Archive for Thursday, June 28, 2007

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The Census Bureau says Lawrence is losing population. Why do you think that is?

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Earlier rapid growth made the city too expensive to live
City Hall hasn’t been friendly enough to business
The Census Bureau is wrong
Lawrence hit its natural size limit
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6News video: Lawrence’s newest school also most expensive
June 28, 2007
South Junior High School may come with a multi-million dollar price tab - but it’s actually going to save the district money - in energy.
6News video: Two arrested in connection with June 5th incident
June 28, 2007
Police arrest two more men in connection to a June 5th incident at the Legends Apartments in West Lawrence.
6News video: Lawrence once again loses population to nearby communities
June 28, 2007
The US Census Bureau reports today that Lawrence had 88,605 residents nearly a year ago - down by 59 people from the same time a year earlier.
6Sports video: Ali Pistora tabbed Scholar Athlete of the Year
June 28, 2007
Nine months ago, Tonganoxie senior Ali Pistora was named the first Hy Vee High School Scholar Athlete for the 2006-2007 school year. Eight challengers have come and gone since, but none compared to the Chieftains 3-sport star, which earned her the honor of Scholar Athlete of the Year!
6News video: Morrison files charges against Tiller
June 28, 2007
Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison files more than a dozen charges against Wichita abortion provider George Tiller today.
6News video: American Bald Eagle’s no longer endangered
June 28, 2007
The American Bald Eagle’s population is soaring. So high, in fact, that it no longer requires the protection of the Federal Endangered Species Act!
6News video: Four-Year Tuition Compact begins this Fall
June 28, 2007
The Kansas Board of Regents this morning approved KU’s new ‘Four-Year Tuition Compact.’ The deal allows incoming freshmen to pay a fixed, per-credit-hour tuition rate for the time it should take to get a degree.
6News video: Fireworks stands pop open around the county this weekend
June 28, 2007
So your July 4th plans don’t fizzle out - here’s a look at the cities and counties in our area with the most strict fireworks laws.
6News video: Downtown Lawrence Inc. casts new director
June 28, 2007
Downtown Lawrence Incorporated is getting a new director - pulling a leader from the world of theater.
6Sports video: Arthur back in Dallas for National Team tryouts
June 28, 2007
Kansas sophomore Darrell Arthur is back home in Dallas, Texas tonight for tryouts for the US National Team’s ‘Under 19’ squad.
6Sports video: Julian drafted by New Orleans at 13
June 28, 2007
Former KU basketball standout Julian Wright was selected 13th overall by the New Orleans Hornets in the 2007 NBA Draft.
AG charges Wichita abortion doctor with 19 misdemeanors
Allegations tied to relationship with former Lawrence physician
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A1
Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus, who used to operate an abortion clinic in Lawrence, is at the center of 19 misdemeanor charges filed Thursday that accuse Dr. George Tiller of violating the state law that restricts late-term abortions.
Orchards course for sale
Nine-hole executive facility on the market for $799,900
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A8
Two years after selling away his or anyone else’s ability to redevelop his Lawrence golf course, Ed White is looking to sell the place.
Former KU forward Wright selected No. 13 by New Orleans
June 28, 2007
Former Kansas University forward Julian Wright was selected 13th overall in Thursday night’s NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets, making him KU’s first lottery pick (Top-14) since seniors Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich were both selected high in the 2003 NBA Draft.
6News Now: Locked four-year tution will be available at KU
June 28, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, incoming KU freshmen will be able to lock in their four-year tuition rate, and a look at the energy-efficient measures at the new South Junior High.
Morrison says he’ll file charges against Tiller
Morrison described the allegations as a “technical violation” of a 1998 law restricting late-term procedures.
June 28, 2007
The state’s attorney general announced Thursday that he will file 19 misdemeanor charges against a high-profile abortion provider, after a six-month investigation into allegations that the doctor performed illegal late-term abortions.
Tuition rises - but the rates will stay the same for incoming KU freshmen
The changes take effect for the fall semester.
June 28, 2007
The Kansas Board of Regents today approved a tuition increase for new freshmen of nearly 16 percent, but that rate will be frozen for those students for four years. That would bring the cost of a 15-hour course load for a resident undergraduate to $3,299.75.
