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12:00 a.m.
Lied Center promotes upcoming performers by offering free iTunes
June 25, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Area residents don’t need to wait for prominent artists such as Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass to show up in Lawrence to hear their distinctive styles. Just grab a free iTunes card, download the songs and start the music - an innovative introduction to the Lied Center’s upcoming season, courtesy of the center, Apple and the artists themselves.
6:00 a.m.
Tainted fuel at the Commerce Plaza BP, 3020 Iowa, was sold to some customers Sunday evening. The regular unleaded gasoline that was delivered to the gas station had been contaminated with diesel fuel, which caused some cars to stop working. The tainted gas tank and lines at the station were flushed out and the tank was refilled. Customers experiencing problems after using the fuel have been told to take their vehicles in for service. The company will investigate each claim before reimbursing customers. Contaminated fuel sold at Lawrence gas station
11:06 a.m., June 25, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on 1A
Tainted gas was sold to customers at a Lawrence BP station June 22, prompting the company to reimburse customers for car repairs.
6:00 p.m.
'Hawks in the NBA
'Hawks in the NBA: Live on Draft Day 2008
Posted June 26, 2008
11:24 p.m.: Wait, one final note. Sasha Kaun told our Gary Bedore just moments ago over the phone that he has been traded to Cleveland. ...
6:00 p.m.
'Hawks in the NBA
'Hawks in the NBA: Live on Draft Day 2008
Posted June 26, 2008
11:24 p.m.: Wait, one final note. Sasha Kaun told our Gary Bedore just moments ago over the phone that he has been traded to Cleveland. ...
7:26 p.m.
'Hawks in the NBA
'Hawks in the NBA: Live on Draft Day 2008
Posted June 26, 2008
11:24 p.m.: Wait, one final note. Sasha Kaun told our Gary Bedore just moments ago over the phone that he has been traded to Cleveland. ...

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Candidate Meet and Greet Session
June 26, 2008
Douglas County residents meet the candidates in local races at a “meet and greet” session tonight.
Emily Ballock named Scholar Athlete of the Year
June 26, 2008
Nine months ago, the 6Sports department started a search for the 2007-2008 Scholar Athlete of the Year. Tonight - of the nine athletes that were honored this season for their accomplishments in athletics and academics - only one stands above the rest. So get your popcorn ready, it’s time to honor Eudora High’s Emily Ballock - Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Ladybugs released to fight pest problem
June 26, 2008
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Horticulture Department tries an alternative to pesticides, releasing tens of thousands of ladybugs in city parks and other spots around town.
Thursday, June 26 weather at 10 p.m.
June 26, 2008
The forecast for Friday, June 27 calls for a high of 90 with a low around 75.
A look inside a now-controversial train depot
June 26, 2008
The city’s looking to purchase, and eventually renovate, a train depot in East Lawrence. But, not everyone’s on board.
Five Jayhawks drafted, then traded: Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur chosen in first round; Mario Chalmers, Darnell Jackson and Sasha Kaun selected in second round
07:51 p.m., June 26, 2008 Updated 01:18 a.m.
Brandon Rush, first KU player selected, taken by Portland with 13th pick, and then traded to Indiana Pacers. Then came Darrell Arthur at No. 27, who after three trades winds up in Memphis. Mario Chalmers (Miami), Darnell Jackson (Miami) and Sasha Kaun (Cleveland) were all selected in the second round. All five players were traded, Arthur three times.
Lawrence in severe thunderstorm watch
June 26, 2008
Douglas County is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 1 a.m. Friday
Northwest Lawrence Dillons set for expansion
Store at 4701 W. Sixth also slated to add about 75 employees
05:05 p.m., June 26, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A3
Dillons’ newest store in Lawrence is about to get its freshest makeover. Dillons, 4701 W. Sixth St., is in line for a 37,000-square-foot expansion beginning later this year, followed by a remodeling of the existing store at the site.
LJWorld.com picks up second consecutive APME award
Honor given for coverage of the KU basketball national championship
02:51 p.m., June 26, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A3
LJWorld.com and the staffs of the Lawrence Journal-World and 6News earned a second consecutive APME award, this time for its coverage of the Kansas Jayhawks’ run to the national championship.
