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Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
Proceeds from the local summer horse show here were to go to Boys’ Achievement Place, a major Jaycee project.
Hilton, Libby in same legal boat
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B7
John Edwards, the millionaire turned populist, suggests that the Paris Hilton case bolsters his argument that there are “two Americas.” Of course, for presidential candidate Edwards, targeting the left end of the Democratic Party, everything proves that there are two Americas.
Spring showers help Cardinals blossom
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C6
The Eudora High softball squad saw of this spring’s bevy of rain cancellations as a blessing. At least that’s how Cardinals coach Cara Kimberlin, the Journal-World’s 2007 All-Area Softball Coach of the Year, chose to look at the persistent wet weather.
Four-time champs fail to draw fans’ interest
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C8
Exiting the arena with the NBA finals MVP trophy in one arm and his actress fiancee on the other, Tony Parker looked like someone who should be a megastar in America.
Sosa slams 599th home run
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C4
Sammy Sosa hit a grand slam for his 599th career home run. The 38-year-old slugger is one homer away from a mark that only four others have reached - Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. He ended an 18-game homer drought with his first grand slam since Sept. 15, 2004.
People in the news
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Spice Girls reunion a go¢ ‘Sopranos’ star also surprised by ending¢ Hasselhoff wins custody fight¢ Tribute to Versace
AT&T stores own exclusive iPhone debut
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B5
Customers clamoring to get their hands on Apple Inc.’s highly anticipated iPhone better make sure they’re at the right store.
Thousands watch unearthing of 1957 Plymouth
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A4
A concrete vault encasing a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere buried a half-century ago may have been built to withstand a nuclear attack but it couldn’t beat back the natural onslaught of moisture.
Around and about
June 16, 2007 in print edition on D3
Ryan and Jenny Lee Audus, Leawood, announce the birth of their daughter, Mae Adair Audus, born May 10, 2007, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Mae has a brother, Lucas, 3.
Pop culture dads not that unusual
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A10
They’re not our dads, but at times we might wish they were. Or be glad they’re not. The fathers of film and television each have their own way of dealing with their children, but are those ways are really all that different from real-life dads?
Army chief of staff commends graduates
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
For those unsure of the goal in the war on terror, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. issued this reminder Friday at Fort Leavenworth.
Poll, new report show frustration of young Muslims in the U.S.
June 16, 2007 in print edition on D8
A show of sympathy for suicide bombers among some young, American Muslims has raised new concerns about homegrown extremism, but also is highlighting calls to engage the nation’s growing Muslim population.
Prosecutor in Duke lacrosse case resigns
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Breaking down in tears at his ethics trial, Mike Nifong abruptly said Friday he would quit as district attorney and admitted he got “carried away” during his discredited rape prosecution of three Duke University lacrosse players.
Computer woes fixed at space station
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two Russian cosmonauts began to get crucial computers up and running Friday, four days after they crashed at the international space station and curbed the outpost’s ability to orient itself and produce oxygen.
June 16, 2007 in print edition on D7
Those with birthdays today: You understand more the role finances could play in your life.
TV networks mull expanded Bonds coverage
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C5
Whether they’re rooting for him or against him, fans might get to see a lot of Barry Bonds on television.
Neighborhood celebrates park renovations
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Bayliss Harsh said she felt sick when she heard the shelter at Clinton Park, 901 W. Fifth St., was going to be torn down. After growing up in Lawrence and living near the park for four years, she had fond memories of it. “In the late ‘70s I went to a wedding there,” she said. But she likes its replacement.
Herbicides in parks still a nettlesome issue
City says $60K extra needed
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
Those darn weeds. If Lawrence wants to ban herbicide and pesticide use in all of its parks, residents will need to lower their aesthetic standards or city commissioners will need to come up with about $60,000 extra per year to pay for more weed eater operators, city parks and recreation leaders have determined. Supporters of a pesticide-free park program, though, are disputing those findings.
Circus zebras, horses enjoy brief escape
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
The circus came to town Friday, but a few wayward animals put on their own show.
Two top terrorists arrested in raids
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
The head of Southeast Asia’s most feared terrorist group was arrested along with his military chief, police said Friday, claiming a breakthrough in the fight against extremists in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
Keegan: Raised hoop just a novelty
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
Imagine Muggsy Bogues having played a lengthy NBA career at 4-foot-3, Yao Ming towering way above the competition at 6-foot-6. That in essence is what it would be like if former NBA assistant coach Tom Newell had his way.
