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Archive for Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Also from July 4

Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Old West Neighborhood Parade
Podcasts
Polls
What do you think of President Bush commuting Scooter Libby's sentence?

Poll results

Response Percent
It’s the wrong thing to do
 
73%
It’s the right thing to do
 
25%
Undecided
 
1%
Total 339
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Nancy Boyda and Dennis Moore, both D-Kan., toured Leavenworth Penitentiary on Tuesday to help highlight the need for increased funding for the Bureau of Prisons. Leavenworth touted as site for new federal prison
July 4, 2007 in print edition on 9A
Two politicians on a visit here Tuesday called on the federal government to provide more staffing and a possible addition to the U.S. Penitentiary. U.S. Reps. Nancy Boyda and Dennis Moore, both Kansas Democrats, toured the penitentiary and highlighted the need for increased national funding for the Bureau of Prisons in a news conference at Leavenworth’s Riverfront Community Center.
10:00 a.m.
Ryan Chapman, Lawrence, still suffers effects from a sniper's bullet that struck the left side of his forehead in November 2004. He was a Marine then, fighting insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq. The bullet fractured his skull and left a scar. From battlefield to Lawrence home, injured soldier knows freedom’s cost
July 4, 2007 in print edition on 1B
Ryan Chapman loses his balance if he closes his eyes or tries to walk through a dark room. “It kind of looks like I’m drunk,” the 24-year-old Lawrence resident said. Chapman also has daily headaches and at least one especially bad one each week. “It’s gotten to the point where it’s like somebody with arthritis or tendinitis,” he said. “After a while you get used to it and it doesn’t really bother me anymore.”
10:00 p.m.
Helena All, 6, waits on her bike for the Old West Lawrence Independence Day parade to begin Wednesday at the intersection of Seventh and Ohio streets. Neighborhood goes all out to celebrate Fourth of July
July 4, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Men, women, children and dogs rocked Old West Lawrence on Wednesday morning for the neighborhood’s annual Independence Day parade. The festive crew, clad in the colors of Old Glory, took to the corner of Seventh and Ohio streets at 10 a.m. There they boarded wagons, strollers, pogo sticks and bicycles for a jolly romp around the block. “It’s a chance for everybody to reflect on the positive parts of what it means to be patriotic,” said Andrea Albright, who marched with Lance Adams and sons Max, 4, Henry, 2, and Ike, 6 months.

All stories

6Sports video: KU football ranked #1?
July 4, 2007
According to at least one analyst, KU football is ranked number one … when it comes to the easiest schedule in college football, that is.
6Sports video: T-Bones lose to Winnipeg
July 4, 2007
The Kansas City T-Bones lost a very tight match against the Winnipeg Goldeyes with a final score of 6-5.
6News video: One Baldwin resident is about to celebrate a very important birthday
July 4, 2007
Former Baker University Professor Charles Doudna is turning 100 years old!
6News video: Flooded oil refinery could drive up gasoline prices
July 4, 2007
While homes in our area may have been spared from the recent flooding throughout Southeast Kansas, Douglas County residents could still feel the effects at the pumps.
6News video: ‘Casa-For-Casa’ to give one lucky boy or girl a custom-designed playhouse
July 4, 2007
Douglas County Casa - or Court Appointed Special Advocates - is gearing up for the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
6News video: Local family hosts annual family reunion
July 4, 2007
Before the weather turned, one Lawrence family spent their Independence Day celebrating America’s freedom - and the people who defend it.
6News video: Summer showers can’t dampen the holiday plans in Lawrence
July 4, 2007
This year, the Lawrence Jaycees spent $12,000 to put on Lawrence’s only fireworks display. With severe thunderstorm watches in place this afternoon, there was some question whether or not the show would go on…
6News video: 4th of July celebrations kick off with a bang in Old West Lawrence
July 4, 2007
Children were dressed in their patriotic best for the Annual 4th of July Parade. This morning, families led the procession of decorated bicycles and wagons down 7th and Ohio, concluding at South Park.
6News video: Severe storms roll through Lawrence
July 4, 2007
At around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, a fierce thunderstorm rolled through Lawrence, bringing with it wind gusts of over 60 mph and disrupted holiday festivities for those out at Clinton Lake and across town.
6News video: Spring rains was out opening of Eudora’s new pool
July 4, 2007
The much anticipated opening of Eudora’s new pool has been pushed back until the 6th or 7th due to the rainy weather.
