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Commentary: Pitcher-catcher clash typical of Cubs’ season
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
Pitcher Carlos Zambrano and catcher Michael Barrett teamed up for a perfect game Friday.
Simons: Kansas needs leaders to set 21st century direction and goals
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
Who are Kansas’ leaders? Who are the individuals who have true leadership qualities, men or women who can inspire, men and women with vision and courage, men and women who merit respect because of their skills, intellect, honesty, initiative and drive? Who are the men and women who tell the truth rather than talk out of both sides of their mouths?
312th Army Band alumni to reunite
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
It’s been 12 years since the Rev. Paul Gray last stood as conductor of the 312th Army Band. Next Saturday, Gray, pastor at Heartland Community Church, 619 Vt., once again will take up a baton, step in front of the band and perform the role of conductor.
Bannister bedevils Rays, 4-1
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
Brian Bannister gave the Kansas City Royals a remedy for a seven-game losing streak. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed two hits over eight innings, and the Royals got some timely hitting from Tony Pena, Esteban German and Emil Brown to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 4-1, on Friday night.
House speaker dismisses anti-abortion resolution
Neufeld calls measure waste of time
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B5
House members who oppose abortion and the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue have been pressuring Speaker Melvin Neufeld for weeks to move against the state’s best-known abortion provider. It shows no signs of working.
People in the news
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Ben Affleck pays tribute to teen friend at graduation¢ Kidney donation reality TV show revealed as a hoax¢ Police drummer takes blast at band’s reunion concert¢ Jolie’s son Pax Thien now has Jolie-Pitt family name
Casting odd in ‘Marco Polo’
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
The father-son producing team of Robert Halmi Sr. and Jr. (“The Odyssey” and “Gulliver’s Travels”) presents “Marco Polo” (7 p.m. today, Hallmark), unfolding in a single three-hour helping.
Park to allow muggles into Potter’s world
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A2
The tourism industry buzzed feverishly this week with the announcement that Universal Orlando secured the rights to build an attraction centered on the hugely popular Harry Potter character.
June 2, 2007 in print edition on D7
Hope nurtures small link in food chain
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
I do not agree with Samuel Johnson that remarriage is the triumph of hope over experience. That dubious triumph belongs to the gardener, not the bride and groom.
James delivers greatness at right time
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C6
Greatness promised. Greatness delivered. When LeBron James’ moment arrived, he was ready. Just like another No. 23. Call it LeBronesque.
Wright, Beltran sidelined for Mets
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
Third baseman David Wright joined center fielder Carlos Beltran on the sidelines for the New York Mets before Friday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
City budget cuts lead to second layoff
Commissioners to discuss finances next week in study sessions
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
One more city employee has lost a job as the result of budget cutting at City Hall, but City Manager David Corliss is hopeful that other layoffs won’t be needed. Corliss confirmed that the city has laid off the personnel training specialist as part of its efforts to cut approximately $3.5 million from the current budget.
Campus shaken by rifleman report
KU’s alert criticized after gun scare
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
Cody Ayers was working in Wescoe Hall at Kansas University when he suddenly was confronted Friday morning by three heavily armed police officers. “They startled me,” the Garden City senior said. “I was packing someone’s office up, and I saw three guys with assault rifles. They asked me if I had seen someone.”
Production concerns boost fuel, oil futures
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B4
Gasoline and oil futures jumped Friday on continued concerns that domestic refineries aren’t producing enough gasoline to meet summer demand.
Controversial energy project still up in the air
KDHE deciding whether to allow coal-fired plants; lawsuits filed
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
More than five months after the state environmental agency closed the public comment period on the proposed coal-fired power project in western Kansas, no decision’s come yet on whether to allow it.
New inspiration
In midst of growth spurt, Unity Church hires associate pastor with passion for empowerment
June 2, 2007 in print edition on D1
The Rev. Jane Simmons keeps a broken board in her office. It was the first board she broke in martial arts, and she was nervous preparing to break it. Now, years later, she holds a black belt in combined tae kwon do, ju jitsu and karate. “I keep that (board) in front of me to remind me I can break through my limitations,” Simmons says.
