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Lawrence native is named CEO of Ford Motor Co.
Alan Mulally got degrees at Kansas University
September 5, 2006
Mulally, 61, was widely praised for being a key architect of the resurgence of Boeing’s commercial airplanes unit over the past couple of years.
6News Now for September 5
September 5, 2006
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the Humane Society needs to improve its building, parking tickets on Mount Oread, and Attorney General candidates.
Lawrence teachers to vote on contract
Pact would provide 8 percent pay raise
September 5, 2006
Lawrence’s 850 teachers will vote this week on a new contract with the school district that gives them an average 8 percent pay raise.
Founder of ‘Red Dog’s Dog Days’ visits Sebelius
September 5, 2006
Don “Red Dog” Gardner today visited with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius after being named the state’s first “Hometown Health Hero.”
Temperatures to climb into 70s
No rain in sight until Saturday night
September 5, 2006
Open the windows and enjoy the cool weather. “It looks like we’ll stay in the 70s again,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “It will remain beautiful again this afternoon.”
Power potential
Kansas trailing other states in wind energy efforts
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A1
Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack challenged regulators and utility companies in his state a few years ago to produce 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2010.
School volunteers rarely screened in Kansas
Lawrence among districts confident with present policies
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lawrence and most other Kansas school districts do not require background checks for the volunteers who come into close contact with students.
New implement measures clay content in limestone to determine quality
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B1
Most people don’t think about the quality of the rock under the pavement on which they drive - even after they hit a pothole.
Back taxes demanded for Internet purchases
Wedding photographer’s self-audit results in ‘very unreasonable’ $2,000 bill
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence photographer Monte Mace received an unpleasant notice when he returned from vacation this summer.
Support group brings together those dealing with autism
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B1
Richard Horton’s son was diagnosed with autism when the boy was 18 months old. “He wouldn’t hug me. He wouldn’t speak. That was really devastating,” Horton said.
Help wanted
Low turnout annual hurdle for struggling Seabury program
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C1
It’s a small circle of diehards who cluster around Gunar Harmon in the center of Seabury Academy’s soccer field to soak in his words of advice.
Eight not great for K.C.
Yankees go crazy in 8th inning, rally past Royals
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C1
Jorge Posada started a 10-run, eighth-inning rally with a two-run homer, and Robinson Cano capped it with a three-run drive to lead the New York Yankees past the Kansas City Royals, 12-5, Monday night.
Canadian soldier killed in friendly fire incident
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A7
U.S. warplanes accidentally strafed Canadian troops fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan early Monday, killing one soldier and wounding several, NATO officials said.
Hunters warned to avoid woods where fugitive may be hiding
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A3
A state police official said Monday that “the noose is tightening” in the manhunt for an escaped inmate accused of a deadly police ambush, and warned hunters to stay out of the woods where the fugitive may be hiding.
Massive pro-immigration rallies not translating into new voters
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A5
Immigration protests that drew hundreds of thousands of flag-waving demonstrators to the nation’s streets last spring promised a potent political legacy - a surge of new Hispanic voters.
Scientists map ‘new frontier’ deep below Atlantic’s surface
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A5
Although just 100 miles off the New Jersey-New York coast, the features of the Hudson Canyon have been largely hidden beneath hundreds of feet of water.
Western tourists targeted by gunman in Jordan
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A6
A gunman opened fire on Western tourists at Roman ruins in the heart of Jordan’s capital Monday, killing a British man and wounding six people before being overpowered. Police said the attacker came from the same area as the slain leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.
Twins take wild-card lead
Victory helps Minnesota surge ahead of Chicago
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C4
Rondell White hit a go-ahead, two-run homer, and Boof Bonser allowed one run in 61â3 innings to help the Minnesota Twins beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 2-1, Monday and regain the AL wild-card lead.
Ramirez, Varitek, Nixon return to Boston lineup
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Boston Red Sox are finally getting healthy.
Beltran goes for MRI; tests show knee bruised
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C5
Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran went for an MRI exam on Monday to make sure his left knee is only bruised, and he was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game.
Braves infielder Giles has healthy heart
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C5
Tests determined that Marcus Giles has a healthy heart and he can keep playing baseball, a huge relief to the Atlanta Braves and their second baseman after he was told he might have a heart defect.
Torres’ dance rankles Baker
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C5
Pirates closer Salomon Torres jumped off the mound like The Who’s Pete Townshend after striking out the Cubs’ John Mabry to end the game Monday.
Yankees closer Rivera to skip series with K.C.
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C5
Mariano Rivera will miss the New York Yankees’ three-game series with Kansas City this week because of a muscle strain near his right elbow but could be back by the weekend.
