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Gordon, Johnson cars fail inspections
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C8
The cars of defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and series points leader Jeff Gordon failed inspection and were barred from all activity Friday at Infineon Raceway, including qualifying.
Restoration project
Organization works to make God a focus in people’s lives
June 23, 2007 in print edition on D1
Nicole Rials thinks too many people compartmentalize God out of their lives. “So often, people fragment their lives,” Rials says. “They allow God to be part of it, but not all of it. The message we want to send is God wants to be part of all your life.”
Pump patrol
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.89 at several locations.
Hospital celebrates fundraising success
Donors come up with $7.5M toward $45M expansion effort
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s two-year capital campaign was deemed a success Friday night. The goal was $8 million, and more than 2,000 donors helped the hospital raise about $7.5 million. That money will help secure a $45 million expansion project. The hospital had a celebration, including live music and food, to thank donors and community members.
Firefighters gather to honor 9 who died
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
Fire Capt. Ken Dammand stood sharply in his dress uniform, his eyes reddening, as the families of nine dead firefighters filed past him and into a packed coliseum for their memorial service Friday.
Oden skips workout with Sonics
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C7
Greg Oden didn’t work out while meeting with the SuperSonics, on the advice of his agent. That gave the prized center from Ohio State more time on his first trip to Seattle to assess what he has learned during his pre-draft tour of the Northwest.
Dubai firm buying Barneys New York
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B4
Jones Apparel Group Inc. said Friday it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Barneys New York, synonymous with high New York fashion, to a Dubai investment firm for $825 million.
Quiet please: NYC noise regulations to take effect
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A5
At a busy Manhattan corner, a cabbie lays on the horn as he struggles through rush-hour traffic. A few blocks away, sirens blare as an ambulance races down the street. In the subway below, trains screech to a halt and an amateur dance troupe blasts hip-hop music on the platform. New York can be earsplitting.
Even at 100, this judge won’t retire
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B3
Just before stepping into his robe and climbing the steps from his chambers to his courtroom, the Honorable Wesley Brown explained why, at 100 years old, he had not yet retired. “When I was appointed, it was for life or good behavior - whichever I lost first,” the senior federal judge said, with a quiet chuckle.
Faith Forum: When have you felt God’s presence most in your life?
June 23, 2007 in print edition on D1
Many times one may wonder: It would be nice to think that I could have a personal relationship with God, that I could feel he’s pleased with me, or that I matter in some way to him. But I’m a rational person.
Around and about
June 23, 2007 in print edition on D3
Nathan and Laura Rightmeier, Lawrence, announce the birth of their daughter, Jasper Leigh Rightmeier, born June 14, 2007, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
Pacman’ surrenders to face charges
Suspended Titans player released on $20,000 bail
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C2
His distinctive dreadlocks gone, Adam “Pacman” Jones posted bail, walked out of jail early Friday and headed home to Nashville, leaving his lawyers to again sort out the legal entanglements of the suspended NFL player.
KU vaulter 13th
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University freshman Jordan Scott tied for 13th at the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships when he cleared 17-feet, 81â2-inches in the pole vault Friday night.
Sunflower Broadband earns industry honors
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B4
Sunflower Broadband’s rapid implementation and achievements in on-demand television advertising have led to industry recognition at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ Cable-Tec Expo 2007 in Orlando, Fla.
Tigers send pitcher Maroth to Cardinals
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C6
The Detroit Tigers traded lefty Mike Maroth to the pitching-desperate St. Louis Cardinals on Friday in a deal between last year’s World Series opponents.
Commentary: Trouble always seems to follow Jones
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C2
In the next few days, NFL teams will send their first-year players to a four-day symposium to learn about vital issues surrounding their newfound wealth and physically demanding profession. This year, they’ll get together in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Expanded gambling on Kansas horizon
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
Gamblers could be playing video slot machines at Kansas pari-mutuel tracks by next spring, while resort-type casinos are probably three years away, the state’s chief gambling official said Friday.
Public tired of partisan standoff
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B6
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was never really a Republican; neither was he really a Democrat, the political party he previously left. From DINO (Democrat in name only), he became a RINO (Republican in name only) and now I guess one might call him, what, an UNO (unaffiliated in name only)?
