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City prep golf teams disparate
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
The girls golf teams at Free State and Lawrence High may play in the same city, but when it comes to experience and depth, the squads aren’t in the same time zone. More than half the girls on Lawrence’s roster are seniors; Free State’s two seniors are first-year players. What’s more, Free State’s most experienced player, junior Kelly Morris, now only has four teammates after one player quit a week into the team’s preseason.
Keegan: Kansas rookie ‘talented’
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
Listen closely and you might hear freshman running back Carmon Boyd-Anderson’s footsteps growing louder by the day. Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino already has indicated that Boyd-Anderson likely will play as a freshman, just as current first-team back Jake Sharp did a year ago. That plan indicates just how loud a talent the 6-foot-1, 200-pound back from Jacksonville, Texas is.
Vick files guilty plea, gets boot from NFL
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
No matter how nuanced his confession for involvement in dogfighting, Michael Vick got no leniency Friday from the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended the Atlanta Falcons quarterback indefinitely without pay, just hours after Vick filed a plea agreement that portrayed him as less involved than three co-defendants and guilty mainly of poor judgment for associating with them.
Living History
Baker chaplain breathes life into sermons from the past
August 25, 2007 in print edition on D1
The manuscripts, with sloppy handwriting faded almost beyond readability, were delivered as sermons about 100 years ago. But when the Rev. Ira DeSpain read through them recently, he was surprised at their relevance. “What I found was great depth for today,” he says. DeSpain, chaplain at Baker University, is using those sermons from William Alfred Quayle as the basis for an occasional sermon series at the university’s chapel services this year, Baker’s 150th.
OSU donor pleased with progress
Deep-pocketed Pickens sees winning as next step for Cowboys
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C10
An unemployed Boone Pickens was in need of a job when he cut a deal with former Oklahoma State basketball coach Henry Iba. While Iba set Pickens up with two interviews for high-school basketball coaching jobs, he wanted something in return. “If I get a job for you, you’ve got to send me a player,” Pickens recalls Iba telling him.
Virtual students raise head count
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
Dramatic increases in enrollment at the Lawrence Virtual School are driving an overall increase in the enrollment of the Lawrence school district. According to preliminary figures from the district, 10,539 students enrolled in Lawrence public schools this year. That’s up from 10,225 on the same day last year. The numbers are preliminary and won’t become official until Sept. 20, when the district does its state-mandated head count.
Support for sales tax gaining momentum
Commissioners leaning toward increase; voters would have to approve plan
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
Support for a new citywide sales tax is continuing to grow inside City Hall. On Friday, the list of commissioners expressing support for some type of new sales tax grew to four. Commissioner Rob Chestnut said he’s convinced that the city needs a new revenue source, and believes that a sales tax would be fairer than a property tax.
August 25, 2007 in print edition on D7
You need to take a stand more frequently this year. Others want to know who you are. How you project and express yourself often determines the outcome of situations. If you are single, your life takes a turnaround that might delight you. If you are attached, your relationship can bloom if you let go of a tendency to be critical. AQUARIUS works well with you.
People in the News
August 25, 2007 in print edition on D7
¢ Director John Singleton involved in fatal wreck¢ Winehouse bloody after alleged fight with hubby¢ Kanye West voices advocacy of education¢ Handbag, credit cards stolen from Dunst’s room¢ ‘Idol’ runner-up signs with Arista Records¢ Queen guitarist May awarded doctorate
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
Baker University president James Doty had returned from nine-week worldwide tour where he visited with Baker graduates and former faculty members in an effort to get more funding support for the Baldwin City school.
Local ‘wonder’
Area residents should show their support for Lecompton’s Constitution Hall as one of the eight “Wonders of Kansas.”
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
Loyal supporters of the historical sites in Lecompton are launching a campaign that deserves the support of area residents. Constitution Hall, the historic “Bleeding Kansas” building located in Lecompton, is among 24 finalists to be designated as one of the eight “Wonders of Kansas.” Among the other contenders are the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Abilene’s Eisenhower museum and Monument Rocks in Gove County.
