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6News video: Tuition costs to go up
June 12, 2008
The Kansas Board of Regents approved tuition increases for the state’s six universities.
6News video: 85 students get GED
June 12, 2008
They might already be in the real world, but the Lawrence Adult Learning Center is adding another group to its list of GED graduates. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on one graduate who decided a diploma would open doors.
6Sports video: Current, former players face off
June 12, 2008
The youngest members of the Rock Chalk Nation witness the future of Kansas basketball.
6News video: Organizers line up for Ironman
June 12, 2008
Vendors began rolling in today to prepare for the Ironman Event Expo, which starts at two tomorrow afternoon.
6Sports video: Former player proud of championship
June 12, 2008
Former Jayhawk Jeff Hawkins took part in yesterday’s pick-up game.
6News video: County managing disaster response
June 12, 2008
Douglas County is playing an important role in getting help to the disaster areas to our west.
Sebelius visits storm-ravaged town
June 12, 2008
The town of Chapman suffered the brunt of last night’s storms. Governor Kathleen Sebelius toured the town today and says spirits are high.
6News video: Camp leaders prepared for severe weather
June 12, 2008
Last night, tornadoes killed four Boy Scouts at a camp in Iowa. As storms approached northeast Kansas, 69 campers with muscular dystrophy took shelter in Linwood. 6News reporter Jesse Fray has more.
6News video: Football players help clean up after tornado
June 12, 2008
In Manhattan, residents spent the day picking up the pieces from a large tornado that tore through the town last night. 6News reporter Marshanna Hester is in Manhattan with details on the areas hardest hit and a special group that volunteered to lend a hand.
6News video: Storms roll through state
June 12, 2008
Mother Nature displays her nasty side tonight in northeast Kansas. We go to 6News reporter Jesse Fray for more.
6News video: Tornadic storms reported in Linwood
June 12, 2008
Several reports of tornadic storms came through tonight near Linwood.
6News video: Mobile home fire declared arson
June 12, 2008
Investigators determine arson is the cause of a fire at an east Lawrence mobile home.
6Sports video: Hawks tour White House
June 12, 2008
Two weeks of youth basketball camps are good news for Bill Self. It allows Coach to spend multiple nights at home in Lawrence for the first time since March.
6News video: Thursday, June 12 weather at 10 p.m.
June 12, 2008
The forecast for Friday, June 13 calls for a high of 81 with the low around 60.
6News video: Mass. St. construction partially done
June 12, 2008
A freshly-paved portion of Massachusetts Street reopens today.
6News video: K-State suffers $20 million in damage
June 12, 2008
The K-State campus was also hit hard last night. Several campus buildings were damaged.
6News video: Fire damages home, displaces 10
June 12, 2008
As the storm reaches its peak here in Douglas County, fire broke out at a home in east Lawrence.
House catches fire at 12th and New York; minor tree fire near 27th and Missouri
Ten residents displaced
07:46 p.m., June 12, 2008 Updated 09:35 p.m.
A structure fire was reported at 12th and New York streets about 7:45 Thursday.
K-10 reduced to one lane driving into Lawrence
June 12, 2008
A water line break along Kansas Highway 10 at the east edge of Lawrence has reduced the highway to one lane, according to emergency dispatchers.
Douglas County in clear from severe weather; rain may persist
Tornadoes were reported north of Eudora, west of Linwood; less than 100 customers without power
06:00 p.m., June 12, 2008 Updated 10:34 p.m.
Tornadoes bypass Douglas County
Fire officials: Blaze that destroyed mobile home intentionally set
June 12, 2008
Fire officials say a recent mobile home fire was intentionally set.
First section of Massachusetts Street construction complete
June 12, 2008
City contractors have finished the first section of the Massachusetts Street repaving project.
Campers ride out early-morning storms in shelters
June 12, 2008
Sixty-nine young people with muscular dystrophy were taken to two shelters at a camp near Linwood, as storms approached Wednesday night.
Douglas County emergency official coordinates tornado response
01:44 p.m., June 12, 2008 Updated 03:26 p.m.
Douglas County’s emergency management director was called on to orchestrate part of the response to the tornado that ravaged Wednesday night.
Oskaloosa resident Jay Wagner indicted on conspiracy fraud
June 12, 2008
An Oskaloosa man was charged in federal court this week with conspiring to defraud the owners of a Jefferson County ranch.
Regents approve KU tuition increase
11:14 a.m., June 12, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A1
The state Board of Regents on Thursday approved tuition and fee increases at Kansas University and other public colleges, but several regents said they feared students were being priced out of an education.
