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Up where he belongs?
Former Jayhawk Metcalf fitting in on field, in clubhouse for Rangers
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s just minutes after 4 p.m. in the refreshingly cool visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium, and a few of Travis Metcalf’s Texas Rangers teammates are getting antsy. Rapping fingers on the table, shuffling and re-shuffling a deck of playing cards, Marlon Byrd and Joaquin Benoit are waiting for Metcalf, a rookie third baseman, to finish interviews so they can get on with the game.
Supplies add to cost of going back to school
Families expected to spend 7 percent more than last year
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
Caleb Dickinson-Cove, 7, and his sister Anya, 9, pored over piles of crayon boxes and other school supplies this week at Target, 3201 Iowa. Amid their energetic rush, Caleb and Anya were preparing for their return Aug. 15 to Schwegler School. They stopped with their mom, Sahja Cove, to test out some backpacks.
Contador all but assured Tour victory
Today’s final stage in Paris should be purely ceremonial for Spaniard
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C8
With Lance Armstrong chattering in his ear, Alberto Contador churned out the miles, his lead dwindling along with the chance to wear the winner’s yellow jersey at a Tour de France that will be remembered for its scandals.
Singh struggles, but still leads
Big Fijian holds one-stroke lead at Canadian Open
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C7
Vijay Singh dropped his driver in disgust at the top of his backswing, thinking he’d hit into the lake down the left side of the 11th fairway. But instead of dropping in the water, the ball skipped safely along the bank and he walked off the par-5 hole with an easy two-putt birdie.
In game full of turmoil, inductees stand out
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C6
Cal Ripken could have wound up as a pitcher. Tony Gwynn could have played pro basketball in Europe or the CBA. But sometimes things turn out the right way. Gwynn and Ripken, who will be enshrined today in the Baseball Hall of Fame, exemplify the goodness that is on display somewhere in the major leagues on a daily basis, even if Barry Bonds and the other squeaky wheels get most of the grease.
Mavericks advance
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C3
Dorian Green connected on a game-winning double in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Lawrence Mavericks past host Manhattan, 6-5, Saturday in Junior Legion state baseball.
Raiders overcome delay, Piper; reach final
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
It took the Lawrence Raiders nearly 24 hours to complete their game against Kansas City Piper in the second round of the American Legion zone tournament at Free State High, but it was well worth the wait.
West cruises in Shrine Bowl
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C3
Jason Robben of Andale ran for two touchdowns and Drew Johnson of Valley Center kicked a Shrine Bowl record 57-yard field goal as the West beat the East 26-7 Saturday night.
Cowboy’s legend grows
Ex-Longhorn behemoth Davis ‘runs with skill and grace’
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C9
Only a few days into Dallas Cowboys training camp and the stories about Leonard Davis are already piling up.
Mideast drinks deliver frosty, refreshing effect on hot day
July 29, 2007 in print edition on D5
Hoping to beat the heat with a cool drink? For real refreshment, skip the soda and think yogurt or rosewater. Maybe even a cup of piping hot tea. Westerners, always looking for the next big thing in beverages, could probably take a lesson from the Middle East. With summer temperatures from Tehran to Cairo reaching well into the triple digits, the art of the cooling drink is a source of pride - and self-preservation - in many Middle Eastern homes.
Phils send Zagurski to minors
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C5
Mike Zagurski, a former Kansas University pitcher, was optioned Friday to the Philadelphia Phillies’ Triple-A farm club in Ottawa, Canada.
Boyda disputes protesters’ claims about Iraq funding vote
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, faced opposition as she walked up the steps of the Lawrence Public Library on Saturday. About a dozen anti-war protesters held signs intended to insult her congressional work, but Boyda looked each one of them in the eye and shook their hands. Then she bent down to greet Bruiser, a protester’s dog, who was wearing a sign that said “Puppy for Peace,” which resulted in even more jeers from protesters.