Sabathia effective, but K.C. prevails
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C5
C.C. Sabathia again pitched like one of the game’s dominant left handers. And again, he didn’t get a win. Sabathia gave up two runs - one on a ground out and the other on a sacrifice fly - in eight innings, but suffered a 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals.Zack Greinke and five Kansas City relievers combined on a six-hitter.
Choi surges to top spot at Barclays
Eagle on seventh hole highlights round of 66
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
Tiger Woods looks like he might lose his No. 1 seed by skipping The Barclays, thanks to some stellar golf at Westchester from one of the top players chasing him in the PGA Tour Playoffs. The surprise is that it’s K.J. Choi, not Vijay Singh.
Maddux’s 10-win streak hits 20
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C4
Greg Maddux became the first pitcher to win 10 games in 20 consecutive seasons, tossing seven solid innings in San Diego’s rout of Philadelphia. Milton Bradley hit a pair of three-run homers and Adrian Gonzalez also connected twice for the Padres, who moved three games ahead of the Phillies in the NL wild-card race. Josh Bard had five of the Padres’ season-high 22 hits. San Diego entered three games behind Arizona in the West, while Philadelphia fell six behind the New York Mets in the East.
Irish QB confirms surgery
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C10
Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, talking with reporters for the first time since arriving on campus last January, confirmed Friday he underwent arthroscopic surgery this past spring to remove a bone spur from his throwing arm. Clausen, rated by many as the top high school recruit last winter, described the procedure as a minor setback. “I’ve been rehabbing ever since,” he said. “I’ve been throwing and practicing every day during camp.”
Investigation reopened in death of last Russian czar after latest find
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A11
Prosecutors announced Friday that they have reopened an investigation into the deaths of the last Russian czar and his family nearly 90 years ago after an archaeologist reported that he may have found the missing remains of Nicholas II’s son and heir to the throne.
Forest fires rage across southern Greece
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A11
Forest fires raced across southern Greece on Friday, sweeping into mountainous towns and villages and killing at least 18 people, two found locked in an embrace and others outside cars overtaken by the flames. Hot, dry winds gusting to gale force prevented firefighting planes from taking off, leaving only ground forces to fight the flames in the southern Peloponnese, occasionally helped by helicopters and residents using their garden hoses.
Lawmaker wants to push KDHE on abortion reporting
Siegfreid: Reasons for procedures should be precisely listed
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B8
A key legislator wants to push the state into requiring more detailed reports from doctors who perform late-term abortions. The issue has arisen because of a criminal case involving a high-profile abortion provider. Rep. Arlen Siegfreid is chairman of a committee reviewing late-term abortions that begins hearings Aug. 31 on late-term abortions, with a Department of Health and Environment official is scheduled to testify.
Cleanup, investigation continue at explosion site north of Wichita
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B8
Workers at the Barton Solvents plant have begun cutting up and removing large storage tanks destroyed in an explosion that forced the evacuation of the entire town earlier this summer. “Moving forward, there is a great deal of work to be done, but this is an important next step for all of us,” David Casten, president of the Des Moines, Iowa-based company, said Thursday of the new cleanup phase.
2 indicted; charges added in assault on pregnant teen
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B5
A Jackson County grand jury has added more charges to those already faced by two women accused of kidnapping and assaulting a pregnant teenager as part of an alleged plot to steal her baby, authorities announced Friday. The Jackson County prosecutor’s office had charged Lauren M. Gash, 20, of Odessa, and Alisa D. Betts, 17, of Atchison, Kan., with kidnapping in late July. Gash also was charged with one count of assault.
Woman in prisoner escape case seeks November release
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B5
An attorney for the woman who helped a murderer escape from prison in a dog crate has asked that she not have to serve any further time in prison after she serves her state sentence. In motion filed this week, assistant federal public defender Michael L. Harris asked a judge to sentence Toby Young to 1 1/2 years in prison on the federal charge of knowingly providing a firearm to a felon. But he asked that Young be credited with time she has served in state prison and the new sentence run concurrently with her state sentence.
Rate of U.S. women dying in childbirth on the rise
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
U.S. women are dying from childbirth at the highest rate in decades, new government figures show. Though the risk of death is very small, experts believe increasing maternal obesity and a jump in Caesarean sections are partly to blame. Some numbers crunchers note that a change in how such deaths are reported also may be a factor.
