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A growing community
Two Catholic churches, split amid controversy, have thrived across town from one another
June 17, 2006 in print edition on D1
Pat Shultz vividly remembers when the Archdiocese of Kansas City announced that she would be asked to leave the church she had attended her entire life. Shultz grew up at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, but the archdiocese decided to start a new church in Lawrence, and about half of the members at St. John’s would be asked to be part of the new parish, Corpus Christi.
KU women add camp to busy summer
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C1
Summer vacation for a Kansas University women’s basketball player does not include much, if any, lounging at the pool. “They train. It never ends. It’s conditioning and skill work and being on campus (going to class),” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said Friday, watching her Jayhawks assist as coaches at her Elite camp for high school and junior high players at Horejsi Center.
Daunting challenge at hand for U.S.
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C1
They know Claudio Reyna and DaMarcus Beasley and that’s about it. The rest of the U.S. World Cup players are mostly no-names to some of their Italian counterparts. “Hopefully,” Reyna, the U.S. captain, said Friday, “they’ll remember them after the game.” Trying to stave off elimination, the Americans take the field today against the famous Azzurri, a team stocked with many of the sport’s richest and splashiest stars.
For love of the game
Fans flock to Lawrence bars to feed their soccer fix
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C1
Growing up in Europe, Martin Korytkowski lives by the family World Cup rules. “If you don’t watch your home country’s game,” Korytkowski said, “don’t show up.” While that kind of soccer craze hasn’t totally hit the States just yet, the popularity of the month-long World Cup has been evident in some Lawrence bars. That includes the Red Lyon Tavern, 944 Mass., which has opened its doors at 8 a.m. and offered donuts for patrons who come to watch World Cup play.
Pioneering female rabbi retires
Role model paved way for nearly
June 17, 2006 in print edition on D7
Sally J. Priesand, the first U.S. woman rabbi, arrived at Jewish seminary nearly 40 years ago determined to fulfill her dream to become a teacher of her faith. Many people thought she came for a different reason.
In Mexico, the heroes are masked men in tights
June 17, 2006 in print edition on D2
Tiny devil horns sprouting from his glittery mask, “Averno” snaps the waistline of his fiery red spandex tights against his paunch and pounds his chest in a show of bravado. The crowd goes wild, unleashing a chorus of obscenities at the gall of the burly bad guy, whose stage name means “Hell” in English.
Court’s ruling mixed on gas geysers case
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B6
A company held partly responsible for deadly 2001 gas explosions in Hutchinson can’t avoid paying $5.25 million in punitive damages, but two businesses will lose much of what they were awarded for property losses, the state’s highest court ruled Friday.
City, county seek Farmland information
Both commissions to sign confidentiality agreement
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B1
City and county commissioners are going into Boy Scout mode when it comes to the defunct and polluted Farmland Industries site: They want to be prepared for whatever happens. Both commissions next week are set to sign a confidentiality agreement that would allow them to inspect the property and examine Farmland documents that give more information about the old industrial site, which is just east of Lawrence on Kansas Highway 10.
Wakarusa arrestees have their day in court
Busy docket generates $11K in fines, fees
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B1
The local courts took on the feel of a trading pit Friday, as dozens of people busted at the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival wheeled and dealed with prosecutors to get their cases resolved. Charged with a misdemeanor? For a $200 fine and $117 in court costs, you could plead guilty or no contest and walk away with no jail time or probation.
Shoe bomb suspected in Shiite mosque blast
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A7
A suspected shoe bomber targeting a Shiite imam who criticized Abu Musab al-Zarqawi blew himself up inside one of Baghdad’s most prominent mosques during Friday prayers, killing 13 people and shattering a fragile calm imposed by a security crackdown in the capital.
Report forecasts boomer demand for homes, resort at Clinton Lake
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A1
A 150-room hotel, resort spa and 18-hole golf course at Clinton Lake, along with private lakeshore homes and recreation facilities, make good money sense, according to a state report. “This study can be used as a development tool for these communities and others,” said Steve Kelly, deputy secretary of business development for the Kansas Department of Commerce.
