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Several roads closed due to heavy rains
June 30, 2007
A listing of roads currently closed due to flash flooding.
Cast gives ‘something extra’ in hilarious ‘Pageant’
11:17 a.m., June 30, 2007 Updated 12:00 a.m.
What do you get when you take six cross-dressing men, a few sparkly costumes, an acclaimed off-Broadway director and a fantastic musical score? You wind up with “Pageant,” a very funny (and not-so-typical) look at attitudes toward modern beauty contests.
Centennial Park cleanup postponed
June 30, 2007
Centennial Park cleanup postponed today.
American stuns No. 9 Hingis
Serena, Roddick advance; Blake eliminated early
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C8
Until Friday, Laura Granville went five years without winning a third-round Grand Slam match against anyone, much less Martina Hingis. Knocking off the 1997 Wimbledon champion made all the American’s toiling in tennis’ minor leagues worth it.
Giambi’s foot still sore
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C7
Jason Giambi’s foot still hurts, and the New York Yankees slugger likely will have another scan next week to determine how fast he is recovering from a severe injury.
Where to write
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
Society calendar
June 30, 2007 in print edition on D5
Sunday Afternoon Bridge Club, 1 p.m., Kaw Valley Bridge Center in the I-70 Business Center, 1025 N. Third St., Suite 120. For more information, contact Chris Lane at 842-2655 or
Around and about
June 30, 2007 in print edition on D5
Marcus Muhs, Lawrence, received a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville this spring.
4-H and FCE news
June 30, 2007 in print edition on D5
Several area students were honored at the Douglas County 4-H/FFA Spring Sheep Show on June 17 in Lawrence. Simon Fangman, Lawrence, had his Weather Dam ewe selected as reserve grand champion ewe.
Doctor denies having financial ties with Tiller
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
An attorney for Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus on Friday said she had no financial relationship with Dr. George Tiller in consulting on late-term abortions. “Dr. Neuhaus wasn’t paid anything by Dr. Tiller,” said Jack Focht of Wichita. “She didn’t have any financial relationship with him.” On Thursday, Attorney General Paul Morrison filed 19 misdemeanor charges against Tiller, alleging that he violated the late-term abortion law involving abortions in 2003. Tiller has denied any wrongdoing.
Preteen given reprieve
Thompson, 12, will play today, but only because of weather
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C9
Alexis Thompson made it to the weekend at the U.S. Women’s Open, but not exactly in the way she wanted to. The 12-year-old Thompson - the youngest player in history to qualify for the Open - had a round cut short because of severe weather for the second straight day Friday at 12-over 134 through 31 holes. Once second-round play resumes today, the soon-to-be seventh grader probably will conclude her history-making summer vacation to Pine Needles by missing the cut.
Simons: Selfish interests and politics mar promising state efforts
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Why can’t people be guided and motivated by what is in the best interests of Kansas as a whole rather than allowing selfish interests, egos, politics, greed and other motivations to muddy the water and turn what could be a glorious opportunity into an ugly and dirty mess?
Hendrick hoping to keep chemistry
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C10
The last time crew chief Chad Knaus was suspended by NASCAR, driver Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team responded by winning two of the four races he missed. Once Knaus returned, the team just kept right on clicking the rest of the season and wound up with Johnson winning the 2006 Nextel Cup title.
Some experts blame soaring homicides on lack of immigrants
June 30, 2007
Baltimore, Philadelphia and other cities in a bloodstained corridor along the East Coast are seeing a surge in killings, and one of the most provocative explanations offered by criminal-justice experts is this: not enough new immigrants. The theory holds that waves of hardworking, ambitious immigrants reinvigorate desperately poor black and Hispanic neighborhoods and help keep crime down.
Hamas preacher defies government order
Other clergy heed instructions to stop talking politics in mosques
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
A leading Hamas preacher on Friday defied an order by the moderate Palestinian government in the West Bank to stop talking about politics in mosques, instead taunting his Fatah rivals in his weekly sermon. However, other clergy heeded the call to tone down their rhetoric, part of a campaign to stem Hamas’ influence in the West Bank following the Islamic group’s violent takeover of Gaza.
