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Archive for Monday, July 23, 2007

Also from July 23

Births
Chats
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Midwest Mayhem Triathlon
Podcasts
Polls
What do you think of all-day kindergarten in Lawrence?

Poll results

Response Percent
It needs to be in more than eight schools
 
66%
It’s too expensive
 
20%
It’s being implemented correctly
 
8%
Undecided
 
4%
Total 245
Videos

Lead stories

11:00 a.m.
Online chat
Chat about the county's 2008 budget with Commissioner Bob Johnson
July 23, 2007
A budget that reduces the mill levy was approved Wednesday night by the Douglas County Commission. The decrease is slight - .013 of a mill - but it more than met the commissioners' goal of fighting off an increase. A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed valuation. The county's reduction comes at a time when the Lawrence public schools and the city of Lawrence are increasing their levies. County commissioners said they felt a special need to hold down their budget because of those increases. Commissioner Bob Johnson will be on hand to take questions.
1:30 p.m.
Lawrence residents Roger and Sharon Haack sought a more adventurous life when Roger sold his computer software business DataTeam Systems in July of last year. Since then the two have taken to the open road on Roger's motorcycle. Roger recently finished a 7,700 mile trip to the Pacific Northwest, part of which Sharon road with. Local retiree living his dream
July 23, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Last year Roger Haack sold his Lawrence software company, retired and made plans to fulfill a longtime dream.
10:00 p.m.
Kansas University graduate student Jason Palikij lifts bees from a hive on West Campus, where he and several others have been studying the habits and senses of bees. The students observe the bees and their travel habits between hive and food source, and try to determine how they make their decisions. Graduate student studies bee-havior
July 23, 2007 in print edition on 3A
Rudolf Jander, Kansas University biology professor, poses a challenge: In a large forest, find a tree with a hole in it. Then walk away from the tree, about five miles. Now, turn around, go back and find the same tree.

