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Barry Bonds is less than 10 home runs away from breaking Henry "Hank" Aaron's career home run record of 755. But what power hitter do you consider to be the best?

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6Sports Video: T-Bones struck by Vipers
June 21, 2007
The Calgary Vipers defeated the Kansas City T-Bones by a final score of 8-6.
6Sports Video: Raiders top Rangers in Woodbat Classic
June 21, 2007
The Lawrence Raiders defeated the Dodge City Rangers in a tight battle during the Al Ice Woodbat Classic, 4-3.
6News Video: Jury rules in favor of LMH
June 21, 2007
A jury rules in favor of Lawrence Memorial Hospital in the case of a former city employee who sued Lawrence Memorial Hospital for more than $450,000 in damages.
6News Video: Woman robbed in downtown Lawrence
June 21, 2007
A Lawrence woman fell victim to an armed robbery this morning in the 800 block of Massachusetts St. in downtown Lawrence.
6News Video: Lack of evidence leaves cause of fire undetermined
June 21, 2007
Investigators say they won’t be able to find the cause of a fire at a home North of Lawrence that started around 6:30 last night.
6News Video: Construction project on Kasold Dr. hits a bump in the road
June 21, 2007
If you’ve noticed construction work in the northbound lanes, that’s because the contractor recently noticed several unexpected cracks in the new pavement.
6News Video: New technology helps police in rape cases
June 21, 2007
Lawrence police say new technology in testing DNA is what led them to catch a suspect wanted in connection with the rapes of three Lawrence women in the mid-90’s.
6News Video: Effects of April’s freeze showing during wheat harvest
June 21, 2007
It’s been nearly 11 weeks since a hard freeze stung the area’s what crop, and today the damage is being exposed.
6News Video: Anxious fans await new Harry Potter book
June 21, 2007
Anxious fans got together tonight at Border’s Bookstore to debate about ‘Snape’ - one of the most confusing characters in the Harry Potter books.
6News Video: One man sent to hospital after one vehicle accident
June 21, 2007
A one vehicle accident tonight in western Douglas County sends one man to a Kansas City area hospital.
6News Video: Group gathers to observe national day of prayer
June 21, 2007
About 20 people gathered this morning at the Haskell-Baker Wetlands for a ceremony to observe the 2007 National day of Prayer to protect Native American sacred places.
6Sports Video: It’s official: Releford heading to KU
June 21, 2007
Late Tuesday evening, Bill Self landed the first of what will likely be many recruits for the 2008 season: Travis Releford.
6News Video: Lawrence residents enjoy free ride on the ‘T’
June 21, 2007
The Lawrence transit system provided free rides on the ‘T’ to everyone today, as part of the second annual National Dump the Pump Day.
Cracks surface on brand-new street
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
Those are the breaks. Concrete crews on Wednesday and Thursday were busy tearing out and replacing parts of the recently constructed $6 million Kasold Drive project because several cracks had developed on the new road - which runs from about Clinton Parkway to Bob Billings Drive.
6News Now: Kasold road work requires some repairs
June 21, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, $5 million construction project on Kasold Road has hit an unexpected snag, Lawrence Transit System joins a nationwide effort to encourage public transit.
City group presents new vision for shelters
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
The days of Lawrence having two homeless shelters - one for those who have been drinking and one for those who have not - need to end.
Lawrence Datebook
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events around Lawrence.
Memoir recounts political scandal
Father’s misdeeds put family through hell
June 21, 2007 in print edition on D1
When scandals peppered the White House during the Clinton administration, Cynthia Dennis kept a close eye on first daughter Chelsea. She wanted to see how well the youngest Clinton was holding up under the pressure.
No foolin’: Releford committed to KU
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
Travis Releford played a prank on his mom Tuesday night. “He called me from practice and said, ‘Mama, I committed,”’ related Venita Vann, mother of Releford, the 6-foot-4 high school senior-to-be from Roeland Park Miege.
Royals fall in 14th
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
Ryan Ludwick homered off Jorge de la Rosa leading off the 14th inning, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Our town sports
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C6
Sosa clubs homer No. 600
Slugger hits milestone against his former team
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C4
Sammy Sosa’s 600th homer resembled so many that came before - except this time the Chicago Cubs were on the other side.
