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Homeless shelter considers southwest Lawrence location
Former nursing home south of Prairie Meadows being sought
June 23, 2006
The Lawrence Community Shelter is aggressively pursuing a plan to move from its controversial downtown location into a vacant nursing home near the Prairie Meadows neighborhood in southwest Lawrence.
Community shelter director proposes move to Lake View
June 23, 2006
Loring Henderson, director of the Lawrence Community Shelter, has submitted a proposal to the city commission that the shelter be moved to the Lake View Manor building near 31st and Kasold.
Judge dismisses suit against towing company
June 23, 2006
Judge says attorney general’s lawsuit without merit.
Temperatures warming into 80s
Slight chance for thunderstorms Saturday night
June 23, 2006
Heading out to the St. John’s Fiesta tonight? You might need a sombrero - lots of sunshine is expected late this afternoon, says Sarah Jones, 6News meteorologist.
Tips help conserve water at home
June 23, 2006 in print edition on D1
Boston Financial ready to grow
Mutual fund processing center prepares for job increases
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C8
Boston Financial Data Services Inc. isn’t even completely moved in yet, and company officials already have high hopes for the mutual fund-processing operation in Lawrence. The center, at 2000 Bluffs Drive, today boasts a payroll of 124 full-time associates and another 100 part-timers - a work force poised to expand as the company picks up more business processing change-of-address requests, fund-purchase orders and other transactions for millions of shareholders.
Rain a mixed bag during harvest
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Pat Ross was just about done harvesting his wheat this week when Mother Nature decided to disrupt his work. “We had just enough rain today to stop the wheat harvest … but not enough rain to do us one bit of good,” said Ross, a Lawrence farmer. For nearly a month, Ross said, local farms have gotten little rain. That usually spells disaster for the wheat harvest. But this year, the wheat seems to have survived the dry climate.
Pilots plod through rain on way to race’s finish
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
The skies above Lawrence droned with the sound of low-flying planes piloted by women competing in the Air Race Classic on Thursday. But the free air show wasn’t appreciated by everyone. Thomas Pettus-Czar, a retail worker at Hobbs, 700 Mass., said he was enjoying a drink at The Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. Ninth St., when a plane flew over.
Regent takes tuition stand
KU increase OK’d, but lone dissenter says it’s too much, too fast
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Tuition and fees to Kansas University will climb this fall to $6,152 - more than double the rate five years ago. Though the final increase in KU’s five-year tuition plan shouldn’t be a surprise, it caused enough heartburn for the outgoing chairwoman of the Kansas Board of Regents to vote to reject the increase Thursday.
Sides spar over school finance
Court doesn’t indicate when it will rule
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Supreme Court should dismiss the school finance lawsuit because the Legislature has increased funding by an unprecedented amount, attorneys for the state argued Thursday.
Girls get glimpse of firefighters’ lives
Camp lets teens see behind the fiery scenes
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B3
Sixteen-year-old Julie Adkins, of Lenexa, just finished a fire drill that required her to turn off a propane tank that was feeding a car fire. “It wasn’t really that scary,” Adkins said as she peeled off her dingy yellow uniform, “being the danger-seeker that I am.” Adkins is one of 16 participants in Camp Inferno, a weeklong sleepover camp for teenage girls interested in firefighting.
Brazil wins convincingly; Italy ousts Czech Republic
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C6
Ronaldo found his goal-scoring touch to give Brazil the kind of convincing victory many expected to be routine in this World Cup. Ronaldo scored twice to tie the all-time record with 14 career World Cup goals, and Brazil clinched Group F with a 4-1 victory that eliminated Japan from the tournament Thursday night.
Maybe Arena should look in the mirror
Coach plays blame game after Americans’ exit
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C6
Blame referee Markus Merk for the United States going out of the World Cup. No, blame FIFA for not seeding all 32 teams and the Americans getting a tough group. Or FIFA’s mandate that referees give yellow cards for the slightest challenges. Bruce Arena had a list of reasons why his players didn’t qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup by losing 2-1 to Ghana on Thursday.
Beavers edge Owls, reach championship
June 23, 2006
The season was on the line for Oregon State and Jonah Nickerson wanted the ball - on only two days’ rest. Coach Pat Casey let him have it for a second start in four days, and the junior right-hander led the Beavers into the championship round of the College World Series for the first time in school history.