About 30 deaths blamed on sweltering heat
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
Southeastern Europe baked under soaring temperatures Friday, with nearly 30 deaths across the region blamed on the year’s first major heat wave. Electricity supplies, particularly in Greece and Albania, were strained as air conditioning use spiked.
Ex-Olympian holds local wrestling camp
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C3
Wrestling mats made a rare summer appearance on the floor of Collins Center at Baker University this week. The last four days, those mats were covered with about 80 youth wrestlers who came to learn from former Olympian Ken Chertow.
Horoscopes
June 23, 2007 in print edition on D7
Those with birthdays today: How you deal with change and dynamic opportunities emerges this year.
Zambrano continues to deal
Cubs starter throws another gem in his turnaround
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C4
Now, Carlos Zambrano is punching out the opposition.
Society calendar
June 23, 2007 in print edition on D3
Nuts and Bolts Newcomer Alcoholics Anonymous, 6 p.m., Westside Presbyterian Church library, 1024 Kasold Drive.
City’s smoking ban upheld
Opinion suggests Lawrence has legal authority to make law stricter
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Supreme Court once and for all extinguished the debate over the constitutionality of Lawrence’s smoking ban: It’s legal, justices ruled Friday. And it wasn’t even close. The state’s highest court squashed a challenge from Lawrence nightclub owner Dennis Steffes like a Marlboro in an ashtray. The court sided with the city on every argument made in the case.
Opera’ with a little extra
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A2
Gerard Butler and Minnie Driver star in the 2004 adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “Phantom of the Opera” (7 p.m. today, Hallmark), directed by Joel Schumacher. This marks the basic-cable debut of the “Phantom.”
Muslims join protests over author’s knighthood
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
British Muslims on Friday joined in protests against Britain’s decision to honor Salman Rushdie with a knighthood, while a hard-line Islamic cleric in Iran declared that the 1989 religious edict calling for the author to be killed remained in place.
KCK officer resigns after guilty plea
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B5
A police officer caught filming under a teenage girl’s skirt at a St. Patrick’s Day Parade resigned Friday, the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department announced.
Direct-to-DVD gets heave-ho from Disney
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B4
In a major strategy shift, the Walt Disney Co. said it would stop making lucrative direct-to-DVD sequels of such classic animated films as “Cinderella,” a move that reflects the growing influence of former Pixar Animation executives John Lasseter and Steve Jobs, who once called the films “embarrassing.”
Roberts fractures wrist in accident
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
Sen. Pat Roberts fractured his wrist in a car accident on Friday, his office said.
New Jersey mix earns world’s ugliest dog crown
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
Elwood, a 2-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix, was crowned the world’s ugliest dog Friday, a distinction that delighted the New Jersey mutt’s owners.
Durant impresses at Blazer workout
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C7
Kevin Durant worked out with the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, two days after Greg Oden, as both players show their talents to the team with the top draft pick. Durant, a 6-foot-9 forward out of Texas, was the Associated Press Player of the Year this past season as a freshman.
Cargo train derails; nearby homes evacuated
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
A train derailed in an industrial park Friday and authorities evacuated nearby homes. There were no reports of injuries and authorities said no hazardous material had leaked at Bluegrass Industrial Park.
Business park near airport proposed
Developer says area well suited for industrial growth
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A1
A Lawrence developer wants to build a 900-acre business park near the Lawrence Municipal Airport. Jes Santaularia and his real estate company, Diversified Concepts, are filing proposals with Lawrence- Douglas County planners to convert the area south, east and west of the airport into a hub for distribution centers, warehouses, light manufacturing plants and offices.
Annual bicycle race slated for weekend
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
The fifth annual Baldwin City Bicycle Race is set for this weekend. The yearly event will use a six-square-block area in Baldwin City and areas north and south of town.
Free State’s Abney, Hull on all-state team
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C3
Free State High’s Livi Abney and Maggie Hull have been named to the Class 6A All-State team as selected by the Kansas Softball Coaches Association.
Future cars will use less fuel, Senate suggests
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A6
The cars, SUVS and pickups people will buy in the years ahead are likely to use less fuel, and many will rely on ethanol or household electricity instead of gasoline.
Dogs liven up day at the office
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
Riley, a border collie, didn’t have the best fortune starting out. He was found abandoned on a farm with two litters of kittens, a litter of puppies and a few other dogs. Riley now has a home, thanks to owner Amanda Hillis. His second home, however, is sometimes Callahan Creek, 805 N.H.