People in the news
July 29, 2007
¢ Usher cancels wedding¢ Carell ‘honored’ to play Smart in movie remake of TV show¢ Case dropped in wounding of Kinks founder Davies¢ How much for the sink?
Some employers to overweight workers: shape up or pay up
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A5
Looking for new ways to trim the fat and boost workers’ health, some employers are starting to make overweight employees pay if they don’t slim down.Others, citing growing medical costs tied to obesity, are offering fit workers lucrative incentives that shave thousands of dollars a year off health care premiums.
Comic-Con celebrates all things geek
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
They come for anime and original comic book art. They come for video games, collectible figurines and to show off their “Star Wars” or “Lord of the Rings” costumes. They might even come to buy a winged helmet or a suit of armor.
Hemingway cats’ freedom may be ending
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A8
The notion that Charlie Chaplin is putting on a show as he snoozes on the Hemingway House veranda - well, that’s enough to make a cat laugh. But neither the fluffy feline, named for the Little Tramp because of his tuxedo-like markings, nor his 46 siblings lazing around the late author’s estate would likely be amused if the U.S. government succeeds in designating them an “animal act” and restricts their freedom.
Golfer’s chance encounters
Ex-Razorback teamed with Daly, met wife on Alvamar cart path
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C10
Two college teammates. One didn’t play for pay, had to make a living in the real world. The other, still one of the most talented golfers on the planet, encountered fame and fortune and ungodly popularity. Guess which guy is happier. Jim Cummins, who lives in Lawrence with wife Eve and their three sons, never sat on top of his golf bag in the middle of a tournament, sobbing, the whole world watching him melt down the way his University of Arkansas teammate, John Daly, once did.
State lags in teen driving laws
Increase in fatalities has lawmakers seeking stricter licensing
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
At the edge of a cornfield a mile past the Lawrence city limits, where one county road runs into another, a cross stands with peeling white paint and the name “Peter” etched in black. It’s a marker for Peter Swalm, 18, who died one April morning six years ago on his way to school. Traveling along County Road 458 south of Lawrence, his car crashed into the vehicle of a 21-year-old woman who was turning left. Peter was weeks shy of graduating from Lawrence High School.
Funding choices
The services provided by a program that places social workers in Lawrence schools would seem to rank pretty high on the list of budget priorities.
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
Although officials at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center aren’t panicked - yet - it seems that funding for the center’s program to help at-risk students once again is in jeopardy. The WRAP program, which stands for Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities, has enough money to operate through the fall semester in Lawrence schools, but its fate after that will depend heavily on the “three-legged stool” of funding supplied by the city, county and school district.
Baldwin performers to stage ‘Grease’
July 29, 2007 in print edition on D4
After a five-year absence from the downtown outdoor “lot-o-torium,” Baldwin City Community Theatre is proud to present “Grease.” The play is under the direction of Annette Cook, with musical direction by Mary Baker and choreography by Lisa Carson. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and continuing Aug. 8-11, with pre-show entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m.
Arab bloggers, journalists pay toll for reporting truth
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A9
When Egyptian officials denied reports of a disturbance in downtown Cairo last year, Wael Abbas showed the truth: A political protest had turned ugly, and a group of men had gone on a rampage. Amid widespread allegations of police abuse, Abbas turned up a video of a police beating. He applied his sleuthing to stories about government-paid thugs beating up demonstrators.
Britain’s judges, lawyers take a little off the top
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A9
Against all odds, they outlasted the manufacturers of buggies by about a century, but now it appears the days of the wigmakers are numbered. Ending one of the longest-running and most heated arguments in Britain’s legal community, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Nicholas Phillips has decided that judges and lawyers in civil cases will no longer wear wigs and wing collars in the courtroom.
Reports of drunken astronauts shows broken NASA culture
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A7
At NASA, once again, the problem is its culture - a habit of dismissing the concerns of knowledgeable underlings. Four years ago, it involved higher-ups ignoring engineers who feared possible catastrophic damage to the shuttle Columbia. The engineers were right. This time, it’s NASA doctors and even astronauts getting the brushoff when voicing worries that some astronauts have drunk too much alcohol before flying.
