Archive for Monday, July 16, 2007

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Body discovered at Yello Sub
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6Sports video: Local golf pro speaks about playing in the Senior U.S. Open
July 16, 2007
For Alvamar head golf professional Randy Towner, playing in last week’s Senior U.S. Open Golf Tournament was an experience he’ll never forget … that is, of course, if he could just remember what happened!
6News video: Golfers take to the links this afternoon for a good cause
July 16, 2007
A charity golf tournament benefiting the Lawrence Schools Foundation was held this afternoon out at Eagle Bend Golf Course.
6News video: City Commissioners looking to avoid property tax increases
July 16, 2007
City Commissioner Mike Amyx proposes one way to avoid a property tax increase next year.
6News video: Plans to raise fees at Lawrence pools make a splash with parents and city leaders alike
July 16, 2007
A new proposal calls for a flat fee of $4.00 per person to visit a Lawrence city pool starting next year.
6News video: Local pop culture experts fall short on VH1 TV show
July 16, 2007
They knew the stars of ‘Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire’ and nearly every cast member from ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ but it was not enough to earn three men from Lawrence a spot in the semi-finals in the ‘World Series of Pop Culture.’
6News video: Man involved in motorcycle accident passes away
July 16, 2007
A motorcycle accident Sunday night East of Tonganoxie claims the life of a Leavenworth man.
6News video: Kidcast for July 16th, 2007
July 16, 2007
A bit of weather history, brought to you by a local youth.
6News video: Family and friends mourn the loss of Justin Emmons
July 16, 2007
While Lawrence police have yet to release any official information about what led to Justin Emmons’ death, tonight loved ones remember who they call “the rock star of the family.”
6Sports video: Free State names new Athletic Director
July 16, 2007
For the past 10 years, he’s been the only baseball coach Free State High has ever known. Now, Mike Hill adds ‘Athletic Director’ to his list of job duties.
6News video: Lawrence man found dead at local sub shop
July 16, 2007
Justin Emmons, 34, was found inside Yello Sub on West 12th St. where neighbors say a wild party raged until the wee hours of this morning.
6Sports video: Softball invades Lawrence ballparks
July 16, 2007
Thanks to the arrival of the American Fastpitch Association’s B 2007 National Championships, the city’s softball fields will be packed with players all week long!
6News video: County Commission avoids tax increases; approves conditional use permit for local quarry
July 16, 2007
County Commissioners were able to balance their budget based on no increase in sales tax revenue. Commissioners also approved a conditional use permit that will allow Big Springs Quarry to continue operations under a new owner.
Numbers still fuzzy on city budget
Disagreements remain on growth projections, tax and fee increases
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
City commissioners have a major question to wrestle with as they work to create a budget for 2008: How big of a gamble do they want to take? Commissioners didn’t fully answer that question at Monday morning’s budget study session, which left up in the air issues such as funding for the public transit system, swimming pool fee increases and the size of property tax bills.
Amyx sees sales tax as road rescue
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
City Commissioner Mike Amyx is making another proposal to create a sales tax to help pay for city streets. Amyx on Monday said he wanted commissioners to consider putting up for voter approval a half-cent sales tax that would run for five years.
County aims for level levy
Commission eyes budget cuts, hopes to avoid tax increase
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Douglas County commissioners Monday reiterated their intent to approve a budget that won’t increase the mill levy. They directed County Administrator Craig Weinaug to come up with $186,000 in cuts to his proposed 2008 county budget. Commissioners themselves tentatively are considering more than $500,000 in cuts.
6News Now: Body found at Yello Sub near KU’s campus
July 16, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a 34-year-old man is found dead at Yello Sub near the KU campus after a Sunday night party was held there and city leaders continue to wrestle with next year’s budget.
Hill named athletic director at Free State
He replaces longtime athletic director Steve Grant
July 16, 2007
Mike Hill also serves as assistant principal at Free State. He replaces longtime athletic director Steve Grant, who had been in the position since Free State’s founding.
City Hall finds budget decisions hard to come by
Commissioners were split on several key items
July 16, 2007
What the future of public transit will look like in Lawrence is still up in the air after city commissioners met this morning to discuss the troubled 2008 city budget. Same goes for what future property tax bills will look like in the city.
