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Archive for Monday, August 6, 2007

Also from August 6

Audio clips
Births
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
A child's hope
Podcasts
Polls
Does wrapping food in a fast-food container make it taste better to you?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
80%
Yes
 
20%
Undecided
 
0%
Total 5
Are you going to the Vinland Fair this year?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
72%
Yes
 
22%
Undecided
 
5%
Total 216
Videos

Lead stories

5:00 a.m.
Linda Davis has dealt with the difficulties of Parkinson's disease for the past 11 years. Davis, of Lawrence, has undergone recent surgeries that placed pacemaker-like devices that emit electrical stimulation into her brain. Surgery helps block Parkinson’s effects
August 5, 2007 in print edition on 1A
A flip through Linda Davis’ checkbook gives a glimpse of her recent ups and downs with Parkinson’s disease. Starting in May, Davis underwent a series of four surgeries - two of them in her brain - in hopes of delaying the progression of Parkinson’s.
10:00 a.m.
Online chat
Chat about the Kansas GOP's "loyalty committee" with executive director Christian Morgan
August 6, 2007
Burned by several high-profile party switchers, the Kansas Republican Party has formed a loyalty committee to make sure Republican officials toe the GOP line. Under a change made to the state Republican Party's constitution, officials who hold party positions could be stripped of their party titles if they are found to be helping a Democrat get elected. "There are times where the party needs to unite under just one banner," Kansas Republican Party executive director Christian Morgan said.
1:30 p.m.
Online chat
Chat about concealed carry with Journal-World reporter Chad Lawhorn
August 6, 2007
To report about the process of getting a concealed gun permit, Journal-World reporter Chad Lawhorn bought a gun. Now he's going through the permit class. He'll take your questions about his gun experiences.
4:00 p.m.
A Honduran girl doesn't let her lollipop get in the way of a big smile in her classroom in Ciudad España, a city of about 10,000 people. A child’s hope
August 6, 2007 in print edition on 1C
That was the impression I had again this summer when I spent a week in Honduras. The children there like bubbles, stickers and coloring books. They tease each other and visitors. And, of course, they play soccer - any place, any time.
10:00 p.m.
Ann Peuser, owner of Clinton Parkway Nursery, 4900 Clinton Parkway, waters a bed of annuals Monday afternoon. The city commission is scheduled to approve a 5 percent rate hike for water usage Tuesday evening... Higher water, sewage rates to increase revenue stream
August 7, 2007
It is about more than just your taxes. When city commissioners meet tonight to finalize the 2008 budget, they’ll also be increasing several fees that Lawrence residents must pay. Monthly sewer bills are expected to increase by about 6 percent, water bills by about 5 percent and trash collection fees by about 4 percent.

