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Hot this afternoon, storm possible
City gets off to record cool start
June 28, 2006
This morning’s cool start was one for the low temperature record book. But this afternoon’s temperatures will be climbing into the 90s, with the possibility of a stray thunderstorm, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Keegan: Morrison could be best pro
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A1
Ask five different people for an opinion on which player from tonight’s NBA Draft will have the best pro career, and you’re liable to get five different answers.
Self 1, Huggins 0
Kansas coach nets one skin at charity event
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C1
Wedges in hand, six golfers - including Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self - stood 35 yards from the No. 18 hole pin Tuesday afternoon at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate.
City leaders don’t agree on shelter’s $50K request
Commissioners split when asked to provide money to reserve building
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
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.
Cyclists cross country to build homes
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
It’s the halfway point of his group’s trip from the East Coast to the West Coast, and Jonathan Janis sat Tuesday in the hallway of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, ready for a break from riding his bike.
France advances with 3-1 win
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C6
French fans had not celebrated with such abandon in a World Cup stadium since 1998. Then again, Zinedine Zidane had not played a game like this one in eight years.
Organic dairy farmers are wary of big operations
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A8
The cows on Pam and Jeff Riesgraf’s farm chomped happily away on lush green grass on a warm, sunny afternoon. Their milk would soon find its way to grocery stores, where organic dairy products are a hot item.
Bush should shut out Times
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B11
Parts of Washington, D.C., are under water following record rainfall, but leaks into basements and government offices aren’t as big a problem as leaks coming out of some government agencies.
Pet responsibility
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B10
To the editor: I hope this letter will be read by the lady that hit and killed the little gray and white cat Sunday morning.
Politics colors debate on Iraq deadline
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B10
The debate in the Senate last week over when to exit Iraq was disgraceful.
Strong pitching key to Hawks success
June 28, 2006
Rainout games have to be made up some time and unfortunately for the Hawks that meant they would have to play three games in three days. Fatigue didn’t bother the Hawks in their game Thursday at Holcom Park, when they dominated the Athletics in their Heinrich League match-up defeating their opponents, 17-0.
Raptors defeat Bulls in opening game of U8 post-season play
June 28, 2006
Even before the first pitch on Thursday, Bulls coaches were well aware of the one-man wrecking crew in the Raptors’ dugout. As Raptors slugger Austin Downing made his way to the field at Youth Sports Inc., a Bulls coach said to him, “Take it easy on us today.” But Downing did nothing of the sort, leading the Raptors to a 6-3 victory over the Bulls in the first game of U8 DCABA National League tournament.
Austin Carpool Jamboree to visit
June 28, 2006 in print edition on D2
With gas prices hitting record highs, Austin, Texas-based musicians Abi Tapia, Southpaw Jones and The Ginn Sisters are pooling resources and gas money for a tour through the Midwest.
Thousands sign online petition to support bar
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
One by one, they put their memories in print. “I met my fiancee at the Crossing,” Jason McDaniels wrote. “Please don’t do this,” Ted Martin begged. “My first kiss was there.”
Mock draft: Bargnani should go first overall
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C3
Sam Smith’s mock first round.
Bargnani on top, but questions unusually plentiful
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C1
As Andrea Bargnani told a curious media contingent about himself Tuesday, Tyrus Thomas sat a few feet away and was asked what he knew about the potential No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.
Scouting prospects from Big 12
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C3
No Kansas University basketball player is a candidate for tonight’s NBA Draft, but it will be interesting to see where six early entries from the Big 12 are selected.
All eyes on tonight’s NBA Draft
Kansas held top prospects it faced this year in check
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C1
Eleven of the 60 players projected by espn.com to be selected in tonight’s NBA draft faced Kansas University this past season and for the most part didn’t do too much damage against the Jayhawks.
Wichita’s Cowtown Museum struggling to make ends meet
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B7
Despite cutting its deficit in half, the Old Cowtown Museum still is juggling bills to meet the payroll, board members were told.
