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6News video: Kansas flood victims get new promises for federal aid
July 5, 2007
It’s been a rough week for Kansas flood victims - out of their homes for five days now. Today, they get new promises of federal help.
6News video: Holiday festivities average for city, firework sellers
July 5, 2007
Here in Lawrence, what’s left of the fireworks has been shot off - or packed up.
6News video: Man arrested for striking another with gun outside motel
July 5, 2007
A 22-year-old man is arrested after striking another man with a gun outside a north Lawrence motel.
6News video: Haskell professor to make appearance on national stage
July 5, 2007
A Haskell Indian Nations University professor will receive some national exposure this weekend.
6News video: School food lacking nutritional standards
July 5, 2007
A recent study of school nutrition programs shows most fail at changing the way students eat.
6News video: Illegal fireworks thought to be cause of Eudora fire
July 5, 2007
Illegal fireworks could be to blame for staring a fire that burnt down a Eudora home.
6Sports video: Aquahawks’ weekend meet starts with freestyle events
July 5, 2007
To the pool now where 32 club teams are invading the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center this weekend where the Lawrnece Aquahawks will host their Wave the Wheat meet.
6Sports video: Aldrich, Reed participate in Global Games
July 5, 2007
You won’t see them in a Kansas uniform until Late Night in the Phog, but this evening KU freshmen Cole Aldrich and Tyrel Reed played their first meaningful hardwood minutes since coming to KU last month.
6Sports video: Day one at U.S. Senior Open rough for Alavamar pro Towner
July 5, 2007
Day one at the U.S. Senior Open did not go as planned for Alvamar Country Club pro Randy Towner.
6Sports video: Teahan hopes to make most of opportunities at KU
July 5, 2007
After turning down several scholarship offers from several Division I mid-majors Connor Teahan decided to attend his dream school instead. The Rockhurst High product, however, wants to be more than just a walk-on at Kansas. His goal: contribute meaningful minutes.
3-mill tax increase considered
July 5, 2007
It comes down to spending more to get more. At least that’s the philosophy Lawrence school officials are working under as board members consider next year’s budget.
6News Now: Eudora blaze may have been started by fireworks
July 5, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a structure fire and gas leak in Eudora caused the evacuation of two blocks, and police were called 241 times about illegal fireworks.
Online image doctors
New industry helps clients overcome negative publicity
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
At the height of the cyber-abuse, Sue Scheff, a consultant to parents of troubled teens, would type her name in a Google search box and brace herself: Up would pop page after page of attack postings:Sue Scheff is destroying lives. She is a con. She takes kickbacks. She is the biggest fraud there ever was.
Mexican-American family takes pride in strong military tradition
I think our family really represents what this country is about’
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Kitty Pacheco draped flags over her back porch - a symbol of the deep vein of patriotism that runs through her family. “We have nearly 200 years of (combined) military service in our family,” she said.
Damage assessed after flood, oil spill
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
As some of the luckier residents of this southeast Kansas town enjoyed the Fourth of July, others will have less to celebrate as they return to homes damaged by floodwater.
Cleric: Threat preceded failed attacks in Britain
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
“Those who cure you are going to kill you.” That, a British priest said Wednesday, was the cryptic warning made to him in Jordan by a purported al-Qaida chief months before the failed car bombings in London and Glasgow that have been linked to a group of foreign Muslims working as doctors in Britain.
Study: Federal spending on nutrition education does little
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A10
The federal government will spend more than $1 billion this year on nutrition education - fresh carrot and celery snacks, videos of dancing fruit, hundreds of hours of lively lessons about how great you will feel if you eat well.
Dispute erupts at Wal-Mart over ear-piercing of young girl
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B10
A woman was issued a warning for trespassing and asked to leave a Wal-Mart after she called police when she heard a young girl who was getting her ears pierced crying and screaming. Marilyn Johnson said she was told she would no longer be allowed in the store after the incident occurred Sunday.
U.S., new citizens celebrate independence
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
Crowds braved rain to mark the Fourth of July holiday, cheering as the city’s massive fireworks display lit up the sky and for the first time seemed to set the East River’s surface aflame.
Hey, Paula, this can’t be all
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
Having exposed us to the inner lives of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston and shared Kathy Griffin’s “Life on the D List,” Bravo presents a glancing documentary look at the public, professional and private sides of Paul Abdul, the “nice” judge on America’s favorite prime-time show, “American Idol.”
