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Archive for Wednesday, August 1, 2007

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Audio clips
Births
Blog entries
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Friends & Neighbors, August 2007 Douglas County Fair Day 2
Podcasts
Polls
Are you going to the McLouth Threshing Bee?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
77%
Yes
 
16%
Undecided
 
6%
Total 146
Videos

Lead stories

5:12 a.m.
Partners and Lawrence residents Kelly Barth, left, and Lisa Grossman have been together for ten years and are strong supporters of the city's domestic partnership registry program that begins today. Domestic partnership registry opens today
August 1, 2007
Lori Messinger already feels like she is part of a true partnership. Yes, it is with another woman, which in this state means it won’t be called a marriage. But don’t tell Messinger it is not a partnership. Not after her companion of 15 years, Boo Tyson, stood by her as Messinger’s father was dying.
10:00 a.m.
Daryl Ortgies, formulations chemist with Lawrence-based Prosoco Inc., applies a solvent that he helped develop to remove graffiti from the west wall of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway. Nine Lawrence churches have been damaged by graffiti since last weekend. Erasing vandalism’s stains
August 1, 2007 in print edition on 10B
They’ve dissolved fake blood left behind by King Kong atop the World Trade Center and scrubbed away billions of microbial algae, lichens and molds from the porous limestone walls of Allen Fieldhouse.
1:00 p.m.
Online chat
Chat about the new domestic partnership registry with Lori Messinger
August 1, 2007
At 10 am on August 1st, the Lawrence-Douglas County Chapter of the Kansas Equality Coalition will host registrations for the first domestic partnership registry in the state of Kansas. Using computers set up in the City Commission meeting chambers, unmarried couples will come to Lawrence City Hall to register as domestic partners. Lori Messinger, a member of the coalition, will take your questions.
5:00 p.m.
Volunteer judges like Sy Nyhart, of Leavenworth, look over the vegetables as they came in for the Douglas County Fair Tuesday. The fair runs through Sunday. Volunteers devote thousands of hours
August 1, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Tammy Hostetler enjoys children and rabbits. She is getting her fix of both as a rabbit superintendent at the Douglas County Fair. The Baldwin City woman’s work began last Saturday when she cleaned the barn where the 100 furry entries will be kept. As 4-H’ers brought in their rabbits Tuesday, she made sure they were properly labeled and healthy.

All stories

6Sports video: Several area athletes hit the hardwood in annual all-star event
August 1, 2007
The state’s top high school hoopsters hit the hardwood at Washburn University’s Lee Arena tonight for the KBCA All-Star Games.
6News video: KU among several colleges named in nationwide investigation
August 1, 2007
KU is one of nearly 40 colleges nationwide named in an investigation launched by New York’s attorney general looking into whether athletics departments steered athletes and other students to student loan companies in exchange for kickbacks.
6News video: Over a dozen couples take advantage of new registry
August 1, 2007
A landmark day in Lawrence, as the city launches the state’s first legal recognition for same-sex couples. A total of 14 gay and heterosexual couples have logged on and applied to Kansas’ only domestic partnership registry.
6News video: Boy Scouts turn 100
August 1, 2007
The Boy Scouts turn 100-years-old today - and dozens of Lawrence area scouts gathered this morning at 9th and Massachusetts to celebrate with a birthday cake.
6News video: One family looks for a new start
August 1, 2007
Today is enrollment day - when parents wait in lines and fill out paperwork. But for some, heading back to school is the silver lining on a dark cloud. 6News reporter Haley Harrison brings us the story of one family, who today, emerged from a gloomy summer.
6News video: Douglas County Fair all about the animals today
August 1, 2007
The Douglas County Fair continues and today was all about the animals. Youths from across the county groom, clean, and prepare their livestock for the week’s events.
6Sports video: Raiders march on towards state despite weather delays
August 1, 2007
It turns out the Lawrence Raiders had to defeat Topeka AND mother nature to continue their march towards a 5th straight state title.
6Sports video: KU signee Reed plays in KBCA All-Star Game
August 1, 2007
Future Kansas Jayhawk Tyrel Reed was one of several Kansas high school athletes who participated in the KBCA All-Star Game.
