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6Sports video: Tongy boys get new coach
June 6, 2008
Shaun Phillips will take over this year’s boys basketball coaching duties in Tonganoxie.
6News video: Grant could bring bike trail
June 6, 2008
A grant could bring a long-discussed bike trail to east Lawrence.
6News video: Friday, June 6 weather at 10 p.m.
June 6, 2008
The forecast for Saturday, June 7 calls for a high 89, with the low around 69.
6News video: Local option budget cost tallied
June 6, 2008
The bill’s been tallied up on the recent local option budget election.
6News video: Bikers ride for Red Cross
June 6, 2008
Some motorcycle-riding police officers will get together this weekend to have fun and raise money.
6News video: City leaders to decided on new fire trucks
June 6, 2008
Lawrence city leaders could decide whether to begin replacing the city’s aging fire truck fleet as soon as Monday.
6Sports video: Five Jayhawk baseballers drafted
June 6, 2008
Five KU baseball players were drafted on day two of the Major League draft.
6News video: Lemonade stands go up for cancer
June 6, 2008
Lemonade stands went up across the country on Friday to raise money for cancer research.
6News video: Thellman to run for county commission
June 6, 2008
Nancy Thellman will run for a seat on the Douglas County Commission.
6News video: Elephants spooked by storm, escape
June 6, 2008
Two circus elephants were spooked by Thursday night’s storm and rampaged through Wakeeney.
6News video: Downtown sculpture exhibit returns
June 6, 2008
New signs of spring are popping up in downtown Lawrence.
6News video: School admins push for stadium improvements
June 6, 2008
Lawrence school administrators want to put football stadium improvements at the city’s two high schools on the fast track.
6Sports video: Goldeyes sweep T-Bones
June 6, 2008
The Winnipeg Goldeyes completed their sweep of the T-Bones on Thursday.
6Sports video: Four-ball championship down to two
June 6, 2008
It only takes 48 hours at the KGA Four-ball championships to go from 32 match play teams to two.
6News video: Thousands gather for day two of WakFest
June 6, 2008
Clear skies were a welcomed sight for thousands gathered at Clinton Lake for the fifth annual Wakarusa Festival.
City, KU considering combined bus service
June 6, 2008
Lawrence city commissioners at their Tuesday meeting will review a proposed letter of intent that calls for efforts to be made to merge the city and Kansas University bus systems by July 1, 2009.
City wins grant for East Lawrence hike, bike trail
June 6, 2008
The city has won a $500,000 grant to build the Burroughs Creek rail trail through eastern Lawrence.
Preliminary plans for KCK water park and resort gain approval
June 6, 2008
A massive water park and resort planned east of the Kansas Speedway cleared a governmental hurdle this week.
Poker run set for Saturday morning to benefit local chapter of American Red Cross
June 6, 2008
The first Poker Run hosted by the Blue Knights Kansas II chapter will rev its engines Saturday to raise money for the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross.
Wakarusa fans dry out, prepare for Day 2
June 6, 2008
Late night storm fails to dampen spirits.
Annexation request removed from Lawrence City Commission’s Tuesday night agenda
Property includes nearly 160 acres near Lecompton interchange on turnpike
June 6, 2008
The fate of a 159-acre piece of property near the Lecompton interchange on the Kansas Turnpike will remain uncertain for a little longer.
Former Dole, Graves officials endorse Slattery
June 6, 2008
Republicans Nelson and Judy Krueger of Lawrence will try to help Democrat Jim Slattery defeat U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. Nelson is a former aide to U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., and Judy worked for former Gov. Bill Graves, also a Republican.
Inspections set for kids’ car seats
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A5
Safe Kids of Douglas County will conduct two free Community Check Lanes this month to inspect the installation of children’s car seats. According to Safe Kids, more than 80 percent of infant and child passenger safety seats are installed incorrectly.
Egypt uncovers ‘missing’ pyramid
June 6, 2008 in print edition on C10
Egyptian archaeologists unveiled on Thursday a 4,000-year-old “missing pyramid” that is believed to have been discovered by an archaeologist almost 200 years ago and never seen again. Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s antiquities chief, said the pyramid appears to have been built by King Menkauhor, an obscure pharaoh who ruled for only eight years.