Oskaloosa resident gets his truck ‘tricked’
11:28 a.m., June 26, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on A1
An Oskaloosa man got a makeover - on his tractor-trailer. Dave Tenpenny, an automotive teacher at Oskaloosa High School, was chosen to be on “Trick My Truck,” a show on Country Music Television that specializes in accessorizing semitrailers. But he had nothing to do with getting on the show.
Did the Supreme Court make the right call on gun laws?
Court says 2nd Amendment protects Americans’ right to own handguns or rifles for hunting, self-defense
June 26, 2008
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Americans have a right to own guns for self-defense and hunting, the justices’ first major pronouncement on gun rights in U.S. history.
Ruling angers some lawmakers at state levels
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
The efforts of nearly a dozen states to execute child rapists were derailed Wednesday by a Supreme Court decision that incensed supporters of such punishment. Officials in at least two states said they weren’t ready to give up.
2 men arrested for suspected cockfighting
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
Authorities arrested two men Wednesday in an alleged cockfighting operation in rural western Johnson County.
No end seen to global reliance on oil, fossil fuels
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A6
World energy demand will grow 50 percent over the next two decades, oil prices could rise to $186 a barrel and coal will remain the biggest source of electricity despite its effect on global warming, government experts predict.
Poll: Bush is sinking economy
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A6
Three out of four Americans, including large numbers of Republicans, blame President Bush’s economic policies for making the country worse off during the last eight years, according to a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll released Wednesday, reflecting a sharp increase in public pessimism during the last year.
Take a trip without leaving the couch
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B6
I’m always a little suspicious of articles or headlines that begin with “We.” If you really want to hype something, report it as fact and simply state that “we’re” all doing it. “We’re eating more beets, and we’re loving it! And here’s why!” Or so they say at the American Root Vegetable Association.
American Express sees credit conditions worsen
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B7
American Express Co. has ended another round of litigation with a rival card company, but still faces serious headwinds from its customers.
Fed leaves key rate alone
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B7
The Federal Reserve left a key short-term interest rate unchanged Wednesday, ending a nine-month campaign of rate cuts, as the central bank indicated that the economy is holding up better than it had forecast but that it is increasingly worried about high inflation.
Our town sports
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B2
A listing of some local sports briefs and announcements.
Who goes where?
Rush confident in abilities at next level
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
Brandon Rush, who turns 23 on July 7, has been deemed “NBA ready,” by so-called experts entering tonight’s draft at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Rush, whose brother Kareem plays for the Indiana Pacers, knows exactly what that tag means. “I’ve spent three years in college. I’ve developed my body. I’ve gotten stronger. I play the type of game they play in the NBA, pick and roll, up-tempo,” former Kansas University guard/forward Rush said Wednesday at a pre-draft news conference for possible lottery picks (top 14) at the Westin Times Square Hotel.
As mosquitoes multiply, experts say to take precautions
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A1
Heavy rains this year have left standing water in the usual places: North Lawrence and near Broken Arrow Park. And those puddles and ponds are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. To guard against irritating bites and even worse - possible disease - people should use spray with DEET.
International condemnation of Zimbabwe’s leader grows
June 26, 2008 in print edition on C10
President Robert Mugabe faced deeper international isolation Wednesday, with African states demanding that a discredited runoff election be postponed and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela rebuking the Zimbabwe leader for the first time.
Small-plane crash investigation continues
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
An investigation continued Wednesday to determine the cause of a small plane crash that killed two pilots in southern Leavenworth County.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A7
Despite a recent repetition of what was becoming an annual call to cut city expenses by reducing trash collections to once a week, city officials said the savings might not be worth the loss of service, at least during the current year.
Commodities
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures traded higher Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery added 31.75 cents to settle at $9.0175; July corn rose 17.5 cents to $7.30; July oats gained 6.5 cents to $4.265; July soybeans rose 36.5 cents to $15.375.
Arizona regulator takes Kansas job
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A4
An Arizona medical regulator has been picked as the next executive director of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts.
Wal-Mart pulls convention from Kansas City
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B7
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is planning to move its annual national managers meeting from Kansas City, taking away the city’s largest annual convention.
Brian Murphy to transfer to Emporia State
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B2
Former Free State High star running back Brian Murphy, who redshirted at Kansas University last season with twin brother Ryan, said Wednesday he is transferring to Emporia State.
Amateur radio club to put on Field Day
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A5
Douglas County Amateur Radio Club’s annual Field Day will be from noon Saturday to noon Sunday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Fine signs with Bills
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B4
Former Kansas University tight end Derek Fine has signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills.
