Archive for Tuesday, July 3, 2007

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Polls
Is the city ban on fireworks being obeyed in your neighborhood?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
90%
Yes
 
9%
Total 445
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Nicole Crawford, front left, and Aubri Osburn, 14, walk across a railing on the U.S. Highway 59 bridge over the Marais Des Cygnes River in Ottawa. The floodgates remained closed Monday, protecting downtown Ottawa from floodwaters that flowed over the roadway. New flooding raises memories of ‘51 disaster
July 2, 2007 in print edition on 5A
Record-breaking rainfall over the past several days has chased thousands of Kansans to higher ground, swamped towns and left many remembering the 1951 flood that has been called the state’s worst disaster. “I saw the ‘51 flood but it was not this bad,” said Kay Vogler, 70, of Ottawa as she watched water rush over the U.S. Highway 59 bridge, while floodgates kept it from nearby downtown businesses.
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital President and CEO Gene Meyer Hospital ratings aim to empower consumers
July 3, 2007 in print edition on 1A
There are blue book values for cars and priceline.com for vacations - and a host of consumer guides for everything from wine to cell phones. But when it comes to finding the kind of care a patient will receive at a hospital and how much it will cost, some people - including the president of the United States - say there just isn’t enough data.
1:59 p.m.
Online chat
Chat about hospital quality with Gene Meyer, president and CEO of LMH
July 3, 2007
The federal government recently released an online database rating hospitals across the nation. Gene Meyer, president and CEO of LMH, will take questions about his hospital's performance.
5:00 p.m.
Zhen Chen, 11, reads a book in the Teen Zone at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Chen has read all six of the "Harry Potter" books and is eager to read the seventh and final book in the series. Chen has other series he will continue reading after Potter, including the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series. Life after Harry
July 3, 2007 in print edition on 1C
When “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” hits shelves July 21, it will represent the end to one of the most successful and beloved fantasy book series ever. With this seventh - and final - entry being released in J.K. Rowling’s saga of a headstrong wizard, young readers aren’t the only ones who will be on a quest for more magic.

All stories

6Sports video: Former KU guard Vaughn re-signs with San Antonio
July 3, 2007
The San Antonio Spurs have reached a new contract with free agent Jacque Vaughn. The new 2-year deal is reportedly worth about 2.5 million dollars.
6Sports video: Raiders easily sweep Eudora
July 3, 2007
The Lawrence Raiders had no problem sweeping Eudora, winning the first game 9-0 and the second 12-2.
6News video: Osawatomie residents wonder what to do next
July 3, 2007
People flooded out of their homes in Osawatomie have plenty of donated clothing and bottled water. What they need now is a way to clean up their homes when they are finally allowed to return.
6News video: City leaders move forward with plans to bid on vacant farmland
July 3, 2007
At their weekly meeting tonight, City Commissioners authorized the city manager to prepare and submit a bid on the 467-acre property East of Lawrence.
6News video: Downtown construction to continue during holiday
July 3, 2007
Many have the day off tomorrow - but construction crews in downtown Lawrence don’t plan on taking the holiday off.
6News video: Firework spectators should prepare for a long walk
July 3, 2007
For the last 10 years, a bus shuttle has run from the city parking garage to the park - this year it’s no more. The company previously in charge of the service went out of business on Friday.
6News video: Local fireworks vendor calls it quits after 60 years
July 3, 2007
This year’s 4th of July marks the end of a tradition for a local family that’s been in the fireworks business for 60 years.
6News video: Fort Riley soldier unable to visit wife
July 3, 2007
A Fort Riley soldier planning a reunion with his wife has his hopes dashed after airport security prevents her from traveling to Kansas.
6Sports video: Arthur enjoying time with Team USA
July 3, 2007
Next summer he’ll likely be an NBA lottery pick, this summer, however, Darrell Arthur is trying to be part of a gold medal team from the U.S.A.
6News video: Work to repave parts of Iowa Street begins this week
July 3, 2007
Drivers can expect temporary lane closures as crews mill and overlay Iowa Street from 6th Street to Irving Hill Road.
