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6Sports video: Rainy conditions put a damper on city golf championships
July 1, 2007
Saturday’s action at Eagle Bend was called off due to rainy weather, meaning the championship today at Alvamar would be decided by only 18 holes.
6News video: Area competitors head to Lawrence for Horse Show
July 1, 2007
There was no horsing around this weekend as competitors from around the area strapped on their boots and participated in the Fourth Annual Kansas Summer Classic Horse Show.
6News video: Several area families attend Safety Day
July 1, 2007
Families and safety go together like ice cream and hot fudge - and that is exactly what area families got this weekend at Safety Day.
6News video: Competition - not just for the young!
July 1, 2007
Athletes from all over the state will gather in Topeka in a couple of weeks to compete in over 40 competitive events. Tonight, editor Cathy Hamilton introduces us to a woman who proves that competition isn’t exclusively for the young.
6Sports video: KU’s Arthur survives final cut for Team USA Under-19
July 1, 2007
Kansas sophomore Darrell will need to get a passport as he has been selected to play for the Team USA Under-19 Squad.
6News video: Denise Low officially takes Poet Laureate post
July 1, 2007
A way with words - and a commitment to Kansas poets - wins one Lawrence writer one of the greatest arts honors in the state.
6News video: Morgan Quitno Press to be sold
July 1, 2007
A company that’s brought international attention to Lawrence is being sold to a powerhouse in the nation’s capital.
6News video: KU set to teach Finance ‘101’
July 1, 2007
American universities lose more students to debt than academic failure - this Fall - KU takes a stand.
6News video: Flooding causes a state of emergency in SE Kansas
July 1, 2007
Rains turn much of Southeast Kansas into a water-park - but for residents, the last 24 hours have been anything but fun.
6News video: The kick off to July 4th starts today
July 1, 2007
Last month, Douglas County Commissioners approved changes to county zoning regulations extending fireworks sales one extra day.
Buying into the gun culture
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
It is just a simple click, but it gets my mind racing. That’s the sound that a Colt .380 pocket pistol makes when it is being cocked. I know that’s the sound it makes, but it is still an attention-getter when you hear it in person. It isn’t the only thing that gets my attention this late June morning. More so is the guy behind the pawn shop counter explaining to me how I could feel comfortable sticking this cocked pistol down the front of my pants. Welcome to the world of concealed carry.
Do the math
A closer examination of Kansas University’s new guaranteed tuition plan shows it isn’t a guaranteed winner for all Kansas families.
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
Students and parents who reportedly “burst into applause” when they are told about Kansas University’s new four-year tuition plan need to stop and think this idea through. KU’s four-year tuition “compact” was approved Thursday by the Kansas Board of Regents where it was touted as a way to help families plan financially for the cost of a student obtaining a bachelor’s degree.
July 1, 2007 in print edition on D6
This year you will learn that nothing teaches like experience. You can give people your opinion or point out a problem - no more, no less. Relationships dominate your year.
Political collectibles increase in value
July 1, 2007 in print edition on D4
Political collectibles traditionally have gone up in popularity and price each year that there’s a presidential election. But there’s so much interest in politics now that collectors are buying at every opportunity.
Neufeld appoints two spending critics to board
Kansas Taxpayer Transparency Program aims to inform residents of where tax dollars go
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
House Speaker Melvin Neufeld has appointed two vocal critics of state government spending to a board that is supposed to help Kansans get more information about where their tax dollars go. Neufeld appointed state Rep. Kasha Kelley, R-Arkansas City, and Alan Cobb, director of the Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity, to serve on the Kansas Public Finance Transparency Board.
Arthur survives U19 cuts
Kansas sophomore to represent U.S.
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University sophomore forward Darrell Arthur has survived cuts at USA Basketball’s Under 19 World Championship Team Trials in his hometown of Dallas.
Bedore: Random thoughts on draft
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Things on my mind three days after the 2007 NBA Draft :
Marmoset monkeys stolen from pet store
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
A thief snatched two baby marmoset monkeys from an exotic pet store, police said.
Candidates embrace texting
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A5
If Sen. Barack Obama is your guy, dial 62262 - which spells “Obama” - on your cell phone and text “Go.” For supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, punch in 77007 and text “Join.” Text “Today” to 30644 if you’re a fan of former senator John Edwards.
Bird-watching reignites passions of empty-nester couple
July 1, 2007 in print edition on D1
I appreciate the leisurely, laid-back tempo of summer, but this week life slowed to a geriatric snail’s pace. Friends have left town, some not to return for weeks. Children have fled for jobs out of state. And that 10-day vacation in August we’ve planned for months seems light years away.