All stories

Commissioners approve preliminary Wal-Mart plan
July 23, 2007
Planning commissioners tonight unanimously approved a preliminary development plan for a controversial Wal-Mart at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
6News video: Commissioners move closer to approving second Wal-Mart store
July 23, 2007
The city inches closer to approving Lawrence’s second Wal-Mart store.
6News video: Kidcast for July 23
July 23, 2007
Thomas Gottstein gives the highs and lows for July 23.
6News video: Tonganoxie facing challenges to fund city projects
July 23, 2007
Tonganoxie proposes raising property taxes next to take care of several major city projects.
6Sports video: ‘Hawks ready after productive offseason
July 23, 2007
San Antonio, Texas, home of the 2007 Big 12 football title game in December and home to the Big 12 football media days that fired up today. Those taking the podium on day one: Oklahoma, Baylor, Nebraska, and your Kansas Jayhawks.
6News video: Morning storms leave mark on Lawrence home
July 23, 2007
Mother nature unleashes her fury this morning, and leaves her mark outside a northwest Lawrence home.
6News video: Pedestrian hit by car on crosswalk
July 23, 2007
A Lawrence woman walking in a crosswalk is struck by a car on a busy west Lawrence street.
6News video: Under-budget plans allow school board to reallocate funds
July 23, 2007
What goes up, must come down, and that will be the case for the Lawrence school district’s proposed budget.
6Sports video: T-Bones looking for second-half title with turn-around
July 23, 2007
The Royals aren’t the only club in K.C. starting to turn the corner. This past weekend, the T-Bones took three straight from Schaumberg - in the proces the steaks snuck their way into second place in the northern league’s south division and are in early contention for a second half title.
6News video: Lawyer of accused teacher granted access to victim’s records
July 23, 2007
The attorney for a former Lawrence teacher who pled guilty earlier this month to having sex with a Lawrence High student is granted access to the victim’s psychological records during a brief court hearing this morning.
6News video: Hundreds gather for local cancer fundraiser
July 23, 2007
Tonight the city of Lawrence unites for a special cause as one family changes the face of lung cancer.
6News video: Lawrence man recovering after accidental shooting
July 23, 2007
A 24-year-old Lawrence man was flown by air ambulance to a Kansas City area hospital after he was accidentally shot Sunday night.
6News video: Local developers set sites on Vermont Street plans
July 23, 2007
Another local developer will ask the city to participate in their plans to build in Vermont Street.
6News video: Teachers’ salaries again up for debate
July 23, 2007
In other Lawrence school news today, district officials and leaders with the teachers union remain at odds over a salary package for the upcoming academic year.
Graduate student studies bee-havior
Research on intelligence of bees could help honey producers
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
Rudolf Jander, Kansas University biology professor, poses a challenge: In a large forest, find a tree with a hole in it. Then walk away from the tree, about five miles. Now, turn around, go back and find the same tree.
Superintendent offers hold-the-line budget
Previous discussions called for 3-mill increase
July 23, 2007
Lawrence school board members tonight will consider a slight mill levy decrease, rather than a 3-mill increase the board has discussed the last few weeks, Superintendent Randy Weseman said this afternoon.
Amber Alert: 5-year-old Burlington girl missing
July 23, 2007
Aubree Olson, 5, is believed to be abducted. She was last seen outside of the Burlington Post Office.
Pedestrian struck by car at Sixth, Schwarz
Woman flown to Kansas City hospital
July 23, 2007
One person was injured this afternoon after being struck by a car on a busy west Lawrence street. The accident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. at Sixth Street
Man accidentally shot, flown to KC area hospital
July 23, 2007
A 24-year-old Lawrence man was flown by air ambulance to a Kansas City area hospital after being accidentally shot Sunday evening.
Eating disorders follow women into middle age
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A7
Kelli Smith was nervous as she walked into the Philadelphia treatment center, seeking help at last for her anorexia. Looking around at the other patients, she was struck by how young they seemed.
Security cameras put eye on crime
Law enforcement officials see benefits of businesses with monitoring systems
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
Helping police catch an attempted murder suspect was the last thing on an Ottawa convenience store owner’s mind when he installed a new surveillance system.
KU among prep’s top 10
Ballyhooed Oklahoman Clarke has Jayhawks among finalists
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
Rotnei Clarke, a 6-foot, 180-pound guard from Verdigris High in Claremore, Okla., pared his list of prospective colleges to 10 before heading to Las Vegas for this week’s Main Event Tournament.
Woodland Amateur champion
Ex-Jayhawk holds on for 3-and-2 victory over Stonestreet
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
Gary Woodland will say goodbye to playing in the Kansas Golf Association, going out as the 2007 Kansas Amateur Champion after defeating Wes Stonestreet, 3-and-2, in the 36-hole title match at Topeka Country Club on Sunday.
People in the news
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Country singer charged with battery, resisting arrest¢ Reserve to be named for ‘Crocodile Hunter’¢ ‘Simpsons’ creator reveals inspiration for Marge’s hairdo
Commission to hear budget ideas
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A4
Members of the public will have an opportunity to tell city commissioners what they think should be done with the 2008 budget.
Rec calendar
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B6
Tax enriches cell phone companies that operate in rural areas
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A10
A decade-old telephone tax intended to help bring affordable service to rural areas has instead turned into something quite different: a bottomless and politically protected well of cash for cell phone companies that do big business in rural America.