Big fun with ‘Big O’
Ostertag ponders return to NBA
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
Greg Ostertag flipped in a one-handed, behind-the-back three-point shot while warming up for the Bill Self campers game Wednesday at Horejsi Center.
Flash floods in Catskills leave four missing
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
Severe thunderstorms caused flash flooding that washed out roads in the southern Catskill Mountains, and police said at least four people were reported missing Wednesday.
Venerable Ice Woodbat Classic kicks off today
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C3
For the last 17 years, the weekend after Father’s Day has been significant to Lee Ice. This year will be no different, with the playing of the 18th Annual Al Ice Memorial Woodbat Classic.
New crack in volcano threatens rare plants
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
A third large crack has formed on Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, park officials said Wednesday. A forest area that is home to rare plants and species could be in danger.
Mob kills passenger in car that hit child
June 21, 2007
Police on Wednesday were pleading for witnesses to help them track down members of an angry mob that beat a man to death after the car he was riding in apparently struck and injured a child.
Assault on al-Qaida continues; three Sunni mosques bombed
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A6
U.S. forces fighting al-Qaida and allied militants intensified operations Wednesday in Baghdad and on all four points of the compass around the capital. To the south, suspected Shiite militiamen bombed three Sunni houses of worship in what may presage a war of the mosques.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B6
Local building continued to lag because of rainy weather and flooding in low areas. Farmers also were being plagued by muddy fields and the inability to get to work.
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, June 21:
Historian seeks stories from Kansas residents
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
A historian is seeking Kansas residents who would like to be interviewed for StoryCorps Door-to-Door, a national oral history project.
Experts believe body will be ID’d
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Experts are confident that the person found hanging in a shed Tuesday near Kansas University’s campus will be identified, although there’s not much to go on.
Jenkins, Ryun skirmishing over ad
Anti-tax group launched campaign
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
The race for the Republican Party nomination in the 2nd Congressional District has gotten ugly early.
Iraq says orphans’ plight exaggerated
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A7
U.S. and Iraqi soldiers found 24 severely malnourished children in a Baghdad orphanage - some tied to their beds and too weak to stand, the U.S. military said Wednesday.
Pacman’ to face two felony charges
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C10
Suspended NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones must surrender to authorities here to face two felony charges in a strip club melee that preceded a triple shooting in February.
Street Thief’ captivating
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
Thievery on both a large and a more personal scale appears to be tonight’s theme. The remarkable documentary “Street Thief” (9 p.m., A&E) presents itself as an intimate look at a professional burglar as he goes about his felonious business.
Ban Jones for life, and get rid of his posse
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C10
You know you’re a big-time athlete when you’ve got a posse to do your dirty work for you. As posses go, Pacman Jones has a pretty good one, full of guys equally adept at picking up dollar bills showered on the strip club stage as they are trading shots with whoever gets in their way.
Japan changes name of Iwo Jima
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A6
Japan has returned to using the prewar name for the island of Iwo Jima - site of one of World War II’s most horrific battles - at the urging of its original inhabitants, who want to reclaim an identity they say has been hijacked by high-profile movies like Clint Eastwood’s “Letters from Iwo Jima.”
Burroughs project featured in exhibit
June 21, 2007 in print edition on D2
A Lawrence artist’s collaboration with the late William S. Burroughs is among exhibits at the La Biennale de Montreal 2007, one of the world’s major contemporary art festivals.
Summer solstice time to begin planning autumn colors
June 21, 2007 in print edition on D2
Today marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the farthest north the sun will be all year and the longest day of the year. Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist, says the actual solstice (when the Sun crosses the Earth’s prime meridian) will occur at 1:06 p.m. CDT, with the day lasting 14 hours, 54 minutes.
Water world
Aquatic gardens a low-maintenance alternative
June 21, 2007 in print edition on D1
There’s nothing quite as soothing as the sound of water gurgling and splashing in the landscape.
Israel still the primary target
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B7
The Bush administration’s announced goal for Israel and the “Palestinian people” has been two states, living side by side in peace. The administration is two-thirds there.
End of the road for ‘silent killer’
Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of construction for new U.S. Highway 59
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
The end is in sight for a highway some call “the silent killer.” At a rural intersection three miles north of Ottawa, ground was broken Wednesday to mark the start of construction on a new U.S. Highway 59.
