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Sports greats Woodard, Brett will chair governor’s fitness council
June 26, 2006
Former Kansas University basketball great Lynette Woodard and baseball Hall of Famer George Brett will serve as honorary co-chairs of the Governor’s Council on Fitness.
Supreme Court upholds Kansas death penalty
New justice breaks tie to rule state’s capital punishment law constitutional
09:41 a.m., June 26, 2006 Updated 10:23 a.m.
New Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito broke a tie today to rule that Kansas’ death penalty law is constitutional.
Sunny and cooler than average
June 26, 2006
Clear skies and relatively cool temperatures were bringing a mild start to this morning, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “Make sure you have the sunglasses,” Schack said. “It won’t be until this afternoon that we’ll see a few clouds develop.”
Summer dangers: Outdoor activities raise risk of illness, injuries
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
Ah. Those crazy, hazy, lazy days of summer are here. Picnics, campouts, hiking, fishing, gardening and many more activities are all popular in summer months.
Nuisance house procedures drive code enforcement home
City beginning to identify residents for possible prosecution
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
Adam Stuart is a fairly soft-spoken guy, but he’s just a few steps from being labeled a neighborhood nuisance. On a recent afternoon at home, the 21-year-old biology student leaned back in his recliner, a beer keg sitting on the floor nearby. On a wall behind him were posters of Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon.
Gay pride parades take place across country
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
Hundreds of thousands of raucous parade-goers took to the streets from New York to San Francisco on Sunday for annual gay pride parades, just weeks after an attack on a popular gay singer in New York and the 25th anniversary of the start of the AIDS epidemic.
Judge bars publicizing credit offer for vets
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
A federal judge temporarily has barred the government from publicizing its free credit monitoring offer to veterans whose personal data was stolen and wants to see if they might get a better federal offer.
Report: U.S. to deploy missiles by year’s end
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
The U.S. plans to deploy advanced Patriot interceptor missiles in Japan by the end of the year, a Japanese newspaper reported Monday, amid concerns that North Korea may be about to test-fire a long-range ballistic missile.
Palestinians sneak across border, kill two
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
Palestinian militants sneaked into Israel underneath a Gaza border crossing Sunday, killed two Israeli soldiers and captured another, raising the threat of an all-out conflict in the Gaza Strip just a year after Israel’s pullout.
New trial will test attitudes on mental illness
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
Mental health advocates and defense attorneys hope the public’s mindset about mentally ill defendants has changed in the five years since Andrea Yates filled her bathtub with water and drowned her five children.
Skipper goes wild in minors
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C5
Managerial mayhem overshadowed the Lexington Legends’ 5-2 victory over the Asheville Tourists on Sunday night.
Beating the bushes for players
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C5
If you find yourself perusing minor-league box scores online at 7 a.m. every day, there are only a few possibilities.
Sweeney’s rehab delayed
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C3
Mike Sweeney’s rehab assignment has been pushed back by the Kansas City Royals.
Beavers force game three
Oregon State rallies for 11-7 victory over UNC
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C3
Oregon State wanted to come out and make a statement against North Carolina.
Coaches seeking expansion
Bigger NCAA Tourney field to be discussed by hoops committee
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
In a perfect world, college basketball coaches would nearly double the size of the 65-team NCAA men’s tournament field. Realistically, they’d accept a smaller victory.
Rejuvenated Redman keeps Royals rolling
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
Mark Redman has turned his season around. The left-hander pitched seven sharp innings to win his fifth straight start, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-0, Sunday for their sixth victory in seven games.
Lawrence pro qualifies for PGA Championship
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
Jim Kane, head pro at Eagle Bend Golf Course since its inception in 1998 until leaving earlier this month, qualified Sunday for the 88th PGA Championship, Aug. 17-20 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.
Hospital seeks OK for bond issue
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 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
City commissioners will be asked to approve an ordinance giving Lawrence Memorial Hospital the authority to issue $35 million in new debt to fund an expansion of the community-owned hospital.
Medical Reserve Corps recruiting from all fields
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
Douglas County Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers from all fields willing to help in a public health emergency situation. Volunteers serve during nonemergency times as educators on healthy living issues and activate in response to public health emergencies and community disasters.
Lawrence datebook
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
Portugal survives, 1-0
Winners lose two starters for quarters
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C8
Portugal survived a brutal foul-fest with the Netherlands, one of the dirtiest matches in World Cup history. Cleats bashed into thighs and shoulders, heads butted and elbows flew.
A key hand in Big Easy
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C8
It’s a mad, mad world on Bourbon Street in New Orleans right now! But there’s no joking here; there’s still an unthinkable measure of destruction in New Orleans, with thousands of destroyed houses and cars still just sort of lying there, existing. So, when “Celebrity Poker Showdown” was set to shoot in New Orleans, the organizers decided to have all of the celebrities choose New Orleans-based charities, and the prize pool was increased to $1 million. In addition to donating all that cash to these charities, “Showdown” also posted each charity’s telephone number on the telecast during the show.