Turnpike tolls increase this weekend
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
A drive along the Kansas Turnpike is about to become more expensive. On Sunday, the fees for most turnpike trips will increase by 5 percent, but some will be as much as 10 percent. The toll increase is expected to generate an additional $3.8 million in annual revenue for the Kansas Turnpike Authority, which has an operating budget of about $39 million.
Lawrence Datebook
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Today: “F is for Fair,” family story hour and craft, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass., donations accepted.
Oversight of Eudora EMS to be considered
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
The future of Eudora Emergency Medical Service could be determined Monday night during a joint meeting of Eudora city and township officials and the Douglas County Commission. An agreement that would put the medical service under the management of the city fire chief has been developed during the past several months. An initial proposal called for the county, city and township to share the costs of the operation.
King examines cost of war
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
How do you measure the cost of war? The one-hour special “Battlefield Breakdown” (7 p.m. today, CNN) goes beyond the statistics to explore the personal, military, political and logistical problems of a struggle that has lasted far longer than anyone planned.
Major terror plot foiled in London
Bombs could have killed hundreds
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
Police thwarted a devastating terrorist plot on Friday, discovering two Mercedes loaded with nails packed around canisters of propane and gasoline set to detonate and kill possibly hundreds in London’s crowded theater and nightclub district.
Nature center to close for construction
June 30, 2007
Prairie Park Nature Center, 2730 S.W. Harper St., will be closed Monday through Friday. The closing will affect only the education center, as the park and preserve will remain open. The nature center will reopen at 9 a.m. July 7.
Bush losing trade negotiating authority
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush loses his power today to seal “fast track” trade agreements without intervention from Congress, where Democrats blame recent deals for sending U.S. jobs abroad. Since 1975, only one other president, Bill Clinton, has been stripped of that trade promotion authority, designed to speed the reduction of trade barriers and open new markets with other countries. Bush won’t get it back again, and the next president might not either.
Bonds hits 750th; Giants fall
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C4
Barry Bonds is going to have a harder time enjoying his home runs if the Giants keep losing close games. Bonds hit his 750th career home run, an inning after getting a startling hug from a fan in a loss to Arizona on Friday night. The homer pulled the San Francisco slugger within five of tying Hank Aaron’s record, but Miguel Montero hit a solo homer off Brad Hennessey (1-3) in the 10th for the Diamondbacks, who sent San Francisco to its third straight defeat.
Ambush caps bloodiest 3-month period of war for U.S. troops
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A11
A huge bomb explosion followed by a hail of gunfire and grenades killed five U.S. soldiers, the military said Friday. The attack climaxed the deadliest three-month period for the Americans since the war began.
Minor leaguer charged in clubhouse fight
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C7
Minor-league pitcher Roman Colon was charged with punching a teammate at Triple-A Toledo during a locker-room scuffle that left the other player with severe facial injuries.
June 30, 2007 in print edition on D7
Those with birthdays today: This year you could waver back and forth about what might be the best course of action. You often wonder whether to head in the intellectual direction or down the emotional path. You are likely to try out different styles.
Clinton, Obama vie to be ‘second black president’
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
If Bill Clinton was the “first black president,” his wife and Barack Obama are vying to be the second. Obama, the only black running for the White House, came into a debate Thursday night at predominantly black Howard University with the crowd on his side, chanting his name as all eight Democratic candidates posed for pictures on stage. But Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared to win many of them over in an impassioned performance that addressed their anger over inequality.
Around and about
June 30, 2007 in print edition on D3
Gabriel and Risa Gutierrez, Lawrence, announce the birth of their son, Christian Tomas Gutierrez, born June 15, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.Christian has a sister Audriana, 4. Maternal grandparents are Jan See, Lawrence, and Lindel and Linda Senseman, Ponca City, Okla. Paternal grandparents are Richard and Linda Gutierrez, Lawrence.