MLB briefs
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C5
¢ Lawyers near agreement for Giambi meeting¢ Tigers send Ledezma to Braves for McBride¢ Damon might go on DL for first time in career¢ Schilling headed to DL because of sore shoulder
D’oh: Springfields vie for ‘Simpsons’ premiere
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
With a bowling alley, a pub, a prison and a nuclear power plant just down the road, Springfield, Vt., likes to think itself a real-life version of the home of “The Simpsons.”
Reed shines in pro-am
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C8
Kansas University freshman Tyrel Reed scored 12 points in Team Jackson’s 102-99 victory over Team Holmes in Kansas City Pro-Am play Wednesday at Penn Valley Community College.
Readers seeking answers about debt
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A10
The No. 1 question people ask me is: “How can I get out of debt?” Perhaps my answers to the following questions from one of my online discussions this year will help if you’re dealing with debt:
Entertainment subverts news
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B7
One night 10 years ago, I found myself in a crazy place. It was only the parking lot of a courthouse in Santa Monica, but craziness had come to that place on the wings of a jury verdict in the civil trial against O.J. Simpson. The Miami Herald had dispatched me there to gather color - i.e., anecdotes and imagery that gave a sense of what being there was like.
Jury to deliberate today in LMH civil suit
Patient claims hospital’s negligence led to amputation of leg
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
A Douglas County jury will deliberate this morning on whether to award nearly half a million dollars to a former city employee who claimed that Lawrence Memorial Hospital was responsible for negligence that ultimately resulted in the amputation of his left leg.
Quigley returns to RB
KU soph won’t move to wideout after all
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
Add another horse to the Kansas University football team’s intriguing backfield.
Oregon State advances; Heels stay alive
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C6
In one month, Oregon State has gone from uncertainty about making the NCAA Tournament to taking the final step toward playing for a second straight national championship.
Amid Tiger mania, Golden Bear rules
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C2
I’ll tell you who’s having a heck of a year in professional golf right now, especially for a guy who’s 67 and has been running a slow fade pattern for 20 years. Jack Nicklaus is having a heck of a year.
Cubs deal catcher Barrett to Padres
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Chicago Cubs traded embattled catcher Michael Barrett and cash to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday for backup catcher Rob Bowen and minor league outfielder Kyler Burke.
Immigration rules cause custom harvesters to struggle finding help
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B3
Already frustrated by growing bureaucratic delays for hiring foreign workers, the nation’s custom grain cutters were hard hit this wheat harvest season by a short-lived Texas rule that required drivers to have a year’s residency before they could get a commercial driver’s license.
Whole new ballgame
Rudd: COT makes it difficult to pick a winner at Infineon Raceway
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C7
Ricky Rudd is one of NASCAR’s true road warriors. He ranks among the all-time leaders in virtually every category when it comes to road course races in the Nextel Cup Series. Rudd has six career victories, tied for second with Rusty Wallace, Bobby Allison and Richard Petty behind Jeff Gordon’s nine wins. Rudd is tied with Darrell Waltrip for third in road course starts with 53 and first all-time with 26 top-five finishes.
Pump patrol
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
People in the news
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Barker: Words of praise for O’Donnell not an endorsement¢ Birkhead: Dannielynn has long legs, ‘chubby’ toes like her mom¢ Vatican reverses annulment of Kennedy II’s first marriage
Groups want action against Vick
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C10
The discovery of dog-fighting evidence two months ago at a Surry County property owned by NFL quarterback Michael Vick has mobilized dog lovers locally and nationwide.
Arrests in pedophile investigation top 100
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A6
More than 100 people have been arrested so far in a global investigation that arose two years ago in Canada when police began monitoring an Internet chat room used by pedophiles to stream live videos of children being raped, authorities said Wednesday.
Blair called possible Middle East envoy
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A6
The Bush administration is laying the groundwork for Tony Blair to be a special Middle East envoy for Palestinian governance and economic issues after he steps down as Britain’s prime minister.
Labor unions begin strike over fuel prices
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A6
Boys juggled soccer balls in deserted streets and cars jockeyed for position at filling stations Wednesday as Nigeria’s labor unions launched a strike aimed at overturning government price increases on gasoline in Africa’s oil giant.
