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A weekend of speed
Indy and NASCAR racers come to Kansas
June 30, 2006
Listen to Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan and photographer Richard Gwin talk about the excitement.
Sebelius expresses frustration over Medicaid funds
June 30, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today expressed frustration with the federal government over $32.6 million the state will pay back over disputed Medicaid expenditures. “The rules continue to change and that really is the growing frustration,” Sebelius said.
Hot, windy end to June
June 30, 2006
Temperatures will soar up to nearly 100 degrees today, bringing a hot, dry and windy end to the month of June. “Be sure to use sunscreen and drink lots of water,” said Sarah Jones, 6News weather forecaster.
Night & day: Songwriter Pete Yorn embarks on unusual tour
June 30, 2006 in print edition on D1
For those who’ve always wanted to be a member of the crowd that takes part in the recording of a live album, Pete Yorn is providing that opportunity … many times.
Film keeps Superman’s adopted home flying high
June 30, 2006 in print edition on D3
Passing through southern Illinois on their way to Nashville, Diana Brown and her son Colin saw the signs pointing the way to this town’s Superman Square and its colorful bronze statue of the Man of Steel.https://admin.6newslawrence.com/news/stories/394389/
Wal-Mart submits plans for Sixth St. development
First-class’ project calls for 5 buildings
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A1
Let the review begin. Wal-Mart leaders and local developers submitted plans to City Hall on Thursday that would allow the megaretailer and five other businesses to locate at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Boy, 12, dies at Disney World
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A8
A boy from Kentucky riding Walt Disney World’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster slumped over during the ride and later died though his Army Green Beret father attempted to resuscitate him.
Agassi reaches third-round showdown
No. 2-ranked Nadal awaits; Williams excapes against Raymond
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C6
Tennis players no longer get to rest after the first game of a set, yet there was Andre Agassi at Wimbledon on Thursday, sitting in his chair and sipping his drink until the chair umpire leaned over to tell him to move along.
Italians ready for breakout game
Ukraine knows anything beyond today’s quarterfinals is a bonus
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C8
Italy’s coach is optimistic about what’s ahead, even if others are not.
Stidham packs up at LHS
Lions’ track skipper to move to Tennessee
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C1
Scott Stidham knew the time had finally come to practice what he preached, even if it meant walking away from one of the two great loves in his life.
Restaurant robber receives probation
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B3
A man who robbed a Lawrence restaurant earlier this year while armed with a BB gun was granted probation during a Thursday court hearing.
Floodwaters stress levees
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A3
Muddy, coffee-colored floodwaters poured into homes, basements and stores on both sides of the Delaware River and rose as high as the street signs Thursday in some of the worst flooding to hit the Northeast in decades. At least 16 deaths were blamed on the deluge.
A mystery teen and a teen mystery
June 30, 2006
The Family Channel series “Kyle XY” (8 p.m., ABC) gets some network exposure tonight and for the next 10 weeks. Matt Dallas stars as a teenage boy who appears out of nowhere, with no past, naked as a baby. And like a Ken doll, he also lacks a belly button.
Horoscopes
June 30, 2006 in print edition on D5
For Friday, June 30th
Only advisory
If they choose to use it, Lawrence voters already have more power than citizen advisory boards to influence city policy.
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B8
Lawrence is fascinated with the idea of advisory boards. At last count, the city had about 40 of these citizen boards doling out advice to city commissioners on subjects ranging from traffic safety to recycling.
Ruling further muddles campaign limits
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B8
Campaign finance reform is what it pretends to combat: corruption. The Supreme Court should have said something like that when it struck down, as unconstitutional abridgments of free speech, Vermont’s severe limits on contributions to and spending by campaigns.
Runner reports seeing mountain lion along river levee
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence woman got more than a little exercise when she went out to run Thursday morning and found she was being stalked by what she is convinced was a mountain lion along the Kansas River levee.
Judge honored as groups celebrate milestones
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B1
Call it extreme foresight. Years before the state Supreme Court mandated counties to start organizations that train volunteers to advocate for children in need of care, Douglas County District Court Judge Jean Shepherd helped found the state’s first Citizen Review Board.