Scouting news
June 30, 2007 in print edition on D5
¢ Boy Scout Troop 65 in Baldwin City hosted the Pelathe District’s annual Webelos Graduation Weekend, May 11-13 at Spring Creek Park at Old City Lake.¢ Boy Scout Troop 59, chartered to First Presbyterian Church, participated in a high-adventure trip in the Comanche Peaks Wilderness area in northern Colorado.
St. Luke’s extends deadline for deal
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
St. Luke’s Hospital system has extended a self-imposed deadline to wrap up negotiations over a proposed affiliation with the Kansas University Medical Center. Talks about the proposed affiliation have gone on for more than a year now, and St. Luke’s had set a deadline for today. But G. Richard Hastings, president and chief executive officer at Kansas City-based St. Luke’s, said the hospital board voted in May to extend the deadline indefinitely if an agreement wasn’t reached.
Families displaced by Katrina get new start in ‘Canadaville’
June 30, 2007
When her husband first told her about Canadaville, Dawn Charbonneau worried it might be a cult. A place in the country, built by a Canadian industrialist, where hurricane-displaced families could live rent-free if they followed the rules. It sounded too good to be true. Yet she was taken with Canadaville, a sprawling property where squirrels scurry in open fields and the songs of birds and bleats of goats carry on the breeze.
Temporary casino planned
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B8
The Woodlands dog- and horse-racing track plans to open a temporary casino with as many as 800 slot machines by February, while building a $40 million to $50 million permanent casino and restaurant, its operators said this week.
A good book
Tonganoxie author publishes first novel after winning Christian writing contest
June 30, 2007 in print edition on D1
When it comes to writing, Terry Barnes likes telling engaging stories and teaching lessons, all without drawing too much attention to either. “I’m trying to touch people,” he says. “It’s very much a ministry.” The rural Tonganoxie man is getting a chance to minister to a lot more people starting this month, when his first published novel hits bookshelves nationwide.
Commissioner has bad reaction to tick bite
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Commissioner Jere McElhaney, who suffered a serious reaction to a tick bite earlier this week, plans to be at Monday’s County Commission meetings.
Eager customers snap up Apple’s iPhones
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A5
Brandon Saunders, 16, had been saving his allowance and birthday money for months to get one of Apple Inc.’s coveted iPhones. He waited in line with his 70-year-old grandmother for about eight hours Friday in front of a San Antonio AT&T store and left sunburned but grinning, shopping bag in hand. “It’s worth it,” he said. “It’s like Christmas in June.”
Police find cocaine stashed in dentures
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
A sharp-eyed airport inspector foiled a plot to ship 20 pounds of cocaine to Panama when he discovered the drugs stuffed inside sets of false teeth.
Airplane carrying PM fired at while landing
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
A plane carrying Ivory Coast’s prime minister came under heavy gunfire as it landed Friday at an airport in the country’s north but the leader was not harmed, his spokesmen said.
Nation turns smuggled alcohol into biogas
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
Smugglers trying to sneak alcohol into Sweden are unwittingly helping fuel the country’s public transport system and reducing its greenhouse emissions.
In rare reversal, high court agrees to consider Guantanamo case
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Supreme Court reversed itself Friday and agreed to consider whether detainees at Guantanamo Bay have been unfairly barred from the federal courts by the Bush administration and Congress, a move that may finally determine legal rights for foreign-born terrorism suspects.
Flutist arrested for playing music sues city
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
It’s all in the ears of the beholder. A classical flutist who was handcuffed amid a crackdown on street music in a genteel neighborhood has sued the city. Felix Wilkins’ arrest in March came a day after police charged another man for singing in Rittenhouse Square. Both were charged with disorderly conduct. A judge dismissed Wilkins’ case last month, but this week the musician filed suit.
Wright arrives
Lottery pick treated like royalty in Big Easy
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Former Kansas University forward Julian Wright, his mother, Gina, brother, Andre, and agent, Rob Pelinka, were treated like royalty by New Orleans Hornets officials and fans Friday in the Big Easy. Wright - who Thursday night in New York was tapped 13th in the NBA Draft - flew with his loved ones and business partner to Louisiana on Friday morning. The Wright contingent was met by Hornets executives at Louis Armstrong International Airport and transported to Dickie Brennan’s Steak House in the famed French Quarter.