6News video: Bridge collapse kills six, injures dozens
August 1, 2007
At least six people are dead and dozens of others are injured after a bridge filled with rush hour traffic crashes into the Mississippi River.
6News video: Raven Bookstore prepares for new ownership
August 1, 2007
The owners of a downtown bookstore are looking to check out - and they have some buyers lining up to write the shop’s next chapter.
6News video: Injured Baldwin boy released from hospital
August 1, 2007
A three-year-old Baldwin City boy who was injured last week when a TV fell on him is out of the hospital.
6News video: Former Lawrence resident found murdered
August 1, 2007
A former Lawrence resident is found murdered in Wyoming - her husband charged with first degree murder in connection with her death.
Fair results: Open Foods show
August 1, 2007
Results from the 2007 Open Foods show
6News Now: Domestic partnership registry begins
August 1, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a domestic partnership registry is now on the books in Lawrence, and more about the start of school in two weeks.
KU subpoenaed in student loan scheme; university denies direct link to troubled company
Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that he served 39 universities with subpoenas
03:50 p.m., August 1, 2007 Updated 04:00 p.m.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is now investigating whether top college athletic departments nationwide - including those at Auburn University, Ohio University, Texas Christian University and Kansas University steered student athletes to education lenders in exchange for kickbacks.
Fair results: Goat show
August 1, 2007
Results for the 2007 Goat show
Fair results: 4-H/FFA A Way With Waste, Banners
August 1, 2007
Results from the 2007 4-H/FFA A Way With Waste, Banners show
Fair results: 4-H Crops through Woodworking
August 1, 2007
Results for the 2007 4-H Crops through Woodworking competitions.
House approves ethics bill; Senate OK likely soon
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A9
New restrictions on lobbying and spending on lawmakers’ pet projects, aimed at curbing corruption in Congress, cleared the House of Representatives on Tuesday, and Senate leaders said they expected to pass the legislation this week before leaving for their August recess.
Police say car dealer killed two employees
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A9
A financially strapped owner of a car dealership told authorities he was under stress when he killed two employees because they kept asking for pay raises, police said Tuesday.
Red Sox acquire reliever Gagne from Rangers
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B5
Eric Gagne gave up a closing job in Texas for a setup role in Boston in the biggest trade Tuesday before baseball’s deadline to make deals without waivers. Atlanta finalized its seven-player trade to acquire power-hitting first baseman Mark Teixeira from the payroll-paring Rangers. Those were by far the biggest of the 10 trades that involved 25 players.
Croyle embroiled in QB imbroglio
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
When it comes to developing front-line starting quarterbacks, the Kansas City Chiefs are 0-forever. Remember the Great Quarterback Draft of 1983? Six were taken in the first round. Four played in the Super Bowl. Three made it to the Hall of Fame. Yet the Chiefs, specifically looking for a quarterback that day, managed to find the only bust in the bunch: Todd Blackledge.
California source
August 1, 2007 in print edition on C2
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “California (part two): Food & Wine of Paso Robles.” Host Jayni Carey will prepare the following recipes: Abalone Steaks with Apricot Beurre Blanc, Oven-Roasted Halibut with Green Olive Butter and Ratatouille and Goat Cheese Tart with Salad Greens.
Domestic partnership registry opens today
Same-sex couples hail recognition
August 1, 2007
Lori Messinger already feels like she is part of a true partnership. Yes, it is with another woman, which in this state means it won’t be called a marriage. But don’t tell Messinger it is not a partnership. Not after her companion of 15 years, Boo Tyson, stood by her as Messinger’s father was dying.
Walter Reed investigation reaches positive conclusions
August 1, 2007
Happy endings are rare for government scandals, but last year’s uproar over poor conditions at Walter Reed Medical Center may prove to be the exception. President Bush named a bipartisan commission to investigate, and last week it offered some valuable suggestions on how to help wounded veterans and their families navigate the federal bureaucracy.
Lawrence students rewarded for high grades
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A5
Baoqing Zhou of Lawrence met Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday as part of her recognition for having won a prestigious scholarship. Zhou, a senior at Lawrence High School, and Jimmy Ma of Overland Park won $2,000 college scholarships each for scoring the highest marks in Kansas on the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program in science and math.