K.C. best of worst
Royals win wild one with Pirates, 15-7
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C5
These are, after all, the two losingest teams in the majors, so it was fitting that they would close out their series with a sloppy game. Kansas City beat Pittsburgh, 15-7, on Thursday in a game that included four errors, 13 walks, nine unearned runs, two wild pitches, three hit batsman and a zany double play. “A lot of mistakes,” Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy said. “It was just a medley of things.”
Bush commemorates Hungary’s bloody revolt against communism
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Fifty years after Hungary’s revolt against communism, President Bush said Thursday that war-weary Iraqis could learn from this country’s long and bloody struggle against tyranny. “Liberty can be delayed but it cannot be denied,” the president said.
MLB slaps White Sox skipper
June 23, 2006
Ozzie Guillen was fined and ordered to attend sensitivity training Thursday as commissioner Bud Selig punished the outspoken Chicago White Sox manager for using a slur during a tirade against a sports columnist.
Investor breathes life into Woodstock
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A2
No naked mud dancing. And ditch the patchouli. The Woodstock concert site is going upscale this summer. The $70 million Bethel Woods Center for the Arts opens July 1 with a classical concert just over the hill from where Jimi Hendrix and The Who took the stage 37 years ago.
A pair of unhappy returns
Clemens loses 2006 debut; Pujols hitless in setback
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C4
While Roger Clemens returned to the mound for his 23rd major league season, his Houston Astros teammates got a close look at a future ace in Francisco Liriano. Minnesota’s 22-year-old phenom pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Twins to a 4-2 victory over Houston in Clemens’ much-anticipated 2006 debut.
Padres’ pitcher rehabs
June 23, 2006
San Diego right-hander Woody Williams began his rehabilitation assignment without allowing a hit in three innings of a Single-A game and is on target to rejoin the Padres by July 1.
Feds seize e-mails in BALCO probe
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C5
E-mails seized by federal authorities identify the convicted founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative as a source in the San Francisco Chronicle’s reporting on the steroids scandal, according to an online court filing that accidentally revealed confidential information.
Alleged stalker charged
June 23, 2006
A 45-year-old woman has been charged with stalking Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker.
Track trio bound for Indy
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C3
Three members of the Kansas University track and field teams are off to Indianapolis to compete in this weekend’s 2006 USATF Championships.
KU receives NCAA grant
June 23, 2006
The NCAA has selected Kansas University as one of 15 institutions to receive a CHOICES program grant this year.
Jayhawk taking softball knowledge to Russia
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C3
Jessica Moppin never has been out of the country and knows little of the Cyrillic alphabet. Yet Moppin, a fixture at second base on Kansas University’s softball team over the last four seasons, jumped at the chance to become a player-coach on the Russian National Team. “Everyone knows the safe and out signs for softball, so I think I’ll be OK as far as that goes,” Moppin quipped.
Yankees go home
Team USA can’t handle Ghana,
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
They were confident. They were hyped. They promised the world’s game had arrived in the United States - and that the world best beware. Instead of building on their World Cup glory of 2002, much less matching it, the Americans crashed out in the first round just like in 1998, overmatched by superior opponents and their own expectations.
All-star football passes on Haskell
Poor support cited as reason for moving Native American clash to Oklahoma
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C3
Only time will tell if the demise of the Native American All-Star Football Game will affect recruiting at Haskell Indian Nations University. “I don’t know yet,” HINU football coach Eric Brock said. “I hope it won’t.” The annual all-star contest, matching graduated high school seniors of Native American heritage in an East-West format, was staged the last four summers at Haskell Stadium.
Knicks’ ax finally falls for Brown
Coach fired with four years remaining on contract
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C2
Larry Brown no longer is the NBA’s dead man walking. His “dream job” as coach of the New York Knicks is over, finally ending what may have been the most drawn-out firing in sports history. Now Isiah Thomas gets the job of coaching the overpriced, underachieving roster he created.
Woodling: KU game not so bad for Wade
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
Now that Dwyane Wade has been anointed the Second Coming of Michael Jordan, this may be the time to dispel a myth. Many Kansas University basketball fans believe Wade performed poorly in his final game as a collegian, and that’s simply not true.
Crash with oil tank sends teens to hospitals
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B3
Two teenagers went to the hospital Thursday morning after their vehicle struck an oil-storage tank near Vinland.