Pakistani villagers hit hard by storm, floods riot after little help arrives
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
Hungry victims of monsoon-spawned floods in southwestern Pakistan rioted Friday, protesting slow, meager aid reaching their marooned villages where many feared the receding waters would yield numerous bodies. Police fired tear gas and shots into the air but failed to disperse a crowd of several thousand villagers who broke into and ransacked the mayor’s office in this city in southwestern Pakistan ringed by floodwaters.
KU names new dean for graduate studies
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University named Sara Rosen associate vice provost and dean of graduate studies Friday. Rosen is a professor of linguistics and chairwoman of the KU linguistics department. She arrived at KU in 1991 as an assistant professor, becoming an associate professor in 1996 and a full professor in 2006. She has been the linguistics department chairwoman since 2000.
Woman protesting law registers dog to vote
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Duncan the dog is still registered to vote, and his owner isn’t pleased. Jane Balogh signed up the dog in protest of a 2005 state voter-registration law she thinks makes it too easy for noncitizens to vote. She used a paw print to mark ballots on Duncan’s behalf.
Tax examination
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: It must be June - the annual speculation (trial balloons) about our taxes for next year has begun. In discussing our taxes, I differentiate not at all between that portion of our taxes resulting from a direct vote by our law-givers and the annual gift to them resulting from property valuation increases; both are tax increases.
Court officials celebrate judge’s 100th birthday
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown was honored Friday as not just an old judge, but a great one. A week after turning 100, Brown stoically sat on the bench for a courtroom ceremony as hundreds of colleagues, friends and family members marked his birthday. He listened patiently to the accolades, laughing at times as friends recounted fond memories. They lauded him as a humble and caring person, called him an inspiration, and praised his common sense.
Short list of possible sites to come in July
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
An announcement of the short list of possible sites for a $450 million biodefense laboratory probably will be made in early to mid-July, officials said. Kansas is in the running for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. The proposed Kansas sites are in Leavenworth and Manhattan. There are 15 other proposed sites in 10 other states also vying for the federal project.
Brownback’s upcoming book details spiritual awakening
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
Sen. Sam Brownback’s journey from a family farm in tiny Parker, Kan., to the halls of the Senate and a campaign for the GOP presidential nomination has been as much a spiritual awakening as a political one. In his new book, “From Power to Purpose: A Remarkable Journey of Faith and Compassion,” the Kansas senator recalls a seminal moment in 1997, shortly after he was elected to the Senate, when the chaplain who led his Bible study class suggested every lawmaker has just one constituent: God.
Quigley’s lapse proves costly
Golfer falls into three-way tie for lead
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C9
Brett Quigley held a two-shot lead at the Buick Open just after the turn, and his mind drifted to an easy stretch of Warwick Hills. A couple of holes later, a huge oak tree taught him a lesson. Quigley scrambled to save par at No. 13 - the second-easiest hole - and that contributed to him losing the lead Friday and finishing the second round in a three-way tie with Jim Furyk and Kenny Perry at 10-under 134.
Beijing bans 10 types of drugs
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
China’s capital banned 10 types of drugs for exaggerated effectiveness, a newspaper reported Friday, amid rising concerns of fake and tainted products in China’s food and drug supply chains. While the drugs were genuine, the results they claimed to produce in fighting high blood pressure, diabetes and other ailments couldn’t be supported in clinical testing, the Beijing News reported.
Ceremony to honor deaf pitcher at Royals game
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
Luther Taylor, one of the premier pitchers in the major leagues in the early 1900s and a graduate of the Kansas School for the Deaf, will be honored today at the Kansas City Royals-Chicago White Sox game at Kauffman Stadium. Taylor has ties to Baldwin City and is buried near there.
July 4 closings announced
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Government offices and public services in Lawrence and Douglas County will be closed Wednesday in observance of Independence Day.