People in the news
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ Kelsey Grammer out of hospital¢ Ozzy Osbourne accepts libel damages, apology¢ Keith Olbermann’s tax debt is fuel for feud¢ Gordon Ramsay opens restaurant in California¢ Rosie says she’s waiting to remarry Kelli¢ Rascal Flatts to be in Hannah Montana movie
Death penalty welcomed in trial
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A10
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the reputed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, told a military judge at his arraignment Thursday that he welcomes the death penalty as a way to martyrdom and ridiculed the proceedings as an “inquisition.”
Congress sends farm bill to Bush - again
June 6, 2008 in print edition on C10
Congress on Thursday sent a $290 billion farm bill to President Bush for a second time in an effort to fix a printing error that has threatened the delivery of U.S. food aid abroad. To ensure that the aid continues amid a global hunger crisis, Congress and Bush were planning to pass, veto and enact the bill to provide farm subsidies, food stamps and other nutrition programs over the next five years.
Space Case: Wayne Coyne transports the Flaming Lips’ extraterrestrial sounds back to Wakarusa
June 6, 2008 in print edition on C1
Few musicians in rock history know how to make an entrance like Wayne Coyne. The Flaming Lips frontman proved this at the 2006 Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival, where he arrived encased in a giant plastic bubble that descended from the scaffolding attached to a flying saucer.
New farmers’ markets take root
Fresh produce to be available closer to home
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
Lecompton and Perry, bedroom communities nestled between Lawrence and Topeka, are about to get their own farmers’ markets. The approximately 1,500 residents who live in the towns, which are separated by the Kansas River, won’t have to drive to the city to buy fresh produce.
Channing lends voice to ‘Meerkat Manor’
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B8
Given the option of watching either a tale of sad-eyed critters involved in a death struggle in the desert or a bubblegum-colored movie about precocious ‘tweens with an agenda, my choice is clear: Get me to the Kalahari!
Mayer: Jayhawks represent state well
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
Missouri and Kansas State zealots will cringe at this, but how could people with any Kansas connections not be beaming with pride over the way coach Bill Self and his Kansas Jayhawks projected the “sunflower” image in their recent trip to Washington and the White House?
American League Roundup: Giambi lifts Yanks with walkoff
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B4
Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi connected for a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, rallying New York to a come-from-behind victory over Toronto.
Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B3
Darrell Arthur, who at last week’s NBA pre-draft camp indicated he had played his last game at KU, confirmed his decision to stay in the NBA Draft to coach Bill Self on this week’s trip to Washington, D.C. “We’ve known all along this would be the case. He didn’t want to do anything (with regard to hiring an agent) in case of injury,” Self said. “He’s definitely going (to NBA).”
Raiders rained out
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence Raiders Legion baseball doubleheader against Coffeyville, scheduled for Thursday at Ice Field, was postponed in anticipation of wet weather. The Raiders (2-0) are scheduled to participate in a tournament in Emporia this weekend, starting with a 7:30 p.m. game against the host team today.
Rookie earns trucks pole
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
Mike Skinner will start on the front row for the NASCAR Craftsman Trucks Series race at Texas for the eighth straight time after qualifying second Thursday night. Rookie Justin Marks will start on the pole in the Sam’s Town 400 tonight after a qualifying lap of 176.961 mph in his Toyota.
Storm shortens festival
Severe weather weakens before reaching area
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
A severe storm moved into Lawrence Thursday night as expected, although it had weakened from earlier in the day in central Kansas. The storm did cause an early end to the opening day of the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival at Clinton State Park. About 7:45 p.m. festival organizers along with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office began to warn festivalgoers to seek shelter where they could.
Assault charge dropped
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
A judge said a simple assault charge against South Carolina sophomore guard Devan Downey has been dropped. Magistrate Clevette Hudnell said she dismissed the charge against the Gamecocks’ leading scorer during a court hearing after the accuser asked that the charge be dropped.
Two Air Force leaders ousted by Gates in historic shake-up
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Defense Secretary Robert Gates ousted the Air Force’s top military and civilian leaders Thursday, holding them to account in a historic Pentagon shake-up after embarrassing nuclear mix-ups. Gates announced at a news conference that he had accepted the resignations of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne - a highly unusual double firing.
Clinton choice would diminish Obama
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A8
An axiom. When voters watch a presumptive presidential nominee considering this or that running mate, they think: What if the president dies? When the presumptive nominee considers this or that running mate, he thinks: What if I live?
Library board adds new member
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B9
Joan Golden, a vice president for U.S. Bank, Lawrence, was appointed earlier this month to the Lawrence Public Library Board of Trustees. Mayor Mike Dever made the appointment Tuesday, during the Lawrence City Commission’s regular meeting at City Hall.