Dolphins sign Suggs
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C6
Injury-plagued running back Lee Suggs signed with the Miami Dolphins on Monday, two days after being released by Cleveland.
Texans sign Dayne
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C6
Ron Dayne signed with Houston on Monday, reuniting the free-agent running back with new Texans head coach Gary Kubiak.
Printers, 7 others join Chiefs practice squad
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C6
It turns out the Kansas City Chiefs did not have to carry four quarterbacks after all.
Texas CB Brown arrested
Starter’s status for OSU not settled
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C6
Texas cornerback Tarell Brown was arrested on misdemeanor drug and weapon charges early Monday, leaving his status in question for the No. 3 Longhorns’ game with top-ranked Ohio State.
Late kick lifts FSU, for a change
Wide right? Not this time, as Seminoles slip past Miami, 13-10
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C6
Gary Cismesia tossed blades of grass skyward on the Florida State sideline, trying to decipher which way the wind was blowing.
Labor day Bush delivers economic message
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush marked Labor Day on Monday by promising to help keep U.S. workers competitive in global markets and reduce reliance on foreign oil so it doesn’t choke economic expansion.
Study shows pudgy toddlers don’t always outgrow baby fat
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A3
Pudgy toddlers face a good chance of becoming overweight 12-year-olds, according to government research that shoots down the notion that kids just naturally outgrow early chubbiness.
KU professor leaves legacy of promoting American Indian literature, culture
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B2
A Kansas University professor who is credited with opening up the world of American Indian literature and culture to thousands of students died Sunday.
T.O. looks like a go
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C6
T.O. looks like a go for the season opener.
Two speakers to present lecture on Holocaust
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B2
Kansas University will kick off its 2006 Jewish Lecture Series with a lecture titled “Conflicting Memories of the Holocaust” at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Hall Center for Humanities.
Mangino contract has no buyout
Kansas University football coach can walk away anytime without paying penalty
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C1
If there ever comes a time when Mark Mangino wants out of Lawrence, no price tag is going to hold him back.
Griffith, Whisenant on brink of WNBA title
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C3
When Yolanda Griffith kicked a water cooler and stalked out of practice late in the season, Sacramento Monarchs coach John Whisenant fined her - yet he seemed secretly pleased.
Predictions don’t take long to go awry
Sometimes, one game can wipe out the credibility of a so-called college football expert
September 5, 2006
Most of us are clueless when it comes to predictions, wouldn’t you agree?
Tiger makes it five titles in a row
Woods cruises past Singh for two-stroke victory
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C2
What began as a rally quickly turned into a rout for Tiger Woods, who matched the lowest final round of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship to win for the fifth straight time on the PGA Tour.
Woodling: Fantasy football, city-style
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C1
Carson Palmer. Torry Holt. Donte Stallworth. Tony Gonzalez. Those are some of the big-time NFL players on my fantasy-league team. Now if I just had a quality running back. Then again, maybe Detroit’s Kevin Jones will have a breakout season. I know. In my dreams.
Courts-martial recommended in rape case
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A7
A U.S. Army investigator has recommended that four American soldiers accused of raping a a 14-year-old girl and of killing her and her family face a court-martial, a lawyer in the case confirmed on Monday.
Big Ben’ out 1 game
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C6
Ben Roethlisberger will miss at least one game following his emergency appendectomy. Hines Ward, who had the same procedure four years ago, will be surprised if the Pittsburgh quarterback misses a second.
Militant’s capture brings no letup in violence in Iraq
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A7
Police found the tortured, blindfolded bodies of 33 men scattered across the capital Monday, and the U.S.-led coalition reported combat deaths of seven servicemen, a day after Iraqi leaders said the capture of a top terror suspect would reduce violence.
Record set for eating kolaches
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A3
Lots of people leave the State Fair feeling queasy after gulping down funnel cakes, cotton candy and popcorn.
Reconstruction begins in fatal boat crash
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A3
Investigators worked Monday to reconstruct two high-performance boats involved in a deadly collision during a poker run at Lake Texoma.
Tropical depression brews in Atlantic
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A3
A tropical depression brewing over the open Atlantic was nearing tropical storm strength Monday night, forecasters said.
Dole Institute announces events
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics has several events planned for September.
Discarded devices pose security threat
New owners can retrieve sensitive information
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C8
Don’t tell your cell phone any secrets. It might not keep them. Secondhand phones purchased over the Internet surrendered credit card numbers, banking passwords, business secrets and even evidence of adultery.
