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Lake rescue mission based on false call
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A5
One drunken teenager, but no overturned boat, found at Clinton Lake on Tuesday night
Tuesday, July 22 weather at 10 p.m.
July 22, 2008
The forecast for Wednesday, July 23 calls for a high of 89 with a low around 68.
Democrats hope to take over 3rd district County Commission seat
July 22, 2008
Tonight we take a look at the third district Douglas County Commission race. Historically, a Republican has held this seat. Tonight 6News reporter Mark Boyle introduces us to two Democrats who feel they’re right for the part.
Suspect in May hit-and-run wants case settled quickly
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
The defense attorney for a man who faces charges related to a May 4 fatal hit-and-run accident said he wanted the case to be put on a “quick track.”
KU in the spotlight at day two of Big 12 Media Days
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
Tuesday morning, at Kansas City’s Marriott Downtown, the Kansas University football team arrived at its annual meeting with the Big 12 media in a way it never had before: as the main attraction.
Accident report blames semi driver for deadly 23rd Street motorcycle accident
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
The driver of a semitrailer involved in a fatal motorcycle crash at Clinton Parkway and Iowa Street made an improper turn, failed to yield the right of way, and disregarded traffic signs, signals or markings, according to a Lawrence Police accident report.
Man arrested in case of missing Texas teen found in Lawrence
12:58 p.m., July 22, 2008 Updated 12:31 a.m. in print edition on A1
Police tipped off by neighbors of a missing Texas girl’s whereabouts took a 33-year-old man and the 15-year-old girl into custody yesterday, the girl’s mother said.
Battle over groundwater could reach new depths
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
The battle over valuable groundwater in the fertile Kansas River valley is about to reach new depths. Crews are expected to begin drilling two test wells on property between Lawrence and Eudora within the next three weeks, an attorney for Wholesale Water District No. 25 said Monday.
Lawrence man dies in Shawnee County roll-over accident
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence man died today in an early morning crash south of Topeka when he was thrown from a vehicle, said Sgt. Jay Simecka, a Shawnee County Sheriff’s office spokesman.
Today’s Red Dog’s Dog Days workout
July 22, 2008
Here is the workout for today’s Red Dog’s Dog Days at noon and 6 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
Drum and bugle corps to skip trip to Lawrence
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A5
Chalk up another change of plans to fuel prices.
Iraq supports withdrawal plan
Obama meets with general and troops
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A8
Face to face with Iraq’s leaders, Barack Obama gained fresh support Monday for the idea of pulling all U.S. combat forces from the war zone by 2010. But the Iraqis stopped short of actual timetables or endorsement of Obama’s pledge to withdraw troops within 16 months if he wins the presidency.
In new ad, McCain blames Obama for high gasoline prices
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A8
Republican John McCain worked on Monday to wrestle the spotlight from rival Barack Obama’s tour of Iraq by insisting he was right and the Democrat was wrong about the war and releasing a new critical ad blaming higher gas prices on his opponent.
Sick truckers cause fatal wrecks
July 22, 2008 in print edition on C8
Beverly Garrett slowed her car in congested traffic during a family trip along Missouri’s Interstate 70, but the 70,000-pound tractor-trailer behind her - its driver slumped over the steering wheel - crashed into her Ford sedan at speed. The horrific crash killed Garrett, her mother, aunt and niece.
Westminster Inn set to be Rodeway Inn
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B7
Westminster Inn, an independent motel in Lawrence, is preparing to join an international chain of hotel properties.
Newbie coaches offer take on Big 12
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B3
Two of the Big 12 Conference’s three new head football coaches took their turn at the podium Monday, selling themselves and their programs to the masses at Media Days. One man replaces an NFL coach who failed miserably in college. The other returns to the college game after a long stay in the NFL.
Look Good Naked’ starts new season
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B6
More about attitude adjustment than weight loss or radical exercise plans, the series “How to Look Good Naked” (9 p.m., Lifetime) enters its second season.
Tech leaves stars at home
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B3
On Day 1 of the Big 12 Conference’s annual Media Days on Monday at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, two of the conference’s biggest names - Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell and receiver Michael Crabtree - were glaringly absent.
Military seeks to help sexual-assault victims
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A6
It took Diane Pickel Plappert six months to tell a counselor that she had been raped while on duty in Iraq. While time passed, the former Navy nurse disconnected from her children and her life slowly unraveled.
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B6
Work on taking an overview instead of getting into details. Make this type of approach your hallmark this year. If need be, don’t hesitate to find an expert or two. If you are single, romance could be waving at you before your next birthday. If you are attached, take up a sport or hobby with your sweetie.
Board gives early OK to bigger budget
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A1
The Lawrence school board voted to approve publication of its budget for the 2008-09 school year Monday night. The budget, presented by finance director Kathy Johnson, included the maximum funds the district could spend for the school year. The school board will meet after public hearings Aug. 11 to approve a final budget, which could be lower than the budget presented Monday.
Group against taxes seeks pledges from candidates
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A5
The anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity on Monday called on political candidates to sign a pledge stating they would not increase taxes to deal with climate change.