People in the news
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Kate Hudson tells Vogue that she loves the acting life ¢ Diana Krall, Elvis Costello expecting child in December ¢ ‘Desperate Housewives’ star Cross marries stockbroker
Sandler comedy clicks with $40 million debut
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A2
Adam Sandler took charge of the remote control at the weekend box office.
Test could help diagnose Alzheimer’s
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A5
A new test may help scientists answer a perplexing “which came first” question about the development of Alzheimer’s disease, possibly pointing the way to earlier diagnosis or even treatment.
Lecture series speakers announced
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
National Public Radio commentator Andrei Codrescu will kick off Kansas University’s 2006-07 Humanities Lecture Series in August.
Ranch rodeo results for cowgirls announced
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
Three teams earned big points branding calves and loading trailers Saturday with the hopes of attending rodeo’s National Finals at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo., this October.
Venus, Federer seeking 4th titles
Wimbledon gets under way today
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C8
As recently as a year ago, there was a growing sense that Venus Williams was no longer the player she once was, lacking the drive and perhaps the game to compete for Grand Slam titles.
Turnpike construction closes county road
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
A portion of Douglas County Road 1029 west of Lawrence will be closed beginning today because of reconstruction work, the county Public Works Department has announced.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.69 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Card tournament bridges racial divide
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
Bridge players representing clubs long divided by race came together for a first-of-its-kind unified competition during the weekend.
State disputes results of Medicaid audit
After returning $14M in one case, Kansas opposes repayment of $5M more
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
The state and federal government are at odds over what federal investigators say was millions of dollars in improper billing by Kansas officials for Medicaid payments.
America’s population nearing 300M
Recent growth fueled by influx of immigrants
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
The U.S. population is on target to hit 300 million this fall and it’s a good bet the milestone baby - or immigrant - will be Hispanic. No one will know for sure because the date and time will be just an estimate.
Moscow surpasses Tokyo as priciest city
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
Moscow has eclipsed Tokyo as the world’s most expensive city, a new survey says.
Court ruling could force changes to Guantanamo trials
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
A former driver for Osama bin Laden may help decide the fate of dozens of Guantanamo Bay detainees, and perhaps all of them, as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on his legal challenge to the first U.S. war crimes trials since World War II.
Safe joggers should avoid dark, be aware of surroundings and run with others
June 26, 2006 in print edition on D1
Warm weather is an invitation for joggers to hit the pavement, be it at a favorite park, neighborhood or outdoor track.
Barbie the latest in modern art?
June 26, 2006 in print edition on D1
For decades, people have been complaining that Barbie dolls, advertising and other modern iconography have foisted an unrealistic and unhealthy body image on young girls. That may be true, but if Dr. Nigel Spivey, who plays host to the five-part series “How Art Made the World” (8 p.m., PBS), is correct, then the problem is much bigger than Madison Avenue. According to the show’s genial British host, we have been creating and admiring unrealistic depictions of ourselves since the dawn of human history.
Area companies to be honored
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A8
Six Douglas County businesses will be recognized Tuesday during the Kansas Department of Commerce’s East Central Regional Business Appreciation Month Awards.
Chipotle to donate guacamole proceeds
June 26, 2006
Chipotle restaurants across the U.S., including two in Lawrence, will donate proceeds from sales of guacamole Wednesday to benefit The Land Institute in Salina.
Red Cross chapter hires marketing boss
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A8
Kristy Wempe has joined the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross as health and safety marketing director.
Orienteering on Mount Oread
Sport combines running with navigating
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C6
Dee Boeck is quite a runner. Boeck, president of local club Run Lawrence, has been running competitively for close to three decades and has more age-group victories than even she probably can count. When she tried her hand at orienteering, however, it didn’t take her long to learn that running fast wasn’t enough.
Good impression includes walk, talk
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A8
I have an interview coming up and while researching the company, I found out that one of the people I’ll be interviewing with is an older gentleman who would be my direct report. Although I am in my early 40s, I look much younger. Question: Because first impressions are big, how do I nail the interview and not have him write me off for being a young whippersnapper?
Former Wichita mayor considers independent run for governor
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B8
Former Wichita Mayor Bob Knight said he is considering running for governor as an independent candidate.
Pulse calendar
June 26, 2006 in print edition on D2
Third’ parties offer options
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B7
Many Americans have a hard time differentiating either of the two major parties from a horse’s hind end. Quite a few feel that the two-party system is broken, perhaps beyond repair.
No tears for rapper stars
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B7
Would somebody please tell the hip-hop community to stop whining?
Old home town - 100 years ago today
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 26, 1906: “Auris McQueen, formerly a resident of Baldwin, is with the Wellman party which has gone in search of the North Pole. He is an expert with wireless telegraphy, though only 23 years old. He has traveled widely about the world in his work. : Evidence is that our W.R. Stubbs will be drafted to seek the U.S. Senate seat from Kansas. A big meeting at Emporia is likely to finalize the selection.”