Lawrence Datebook
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lefty baffles Dodge City
Blankenship strikes out 16 in Raiders’ opening-round win
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C1
For one day, the Lawrence Raiders’ Travis Blankenship was just like Roger Clemens on the mound. Well, almost. “I wish Roger Clemens,” Blankenship said, “but he throws a little harder than I do.”
U.S. secretly tracks global bank transfers
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
The U.S. government, without the knowledge of many banks and their customers, has engaged for years in a secret effort to track terrorist financing by accessing a vast database of confidential information on transfers of money between banks worldwide.
Jury seated in retrial of Andrea Yates
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
A jury was seated Thursday to hear the second trial of Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who claims she was insane when she drowned her five young children in a bathtub in 2001. Opening statements in the case are scheduled to begin Monday.
Expert opposes AIDS research on monkeys
June 23, 2006
Primate expert Jane Goodall and 18 other researchers sent a letter to federal officials urging them to oppose an Atlanta research center’s proposal to do AIDS-related research on sooty mangabey monkeys.
Report sees proof of global warming
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Earth is running a slight fever from greenhouse gases, after enjoying relatively stable temperatures for 2,000 years. The National Academy of Sciences, after reconstructing global average surface temperatures for the past two millennia, said Thursday the data were “additional supporting evidence … that human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming.”
Neighbors help save oxygen supply
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B6
Faced with having her electricity turned off, along with the oxygen machine she needs to breathe, the outpouring of support for a St. Joseph woman has left her nearly breathless. Mynie Milbourn, who used to share her house with her sister, recently realized she owed utility provider Aquila Inc. more than $800 in bills in her sister’s name.
Officer: 7 arrested in terror conspiracy
Sears Tower, other U.S. buildings were targeted
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
Seven people were arrested Thursday in connection with the early stages of a plot to attack Chicago’s Sears Tower and other buildings in the U.S., including the FBI office here, a federal law enforcement official said.
Tracy, Narron chosen as All-Star coaches
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C5
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Jim Tracy and Jerry Narron of the Cincinnati Reds were picked Thursday by Houston’s Phil Garner to be National League coaches in the All-Star game.
Rural development process scrutinized
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B6
Some of the issues have been discussed for almost 30 years, but Douglas County leaders said they think they are closer now than ever to improving the way rural development is planned. County commissioners Bob Johnson and Charles Jones met Thursday with a Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission committee to discuss the two panels’ differences on rural development.
House GOP approves line-item veto power
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush would receive greater power to try to kill “pork barrel” spending projects under a bill passed Thursday by the House.
Somalia’s government, militia reach cease-fire
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Somalia’s largely powerless government and the Islamic fighters who control the country’s capital agreed Thursday to stop military action and recognize each other.
Canada apologizes for old Chinese tax
June 23, 2006
More than a century ago, Canada forced tens of thousands of Chinese who helped build the nation’s railroad to pay a “head tax” if they wished to remain in the country and then taxed them again to bring in their families. On Thursday, Canada apologized.
Prime minister’s party violates election law
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
The prime minister’s political party violated election law, officials said Thursday in a finding that could lead to its dissolution and end the embattled leader’s political career.
Orange Revolution allies form majority coalition
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko announced in parliament Thursday that she and other allies from Ukraine’s Orange Revolution had reunited as a majority coalition and would start forming a government.
Pope appoints new secretary of state
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday made his most important change yet in the Vatican hierarchy, placing in the church’s No. 2 spot a conservative cardinal who once tried to lead a boycott of the controversial novel “The Da Vinci Code.”
Annan: Iran to miss nuclear halt deadline
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A6
Iran will not respond to incentives to halt its nuclear program before mid-July, at least two weeks past the date sought by the U.S. and its partners, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Thursday after meeting Iran’s foreign minister.
Brown knew his days were numbered
Lawrence businessman says coach discussed firing three weeks ago
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C3
Doug Compton, longtime friend and business associate of Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown, wasn’t surprised Thursday to learn Brown had been fired by the New York Knicks. Brown had warned his pal of the impending news in a phone conversation three weeks ago.
Meeting joins Israeli, Palestinian leaders
June 23, 2006
Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas kissed and embraced Thursday in the first meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in more than a year, and Olmert made a rare apology for Palestinian civilian deaths in recent Israeli airstrikes.
Afghan leader seeks strategy shift
June 23, 2006
President Hamid Karzai on Thursday urged U.S.-led forces to rethink their strategy in the escalating war against Taliban guerrillas, condemning the rising Afghan death toll. In a pointed cry of frustration with the international community, Karzai said it was missing the causes of Taliban strength by focusing too much on combat operations.