Brown takes power in Britain after emotional farewell to Blair
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A7
Gordon Brown ended a decade-long wait to become prime minister Wednesday, stepping out of Tony Blair’s shadow determined to heal divisions over the unpopular Iraq war as he brings a sober new tone to the government.
Our town sports
June 28, 2007 in print edition on C8
Local sports briefs
Edwards cashes in on Coulter remarks
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A2
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Wednesday encouraged his supporters to donate to his campaign in response to “hateful” comments from conservative author Ann Coulter.
Roddick finding his groove again
With help from Jimmy Connors, Roddick advances
June 28, 2007 in print edition on C2
As if all the questions he gets about the recent lack of U.S. success at Grand Slam tournaments weren’t enough, Andy Roddick tours the world with another constant reminder of his country’s glory days: his coach, Jimmy Connors.
U.S. diplomat sees hope for progress in Iraq
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A7
America’s No. 2 diplomat in Iraq predicted progress by fall on bringing together Iraq’s feuding factions as violence claimed more lives Wednesday, including 14 people killed in a late night car bombing near a Shiite shrine in the capital.
Judge: Tonganoxie can help fund upgrade
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B3
A judge ruled Wednesday that Tonganoxie can open its wallet and kick in money to help fund improvements to a county road.
Construction to close drive-through lane
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
The drive-through drop-off lane at the downtown post office is expected to be closed through Friday as construction crews pour concrete for an adjacent parking lot.
AG’s office: Tiller case flawed, unethical
Morrison not pursuing 15 of 30 charges against abortion provider filed by Phill Kline
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
A criminal case against a high-profile abortion provider was seriously flawed, and the state’s former attorney general acted unethically while trying to prosecute him, a top aide to the current attorney general said Wednesday.
People in the news
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Paris Hilton describes jail time as ‘traumatic’¢ Designer Claiborne dies¢ Winfrey to open store¢ Credit for time served
Brewers continue winning ways
June 28, 2007 in print edition on C4
Damian Miller hit his first homer of the season, a three-run shot that sailed into the Milwaukee bullpen in the 11th inning and lifted the Brewers.
Group suggests sickle-cell testing
Inherited blood disorder has been linked to athletes’ deaths, including Missouri linebacker Aaron O’Neal
June 28, 2007 in print edition on C2
The growing number of exercise-induced deaths among athletes with sickle cell trait can be curtailed with proper treatment and greater awareness among team doctors and athletic trainers, a national medical group said in a report released Wednesday.
Quality question
Safety problems with a number of Chinese products should cause Americans to rethink their purchasing decisions.
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B6
What is it worth to you to buy pet food without deadly chemicals, tires that won’t come apart while you’re driving and toys that aren’t coated with lead paint?
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, June 28
City leaders dispute Census
Figures show slight population decline
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A1
The counting controversy is back. New figures released today by the Census Bureau show Lawrence’s population is no longer growing like it used to, but rather is slightly declining.
Woodling: Wright fits mold of role player
June 28, 2007 in print edition on C1
The NBA is more than just scoring. Points aren’t everything. The NBA is about role players, too.
Up in the air
Ex-Jayhawk has no clue which team will call his name
June 28, 2007 in print edition on C1
On the eve of the 2007 NBA Draft, Julian Wright could honestly say he had no idea what the future holds. If the former Kansas University forward had any clue about his place in the draft, or which team might be inclined to select him, Wright wasn’t tipping his hand Wednesday.
Take time to devour a flower
Edible blossoms dress up dishes, perk up flavors
June 28, 2007 in print edition on D1
The growing season is in high gear, and colorful blooms are peppering gardens across Lawrence. But why leave them rooted in the soil when many of them could liven up the dinner table?
Mulching mower wards off threat, inconvenience of lawn thatch
June 28, 2007 in print edition on D2
In the beginning, there were sheep. Then came scythes, reel mowers and, finally, the familiar rotary mower, cutting grass with blades like a low-flying helicopter.
Freshening the home
June 28, 2007 in print edition on D2
One way to freshen a home is to air it out and wash the sheets and pet bedding, said Cinderella Bermudez, owner of Maid to Clean, a Washington-area cleaning service.
