Archive for Sunday, May 9, 2004

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Poet’s Showcase
May 9, 2004
River City Weekly video: POW memories, Part 3
May 9, 2004
Don Binns, a former prisoner of war in a Japanese prison camp and a two-term Lawrence mayor, plus some of the World War II veterans with whom he was imprisoned, speak with Journal-World senior editor Bill Snead about their war-time experiences.
Arts notes
May 9, 2004
¢ Singer-songwriter to perform at Gaslight ¢ City of Lawrence looking for artwork ¢ Student toasts suburbia ¢ KU artist’s installation explores work, identity ¢ LHS alum carves path in woodworking ¢ KU dance students receive awards ¢ Perry-Lecompton High School band accumulates awards ¢ Lewis and Clark quilt show to feature patriotic quilts ¢ Heartland Theatre opens auditions for next season ¢ Heartland Theatre opens auditions ¢ Art auction benefits New York museum ¢ Lennon memorabilia auctioned in London ¢ Latin Grammys return to L.A. ¢ Combat poet to give reading at museum
Sawflies can be controlled
May 9, 2004
As fast as the leaves and needles grew this spring on our trees and shrubs, they already are starting to disappear. Not fall off — but seemingly vanish into thin air.
Pastoral place
Countryside home features prairie-style architecture
May 9, 2004
Painter Louis Copt is known primarily for his dramatic depictions of the Kansas landscape. So it made perfect sense when he and his wife, Phyllis, an English teacher at Free State High School, decided to build their dream home, with panoramic views from every window, on a 51/2-acre tract of land northwest of Lawrence.
Pets need more attention in hot months
May 9, 2004
As the heat of summer approaches, so does discomfort and even danger to both humans and pets. However, with a few preparations and a little common sense, you and your pet can bear and survive the summer heat.
Antiques: Colorful ‘penny toys’ are worth more than a penny
May 9, 2004
A penny saved by a child in the 1890s could be spent to buy a small toy from a street vendor. “Penny toys” were made by factories in Germany, France and Japan between 1890 and 1935.
Commentary: There’s no such thing as a stereotypical mother
May 9, 2004
“She was a wonderful woman, but it was hard having her for a mother,” I recently heard a woman say, and it made me think that God knew what he was doing when he gave me sons. I’m sure I’m not alone in that thought because I can hear daughters throughout America thankfully sighing, “Whew! Dodged THAT bullet.”
KU orchestra closes concert season
New director says symphony has improved
May 9, 2004
Nicholas Uljanov planted a crop of musical seeds on the Kansas University campus last fall. “I wanted to grow a new kind of music here,” he says, “and I can see it beginning to happen.”
Making mothers’ days
Club offers camaraderie, grown-up conversation for stay-at-home moms
May 9, 2004
Julee Travis swapped one rewarding, full-time job for another. Travis, 31, gave up working as a communications coordinator for Cottonwood Inc., in order to become a stay-at-home mom and devote all of her time to raising her children, Nicholas, 3, and Samantha, 6.
Commentary: ‘Terrible twos’ really aren’t so terrible
May 9, 2004
As soon as the words had tumbled from my mouth, I knew I had crossed another parenting trip wire. “You know,” I said as my 2-year-old continued on her merry, yet defiant, way, “I make the rules around here.” And while that statement was made more to reassure me than inform her, I knew that it was just the first of many such parenting cliches.
Installations create viewing environment
Art becomes life at annual KU student exhibition
May 9, 2004
Meghan Bahn’s neighbors think she’s crazy. For several hours most days this spring, the Kansas University graduate student has been dragging her toastmaster outside her Old West Lawrence home, loading it with slices of Wonder bread and charring them to a deep shade of black.
Service projects benefit local moms
May 9, 2004
MOMS Club members regularly participate in service projects to help children and mothers in their communities. MOMS Club-South, for example, did a Mother’s Day project called “Baskets and Brunch” on behalf of Women’s Transitional Care Services, a center that provides services to women and children fleeing domestic violence.
Warm-weather prints offer sweet eye candy — literally
May 9, 2004
Whether you’re a fan of fancy florals, kitschy candy or bold stripes, there is a printed fabric out there for you — and they’re all in stores now. This spring, designers are using novelty prints to make the new class of clothes different from those of previous seasons.
Seasonal fragrances are floral, fruity
May 9, 2004
Many people already divide their wardrobes into categories of “day” and “night,” and it seems as if they may start doing the same with their fragrances.
