Archive for Monday, June 19, 2006

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Email from Kansans for Truth in Politics: One Victim or Two?
Injustice based on ignorance still thrives in Kansas.
June 19, 2006
Wichita is reeling from the shocking and senseless death of 14-year old Chelsea Brooks, who was murdered while nine months pregnant with her daughter, Alexa Lynn. Their murders bring to mind the much-publicized California case of Laci and Connor Peterson, whose killer, Scott Peterson, now sits on Death Row awaiting his just punishment for convictions on two counts of murder.
Search for city manager may take longer than expected
June 19, 2006
The search for a new Lawrence city manager likely will take about a month longer than city commissioners had planned.
Kansas buys ad at Times Square
Tourism officials pushing for positive state image
June 19, 2006
Kansas will be playing in Times Square.
Storms stay to the south, hot day ahead
More 90-degree weather moving in
June 19, 2006
Storms were moving across northeast Kansas this morning, but the Lawrence area has stayed in the clear, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Bush should retire to Baghdad
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B7
Every great career eventually comes to an end, and when you’re the president of these United States, you only get eight years (at most) to accomplish everything you set out to do. Then you’re an ex-president for the rest of your life.
Sold! Some hooked on auctions
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lyle Sutton owns more than 200 fishing poles, and he’s still shopping.
Tax board member under scrutiny
Relationship with firm raises concerns about impartiality
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A1
For more than two years, Tom Slack has been a lightning rod. From first mention of his appointment to the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals, county officials and attorneys have voiced concerns about what they view as conflicts of interest. And since then, critics say and records support, his performance on the board hasn’t eased their concerns
A walk on the wild side?
No thanks. These creatures can end your life in rather unpleasant ways. A look at the likelihood - and the pain - of such an encounter.
June 19, 2006 in print edition on D1
Recently, the great state of Florida has been in the grip of panic.— Alligators have killed three women in separate attacks in recent weeks. (In one case, a gator nabbed a jogger near Fort Lauderdale and dragged her into a canal.) Floridians are taking up arms. The state’s gator hot line (when 1 million alligators live in your state, you have a gator hot line) is logging an unprecedented 200 calls a day. Even some gator exterminators are worried: Will anti-gator sentiment run amok?
Kline downplays disputed actions
Challenger won’t let voters forget abortion-records issue
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
Seeking re-election, Atty. Gen. Phill Kline doesn’t mention one controversial issue he started that has gained national attention.
Researchers seek to find out how children learn words
KU studies may expand ‘limited knowledge’ in field
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
Tabitha Brandel shuffles in her tiny chair as weird pictures flash on the computer screen before her.
Cardinals battered record book
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C5
Phil Katzenmeier doesn’t need flowery adjectives to describe how the Eudora High girls track and field team performed this spring.
New KSU football coach to visit Lawrence today
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C3
New Kansas State University football coach Ron Prince will be in Lawrence today. Prince is scheduled to speak at the 2006 Jake Ochs Golf Classic at Alvamar Golf Club.
Giles to return to gym in a few weeks
Encased in cast because of dunking injury, junior’s thumb can’t handle basketball or Sharpie
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C1
His right hand in a soft cast, C.J. Giles couldn’t sign autographs for 700 Bill Self basketball campers who filed by him Sunday in the Booth Family Hall of Athletics.
Keegan: Ex-Jayhawk relishes U.S. Open experience
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C1
If 10 years of living in Connecticut and working in New York City taught me anything, it was that if you leave yourself an extra half-hour to get someplace on time just to be safe, be a little safer and tack on another half-hour.
True dreams are afoot
Mickelson collapses; Ogilvy wins
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C1
Phil Mickelson was poised to take his place with Tiger Woods in the record books. Instead, he joined Jean Van de Velde in the sad chapter of major championship collapses. All in a New York minute.
Rental cabins in state parks in high demand
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C6
Cabins remain popular in the state park system with more added every year.
Geocaching gone bad
A day spent among bears, blood-sucking bugs and bad botanicals
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C6
The Cap’n warned me. I had communicated with the Cap’n - aka Chris Coffman - about the possibility of writing about geocaching, an electronic treasure hunt in which participants use GPS units to track down hidden “caches.” It’s part scavenger hunt, part hiking, and since the return of the outdoors page to the Journal-World, I’ve received more e-mails requesting stories about geocaching than any other outdoors endeavor.