2 dead in Chapman, Soldier; K-State buildings damaged after tornadoes hit north-central Kansas
Building housing KSU’s nuclear reactor damaged, but officials say there’s no danger
09:29 a.m., June 12, 2008 Updated 02:34 p.m.
At least two people were killed late Wednesday when a line of tornadoes cut a diagonal swath across Kansas, destroying much of the small town of Chapman and causing extensive damage on the Kansas State University campus. Sharon Watson, spokeswoman for the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department, said one victim was a woman found outside in a yard in Chapman, in Dickinson County, and the other was a man found outside a mobile home in the Jackson County town of Soldier.
GED students to graduate today, begin new career paths
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
For Shane Merrifield, high school was a time to chase girls and party. Studying was secondary, so the 32-year-old Topeka native dropped out during his sophomore year. That was 1992. But today, when he and 84 of his classmates, ages 16 to 50, receive their General Educational Development diplomas from the Adult Learning Center, Merrifield can move forward, past the demons that kept him, as he said, “living idly.”
Historic roots
Garden connects owner to past
June 12, 2008 in print edition on C1
In 1926, a one-story English Cornwall-style home was built of brick and mortar. At the time, the home looked out onto a valley where a quarry was busily unearthing rock outside the city limits of Lawrence. Past the quarry a smattering of Kansas University buildings towered in the distance. The vista was open, rather rural.
Clinton’s run significant for women
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
When Hillary Clinton announced for president in January of 2007, she did everything to downplay her gender short of dressing herself in men’s clothes. In a taped video, with no audience and no family members, she presented herself first and foremost as a senator and experienced Washington hand, ready to fight for Democratic goals and unintimidated by threats from the GOP.
Jayhawks advance to NCAA track finals
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B3
Three Kansas University track and field athletes advanced Wednesday to the finals of the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Area political races taking shape
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A5
When the candidate filing deadline passed on Tuesday, County Commission seats attracted the most attention in area counties.
Local golf pros offer insight into U.S. Open
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
Local golf pros weighed in on a recent sunny afternoon with predictions for the U.S. Open, which begins today at Torrey Pines in San Diego.
Educators to discuss No Child Left Behind act
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A4
Teachers and administrators from across Kansas will meet Friday at Kansas University to discuss education strategies in the age of the federal No Child Left Behind law.
US life expectancy rises
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A8
For the first time, U.S. life expectancy has surpassed 78 years, the government reported Wednesday, although the United States continues to lag behind about 30 other countries in estimated life span.
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B8
You have the gift of gab and can brighten the energy of a room just by walking into it. This year you will enjoy an assortment of colorful friends and opportunities for travel and learning.
K-State takes hit from storm system
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
Manhattan and Kansas State University received significant damage late Wednesday night after a tornado tore through town, tossing cars and seriously damaging several businesses, the National Weather Service reported.
Ancient cave in Jordan linked to early Christians
June 12, 2008 in print edition on C10
Archaeologists in Jordan have discovered a cave underneath one of the world’s oldest churches and say it may have been an even more ancient site of Christian worship. But outside experts expressed caution about the claim.
Unicorn’ deer discovered in Italian nature preserve
June 12, 2008 in print edition on C10
A deer with a single horn in the center of its head - much like the fabled, mythical unicorn - has been spotted in a nature preserve in Italy, park officials said Wednesday.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 12, 1908: “So many teachers are due to attend the NEA convention in Hawaii that military transports may be fitted to take them and bring them back.”
Some stimulus payments intercepted
State collects $1.2 million in owed taxes
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
Some Kansans’ federal stimulus checks are stimulating state tax collections to the tune of $1.2 million. More than 2,300 checks written to Kansas taxpayers as part of the economic stimulus plan are being intercepted to pay back taxes, Kansas Department of Revenue officials said Wednesday.
Sweeten your home by minimizing allergens
June 12, 2008 in print edition on C1
Floors, windows, paint - all have the potential for contributing to an allergy sufferer’s red eyes, congestion and general state of misery.
PM apologizes to native peoples
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A6
In a historic speech, Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized Wednesday to Canada’s native peoples for the longtime government policy of forcing their children to attend state-funded schools aimed at assimilating them.
Four dead as tornado hits Boy Scout camp in Iowa
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
A tornado slammed a Boy Scout camp in the remote hills of western Iowa on Wednesday, killing at least four people and injuring 40, most of whom were on a hike when the twister struck.
House won’t extend jobless benefits
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
The House on Wednesday narrowly defeated a Democratic attempt to give unemployed Americans an extra three months of jobless benefits after the White House threatened to veto the bill.