Ancient viruses may have link to AIDS
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
Viruses that plagued our ancestors some 4 million years ago may have affected how susceptible humans are to HIV today, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have found.
Part-time pastors juggle jobs, ministry to fill churches’ needs
June 23, 2007 in print edition on D8
For Danny Fleming, Sunday is no day of rest. It starts before dawn, when the United Methodist pastor rises from slumber and gets ready for services. Some Sundays, he travels to two churches. On others, it’s three. Every week, he spends 20 hours preparing his sermons and logs nearly 100 miles on his truck traveling to services.
Raiders put on ice
Lawrence no-hit in 10-2 loss
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Lawrence Raiders ran into a buzzsaw in their second game of the Al Ice Memorial Woodbat Classic. The Raiders were held hitless by the Sam’s Service Giants, yet were able to avoid a shutout in a 10-2 run-rule Legion baseball loss Friday at Ice Field. “Right now, we’re trying to get more of the execution part of hitting,” Lawrence’s Hunter Scheib said.
Commentary: Steroids probe has been waste of time
Despite all the talk, baseball has done very little about problem
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C6
If nothing concrete comes from Jason Giambi’s vague admission to steroid use - meaning nothing new on the investigation front, no name-dropping by the Yankees designated hitter - then the time has come for Major League Baseball and Congress to shut their mouths, disappear, and vow that they’ll never waste another second of our time. Because they’ve certainly done a good job of that already.
Blackstone shares make $38 billion debut
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B4
Blackstone Group shares rose 13 percent in their stock market debut Friday, as investors scrambled for a piece of the sixth-richest initial public offering in U.S. history.
Effort appreciated
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Thank you, Bart Dean and Charles Bartles. Good luck to you in your battle to unite the military and the civilian forces of the United States in the global war on terror (Journal-World, June 22). Now if we can get the Departments of State, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Treasury, Justice, Transportation and Agriculture into the battle, the world may have a chance at winning over this scourge of terrorism.
On the record
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence police recovered possible marijuana plants and cocaine about 3:30 a.m. Thursday at 1020 E. 23rd St.
Shuttle lands in California
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
Atlantis and its seven astronauts took a cross-country detour and landed safely in the Mojave Desert on Friday, ending a two-week mission of construction on the international space station and bringing a crew member home from the outpost.
Chiefs, RB Smith agree
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C2
The Kansas City Chiefs on Friday agreed to terms of a three-year contract with running back Kolby Smith.
Dog jumps into owner’s car, drives into river
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A5
Bad dog. Charlie the black Lab drove his owner’s car into the Pend Oreille River.
Mexican fiesta kicks off annual tradition
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B2
St. John’s Mexican Fiesta was all about family Friday night. Luz Ibarra, who helped cook for the church’s first fiesta in 1981, helped her niece, Alicia Hannah, and Hannah’s husband, Lew, skip the long food line Friday night.
Chicago prep Liggins likes KU
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C3
Chicago Washington High senior guard DeAndre Liggins, who is still recovering from a broken foot suffered in May, continues to receive recruiting interest from powerhouse programs.
4-H and FCE news
June 23, 2007 in print edition on D5
Several area 4-H members have earned 2007 Kansas 4-H project awards. The awards were presented May 31 at the Emerald Circle Banquet in Manhattan. Winners are eligible to attend the National 4-H Congress, set for Nov. 23-27 in Atlanta.
NATO takes heat for airstrike that killed 25 civilians
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
NATO and U.S.-led coalition forces killed about 60 insurgents Friday along the border with Pakistan, the military said, while local officials in the south reported that a NATO airstrike killed 25 civilians.
Group attacks judgment in Saddam’s trial
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A9
The trial of Saddam Hussein had “serious flaws” that fell short of international judicial standards in reaching death sentences for the former Iraqi president and two senior members of his regime, a human rights group said Friday.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 23, 1907: “It appears no lawyers taking the recent bar exam had any of the stolen tests to work with the way doctors recently did for some of their testing.
Don’t get left in the dark when riding at night
June 23, 2007 in print edition on D1
The clothes a bicyclist wears when out for a nighttime ride may reduce the chance of an unwelcome encounter with an automobile. In other words, the more reflective clothing a rider wears, the better.
