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6News video: Field day shows benefits of hand-held radios
June 24, 2007
Dozens of amateur radio operators gather in Lawrence for a field day.
6News video: Alternative energy source spurring debate
June 24, 2007
As the debate heats up over global warming, the search is on for alternative energy sources.
6News video: Lecompton celebrates history with festival
June 24, 2007
Lecompton celebrates the town’s history this weekend with Territorial Days.
6Sports video: Olathe’s Platz takes KGA championship
June 24, 2007
After day one of the KGA Public Links Championship, a familiar face was near the top of the leader board.
6News video: Accident on Highway 56 traps man in truck
June 24, 2007
Emergency crews rescue a man trapped in his truck tonight along Highway 56.
6Sports video: Raiders fall 7-2 in tourney championship
June 24, 2007
Two weeks ago the Lawrence Raiders were 1-5 and the thought of playing in the Al Ice Championship game seemed all but impossible, but after winning seven of their last eight, the Raiders found themselves in the finals at Hoglund Ballpark.
6News video: Car cameras could help parents watch kids’ driving
June 24, 2007
Parents will soon have a chance to keep a close eye on their children who get behind the wheel.
6News video: Boardwalk fire victims receive largest compensation
June 24, 2007
It was one of the worst fires in Lawrence history - now the Boardwalk fire has set a record for the most money the state has compensated victims for a single crime.
6News video: Young organizers focus fundraising efforts on Africa’s plight
June 24, 2007
As 8-year-olds, two aspiring business women developed a fundraising event to help children receive and education, and two years later they’re still at it.
6News video: Technological advances help find serial rape suspect
June 24, 2007
New advances in DNA technology helped Lawrence police zero-in on a serial rape suspect.
Fireworks sales boom
City ban doesn’t keep stands out of business
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
Selling fireworks in Douglas County is a booming business, despite increasing federal and state regulations and a four-year-old ban on their use in Lawrence.
Portrayal brings Chautauqua alive
Baldwin City audience meets the man behind William Allen White performances
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
Frederick Krebs knows legendary Kansas journalist William Allen White rather intimately. He has portrayed him more than 200 times as a member of the Kansas Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. Saturday night at the Famous Kansans Chautauqua in Baldwin City, an audience met both men.
V is for victor
Ex-Jayhawk Vaughn relishes NBA crown
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
Focused on winning his first NBA championship, Jacque Vaughn was in no mood to socialize - even with the best of friends - during the NBA finals.
Cubs put squeeze on Sox
Theriot’s ninth-inning bunt decisive in 2-1 victory
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C4
Ryan Theriot’s suicide squeeze against Bobby Jenks in the ninth inning drove in the go-ahead run and lifted the Chicago Cubs over the struggling White Sox.
Residents describe biggest wind farm
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A10
From miles away on U.S. Highway 400, the 100 wind turbines of Butler County spring out of the fields like giant flowers that have lost their petals.
Wichita teen hits the red carpet with Harry Potter
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B5
A few summers ago, Matthew Vines had a whole lot of time and not much to do, so he created a Web site. This summer, that site is his ticket to a grand adventure.
Pregnant woman’s body found; boyfriend arrested for murder
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
A massive search ended in sadness Saturday when authorities announced they found a body believed to be a pregnant woman who vanished from her home a week earlier. A police officer believed to be the father of the unborn child was arrested on two counts of murder.
Parents can keep an eye on teen drivers
Insurance firms introducing products to help keep young motorists safe
June 24, 2007 in print edition on E1
Technology is about to give parents new and detailed looks inside the cars and actions of their teenage drivers.
Some sugar-free gums poisonous to pets
June 24, 2007 in print edition on D8
Everyone knows of the household materials and plants that commonly poison pets: chocolate, antifreeze, poinsettia leaves, oleander. However, some recently discovered poisons are less known, including xylitol, a naturally occurring sweetener.
Disney launching sparkly, yet modest, Hannah Montana line
June 24, 2007 in print edition on D5
Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” is opening her closet to fans, launching a collection of clothes, accessories, home decor and even electric guitars as Disney goes after the increasingly powerful tween market.