Energy advisers
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: The Lawrence Journal-World has been doing an excellent job of covering energy and policy discussions in Kansas. As research director of the Climate and Energy Project (CEP), a project of the Land Institute in Salina, I have definitely enjoyed following the coverage.
Djokovic ousted at Wimbledon
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B2
Novak Djokovic was upset in straight sets by Marat Safin in the second round Wednesday, ending the Serb’s chances of testing his theory about Roger Federer’s vulnerability at Wimbledon.
Back to brick
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I was very pleased and surprised when the city replaced an asphalt strip on Seventh Street with brick to match the existing street. Perhaps the intersections will get the same treatment eventually?
Hospice home
Care Cottage will be an important addition to Douglas County’s end-of-life care facilities.
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A7
A facility that provides home-like care for people at the end of their lives is a great gift to Lawrence and Douglas County.
Fossil key clue to evolution of fish
June 26, 2008 in print edition on C10
Scientists unearthed a skull of the most primitive four-legged creature in Earth’s history, which should help them better understand the evolution of fish to advanced animals that walk on land.
State lifts wheat embargo
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B7
Kansas regulators on Wednesday lifted an embargo on wheat from 20 fields and three grain elevators in seven south-central Kansas counties after test results showed no detectable traces of a toxic fungicide applied too close to harvest.
Fresno St. wins improbable title
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
Fresno State was smashing in its final performance as college baseball’s team of destiny, winning a championship that would have been impossible to predict.
Senators: Don’t bring detainees to Kansas
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A1
Kansas lawmakers sought Wednesday to discourage any talk of moving detainees from Guantanamo Bay to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., calling the idea dangerous and unacceptable.
Blood drives scheduled to ease shortage
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A5
Crown Automotive and Lawrence Public Library will have blood drives for the Community Blood Center in July.
Pregnant teen’s murderer sentenced
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A5
A 51-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to life without parole for killing a pregnant 14-year-old girl.
Oil prices drop
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B7
Oil futures fell sharply Wednesday after the Energy Department said the nation’s supplies of fuel and oil were larger than expected last week - evidence that the soaring price for gasoline has sliced into Americans’ demand for fuel.
On the record
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police are investigating a report that a 23-year-old Lawrence man illegally touched a 19-year-old Lawrence woman in October 2005 at a south Lawrence residence.
Judgment slashed in Exxon Valdez disaster
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B7
The Supreme Court on Wednesday slashed the $2.5 billion punitive damages award in the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster to $500 million.
Natural History Museum camp lets kids have a blast
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
Three. Two. One. Blast off. They may not be working for NASA, but about 20 children at Kansas University’s Natural History Museum’s summer camp got a chance to launch a rocket Wednesday. The rockets were made of 20-ounce soda bottles and filled with water and air from a bicycle pump.
Violence spikes against Americans
June 26, 2008 in print edition on C10
Roadside bombs killed four U.S. soldiers in northern Iraq, the military said Wednesday, in a spike of violence that pushed to at least nine the number of Americans who have died here this week.
Replace depot
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: I agree with the Lawrence City Commission’s decision to talk to the railroad about acquiring the BNSF depot. Marty Kennedy was correct about visitors to Lawrence having a positive first impression. We should have a usable depot if Lawrence is to continue having increased rail traffic.
New rains compound flooding
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A8
Crews laboring to strengthen fortifications along the swollen Mississippi tackled new dirt slides and seepages on a fragile earthen levee Wednesday as forecasters said more heavy rain could cause a second round of big crests.
Van Go raises $75K, receives award
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
Fresh off raising $75,000 at its annual fundraiser, Van Go Mobile Arts will accept the 2008 Kansas Governor’s Arts Award today at a ceremony in Topeka.
701 suspected militants arrested
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Saudi authorities have arrested 701 suspected al-Qaida-linked militants in 2008, some of whom planned a car bomb attack on an oil installation, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.
Tibet reopened to foreign tourists
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Tibet reopened to foreign tourists on Wednesday, three months after the Chinese government banned such visits in the wake of violent anti-government riots and protests that tainted the image of the country ahead of the Olympics.
Possible Alzheimer’s gene identified
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Scientists have identified a gene that may raise the risk of getting the most common kind of Alzheimer’s disease by about 45 percent in people who inherit a certain form of it.
