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Club turns trash into fish habitat
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
With PVC pipes and buckets as their building blocks, members of Free State Fly Fishers are helping to build a thriving underwater city at Douglas County State Lake.
McCain TV ad hits opponent on Iraq policy
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A8
Republican John McCain launched a new television ad Friday that accuses presidential rival Barack Obama of switching positions on Iraq “to help himself become president” just as the Democratic candidate prepared to make a high profile trip to Baghdad.
Panda that was adopted by house cat dies
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
Amsterdam’s Artis zoo says a baby red panda adopted by a zookeeper’s cat after being rejected by its mother has died.
Thai farmers look to bats for free food, sexual powers
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A6
While movie fans the world over rave about the new Batman film, the only stir bats are causing in this poor farming village is in a cooking pot. They’ve been scarfing bats down in Baan Toom for as long as anyone can remember, roasting the little, flying beasts on spits over charcoal fires or mincing them up into a traditional Thai dish. The farmers say the meat is delicious, and, with a big smile, they claim it also gives them sexual powers.
Army confirms Iraqi assigned to Fort Riley
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
Army officials have confirmed that an Iraqi native who is suing the U.S. government over delays in his citizenship application is assigned to a division at Fort Riley.
Out-of-town teams enjoy time in Lawrence
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C5
In town for the North American Fastpitch Association’s “B” National tournament, softball players from as far as Oklahoma and Illinois have found plenty to do in Lawrence.
Governor decries Democratic senator
Party rift prompts Sebelius to back incumbent’s opponent
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B2
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and another Democratic leader are trying to unseat a legislator from their own party for voting against the governor and endorsing Republican Phill Kline in the 2006 attorney general’s race
Fundraiser assists lung cancer patient
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B3
As a North Carolina man recovers from his second double-lung transplant this week, his extended family in Lawrence helped support him and others fighting the same battle Friday night.
Rethinking your ride
With $4 gas, SUVs a tough sell
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A1
Lindsay Wilson managed to sell two TVs, a VCR, a chair, some old “Sesame Street” stuffed animals, a dorm-room comforter, two couches - even a slipcover that she’d draped over one of the couches to hide its antiquated “old lady” fabric. Only one item remains from her personal moving sale as the Kansas University graduate packs up for next week’s relocation to Florida, where she’ll start her career as a speech pathologist. It’s a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport, and she’s asking $6,200.
Obama going abroad for new approach
Trip to Europe, Middle East designed to boost standing on foreign-policy issues
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A8
Barack Obama will spend next week touring the Middle East and Western Europe, a trip that has galvanized much of the world’s attention because of his charisma, race and family background and the 180-degree shift he’s promising from the Bush administration’s foreign policy.
Teen ‘Benchmarks’ on display
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
It looked like a scene from opening night at an art gallery as 20 budding artists unveiled their masterpieces Friday evening in East Lawrence. “I just wanted to pull the sheet off,” 15-year-old Danielle Galloway said, after revealing her handpainted bench to the director of Raintree Montessori. “She loved it. I thought she was going to start crying.”
Hundreds of dead penguins wash ashore on Brazil beaches
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
Hundreds of baby penguins swept from the icy shores of Antarctica and Patagonia are washing up dead on Rio de Janeiro’s tropical beaches, rescuers and penguin experts said Friday.
Tennis league a success
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C5
As the Lawrence Tennis Association junior league closed out play Thursday afternoon, league coordinator Kirsty Elliott couldn’t help but be proud of her players.
Fans thrilled with Ledger’s ‘Dark’ performance as Joker
Latest Batman film sets record for midnight opening
July 19, 2008 in print edition on D7
As Chris Finegan watched Heath Ledger’s stunning portrayal of the Joker on Friday in “The Dark Knight,” he couldn’t help but think of another actor who wasn’t on the screen: James Dean, who also died prematurely and tragically, nearly 53 years ago.