Raiders split twinbill
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C7
Lawrence’s Raiders split a pair of 3-2 games against the Kansas City Barnstormers on Friday, winning the first game in nine innings, then falling in regulation in the nightcap.
Questions still unanswered in death of small-town police chief
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
A man accused of fatally shooting a small-town police chief - a family friend the suspect says tried to help him kick his drug habit - was arraigned Friday on a murder charge and ordered held without bond.
Coach’s team third at Bill Self Classic
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C3
The team of Gary Leonardi, Jerry Magnuson, Megan Menzel and John Zylstra combined to shoot 17-under-par 55 to win the fourth-annual Bill Self Lawrence Parks and Rec Youth Scholarship Golf Classic on Friday at Eagle Bend.
House extends delay on passports for North American travel
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Congress is moving to postpone until June 2009 requiring passports for land and sea travel to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean after complaints about vacation-ruining delays by the State Department in issuing them.
Left behind
Mickelson misses cut after 77; Cabrera tames ornery Oakmont
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
It was a simple shot on a difficult golf course, a 135-yard sand wedge from Angel Cabrera that skidded to a stop a foot from the hole, a rare birdie at Oakmont that changed so many things. It put Cabrera atop the leaderboard as the sole survivor to par Friday at the U.S. Open.
KU athletics budget to increase again
Board projects 8 percent rise for ‘08
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
If Kansas University’s athletic programs continue to bout with mediocrity in 2007-08, financial support once again won’t be to blame. Kansas Athletics, Inc., approved its projected fiscal year 2008 budget on Friday at its quarterly board meeting, and KU’s athletic department once again expects to have even more money to work with.
Lawrence Datebook
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events around Lawrence.
Iraqi opinion mixed on U.S. withdrawal
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
Land at Baghdad airport and you quickly sense the struggle for control of the Iraqi capital. The airport tarmac is virtually deserted. The dusty air and 110-degree heat hit like a blast wave, especially if you’ve slipped on a long black abaya and head scarf to blend with the local population.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
Douglas County Dist. Atty. Mike Malone said two juvenile suspects in the past week’s murder of a Lawrence carpenter, Don Hatchell, 50, were in custody but for reasons unrelated to the murder. Yet Malone said he still considered the two, a boy and a girl, “prime suspects” in the killing.
4-H and FCE news
June 16, 2007 in print edition on D3
The Vinland Family and Community Education unit will meet for a noon luncheon Tuesday at the home of Kay Ellen Hess. Paula Johnson will give a lesson on the history of Haskell Indian Nations University.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 16, 1907: “The state printer is investigating charges that someone ‘leaked’ data on the latest medical examinations for Kansas.
China, U.S. to step up anti-piracy work
Beijing to report on efforts to track producers of counterfeit goods
June 16, 2007
China has promised to pursue product pirates identified by U.S. authorities in a new effort to stamp out its thriving counterfeit industry, the head of the U.S. customs agency said Friday. The agreement comes amid mounting concern that Chinese pirates are endangering public safety in the United States and elsewhere by selling fake medicine, auto parts and other goods.
Mural uses symbols of technology in latest tribute to Eisenhower
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B8
A new mural to Dwight Eisenhower looms over his hometown, using symbols of technology to portray the larger-than-life president and military leader.
Alleged leader of kidnap ring arrested
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
A man accused of leading a powerful and brutal Mexican kidnapping ring was handed to Mexican authorities Friday, two years after U.S. officials deported him without realizing he was wanted.
Club news
June 16, 2007 in print edition on D3
The University Bridge Club met June 9. Hosts were Leo and Mona Langlois with Leonard and Mary Fleske.
New deal and new wheels at KU
Under different operator, buses to be crimson and blue
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
The blue-and-white buses of Lawrence Bus Co. will soon be replaced by crimson-and-blue models running out of the Kansas University campus, part of the university’s plan to improve service, reduce exhaust emissions and boost potential for coordinated transit offerings with the city of Lawrence.
Prescription program offers aid on the road
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
“Help is on the way” was the message the Partnership for Prescription Assistance wanted to send Friday in Lawrence during its nationwide tour. About a dozen people waited for two hours in the morning outside the Lawrence Public Library for the program’s bus, which is on its second visit to Lawrence.
