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Father, daughter struck by vehicle
September 4, 2006
Father, daughter on bike struck by car A Eudora father and his young daughter were seriously injured Monday evening when their bicycle was struck by a motorist.
Reports: Australia’s ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin killed
September 4, 2006
Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and environmentalist known as the “Crocodile Hunter,” was killed Monday by a stingray during a diving expedition, Australian media said. He was 44.
Big names at WPT bad news for Phil
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C3
The recent Bicycle Club $10,000 buy-in Championship event in Los Angeles on the World Poker Tour (WPT) began at 2 p.m. I, of course, arrived at 4:30 pm.
Intersection may get pedestrian sign
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B2
John may drench parts of U.S.
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A8
The remnants of Hurricane John made a soggy march up the Baja California peninsula Sunday, soaking fishing villages and retirement communities and threatening flooding in parts of the U.S. Southwest.
Events calendar
September 4, 2006 in print edition on D2
China activism a positive sign
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B9
A year ago, on a trip to China, I wrote about a blind legal activist who was challenging the use of forced abortions and sterilizations in his province.
Horoscopes
September 4, 2006 in print edition on D3
For Monday, Sept. 4
Lawrence job seekers battle tight market
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A1
Ryan Lemieur rolls the cursor across his digital resume, fiddling with the font, the words spelled out in front of him. How many resumes will this be? Twelve? More?
Bikers celebrate Labor Day at ABATE rally
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B1
From the front drive of the Grainery Saloon on Apple Valley Lane in Ozawkie, the rumbling of big-bore motorcycles grows faint, distant.
Parking problems plague students
Construction projects close one entrance, take 60 spaces in lot
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B1
Parking is an old problem at Lawrence High School, but it is an especially aggravating one this school year.
Bosox activate trio
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Boston Red Sox activated catcher Jason Varitek, outfielder Trot Nixon and shortstop Alex Gonzalez from the disabled list Sunday, bringing back three regulars who were sidelined while the team’s playoff chances plummeted.
Texas recalls Rheinecker
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Texas Rangers recalled pitcher John Rheinecker from Oklahoma on Sunday and purchased the contract of catcher Miguel Ojeda from the Triple-A farm team.
Cubs’ Barrett finished?
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C5
Cubs catcher Michael Barrett could miss the rest of the season after he was hit in the groin with a foul tip and underwent surgery.
Phillies activate Gordon
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C5
Philadelphia closer Tom Gordon was activated off the disabled list Sunday and ready to rejoin a bullpen that has struggled during the Phillies’ wild-card push.
Blyleven apologizes
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C5
Bert Blyleven was a little too colorful. The color commentator for Minnesota Twins’ television broadcasts, Blyleven apologized Sunday after using two profanities on the air during a pregame segment that he didn’t realize was being aired live.
K.C. recalls Costa from minor leagues
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C5
Shane Costa was recalled Sunday by the Kansas City Royals and started in right field against the Chicago White Sox after batting .342 in 52 games at Triple-A Omaha.
Ex-Lion Hooper called up by Tigers
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Detroit Tigers purchased the contract of infielder Kevin Hooper from Triple-A Toledo before their game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night, adding depth because they don’t know how long Carlos Guillen will be out of the lineup.
Lessons learned from 2006 draft
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C5
Losing fantasy owners: Aren’t you glad you got A-Rod with the first or second overall pick?
Pujols, Howard erupt
Sluggers connect three times apiece for Cards, Phillies
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C4
Sluggers Ryan Howard and Albert Pujols each whacked three home runs on Sunday.
A-Rod’s homers lift Yankees
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C4
Alex Rodriguez hit two homers and drove in five runs, and Darrell Rasner pitched six innings for his first major-league win to lead New York past Minnesota, 10-1, Sunday.
KU soccer upends St. Mary’s
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C3
Holly Gault had a goal and an assist in a 10-minute span, helping the Kansas University soccer team defeat St. Mary’s, 4-2.
Vikings sign Gordon to practice squad
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C3
Charles Gordon, a rookie free agent from Kansas University, signed with the Minnesota Vikings practice squad Sunday after he was one of 21 players released by the Vikings a day earlier.
Bush breaks leg in Cards’ win
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C3
Michael Bush passed up a shot at the NFL to try for a national championship at Louisville.
State’s death toll from Ernesto rises to 6
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A3
A woman died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a portable generator, bringing Virginia’s death toll from the remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto to six, officials said.
Wildfires prompt wildlife hunt
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A3
A string of wildfires that scorched hundreds of square miles of prime habitat has prompted an emergency antelope hunt and relocation of unprecedented scope in Nevada, state officials said.
Candle blamed for deadly blaze
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A3
A candle in an apartment without electricity was believed to have caused one of the city’s deadliest and most heartbreaking fires in years, a blaze Sunday that killed six children ages 3 to 14, some of whom screamed “we’re burning” as neighbors watched helplessly.
Trooper dies of injuries in ambush
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A3
One of two troopers ambushed while searching for an escaped convict died Sunday of his injuries.