Yager’s Fly Shop lands new owners
July 29, 2007 in print edition on E1
Ronn and Donna Johnson, a longtime Lawrence couple, purchased Yager’s Fly Shop last month from founders Tim and Deb Yager. The Johnsons will continue to operate the nine-year-old business at its retail home for the past two years in the Miller Mart complex at the southwest corner of Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa Drive.
Bankruptcies
July 29, 2007 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Just one of the ‘guys’
July 29, 2007 in print edition on D1
“Hi, guys!” chirp two perky, young hostesses in unison, as my husband and I walk through the door. “Table for two, guys?” “Please,” I answer, and follow the taller one through the restaurant, trying not to gawk at her impossibly short shorts. I think to myself, “If I ever dreamt hot pants would make a comeback, I might have kept mine from the ‘70s. Um. Never mind :” (I tend to lose my grip on reality when I’m hungry.)
Survey shows waterfowl numbers up
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C12
Preliminary results from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service indicate a breeding duck population estimate of more than 41 million birds in the U.S and Canada. This represents a 14 percent increase from 2006 and is 24 percent above the long-term average of 1955-200).
Nursing home cat soothes ill patients
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B3
When Renea Webber read about a cat in Rhode Island who seems to predict the deaths of nursing home patients, she began to wonder if a tabby at the facility where her late mother lived has the same ability. Webber’s mother, Linda Webber, died at the Community Care nursing home April 25, about a month after moving there.
Fishing report
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C12
Clinton Lake, Perry Lake, Douglas State Lake, Leavenworth State Lake, Lone Star Lake and Lake Shawnee (as of 7-25).
Whew! Dotel holds on
Closer makes manager sweat in victory
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C5
Octavio Dotel picked up another save on Saturday night, but this one had Royals manager Buddy Bell nervous. Dotel gave up a pair of runs in a shaky ninth, after John Buck had three hits and two RBIs to stake Kansas City to an early lead, and the Royals held on to beat the Texas Rangers, 6-5, for their third straight win.
More changes in store for newspaper
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A1
Journal-World readers have a passion for the newspaper. When we made changes to the format earlier this month, we received calls, letters and e-mails. Last weekend, the editors met several hundred readers at Hy-Vee on Sixth Street. Many people made a special trip to talk with us. The response was flattering. Some shared a complaint or two, but most said they enjoy starting their day with the Journal-World.
Upper Deck latest to sever ties to Vick
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C9
Upper Deck has removed all Michael Vick autographed memorabilia from its online store and will remove the indicted quarterback’s trading card from NFL sets that are scheduled to be released in October.
New British P.M.’s visit is first U.S. test
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A10
When Prime Minister Gordon Brown stepped into Tony Blair’s shoes a month ago, his government signaled that the relationship with the Bush administration would be different - notably by appointing an outspoken critic of the Iraq war to his Cabinet. Today, Brown heads to Washington for a first face-to-face test of his relationship with President Bush, keen to smooth tensions over a perceived turn against the White House.
Town sets sights on biggest ketchup packet
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A5
First came the world’s largest ketchup bottle. Now this southern Illinois community is after the record for the world’s largest ketchup packet. Collinsville has partnered with the H.J. Heinz Co. to fill an 8-foot-tall, 4-foot-wide plastic pouch with 1,500 pounds of the tomato goop for a school fundraiser.
V.P. Cheney undergoes surgery for heart device
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Vice President Dick Cheney, who has a history of heart problems, had surgery Saturday to replace an implanted device that monitors his heartbeat. Doctors at George Washington University Hospital replaced the defibrillator, a sealed unit that includes a battery.