U.S. credit crunch squeezes Chinese bank
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B4
Chinese banks are just beginning to disclose their exposure to the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis, sending some bank shares plummeting in Hong Kong.
Forecast: Sales growth to slow next year
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B4
Morgan Stanley on Friday sharply cut its forecast for retail sales growth in 2008, saying U.S. consumer spending would be restricted by declining home values, tighter credit standards and more modest job growth.
Burger King records fourth-quarter profit
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B4
Burger King Holdings Inc. posted a fourth-quarter profit Friday versus a loss a year earlier, as strong late-night and breakfast sales and flashy marketing marked the operation’s first year as a publicly traded company.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.72 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Fussiness over food may be inherited
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
Having trouble persuading your child to eat broccoli or spinach? You may have only yourself to blame. According to a study of twins, food neophobia - or the fear of new foods - is mostly in the genes. “Children could actually blame their mothers for this,” said Jane Wardle, director of the Health Behavior Unit at University College London, one of the authors of the study in this month’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Vick behavior is inexcusable
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B7
At least no more than a few people have raised the specter of race in Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick’s involvement in the inhumane and barbaric practice of dogfighting and animal executions. To offer race as an excuse is to taint every black and to license misbehavior purely on the basis of color. To even hint that race is one reason Vick’s tawdry behavior should be tolerated is to demean all blacks by saying that they should be allowed a lower standard of conduct simply because of their color.
Home sales report helps boost stocks
Data on durable goods also spark 142-point rise in Dow
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B4
Wall Street ended its calmest week in a month with a big advance Friday, rising on solid economic readings that countered the bleak sentiment that has blanketed the financial markets. The Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 140 points in a lightly traded session.
KU needs to find dean who can build on School of Fine Arts
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
The announcement earlier this week that Steve Hedden is stepping down as dean of the Kansas University School of Fine Arts is sure to have come as a surprise and disappointment to his many friends. Hedden took over the deanship in 2003 and was about to undergo his five-year review, as all KU deans must. Whether Hedden voluntarily resigned in order to spend fulltime as a teacher or he was “encouraged” to resign is known only by the retiring dean and a few others.
New Jersey teen untethers iPhone from AT&T network
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A6
Armed with a soldering iron and a large supply of energy drinks, a slight, curly haired teenager has developed a way to make the iPhone, arguably the gadget of the year, available to a much wider audience. George Hotz, of Glen Rock, N.J., spent his last summer before college figuring out how to “unlock” the iPhone, freeing it from being restricted to a single carrier, AT&T Inc.
Cracks found on other shuttle tanks
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A7
NASA said Friday that cracks have been found in the insulation of all three space shuttle fuel tanks slated to fly in coming months and could be the reason a chunk of foam debris broke off during Endeavour’s launch. The debris gashed the belly of the shuttle, but ultimately didn’t threaten the spacecraft during its recent mission. But NASA wants to prevent that from happening again and officials outlined their repair plan Friday.
U.S. troops battle gunmen, kill eight
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A9
U.S. helicopters blasted rooftops in a Shiite neighborhood before dawn Friday as American troops battled gunmen on the ground, killing at least eight by the military’s count. Shiites claimed some civilians died and radicals castigated Iraq’s government as being too weak to rein in the Americans.
Is remaining agnostic the same as rejecting God?
August 25, 2007 in print edition on D8
¢ God accepts me, even with my faith reservations¢ Harboring doubt in face of evidence equals denial
Bomb from American fighter jet kills three British soldiers
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
A U.S. warplane mistakenly dropped a 500-pound bomb on British troops after they called for air support in Afghanistan, killing three soldiers and seriously wounding two others in an accident that could re-ignite debate about America’s heavy use of air power.
LHS soccer washed
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High’s scheduled boys soccer opener Friday at Manhattan was postponed because of wet grounds. The Lions’ first game will now be Tuesday against Junction City at Youth Sports Inc. fields.