VA set to open clinic in city
Office would provide outpatient services to Lawrence veterans
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A1
Plans are being made by the Topeka veterans hospital to open an outpatient clinic in Lawrence that eventually could provide area veterans with basic health care five days a week. Final approval is pending from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, but the clinic might be open as soon as next month, said Jim Gleisberg, spokesman for Eastern Kansas Health Care System, which oversees VA medical centers in Topeka and Leavenworth.
Low-income tenants face uncertain future
Owner may redevelop property
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A1
At 86 years old, Fern Hayes doesn’t want a new home. “You get so old that you just hate to move,” Hayes said. But Hayes and dozens of other elderly or disabled residents of Clinton Place Apartments, 2125 Clinton Parkway, soon may not have a choice.
Hurst exits
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C6
Former Kansas University golfer Travis Hurst shot 78-78 for a 16-over-par total of 156 at the U.S. Open.
Tiger missing at major for first time as a pro
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C6
The longest layoff in Tiger Woods’ career ended with his shortest week at a major. Woods kept thinking he was one putt or one shot away from turning it around Friday in the U.S. Open until there was nothing left to do but tap in for another bogey, sign for another 76 and head home.
Stackhouse penalty has Mavs seething
Dallas’ top reserve suspended for Game 5 for hit on Shaq
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C6
Shaquille O’Neal mocked his collision with Jerry Stackhouse as being less vicious than a love tap from his daughters. The NBA declared it worthy of a one-game suspension. The Dallas Mavericks are calling it a crock. Following the league’s announcement Friday that Stackhouse must miss Game 5 of the finals for his hard foul on O’Neal in the third quarter of Game 4, the team’s top three officials all lambasted the punishment.
Elarton vexes former team
K.C. starter perfect for 5
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C5
Scott Elarton’s first start against the team where he began his career wasn’t perfect - though it did start out that way. Elarton pitched five perfect innings, and Reggie Sanders had two RBIs and scored twice to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 7-2 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. It’s just Kansas City’s second win in seven games and breaks a four-game winning streak for the recently surging Astros.
Clemson clutch again in opener
Top-seeded Tigers wait until eighth to blow by Yellow Jackets; UNC edges Fullerton in 13th
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C5
When Clemson is trailing in the late innings, watch out. The top-seeded Tigers pulled out their fourth come-from-behind victory in as many games, this time striking for all their runs in the eighth inning of an 8-4 win over Georgia Tech in the College World Series opener Friday.
Granderson powers Tigers
Detroit extends Cubs’ losing streak to four
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C4
Curtis Granderson doubled, tripled and scored twice, and Nate Robertson pitched seven effective innings to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Robertson (7-3) allowed two runs and five hits as the AL Central-leading Tigers won for the seventh time in nine games. The Cubs lost their fourth in a row. Todd Jones worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save.
Richard, Farley named to golf hall
June 17, 2006
Manhattan’s Deb Richard and the late Frank Farley are the latest additions to the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame. Richard, a former college and pro standout, and Farley, a noted golf architect from Kansas City, Kan., were named Friday by the Lawrence-based Kansas Golf Foundation.
Bechard eager to prove himself
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C3
Brennan Bechard says he has something to prove. Already. “A little bit, yeah,” Bechard said. “Show some people wrong.” He really shouldn’t have to. The kid has been on the Kansas University campus a week, is just getting settled into his Intro to Jazz class, and is paying his own way to do so. Still, he’s already heard the whispers from fans that he didn’t earn his way on the Jayhawk basketball team.
Argentina, Netherlands move on
Two squads advance from World Cup’s toughest group
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C2
Argentina and the Netherlands made the World Cup’s toughest group look easy. The Argentines routed Serbia-Montenegro, 6-0, Friday in the most dominating display so far at this year’s tournament. Rising stars Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez each made their World Cup debuts and scored late goals.