Ford County officials seek extension on casino deadline
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
Ford County officials are asking the Kansas Lottery for more time to solicit applications for constructing a destination casino in their county. In a June 26 election, local voters approved expanded gambling in Dodge City with 64 percent in favor. The Kansas Lottery Commission - which will own the casino and gambling equipment - gave the county until Oct. 1 to receive applications for constructing the casino and make a recommendation to the state.
Chiefs ‘pass hat’ as Greensburg fundraiser
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Kansas City Chiefs found a novel way of passing the hat. The result is $50,000 to buy new equipment for the high school football team of tornado-ravaged Greensburg. Saturday was dubbed Greensburg Day at the Chiefs’ training camp. Players were asked to wear Greensburg caps that were handed out earlier by team president Carl Peterson.
Punishments vary widely for adults who leave kids in cars
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A6
Kevin Kelly is a law-abiding citizen who, much distracted, left his beloved 21-month-old daughter in a sweltering van for seven hours. Frances Kelly had probably been dead for more than four hours by the time a neighbor noticed her strapped in her car seat; when rescue personnel removed the girl from the vehicle, her skin was red and blistered, her fine, carrot-colored hair matted with sweat. Two hours later, her body temperature was still nearly 106 degrees.
Man dies after slipping while break dancing
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
A poorly executed break dancing move may have led to the death of an 18-year-old man on Friday at a local park, police said. Passersby called police after they discovered Dat Nguyen, of Santa Ana, on the ground at about 8 p.m. at Sandpointe Park, Santa Ana police said. Witnesses said Nguyen had performed some break dancing moves before they found him unconscious and not breathing.
FEMA opens more trailers
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B8
More families displaced by a tornado that destroyed most of this south-central Kansas community have been given the green light to move into some of the temporary mobile homes sitting vacant in their town. Just over one-third of the 300 mobile homes brought in by the Federal Emergency Management Agency since the early May storm are occupied.
ATM gives out $20s instead of $5s
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
An ATM at a northwestern Louisiana truck stop gave out $20 bills instead of $5s, but authorities say they know who took the extra $7,000 the machine spit out and plan to track them down. DeSoto Parish sheriff’s Lt. Toni Morris said the automated teller machine has records showing 26 people who received the extra cash during five days in late June and early July.
Sensible speed
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: By raising the speed limit to 60 mph on the highway bordering Baldwin Elementary School, the Kansas Department of Transportation is threatening the lives of every parent, relative and friend who transports kids by private vehicle. Higher velocity crossing traffic increases the probability and severity of collisions involving vehicles turning into and out of the school’s driveway.
Senators assess climate change from Greenland
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
Leading a bipartisan delegation of 10 colleagues to Greenland, Sen. Barbara Boxer said Saturday she saw first-hand the effects of global warming and received a plea from the country’s officials to do something to change it.
Inkster leads Evian
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C7
Juli Inkster had a 3-under 69 Saturday for a two-shot lead after the third round of the Evian Masters. The 47-year-old Inkster, vying to become the oldest player to win an LPGA Tour event, had five birdies and two bogeys to finish at 6-under 210 after a day only seven players broke par due to swirling winds, tricky flag positions and difficult greens.
Handy tea carts available for moderate prices
July 29, 2007 in print edition on D4
Tea was first served in Europe about 1650, and the caffeinated drink became a popular beverage in the centuries that followed. So it is not surprising that some Arts & Crafts furniture designers labeled a table with wheels and a handle a “tea cart,” even though it was used as a cart to serve any type of food.
Triple 8 is the new lucky wedding date
July 29, 2007 in print edition on D2
Fresh off the 7/7/07 wedding bonanza, 8/8/08 is shaping up as the next must-have, I-do date. While it’s still relatively early, reception halls, restaurants, caterers and photographers are booking up. Couples are signing on, even though the triple eights fall on a Friday, a less desirable day for walking down the aisle.