Kansas must repay $18.5M for Medicaid misspending
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A1
Kansas has agreed to repay another $18.5 million to the U.S. government after auditors found the state misspent money from the federal Medicaid program. That makes $32.6 million the state has agreed to pay back this year. And the refund tally could grow, given that $135 million in federal aid has been under review.
Drunken driver gets 13 years for fatal wreck
For my son’s life, it is not enough’
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B1
When Victor Anzua-Torres asked the family of Ryan Ostendorf, the man he killed, for forgiveness, Ryan’s father turned his back. “He has no right to speak to me,” Robert Ostendorf said later.
Races to rev up area sales
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B8
Races at Kansas Speedway are sure to drive hospitality business into Lawrence this weekend, but their financial effects still have a long way to go before catching up to a much-anticipated NASCAR weekend two months from now.
Depp finds success as Captain Sparrow
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A2
Johnny Depp scored a double hat trick with Captain Jack Sparrow. First, thanks to the success of 2003’s “The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” became a trilogy.
Fraternities look to recruits to freshen brotherhood ranks
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B1
A 1997 hazing incident threw one of Kansas University’s oldest fraternities into a tailspin.
Jury convicts former Okla. judge of indecent exposure on the bench
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B9
A former judge was convicted late Thursday of exposing himself by using a sexual device while he presided over court cases.
Emporia OF robs Outlaws
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C1
Ice Field had top 10 defensive plays nearly every inning of the Lawrence Outlaws game on Thursday against Emporia.
Americans eager to become next Armstrong
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C8
Could an American succeed Lance Armstrong as Tour de France champion?
Tour de France prepares for life without Lance
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C8
One thing is sure about this year’s Tour de France: For the first time since 1999, Lance Armstrong won’t win it. Beyond that, all bets are off.
Instant classic
Germany, Argentina prepare to square off in showdown fitting for final
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C8
It would have been a classic World Cup final: Germany vs. Argentina in Berlin’s 72,000-seat Olympic Stadium, a showdown between two soccer powers with five titles between them.
Irregular betting probed
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C6
Tennis officials were investigating reports of irregular betting activity surrounding a first-round match at Wimbledon between a British player and a higher-ranked opponent who lost in straight sets.
Canseco signs with independent team
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C5
Jose Canseco returned to baseball Thursday when he agreed to a contract with the independent San Diego Surf Dawgs, planning to be their designated hitter and - get this - pitch.
Bonds’ trainer refuses to testify
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C5
Barry Bonds’ personal trainer refused to testify Thursday to the federal grand jury investigating the San Francisco slugger for perjury.
Teaming up for ethanol
Indy racing rivals cooperate for a day
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C3
Indy racer Jeff Simmons couldn’t help but wish it was Sunday.
A’s walk the winning line
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C4
Pinch-hitter Antonio Perez drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the 14th inning, and the Oakland Athletics edged the San Diego Padres 6-5 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep in a matchup of the top two teams out West.
Myers, Phillies should be sorry
Pitcher, team did terrible job handling abuse accusation
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C5
Brett Myers is sorry. Really sorry. Really, really sorry. We know this because he had his agent send a statement saying he was.
Watson to take last shot at hometown victory
K.C. golfing legend optimistic about chances against younger players
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C3
Tom Watson is set to make one more stab this week at one of the few career goals to elude him, capturing a professional tournament championship in front of his hometown fans.
Board approves stadium tax breaks
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C2
A state board signed off on a plan Thursday to provide $50 million in tax breaks for renovations to the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals stadiums.
On the record
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Datebook
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B2
Concealed gun law raises interest, worry
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A1
While some Kansans are eager to get a license to carry a concealed gun, many businesses are anxious to get signs to prohibit guns on their premises, officials said Thursday.
Offices, services closed for holiday
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B2
Government offices and public services in Lawrence and Douglas County will be closed Tuesday in observance of Independence Day.
Guantanamo ruling raises questions of Bush’s wartime powers
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A7
The Supreme Court ruling on Guantanamo puts the brakes on what has been a sharp expansion of executive powers and raises fresh questions about other aspects of President Bush’s war-on-terror policy.
Dutch Cabinet to resign over immigration case
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A6
The Dutch prime minister said Thursday his government will resign after his coalition split over the citizenship case of a Somali-born lawmaker.