6Sports video: Third time’s a charm for local pro Randy Towner
July 4, 2007
In his third attempt to qualify for the U.S. Senior Tour, Alvamar pro Randy Towner finally made the cut!
Neighborhood goes all out to celebrate Fourth of July
Parade features patriotism and a whole lot of whimsy
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Men, women, children and dogs rocked Old West Lawrence on Wednesday morning for the neighborhood’s annual Independence Day parade. The festive crew, clad in the colors of Old Glory, took to the corner of Seventh and Ohio streets at 10 a.m. There they boarded wagons, strollers, pogo sticks and bicycles for a jolly romp around the block. “It’s a chance for everybody to reflect on the positive parts of what it means to be patriotic,” said Andrea Albright, who marched with Lance Adams and sons Max, 4, Henry, 2, and Ike, 6 months.
Severe weather warning ends, fireworks on as scheduled
03:28 p.m., July 4, 2007 Updated 04:57 p.m.
City reports fireworks show still on after severe weather passes through Lawrence
Royals rookie rough on M’s
Butler drives in 6 in 17-3 blowout
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Though Billy Butler and Ryan Feierabend are new to the major leagues, they are familiar with each other. So with an inkling of what to expect, Butler had one of the best games of any rookie hitter so far this year, driving in six runs with a home run and a double Tuesday night in Kansas City’s 17-3 romp over Seattle.
Salute! wine festival expands offerings
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
Cottonwood Inc.’s fundraiser is just like the fine wine it serves: It improves with age. The ninth annual Salute! A Festival of Wine & Food is expanding in size and offerings.
On the record
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
Police were involved in a foot chase around 9 a.m. Tuesday while attempting to investigate a vehicle with illegal tags. An officer tried to stop the vehicle near 27th and Iowa streets, but when the officer got out of his car, the driver continued south to 33rd Street.
Police battle mosque militants
July 4, 2007
Islamic militants battled police and nine people were killed Tuesday in the deadliest flare-up of a six-month standoff at the capital’s most radical mosque.
Loans are available for freeze damage
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B9
The Kansas Farm Service Agency is making emergency loans available to help qualified producers recover from production and physical losses because of the freezing weather in April.
Evidence points to terror group hatching plot in Britain
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
They had diverse backgrounds, coming from countries around the globe, but all shared youth and worked in medicine. They also had a common goal, authorities suspect: to bring havoc and death to the heart of Britain.
Commentary: Summer of Bonds is time to make statement
Selig could use All-Star platform to say he won’t be on hand for record
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
Willie Mays was patrolling center field for the Giants, while 100,000 drug-filled youths were playing games of a different sort on the streets of San Francisco. The year was 1967, and the Summer of Love was in full bloom.
Keg thefts a brewing concern
Lawrence businesses have few incidents
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B9
Tap it, don’t scrap it. With metal prices rising, beer makers say they expect to lose hundreds of thousands of kegs and millions of dollars this year as those stainless steel holders of brew are stolen and sold for scrap.
Jayni Carey, guest cook with wine on ‘Magic of the Vine’
July 4, 2007 in print edition on C4
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Magic of the Vine,” with guest Tom Hodge.
Clean House’ takes care of messy business
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
The celebration of America’s 231st birthday may have to take a backseat in at least one household. After an exhaustive and probably dusty search, the folks at “Clean House” (8 p.m., Style) have bestowed upon the Loria family of Piscataway, N.J., the title of “Messiest Home in the Country.”
Coaching own children can be tricky for moms
July 4, 2007
The saying - “A man works from sun to sun, but a woman’s work is never done” can be interpreted in a number of ways. One thing is for certain: Moms have an innate ability to care for their kids. And sometimes that caring extends out of the home and onto the field of play.
Unfair advantage
Raiders rout familiar foe
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Raiders head coach Shaun Edmondson faced a familiar foe, the Eudora Cardinals, Tuesday night. “You know all their tendencies,” said Edmondson, who helps coach Eudora High during the school year. “You know everything they do well, everything they do not so well, and you kind of know what to expect. So it’s kind of an unfair advantage.”
From battlefield to Lawrence home, injured soldier knows freedom’s cost
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Ryan Chapman loses his balance if he closes his eyes or tries to walk through a dark room. “It kind of looks like I’m drunk,” the 24-year-old Lawrence resident said. Chapman also has daily headaches and at least one especially bad one each week. “It’s gotten to the point where it’s like somebody with arthritis or tendinitis,” he said. “After a while you get used to it and it doesn’t really bother me anymore.”