Collectors take interest in outdoor furniture
June 24, 2007 in print edition on D4
The front porch is coming back. In the early 1900s, houses were built with a front porch so the family could sit and talk to the neighbors walking by. Today, restored old houses and new houses in small community settings again feature a front porch.
Youths today lacking naked ambition of past generations
June 24, 2007 in print edition on D1
A disturbing bit of news crossed my desk this week. Are you sitting down? According to the Associated Press, nudist groups and camps are having a terrible time recruiting younger members to join their ranks. In fact, the entire naturist movement is in danger of shriveling up and dying in the next few decades unless fresh meat can be found.
KU recruit Releford shines at Festival
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C3
Future Kansas University basketball guard Travis Releford scored 23 points off 7-of-17 shooting, including two of four threes, in the White Team’s 125-120 victory over the Blue on Saturday morning at the U.S. Olympic Festival. He had five rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes.
Bonds closing in; is A-Rod next?
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C6
Baseball’s leading home run hitter this season thinks it would be a shame if Barry Bonds is not an All-Star.
Sebelius leads push for ‘green’ power
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
Jacinta Faber is just the kind of person you would picture advocating wind energy. She and her family buy organic food, recycle and even use low-flow toilets to conserve water. While Faber likes the concept of wind energy, she doesn’t particularly like the idea of the almost 400-foot-tall wind turbines looming on a ridge about 2,000 feet from her house southwest of Hays.
Pump patrol
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.89 at several locations.
Agency ensures animals treated humanely on film sets
June 24, 2007 in print edition on D8
In the new film “Evan Almighty,” no animals were harmed, though hundreds were used on the movie, likely representing more species than any motion picture ever filmed.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
Officials estimated that Perry, Tuttle Creek and Milford reservoirs had prevented well over $1.5 million in damage in the Lawrence area after recent heavy rains.
Everybody wins at Free State Fly Fishers tourney
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
A line of trucks, cars and SUVs filled with fishing equipment and accessories formed Wednesday evening at the end of a narrow gravel road along the west bank of Lone Star Lake. Parked bumper-to-bumper, all of the vehicles belonged to members of the Free State Fly Fishers club, and when an air horn blew at 6:30, the club, which is in its second year of existence, started its first tournament.
Team’s long hours, hard work pay off with second-place win
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
A second-place finish in this month’s Formula SAE West car competition was worth nearly a year of hard work for Tanner Rinke and his Jayhawk Motorsports teammates - even the times they stayed up for two consecutive nights to meet their self-imposed deadlines.
Ham radio club strives for 1,000 contacts in 24 hours
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
At 1:15 p.m. Saturday, one of about 20 ham radio operators at the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club’s annual Field Day made a contact with a fellow operator in Michigan. Just 999 more were needed before 1 p.m. today to reach the club’s goal.
Construction to close roads northwest of city
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
Chipping and sealing operations will begin on several roads Monday in areas of Wakarusa Township northwest of Lawrence.
K.C. drops fourth straight
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C5
Corey Hart is staying quiet about his strong surge at the plate, and Brewers manager Ned Yost is happy to do the talking for him. Hart had three hits and scored two runs to help Milwaukee beat the Kansas City Royals, 7-1, Saturday night for its fifth straight win.
Chinese officials turning to feng shui to stop bad luck
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A11
The life of an official in China’s closed political system can be anxious and uncertain. Anyone who doubts that should stride up the initial flight of nine steps leading into the courthouse here. The courthouse used to have 11 steps. Two were removed.
Insider role doesn’t work well for Bush, McCain
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B7
Eight years ago, when he was preparing his presidential campaign for the year 2000, George W. Bush, governor of Texas and skeptic of all things Washington, positioned himself as an outsider, despite having a presidential father and a senatorial grandfather.
Lives change with children killed in backover accidents
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A8
It was Adrianna’s day to go shopping at the mall, and her mom was looking forward to it. Mother and daughter alone together.
June 24, 2007 in print edition on D6
For Sunday, June 24, 2007:
Sit! Stay! Paint! Dogs create works of art
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Strapped for cash and looking for a way to keep open her fledgling dog-training academy, Mary Stadelbacher hit upon a bizarre fundraising scheme.