Scouting news
July 19, 2008 in print edition on D3
Local scouting news
Pittsburg State University Honor Roll
July 19, 2008 in print edition on D3
Pittsburg State University announces area students who made the honor roll during the spring 2008 semester.
U.S. needs its auto industry
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
U.S.-based automakers have no one but themselves to blame for their dilemma. Had they long ago embraced rather than fought higher fuel economy standards, they might now have a larger and better-established base for manufacturing and marketing the small cars that are selling like hotcakes.
Tanker of molasses spills on highway
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
A sticky mess has been cleaned up after an overturned tanker truck poured 5,000 gallons of molasses onto a major Texas highway.
Crime down, but self-defense up
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A1
Hammer strikes. Front kicks. Head butts. Don and Susan Booth practice these intense techniques on each other, but they also teach them to others during weekly self-defense classes. And, the couple said, they’ve been teaching them to a growing number of people recently.
Officer fired for demanding free coffee
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
An internal affairs report says a Daytona Beach police officer demanded free coffee and tea from a Starbucks and threatened employees with slower emergency response times if they refused.
Johnson County abortion clinic case delayed again
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B3
A criminal case against a Planned Parenthood clinic in suburban Kansas City has been postponed indefinitely while appellate courts review legal disputes surrounding abortion documents.
Weekly gains raise up stocks despite technology losses
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B5
U.S. stocks wavered mostly lower Friday but were still on track for weekly gains, as financials shares struggled to regain their footing after Citigroup Inc. reported smaller-than-expected losses but Merrill Lynch & Co. disappointed.
Lawmakers praise Medicare override
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., health officials and patients Friday celebrated the override of President Bush’s veto of a Medicare bill. “It was the right thing to do for Kansas seniors, for military families and our health care providers,” Roberts said.
1 dead, 2 critical after crash in service area
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B3
One person is dead and two are critically injured after their SUV plowed into two 18-wheelers parked in a service area along the Kansas Turnpike south of Wichita.
Club news
July 19, 2008 in print edition on D5
Local club news
US will join Iran nuclear talks
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
A senior U.S. envoy will sit eye-to-eye for the first time Saturday with a top Iranian nuclear negotiator, a sharp reversal in U.S. policy that aims to entice Tehran into ending activities that could be used to make atomic weapons.
Bush broaches US troop timetable
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A1
President Bush and Iraq’s prime minister have agreed to set a “time horizon” for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq as part of a long-term security accord they are trying to negotiate by the end of the month, White House officials said Friday.
Morris twins show off skills in K.C. league
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C1
Kansas University freshman Markieff Morris, who had already swished a pair of NBA three-pointers, let fly from 23-feet, 9 inches with :03 remaining in Thursday night’s Kansas City Pro-Am game at Penn Valley Community College.
Delays expected with repaving work
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
Beginning Tuesday morning, crews will embark on a pavement-replacement project - weather permitting - in westbound lanes between Kansas Turnpike mileposts 200 and 205. That’s a five-mile stretch that runs from a mile east of the East Lawrence interchange to two miles west of the West Lawrence interchange.
Around and about
July 19, 2008 in print edition on D5
Around and about Lawrence
Pope apologizes for Catholic clergy sexual abuse
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
Pope Benedict XVI said he was “deeply sorry” for the sexual abuse of children by Australia’s Catholic clergy, delivering a strongly worded apology Friday that described their acts as evil and a grave betrayal of trust.
Pretty Woman’ still generates interest
July 19, 2008 in print edition on D7
In a world of uncertainty, one thing holds true: If you air “Pretty Woman” (7 p.m. today, TBS), millions of people will watch it, presumably not for the first time.
Stores slated to close named
Starbucks cuts back expansion
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B5
Starbucks Corp. has identified all 600 company-owned stores it plans to close in a bid to boost its business and weed out unprofitable locations. Targeted are 19 stores in Washington state, including seven in Seattle.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 19, 1908: “The new ice plant to be located in a portion of the old wire mill is due to help manufacture at least 70 tons of ice a day, allowing Lawrence to supply the demand for ice in many surrounding towns. Various ice operations will be staged so that if there are any mechanical problems, others can pick up the slack.”