Witnesses: News helicopter collision ‘undistressful’
Suspect in police chase could face charges for crash
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
People who saw two news helicopters collide and plummet to the ground while covering a police chase say the choppers did not appear to be in distress beforehand, investigators reported Saturday. No one described any odd sounds before impact, and they didn’t see any smoke or debris from the choppers before Friday’s crash, which killed all four people aboard, said Steve R. Chealander, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating.
In land of lakes, new fees for tourneys roil waters
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C12
As director of the Minnetonka Classic Bass Tournament, Larry Krohn loves handing the big checks to the people who reel in the biggest fish. Last month’s prize pool was over $30,000, including the $9,400 snagged by the top-catching twosome. Krohn’s mood sours at the thought of another check he’ll have to cut before his next event: a new $400 fee to the Department of Natural Resources for a tournament permit.
2nd group of inspectors arrive in North Korea
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A10
Another group of inspectors from the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog has arrived in North Korea to observe the second phase of Pyongyang’s obligation to wrap up its controversial nuclear program, the Xinhua news agency reported Saturday.
Rivals meet, then discuss sharing leadership
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A10
By Rohan Sullivan - Associated Press Writer
Media coverage of nuclear leaks criticized
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A10
The Niigata prefectural government and the Foreign Ministry have expressed concern over what they claim is inaccurate reporting by foreign media of the radioactive leaks at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture, fearing it could tarnish the nation’s image.
State, Defense secretaries teaming up to lobby Arabs
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush’s top diplomatic and military managers have a tough assignment in the Middle East in the week ahead: convince skeptical Arab nations they have more to lose if Iraq fails than they stand to gain by waiting until the U.S. leaves or Bush’s term ends.
Horse show competitors young, but not beginners
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
Mandy Dray has a six-year relationship with Skip. “We have quite a bond,” said Mandy, 15. “Sometimes we can get mad at each other, but we resolve it.” The two - Mandy and her beloved horse - were together Saturday as they competed in the 4-H Horse Show at the Douglas County Fair. Equine activities at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds continue at 9 a.m. today with the Open Horse Show.
Self sees signee stand out
Releford shines in prep showcase
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C1
Bill Self and his son, Tyler, sat in the front row of a roped-off coach’s section at Okun Fieldhouse, eyes fixed on future Kansas University basketball guard Travis Releford. The Selfs and 100 or so Jayhawk fans didn’t applaud - there’s no cheering during games at the Price Chopper Invitational - but had to leave impressed after watching the 6-foot-5, 190-pound Roeland Park Miege senior score 14 points with four rebounds in Kansas City Pump N Run’s 102-57 rout of Georgia Elite.
Agriculture minister apologizes over scandal
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A10
Japan’s agriculture minister apologized for double booking expense claims, news reports said Saturday, marking the latest embarrassment for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government ahead of an expected tight upper house election race.
Nab Lugo, Burrell for playoff run
Waiver wire presents opportunities to take advantage of frustrated owners
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C6
In Julio Lugo we trust. My fantasy team, once in last place, has begun to make its move. Ryan Howard’s return to elite status has helped, as has Carlos Zambrano’s. A shrewd trade or two - including getting Howard when he was hitting under .200 and picking up Raul Ibanez for Vladimir Guerrero - has given me hope.
Parson’s ammo plant site of special hunts
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C12
Each year, hunters are given the opportunity to pursue game on the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant’s 13,727 acres with little competition from other hunters. The area two miles east of Parsons is prime wildlife habitat, and the plant holds drawings for a limited number of hunters to access the property for specific types of hunting.
Installing Bath decor that looks like a million dollars
July 29, 2007 in print edition on D1
Does your guest bathroom make you cringe? Here are some frugal fixes from the design pros to modernize your decor:
Ask the pro
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C10
Dear Pro, It’s not very often that I hit the ball down the middle of the fairway off the tee. But, when I do, I certainly expect to have a good lie when I get there. Last week, that wasn’t the case. After a gorgeous tee shot, I found my ball smack dab in the middle of a divot. Can you offer any tips on hacking one out of a pothole left behind by another golfer?