Despite advances, sexism alive and well
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
So we gather once more to pay homage to our foremothers by celebrating Aug. 26, the anniversary of the passage of suffrage. What a year it’s been since we last met. We’ve seen the first woman speaker of the House, the first woman president of Harvard University, and who can forget Bill Clinton, striving to become the first First Laddie?
Judge tells self-described pedophile to stay away from schools, playgrounds
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A8
A judge on Friday ordered a self-described pedophile to stay at least 10 yards from places where children congregate, including schools, playgrounds and child care centers. The permanent injunction narrows an initial order earlier this month that had barred Jack McClellan from coming within 30 feet of any person younger than 18 anywhere in California.
Utah community rallies around miners’ families
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
Relatives of six men trapped in the depths of a mountain coal mine were once content to let their mine boss speak for them. But after Bob Murray offended them at several meetings, and now that he has said the rescue efforts will soon halt, the families have grown more comfortable going public with their outrage.
Judge refuses to halt former dictator’s extradition hearing
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A8
A federal judge on Friday denied former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega’s request to halt his extradition to France on money-laundering charges related to his drug conviction in Miami. U.S. District Judge William Hoeveler rejected the former general’s argument that because the judge had designated him as a prisoner of war after his 1992 sentencing, he was entitled to be returned to Panama under the Geneva Convention.
Federer, Nadal headed for showdown slam?
Game’s top players met in finals of Wimbledon, French Open already
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C9
Silly as it sounds nowadays, there was a time when some in the tennis world wondered whether Roger Federer was equipped to handle the U.S. Open. Even Federer himself harbored doubts. It took him longer, after all, to get past the fourth round at this Grand Slam tournament than any other. “Hey, New York is a crazy place,” he said in a recent interview with the Associated Press. “There’s the night. There’s the humidity. There’s the heat. There’s the city. There’s the wind. … If you can win the U.S. Open, you can win anything.”
Around and About
August 25, 2007 in print edition on D3
What people are doing around Lawrence
A dogged champion
KU’s Wissel still cleans up after football
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
A sound argument easily could be made Colby Wissel, peering over his shoulder seven times during the stretch run, authored the single most exciting moment of any Kansas University athlete during the 2006-07 school year when he kicked his way to the Big 12 men’s cross country title on a cold, damp morning at Rim Rock Farm last fall.
Gibson inspiring
Pioneer to be honored Monday
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C8
Sheila Johnson grew up dreaming of playing the violin, not tennis. Even so, Althea Gibson inspired her. Her school’s orchestra director would take the violinists to the courts in the belief swinging a racket would help them in drawing their bows. During those outings, Johnson learned about Gibson, who broke tennis’ color barrier in 1950. Johnson, now 58, went on to establish several firsts of her own as the first black woman to become a billionaire and to hold a controlling interest in a professional sports team.
U.S. finally making threes
Redd, Miller lead way at FIBA Americas basketball tournament in Vegas
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
The Dream Team comparisons, and the boasts of living up to them, were starting to return to U.S. basketball at the FIBA Americas tournament. And through two games, the United States looked worthy of them. The Americans, who have gone without a major gold medal since the 2000 Olympics, had a day off Friday, the day after their 123-59 victory over the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was the most points they scored in this event since the famed 1992 team had 127 against Venezuela in the final game of that qualifier.
Where to Write
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B7
President left with few options, chances for success
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A9
One way to look at the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq released this week is to review what it describes as the best-case scenario. In that scenario, Iraq’s security will improve modestly over the next six to 12 months, but violence across the country will remain high. The U.S.-backed central government will grow more fragile and remain unable to govern. Shiite and Sunni Muslims will continue their bitter feuding. All sides will position themselves for an eventual American departure.
Minister turns self in to face assault charges
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
The minister husband of evangelist and gospel singer Juanita Bynum turned himself in Friday to face charges that he beat her outside a hotel earlier this week. He was later released on bond but ordered to have no contact with his wife.
Police officer pleads not guilty in death
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
A police officer pleaded not guilty Friday to killing his pregnant girlfriend, whose corpse was found in a park and whose toddler son gave investigators some of their strongest clues.
Cosmetic surgery, sex change shows banned
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Chinese government banned television shows about cosmetic surgery and sex changes Friday, less than two weeks after shutting down a talent show that regulators deemed coarse.