Group starts fundraising for accused troops
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
Friends and family are rallying around the seven Marines and a Navy medic charged with killing an Iraqi civilian, setting up Web sites to raise money and draw attention to what they claim is an unfair prosecution.
Rumsfeld: U.S. troop levels could climb
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
After days of congressional debate over possibly withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday that no reduction was planned and that the military force could even grow.
New report offers no evidence of WMD
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
A new, partially declassified intelligence report provides no new evidence that Saddam Hussein had stockpiled weapons of mass destruction on the eve of the U.S.-led invasion, as President Bush alleged in making the case for war, U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday.
Suspect charged in 13th Kansas City killing
DNA links man to February 1989 slaying
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
A former supervisor for a trash-collection company was charged Thursday in a 13th killing.
People in the News
June 23, 2006
¢ Witherspoon files suit over tabloid’s pregnancy rumor ¢ Couric heads on tour before taking CBS anchor seat ¢ Rob Lowe gets planner approval for dream estate ¢ Minogue tour to resume
Moyers brings smart talk to new series
June 23, 2006
The new series “Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) takes a brave stab at two things television rarely does well, or at all. I’m talking about intelligent conversation - and intelligent conversation about religion, to boot. Too often, TV talk means celebrities repeating well-rehearsed pitches for their new movies.
O’Connor fined $5,000 over campaign solicitation
Senator running for secretary of state
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B5
A senator who wants to be Kansas’ top election official was fined $5,000 Thursday, the second time in less than a year that she has been punished for illegally soliciting campaign contributions from lobbyists.
Six sets of city’s bleachers missing
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Six sets of bleachers belonging to the city have been stolen in recent days. Between June 14 and 16, four sets were taken from YSI, 4911 W. 27th St., and two were taken from the city tennis court at 800 W. 21st St.
Police investigate peeping camera report
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Police are investigating a 20-year-old Lawrence man’s report that he may have been photographed or videotaped while he was in a bathroom stall at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Benefits recipient must pay back money
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence woman who gave false information about her income and her family when applying for welfare has been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay back more than $79,000 in benefits.
Man from France drowns in Smithville Lake
June 23, 2006
A man drowned late Wednesday afternoon while swimming in Smithville Lake with three co-workers. The name of the 26-year-old victim, who was from France, was not released because officials had not yet been able to contact his relatives, said Kimberly Davis of the Missouri State Water Patrol.
KSU site trying to fix stench
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B10
The Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center in Hays has three years to prove it doesn’t stink. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment granted the research station an abbreviated, three-year permit, then plans to review progress the facility makes in curbing the stench that has local residents crying foul.
Thomas left to tackle Knicks’ woes
Battle over $40 million remaining on Brown’s original five-year contract has only just begun
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C2
Isiah Thomas, you’ve got next. Next to make chicken salad out of a Knicks roster you’ve completely overhauled in 21â2 years as team president and expect to further retool. Next on the firing line that Thursday claimed Larry Brown, just as before him it got Lenny Wilkens (despite the party line that he “resigned”) and Don Chaney.
Families confirm IDs of killed soldiers
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
Relatives of two soldiers who disappeared in Iraq during an insurgent attack comforted each other Thursday after the military confirmed two brutalized bodies found this week were the missing men.
Senate rejects Democrats’ withdrawal plans
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
The GOP-controlled Senate gave an election-year endorsement to President Bush’s Iraq policy on Thursday, soundly rejecting Democratic demands to withdraw troops from the 3-year-old war that has grown increasingly unpopular.
Rove needs new approach
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B9
Karl, You’re home free, legally. No indictment in the Plame case. Just a chance to become the post-Bush GOP guru, which has been your aim all along. How do you get there? You probably don’t want advice from some newspaper columnist. You produced two presidential triumphs. I didn’t.
Parties court western states
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B9
A top Democratic Party group is considering having presidential caucuses in one or more Western states between Iowa’s caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Western governors also hope to hold a regional primary in early February 2008. And Denver has emerged as a top contender to host the next Democratic National Convention.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World of June 23, 1906: “It appears our own W.R. Stubbs, long a noted political leader, will announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in the next few weeks.
Too much traffic
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: Actually, maybe we don’t NEED another trafficway at all. Maybe we only WANT one so we can continue our current habits without giving any thought to probable consequences, no matter how destructive these may be.
