Archive for Monday, July 9, 2007

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Audio clips
Births
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Podcasts
Polls
Should the Lawrence City Commission approve the proposal to raise swimming fees for kids to $4?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
67%
Yes
 
30%
Undecided
 
2%
Total 295
Videos

Lead stories

10:00 a.m.
Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison points out the charges that have been filed against Wichita doctor George Tiller during a news conference in Topeka. Morrison filed 19 misdemeanor charges Thursday against Tiller, a high-profile abortion provider, alleging the doctor had an improper financial relationship with a consulting physician on late-term procedures. Anti-abortion advocates seek more Tiller charges
July 9, 2007 in print edition on 5A
Regardless of the outcome of the 19 misdemeanor charges filed against Dr. George Tiller, Attorney General Paul Morrison says his investigation is closed.
1:00 p.m.
Kathy Grissum, who lives south of Baldwin City, feeds some of the horses that she has taken in after they were rescued from a Douglas County residence. Grissum took in eight horses after the Lawrence Humane Society received reports of neglect. Hero rides to the rescue of horses suffering neglect
July 9, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Baldwin City resident Kathy Grissum has come to the rescue of eight starving horses in Douglas County.
3:43 p.m.
Online chat
Chat about the 2008 city budget with City Manager Dave Corliss
July 9, 2007
City Manager Dave Corliss proposed his 2008 budget for City Hall on Friday. It includes a 1-mill property tax increase, and a hike in pool fees to $4 a visit, while preserving the T from any budget cuts. He'll take your questions.
11:00 p.m.
Jim George, Lawrence, swears in a defendant in small-claims court
at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St. The
dollar amount for small-claims cases in Kansas was increased from
$1,800 to $4,000. George tended court on Thursday.
Higher court fines advised
July 9, 2007 in print edition on 1A
As the old saying goes, crime doesn’t pay - but it does produce revenue for the city. It may begin producing even more as Lawrence City Commissioners tonight consider raising several Municipal Court fees and creating a few new ones. “We feel like the fee increase is justified,” said Toni Wheeler, who oversees Municipal Court operations as the city’s director of Legal Services.