6Sports video: Reed and Aldrich to play on US All-American Squad
July 3, 2007
Incoming KU freshmen Tyrel Reed and Cole Aldrich will be a part of this week’s Global Games. Both ‘Hawks will play on the US All-American Squad.
6News video: Serious troublemakers at school could face more than suspension or expulsion
July 3, 2007
Starting next year, students who get in trouble at school for serious violations could face further punishment. New legislation makes it more likely that students will lose their license, too.
6News Now: Flooded counties declared disaster areas
July 3, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Kansas has seen more than its share of massive disasters this year, most recently with flooding in 18 counties, and more about Fourth of July fun.
City names new planning director
Scott McCullough will join the city on July 30
July 3, 2007
Scott McCullough will join the city on July 30. McCullough will oversee the merger of the Planning Department and the Neighborhood Resources Departments to create the Planning and Development Services Department.
Hospital ratings aim to empower consumers
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
There are blue book values for cars and priceline.com for vacations - and a host of consumer guides for everything from wine to cell phones. But when it comes to finding the kind of care a patient will receive at a hospital and how much it will cost, some people - including the president of the United States - say there just isn’t enough data.
Oil spill adds to flood misery
Refinery at Coffeyville loses 42,000 gallons of crude to Verdigris River
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
The flooding in Coffeyville is bad enough, engulfing homes to the rooftops and turning neighborhoods into floating junkyards of children’s toys and family heirlooms.
Libby spared prison time
Bush commutes sentence in CIA leak case
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
President Bush spared former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak investigation Monday, delivering a political thunderbolt in the highly charged criminal case. Bush said the sentence was just too harsh.
Royals ruin Seattle skipper’s debut
Brown’s sacrifice fly in the 11th inning lifts Kansas City to 3-2 victory over Mariners
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
On an eight-game winning streak as a bench coach, John McLaren lost in his debut as a major-league manager. After an intense and well pitched game, the 55-year-old rookie manager watched Emil Brown’s 11th-inning sacrifice fly lead the Kansas City Royals over Seattle, 3-2, Monday night.
Woodling: KU sports business booming
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Hello, and welcome to Fiscal Year 2007-08. Hope you didn’t overindulge Saturday night while celebrating Fiscal New Year’s Eve. As you know, July 1 was the first day of the new year for many entities, including arguably Lawrence’s fastest-growing business - Kansas Athletics Inc.
Kansas City signs third baseman Nettles
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Kansas City Royals said Monday they had signed third baseman Jeff Nettles to a minor-league contract out of the independent Atlantic League.
Cubs’ Soriano sparks Chicago, 7-2
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B4
Alfonso Soriano had two hits, an RBI and a stolen base in his return to Washington as Chicago beat the Nationals, 7-2, on Monday.
Iran accused of role in attack
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
The U.S. military accused Iran on Monday of a direct role in a sophisticated militant attack that killed five American troops in Iraq, portraying Tehran as waging a proxy war through Shiite extremists.
Double Take: Teenage children disillusioned by authority figures in trouble
July 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
Dear Dr. Wes and John: I’m sure this isn’t anything new, but it seems like lately there have been a lot of stories in the news about police officers and teachers and other officials acting very badly. This is in the national news and in local stories.
People in the news
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Nebraska microbrewery launches Git-R-Done beer¢ Rushdie, Lakshmi to divorce¢ Prince Edward’s wife, Sophie, expecting couple’s second child¢ Opera star Beverly Sills dies of cancer at 78, manager says
Aquila hires reader for Lawrence meters
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B7
David Dudley has joined Aquila in Lawrence as a meter reader, responsible for accurately reading the company’s natural gas meters and observing meter sets monthly to identify potential problems.
Study says few U.S. adults treated for drinking problems
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A10
More than 30 percent of American adults have abused alcohol or suffered from alcoholism at some point in their lives, and few have received treatment, according to a new government study. Alcoholics who got treatment first received it, on average, around age 30 - eight years after they developed dependence on drinking, researchers reported.
