Archive for Monday, June 4, 2007

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Polls
What's your favorite thing about summer?

Poll results

Response Percent
Warm temperatures
 
34%
Barbecues
 
22%
Vacation
 
19%
Other
 
13%
Swimming
 
10%
Total 207
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Lawrence High School graduates Shane Billig, left, and Brandon Schwager are heading to Wichita this month for the debate national tournament.The two are the top scorers of National Forensics League points in LHS history. LHS debaters sharpen talking points for national competition
June 4, 2007 in print edition on 1B
Shane Billig and Brandon Schwager, new Lawrence High School graduates, have been debating for years, but the two are preparing to embark on their biggest tournament yet.
1:40 p.m.
Kansas University football sports-information director Mike Strauss is a two-time gold medalist in his age group in golf at the U.S. Transplant Games. He had a liver transplant in 2001. Man on a mission
June 4, 2007 in print edition on 1C
The man seated in front of him finished a sneezing fit and uttered a common gripe among area golfers this spring: “These stupid allergies won’t let up.”
4:00 p.m.
"Old and New," by Michelle Wade Spring snapshot
June 4, 2007 in print edition on 1D
Lawrence Photo Alliance members set out in April to capture the spirit of Lawrence in spring. The resulting exhibit, “Spring Snapshot,” features more than 60 photographs by local and regional artists, offering a diverse perspective of the city during one of the most beautiful times of year.
6:00 p.m.
Women's fitness boot camp at Wescoe Beach at Kansas University on Thursday, May 31, 2007. Happy (boot) campers
June 4, 2007 in print edition on 6C
Becky Basore is well aware the name of her No Boundaries Women’s Boot Camp alone might be enough to chase away some potential clients.
10:45 p.m.
The T may operate fewer routes and less frequently because of budget shortfalls. On Monday, June 4, 2007, riders exited and boarded the bus at the Ninth and Massachusetts streets stop. Bus system facing cuts of $450K
June 4, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Unless city commissioners can find approximately $450,000 worth of new funding for 2008, the city’s public transit system will cease to operate on Saturdays, will shut down two hours earlier on weekdays and likely would run routes on a much less frequent basis.