Residents bracing for possible hurricane
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
Residents along the Texas-Mexico border kept a watchful eye on Tropical Storm Dolly on Monday, stocking up on plywood, generators and flashlights as forecasters predicted the storm would strengthen into a hurricane later this week and make landfall.
Detroit beats up on K.C., 19-4
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
After a slow start, Miguel Cabrera is hitting like the Detroit Tigers thought he would when they acquired him an offseason trade.
Raiders, Tongie paired at zone
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B3
Two teams will stand between the Lawrence Raiders and a berth in the Class AAA Kansas Legion baseball tournament.
Poll: Gap between Roberts, Slattery widens
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has taken a 57 percent to 30 percent lead over Democrat Jim Slattery, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll. Last month, a Rasmussen survey showed Roberts’ support dropped below 50 percent, and he led Slattery 48 percent to 39 percent. But the July poll showed Roberts gaining a double-digit lead.
Physician speaks to Big 12 team doctors
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B7
Dr. Sean Cupp, a sports medicine physician for Lawrence Orthopaedic Surgery PA, recently gave a presentation on mental health issues among college athletes, at an annual meeting of team physicians in the Big 12 Conference in San Diego.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for July 22, 1908: “The Redpath system already is making plans for another Chautauqua here next year since good crowds are attending the events here in 1908. Next year’s program will run for seven days and promises to bring some of the top speakers in the country here.
War crimes trial opens; evidence excluded
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
The judge in the first American war crimes trial since World War II barred evidence on Monday that interrogators obtained from Osama bin Laden’s driver, ruling he was subjected to “highly coercive” conditions in Afghanistan.
Alcohol allowed downtown in Baldwin City
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A5
Restaurants in downtown will now be able to serve a complete line of alcohol after the Baldwin City Council approved rezoning the area on a 3-1 vote.
Salmonella-tainted jalapeno pepper found
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
Federal officials investigating a three-month-old salmonella outbreak have isolated the bacteria in a jalapeno pepper from a small distribution facility in McAllen, Texas, and Monday warned consumers nationwide to avoid eating raw jalapenos or products that contain them until more is known.
Shawnee County DA raises Kline as issue
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A4
Shawnee County’s district attorney is making Johnson County prosecutor Phill Kline an issue in trying to fend off a vigorous challenge from Kline’s chief deputy in the Republican primary.
Local doctor featured on CNBC program
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
Dr. Mary Vernon, a physician who practices in Lawrence and Shawnee, was recently featured on a CNBC program called Diabetes Life Television.
Fire caused by oily rags, official says
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
Discarded, oily rags that caught fire have been blamed for a Sunday night blaze in Lawrence, a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical official said.
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures traded lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery fell 13 cents to $7.91; December corn dropped 20.25 cents to $6.0825; December oats slipped 12.75 cents to $4.04; November soybeans declined 45 cents to $14.03.
American League Roundup: Kazmir, Longoria lead Rays
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B4
Scott Kazmir and two relievers combined on a two-hitter in the left-hander’s first start since winning the All-Star game.
Security forces capture war-crimes fugitive
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, accused architect of a campaign of ethnic mass murder and a war-crimes fugitive for more than a decade, was captured Monday by Serbian security forces, officials said.
Straight talk on T
City commissioners need to level with the public about their willingness to support the city’s bus system.
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A7
As they head into budget discussions at tonight’s meeting, Lawrence city commissioners need to be honest with themselves and their constituents about their support - or lack of support - for the city’s bus system.
Drum and bugle corps to practice at LHS
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A4
A drum and bugle corps led by a drum major who is a Free State High School graduate will rehearse today in Lawrence.
Further cut in US forces likely this fall
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A8
Iraq’s security has improved so much, even as U.S. troop levels have dropped, that President Bush seems likely to order thousands more soldiers home by year’s end.
Wittig, Lake seek dismissal of remaining counts
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A5
Lawyers for two former Westar Energy Inc. executives asked a federal judge Monday to dismiss the remaining criminal counts against their clients.
Double Take: Rise in bipolar diagnoses reminder that disorders aren’t one size fits all
July 22, 2008 in print edition on C1
Dear Dr. Wes and Julia: What is the rate of bipolar disorder in teenagers?
People in the news
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ Leno’s last ‘Tonight’ is set for May 29¢ Ebert, Roeper to cut ties with program¢ TV host: Omarosa ‘delusional, pathetic’¢ Winehouse’s husband gets 27 months in jail
Saints make deal for Shockey
Giants receive two draft picks for disgruntled tight end
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
Jeremy Shockey caught more passes for more yards as a rookie - the one season when New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was his offensive coordinator in New York - than any other.
Democratic Party numbers boosted
GOP sees declining registration in state, Douglas County
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
It’s a bump, but it doesn’t put a major dent into the status of Kansas as a red state. Since just before the February presidential caucuses, the ranks of the state’s Democratic Party has grown by 13,294 voters while the Republican Party declined by 4,833 voters.
