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Homeless shelter proposal fails to advance
June 27, 2006
Southwest Lawrence residents Tuesday were left to wait and wonder whether a controversial downtown homeless shelter will move into a vacant nursing home in their neighborhood.
Another day in the 80s
Cooler-than-average temperatures continue
June 27, 2006
If you like mild temperatures and sunny skies, you’ll like today’s weather forecast.
Watkins’ words making big impact
Former Jayhawk releases first book of poetry through own company
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Life keeps coming 100 mph at Travis Watkins. And the former Kansas University football player is relishing every minute of it.
Despite ruling, executions still years away
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A5
A serial killer, two brothers tied to five deaths and other convicted Kansas murderers face execution again because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday, but the state isn’t likely to put anyone to death for at least a few years.
Death penalty upheld
Supreme Court ruling sets new direction
June 27, 2006
A Monday ruling making it easier for Kansas jurors to impose the death penalty may be the first sign that the Supreme Court’s two new justices will tip the balance away from tighter restrictions on capital punishment.
District analyzes suspension numbers
Board meeting hears report, interprets data
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Some students cause more trouble than others. Last year, 230 students accounted for Lawrence school district’s 1,367 in- and out-of-school junior high suspensions; 210 high schoolers accounted for the 808 suspensions.
LHS grad lauded for initiative
Berkeley professor named one of ‘50 Who Matter Now’
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
Business and financial big-timers Steve Jobs, Ben Bernanke, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Jeff Bezos now can add another industry accolade to their already sparkling resumes.
Japanese calligraphy course ascribes beauty to writing
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
In Japan, it is called shodo, the way of writing. But to Sanae Eda, it is like music.
KU Med talks spur bioscience concerns
Lawmakers: research partnerships may hurt initiative
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Talks between the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and hospitals on the Missouri side over possible research partnerships have raised concerns among some legislative leaders.
Mayor appoints Sebelius adviser to Planning Commission
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
One of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ top aides is set to become the newest member of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission.
France, Spain study in contrasts
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Spain is quick, confident and eager to shed its tag as underachiever. France, full of veterans from its 1998 World Cup title, looks to dispel the impression it is too old to win.
No margin for error
Italy wins on penalty kick in final seconds, Ukraine outlasts Switzerland in shootout
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
The Socceroos were tough on Italy. The referee was tougher on Australia.
Brazil wary of upstart Ghana
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira sees a specter hovering above the second-round game with Ghana.
Referees not winning many friends in Germany
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C6
Their ranks include a tax inspector, a tire salesman, even an airline pilot. Then they step on the soccer field, and become referees.
Rampaging minor-league skipper fined
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
Once the umpire called Roger Clemens’ kid safe, a minor-league manager threw a major-league tantrum that would have made Lou Piniella, Earl Weaver and Tommy Lasorda proud.
Wedge, Gibbons added to AL All-Star staff
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
Cleveland manager Eric Wedge and Toronto manager John Gibbons will serve as American League coaches at next month’s All-Star game.
One of Carolina’s four errors especially costly
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
Of North Carolina’s four errors in a 3-2 loss to Oregon State in the College World Series championship game, Bryan Steed’s proved the most costly.
Underdog Beavers prove doubters wrong
Oregon State claims first baseball title with 3-2 victory over North Carolina
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C5
Oregon State was an underdog the moment it took the field at the College World Series.
Ortiz comes through again
Slugger helps Red Sox sink Phillies in extra innings
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C3
Playing against the National League put David Ortiz in postseason form.
Tour de France clinic slated at Sunflower
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C3
Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop will hold its annual free clinic “The Tour de France for Dummies” at 8 p.m. Thursday at the store, 804 Mass.
KU’s Horton third at junior track
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University freshman Stephanie Horton took third place in the shot put at the 2006 Finish Line USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Wood: Big 12 returns to normal
Expect traditional powers to dominate this fall
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Think a coaching change is a life saver from day one? History has something to say about that.
Redick can shoot, but is he alone?
Duke marksman has best range in draft, but history proves that shooters often are made, not born
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
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Wimbledon washed away by rain
Hingis starts strong, but weather wipes out opening day
June 27, 2006
Martina Hingis played at Wimbledon for the first time since 2001, and it was as though she never left. Those crafty strokes. Well-timed net rushes. And rain. Ah, yes, rain.
Coaches to trade hoops for tees
Self, Huggins face off today in Skins Game
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C1
Bill Self and Bob Huggins figure to engage in some memorable battles on the bench in coming basketball seasons.
Grass variety proves hazardous to wildlife
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
The grass variety once considered a solution for ranchers looking to build Missouri’s cattle industry is now being described much differently - as a nuisance.
On the record
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B2
Prince and Beyonce headline
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
Damon Wayans hosts “BET Awards ‘06” (7 p.m., BET), honoring individual achievement in music, movies and sports. Musical guests include Beyonce and Prince as well as Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Lil Wayne, Mary Mary, Mary J. Blige and T.I.