Organization to display quilts, antique cars
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Jefferson County Historical Society will have a vintage quilt show and antique car display from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 in Old Jefferson Town in Oskaloosa.
Senator stands by withdrawal remarks despite objections
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A9
Sen. John Warner’s suggestion that some troops leave Iraq by the end of the year has roiled the White House, with administration officials saying they’ve asked the influential Republican to clarify that he has not broken politically with President Bush. But Warner said Friday that he stands by his remarks and that he did not object to how his views have been characterized.
Sale to help pay medical expenses
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
A benefit sale that will help raise the approximately $7,000 needed to help Donna “Sissy” Conrad will continue from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie.
Miami in a tizzy over unfounded rumors about Castro’s health
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A8
The official word in Cuba is that Fidel Castro is still very much alive - but you’d never know that on the streets of Miami. Premature rumors of Castro’s death are a staple in this heavily Cuban-exile city. But their frequency has intensified in recent days after his 81st birthday came and went Aug. 13 with neither pictures, letters nor recordings from him.
Gray rat snake turns up in cockpit
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A4
It was no movie moment when a physician, flying himself across Mississippi in a one-seat plane, discovered a stowaway - a gray rat snake.
NCAA to decide contested winner of Div. II game
August 25, 2007
Northwest Missouri State says it won its season opener 21-0, even if lightning did end the game with 21â2 minutes left in the first quarter. Arkansas Tech says Thursday night’s NCAA Division II game never happened. It will be up to the NCAA to decide the final outcome.
Cat endures adventure in neighbors’ moving van
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A4
Annie the cat loves to roam, but she got a bit more traveling experience than she bargained for last month. She sneaked into the back of a truck - bound for Virginia. After traveling 1,000 miles, the 10-year-old calico roamed in the woods in Roanoke, Va., for 18 days before being caught.
11-year-old boy, four others killed in clashes
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
An Israeli raid in search of militants in a West Bank village Friday sparked a firefight that left two Palestinians dead, including an 11-year-old boy, Palestinian officials said.
Bush moves in Iraq are exactly wrong
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
A vacation on the salt marshes of Cape Cod creates the delusion that all’s right with the world. The neat patterns of nature on Blackfish Creek, where every plant and creature has its proper role, provide a calming sense of global order (especially after a trip to Baghdad).
Two promotions, one hire announced in DA’s office
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Charles Branson, Douglas County district attorney, has promoted two assistant district attorneys and hired a third. Amy McGowan now is chief assistant district attorney for trial management. She has been an assistant in the office since January 2005, after 16 years with the district attorney’s office in Jackson County, Mo., where she worked as a senior trial attorney in the general crimes unit and as a trial team leader in the sex crimes unit, drug crimes unit and family support unit. She earned a law degree in 1984 from Kansas University.
Bush to mark Katrina anniversary with visit
August 25, 2007
President Bush will return to the Gulf Coast next week, where hard times and resentment linger two years after Hurricane Katrina’s massive strike.
Woman fined $250 for throwing grapes
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
An activist who pelted school board members with grapes during a raucous vote to close 34 city schools was fined $250 for disturbing the peace.
Man gets death in girl’s rape, abduction
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
A convicted sex offender was sentenced Friday to death for kidnapping 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, raping her and burying her alive in his yard. John Evander Couey looked straight ahead as Circuit Judge Ric Howard told him he should be executed for the 2005 crimes that led to new laws in many states cracking down on convicted sex offenders.
Campers tie peeping Tom suspect to tree
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
A group of campers tied a peeping Tom suspect to a tree, keeping him bound until police arrived. Richard H. Berkey, 63, was charged with private indecency, a misdemeanor, by sheriff’s deputies who were called to the Big Fan Campground near Bagby Hot Springs last weekend, according to Clackamas County Detective Jim Strovink.
Fictional ‘last’ cattle drive gets brought to life
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
An adventurous and beloved Kansas tale about a modern-day cattle drive is coming to life in September. Robert Day’s humorous novel, “The Last Cattle Drive,” is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the tale of a wild romp across Kansas, Day and friend O. Newton King will re-enact a drive. For the past three years, King, retired owner of King’s Pharmacy, has planned and organized the drive to pay tribute to one of his favorite books, and he’s inviting others to join.