KU student dies in wreck near Olathe
Cecile Hernandez, 21, was a junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
July 16, 2007
Cecile Hernandez, 21 and a junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, died after the pickup truck she was driving west on Interstate 435 near the junction with Interstate 35 entered the median, struck an overhead sign post and caught fire, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.
County commissioners say they’ll hold the line on 2008 budget
They directed County Administrator Craig Weinaug to come up with $186,000 in cuts to his proposal
July 16, 2007
Douglas County commissioners Monday reiterated their intention to approve a budget that won’t increase the mill levy or gets as close to a zero increase as possible. They directed County Administrator Craig Weinaug to come up with $186,000 in cuts to his proposal for the 2008 county budget.
Accident near Tonganoxie kills Leavenworth man
Motorcyclist hits rear of trailer
July 16, 2007
A 26-year-old Leavenworth man has died after an accident Sunday evening east of Tonganoxie.
Body found at Yello Sub is identified
Justin A. Emmons, 34, was found dead at the closed establishment
08:07 a.m., July 16, 2007 Updated 11:29 a.m.
Lawrence police this morning are investigating the discovery of a body at Yello Sub’s campus location, 624 W. 12th.
It’s a finely engineered design
An eye-catching house in the middle of Lawrence receives national and state historic recognition
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
It may look more like an object from outer space, but this Lawrence fixture is inhabited by humans.
Collins, Chalmers won’t wear red, white and blue
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University guards Mario Chalmers and Sherron Collins will not be playing for the United States men’s basketball team at the Pan American Games.
Lied Center needs ushers for fall shows
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A4
The Lied Center is in need of 20 to 30 ushers to help with greeting patrons, handing out programs and tearing tickets for upcoming performances.
On the record
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A4
Lawrence crime blotter.
Where’s Lance, Landis to save U.S.?
Americans lagging, Denmark’s Rasmussen thriving at Tour de France
July 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
No more Lance. No more Landis. And their American successors are off to a lackluster start this year, jeopardizing an eight-year winning streak by U.S. riders at the Tour de France.
Stewart halts 20-race skid in Chicago
Tumultuous week ends with Nextel Cup victory
July 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
Tony Stewart is a winner again. Stewart won the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, breaking a 20-race winless streak that dated to last season and turning around what had otherwise been a tumultuous week for the two-time series champion.
U.N. verifies nuclear reactor shut down
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A7
United Nations inspectors have verified that North Korea has shut down its sole functioning nuclear reactor, the chief of the watchdog agency said today, confirming the isolated country had taken its first step in nearly five years to halt production of atomic weapons.
Cubs top Astros, continue to roll
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
Derrek Lee hit a three-run shot in the second inning to help the Cubs, who have won 15 of their past 19.
People in the news
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Rapper Remy Ma pleads not guilty to attempted murder¢ Dave Matthews Band petitions for troops’ mental health care¢ ‘Harry Potter’ works magic with $77.4M opening weekend
Health File can aid in emergencies
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Douglas County Senior Services is bringing back the Health File Program for Douglas County residents.
Seniors may enter statewide spelling bee
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Spelling bees aren’t just for kids anymore. Salina Senior Center and the city of Salina are co-sponsoring the first Senior Citizens State Wide Spelling Bee on Oct. 11 at the Bicentennial Center.
Battle of the Bands date moved up
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Public Library’s annual Battle of the Bands will be from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 26 on the back lawn of the library, 707 Vt. The original date was Aug. 3.
Turning a passion into your career
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B9
Q: I’m a 43-year-old who’s totally tired of the physical and mental strain of being a fire sprinkler installer. The company I work for is disorganized and slow to communicate. I will not go into the different ways this employer is messed up, but my patience has worn thin. I am presently volunteering as a baseball coach for an inner-city team. I know in my heart that working with kids is what I am meant to do. How can I turn my passion into a career? - Paul
Steamy summer nights complicate quest for rest
Tossing, turning sleepers try anything to get relief from heat
July 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
“To sleep, perchance to dream,” William Shakespeare wrote. Yeah, but what if it’s the height of summer, and you don’t have air conditioning, and you wake up in a sweaty mess with your damp sheets wrapped around your ankles, and night sounds pounding in your head?