Professor to perform in Chicago series
July 19, 2008 in print edition on D8
Stephanie Zelnick, KU assistant professor of clarinet, has been invited to perform at the Bank of America Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series Aug. 6 in the Chicago Cultural Center. The concert series was designed to provide live, free music for the public and to showcase talented young artists.
4-H and FCE news
July 19, 2008 in print edition on D5
Local 4-H and FCE news
McCain adviser Gramm leaves over ‘distraction’
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
Phil Gramm, a top adviser to presidential candidate John McCain, is resigning from the role as campaign co-chairman after his comments that the United States had become a “nation of whiners” who constantly complain about the state of the economy.
Faith Forum: How do mission trips spread faith?
July 19, 2008 in print edition on D1
¢ Helping us grow together in our faith: Ji Seok Ju, pastor, Centenary United Methodist Church¢ Passing a blessing on for others: Doug Heacock, contemporary worship leader, Lawrence Free Methodist Church
Oil numbers
July 19, 2008
To the editor: We now have $4 gasoline - on its way up. In 1970, oil was $1.39 a barrel; four years later, $8.32, and, today, $140. T. Boone Pickens predicts $150-$160 oil and puts his money in wind.
Flight diverted after man forcibly restrained
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A4
An American Airlines flight from Boston to Los Angeles was diverted to Oklahoma City on Friday after a passenger stripped nude and later tried to open an emergency exit door before being subdued by members of a professional soccer team and others, the FBI said.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
City Commissioner Howard Hill suggested that the city tap into a $50,000 contingency fund in its proposed 1984 budget to increase funding for a plan to attract new businesses and industries to Lawrence. But the full commission decided it would leave the fund untouched for the time being. The city was getting its final budget figures for 1984 ready for publication and eventual approval.
Military news
July 19, 2008 in print edition on D5
Local military news
Experts offer advice on rebuilding after earthquake
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A7
Two months after an earthquake ravaged much of Sichuan province, workers are diligently salvaging bricks to restore a 6th century Taoist temple damaged in the disaster. As China begins to look beyond emergency response toward long-term reconstruction, experts on post-disaster planning warn that expectations should be realistic since rebuilding will take years.
Stance on Favre gains favor
Owner expresses support for GM, coach’s position
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C2
Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy restated his support for general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy on Friday in the standoff with Brett Favre.
Chains in NYC post calorie info on menus
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A4
Customers at big fast-food chains in New York City are finally facing the facts about their meal choices. And for some, the truth may be hard to swallow - like 1,130 calories for a Big Mac, medium fries and a medium soda.
Oil, gas prices falling, but have we seen the worst of it?
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
The price of oil recorded its biggest weekly drop ever, and a gallon of gas finally pulled back from its record high. So is it time to declare the energy bubble popped? Experts won’t go that far just yet.
Commentary: Yankees logical Bonds destination
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C2
While one of the greatest jocks of our times stalks the eyes of America, because he wants to come back and play, another extraordinary athlete with the same desire has taken the opposite approach. This guy has been silent and reclusive, letting his representative speak for him.
More jobs outsourced to consumers
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
I finally drew the line at a dinner invitation. My husband wanted to try a much-touted restaurant where they present you with a platter of raw foods and a hot pot. The prospect of this adventure in dining didn’t exactly thrill me. If I want to cook my own food, I answered rather testily, I’ll eat at home.
UT to retire nine jerseys
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C2
Honoring athletes from the distant and recent past, the University of Texas announced Friday it is retiring nine jerseys in football, men’s basketball and baseball, including Vince Young and Kevin Durant.
Precious Doe defendant in court
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B2
The man accused of killing a 3-year-old girl once known only as “Precious Doe” appeared in court Friday and discussed motions he had filed seeking more access to his lawyers and additional jail recreation time.