Summer lovin’
A look at what we dig about the sultriest season
July 1, 2007 in print edition on D1
Aah, summertime. It stirs a sense of euphoria in most of us. School’s out, the sun is shining, and the world seems to move at a slower clip. In homage to this glorious season, we explore some of the elements that define it - from lightning bugs to lemonade, longer days to lingering poolside.
People in the news
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Object thrown from Kenny G’s property hits girl in head¢ Former lab worker pleads guilty to stalking singer¢ Stella McCartney to co-host virtual anti-fur protest online¢ Sally Field takes golf lesson at Women’s Open
Guns in our midst: ‘It makes the world a more dangerous place’
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
Marilyn Roy closes her eyes when she speaks about guns. At times she sees her childhood - growing up in the 1950s in Barstow, Calif. In the middle of the Mojave Desert, it was an isolated place. The most common visitor, Roy says, was a Route 66 traveler who would stop to repair a flat tire.
Residents must have health insurance
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
The goal was as audacious as it was simple: Plug the holes in Massachusetts’ health care network without resorting to the politically nuclear option of a single government-funded program.
Custard store owner helps teach families the importance of safety
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Mark Mehrer knows family and safety go well together, just like the vanilla ice cream and hot fudge served at his store, Sheridan’s Frozen Custard, 2030 W. 23rd St. He incorporated all of those elements at a Safety Day on his store’s patio Saturday afternoon.
PM criticizes U.S. raid in Iraq
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned a U.S. raid Saturday in Baghdad’s Shiite Sadr City slum - a politically sensitive district for him - in which American troops searching for Iranian-linked militants sparked a firefight the U.S. said left 26 Iraqis dead.
On exhibit: companions in chief
July 1, 2007 in print edition on D8
Headlines in 1928 asking “Is Hoover Human?” prompted presidential candidate Herbert Hoover to take drastic steps to present a more empathetic image as the Great Depression settled over the nation. He trotted out his dog.
All-way stop, parking ban lead agenda
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
Traffic safety commissioners will consider two items as part of their Monday meeting.
Die-hards’ refuse to let rain stop celebration
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
In the last 106 years, only once has something forced the people of this small farming community about 21 miles northwest of Lawrence to cancel their Old Settlers Reunion. It was called off once during World War II, organizers said.
July 1, 2007 in print edition on D3
Top selling books for this week.
Pak opens door for Korean women
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C6
Sarah Lee was a student at South Korea’s Kyung-Hee University in 1998, a physical education major with modest aspirations for her golf game. Then came the news from the United States: Se Ri Pak, a South Korean rookie on the LPGA Tour, had done it again.
Beltran homers twice more
Switch-hitting Met connects from both sides of plate
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C4
Carlos Beltran homered twice for the second straight game, leading the Mets over the free-falling Phillies. It was the fifth time Beltran homered from both sides of the plate.
Farmers try to find normalcy in harvest
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
The chain broke on the old 1979 International combine just minutes after it began rolling across ripened wheat fields. It was the middle of a blistering day. Ki Gamble stood in the freshly cut stubble and tried to fix it.
Disney’s longest line
Calif. park might expand capacity for Club 33
July 1, 2007 in print edition on E1
The wait to obtain a membership for Disneyland’s exclusive Club 33 is so long that wannabe members joke that the only way to move up the list is when somebody dies.
Official English among today’s new laws
Funeral picketing, state budget measures also go into effect
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
As of today, the state’s official language will be English, for whatever that’s worth - and for some, that’s not much. Aside from declaring the official language, the law also says no state or local government agency is required to provide documents or hold meetings in any language except English.
Warnings on child booster seats end today
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A4
Let this be a warning: There will be no more warnings. As of today, Kansans found violating the state’s booster seat law will face a $60 fine, plus court costs. Previously, violators merely were issued a warning.
Hamlin seeks wins, not good finishes
Driver has yet to bag victory in 2007 entering today’s Lenox Industrial Tools 300
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C2
While Denny Hamlin has avoided the dread sophomore jinx, he’s not satisfied with being second in the NASCAR Nextel Cup season points going into today’s race at New Hampshire International Speedway. Last year’s top rookie wants to win races - the sooner, the better.
Rain causes flash flood watch, warning
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B3
A flash flood watch remains in effect until this afternoon, but Sarah Jones, 6News weather forecaster, said chances for rain in Lawrence are decreasing. “We have a slight chance for lingering rain in the morning and drying out in the afternoon,” Jones said. “We may even see some sunshine today.”
