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Archive for Tuesday, July 17, 2007

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Births
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Legends of KU Kansas City Golf Tournament
Podcasts
Polls
Should City Hall budget for a 3.5-percent sales tax increase, or bet more conservatively?

Poll results

Response Percent
Be conservative
 
83%
Be optimistic
 
12%
Undecided
 
3%
Total 205
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
In a sign of the city's fiscal woes, City Manager David Corliss turned down a raise in his salary as part of his annual evaluation in October 2006. Corliss is pictured in his office at that time. The current fiscal status isn't any better. Numbers still fuzzy on city budget
July 16, 2007 in print edition on 1A
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.
10:00 a.m.
Innovations in mass communication and mobile devices make it easier than ever before to notify students, parents and co-workers in case of an emergency.  Kansas University and the Lawrence School District both hope to implement their new emergency notification systems some time this fall. Schools press ahead on emergency response
July 17, 2007 in print edition on 1A
In the aftermath of April’s Virginia Tech shootings and the Douglas County bomb threats, KU and the Lawrence school district are finding instant message capability a necessity. KU administrators are confident students, faculty and staff will be able to receive emergency text messages starting in August.
2:00 p.m.
Online chat
Chat with the Kansas Director of the American Fastpitch Association
July 17, 2007
Lawrence is hosting nearly 1,000 teenage girls from 75 teams throughout the United States who are competing in the American Fastpitch Association National Championship tournament, July 16-22. Ed Kimminau, the Kansas director of the AFA, will be here to talk about the competition and what the tournament means to Lawrence and Northeast Kansas.
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence resident Joe Spradlin, 78, plans to participate in the Eastern Kansas MS 150 Bike Ride on Sept. 22-23. The 150 mile fundraiser tour will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Spradlin says he trains by cycling 20 or 30 miles on nice days. Crazy’ cyclist ready to ride again for a good cause
July 17, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Crazy. That’s one word Lawrence resident Joe Spradlin uses to describe his decision to bike across the United States in 1995. His 36-day and approximately 2,500 mile trek took him from San Diego to St. Augustine, Fla.
10:00 p.m.
John Vesecky, looks over a hay field of his on Tuesday, while Douglas County Commissioners have been looking over two requests for outdoor venues owned by Vesecky,  who wants to have a farmers market and and a dinner theater on his land. Rural couple seek permit for theater
July 17, 2007 in print edition on 3A
John and Sharon Vesecky say they are looking for ways to expand their farm income while providing a rural entertainment venue for visitors.