Chiefs show rust at camp
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
Passes were dropped, timing was off, and by the end, more than a few people were leg-weary and tired. The Kansas City Chiefs opened a three-day mandatory minicamp Friday, and the rust was obvious.
Imported toothpaste may contain poison
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
The government warned consumers on Friday to avoid using toothpaste made in China because it may contain a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze.
No diploma for 5 Illinois students who broke graduation cheering ban
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
Caisha Gayles graduated with honors last month, but she is still waiting for her diploma. The reason: the whoops of joy from the audience as she crossed the stage.
Wal-Mart to submit new plans for store
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
Wal-Mart will try again. A developer that’s working to bring a Wal-Mart to the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive confirmed Friday that the retailer will submit new plans for the city to consider, rather than immediately putting the project back in the hands of a judge.
Around and about
June 2, 2007 in print edition on D5
Aaron and Dawna Watkins, Raymore, Mo., announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Henri Watkins, born March 30, 2007, at Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park.
Tornado tears through Iowa
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
A tornado flattened dozens of homes in three rural eastern Iowa towns Friday, leaving an eight-mile path of destruction through businesses and neighborhoods in Muscatine.
Scott’s 62 good for lead
Chat with caddie helps at Memorial
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C2
Adam Scott was frustrated by hitting good shots and signing for mediocre scores.
Faith Forum: Are some parts of the Bible more important than others?
June 2, 2007 in print edition on D1
When we ask if there are some parts of the Bible that are more important than others, we have to consider that the Bible is the story of our relationship with God.
Officer switching genders after years of despair
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B2
For most of her life, Jessica Renee knew something wasn’t right. The 6-foot-tall Kansas City police officer and St. Joseph native was born David Joel, served in the Marines and the Navy and even was married twice.
4-H and FCE news
June 2, 2007 in print edition on D3
The Stull Family and Community Education unit will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Deal Six Auditorium at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.
Braves’ Jones shelved by bruised right hand
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is going on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right hand.
Bonds won’t say whether he’ll play
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
Barry Bonds isn’t sure about his future or thinking about breaking Hank Aaron’s home run record.
Sheffield, Bard draw three-game suspensions
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C5
Detroit designated hitter Gary Sheffield and San Diego catcher Josh Bard were suspended for three games each by the commissioner’s office Friday for confrontations with umpires the previous night.
U.S. pilots indicted in Brazil’s worst crash
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A7
A federal judge indicted two U.S. pilots and four Brazilian air traffic controllers on manslaughter-related charges Friday in Brazil’s worst air disaster, court officials said.
Wal-Mart slows expansion plans
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B4
Wal-Mart shares rose almost 4 percent Friday after the company said it would scale back the number of planned U.S. superstore openings this year by more than 25 percent, a move calculated to drop the company’s capital expenditures by $1.5 billion in the current fiscal year.
Two are reappointed to bioscience authority
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B4
Kansas House Speaker Melvin Neufeld has reappointed David Franz and Dolph C. Simons Jr. to the Kansas Bioscience Authority board of directors.
Olathe to vote on K-State plan
Satellite campus, bioscience park on Tuesday’s council agenda
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B4
Plans to create a satellite campus for Kansas State University and a bioscience research and office park in Olathe will be up for approval Tuesday night by the Olathe City Council.Council members are scheduled to approve a development plan for the project during their 7 p.m. meeting at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B4
No progress
Plans for Kansas University Medical Center and KU Hospital to affiliate with St. Luke’s Hospital look like a one-way street.
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
Once again, a so-called critical “deadline” has come and gone without any action in the ongoing medical facility civil war and double-talk exercise involving Kansas University Medical Center, KU Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital.
U.S. fighting to preserve what doesn’t exist
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B6
Of all the absurdities attending our unending war in Iraq, the greatest is this: We are fighting to defend that which is not there.
Political care
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Here we go again, the government can do it better and more efficiently than the private sector - or so postulates the letter in Wednesday’s Journal-World concerning health care. Big leap! Is there any hard data?
Oil is the key
June 2, 2007
To the editor: Rep. Dennis Moore, Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, I’m willing to listen to your arguments for staying in Iraq. All evidence points to only one rational explanation. It is OK, you can stop winking and nudging and say oil.