Respect’ a tale of innocence lost
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B11
The “Great Performance” presentation “Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) offers a parable of musical triumph overshadowed by tragedies of the personal, political and financial sort. It’s a tale of talent, race and opportunity. Ultimately, it’s the familiar struggle between business and music in which business triumphs in the most callous and depressing fashion.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.82 at Sam’s Food Mart, 1900 Haskell Ave. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Chief justice leaves hospital after seizure
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
Waving and smiling, Chief Justice John Roberts walked briskly out of a hospital Tuesday in Maine and resumed his vacation, returning to normalcy a day after he suffered his second seizure in 14 years.
City budget shortfall puts skate park addition on hold
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
After four years of pushing to expand Lawrence’s skate park, a group of skateboarders has hit another wall. Despite the City Commission last year approving a $50,000 skate park expansion at Centennial Park, city budget woes likely will delay the project until 2008.
Looking for ‘loyalty’
Kansas Republican Party’s new “loyalty committee” is a poor way to build support for its candidates.
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A10
So much for the “big tent” strategy. A group of Kansas Republican leaders wants to know exactly what corner of the tent their party members are in. Any party official who’s not squarely in the same ideological corner as the party leadership now may become the target of a subjective shunning.
Yanks (not A-Rod) flash power
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B4
Everybody but A-Rod. On the night the New York Yankees tied a franchise record by hitting eight home runs in a rout of Chicago, Alex Rodriguez had none. Instead, he stayed stuck at 499 and watched his teammates connect all night long. After completing his 0-for-5 performance, he even flipped his bat to a boy sitting behind the dugout.
Ex-Firebird Kimball to take court again
Tonight’s all-star bout awaits Free State grad
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Already fond of the way her high school career ended - with a third-place finish at the state tournament - 2007 Free State High graduate Lauren Kimball will get one final chance to represent the Firebirds on the basketball court tonight in Topeka.
Justice Department questions Senate aide
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
A Senate aide who handled Ted Stevens’ personal bills is cooperating with the Justice Department in a growing corruption probe into the Alaska senator’s dealings with a wealthy contractor.
Agriculture minister resigns amid turmoil
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A9
Japan’s scandal-embroiled agriculture minister stepped down today to take responsibility for a shattering election defeat for the ruling party. “There is no doubt about the cause of the ruling party’s election loss. I feel very sorry, and I have decided to step down,” Agriculture Minister Norihiko Akagi said on nationally televised news.
Speed limit increase on hold
KDOT officials want to talk with nearby schools
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Apparently, the radar gun got jumped last week. The speed limit on U.S. Highway 56 isn’t going up to 60 mph just yet. A week after announcing the 5 mph increase, Kansas Department of Transportation officials now say they first want to talk with school and community leaders.
U.S. troop death toll hits eight-month low
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
American military deaths for July rose to 73 on Tuesday with the report of a Marine killed in combat, but the toll was still the lowest in eight months as the U.S. said it was gaining control of former militant strongholds.
Highway bridge under construction collapses
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
A highway overpass that was under construction collapsed Tuesday, crushing a delivery truck and seriously injuring a construction worker who clung to a steel beam as it tumbled 50 feet to the ground.
Study: 1 marijuana joint = 5 cigarettes
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
A single joint of marijuana obstructs the flow of air as much as smoking up to five tobacco cigarettes, but long-term pot use does not increase the risk of developing emphysema, new research suggests.
Woodling: Van Saun good fit for job
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Paul Van Saun was a solid starting defensive tackle for Kansas University’s football team as a junior back in the mid-70s. Prior to his senior year, however, I wrote that Van Saun was in danger of losing his job to a junior named Mike Butler. I remember the article because Van Saun’s wife reacted at the time by informing me in no uncertain terms that I didn’t know what I was talking about.
Auditors cite need for equipment tracking
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
The Pentagon cannot fully account for $19.2 billion worth of equipment provided to Iraqi security forces, government auditors said Tuesday. The finding by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, comes a few days after the Pentagon acknowledged that the U.S. and its allies have delivered a little more than a third of the equipment in the pipeline for the Iraqi Army and less than half of what is destined for the Iraqi police.
