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Archive for Tuesday, June 20, 2006

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Big bucks needed to keep up interstate
June 20, 2006
Kansas’ Interstate system is in good shape but hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements are needed within the next 10 years, according to a report released today.
Breezy, heading into 90s
Next chance for rain coming Thursday morning
June 20, 2006
Dark clouds were moving into Lawrence from the west this morning - but don’t expect much rain from them, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “We may pick up some light sprinkles, enough to wet the pavement in Lawrence,” Schack said. “It is weakening rather quickly.”
Kids can still join summer youth theater
June 20, 2006 in print edition on D2
The Lawrence Arts Center’s Summer Youth Theatre program has openings for fourth- through seventh-graders in next month’s production of “Destry Rides Again.” There’s no audition needed for roles as cowboys, cowgirls, showgirls and villains. The production runs from July 5 to July 22.
Incoming dean revives proposal for higher liberal arts tuition
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B1
It failed once, but a plan to raise tuition for students of Kansas University’s largest school will come up again.
Morningstar shakes things up
Kansas men’s basketball newcomer hopes body grows into his game
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C1
Brady Morningstar smiles into the television camera, all the while clutching an aluminum can in his right hand.
Brooklyn ‘different’ for Price
Despite ‘scary’ digs, ex-Jayhawk eager to make pro debut
June 20, 2006
Don’t look back, baseball legend Satchel Paige once warned, because somebody may be gaining on you.
Woodling: James packing his bags
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C1
Attention Mr. and Mrs. Beantown and all other rabid Boston Red Sox fans: Bill James will be moving to the Hub City.
People in the news
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Kidman, Urban to marry ¢ Another adoption planned ¢ Jackson’s tigers rescued ¢ Clooney lawsuit dismissed ¢ Lewis recovering nicely
Stolen Nazi art sold at record price
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A2
A gold-encrusted portrait by Gustav Klimt that was at the heart of a battle over Nazi-looted art and is one of the world’s most recognizable paintings has been purchased for a record price, the seller’s attorney said.
Old (caffeine-laced) habits die hardest
June 20, 2006 in print edition on D1
All my adult life, I’ve had a simple rule: Find a place, and be a regular there.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 20, 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.
Training at issue in CLO abuse trial
Ex-employee says he didn’t know how to use crucial equipment
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B1
A former group-home worker charged with abusing a mentally disabled client testified Monday he was never trained to use a piece of equipment he’s now on trial for failing to use.
The good ol’ dangerous days
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B7
Times have changed, and I know this because I have children, two of them, one born in the old days and one in modern times.
N. Korean missile test may be beyond point of no return
Fueling process difficult to undo; launch likely has one-month window
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A6
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned North Korea on Monday it will face consequences if it test-fires a missile thought to be powerful enough to reach the West Coast of the United States.
Kansas hits big screen in N.Y.
Ad promoting state will be broadcast in Times Square
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A1
Kansas officials are hoping New Yorkers won’t fagetaboutit.
Girl’s death spurs call for new fetal law
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B3
The slaying of a pregnant girl in Wichita prompted calls Monday for a law that would allow prosecution for the death of an unborn fetus.
Purple reigns
Prince big draw for Catbacker event
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C1
Alvamar Golf Club head pro Randy Towner nailed it, much to the delight of Kansas State University fans surrounding him at mid-day Monday.
Mideast expert dies from cancer
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B1
Just months ago, Deborah “Misty” Gerner was in the Palestinian town of Ramallah, absorbing the region’s reactions to the fall from power of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon because of a stroke that left him in a coma.
Reading the Bible in six days
June 20, 2006
Lawrence resident Eleanor Symons leads a reading through the book of Exodus as Barbara Wasson follows along during a Bible reading Monday afternoon at Signs of Life, the art gallery and bookstore at 722 Mass. Signs of Life is sponsoring the reading, which began at 7 a.m. Monday and will continue through Saturday until the entire Bible has been read.
Sun scream
How to protect your skin from the wrath of rays - and to soothe it when you forget precautions
June 20, 2006 in print edition on D1
We’ve all been there. The temperature rises, so it seems like a good idea to shed some clothes to keep cool.