Senators seeking momentum swing
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C6
The flag of the Ottawa Senators flies throughout Canada’s capital, flapping closely next to the red Maple Leaf in front of hotels, office buildings and in car windows. It was also spotted outside a funeral parlor, which could be an omen if things don’t change tonight on the home ice of the Eastern Conference champions.
Postage duo
Hinrich, Pierce included in NBA stamp series
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
Jeff Lough is a Kansas University basketball fan and a stamp collector. Leave it to the NBA to bring two of his hobbies together. His interest piqued by an article in Linn’s Stamp News - the world’s largest weekly stamp newspaper - Lough purchased a sheet of legally valid postage stamps featuring Kansas University product Kirk Hinrich, now with the Chicago Bulls.
Tropical Storm Barry forms in Gulf of Mexico
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
Tropical Storm Barry formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday - the first day of hurricane season - and the National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for a stretch of Florida’s western coast.
Donovan to take ‘passion’ to NBA in Orlando
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C6
For Billy Donovan, it’s the perfect mix: the money, the team, the location. After leading Florida to two straight NCAA titles and building a budding dynasty in 11 years at the school, he’s off to the NBA, ready to coach the Orlando Magic.
Christmas light scam draws 6 months in jail
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
If her invention had been real, she might have made big bucks. Instead, she gets coal in her stocking - and time behind bars.
Rush’s knee surgery deemed a success
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
Brandon Rush’s right knee surgery has been deemed a success. “The surgery couldn’t have gone any better. The doctors couldn’t be more pleased,” Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said Friday, referring to right ACL surgery performed Friday afternoon by KU’s medical team in Lawrence.
FBI nabs 3 in robbery that left teller dead
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
Three suspects have been arrested in a bank robbery that exploded into gunfire and left a teller dead and two people seriously wounded, federal officials announced Friday.
Lions’ DeBiasse up for award
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation has nominated Lawrence High’s Nick DeBiasse as a finalist for the High School Athlete of the Year.
Half of Williams duo sent packing
Serbia’s Jankovic jolts Venus in three sets; Serena advances to fourth round by downing Krajicek
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C2
Venus Williams stood still, all straight-faced and serious, during a TV interview right before she played in the French Open’s third round.
Military news
June 2, 2007 in print edition on D5
Army National Guard Pfc. Jeffrey Jewell and Army Pfc. William K. Masters have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Knox, Ky.
Repairs complete on historic church towers
June 2, 2007 in print edition on D1
It’s funny the things you learn when a microburst knocks down part of your church, a construction worker gets stranded at the top, and then you knock down part of the church only to rebuild it.
LHS wrestling coach resigns
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High School’s teachers and students may have scurried off for the summer, but the school’s coaching carousel still spins. After five years at LHS, wrestling coach Mark Dulgarian has accepted the same position at Paola High.
Lawrence Datebook
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B2
Imprisoned leftist rebels moved ahead of release
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A7
The government transferred jailed leftist rebels to a holding center Friday as part of President Alvaro Uribe’s bid to win freedom for 60 rebel-held hostages, including three U.S. defense contractors and former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.
26 suspected Taliban killed; bomb hits convoy
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A7
A battle pitting NATO and Afghan troops against Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan killed 20 militants, while police repelled a Taliban attack in eastern Afghanistan, killing six of the insurgents, officials said Friday.
Commitment forms ready for ‘Driven to Cure’
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute is accepting commitment forms for specialty license plates that channel proceeds to cancer centers. “Driven to Cure” license plates require a $50 fee on top of other vehicle registration costs and will be available starting Jan. 1, 2008.
Despite rains, forecasters see no parallels with 1993 flooding
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B8
With more rain predicted for Missouri and Kansas this weekend - after a wet May that produced damaging floods in both states - National Weather Service forecasters understood worries about this year turning into another 1993. But so far, they said Friday, that scenario doesn’t appear likely.
Real Men Cook set for Sunday
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence-Douglas County NAACP will play host to its annual Real Men Cook event at 5 p.m. Sunday at Steve’s Place, 1388 N. 1293 Road.
Naval frigate finds 18 floating bodies
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A7
A French naval frigate conducting a surveillance mission off Malta discovered the bodies of 18 people floating in the Mediterranean on Friday, a navy spokesman said.