Heels upends Tigers
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C7
Robert Woodard threw a three-hitter to help North Carolina beat top-seeded Clemson, 2-0, in the College World Series on Sunday night.
Blacks disappearing from baseball - and stands
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C7
Nearly 60 years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, U.S.-born blacks are disappearing from the game - and the stands.
Commentary: It’s time for midseason evaluation
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C7
Take a close look at your fantasy baseball team. How many players on it are playing well above their typical level? How many are underachieving?
Royals claim series with Houston
Mientkiewicz’s homer sends Kansas City to 7-4 victory
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C7
The way the Kansas City Royals’ season has gone, Doug Mientkiewicz doubted his fly ball in the ninth inning actually would be a home run.
Hurricanes still smarting
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C8
The Carolina Hurricanes staggered home Sunday, trying to figure out how it has gone so wrong, so quickly.
Heat take 3-2 edge
Wade carries Miami to overtime win
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C8
Dwyane Wade didn’t pause for a second when he was asked about his plans for Father’s Day.
Nats overtake Yanks again
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C4
Ryan Zimmerman tossed off his batting helmet and jumped into the bouncing crowd of Washington Nationals teammates waiting at home plate, celebrating a second consecutive comeback victory over the New York Yankees.
Ronaldo ineffective in Brazil victory
France plays to draw against South Korea; American team has day off to reflect on tie versus Italy
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C2
Brazil labored to another unconvincing victory at the World Cup on Sunday, qualifying for the second round by beating Australia, 2-0, and substituting an ineffective Ronaldo for the second game in a row.
Kahne shrugs off rain, wins 3M
Driver claims fourth Nextel Cup victory of season
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C2
With rain on the horizon and 37 cars between him and the lead, Kasey Kahne knew he had his work cut out Sunday in the 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Senior center seeks used books
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B2
Douglas County Senior Services Inc. is now accepting donations for its annual book sale.
Plan to evaluate land on county agenda
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B2
A “first draft” plan for identifying and evaluating land for industrial and business parks as well as open space preservation will be presented to the Douglas County Commission this morning.
Meals on Wheels in need of volunteer drivers
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B2
The Lawrence Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers to assist with meal delivery for a recently established delivery route. Volunteers serve lunch to homebound community members who are elderly and/or disabled. Driver positions are available each day of the week. Route delivery takes 45 minutes.
Report from ECO2 organizers due
Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B2
City commissioners will receive a progress report from the organizers of ECO2, an effort to establish more industrial land and open space in Douglas County.
Lawrence datebook
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B2
Savage salvages wonderful hand
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C3
Fred “The Wonder Years” Savage jumped off the stage in New Orleans to dispense high-fives among the audience members. Savage was recently playing heads-up poker on “Celebrity Poker Showdown” on Bravo and felt he needed an energy boost. Losing hand after hand and sporting a hangdog look, he needed a break, and decided to use the audience and its energy as an ally. And where a minute before he looked like a beaten man, now he had the audience going bonkers. And a smile on his face. What a scene a bit later, Savage literally being lifted into the air by a fan, the audience celebrating raucously and screaming wildly, as he won a $20,000 pot against Ida Siconolfi (the Bravo online tournament winner)!
Pregnancy boosts endangered rhino project
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A5
Emi the Sumatran rhino is pregnant again, and that’s big news for conservationists from Ohio to Indonesia who are trying to save the critically endangered species.
Cafe reaches end of the road
Sharon’s Billtown Cafe north of city will serve its last meals June 30
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A1
A bunch of local farmers may burst into tears June 30, not because of drought or problems with their crops.
Palestinian leader seeks Arab support
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday he was rallying Arab nations to block Israel’s plan to unilaterally redraw its borders and instead support the U.S.-backed proposal envisioning a Palestinian state.
Toxic coal spill in river slows
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
The toxic coal spill down the Dasha River has slowed, Chinese authorities said.
Volcano ejects ash, forces evacuations
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
About 40 families living near the Bulusan volcano were evacuated Sunday after ash and pebbles spewed from the restive volcano.
Catalonia voters decide on new powers
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
The wealthy, semiautonomous Catalonia region around Barcelona gained sweeping new powers Sunday to run its own affairs, according to preliminary results of a historic referendum that some fear could leave Spain’s government cash-strapped and powerless.