Five endangered monkeys stolen in latest zoo heist
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A6
Five endangered monkeys were stolen from a zoo over the weekend, the latest in a recent string of thefts involving small primates across England, police said Monday.
Al-Qaida-linked group claims credit for kidnappings
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A7
An al-Qaida-linked group said Monday it was holding captive two U.S. privates, one from Texas and the other from Oregon, and taunted the U.S. military for failing to find the soldiers despite a search involving more than 8,000 Iraqi and American troops.
Torrential rains swamp Gulf Coast
Weather runs from one extreme to the other
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A8
Texas’ governor sent National Guard troops to Houston Monday as torrential rainfall flooded homes and highways in southeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana, where more than 100 patients had to be evacuated from a nursing home.
Sauer-Danfoss plant earns safety award
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C8
Sauer-Danfoss will celebrate more than a year of accident-free work with a ceremony today at the company’s plant in the East Hills Business Park.
A need for speed
Woods’ legs do the talking during sprint to two state titles
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C6
Making his way down to a Wichita hotel lobby for breakfast, Justin Woods figured eating his Wheaties would give him an extra edge once the gun sounded later that day at the Class 5A state track meet.
Great expectations drive Bulldogs
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C6
Success not only breeds success, it breeds expectations.
Beavers, Rice claim victories
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C3
Jonah Nickerson pitched seven strong innings, and Oregon State survived anxious moments in the eighth and ninth to eliminate Georgia from the College World Series with a 5-3 victory Monday.
KU’s Ochoa on watch list
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University senior offensive lineman David Ochoa is among 54 players on the Outland Trophy watch list, an honor given to the nation’s best football lineman.
Amateur qualifying canceled
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C3
The Kansas Amateur qualifying tournament scheduled today at Eagle Bend Golf Course has been canceled.
Commentary: Mickelson’s miscue not a total surprise
Golf - especially the U.S. Open - is the perfect theater for an athlete’s train wreck
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C2
Phil Mickelson did not need the applause. He especially did not need the “pity applause” athletes often receive when they fall flat on their faces. Nope. You know what Phil Mickelson needed?
Roethlisberger didn’t have license
Other driver involved in accident has received phone threats
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C2
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not have a valid motorcycle license when he crashed into a woman’s car last week, and the driver - who will be cited for failing to yield - has received threatening phone calls.
Big Unit’s rebound not enough
Phillies squeak by Yankees in interleague duel
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C4
Randy Johnson is pitching like his old self again. Brett Myers was even better.
Switzerland contributes to Togo’s misery, 2-0
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C5
Togo’s Sparrow Hawks fluttered out of World Cup contention Monday after one of the most tempestuous journeys in the tournament’s history.
Canes claim Cup
Carolina outlasts Edmonton in Game 7 to win first Stanley Cup title
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C5
Rod Brind’Amour lifted the Stanley Cup above his head, tears of joy streaming down his face. This one was for the captain and all those Carolina old-timers whose names are going on hockey’s most revered trophy for the first time.
Mavericks seek hometown healing
Heat need to steal just one victory in Texas to secure first NBA title
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Mavericks left home last week with two wins and a Texas-sized swagger. They staggered back Monday morning after three losses to the Miami Heat, teetering on the brink of elimination from the NBA finals.
Lawrence datebook
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B2
On the record
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B2
Kansas merchants to face restrictions on gift cards
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B2
Starting next year, Kansas will join a growing number of states where consumer complaints have prompted new regulations on merchants who sell gift cards.
Ethics Commission investigates legislators
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B2
Two Republican legislators have been accused of violating campaign finance laws and face possible civil fines, officials said Monday.
Topless club purchased so owners can close it
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A4
A dozen business owners calling themselves the Last Dance Joint Venture say they’re going to buy a topless nightclub in Fort Smith, and then close it down.
Heart association urges trans fats limit
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A4
The American Heart Assn. on Monday released new guidelines for eating trans fats. It’s the first big health group to urge a specific limit on trans fats: less than 1 percent of total calories.
Voters to decide fate of abortion ban
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A4
South Dakota’s legislature passed a tough new law that bans almost all abortions, but the state’s voters will have the final say on whether it goes into effect.