Being own general contractor may not be a good idea to save money
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B9
Many people think it’s easy to be their own general contractor, but doing so takes a lot of work and expertise.
Mugabe backers assault US convoy
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
A mob believed loyal to President Robert Mugabe assaulted a convoy of U.S. and British diplomats Thursday, and the government ordered aid groups to halt operations in a move that could hamper food deliveries in impoverished Zimbabwe.
Rays make prep shortstop top pick
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Tampa Bay Rays selected Tim Beckham with the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft Thursday, choosing the talented high school shortstop from Griffin, Ga., over Florida State catcher Buster Posey. Beckham was recognized as one of the best pure athletes in the draft and labeled a legitimate five-tool player.
Kung Fu Panda’ a wacky and wise parody
June 6, 2008 in print edition on C1
Po dreams of being a great martial artist. He longs to have skills, “an awesome aura so awesome, his enemies would go blind from overdoses of pure awesomeness!”
Kent State added to slate
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team will play defending Mid-America Conference champion Kent State next season in Allen Fieldhouse. No date has yet been determined for the game, KU senior associate athletic director Larry Keating said Friday. The Golden Flashes return three starters off last year’s 28-7 squad, including MAC player of the year Al Fisher, a 6-foot-1 junior from Pennsauken, N.J.
Chisox finish off K.C. sweep
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
Jose Contreras didn’t have his best pitch, the split-finger fastball, and against the woeful Royals he didn’t need it. Contreras won his fourth straight decision, and Jim Thome homered as the resurgent Chicago White Sox beat Kansas City, 6-2, Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Several tornadoes sweep across region
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
Several tornadoes dropped from a line of strong storms that moved across Kansas into Missouri on Thursday, destroying at least one home and spooking a pair of circus elephants that escaped their enclosure. The elephants, part of a traveling circus in WaKeeney, were apparently frightened by the storm and wandered through the town after breaking loose, said Trego County Sheriff Richard Schneider.
Suspect in stabbing will stand trial
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A5
A Lawrence man accused of stabbing a homeless man will stand trial on a charge of attempted second-degree murder. Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild on Thursday ruled Adam Mallamo, 19, is competent to stand trial.
B-ball ‘Boogie’ to laud KU, raise funds
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
Jayhawk fans are preparing to get down this Saturday at “Bill’s Basketball Boogie.” The event is to celebrate the 2008 men’s basketball national championship and to raise funds for coach Bill Self’s Assists Foundation to promote child health and wellness.
Lobbyists spend more than $1 million
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
Lobbyists have reported spending more than $1.1 million to influence legislators for the second consecutive year, largely because of a fight over two proposed coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas. Last year, lobbyists reported spending nearly $1.17 million. The figure through April of this year was just under $1.11 million. The figures were compiled by the state Governmental Ethics Commission.
Clinton, Obama hold secret meeting
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A7
Hillary Rodham Clinton and likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama met privately Thursday night to talk about uniting the Democratic Party, an Obama spokesman said. “Senator Obama and Senator Clinton did have occasion to meet this evening,” said Robert Gibbs. “It’s the end of the primary process. They wanted to talk about bringing these campaigns together in unity.”
Park City Officials back new Wild West park offer
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B10
A Tulsa, Okla., carnival company has apparently defaulted on its $2 million offer to buy the defunct Wild West World, and now a Wichita businessman has the city’s blessing to buy the property. The Park City Council held an emergency meeting Wednesday and unanimously approved a letter of intent to issue up to $5 million in industrial revenue bonds to Wink Hartman. Hartman has offered $2 million to buy the land and develop it.
Military junta attacks media’s coverage
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Myanmar’s military junta lashed out at its own citizens and foreign media today for what it called distorted coverage of the aftermath of a devastating cyclone. The attack came after authorities detained a popular comedian who had just returned from helping survivors of the disaster and had said government aid was not reaching some victims.
Callahan Creek names president
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B9
Callahan Creek, a Lawrence-based advertising and marketing firm, has presented its chief strategy officer with the additional title of president. Tom Tholen, who joined the agency in 2005, takes over the president’s role previously held by agency owner and founder Cindy Maude, who remains chief executive officer.