Poor sense of smell may signal Alzheimer’s
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A10
Difficulty identifying common smells such as lemon, banana and cinnamon may be the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study that could lead to scratch-and-sniff tests to determine a person’s risk for the progressive brain disorder.
Safety measures
Kansas should follow the lead of most other states and take steps to regulate the operation of carnival rides.
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A9
Recent news about serious injuries and at least one death caused by amusement park rides naturally raises concerns about the safety of such rides. For Kansans, those concerns may be heightened by the knowledge that Kansas is one of only seven states that does not regulate the safety of such rides.
Speedy ‘Geezer’
Local men become (very) fast friends
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
They grew up drag racing in Lawrence in the 1970s, but didn’t even know each other. Now, 30 years later, Steve Cregut and Randy Cree are fast friends, and they have taken the Geezer Gasser drag racing circuit by storm. June was a banner month for Cregut, who drives a 1948 Austin at nostalgia drag competitions, and his crew chief Cree.
Council OKs shift in medical service
Change would make fire chief manager; county review next
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Eudora Emergency Medical Service is one step closer to being placed under the management of the Eudora fire chief. The Eudora City Council voted 5-0 in favor of the move during a meeting Monday night.Douglas County commissioners also must give their approval and are expected to do so at a meeting next week.
Pump patrol
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.89 at several locations.
8 arrested in Britain’s bomb plot
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
At least three physicians were identified Monday among suspects arrested in Britain’s failed car bomb attacks, and authorities announced three new arrests - including a doctor in Australia - as the investigation spread overseas.
Optometrist honored as emeritus member
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B7
Dr. Arthur Queen, Lawrence, was among five optometrists honored as emeritus members of the Kansas Optometric Association during the organization’s annual convention and seminar, conducted at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita.
U.S. manufacturing expands at faster pace
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B7
The nation’s factories, plants and utilities expanded at a faster pace in June, suggesting hardy consumer spending is boosting confidence among manufacturers even as prices for raw materials rise.
City seeks exemption for Farmland cleanup
Bid for former plant will be contingent on lack of legal liability for environmental issues
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
City leaders want to purchase the environmentally troubled former Farmland Industries site, but they want to assure residents the deal won’t create a legal nightmare for the community. City Manager David Corliss confirmed Monday that the city’s bid for the 467-acre property east of Lawrence will be contingent on the city having no legal liability to clean up the site that has suffered from decades of fertilizer spills.
Libraries hold future of U.S.- he hopes
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A9
Consumer confidence was down in June, and so was mine, though for other reasons. I see politics stuck in a spiral of dumbness and the Republican candidates - the Cavalcade of Unhappy White Men - leading the way.
Theater programs open to children
July 3, 2007 in print edition on C2
Lawrence-area youths are invited to beat the summer heat with Lawrence Community Theatre’s “School’s Out, Theatre’s in” program.
Williams overcomes injury, wins
Serena survives match under mom’s objections, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Hobbled and hurting and essentially playing on one leg, Serena Williams managed to gut out a three-set victory at Wimbledon on Monday against an opponent who helped by fading right along with the daylight.
New office to open for colon hydrotherapy
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B7
Lynda Mary Gammal plans to open Advanced Colon Hydrotherapy, a new cleansing health practice, at 2859 Four Wheel Drive, Unit 14. The practice is scheduled to open in August.
Tiller challenges Kansas abortion law
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
Hoping to end a criminal case against him, high-profile abortion provider Dr. George Tiller filed a legal challenge Monday to the constitutionality of a Kansas law restricting late-term procedures.
Ameriprise adviser attends team meeting
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B7
Evelyn Senecal, an Ameriprise Hall of Fame financial adviser, attended a recent High Performance Team Meeting in Kansas City, Mo.
Suicide bomber kills 9 outside ancient temple
July 3, 2007
A suspected al-Qaida suicide bomber plowed his car Monday into a group of Spanish tourists visiting a temple linked to the ancient Queen of Sheba, killing seven Spaniards and two Yemenis in a part of Yemen known for its lawlessness.
Bill would conceal executioners’ IDs
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
People who carry out executions can sue others who disclose their identities, under a new law that followed reports that a doctor who attended Missouri executions had been sued for malpractice more than 20 times.