Report: Dangers of secondhand smoke more pervasive than previously thought
June 28, 2006
Secondhand smoke dramatically increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmokers and can only be controlled by making indoor spaces smoke-free, according to a comprehensive report issued Tuesday by U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona.
Ban could snuff smoking statewide
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A1
State health officials are considering a push for a statewide ban on smoking in public places while they encourage cities to enact their own restrictions in the wake of a national report on secondhand smoke.
Trial set in deadly Baldwin shooting
Party turned violent, witnesses testify
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A1
A mixture of alcohol, jealousy, anger and fisticuffs proved deadly inside a Baldwin home during the early-morning hours of March 4, according to testimony Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.
Grizzlers seal victory in second inning
June 28, 2006
Girl Scout camp and being outside in the draining heat for most of the day didn’t mix well when the girls had to play a Wednesday evening softball game after their full day, but the game must go on as the Pink Panthers found out in their Parks and Recreation third- and fourth-grade softball league match-up against the Grizzlers. The Grizzlers mustered up the energy to outlast the Panthers 18-12 at Youth Sports Inc.
Dill pairs well with salmon
June 28, 2006 in print edition on D1
Dill has feathery, bright green fronds of long, soft, needlelike leaves with a flavor like anise, parsley and celery.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a downer
June 28, 2006 in print edition on D1
There is a shot in “Superman Returns” - literally - that is a tour de force at conveying the powers of a superhero. A thief pulls a pistol on Superman (Brandon Routh) at point-blank range and pulls the trigger. In slow motion, the bullet goes directly into the hero’s eye, where a close-up reveals the metal flattened like Play-Doh. A low angle view peering up at the men details the projectile falling harmlessly to the ground.
Crime throws KU club for a loop
Jugglers not grounded by theft
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A1
You have to wonder what the world is coming to when someone snatches the Kansas University Juggling Club’s unicycle.
Your perfect match
Gas or charcoal? Choosing a grill that fits your needs
June 28, 2006 in print edition on D1
Choosing the right barbecue grill can be as challenging as grilling the perfect steak.
More charges added in illegal immigration case
June 28, 2006
The wife of a former Cessna Aircraft employee arrested last week on immigration charges has now been indicted herself on 14 charges, including aggravated identity theft, U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren’s office said Tuesday.
On the record
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B2
Commissioners to consider repair options for rural bridge
County leaders to decide course of construction
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B1
Decision time is near for two county commissions weighing how to repair the Kansas River bridge at Lecompton, one of the stream’s few crossing points in the area.
Adios, La Niña. Hola rainfall?
Weather pattern change may bring much-needed moisture to Kansas
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A1
La Niña no más. The Pacific Ocean weather system that usually means hot, dry seasons for Kansas and the rest of the Midwest is not expected in the next few months, meteorologists predict.
Russian immigrant talks about revolution
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B3
Beginning tonight on “River City Weekly,” Henry Remple shares the story of his family’s migration in 1922 from the small Mennonite village of Alexanderwohl in what was then the Soviet Union to the United States. The Remple family’s story bears witness to the human spirit in the face of war, hunger and disease.
Neighborhood up for planning board’s OK
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B3
Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners tonight will consider a preliminary development plan for a new neighborhood along Haskell Avenue.
Railroad Killer,’ a serial murderer, is executed
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
A train-hopping serial killer linked to at least 15 murders near railroad tracks around the country said “I deserve what I am getting” before he was executed Tuesday night in Huntsville.
Blockade seeks to stop drinking on reservation
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
In a desperate effort to fight the ravages of alcoholism on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, leaders of the Oglala Sioux tribe are threatening to set up roadblocks today and stop members from bringing in beer bought at four outlying stores.
Consumer confidence improves slightly
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
Consumer confidence recovered slightly in June after falling in May, as shoppers became more optimistic about the economy’s future, a private research group reported Tuesday.
Medicare wants seniors to try a little prevention
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
With most of Medicare’s $336-billion budget devoted to treating the debilitating consequences of chronic illnesses, officials say they want to close a “prevention gap” created by senior citizens’ low use of preventive services.
