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12:00 a.m.
Martin Shupert, director of Jayhawk Home Daycare, builds a tower of blocks with Da Ming Zhang, 3. Shupert, a father of two, has been running the day care in his home for nearly five years. Full-time dads find abundant rewards
June 15, 2008 in print edition on 1A
At a community music class with their children, Dave Kennicott was told by another full-time father that dads like them are like unicorns in a forest -you hear about them, but you don’t often see them. The most likely place for the stay-at-home or full-time dads to see other adults is at a grocery store. That’s where Kennicott, 39, receives stares or even compliments about what a good job he’s doing as a dad of three children all under age 5.
6:00 a.m.
Kyle Sanders, of Chicago, does sit-ups during a Navy SEAL physical prowess course Saturday at the Ironman 70.3 Kansas rally point at Ninth and New Hampshire streets. Sanders said he isn't competing in the Ironman race today, but he would like to compete in a sprint triathlon one day. Ironman day has arrived
June 15, 2008 in print edition on 1B
The action is at Clinton Lake today. More than 4,000 spectators are expected to descend on Clinton Lake State Park this morning for Ironman 70.3 Kansas, a triathlon involving more than 1,000 athletes. Tom Ziebart, co-director of the race, said spectators should head toward the water for the best view.
10:00 a.m.
Doug Watson as Will Rogers History channeled
June 15, 2008 in print edition on 1D
Frankly, it’s hard to tell when Doug Watson is Doug Watson, and when he is Will Rogers. Watson’s authentic Oklahoma accent, his head topped with Rogers’ trademark brimmed hat, makes a dead ringer for the famous Sooner humorist and social commentator. It’s been that way for more than 15 years. But this isn’t just theater. Watson is a history professor at Oklahoma Baptist University, and he knows Rogers’ life and quotes inside and out.
4:00 p.m.
Jim Neis and his brothers, Dale Neis and Stan Neis, both not pictured, are facing mounting troubles on their farm south of Eudora because of heavy rains. Jim Neis said they originally got behind in planting because of all the snow this winter and spring made it hard to spread fertilizer. Now, all the rain has delayed their crop planting by a month. Too much water
June 15, 2008 in print edition on 1A
It’s a dilemma for farmers. Rain is necessary to grow crops, but the heavy rainfall this season is crippling the region’s corn, soybean and wheat crops. Farmers were delayed by about a month in planting corn; some soybean planting hasn’t started, and the lack of dry weather means this year’s wheat crop is in danger. Even fescue and alfalfa have suffered.

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6News video: Ironman in the books
June 15, 2008
An afternoon storm cut the run short for some competitors, but overall both organizers and athletes say the Ironman race went well.
6News video: Battle over water moves to Supreme Court
June 15, 2008
A battle over 1.2 billion gallons of Kansas River valley ground water will move to the Kansas Supreme Court.
6News video: Sunday, June 15 weather at 10 p.m.
June 15, 2008
The forecast for Monday, June 16 calls for a high of 79 with the low around 60.
6News video: SLT opponents gather for forum
June 15, 2008
About 40 opponents of the proposed South Lawrence Trafficway gathered at the Lawrence Public Library on Sunday for a public forum.
6News video: Tick season in full swing
June 15, 2008
It’s the season for ticks, and 6News reporter Jesse Fray explains why the critters could be ticking people off more than ever this year.
6Sports video: Chalmers to stay in NBA draft
June 15, 2008
Kansas guard Mario Chalmers confirmed on Sunday that he’ll forego his senior season at KU to stay in the NBA draft.
6Sports video: Aussie takes Kansas Ironman crown
June 15, 2008
A New Zealander won the inaugural 70.3 Kansas Ironman triathlon in the professional division on Sunday.
6News video: K.C. summer camp wraps up
June 15, 2008
Sixty-nine kids spent the past week at a Muscular Dystrophy Association’s camp near Linwood.
6News video: West toll plaza on turnpike to close
June 15, 2008
Lawrence commuters who use the Kansas Turnpike might have to start making adjustments to their routes Monday morning.
6News video: Hotel construction delivers driving confusion
June 15, 2008
Construction of a nearby hotel is delivering a bit of confusion for drivers at the edge of KU’s main campus.
6News video: Field improvements in the works
June 15, 2008
Neighbors near Lawrence High School are happy about a series of athletic field improvements in the works.