Flag legislation puts White House in bind
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
This Independence Day, American flags flying at the White House, Pentagon and other federal buildings around the nation’s capital could come under the orders of three new bosses - the governors of Maryland and Virginia and the mayor of the District of Columbia.
Bonds addresses safety
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C5
Barry Bonds said Saturday it’s up to Major League Baseball and the Giants to decide how much security is needed around him as he closes in on Hank Aaron’s home run record.
Fishing report
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C8
CLINTON LAKE (updated 6-25) - Water 78 degrees and 1.94 feet above normal pool. Discharge 250 cfs. Channel catfish fair using worm. Crappie fair over brushpiles using minnows and jigs. Flathead catfish fair in the outlet using sunfish, shad and jigs. Walleye-sauger good with jig and nightcrawler on the flats.
Lawrence Datebook
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events around Lawrence.
Agent suggests 9-game Series
Boras outlines proposal in letter to commissioner
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C5
Scott Boras loves the World Series so much, he wants to make it best-of-nine - and open with two games at a neutral site.
Nature’s violence revealed in chicken coop
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B7
Early this spring an unfriendly committee greeted us when we entered the dark, dank shed. There on the rafters above us lounged six snakes, which a local naturalist identified as rat snakes. We welcome most wild visitors on the farm, having little choice in the matter.
Offices to close for July 4 holiday
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B3
Government offices and public services in Lawrence and Douglas County will be closed Wednesday in observance of Independence Day. All city, county and state offices will be closed, as will federal offices in the General Services Administration and the federal courts. City offices in most area towns and counties also will be closed. Banks will be closed.
Some flooded-out Texans urged to leave after returning home
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
Returning residents who had evacuated their home this week kept watch Saturday night on the Brazos River, which officials expected to swell again today after opening another flood gate at a nearby lake.
7-year-old died on same ride as park worker
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
An amusement park worker was thrown off a gyrating ride and killed, and park officials acknowledged Saturday that a safety precaution put in place after a fatal accident on the ride in 2004 wasn’t followed.
Bukvich records one-pitch win
Efficient Chicago pitching sends Kansas City to extra-inning setback
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s one of baseball’s great ironies, an injustice that has befallen more than one Hall of Famer. A starter works his heart out. He sweats. He grinds. Inning after grueling inning, he makes quality pitches and gets tough outs. But he finally leaves with the score tied, and then some reliever chucks one or two out of the bullpen and strolls away with the win.
Former GOP executive director suing over pay
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B2
A former executive director of the Kansas Republican Party has filed a lawsuit against the state GOP chairman, claiming the party owes him nearly $27,000 in unpaid compensation.
Precious land
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: It was recently reported that a private business park has been proposed for 900 acres of the Kaw Valley, which has some of the most fertile land in the state. This soil is perfect for growing a wide variety of vegetables including potatoes and sweet corn.
State pheasant numbers down
Survey show negative impact of drought
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C8
Results of the Wildlife and Parks spring crowing survery show a sharp decrease in the state’s pheasant population.
Poll: Chores bigger issue than kids in marriage
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
The percentage of Americans who consider children “very important” to a successful marriage has dropped sharply since 1990, and more now cite the sharing of household chores as pivotal, according to a sweeping new survey.
Public structures
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Your editorial on the safety of some Chinese products (“Quality question,” June 28) underscores an important reason for our country’s success: the effectiveness of our public structures.
Library’s value
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Langston Hughes, author and favorite son of Lawrence, wrote in “Big Sea” that he fell in love with librarians who “help(ed) you find wonderful books! The silence inside the library, the big chairs, and long tables, and the fact that the library was always there and didn’t seem to have a mortgage on it, or any sort of insecurity about it - all of that made me love it.”
Supreme leader redraws hard line
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Iran’s supreme leader gave a ringing endorsement Saturday to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s foreign policy, suggesting Iran’s top authority favors an ultra-conservative hard-line bloc over moderate elements seeking rapprochement with the West.
Sharapova wins on drizzly day
Russian netter slips past Sugiyama at Wimbledon
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C2
Showers wiped out most action Saturday at Wimbledon, and it was drizzling when 2004 champion Maria Sharapova finally finished her 6-3, 6-3 victory despite the animated protests of No. 26-seeded Ai Sugiyama that it was too slick to play.