All stories

6Sports video: KU women’s basketball team looking for leadership from soon-to-be sophomores
July 9, 2007
It’s an important summer for more than a handful of freshmen-turning-sophomores on the Kansas women’s basketball team. Last year was a learning experience for Bonnie Henrickson’s largest-ever recruiting class, but this coming year, the excuse of youth and inexperience won’t fly.
6News video: Lecompton bridge repair delayed by rains
July 9, 2007
So much for hopes of the Lecompton bridge opening ahead of schedule - as rains earlier this month slow construction.
6News video: County Commissioners give final approval of merger
July 9, 2007
It’s official - Eudora’s fire department will take over emergency medical operations for the city and township.
6News video: Suspects in Kwik shop robberies in court today
July 9, 2007
Two men facing charges in connection with a robbery and an attempted robbery at two Lawrence Kwik Shops appeared in court today.
6News video: Bicyclist injured near airport
July 9, 2007
A bicyclist is injured while riding along Highway 24-40 this morning near the Lawrence Airport.
6News video: Man involved in 2003 Lawrence murder dies in Topeka shooting
July 9, 2007
Topeka police are investigating the death of 26-year-old Corey Robinson who died Friday night after being shot in the back.
6News video: Jail expansion in discussion
July 9, 2007
The subject of expanding the jail arose during budget discussions today for Douglas County Commissioners.
6News video: Parents get ready to pony up a bit more for school lunch
July 9, 2007
With everything from fuel prices to produce problems affecting their bottom line, the Lawrence School District’s food services department says this time around a price hike is unavoidable.
6News video: One man killed in accident near Eudora
July 9, 2007
A two vehicle accident this morning South of Eudora claims the life of a Baldwin City man.
6News video: Kidcast for July 9th, 2007
July 9, 2007
A bit of weather history, brought to you by a local youth.
6News video: Costs of convictions could soon go up
July 9, 2007
The costs for a conviction in Lawrence Municipal Court may soon go up. City leaders will likely approve increases in court fines and fees ranging from $10 to $150.
Higher court fines advised
Extra revenue would boost general fund
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A1
As the old saying goes, crime doesn’t pay - but it does produce revenue for the city. It may begin producing even more as Lawrence City Commissioners tonight consider raising several Municipal Court fees and creating a few new ones. “We feel like the fee increase is justified,” said Toni Wheeler, who oversees Municipal Court operations as the city’s director of Legal Services.
6News Now: Morning accident south of Eudora kills one
July 9, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a two-vehicle accident this morning south of Eudora claims the life of a Baldwin City man and the steep increase in court costs in Douglas County.
Bicyclist struck on Lawrence Avenue
Injuries considered minor
03:29 p.m., July 9, 2007 Updated 04:00 p.m.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical responded to a call to an accident at 2:45 p.m. at 1149 Lawrence Ave, Battalion Chief Joe Hoelscher said.
Bicyclist life-flighted after vehicle accident
Lawrence man injured
11:03 a.m., July 9, 2007 Updated 12:17 p.m.
A bicyclist was taken by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital after an accident about 10:20 a.m. today near the intersection of Highway 24-40 and 1600 East Road.
Baldwin City man killed in early morning accident
Michael R. Niehues, 49, was killed in the two-car accident
09:15 a.m., July 9, 2007 Updated 02:44 p.m.
The accident happened at 6:46 a.m. at the intersection of County Roads 1061 and 460, about six miles south of Eudora. Information on the victim was not immediately available this morning, pending notification of next of kin.
On the record
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A4
Lawrence crime blotter.
People in the news
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Prince parties like it’s 1987 in homecoming performances¢ ‘Transformers’ morphs into $67.6M money machine
Sheehan may challenge Pelosi for House seat
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A7
Cindy Sheehan, the soldier’s mother who galvanized the anti-war movement, said Sunday that she plans to seek House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s congressional seat unless she introduces articles of impeachment against President Bush in the next two weeks.
Counternarcotics minister resigns
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A8
Afghanistan’s counternarcotics minister has resigned only weeks after Afghan laborers finished cultivating an opium poppy crop that could exceed last year’s record haul.
Campaigns plug into YouTube
Candidates, amateurs vie for online exposure with videos
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
Given all that’s at stake in the 2008 presidential race, it’s a bit terrifying to realize that by one measure, a major role is being played by an aspiring model/actress/fashion designer/former beauty pageant contestant named Amber.
Rights leader helped shape city
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence was John Spearman’s “Athens on the Kaw.” He grew up with segregation around him and couldn’t even play basketball on the official Liberty Memorial High School team.
Lawrence Datebook
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
New Horizon 2020 chapter on this week’s agenda
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A4
City commissioners will consider approving a new industrial and employment-related land use chapter for Horizon 2020, which is the city and county’s long-range plan.
Hero rides to the rescue of horses suffering neglect
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
Baldwin City resident Kathy Grissum has come to the rescue of eight starving horses in Douglas County.
Horoscopes
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B9
For Monday, July 9
Good old-fashioned Kansas chiggers
July 9, 2007 in print edition on C1
I recently threw a party to thank new friends for welcoming me to town. After my guests got tired of me not giving a straight answer to the question of why I moved to Lawrence, one finally stumped me with another query: “What has been the biggest culture shock you’ve encountered?”
Handling a difficult manager
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B9
Q: One of our team members who’s a step above me management-wise is particularly difficult to work with. He feels the need to constantly belittle everyone. Several of us have approached the manager with our complaints. The manager takes things into “consideration,” yet nothing is ever done.
