Archive for Wednesday, June 21, 2006

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Governor hopes school funding plan buys time from court
June 21, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius hopes a new plan to increase school funding by $541 million over three years at least buys the state time from the Kansas Supreme Court.
Thunderstorms moving in tonight
Heavy rain, large hail possible for area
07:46 a.m., June 21, 2006 Updated 04:31 p.m.
Dust off your umbrella and test your windshield wipers - after a dry spell that’s lasted most of this month, Lawrence might finally get some significant rain tonight, according to the National Weather Service.
Tag team approach pays off for Chieftains
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C7
Finding himself with two assistant coaches who weren’t really sure they were ready to take over the Tonganoxie High softball program on an individual basis, athletic director Brandon Parker floated the idea of Debbie Himpel and Craig Lohman sharing the role during the 2006 season.
Hot Flame Hawks bats set down Jets, 25-21
Homers from start to finish key in Flame Hawks victory
June 21, 2006
The battle between the Flame Hawks and the Jets in the Parks and Rec Rookie Baseball League got off to a quick start as each team scored five runs in their first at bats.
No population bounce here
Lawrence loses residents in newest head count
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lawrence officially has joined the ranks of Atchison, Coffeyville and too many cities west of Salina to even mention. It’s a Kansas community that’s losing population - at least according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
State leaders OK bonds for KU cancer research lab
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
State leaders Tuesday approved the issuance of $20 million in bonds to build a research laboratory at Kansas University’s Lawrence campus that will be used to develop drugs to fight cancer.
Youth who can’t see learn to water ski
Adventure fitness program helps build skills, confidence
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
Chris Maxon has water-skied twice - and fallen down dozens of times.
FBI inquiry stalled by lack of formal complaint
June 21, 2006
A federal probe into possible misconduct within the Lawrence Police Department has stalled as the FBI waits for a formal complaint to be filed.
Perkins not interested in Iowa’s AD opening
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C3
Lew Perkins isn’t interested in filling the athletic director vacancy at Iowa University, his alma mater.
Czyz wins state honor
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C3
Former Kansas University baseball player Don Czyz was one of three individuals with KU ties honored at the 34th annual Kansas City Sports Commission Awards Banquet Tuesday night at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center.
Wade’s world
Heat guard dazzles yet again, leading Miami to first title
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
Pat Riley first promised it 11 years ago: a Miami Heat victory parade down Biscayne Boulevard. Shaquille O’Neal guaranteed it two summers ago, vowing to add a fourth ring to his big hand in his new city.
KU projects fiscal budget for 2006-07
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas Athletics, Inc., officials leave fiscal year 2005-06 pleased with how the operating budget stayed on the safe side of last year’s projection.
Keegan: Hernandez continues to battle
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
An uneasiness settled over the Chicago White Sox organization 15 years ago. The prospect had undergone a surgery that made him a guinea pig among pitchers. He had a vein removed from his leg and inserted in his right forearm, where he had suffered a blood clot.
Gardener has learned not to let hopes rise, sink with fickle rainfall
June 21, 2006 in print edition on D1
I have developed an unhealthy obsession with the weather forecast. This was the obvious conclusion when I greeted the FedEx driver on Saturday afternoon by insisting, “So is it going to rain today?” The startled, “Who me?” look on his face told me that I was deep into a case of misplaced frustration.
Coca crop rises despite record eradication
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
They’ve tried drug seizure. They’ve sprayed herbicides. It keeps growing.
Missile attack kills 3 Palestinian youths
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
An Israeli missile aimed at militants killed three young Palestinians in a refugee camp Tuesday, clouding prospects for a possible meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders later this week when they attend the same breakfast in Jordan.
Kidnappers seize Canadian missionary
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
A Canadian missionary who runs a Haitian orphanage has been kidnapped from his residence near the Caribbean nation’s capital, officials said Tuesday.
Former Liberian leader sent for war crimes trial
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was taken to a Dutch prison on Tuesday to await a U.N. war crimes trial for the killing, rape or mutilation of hundreds of thousands in West Africa.
Heavy surf smashes Pacific Coast property
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
A freakishly powerful storm far off in the South Pacific propelled huge swells to the Americas, causing a surge of waves that smashed homes and beachfront businesses from Peru to Mexico, authorities said Tuesday.