Yahoo compromises with Icahn
Investor gets 3 seats on board
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B7
Yahoo Inc. averted a showdown with rabble-rousing investor Carl Icahn on Monday by giving him three seats on its board of directors in a truce that still leaves the door open for a possible sale to Microsoft Corp.
KU grad student to interview presidential candidates
Native American journalist to take part in UNITY panel
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
A Kansas University graduate student in journalism will sit on a panel that will interview the 2008 presidential candidates this week as part of the UNITY Journalists of Color Inc. conference in Chicago. Rhonda LeValdo, who is a student at KU and an instructor at Haskell Indian Nations University, said she was thrilled by the opportunity to sit on a minority panel that would have the opportunity to interview presidential candidates.
Big Oil profits are steered to investors, not exploration
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
As giant oil companies like Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips get set to report what will probably be another round of eye-popping quarterly profits, just where is all that money going?
SUV market
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: With all due respect to Lindsay Wilson, who was featured with her 2001 Ford Explorer Sport in your wayward article (July 19) about SUVs being out of favor, as it applies to USED SUVs, nothing is further from the truth.
Commentary: Posada injury shouldn’t hurt Yanks
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
The loss of Jorge Posada, for the next 15 days at least and possibly the rest of the year, is an unfortunate turn of events for a team that suddenly seems to be turning the corner.
Resist urge to raid retirement funds early
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B7
Would you still put money in a tax advantaged retirement fund if you couldn’t touch it until you retired?
Cyclone survivors face new threats unless aid continues
July 22, 2008 in print edition on C8
Survivors of Myanmar’s Cyclone Nargis face a “second emergency” unless relief efforts receive an influx of $1 billion in international aid over the next three years, according to the first full assessment of the disaster released Monday.
Royals activate Nunez
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Royals activated reliever Leo Nunez from the 15-day disabled list Monday.
Court: CBS not liable for ‘wardrobe malfunction’
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A8
Among the most notorious on-screen gaffes ever, Janet Jackson’s breast-baring “wardrobe malfunction” on CBS during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show drew a $550,000 indecency fine from the Federal Communications Commission. Now a federal appeals court has thrown it out.
Chiefs ink two draft picks
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Chiefs signed third-round draft picks Jamaal Charles and Brad Cottam to three-year deals Monday. Contract details were not released.
Fishy pedicures: Customers hooked by beauty treatment
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
Ready for the latest in spa pampering? Prepare to dunk your tootsies in a tank of water and let tiny carp nibble away.
National League Roundup: Hall haunts Cards in 10th inning
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B4
Bill Hall homered leading off the 10th inning, helping Milwaukee beat St. Louis after squandering a ninth-inning lead.
On the record
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A4
Alarm system activation due to malfunction, 9:31 a.m. Sunday, 1515 St. Andrews Drive.
Litmus test
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Freedom of speech and association are rights beloved by all Americans and guaranteed in our Bill of Rights. The conservative Republican faction in Kansas demands litmus tests on its members such as being anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, and pro-gun.
Treanor building design is honored
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B7
Treanor Architects, Lawrence, in association with Cannon Design, received an Education Design Showcase Grand Prize for the design of a building at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Woodling: Kivisto rallied before
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
These are tough times for Tom Kivisto, and that saddens me because Kivisto fills a unique niche in Kansas University athletics. Kivisto is the only KU athlete in my memory who was booed repeatedly on the basketball floor, yet years later donated millions of dollars to his alma mater. Kivisto, who was removed last week as president and CEO of his Tulsa-based energy company, came to KU as a highly touted point guard out of a suburban Chicago high school.
Jones seeks commutation
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
Disgraced Olympic track star Marion Jones has asked President Bush to commute her six-month prison sentence for lying to federal agents about her use of performance-enhancing drugs and a check-fraud scam.
Recovery slow in year since Coffeyville flooding
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B8
A year after a refinery oil spill into floodwaters blanketed a third of this southeast Kansas town, little remains in the area that was damaged.
On a role: Summer Youth Theatre a launching point for children’s drama careers
July 22, 2008 in print edition on C1
Dragons, sorcery and knights have been filling the stage of the Lawrence Arts Center this summer.
Tigers up for encore
Missouri talks about taking ‘next step’
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
With his 2008 Cotton Bowl Championship ring displayed prominently on his right hand, Missouri University sophomore Jeremy Maclin sat tall and laughed with reporters. Down the hall to his right, senior quarterback Chase Daniel tossed his moxie onto media members who lined up eight deep to get a piece of the MU quarterback, some with more success than many of the tacklers Daniel danced around a season ago.
Alarming statistics about teenagers and health
July 22, 2008 in print edition on C1
Some statistics about teen health in the United States:
Kansas to hold weight-room sale
July 22, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas Athletics will hold a weight-room sale every Wednesday from July 30-Aug. 20 at the Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center.
Pump patrol
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.77 at several locations.
Obama trip abroad reveals innocence
July 22, 2008 in print edition on A7
I remember the first time my wife and I visited Europe and the Middle East. The trip resembled Sen. Obama’s current version of speed travel, but without the entourage, security and network coverage.