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6:00 a.m.
Fred Gantz, left, Lecompton, and Ken Baker, Baldwin City, set up an antenna Saturday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, as part of the Amateur Radio Club Field Day. Radio lovers test skills at 24-hour event
June 29, 2008 in print edition on 1B
A passion for radio communication inspired the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club members and others to dedicate 24 hours to their hobby this weekend. The club’s participation in the annual national American Radio Relay League Field Day at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, which began at noon Saturday and ends at noon today, is a multifaceted event.
2:00 p.m.
Brothers Terry Hittle and Randy Hittle fire antique guns into the sky Saturday in celebration of Historic Lecompton Territorial Days. Lecompton was the capital of Kansas Territory from 1855 to 1861. The celebration boasts historic celebrations and arts and crafts displays. History on parade in Lecompton
2:46 p.m., June 28, 2008 Updated 12:00 a.m. in print edition on 1B
Georgia Perez was 3 years old when she was first introduced to the craft of beading by her grandmother. “I promised my grandmother I’d keep beadwork going,” the Westmoreland resident said. “I love going out to demonstrations and answering questions.” Perez set up her display of pine needle boxes, wampum belts, beaded buckles and earrings Saturday near Lecompton’s Constitution Hall, where several artists and craftsmen gave living history demonstrations.
6:00 p.m.
Various mascots carry off Emily Ellison during a performance practice Saturday at the KU Spirit Camp at Anschutz Sports Pavilion. Deaf cheerleaders bring new beat to KU camp
June 29, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Through the vibrations of a drum, six cheerleaders from the Kansas School for the Deaf commanded people’s attention at Kansas University’s Spirit Camp. “We can do everything except hear,” said Marie Qualls, 21, the head coach of the KSD team. Qualls, a 2005 graduate from the state school, decided to bring her team to KU’s camp for the first time this year.
10:00 p.m.
Jay Kennedy, left, and his son, Nick Kennedy, 6, hike out of the woods in Clinton Lake State Park during a geocaching adventure in this file photo from June 2008. Geocachers use GPS to search, with provided coordinates, for a hidden object - sort of a high-tech scavenger hunt. State parks cache in on trend
June 29, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Not all who wander are lost; they just might be on a hunt for hidden treasure. This summer, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks invites people to explore state parks while joining a popular and growing national hobby, an outdoor treasure-hunt game called geocaching. For the first time, the department is hosting a Geocaching State Park Contest, and challenging participants to find two caches in 29 state parks.

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Sunday, June 29 weather at 10 p.m.
June 29, 2008
The forecast for Monday, June 30 calls for a high of 85 with a low around 59.
City Commission asked to improve safety on New Hampshire Street
June 29, 2008
City Commissioners are asked to spend $50,000 to improve safety on New Hampshire Street.
Victim of motorcycle accident identified
June 29, 2008
Police release the name of the man killed Friday in a motorcycle accident near Lone Star Lake.
State parks cache in on trend
Geocaching gives treasure hunters new incentive to explore great outdoors
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
Not all who wander are lost; they just might be on a hunt for hidden treasure. This summer, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks invites people to explore state parks while joining a popular and growing national hobby, an outdoor treasure-hunt game called geocaching. For the first time, the department is hosting a Geocaching State Park Contest, and challenging participants to find two caches in 29 state parks.
Driver seriously injured in accident northwest of Lawrence
05:35 p.m., June 29, 2008 Updated 06:46 p.m.
A 59-year-old woman was flown by air ambulance to an area hospital after a one-car accident.
Overbrook man, 28, flown to Kansas City hospital following turnpike accident
11:48 a.m., June 29, 2008 Updated 01:35 p.m.
A 28-year-old Overbook man was flown to Kansas University Hospital with critical injuries this afternoon following a single-car accident on the Kansas Turnpike near the West Lawrence ramp.
Layover rant
Air travel fuels anger and creative inspiration
June 29, 2008 in print edition on D3
Jonathan Miles has been best known to readers as a Men’s Journal writer who also serves as the cocktails columnist for The New York Times. Amid all that drinking and macho journeying, Miles had been working for at least six years on a novel, “Dear American Airlines,” which came out with some acclaim this month.
Transformation
June 29, 2008 in print edition on D3
Poet’s Showcase: Transformation by Stephanie Barrows.