Silva, Hunter propel Minnesota past K.C.
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B5
Carlos Silva usually sleeps until 1 p.m. when he’s pitching later that night, but trade-deadline anxiety had him up four hours earlier to turn on the television for updates. Backed by Torii Hunter’s homer, Silva fought through the distraction and cruised through eight innings to help the Minnesota Twins win their fourth straight, 5-3 over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Gould Evans promotes architect to principal
August 1, 2007
Jane Huesemann, architect for Gould Evans, has been promoted to the position of principal within the Lawrence-based design and architectural firm. Huesemann, who joined the firm 14 years ago, focuses her work in sustainable design, interior design, project management and community volunteerism.
Two children found dead under apartment sink
August 1, 2007
A woman accused of leaving her two young children in a hot car while she was at work was charged with homicide by child abuse after their bodies were found wrapped in trash bags under an apartment sink, authorities said Tuesday.
Giuliani seeks tax breaks for private insurance
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A12
Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday offered a consumer-oriented solution to the nation’s health care woes that relies on giving individuals tax credits to purchase private insurance.
Lawrence datebook
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Fair: food sale, 10 a.m.-noon; petting zoo, 1 p.m.-10 p.m.; carnival, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.; Konza Swamp Band performance, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.; Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St., see full schedule at www.dgcountyfair.com.
Tax seminars set for Tuesday
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B10
The Kansas University Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Revenue, will present two small-business seminars Tuesday:
Milestones on hold for Bonds, Glavine
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B4
Lots of boos and little else for Barry Bonds at Dodger Stadium. Back on the road, Bonds stayed stuck at 754 home runs when he went 0-for-2 with two walks in the San Francisco’s victory over Los Angeles.
Plan now to support veterans
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A11
It has become commonplace in antiwar rhetoric throughout the United States to make it clear that opposition to the war in Iraq does not signify opposition to the thousands of men and women serving in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. The shameful mistake of blaming the troops for the political errors of our nation’s leaders, as happened during the Vietnam war, must not be repeated today.
All alcoholic beverages could get nutrition labels
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
Beer, wine and other alcoholic beverage labels would be loaded up with mandatory nutrition and alcohol-content information under a new Bush administration proposal. For the first time, all alcohol labels would list calories, fat, protein and carbohydrates. They would include the percent of alcohol by volume. And with separate “Serving Facts” panels, alcohol labels would more closely resemble those found on other foods.
Local contractors preferred in survey
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B10
Damaged goods, trampled deadlines and unexpected expenses are some of the remodeling hassles that people hope to minimize by using Home Depot or Lowe’s to screen and supervise contractors. But Consumer Reports’ latest survey found that readers who went that route had more problems and weren’t as satisfied overall than readers who used others.
Volunteers devote thousands of hours
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Tammy Hostetler enjoys children and rabbits. She is getting her fix of both as a rabbit superintendent at the Douglas County Fair. The Baldwin City woman’s work began last Saturday when she cleaned the barn where the 100 furry entries will be kept. As 4-H’ers brought in their rabbits Tuesday, she made sure they were properly labeled and healthy.
High-volume iPods the new etiquette oops
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A12
Dave Legeret silently fumed as the man seated beside him on the plane blasted techno music on his iPod at full volume. “It was kind of rude,” recalled Legeret, 38, a jewelry designer from Sandy Hook, Conn., who was forced to listen while flying from New York City to Disney World with his wife and 8-year-old son.
Trials end for Marines accused in killing
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
A Marine accused of masterminding a plot to kidnap and kill an Iraqi man fired three rounds into the victim’s head, then told his squad, “Gents, we just got away with murder,” a prosecutor said Tuesday in closing arguments of a court-martial.
Cantaloupes exhibit quality with aroma, feel
August 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
How to select the perfect cantaloupe is a frequent topic of debate this time of year, when the orange melons come into season at farmers markets and supermarkets.
$5.3 billion sought for bomb-resistant vehicles
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
The White House soon will ask Congress for $5.3 billion for bomb-resistant vehicles, a top Pentagon official told a House panel Tuesday. Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England told the House Budget Committee that the request for the vehicles - whose V-shape undercarriages deflect roadside bomb blasts - will help keep production lines humming at full capacity.