6News video: KU fraternity set to expand
June 15, 2008
Groundbreaking will start Monday on an expansion project for a KU fraternity.
Closure to affect West Lawrence interchange
June 15, 2008
The westbound lanes of the Kansas Turnpike will be inaccessible from the West Lawrence interchange beginning Monday.
Chalmers to stay in NBA Draft, forego senior season at KU
June 15, 2008
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self confirmed on Sunday what Mario Chalmers has hinted at for a couple of weeks to media outlets while on his predraft workout circuit - Chalmers will forego his senior season at KU and keep his name in the 2008 NBA Draft. Chalmers’ entry in the draft means three Jayhawks will give up remaining eligibility and opt for this year’s draft. He joins Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur.
Keegan: Lawrence passes tri test
Runner-up, triathlete veteran lauds course, town
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Ironman 70.3 runner-up Craig Alexander of Australia expected to win Sunday’s triathlon, but fell just a bit short. Alexander was disappointed with his result, but was more than impressed with the Lawrence hospitality.
Ironman race shortened, awards ceremony canceled
June 15, 2008
Organizers of the Ironman 70.3 Kansas, a triathlon involving more than 1,000 athletes, cut the marathon portion of the race - the last leg of the race - by 2 and a half miles as storms moved in about 1:15 p.m. today at Clinton Lake.
Ironman Kansas challenges top athletes
Bozzone wins male race, McGlone takes female title
09:57 a.m., June 15, 2008 Updated 04:03 p.m.
Competitors for Ironman Kansas, a 70.3-mile triathlon in Douglas County are on the course.
Memorial services honor Boy Scout killed in tornado
Funerals to be this week; several still in hospital
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B5
Dozens of Boy Scouts turned out Saturday to remember one of their peers killed when a tornado swept through their camp in western Iowa. A memorial service for 13-year-old Josh Fennen was conducted in Omaha, with his funeral scheduled later in Texas.
Bush, French president unite in sending warning to Iran
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Iran rejected a six-nation offer of incentives to stop enriching uranium on Saturday, prompting President Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to jointly warn Tehran anew against proceeding toward a nuclear bomb.
Trying to trace tomatoes isn’t easy
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
Food and Drug Administration detectives had a hot lead, narrowing down on a grower who just might have supplied salmonella-tainted tomatoes. Then the patient changed her story: She’d eaten a round tomato, not a Roma one after all.
Reading shouldn’t be a guilty pleasure
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
I had thought it was just me. In reading the cover story in the new issue of The Atlantic, however, I have learned that I am not alone. There are at least two of us who have forgotten how to read.
On the record
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported these responses:
Pizza Hut turns 50 in tough time for the industry
June 15, 2008 in print edition on E1
Dan and Frank Carney borrowed $600 from their mother 50 years ago and opened a small pizzeria in Kansas using second-hand equipment in what was once a bar. The dream was to make enough pizzas to pay for college and earn a little money on the side for the family.
Woods rallies despite knee
Two back-9 eagles push Tiger to front of pack
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C8
It was a prime-time production of “Agony and Ecstasy” starring Tiger Woods. Hobbling on a bad knee that at one point had him almost hitting the ground in pain, Woods looked like the wounded warrior early on Saturday.Agony.
Lakers trying not to look back
L.A. faces elimination tonight
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C7
Saturday’s headlines screamed the historic significance of the Lakers’ shocking meltdown.
Honor rolls
June 15, 2008 in print edition on E12
Free State and Lawrence High Schools have announced second semester 2007-08 honor rolls. In addition, Central and West Junior High Schools have announced spring honor roll.
Opposition leader taken to court
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Police brought the Zimbabwe opposition’s No. 2 leader to court Saturday in Harare, Zimbabwe, the first time he has been seen in public since plainclothes officers hustled him off a plane as he returned home.
School supply donation program under way
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
Ballard Community Services has kicked off its annual school kit program, which provides school supplies to public school children from families that qualify for free or reduced school lunches.
Brigade fall in L.A., 51-48
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Timon Marshall scored on a 3-yard run with 34 seconds left to give the Los Angeles Avengers a 51-48 victory over the Kansas City Brigade on Saturday in the Arena Football League.