Baylor drops opener to TCU
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C3
With undefeated TCU starting quarterback Jeff Ballard woozy on the sideline and unable to play, coach Gary Patterson only had one real option.
Sacramento one win from crown
Monarchs roll, 89-69, over Detroit in Game Four; Laimbeer miffed at effort of Shock
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C2
Erin Buescher just hoped to catch some iron with her awkward fling at the basket, yet her shot-clock-beating three-pointer went in.
Spain rules World Championships
Greece no factor in title game despite absence of Gasol
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C2
Spain won its first World Championship without its star in a performance worthy of a Hollywood script. With the injured Pau Gasol cheering from the bench, Spain beat Greece, 70-47, Sunday night in an emotional victory some thought couldn’t happen and few thought would be so easy.
Buses may dump the pump
New generation of mass transit employs alternate sources for power
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A1
Don’t ask Cliff Galante, director of the city’s public transit system, for the fuel mileage on one of his big diesel buses. It’s not a statistic he figures often because he knows it always produces a discouraging number.
High-tech meets old-school in quest to build perfect violin
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence resident H. Brooks Herndon has been involved in designing coffee-processing plants, wind turbines, semiconductors, microprocessors and computer circuit boards.
Terror prosecutions return to pre-Sept. 11 levels
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A3
Justice Department prosecutions of international terrorism cases, which surged in volume after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, have nearly returned to the levels seen prior to the hijackings, according to an independent analysis of government data released Sunday.
Offices, services close for Labor Day holiday
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B3
Government offices and public services in Lawrence and Douglas County will be closed today in observance of Labor Day.
Summer smash ‘Pirates’ turns Hollywood tides
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A2
The Hollywood hand-wringing of 2005 has been forgotten. After a dismal box-office year and gloomy prophecies about its future, the movie business has rebounded with a solid - though far from spectacular - summer season.
Europe’s first lunar mission ends with successful crash on moon
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A8
Europe’s first spacecraft to the moon smashed into a volcanic plain as planned Sunday, signaling in a bright flash the end of a successful mission to test a new propulsion system and navigation technology for flights to other planets.
Iran defiant on nuclear program, Holocaust
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A9
The U.N. chief got little satisfaction Sunday at the close of his trip to Tehran, snubbed by Iran’s leader over international demands to stop enriching uranium and ignored in warnings not to incite hatred by questioning the Holocaust.
Phoenix award nominations sought
September 4, 2006 in print edition on D1
Nominations are being accepted for the 11th annual Phoenix Awards, presented by the Lawrence Arts Commission to recognize outstanding achievement in the arts by members of the Lawrence community.
Volunteers needed to assist with class
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B2
The Visions for Tomorrow class needs volunteers to assist with children’s programming.
Lawrence Datebook
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B2
J-W seeks essays about 9-11’s effects
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B5
Terrorists struck the United States in a series of coordinated attacks five years ago on 9-11.
New guide to snakes in Kansas available
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B5
“A Pocket Guide to Kansas Snakes,” by Joseph Collins and Suzanne Collins, is now available. The guide details 38 kinds of snakes found across the state.
Rec calendar
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C6
A crash course in cycling
Hotter’N Hell Hundred lives up to billing
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C6
I’m not sure why I accepted my brother-in-law’s invitation to ride with him in the Hotter’N Hell Hundred.
More work, less pay
U.S. productivity climbs but wages lose ground
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A1
All that hard work probably isn’t paying off - for you. In the past 10 years, U.S. productivity, a measure of worker output, has increased 33 percent, something economists have hailed as a victory for America’s “new economy,” because productivity often is seen as the key to raising living standards.
People in the news
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Daughter allegedly abused ¢ Basinger ordered to court ¢ Beer date Down Under ¢ Aniston will just do it
Library issues recall for toys with lead
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B10
The Wichita Public Library has asked parents of thousands of children who took part in a summer reading program to discard one of the toys awarded to children who achieved reading goals.
Judge strikes down sign ordinance
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B10
This Kansas City suburb will consider a new sign ordinance, the city attorney says, after a federal judge found the current one appeared to violate First Amendment rights.
On the record
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B2
Restaurant Web site to assist diners in making healthy choices
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A8
Restaurants, under fire from health advocates for too-big servings and not enough detail on nutrition, are fighting back.
Need for dam still subject to debate
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A8
Many people feel that the advantages of Clinton Dam outweigh its disadvantages; although some would argue that these advantages do not completely justify the dam’s construction.
NATO rolls out Operation Medusa
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A9
NATO and Afghan forces targeted possible Taliban insurgents with air strikes and artillery this weekend, killing more than 200 suspected Taliban guerrillas.
Italian troops deploy; peace talks rejected
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A9
Italian soldiers moved into southern Lebanon in trucks and armored vehicles Sunday as the first big wave of international peacekeepers took up positions to monitor a shaky truce between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas. Lebanese officials scoffed at an Israeli call for peace talks.