Gay couples’ rights get official recognition
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
Colombia is set to become the first Latin American country to give established gay couples full rights to health insurance, inheritance and social security under a bill passed by its Congress.
Pearson enters fray for Wall Street Journal
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B5
Pearson PLC, publisher of the Financial Times, is trying to rally partners for a possible bid to rival Rupert Murdoch’s $5 billion offer for Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co., the Journal reported Friday.
Sex offender gets 56-month sentence
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
A 43-year-old Lawrence man was sentenced to 56 months in prison Thursday for one count of indecent liberties with a child and two counts of attempted indecent liberties with a child for molesting his 16-year-old daughter.
Clinton shouldn’t play campaign too safe
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
After watching Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., juggle pointed questions before nearly 1,000 union members here Saturday, it was easy to imagine how she might pull away from her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination. But it also was possible to see how she might stumble on the way.
Arab nations back moderate Palestinian president
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
Arab nations threw their support behind the leadership of moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, but also urged an immediate halt to infighting so that the unity of Palestinian lands can be preserved.
Simons: Political interests have shattered Bioscience Authority dream
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Approximately four years ago, several Kansas legislators, primarily Sen. Nick Jordan of Shawnee and Rep. Kenny Wilk of Lansing, focused on what could be done to help Kansas be a strong competitor in attracting and nurturing bioscience ventures.
Monterey Pop: Then and now
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
Music fans of a certain vintage should not miss “Monterey 40” (8 p.m. today, VH1 and VH1 Classic), recalling the Monterey Pop festival of June 1967.
Rice rallies past Louisville with six-run eighth inning
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C5
Danny Lehmann doubled in the go-ahead run in Rice’s six-run eighth inning, and the team that set a College World Series record for offensive futility last year rallied to beat Louisville, 15-10, on Friday in the tournament opener.
Helping hands
Religion and recovery from addiction are often inseparable for those in need
June 16, 2007 in print edition on D1
It’s been 2 1/2 years since Stan woke up in a Nevada hospital room after a drug overdose. He immediately began to question God. “I looked up and said, ‘You didn’t take me again. What do you want me to do?’” he recalls. Stan - his real name can’t be used because of Alcoholics Anonymous’ rules - is a Lawrence resident.
Sweeney makes Florida pay
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
Mike Sweeney didn’t get mad, and he didn’t get even. He got a three-run double. After the Florida Marlins walked hot-hitting Mark Teahen to load the bases and pitch to him, Kansas City’s veteran designated hitter lashed Sergio Mitre’s sinker down the left-field line and the Royals rolled to a 6-2 victory Friday night.
Zero tolerance’ rules pushing their limits
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
Fifth-graders in California who adorned their mortarboards with tiny toy plastic soldiers this week to support troops in Iraq were forced to cut off their miniature weapons. A Utah boy was suspended for giving his cousin a cold pill prescribed to both students.
Hamas victory brings Gaza isolation
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
The urban warfare that convulsed the Gaza Strip this week was bad enough, diminishing already scarce food, fuel and medicine in the impoverished Palestinian territory.
Ethanol use intended to spur biofuel market
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Gasoline sold in the Golden State will include up to 10 percent ethanol, California air managers have decided, a move the renewable fuels industry says will shift the burgeoning ethanol market into high gear.
Troop surge complete as defense secretary makes surprise visit
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A9
All of the U.S. troops deployed as part of President Bush’s military surge are now in Iraq, a military spokesman said Friday, but the deaths of five soldiers and the crash of an Air Force fighter jet underscored the perils they face trying to quell Iraq’s violence.
Talent has no age limit
Lawson wastes no time making major impact
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C6
Following Lezley Lawson’s freshman season, the McLouth High softball player was named to the Journal-World All-Area softball first team and was a member of the Kansas Class 3A All-State first team as well.
Seven convicted in foiled bombing plot
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
Seven men convicted of joining in a terrorist plot to bomb U.S. financial landmarks and London targets were handed prison sentences ranging up to 26 years Friday. All were convicted of assisting in a plot led by Dhiren Barot, who was sentenced to life in prison last year.
How much are we paying at retail outlets for theft - including a shocking amount by the employees?