The boy who lived? Potter could die
Mythology supports possibility of main character’s death in final book
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
Brace yourselves, Harry Potter fans. No matter how desperate you are for Harry to live, some experts in classic literature and mythology say that finishing off the young wizard would make sense - in a literary kind of way.
Spotty lawns should recover from ‘brown patch’ fungus
July 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Since it stopped raining a few days ago, there have been opportunities to work in the yard and garden again. But some parts of the lawn appear to be browning, as if going dormant. There are even distinct large brown spots. How can that be? We’ve had enough moisture, temperatures have been unseasonably mild and rabbits can’t eat that much.
Work in progress
Gardening newcomer growing through trial and error
July 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Robert Rauktis figures gardening is programmed into his DNA. “I think … that green creation is part of the survival of the species,” he says. Rauktis says this despite coming to the hobby later in life. The retired neuroradiologist moved six years ago from California to Lawrence, where he purchased a home near the Kansas University campus with loads of landscaping potential. He’d never gardened before.
Commentary: Hamlin has no regrets about earlier outburst
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B4
Following the NASCAR Nextel Cup race Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Denny Hamlin was in no mood to apologize to people he may have offended after the May 12 race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.He was too busy celebrating.
KU’s Graves joins Lakers
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Former Kansas University forward Jeff Graves will play for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Summer League this month in Las Vegas.
No teams want to play in paradise
Hawaii finding it impossible to get teams to visit, absorb certain defeat
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
So this is what it has come to. Not only does Hawaii have to beg teams to play in paradise, it has to sweeten the deal with three-quarters of a million dollars. And still no takers.
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B9
Those with birthdays today: You make this year exciting as you openly blaze a new trail. You will never act or react the same again after this period. For some, a foreigner might enter your life who turns around your vision and might cause profound change.
People in the news
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Hilton’s MySpace page tells fans don’t drink and drive¢ Michael Jackson scouts Maryland shore for home¢ Paul Newman donates $5,000 to high school drama club¢ Johnny Knoxville files for divorce from wife of 12 years
Storms can’t dampen festive 4th
Funnel cloud seen near K-10
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
After rain and high winds, Lawrencians saw the light on Wednesday. About $12,000 in fireworks exploded over the Kansas River around 10 p.m. as scheduled - a return to Fourth of July festivities following a rush of inclement weather in the early afternoon.
Grant to support prenatal research
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Researchers at the Kansas University Medical Center have landed a $4.8 million grant to explore communication between mothers and their fetuses. But, it’s not communication in the traditional sense.
Royals can’t solve Washburn
Seattle skipper gains first victory
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Hugging everybody in sight is not recommended for somebody fresh off shoulder surgery, but John McLaren didn’t care. “I’ll take the hurt,” he said, reeking of beer.
First aid for squashing bug-bite pain
July 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Bug bites can turn a lazy summer day into an annoying, if not dangerous, ordeal. Here’s a guide to treating them, from Woman’s Day:
Theater programs open to children
July 5, 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.
U.S. loan delinquencies highest since 2001
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
Slow job growth and declining home prices are causing financial problems for more Americans, who are falling behind on consumer debt, including home-equity loans, at the highest rate since 2001, the American Bankers Association said this week.
Balancing wants and needs
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A9
Former Sen. Fred Thompson has begun his unannounced quest for the Republican presidential nomination by telling audiences in New Hampshire that Washington is badly out of touch with the country.
Money tip
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
Here are five steps to becoming a savvier automobile buyer:
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
An additional $26 million was appropriated for production of Vietnam War propellant at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant at De Soto.
Lending practices need refining
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
Every holiday, various organizations find clever ways to link the special occasion to a product or service they are offering. For example, the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Atlanta is encouraging people to declare their independence from credit card debt. Make this Fourth of July the start of your lifetime of economic freedom, says the nonprofit organization.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 5, 1907: “Farmers near Worden have organized to fight the fire insurance trust they feel is taking advantage of them.
Official vows response to U.S. missile plans
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
A senior Russian official warned Wednesday that Moscow could put new missiles in western Russia if Washington pursues plans to build a missile defense system in the Czech Republic and Poland.
2 children, 1 adult dead after van rolls into pond
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
A woman chased her minivan as it rolled down a steep hill and jumped in before it sank into a pond Wednesday, killing her and two children inside, authorities said. A third child was in critical condition.
Wasteful city
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
To the editor: This 50 square feet of sidewalk is emblematic of an unmentioned cause of the city’s current budget problem that is blamed, publicly, solely on a revenue shortfall, the only remedy for which, we’re told, is either to raise taxes or cut services.