Local retiree living his dream
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A1
Last year Roger Haack sold his Lawrence software company, retired and made plans to fulfill a longtime dream.
Grant denial puts students in limbo
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A5
Last fall - in the middle of the semester - 13 Kansas University freshmen were left in the lurch.
Chinese trade trumps Americans’ safety
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A9
What’s made in China - death? Is the principle of free trade really more important than the health of our citizens? So far, at least, we know the answer. Let’s make four points:
Television lawyer role showcases Glenn Close’s talents
July 23, 2007 in print edition on C2
Patty Hewes keeps the audience guessing, like everyone around her. The nation’s foremost high-stakes litigator, she plays mind games with consummate skill. She can be silky and seductive, cold and ruthless. She can sweet-talk or threaten with equal dispatch.
Taking the plunge
Shedding your spouse-free status isn’t risk free
July 23, 2007 in print edition on C1
If only real life played out like TV. Recently divorced singles face a slew of dating challenges that their never-been-hitched counterparts seldom endure. From where to find appropriate men and women to how to get their dating game on, there is much for the newly single to relearn.
Networking group elects president and treasurer
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B9
Douglas County Connection, a networking organization, announces the election of officers: Denise Van Sickel, of Lawrence Pet Friends, as president; and Bryan Culver, of Peoples Bank, as treasurer.
On the record
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A4
Lawrence crime blotter.
Group finds fun in grave searches
Volunteers create map of cemeteries across Leavenworth County
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
Connie Putthoff looks deep into the brush and spots a stone sticking out of the ground. She ventures a few feet into the ankle-high mixture of grass and weeds to take a closer look at what could be a headstone at Davenport Cemetery south of Tonganoxie.
Turkey’s re-elected ruling party promises to preserve secularism
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
Turkey’s Islamic-rooted ruling party won parliamentary elections by a wide margin Sunday, and the prime minister pledged to safeguard the country’s secular traditions and do whatever the government deems necessary to fight separatist Kurdish rebels.
Potter’ makes sales records disappear
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A2
It is the richest going-away party in history. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final volume of J.K. Rowling’s all-conquering fantasy series, sold a mountainous 8.3 million copies in its first 24 hours on sale in the United States, according to Scholastic Inc.
Masters of mayhem
Pain prevails at Lone Star
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
The physical and mental demands of competing in a triathlon can leave an athlete exhausted.
Raiders take two from Emporia
Lawrence heads into zone on roll
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B3
In Game One of the Lawrence Raiders’ doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Free State High, the Raiders run-ruled Emporia Post Five, 9-0.
Contador takes stage; Rasmussen leads
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B2
Michael Rasmussen is starting to resemble Lance Armstrong, and it’s not just because the Dane is wearing the yellow jersey as leader of the Tour de France.
Harrington wins hairy British Open
Irishman struggles, sweats out playoff with Garcia
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B2
Anywhere else, Padraig Harrington might have walked off the 18th green knowing his two shots that found the bottom of Barry Burn for double bogey had cost him the British Open.
Audiences say ‘I do’ to ‘Chuck & Larry’
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A2
Two guys named Chuck and Larry edged out a teenager named Harry at the weekend box office.
Commander in northern Iraq proposes troop reduction
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
In a move that could portend a strategy change, the commander of U.S. forces in northern Iraq said Sunday he has proposed reducing his troop levels and shifting next year to missions focused less on direct combat.
State Department official accepts passport blame
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A6
The current passport mess is rare among government foul-ups: A top federal official has publicly taken the blame and expressed regret.
Horoscopes
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B8
For Monday, July 23
Events calendar
July 23, 2007 in print edition on C2
Taliban extend deadline for S. Korean hostages
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
A purported Taliban spokesman said Sunday that the hard-line militia had extended by 24 hours the deadline for the Afghan government to trade captured militants for 23 South Korean hostages.
Bush should focus on Iraq peace effort
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A9
President Bush’s call for an international peace conference on the Middle East puts him in the right church but the wrong pew. The big-power conference Bush needs to propose should have Iraq as its main subject, not the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Lawrence Datebook
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A4
Events around Lawrence.
Therapy benefits for cancer patients fall
Support groups don’t prolong life, new study finds
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
Contradicting an old belief, new research released Sunday found that group therapy didn’t prolong the lives of women with advanced cases of breast cancer.
Monthly payment cap proposed on some student loans
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A1
Congress is poised to make big changes to the government programs tapped by millions of students to pay for college. The biggest of these for students: a cap on what low-income borrowers have to pay back each month on their federal student loans.
Site of tank explosion hadn’t been inspected
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A4