N. Korea continues belligerent rhetoric on missile test
U.S. response may include attempt to shoot down rocket
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
North Korea declared Tuesday it has a right to carry out long-range missile tests, despite international calls for the communist state to refrain from launching a rocket believed capable of reaching the United States.
Drug prices take jump in 2006
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
Brand-name drug prices jumped nearly 4 percent during the first three months of the year, raising costs for taxpayers subsidizing the Medicare drug program and for some of those participating in it, AARP said Tuesday.
Skilling asks judge to overturn conviction
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
Try, try again. Former Enron Corp. President Jeffrey Skilling has asked a judge to overturn a jury’s verdict that found him guilty of 19 counts in the energy company’s collapse.
University suspends two in hacker thefts
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
Ohio University said Tuesday it has suspended two information technology supervisors over recent breaches by hackers who may have stolen 173,000 Social Security numbers from school computers.
Taliban fighters attack U.S. camp
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A8
U.S. troops carrying out an anti-militant offensive fought off a Taliban attack on their mountaintop camp Tuesday, while a roadside blast in the same part of southern Afghanistan left a Romanian soldier dead.
National Guard troops arrive in New Orleans
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
Nine months after they rode to the rescue in the desperate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, National Guardsmen carrying M-16s returned to the city Tuesday to reinforce a depleted police department and battle a surge in violence.
House derails immigration overhaul
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
In a defeat for President Bush, Republican congressional leaders said Tuesday that broad immigration legislation is all but doomed for the year, a victim of election-year concerns in the House and conservatives’ implacable opposition to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
On the record
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B2
KU leader to direct state board
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B3
Marcia Nielsen, assistant vice chancellor for health policy at Kansas University Medical Center, on Tuesday was named executive director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority Board.
Transition services for inmates weighed
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B3
A group of city and county officials looking for ways to lower the number of inmates who return to jail wants to open a “day reporting center” near 19th Street and Haskell Avenue.
City to consider loan for apartment purchase
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B4
City commissioners want to keep their options open for possibly buying the Clinton Place Apartments at 2125 Clinton Parkway.
Constitution Hall anniversary a highlight of Territorial Days
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B4
A mixture of history and old-fashioned fun will mark the annual Lecompton Territorial Days celebration Friday and Saturday.
Concert will feature unfamiliar ring
June 21, 2006 in print edition on D6
Here’s an announcement most concertgoers don’t expect to hear: “Ladies and gentlemen, please turn on your cell phones.”
YouTube poses challenges to TV industry
June 21, 2006 in print edition on D6
When Brooke Brodack, a 20-year-old receptionist who lives in western Massachusetts with her mom and younger sister, started getting fan mail from Carson Daly’s people, she figured it was all a joke, that somehow she’d been punked.
Bill Maher takes politics to the Web
Amazon show gives comedian new venue for venting
June 21, 2006 in print edition on D6
Bill Maher has built a career ripping the status quo.
Homosexuality on Pentagon list of mental disorders
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A4
A Pentagon document classifies homosexuality as a mental disorder, decades after mental health experts abandoned that position.
Soldiers’ families devastated, outraged
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A9
Relatives of two missing American soldiers reacted with a mix of grief and outrage Tuesday over news that the soldiers’ bodies were recovered in Iraq and that the men may have been tortured and beheaded.
U.S. soldiers found dead; militants claim new leader killed them
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A9
The U.S. military recovered the bodies Tuesday of two missing soldiers from an area it said was rigged with explosives.
Sox pour it on against Cards
Chicago’s 20-run output its most in a decade
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C4
Joe Crede and A.J. Pierzynski homered during an 11-run, 12-hit third inning Tuesday night, and the Chicago White Sox used their biggest scoring output in a decade to rout the St. Louis Cardinals 20-6.
Stuart Chiropractic owner talks benefits
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C10
Dr. Michael Stuart, of Stuart Chiropractic Health Center, Lawrence, recently presented the benefits of chiropractic care at a Pinnacle Management Group meeting in Omaha, Neb.
KU adjunct professor offers presentation
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C10
Wesley Smith, a partner with Stumbo, Hanson & Hendricks LLP in Topeka, presented “10 Big Changes in the Bankruptcy Act” at the Kansas Bar Assn.’s recent annual meeting in Overland Park.