Vatican gives Blair best wishes after talks
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Vatican on Saturday bid farewell to Tony Blair as British prime minister, wishing him well on what it said were his plans to work for Middle East peace and interreligious dialogue.
Locations and availability on first day remain murky
June 24, 2007 in print edition on E1
When it comes to the iPhone, some people are trying to avoid being put on hold.
Mother gets probation in abuse death of son
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B4
A Springfield woman was sentenced to five years’ probation for child endangerment in the death of her 18-month-old son.
Farm bill reform
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The farm bill, currently being debated in Congress, is reauthorized every five years. It is a very complicated piece of legislation that includes 10 different “titles” or sections and will affect our well-being for years to come.
State bar association gives service awards
June 24, 2007 in print edition on E1
Glee S. Smith Jr., of counsel for Barber Emerson LC, Lawrence, received a 60-year membership award from Kansas Bar Association during the organization’s recent annual meeting in Wichita.
Royals back out of Bradley deal
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kansas City’s deal to acquire volatile outfielder Milton Bradley from Oakland fell through because the Royals were concerned about Bradley’s health.
Ask the Pro
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C10
Last week, a buddy and I were playing at Alvamar and ran into this dilemma: We were both on the green, and had exactly the same line to the hole. What is the proper technique for marking your ball and moving it out of your partner’s way?
N. Korea could close reactor within 3 weeks
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
North Korea could shut down its nuclear reactor within three weeks and return to disarmament talks, a U.S. envoy said Saturday. Russia, meanwhile, said disputed funds have reached a North Korean account at a Russian bank, clearing a key hurdle in negotiations.
Zebra mussels a threat
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C9
Most boaters, anglers and other lake users are aware that zebra mussels are thriving in El Dorado Reservoir and the Walnut River in Kansas, as well as Winfield City Lake.
Baldwin City woman dies after accident
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
A 42-year-old Baldwin City woman died Saturday after a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Kansas Highways 68 and 33 about 10 miles east of Ottawa.
Apple’s future on the line
IPhone yet another risky venture for tech trailblazer
June 24, 2007 in print edition on E1
Even for Apple, which has thrived on taking risks, the iPhone represents an audacious bet - possibly its biggest ever. When the new smart phone hits stores Friday, the company will have a lot more on the line than the success or failure of one product.
Legal guidance
An attorney general’s opinion provides legal guidance on Kansas University Hospital Authority appointments, but some common sense still must be involved.
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
Sometimes the law doesn’t have all of the answers. The opinion Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison issued Thursday on appointments to the KU Hospital Authority offers clear guidance on some issues, but it leaves room for legal debate on others.
Commentary: Two Wrights can’t be wrong
Carolina’s Brandan Wright, Kansas’ Julian Wright expected to go in top 10 of Thursday’s NBA Draft
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C2
For weeks, writers have written about the Wrights, analyzing which Wright is right for which NBA team. Brandan Wright or Julian Wright - both are likely top-10 picks in Thursday’s NBA draft. But which player will be the better pro? Who has the right stuff?
June 24, 2007 in print edition on D3
Fire victims get record state payout
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
One of the worst fires in Lawrence history has set a state record for crime victim compensation. By the end of June, almost $80,000 will have been awarded to victims of the October 2005 Boardwalk Apartments fire. A jury convicted Jason Allen Rose on May 11 of setting the fire. Rose was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.
Three teens injured in rollover accident
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
Three Wellsville teenagers were injured in a rollover minivan crash Friday night.
Millions opt to do without bank accounts, citing cost, mistrust
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
Grandma stuffing money under the mattress isn’t the only one living outside the banking system. As many as 28 million people in the United States are forgoing traditional financial institutions because of mistrust, cultural and language barriers or a belief that by the time all the bills are paid there will be nothing left for an account.
Lifeguards to compete for awards at games
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatic Division is hosting the Lifeguard Games from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky.
Raiders advance to semis
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
For the second time in three days, the Lawrence Raiders had to sit through a 20-minute delay mid-game at Hoglund Ballpark because of the lights going off.