All stories

6News video: KU’s campus a buzz from thousands of bees
July 17, 2007
Things are a buzz on campus today as several thousands bees take up residence in a tree outside of KU’s Natural History Museum.
6News video: Administrators travel to China to improve language program
July 17, 2007
Two local high school administrators travel thousands of miles to help Lawrence students better learn the most widely-spoken language in the world: Chinese.
6News video: Motorcycle accident sends man to KC area hospital
July 17, 2007
A motorcycle accident last night near the East Hills Business Park sends a man to an Overland Park hospital.
6News video: Commissioners approve KU’s proposed boathouse
July 17, 2007
City leaders okay a major construction project in a northern Lawrence park.
6News video: Residents flee Valley Center after chemical explosion
July 17, 2007
Chemical explosions rocked Valley Center, a community north of Wichita this morning and sent residents seeking shelter elsewhere.
6News video: KU to offer deferred tuition from weather victims
July 17, 2007
KU will offer deferred tuition and fees to students from the areas hardest hit by mother nature.
6News video: Blood centers hope to increase donations with themed drive
July 17, 2007
Kinger, Hawkeye, and Hotlips are all invited to be part of a unique blood drive organized by the Community Blood Center in Lawrence.
6News video: National softball tourney makes return to Lawrence
July 17, 2007
This week teams from around the country come Lawrence for the AFA “B” National Championship tournament. With three different age divisions and more than 100 teams, this week’s competition guarantees to be as hot as the mid-July temperatures.
6News video: Autopsy reports finished for man found dead near campus
July 17, 2007
Police continue their investigation into the death of a Lawrence man found Monday at a sub shop near KU’s campus.
6News video: Local golfers participate in KGA amateur tourney
July 17, 2007
The 2007 Kansas Amateur Golf Tournament is underway in Topeka, starting today.
Rural couple seek permit for theater
Business would include market for farm produce, ‘down-home’ meals
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
John and Sharon Vesecky say they are looking for ways to expand their farm income while providing a rural entertainment venue for visitors.
6News Now: Motorcyclist injured in East Hill accident
July 17, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a motorcycle accident near the East Hills Business Park sent a man to an Overland Park hospital, and the latest in the investigation of the man found dead in the Yello Sub near campus.
Power restored at traffic lights
08:36 a.m., July 17, 2007 Updated 09:55 a.m.
A power outage was affecting traffic along Sixth and Ninth streets Tuesday morning.
The source of Harry’s headaches
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
As if Harry Potter didn’t have enough to worry about, his frequent and debilitating headaches have gone undiagnosed throughout six books. Until now, that is.
Wood: Yankee Stadium must see
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
As the brakes squeal, the muffled voice of the New York subway tells you the whereabouts: 161st Street. Yankee Stadium. But, really, no introduction is needed. At the same time the voice chimes in over the crackled speakers, the uptown No. 4 train emerges from the dark tunnel and comes to an above-ground stop.
Commentary: DiMaggio’s diaries unfortunately dull
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
For the many Americans who wished they could have spent a day in Joe DiMaggio’s shoes, rest assured they weren’t very comfortable. At least, not in the man’s twilight years, which he spent selling his autographs and his presence while attempting to guard his privacy. To judge by his diaries, life as a celebrity is overrated.
Tour de France remains wide-open
After rest day, race taking shape, but contenders many
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Call it a race for recognition. After Monday’s rest day, the Tour de France heads into its last ride through the Alps in the ninth stage today with the race finally starting to take shape - and a new crop of contenders emerging.
GSN gets heavy on us
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
I’ve always seen GSN as a safe refuge from harsh realities. It’s an alternate universe where Charles Nelson Reilly is turning a deeper shade of orange and sharing slightly bawdy banter with Brett Somers and Gene Rayburn.
More for your money
Trimming budget can help the environment
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B9
I used to bathe my daughters together when they were babies and toddlers. To tell you the truth, I didn’t wash them together just to save time. I was trying to save money and water.
Older, cheaper drugs as safe as newer pills
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A10
Older, cheaper diabetes drugs are as safe and effective as newer ones, concludes an analysis that is good news for diabetics and may further hurt sales of Avandia, a blockbuster pill recently tied to heart problems.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A9
The City Commission tentatively approved a 1968 Lawrence budget calling for a 22 percent increase in the mill rate and a 28 percent boost in overall spending.
Perhaps in fear, Democrats target Thompson
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A9
When one political party tries to influence the other’s presidential primary race, the reasonable assumption is that someone is trying to stop the nomination of a candidate that party does not want to face in November.
Traveling with family requires different approach to vacation
July 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
Dr. Wes: I don’t know what you do on your vacation - sit on the beach, ride the coasters, sail the seas - but I will now confess one of my main vacation indulgences: I watch families and kids interact.
Skills competition kicks off tournament
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
All around the Clinton Lake Softball Complex on Monday, the hot commodities were shade and team buttons during the opening day events of the American Fastpitch Association “B” - the lower of the association’s two divisions - 2007 National Championship Tournament.
Hospital honor
A national ranking for Kansas University Hospital’s heart program may be the first of many recognitions unless political motives undermine the hospital’s future.
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A9
The U.S. News & World Report ranking that placed Kansas University Hospital as 30th on the list of the nation’s best heart and heart surgery hospitals should be great news to all those interested in quality health care.
Royals shut out by rookie
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Rookie Kason Gabbard gave the Red Sox a good reason not to rush Curt Schilling back from the disabled list.
Friends, colleagues recall longtime J-W society editor
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A5