Treanor appoints general counsel, CFO
July 1, 2007 in print edition on E1
William Fleming, Lawrence, has joined Lawrence-based Treanor Architects as general counsel and chief financial officer.
100 reported killed in NATO, U.S.-led assault
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Just a week after Afghan President Hamid Karzai chastised international forces for being “careless,” Afghan officials reported Saturday that possibly 100 or more civilians had been killed in a NATO and U.S.-led assault.
Park master plan to be topic of meeting
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Burroughs Creek trail and linear park master plan will be discussed at 6 p.m. July 9 at the Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. Second St. Members of Bartlett and West Engineering will discuss the master plan, including the development of it.
KDWP establishes migratory bird seasons
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C8
Early migratory bird seasons have been established by Wildlife and Parks commissioners. Here are the approved dates:
Guns in our midst: ‘It gives you the ability to look someone in the eye and say no’
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A1
A single, laminated flower hangs from the refrigerator in Richard Dyer’s Lawrence apartment. You know, the art-project kind where the petals are made from a cutout of a small child’s hand. Hanging next to a Kansas City Royals schedule, it paints a grandfatherly picture. Dyer’s curly white beard, a half-finished Sudoku puzzle on the kitchen table, and how he leans in and turns his ear toward you to hear better, add to the image. But don’t let the 57-year-old, self-professed bookworm fool you. He can show you a different side, not that he would want to, nor that you would want to see it.
Pirates’ protest paltry
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C5
Despite a much-publicized effort to display fan discontent during the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 15th consecutive losing season, only a few thousand fans at most in the crowd of 26,959 left their seats in protest following the third inning of Saturday night’s game against Washington.
Ask the Pro
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C6
Hello Pro, I’ve given up on trying to crush the ball off the tee or from the fairway. Since then, I’ve been hitting the ball a lot straighter. But what about those situations were the shot calls for a little fade or draw? Do you have any advice to help me create those benders when necessary?
CQ Press purchases Morgan Quitno
Buyer is a division of Congressional Quarterly Inc.
July 1, 2007 in print edition on E1
The next time Scott and Kathleen Morgan declare St. Louis the most dangerous U.S. city, their research will be transmitted and distributed from the nation’s capital, not a small storefront on East Ninth Street.
Harry Potter stakes claim as modern phenomenon
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A2
As the Harry Potter series wraps up this summer, we can look back at two remarkable narratives: Potter the boy wizard and Potter the cultural phenomenon. Potter the wizard’s fate will be known July 21 with the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” Book 7 of J.K. Rowling’s fantasy epic.
Appeals court rules nude dancers must cover up
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
Erotic dancers in adult bars in most parts of Daytona Beach are going to have to wear as much clothing as most people on the beach.
Experts say, leave turtles alone
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C8
Box turtles are on the move again. They are cute and fascinating. They may even appear to need protection from whizzing automobiles. But a Missouri turtle expert says they’re safer in the wild than in captivity.
Wings of a Redbird
July 1, 2007 in print edition on D3
A Poem by Ronda Miller
City golf championship shortened to 18 holes
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C3
The first round of the Lawrence Amateur Golf Association’s City Championship was canceled Saturday because of rain.
Cheney secrecy stymies accountability
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B7
I want to spend a few moments talking about someone you may have heard of, a fella by the name of “Dick” Cheney - assuming that’s his real name. When it comes to our cloak-and-dagger veep, one can never be too sure.
KU alumna invited to national book fair
July 1, 2007 in print edition on D4
The Library of Congress announced Friday that Kansas University alumna Cynthia Leitich Smith is among the 70 writers selected to participate in the seventh annual National Book Festival.
Mother worries as son prepares to deploy to Iraq
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B4
The family of Staff Sgt. James Hoffhines has mixed emotions about his upcoming deployment to Iraq. On one side there is a long-standing family tradition of serving country and the prospects for Hoffhines to have an illustrious military career. On the other is the threat of serious injury or even death in a war that has cost the lives of more than 3,500 service men and women and has injured thousands more.
Pump patrol
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.89 at several locations.
Rain dampens harvest forecast
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B8
One year after a drought shriveled up much of the state’s wheat crop, farmers this year are seeing their harvests shrink from too much precipitation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cut its estimates of Oklahoma’s wheat harvest yet again. Friday’s forecast put it at 141.9 million bushels.
Charity Girl’ explores brutal treatment of women during WWI
July 1, 2007 in print edition on D3
Michael Lowenthal’s novel “Charity Girl” (Houghton Mifflin, $24) offers us a shocking piece of hidden American history: During World War I, the U.S. government detained 30,000 women. More than 15,000 were locked up for indefinite periods of time to protect the soldiers who had given them venereal diseases.