Six-run first spurs Chicago to win
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C5
It was hard to tell that most of the Chicago White Sox had a four-day break. Their batting eyes were sharp and their early approach against Zack Greinke was right on target.
School board mulls mill levy increase
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
Lawrence school board members will begin discussing the mill levy for the 2008-2009 budget during Monday’s meeting.
KU divers headed to nationals
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas junior Meghan Proehl and sophomore Erin Mertz will compete in the U.S. Senior Diving Nationals from July 22-27 at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasedena, Calif.
Nicklaus questions desire of PGA’s youth
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C8
Jack Nicklaus noticed some old faces atop the leaderboard during a brief visit to British Open on Friday, making him wonder if younger players have too much money and not enough desire.
Crane collapses at refinery, killing 4
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
One of the nation’s largest mobile cranes collapsed at a Houston oil refinery Friday, killing four workers and injuring seven others in the latest of several fatal accidents that have raised concerns about the safety of construction cranes.
Bush urged to reject pressure on tanker bids
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B4
Two House lawmakers are urging President Bush to ignore pressure from European leaders in choosing a new supplier for a $35 billion Air Force aerial refueling tanker contract.
State jobless rate steady at 4.4 %
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B4
Kansas’ unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent in June despite fewer workers on the job compared with last year, state officials said Friday.
Creative taxing
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Hey! I’ve got it! It was in front of us all the time. All we need is a city sticker for automobiles. Somewhere around $100 a year. Oh no, cost should be based upon value of the vehicle or maybe the reverse of the EPA-estimated fuel economy - lower fuel economy means a higher cost for the city sticker!
Hyatt Regency supports plans to build skywalks memorial
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B8
A group seeking to build a memorial nearly 30 years after two walkways collapsed at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center is receiving support from the hotel. The announcement came Thursday on the 27th anniversary of the collapse. Also Thursday, the Skywalk Memorial Foundation unveiled a three-phase plan for the memorial in nearby Washington Square Park.
10 questions for KU’s follow-up to magical season
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C1
Three Kansas University football players will be made available Tuesday to answer questions at the Big 12 Conference’s annual media day. In the meantime, here are 10 pressing questions already being asked by KU football fans counting the days until the Jayhawks open their season against Florida International on Aug. 30 in Memorial Stadium.
KU golfer captures state women’s title
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas University golfer Jennifer Clark overcame a four-shot deficit with a 2-over 72 and edged Dodge City’s Tara Goedeken by one shot to win the Kansas Women’s Amateur Thursday at Leavenworth Country Club.
Food fears remain after tomato scare
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
The tomato scare may be over, but it has taken a toll - it’s cost the industry an estimated $100 million and left millions of people with a new wariness about the safety of everyday foods.
Raiders split twinbill with Olathe South
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C3
Caleb Gress did it all season for Free State High School’s baseball team: Dominate the opposing batters. His pitching prowess has carried over to the summer and has given the Lawrence Raiders a stable No. 1 starter.
Poll: Obama’s backers the most enthusiastic
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A8
John McCain is facing an excitement deficit. While overall interest in the presidential campaign has swelled since last fall, backers of Barack Obama are more fired up and express more loyalty to their candidate than McCain’s do, a poll by The Associated Press and Yahoo News showed Friday.
Iraq crackdown focuses on smuggling
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A7
With al-Qaida falling away, U.S. forces in Iraq are turning their attention to another front: the Iranian border. They aim to crack down on weapon smuggling from Iran by tightening the frontier with Iraq’s neighbor to the east, a U.S. commander told The Associated Press on Friday.
FEMA gives $52M to rural cooperatives
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B4
Federal officials have awarded more than $52 million to Kansas rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities for damage from the December 2007 winter storm.
Pump patrol
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.79 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Chiefs sign draft pick
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C2
Safety DaJuan Morgan has agreed to a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. The signing announced Friday means the Chiefs have signed six of their 12 draft picks.