A tank area that exploded and burned last week, forcing widespread evacuations, had not been inspected by either the state fire marshal’s office or the Valley Center Fire Department.
Google to shorten life of ‘cookie’ data trackers
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B9
Google Inc. is shortening the life span of its “cookie” data-tracking file - but it’s not clear whether the move would do much to enhance privacy.
Air travel delays spread to U.S.
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
Just days after Brazil’s deadliest plane crash, a radar outage over the Amazon spread the country’s aviation crisis overseas, spawning ripple-effect delays at a half-dozen U.S. airports.
Secret’ gets put to the test
July 23, 2007 in print edition on C1
Some weeks after the runaway bestseller “The Secret” became the rage, I was flipping channels and heard Oprah Winfrey glowing about it. I guess James Frey’s million itsy bitsy pieces didn’t teach her a lesson. But whether a breakthrough or a scam, I figured it was time for me to find out what The Secret was. So I borrowed a friend’s video of “The Secret.”
Charitable needs
Tight city and county budgets increase the need for those who can to support local social service agencies.
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A9
Probably one of the best things city and county commissioners and school board members can do for low- and moderate-income Lawrence residents is to avoid or at least minimize property tax increases to fund their 2008 budgets.
Bannister sparks K.C.
Royals wrap up road trip with 5-2 win
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B3
Given some offense, Brian Bannister ended his brief losing streak.
Women’s services group earns foundation grant
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B10
Women’s Transitional Care Services received a $22,110 one-year recognition grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to fund a medical and health/wellness advocate.
Flooding project funding at issue
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B10
The future of a $92 million flood-control project is in doubt after some Kansas City, Kan., officials said that city might pull out of the venture.
Make overseas degree work to your advantage
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B9
Q: Dear J.T. & Dale: I am 24 years old and currently working as a stem-cell scientist. I have been thinking about going to India for a master’s degree in biotechnology. I’ve been there before and fell in love with it.
Architecture professor up for national award
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A5
Kansas University architecture professor Dan Rockhill has been honored as a finalist for an award from the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Pretty in pendants
July 23, 2007 in print edition on C1
A bold pendant is the perfect piece of jewelry to liven a plain tank top or a flowery sundress. We picked out a few and asked experts to share some tips on how to wear them.
Hospice seeks volunteers to aid clients
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A4
Heart of America Hospice seeks volunteers to visit patients at their homes or nursing homes and provide support to them and their families through acts of kindness such as making a phone call, sending a card, baking cookies, sewing, mowing the grass, sharing a story or simply listening and holding a hand.
Power outages trap Gateway Arch visitors
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A6
Less than half an hour after park officials declared the Gateway Arch safe and partly operational Sunday afternoon, the lights inside went out, the tram shut down and people started panicking - again.
Money tip
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B9
Given that the average cost of a wedding in America has reached $27,000, it’s no surprise that less than 1 percent of couples make room in the budget for wedding insurance.
Brewers rock Giants’ Zito; Bonds sits
Slugger expected to continue home run chase tonight in San Francisco
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B4
Ryan Braun and Corey Hart hit first-inning home runs off Barry Zito, leading the Brewers over the Giants to avoid a three-game sweep.
Keegan: Amateur champ has vision
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
Weekend golfers call it being in jail, surrounded by trees and branches, with no clear path to advancing the ball toward the hole. The only option for the weekend golfer is to go sideways, or even backwards to get back into the fairway. That’s known as taking your medicine.
K-State seeks grant for migrant program
U.S. Education Department denied KU’s request for similar funding last year
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
Kansas State University has taken the lead on obtaining federal funding for a program geared toward college-bound children of migrant workers.
Toy fox terrier show gives spirited dogs chance to shine
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
A 3-year-old toy fox terrier nicknamed Chevy spends most of her time in Minnesota.
KU center to conduct ‘Right Start’ seminar
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B9
The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will present a mid-day edition of “The Right Start,” part of an ongoing seminar series for startups, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the center, 734 Vt., suite 104.
Yankees shell Devil Rays
Every New York starter hits and scores in 21-4 win
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B4
Shelley Duncan homered twice, including a three-run drive that capped a 10-run fourth inning Sunday in the surging Yankees’ rout of the Devil Rays.
Bus carrying pilgrims plunges down mountain
July 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
A bus carrying Polish Catholic pilgrims from a holy site in the French Alps plunged off a steep mountain road, crashed into a river bank and burst into flames Sunday, killing 26 people, authorities said.
Seeing the big picture
Differences between high-definition TVs have narrowed
July 23, 2007 in print edition on B9
They sit in their own section of the electronics store, their size and flickering images luring you over. The giant-screen TVs - plasma, LCD, projection - light up the showroom with pulse-pounding action scenes. It’s enough to make your living room’s 27-incher seem utterly inadequate.