All stories

6Sports video: T-Bones off to slow start
June 4, 2007
Just on the other side of the river, the Kansas City T-Bones share the Royals’ pain … and currently sit in last place in their division.
6News video: Packs of cubs invade Lawrence this week - Cub Scouts, that is
June 4, 2007
The annual Cub Scout Day Camp began today at the Douglas County Fairgrounds - and the scouts are ready to go.
6News video: Federal assistance on the way to Douglas County to fix flood damage
June 4, 2007
Local emergency management officials report more than $300,000 in flood damage from storms that hit the county in early May.
6News video: County leaders look into consolidating two departments
June 4, 2007
Douglas County Commissioners want to relocate the public works department to one site on county-owned land near the Douglas County Jail.
6Sports video: Two Jayhawk hoopsters invited to Team USA tryouts
June 4, 2007
Jayhawk guards Mario Chalmers and Sharron Collins have been invited to tryout for Team USA’s Pan American squad.
6News video: Political leaders of tomorrow take over KU’s campus
June 4, 2007
350 delegates of Sunflower Girls State are busy this week setting up their own city, county, and state government offices.
6News video: Heavy rainfall slows construction on Eudora pool
June 4, 2007
Rains and frost slowed construction of the Eudora pool, pushing back the opening from July 1st to July 4th.
6News video: ‘Star Signs’ showing growth under new management
June 4, 2007
After falling into bankruptcy, a Lawrence business is under new ownership and showing signs of growth.
6News video: Lawrence schools prepare for administration change
June 4, 2007
Lawrence school officials are preparing for a major administration overhaul beginning July 1st.
6News video: Kansas being sued by CO2 emission regulators
June 4, 2007
Kansas has CO2 emissions of nearly 80 million metro-tons, or more than 29 metro-tons per person.
6News video: Kidcast for June 4th, 2007
June 4, 2007
A bit of weather history, brought to you by a local youth.
6News video: City Commissioners look ahead to next year’s spending plans
June 4, 2007
A revenue shortfall in this year’s budget has Lawrence City Commissioners looking ahead to next year. Lawrence’s public transit system is one of several agencies in city government that will need more funding.
6News video: WRAP program surrounded by funding questions
June 4, 2007
A local program that puts 21 mental health counselors in area high schools, junior highs, and elementary schools is surrounded by funding questions.
Bus system facing cuts of $450K
Funding losses could mean shorter hours, fewer runs on routes
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
Unless city commissioners can find approximately $450,000 worth of new funding for 2008, the city’s public transit system will cease to operate on Saturdays, will shut down two hours earlier on weekdays and likely would run routes on a much less frequent basis.
6News Now: Commissioners look ahead to next year’s budget
June 4, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a revenue shortfall in this year’s budget has Lawrence City Commissioners looking ahead to next year’s spending plans and an update on Star Signs as the company tries to work through its bankruptcy.
County discusses consolidating public works
June 4, 2007
Douglas County commissioners raised the possibility of consolidating its Department of Public works facilities at one location near the county jail.
Guitar players hope to make history
Reported 1,683 participants enough for Guinness record, organizers say
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence residents Erin Runnels and Autumn McPherson woke up Sunday and felt like trying to break a world record.
Wakarusa Festival going ‘green’
Concert adding symposium to discuss importance of sustainability
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
Pete Ferrell is a wind farmer, not a guitar god. But he hopes to energize the crowd this weekend at the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival when he takes the stage to talk about sustainable power.
Board of Regents changes expected
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
Deferred maintenance at state universities has been the major issue pushed by the Kansas Board of Regents in recent months.
Cooking event feeds financial need
Real Men’ step up to the stove in second annual fundraiser for NAACP
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
David Watson-Jackson, 15, knows how to sweeten the pork chops he cooks.
State takes pulse of health care
Major reforms to control costs due this year
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
A small army of politicians, policymakers, advisory boards and representatives of special interest groups is maneuvering to produce a major state health care reform package by Nov. 1.
Happy (boot) campers
Intense’ women’s only fitness program has loyal following
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C6
Becky Basore is well aware the name of her No Boundaries Women’s Boot Camp alone might be enough to chase away some potential clients.
Man on a mission
Staffer champions organ donation - and plays a mean game
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
The man seated in front of him finished a sneezing fit and uttered a common gripe among area golfers this spring: “These stupid allergies won’t let up.”
LHS debaters sharpen talking points for national competition
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Shane Billig and Brandon Schwager, new Lawrence High School graduates, have been debating for years, but the two are preparing to embark on their biggest tournament yet.
Former foes Dole, Daschle promote farm-energy plan
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
Bob Dole and Tom Daschle ambled into the Senate Agriculture Committee’s hearing room one morning last week without the flourishes they enjoyed when they were kings on Capitol Hill.
Sexiness is power in porn-driven, ‘look-at-me’ culture
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
Porn used to be relegated to a video hidden in the bottom drawer, or a magazine under the mattress. Today, it’s part of everyday life.
Study: Pill improves liver cancer survival
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
For the first time, doctors say they have found a pill that improves survival in liver cancer, a notoriously hard to treat disease diagnosed in more than half a million people globally each year.
Contractors also casualties
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