Nearly 1,200 African refugees intercepted
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A9
Police caught nearly 1,200 people trying to reach the Canary Islands in overcrowded boats that left from the west African nation of Mauritania, setting a record for a weekend, officials said Sunday.
Lawmakers to evaluate tax system
Study finds poor Kansans bear highest burden
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B1
They’ve cut taxes and raised taxes, waived taxes and shifted taxes.
NBC serves up refried nostalgia
September 4, 2006 in print edition on D1
The nostalgia mill continues to churn. “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Diff’rent Strokes” (7 p.m., NBC) offers dramatic reenactments of the heyday of the popular comedy that brought the NBC network back from the brink of oblivion in the late 1970s, and whose bright young stars descended into personal unhappiness, abuse and legal troubles.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 4, 1906: “The refuse from the Canning Factory which is dumped east of the buildings and the water which is allowed to drain off it within the city limits at the corner of Quincy Street and Haskell Avenue is making a large and very offensive cesspool which is offensive and injurious to the citizens in that vicinity.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B8
For the first time since the late 1950s, Kansas University was to have a coeducational dormitory, McCollum Hall. The facility was to hold 976 men and women students.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B8
The contract for a New Orleans artist, Lin Emery, to create a kinetic sculpture for the new City Hall was signed, and the $35,000 art work, eventually titled “Flame,” was to become a reality.
Jazz plans
It would be great if Kansas City developers could finally get a proposed jazz district off the ground.
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B8
An entertainment district based on Kansas City’s jazz heritage could be a wonderful boon to that city’s downtown as well as a tourist attraction with a national draw.
True believers’ expand their political clout
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B8
I offer three cheers for Katherine Harris. Harris has brought this nation together, done a more effective job of uniting people than any prayer breakfast, sensitivity class or Benetton ad I’ve ever seen. Thanks to her, Christians and Jews, Muslims and atheists, Republicans and Democrats, are now standing as one and saying, “That Katherine Harris, what a moron.”
Colleagues undercut Bush realism on war
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B8
President Bush made headlines recently by adopting a more somber, realistic tone on Iraq. Then Bush, his vice president and defense secretary stepped all over that message with unduly harsh assaults on the war’s critics last week. What gives?
KU, Black & Veatch plan energy classes
September 4, 2006
Kansas University Continuing Education and Black & Veatch Corp. are developing courses in engineering management for Black & Veatch’s energy business professionals - courses that eventually will reach all of the company’s more than 90 offices worldwide.
Last kiss goodbye
Qualifier puts end to storied career
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C1
Crouched alone in the silence of the locker room, a pro tennis player no more, a red-eyed Andre Agassi twisted his torso in an attempt to conquer the seemingly mundane task of pulling a white shirt over his head.
Loan officer joins FCB Bank in De Soto
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A10
Brent Lathrom, Eudora, has joined FCB Bank in De Soto as vice president of lending, handling commercial, mortgage and consumer lending.
On the money
September 4, 2006
The slowdown in the housing market has created new challenges for individuals selling a home, and for buyers looking to score a deal on a property.
A robot with taste
Japanese engineers unveil mechanical sommelier
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A10
The ability to discern good wine from bad, name the specific brand from a tiny sip and recommend a complementary cheese would seem to be about as human a skill as there is.
Dumbing down, wising up
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A10
Q: I read an account on the Internet about a man who was laid off and was, like me, unable to find another job. He thought potential employers felt he was overqualified.
Experts warn of deadly global pandemic: obesity
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A9
An obesity pandemic threatens to overwhelm health systems around the globe with illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, experts at an international conference warned Sunday.
Iraqi officials say No. 2 in al-Qaida in Iraq arrested
September 4, 2006 in print edition on A9
Authorities on Sunday announced the capture of al-Qaida in Iraq’s No. 2 leader, accusing him of “brutal and merciless” terror operations, including the bombing of a Shiite shrine that touched off the sectarian bloodletting pushing Iraq toward civil war.
K.C. tops Chicago in series finale
Royals continue surge against AL contenders
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C1
The Chicago White Sox are probably happy they don’t have to face the Kansas City Royals again this season.
Doing your best to ace the test
Testing tips from students who scored perfectly on the ACTSAT
September 4, 2006 in print edition on D1
Nameer Baker remembers walking in to see his mother, with his ACT result sheet in his hand.
Wood: First ‘06 awards go to trio
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C1
OK, so my game balls aren’t traditional. I’m a little too weird for that. But I think it’s appropriate to recognize effort that may otherwise go unnoticed (or in some cases, wrongly scrutinized). So here are my personal heroes from Kansas University’s football-season-opening victory Saturday:
Defense looks familiar
Jayhawks stifle run - albeit against I-AA squad
September 4, 2006 in print edition on C1
The capability is still there, despite a massive changing of the guard on Kansas University’s defense.
Rumsfeld seeks support
September 4, 2006 in print edition on B9
In the last week, I have had the opportunity to speak at the annual conventions of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. It is always a humbling experience to be in the presence of those who have served and fought for our country during some of our darkest, most trying times - when it was unclear whether our way of life would prevail.