Former water official seeks 3rd District seat
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A4
Ken Grotewiel, former assistant director of the Kansas Water Office, is running for Douglas County commissioner in the 3rd District. Grotewiel, 58, filed Thursday as a Democrat. “Lawrence and Douglas County is a wonderful place to live, and it’s worth our efforts to continue its improvement,” Grotewiel said. “The community is at a crossroads as development pressures increase and the population grows.”
Don Gardner to chat about Dog Days
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
On countless mornings, afternoons and evenings this summer, drive by Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium and you’ll see hundreds of Lawrence residents punishing themselves as they try to get in shape. It’s all part of Red Dog’s Dog Days, a 25-year-old community exercise program. Want to join them - or at least get an idea of what they’re doing? Don “Red Dog” Gardner will be in the News Center at 1:30 p.m. today to take your questions.
City to debate industrial center
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
Plans to create a new industrial area near the Lecompton turnpike interchange likely will be debated by city commissioners Tuesday. City Manager David Corliss said that a request to annex 159 acres into the Lawrence city limits was tentatively scheduled to be on Tuesday’s City Commission meeting agenda.
Big East leader leaving
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
Mike Tranghese, who presided over the Big East’s expansion from a basketball conference to one of college football’s top-tier leagues, is leaving as commissioner next year. The 64-year-old Tranghese, who became commissioner in 1990, said Thursday he would step down at the end of next June while the conference was enjoying unprecedented success.
Commodities
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B9
Chicago markets: Agriculture futures traded higher Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery rose 20 cents to $7.73; July corn gained 12.5 cents to $6.27; July oats added 11 cents to $3.97; July soybeans rose 39 cents to $14.28. June live cattle rose 0.35 cent to 94.6 cents; August feeder cattle rose 0.48 cent to $1.142; June lean hogs gained 0.43 cent to 75.8 cents; July pork bellies traded flat at 73.5 cents.
Alleged 9/11 mastermind: Sketch made nose look too big
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A10
The confessed mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America said a courtroom artist at his arraignment Thursday made his nose look too big.
Sales tax plan would boost KU research funds
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
Along with a president and numerous other public offices, Johnson County voters on Nov. 4 will decide whether to increase their sales tax rate one-eighth of a cent to benefit research programs in the county, including cancer trials at Kansas University.
Horoscopes
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B8
For Friday, June 6: This year, you could be amazed by just how much you can accomplish when you’re focused. You have a strong sense of direction and easily could become frustrated if stopped. You have the support of others, though they might be erratic at times. If you are single, you’ll meet a lot of people. If you are attached, you see many ways to become closer.
Pump patrol
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.85 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Stanley Cup ratings improve
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Detroit-Pittsburgh matchup returned the Stanley Cup finals’ television ratings to close to pre-lockout levels. The four games on NBC averaged a 3.2 rating and a 6 share, the highest since Carolina-Detroit in 2002 averaged a 3.6.
AG Six may run in 2010
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A5
Attorney General Steve Six is dropping strong hints that he’ll run for a full term in 2010, but he’s not quite ready to declare his candidacy. Six took over the office Jan. 31. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed him to replace Paul Morrison, who was forced to resign because of a scandal over an extramarital affair. Fellow Democrats have assumed Six will run.
Weekley leads at St. Jude
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
Boo Weekley made the most of his time after missing the cut in the Memorial, with his work around the greens at TPC Southwind paying off. Combining his usual strong ballstriking with efficient putting, Weekley shot a 5-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Stanford St. Jude Championship. He closed with a birdie on No. 18 to move a stroke ahead of Tommy Armour III.
National League Roundup: Jones smacks No. 400 for Braves
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B4
Atlanta slugger Chipper Jones hit his 400th career home run and finished with four hits in a victory over the Marlins, raising his major-league-leading batting average to .418.
No. 1 to 1-and-done
JCCC duo edges defending champs
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
The smile on Keith Erickson’s face was brighter than the peach polo he was wearing at Alvamar Golf Course on Thursday. But what’s not to smile about when you just defeated the 2007 Kansas Golf Association Four-Ball champions in the first round of match play by chipping in for a birdie on the final hole?
Judge’s removal upheld for jailing 46
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
New York’s top court has upheld the removal of a Niagara Falls city court judge who jailed 46 people after no one would own up to a cell phone that rang in court. The state Commission on Judicial Conduct concluded in a November decision that Judge Robert Restaino “snapped” during the March 2005 session. It voted 9-1 for his removal.