Keegan: Solution: Deaden baseball
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
Here’s how you solve a problem undermining an organization: When somebody is honest about it, and acknowledges he is part of the problem, you make sure he is rewarded for stepping forward so that everybody else feels comfortable doing the same.
Swimming keeps Rudman family together
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
Swimming for the Lawrence Aquahawks serves as a family affair for Alyssa Rudman.
Watson implodes
Bryant surges to first major
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
Tom Watson gave as Whistling Straits took away. In the end, Brad Bryant was left with the biggest moment of his career - and the second-biggest final-round comeback in a U.S. Senior Open.
Federer makes it 5 straight
Top seed outlasts rival to win at Wimbledon
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
Locked in the toughest test of his Wimbledon reign, against his only real rival in today’s game, Roger Federer summoned the strokes and resolve that allow him to chase records set by the greats of yesteryear.
Anti-abortion advocates seek more Tiller charges
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A5
Regardless of the outcome of the 19 misdemeanor charges filed against Dr. George Tiller, Attorney General Paul Morrison says his investigation is closed.
Israel to get first visit from Arab League delegation
Cabinet formally approves release of 250 Palestinian prisoners
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A8
The 22-country Arab League will send envoys on a historic first mission to Israel this week to discuss a sweeping Arab peace initiative and how it might prop up embattled Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israeli and Arab diplomats said Sunday.
American Family agent top producer in area
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B9
Ron King, an agent for American Family Insurance in Lawrence, earned the company’s Agent of the Month honors for June.
Humanitarian mission makes stop on way to Cuba
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
Summer means another trip to Cuba for two Americans and hundreds of others now driving south across the United States to rendezvous in Texas.
KU signees have nine points in loss
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University men’s basketball signees Tyrel Reed and Cole Aldrich combined for nine points in the Global Games All-Americans’ 86-72 loss Saturday to the United States U19 World Championship team at Moody Coliseum.
Boeing unveils 787 Dreamliner
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A5
Boeing Co. raised the curtain on its first fully assembled 787 on Sunday to an audience of thousands who packed into its widebody assembly plant for the plane’s extravagantly orchestrated premiere.
Hundreds evacuated as wildfires flare across West
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A7
One of dozens of fires Sunday across the West raced out of a canyon in South Dakota’s Black Hills “with a vengeance,” killing a homeowner and destroying 27 homes, authorities said.
Australian sprinter tumbles to victory
In the spirit of Armstrong, McEwen crashes but wins Tour stage
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lance Armstrong knew a thing or two about bouncing back from a crash to win a Tour de France stage.
Violent surge spurs call to arms for Iraqi civilians
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A8
Prominent Shiite and Sunni politicians called on Iraqi civilians to take up arms to defend themselves after a weekend of violence that claimed more than 220 lives, including 60 who died Sunday in a surge of bombings and shootings across Baghdad.
ESPN enters Emmy derby with ‘Burning’
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
You don’t have to be a Yankees fan to love “The Bronx Is Burning” (9 p.m., ESPN), an ambitious, intelligent and consistently rewarding miniseries debuting tonight, then airing weekly on Tuesday nights through Aug. 28.
Affordability of housing in Lawrence debated
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A1
It sure seems like a deal: A brand new, three-bedroom, two-bath home with a two-car garage and a daylight basement for $124,000.
Pump patrol
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Smartest students resist temptations of ‘senioritis’
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
During her final semester at Free State High School, honor student Sarah Rew admits to catching “senioritis.” Already admitted to Kansas University, she said it was hard to stay motivated.
Rec calendar
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B5
Kayaking for a cause
Lawrence paddler to use 340-mile river race as fundraiser
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B5
When Christina Glauner first heard about the Missouri River 340, she thought it a nice little marriage of two of her favorite pastimes, kayaking and camping.
Persuasion doesn’t work with Bush
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A9
His approval rating has cratered. His legislative agenda, after the collapse of immigration reform, is in ruins. So many longtime aides have departed that he may need name tags for Oval Office meetings.
Events calendar
July 9, 2007 in print edition on C2
Events around Lawrence.
Deliver a wedding toast with class
July 9, 2007 in print edition on C2
Being asked to deliver a few words on behalf of the bride and groom is flattering, exciting - and utterly unnerving. For one, it’s public speaking. Add to that the pressure of executing a poignant and witty speech about people I love - without bawling, shaking or, ahem, slurring.
Major League Baseball limits ESPN’s access
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
ESPN won’t be allowed to broadcast its “Baseball Tonight” show live from the All-Star game in San Francisco on Tuesday night.
Books offer shower game ideas
July 9, 2007 in print edition on D1
There are two kinds of women in this world: Those who like to play games at baby and bridal showers, and those who don’t. But if you’re hosting a shower, and definitely plan to put games on the agenda, it’s worth checking out “Baby Shower Games” and “Bridal Shower Games” (Chronicle Books, $12.95 each).
Pena provides offense
Reputed gloveman powers Royals to 12-4 victory
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
The scouting report on Tony Pena Jr. when the Royals acquired him in a spring-training trade with the Braves talked about his glove, not his bat. Maybe opposing pitchers are looking at the same report.
Throw some fun
Outdoor games can make a backyard party a hit
July 9, 2007 in print edition on C1