Opposition party blocks parliament
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A6
Ukraine’s opposition party prevented members of a newly formed ruling coalition from taking their seats in parliament Thursday, stopping a vote on returning ousted Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to her former job.
Militia: Authority goes throughout nation
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A6
The hard-line Muslim leaders who have seized control of much of southern Somalia claimed authority throughout the country Thursday in yet another blow to the largely powerless but internationally recognized interim government.
Unwanted opportunity
Tragic crash gives driver long-awaited chance
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C1
They say that for every door that closes, another one opens.
Flooding kills 4, forces hundreds from homes
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A6
Floods caused by heavy rains have left four people dead, forced 1,500 others from their homes and caused more than $8 million in damage to Honduran croplands, officials said Thursday.
Women vote for 1st time; incumbents ahead
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A6
Thousands of Kuwaiti women rejoiced Thursday as they voted for the first time in historic parliamentary elections, though early results indicated they threw their newfound electoral power behind incumbent men rather than taking chances on first-time female contenders.
U.S. claims gains in fight against al-Qaida
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A6
The U.S. military claimed an advantage in the fight against al-Qaida in Iraq on Thursday, saying raids since the death of its leader have forced many of its foreign fighters out into the open to be captured or killed.
Bin Laden purportedly defends al-Zarqawi
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A6
Osama bin Laden defended attacks by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi against civilians in Iraq, purportedly saying in a taped Web message today that the slain al-Qaida in Iraq leader was acting under orders to kill anyone who backs American forces.
Operation Rescue purchases building, evicts abortion clinic
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B6
An anti-abortion group has evicted a Wichita clinic that provided abortions and was a focal point of the massive 1991 demonstrations known as the “Summer of Mercy.”
New law may block some citizens from Medicaid funds
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A4
No one has been able to figure out when Kevin Harris was born or where. This blind, mentally impaired man has told the Cook County Public Guardian he doesn’t know. Public records searches have come up empty.
Judge rules men’s rights to a speedy trial violated
14 years passed between indictment and arrest
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B5
A federal judge has thrown out a case against two former Merriam residents who were fugitives for more than 14 years, saying the men’s right to a speedy trial had been violated.
Salt museum opening delayed
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B1
The opening of the Kansas Underground Salt Museum has been delayed because of financing problems.
Cafe closing today
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B1
Before she serves her last meal in the old place today, dozens of customers and friends showed up Thursday evening to bid farewell to Sharon Dodds and her Sharon’s Billtown Cafe near Williamstown.
Dunn’s double thwarts Royals’ 8th-inning rally
June 30, 2006 in print edition on C1
Adam Dunn wanted to see a few pitches from Jimmy Gobble. He jumped all over the fourth one.
Court rejects detainee tribunals
Justices say Bush policy for Guantanamo Bay trials violates Geneva Conventions
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A1
The Supreme Court rebuked President Bush and his anti-terror policies Thursday, ruling that his plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violates U.S. and international law.
Public spaces available for shooting fireworks
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B3
Though fireworks are banned within Lawrence city limits, some public places are available in the county to shoot off your personal pyrotechnic displays, a city-county fire official said.
High court: Homosexuals can be foster parents
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A3
Arkansas cannot ban homosexuals from becoming foster parents because there is no link between their sexual orientation and a child’s well-being, the state’s high court ruled Thursday.
No court supervision after MySpace love trip
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A3
Prosecutors on Thursday agreed to withdraw a petition calling for court supervision for a 17-year-old who flew to the Middle East to be with a man she met on MySpace.com.
Former governor found guilty in corruption trial
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A3
Former Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth chief executive officer Richard Scrushy were convicted Thursday in federal court in a bribery scheme that derailed Siegelman’s campaign to retake his former office.
Stolen laptop with military data recovered
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A3
Social Security numbers and other personal data on 26.5 million veterans and military troops were not copied from a Veterans Affairs computer missing for eight weeks, the FBI said Thursday.
Israeli warplanes strike Palestinian Interior Ministry
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A6
Israeli warplanes struck the Palestinian Interior Ministry early today, setting it ablaze as Arab leaders tried to forge a deal that would halt the Israeli offensive and free a 19-year-old soldier held by gunmen allied with the ruling Islamic Hamas.