Marlins not getting what they deserve: fans
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C5
Amazement is best served suddenly. As a 100-meter dash is more exciting than a marathon, what impresses most easily in sports is what we can see happening right now - as in one frenetic night at the Orange Bowl, for a totally random example.
Iran, EU tentatively agree to new talks
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A6
The EU’s foreign policy chief and Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator tentatively agreed late Monday to meet this week in Vienna to try to bridge differences over Tehran’s nuclear program, U.N. and European officials said.
Government, militia agree to form army
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A6
Somalia’s weak government and an Islamic militia that controls much of the south signed an agreement late Monday to eventually form a unified national army, officials said.
Army captures key rebel territory
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A6
Government soldiers backed by artillery and airpower seized a key rebel enclave in the east Monday, the military said, claiming the first significant territorial change since a cease-fire in the island nation’s civil war four years ago.
Government to pay gangsters to disarm
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A6
Haiti is ready to buy out street gangs. Special U.N. envoy Edmond Mullet said Haiti’s government and U.N. peacekeepers will launch a major campaign to disarm up to 1,000 gang members with promises of money, food and job training.
Ruling due today on presidential race
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A6
Mexico at last will have a final decision Tuesday on its disputed July 2 presidential race, with the nation’s top electoral court expected to declare ruling party candidate Felipe Calderon president-elect.
U.N. to seek Israeli soldiers’ release
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A6
U.N. chief Kofi Annan said Monday he would appoint a mediator for talks between Israel and Hezbollah on the release of two abducted Israeli soldiers, the first public word of negotiations between the bitter enemies since fighting in Lebanon ended.
Six-year-old seeks Big Brother to play sports
September 5, 2006 in print edition on D2
Six-year-old Jevon is seeking a big brother through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County program.
State to celebrate first Day of Innovation
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B4
Kansas technology, bioscience and capital leaders will participate in the first Kansas Day of Innovation on Thursday at the Wichita Marriott.
Free voter manuals available to public
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B4
Project Vote Smart, a nonpartisan research library, is offering for free its 2006 Voter Self-Defense manual, which provides information on candidates in Kansas seeking public office.
9-11 reader essay deadline today
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B1
Terrorists struck the United States in a series of coordinated attacks five years ago on 9-11.
Police investigate fatal shooting near wedding
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B1
Police are investigating a deadly shooting in the parking lot of the Mid-America All-Indian Center while hundreds of people celebrated a wedding inside.
Father, daughter on bike struck by car
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Eudora father and his young daughter were seriously injured Monday evening when their bicycle was struck by a motorist.
Sudan draws line on U.N. forces
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A6
Sudan gave African Union troops a one-week ultimatum Monday to accept a deal blocking a proposed U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur or else leave the war-torn region, a step that would likely worsen the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.
Kansas City, Kan., could have first charter schools by next year
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B8
Two groups have announced plans to try to open the city’s first charter school by next fall.
Postal Service to unveil Oklahoma stamp
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B8
The U.S. Postal Service plans to reveal Oklahoma’s official centennial postage stamp at a ceremony Friday, but its design remains a closely guarded secret.
El Dorado district to start testing students for drugs
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B8
The El Dorado school district has adopted a new policy allowing it to test most of its middle and high school students for drugs and alcohol, starting this year.
Study links autism risk to fathers’ age
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A1
Men who become fathers in their 40s or older are much more likely to have autistic children than younger dads, a new study released Monday shows, bolstering evidence that genetics contributes to the mental disorder.
Dinosaur fossils just waiting to be found
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A5
Good news for dinosaur fans: There are probably a lot more of them waiting to be discovered. At least, their fossils are.
Beef brewing on ‘grass-fed’ label
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A8
Meat-eaters usually assume a grass-fed steak came from cattle contentedly grazing for most of their lives on lush pastures, not crowded into feedlots.
Smithsonian renovation displaces beloved exhibits
Museum of American History closes for two years
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A8
Oscar the Grouch probably won’t be happy about his next home: a cold, dark box that is far from “Sesame Street” and his beloved trash can.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 5, 1906: “The applications of Eudora capitalists who want to furnish Lawrence with natural gas will come up at the council meeting.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B6
Dan Pherigo became the new Douglas County Extension director. He succeeded the popular agent Deal Six, who had retired after serving with distinction in the important post here for more than 30 years.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B6
There was growing evidence that domestic violence was a major problem in the United States, and Kansas University projects to study the matter and how to combat the alarming trend were being funded by state and federal agencies.
Will someone swim against media tide?
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B6
Former Vice President Al Gore blew through Edinburgh a few days ago and complimented the government on its contributions to diminishing the “threat” of global warming. Government policies must be working, because it is noticeably cooler at the end of summer!