Fitness is a beach
The setting helps relieve stress, reduce impact on the body
May 9, 2004
Jon Moon enjoys swimming, the occasional bike ride and long walks on the beach. Actually, his life pretty much revolves around 50- to 60-mile bike treks, seven-mile runs at J.P. Luby Surf Park in Corpus Christi, Texas, and 10-mile swims. The retired chemical company president is training for his second Ironman triathlon.
Implanting a smile
If patients can bear it, dental implants give them an awful lot to grin about
May 9, 2004
One look at Lana Hodge’s beaming smile and it’s hard to believe the Riverside, Calif., esthetician was toothless at 16. “There was no money to fill the teeth, so they just pulled them,” remembered the 58-year-old, whose tooth decay was hastened by childhood illness. “I was teased. It was horrible.”
Political outrage
Much of the criticism of President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld appears to be politically motivated.
May 9, 2004
How much of the “outrage” over treatment of Iraqis in the Abu Ghraib prison is based on genuine disgust and anger over the actions of a handful of American soldiers, and how much is a combination of disappointment in American troops behaving in such a manner mixed with raw, partisan politics?
Events dampen talk of American ‘empire’
May 9, 2004
The idea that quick military triumphs in Afghanistan and Iraq inaugurated an era of American global empire died a quiet death Friday on Capitol Hill as Congress raked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld over the coals for mishandling the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal. The United States must make do with less grandiose but more meaningful missions abroad.
Country of hatred
May 9, 2004
Biblical truth
May 9, 2004
Defeat applauded
May 9, 2004
Dean’s passion lives in those she mentored
May 9, 2004
Emily Taylor didn’t have any biological children and, yet, Mother’s Day seems the perfect time to honor this woman who influenced so many people’s lives.
Zebra mussel continues to spread
May 9, 2004
The discovery of juvenile zebra mussels below two Missouri River dams in South Dakota has water officials worried about a possible infestation by this harmful species.
Fishing report
May 9, 2004
Outdoors briefs
May 9, 2004
¢ Tuttle Creek SP slated to receive four cabins ¢ Pair of Perry anglers combine to win $750
U.S. commander blames abuse on poor leadership
May 9, 2004
The head of U.S. detention centers in Iraq said Saturday the military had no plans to close the Abu Ghraib prison and blamed the abuse of detainees there on poor leadership and disregard for the rules.
Cronkite wins Truman neighbor award
May 9, 2004
Journalist Walter Cronkite said the world could benefit from former President Harry S. Truman’s advice.
Eudora Republican running for House
May 9, 2004
A Republican from Eudora will run for a seat in the 38th District of the Kansas House of Representatives.
Lawrence commuter report
May 9, 2004
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Lionel J. ‘Laddie’ Hanratty
May 9, 2004
Robert Alvin White
May 9, 2004
Mary Jane Delligatti
May 9, 2004
Ione Etken-Nicholas
May 9, 2004
Jo L. Shaw Miller
May 9, 2004
Pump Patrol seeks deals
May 9, 2004
The Journal-World has found gasoline prices as low as $1.92 at several locations around Lawrence.
County near top of ‘most prosperous’ list
May 9, 2004
Rolls-Royces aren’t a dime a dozen, and there are no plans to pave the streets with gold. Nonetheless, a new study from Kansas State University says Douglas County is the fourth most-prosperous in the state.
Backyard surprise doubles Mother’s Day fun
May 9, 2004
For this Mother’s Day, Queen Shorter received an early and unexpected gift.
Two killed in U.S. 59 collision
May 9, 2004
A two-vehicle accident south of Lawrence killed a man and woman in their 70s from Burlingame on Saturday night after their minivan reportedly ran a stop sign while crossing U.S. Highway 59.
Barbecue cookoff tempts taste buds
May 9, 2004
The sound of sizzling meat and the smell of barbecue filled Broken Arrow Park Saturday as nearly 50 cooking teams, mainly from the Midwest, competed in this year’s Sertoma 48 BBQ Cookoff contest.
Senate President Dave Kerr won’t seek re-election
May 9, 2004
Senate President Dave Kerr announced Saturday that he would not seek re-election this year.
On the record
May 9, 2004
Casablanca finally gets Rick’s Cafe
Former diplomat opens restaurant tribute to classic Bogart film
May 9, 2004
There’s a new gin joint in town, and now everybody comes to Rick’s.
Leaving home front especially painful for soldier-mothers
May 9, 2004
Spc. Jessica Ellington, who will soon deploy to Iraq for up to 18 months, has tried to prepare her 2-year-old daughter, Brianna, for her impending absence.
Teenager admits creating Internet worm
May 9, 2004
A German high-school student has confessed to creating the “Sasser” worm that generated chaos across the globe by infecting hundreds of thousands of computers, authorities said Saturday.