People in the news
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ A scolding for Boy George ¢ Now Bogie has a place ¢ Superman goes back to Iowa ¢ Rowling hints at ending
Recalling the Birth of the Cool
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A2
To say 2006 is a busy year for Miles Davis and the estate of the late jazz virtuoso would be like saying Davis was a decent trumpet player.
Court reinstates conviction in Internet sex case
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
An appeals court on Monday reinstated the conviction of a Mission Hills, Kan., attorney accused of using an Internet chat service to solicit sex from someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.
Crash wrecks vehicle, home
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
Lawrence Police searched late Monday night for a man suspected of aggravated assault after a truck railroaded another car into the side of a trailer home.
Ex-husband faces assault charges
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
A 44-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Sunday for allegedly assaulting his former wife.
Torrential rain closes Washington landmarks, floods suburban streets
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
ore than a foot of rain washed out highways around the nation’s capital Monday, toppled a 100-year-old elm tree on the White House lawn and caused flooding that closed major government departments and the National Archives, where the Declaration of Independence is kept under glass.
Congress focuses on changes at FEMA
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Ten months after Hurricane Katrina exposed failures at all levels of government, Congress is seeking to avert another debacle the next time the country faces a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist attack - and its focus is the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Blazes hit fire academy, strand canyon visitors
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Lightning-sparked wildfires burned across more than 50,000 acres of northern Nevada on Monday, closing Interstate 80 for a second day, forcing evacuations in some rural areas and even claiming most of the training grounds at a state fire academy.
Insect experts battle Africanized bees
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
During the past year, bees - specifically the super-aggressive Africanized insects - have posed a growing public safety hazard in Florida. Dubbed “killer bees” in B-movies and tabloids, these small but fierce insects were transported from Africa to Brazil in the 1950s in a failed attempt to boost honey production.
Nearly 50,000 workers to leave GM, Delphi
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
About 47,600 hourly workers have decided to leave General Motors Corp. and Delphi Corp. through buyout or early retirement offers, accelerating the distressed companies’ plans to cut costs by paring their work forces.
Fort Hays site ready to get makeover
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
The Fort Hays State Historic Site is getting a major facelift, beginning in July after it was awarded state and local grants totaling $238,000.
Congress questions Bush’s claims he can ignore laws
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A3
Sen. John McCain thought he had a deal when President Bush, faced with a veto-proof margin in Congress, agreed to sign a bill banning the torture of detainees. Not quite.
Kansas children ranked 12th in country in newest survey
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A4
In Kansas in 2004, one of every eight children lived in poverty.
Flag-burning amendment still not expected to fly in Senate
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
The first time the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on desecration of the nation’s flag, the subject was beer.
Court enters global warming debate
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A5
The Supreme Court entered the debate over global warming Monday, agreeing at the urging of environmentalists to rule on whether new cars, trucks and power plants must be further regulated to slow climate change.
Woodard, Brett to chair state fitness council
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University basketball great Lynette Woodard and baseball Hall of Famer George Brett were named honorary co-chairs of the Governor’s Council on Fitness.
From the mice of babes
Children can be a parent’s best weapon against online dangers
June 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
Debbie Ice-Turner admits she’s restrictive when it comes to what her 9-year-old son, Derrick, can do on the Internet.
Kids Count shows fewer teens having babies, but more are poor
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A4
Fewer teenagers are having babies or dropping out of high school since the start of the decade, but slightly more live in poverty with parents who don’t work year round.
Library announces July film series
June 27, 2006 in print edition on D2
The Lawrence Public Library will celebrate July with a “Dance and Romance” film series.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 27, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.69 at several locations.
Filmmakers give copy of DVD to Sebelius
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Two Lawrence filmmakers met with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday and gave her a DVD of their new documentary about hurricane-ravaged New Orleans.
Postal Service Road work halts delivery of mail
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Construction on a portion of Kasold Drive is affecting mail delivery for 11 homeowners along the busy street.
More guns found near downtown bar
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence police early Sunday confiscated three guns, including an assault rifle, found in a pickup truck parked in the 700 block of New Hampshire Street.
Leader quits, raising hopes for violence’s end
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
East Timor’s prime minister bowed to mounting pressure and resigned Monday, setting off raucous celebrations and raising hopes for an end to months of political paralysis and violence in Asia’s newest nation.
Israeli leader pledges response after kidnapping of soldier
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
With troops poised to invade Gaza, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday ruled out bargaining with the captors of an Israeli soldier and promised a “broad and ongoing” military offensive.
New president elected and PM nominated
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
Vietnamese legislators on Tuesday elected the Communist Party chief for Ho Chi Minh City as the country’s new president in a leadership shuffle.
Carbon dioxide to be pumped underground
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
Japan hopes to slash greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming with a revolutionary plan to pump carbon dioxide into underground storage reservoirs instead of releasing it into the atmosphere, an official said Monday.