High court ruling a victory for free speech
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A8
Let us hope that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who is rarely right about First Amendment matters, was right about what he said in April.
Poll: Distrust of U.S. growing
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A6
Unease with American foreign policy and President Bush has intensified in countries that are some of the closest U.S. allies and around the globe, while Russia and China also face growing international wariness, a survey released Wednesday said.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A8
Saying the city had violated a resolution governing labor relations, the Lawrence Police Officers Assn. refused to sign a work agreement approved by the City Commission.
Investment fund examining H&R Block
After Applebee’s action, Breeden Capital to propose 3 board members at Block
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A8
Breeden Capital Management LLC, which last month gained two seats on the board of restaurant chain Applebee’s, said Wednesday it is turning its attention to tax preparation firm H&R Block Inc.
Therapists join Bert Nash center
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A8
Kerri Kim has been named a therapist for child and family services at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Lawrence.
MLB briefs
June 28, 2007 in print edition on C5
Dave Trembley will get at least another month to prove he’s the right man to manage the Baltimore Orioles.
Police chief wants K.C. officer fired
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City police chief has called for the firing of an officer accused of wedging his nightstick into the mouth of a man he believed had hidden crack cocaine.
Iraq vet protester rejects deal to end discharge proceedings
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B2
An Iraq veteran who faces a discharge hearing for making anti-war statements in a speech and wearing parts of his uniform at a protest has essentially rejected a deal from the Marines to end the proceedings.
A reason to smile?
Solid test runs, strong record at Loudon have Jeff Burton feeling optimistic
June 28, 2007 in print edition on C6
Can the Car of Tomorrow change Jeff Burton’s fortunes at New Hampshire International Speedway? He certainly hopes so.
Crews fighting Tahoe fire get break from wind
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A5
Firefighters racing the weather for control of a turbulent wildfire near this popular resort got a bit of a break Wednesday as high winds forecast to arrive by early afternoon held off, giving crews time to shore up their defenses.
More than foot of rain floods central Texas
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A5
Lashing storms dumped up to 18 inches of rain on parts of central Texas, flooding several towns and stranding dozens of people on rooftops, cars and in trees Wednesday.
Regents to vote on KU 4-year tuition proposal
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A1
Higher education officials today will decide on a Kansas University proposal to increase the tuition rate for new freshmen by nearly 16 percent, but freeze that rate for those students for four years.
Power outage disrupts afternoon activities
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A5
A brief power outage darkened a large swath of Manhattan and the Bronx on Wednesday afternoon, knocking out traffic lights, cutting rush-hour subway service and forcing the evacuation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on one of the hottest days of the year.
Doctors back off video-game ‘addiction’
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A5
Video-game buffs might feel hooked on their favorite titles, but they won’t be officially addicted any time soon.
Residents slowly return to Greensburg
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B3
People are living in Greensburg again. The lucky ones who still had a house left after the May 4 tornado have been among the first residents to slowly trickle back into town. Some still have no power and are using generators and kerosene lamps. Others can run a few appliances off temporary power lines.
Care issues surface in wrestler’s death
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A5
In the days before pro wrestler Chris Benoit killed his wife and child and hanged himself, the couple argued over whether he should stay home more to take care of their mentally retarded 7-year-old son, an attorney for the wrestling league said Wednesday.
Serial rape suspect appears before judge
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
A serial rape suspect accused of assaulting three Lawrence women in the mid-1990s appeared before a Douglas County District Court judge Wednesday.
Sheriff defends tactic on illegal immigrants
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A5
The sheriff’s department has developed a remarkably effective - and controversial - way of catching illegal immigrants: Deputies in patrol cars pull up to a construction site in force, and watch and see who runs.
2 from Fort RIley die
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A7
Two more soldiers from Fort Riley have been killed in combat, bringing to 114 the number of soldiers from the fort who have been killed while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A8
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 27, 1907: “The people who live within the radius of a block about the north half of Central Park are in favor of a scheme to erect a fountain and dig a well in that portion of the park this summer.