Total HD high-def disc launch delayed
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
With Hollywood studios still split about competing formats for high-definition DVDs, Warner Bros. will delay the launch of a dual-format disc until next year.
Gunmen attack oil plant, seize five workers
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
Gunmen attacked an oil rig Wednesday in Nigeria’s restive southern oil heartland and seized five expatriate workers, officials said.
Dutch researchers refute value of popular fertility practice
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A10
Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, widely touted as a way to help older women undergoing in vitro fertilization achieve a higher birth rate, actually reduces births by one-third, Dutch researchers reported Wednesday.
Experts: More savings needed for retirement
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
It has long been taken for granted that if you save 10 percent of your income through your working life, you’ll have plenty of money for a comfortable retirement.
Productions of young trio from Nebraska gaining following on YouTube
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B10
Lucas Cruikshank and his two cousins unabashedly display their playful antics for the world to see via the Internet.
Williams sisters split at Wimbledon
Venus wins, but injured Serena ousted
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Venus Williams giggled Wednesday, looking more like a kid who just won her first match than a veteran who just beat Maria Sharapova in a showdown of Grand Slam champions at Wimbledon’s Centre Court. Up in the players’ guest box, Williams’ father jumped for joy, too, thrusting his arms in the air repeatedly.
Teachers skeptical about merit pay linked to scores
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Merit pay tied to student test scores seems all the rage in some educational circles, but many teachers think it’s an idea whose time hasn’t come. It’s a concept that is gaining ground in state capitals and in Washington, nevertheless.
Roadside bomb kills 6 NATO soldiers
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
A roadside bomb tore through a NATO vehicle on Wednesday, killing six soldiers and their Afghan interpreter in a southern Afghan region that has recently seen heavy fighting, a NATO statement said.
Canton or bust
Is this the year John Hadl finally gets call to the hall?
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Somewhere in a room in Canton, Ohio, a small gathering of men will sit around a table during the third weekend of August and discuss the Hall of Fame candidacy of a number of players who have been out of the NFL for at least 25 years. Once again, John Hadl’s name will spark interesting conversation, the particulars of which will remain private.
Growing perennials from seed offers variety, abundant yields
July 5, 2007 in print edition on C2
Who thinks of planting flower seeds this time of year? Not many gardeners. Yet now is an ideal time to plant perennial flower seeds. They’ll only grow leaves and stems this year - but next year and in years to come, they will be showered with blossoms.
Pump patrol
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.89 at several locations.
FBI says suicide bombs big concern, call for vigilance
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Suicide bombers have not hit the United States since the 9/11 terrorist hijacking attacks, but they remain a constant concern because of their prevalence around the globe and determination to die for their causes, according to the FBI’s chief of counterterrorism.
Planned wind farm gets purchase contract
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Joplin, Mo.-based power company has announced plans to purchase energy from a yet-to-be-built wind farm in Cloud County.
Santana tames Yankees
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
Johan Santana pitched seven crisp innings to win his fourth straight start, and Jason Kubel hit a tiebreaking homer.
3-year-old girl who was found in pool dies
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Wichita police say a 3-year-old girl who was pulled from a backyard swimming pool has died.
Internal med chairwoman at KUMC taking leave
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Susan Pingleton, whose resignation as chairwoman of the internal medicine department at Kansas University Medical Center caused a recent stir, will remain with KU and take a professional leave.
Al Gore’s son arrested on drug charges
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
Al Gore’s son was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana and prescription drugs after deputies pulled him over for speeding, authorities said.
Explosion at Cargill causes fire; no injuries
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
An explosion at a Cargill facility in Wichita has sparked a fire and prompted the closing of several blocks around the plant.
Sochi awarded 2014 Games
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered the 2014 Olympics to Sochi on Wednesday with a passionate presentation, giving the Winter Olympic power a home-field advantage for the first time. The Black Sea resort of Sochi defeated the South Korean city of Pyeongchang 51-47 in the final round of voting by the International Olympic Committee.
Gun used in assault, Lawrence police say
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A4
A 22-year-old Lawrence man was arrested Wednesday after he brandished a gun and used it to strike another man in what police believe was an attempt to collect on a debt, Lawrence Police Sgt. Damon Thomas said.
Universal care
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
To the editor: With the recent release of Michael Moore’s “Sicko” into theaters, a good thing is happening: People are discussing health care reform.