Missouri town’s residents flee after makeshift levee breaks
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
A makeshift barrier holding back the Mississippi River failed early Saturday, swamping the low-lying part of the small community of Winfield and ending a valiant but ultimately doomed battle against the surging river.
Brawny & brainy
Brorsen quintessential student-athlete
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
Russell Brorsen is struggling. It’s a Tuesday afternoon, just past 2, and the Kansas University defensive end is stationed in an office in the bowels of Allen Fieldhouse, trying to explain the intricacies of a course he recently completed - organic chemistry - that he found to be considerably challenging. “How can I put this : ” he says.
Horoscopes
June 29, 2008 in print edition on D5
You discover the power of the word “yes” this year. Work as a team, and draw camaraderie as well as success. If you are single, you easily could meet the right person this year. Someone quite significant comes into your life. If you are attached, focus on a mutual goal, and you’ll become much closer.
Deaf cheerleaders bring new beat to KU camp
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
Through the vibrations of a drum, six cheerleaders from the Kansas School for the Deaf commanded people’s attention at Kansas University’s Spirit Camp. “We can do everything except hear,” said Marie Qualls, 21, the head coach of the KSD team. Qualls, a 2005 graduate from the state school, decided to bring her team to KU’s camp for the first time this year.
Designers show that the macho man is going out of style
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
As world financial markets wobble and bonuses shrink, the macho male is going out of fashion.
McCain, Obama try to woo Hispanic voters at conference
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
Presidential rivals John McCain and Barack Obama on Saturday vied for the support of Hispanics, beginning a four-month courtship of a pivotal voting constituency by vowing to revamp immigration policy.
Raiders roll in tourney
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C5
Drew Hulse pitched a four-hitter, and the Lawrence Raiders defeated Kansas City Between The Lines, 8-3, on Saturday in the Hutchinson tournament.
Big hair makes comeback
June 29, 2008 in print edition on D6
Just when you thought all ‘80s fashion revivals had run their course, big hair is back. Just look at Angelina Jolie on the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair and Sarah Jessica Parker in the “Sex and the City” movie poster to see that the chic set is turning up the volume. We’re not talking the teased, sprayed locks of the Bangles, Bananarama and Dolly Parton.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B6
Lawrence hosted another group from the Soviet Union.
Butler back with K.C.
Royals put Callaspo on disabled list
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C5
Alberto Callaspo was placed on the disabled list for undisclosed reasons by the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, one day after being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Some signs that say it’s time to sell your stock
June 29, 2008 in print edition on E1
Buying and holding is a tried and true investing standard. It has worked for some of the most successful investors of all time.
Families celebrate support, survival
Rare brain disorder affects about one in a million
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
Six-year-old Gibson Huston’s condition is rare. “It’s about one in a million,” said Gibson’s mother, Saasha Huston. “When I ask doctors about it, they say there is no number because it’s so rare.” On Saturday, Gibson Hunter wasn’t alone in his battle with hemimegaencephaly, a disorder in which the brain develops abnormally.
Rulings help Obama, hurt McCain
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B6
Two of Thursday’s Supreme Court rulings - both decided 5-4, and with the same alignment of justices - concerned the Constitution’s first two amendments. One ruling benefits Barack Obama by not reviving the dormant debate about gun control. The other embarrasses John McCain by underscoring discordance between his deeds and his promises.
Teenager decapitated by Six Flags coaster
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
A teenager was decapitated by a roller coaster after he hopped a pair of fences and entered a restricted area Saturday at Six Flags Over Georgia, authorities said.
Transplant recipient completes ascent
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
A heart transplant survivor has added another first to her long string of mountaineering feats since getting a new heart 13 years ago - a dangerous 2 1/2-day climb up the sheer, 2,000-foot face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park’s famed granite monolith.
Tips help in capturing photographs of animals
June 29, 2008 in print edition on D8
Ever feel like you’ve never been able to take a really great photo that captures the spirit of your dog? Here are some ideas for how to improve pet portraiture from Julie Skarrett, a freelance photographer in Manhattan, N.Y., who took several of the photos in the book. She frequently photographs dogs in her assignments.