Fans always forgive Daly, but why?
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C2
John Daly is on the cover of the current ESPN The Magazine, and inside can be found an excerpt from his book, “My Life in and Out of the Rough.” ESPN is no dummy. The U.S. Open began Thursday, and who better to help sell magazines than the man best known for overindulgence - for how much he can drink to how much he can lose at the slot machines to how big his waistline can grow? What could Tiger Woods’ two Open victories do for circulation in the face of that kind of inspired excess?
Winged Foot tames Tiger, springs more surprises
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C1
Colin Montgomerie didn’t make a birdie and said he was delighted. Phil Mickelson said bogeys were OK. And the strangest words Friday came from Tiger Woods. He said goodbye. The U.S. Open is known as the toughest test in golf, but Winged Foot showed it can be a little wacky at times. Just as surprising as Woods missing the cut for the first time in a major was the guy who wound up atop the leaderboard - Steve Stricker, who hasn’t had his PGA Tour card in two years and hasn’t had the lead at a major since 1998.
Sniper admits to four more shootings
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A3
Authorities investigating four unsolved shootings around the country ranged from hopeful to skeptical over a report Friday that Washington-area sniper Lee Boyd Malvo says he and his one-time mentor were responsible.
Death sentence first in nearly 50 years
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A3
A man who kidnapped a supermarket worker and killed her as she prayed for her life was sentenced Friday to die, the first person to get the death penalty in Vermont in almost a half-century. Donald Fell, 26, was sentenced by a federal judge in Burlington.
House rejects setting timetable for withdrawal from Iraq
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A3
The House of Representatives on Friday rejected setting congressional deadlines for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq in a vote that Republican leaders orchestrated to emphasize Democratic disunity over the 3-year-old war.
Study: Clean living not necessarily healthy living
June 17, 2006
Gritty rats and mice living in sewers and farms seem to have healthier immune systems than their squeaky clean cousins that frolic in cushy antiseptic labs, two studies indicate. The lesson for humans: Clean living may make us sick.
Ground broken for Columbine memorial
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A3
Seven years after the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, hundreds of people joined former President Clinton on Friday for the ceremonial groundbreaking of a memorial honoring the 13 people slain at Columbine High School.
On the Record
June 17, 2006
Lawrence Datebook
June 17, 2006
Kansas gets mixed grades on disaster plans
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A5
Disaster plans for the state and its largest city received only mixed grades from a federal report Friday, but officials in Kansas said there are reasons to question the assessment’s accuracy. The grades from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security suggested that neither the state nor Wichita are prepared to care for masses of refugees displaced from their homes by a catastrophic event. Their plans also were deemed only partially sufficient in eight of 10 categories.
Report finds cities, states unprepared for catastrophes
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A5
New Orleans is still woefully unprepared for catastrophes 10 months after Hurricane Katrina, and the two cities attacked on 9-11 don’t meet all guidelines for responding to major disasters, a federal security analysis concluded Friday. Ten states were rated in a Homeland Security Department scorecard as having sufficient disaster response plans.
LHS students win at history contest
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B3
Two Lawrence High School students earned awards Thursday at the National History Day competition in College Park, Md. Timmia Hearn-Feldman, who will be a junior in the fall, won first place in senior individual performances for “‘I Have the Heart and Stomach of a King,’ Queen Elizabeth I: Taking a Stand in a Man’s World.” She also received a Kansas Heritage Center scholarship.
Wind farm project remains
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas’s newest wind energy plant, the Spearville Wind Energy Facility, was inaugurated Friday by state and local officials as work remains on track to erect the 67 turbines slated to be built here. The facility, owned and operated by Kansas City Power & Light, will generate 100.5 megawatts - enough to supply about 33,000 homes annually - when it is completed, the company said.
Pentagon report details abuse of Iraqi detainees
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A7
U.S. special operations forces fed some Iraqi detainees only bread and water for up to 17 days, used unapproved interrogation practices such as sleep deprivation and loud music and stripped at least one prisoner, according to a Pentagon report on incidents dating to 2003 and 2004.