Ex-Jayhawk 5 back
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C7
Former Kansas University golfer Chris Thompson shot a third-round 69 Saturday to move five strokes back of leader Roland Thatcher at the Cox Classic, a Nationwide Tour stop at Champions Run.
Bonds hitless against Marlins
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C4
Barry Bonds went hitless a night after connecting for his 754th home run, leaving the San Francisco star one shy of tying Hank Aaron’s record. With his mom in the stands, Dontrelle Willis overmatched the slugger he admired growing up in the Bay Area.
Watson surges into contention
Ginn leads British Senior by a stroke
July 29, 2007
Tom Watson showed flashes of his vintage links mastery with a 1-under 70 Saturday at Muirfield to put himself within one shot of leader Stewart Ginn after three rounds of the Senior British Open. A five-time British Open winner at Carnoustie, Turnberry, Royal Troon and Royal Birkdale and the famous Muirfield links, Watson is a contender to win the title for the third time. He also won in 2003 and ‘05.
30-inch alligator found abandoned in pillowcase
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A5
A peace officer for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals happened across a moving pillowcase on a beach Saturday on which someone had written: “Live Gator - Please find him a home,” officials said.
Desperados’ season ends
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Lawrence Desperados dropped a pair of Junior Legion baseball games this weekend.
Santana fans 12, stymies Cleveland
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C4
Johan Santana took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, then the Twins needed Brian Buscher’s go-ahead groundout in the ninth inning to beat the Indians.
Champions made at Brickyard
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C2
There’s a golf course, four holes of it, anyway, in the infield at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It even hosted a Champions Tour event for seven years in the 1990s. So maybe it makes sense that many drivers used a little golf terminology in describing today’s Allstate 400 as one of their sport’s “majors.” They put it right up there with the Daytona 500 in terms of importance.
Boy, girl killed in accident near Peck
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
A 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy were killed Saturday when a pickup truck ran a stop sign and hit the van they were riding in, authorities said. Three others in the van, which was en route to a family event, were injured. All the occupants were related, said Lt. Phil Bostian of the Kansas Highway Patrol. Kathrine Tredway, 10, and Thomas Alexander, 11, both of Wellington, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Home run ball hunters can learn from master
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C5
The people flocking to San Francisco’s waterfront ballpark for a shot at catching Barry Bonds’ record-breaking home run ball can improve their odds by studying the habits of Larry Ellison. If the ball that beats Hank Aaron’s record sails over the right field wall of AT&T Park and into McCovey Cove - like 34 of Bonds’ 754 career homers - there’s a good chance Ellison will get it.
Eudora kicks off 150th celebration
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
Little girls waved from one float as John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Small Town” blasted on a boombox. Eudora, population 6,300, used its annual Central Protection Association festivities to kick off the city’s sesquicentennial celebration. Festivities that began Thursday continued through Saturday evening with the grand parade in the downtown area.
Dental clinic to give away toothbrushes
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
Douglas County Dental Clinic will give away free toothbrushes and oral health information today at Checkers Foods, 2300 La.
Working with coal
Utilities, industry facing emissions issues
July 29, 2007 in print edition on E1
With opposition rallying against another utility’s plans for building new coal-fired plants in western Kansas, and public concerns mounting about overall global warming, leaders at Westar Energy know that the political, regulatory and public-opinion winds are blowing against anything that might put a smudge on the environment. No wonder they’ve spent at least $22.4 million upgrading Lawrence Energy Center, their 69-year-old coal-fired power plant at the northern edge of Lawrence.
Late charge leads to victory for Leffler
Busch series driver wins for first time in 3 years
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C2
Jason Leffler took the lead with two laps to go in the Kroger 200 and raced to his second NASCAR Busch Series victory on Saturday night. Greg Biffle led in lap 191 before a caution brought the field together. Leffler took the lead in lap 197, then jockeyed with Biffle for a while before finishing strong at O’Reilly Raceway Park.