Afghanistan refuses Taliban demand to release prisoners
S. Korean hostage’s body found; militants vow more killings
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A9
South Korea and relatives of 21 kidnapped Koreans appealed for U.S. help Tuesday, but Afghanistan said for the first time it will not release insurgent prisoners - the Taliban’s key demand to free the captives. Afghan police found the body of the second hostage slain since the Christian church group was seized nearly two weeks ago; the group’s pastor was killed last week.
GM reports third straight quarterly profit
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
General Motors Corp. ran its string of profitable quarters to three Tuesday when it announced second-quarter net income of $891 million that came largely from overseas operations.
Brownback disputes Catholicism e-mail
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A12
Republican presidential hopeful Sam Brownback said rival Mike Huckabee should apologize for a supporter’s “prejudiced whisper campaign” against him for being Catholic. The supporter, a pastor in Windsor Heights, Iowa, sent an e-mail to Brownback supporters pointing out that Huckabee is an evangelical Protestant and Brownback is not.
Great production
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: If Academy Awards were given for Summer Youth Theatre, then the Lawrence Arts Center’s production of “My Fair Lady” would win awards in every category. I cannot imagine the long hours of work, dedication and commitment that must have gone into putting this massive work of art together.
Lawrence youth gather on the gridiron
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B7
They filtered in from all directions at around 6 p.m. on Tuesday filling the quiet fields of Sunflower Elementary’s playground with the familiar sounds of kids happy to be outdoors. Friends were re-united, stories were traded and all were there for a single purpose - it was time to play football. “I’m ready,” 11-year-old Tristan Garber said. “I’m ready to play and put on the pads.”
Gun threat
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Last week two articles caught my eye. The Eudora News mentioned how New York City recently passed a law banning aluminum and alloy bats from high school baseball games. Other local governments are following suit, because balls fly off these metal bats faster than wooden ones, putting pitchers and fielders at significant risk for injury or even death.
Horoscopes
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B11
This year a new level of understanding becomes yours to access. Stability will be important, as others reverse gears out of the blue. If you are single, you are on the verge of a major relationship. Know when to back off when dating and to recognize “the one.” If you are attached, with your sweetie’s new innovative attitude, you will head in a new direction. PISCES understands a lot of life’s heavies.
Celtics land Garnett in blockbuster
Ex-Jayhawk Pierce giddy after deal finalized with Wolves
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
It was a day for rejoicing in Beantown, not just for Boston Celtics fans, but the returning players as well. “This is a tremendous day,” Celtics veteran and former Kansas University forward Paul Pierce said after Kevin Garnett was acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. “I feel like a rookie again.”
Traveling light
100-Mile Diet’ limits pollution, supports locally produced food
August 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Most of the food that we eat travels at least 1,500 miles before it reaches our dinner plates, according to the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. That statistic bothered Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, a Vancouver couple concerned about the environmental impact of their eating habits.
Police training center expands campus
New law enforcement facility additions
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Kansas law enforcement officers in basic training soon will no longer have to bunk three to a room. Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center near Hutchinson this week revealed the design for a new dormitory and building for classes and large events. “It’s going to create more of a campus environment,” said Ed Pavey, the training center’s director. “It will tie everything all together to enhance the facilities.”
Kelsey Smith murder suspect indicted
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A5
A grand jury has indicted Edwin R. Hall on charges of kidnapping, rape, aggravated sodomy and capital murder in the slaying of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith in June. Johnson County Attorney Phill Kline said the grand jury indictment replaces charges previously filed by Kline’s office.
1st Infantry under new command
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B12
Soldiers and officers training to be advisers in Afghanistan and Iraq got a new resource Tuesday when Maj. Gen. Robert Durbin took command of the 1st Infantry Division. Durbin is fresh from 19 months in Afghanistan, where he was head of the Combined Security Transition Command, helping Afghans develop their forces.
Study: Deployments raise risk of child neglect
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
Children in some Army families are vulnerable to abuse and neglect by their mothers when their fathers are away at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, a large Pentagon-funded study finds. Mothers were three times more likely to have a substantiated report of child mistreatment when their soldier husbands were deployed than when the fathers were home, according to the research.