Initial report in on Haditha killings
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A7
The Army general investigating whether military personnel tried to cover up any part of the alleged massacre of up to two dozen Iraqi civilians in Haditha late last year has completed a voluminous report on the incident.
People in the news
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Japan’s No. 1 Elvis fan ¢ Namibia rumors denied ¢
Blackbeard’ a ‘Thorn Birds’ reunion
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A2
Miniseries are all but dead, and CBS, the last network to make TV movies on a regular basis, has abandoned the genre. So cable has taken up the slack. The epic “Blackbeard” (7 p.m. today, Hallmark) will make some recall the golden age of the TV movie as it reunites Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward of “Thorn Birds” fame.
Community mourns drowning victims
Deaths of three Labette County students, teacher ‘devastating’
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B4
Days after three southeast Kansas high school students and their Spanish teacher drowned in Costa Rica, classmate Kellie Allen stood on stage Friday doing all she could to commemorate their lives. The four victims were on a school trip last weekend when they were swept out to sea. Earlier this week, rescue crews pulled the bodies of the youths from Labette County High School out of Pacific waters near the town of Parrita, about 180 miles south of the Costa Rican capital of San Jose. Spanish teacher Brett Carlson’s body was recovered Friday.
Cardinal discourages women as bishops
June 17, 2006
A Vatican cardinal warned the Church of England that any move to consecrate women as bishops would make it impossible for their churches to fully reunify. Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, made the remarks at a private meeting of Church of England bishops, who are exploring the possibility of consecrating women bishops.
Charges declined in Capitol Police scuffle
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A3
A grand jury declined Friday to indict Rep. Cynthia McKinney in connection with a confrontation in which she admitted hitting a police officer who tried to stop her from entering a House office building.
Children can defy early
June 17, 2006 in print edition on D7
Q: How early in life is a child capable of making a strong-willed stand in defiance against his or her parents?
Faith briefs
June 17, 2006 in print edition on D2
KU music alumnae given leadership positions
June 17, 2006 in print edition on D2
Two Kansas University music graduates were recently awarded leadership positions within national associations. Each of the women will begin her term of office July 1. Martha Randall was named president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Lynn Brinckmeyer became president of the National Association for Music Education.
Dams built to contain spread of toxic spill
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A6
Chinese authorities tried to slow the spread of a toxic spill by building 51 makeshift dams along the tainted river and using fire trucks to pump out polluted water before it reaches a reservoir serving a city of 10 million people, state media said Friday.
EU to channel aid to Palestinian people
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A6
Hoping to prevent a humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian territories, European Union leaders agreed Friday to channel aid to cash-starved Palestinians for health care, utilities and social services while still maintaining a funding freeze on the Hamas-led government.
Fugitive brown bear eludes authorities
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A6
Trackers briefly caught sight of a brown bear blamed for killing livestock in southern Germany and Austria, but the animal eluded capture Friday by slipping into the dark. It is the first bear seen in Germany since 1835.
Storms devastate port wine crop
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A6
Much of the port wine crop in northern Portugal has been destroyed by severe storms, local officials said Friday. The government Port and Douro Wines Institute, which gathers information on the industry, did not provide an official estimate of damage from the storms or what the overall effects could be on this year’s crop.
S. Africans mark uprising that fueled fight against apartheid
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A6
President Thabo Mbeki led hundreds of South Africans on a march Friday in the footsteps of children whose bloody uprising 30 years ago reshaped the struggle to end apartheid. The fight then was against a racist regime that confined black students to inferior schools and forced them to learn in a language they did not understand.
U.N. report forecasts growth in slums
June 17, 2006
About 1.4 billion people worldwide will be living in slums by 2020 unless action is taken to improve conditions for the urban poor, according to a U.N. report released Friday. The number of slum-dwellers globally is expected to grow from the current 1 billion - nearly all in the developing world - as city populations swiftly rise, the U.N. Human Settlement Program said.