The best backyard games share a common set of qualities - they’re easy to learn, easy to score and, most importantly, easy to play with one hand. That leaves the other one free for a cold frosty one.
Lawrence Public Transit seeks help with the ‘T’
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A4
Lawrence Public Transit seeks volunteers to assist with the distribution of new “T” bus route maps and schedule information to a variety of locations throughout the city.
Coffeyville assessing oil spill damage
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A4
Contractors and environmental officials are considering cleanup options in this southeast Kansas town a week after 71,400 gallons of crude oil mixed with floodwater.
Report cites ‘hole’ in terror preparedness
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A7
The Bush administration has failed to fill roughly a quarter of the top leadership posts at the Department of Homeland Security, creating a “gaping hole” in the nation’s preparedness for a terrorist attack or other threat, according to a congressional report to be released today.
Money tip
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B9
Here are ways to gas up your vehicle without going broke:
Gates postpones trip to Central, S. America
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A7
On the eve of a trip today to Central and South America, Defense Secretary Robert Gates postponed his travel plans to help the White House assemble a progress report on the situation in Iraq.
Instant gratification
Not every lesson you learn in school, including lessons on nutrition, is going to have an instant impact.
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A9
Various studies apparently are showing that the $1 billion the federal government is spending on nutrition education isn’t working.
Matsuzaka gives up (gasp!) 3 homers
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B4
Gary Sheffield hit one of Detroit’s three homers off Daisuke Matsuzaka, and the Tigers beat Boston on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Gun regression
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: Thank you for making the gun issue a front page item in your July 1 paper. It’s an important controversy that even our latest presidential candidates are putting on the back burner.
Midwest leads U.S. in volunteering
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A1
The spirit of volunteerism is thriving in the heartland, but not so much on the coasts.
Pedestrian survives encounter with train
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
A 29-year-old Lawrence man suffered an injury Sunday afternoon in North Lawrence when he was dragged by a train for about 200 feet before he came loose.
Bonds stuck at 751 at break
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B4
Barry Bonds’ chase of Hank Aaron is now on a four-day hiatus. The All-Star break might be coming at a better time for San Francisco’s other star Barry - struggling left-hander Barry Zito.
U.N. inspectors soon will head to N. Korea
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A8
U.N. inspectors plan to return to North Korea in about a week to help the communist nation dismantle its nuclear program and re-establish a presence that ended when they were expelled five years ago, diplomats said Sunday.
Clinging to health
Changes are threatening independent pharmacies
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B9
Cheri Garvin and her staff at Leesburg Pharmacy will mix pediatric reflux medicine from scratch, in any flavor a child desires. And the kids get an advance taste, ice-cream-parlor style.
Security chief says psyche must shift
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A8
Britain’s new security chief warned Sunday that the battle against domestic militancy could take up to 15 years, and said Britons must start sharing information about neighbors they suspect of involvement in terrorism.
Captors release 3-year-old British girl
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A8
Nigerian gunmen have released a British toddler, days after she was kidnapped in the country’s oil-rich south.
U.S. sanctuary
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The oppressed of Europe sought sanctuary in the Americas over 500 years ago. Our forefathers that wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights had no knowledge as to what was to come 250 years later.
Ringleaders at mosque said to be terrorists
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A8
Terrorists wanted for attacks in Pakistan and beyond are leading the resistance against troops besieging a radical mosque in the capital, the government said, while a mosque spokesman claimed hundreds of people died in a military assault.
Teddy Roosevelt’ schedules stop in town
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
Historical interpreter Ted Zalewski, of Cambridge, Mass., will portray Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president, during a free and public event at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive on Kansas University’s West Campus.
S.C. primary still seen as key in ‘08 race
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A7
Politicos from both major parties say the rush to move up presidential primary dates won’t detract from South Carolina’s status as a key momentum-building state.
Engineer transfers to Junction City office
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B9
Randy DeWitt, an engineer in Landplan Engineering’s corporate office in Lawrence, has transferred to the firm’s branch in Junction City.
Flooding adds to destruction extreme weather causes Kansas
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B10
The first half of 2007 has been one to forget for many Kansans as blizzards, deadly tornadoes and now flooding have caused millions of dollars in damages, disrupted lives and put a dent in the state’s economy.
Parolee convicted in Lawrence shooting killed
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Topeka man, on parole for a conviction related to a 2003 shooting of a Lawrence man, was shot and killed Friday night in Topeka, police have said.
Bartlett & West appoints new vice presidents
July 9, 2007 in print edition on B9
Doug Morrison and Jack Hennies, both of Lawrence, have been appointed to vice president with Bartlett & West, an engineering firm with area offices in Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and St. Joseph and Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Governor orders partial shutdown
July 9, 2007 in print edition on A7
Gov. Ed Rendell late Sunday ordered a range of state government services shut down and placed about 24,000 state work force on indefinite unpaid furlough after frantic last-minute negotiations failed to break a budget stalemate.