Leader says he wants Islamic government
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
The radical cleric named to lead the Muslim militia controlling most of Somalia’s south said Monday that he envisions an Islamic state, a stand likely to reinforce U.S. fears the nation could become a haven for extremists.
Post-election peace is ‘a lull’ in Haiti’s desperation, violence
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
Just a short walk from the gang-ruled slum he calls home, on a street he was afraid to tread less than six months ago, Eligene Mondesir has found the first paying job of his 55-year lifetime.
First bear to roam Bavarian Alps in over 150 years meets his end
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A6
Bruno has eaten his last sheep. The 220-pound brown bear who knocked over honey pots and ravaged livestock, who roamed the Bavarian Alps like an outlaw on the run, eluding farmers and Finnish hounds, was tracked by three hunters and shot just after dawn on a partly cloudy Monday.
Commodities
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
Humanities Tourism director serves on council
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
Judy Billings, executive vice president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and director of the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau, begins a one-year term as immediate past chairwoman of the Kansas Humanities Council on Saturday.
Landscaping Nursery manager earns certification
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
Lyle Turner, nursery manager for Lawrence Landscape Inc., recently passed an exam to receive the Certified Landscape Professional designation from the Professional Landscape Network, known as PLANET.
Lawrencians at their best when rubbing elbows
June 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
Everybody needs a little Sousa now and again.
Treanor Architects adds shareholders
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
Lawrence-based Treanor Architects has four new shareholders on its board of directors: Vance Kelley, Andrew Pitts, Sharon Schmitz and Joe Stramberg.
What’s really behind ‘lower’ mutual fund costs
June 27, 2006 in print edition on C8
Hypocrisy alert: The mutual-fund industry is grabbing credit it doesn’t deserve - again.
Horoscopes
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Tuesday, June 27
Bush criticizes news media for disclosing program to monitor banking transactions
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A7
President Bush criticized newspapers on Monday for disclosing a secret U.S. government program monitoring international banking transactions, calling the disclosures a “disgraceful” act that could assist terrorists.
White House plays down reports of troop withdrawals
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A7
A Pentagon troop withdrawal plan is among options being considered for Iraq, the White House said Monday. President Bush said U.S. troop levels will be determined by military commanders, the new Iraqi government and conditions on the ground.
K-State endorses program to increase ESL teachers
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B8
Kansas State University is promoting a program to increase the number of elementary school teachers who have special training to teach students whose first language is not English.
Cool kids’ might regret shunning family time to hang with friends
June 27, 2006 in print edition on D1
Dr. Wes: At 16 I came to the sudden realization that I didn’t really want to go camping with my parents in Colorado.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
Repeat offender
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
The ability to follow state election laws would seem to be a key qualification for any candidate for Kansas secretary of state.
Wheels of justice
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
Kansas soon will start rolling toward its first execution in more than 40 years.
Unlikely allies backing insurance reform
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
When organized labor’s most inventive union president and the Republican lawmaker in line to chair the powerful House Ways and Means Committee both tout the same revolutionary idea, it might be time to lend an ear.
War motives
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Seven war protesters were arrested Thursday at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center. The immediate issue they were addressing was the massacre of Iraqi civilians at Haditha.
Religious labels
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I appreciate the opportunity Carl Burkhead has given me when he commented in last Thursday’s Public Forum and labeled the Ecumenical Christian Ministries at KU as composed of “pantheists” and his surprise with Plymouth Congregational, First Presbyterian and First Baptist churches also hosting CrossWalk America.
Another sin
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Commenting on the views of the new presiding-bishop designate of my church, Cal Thomas writes, “If homosexual practice is not sin, what is?”
Summer saps his ambition
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
White custardy clouds in the blueberry sky and here I am, sprawled on a chaise on the porch, ambition leaking out of me like water through cupped hands. Ambition has left the building. Hello, summer.
Asia is key to global warming agreement
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B6
Thanks to Al Gore’s movie, the global-warming debate is back on our political radar screen. We can let the scientists sort out the accuracy of his vision of a world tilting toward ruin.
Iraqi wishes
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B7
To the editor: In a recent USA Today/ CNN/Gallup Poll (the most extensive to date), only a third of the Iraqi people now believe that the American-led occupation of their country is helping;
Yello Sub’s future up in air
Building’s owner supports plan for redevelopment
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
A planned new development at 12th and Indiana streets on the fringe of the Kansas University campus may mean big changes for Yello Sub, a longtime favorite sandwich shop for students and other residents.
Breast-cancer experts debate: Mammogram or MRI?
Both screening devices hold risks for women predisposed to disease
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A1
High-risk women who rely on mammograms as a weapon against breast cancer may actually increase their chances of getting the disease, according to preliminary research released Monday.
Bombs kill 40 after insurgents make offer for reconciliation
June 27, 2006 in print edition on A7
Bombs killed at least 40 people at markets in two Iraqi cities Monday, hours after key lawmakers said seven Sunni Arab insurgent groups offered the government a conditional truce.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 27, 2006 in print edition on B6