Iraq exit lacks clarity of Korea strategy
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B6
Late in the 1952 election campaign, he promised that he would “go to Korea.” So in late November, Dwight Eisenhower and aides “used light planes to fly along the front”:
U.S. colleges get failing grade
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B7
Millions of college students are now returning to school. U.S. News & World Report has just released its latest, much-heralded ranking of America’s best colleges. Amid all this activity and fanfare, we might ask how our system of higher education is faring.
U.S. needs to invest in young
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B7
It’s the best part of summer, the long, lovely passage into fall. A procession of lazy golden days, which my sandy-haired, gap-toothed little girl has been painting, small abstract masterpieces in tempera and crayon and glitter, reminiscent of Franz Kline or Willem de Kooning (his early glitter period).
Attorneys lead bar foundation
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C8
Two Lawrence attorneys are taking leadership roles with the Kansas Bar Foundation.
Ameriprise adviser earns distinction
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C8
Peggy Johnson, a senior financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial in Lawrence, qualified for and participated in the company’s 2006 National Conference Aug. 2-6 in Toronto.
Lawyer advises firm about collections
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C8
Lawrence attorney David J. Berkowitz recently addressed 25 executives and project managers at Landplan Engineering concerning collections with an emphasis on mechanics liens.
Airbus super jumbo jet makes passenger test flight
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A6
The Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger jet, took to the sky with a full load of passengers for the first time Monday, and the European aircraft maker announced further management changes in the wake of costly delays to the $13 billion jet program.
On the money
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C8
The Pension Protection Act of 2006 recently passed by Congress could help revive the sagging pension system. Under the act, employers will have to fully fund a company’s pension plans.
Do we all need a car?
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C8
Chris Balish is a man on a mission. The author of a new book, “How to Live Well Without Owning a Car,” wants all of us to challenge the notion that we need a car. Most important, he says we all should re-evaluate the cost of car ownership.
State targets shortage of oil workers
Grant will help energy companies retrain employees
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C8
The increased price of energy has produced a drilling surge in Kansas and a worker shortage in the oilfield, experts say.
Nationals nearly no-hit Cardinals
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C4
Ramon Ortiz came within three outs of pitching the majors’ first no-hitter in more than two years, and the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-1, on Monday.
Shooting ends Foley’s season
Loss of key linebacker ‘big blow’ to Chargers’ defense
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C6
Chargers linebacker Steve Foley will miss the season after being shot near his suburban home by an off-duty police officer.
K-State’s Prince: No apologies for winning
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C6
Except for Colorado and Baylor, all the Big 12 Conference football teams opened the season with victories.
Winning should matter
September 5, 2006 in print edition on C3
Ryan Newman won a series-high eight races in 2003, yet never contended for the NASCAR championship.
Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin’s death stuns fans around world
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A2
He stalked lions. He faced off with poisonous snakes. He wrestled with crocodiles. When the end came for television’s beloved “Crocodile Hunter,” it was in an encounter with a stingray and its venomous tail barb.
Lawrence Datebook
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B2
New faces, names abound
September 5, 2006 in print edition on A2
The television season kicks off in earnest, with the arrival of a new network drama, a new network news anchor and a whole new network.
Online predators an overhyped scare
September 5, 2006 in print edition on D1
Headline: “Online predators are stalking your child.” Hundreds of dangerous goons have been nabbed by sting operations in which officers pose as teenagers willing to engage in sex.
Latest research just a bunch of tall tales
September 5, 2006 in print edition on D1
Random thoughts from the end-of-summer holiday weekend:
Weseman speech honors district students
Several standouts recognized for academics, service, athletics
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B4
Editor’s Note: Lawrence School Superintendent Randy Weseman introduced nine special students during Thursday’s Lawrence Schools Foundation’s Fifth Annual Community Education Breakfast at the Lawrence Holidome. Below are excerpts of his speech.
Tuition inflation
A chart comparing tuition increases at 75 U.S. universities deserves the attention of Kansas higher education officials.
September 5, 2006 in print edition on B6
Members of the Kansas Legislature, the Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas University officials and parents of young men and women who are attending or hope to attend KU in coming years all should look at a recent chart in USA TODAY.
Horoscopes
September 5, 2006 in print edition on D3
For Tuesday, Sept. 5
Burnt offering
KU grad Neil LaBute wrestles with film remake of ‘Wicker Man’
September 5, 2006 in print edition on D1
Neil LaBute is no stranger to psychological horrors. Nearly a decade since the writer-director released “In the Company of Men,” LaBute has continued to earn a reputation as a master of placing amoral individuals in schemes of revenge and betrayal.