The death of Genevieve Balyeat spurred reminiscences Monday of a Journal-World career that spanned more than four decades and a long list of club and community involvement in Lawrence.
Legends hit the links
Jayhawk greats, alumni take to course
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B1
Falcon Ridge could have passed for Jayhawk Ridge on Monday afternoon when Jayhawk greats and alumni from Kansas University migrated to the golf course in Lenexa for the inaugural Legends of KU Kansas City Golf Tournament.
Ex-Jayhawk Langford shines in Review
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B3
If at first you don’t succeed : Keith Langford, who played sparingly for the San Antonio Spurs in three of five Las Vegas Summer League games, is off to a strong start for the Spurs at the Rocky Mountain Review in Utah.
Nine-run inning lifts ChiSox
Chicago takes big lead and holds on for dear life
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer to highlight Chicago’s nine-run sixth inning.
Study: Babies show preference for native language
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
Children as young as 5 months old exhibit preferences for their family’s unaccented native language, researchers reported this week, suggesting that speech makes a powerful first impression even very early in life.
People in the news
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet Lohan’s new accessory¢ Star Jones Reynolds to write about dramatic weight loss¢ Trump returning with celeb version of ‘The Apprentice’
Horoscopes
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B8
Those with birthdays today: You make a difference this year. Your smile, words and thoughtfulness draw many closer, and often attract new people as well.
Bioscience leader touts need for more research funding
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Making Kansas a leader in the bioscience industry will take more than programs to attract new companies to the state, the president of the state’s top bioscience organization told a Lawrence crowd Monday.
Bush calls for Mideast peace conference
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
Seeking to revive Middle East peace talks, President Bush called Monday for an international peace conference with Israelis, Palestinians and some of Israel’s Arab neighbors next fall.
Collision with trailer kills motorcyclist
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
A 26-year-old Leavenworth man died after a collision Sunday evening east of Tonganoxie.
Caring for aging parents topic of meeting today
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B9
Professionals in estate planning and wealth management and other interested parties are invited to hear a presentation on helping clients who care for aging parents, sponsored by the Douglas County Estate Planning Council.
Schools press ahead on emergency response
Ability to quickly notify students, parents a top priority
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
In the aftermath of April’s Virginia Tech shootings and the Douglas County bomb threats, KU and the Lawrence school district are finding instant message capability a necessity. KU administrators are confident students, faculty and staff will be able to receive emergency text messages starting in August.
Crazy’ cyclist ready to ride again for a good cause
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Crazy. That’s one word Lawrence resident Joe Spradlin uses to describe his decision to bike across the United States in 1995. His 36-day and approximately 2,500 mile trek took him from San Diego to St. Augustine, Fla.
Plant leaks radioactive water after earthquake
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
The ground heaved Monday morning, buckling highways in northwest Japan and swaying buildings far away in the capital. Word quickly spread of collapsed homes and ruined roads.
Triple bombings strike Kirkuk
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
A suicide truck bombing followed by two smaller car bombs killed more than 80 people and wounded at least 180 Monday in what’s believed to be the deadliest attack in this northern city since the start of the war, police said.
Repurpose old CDs to save your garden
July 17, 2007 in print edition on C2
Have you been getting a lot of CDs for online service in the mail? And have you been tossing them?
KU student dies in wreck on I-435
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway released a statement Monday about a KU student who died Friday evening in a wreck near Olathe.
Waltzing plans revised amid parents’ concerns
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
Chinese educators are toning down plans to teach students to waltz after parents said they worried about puppy love and falling grades, local media reported Monday.
OSU wideout out for year
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Monday that wide receiver Artrell Woods will miss the upcoming football season after having back surgery.
All-Star fan
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I would like to respond to the July 12 syndicated piece written by Bob Klapisch. To his notion that interleague play has ruined the All-Star game, I say baloney! He laments that all players now know each other intimately (because they have the same agents and they all golf together). Therefore, he says that there is no fire anymore in the players at All-Star time.
Fatal flight
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A9
To the editor: For several years, I have looked forward each spring to seeing again (likely) the same pair of house wrens that has chosen to nest in a birdhouse in our backyard. Normally arriving in late April, after an arduous return migration from Mexico, the little male wren’s vibrant song speaks assurances that nature remains persistent at our house in Lawrence.
Police find cocaine stuffed in off-key piano
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
When a grand piano played an off-key note, drug police in this Caribbean port opened it up and found some 560 pounds of cocaine stuffed inside.
American diet may explain height
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A6
America used to be the tallest country in the world. From the days of the Founding Fathers right on through the industrial revolution and two world wars, Americans literally towered over other nations.
University officials lose jobs for alleged cover-up
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
Three Eastern Michigan University administrators, including the president, have been forced out, months after top school officials were accused of covering up the rape and slaying of a student by publicly ruling out foul play.
Fundraising executive gives presentation
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B9
Susan Schneweis, Lawrence, was a featured presenter during the 2007 Mid-America Fundraising Conference, conducted June 3-5 in Fargo, N.D.
Grand juries chosen for obscenity cases
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A4
Separate grand jury investigations in two Kansas counties are expected to decide what’s too obscene for businesses to sell.