State funding for education to be put to test
Millions of dollars will soon be needed to offset looming wave of retirements
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
Kansas public schools are facing a teacher shortage that will require big bucks to fix, officials said Tuesday. “This is probably the most serious problem facing school districts,” Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis told the 2010 Commission, which studies education issues.
Police seek information about mother’s bruises
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A12
Investigators were trying to determine Tuesday why a woman accused of causing her baby to be stillborn had bruises on her body when she was found bleeding last week. Police say Christy Freeman, 37, had bruises on her legs, stomach and forearm. She told police she was not pregnant, but changed her story to say she had given birth to a deformed baby, calling it “gloopity glop.”
Dow Jones agrees to News Corp. buyout
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
Rupert Murdoch is poised to win control of Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co. after the company’s board approved his $5 billion buyout offer late Tuesday, a person familiar with the matter said.
Group petitioning for smoking ban
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A5
A group of Shawnee residents wants to make sure that those who support an ordinance prohibiting smoking in public places are heard. A 12-member task force formed by the mayor to study such an ordinance is preparing for an Aug. 15 meeting to take residents’ comments.
Rice, Gates hope to ease Arab concerns
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A9
Visiting U.S. Cabinet officers, hearing blunt concerns from nervous Arab leaders Tuesday, assured them the U.S. will not abruptly withdraw troops from Iraq and trigger chaos that could spread across the Gulf region.
People in the news
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Overzealous fan gets Faith Hill’s attention¢ ‘GMA’ anchor faces breast cancer surgery¢ Nicole Richie confirms pregnancy in interview¢ Former ‘Idol’ contestant held on drug charges
Boy injured by TV home from hospital
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
A 3-year-old Baldwin City boy who was injured Friday when a television fell on him has been released from Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. According to Baldwin City Police Chief Mike McKenna, the boy, Belon Muse Jr., was injured Friday afternoon when children were playing.
Indoor pool closing for annual maintenance
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
The city’s Indoor Aquatic Center will close next week for annual maintenance. The center, 4706 Overland Drive, will be closed Aug. 5 through Aug. 19 to allow crews to drain the pools and perform maintenance that cannot be done while the facility is open.
Security Council OKs Darfur peacekeepers
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a 26,000-strong peacekeeping force for Darfur on Tuesday to try to help end four years of fighting that has killed more than 200,000 people in the vast Sudanese region.
Federal funds remain for election upgrades
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
States have spent only about 60 percent of the more than $3 billion they have received to replace antiquated or malfunctioning voting machines and otherwise improve voting, says a report released Tuesday.
Teens charged in plot to cut baby from womb
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A4
Two teenagers were charged Tuesday with kidnapping and assault after they allegedly kidnapped a pregnant woman and held her in a motel room until one of the suspects left the room and alerted police.
Universities assist disaster-area students
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A5
State university students who were affected by natural disasters during the past few months can defer tuition and fee payments, which are normally due next month.
Brownback opposes quick troop pullout
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Republican presidential hopeful Sam Brownback said Tuesday that if the United States pulls out of Iraq too quickly, soldiers would have to return to “clean up an even bigger problem.”
Retired three-star general censured for Tillman cover-up
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Army censured a retired three-star general Tuesday for a “perfect storm of mistakes, misjudgments and a failure of leadership” after the 2004 friendly-fire death in Afghanistan of Army Ranger Pat Tillman.
Democrats seek impeachment inquiry for Gonzales
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A4
Democratic House members, including several former prosecutors, introduced a measure Tuesday directing the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether to impeach Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Managers reflect on Bonds’ chase
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B5
Jim Leyland saw Barry Bonds hit home run No. 1, Dusty Baker watched the slugger zoom up the career chart. The San Francisco star spent most of his career playing for either Baker or Leyland. And while Bonds tries to break Hank Aaron’s record this week at Dodger Stadium, his former managers are in California, too, monitoring the chase.
High-calorie fair food can be shared with a pal
August 1, 2007 in print edition on C3
With the Douglas County Fair going on this week, could you give me an idea of how many calories are in some of the common fair foods? Many of the popular fair foods that are sold through the vendors are extremely high in calories.