Road-racing fan McMurray claims first pole in nearly two years
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C8
Jamie McMurray outdrove the road racing specialists and the rest of the contenders Friday to win his first pole in nearly two years.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Alvamar golf layout here was the site of the national Amateur Women’s Public Links Championship for the first time. Golfers came from throughout the nation.
Hospital honored for ‘excellence in cardiac care’
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B3
Lawrence Memorial Hospital has earned national recognition for its “excellence in cardiac care.” In May, VHA Inc., a national health care provider alliance based in Irving, Texas, named LMH as a recipient of the 2006 Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence. LMH was one of 98 member VHA hospitals to receive the recognition.
Six Flags, Cedar Fair shut down rides after girl’s feet cut off
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A5
Six Flags and Cedar Fair shut down eight more thrill rides around North America on Friday after a teenage girl’s feet were sliced off during a ride in Kentucky.
U.S. helping to expand Afghan prison to hold some Guantanamo detainees
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A6
The U.S. is helping expand a prison in Afghanistan to take some detainees from Guantanamo Bay, while administration officials argue about whether to bring the most dangerous to the U.S. when the Cuban facility shuts down.
Sheriff: Baby found not missing woman’s
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
A baby girl found on an Ohio doorstep does not belong to a missing pregnant woman, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.
Leavenworth at center of detainee debate
Boyda says fort housing suspects not a ‘good thing’
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A6
The congresswoman who represents Fort Leavenworth said Friday that she opposes bringing any of the Guantanamo Bay detainees to Kansas.
Same-sex marriage gains public acceptance
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B6
Back in 2004, a month before the first wedding bells rang for same-sex couples, then-Gov. Mitt Romney offered his opinion that “Massachusetts should not become the Las Vegas of same-sex marriage.”
Public Links tourney on tap
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C1
This much is certain: This weekend’s 13th annual, 36-hole Public Links Championship at Eagle Bend Golf Course will not have a repeat victor.
EU leaders agree on guidelines for new treaty
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
European Union leaders agreed early today - after two long days of tough negotiations - on guidelines for drafting a new EU treaty to replace the bloc’s aborted constitution.
Justice Department pick asks to be withdrawn
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush’s pick to be the No. 3 official in the Justice Department asked to have his nomination withdrawn Friday, four days before he was to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
New Senate legislation suggests cars will use less fuel, more electricity
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A7
The cars, SUVS and pickups people will buy in the years ahead are likely to use less fuel, and many will rely on ethanol or household electricity instead of gasoline.
Rebel attack against army base kills 13
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
Rebels attacked an army base in Niger on Friday, killing 13 soldiers, wounding 30 and taking at least 47 prisoners, according to a government statement.
Texan sentenced to 91 years for shooting Hutchinson officer
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B8
A Texas man who shot a Hutchinson police officer has been sentenced to more than 91 years in prison for the 2005 shooting and nine other crimes.
U.S. envoy: N. Korea willing to stop reactor
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
North Korea indicated it was ready to promptly shut down a plutonium-producing reactor, a U.S. envoy said Friday, the latest sign the communist country may live up to its pledge to stop making nuclear weapons.
Study documents U.S. sex behavior, drug use
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A1
It’s a question that often prompts a boastful answer or a bashful one: How many sex partners have you had? Now the federal government says it has authoritative statistics, documenting that men are far more likely to play the field than women.
Ban stands
Friday’s Supreme Court ruling is good news for local residents who like to eat, drink and be entertained in a smoke-free environment.
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B6
Supporters of Lawrence’s ban on smoking in public places have reason to cheer. On Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the ban, settling an issue that had been closely watched not only by Lawrence but by many other cities across the state that have approved or are considering similar smoking ordinances.
Lawrence Datebook
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events from around Lawrence.
Collins lends a hand at prep camp
Sporting new Bible-verse tat, sophomore keeps book; Wright tweaks ankle during workout
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C1
As Sherron Collins sat at midcourt, Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self leaned over to peek at the guard’s newest piece of ink. His just-emblazoned forearm tattoo quotes a passage from Jeremiah 15:15.”It just basically means, reaching out to God, telling Him to care for me and watch over me,” Collins said.
Troops sweep neighborhoods to help clear area insurgents
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A9
Hundreds of U.S. and Iraqi troops, under cover of F-16s, fought their way into three neighborhoods of besieged Baqouba on Friday to help clear Diyala province of entrenched insurgents. To the north of the city, American helicopters killed 17 al-Qaida gunmen trying to sneak past a checkpoint.