All stories

6News video: Capote art will help Greensburg
August 6, 2007
Victims of the Greensburg tornado will get help brightening up their temporary homes from the man who prosecuted the killers made infamous by Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.”
6News video: Suspicious object found
August 6, 2007
An object that looked threatening spurred a brief employee evacuation in the East Hill Business Park.
6News video: One missing after canoe capsized
August 6, 2007
It was a treacherous weekend on the waters for a group of canoers up the Kansas River in Topeka. One man is still missing after two canoes capsized late yesterday.
6News video: Corn farmers worried about crops
August 6, 2007
A major area crop is starting to stress out just as it’s about to get its’ big break. The combination of rising temperatures, dry weather and gusty windsa are stoking worries among area corn farmers.
6News video: Kidcast for August 6
August 6, 2007
Callie Rios gives the high and low.
6News video: Man pulled from Clinton Lake died
August 6, 2007
A 34-year-old Lawrence man pulled from Clinton Lake Sunday died from injuries. Douglas County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kari Wempe says the man’s name is not being released until tomorrow because some family members have not been informed.
6News video: Developers still pursuing Wal-Mart
August 6, 2007
New plans and a new city commission could pave the way for a new Wal-Mart in Lawrence. For the second time in a year, developers will ask city commissioners for permission to build Lawrence’s second Wal-Mart on the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
6News video: Dog days of summer bring heat
August 6, 2007
The sweltering summer sun claims more victims of heat illness the temperature rises. It’s here. The dog days of summer are among us and that’s exactly where we were tonight. We stopped by Don Gardner’s Dog Days evening workout because when it’s this hot, doctors say cases of heat exhaustion and heat stroke become common.
6Sports video: Raiders hold on
August 6, 2007
18 innings of baseball in near 100 degree heat is not a problem for the Lawrence Raiders. After a round three loss in the AAA Legion State Tournament on Sunday, the Raiders needed two victories this afternoon in Salina to jump out of the loser’s bracket and into the state title game.
6News video: Solar panels installed at SJHS
August 6, 2007
Students at Southwest Junior High will now be able to see solar energy in action. A crew installed a one-kilowatt solar module system on part of the school’s roof.
6Sports video: KU football practice heats up
August 6, 2007
After four practices into the 2007 KU football season there are plenty of questions to be answered.
Man dies, a day after being pulled from Clinton Lake
August 6, 2007
The man was at a Sunday afternoon family gathering in Bloomington Park on the southwestern side of Clinton Lake, and he attempted to swim from the shore to a pontoon boat. At one point, the man went under water, and bystanders pulled him to shore, officers said on Sunday.
Fair results: 4-H and Free-for-All Livestock Auction
August 6, 2007
Results of the 2007 Douglas County Fair 4-H and Free-for-All Livestock Auction
6News Now: City leaders take another look at Wal-Mart plans
August 6, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a new city commission may help move along plans for a Wal-Mart at 6th and Wakarusa, and a look at the Leavenworth County Fair.
Journal-World named Newspaper of the Year
Suburban Newspapers of America takes note of high-quality writing
August 6, 2007
Suburban Newspapers of America on Monday named the Lawrence Journal-World Newspaper of the Year for 2007.
New principals ready to be team players
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
One has a commercial driver’s license and filled in for a bus driver once while she was a principal in Kentucky. The other two were Kansas University classmates in the School of Education.
Watkins Museum repairs slated to begin soon
Roof tiles were damaged by hail in April 2006 storm
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
Repair work is expected to begin soon on the most seriously damaged slate tiles on the Watkins Community Museum of History’s storm-damaged roof.
City Commission agenda
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A4
City commissioners are scheduled to finalize the 2008 budget and several city fees at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Pakistan leader fights to maintain control
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A9
Watching Pervez Musharraf perform brings to mind Fred Astaire. The Pakistani president tap-dances so nimbly across the world stage with such flair that you forget he is practicing a dying art.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 6, 1907: “The county commissioners have fixed the tax levy at 27.5 mills or 3.5 mills higher than last year’s levy.
Jayhawks’ fiery Rivera will play, but where?
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
Wherever he goes - playing middle linebacker, outside linebacker or just talking to the media - Mike Rivera brings an intensity that makes him seem mad almost all the time.He’s not, but like a few of his peers among Kansas University’s linebacker fleet, Rivera seems to play football with a nonstop chip on his shoulder.
Lawrence thrower goes long in Knoxville
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B5
As the No. 2-ranked javelin thrower in the country in his age group, 16-year-old Chris Smith had two goals he wanted to achieve Friday when he competed in the National Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics in Knoxville, Tenn. “I wanted to throw 170 feet and win it,” he said.