KU Hospital receives 3-star surgery rating
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A5
Kansas University Hospital’s heart surgery program ranks among the nation’s top programs for cardiac care, according to ratings compiled by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Kansas disability claim backlog worst among states
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
When it comes to processing disability claims through Social Security, Kansas has the worst backlog in the country, an advocacy group says. Almost 15,000 Kansans are in limbo, waiting for a decision on whether they qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, according to a report released Tuesday from the American Association of People with Disabilities and Allsup Inc., a company that provides assistance in helping people get Social Security and Medicare benefits.
House votes to overturn pay discrimination ruling
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
The House voted Tuesday to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision limiting the time that workers have to sue their employers for pay discrimination.
Tampa Bay’s Simms has sore arm
Quarterback insists injury no big deal; Jacksonville loses center for at least eight weeks
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
Chris Simms isn’t letting a sore elbow slow down his comeback from an injury even if he doesn’t know how long it’s going to take. “My arm is a little sore. … But it’s nothing like crazy sore,” Simms said Tuesday after a limited workload in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice. “Don’t make a big deal about it. It’s nothing that I feel like’s going to hurt my career or hurt me in camp. I’m OK, it’s going to be fine.”
Baker names new dean of students
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Cassy Bailey has been named Baker University’s dean of students. She will begin her new position Nov. 1, Baker President Pat Long announced this week.
The truth about red teas
August 1, 2007 in print edition on C2
First there was black tea, then green tea and white tea. But the newest tea on supermarket shelves is red tea. Several distributors, including Lipton and Republic of Tea offer red tea in bags and loose form, and Snapple has a bottled red tea.
On the record
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A4
¢ Law enforcement report¢ Burglaries and thefts reported¢ Emergency calls
Going against grain yields tomato success
August 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Last week, as I wrote a column about Dean Bevan’s humongous tomato plant, I wondered whether readers would share my admiration for this extraordinary specimen or, gardeners being a somewhat competitive lot, whether the tomato growers among you would try to trump the Mortgage Lifter sprawling across the Bevans’ deck.
Doing things ‘the right way’
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A11
In the reporting and commentary that preceded Sunday’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony for San Diego’s Tony Gwynn and Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr., one ESPN sports journalist observed: “They did it the right way.”
Building ‘soft power’ vital to U.S. influence
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A10
While the White House has been focusing its foreign policy attention on Iraq, the rest of the world hasn’t been standing still. China has been using a new approach to expand its influence and global appeal. This approach is one at which the United States once excelled but now does badly. Call it “soft power.”
GOP’s Fred Thompson raises nearly $3.5M
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A12
Republican Fred Thompson on Tuesday reported raising nearly $3.5 million in one month for his expected presidential bid, lagging behind his backers’ original $5 million goal.
4 alumni to enter Hall of Honor
August 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Four Lawrence High School graduates will be inducted into the Lawrence Lions Alumni Association Hall of Honor.
Recruiting ‘competitive’
Self, Sadler civil while watching prospects in July
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B3
Bill Self scooted over to make room for a Big 12 Conference competitor in the roped-off VIP section in Okun Fieldhouse. Nebraska’s Doc Sadler kept Kansas University’s fifth-year basketball coach company during a Price Chopper AAU battle between Georgia Elite and Kansas City Pump N Run - one of the dozens of games the rivals viewed in the just-completed July recruiting evaluation period.
Erasing vandalism’s stains
Spray paint at church tests Prosoco Inc. products
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B10
They’ve dissolved fake blood left behind by King Kong atop the World Trade Center and scrubbed away billions of microbial algae, lichens and molds from the porous limestone walls of Allen Fieldhouse.
Long time coming
Three days later, Raiders win Legion zone title
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Three days after the championship game of the American Legion zone tournament at Free State was originally scheduled, the Lawrence Raiders finally got back on the field for a title match against the Topeka Senators on Tuesday.
KU prospect boosts Pump N Run
August 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas City Pump N Run looked out of sorts in the early going of its championship game against the Illinois Warriors in the Price Chopper Invitational on Tuesday at Okun Fieldhouse. Missed shots, defensive lapses and unforced turnovers had Pump N Run heading toward a runner-up finish.