Sunken ships as storm barriers? Why not, some in Louisiana say
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
Marine scientists and Louisiana officials are floating the idea of sinking some of Uncle Sam’s cast-off ships along the water’s edge to create a steel barrier against hurricane flooding.
States brace for new welfare regulations
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
No more bed rest, going on errands for a friend or reading the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” to fulfill work requirements for welfare.
Flag burning ban fails in Senate
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A3
By a single vote, the Senate on Tuesday rejected a constitutional amendment that would have given Congress the power to ban flag burning.
Commentary: Don’t try to change perfect madness
Increasing NCAA Tournament field to 128 teams is an idea whose time has not come
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C2
Why mess with perfection? Expanding the 65-team field in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament to an outrageous 128 would effectively remove the Madness from March. There would be no penalty for a poor finish or a weak schedule. There would be no nervous anticipation sitting in front of your television on Selection Sunday, awaiting Jim Nantz’s declaration of whether your beloved team’s bubble burst. And there would be no Michigan Invitation Tournament, an Ann Arbor spring staple.
Gammons has surgery for aneurysm
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C5
ESPN baseball analyst Peter Gammons underwent brain surgery Tuesday after he was stricken with an aneurysm near his Cape Cod home.
Royals dig the long ball
Stairs’ homer in ninth delivers 9-8 victory
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C5
Matt Stairs felt good about his chances when he came to bat in the ninth inning with two outs and the score tied.
Ronaldo sets standard; Brazil rolls
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C6
Ronaldo broke free early, flashed past Ghana’s flailing goalkeeper and poked the ball into the net.
Two British troops killed in offensive
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
Violence raged across southern Afghanistan, killing 29 suspected militants, two British soldiers and two Afghan troops, and the U.S.-led coalition pressed on with its largest military offensive here since 2001, officials said Tuesday.
Premier asks N. Korea not to launch missile
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao urged North Korea today to refrain from launching a missile, saying such an act would aggravate regional tensions.
Dissolution of top political parties urged
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
An investigative committee has recommended dissolving Thailand’s ruling party and its main opponent for election law violations, a spokesman for the attorney general said Tuesday.
Tropical version of Stonehenge is found
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
A grouping of granite blocks along a grassy Amazon hilltop may be the vestiges of a centuries-old astronomical observatory - a find archaeologists say indicates early rainforest inhabitants were more sophisticated than previously believed.
Pakistani minister spurns peacemaking attempts
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A6
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sought Tuesday to heal a rift between Pakistan and Afghanistan, two Muslim allies of the United States, but tensions spilled over during a news conference in which Pakistani Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri angrily accused the Afghan government of making false charges.
Israeli troops enter Gaza; planes attack bridges
June 28, 2006
Israeli tanks and troops entered southern Gaza and planes attacked three bridges and knocked out electricity to the coastal strip early today, stepping up the pressure on Palestinian militants holding captive a 19-year-old Israeli soldier.
People in the news
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Michael Jackson restructures managers, moving to Europe ¢ Viagra prescription could be trouble for Rush Limbaugh ¢ Frasier’s dog, Eddie, dies
People in the news
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Michael Jackson restructures managers, moving to Europe ¢ Viagra prescription could be trouble for Rush Limbaugh ¢ Frasier’s dog, Eddie, dies
Even with all the action, this ‘Blade’ mostly dull
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A2
When you put aside all of its action and predictable gore, “Blade: The Series” (9 p.m., Spike) boils down to dull, nonsensical pretense.
Scientists: Thumbs up for Gore
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A2
Washington The nation’s top climate scientists are giving “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore’s documentary on global warming, five stars for accuracy.
City staff attorney takes board seat
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
Toni Ramirez Wheeler, a staff attorney for the city of Lawrence, was elected Friday to serve a two-year term on the board of directors for the City Attorneys Association of Kansas.
Independence Inc. seeks nominations
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
Independence Inc. is seeking nominations for its Community Access Awards and the organization’s Roger Williams Community Access Award.