Intensive care nurse receives credential
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C10
Sheri Rosenstengle, a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, has earned the Critical Care Registered Nurse credential, making her one of 50,000 CCRN-certified nurses practicing worldwide.
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C10
Closet chaos: Organizers can help with cleanup, but beware of do-it-yourselfers
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C10
The dream of an orderly closet and a clutter-free home is compelling.
Senator has beef with ban
Roberts backs bill that could impose tariffs on Japan
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C10
The way Sen. Pat Roberts figures it, Japan’s ban on imports of U.S. beef had better end soon - or Japan just might find itself paying higher prices to sell its own products here in the U.S.
Final flourish
State shortcoming doesn’t diminish closing chapter of stellar career
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C7
Ask Megan Ramsey to talk about her senior campaign with the Ottawa High softball team, and the words are tinged with sorrow.
CBS News, Dan Rather agree to cut ties
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A2
CBS News said Tuesday it is cutting ties to Dan Rather, concluding a messy professional divorce with the hard-charging anchor who had worked there for 44 years until things went sour over a story about the president’s military service.
Commentary: Gordon seeks better luck in Sonoma
Transmission glitch doomed driver last year in run toward Chase for the Championship
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C2
On a sun-baked ribbon of asphalt, a stone’s throw away from champagne caves and grape vines, Jeff Gordon’s run toward the Chase for the Championship got hopelessly stuck in third gear.
All-Star game to remain meaningful
Home-field advantage in World Series still at stake
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C2
Winning the All-Star game will still be worth something in October.
Fullerton ousts Clemson
Titans come from behind to tip top seed, 7-6
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
It must be the uniform. That’s one explanation coach George Horton gave for Cal State Fullerton’s staying power in the College World Series.
Royals, top pick still negotiating
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
Hopes for swift negotiations with Luke Hochevar, Kansas City’s overall No. 1 draft pick, may soon begin to fade.
Royals win clash of majors’ two worst squads
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
For a pitcher trying to win in the major leagues, it was not so good.
Mexico in tough position
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
Mexico has not made things easy on itself at the World Cup.
Germans remain perfect
Hosts improve to 3-0 with shutout win against Ecuador
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
The strikers are scoring, the defense is holding and Germany is off to its best World Cup start in 36 years.
Wade too hot to handle, wins Finals MVP
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C8
Dwyane Wade grabbed the season’s last rebound, throwing the ball high in the air as the clock ran out. And with that, he let out a long scream, a shout of delight.
Cuban fined $250,00 for outbursts
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C8
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $250,000 on Tuesday for his outbursts following Game 5 of the NBA finals, and commissioner David Stern said he’s getting tired of off-court antics drawing attention from the series.
Cup Finals showcase for NHL changes
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C8
There was more scoring, plenty of intriguing storylines and hardly anyone watching at home in the U.S.
Alleged child abduction may be false alarm
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B5
A day after putting out an alert about a possible child abduction involving a 2-year-old boy at the hands of his father, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday it appeared the matter may not be a crime after all.
Commission to discuss district’s road fees
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B5
Douglas County commissioners plan a public hearing tonight on proposed special fees for residents in the Hesper Charter Road Improvement District.
Annual camp boosts language skills in fun ways
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B5
It could be a head nod, a hand gesture or a word.
Wescoe cancer count climbs
Tests on KU building’s air quality not in yet
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
The tally of cancer cases among workers at Kansas University’s reviled Wescoe Hall has climbed a notch to six.
Called on the carpet
Donovan could be key to Team USA’s survival
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C6
Landon Donovan kept getting advice, not goals.
Teenager charged in death of pregnant 14-year-old girl
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B8
A 17-year-old boy has been accused of kidnapping and strangling a pregnant 14-year-old girl as part of an agreement or contract.
Report: Majority of Kansas interstates in good shape
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
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 Tuesday.
Lecompton residents discuss bridge project
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
More than 75 Lecompton residents attended a City Council meeting Tuesday to share their concerns about possibly closing the Kansas River bridge in 2007.
KU center to focus on youth obesity
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas University and Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics are partnering to form the Center for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Weight Management, an obesity research, treatment and community outreach center.