Raiders rocked late
Lawrence faces uphill climb at state
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence Raiders were blasted out of the winner’s bracket of the Class AAA American Legion state baseball tournament by the host team, the Salina Falcons, Sunday at Dean Evans Stadium.
City wants more oversight of guest tax
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
Every time someone stays at Constance Wolfe’s Halcyon House bed and breakfast, a 5 percent guest tax appears on the bill. That money, collected on every one of Lawrence’s 1,100 hotel and motel rooms, goes to City Hall. But the city plows most of that back into the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau, which uses the cash to attract even more visitors.
GOP hopefuls seek distance from Bush
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Republican presidential candidates walked a delicate line in their latest campaign debate, seeking some distance from President Bush and an unpopular war in Iraq while offering assurances of change in a new Republican administration.
On the record
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A4
Arcing, shorted electrical equipment, 1:26 p.m. Saturday, intersection of Iowa and West 25th streets.
Events calendar
August 6, 2007 in print edition on C2
Events around Lawrence.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B4
Two Kansas University football players who were projected starters on the post-spring depth chart are now injured and not practicing.
A new winner at the old golf course
Ochoa claims first major at Women’s British Open
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B2
Splashed with champagne, Lorena Ochoa was certain her first major victory would come at the home of golf.
Lawrence subdivisions run deep
August 6, 2007 in print edition on C1
There is an imaginary line - I’m not quite sure where - that divides Lawrence into two distinct zones: East and West. I felt it immediately upon arriving. Everyone knows it. But where the line between East and West sits depends on where you live. Some say it’s Iowa. Others say it’s Kasold. Some will even insist it’s Wakarusa.
Yankees’ Rodriguez enjoys the moment
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
The day after he hit No. 500, Alex Rodriguez was still enjoying the afterglow of the milestone. He hugged Yogi Berra, a visitor to the Yankee clubhouse, told funny stories to reporters, enjoyed another standing ovation when he batted for the first time Sunday and even threw a self-deprecating joke his own way.
Montana wildfire forces evacuations
Governor declares state of emergency
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
A state of emergency was declared Sunday in Montana because of several large wildfires, including one that has crept to within a mile of several homes and destroyed at least one.
Cars, bridge played role for survivors
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
It’s hard to imagine anyone surviving a six-story drop into the Mississippi River.
Husband doubts talking study
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A9
A flawed study of 400 college students claims that men are just as chatty as women.
Gays fear harassment, execution by state
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A7
Samir Shaba sits in a restaurant, nervously describing gay life in Iraq. He speaks in a low voice, occasionally glancing over his shoulder.
On the money
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B9
Driving habits and car maintenance schedules can significantly reduce gasoline usage. Having a car tuned up on a regular basis, for example, can help reduce visits to the gas station. What other measures can a motorist take to help save gas?
Tigers reeling after home sweep
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B3
All six White Sox hits went for extra bases, including three RBI doubles, as Chicago beat the reeling Tigers to complete a three-game sweep.
Glavine notches win No. 300
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B3
Tom Glavine joined the 300-win club with a vintage performance, changing speeds and fooling hitters.
Yanks, Matsui rip K.C.
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
Hideki Matsui handled his 100th major-league home run the way he usually handles success - staying mostly quiet and trying to deflect attention.
A child’s hope
I’m always struck by how similar children are, no matter where I travel.’
August 6, 2007 in print edition on C1
That was the impression I had again this summer when I spent a week in Honduras. The children there like bubbles, stickers and coloring books. They tease each other and visitors. And, of course, they play soccer - any place, any time.
Book proves even a city girl can survive - and like - camping
August 6, 2007 in print edition on C1
The idea of being without a Starbucks in a two-block radius makes you a little uncomfortable. Sleeping under the stars has never been your thing (unless you count those glow-in-the-dark ones you had on your ceiling when you were a kid). And really, how DO people survive without running water?
Civil rights lawyer Oliver Hill dies at 100
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
Oliver W. Hill, a civil rights lawyer who was at the front of the legal effort that desegregated public schools, has died at age 100, a family friend said. Hill died peacefully Sunday at his home during breakfast, said Joseph Morrissey, a friend of the Hill family.