House approves offshore drilling
June 30, 2006
The House voted Thursday to end a quarter-century offshore drilling ban and allow energy companies to tap natural gas and oil beneath waters from New England to Alaska.
Federal Reserve boosts interest rates
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Federal Reserve hoisted interest rates to the highest point in more than five years Thursday but also raised hopes that a respite from two years of rate pain may be in sight. Wall Street rallied, breathing a sigh of relief.
Underage drinking carries big price tag
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A8
Underage drinking costs Americans $62 billion every year in injuries, deaths and lost work time, according to a tally released Thursday. That’s more than three times what the federal government had spent on relief for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by mid-June.
People in the news
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Dark-haired, pregnant Spears poses nude for magazine ¢ Hicks’ first crush married, but contacts magazine ¢ Jordanian salesman charged after using Pitt’s photo on I.D.
Nun accused of stealing $300,000 turns herself in
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B12
A nun accused of stealing more than $300,000 from the Omaha Archdiocese turned herself in.
Updating the bathroom can soothe soul
June 30, 2006 in print edition on D1
Updating a bathroom can be difficult - and expensive. How can you redecorate a space that’s in constant use, and how can you do it on a limited budget?
British troops kill 12 Islamic militants
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A6
British troops hunting pro-Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan killed 12 militants after repelling a fierce attack on their base, the military said Thursday.
Streep a perfect fit for ‘Devil Wears Prada’
June 30, 2006 in print edition on D1
Meryl Streep may be one of Hollywood’s most revered dramatic actresses, but she is a natural born comedian.
More districts shift focus to basics
As schools trim elective offerings, some say diversity drops
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B7
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Couric’s tour means little
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B11
Emulating the “listening tour” of Hillary Clinton when she first ran for the Senate, the newly minted anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” Katie Couric, soon will embark on a listening tour of her own.
Times’ reasoning flawed
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B11
That famous Jefferson quote sums up perfectly the freedom-loving spirit of the Founding Fathers, who saw an independent press as vital to self-government.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B10
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 30, 1906: “Two deputy game wardens have suddenly left town because they figured in destruction of fish nets they recently confiscated in Eudora.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B10
The car of Robert Evans, 14, 620 Ind., became the first one sanctioned for entry in the Soap Box Derby race here on July 4, the first such race in local history.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B10
Kansas University faculty strongly backed the Kansas Board of Regents’ intent to ask for 13 percent salary and wage increases. KU, in fact, had asked for a 17 percent boost to overcome inflation and cost-of-living gaps.
School official enters diversion agreement
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B1
An assistant principal at Lawrence High School is entering a diversion agreement in connection with a charge of driving under the influence.
Unfair burden
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: Without regard to the paramount issue of safety, moving the Kentucky Street homeless shelter to 31st Street would require its new neighbors to pay tens of thousands of dollars in lost home equity.
Recognition Kansas Public Radio Station of the Year
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B8
JazzWeek magazine named Kansas University’s Kansas Public Radio as station of the year in the small-market division at the trade publication’s recent fourth annual awards presentation in Rochester, N.Y.
Service KU students start water garden firm
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B8
Tanner Forster and Matt Fuhrman, seniors at Kansas University, this summer launched College Pro Water Gardens, a business to create water gardens, waterfalls and streams for residents and businesses in Douglas and Johnson counties.
Leadership Advocate joins oral health board
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B8
Karla Finnell, Lawrence, has joined the board of directors for Oral Health Kansas Inc., a statewide coalition dedicated to improving oral health for all Kansans.
Aquila supervisor completes program
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B8
Steve Watson, customer operations supervisor for Aquila Inc. in Lawrence, has completed the company’s Kaleidoscope professional development program. He participated in a graduation ceremony June 6 at Aquila headquarters in Kansas City, Mo.
Commodities
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B8
Housing market to slow down, but not crash
June 30, 2006 in print edition on B8
Q: Home prices in our area aren’t going up as fast as they did in the past several years, and there seem to be a lot of bargains available, so we are thinking about purchasing our first house.
Panel supports cervical cancer vaccine for girls
June 30, 2006 in print edition on A1
A federal public health advisory panel on Thursday recommended that girls ages 11 and 12 be routinely vaccinated against a common sexually transmitted disease that can lead to cervical cancer.