Lawrence datebook
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
Douglas County Fair:open horse show, 9 a.m., Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St., see full schedule at www.dgcountyfair.com.
On the record
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B2
¢ Injury accidents
Attorney: Lohan’s passengers don’t want day in court
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A2
The men who say they were unwilling passengers on Lindsay Lohan’s wild ride through Santa Monica have retained an attorney who said he hopes to resolve the case without hauling the actress into court.
Nebraska fears trouble from Kansas as water meeting nears
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B4
A key water meeting that Nebraska officials have anticipated for months as a chance to head off legal action from Kansas could instead give the neighbor more ammunition. The trouble is double for Nebraska: a likely finding that it broke a requirement by not sending enough water to Kansas via the Republican River the last two years, and an expected failure to produce a strategy to achieve compliance in the future.
Rock star’ scientist’s imprisonment causes shock waves
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A10
Biologist Marc van Roosmalen built his legend in the Amazon jungles by breaking the rules. The enigmatic scientist with the long blond locks roamed the landscape in bare feet, oblivious to the snakes, ants and spiders below. He became a research rock star for discovering unknown species of primates, earning him royal honors from his native Netherlands and the title of “Hero for the Planet” from Time magazine.
Presidency didn’t curb Nixon’s ability to be small
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B7
The president is angry. He invites administration officials to a church service and no one gives him credit. He calls a Chicago political figure to wish him well in a cancer operation and the press never writes a word. His wife holds a party for underprivileged children and the public never finds out. No wonder no one sees his great warmth. He’s doing all these good deeds and they’re being ignored.
Keeping your summertime cool
Different methods keep house climate comfortable
July 29, 2007 in print edition on D5
When it gets blazing hot outside, besides going for a swim or taking in a movie, there are only a few ways to stay cool. Among possible solutions for keeping the house comfortable on those hot summer evenings:
Bush wants Congress to update surveillance law
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A7
President Bush wants Congress to modernize a law that governs how intelligence agencies monitor the communications of suspected terrorists. “This law is badly out of date,” Bush said Saturday in his weekly radio address. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, provides a legal foundation that allows information about terrorists’ communications to be collected without violating civil liberties.
Horoscopes
July 29, 2007 in print edition on D6
You attract many people this year. Much of this year will be about juggling a very active social schedule, perhaps both professionally and personally. Understand exactly what you need to do in order to move forward and have life more to your liking. Often you will weigh what approach is the most effective for dealing with others. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult
Calming influence
Expecting parents seek doulas for guidance through birth process
July 29, 2007 in print edition on D1
Erica Bittel didn’t want to do it alone. She was preparing to give birth to her first child, and she knew she and her husband, Brett, needed help. So she turned to a doula, a hired birth-helper. “She was such a comforting presence, reminding me to relax,” says Bittel, who gave birth to a daughter, Eleanor, in March. “Everything worked out exactly as I had hoped. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. It was perfect.”
Allen gets second chance
Chiefs’ DE plans to make most of reprieve
July 29, 2007 in print edition on C9
Just as Jared Allen was getting on a plane bound for Spain, a quarter of a million dollars dropped into his lap. At the same time, a wider opportunity for a successful 2007 season appeared for the Kansas City Chiefs. “It was a great way to start a vacation,” Kansas City’s defensive end said with a huge grin. “I was very, very pleased.”
Best sellers
July 29, 2007 in print edition on D3
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Kansas Girl
July 29, 2007
Kansas, you are my friendYou took me in when I was youngI came from ColoradoYour golden stems of waving wheat…
De Soto resident works to stop gossip
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B5
The purple bracelet has moved back and forth from Kay Speed’s right wrist to her left wrist. Since she started wearing it, Speed has switched the bracelet to her opposite wrist more than 10 times. The bracelet reads “A complaint free world,” on one side and “spirit” on the other and is a reminder for Speed to avoid gossip or complaining.