Pair of ex-Jayhawks agree with teams
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C3
Two former Kansas University baseball players tapped in the major-league baseball draft have agreed to terms with their teams.
At beach, sand deadlier than sharks
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A9
Waves and sharks aren’t the only dangers at the beach. More than two dozen young people have been killed over the last decade when sand holes collapsed on them, report father-and-son doctors who have made warning of the risk their personal campaign.
Historic school closer to demolition
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B8
A piece of history inched closer to demolition, as the Topeka City Council gave the city staff permission to begin destruction of the former all-white school that was at the center of the Brown v. Board of Education case.
Finchem urges universal drug policy
Testing likely to be implemented, PGA commissioner says
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C2
The PGA Tour is getting closer to a rule on performance-enhancing drugs, and with testing likely to follow, commissioner Tim Finchem says golf organizations around the world should make sure they’re on the same page.
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A10
KU alumnus advances in music competition
June 21, 2007 in print edition on D2
Robert Horton, a 2003 graduate from Kansas University’s music and dance department, was recently named as the only American quarterfinalist in the Alkmaar International Organ Playing Competition, the Netherlands.
Baseball needs a plus-minus stat
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C5
Before blocks were charted in basketball, before the red zone was invented, before hockey differentiated between shots and chances, the game of baseball had already overpopulated itself with the most exacting of statistical categories.
Hams share tricks of their trade
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Amateur radio broadcasters, also known as hams, have communicated with and informed people all over the world for nearly a century.
Officer pleads guilty to disorderly conduct
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B8
A Kansas City, Kan., police officer pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Wednesday after allegedly filming under a teenage girl’s skirt at a St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Minor-league club has fun with Donovan
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C5
Billy Donovan backed out of his deal. Sound familiar? It happened again Wednesday night when the Fort Myers Miracle, a Single-A minor league baseball team in the Florida State League, poked fun at the Florida Gators coach who reneged on his deal with the Orlando Magic by hosting “Billy Donovan Night.”
Earnhardt family dynamics now a private matter
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C7
One good thing about all that has happened with the Earnhardts over the past six weeks is that pretty soon their family affairs largely won’t be any of our business.
Dole Institute honors young volunteers
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Charles Mersmann has volunteered for projects that range from being the president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes to being a church lector.
Conservatives derail bill granting gay rights
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A6
A landmark gay rights bill was derailed at the last minute by a bloc of conservative senators, but supporters vowed Wednesday to revive the legislation.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University freshman wide receiver Tertavian Ingram missed a large chunk of spring practices with an undisclosed injury, one from which he’s still not completely recovered.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 21, 1907: “The city marshal is publishing a daily notice to people to cut the weeds on and about their premises.
Peoples Bank adds to Greensburg relief
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A10
Peoples Bank in Lawrence announced that the financial company had donated $11,933.29 to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts in Greensburg, the Kansas town destroyed by a May 4 tornado.
Not so sterile
How much waste is involved in the CDC focus on perks?
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B6
One is inclined to think of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a health-oriented, no-nonsense agency that operates in a sterile, efficient and productive manner. It’s image is not likely to include visions of fluff or foolish spending.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B6
Jim Slattery, Topeka Democrat seeking the Kansas 2nd Congressional District nomination, lost no time in campaigning in Douglas County, newly added to his district. He was here on filing day, trying to lay groundwork to cope with five GOP candidates, including Morris Kay, of Lawrence, the state GOP chairman.
Ceremony at sunrise to honor places, people
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
An observance to honor sacred places, people and all those who care for and protect them will take place at 5:55 a.m. today.
Park care
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I would be willing to bet the people who are advocating for the pesticide-free parks do not live next to one. If you want to see a prime example, come take a look at the north half of Ludlam Park (near Ninth Street and Schwarz Road).
Hill’s Pet Nutrition plans Emporia plant
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A10
Hill’s Pet Nutrition announced Wednesday that it would build a new plant in Emporia, generating 100 manufacturing jobs for Lyon County.
Agents arrest 81 in immigration raid
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
Federal agents arrested 81 suspected illegal immigrants during a raid at a manufacturing plant in the Poconos.
Baldwin City school district scores 100 percent in spending efficiency
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
Twenty-one of Kansas’ school districts, including Baldwin City, are achieving 100 percent efficiency for spending and student learning, according to a Standard & Poor’s study.