Well-liked, influential pediatrician dies
Doctor who practiced in city for more than 40 years will be missed, friend says
June 21, 2006
A joke a day. A doctor who cared for his patients and their precious cargo. A friend, a co-worker.
Boosting dairy in diet may increase weight loss
June 21, 2006 in print edition on D3
A growing body of research indicates that enjoying three daily servings of dairy as part of a reduced-calorie diet can give adults better results when it comes to trimming the waistline than cutting calories alone.
Soccer ties
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I salute my fellow Lawrencians who gathered downtown on Saturday and cheered themselves hoarse in support of the U.S.A. soccer team.
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I utterly agree with Deb Drummet (Public Forum, June 15) that there are any number of positives to focus on with the Wakarusa festival - the extreme talent of the local folks in their amazing performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar” being one of the high points.
Hasty withdrawal won’t offset early mistakes
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
I have some advice for those who booed Sen. Hillary Clinton’s principled stand
U.S. troops are finger in leaking Iraqi dike
June 21, 2006
And now for a reality check on the congressional debate about leaving Iraq. Neither Democrats nor Republicans have a grip.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World of June 21, 1906: “The University of Kansas has purchased of H.T. Martin his collection of over 200 mammal specimens which he collected in South America in 1903 and 1904. This collection is the most valuable acquisition which the university has made since Paleontological specimens began to absorb the attention of Dr. W.W. Willis 10 years ago. “
Old home town - 25 years ago today
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
A 23-year-old Lawrence man had been arrested for looting activity in the tornado-stricken parts of the city. There had been a minimum of such activity, however, and officials praised the citizenry for its good behavior. The twister had killed one, injured about 40 and caused some $20 million in damage, primarily in southwest Lawrence.
Electricity shock Flash in LGFPA match-up
June 21, 2006
The U14 Lawrence Girls Fast Pitch Association Electricity and Flash teams went neck and neck on June 13 at Broken Arrow Park. After meeting for a second time, the two teams remained deadlocked in a 5-all tie throughout the first inning, and then 6-6 in the third.
Budget ‘fix’
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: A person living on Social Security will not be able to live in Lawrence, Kan. Our city leaders have fallen behind for so many years.
Pederson strikes out nine in Sidewinders’ win
June 21, 2006
To say the showdown between the Sidewinders and Cubs on June 13 was a pitchers’ duel wouldn’t be completely true. Jonathan Pederson, who started for the Sidewinders, is usually the team’s starting catcher and early on it didn’t look like his club would come out on top with him on the mound.
Storm snaps Bulls’ perfect record
June 21, 2006
It was the undefeated versus the winless in a Houk League match-up. What was supposed to be a lop-sided victory by the undefeated team, turned into a rally for the winless squad as the Storm stopped the undefeated Bulls with a 13-11 victory Wednesday at Holcom Park.
Clippers clobber Pistons with big first inning
June 21, 2006
The Clippers took a quick 10-0 lead against the Pistons after one inning of their DCABA baseball game Monday night and never looked back in eventually winning 30-8.
Riverdogs rebound from rocky start to win
June 21, 2006
While the rest of the Charleston Riverdogs wore their game-day uniforms, Bryce Ridgway wore jean shorts and his teammate Marcus Jacobs wore basketball shorts, but it didn’t seem to hamper the Riverdogs.
New tactics help Sluggers improve game
June 21, 2006
The Parks and Rec Jhawk Softball Sluggers team knows how to turn it all around. After a rocky start the team has taken up the cause of self-improvement. The sting of their season opener loss forced them to work harder for their victories and a 2-1 current season record.
Late homer lifts Royals to 9-7 victory
Holland smacks two-run shot to push Royals past Yankees in final inning
June 21, 2006
The situation is every baseball player’s dream: Two outs in the final inning with the winning run on base. That was the case when Royals clean-up hitter Josh Holland stepped to the plate in the bottom of the third against the Yankees on Thursday.
It’s only money
No matter what you call it, the money that pays the bills is all the same.
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B6
When budget talks get tough, officials get creative.
Wright steals show at Bill Self camp
June 21, 2006
Standing all of 4-feet, 10-inches - in shoes - 13-year-old Tyler Wright depends on his speed. On offense, Wright has the quickness to leave defenders standing still. On defense, taller players may shoot over him, but Wright’s fleetness of foot gives them no chance at getting past him.