Stevens County prepares for new ethanol factory
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B10
A Kansas company will start building a new ethanol plant capable of producing 55 million gallons of fuel per year early next year, executives with Orion Ethanol said Thursday. The Pratt-based firm will build the plant west of Hugoton, next to a Cargill grain elevator, said Orion CEO Richard Jarboe. The company already is building a plant in Pratt and has plans to build two others in Oklahoma, he said.
Federal grant will help state expand number of charter schools
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B5
Kansas will receive $10 million from the federal government during the next three years to develop more charter schools, it was announced Friday. The state now has 28 charter schools, and plans are to increase that by 20 to 25 by 2009, according to a news release from the Kansas Department of Education.
Professor to advise president, Congress
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B5
Kansas University distinguished professor Thomas Taylor has been appointed to the National Science Board, which advises the president and Congress on science policy. “I’m honored,” Taylor said Friday. “It’s a six-year term, which means that one truly does have an opportunity to impact science policy.”
And they’re off :
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A1
Family lore has it that Dwight D. Eisenhower decided to create the nation’s interstate highways after spending 62 long days traversing the country in an Army convoy in the 1910s. Ike’s great-grandson Merrill Eisenhower Atwater will duplicate that road trip this month, but he’ll be blogging about his travels from an air-conditioned coach, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the American highway system.
Simons: Med center should protect Kansas’ stake in bioscience efforts
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B1
It appears more and more that various Kansas City leaders are realizing their best chance to hook their community to the fast-moving bioscience bandwagon is to forge some kind of arrangement or partnership with the Kansas University Medical Center and/or other Kansas initiatives. So far, Missouri - at least the Kansas City, Mo., area - has little to show for its efforts to participate in the relatively young bioscience movement.
Illegal immigrants suspected of sharing stolen identity
Social Security number used at least 81 times
June 17, 2006
Audra Schmierer’s Social Security number really gets around. It has been used by at least 81 people in 17 states, most of them probably illegal immigrants trying to get work. The federal government took years to discover the number was being used illegally, but authorities took little action even then. “They knew what was happening but wouldn’t do anything,” said Schmierer, 33, a housewife in this affluent San Francisco suburb. “One name, one number, why can’t they just match it up?”
June 17, 2006
For Saturday, June 17
Society calendar
June 17, 2006 in print edition on D4
Military news
June 17, 2006 in print edition on D4
Ex-Liberian leader’s war crimes trial moved
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A6
The U.N. Security Council authorized the transfer Friday of former Liberian President Charles Taylor to an international tribunal that will try him for war crimes. Taylor is now in the custody of a special U.N. court in Sierra Leone, where he pleaded innocent in April to charges stemming from that nation’s 1991-2002 civil war.
FCE and 4-H news
June 17, 2006 in print edition on D4
Scouting news
June 17, 2006 in print edition on D4
Club news
June 17, 2006 in print edition on D6
Sunflower Broadband conducts Safety Rodeo
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B8
Sunflower Broadband conducted its third annual Field Safety Rodeo on Thursday in Lawrence, educating all 53 members of the company’s field operations team about policies and procedures designed to keep them and others safe.
A crackdown?
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: I attended the Wakarusa Music Festival this weekend. The only violence I saw was that of police directed at concert attendees.
Bad ideas
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: A big thanks to the City Commission for the financial gift to some marketing group to attract shoppers to downtown Lawrence.
Carolina to miss key player in Game 6
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C6
The Edmonton Oilers lost a key player at the beginning of the Stanley Cup finals. Now, it’s Carolina’s turn to deal with an injury. Hurricanes center Doug Weight won’t play in Game 6 tonight after a crushing hit by two Edmonton players apparently left him with an injured shoulder. “Obviously, it’s a tough loss for us,” said coach Peter Laviolette, who’s usually tightlipped about injuries but decided not to conceal the severity of Weight’s condition. “Doug is a part of the reason we have gotten this far.”