Something was missing from my local Memorial Day parade. There were soldiers, sailors, World War II veterans, firefighters, Girl Scouts, soccer players, marching bands, flag-draped floats and a festive contingent from the Board of Education. But there was no float memorializing the hundreds of civilian contractors killed in Iraq.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
Farm future
Two former senators have proposed a new direction for federal farm programs.
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
The federal farm bill is up for renewal this year, which is of no small concern to Kansas and other states whose economies are closely tied to agriculture. Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole and former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle last week released a plan for reforming the nation’s agricultural policy.
Conservatives may want to turn back clock
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
Accepting the 1988 Democratic nomination, Gov. Michael Dukakis, a carrier of Massachusetts’ political culture, allowed his fervent hope to be the father of his surmise when he said, “this election is not about ideology. It’s about competence.”
New Hampshire looks kindly on Obama
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
This is a crowd that is virtually all white. This is the least emotive state in the Union. This is a town that voted decisively for Barry Goldwater in 1964. This is where thousands of people filled the parking lot of Kennett High School in the hope of crowding in to see a black man who is running for president.
MRI exam next test for Yankees’ Clemens
Pitcher hopes to make New York debut Saturday - if results favorable
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C5
Roger Clemens is headed for an MRI today to help determine the level of concern over his “fatigued” right groin.
9 defectors accepted by Japan from North Korea
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
More than 20 defectors from North Korea have been taken into protective custody by the Japanese Consulate General in Shenyang, China, since the end of last year. Of those, nine were admitted to Japan, government sources said.
Strong earthquake in China displaces 120,000
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
A strong earthquake shook a hilly southwestern Chinese region near the border with Laos early Sunday, killing at least three people - including a child who was crushed by debris - injuring hundreds and forcing 120,000 people from their homes, state media reported.
Henin, Williams gear for rematch
Tempers flared back in 2003 in French Open semifinals
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C2
Death, divorce, illness, injuries, a lawsuit: Set tennis aside for a moment, and ponder just how much Serena Williams and Justine Henin have dealt with since the last time they met at the French Open.
Hilton almost upstages MTV Movie Awards
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
Captain Jack Sparrow was the big winner at the MTV Movie Awards Sunday as “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” was named best movie and its star, Johnny Depp, won for best performance.
Lebanese army bombards refugee camp for third day
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Lebanon’s army pounded Islamic militants hiding in a bombed-out Palestinian refugee camp Sunday for the third straight day, while fighting erupted outside another camp in the south, stoking fears of widespread violence breaking out in the country.
Kansas’ low electric costs come with high emissions price
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
A kilowatt-hour of electricity generated in Kansas costs significantly less than the national average but contributes much more to global warming than power generated in most other states.
Trees among tornado casualties
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B8
When last month’s tornadoes ripped up Greensburg and other parts of Kansas, the deadly storms also destroyed hundreds of trees, or shelterbelts, planted during the Dust Bowl years to help control wind and erosion.
Howell mows down former teammates
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
J.P. Howell was one of Tampa Bay’s final cuts at the end of spring training. Now, he’s determined to make the most of his latest chance in the major leagues.
Horoscopes
June 4, 2007 in print edition on D2
Events calendar
June 4, 2007 in print edition on D2
LeBron is now Spurs’ problem
San Antonio to try to slow Cleveland sensation on Thursday
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
LeBron James is now the San Antonio Spurs’ problem. The Cavaliers standout forward, in just his fourth season, has led Cleveland to its first-ever NBA finals. With his performance in the Eastern Conference finals, James has lifted an entire city’s hopes onto his shoulders.
A close examination of Spurs-Cavs by position
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
A position-by-position look at the matchups in the NBA finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Commission to meet early this week
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
City commissioners will meet at noon Tuesday instead of at their traditional meeting time of 6:35 p.m. The meeting features a light agenda of mainly routine bill paying and other administrative matters.
Absorbent Ink. names art director
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
Absorbent Ink., Lawrence, announces the promotion of Sabrina Baumgart to director of art. She will supervise the art department at the company, which specializes in promotional marketing.
From hopeless to happy
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
Q: When I met my husband, he owned his own business. I had another job, but I eventually came into his business. Now we are married, and I have all of these titles: secretary, A/P, A/R, customer service, interior design, courier, finisher, scheduler, problem-solver, digging him out of holes, and I also get yelled at all day by him.
Architects receive preservation award
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
CP&Associates Architects & Planners, which has offices in Lawrence and Kansas City, Mo., recently received a 2007 Preservation Award from the Historic Kansas City Foundation for the firm’s rehabilitation work on the historic Aladdin Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Mo.
Money tip
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
If you are in a car accident, Consumer Reports recommends these steps to minimize further damage and expenses:
Ducks missing Pronger
Anaheim player suspended for Game 4
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