Lawrence attorney joins committee
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
Lawrence resident Andy Ramirez, an attorney for Lathrop & Gage LC, is set to begin a three-year term Saturday as a member of the law firm’s executive committee.
Daily ticker
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
Commodities
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
KU alum takes charge at FDIC
Policy reform, Wal-Mart bank on new chair’s list of tasks
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
Before the world’s largest retailer can open its own bank, it’ll have to speak to Sheila Bair. And the Kansas University alum’s opinion will count a little more than most.
Reservists shoulder heavy burden in fourth year of war’s hostilities
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A7
Unlike many Marines in this dangerous city, Staff Sgt. George Scott could have said “no.” He could have stayed home in Ohio with his two young sons.
Town mourns Elks leader killed in building collapse
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B4
Before the ceiling opened above him, before he was covered in a torrent of bricks and debris and became a victim of tragedy, Tony Komer stood alone.
U.S. military sees little progress in Baghdad security crackdown
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A7
The U.S. military issued a sober assessment Tuesday of the Baghdad security crackdown, saying violence had decreased slightly but not to “the degree we would like to see” in the two weeks since 75,000 Iraqi and American troops flooded the capital.
K.C. murder suspect pleads not guilty
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B12
A former trash company supervisor who has been called Missouri’s most prolific serial killer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a 13th slaying.
Pork industry says hog ‘diet’ leads to leaner meat
June 28, 2006 in print edition on A8
The pork industry says hogs have been on a “diet” for more than a decade, and new government research shows that Americans are getting a much leaner product because of it.
Mental health group to appeal funding cut
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B8
An advocacy group is wondering whether it’s being punished for criticizing the state’s approach to caring for the mentally ill.
Get your canning equipment tested
June 28, 2006 in print edition on D2
We have two Extension Master Food Volunteers who will be testing the dial pressure gauges on canners in July.
No method too crude to rid garden of meddlesome insects
June 28, 2006 in print edition on D2
At long last, my veggies got the dousing they desperately needed. As the clouds parted Saturday afternoon, I walked out to my garden to gaze over the fence at the lush green rows of okra and peppers I envisioned. I imagined that the tomato plants would be growing before my eyes.
Ignite Your Appetie’ with Jayni
June 28, 2006 in print edition on D3
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Ignite Your Appetite.”
Fugitive accused in abduction sought
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B7
Authorities were searching Tuesday for a man wanted for luring a 16-year-old Kansas girl to Tennessee, where she was found last week.
Books are welcome escape
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B11
I think that I have finally reached my limit on listening to politicians, talk show hosts, news commentators, and other media sources fulminate about life, the world, and each other. Although I’m a “news junkie” I’m just sick of listening to everybody blame everybody else for all the ills of the world. I know that it’s no good to just hide from the world, but, really, it just seems as though there’s simply no good news - at least in the media - anymore.
What if?
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B10
To the editor: Upon hearing about the horrific stories of people and their vehicles being searched upon entering the recent Wakarusa Music Festival, I began thinking, “what if?”
Traffic lights
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B10
To the editor: This concerns traffic lights.
Kansas joke
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B10
To the editor: I just read about the ad to appear in Times Square promoting Kansas and literally laughed out loud.
Effort lauded
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B10
To the editor: I would like to congratulate and thank all the people who were involved with the Lawrence Relay for Life this month.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B10
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 28, 1906: “The U.S. House today took the Senate bill providing for a lock canal across Panama and passed it without debate. The bill now needs only the signature of President Roosevelt. : There is an unusually good brand of harmony prevailing in Republican ranks in Kansas this year. Not long ago, the politicians were mad at each other and secretly hoping that a number of their candidates for office would be defeated. That has changed a great deal. : There is great concern about the local girl, 15, who apparently ‘ran away with the circus’ after its recent visit. It appears several other girls were planning to do the same until their parents intervened in time.”
Horoscopes
June 28, 2006
For Wednesday, June 28
Jets complete Clipper season sweep, win title
June 28, 2006
It was simple. If the Jets could improve their record to 19-0, they would be the U8 DCABA American League champions, but standing in their way was a stingy Clippers squad that was looking to avenge three losses to the Jets, their only setbacks of the season, two of which came by a lone run.