U.N. inspectors head to reactor site
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A7
U.N. inspectors headed to North Korea’s key nuclear reactor today for the first time since 2002 to discuss plans to shut the plutonium-producing facility under an international accord.
Big industrial cities lose stature
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A6
Phoenix has overtaken Philadelphia as the nation’s fifth largest city, underscoring decades of population losses in America’s big industrial centers.
County commissioner’s illness cancels meeting
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B3
Wednesday night’s Douglas County Commission meeting was canceled because Commissioner Jere McElhaney was sick.
Downtown K.C. entertainment district postpones grand opening
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B3
Developers for a new downtown entertainment district said they are pushing back the grand opening to March to coincide with the Big 12 basketball tournament.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A8
An additional $10.1 million had been allocated for further propellant production at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plans at DeSoto to help meet Vietnam War needs.
Low-tech spy big on action
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A2
Someone at the USA network is obsessed with the subject of spies on a budget. Last November, they broadcast the funny movie “Underfunded,” about Canadian secret agents operating on the cheap.
California debates strict pet sterilization measure
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
A bill that would require most dogs and cats in California to be spayed or neutered has brought howls of protest from breeders and threats from the American Kennel Club to pull the nation’s second-largest dog show from the state.
Secrecy can’t hide Cheney power grab
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B6
Years ago, Lamar Alexander, the senator from Tennessee, told me of a lesson he had learned as a young man on the White House staff: It is always useful for the president to have at least one aide who has had a successful career already, who does not need the job, and therefore can offer candid advice.
Fingerprint used to identify body
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence police on Wednesday released additional details about how investigators identified the decomposed body of John Lundmark, 54, of Lawrence, found June 19 hanging in a shed on rental property near the Kansas University campus.
Lawyer appointed to state committee
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A8
Lawrence lawyer Mark Andersen has been appointed to the Kansas Bar Association’s executive committee for the real estate, probate and trust law section.
New program to help Kansans with disabilities join work force
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lorraine Cannistra, who has cerebral palsy, hasn’t worked for eight years because she said if she earned too much she would lose her government-provided health care benefits.
NBA draft notebook
June 28, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Oden and Durant show: Ohio State’s Greg Oden and Kevin Durant of Texas, expected to be the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in the draft, found themselves surrounded by huge numbers of media, cameras and microphones at their tables Wednesday.
KT Walsh invites art mayhem to her east lawrence home
June 28, 2007 in print edition on D1
KT Walsh is a compulsive artist. Her home, her yard, her way of dressing are a microcosm of how she thinks the world should be: completely, utterly saturated with art.
Royals finish off Angels
June 28, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas City manager Buddy Bell and his Los Angeles counterpart Mike Scioscia were both eager to turn the page after the Royals swept the Angels in three games. For different reasons, though.
White powder causes IRS anthrax scare
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B3
A letter containing a white powder and a note mentioning anthrax forced federal authorities Wednesday to shut down the mailroom of the Kansas City headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service.
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A8
Pilot completes historic voyage
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
Barrington Irving kept his fans in suspense as he circled the skies in his plane Inspiration - now marked with flag stickers of the countries he has visited on a worldwide adventure.
Test vote looms on immigration bill
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Senate’s revived legislation to legalize millions of unlawful immigrants faces a critical test Thursday after surviving potentially fatal challenges.
Space to play
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I heard the story about building the business park on the north side of town. Why build on the floodplain and on good farmland? This will ruin land that could be used to grow food. It will make flooding worse.
Summer safety
June 28, 2007 in print edition on D2
Nothing ruins a lazy summer day faster than a trip to the emergency room. Here’s a first-aid guide to treating the most common summer ailments, from Woman’s Day:
Search for remains on Iwo Jima to continue
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A7
Avoiding unexploded grenades and hacking their way through cactus under a blazing sun, an American search team has located two caves where they believe a Marine who filmed the iconic flag-raising on Iwo Jima may have been killed 62 years ago in one of World War II’s most symbolic battles.
Bonnie stays busy as camp closes
More KU camps, off-campus recruiting loom
June 28, 2007 in print edition on C1
Bonnie Henrickson concluded her Individual Camp on Wednesday, but her busy summer continues as the Kansas University women’s basketball coach looks to improve on last year’s disappointing season.