Bonds kicks back
Slugger gets day off before trying for No. 756
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
Barry Bonds isn’t ready to call his next history-making shot. A day before taking his quest for the record back home to San Francisco, Bonds sat back and took a deep breath to enjoy his 755th home run.
4-H’ers bid farewell to fair
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A5
With the auctioneer’s voice booming throughout the Community Building at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, bidders on Sunday afternoon fixed their eyes on plenty of livestock.
GOP black eye
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Democratic Party?” Will the Kansas Republican Party’s Loyalty Committee be asking this question?
Lenders curtail subprime mortgages
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A6
Home buyers again need their own money to close a deal. Lenders faced with growing piles of bad loans, even to borrowers once considered good credit risks, have clamped down on the no-money-down mortgage.
Purple Heart rendering on field unveiled
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
An artist has mowed an 850,000-square-foot rendering of a Purple Heart medal into a park field to honor the 75th anniversary of the medal that commends servicemembers killed or wounded in action.
Landplan Engineering promotes two engineers
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B9
Lawrence-based Landplan Engineering announces the promotion of two employees:
State, local school officials seek continuation of multiyear funding
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
Some state officials think it would be a good idea to make Kansas’ historic three-year school funding plan a four-year plan. “Anything that will allow schools to plan ahead and better direct resources where they’re most needed to help students would be welcome,” said Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Become ‘unstoppable’ when changing careers
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B9
Q: I’ve been working as an administrative assistant for the past 10 years after receiving my college degree in business with a concentration in procurement…
Sun shines in south Asia after weeks of flooding
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
Floodwaters across south Asia began to recede Sunday as torrential monsoon rains eased, allowing doctors to treat scores of people suffering from waterborne diseases and deliver medicine to prevent the outbreak of epidemics.
Will it take?
Congressional ethics legislation is far-reaching and promising but will it be administered to the public’s advantage?
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A9
When the U.S. House of Representatives votes 411-8 in favor of anything, one would expect some results on the issue involved. That’s how the final count ran Tuesday in what is considered the most sweeping overhaul of congressional ethics rules since the Watergate era of the 1970s.
Holocaust survivors protest stipend offering
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
Hundreds of angry Holocaust survivors, some wearing yellow Stars of David like those the Nazis forced Jews to wear, marched on a sweltering Sunday afternoon to demand an increase in a supplementary stipend that Israel’s government has offered them.
Retirement home seeks volunteers
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A4
Pioneer Ridge seeks volunteers interested in spending time with seniors. Volunteers are needed to give manicures, visit with pets, lead a sewing circle, help with games, teach painting and serve as personal readers. Times vary but are flexible to the volunteer’s schedule.
Rogue Shiite militias now responsible for many attacks
August 6, 2007
Rogue Shiite militiamen with Iranian weapons and training launched three-quarters of the attacks that killed or wounded American forces last month in Baghdad, stepping into the void left as Sunni insurgents have been dislodged, a top U.S commander said Sunday.
Weather looks favorable for launch of Endeavour
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
The countdown clock began ticking Sunday night toward this week’s planned launch of shuttle Endeavour with teacher Barbara Morgan and her six crewmates.
Many police agencies ignore profiling law
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A5
In a bid to reduce racial profiling, a 2005 state law required law enforcement agencies in Kansas to file annual reports of complaints of race-based traffic stops. But only 147 of 431 agencies filed the required reports last year, or 34 percent.
Boy rescued after 6 hours in Dead Sea
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
An 8-year-old Israeli boy spent six hours floating in the Dead Sea alone at night after his father left him there by accident during a family trip, police said Sunday. They said they would not press charges against the errant parent.
Philmont Scout Ranch: Pride at its peak
Lawrence crews head for the hills this summer
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
It’s the wettest you’ll ever be and the dustiest you’ll ever be. The most tired and the most fulfilled. The most you’ll appreciate the outdoors, the most you’ll crave the comforts of home. It’s the sorest, and proudest, you’ll ever see a group of fathers.
Removal of bridge debris, cars to begin today
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