Lawrence getting new Coors distributor
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B5
A Jayhawk in spirit is taking over as Coors distributor for Lawrence and surrounding communities. Salina-based Crown Distributors LLC is buying Jayhawk Beverage Inc., of Topeka, and DeBauge Brothers Inc., of Emporia, in a deal that will make Crown the largest Coors distributor in the state.
2 accused of extortion in missing girl case
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
An Italian man and Portuguese woman who allegedly tried to extort money from the parents of missing British 4-year-old Madeline McCann remained in custody in southern Spain on Friday pending further questioning, a police spokeswoman said.
Raiders wear down Tahlequah
Lawrence dominates in Bartlesville debutz
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Lawrence Raiders came out strong in the opening game of the Bartlesville Invitational, defeating the Tahlequah Bandits, 9-3. In their first game since losing in the championship game of the Al Ice Memorial Woodbat Classic last Sunday, the Raiders (13-10) relied on the strong pitching performance of starter Alex Hardman.
People in the news
June 30, 2007
¢ Radcliffe says first on-screen kiss wasn’t so magical¢ ‘Good Morning America’ movie critic Joel Siegel dies¢ Ex-‘Anatomy’ star Washington says racism a factor in firing¢ Report: Fox called officer racist during traffic stop
Rain plagues Open
Another round ended by bad weather
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C9
Annika Sorenstam stood in the ninth fairway next to her bag, sizing up how far she was from her final hole on a troublesome day at the U.S. Women’s Open. Then came a sound that has become all too familiar. And no, it wasn’t a big cheer. An air horn, the most annoying sound in golf, resonated across Pine Needles on Friday to signal another delay brought on by lightning. Sorenstam bowed her head and walked toward shelter.
NFL bids farewell to Europe
Commissioner shuts down developmental league
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C2
After 16 years in Europe, the NFL shut down its developmental league Friday. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said it was strictly business, insisting that after “significant investment” it was time to close NFL Europa and concentrate internationally on regular-season games outside the United States.
Royals blast ChiSox, could escape cellar
Bannister, Greinke shut down Chicago bats
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
While the Chicago White Sox were winning the 2005 World Series and proving themselves the best team in baseball, the Kansas City Royals were losing 106 games and proving themselves the worst. Now, just about a season and a half later, the long-woeful Royals actually have more victories (34) than the White Sox (33).
Marriage values
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Why do many state and federal officials feel it necessary to define and legislate what marriage is? I’ve heard the argument that legal recognition of same-sex marriage threatens the moral foundation of traditional marriage. Who would be threatened, and in what way, exactly?
Huff cycles, but Orioles tumble
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C4
Aubrey Huff hit for the cycle, but Los Angeles got a tiebreaking two-run homer from Howie Kendrick in the ninth inning. Kendrick connected off Chris Ray (4-6) with two outs. The Angels blew a five-run lead and trailed 7-5 in the seventh before rallying to end a three-game losing streak.
Girl’s death prompts ban of female circumcision
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
The death of a 12-year-old Egyptian girl at the hands of a doctor performing female circumcision has sparked a public outcry and prompted health and religious authorities to ban the practice.
Reds call up Stone
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C7
Right-hander Ricky Stone, out of baseball last year while starting a drywall business, was called up Friday by the Cincinnati Reds, who still are struggling to fix their bullpen.
Peeved Pirates fans plan to walk out of tonight’s game
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C7
The Pittsburgh Pirates, stuck in a 15th consecutive losing season, don’t sell out PNC Park that often. On one of the few nights they will, some fans don’t plan to stick around long. With only the third capacity crowd of the season expected for a Bob Walk bobblehead doll giveaway tonight, some longtime rooters led by businessman Andy Chomos of Wexford, Pa., want those attending the game against Washington to walk out in protest of ownership’s perceived lack of direction.
Old Home Town - 25 Years Ago
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
The time clock ran out on federal formalization of the Equal Rights Amendment, and many women said they felt it was just another move to keep females as second-class citizens. Most who had worked for passage of the measure lamented its defeat and said it posed special problems for “minorities,” the largest of which was the women.