Commentary: Arthur’s fall to 27th puzzling
Health questions may not be all of the story
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C6
A center from France who averaged five points and 3.1 rebounds was taken by Charlotte at No. 20. And Darrell Arthur sat. A forward who grew up in the Congo and lived in a house with no electricity or running water went to Seattle at No. 24. And Arthur sat.
Obama should confront Muslim issue
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B6
It is not difficult to understand why Barack Obama has a fear of scarves.
Bush calls for more penalties to punish Zimbabwean leader
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
Zimbabwe came under threat of further sanctions on Saturday as President Bush said the U.S. was working on new ways to punish longtime leader Robert Mugabe and his allies following the widely denounced presidential runoff election.
Crosswalk caution
Upgrading downtown crosswalks is just one step in increasing pedestrian safety.
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B6
The thing about pedestrian crosswalks is that they only work if both pedestrians and motorists pay attention to them.
Cards rookie Boggs ends K.C.’s run
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
The deeper he gets into his first big-league season, the better Mitchell Boggs seems to pitch.
Tour losing its luster in wake of scandals
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C8
For a second year running, the Tour de France has no defending champion and no star. More than ever, the showcase event desperately needs a clean race following the recent doping scandals that have brought the 105-year institution to its knees.
University of Georgia bulldog mascot dies
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
The University of Georgia’s mascot, Uga VI, has died of congestive heart failure.
Bankruptcies
June 29, 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:
On the record
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
A 63-year-old Overland Park man was transported to Stormont-Vail Health Care in Topeka Friday night following a car accident on U.S. Highway 56.
Best-sellers
June 29, 2008 in print edition on D3
A listing of this week’s best-selling fiction and non-fiction literature.
Ruling on Landis to come Monday
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C8
Floyd Landis will find out Monday if he can reclaim his 2006 Tour de France title.
Al-Qaida in Iraq says it was behind attack
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
An al-Qaida front organization claimed responsibility Saturday for a suicide bombing that killed more than 20 people - including three Marines - as the U.S. military stepped up pressure on extremists in northern Iraq.
Kansas-born priest on road to sainthood
Vatican gathering testimony about Emil Kapaun
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B4
Supporters of sainthood for a Kansas-born Catholic priest will gather here Sunday as the Vatican officially begins collecting information required for his canonization.
Soldier eyed in probe of dead servicewoman
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
A soldier at Fort Bragg in North Carolina is a person of interest in the death of a pregnant servicewoman whose body was found in a motel bathtub a week ago, a military spokesman said Saturday.
Radio lovers test skills at 24-hour event
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
A passion for radio communication inspired the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club members and others to dedicate 24 hours to their hobby this weekend. The club’s participation in the annual national American Radio Relay League Field Day at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, which began at noon Saturday and ends at noon today, is a multifaceted event.
Beef dispute confronts Rice on Korean visit
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
Beef bested bombs. America’s chief diplomat found herself vouching for the purity of U.S. cattle Saturday, wading into a bitter trade dispute that for South Koreans has eclipsed the long-running drama over North Korea’s nuclear activity and threatened the government of President Lee Myung-bak.
Kansas City’s Lee makes Games
Central High graduate wins 100 at Olympic Trials
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C2
Kansas City native Muna Lee is headed to the Olympic Games … again.
Day care center opens off K-10
June 29, 2008 in print edition on E1
A new day care center at the southeastern edge of Lawrence is looking to make a major entrance into the market.
Williams sisters ruling Wimbledon
Venus blasts 127 mph serve; Serena also on track to reach finals in England
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C2
One swing from completing her week’s work, Venus Williams toed the baseline, dribbled the ball, gave it a toss and delivered yet another thunderclap serve at sun-kissed Wimbledon.
Status quo likely for SROs, guards
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B3
It appears things won’t change much next year for the school resource officers and crossing guards the city provides. “The city is committed to having those school resource officers there. I think it’s an incredibly good program,” City Commissioner Rob Chestnut said.
Fashion fantasies take form on Sims
June 29, 2008 in print edition on D1
It must be fun to design clothing on models that are thin and perfect, have no temperament or dietary issues, and can strut the catwalk without ever tripping. But these idealized models aren’t real people - they exist only in the virtual world of The Sims 2 computer game. Without needle or thread, more than a thousand real-world aspiring designers recently crafted original outfits for their Sims 2 characters, or avatars.