Few Expos memories remain in Montreal
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C6
A tip for baseball-loving tourists in search of Montreal Expos memories: Pick the Bell Centre tour over the one at Olympic Stadium.
Poll: Thompson, Clinton lead Nevada voters
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Actor and former Sen. Fred Thompson leads the Republican presidential field in Nevada even though he has not declared his candidacy, according to a new poll made available to McClatchy Newspapers and NBC News.
People in the news
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Diaz’s bag with Maoist slogan raises eyebrows in Peru¢ 50 Cent in court fight over child support demands¢ Wilson among celebrity contributors to ‘Green Book’¢ ‘Suge’ Knight’s mansion up for sale for $6.2 million¢ Celebs to get HIV tests to raise awareness among blacks
Roberts runs golf gamut
From Wales to a warehouse, amateur champ has played ‘em all
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C10
He has played all over the world, from the seaside courses of his native Wales, to Japan with the Kansas University golf team.
No ‘Bones’ about merit of this ‘70s flashback
June 24, 2007 in print edition on D3
Looking back, 1975 was one of those years that sat on the cusp of change. Sure, the civil rights and women’s movements and the Stonewall Riots already had happened. But the pre-computer, pre-cellular phone year of 1975 was when things finally began to happen.
Dixon earns first pole of season
Top five spots at Iowa Corn Indy race taken by five teams
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C2
Scott Dixon snared his first pole of the season Saturday during qualifying for the inaugural Iowa Corn Indy 250. Given how tough passing is expected to be on Iowa’s brand new, Rusty Wallace-designed short oval, some think Dixon might not give the top spot back.
Sox shelve Erstad, activate Podsednik
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C6
The Chicago White Sox put center fielder Darin Erstad back on the 15-day disabled list Saturday and activated Scott Podsednik from the DL.
States struggle to recruit fish and game wardens
Officials say pay discrepancy, low starting salary to blame
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
Fish and wildlife departments around the country are on the hunt - for more wardens. From California to Pennsylvania to Florida, states are struggling to recruit officers and habitat and other projects are being delayed. Those enforcing wildlife laws have a full workload, and officials suspect poaching is increasing, though hard numbers are difficult to come by.
Illinois man charged in deaths of wife, 3 kids
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Just hours before a man was to attend a memorial service for his wife and three young children, authorities arrested him at a Missouri funeral home on charges of gunning down his family in their sport utility vehicle.
Data: Immigrant arrests spiked during rallies
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Neighbors of Elvira Carvajal sought refuge in her house so immigration agents wouldn’t arrest them. Friends of Herman Martinez asked him to bring them milk for their children because they were afraid to step onto the streets.
Fishing report
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C9
CLINTON LAKE (updated 6-20) - Water 72 degrees and 2.03 feet above normal pool.
U.S. worries wounded troops return with undetected problems
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A4
More than 800 of them have lost an arm, a leg, fingers or toes. More than 100 are blind. Dozens need tubes and machines to keep them alive. Hundreds are disfigured by burns, and thousands have brain injuries and mangled minds.
Winner of Belvedere died in 1979
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B3
The winner of a rusted 1957 Plymouth Belvedere that was unearthed last week from a leaky vault in Tulsa died in 1979, meaning ownership of the car will pass to his closest living relatives.
Speech police’ pervert First Amendment
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
Marriage is the foundation of the natural family and sustains family values. That sentence is inflammatory, perhaps even a hate crime.
Beavers one victory from NCAA crown
Oregon State wins opener, 11-4
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C7
Oregon State’s Jorge Reyes got himself and his team a whole lot closer to the national championship trophy that’s been teasing him.
Tips for Raising healthy eaters
June 24, 2007 in print edition on D1
Are you having a tough time getting your child to cut down on the junk food and eat more nutritious meals? Here are some tips to encourage healthy eating:
Iraqi militants showing new bomb strategy
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
Roadside bombers killed seven U.S. troops Saturday, four of them in a single blast near Baghdad, and an eighth soldier died of a noncombat cause - raising to 25 the number of American soldiers killed this week.
Centers loom large
Dominant big men crucial to title runs
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C8
Ernie Grunfeld knows what kind of impact a great center can have on a franchise, a city and a league. Currently the president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards, Grunfeld was winding down his playing career with the New York Knicks in 1985 when the Knicks won the first NBA draft lottery, and with it the right to select Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing.