The Anaheim Ducks will have to play without Chris Pronger - again. Pronger was suspended Sunday for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals for his forearm to the head of Dean McAmmond that knocked out the Senators forward and made his status for tonight’s pivotal game questionable.
Wild turkeys peck at windows in suburb
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
Wild turkeys have been showing up on the streets of Farmington Hills, a Detroit suburb, pecking at windows and eating from bird feeders.
Informant key to undoing of JFK plot
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
A convicted drug dealer who agreed to pose as a wannabe terrorist among a shadowy group plotting to blow up John F. Kennedy International Airport secretly fed information to federal investigators in exchange for a lighter sentence.
The Right Start’ set for Wednesday
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
Kansas University’s Small Business Development Center will present an afternoon edition of “The Right Start,” an ongoing seminar series for startups, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 734 Vt., suite 104.
A tree falls in the forest, found 380M years later
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
The tree stood tall and spindly in the hot sun some 380 million years ago when something toppled it, maybe a storm or an earthquake.
Bartlett & West boosts division
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
Dan Wethington, Lawrence, has joined the Architectural Engineering Division of Bartlett & West, an engineering firm with area offices in Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and St. Joseph and Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Rep. Tafanelli to lead tornado-fund review
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
State Rep. Lee Tafanelli, R-Ozawkie, has been named chairman of a special committee to oversee state agencies assisting Greensburg’s recovery from the May 4 tornado.
Gun control is best response
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
Soon after the one-month anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings, three more died in a church shooting in Idaho. In the month since the Virginia Tech ordeal, an estimated 2,430 more Americans were killed with guns. Are effective steps being taken to avoid senseless violent acts?
Lawrence Datebook
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
June 4, 2007
Internet big part of dog sales
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
Type “Yorkies for sale” into an Internet search engine, and hundreds of Web sites come up.
Attorney says he was too sleepy during trial
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
A defense attorney tried a different argument to win his convicted client a new murder trial: The attorney was too sleepy.
Heeling’ on rolling sneakers causing injuries
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
Trendy wheeled sneakers that let kids zip down sidewalks, across playgrounds and through mall crowds could also send them rolling into emergency rooms on a stretcher, say doctors who blame a rash of injuries on the international craze.
Pistons’ season deemed ‘failure’ by Wallace
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
The Detroit Pistons seem to be slipping from great to good, leading to questions about a nucleus that has been kept together since winning a title in 2004 and a coach that had a tough act to follow.
La Prima Tazza barista knows his coffee - and tea
June 4, 2007 in print edition on D1
La Prima Tazza, or The First Cafe, opened in downtown Lawrence in 1990. It’s part of the Liberty Theatre complex at 638 Mass. Andy, who is studying for his master’s degree in political science, has worked there since 1997, and he knows his coffees. The beans are already roasted, but every coffee is made manually.
Meeting to address FSA election issues
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Douglas County office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will hold an informational meeting later this month about this year’s FSA county committee election.
Recruits stranded when coaches leave
Prospect says he signed with Florida because of Donovan, who informed him of departure via phone
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C2
After Orlando got its man, after Billy Donovan got his millions, after Gainesville got its hug goodbye and after the media got two news conferences 90 miles apart, Adam Allen got the only thing coming to him. A phone call.
Exhibit broadens idea of portraiture
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
New faces and untraditional styles of portraiture are showing up at the National Portrait Gallery, a mix that includes Neil Armstrong, Nancy Reagan and even a dozen high school students from Washington.
Rec calendar
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C6
Juco lineman commits to KU for football
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s football program landed another early commitment for its 2008 class, this time from a junior-college transfer.
Elder Rush to coach at Barstow
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
JaRon Rush, the brother of Kansas University junior Brandon Rush, has joined former KU guard Jeff Boschee’s boys basketball coaching staff at The Barstow School in Kansas City, Mo.
Former Cosmosphere director hired as consultant despite conviction
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B8
A man who was convicted of stealing artifacts from NASA and a Kansas space museum has been working occasionally for the Omniplex’s space exhibits, according to a published report.
Time capsule’ found in grandmother’s garden
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
It wasn’t buried treasure, but a boy working in his grandmother’s garden in Manton, Mich., pulled from the ground a wooden box that contained a Chrysler emblem, a tealight candle and newspapers from 1952, among other items.
Donovan waffling on move to Magic
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
Billy Donovan might not be done with the Florida Gators after all.
Thieves almost steal targeting system
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Burglars almost made off with the display and controls for an Apache helicopter weapons-targeting system last week after cutting a hole in a door at the Lockheed Martin facility near Orlando International Airport.
Suicide car bomber strikes near PM’s house
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
A suicide car bomber drove through a roadblock guarding the home of the Somali prime minister on Sunday and rammed the vehicle into a wall. Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi was whisked to safety, officials said, but at least five people were killed in the explosion.