Simons: Search for university president is important responsibility
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas State University officials have launched their search to locate and hire an individual to become the school’s president following the retirement of President Jon Wefald.
Mandela beams at ‘Happy Birthday’
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
Nelson Mandela sat beaming in a yellow armchair, his legs propped up on a large stool and covered with a pale yellow blanket.
Releford scores 12 in U.S. loss
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C3
Host Argentina defeated the United States, 77-64, on Friday night in the finals of the FIBA Americas Under 18 championships. Kansas University freshman guard Travis Releford scored 12 points off 5-of-8 shooting - he made two of four free throws - while starting and playing 31 minutes.
Political fuel
An interim study of gasoline prices in Kansas looks more political than practical.
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
If Kansas legislative leaders are trying to reduce the work of interim committees they appoint this year, why would they assign a committee to look at the price of gasoline in Kansas?
Scooter terms
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I read with great sadness about the scooter rider being killed on one of our streets last Sunday. My heart goes out to that poor man’s family.
On the record
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B2
Lawrence police received a missing person report for Ashley Brown, 15, of Katy, Texas.
Korean culture focus of conference
July 19, 2008 in print edition on D1
Korean martial arts, games and performances will be featured during the Korean Culture Show today at Kansas University. The show, which begins at 4 p.m., will be in the Kansas Union. It is part of the “Positive Youth Development and Welfare through Strengths and Spirituality: Views from Korean & America” conference organized by the KU School of Social Welfare.
Cursing defendant gets 13 years in prison
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B3
An HIV-positive man convicted of spitting in the faces of two Sedgwick County deputies is sent to prison after spewing a profanity-laced tirade in court.
2 French aid workers kidnapped at gunpoint
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
Two French humanitarian workers were kidnapped at gunpoint Friday in Afghanistan and spirited out of the house they were sleeping in, the aid group Action Against Hunger and the French Foreign Ministry said. The two are believed to be alive, the Paris-based group said in a statement.
KU football donor Kivisto out as CEO of SemGroup LP, replaced by CFO
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C6
Tom Kivisto, a major donor for Kansas University football facility improvements, was removed as president and CEO of SemGroup LP on Friday, the company announced.
Duval rekindles ‘01 Open magic
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C8
David Duval strolled up the final fairway on a cloudy day in dark sunglasses, waving to the cheering fans, back in a familiar place at the British Open. OK, so it was only Friday. And most of the grandstand seats were empty. And this is Royal Birkdale, not Lytham.
Gunman shoots self, ex-girlfriend to death
July 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
A man shot his ex-girlfriend to death at her office Friday and wounded a supervisor who came to her aid before killing himself, police said.
Horoscopes
July 19, 2008 in print edition on D7
Often this year opportunity comes from out of left field and in a surprising manner. Partnerships play a vital role this year, whether you like it or not.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
July 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
Five Lawrence High cheerleaders came home with the top award from the Oklahoma University cheer school for the third straight year. The local girls were Jane Phelps, Gail Gatts, Mary Walker, Kelley Kapfer and Wendy Milett. There had been 530 girls at the 1968 OU school.
The name-creating game: Rock bands, loved ones among namesakes of new animal species
July 19, 2008 in print edition on D1
This week, state officials issued their list of most popular baby names in the state during 2007. Aiden topped the boys’ list, and Addison was the most common female name. When it comes to naming children or even pets, there is plenty of advice out there. Books, Web sites and celebrity rags abound with ideas. And there are plenty of parents choosing the same names, as lists of popular baby names prove.
Fairy tales abound at British Open
Past champions Norman, Duval trail Choi after second round
July 19, 2008 in print edition on C1
Tiger Woods on crutches was supposed to be a chance for someone else to seize the spotlight at the British Open. Greg Norman wasn’t the guy anyone had in mind. Neither was David Duval.
People in the news
July 19, 2008 in print edition on D7
¢ Salma Hayek, Pinault call off engagement¢ Exhibit marks death of action star Bruce Lee