At House of Chá, tea is a sensory experience
July 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
When Fanny Shiau left Taiwan for Kansas on a student exchange program, she set a fascinating love story in motion. After graduating from Eudora High School, she attended Kansas University and met Gary Peterson. They fell in love and returned to Taiwan, where Fanny’s family owned a tea plantation.
Snoring room’ a marriage saver
July 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
The silent partner is speaking up. Men and women whose bedmates snore like a foghorn may not be able to quiet the cacophony, but they’re determined to get a good night’s sleep.
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B8
Those with birthdays today: You are very sure of yourself this year. Don’t assume someone’s behavior is about you; more often, people’s comments have more to do with the person saying them.
League cashing in on video game mania
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
Four race cars barrel down a virtual track, jostling for position. Announcers shout their commentary over growling engines until a winner speeds past a checkered flag.
Events calendar
July 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
Events around Lawrence.
Chicago prep prevails
Express team wins battle of ballyhooed recruits
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Two former teammates of Kansas University basketball players Sherron Collins and Darrell Arthur squared off in the championship game of the Honda Classic on Sunday at Okun Fieldhouse.
Ledbetter catching on
LHS graduate paying dues in minor leagues
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High product Curtis Ledbetter has seen a lot during his three years of professional baseball.
No-parking zone to be discussed
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A4
City commissioners will consider establishing a no-parking zone on the east side of Wisconsin Street from Sixth to Seventh streets.
U.S. readies robot air attack squadron
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
The airplane is the size of a jet fighter, powered by a turboprop engine, able to fly at 300 mph and reach 50,000 feet. It’s outfitted with infrared, laser and radar targeting, and with a ton and a half of guided bombs and missiles.
Rec calendar
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Beckhams are coming! The Beckhams are coming!
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
I am fascinated by the machinations of mindless, transparent hype and like to stand by in giddy fascination when a major network makes a corporate fool of itself. It’s in this spirit that I discuss “Victoria Beckham: Coming to America” (7 p.m., NBC).
Militants launch attack, ending truce
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A7
For 10 months, the peace along the Afghan border appeared to hold. The fiercely independent tribes and the Islamic militants kept their truce with President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and the government in turn kept its soldiers in their barracks.
Pump patrol
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Enemy within’ calls for comprehensive effort
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A9
As a former resident of London, I personally resent the recent terrorist upheaval there and in other parts of the United Kingdom. Sadly, the alleged perpetrators - largely medical professionals - like others before them, have apparently embraced a narrow, perverted, rampaging interpretation of Islam.
Liberal Antioch College is left behind
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A9
During the campus convulsions of the late 1960s, when rebellion against any authority was considered obedience to every virtue, the film “To Die in Madrid,” a documentary about the Spanish Civil War, was shown at a small liberal arts college famous for, and vain about, its dedication to all things progressive.
Hot stuff
Source-cooling, as in the case of motor fuel, was being considered and practiced here a century ago with natural gas.
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A9
We have an ongoing controversy about whether retail motor fuel pumps should be required to adjust for temperature fluctuations.
L.A. cardinal apologizes to church abuse plaintiffs
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
For more than a year, Cardinal Roger Mahony met privately with dozens of people who filed clergy-abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Distance running made EZ
Eight-week program aims to help women reach running goals
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B4
Erin Parmelee considers herself athletic, but she wasn’t what you’d call a runner. That didn’t stop her sister, Shannon Hodges, from throwing down.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A9
In a letter written while he was still Douglas County district attorney, new District Judge Mike Malone named Assistant District Attorney Craig Stancliffe as his choice to take over the remaining two years of his term.
Dairy Potter to make appearance at state fair
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A7
Sarah Pratt is a wiz with butter. Just ask her next subject, Harry Potter.
More senior citizens using the Internet
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B9
The number of Americans older than 65 using the Internet rose more than 160 percent since 2000, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
14-year-old would-be suicide bomber freed
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A7
Fourteen-year-old Rafiqullah said the men at the Pakistani madrassa showed him and two classmates videos of suicide attackers. They taught the boys to drive a car and let them ride motorcycles. Then the militants gave Rafiqullah his mission: Kill an Afghan governor.