Mill Valley leader reflects fondly on Jags’ breakthrough season
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C6
In the eight years as the track and field coach at Mill Valley, Mark Peck has never been a part of a season quite like this one. For the coach who has been running the program since the school opened its doors in 2000, this year’s girls squad rewarded him with one of the best showings at the Kansas Class 5A state meet in May.
Coleman collectors converge in Wichita
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
About 200 collectors are converging on Wichita this weekend for the International Coleman Collectors Club convention.
Lawsuits accuse former KC clergymen of abuse
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B2
Two more lawsuits have been filed accusing Catholic clergy of sexually abusing two boys more than three decades ago.
Oil chief to address reports of increase
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Saudi Arabia’s oil minister today will address reports that the world’s largest oil-producing country is set to raise production by about 500,000 barrels per day, his adviser said.
Impeachment
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
To the editor: This week, Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, in a display of heroic courage and true patriotism, delivered in the U.S. House of Representatives a reading of 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush.
Mild weather aids firefighting
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Milder-than-expected weather on Saturday gave fire crews hope that they could rein in a series of Northern California wildfires that have destroyed dozens of homes and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
“Kansas doesn’t have a choice,” said Gov. John Carlin. “If the state wants to flourish or even compete in the coming years it will have to make education by far its top priority.”
107-year-old man leads alumni parade
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
C. Yardley Chittick sneaked off school grounds with Humphrey Bogart and other schoolmates, but Phillips Academy on Saturday let its oldest living graduate off the hook.
Greensburg residents find ways to watch documentary on town
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B8
Greensburg will be back in the national spotlight this week when the tornado-ravaged community’s rebuilding efforts are featured as part of a multiweek documentary.
Tattoo artist sets record with 415 jobs in 24 hours
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A6
Oliver Peck may be seeing the number 13 in his dreams. From midnight Thursday to midnight Friday, Peck completed 415 tattoos, applying the unlucky number 13 to scores of arms, legs, ankles, backs, thighs and even some rear ends.
G-8 raises alarm over rising oil prices
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
Finance ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized nations urged oil producers Saturday to boost output to help stabilize record-high oil and food prices, calling the situation a serious threat to global economic growth.
Boston center Perkins still favoring shoulder
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C7
Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins said there is a “strong possibility” he can play in Game 5 of the NBA finals, even though he didn’t practice Saturday and appeared to be heavily favoring his strained left shoulder.
Bankruptcies
June 15, 2008 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Discovery crew glad to be back on ground
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
Space shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven returned to Earth on Saturday and capped a successful expansion job at the international space station, more spacious and robust thanks to a new billion-dollar science lab.
Garden City seeing counterfeit bills
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B3
Garden City residents are being told to take a good look at their money before they spend it.
Chamber official earns certification
June 15, 2008 in print edition on E1
Beth Johnson, vice president for economic development at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, has received certification in the development and use of business retention and expansion programs from Business Retention and Expansion International.
Analysis points to tight presidential race
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B7
This is shaping up as quite a presidential election: a close campaign taking on the trappings of what generals call “total war.”
Man really wants to be transit worker
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
A man so fascinated with the city’s public transit system that he’s turned his life into a train wreck is in trouble again.
Review: Letts goes back to Wal-Mart for ‘Made in the U.S.A.’
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D3
Billie Letts returns to Wal-Mart in the opening scenes of her fourth novel, “Made in the U.S.A.” (Grand Central Publishing, $24.99), which features a shoplifting gymnastics star and her younger brother.
Baldwin’s Garcia goes out in style
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C6
Heather Garcia nearly ended her phenomenal career at Baldwin High School with a storybook ending. The BHS senior was less than one second away from sweeping her Class 4A events at the state track and field meet in Wichita in May. However, you wouldn’t know she took home a silver medal in her final high school race.
New books help parents teach children about elections, politics
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D1
Parents in search of teachable election-year moments with their kids as the presidential race sizzles in schools and around dinner tables need only depend on a duck, some dogs or a girl named Grace.
Horoscopes
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D5
Many times this year you will feel as if you finally are on the right track. You frequently discover that people leave out important details or don’t relate all the facts. Learn to do your own research, and you will be a lot happier. When you are preoccupied, you might be more accident-prone. Be aware of this tendency this year.