Padres add to volatility
San Diego trades with A’s for Bradley
June 30, 2007
Michael Barrett’s tussles with his teammates didn’t scare away the San Diego Padres, and neither did Milton Bradley’s outbursts. The Padres acquired the temperamental Bradley from the Oakland Athletics on Friday, the second time in just more than a week that the two-time defending NL West champions added a player with a history of blowups.
Club news
June 30, 2007 in print edition on D3
The University Bridge Club announces winners of its June 23 meeting. Hosts were John and Jane Golden with Carl and Isabelle Schaake. Blue winners were Walt Hicks, first; Tom Waller, second; Leo Langlois, third; Leonard Fleske, fourth; and Ray Ikenberry, fifth. Pink winners were Virginia Williams, first; Bebe Huxtable, second; Mary Fleske, third; Edna Galle, fourth; and Aileen Bocquin, fifth.
Restaurant that served Hancock avoids penalty
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C7
The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control will take no action against a restaurant that served St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock before the drunken-driving accident that led to his death. In a report released Friday, the division said all information from witnesses indicated Hancock was “consuming intoxicating liquor in moderation” and was “very lucid” in the hours before he died.
Safety first
No amount of free parking or new development will matter if people don’t feel safe in downtown Lawrence.
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
A brazen attempted purse-snatching in the middle of the day last week may add to residents’ concerns about the safety of downtown Lawrence. Local residents have most often cited security concerns in downtown late at night or early in the morning, but the recent attempted robbery behind a downtown business just after 11 a.m. in the morning raises questions about the safety of downtown even in broad daylight.
Repair proposal approved, but more requested
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Board of Regents has approved a five-year, $134.4 million plan to make repairs at state universities. But higher education officials say that still isn’t enough so they will ask for an additional $56.4 million when the Legislature meets next year. Lawmakers recently approved a plan to boost funding for what is called deferred maintenance. “The plan that was approved by the Legislature was a start,” said Kip Peterson, a spokesman for the Kansas Board of Regents.
Roberts returns to form
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Since graduating from Kansas University, Conrad Roberts has had little time to work on his golf game. But over the last 12 months, the former KU golfer has felt like a college kid again. “Overall, I’m pretty happy with the way my golf game is going right now,” Roberts said. “It’s at a point right now where I’m pretty comfortable on the golf course again. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in that situation.
Wrestler’s dad hopes tests give explanation
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
The father of pro wrestler Chris Benoit said Friday that he was eager to see whether chemical tests can help explain why Benoit killed his wife and son and committed suicide, acts the wrestler’s father said he had no clue were coming. Michael Benoit said by phone from his home in Canada that his family is shocked and in disbelief over the slayings.
Gov. reappoints local resident to board
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence resident was reappointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the Kansas Sentencing Commission on Friday. Sebelius reappointed Rick Kittel and five other members to serve on the board that oversees the continued review and updating of state sentencing guidelines.
Police: Rider killed at amusement park
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
An accident involving a gyrating ride at an amusement park north of New York City left a young woman dead Friday night, police said.
U.S. urges vigilance, but sees no specific terrorist threat
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A6
Unexploded car bombs in London led to extra patrols in the United States on Friday, but Bush administration officials said they saw no special terrorist threat heading toward next week’s Fourth of July holiday. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff urged Americans to be vigilant but said there were no immediate plans to raise the U.S. national threat level, now at yellow, or elevated.
Schools likely to increase segregation after ruling
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
The nation’s schools, which have become increasingly segregated in recent decades, are likely to become even more racially divided as a result of this week’s Supreme Court decision curtailing the use of race in school integration plans, attorneys and educational experts said Friday.
Roberts, Romero familiar leaders
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C9
Loren Roberts and Eduardo Romero have been seeing their names next to each other a lot lately on leaderboards, and it’s not just for alphabetical reasons. Roberts, who leads the Champions Tour in scoring average, had his low round of the year, a 7-under 64 Friday, to take a one-stroke lead over Romero after the first round of the Commerce Bank Championship.