Live Earth hopes to change the world
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
Live Earth is ambitious by any standard: eight concerts featuring the biggest names in music, playing for a 24-hour period across the globe, all for the cause of global warming.
River City Weekly’ tours Liberty Memorial
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
Take a step back in time as we visit the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., beginning Wednesday on “River City Weekly.”
Divisions diminish Democratic power
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A9
The immigration mess showed that not every divisive issue in American politics is partisan. Much has been made of the split among Republicans over immigration, but in the end it was the division among Senate Democrats that was the most surprising.
Life after Harry
Publishers, readers hope to conjure magic from someone besides Potter
July 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
When “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” hits shelves July 21, it will represent the end to one of the most successful and beloved fantasy book series ever. With this seventh - and final - entry being released in J.K. Rowling’s saga of a headstrong wizard, young readers aren’t the only ones who will be on a quest for more magic.
Horoscopes
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B9
Those with birthdays today: Consider your options with an open mind this year. Often your knee-jerk reaction could be wrong.
Two women to lead Board of Regents
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Board of Regents has elected Christine Downey-Schmidt as chairwoman and Donna Shank as vice chairwoman - marking the first time in the board’s 82-year history that two women have been selected to the two top positions at the same time.
Lawrence school board members take office
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Four Lawrence school members were sworn in Monday, and the board elected a new president and vice president.
Defense in bombing trial demands acquittals
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
Defense attorneys for an Egyptian accused of masterminding the 2004 Madrid train bombings and a Moroccan who allegedly planted the explosives demanded their acquittals Monday, the last day of trial for 28 people charged in the terror attacks.
Top prep remains undecided
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Blue-chip basketball recruit Rotnei Clarke did not commit to Kentucky following an unofficial recruiting trip to Lexington last weekend. The 6-foot guard from Claremore, Okla., plans to take some official visits in the fall before choosing a school.
Pipe-bomblike device explodes at Disney World
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
A device similar to a pipe bomb exploded early Monday in a trash can at a remote Walt Disney World parking lot, authorities said. No one was injured and no serious damage was reported in what officials believe was an isolated incident.
Former teacher pleads guilty
Dismissed LHS instructor admits having sex with 15-year-old student
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
A former Lawrence High School English teacher pleaded guilty Monday to one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. She could face between five and 20 years in prison for having sex with a male student. During the court appearance Meredith Kane, 24, wiped away tears, admitting to the acts with the 15-year-old.
Midwest economy stays strong
Ethanol plants, farm income contribute to favorable conditions
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B7
The new jobs created by ethanol plants and strong farm income helped the economy remain strong in Kansas and eight other states in the Midwest, according to a monthly survey of supply managers and business leaders.
Salmonella fears expand snack food recall
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
A company recalled on Monday a second popular snack food over fears it could be contaminated with salmonella. Robert’s American Gourmet Inc. said it was recalling all lots and sizes of Super Veggie Tings Crunchy Corn Sticks Snack Food sold across the United States and Canada.
Wilmington raids KU athletic staff for AD
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University senior women’s adminstrator Kelly Landry Mehrtens has been named athletic director at North Carolina Wilmington. Mehrtens was introduced by Chancellor Rosemary DePaulo at a Monday morning news conference.
On the record
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
Two teenage boys, missing on the Wakarusa River for about an hour Monday afternoon, walked their way to safety.
Police calls for fireworks fizzle a bit
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Maybe people are getting used to the bangs and booms this time of year. Fewer people called police over the weekend than during the same time last year to complain about Fourth of July fireworks in Lawrence neighborhoods.
Sunflower Broadband to broadcast fireworks
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
Sunflower Broadband’s tower cam will be turned to the Lawrence fireworks display on Wednesday night, and the show will be broadcast live, accompanied by festive summer music, on Sunflower Broadband Channel 99.
Fallen wrestler Benoit bought excessive amount of steroids
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
The pro wrestler who strangled his wife and son and committed suicide last month bought injectable steroids excessively, according to court papers released Monday. His doctor was charged with improperly prescribing drugs to other patients.