Museum sponsors family program
June 24, 2007 in print edition on D2
Families and children of all ages can enjoy stories about county fairs, then play old-fashioned games, at “F is for Fair,” a program by Watkins Community Museum of History.
Tornado can’t close Greensburg elevator
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
When a huge tornado flattened Greensburg last month, the twin concrete towers of the Southern Plains Cooperative grain elevator didn’t budge.
(An Excerpt from) The River Always - By Joy Clumsky
June 24, 2007 in print edition on D3
Blogs catch on in Africa, despite some limitations
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A11
In Nigeria, bloggers documented chaotic scenes at polling places in April’s presidential elections, which international observers said were marred by widespread fraud.
Bloomberg would add to ‘08 mix
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B7
Six months ago, when I began hearing rumors of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s possible interest in an independent presidential campaign in 2008, I went to see the mayor at his City Hall office.
Antisocial studies
Internet connects reclusive Nobel laureate to her readers - and the rest of the world
June 24, 2007 in print edition on D3
By some measures, Elfriede Jelinek’s world is small. The reclusive Nobel literature laureate cloisters herself inside her homes in Vienna and Munich, Germany, and rarely ventures out in public.
Former KU dean gets salary bump and bonus to remain Iowa president
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B8
The University of Iowa will pay newly appointed President Sally Frost Mason about $100,000 more annually than her predecessor, and will offer her a salary bonus intended to keep her at Iowa at least five years.
Young pilot close to landing record solo flight
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A5
Two stops before completing a journey that would make him the youngest person to fly solo around the Earth, Barrington Irving glided into Houston on Saturday with a message for the roughly 50 students who cheered his arrival.
Lawrence Datebook
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
Events around Lawrence.
Burial held for former Austrian president
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Former President Kurt Waldheim was buried Saturday in the presence of Austrian dignitaries who declared he was unjustly smeared by allegations linking him to the Nazis.
Budget advice
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
o the editor: I am a senior citizen who has been fairly successful in navigating the chopping waters leading to financial stability and I feel qualified to comment on a proposed city sales tax increase.
Born in a barn
Lakeside farm building reconceived as bluegrass music venue
June 24, 2007 in print edition on D1
The crowd can’t contain their hollering as the band onstage sings about mommas, daddies, trains, mountains, Jesus and young love.
Afghan president denounces NATOU.S.
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Hamid Karzai accused NATO and U.S.-led troops Saturday of carelessly killing scores of Afghan civilians and warned that the fight against resurgent Taliban militants could fail unless foreign forces show more restraint.
June 24, 2007 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Larry King to interview Hilton
June 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
After being spurned by the broadcast networks, Paris Hilton is turning to CNN’s Larry King to spill the details of her 23-day incarceration in Los Angeles County jails.
Celebrating 150 years of history
Smaller crowd at annual Territorial Days blamed on Kansas River bridge construction
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
A disconnect between Perry and Lecompton has caused headaches for those living there ever since the Kansas River bridge was closed for construction in March. It’s also the probable reason for a sharp decrease in attendance at this year’s Historic Lecompton Territorial Days celebration, organizers said.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 24, 1907: “Marshal Carmean, some policemen and the sheriff raided the joint of Peter Jenkins at 832 New Jersey Saturday night, arresting Jenkins and securing a large quantity of liquors.
On the record
June 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
A 32-year-old male reported the theft of a red Twister 2006 moped valued at $1,600. The theft was reported Thursday.
Woodling: Commish merely a puppet
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
News that Kevin Weiberg was leaving the Big 12 Conference front office hardly struck Sunflower State soil like a thunderbolt. Even though he was league commissioner - a position perceived as powerful - Weiberg’s profile was lower than the attendance at a Baylor-Colorado basketball game.
Public Links golfers tame Eagle Bend
June 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
When Mike Powell and his caddy noticed the pleasant conditions and the names of the golfers participating in the Kansas Golf Association’s Public Links Championship at Eagle Bend Golf Course, they expected a lot of low scores.