Tactics in war on terror put America on the ‘dark side’
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
“We … have to work the dark side, if you will,” Vice President Dick Cheney told NBC’s Tim Russert, five days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “We’ve got to spend time in the shadows using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies. That’s the world (terrorists) operate in, and so it’s going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal.” It was an odd thing to say.
Health care issues will await next president
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B6
Better late than never, President Bush has provoked what could be a serious debate on the future of health care by threatening to veto an extension of one of the most popular and successful government programs in that field.
Feeding division feeds despair
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B7
When spectators jeered Michael Rasmussen, a world-class Danish cyclist, at the end of a long day’s climb through the Pyrenees in the Tour de France last week, they turned the sporting world upside down. Les fans were not upset because Rasmussen had performed badly.
Netheads work to fight e-mail spam, ‘phishing’
July 29, 2007 in print edition on E1
The guys who decide how the Internet should work (a few are women) want you to know they don’t run the Internet. Nobody does. Despite its tremendous influence on Web technology, the Internet Engineering Task Force goes to great lengths to be loosey-goosey, almost hippie-like. It is a purely voluntary group with no dues, no board of directors and no headquarters.
General: Iraqi forces short on qualified leaders
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A11
The Iraqi army and police are growing so fast that their forces enter battle with far less than the usual number of qualified officers, a senior U.S. general told The Associated Press. While a serious problem, it is not stopping the Iraqis from becoming “good enough” to partner with U.S. troops in fighting the insurgency, Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik said Saturday.
Security tightens to prevent soccer tournament violence
July 29, 2007 in print edition on A11
Authorities planned stepped-up patrols in Baghdad today as they intensified security to prevent a repeat of car bombings that killed dozens of revelers celebrating Iraq’s progress to the finals of Asia’s top soccer tournament last week.
Greensburg couple ready to move into home left standing by tornado
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B3
Randy and Kathy Kelley walked through the carpeted rooms of their “new” house, listening to workers explain issues with roofing, Sheetrock and siding. They stepped around boards of carpet samples to inspect brand-new windows that sparkled in the sunlight. They chatted in the kitchen, leaning against the counter where a framed passage from 1 John sat. It read, “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”
Still waiting for your tax refund? You aren’t alone
State examiners generally take until mid-August to finish issuing returns
July 29, 2007 in print edition on B1
Hundreds of Kansas taxpayers are still waiting to receive their 2006 state income tax refunds - averaging about $700 each - even though they submitted their returns on time and provided all necessary information. These taxpayers all claimed tax credits that required extra verification. Tax examiners must review each return by hand to verify eligibility for the credits.
Realtors, landlords begin touting ‘pet friendly’ practices
July 29, 2007 in print edition on D8
In today’s real estate market, going to the dogs is not necessarily a bad thing. Linda Lamb, in fact, is sure it’s a smart thing. The South Side Chicago real estate agent plasters pictures of Esau, her Great Dane, on her business cards and brochures. And recently she joined the Pet Realty Network, a new affinity group she hopes will attract clients.
Merchant of Venom
Don Rickles reveals how he learned to insult
July 29, 2007 in print edition on D3
Hey, you hockey puck. Yeah, YOU! Don Rickles - Mr. Warmth, the Merchant of Venom - has been on best-seller lists for eight weeks. That’s most of the digits on both hands, dummy. Try to keep up. While making the TV rounds to promote “Rickles’ Book,” the 81-year-old comedian - who has made a career of insulting people - has received reverential treatment from Jon Stewart, David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel (who returned from an appendectomy to devote virtually his entire show to Rickles).
Bad Monkeys’ is a short read that’s hard to put down
July 29, 2007 in print edition on D3
The pictures have eyes. Really, they do. That book you just bought, it’s tagged and traced. Magazines? They’re watching, too. All those college years spent experimenting? Well, they most certainly will come back to haunt you. So it goes in Matt Ruff’s world of “Bad Monkeys” (HarperCollins, $20.00).