Raiders called off - again
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
Possibly the only positive the Lawrence Raiders can take from the weekend is that their 2007 American Legion baseball debut will come at home.
Dynamic duo this year is : ?
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C5
Think you know how the season will shape up, and who the best players on your fantasy season are? You might have thought that last May 31 as well. Boy, were you wrong.
Spring snapshot
Lawrence Photo Alliance documents Lawrence
June 4, 2007 in print edition on D1
Lawrence Photo Alliance members set out in April to capture the spirit of Lawrence in spring. The resulting exhibit, “Spring Snapshot,” features more than 60 photographs by local and regional artists, offering a diverse perspective of the city during one of the most beautiful times of year.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
Catholic service seeks office help
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
Catholic Community Services seeks volunteers to provide support for the counseling office three nights per week, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. or as needed.
Batting cages are out of service
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Clinton Lake Softball Complex batting cages will be temporarily unavailable for public use while maintenance is completed. The cages are expected to be open by the end of this week.
Croyle shines at camp
Potential Chiefs QB has eye-popping day
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
The football came flying out of Brodie Croyle’s hand like a rocket. It soared 50 yards and came to rest with laser-like precision in the arms of a wide receiver streaking toward the back of the end zone.
Heroism credited for rescue at festival
Woman arraigned today on charges of striking 40 with car
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Neighbors and rescue personnel threw children out of the path of a speeding car that plowed through a crowded street festival, preventing more serious injuries than the 40 people struck, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said Sunday.
Knocked Up’ delivers at No. 2 spot
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” hit an ebb tide in its second weekend but still had enough buoyancy to hold the No. 1 spot at the box office.
3 arrested in massive food fight at high school
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
A high school senior accused of starting a massive food fight that left a police officer injured was among three students arrested in the prank.
Putin: Russia will react to U.S. missile shield
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Russian President Vladimir Putin, with words reminiscent of the Cold War, warned Sunday that his military would respond to a planned American missile defense system near its borders by aiming its missiles at U.S. military bases in Europe.
House pushes tougher regulation for wind industry
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
Birds and bats have a powerful advocate in the new Congress, and he is making the wind energy industry nervous.
Hunters drive up rural land prices
Kansas could become exclusive recreational ground for wealthy
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
Thanks to a hefty appetite for hunting and fishing, rugged, brush-filled land in southeast Kansas that was once valued at $300 an acre is now on the market for more than $3,000 an acre.
Patient awakes to ‘prettier’ Poland after 19 years
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
A railway worker who emerged from a 19-year coma woke to a radically altered Poland and thinks “the world is prettier now” than it was under communism, his wife said Sunday.
Imported gasoline on rise
U.S. refinery capacity not able to meet needs
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
With gasoline prices averaging $3.22 for a gallon of regular nationwide over the Memorial Day weekend, traditional economic logic might suggest that this would be a good time to invest in new U.S. oil refineries and increase the supply of gasoline.
Firebird qualifies for forensics nationals
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kate Falkenstien has seen her share of success in forensics and is preparing for more.
On the record
June 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
Gates sees positive signs in Afghanistan
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Despite a rise in insurgent violence this spring, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday he is convinced that American and NATO forces are making steady progress against the Taliban.
Immigration bill would help legalize some graduates
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
At 23, Mariana should be carefree. She is finishing up her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has been accepted to a master’s program at Harvard University’s education school.
Lawmakers consider laws to crack down on puppy mills
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
Bob Baker has seen the worst of the worst in his 27 years as an animal cruelty investigator.
A-Rod making all sorts of news
June 4, 2007 in print edition on C5
Barry Bonds can safely retire at the end of the season. America has his replacement in the train-wreck athlete category, a player whose actions and words are as absurd as his talent is enormous.
Photographer snaps nude women on bikes
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Dozens of women posed naked on their bicycles on a bridge over one of Amsterdam’s historic canals Sunday - a unique sight even in a city famed for its relaxed attitude toward nudity and sex.
Treasurer’s Office site of new exhibit
June 4, 2007 in print edition on D2
The Douglas County Treasurer’s Office is displaying a show of color photographs by Mary Tuven through July l0. The varied show includes “Cadillac Dreams” and “The Ol’ Turquoise Oldsmobile.”
U.S. announces 14 troop deaths in Iraq
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A6
Fourteen American soldiers were killed in three deadly days in Iraq, the U.S. military said Sunday, including four in a single roadside bombing and one who was struck by a suicide bomber while on a foot patrol southwest of the capital.
War on terror, health care hot topics at Democratic debate
June 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Democratic presidential candidates clashed on Sunday on Iraq and over the security of the country since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.