Old home town - 25 years ago today
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
Women could be excluded from military draft registration and any military draft, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a 6-3 vote. The decision established the Military Selective Service Act as constitutional and overturned a lower court ruling that said the draft act was an unconstitutional form of sexual discrimination against men. All men were expected to register for the draft upon reaching age 18.
Hard feelings linger in New London
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
A bumper sticker caught my eye as I crossed a parking lot on my way to this New England town’s City Hall. It read, “Welcome to New London. Your home is ours.”
Yankees, Red Sox dominate
Big-market rivals far and away best represented teams at top of AL All-Star voting
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C5
Rosters for the All-Star Game will be announced Sunday. Already, the event is shaping up as the New York/Boston Invitational.
Homeless hopes
City officials should approach with caution plans by the Lawrence Community Shelter to greatly enlarge its services for the homeless.
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
The Lawrence Community Shelter is eyeing a big plan that could have big implications for the city.
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Monday, June 26
Billionaire Warren Buffett to begin disbursing fortune
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
The world’s second-richest man, Warren Buffett, became one of the world’s biggest philanthropists Sunday with the announcement that he would bequeath the bulk of his roughly $44 billion fortune to the foundation established by billionaire Bill Gates and his wife.
New leader alters U.S.-Italy relations
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
The prime minister hates air conditioning, an aide warns as the door opens to Romano Prodi’s sweltering office in the Chigi Palace. But the newly installed Italian leader quickly goes over to close the breezeless windows and switch on a cooling unit for the comfort of an American visitor.
Iraqi leader offers olive branch to insurgents
U.S. commander drafts plan for reducing troop levels this year
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
Iraq’s prime minister unveiled a 24-point national reconciliation initiative Sunday, offering amnesty to insurgents who renounce violence and have not committed terror attacks.
Green foods pack health luck
June 26, 2006 in print edition on D1
The newest dietary guidelines from the federal government call for five to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. That means average people (those who eat 2,000 calories a day) need to eat nine servings - 4 1/2 cups per day.
Battle of the bottles
Enhanced’ waters can promote hydration but at a cost
June 26, 2006 in print edition on D1
Looking for sweeteners? Preservatives? And if you don’t mind consuming those substances, some of the fluids you’re supposed to drink every day?
States seek ways to aid uninsured
June 26, 2006
Nearly 46 million people in America lack health insurance, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and the cost to the country adds up to tens of billions of dollars.
Beckham lifts England
Sickly English captain curls in winner to sink Ecuador, 1-0
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C8
David Beckham was feeling nauseated. England’s offense was just as sickly, with nothing to show for an hour of aimless passing against Ecuador in the 90-degree heat.
Winter canola growing in popularity
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A8
For generations of farmers, winter wheat has sustained the economy of this parched Kansas hamlet where few other crops thrive in the summer’s searing heat.
July 4th fireworks display returns to Perry Lake
Lawrence show to have more bang thanks to more bucks
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
Independence Day is about one week away, and for the first time in three years, a fireworks display will return to the Perry Lake dam.
Lagat dominates in distance races
New U.S. citizen rolls to victory in 1,500 and 5,000 at U.S. championships
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C2
Two years after becoming an American, Bernard Lagat made history in his first U.S. track and field championships.
Keegan: Scout: Jayhawks smart
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
Decision-making ability is one area NBA scouts look at when evaluating college prospects. In that regard, at least one scout is more impressed with Big 12 Conference players who didn’t leave early for the draft than most who did.
Gordon snaps skid in Sonoma
Driver claims first win of season at Dodge/Save Mart 300
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C2
Even for a driver who has won as many races as Jeff Gordon, Sunday’s victory at Infineon Raceway was like a life preserver to a drowning man.
Kidman, Urban are married in lavish, intimate ceremony
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A2
Church bells rang out over Nicole Kidman’s hometown Sunday to announce her marriage to country music star Keith Urban in a lavish but intimate ceremony attended by relatives, close friends and a smattering of Hollywood stars.
Advocates want United Nations’ help to curb small arms trade
June 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
Bearing a message from the Russian who invented the world’s most common assault rifle, activists will press governments at a U.N. conference on small arms to ensure such weapons aren’t used to trample human rights.
Royals, Cards parted ways
Since 1985 Series, teams headed different directions
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C5
Going on 21 years ago, the Kansas City Royals of Bret Saberhagen, George Brett, Willie Wilson, Dan Quisenberry and Don Denkinger united to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in a World Series played along the Interstate 70 corridor, and that was about the last time the two franchises saw each other.
Astros survive late heroics
Iguchi’s two homers in last two innings not enough
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C3
After Brad Lidge gave up a tying grand slam to Tadahito Iguchi with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday night, Willy Taveras’ RBI single in the 13th sent the Houston Astros to a 10-9 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Absolutely big-time’
Heitshusen’s two wins give Raiders title
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
It may have been adrenaline. Or possibly guts. Or just pure heart.
On the record
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
Environmental artist reveals new ‘Direction’
June 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
The lift jerked upward, and suddenly the wild grassland of Pendleton’s Country Market grew a bit more distant.
Rec calendar
June 26, 2006 in print edition on C6