Man removed from train is found in Arizona
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Searchers found a St. Louis man Thursday night after he had been put off an Amtrak train four days earlier. He had been missing in a remote Arizona forest ever since.
Ginsburg may see need to make waves
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
Now, in the season of her discontent, it is well to remember that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was always called a moderate. The word dangled from her wrist like an ID bracelet. In fact, when she was nominated to be the second woman on the Supreme Court, there were feminists who added another adjective to that word: too moderate.
Faith briefs
June 30, 2007 in print edition on D8
Woodling: Maybes abound for KU
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
While strolling through a Lawrence grub stop the other day, I spotted a stack of those wallet-sized Kansas University football schedules that show up about this time every summer. So I picked one up and checked it out.
Former pastor brings biblical principles to business world
June 30, 2007 in print edition on D1
As a pastor, James Bush never quite felt involved enough in his community. “I felt like I was on the sidelines, encouraging others who were in the game,” he says. “It came down to a sense that I have to get in the game in a more direct way.” So he quit his job as pastor at First Southern Baptist Church, 4300 W. Sixth St., where he had been for nearly five years.
New law addresses rights of workers
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B5
China enacted a law Friday meant to improve workers’ rights after the communist government took the unprecedented step of seeking input from foreign companies and the Chinese public.
Meal delivery service forced to take a holiday
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Clients of at least one meal-delivery service will be stocking up to get them through Independence Day. “We just don’t have the staff to cover it with drivers, because too many of us go out of town,” said Annie Neri, a program assistant and driver for Lawrence Meals on Wheels. For several years, the organization delivered meals to elderly people and others with special needs every weekday, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Old Home Town - 100 Years Ago
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 30, 1907: “After a number of complaints, the U.S. postmaster general has sent out a notice that all rural mail carriers have the right-of-way on country roads and that all carriages or conveyances must surrender to the carrier routes. It is a serious matter to disrupt delivery of the mail.
Father gets 5-plus years after girls found starving
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B4
The father of two young girls found starving in their home last year has been sentenced to more than five years in prison. Alex Wood was arrested last July with his wife, Jennifer Wood, after a social worker found the girls, ages 6 and 7, starving and dehydrated in the basement of their Wichita home. Wood had pleaded guilty to two counts of felony child abuse. His wife, Jennifer Wood, had pleaded guilty to those counts, as well as one count of aggravated battery.
Sheridan’s Custard to host Safety Day
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
Sheridan’s Frozen Custard is hosting officials from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence police and fire departments for a Safety Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the business, 23rd and Iowa streets.
Astronaut didn’t make cross-country trip wearing diapers, attorney says
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Lisa Nowak’s attorney, Donald Lykkebak, scolded the media Friday for treating his client’s case as entertainment. “The biggest lie in this preposterous tale that has been told is that my client drove from Houston, Texas, to Orlando, Florida, nonstop, wearing a diaper,” Donald Lykkebak said after filing motions to suppress evidence in Nowak’s criminal case. “That is an absolute fabrication.”
Fields for Freedom to fly 2,000 flags for holiday
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
The city of Shawnee will partner with Merriam this year to host Fields for Freedom, which will be today through July 7. Businesses and neighborhoods in Merriam and Shawnee will be transformed into a sea of red, white and blue as Fields for Freedom organizers set up and place more than 2,000 U.S. flags at the Merriam Marketplace, Irene B. French Community Center, along Merriam Drive and along Johnson Drive at Shawnee Town and Herman Laird Park.
The Fielder family feud
Prince: ‘I’m going to be much better than’ Cecil
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C6
This is a measuring stick Prince Fielder could do without - the inevitable comparisons to his father, Cecil Fielder. The subject raises questions of a broken family relationship the Milwaukee Brewers slugger would rather not talk about. And besides, Prince Fielder says with a twinge of disdain, the matter is clear.
KU lists priority of projects
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A6
Kansas University’s priority deferred maintenance projects include:
Corn crop estimated to be biggest since 1944
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B5
Farmers this year planted the most corn since the waning days of World War II, outpacing already high expectations for the crop, according to a federal report issued Friday.