Fireworks shows prepare for oohs, ahhs
Plans fall through for bus service between downtown, Burcham Park
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Happy birthday, America. Douglas Countians are ready to celebrate. Grills will be fired, Frisbees will be tossed and, throughout the day and night, parks and backyards will be popular gathering spots for families and friends. And there will be fireworks - where they’re allowed.
Research leader takes new duties
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Jim Roberts will step down as a Kansas University administrator and leader of the KU Center for Research in August to become a full-time professor, KU announced Tuesday. University officials named Steve Warren, director of KU’s Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, as interim vice provost for research and graduate studies.
Tae kwon do skills among world best
Practice pays off for 5 Lawrence martial arts students
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Five Lawrence residents can now call themselves martial arts world champions. Jimmy Golden, Fe Brinkley, Dru Forrester and Bill and Ginger Vermooten recently won gold medals at the American Taekwondo Association World Championships in Little Rock, Ark. The five winners are black belts, the highest level of skill, at the ATA Black Belt and Leadership Academy, 5150 Clinton Parkway.
Leavenworth touted as site for new federal prison
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A9
Two politicians on a visit here Tuesday called on the federal government to provide more staffing and a possible addition to the U.S. Penitentiary. U.S. Reps. Nancy Boyda and Dennis Moore, both Kansas Democrats, toured the penitentiary and highlighted the need for increased national funding for the Bureau of Prisons in a news conference at Leavenworth’s Riverfront Community Center.
Developer outlines plan for SE Kansas casino
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B12
A proposed $250 million state-owned casino and hotel in Cherokee County could open as soon as summer 2009, developers said this week.
JetBlue, Midwest earn high marks in reviews
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B9
JetBlue Airways and Midwest Airlines topped Consumer Reports’ latest airlines ratings, based on customer satisfaction on domestic flights.
Splenda lacks sugar’s preservative properties
July 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
Q: Can Splenda be used in preserving food? A: Granular Splenda does not provide preservative properties like sugar. There has not been any published research work with using sucralose in the canning of fruits at home. If one uses Splenda instead of sugar, our best assumption at this time is that the texture- and color-preserving aspects of sugar syrup won’t be there.
Southerners put unique spin on pickles
July 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
Mississippians have a strange relationship with pickles. Or perhaps, Mississippians have a relationship with strange pickles.
Seaweed finds showcase outside of sushi fare
July 4, 2007 in print edition on C4
Most Americans know seaweed as two things: a wrapper on a California roll and a slimy obstacle en route to an ocean dip. But along the nation’s coastlines, small and dedicated groups of seaweed enthusiasts are turning what they like to call “sea vegetables” into a thriving cottage industry. Not to mention some pretty tasty dinners.
Pump patrol
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.89 at several locations.
Commodities
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B9
Soybean and grain futures finished lower Tuesday. Wheat for September delivery fell 1/4 cent to $5.83 a bushel; September corn fell 11 1/4 cents to $3.28 1/2 a bushel; September oats fell 1 1/2 cent to $2.65 1/2 a bushel
Oil refinery closure may drive up gas prices
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
Midwestern states that depend on fuel supplies from the flooded refinery in Coffeyville will see some of the highest prices in the nation for gasoline and diesel this summer, industry experts said.
GLPM employees qualify for state team
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B9
Eight employees of Lawrence-based GLPM Architects Inc. have qualified to serve on a disaster assessment team as part of the Kansas Disaster Building Damage Assessment, Inspection and Recovery Plan.
Shoppers step over stabbing victim
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B12
As stabbing victim LaShanda Calloway lay dying on the floor of a Wichita convenience store, five shoppers, including one who stopped to take a picture of her with a cell phone, stepped over the woman, police said.
Disabled vets try to win for U.S.
I fought for this country. Now I’d love to win for this country’
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
With a row of American flags flapping nearby in the morning breeze, Scott Winkler takes a deep breath, closes his eyes for a second or two, then begins twisting his massive upper body this way and that, all the while clasping a flying saucer-like object in his right hand.
Giants indifferent about commissioner’s plans
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
The San Francisco Giants aren’t worried about whether commissioner Bud Selig shows up if Barry Bonds breaks the home run record.
Unifying force
Debate and dissent are core values for America, but we shouldn’t overlook the importance of compromise and unity.
