Kansas University last fall discovered its “KU” letters bear striking resemblance to the wordmark used by the small Pennsylvania school Kutztown University.
Horoscopes
June 16, 2006
For Friday, June 16
News of the Weird
June 16, 2006
¢ More things to worry about ¢ Unclear on the concept
Put the Piano in tune with the room
June 16, 2006
Piano lessons may teach you how to play Chopin’s etudes, but techniques of a different sort are needed when figuring out where to put a piano in your home. A badly chosen location can spoil the piano’s tune, crack the sounding board and bleach out the finish, costing $10,000 to $20,000 in repairs, says Rick Schaeffer, owner of Schaeffer’s Piano Co. in Rockville, Md., a 105-year-old firm started by his grandfather.
Clemson leads four-team ACC brigade at CWS
June 16, 2006
The Atlantic Coast Conference is poised to end a 51-year national championship drought in baseball. Four ACC teams, including No. 1 national seed Clemson, make up half the field in the College World Series. That matches the record by the Southeastern Conference, which sent four teams to the CWS in 1997 and 2004.
Eagle Bend taps Morris head pro
Assistant promoted to replace Kane
June 16, 2006
With seemingly countless course options, contemporary golfers are in a buyers market. Yet the facility isn’t everything. John Morris believes return business is built on the total experience.