KU’s Anderson misses out on Olympics
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas University junior Nickesha Anderson narrowly missed qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games in the 100-meter dash at the Jamaican Olympic Trials in Kingston, Jamaica, on Saturday.
Have we peaked?
Stagnant job growth worries Lawrence leaders
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A1
Lawrence was on a roll. The year was 2000, and economic development leaders were toasting not just a good year, but a good decade. The shine had not yet worn off the $35 million Sauer-Sundstrand plant that had sprung from the East Hills Business Park landscape a year earlier. The company, now known as Sauer-Danfoss, was in the process of adding more than 100 new jobs to the Lawrence economy.
Woodling: NBA Draft a joke
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
So I’m watching the NBA Draft the other night, and Darrell Arthur looks like his dog was just run over, and I’m thinking: What about Mario Chalmers? Here it is late in the first round, and Chalmers, the man who nailed the magical three-pointer in the NCAA championship game, is still waiting for his name to be called. ESPN analyst Jay Bilas keeps saying Chalmers is the best player available, but he might as well be talking to The Love Guru. No NBA general manager is listening.
Scientists: Atom-smasher not doomsday machine
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A8
The most powerful atom-smasher ever built could make some bizarre discoveries, such as invisible matter or extra dimensions in space, after it is switched on in August.
Leaderboard bunched up
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
Everybody was waiting and expecting a lower score at the top of the leaderboard on the first day of the Kansas Golf Association Public Links Championship. But by day’s end, a 67 - posted by three golfers - was the best round carded on Saturday at Eagle Bend Golf Course.
Beasley gives Miami brain trust many options
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C6
Now that the Miami Heat selected forward Michael Beasley with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, the question shifts to where he might best fit.
Want to know ‘how-to’? It’s on the Web
Popular sites can show how to count cards, French kiss
June 29, 2008 in print edition on E1
Terri Rossman considers herself a visual learner. So when the 52-year-old marketing professional wanted to learn a new knitting stitch, she turned to the Web. “I searched for ‘knit bobble stitch’ on Google and I found a video of someone doing it,” Rossman said. “It was perfect for me.”
North Korea nuclear papers far from complete
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B7
The Bush administration breathed easier when the prickly and unpredictable North Korean government stuck to its script and handed over long-delayed nuclear paperwork as planned.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 29, 1908: “The school board has accepted five new local teachers and accepted the resignation of several others.
Project uncovers history in Pittsburg
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
If ‘X’ marks the spot of buried treasure, Sprouls Construction found the map to some history recently.
Cavs wowed by Jackson
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C3
Darnell Jackson impressed Cleveland Cavaliers officials with his skill-set and hustle - as well as his personality - during a pair of pre-draft workouts with the NBA team this past month in Ohio.
Record-seeking town hosts a whole lot of Liz
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A5
The world’s most famous Elizabeth didn’t show, but about 400 others did.
Lawrence voters will play pivotal role in races
Chief election official hopes turnout will be better than record low
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A1
The primary elections are little more than six weeks away, and Lawrence voters will play a crucial role in several races. So, if you’re wanting to vote in the Aug. 5 primary and aren’t a registered voter, you have until July 21 to register. Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh, the state’s chief election official, said he hopes turnout will surpass the record low of 2006 when 18 percent of the state’s registered voters showed up at the polls for the primaries.
Guantanamo’s days numbered, with tough choices ahead
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A4
This was a sleepy Navy outpost before the U.S. began using it to hold prisoners in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks - and it may soon become one again.
Pump patrol
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.79 at several locations.
Pakistan launches major strike at Taliban hideouts
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
Pakistan’s newly elected government launched the first major assault against militants in the country’s volatile northwest on Saturday, destroying a militant leader’s headquarters and shelling suspected hideouts of other fighters.
Smoky skies threaten health of residents
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A6
Hundreds of lightning-sparked wildfires have turned the air of Northern California into an unhealthy stew of smoke and ash, forcing the cancellation of athletic events and other outdoor activities.
Motorcyclist killed in accident identified
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
Harry W. Stone, Jr., 40, of Lawrence, has been identified as the man who died in a motorcycle crash Friday near Lone Star Lake.
McCain, Iraqi president: Progress being made
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
Appearing together in solidarity, Republican John McCain and Iraq’s president said Saturday that the war-ravaged country is making significant but fragile progress.