Evacuation follows fire, gas leak
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A4
Eudora fire crews evacuated two city blocks late Wednesday night following a structure fire and gas leak. Crews responded about 10 p.m. to a fire at a garage and home at 618 Locust St.
Six shot at block party
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A4
Up to six people were shot Wednesday night after a fight broke out at a neighborhood July 4th block party.
Sweeney to have surgery
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
Mike Sweeney, who had hoped to get back in the Kansas City Royals’ lineup this week, will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee today.
Young’s slam propels Nats
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
Dmitri Young hit a grand slam, and Matt Chico pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, leading Washington past Chicago. Ryan Zimmerman also homered for the Nationals.
Lawrence Datebook
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Prized violin recovered after stolen on subway
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A10
A prized violin that was stolen while its owner snoozed on a hot subway train has been recovered.
Patriotism not tied to politics
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A9
It’s a long way from Washington, D.C., to Washington, Ind., where my father was born a century ago next January and where I am attending a Thomas family reunion. On the drive from Indianapolis, one passes towns that could fill a Norman Rockwell album.
K.C.-area man dies lighting fireworks
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Mission man has died of injuries suffered in a fireworks accident in rural Miami County.
Top cleric captured at besieged mosque
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
Security forces besieging a radical mosque in the Pakistani capital captured its top cleric Wednesday as he tried to sneak out of the complex in a woman’s burqa, and more than 1,000 of his followers surrendered.
Woman uses socks in jail break attempt
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A10
A woman tried to escape from jail guards using baby powder, cocoa butter and lots of socks, deputies said.
Deaf baseball player’s contributions honored
July 5, 2007
His name isn’t well known, but Luther “Dummy” Taylor’s impact on the game of baseball is eternal. Taylor left his mark, or sign, on the game during his nine years in the major leagues. He was born deaf and was given the nickname “Dummy,” which was common in the early 1900s for deaf people.
Bush defends military buildup in Iraq
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
President Bush defended his Iraq war policy in a patriotic Fourth of July talk, saying that while he honors the sacrifice of U.S. troops, now is not the time to bring them home. Bush said victory in Iraq will require “more patience, more courage and more sacrifice.”
Game is on
A new “czar” to oversee expanded gambling operations in Kansas will have to hit the ground running.
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
The creation of a new state position - almost immediately dubbed the “gambling czar” - seems to make sense for Kansas. The state faces many challenges associated with implementing expanded gambling in the state, as approved by the Legislature earlier this year. The “Expanded Lottery Act” goes far beyond the current state lottery games to authorize state-owned casinos and slot machines at various locations around the state.
Reconciliation not a realistic goal in Iraq
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
For anyone trying to make sense of the white-hot American political debate over Iraq policy, let me offer a few tips from a recent trip to Baghdad. Much of the debate is a reaction to Pollyanna-ish claims by the White House that we will achieve stability and democracy in Baghdad. It’s past time for the White House to level with the public.
Class of the cup
Grading drivers’ performances at NASCAR’s midseason mark
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B4
Saturday night’s Pepsi 400 marks the midpoint of the 2007 Nextel Cup season, but we’re already well past halfway to the cutoff for the Chase for the Nextel Cup.
New disputes delay Iraqi oil bill pushed by U.S. government
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
Attempts to pass a key oil law sought by the U.S. were snarled once more Wednesday by deep differences among Iraq’s Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish leaders, delaying parliament debate despite the prime minister’s claims of a breakthrough.
Doyle taking shot at threepeat
July 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
A desperate hacker could flip through a mountain of golf-advice books and magazine articles and never find one that recommends swinging like Allen Doyle. But Doyle figures his slap-shot swing, something that looks like a vestige of his days as a college hockey player, is just part of his everyman appeal.
That’s a mouthful: American eats way to hot dog title
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A10
In a gut-busting showdown that combined drama, daring and indigestion, Joey Chestnut emerged Wednesday as the world’s hot dog eating champion, knocking off six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi in a rousing yet repulsive triumph.
Soil concerns
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
To the editor: Farmland in Douglas County is being developed as if in endless supply. It takes 500 years for nature to form one inch of fertile topsoil. Nevertheless, we’re scraping it away, paving it over, contaminating it, depleting its nutrients, allowing it to erode, squandering it in countless ways.
Presidential hopefuls appear in Independence Day parade
July 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Fourth of July virtually everywhere is about fireworks, flags, firetrucks and floats. In Iowa Wednesday, people eyeing the White House also were in the mix.