Firms to pay $3 million for SAT scoring errors
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
The College Board, the organization that owns the SAT, and the company that administers the college admissions test announced Friday that they had agreed to pay nearly $3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over inaccurate test scores for thousands of students.
Baker fraternity’s tax bill less than reported
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Baker University’s Delta Tau Delta fraternity was not nearly $2,700 behind on its 2006 taxes, as originally reported by Douglas County, but actually owed about $700.
Religion Briefs
August 25, 2007 in print edition on D8
Religious events around Lawrence
Third teen arrested in fatal shooting
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A11
Police arrested a third teenager Friday in the shooting of an 11-year-old boy whose death has confronted a shocked Britain with the problem of youth violence and gang culture. The victim, Rhys Jones, was kicking a soccer ball with friends Wednesday night when he was hit in the back of the neck by a bullet - reportedly fired by one of two youths riding by on a BMX bicycle.
U.S.: Discrepancies shouldn’t sink terror prosecution
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Bush administration told a newly formed appeals court Friday that discrepancies between the nation’s new terrorism law and the way it is being carried out should not stall one of the Pentagon’s first terror trials. In a borrowed courtroom just steps from the White House, government attorneys urged the newly formed U.S. Court of Military Commission Review to look beyond the letter of the law when deciding whether the military botched its terrorism tribunals at Guantanamo Bay.
Forces fired at Russian plane over territory
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A11
Georgian forces fired on a Russian plane flying over Georgian territory earlier this week, a government official said Friday, claiming residents nearby reported an explosion and fire afterward. Russia immediately denied the claim.
Lawrence Datebook
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events around Lawrence
Reputed Klansman gets three life terms for kidnapping, conspiracy
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A8
Reputed Ku Klux Klansman James Ford Seale showed no emotion Friday as he was sentenced to three life terms in prison for his role in the segregation-era abduction and killing of two black teenagers. Seale, 72, was convicted June 14 on federal charges of kidnapping and conspiracy in the deaths of Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, two 19-year-olds who disappeared May 2, 1964. Seale and other Klansman beat them, then dumped them into the Mississippi River still alive, according to testimony.
Former astronaut apologizes to love triangle rival in court
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A7
Lisa Nowak faced her romantic rival in court Friday during a tense day in the NASA love triangle case that was capped with the ex-astronaut apologizing to the other woman for “frightening her in any way.” It was their first exchange of words and looks since Nowak was arrested and charged with trying to pepper spray and kidnap Colleen Shipman after a frantic 1,000-mile drive to confront her over their shared feelings for another astronaut.
New Bristol a mystery
Repaved short track ‘awesome,’ but unknown
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C7
Kurt Busch certainly knows his way around Bristol Motor Speedway, cruising to five victories since 2002. None of that previous experience is expected to be much of a value on a repaved track that’s a mystery heading into tonight’s race. “It’s a brand new race track and you can’t take anything for granted,” Busch said Friday. “It’s a first time for everybody. It’s going to be an interesting weekend, to say the least.”
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
A group of local builders and developers was successful in convincing Lawrence city commissioners to postpone a change in the city’s policy on unpaid special assessments. But the city said it would not approve any benefit district financing for city improvements until the group reported back in three to four weeks with recommendations on how to boost the city’s collection of delinquent special assessments.
Kahne wins Busch race; NASCAR errs
Scoring mistake costs Kyle Busch’s run for the victory; Leffler stages ‘awesome battle’
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C7
Kasey Kahne passed Ryan Newman with eight laps to go, then held off several charges from Jason Leffler to win the Busch Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night. The race was marred by a NASCAR scoring error against Kyle Busch that cost him a chance to run for the win. Busch was penalized with 77 laps to go because NASCAR said he violated the pit-road commitment line. He had to forfeit his second-place position, a penalty NASCAR later said was incorrect.
Judge orders trials in 42 sex abuse lawsuits against diocese
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
A federal bankruptcy judge on Friday ordered immediate jury trials in more than 40 sex abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. Trials scheduled in state court in San Diego for five cases had been suspended in February when the diocese abruptly filed for bankruptcy protection the night before the first trial was slated to begin.