Full-time dads find abundant rewards
Fathers take road less traveled and make children their life’s work
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
At a community music class with their children, Dave Kennicott was told by another full-time father that dads like them are like unicorns in a forest -you hear about them, but you don’t often see them. The most likely place for the stay-at-home or full-time dads to see other adults is at a grocery store. That’s where Kennicott, 39, receives stares or even compliments about what a good job he’s doing as a dad of three children all under age 5.
Raiders split pair at Fort Scott tournament
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C3
Alex Hardman pitched a complete game and struck out nine in the Lawrence Raiders’ 8-2 victory over the Butler County Cubs on Saturday.
Female suicide bomber strikes soccer fans
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A5
A female suicide bomber targeted a crowd of soccer fans celebrating Iraq’s win in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday, wounding at least 34 people near a cafe north of Baghdad, police said.
Thomas criticism
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Most mornings, I am pleased to find the Journal-World on my doorstep. Sometimes, however, the paper hits my front porch with the dull and pulpy thud of a stink bomb down the elevator shaft. Those are the days Cal Thomas’ column appears.
Oil companies get go-ahead to annoy polar bears
June 15, 2008 in print edition on E12
Less than a month after declaring polar bears a threatened species because of global warming, the Bush administration is giving oil companies permission to annoy and potentially harm them in the pursuit of oil and natural gas.
Perot makes valid plea on U.S. deficit
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
Sixteen years after he shook up American politics by launching an impromptu campaign for president, Ross Perot is about to dip a toe back into the public debates. And, yes, he’s bringing his charts with him to make his point.
Too much water
Saturated fields frustrate farmers
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
It’s a dilemma for farmers. Rain is necessary to grow crops, but the heavy rainfall this season is crippling the region’s corn, soybean and wheat crops. Farmers were delayed by about a month in planting corn; some soybean planting hasn’t started, and the lack of dry weather means this year’s wheat crop is in danger. Even fescue and alfalfa have suffered.
Fraternity house to start $1.6 million addition
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
On Monday, Kansas University’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity will begin receiving a $1.6 million expansion. It’s about time, according to Tom Gray, alumni board member.
Best-sellers
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D3
A listing of this week’s best-selling fiction and non-fiction literature.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 15, 1908: C.W. Roberts of Lawrence, manager of the Perry Home Telephone Co., fell from his boat and was drowned near the Lecompton bridge yesterday afternoon.
Nike allows Speedo suits
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Nike is allowing seven of the Olympic hopefuls it sponsors to don Speedo International’s new full-body swimsuit instead of the Nike product for the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha later this month.
Elite Camp preps hopeful for future
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C3
For soon-to-be high school sophomores Dashawn Harden and Natalie Knight, the path to a college basketball career took a step forward this week at Kansas University’s Elite Camp. They practiced like the Jayhawks practice, lived like the Jayhawks live, and got a look at a school they hope to attend.
Company to unveil technology allowing ethanol plants to add food
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B4
Amid global debate over biofuels at a time of high food prices, the nation’s leading designer of ethanol plants plans to unveil on Monday a new technology that would allow processors of corn-based ethanol to produce food for human consumption as well as fuel.
It’s on the books
If the Kansas Legislature passes a law and no one knows about it, how does it get enforced?
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B6
Ignorance of the law - as we all know - is not a defense. So, exactly what is the state’s responsibility for notifying residents of laws that affect the everyday conduct of their lives and businesses?
Keegan: Life in poker’s fast lane
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
Monster Kansas University fan that he is, Topeka native and Overland Park resident Grant Hinkle felt a huge charge out of the Orange Bowl victory. And then the Jayhawks won the national title in basketball, which triggered one of his favorite childhood memories. He was seated at his third-grade desk when the voice on the intercom blared, “Grant Hinkle, report to the office.”
Transcendental
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D3
Poet’s Showcase: Transcendental by James Cravens.
Buyers, experts mixed on value of refinished antiques
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D4
Don’t refinish your furniture. Original finish adds to the value. This warning is given over and over on TV shows about antiques. But is it always true? No. An original finish on a superior example of an 18th, 19th or even 20th-century piece of furniture should add value.
Beatty earns lifetime achievement award
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D7
Bill Clinton was among those saluting Warren Beatty as the Oscar-winning actor-director received a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute.