CornerBank promotes commercial lender
July 1, 2007 in print edition on E1
Doug Dawson has been promoted to senior vice president for commercial lending at CornerBank in Lawrence.
Bush, Putin meet in Maine
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A3
The personal touch can be a pivotal item in the diplomatic toolbox. President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin, time and again, have reached for just the thing to improve one of the world’s most crucial partnerships.
KU staff busy at prep event
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C1
Even though she wasn’t doing any coaching, Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson stayed plenty busy at the Jayhawk Team Jamboree Saturday. Henrickson and her staff spent the bulk of the rainy day going back and forth between on-campus basketball courts to check out some of the 47 teams from Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa that took part in the jamboree.
Standing his ground
Christopher Hitchens unleashes mighty ego when defending his literary attack of religion
July 1, 2007 in print edition on D3
Last month at a debate in Berkeley, Christopher Hitchens ranted for the better part of two hours with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges over the value of faith.
Court ruling supports free speech
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B7
If you believe most of the newspaper editorials and the outraged complaints from self-styled reform groups, the Supreme Court last week opened a huge “loophole” in campaign finance law that will enable corporations and unions to pollute the political process with their ads.
Banner crosses constitutional line
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B6
In January 2002, in Juneau, Alaska, Joseph Frederick had the sort of idea that makes a teenager seem like one of nature’s mistakes. Last week, after five years and the attention of 13 federal judges, Frederick became a footnote in constitutional history.
Cuban-born man, 105, becomes U.S. citizen
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A8
A 105-year-old Cuban-born man who had at least one pending wish finally had it fulfilled - he became a U.S. citizen. Jose Temprana celebrated by sipping champagne with friends at the Hispanic Community Center in Miami on Friday.
Swim meet to affect indoor pool’s hours
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatic Division will host the Wave the Wheat Meet on Thursday through July 8 at the Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive.
Indians’ Sabathia first to win 12
Yankees manage just one hit against A’s; Sosa blasts homer No. 602
July 1, 2007 in print edition on C4
C.C. Sabathia became the majors’ first 12-game winner, and Grady Sizemore drove in three runs to lead Cleveland.
Lawrence receives performing arts grants
July 1, 2007 in print edition on D4
Mid-America Arts Alliance, a nonprofit regional arts organization based in Kansas City, has awarded more than $47,000 in Regional Touring Program (RTP) grants to multiple Kansas communities for the 2008 program year.
Croc hunter’s daughter following in Steve Irwin’s footsteps
July 1, 2007 in print edition on D5
At an age when many girls are still playing with their Barbie dolls, Bindi Irwin has moved on to something a bit more challenging. “I have Blackie my black-headed python. I also have Corny the corn snake. He sleeps with me at night,” the 8-year-old-daughter of the late crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin, says proudly as she rattles off the names of the menagerie she keeps back home in Queensland, Australia.
July 1, 2007 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Flaming Jeep rams Scottish airport; attack believed linked to London car bombs
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
A Jeep Cherokee trailing a cascade of flames rammed into Glasgow’s airport terminal on Saturday, shattering glass doors just yards from passengers at the check-in counters. Police said they believed the attack was linked to two car bombs found in London the day before.
Fourth annual horse show a family affair
Event an opportunity for Community Living Opportunities to share plans for Midnight Farm
July 1, 2007 in print edition on B1
The fourth annual Kansas Summer Classic Horse Show at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds on Saturday was the perfect way for the Ostronic family to spend a rainy afternoon. Laurie Ostronic, of Lawrence, her husband and four children sat on bleachers beholding the variety of horses. “My daughter wants one now,” she said.
Pope tells Chinese Catholics to unite
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Pope Benedict XVI made his most significant attempt to unite China’s 12 million Catholics Saturday, urging the underground faithful and followers of the state-run church to overcome decades of animosity and distrust.
Defense minister draws criticism for comments
July 1, 2007 in print edition on A7
Japan’s defense minister said Saturday that the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States during World War II was an inevitable way to end the war, drawing criticism from atomic bomb survivors.
Kauai monastery builds Hindu temple to last a thousand years
July 1, 2007 in print edition on D5
In a clearing within Kauai Aadheenam’s lush gardens, the ping, ping, pinging of metal chipping at stone can be heard over the sounds of bird calls. A half-dozen artisans from South India put the finishing flourishes on the Hindu monastery’s legacy for the ages.