Club news
June 2, 2007 in print edition on D5
The Wednesday Afternoon Bridge Club played a stratified Howell movement at five and a half tables directed by Virginia Seaver on May 16. Paul Heitzman and Dave Piro won first in A, while Cathy Blumenfeld and Grant Sutton won second in A and first in B and C.
Insincere apology nets embezzler jail time
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B3
Johnson County District Judge Steve Leben paused for several moments on Friday. He had much to consider.
Five-run ninth boosts Tribe
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C4
David Dellucci singled home the winning run with two outs to cap a five-run ninth as Cleveland rallied past Detroit.
On the record
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B2
Many troops return to war while half haven’t gone at all
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A4
Even as troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are serving longer and more often - three, four, even five times - roughly half of Americans in uniform have not been sent at all.
Scouting news
June 2, 2007 in print edition on D5
Five second-year Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 3055, chartered to Westside Presbyterian Church, attended the Pelathe District’s Webelos graduation weekend May 11-13 at Spring Creek in Baldwin City.
Charity reports record donations
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B3
Three charities will benefit from a record month for Cans for the Community, a nonprofit group that recycles aluminum cans and donates the proceeds to other nonprofits. Community Living Opportunities, Douglas County Visiting Nurses and Friends of the Kaw will receive $500 each from the project.
3 inmates critically injured after prison fight
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
A fight broke out among inmates in a prison yard Friday, injuring 18 prisoners, three of them critically, prison officials said.
Cubs’ Zambrano, Barrett battle
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C4
Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano and catcher Michael Barrett shoved each other in the dugout, then the pitcher busted his teammate’s lip in the clubhouse so badly that Barrett wound up in a hospital.
Constitution Hall among finalists
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lecompton’s Constitution Hall State Historic Site is among 24 finalists to be considered one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas.
Man, 40, arraigned for attack in home
June 2, 2007 in print edition on B1
A 40-year-old Lawrence man with a history of domestic battery arrests was arraigned Friday in Douglas County District Court on charges of aggravated assault and criminal restraint.
Officials seize computers containing book drafts
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A7
A Russian journalist said Friday that law enforcement officials searched his apartment and carted off computers that contained draft chapters of two books he was writing about President Vladimir Putin.
Researchers unearth 2,100-year-old melon
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A7
A 2,100-year-old melon with the flesh still on the rind was unearthed in western Japan, apparently preserved underground over the centuries in a vacuum-packed state, an official said Friday.
Keegan: Grant wrong? Rarely
June 2, 2007 in print edition on C1
It takes a secure man to say these three words: “I was wrong.” Departing Free State High athletic director Steve Grant said them more than once Friday as he looked back on his 10 years on the job.
Society calendar
June 2, 2007 in print edition on D5
Sunday Afternoon Bridge Club, 1 p.m., Kaw Valley Bridge Center in the I-70 Business Center, 1025 N. Third St., Suite 120. 842-2655.
Rice: Cheney supports Bush policy against using military force in Iran
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A7
The U.S. is not preparing for war against Iran, and Vice President Dick Cheney supports that policy, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says, taking a swipe at a U.N. official who says he’s worried about “crazies” who want to start bombing.
Time off becoming less of an escape
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A1
Sun block. Beach umbrella. Laptop. One in five people toted laptop computers on their most recent vacations, an AP-Ipsos poll released Friday said. Along with the 80 percent who said they brought along their cell phones, the survey shows going on vacation no longer means being out of the electronic loop.
Vice premier of China dies after long illness
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A7
Vice Premier Huang Ju, a key ally of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin who climbed the ranks of Shanghai politics to join the Communist Party’s inner sanctum of power, died early today, the official Xinhua News Agency said. He was 68.
Tuberculosis patient apologizes
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Atlanta lawyer quarantined with a dangerous strain of tuberculosis apologized to fellow airline passengers in an interview aired Friday and insisted he was told before he set out for his wedding in Europe that he was no danger to anyone.
Sunni revolt against al-Qaida extends to Baghdad
June 2, 2007 in print edition on A4
An al-Qaida-linked suicide bomber struck a safehouse occupied by an insurgent group that has turned against the terror network. Friday’s attack northeast of Baghdad killed two other militants, police said, the latest sign that an internal Sunni power struggle is spreading.