Pump patrol
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.15 at several locations.
Lawrence Datebook
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Potter’ fans can join online chat on book
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
Journal-World graphic artist Karl Gehring will have his “Harry Potter” book at midnight - will you?
Chiefs’ Allen out 2 games
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Kansas City defensive end Jared Allen has been suspended by the NFL for the first two games of the 2007 season and fined an additional game check following two DUI arrests.
OU’s Williams has surgery
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B2
Oklahoma free safety Darien Williams had surgery on his left foot Monday, but is expected to return in time for the beginning of the regular season.
Negotiations possible after reactor shutdown
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
The United States is looking to build on momentum created by North Korea shutting down its nuclear reactor and will start deliberations on removing the regime from a list of terrorism-sponsoring states, the main U.S. envoy on the issue said Monday.
Free State taps Hill as A.D.
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B3
Mike Hill will juggle a lot of activities during the coming school year.
With Bonds out, Cubs top Giants
Chicago continues surge in NL Central, but first-place Brewers keep the pace
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B6
Aramis Ramirez lined a go-ahead two-run double off the wall in left with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Cubs rallied over the slumping Giants. Rich Hill (6-6) won for the first time in more than a month.
New quarry owners get approval for permit
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A5
On a 2-1 vote, Douglas County commissioners Monday approved a conditional-use permit that allows Big Springs Quarry to operate under a new owner. Commissioners Bob Johnson and Jere McElhaney voted for the permit for Mid-States Materials of Topeka while Commissioner Charles Jones voted against it.
Farm loans available for May storm damage
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B9
Farmers in Douglas County and other eligible counties who suffered losses to crops or livestock because of severe storms and flooding from May 4 to May 18 can apply for emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency.
Boeing to pay $1M to settle billing claims
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A8
The Boeing Co. has agreed to pay more than $1 million to the federal government to settle allegations that it overbilled for materials used in installing new KC-135 aircraft engines, the U.S. attorney’s office in Wichita announced Monday.
Commodities
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures plummeted Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery fell 19 cents to $6.0175 a bushel; December corn shed 20 cents to $3.485; December oats finished down 18.5 cents at $2.5525; November soybeans dropped 50 cents to $8.9875.
Pediatrician gets to the bottom of colic
July 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
“A baby cannot ‘have’ colic,” pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Bryan Vartabedian says in the first few pages of his new book, “Colic Solved: The essential guide to infant reflux and the care of your crying, difficult-to-soothe baby” (Ballantine Books, $13.95). Colic, he says, is a description, not a diagnosis or a disease.
Survey: Most drop green habits at hotels
July 17, 2007 in print edition on C2
Most people check environmentally responsible behavior at the door when they check into a hotel, according to a survey released by Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
On the record
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A4
One person with minor injuries was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital about 10 p.m. Monday after a collision between a motorcycle and an automobile near 23rd and Louisiana streets. No further information was available late Monday night.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 17, 1907: “There are meetings about how young people at the university can be better fed at lower cost and there is quite a bit of sentiment for a dining hall to feed the students.
Minister resigns over cash found in her office
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
President Nestor Kirchner’s economy minister resigned Monday after a prosecutor ordered her to testify about $64,000 in cash that was found in a bag in her office, the government said.
Wheat harvest lagging
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A5
Scattered showers last week throughout Kansas dumped more than 3 inches of rain in some areas as farmers focused primarily on harvesting wheat and hay.
Motorcyclist flown to hospital after collision
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A4
A 53-year-old Lawrence man was flown by helicopter ambulance to Kansas University Hospital with life-threatening injuries late Monday after his motorcycle collided with a vehicle on Kansas Highway 10 near the East Hills Business Park, police said.
Sheriff’s office IDs rollover wreck victim
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has identified a 36-year-old rural Pomona resident as the man who died in a Sunday morning wreck on a county road five miles west of Ottawa.
Mystery surrounds Yello Sub death
Former employee’s reason for returning after party unknown
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A1
Tragedy followed celebration early Monday, after a Lawrence man’s body was found at a local sandwich shop. The body of Justin Emmons, 34, a former employee of Yello Sub, 624 W. 12th St., was discovered about 6 a.m. Monday at the restaurant.
Montgomery County tallies homes affected by flooding
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B10
The floodwaters that hit southeast Kansas this month affected 6,307 homes and 123 businesses in Montgomery County, according to the county’s preliminary assessments.
Hacker kids
Schools try to thwart high-tech mischief
July 17, 2007 in print edition on C1
Keith Cardin knows a thing or two about computers. Maybe too much. While attending Crooms Academy in Seminole County, Fla., in 2006, Keith broke into his teachers’ e-mail accounts and started sneaking electronic peeks at grades. He was helped by a device that spies on what people type on their keyboards.
IHOP makes bid for Applebee’s
Boosting franchises in bar-and-grill chain is advocated
July 17, 2007 in print edition on B9
IHOP’s CEO Julia Stewart has been making bold moves to revitalize the 45-year-old chain best known for its breakfast fare and blue-tiled roofs. With a $1.9 billion bid for the bar-and-grill chain Applebee’s made on Monday, she may be taking her biggest risk yet.
Armed man killed at Capitol
July 17, 2007 in print edition on A7
A man carrying a gun and declaring “I am the emperor” was shot and killed Monday outside the offices of Gov. Bill Ritter by a state trooper, a spokesman said. Ritter was in his office but was not injured.