Nepal’s king begins life as a civilian
June 12, 2008 in print edition on C10
The crowd had been waiting for hours when the armored black Mercedes finally pulled out of the palace gates. Suddenly three women jumped in the car’s path, forcing it to halt as they begged the driver to turn around. “King, go back,” they cried. “Don’t leave the palace!”
Cards slugger out at least 3 weeks
First baseman Pujols heads to bench with left calf injury
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
Albert Pujols is expected to miss at least three weeks because of a strained left calf, a major setback to a St. Louis Cardinals team already thinned by injuries.
Kansas couple plan gay wedding in California
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B10
Lawrence residents Dave Greenbaum and Mike Silverman hope to be the first same-sex couple from Kansas to get married legally in California.
Staffers take part in clinical seminars
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B9
Therapists at TherapyWorks, Lawrence, recently attended three separate seminars as part of a two-year series of intensive clinical education courses conducted for clinical certification.
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures traded higher Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Slaying of 2 girls stuns small town in Oklahoma
June 12, 2008 in print edition on C10
Maybe they stumbled onto a crime in progress. Perhaps they were ambushed by “drunks and dopeheads.” Or maybe it was some kind of thrill killing. The slayings of two girls - ages 11 and 13 - who were shot along a rural back road have baffled investigators and struck fear into townspeople, who are now afraid to let their children out of their sight.
Rubber-matted planks, fence create safe outdoor escape for felines
June 12, 2008 in print edition on C1
Anyone handy with a saw and a staple gun can build a simple version of an outdoor fun park for felines, devised by Susan and Dan Gottlieb of Beverly Hills.
Eudora man wants to serve as rural voice
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A4
Ken Adkinson wants to bring a rural voice to land-planning in Douglas County, a process he fears has become too city-driven.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B5
Bill Self, who couldn’t watch Wednesday’s scrimmage between current and former Kansas University basketball players in accordance with NCAA rules, did hear about the contest from some of his campers.
Be smart about tomato choices
June 12, 2008 in print edition on C10
Since April, there have been 167 reported cases of salmonellosis nationwide caused by Salmonella Saintpaul, an uncommon form of Salmonella. More than 20 hospitalizations as well as one possibly related death have been reported.
On the record
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 40-year-old Lawrence man reported a $2,050 auto burglary and theft occurred between Sunday and Monday in the 2400 block of Ridge Court.
Bravo lineup runs from A to D lists
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B8
Fewer than two weeks after the MTV Movie Awards, fans of instantly forgettable award shows can feast on the newly concocted “The A-List Awards” (9 p.m., Bravo), saluting the best, the most celebrated or at least the most hyped in a range of surprising categories.
Friend: Paul Newman has cancer
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B8
Paul Newman, the legendary actor and philanthropist, is battling cancer, his longtime neighbor and business partner said Wednesday.
People in the news
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ John Cusack stars in political ad¢ Boy George to sing for sanitation crews¢ Rodney King to go to ‘Celebrity Rehab’
Commentary: Don’t bet against Tiger, injury or not
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B2
Tiger Woods is entering the unknown. We’re entering the unknown with him. Golf aficionados are split in their opinions of how the world’s best golfer will do at the 108th U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
Nine found alive after plane crash
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
A plane carrying 10 people that disappeared four days ago in Chile’s frigid southern forests was found Wednesday with nine survivors who stayed alive by huddling for warmth, sharing food and sheltering in the plane’s wreckage.
Ironman set for early kickoff
Race scheduled to start at 6:45 a.m.
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
Want to catch a glimpse of athletes jumping in a lake, kicking each other in the head, peeling off clothes, speeding away on bikes and then running back to the point they started from at least four hours earlier? Set your alarm.
Bush won’t rule out military strike on Iran
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A8
President Bush on Wednesday raised the possibility of a military strike to thwart Tehran’s presumed nuclear weapons ambitions.
Pump patrol
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.85 at BP, 19th Street and Haskell Avenue. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Oil alternatives
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Monday’s New York Times editorial opposes farm subsidies in a time of rising food prices. It focuses on the role of biofuels in the increases.
US defends Pakistan airstrikes
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
U.S. airstrikes into Pakistan that may have accidentally killed allied fighters have upset the already fragile relations between Washington and Islamabad over how to stem violence in the lawless border region.
Cruise Night set to roll at Kief’s
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B9
Kief’s Mobile, Lawrence, will welcome the second-annual Cruise Night, set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 28 at Kief’s Audio Video, 2429 Iowa St.
Democrats schedule Flag Day potluck
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Douglas County Democratic Party will hold a Flag Day potluck picnic 5 p.m. Saturday in the north shelter at Dad Perry Park, near Harvard Road and Monterey Way.