Transformers’ film helps ‘80s return
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
The Police and the Stray Cats are on tour. Leggings, pegged pants and wide belts are in style. “Transformers” are the hottest toys on the market. What year is it? It’s 2007, the year the ‘80s came back. It used to take generations before trends reappeared. The hippies of the ‘60s turned to fringed cowboy jackets and Native American beads from hundreds of years earlier.
Additional hearing set in abduction case
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Court officials on Friday scheduled an additional hearing for Edwin R. Hall, the man accused of abducting an 18-year-old woman from a Target store parking lot and strangling her. The hearing for Hall, 26, of Olathe, was scheduled for July 13 to consider defense motions on evidence, said Brian Burgess, spokesman for Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline.
New Blazer Oden smiling in the rain
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
Brand-new Trail Blazers center Greg Oden quickly got a feel for life in Portland - it rained. The 7-foot center out of Ohio State, wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with his last name, was introduced Friday to Blazers fans at a lunchtime rally, some 16 hours after the team took him with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.
Oil prices go above $70, but cost at pump drops
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B5
Oil prices settled above the psychologically important $70 a barrel mark on Friday for the first time since August 2006 on worries about gasoline supplies in the heart of the summer driving season.Light, sweet crude for August delivery rose $1.11 to settle at $70.68 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Intersection expansions to affect traffic around hospital
June 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
It is going to get easier to drive to Lawrence Memorial Hospital - eventually - LMH leaders say. But first, it is going to get tougher. Work to expand two intersections leading to the LMH campus at Third and Maine streets is set to begin Thursday, and it is expected to affect traffic in the area for about 12 weeks. Crews will begin working on the intersections of Fourth and Maine streets and Fourth and Michigan streets, and will close Fourth Street between Maine and Michigan streets.
Calling out ‘07 studs and duds
Reggie Awards honor achievements, disappointments at season’s midpoint
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C6
What makes Pat Burrell blanch, Kip Wells cringe and Dan Haren rejoice? The Reggie Awards, of course. The awards were dubbed Coreys last year, for Corey Patterson, who was tearing it up for delighted fantasy owners everywhere. With Patterson tanking this year, the Associated Press’ half-season fantasy baseball awards have been renamed Reggies for Angels outfielder Reggie Willits, arguably the best fantasy find of the first half.
Case against Iraq veteran dropped
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Marines won’t kick out an Iraq war veteran who made anti-war statements in a speech and wore part of his uniform at a protest, the service said Friday, despite a recommendation to discharge him early. The Marine Corps Mobilization Command in Kansas City said in a news release that it was dropping the case against Liam Madden, 22, of Boston, because it had “received sufficient indication” from Madden that he would no longer wear his uniform when engaged in political activities. They also determined that his statements did not warrant further action.
Noah brings personality to Bulls
Chicago general manager Paxson enthused after adding Florida standout to roster
June 30, 2007 in print edition on C2
There’s no truth to the rumor Joakim Noah’s introductory news conference in the Windy City was pushed to Monday because his seersucker suit didn’t clear security at a New York airport Friday morning. It is true Noah didn’t make it out of New York where, rumor has it, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.
Old Home Town - 40 Years Ago
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was checking on the death of Thomas Daniels, a Virginia Inn night clerk, in a police shootout at Salina. Evidence was that the hostage had been killed by a police bullet in the chase.
Immigrants put American values to shame
June 30, 2007
“The impact of immigration - legal and illegal - on jobs, schools, health care, the environment, national security, are all very serious problems,” insists Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., a man famed for his extreme anti-immigration views. “But more serious than all of them put together is this threat to the culture. I believe we are in a clash of civilizations.” Tancredo’s right about that last bit. We are in a clash of civilizations - and someday, immigrant culture might even displace some aspects of American culture.
On the record
June 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
¢ Law enforcement report¢ Burglaries and thefts reported¢ Emergency calls
Faith forum: Are visual depictions of Jesus inaccurate?
June 30, 2007 in print edition on D1
¢ Vision of Christ unique to one’s faith¢ Images stir memories of Savior’s love for us