Falcons’ owner applauds Vick’s suspension
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C6
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank wanted to suspend Michael Vick last month, even as his quarterback declared his innocence on dogfighting charges. On Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took care of that, indefinitely suspending the Falcons’ biggest star. Blank applauded Goodell’s decision, which came just hours after Vick acknowledged in court papers that he bankrolled gambling on dogfighting and helped kill some dogs.
Scandal about to get bigger
Fans must decide their stance on steroids issue
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C5
Scores of major-leaguers are now squirming like fish on a hot dock, having learned that Kirk Radomski, the ex-Mets’ clubhouse attendant who admitted selling steroids to ballplayers over a 10-year period, has implicated them all to the Mitchell investigation. It won’t be long: One way or another the names will be made public, and the culture of the syringe will finally be exposed for its sleazy ethos.
English novelist tips hat to memories of American Midwest
August 25, 2007 in print edition on D1
Even after 20 years of living in England, Mimi Thebo yearns for the American Midwest. “I miss the landscape something terrible,” she says. She misses the people, too - especially the ones who mind their neighbors’ business just a little too much. Those people are among the main characters in Thebo’s sixth and most recent book, “Welcome to Eudora” (Ballantine, $13.95). She’ll sign copies Sunday at Borders, 700 N.H.
Red Sox rout White Sox twice
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C4
David Ortiz homered twice and Kevin Youkilis added a three-run shot as Boston routed Chicago, 10-1, to take both ends of a split doubleheader. In the opener, Josh Beckett became the major leagues’ first 16-game winner, and Jason Varitek had four RBIs to lead the Red Sox to an 11-3 victory.
Shows take a look at Princess Diana
August 25, 2007 in print edition on D7
Will our summer of nostalgia ever end? The hot months of 2007 have been shot through with observances of the 40th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and the summer of love as well as the 30th year since the 1977 summer of punk and the death of Elvis Presley. Didn’t anything memorable occur in the summer of 1987? Perhaps historians in 2017 will walk like an Egyptian back to that time and uncover something interesting.
Club News
August 25, 2007 in print edition on D5
Club activities around Lawrence
Former Iraqi President Aref dies at age 91
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A11
Former Iraqi President Abdel-Rahman Aref, overthrown more than 35 years ago in a coup that brought Saddam Hussein’s Baath party to power, died in Amman early Friday at the age of 91.
Name discrepancy can increase likelihood of jury summons
August 25, 2007
A Douglas County resident who has a driver’s license and is registered to vote is likely to be called for jury duty once every 13 years, if one goes strictly by percentages. Then there is Cindy Riling, who has been called to serve three times in the past seven years - and twice within six months. A possible reason is that her name is different on the two lists the county uses to cull names for potential jurors: county voter registration and state driver’s licenses.
West Nile virus suspected as woman stricken
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B3
A Coffeyville woman, whose apartment is near large amounts of standing water left by last month’s flooding, was hospitalized in critical condition and believed to be suffering from the West Nile virus. Mary Westmoreland, 44, began suffering spasms three weeks ago and was rushed to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, where she lapsed into a two-week coma, her family said. She was later transferred to Freeman Hospital, in Joplin, Mo., where test results came back positive for West Nile on Monday.
Man bites off head of girlfriend’s snake in fight
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A11
A Northern Ireland man bit off the head of his girlfriend’s pet snake during a fight and remarked that it “tasted lovely,” attorneys testified Friday.
Eudora schools feel crunch for space
Voters to face bond issue to accommodate students
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
Some students at Eudora West Elementary School will spend a little more time in the library this year. But from the Eudora school district’s perspective, that might not be such a good thing. During the summer, the district built two new reading classrooms in the school’s library to accommodate a growing number of students. “We’re going to be positive and call it cozy,” reading teacher Cindy O’Bryhim said.
Royals put Teahen on DL, call right-hander Buckner
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C5
Royals outfielder Mark Teahen was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, the most significant of several moves made by the club. Teahen has a hyperextended left elbow and forearm strain he sustained while attempting to make a diving catch Aug. 18 at Oakland. The move to the DL is retroactive to Aug. 19.