KU administrator has diversity goal
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
Kansas University has hired an administrator to lead minority recruitment for faculty and staff. Maurice Bryan, who has been provost at Ottawa University for three years, began work Monday in Lawrence as associate vice provost for diversity and equity.
McCain downsizes campaign staff
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Republican John McCain sought to keep alive his deeply troubled campaign on Monday, laying off dozens of staffers after lackluster fundraising and excessive spending left him with just $2 million for his second presidential bid.
Worker should have been at ride shutoff switch
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
An amusement park worker killed on a ride was among the riders imploring the operator to get the ride going instead of at her post monitoring an emergency shut-off switch, police said Monday, citing witnesses.
Burn care especially crucial for kids
July 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
Children love fireworks, but fireworks and children are a dangerous mix that sometimes results in severe burns. In 2004, 12 patients were admitted to the hospital for burns or other fireworks-related injuries.
Children rallying for support of illegal immigrants
July 3, 2007 in print edition on C2
Ten-year-old Iria Gomez-Garcia is quite an activist. She has spoken in rallies, marched with thousands of people in Washington and talked with members of Congress.
Clemens wins 350th; A-Rod hurt
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B4
Now that Roger Clemens has his 350th win, Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees are worried about a more mundane number: 15 days on the disabled list.
Charge: Woman helped dispose of body in killing
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Prosecutors on Monday accused a woman of helping dispose of the body of a pregnant woman who authorities say was slain by her boyfriend, a police officer. Previously, investigators have said Myisha Ferrell lied to authorities investigating the deaths of Jessie Davis and her fetus, but they had not given details.
Bush, Putin agree to negotiate on missile defense shield
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
President Bush and Russian leader Vladimir Putin agreed Monday to negotiate on a missile defense shield, but Bush wouldn’t budge on plans to build it in Eastern Europe.
Lawrence Datebook
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Commodities
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B7
Soybean futures increased and grain futures finished mixed Monday.
Heir puts ‘Dracula’s Castle’ up for sale
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
A Habsburg heir is hoping someone will take a bite of his offer Monday to sell “Dracula’s Castle” in Transylvania. The medieval Bran Castle, above, perched on a cliff near Brasov in mountainous central Romania, is a top tourist attraction because of its ties to Prince Vlad the Impaler, the warlord whose cruelty inspired Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, “Dracula.”
Four kinds of heartache in ‘Coma’
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
Filmmaker Liz Garbus offers viewers an intimate look at the mysteries of traumatic brain injury with the touching and remarkably informative documentary “Coma” (8 p.m., HBO). “Coma” follows four patients at the Center for Head Injuries in Edison, N.J. Through their stories, we learn the drastic differences between a conscious state, a minimally conscious state and a persistent vegetative state.
Prosecutor submits new resignation letter
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Disgraced prosecutor Mike Nifong submitted a new letter of resignation Monday, agreeing to leave office immediately.
Fuse upgrade to affect west Lawrence power
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Westar Energy Inc. will upgrade six fuses at Harvard Road and Biltmore Drive starting at 10 p.m. today. A series of six power failures will result, each lasting about one minute to two minutes, Westar officials said.
Designer selected for Sunflower plant
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B10
Sunflower Redevelopment LLC has selected Design Workshop Inc. to complete a master plan for development of the former Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.
Japan defense minister resigns
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
Japan’s embattled defense minister resigned Tuesday over his comments suggesting the 1945 atomic bombings Hiroshima and Nagasaki were inevitable.
Deadline for SSG Friday
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B3
The deadline to register for an individual sport in the Sunflower State Games has been extended until 5 p.m. Friday.
Kansas soldier killed in Iraq
July 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
Sgt. William W. Crow Jr., 28, of Grandview Plaza, was killed last week in Baghdad when an improvised explosive device hit the vehicle he was in, the military announced Monday.
Fisher granted release
July 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Utah Jazz agreed to release guard Derek Fisher from his contract Monday so he can concentrate on finding the best care for his 11-month-old daughter, who has cancer in her left eye.