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A10
July 4 celebrates the founding of the United States of America, but in 2007, it often seems there are more things that divide us than unite us. The U.S. democracy is a marvel of flexibility that keeps states and lawmakers working together in spite of major philosophical differences. Sometimes our lawmakers - not to mention our citizens - seem to disagree on just about everything except the system that ties us together.
Oven-frying takes guilt out of catfish
July 4, 2007 in print edition on C2
The satisfying crunch of deep-fried food is a rare indulgence for anyone trying to cut fat and calories. And with good reason. Though a golden, crispy fried catfish fillet served with fresh corn on the cob and homemade coleslaw makes a perfect summer supper, the fish alone will pack nearly 500 calories and 29 grams of fat, or nearly half what you should eat a day.
Keegan: Towner reveling in Open
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
How much would you pay to compete on one of the world’s most beautiful, challenging golf courses, have the talent to enjoy it instead of be demoralized by it, wait out a rain delay by chatting with Tom Watson for 20 minutes, ride the elevator with Ben Crenshaw and find a couple of new top-of-the-line golf clubs in your locker without an invoice attached? The answer is it doesn’t matter because it’s not for sale.
Take a poll
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A11
To the editor: Possibly your readers could participate in a straw poll regarding the new format of the weekday editions of the paper. Comments among our friends and acquaintances are overwhelmingly negative.
Hate-crime survivor’s death shocks family
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
More than a year after a horrific bias attack nearly killed him, David Ritcheson masked his pain with a smile, concealing his anguish from the people closest to him, an attorney for his family said Tuesday.
Sebelius seeks ‘czar’ to oversee gambling
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is seeking the appointment of a new gambling czar, and she already has someone in mind to help oversee the development of state-owned resort casinos and slot machines at racetracks.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A10
An estimated 15,000 turned out in Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium to see the local Jaycees detonate more than $7,000 in fireworks for the annual July 4 celebration.
Public’s patriotism affects flag sales
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
When Dan Gaydosh strolled into The Flag Store in Crystal Lake, Ill., on Tuesday, he knew just what he needed to help celebrate the Fourth of July.
Bush action within the law
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A11
The commutation of Scooter Libby’s sentence by President Bush on Monday has created the predictable furor in the media and the partisan rhetoric by politicians that we have all come to expect. But the complaints about the commutation of Libby’s sentence have not been terribly fair for several reasons, in my opinion.
Lawrence Datebook
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Atlanta lawyer has less severe form of TB
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
New tests show the globe-trotting American lawyer who caused an international health scare by traveling with a dangerous form of tuberculosis has a less severe form of the disease, doctors said Tuesday.
Baker retiree marks a century of lucky 7s
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
July 7, or 7/7/07, will hold significance beyond a calendar quirk for Charles Doudna of Baldwin City. The former Baker University professor turns 100 on Saturday and the university will mark the special occasion with a public reception. Doudna has spent more than half of his 100 years as a fixture of the Baldwin City community. He and Evelyn, his wife of 67 years, moved to Baldwin City in 1953.
Giuliani leads GOP field in money contest
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
Rudy Giuliani emerged as the winner in the Republican presidential money contest this quarter, raising more and spending less than both of his leading rivals.
Report: Janjaweed using rape as ‘integral’ weapon
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
A new report on the crisis in the Darfur region of western Sudan has identified rape as a systematic weapon of ethnic cleansing being used by government-backed Janjaweed militiamen, and said Sudanese laws discriminate against female victims, who face harassment and intimidation at local police stations if they try to report the crime.
Sebelius to help lead Democrats’ convention
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been appointed one of three co-chairwomen of the Democratic Party’s national convention next year in Denver. “The national convention is one of our best opportunities to share our Democratic message of progress with the nation,” Sebelius, left, said.
New planning director sees ‘exciting’ future
Miami County employee brings range of experience
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
The city has tapped a planner who has overseen growth in areas ranging from Phoenix to Miami County to serve as its new director of planning and development services. Scott McCullough, who currently oversees the planning department for Miami County south of Kansas City, was announced as the city and county’s choice for the new department, which will oversee planning efforts for the city and county and be in charge of building permits and inspection services for the city.
Spurs to keep Vaughn; Pacers sign K. Rush
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University guard Jacque Vaughn will remain with the San Antonio Spurs. A free agent, Vaughn has reached agreement with the Spurs on a two-year contract that will pay him about $2.5 million.
Softball pitchers look to take control
July 4, 2007
“The wind and the pitch.” Those words have been heard countless times on TV and radio most often during baseball games. But the phrase can be used during softball games as well, even though the style of pitching looks radically different.