If pit bulls are scary, we can thank Vick
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C6
I was driving home from dropping my daughter off at daycare the other day when I noticed a man with his pit bull on a leash. A little farther, I passed a woman with her two smaller dogs on the same walking trail. I did a quick U-turn and warned her about the man and the pit bull ahead. It probably was an overreaction, but I felt compelled to do it. I kept imagining the woman trying to fight off the pit bull as it mauled her two little yip-yip dogs to death.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for Aug. 25, 1907: “A large court crowd gathered today to see how three men charged with failure to pay their $3 poll tax fared. One pleaded guilty, one was convicted and one went free and it was a busy session where at one time the judge threatened contempt of court action. C.H. Pringle called the ruling against him ‘rank and rotten’ and there were some heated moments.
Group wants vets to examine horses
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
An animal rights group Friday called for an international team of vets to examine dozens of famed Lipizzaner horses it says face starvation while Serbia and Croatia argue over their ownership.
Brady tosses two touchdown passes
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C6
Cross-country flights, lack of sleep and becoming a celebrity father didn’t affect Tom Brady’s efficiency. Two days after Brady missed practice to fly to Los Angeles where his ex-girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynahan, gave birth to their son, Brady returned to the Patriots and was nearly flawless in New England’s 24-7 exhibition win over the Carolina Panthers on Friday.
Fielder’s suspension reduced to two games
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C5
Prince Fielder had his three-game suspension that was handed down by the commissioner’s office reduced to two games, and planned to start serving it Friday night in San Francisco.
Society Calendar
August 25, 2007 in print edition on D5
Events around Lawrence
Despite scary crashes, Franchitti still leads
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C7
IndyCar Series points leader Dario Franchitti realizes this already has been the luckiest season of his racing career. And that good fortune has led him to some positive on-track results and kept him out of the hospital when things have gone wrong. In May when the 34-year-old Scotsman was out front when the Indianapolis 500 was cut short by rain, giving him his first victory in the biggest open-wheel event of all.
Security Council votes to keep U.N. in Lebanon
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A11
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to keep peacekeepers in Lebanon for another 12 months, recognition that the country remains unstable more than a year after Israel’s war with Hezbollah.
Rep. Sloan honored for attendance, service
August 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
State Rep. Tom Sloan, a Republican from Lawrence, won praise for attendance in the Legislature and work on water issues. Sloan had a 100 percent voting attendance record during the 2007 legislative session. “I commend him for his strong commitment to always be on the job for his constituents and willingness to make tough votes,” said House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls.
Scouting News
August 25, 2007 in print edition on D5
Venturing Crew 2052, chartered to St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, departed July 26 for Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. The crew, which consists of students from Lawrence, Baldwin City and Eudora, was the only all-girls group at Philmont this year. Crew members hiked 62 miles during 10 days and crossed one mesa and two mountains.
Paramilitary boss faces long prison sentence
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
A powerful paramilitary boss faces a long prison sentence - and possible extradition to the U.S. - because he broke a partial amnesty deal by continuing to run a drug smuggling ring from jail, authorities said Friday.
Midwestern states clean up, try to hold off more flood waters
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
More rain pushed flood waters higher in northern Illinois on Friday, threatening further havoc in a region where days of torrential thunderstorms have swamped thousands of homes and left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity.
HINU taps Peterson as volleyball coach
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C3
Melissa Peterson, a former standout at Virginia Commonwealth, is the new volleyball coach at Haskell Indian Nations University.
KU’s Rush running
August 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University junior Brandon Rush continues to make steady progress from June 1 surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Rush, a 6-foot-6 guard from Kansas City, Mo., was cleared to begin jogging Wednesday, two days earlier than originally planned. “He’s running in the pool and running straight lines,” KU coach Bill Self said Friday. “He’s starting out very slow, but doing very, very well.
Hamas clamps down on Fatah supporters
August 25, 2007 in print edition on A11
Hamas security agents clashed with supporters of the rival Fatah movement Friday, firing into the air and beating journalists covering a demonstration against the Islamic militant group’s rule in the Gaza Strip.