Lawrence Datebook
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B2
Event around Lawrence
Blair could lead peace effort
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B7
When I wrote about the exploding Palestinian-versus-Palestinian crisis last week, I hardly expected numerous messages about my “suggested peace plan.”
Records sought in eavesdrop probe
Subpoenas issued to White House, Cheney’s office
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Senate subpoenaed the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney’s office Wednesday, demanding documents and elevating the confrontation with President Bush over the administration’s warrant-free eavesdropping on Americans.
District Attorney’s office undergoing expansion
Construction work to help give more space to meet with victims
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
Surrounded by files, law manuals and boxes, Douglas County District Attorney office employees are making the best of a cramped situation.
Reference check
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: As the presidential candidates prepare for the 2008 election, I will be preparing my credentials for a teaching job in the state of Kansas.
Local teachers inducted to hall of fame
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B3
Mitzi Eyestone and Charlene Potter know they have made a difference in the lives of children.
5 recent graduates die in head-on crash
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
A fiery head-on collision killed five women in a sport utility vehicle less than a week after they graduated from a high school in the Rochester suburb of Fairport, the principal said Wednesday.
Bald eagle goes off endangered species list
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A1
The American bald eagle, a national symbol once almost wiped out by hunters and DDT poisoning, has not only survived but is thriving.
Busy bees feeding world as we flee
June 28, 2007 in print edition on D1
Weeding, deadheading and planting in our gardens almost always bring us into contact with bees. My grandsons usually leave the area, and I am just in front of them. Should we be afraid, leave the area, pursue other interests? Maybe not.
Rocket science: Museum camp draws kids to learn about space
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
Shooting off rockets, making to-scale comets and examining stars were just some of the activities children participated in Wednesday at the Kansas University Natural History Museum.
Researchers to set out on search for Bigfoot
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
Researchers will visit the Upper Peninsula next month to search for evidence of the legendary creature known as “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch.”
Arthur begins tryouts today
Recruit Liggins chooses Kentucky over KU, others
June 28, 2007 in print edition on C3
Darrell Arthur today begins his quest to make the final roster of USA Basketball’s Under 19 Select Team.
War funding
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I have a simple but difficult question for the readers, but first we need to discuss two of the four camps of voters in Congress on what to do on Iraq (I’ve excluded two: supporters, mostly Republicans, for the occupation of Iraq, and Sens. Clinton and Obama).
Rain not expected to cause problems
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
After what was expected to be a night of heavy rain under a flash flood watch, morning commuters should face decent road conditions this morning.
Man to chain himself to corner for animal rights
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B8
A Hutchinson man, enraged that the city hasn’t outlawed the tethering of animals, said he plans to chain himself to a street corner until he gets 500 signatures of support.
UNESCO to help restore Iraq shrine
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A7
UNESCO, the United Nations education and culture agency, has pledged to help Iraq restore a bombed Shiite mosque in the northern city of Samarra, the U.N. said Wednesday.
Lunch and trade fair scheduled for today
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A8
The Lawrence Express Network will offer a lunch and trade fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Lawrence Country Club, 400 Country Club Terrace. Lunch is $15 a person.
Business leaders oppose casino
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B8
Sedgwick County voters will hear a lot more about gambling in the coming months as its supporters and opponents gear up for two election measures on the issue.
On the record
June 28, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence crime blotter
Report cites threat of growing deserts
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A7
Desertification represents one of the “greatest environmental challenge of our times” and could set off mass migrations of people fleeing degraded homelands, a United Nations report warned today.
Antidepressant use linked to birth defects
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two new studies suggest that taking antidepressants during the first trimester of pregnancy may slightly increase the risk of some rare birth defects.
Mummy identified of Queen Hatshepsut
June 28, 2007 in print edition on A7
A tooth found in a relic box led archaeologists to identify a long-overlooked mummy as that of Egypt’s most powerful female pharoah - possibly the most significant find since King Tutankhamun’s tomb was uncovered in 1922, experts said Wednesday.
Mariners slip past Red Sox
June 28, 2007 in print edition on C4
Jose Lopez was watching unpredictable Manny Ramirez - just like many curious people do at Red Sox games.