KVSA camp stresses fun, fundamentals
June 28, 2006
The Kaw Valley Soccer Association put on a developmental camp last week that was open to all ages. They had 30 participants, ranging from 4- to 12-years-old. The focus of the camp, led by coaches Gunar Harmon and Gretchen Yencic, was to develop individual skills, especially since the kids were so young.
Kids have a blast while learning basics
June 28, 2006
Squeaking bases and excited screams of “Blastball!” aren’t normally associated with the game of baseball or softball, but Parks and Recreation Blastball is out to change all that. Blastball is a unique game for preschool-aged children to develop baseball and softball skills and cultivate sportsmanship and a love of physical activity.
U14 Phenix perseveres for a winning season
June 28, 2006
The 14-and-under Lawrence Phenix-Finucane team, one of six in the Lawrence girls fast pitch league, has persevered through injuries and a brief lack of players to battle back for a winning season. In a few weeks the team will face some heady competition when they play in the Kansas State softball tournament a national tournament in Blue Springs, Mo., and another national tournament in Park City, Utah.
Lightning strikes Pink Panters, 20-15
June 28, 2006
Whether they win or lose, the Lightning Strikers of the Parks and Recreation first- and second-grade Rookie Softball League have a snack awaiting them after the game. After the Strikers beat the Pink Panthers, 20-15, at Youth Sports Inc. on June 20, each Striker eagerly ran to the bleachers to find out the snack they would devour this week.
Defense preserves Eagles’ one-run win
June 28, 2006
In high scoring contests, it’s not often that coaches compliment their defense. But after the Eagles defeated the Ligers 18-17 at Youth Sports Inc. in Parks and Recreation Recreation baseball action, Eagles coach Jarrod Smith gave kudos to his team’s play in the field.
Yankees hold off Funky Monkeys in game of firsts
June 28, 2006
It was a Wednesday night of firsts for both the first- and second-grade Parks and Recreation Yankees and Funky Monkeys baseball teams. Both Mason West and Raymond Davidson from the Yankees connected on their first base hits of the season and Funky Monkey Michael Gates recorded his first home run.
Study: State’s aviation growth expected to slow
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B5
The commercial and general aviation industry should continue to grow and create high-wage jobs in Kansas for several years - but it may not generate as much growth as in the past, a new study predicts.
Wealth and responsibility
The combined gifts of the world’s two wealthiest men have created a foundation that will wield awesome power around the world.
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B10
In announcing his new focus on the foundation he established with his wife, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates explained, “I believe with great wealth comes great responsibility - the responsibility to give back to society and make sure those resources are given back in the best possible way to those in need.”
Myers to take leave following arrest
June 28, 2006
Phillies pitcher Brett Myers will take a leave of absence through the All-Star break, saying he has embarrassed his family and the team with his arrest on charges that he hit his wife in the face.
Dining out needn’t take big bite of budget
Tips for reducing the check span choice of restaurants, timing of meals
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C8
Dining out is no longer a treat; it’s a way of life. Americans spend half of every food dollar at restaurants, and most of that money goes to waiter-service establishments.
Jurors get case in fatal shooting of deputy
Suspect could get death penalty if convicted in Newton slaying
June 28, 2006 in print edition on B6
Jury deliberations will resume today in the capital murder case against a Newton man accused of killing a Harvey County deputy sheriff and injuring another officer.
Agassi hears cheers at Wimbledon
Retiring standout opens tournament with four-set victory
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C2
A homemade necklace proclaiming “Daddy Rocks” has replaced the thick gold chain and dangling earring Andre Agassi sported when he won Wimbledon in 1992. A shaved head glistens where tresses once flowed underneath a sponsor-touting ballcap.
Red Sox stretch streak to 10
Mets’ Martinez will try to halt string tonight
June 28, 2006 in print edition on C4
The Boston Red Sox gave Pedro Martinez a warm welcome back while trampling his New York Mets teammates like the rest of the National League.