How to evaluate trees after storms
June 12, 2008 in print edition on C1
Recent storms are producing a lot of rain, but I am more concerned about what else the storms bring: wind and lightning. Many local trees have been struck or damaged and should be evaluated carefully for soundness after damage occurs.
Chinese acrobats show off skills
Crowd wowed by stunts
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
They flip. They juggle. They balance. They’re acrobats from the other side of the globe, and they made an appearance Wednesday in South Park.
Shuttle departs from space station
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
Discovery’s astronauts inspected their ship’s wings and nose Wednesday for any signs of damage after bidding “sayonara” to the international space station and heading for home.
Governor issues drought declaration for western Kansas
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A5
Recent storms have dumped rain over much of the state, but parts of western Kansans have remained dry enough that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius notified them on Wednesday that they need to worry about drought.
Brain detour a downside of weight loss drugs
June 12, 2008 in print edition on C2
Drugs that target the brain to promote weight loss have two potential weaknesses.
Mobile home fire under investigation
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
The cause of a fire that gutted a mobile home Tuesday night is still under investigation.
KU’s Powers qualifies for U.S. Women’s Open
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University golfer Emily Powers has qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open. A junior from Quincy, Ill., Powers played her way into the event through the sectional tournament at Knollwood Country Club in Bloomfield, Mich.
Murphy, Rangers slam Royals, 11-5
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B3
David Murphy hit two home runs, including his first career grand slam, and drove in a career-high five runs to help the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals, 11-5, Wednesday night.
Road construction begins at KC airport
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
Construction began Wednesday on the five-lane International Circle roadway at Kansas City International Airport. The construction is expected to be complete by July 27 and will repair pavement deteriorated by road salt and heavy traffic.
Fireworks show to be at new location
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Jaycees’ annual Fourth of July fireworks show will move to Sesquicentennial Point, which is at the north end of the Clinton Dam, north of the spillway.
Gas predicted to peak at $4.15 a gallon, remain high
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
If it’s a shock to pay $60, or even $100, to fill up your gas tank, you better get used to it. Prices around $4 a gallon are likely to be here for quite a while.
Vague case
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: An editor has power. He can shine a light on corruption and help end it. But when he advances a personal cause, the focus and facts can disappear. Vagueness takes the lead; innuendo sails behind. These are the telltales. Last Saturday, vagueness was everywhere.
Twisters add to misery in nation’s sodden midsection
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A2
The storm system that produced the tornado that hit a Boy Scout camp in western Iowa also spawned twisters in southern Minnesota and eastern Nebraska.
US lawmakers say Chinese hacked Capitol computers
June 12, 2008 in print edition on C10
Multiple congressional computers have been hacked by people working from inside China, lawmakers said Wednesday, suggesting the Chinese were seeking lists of dissidents.
Boyda endorses Obama
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A4
U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, on Wednesday made it official: She’s endorsing Barack Obama for president.
Mediator to get involved in contract talks
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A1
The two sides have dug in with a $1 million gap between them. Lawrence school board negotiators announced Wednesday evening their intention to bring in a federal mediator to help with teacher-contract talks.
Physical therapist attends conference
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B9
Evonne Cooper, a physical therapist with Lawrence Therapy Services, recently attended a continuing-education conference in Pittsburg.
Survey: Most residents want city recycling program
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B9
A majority of Lawrence residents want a city-operated curbside recycling program, a new scientific study conducted for the city found. But the survey also indicated it was a close call whether residents were willing to pay enough in fees to cover the operating costs of a new program.
Coal rejection energizes chamber
Group says it will work to re-elect pro-business lawmakers
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Chamber of Commerce is using the defeat of the coal-burning plants in southwest Kansas to raise campaign funds for legislative elections.
Wright puts on a show
Hornets forward leads alumni
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B1
Julian Wright dribbled at the top of the key, pump-faked Kansas University sophomore center Cole Aldrich, then hit the lane for a vicious slam dunk. Wright, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound New Orleans Hornets forward, accepted a baseline feed from Nick Bradford, dribbled once and flushed hard with his right hand.
Too little, too late
Whatever discussion needed to take place about a dilapidated Oread Neighborhood house should have occurred decades ago.
June 12, 2008 in print edition on A7
The dilapidated house at 1232 La. once again has fueled debate over what’s come to be known as “demolition by neglect” in some of Lawrence’s older neighborhoods.
Our Town Sports
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B6
Local sports activities and news
Prepare financially for losing job
June 12, 2008 in print edition on B9
If you have lost your job or are facing a layoff, you need a plan for coping financially. This is especially true if you haven’t been able to build an emergency fund or you’ve been living too high and have never considered there might be a disruption in your income.