Club news
June 23, 2007 in print edition on D5
The third annual Jayhawk Float Fly is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Bismarck Lake in North Lawrence. The free event will feature radio-controlled model airplanes taking off and landing on the lake. Visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets.
Hilton TV interview up in the air
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A2
Caught in the whirlwind of bad publicity that often surrounds Paris Hilton, NBC and ABC sought to distance themselves Friday from reports that they were opening their wallets in pursuit of an exclusive interview with the heiress after her release from jail.
Police investigate shadowy gang for violence in Kenya
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
A wave of violence across the Kenyan capital killed 22 people early Friday, and police were investigating whether a shadowy gang that has threatened to launch an uprising against the government was involved.
Commodities
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B4
As of Friday’s close, wheat for July delivery fell 13 3/4 cents to $5.92 1/4 a bushel; July corn fell 17 1/2 cents to $3.67 1/2 a bushel; July oats fell 7 cents to $2.64 a bushel; July soybeans fell 21 1/2 cents to $7.97 a bushel.
Sen. Thompson had role in suit against Stephan
Phelps represented client first in harassment case
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B5
Fred Thompson, the actor, lawyer and former U.S. senator who is creating a buzz in the Republican Party presidential race, has a link to a Kansas case involving well-recognized names. Thompson represented Marcia Tomson Stingley, who in the 1980s sued then-Attorney General Bob Stephan for sexual harassment.
People in the news
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Smashing Pumpkins opens U.S. concert series today¢ Spice Girls set date to reveal ‘future plans’ for reunion¢ Clooney signs petition to stop construction on Lake Como
Simons: KU’s $800 million research plan may be wishful thinking
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
First came the announcement about a secret plan to form an affiliation or collaboration between the Kansas University Medical Center, KU Hospital and Kansas City, Mo.’s St. Luke’s Hospital. What it amounted to was a plan to give away the KU Medical Center and KU Hospital to help strengthen St. Luke’s.
Rescued pets find home in Lawrence
Greensburg animals living at Humane Society
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A1
The latest living quarters for Daisy and Tulip are a bit cozy, but that’s the way they seem to like it. “They love each other. They play together, sleep together,” said Midge Grinstead, executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society. The unlikely best friends - Tulip’s a 6-month-old Yorkshire terrier mix puppy and Daisy’s a 3-month-old kitten - have been through a lot in the past seven weeks.
Braun bombs Royals
Rookie sparks Brewers past Kansas City, 11-6
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C1
Ryan Braun said he is not surprised by his offensive output less than one month into his major-league career. Brewers manager Ned Yost isn’t either. Braun had four hits - including a homer - and drove in three runs to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals, 11-6, Friday night.
Beavers on roll heading into CWS opener
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C5
The message was simple. The task was much more difficult. “Win two of three, or we’re going home,” Oregon State coach Pat Casey told his players on the eve of their final regular-season series at UCLA. The Beavers won two of the three games - and they’re still playing a month later.
Noah lobbies Hawks
Ex-Gator says he should go No. 3
June 23, 2007 in print edition on C7
Joakim Noah mocks those who publish NBA mock drafts. “I heard one of them is like a kid who is 16 years old in his basement,” Noah said. But Noah knows enough to realize the NBA Draft guessing game this year begins with the Hawks’ No. 3 pick, and that’s why he was in Atlanta on Friday for a workout.
Iran cracks down on dissenters
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A9
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed to be delighted when reformist students disrupted his visit to their elite university in December, burning his portrait and shouting “Death to the dictator!”
Green Bay latest city to address immigration issue
June 23, 2007 in print edition on A7
The business of doing business in Green Bay, Wis., is changing this weekend with the enactment of a new law that says employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers can have their license to operate yanked by the city.
A Bush strategy for stretch run
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B7
The White House: Mr. President, Chief of Staff Bolton is here. Come in Josh, we need to talk. What’s up, Mr. President? My presidency, Josh. I only have 600 days left in office. Actually, you have 579 days, 14 hours, 10 minutes and… You have a countdown clock, don’t you? Gift from a Democrat, sir. Can’t say I’m amused, Josh. Sorry, sir.
Kansas Lottery director gets additional title
June 23, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas Lottery executive director Ed Van Petten will have some additional duties this year.