History channeled
Chautauqua re-enactors find similarities between ‘30s hardships, current events
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D1
Frankly, it’s hard to tell when Doug Watson is Doug Watson, and when he is Will Rogers. Watson’s authentic Oklahoma accent, his head topped with Rogers’ trademark brimmed hat, makes a dead ringer for the famous Sooner humorist and social commentator. It’s been that way for more than 15 years. But this isn’t just theater. Watson is a history professor at Oklahoma Baptist University, and he knows Rogers’ life and quotes inside and out.
Journal-World All-area girls track team
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C6
A listing of the all-area girls track team, as selected by the Journal-World.
Landscapers, arborists keeping busy
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A7
While farmers struggle with the implications of the recent rains, local landscapers and arborists are taking advantage of the soggy weather. “For the last six weeks, we’ve been doing storm damage, broken tree damage, trees blown over,” said Newton Mulford, owner of Jayhawk-Mulford Tree Service. “Instead of doing maintenance, we’re doing emergency work.”
Journal-World All-area boys track team
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C6
A listing of the all-area boys track team, as selected by the Journal-World.
KU announces IIYM summer academy
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D6
Kansas University’s School of Fine Arts welcomes the International Institute for Young Musicians (IIYM) Summer Music Academy to Lawrence for another year of student music study and competition.
Glass artist to give presentation
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D6
Kymm Hughes, a Topeka artist specializing in fused glass, will speak at the Lawrence Art Guild’s monthly meeting on Monday.
Royals crush D’backs, 12-3
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C5
When rookie Mike Aviles arrived at Chase Field on Saturday, he had nine major league hits.
Town & Country book features stylish dogs
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D8
Socially prominent humans have been known to hunt for their own photos when the latest issue of Town & Country magazine lands in their mailboxes. The next best thing? Finding photos of their dogs.
Crews search for missing in Japan
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A8
Rescue teams using shovels and buckets tried today to dig their way to seven people believed trapped in a landslide at a hot springs resort after a deadly earthquake pounded the mountains of northern Japan, killing at least six and injuring more than 200.
KU women’s track places 15th at nationals
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s Nickesha Anderson placed third in the 200 and Crystal Manning seventh in the triple jump, helping the Jayhawks tie for a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor track and field championships.
Reminiscing with ‘Pie in the Sky’
Lawrence man learns from Pizza Hut experience
June 15, 2008 in print edition on E1
Richard Hassur knows what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, to take chances and succeed in a field strewn with lost dreams and failed ventures. But even a guy who would go on to own 150 Pizza Huts - including the first one ever franchised for the global chain of restaurants, a chain that today accounts for some $10 billion in annual sales - couldn’t convince a particular Pizza Hut store manager to stay with the company.
Cost of raid on camp tops $14 million
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
The cost of the April raid on a polygamist compound in West Texas is expected to top $14 million, about one-third of it in lawyers’ fees, according to a published analysis of state records.
Georgia topples top-seeded Miami
Stanford grabs other Day 1 victory at College World Series
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Georgia scored four runs in the ninth inning - two on Miami closer Carlos Gutierrez’s throwing error - and the Bulldogs came from behind to beat the top-seeded Hurricanes, 7-4, in the College World Series on Saturday night.
KU Jazz Ensemble to play in Switzerland
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D6
Kansas University’s Jazz Ensemble I has been honored with an invitation to the 42nd Annual Montreux Jazz Festival next month in Switzerland. The invitation to this festival is presented to only a few collegiate jazz ensembles in the world annually.
Rice claims Israel undermining peace talks
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A2
The United States took Israel to task Saturday for a planned expansion of Jewish homes in the portion of Jerusalem that Palestinians claim for the capital of a future state.
Unlicensed chiropractor suspected of killing
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A3
A 76-year-old man operating an unlicensed chiropractic clinic out of his Oak Park, Calif., garage is suspected of killing one of his patients with a neck manipulation, according to Sacramento, Calif., police.
US, NATO troops help in hunt for 870 inmates
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A4
U.S. and NATO troops aided Afghan forces with reconnaissance in a hunt Saturday for 870 inmates who escaped prison after a sophisticated Taliban assault that even NATO conceded was a success for the militants.
Dad, I hardly knew ye
June 15, 2008
I first called him Daddy, then shortened it to Dad. During my early teen years, I briefly flirted with calling him Lew but that felt silly and stilted even to me. I’m grateful I had the opportunity to know him as an adult, but - while I thought I knew him well -there was a part of his life that was closed to me.