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
Few of us realize how much the cost of that item we just purchased at some retail outlet was driven up by criminals, but it is substantial, and growing. Theft cost American retailers nearly $42 billion last year, says a study by the National Retail Federation and the University of Florida.
Brownback rallies support at Right to Life convention
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A7
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback strengthened local support for his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and won the backing of visitors Friday at the National Right to Life Committee’s convention.
Juneteenth event has activities for youths
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence will have its annual Juneteenth celebration Tuesday at South Park.
Peace Mennonite gets a home of its own
June 16, 2007 in print edition on D1
Last summer, members of Peace Mennonite Church were holding a candlelight vigil to remember those killed in Iraq. On the other side of a partition inside Ecumenical Christian Ministries was some sort of social gathering.
Animal activists free last three dancing bears
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
After a lifetime of brutal treatment, including walking on burning embers, Bulgaria’s last three dancing bears will get to rest their paws at a mountain sanctuary, in an apparent end to the centuries-old performance tradition in the Balkans.
Yeley captures first career pole
Driver edges Johnson in Nextel qualifying at Michigan
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
J.J. Yeley won his first career pole Friday at Michigan International Speedway, making him like the two-mile oval even more.
Girl, 5, found alive two days after disappearance
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A10
A 5-year-old girl who was feared drowned with her grandfather on a boating trip startled searchers Friday when she emerged from the woods - naked, scratched and holding mulberries. Crews had pulled her grandfather’s body from the Kankakee River in eastern Illinois just hours earlier.
Clintons sell possibly troublesome stock
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A7
Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton liquidated the contents of their blind trust upon learning it contained investments of $5 million to $25 million that could pose conflicts of interest or prove to be embarrassing to her presidential campaign.
Duncan, Spurs to adorn Wheaties box
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C8
The NBA champion San Antonio Spurs will be featured on a special-edition Wheaties box.
Commentary: Course is painful for several pros
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C10
Curt Schilling’s bloody sock phoned Phil Mickelson’s wrist brace Friday to express its condolences.
Newspapers blurring lines, Marchiony says
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C3
A Louisville Courier-Journal reporter was banned recently from the press box for blogging while an NCAA Tournament baseball game was in progress, but that’s not likely to happen at Kansas University-run sporting events, associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said.
Earnhardt relieved after decision
Driver details decision to leave DEI for Hendrick on weekly satellite radio show
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C8
Relief. That was the overwhelming emotion Dale Earnhardt Jr. felt after he decided earlier this week to join Hendrick Motorsports in 2008.
World’s longest land tunnel to cut Swiss travel time
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
With a ceremony that went off like a classic Swiss timepiece, officials Friday inaugurated the world’s longest overland tunnel, a 21-mile-long rail link under the Alps meant to ease highway traffic jams in the mountainous country.
County to review building’s design
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
A design for the layout and placement of the new Dreher 4-H building at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds is done. The 6,000-square-foot building will have classrooms, meeting rooms, a kitchen, restrooms and storage and multiuse areas at the fairgrounds, near 19th and Harper streets.
Commentary: Don’t feel sorry for ex-NFL players
June 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
It is no longer enough that you praise professional football players. Now you are being asked to pity them. You paid for the tickets that paid for their salaries. You were willing to revel in their successes and tolerate their failures, their excesses and their sins.
On the record
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Police are investigating damage estimated at $1,300 at Hertz Rental, 1214 E. 23rd St. Vandals used spray paint to damage property owned by the business and a La Crosse trucking company June 9.
Faith Forum: How should a pastor answer “Why, God?” when tragedy strikes?
June 16, 2007 in print edition on D8
Any answer depends much on who is asking, so I will give what I think is general yet specific enough.
Roberts fundraiser on Bush agenda
June 16, 2007 in print edition on B4
With his approval ratings at all-time lows, President Bush came to this heavily Republican city Friday to visit a Boys and Girls Club and raise money for a steadfast supporter, Sen. Pat Roberts.
Society calendar
June 16, 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. For more information, contact Chris Lane at 842-2655 or chrisserlane@
Barker goes out an Emmy winner
June 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
After 35 years of giving away prizes, newly retired Bob Barker picked up one of his own Friday night at the Daytime Emmy Awards. The 83-year-old former emcee of “The Price Is Right” won his 19th trophy as game-show host, beating a field that included last year’s winner, Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy!” “Come on down!” presenter Ellen DeGeneres shouted.