Parks proposal restores conservation emphasis
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A4
In a blow to snowmobilers and all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts, the Interior Department issued new guidelines Monday that emphasize preserving natural resources over developing more recreation opportunities at national parks.
Mortgage adjustments spark foreclosures
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A4
In 2003, Anita Britten refinanced her two-story brick cottage in Lithonia, Ga., using a hybrid adjustable rate mortgage, or ARM. Her lender reassured her that she could refinance out of the riskier loan into a traditional one when her interest rate started to reset.
Illegal online sales of drugs increase
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A3
Illegal online sales of prescription drugs look to be on the rise.
Body of missing publisher is found
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A3
The body of publisher and former diplomat Philip Merrill was found Monday, more than a week after he apparently fell overboard while sailing alone on the Chesapeake Bay.
Meth lab seizures decline
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A3
Good news in the fight against meth abuse came on two fronts Monday, with reports showing a major drop in methamphetamine lab seizures nationwide and a similar decline in the spread of the drug into the workplace.
Presbyterians can try alternatives on Trinity
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A3
The divine Trinity - “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” - could also be known as “Mother, Child and Womb” or “Rock, Redeemer, Friend” at some Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) services under an action Monday by the church’s national assembly that allows churches to experiment on the subject.
Episcopalians debate moratorium on ordaining new gay bishops
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A3
Towing of abandoned cars finally begins
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A3
Some 100,000 vehicles flooded in hurricanes Katrina and Rita still sit battered and muddy along the Gulf Coast. Monday was moving day as tow trucks began taking them away.
National Guard ordered to New Orleans
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A3
As they struggle to build a new New Orleans, city officials were appalled by a reminder of the old city: six people slain in a single weekend.
D-List’ enlists for Iraq tour
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A2
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.
Alaska native sees culture, heritage endangered through climate change
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B1
Global warming is squeezing the life out of Oscar Kawagley’s culture.
Officers respond to 2 ‘nuisance houses’
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B3
Police took two “nuisance house” reports during the weekend, one in northern Lawrence and one at a student-oriented complex on the southwest side.
Artist giving presentation at Fields
June 20, 2006 in print edition on D2
Janet Satz, the artist who created “Modular Series: Arrangements in Space,” will give a talk June 28 at the exhibit site, Fields Gallery.
City manager search will likely go into September
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A1
The search for a new Lawrence city manager likely will take about a month longer than city commissioners had planned.
Supreme Court affirms wetlands protections in sharply divided vote
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A1
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can block development on hundreds of millions of acres of wetlands, even on land miles away from waterways, as long as regulators prove a connection to the waterways.
Airport will be refueling site in all-women piloted event
Air race to cruise through city
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lawrence will become the air race version of a pit stop this week for nearly 40 planes participating in the world’s only all-woman piloted transcontinental air race.
Realistic parents might consider discussing HPV vaccine with kids
June 20, 2006 in print edition on D1
I had mixed feelings when I heard there was a vaccine that had been developed for HPV, or human papillomavirus. On the one hand, I thought that it was a wonderful scientific breakthrough; one the other hand, I questioned how much it was truly needed.
Meeting to discuss Kansas River bridge
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B1
Area residents will meet tonight to discuss the consequences of renovating the Kansas River bridge here in 2007.
13-year-old girl reports rape; man in custody
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B1
A 13-year-old girl told police she was taking out the trash at her apartment in north central Lawrence when a 43-year-old male acquaintance pushed her back into her apartment and raped her.
VA moving forward with plans for clinic
June 20, 2006
A mobile medical clinic treating Lawrence area veterans has stopped using the Reed Medical Group building at 404 Maine as preparations are made for a permanent location elsewhere in the city.
Water district not interested in expansion
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B8
A Johnson County rural water district is not interested in expanding services into Douglas County, Douglas County commissioners were told Monday.
Wheat harvest more than half finished
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B8
Plagued by a drought that caused crops to mature faster and left fewer acres and bushels to cut, the 2006 Kansas wheat harvest has passed the halfway mark.