Stressed out’ guests smash up hotel rooms
July 4, 2007
A few lucky people in need of a break from their stress got a chance at some unconventional therapy.
Practicality wins in grill debate
July 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
In recent weeks a new gas grill appeared on our deck, after its predecessor succumbed to rust. We had used the previous appliance, a bottom-of-the-line basic grill, for at least 10 years, so we definitely got our money out of it.
Blackstone Group taking Hilton Hotels private
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Hilton Hotels Corp. said Tuesday it has agreed to be acquired by The Blackstone Group LP for $18.5 billion in cash.
Fireworks ban
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A11
To the editor: I do not understand why the county commissioners continue to allow the sale of fireworks, seemingly ignoring the safety and fire concerns they bring. While the city of Lawrence has banned the use of fireworks within the city limits, the police have a nearly impossible job of trying to enforce the ban.
Reports: Sonics to name Carlesimo
Seattle reportedly set to introduce ex-Blazers, Warriors coach
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Seattle SuperSonics appear set to pluck another piece from the San Antonio Spurs. The Sonics have scheduled a Thursday news conference amid reports that the team has hired P.J. Carlesimo as its new head coach.
A bite of dark chocolate lowers blood pressure
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Here’s some good and bad news for chocoholics: Dark chocolate seems to lower blood pressure, but it requires an amount less than two Hershey’s Kisses to do it, a small study suggests.
Wilkerson belts three
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
Brad Wilkerson had three homers and six RBIs, both career highs, to help Texas beat Los Angeles.
NASCAR plans to get tough
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
NASCAR has not ruled out suspending drivers as a deterrent for cheating on the Car of Tomorrow.
Commission approves Farmland bid filing
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
It was quicker than a firecracker on a short fuse. City commissioners met briefly Tuesday afternoon to pay bills and take care of several routine items before the July Fourth holiday.
Death penalty sought in Iraqi slayings case
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Federal prosecutors filed notice Tuesday that they will seek the death penalty if former soldier Steven D. Green is convicted of killing an Iraqi family and raping a 14-year-old girl.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 4, 1907: “The old shack which is the city jail is actually going to get some attention after the holiday period. It should be totally rebuilt. : There is a movement afoot to bring land clear out to Haskell into the city limits.
Rain, rain, go away, netters want to play
Precip can’t save Mauresmo’s title defense in fourth-round loss to Vaidisova
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B4
Claps of thunder and streaks of lightning accompanied Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova off tiny Court 3 after they managed to play all of three points at Wimbledon on Tuesday.
Being smart about student loans
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
Americans love to shop. After all, we made “The Price is Right” the longest-running TV game show. But when it comes to shopping for student loans - a complex product with hundreds of lenders to choose from - we rather would have someone else do the legwork.
Back injury sends Big Unit to DL again
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
Arizona pitcher Randy Johnson was put on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season, sidelined Tuesday because of a sore back right before his scheduled start at St. Louis.
Departing KU administrator won’t take pay cut to be AD
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kelly Mehrtens won’t have to take a pay cut to become athletic director at North Carolina-Wilmington.
Survey: Boaters unaware of manatee zones
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Most boaters speed through manatee-protection zones even though they care about the threatened mammals and believe they are obeying speed restrictions, according to a study released Tuesday by the University of Florida.
Ideals, not individuals, make America great
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A10
Is America great? We were on a road outside Freetown, Sierra Leone, en route to the tiny village of Yoyema when Saido Kamara asked me that. The drive to Yoyema, they told me, was about 75 miles. Getting there would take us half the day.
Cherries don’t have to be the pits
July 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
If you’ve never splurged on fresh cherries, treat yourself this season. They’re so worth it - versatile and beautiful to look at in any dish or on their own. In fact, they’re on sale right now at many Lawrence grocery stores.
Three men stabbed outside downtown bar
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
A 34-year-old woman is in Douglas County Jail after allegedly stabbing three men with a 3-inch folding knife Monday night on Massachusetts Street.
Cycling still reeling
Sport needs clean tour to regain ‘dignity’
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B5
Cycling cannot afford another doping scandal, and desperately needs a clean Tour de France winner this year. With few big names left, the race has an unpredictable feel to it - not just in terms of who will wear the yellow jersey, but who and how many might get caught doping between the Saturday start and the July 29 finish.