OU’S Capel receives raise
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B2
University of Oklahoma regents approved raises on Wednesday for athletic director Joe Castiglione and men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel.
South Park scene: Band concerts draw crowds to idyllic Lawrence site
June 26, 2008 in print edition on C1
It is another Lawrence City Band night at South Park, where musicians gather for a series of 8 p.m. Wednesday performances for an attentive, relaxed audience. City Band night is nostalgia wrapped up in a little apple pie, a scene you might witness on an old-time movie set or in smaller towns of yesteryear.
Post office ponders moving
Site near Hallmark a possibility
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
The U.S. Postal Service is mulling whether to move its downtown post office to a site just south of the Hallmark Cards Inc. plant at 101 McDonald Drive. The site is among several pitched as options for the postal service, which is being asked to consider moving to make way for a downtown redevelopment project.
People in the news
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ Cher harassed at Nashville club¢ Victim acquitted in pub fight case¢ Spielberg to direct ‘39 Clues’ mystery¢ Trouble finds McGraw¢ Jolie-Pitt Foundation donates $1M to kids
Police: Bus driver ‘not paying attention’ in crash
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A4
A man driving a pickup truck was killed south of Guthrie, Okla., Saturday on Interstate 35 after a collision with a bus carrying College Church of the Nazarene members to a mission trip in Arlington, Texas.
Keegan: Don’t pass on Arthur
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
Ten years later, it’s time to learn from the 1998 draft. As the saying goes, those who don’t learn from history … get fired. Kansas University teammates Raef LaFrentz and Paul Pierce were considered neck and neck by most trying to project the draft. Then-KU coach Roy Williams didn’t offer a guess as to which player would go first, but shared that he was assured both players would not slip past the eighth pick.
Argument with boss leaves 5, gunman dead
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
A 25-year-old press operator shot and killed five co-workers and himself at a plastics plant in rural western Kentucky just hours after arguing with his supervisor about not wearing safety goggles and using his cell phone while on the assembly line, police said Wednesday.
Chiefs sign sixth-round pick
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday signed offensive tackle Barry Richardson to a three-year contract. The Chiefs selected Richardson with the first of two sixth-round picks in this year’s NFL Draft. Terms of the deal were not released.
Bradley coach joins Kansas softball staff
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B4
Buddy Foster, head coach at Bradley University the last three seasons, has been named associate head softball coach at Kansas.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 26, 1908: “All the necessary petitions for elective office have been turned in and only half of the local offices are to be contested.
Self confident five Jayhawks will be drafted
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self - and a bunch of NBA analysts - are certain three Jayhawks will be selected in the first round of tonight’s draft at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Where Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush are tapped, however, is anybody’s guess.
Court bans death penalty for child rape convictions
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Supreme Court Wednesday ruled that it is unconstitutional to execute someone who rapes a child, issuing a broad decision that reserves the death penalty for murderers and those who commit crimes against the state.
Myanmar survivors avoid second wave of cyclone disaster
June 26, 2008 in print edition on C10
Dire warnings that cyclone survivors in Myanmar might fall prey to disease and starvation failed to take into account the survival instincts of those affected, aid agencies and disaster experts say.
Decline in tree’s health difficult to spot, even harder to reverse
June 26, 2008 in print edition on C1
Do you know a tree in your life that has become a friend? Maybe it waved its graceful arms when you passed by or welcomed you into the shade beneath its boughs.
Pump patrol
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.79 at several locations.
Police put brakes on ‘brothel bus’
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Sure, $40 sounds a bit steep for bus fare. But the ride, say police, included an open bar and female passengers offering lap dances and other sexual favors.
Rigged districts suppress voter turnout
June 26, 2008 in print edition on A7
When Barack Obama decided last week to throw off the constraints on campaign spending that go with the acceptance of public financing, he was rightly criticized for rigging the system in his own favor.
Horoscopes
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B6
This year your public image makes a difference. Be sensitive to how you project yourself, and that it is in sync with who you are and what you want. If you are single, you are likely to meet a very significant person to your life’s history within the next few months.
MLB Roundup: Royals win 10th game in 11 tries
June 26, 2008 in print edition on B4
Scores from around the league.
Architect puts new spin on towers
June 26, 2008 in print edition on C10
An Italian architect said he is poised to start construction on a new skyscraper in Dubai that will be “the world’s first building in motion,” an 80-story tower with revolving floors that give it an ever-shifting shape.