Rescue training part of Humane Society’s mission
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D8
She stood at the edge of the rapidly flowing water, bulked up with a lifejacket and an equipment pack on her back. Her eyes were fixed on the furry bundle on the opposite bank that needed to be rescued.
Behind the Lens: Crime scene tough assignment for any photographer
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D2
Taking photos at crime scenes is one part of the job no one likes, because you deal with a lot of emotions - not only yours, but family members, law enforcement and other media as well.
Cat show not just for the ‘pros’
Felines of every stripe on display
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
It’s all about personality for the underdog, or in this case, the undercat. Dozens of cat lovers aimed to reach an unattainable standard of perfection while showing off their various purebreds at Saturday’s Cat Fanciers’ Association Kansas City Midwest Cat Show at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. Among them, household and rescue cats put on another kind of show.
Ironman Kansas set for takeoff
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
The festivities began with a fun-filled, energy-driven concert in downtown Lawrence on Friday night. It continued with registration and mandatory meetings about the course and the race on Saturday. And it will end today - for some after an incredible pace of 17 miles per hour, for others a grueling seven or eight hours after it begins - when more than 1,500 competitors from all over the world cross the finish line at Clinton Lake’s Bloomington Beach.
Ironman day has arrived
Want to see the athletic extravaganza? Get there early
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
The action is at Clinton Lake today. More than 4,000 spectators are expected to descend on Clinton Lake State Park this morning for Ironman 70.3 Kansas, a triathlon involving more than 1,000 athletes. Tom Ziebart, co-director of the race, said spectators should head toward the water for the best view.
New stop signs catch drivers by surprise
June 15, 2008 in print edition on B1
Police are busy pulling over people running through new stop signs posted along Mississippi Street near Memorial Stadium. Not that they’re trying to cash in on the public’s unfamiliarity. Instead, officers were busy issuing warnings Friday at the corner of 11th and Mississippi streets, where orange flags affixed to the new signs’ poles sometimes weren’t enough to alert drivers to the changes ahead.
Cedar Rapids flood receding; Iowa still in crisis
June 15, 2008 in print edition on A1
The dark, filthy water that flooded Iowa’s second-largest city finally started to recede Saturday after forcing 24,000 people to flee, but those who remained were urged to cut back on showering and flushing to save the last of their unspoiled drinking water.
The final countdown
Anderson football complex nearly complete
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C1
The television sets were delivered the other day - 57 of ‘em. Ranging in size from a piddling 32 inches to a massive 60 (measured diagonally), the flat-screen, high-def plasma wonders remain boxed, waiting to be hung. But the walls and the wiring and the 57 wall mounts are raised, wired and bolted on as work on the 80,000-square-foot Anderson Family Football Complex - the soon-to-be-home for Kansas University football - screams toward completion.
Father and son enjoy Self camp
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C3
Life as a college basketball coach can be rather grueling, especially when taking on a head coaching position for the first time. That’s why Ben Miller enjoyed the opportunity of spending Saturday at the Bill Self Kansas Basketball parent-child camp with his 5-year-old son Charlie.
De Soto jumper enjoyed rapid rise
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C6
When you have the athletic ability of Andre Linzy, you have a multitude of colleges to choose from - and even what sport to play at the next level. For Linzy, basketball is in his future at Coffeyville Community College next year. But in his immediate past was one of the most successful - and short - careers by a long jumper at De Soto High.
Major League Roundup: Youkilis’ blast lifts Bosox
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C4
Kevin Youkilis did it all in his homecoming. Youkilis singled, doubled and hit a tiebreaking homer in the 10th inning Saturday, rallying the Red Sox over the Reds, the team he adored as a local prep and college star and later resented when it passed him over in the draft.
Commentary: Father’s Day is about dignity and grace
June 15, 2008 in print edition on C2
Forty seconds of deafening silence. On the verge of winning his first NBA title, Doc Rivers was asked about his dad, the Chicago cop, and the engaging coach with an answer for everything could not address the loss of his best friend.
A Father’s Day letter Dad never saw
June 15, 2008 in print edition on D1
Dear Dad, This is so weird. For the first time in 52 years, I can’t call to wish you a happy Father’s Day. I’d like to think I had a direct line to heaven, but you and I both know my permanent record wouldn’t pass St. Peter’s speed dial criteria. (What can I say? I was a teenager in the ‘70s. My permanent record never had a chance.)