The massive job of removing bridge debris and smashed cars from the site of the collapsed Interstate 35W bridge will begin today, but a final report on the cause of the disaster will take longer than expected - up to a year and a half - because of challenges posed by the wreckage and the Mississippi River.
Search includes lab studying strain of disease that hit farm
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
Biosafety experts scoured a high-security animal laboratory Sunday in rural England to determine how a strain of the foot-and-mouth virus may have escaped from a facility dedicated to eliminating the devastating animal disease.
Opposition candidate claims victory
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
In a probable blow to the Western-backed government, a key opposition leader Sunday declared victory in voting for a seat in parliament that was widely regarded as a proxy fight between the government and the pro-Syrian opposition.
Abnormal proteins cause rosacea
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
Researchers have solved a medical mystery that has eluded them for hundreds of years, demonstrating that an abundance of abnormal skin proteins causes the blotchy skin condition called rosacea.
West Bank gunmen accept amnesty, disarm
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
Most gunmen with ties to President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement have given up their weapons as part of an amnesty deal that seeks to improve ties between Israel and Abbas’ moderate Palestinian leadership, a senior Palestinian security official said Sunday.
Turkey to press for action against Kurds
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
Turkish leaders this week will give visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki what Turkish military commanders and analysts said could be a final warning to act against anti-Turkey Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq - or to stand by while Turkish forces go after the rebels themselves, risking a new front in Iraq’s war.
Sharing the wealth?
Oil firms’ buybacks of shares pump up criticism
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B9
The oil business rarely has been so good. Crude prices closed at a new high last week, and gasoline-refining profits are more than double what they were a few years ago.
Magic Carpet Traveler moves to new location
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B9
Courtney Ricketts, Lawrence, recently relocated her business, Magic Carpet Traveler Inc., to 745 N.H., Suite 8.
Sedgwick County to vote on casino
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B10
Sedgwick County residents will become the latest in the state to vote on expanded gambling when they head to the polls Tuesday.
Taliban negotiating with Koreans by phone
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
Face-to-face talks between the Taliban and South Korean officials over the fate of 21 hostages will not happen unless the officials travel to Taliban territory or the U.N. guarantees the militants’ safety elsewhere, a purported spokesman said Sunday.
Charges upgraded after beating victim dies
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A5
Three men have been charged with murder after the man they were accused of beating three weeks ago died of his injuries.
Lawrence Datebook
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Kurt Busch breaks winless funk
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B2
Kurt Busch’s winless drought is over. His absence from the Chase may not last much longer, either, not with the way crew chief Pat Tryson is calling all the right shots.
Swimmer rescued at family outing
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
A 34-year-old Lawrence man attempting to swim from shore to a nearby boat had to be rescued Sunday afternoon from Clinton Lake.
Bush, Karzai target surging violence in Afghanistan
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday began a search for answers to the deteriorating security and sporadic rule of law in Afghanistan.
American threatens diplomats in new video
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
An American member of al-Qaida threatened foreign diplomats and embassies across the Islamic world in a new video Sunday, saying they would targeted as “spy dens.”
TherapyWorks hires physical therapist
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B9
Adam Leavell has joined TherapyWorks, Lawrence, as a physical therapist.
People in the news
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B8
¢ ‘Daily Show’ lines up presidential candidates¢ Victim of dog attack at actor’s home identified¢ ‘Raising Sand’ combines vocals of Plant, Krauss¢ Brown presses Murphy to help raise daughter¢ ‘Bourne Ultimatum’ thrills audiences
One small step for reality television
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B8
“Fat March” (8 p.m., ABC) invites us to watch a dozen overweight adults try to lose weight and gain control of their lives on a 570-mile hike through nine states, beginning in Boston and concluding in Washington, D.C.
China bans insensitive family planning slogans
August 6, 2007 in print edition on A7
China has banned crude and insensitive slogans promoting the country’s “one-child” family planning policy, such as “Raise fewer babies but more piggies,” which have stoked anger in rural areas, state media said Sunday.
Horoscopes
August 6, 2007 in print edition on B8
This year is a mixed bag. Many of you might not be exactly sure of your professional desires, which will affect the rest of this year. Friendship and long-term goals can be realized once you know what makes your heart sing.