U.S. troops focus on cutting Taliban transport routes
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
U.S. soldiers descended on a mountain ridge Sunday, quickly setting up fortified posts and mortar positions overlooking a key Taliban transport route as the coalition pressed a major offensive that has killed dozens of suspected militants.
Kazakh satellite launch successful
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
Kazakhstan launched its first satellite into orbit Sunday, the first step in the ex-Soviet republic’s plan to join the exclusive club of spacefaring nations.
Homeland Security workers leaving posts
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
Lured by high salaries and generous perks, many members of the Bush administration’s homeland security team are quitting their government posts for private sector jobs in the security business.
Enthusiasts say sport ‘just fun to do’
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C6
It’s easy to get started in geocaching.
Motorcycle deaths soar after helmet law repeal
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
Motorcycle fatalities involving riders without helmets have soared in the nearly six years since Gov. Jeb Bush repealed the state’s mandatory helmet law, a newspaper in Melbourne reported Sunday.
Tourist taking picture falls to her death
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
A woman lost her footing while taking a photograph and fell 500 feet to her death in a canyon.
Many health experts dispute reported decline in rapes
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
The number of rapes per capita in the United States has plunged by more than 85 percent since the 1970s, and reported rape fell last year even while other violent offenses increased, according to federal crime data.
Episcopal Church chooses first female leader
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
Episcopal Church leaders chose Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as their leader Sunday, making her the first woman to head any denomination in the Anglican Communion worldwide.
Author: Aborted cyanide plot wasn’t deadly enough
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A1
Al-Qaida decided not to launch a deadly cyanide gas plot in New York’s subways because it wouldn’t have killed enough people, according to the author whose bombshell book revealed the frightening scheme.
Cars’ cruises to second victory at the box office
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A2
Animated autos retained the pole position as “Cars” came in No. 1 at the box office for a second weekend with $31.2 million, holding off the wrestling comedy “Nacho Libre” and another car tale, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.”
My Network TV wants to become America’s network
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A2
Anyone who grumbles that there’s nothing new in television hasn’t heard about My Network TV.
Store killings believed to be murder-suicide
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B8
A variety store employee here is believed to have fatally shot his co-worker then killed himself, authorities said.
Racial profiling law is challenged
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B8
The city is challenging a law that prohibits police from engaging in racial profiling and allows the Kansas Human Rights Commission to investigate complaints.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 19, 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.
Longtime director retires from post
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
Friday was the last day on the job for Joy Moser, director of public affairs since 1980 for the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department.
CrossWalk group visits to preach acceptance
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
In a small desert town in northern Arizona, a group of wanderers gave one woman the voice she couldn’t have.
Gasoline recovered at leak site decreasing
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
Health officials continue to monitor the area where gasoline leaked from Presto Phillips 66, 602 W. Ninth St., underground into a neighborhood and caused a fire that destroyed an apartment home April 30.
Lawrence man to lead association
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A8
Patrick Lehman, Lawrence, has been named executive director of the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts, which supports the activities of conservation district offices in all 105 Kansas counties. Among the association’s priorities is educating and informing the public about best practices in the conservation of the state’s natural resources.
Runza manager wins ‘Mr. Hustle’ award
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A8
Doug Nations, general manager of Runza Restaurant in Lawrence, received the restaurant chain’s “Mr. Hustle” award during the company’s annual meeting last week in Lincoln, Neb.
Bank teller retiring after 20 years
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A8
Janie Norris, Lawrence, who has been a teller in the lobby at Douglas County Bank’s downtown location for 20 years, is retiring June 23.
On the money
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A8
Several steps are involved when it comes to selling a home. Some can help move the selling process along, while others can improve the look and property value of a home for sale.
Iraqi farmer describes abduction of U.S. soldiers
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A7
An Iraqi farmer said Sunday that he saw seven heavily armed gunmen capture two American soldiers during an attack on a road checkpoint south of Baghdad, while U.S. troops searched for their comrades for a second day.