Retail therapy puts shopper in tight spot
June 29, 2008 in print edition on D1
I am writhing around like Harry Houdini in a straight jacket, and I still can’t get out of this stupid tunic top. Panic is setting in. My heart starts to fibrillate. What am I going to do? The department store dressing rooms are full, people are waiting, and I’m trapped inside a little “boho chic” number that’s obviously a size-and-a-half too small.
Mad Men’ gets DVD release in sync with second season
June 29, 2008 in print edition on D7
When “Mad Men” first made its splash last summer - on AMC, of all unlikely places - there was no doubt that it was going to look as sharp and shiny as a classic Cadillac tailfin. Set in 1960 amidst the hustle and bustle of Madison Avenue ad agencies (hence the title), “Mad Men” was an art director’s fever dream, full of smart suits, cool cars and cumulus clouds of cigarette smoke.
Saying ‘I don’t’ to family weddings
June 29, 2008 in print edition on D2
Consider this column a fair warning to anyone with a decent camera or a mediocre ability to use said device. Someday down the road one of your cousins will get engaged. Although you haven’t seen this bride-to-be since she convinced you to get your head stuck in a metal St. Louis Cardinals trash can when you were 4, your aunt Margie, her mother, thinks that you would be the perfect wedding photographer for her daughter on the most important day of her life.
Long quiet, Supreme Court ends term with a growl
June 29, 2008 in print edition on E12
For most of the term, Supreme Court justices showed remarkable restraint. They displayed broad agreement even in some volatile areas and refrained from angry dissents. Then they decided the tough cases.
KU’s Powers ties for 153rd at Open
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas University junior Emily Powers played the final four holes of the second round Saturday and finished in a tie for 153rd place at the U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship.
Country needs WWI reminders
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B7
In all of the sunshine fun and seaspray of summer, the small celebration being conducted along the eastern spine of Pittsburgh on today will attract scant attention. Highway rededications are small, fleeting events. There will be speeches that soon will be forgotten, and commemorative coins, and a military jet fly-over. Then there will be a bicycle race.
Major League Roundup: Dodgers win without a hit
L.A. fifth team in modern history to accomplish feat
June 29, 2008 in print edition on C4
The Dodgers became the fifth team in modern major-league history to win a game in which they didn’t get a hit, defeating the Angels.
Review Lawrence Block’s ‘Hit and Run’ turns tables on killer
June 29, 2008 in print edition on D3
John Keller, professional hit man, is on his way to Des Moines to take a life - one last job before retiring to spend more time with his stamp collection. Keller is the consummate pro. He’s killed hundreds of times, yet the police don’t even know his name. But you know how it is with that final job. Something is bound to go wrong. Keller’s seen enough TV crime dramas to know it, too. He even jokes about it, but you can tell the thought has him on edge.
Market hot for antique stoves
June 29, 2008 in print edition on D4
Houses in America were originally heated by open fires in a fireplace. By the mid-1700s, cast-iron heating stoves were introduced. Many were “five plate” stoves made of five iron plates assembled as an open box. The stove was put in an opening in the wall of a room adjacent to the kitchen. Live coals were put inside it from the kitchen fireplace.
Sculptor gets cheesy, historic
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
A Wisconsin sculptor’s version of a historical painting is a bit cheesy.
Stay cool, chic during sweat-inducing weather
June 29, 2008 in print edition on D2
It’s one of summer’s cruel ironies: The season for sassy sandals, spaghetti strap tops and flirty dresses is also the season for soaring temperatures, sweaty pits and sticky clothes. It’s hard to bring sexy back with a sweaty back.
Iran opposition group wants off terror list
June 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
Thousands of supporters of an Iranian opposition group called on the European Union and the United States to remove the organization from terror blacklists at a massive rally Saturday outside Paris.
Yodeling cats turn into YouTube sensation
June 29, 2008 in print edition on B5
Here’s how you become a famous international celebrity nowadays: You give people what they want. What they want is cat yodeling. Cat fighting. Cat performance art.
Currency redesign idea came from love, not money
June 29, 2008 in print edition on E12
He thinks of her every time he gazes at the painting - a blazing orange sun she drew a few years after the tragedy. It is the only splash of color in his tiny K Street office and it gives him great joy, and a stab of sorrow.