News to use
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: We all find plenty in our newspapers to complain about. When we find information in them that benefits us, we rarely bother to mention it. So here goes:
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B9
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 17, 1906: “The local horticultural society is having a meeting here today with the Missouri Valley society and more than 50 visitors are here after arriving by train.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B9
After an appeal from supporters of the arts, the City Commission voted to order three appraisals of the Lawrence Opera House to secure an option to buy the building near Seventh and Massachusetts streets and look into the feasibility of restoring it to the glory days when it was the community’s cultural hub. The opera house was rebuilt by J.D. Bowersock after a fire in 1912. Skip Moon was the current owner.
Check it out!
There must be better monitoring of aid funds after tragedies to lessen the losses in the rushes to judgment.
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B9
One of the massive problems of trying to aid people and agencies in the aftermath of a disaster is that there is so little time and so few resources to monitor where help is channeled and whether the recipients are legitimate.
Convicted killer faces resentencing, life in prison
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B6
A man convicted of participating in a November 2002 robbery and killing in Garden City will be resentenced because of a Kansas Supreme Court ruling Friday, but he still could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Bible enthusiasts make run at marathon reading of Scripture
June 17, 2006
Dru Sampson has a slight fear of having to read long biblical names in front of strangers. “Some of those Old Testament names - hmm …” Sampson says. “I might try to read over Genesis just to be safe.”
Sebelius reorganizes state energy council
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B8
Sebelius reorganizes state energy council
Attention book clubs
June 17, 2006 in print edition on D3
Lawrence is full of readers, and the Journal-World wants to know what’s going on in your book clubs.
Party brings shelter guests, neighbors together
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B1
Good will came in the form of hot dogs, hamburgers, guitar music and name tags Friday evening for frequent guests of the Lawrence Community Shelter and the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen and their neighbors.
Mayer: Coaches rolling in big bucks
June 17, 2006 in print edition on C1
Even younger people accustomed to enormous salaries and benefits for athletic personalities admit they’re startled that new Kansas State basketball coach Bob Huggins will reap at least $5 million over the next five years - providing he does nothing “which results in material injury to the reputation of the university.”
Farmers prepare for ‘mediocre’ wheat harvest
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B2
Kansas Agriculture Secretary Adrian Polansky said Friday the state’s wheat harvest was “mediocre,” with more acres abandoned than forecasts have predicted. Polansky and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius were in west-central Kansas for their annual farm visit.
Day at hand when Paul McCartney is 64
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A2
About 14,000 yesterdays have passed since Paul McCartney first mused about turning 64. Sunday, he can stop musing. The Beatles’ groundbreaking 1967 album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” made room for the more mundane McCartney song “When I’m Sixty-Four,” in which he wondered about … well, his golden years. “When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now,” he crooned.
KU School of Fine Arts announces lecturer
June 17, 2006 in print edition on D2
Kansas University’s School of Fine Arts welcomes David Circle, president of the National Association for Music Education, to campus as a visiting lecturer in the music and dance department.
Iran’s president says incentive package a positive step
June 17, 2006 in print edition on A6
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday a U.S.-endorsed incentive package was a positive step toward resolving the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program. Ahmadinejad’s remarks were the highest-level sign that Iran was preparing to negotiate over the package, which calls for talks with the U.S. and other incentives if Iran freezes its uranium enrichment program.
Is it important to pray before meals?
June 17, 2006 in print edition on D1
¢ Mealtime prayer is most important if you believe someone is listening ¢ Prayer before meals is one of the many times we should thank God
Benchmarks to measure progress in Iraq
June 17, 2006 in print edition on B9
President Bush’s surprise trip to Baghdad this week underlined an unsettling truth about U.S. efforts in Iraq. The war effort, and his own political future, now depend on Iraq’s politicians. That’s why Bush had to travel to Baghdad to shore up its shaky leaders. The U.S. project in Iraq will turn on whether the new Iraqi government can improve its own people’s lives.