Kansas City takes Hosmer at No. 3
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B6
Help may be on the way for the weakest-hitting club in the major leagues. The Kansas City Royals took Eric Hosmer, a power-hitting high school first baseman, with the third overall pick of the baseball draft on Thursday. Twelve months earlier, they tabbed third baseman Mike Moustakas, the California state high school home run champion, with the No. 2 overall choice.
Steroids dealer found dead
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
A convicted steroids dealer who recently met with NFL security officials and gave them names of players he said bought steroids from him was found shot to death in his home Thursday, police said. Early Thursday morning, Plano police made a welfare check and found 35-year-old David Jacobs and 30-year-old Amanda Jo Earhart-Savell dead.
Beijing, Chicago
We can hope that the United States gets a chance in 2016 to show how China has fallen short as the host for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A8
They have picked the four finalists for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games - Chicago among them - and we can only hope the selectors do a far better job for ‘16 than they did for 2008. Chicago is among the 2016 finalists. The others are Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro. The final field has been voted by the International Olympic Committee Executive Board. That board, or something like it, did not distinguish itself by picking Beijing, for this August’s Games.
County clerk to seek a second term
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A5
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew announced Thursday that he is seeking re-election for a second term. Shew, a Democrat, said he would file the paperwork today. He noted that four years ago he asked voters to elect him on a platform of increased efficiency, responsiveness and accessibility. He said he thinks he has met those goals.
Johnson County ramp to be closed
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B10
Commuters need to be on the lookout this morning for a ramp closure in Johnson County due to an inspection. The southbound U.S. Highway 69 to westbound Interstate 435 ramp will be closed, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to noon today as crews conduct an inspection.
Paralyzed ex-player dies
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
Former Texas Tech defensive tackle Stoney Garland, who was paralyzed in a car accident more than a decade ago, has died. Garland, 33, died at his home in Plains on Wednesday, Tech’s athletic department said in a statement Thursday.
Kemp, Torrealba suspended
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was suspended for four games, and Colorado catcher Yorvit Torrealba was penalized three games Thursday following their tussle earlier this week.
Video shows bystanders ignoring hit-and-run victim
June 6, 2008 in print edition on C10
A 78-year-old man is tossed like a rag doll by a hit-and-run driver and lies motionless on a busy city street as car after car goes by. Pedestrians gawk but appear to do nothing. One driver stops briefly but then pulls back into traffic. A man on a scooter slowly circles the victim before zipping away.
Ochoa opens with 69
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
Lorena Ochoa had sufficiently recovered from a double bogey and was slowly making her way up the leaderboard Thursday in the McDonald’s LPGA Championship when she stopped to ask a question on her way to the next tee.
Citizens coalition leader files for 2nd District seat
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A4
Nancy Thellman, a Presbyterian minister and leader of a citizens coalition, filed Thursday for the 2nd District seat on the Douglas County Commission. Thellman, a Democrat who lives in Grant Township, said she had considered running for public office for sometime.
On the record
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported these fire calls:
Clinton would help Obama ticket
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A8
With his nomination in hand but his party divided, Barack Obama needs a running mate who can help unify the Democrats - and help them win in November. It would make sense for him to pick someone who backed Hillary Clinton, whose supporters will comprise nearly half the convention delegates in Denver.
Cans cause
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: Three years ago, a small group of can recyclers got together and formed a nonprofit called Cans for the Community. Our idea was simple: Make aluminum can recycling easy, convenient, and free to our community. The results? Powerful!
UAE to name ambassador to Baghdad
June 6, 2008 in print edition on C10
The United Arab Emirates announced Thursday it will name an ambassador to Baghdad in the coming days, the first Arab country to restore full diplomatic ties to Iraq since the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime.
World leaders pledge to ease food crisis
June 6, 2008 in print edition on C10
World leaders at a U.N. summit pledged Thursday to reduce trade barriers and boost agricultural production to combat a food crisis that is spreading hunger and violent unrest across the world.After three days of wrangling, delegates from about 180 countries approved a declaration resolving to ease the suffering caused by soaring food prices and step up investment in agriculture.
Seeking pure joy in life
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A9
School is winding down and small children are staring out the windows at freedom and counting the days until the heavy hand of grammar and spelling will be lifted from their backs. My sandy-haired daughter dove into the pool on Memorial Day and has been amphibious ever since.