Fulfilling work doesn’t have to end at retirement
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A8
I am a 67-year-old lawyer. I developed a specialized law firm and as founding member, I have a deal for retirement that I can exercise at any time. What is out there for someone like myself who does not want to practice law anymore, but has proven I can develop and run a business, and who is still active and addicted to meaningful work? - Bill
Pulse calendar
June 19, 2006
Kathy Griffin tours Iraq, Kuwait
June 19, 2006 in print edition on D2
One doesn’t expect touching moments from “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” (8 p.m., Bravo), but the foul-mouthed, celebrity-obsessed comic delivers them in spades on a very special episode documenting her tour of military bases in Kuwait and Iraq.
Parents can ensure no child left behind
June 19, 2006 in print edition on D1
If a statistic in a report indicated how many red-haired, green-eyed drivers (RH GED) were involved in accidents in Douglas County, the number itself would not tell you much. A reader would not know what percentage of all drivers were RH GED, how many miles were driven in comparison to total miles, what kind of vehicles were involved, the time period, the condition of the Douglas County roads, how serious the accidents were.
Terror defines hate crimes
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B7
Seventy-six years ago, thousands of people came to lynch James Cameron. In this, he was not unique. An estimated 4,700 Americans - the vast majority of them black men - suffered that fate in the years between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Here’s what makes Cameron different: he survived. The rope around his neck and the mob howling for his blood, but he survived. He is believed to be the only person ever to do so.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World of June 19, 1906: “The official assessor returns show the population of Lawrence to be 12,123, an increase of 4.5. The population of the county is 25,349, an increase of 240 over the past year. Every township shows a decrease in population and everytown an increase with the exception of Eudora, which has lost 4. :
Old home town - 25 years ago today
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
Dropping from the sky without warning, a tornado blasted through a section of southwest Lawrence in the early evening hours, killing a 30-year-old Lawrence man and injuring about 35 people. Overall damage eventually was estimated at about $20 million. The funnel focused on 31st and Iowa, ripping through the Gaslight Village mobile home park and damaging or destroying at least 15 houses and a number of businesses. The south end of the Kmart store at 31st and Iowa demolished and falling debris killed Stanley Pittman.
Market factors
Proposed regulations for retail development in Lawrence aren’t needed.
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
Monitoring retail development in the city is a legitimate role for the Lawrence City Commission, but new regulations now being discussed open the door to arbitrary decisions and potential abuses of the city’s retail planning authority.
Israeli leader pursues two-state solution
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
Ehud Olmert is a man of his times. The Israeli prime minister shows little interest in diplomacy or peace negotiations with the Palestinians. He exalts action and results that make his nation feel more secure, whatever the cost to others.
Republicans get points for consistency
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
History may yet regard the U.S. effort in Iraq as either a global turning point or a massive misadventure. It will take months, or even years, to know for sure.
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Monday, June 19
People in the news
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Expat status overstated ¢ Making most of fatherhood ¢ Return to the small screen
Marketers score with advergames
Web sites make play for customers
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A8
Television commercials last about 30 seconds; print ads are often seen for a fraction of that time. But with a video game, potential consumers could be interacting with a product for seven to 10 minutes at a time.
Nothing to sneeze at
Garcia overcomes pesky medical problems to have golden spring season
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C5
To say Heather Garcia couldn’t catch a break during the fall of 2005 wouldn’t be entirely accurate.
Big 12 combines old with new in ‘06-‘07 bowl lineup
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C1
The Big 12 Conference’s new postseason bowl lineup can be a bit confusing for football fans across the region, so let’s keep it simple: If your team goes bowling, it’s going to end up somewhere warm.
Rec calendar
June 19, 2006 in print edition on C6
On the record
June 19, 2006 in print edition on B2
Charitable giving in U.S. nears record set in 2000
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A1
The urgent needs created by three major natural disasters - the tsunami in Asia, earthquake in Pakistan and hurricanes Rita, Katrina and Wilma - drove American philanthropy to its highest level since the end of the technology boom, a new study showed.
Gasoline profits essential, executives say
High prices ensure supplies get where they are needed, leader notes
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A1
Americans paying $3 a gallon at the pump have it relatively cheap when compared with prices globally, say oil and gas company executives who defend their record profits as essential to maintaining supplies.
N. Korean moves on missile test prompt U.S., Japan warnings
June 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
North Korea appeared close Sunday to test-firing a long-range missile capable of reaching the United States, prompting the White House to warn of an appropriate response and Japan to threaten a “fierce” protest to the United Nations.