Fire officials want to hear from residents
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B8
Leaders of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical want to hear what residents think about the department and its future.
Christian Science Monitor editor reflects on colleague’s captivity
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A7
As two American servicemen remain missing and feared captured in Iraq, friends and families back home wait and hope.
Fires force evacuations in Southwest
Weather runs from one extreme to the other
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A8
Fire crews struggled with hot, dry and windy weather Monday as they fought to protect hundreds of homes and businesses from a 1,100-acre wildfire creeping into northern Arizona’s scenic Oak Creek Canyon.
Partnerships will help develop green space, industrial parks
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B8
Voluntary landowner participation and partnerships with developers and other entities will be used to find future business and industrial sites and preserve open green space, according to a recently completed study presented Monday to Douglas County commissioners.
Prosecutor seeks death penalty for Saddam
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A7
The chief prosecutor asked an Iraqi judge Monday to put deposed dictator Saddam Hussein to death for crimes against humanity, capping off months of grim testimony over the alleged 1982 massacre of Shiite Muslim villagers.
Seminars to review grant procedures
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C8
Kansas Non Profit Assn. will present two seminars this week in Topeka.
Commodities
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C8
New job, lower wage can cut Social Security payoff
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C8
I am 53 and have been paying into Social Security for 30 years. I am thinking of a career change that would reduce my salary by about two-thirds, to about $35,000 a year. How would this affect my Social Security?
Daily ticker
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C8
How hospitals heal themselves
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B7
Is there anyone in America who doesn’t know that our hospitals are in trouble, along with the rest of the health care system?
31 members of banned Muslim group arrested
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A6
Egyptian authorities detained 31 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood on Monday, police said, bringing to nearly 700 the number of members arrested since a crackdown began in March.
College students riot after diplomas devalued
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A6
College students in central China smashed offices and set fires in a riot sparked by administrative changes that made their diplomas less prestigious, students and school administrators said Monday.
New U.N. rights council convenes
June 20, 2006
The United Nations inaugurated its new Human Rights Council on Monday, vowing to uphold the highest standards of human rights and erase the tarnished image of its predecessor despite lingering doubts about its effectiveness.
Taliban attacks kill 30; 11 militants die in raids
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A6
Two Taliban ambushes of civilian convoys left 30 people dead, while coalition and Afghan forces killed at least 11 militants in an ongoing U.S.-led offensive across southern Afghanistan, officials said Monday.
American ideals on trial in Europe
Bush, EU leaders to meet this week
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A6
Abu Ghraib. Guantanamo. Haditha. America’s problems with Iraq are casting a long shadow over President Bush’s meeting with European Union leaders this week.
Payday finally arrives for Palestinians
June 20, 2006 in print edition on A6
Thousands of Palestinian workers left postal banks carrying crisp $100 bills Monday, their first payday since March, as the Hamas-led government dipped into suitcases full of cash its officials carried into Gaza to circumvent a Western aid cutoff.
Diversion tactics
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: So how does the Bush Administration plan to “win” in Iraq?
Peace and quiet
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Not everyone has the same taste in music or welcomes the Wakarusa music festival.
Coffee connoisseur
Owner of Z’s Divine cafes judges international contest
June 20, 2006 in print edition on C8
The owner of two Lawrence coffee shops traveled 1,779 miles to sniff, swish and slurp world-class java from El Salvador.
Gas is cheap?
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The price of crude oil is up because demand is up.
Junkets pose ethical problems
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B6
It is not news that some members of Congress take trips that are funded by somebody who wants to influence them. But when you look at the numbers you have to wonder: Does anybody in Washington ever spend a night at home?
Standing up to party may help Hillary
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B6
Although no presidential candidate wants to be booed by those who have always adored her, Sen. Hillary Clinton should be thrilled by the catcalls she’s gotten recently from anti-war Democrats.
Election by default
In a democracy, a little election competition always benefits voters.
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B6
Barring unusual write-in successes, a third of the Kansas House of Representatives already has been elected. With the state filing deadline past, 42 candidates - all of them incumbents - have no opposition from either party. In those races, there will be no primary and only one name on the general election ballot.
Horoscopes
June 20, 2006 in print edition on B5
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