New president promises to pursue peace
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A7
Elder statesman Shimon Peres took office as Israel’s ninth president Sunday, pledging to devote his seven-year term in the ceremonial post to his lifelong dream of Middle East peace.
Money tip
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B9
If you are worried about safeguarding your credit, Consumer Reports recommends more affordable ways to track your credit rating:
Driver killed in wreck on flood-damaged road
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
A man was killed Sunday morning in a rollover wreck on a flood-damaged Franklin County road after he drove around a barricade.
Lawrence Datebook
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Something up their sleeve
As attitudes about tattoos, piercings change, employers face dilemma
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B9
Last year Justin Miloro had to wear long sleeves to conceal the Buddha curling around his left forearm and the yellow-orange sun rays on his right. Pants covered the depiction of Earth on one leg and wings on the other. The sun spreading across his back was under wraps. The plugs in his earlobes were obscured by bandages.
Wild Women’ seeking new members for outfit
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A5
The Wild Women of the Frontier members play card games, defy the rules and shoot guns. That’s usually just when they are acting, though.
Park preservationists fear shift in power line regulations
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
Apple trees have been planted, wood fences restored and power lines buried in recent years to transform the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg to the way it looked when Union and Confederate forces clashed on farmers’ fields in 1863.
Victories carried on wings of pigeons
Shawnee man a top breeder of racing birds
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Not many know it, but Shawnee is home to a grand champion of a somewhat unusual sport. Retired dentist John “Doc” McLean may be better known in local circles as a homing pigeon expert and the best of the best in pigeon racing, or at the very least the best in the Kansas City Pigeon Racing Club.
Online help sought to organize galaxies
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B9
Scientists need help sorting through an unusual digital photo album: pictures of about 1 million galaxies.
Hyatt disater memorial in works
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B10
Four of them lost loved ones when skywalks at the Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed during a crowded tea dance 26 years ago. Another was the first emergency worker at the scene of the disaster.
Twins starting playoff run
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Twins’ victory over Oakland on Sunday resembled many of their wins from last season. There was solid starting pitching, timely hitting and pesky base-running.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 16, 1907: “Tom Cary was convicted and fined in court here today by Judge Menger for running a joint. It was his second conviction in a week.
White House rejects GOP calls for withdrawal
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A7
The White House said thanks but no thanks Sunday to a GOP plan to get out of Iraq, as Iraqis dialed back from their leader’s boast the U.S. could leave “anytime they want.”
Walls of expo structure to be made of water
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B9
Walking through walls will be possible and even encouraged.
Earthquake jolts Japan
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A7
A strong earthquake jolted northwestern Japan on Monday morning and caused buildings in the capital Tokyo to sway. The Meteorological Agency said small tsunamis as high as 20 inches were believed to have hit coasts in the area.
Shelves, hooks help organize messy kitchens
July 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
If you’ve got more kitchen gadgets than you know what to do with, your kitchen countertops are covered and the cabinets are overflowing, Woman’s Day offers some ways to better utilize space in your kitchen.
Cancer center nearly complete
Facility designed with patients’ comfort in mind
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
At Kansas University Hospital’s soon-to-open Cancer Center and Medical Pavilion, construction workers wear hard hats, steel beams are exposed in one section of the second level and stacks of boxes tower in the community room next to the cafeteria.
Hafner homers to spark Cleveland
July 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Travis Hafner signed a long-term contract and rediscovered his home run swing - all in a few days.
Dig reveals look at post-Civil War life
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A4
Bit by bit - sometimes literally - a 16-day dig gave amateur anthropologists a look into the 1870s and life in the first post-Civil War settlement founded by and for blacks.One day, the dig in early June turned up pottery fragments.
Ferrari Club show boosts downtown’s horsepower
July 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
It was eye candy for car lovers, and the heat didn’t keep them away. About 20 sports cars, mostly different models made by Ferrari - all red but a few - lined Seventh Street between Massachusetts and Vermont streets Sunday afternoon as part of the Ferrari Car Show, organized by members of the Kansas City chapter of the Ferrari Club of America.