New crop art features butterfly from stamp
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Rain has put Stan Herd behind about a week, but the world-famous crop artist from Lawrence will unveil another work at 11 a.m. Monday at Pendleton’s Country Market, 1446 E. 1858 Road.
7 area townships help fight house fire
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
Seven firefighter units from area townships joined forces Wednesday evening to stop a house fire in the 1200 block of North 1800 Road.
Family therapist attends conference
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A10
Vickie Hull, a licensed marriage and family therapist with Lawrence Therapy Services, recently attended a conference in Lawrence that concentrated on diagnosing and treating anxiety disorders, social phobia and panic attacks.
On the record
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence crime blotter
Developer gets dirt from KU
Campanile Hill clay finds new home at Inverness Park
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A10
Mount Oread’s loss is Inverness Park’s gain. Tons of clay being removed from the base of Campanile Hill to make way for a new football complex at Memorial Stadium are being trucked a little more than 4 miles away to its new home: a low-lying field southeast of Clinton Parkway and Inverness Drive.
Israeli wall
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I want to respond to one aspect of Estra Grant’s presumably nonhateful, nonlying letter (Public Forum, June 14), that having to do with the Israeli wall.
Passport rule officially delayed
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Bush administration will delay for at least six months a rule that Americans present passports when crossing the U.S. border by land or sea, officials said Wednesday.
Schmidt’s season finished
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C5
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Jason Schmidt had season-ending shoulder surgery on Wednesday and is not expected to return until spring training 2008.
Elusive peace
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Six years ago, the World Trade Center was hit by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. Now in 2007, we are still overseas, fighting for democracy, doing all we possibly can to win this terrible war. It is not only a war, but many things: hatred, struggle, a fight consisting of many lives taken for our country.
Bush vetoes stem cell bill, urges nonembryonic research
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
Vetoing a stem cell bill for the second time, President Bush on Wednesday sought to placate those who disagree with him by signing an executive order urging scientists toward what he termed “ethically responsible” research in the field.
LMH chief to receive $100,000 raise
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer Gene Meyer will receive a $100,000 raise after the nonprofit hospital posted its strongest financial performance in memory.
Suspect charged for serial rapes
DNA links man caught in Calif. to local cases dating back to 1990s
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence police say they have cracked a cold case by catching a suspected serial rapist in Sacramento, Calif.
California looks at nonpartisan redistricting
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B6
In the heat of a Central Valley summer, with midday temperatures over 100 degrees, Democratic legislators are preparing to test their working partnership with Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the ultimate crucible by asking the voters to relax the limits on their time in office.
Former KU dean to lead Iowa University
June 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Sally Frost Mason, former dean of Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is expected to be named the University of Iowa’s new president, the Des Moines Register reported Wednesday.
Study: Estrogen benefits younger women
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A4
Five years after a landmark study scared millions of women off hormones for menopause symptoms, new research suggests the pills may offer some heart benefits for certain younger women who start taking them in their 50s.
Cross sparks Raiders past Oklahomans, 23-13
June 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
As far as Shaun Edmondson is concerned, Kyle Cross is the Lawrence Raiders’ 800-pound gorilla.
Shuttle to land, weather permitting
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
Atlantis’ heat shield is safe to return to Earth, mission managers decided Wednesday, a day before the space shuttle was planned to land in Florida. A forecast for thunderstorms appeared to be the main obstacle for its return.
3 Canadian soldiers killed by roadside bomb
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A6
Afghanistan’s surging violence left three Canadian soldiers and 21 suspected Taliban militants dead Wednesday.
China now top CO2 emitter
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A6
China has overtaken the United States as the world’s top producer of carbon dioxide emissions - the biggest manmade contributor to global warming - based on the latest widely accepted energy consumption data, a Dutch research group says.
S.C. officials to investigate firefighters’ handling of blaze
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A9
How did a trash fire in an outdoor bin manage to spread to a furniture store and explode into a raging inferno that killed nine firefighters? And why were as many as 16 firefighters inside the place when the roof came down?
Palestinian president blasts Hamas for Gaza takeover
June 21, 2007 in print edition on A6
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at the Islamic militants of Hamas on Wednesday, accusing them of trying to build an “empire of darkness” in the Gaza Strip and pledging he would not negotiate with the “murderous terrorists.”