Hamas TV: Kidnapped BBC reporter released
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
Kidnapped British reporter Alan Johnston has been released after nearly four months in captivity, Hamas said today. Looking pale and frail, the BBC correspondent told The Associated Press he was “OK.”
Bonds rips home run No. 751
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
In the city where Hank Aaron completed his quest, Barry Bonds came out hammering. Bonds hit homer No. 751 in his first at-bat, a two-run shot that moved him within four of Aaron’s record during San Francisco’s loss.
Resurfacing projects affect state highways
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Department of Transportation on Thursday will begin resurfacing sections of two highways in Jefferson and Leavenworth counties.
Methane gas accident kills 5 on dairy farm
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Deadly methane gas emanating from a dairy farm’s manure pit killed five people - a Mennonite farmer who climbed into the pit to unclog a pipe, and then, in frantic rescue attempts that failed, his wife, two young daughters and a farmhand.
Cabinet OKs oil management plan
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
Iraq’s Cabinet has again approved draft legislation establishing a framework to manage the country’s vast oil resources, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Tuesday, but has not yet acted on a potentially more contentious companion law that would govern the distribution of oil revenues.
Martinez throws simulated game
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
Pedro Martinez threw a simulated game Tuesday at the New York Mets’ complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Martinez threw 50 pitches in three innings of work.
NAACP president rips baseball’s efforts
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
The new interim president of the NAACP belittled baseball’s efforts to boost black participation, chastising the sport in a letter Tuesday to commissioner Bud Selig.
People in the news
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Sly Stone tells magazine he plans to make a new album¢ Fans greet J.K. Rowling at London film premiere¢ Spike Lee project to highlight role of black soldiers in WWII¢ ‘Benny Hill’ saxophonist Boots Randolph dies at 80
Iraq veteran overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A9
The traumatic effects of surviving a roadside bomb in Iraq linger in Jared Myers’ mind. Myers, a former Army reservist, has been battling post-traumatic stress disorder since a bomb heavily damaged the Humvee he was driving nearly four years ago. Now, the 27-year-old Lawrence man thinks he is slowly winning that battle.
Bush won’t rule out full pardon for Libby
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
President Bush on Tuesday refused to rule out an eventual pardon for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, leaving open the chance he may wipe away the former White House aide’s criminal record after already erasing his prison sentence.
Notable Fourths
Independence Day happenings throughout history serve as signs of times
July 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
In 1934, members the Louisiana Legislature celebrated the Fourth of July by lighting firecrackers and throwing them at each others’ feet. New York state celebrated it in 1827 by emancipating its slaves. And in 2000, Disney World celebrated Independence Day with a 1 1/2-ton cherry cobbler that looked like the Star-Spangled Banner.
Market pick: mango nectarines
July 4, 2007 in print edition on C2
The mango nectarine has a delicious case of multiple personalities. It has the taste of a mango, the color and shape of a golden plum.
Horoscopes
July 4, 2007 in print edition on B11
Those with birthdays today: This year, approach life from a more creative or broad-minded perspective. How you think and what you do could change substantially.
Lawyer leaves murder trial to tape TV show
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
Just when we thought we’d seen it all in celebrity trials, Phil Spector’s bombastic lead attorney has decided the record producer’s murder case can continue just fine without jurors seeing one key element - himself.
Cleanup begins as floodwaters start receding
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
Frankie Brewer was less than $10,000 from having her family’s trailer paid off and was looking forward to being out from under that debt. But Tuesday, she was wondering how she was going to get her trailer out from under the water that had inundated her southern Osawatomie neighborhood.
Nature reminds us, change just a part of life
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A10
Why is it that the days that are the longest are the days we wish were even longer? We always go into the mountains this time of year, knowing that the long days at the midpoint of the calendar assure that we get more than our money’s worth of summer.
Look in sports
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A11
To the editor: A recent conversation: Her: “Hey, where’s the business section in the newly reorganized Journal-World?” Me: “In the sports section.” Her: “Huh? Well, where’s the comics?” Me: “In the sports section.”
Relevant facts
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A11
To the editor: I was saddened and surprised that neither the Rev. Joanna Harader nor the Rev. Alan Estby chose to include any factual information about Jesus’ appearance in their essays (Journal-World, June 30).
Gun rationale
July 4, 2007 in print edition on A11
To the editor: Chad Lawhorn’s July 1 interviews provided a unique opportunity for rational discussion of gun rights and regulation - an opportunity partly accepted and partly declined.