UN prosecutor: Darfur a crime scene
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Sudan’s actions in Darfur have helped turn the region into “a crime scene,” the chief U.N. prosecutor charged Thursday, expanding on a scathing report this week that directly linked the government to a feared militia blamed for much of the killing.
Slattery discloses lobbying
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A5
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Slattery released a description of his past lobbying activities on Thursday, hoping to quiet GOP critics who say he’s too closely connected to special interests. The former congressman from Topeka says he’s providing the information in the interest of openness and accountability.
Verifiable votes
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The film “UNcounted.” shown June 2 at Liberty Hall deserves our attention. Voting irregularities in the last three national elections are more than incidents to “just get over.” Our democracy requires that we have confidence every vote will count!
Students win awards for research abroad
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A4
A Lawrence doctoral student at Kansas University won a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to study abroad. Cameron Siler received the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program grant to conduct research and outreach in the Philippines, KU announced Wednesday.
Poor construction in quake area, experts say
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Shoddy construction and poor planning contributed to the toll from China’s devastating earthquake, engineers studying the disaster for the government said Thursday in Beichuan, China, as a lake still swelling behind a wall of debris threatened communities downstream.
Celtics strike first in finals
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B1
Sprawled near the edge of the famed parquet floor, Paul Pierce grabbed his throbbing right knee and wondered if his first NBA finals - the ones he had always dreamed of playing in - were finished. “A lot was going though my head,” Pierce said. “‘It can’t be over like this.”’ The Boston Celtics’ captain wouldn’t quit during their 98-88 victory Thursday. He came back out, carrying the franchise’s title hopes with him.
Lawrence High graduate finds niche in Army
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A7
When 1st Lt. Jerad Hall signed up for the Army in 2003 he was looking to earn money for college. Also, “I joined the Army to get out of Kansas,” he said. So it’s a twist of fate that the 2002 Lawrence High School graduate is now based at Fort Riley, part of the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division. Hall, who received a full scholarship to Kansas University through the ROTC program and graduated in 2006, is the assistant intelligence officer for the 5-4 CAV.
Training for war zone very lifelike
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A1
In the barren desert that makes up most of Fort Irwin, soldiers train in conditions that are near-mirror images of what they’ll face in war zones like Iraq. But the soldiers aren’t the only ones living on base. In fact, the realistic scenarios they face are thanks to a cast of hundreds. From Hollywood-effects wizards to Iraqi expatriates, Fort Irwin could be the world’s largest live-action movie set. Without the cameras.
Bus bomb kills 21
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
A bomb ripped through a crowded passenger bus near Sri Lanka’s capital during morning rush hour today, killing at least 21 people and wounding an additional 47, officials said.
Stocks rise after jobs report, retailer data
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B9
Wall Street surged Thursday as investors looked past a sharp rebound in oil prices and focused on comforting news about the economy - better-than-expected retail sales and a drop in the number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits.
Amarr making new door in Lawrence
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B9
Amarr Garage Doors is making a new, triple-layer door in Lawrence using $500,000 in new equipment at the company’s plant in the East Hills Business Park. The plant, with 595 employees, recently began production of the Oak Summit 3000, an upgraded version of a model designed to appear like a door for a carriage house.
EMU Theatre provides Shakespeare parody
June 6, 2008 in print edition on C1
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two lesser-known characters from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” become the main characters in “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.”
Ex-OU women’s coach dies
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
Burl Plunkett, who coached Oklahoma to the National Women’s Invitation Tournament title in 1994 and helped set the program up for its rise to national prominence, died Thursday. He was 75. Plunkett went 52-36 in three seasons as the Sooners’ coach, immediately prior to Sherri Coale’s hiring in 1996. He took Oklahoma to its second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history in 1995.
2 die in clash between Israel, Hamas
June 6, 2008 in print edition on A2
Palestinian mortar fire killed a man at a factory in southern Israel on Thursday, prompting an Israeli reprisal airstrike that apparently missed its target and killed a 6-year-old girl in the Gaza Strip. The burst of violence dealt a new setback to Egyptian efforts to broker a truce between Israel and the militant group Hamas and raised the threat of worse violence.
Ivanovic to ascend to top ranking
Victory against Jankovic means berth in French final
June 6, 2008 in print edition on B2
If official statistics were tallied for fist pumps and self-exhortations during Grand Slam matches, Ana Ivanovic might well have established a record while winning her French Open semifinal. Perhaps Ivanovic did not raise a clenched hand and let out a yelp after each of the 96 points she earned.