Population dip
Local officials can’t shrug off new population figures that show a small reversal in Lawrence’s growth trend.
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
After years of planning how, where and when to grow, Lawrence is getting a wakeup call. For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Census Bureau says the annual population figures for Lawrence are down, not by much, but down.
U.S. needs post-Iraq strategy on terrorism
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
It was probably not the wisest metaphor to choose for a country with only 58 kilometers of shoreline. “Cut and run” is, after all, a nautical term. More to the point, one person’s metaphor for cowardice is another’s description of speed and survival. As for the other mantra of war debate? We’re still at sea on whether to “stay the (disastrous or not) course.”
Learn how banks view a parent’s down payment
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C8
Q: I hope to buy my first home later this year. My income is pretty good, but I don’t have a lot of cash in the bank, so my mom has agreed to give me some money toward the down payment. Do you have any tips for people in my situation?
Audiologist earns doctoral degree
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C8
Gerald Whiteside, an audiologist at Marston Hearing Center, Lawrence, recently earned the degree of Doctor of Audiology from the Kansas University Medical Center School of Allied Health.
New carpet cleaner serving Lawrence
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C8
Kelly Bolin has opened an OxyMagic carpet-cleaning franchise serving Lawrence and surrounding communities.
Chamber CEO wins Silver Stirrup Award
June 23, 2006 in print edition on C8
Lavern Squier, president and chief executive officer of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, received the Silver Stirrup Award during the 34th annual Kansas Cavalry Encampment this month in Wichita.
News of the Weird
June 23, 2006 in print edition on D2
¢ Lead story ¢ Compelling explanations ¢ The latest American right
Bus ridership soars
More elderly patrons, high gas prices help increase
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A1
The way Joe Loring figures it, he’s sort of getting paid to listen to music or read a book.
Arizona recalls Gonzalez
June 23, 2006
The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled pitcher Edgar Gonzalez from Triple-A Tucson to start Thursday’s game at Tampa Bay.
Global warming peril exposed in ‘Truth’
June 23, 2006 in print edition on D1
Global warming sure is a tough sell. Al Gore equates it to this analogy: If a frog jumps into a beaker of boiling water, it will immediately jump out. But if placed in one where the water is room temperature and then heated, the frog will sit there the entire time until it boils to death. “An Inconvenient Truth” offers a more expanded exploration of this idea, with humans as frogs and global warming as the boiling water.
Earthwork’ in progress
Lawrence artist and filmmaker team up for ambitious project
June 23, 2006 in print edition on D1
Filmmaker Chris Ordal and artist Stan Herd are comparing wounds. A long day of constant raking while roasting in the Kansas sun has produced red skinless circles in the spot between Ordal’s thumb and fingers. Herd recalls the newcomer’s initial brush with making crop art: “That first day Chris got out here and started raking and got this blister on his hand, and he goes, ‘This is like real work, isn’t it?’”
War protesters arrested
Chanting Iraqi names, group refuses to leave Army center
June 23, 2006
A group of war protesters covered themselves in tomato paste, walked into a local Army-recruiting office Thursday afternoon, linked arms and refused to leave. They were protesting the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians in November at the hands of U.S. Marines in the city of Haditha, an incident that remains under investigation.
Gang violence continues with 25 killings in Mosul
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A4
At least 25 people have been executed gangland-style in Iraq’s third-largest city this week, with residents gunned down in ones and twos and bodies found scattered throughout Mosul.
On the Record
June 23, 2006
Court expands workers’ claims of retaliation
June 23, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Supreme Court made it easier Thursday for workers to show they suffered retaliation after accusing employers of discrimination. By a 9-0 vote, the justices said that Sheila White, a railroad forklift operator, was improperly punished when her employer suspended her for 37 days and reassigned her to more physically demanding duties as a yard worker. She had accused a supervisor of sexual harassment.
Thief takes church’s donation box, money
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B1
For the second time this week, items have been stolen from a campus-area church. Between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday, an unknown person stole $40 cash and a $100 brass donation box that had been sitting beside votive candles at St. Lawrence Catholic Center, 1631 Crescent Road, according to a police report.
Evacuees stuck in squalid housing
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B8
While life in Louisiana’s capital - now the state’s largest city - has long since returned to a semblance of pre-storm normal, the normality is deceptive, mainly because the abnormalities - like some raving great-aunt no one talks about - are hidden away.
June 23, 2006 in print edition on B7