Troop discussions active on several fronts
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A9
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist declared Tuesday in Washington that “surrendering is not a solution” in Iraq as Democrats embraced a proposal to start troop withdrawals this year, setting up an election-year showdown in the GOP-controlled Senate.
Daily ticker
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C10
Protestant churches defend gay rights
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A4
Episcopal delegates Tuesday snubbed Anglican leaders’ request to temporarily stop electing openly gay bishops, a vote that prompted the church’s leader to call a special session in hopes of reaching a compromise to preserve fragile Anglican unity.
Tributes pour in for Connery
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A2
Friends and colleagues gather to honor Connery, Sean Connery, at the 34th Annual Life Achievement Award (8 p.m., USA). The iconic “James Bond” star will hear tributes from Steven Spielberg, Tom Jones (let’s hope he sings “Thunderball” at full blast), Mike Myers, Michael Caine, James Earl Jones and many others.
Numbers can have broad implications
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
It is the 5,000-pound question mark hanging over the head of city leaders: How fast is Lawrence growing?
Expenses of time, gas money cut appeal of living in bedroom community
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A6
If Lawrence really is growing slower than it once did, Tom Bracciano thinks he knows why: Commuting isn’t as cool as it used to be.
World Trade Center Memorial moves forward
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A4
A somewhat scaled-down design for the Sept. 11, 2001, memorial that retains the central elements of the original - including reflecting pools and the inscribed names of the victims - was unveiled Tuesday after the project was sent back to the drawing board because the cost was pushing $1 billion.
Commentary: Final look at No. 18 leaves sour taste
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C3
Memories were all that lingered from behind the 18th green at Winged Foot on the morning after a debacle that brought ridicule to Phil Mickelson, a major setback to Colin Montgomerie and a U.S. Open title to Geoff Ogilvy.
Former CLO employee found not guilty
Trial ends in acquittal on six charges, hung jury on two others
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
A jury Tuesday cleared a former group-home worker of most of the abuse charges against him and failed to agree on a verdict on the remaining counts.
Self impressed with Wade’s game
A virtual unknown in high school, Heat star now drawing Jordan comparisons
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C1
The basketball world has been buzzing about Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade, a 6-foot-4 dynamo deemed the “best” player in the NBA by future Hall of Famer and current teammate Shaquille O’Neal.
Police review board possible
FBI inquiry raises concerns among city commissioners
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A1
The Lawrence Police Department needs to be more open. And more oversight wouldn’t hurt, either. That’s according to some Lawrence city commissioners.
Flavorful bay leaf not edible
June 21, 2006 in print edition on D1
Bay leaves come from the ancient Mediterranean bay laurel tree. Leaves are plump, oval-shaped, shiny, green and sturdy with slightly rough edges.
The long and short of leeks
Versatile vegetable could play more roles in our kitchens
June 21, 2006 in print edition on D1
If you’re looking for a change-of-pace flavor for your next soup, quiche or salad, consider giving the role to the leek - a vegetable that deserves the attention.
First guilty verdict expected to boost investigation into Abramoff ties
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Justice Department on Tuesday won its first trial in the probe of influence peddler Jack Abramoff, convicting a former Bush administration official in a case that touched on questionable behavior by members of Congress.
Sebelius thwarted in finance council
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B3
Previously routine approval of a budget tool became a big tussle Tuesday between Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, and Republican House leaders.
People in the news
June 21, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Spreading the love ¢ New case in court ¢ Rocket man v. tax man
K.C. trades pitcher Howell to Tampa Bay for Gathright
June 21, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Kansas City Royals sent left-hander J.P. Howell, their best minor-league pitching prospect, to Tampa Bay on Tuesday for outfielder Joey Gathright and infielder Fernando Cortez.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.64 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
08 election a long way off
June 21, 2006 in print edition on B7
Hillary can’t win. Yes, she can. McCain will run as an independent. Gore is back.
June 21, 2006 in print edition on D5
For Wednesday, June 21
Hopefuls use Free State camp as tryout tune-up
June 21, 2006
The distinct sound of bats hitting balls could be heard in the mornings last week at Free State High School. Just as the sun was starting to beat down and many Lawrence residents were beginning their day, the boys of summer were swinging away at Free State’s baseball camp.