Briefcase
May 9, 2004
¢ Sweden company offering custom-designed parts ¢ Cell phone packages target baseball fans ¢ Name that company
Calendar
May 9, 2004
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents age 55 and older. Call 842-0543 for more information.
Museum at FDR’s Little White House opens
Georgia retreat offered respite for U.S. president
May 9, 2004
Suzanne Pike remembers gazing up at a smiling Franklin D. Roosevelt from her wheelchair. It was during one of the president’s trips to Georgia where he sought relief from the crippling effects of polio in the warm mineral water gushing from the base of Pine Mountain.
Book provides chilling glimpse of AA’s founder
May 9, 2004
During her research for a biography of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson, author Susan Cheever dug through the just-opened archives at Stepping Stones, Wilson’s longtime home outside New York City. Alongside an archivist, she sifted reams of material that had not been looked at in decades.
What are you reading?
May 9, 2004
POWs unchain memories
American prisoners reunite 6 decades later
May 9, 2004
Brought together again by their uncommon wartime bond, seven retired U.S. Navy sailors and Marines, all in their 80s, were in a hotel outside Kansas City, Mo.
Gay marriage vote galvanizes ministers
Pastors plan ‘family values’ political rallies
May 9, 2004
Efforts to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriages fizzled last week, but the debate isn’t over. It’s an election year, and the battle is just beginning.
Lawmakers end session without plan for schools
This is bad news for us,’ says Lawrence Supt. Randy Weseman
May 9, 2004
Kansas lawmakers failed again Saturday to increase public school funding and ended the 2004 legislative session.
Review: ‘Candy Freak’ a literary treat
Steve Almond’s book transcends decadence
May 9, 2004
I am an unabashed candy lover. I eat chocolate at least five times a day, and will travel far to buy a candy bar. So it was with gleeful anticipation that I picked up Steve Almond’s new memoir, “Candy Freak.”
Bill contains provision attacking outsourcing of SRS work
May 9, 2004
Workers outside the United States could not handle telephone calls from Kansans who have questions about food stamps, under a budget bill legislators approved Saturday.
Text of proposed marriage amendment, ballot explanation
May 9, 2004
Text of the proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage rejected by the House and the explanation that would have accompanied it on a statewide ballot.
As wrap-up dragged on, legislators returned to nonpolitical lives
May 9, 2004
Some legislators felt the pull of family, social or business obligations as the Legislature’s wrap-up session stretched into its 11th day.
Fun day for Firebirds
Relay record lifts FSHS; LHS fourth
May 9, 2004
All year, the Free State High girls swimming and diving team has been shooting for a particular record in a particular event. They are now one second closer.
Jayhawk briefs
May 9, 2004
¢ Former Jayhawk arrested ¢ KU-Kentucky nearly set
Williams injured in semifinal win
Venus’ status in doubt for German Open title match
May 9, 2004
Venus Williams twisted her ankle while avoiding an loss against Karolina Sprem on Saturday and said the injury could force her to miss the German Open final against Amelie Mauresmo.
Drew Carey’ quietly ending run
ABC comedy to air finale this summer
May 9, 2004
For all the attention given to Thursday’s “Friends” finale, another long-running comedy taped its final episode a few weeks ago, and few people outside its Hollywood set were aware of it.
Review: Cleaner ‘Sex’ from TBS not quite the same
May 9, 2004
Long before we all started talking about the end of “Friends” and “Frasier,” we were talking about the end of “Sex and the City.”
Commentary: On deck, a bad idea from baseball
May 9, 2004
At 10:30 a.m. CDT on Thursday, baseball commissioner Bud Selig told me that reaction to the plan to put movie ads on bases had been fairly positive. By 7 p.m., major league baseball had scrapped the bases-as-billboards part of the promotion.
Mustangs rip FSHS
May 9, 2004
After winning 11 straight games, Free State High’s baseball squad had to lose eventually.
KU baseball falls short
May 9, 2004
Sean Richardson’s grand slam in the ninth inning wasn’t enough as Kansas University dropped a 6-5 thriller to No. 2-ranked Texas on Saturday at Disch-Falk Field.
Garciaparra ‘improving’
May 9, 2004
Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra took batting practice Saturday for the first time since injuring his right Achilles’ tendon in spring training.
Griffey, Larkin power Reds
Cincinnati plays long ball to turn back Giants
May 9, 2004
Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin aren’t ready for the past tense.
Rangers win slugfest with Tigers
Teams combine for 18 runs in fifth inning of Texas’ 16-15, 10-inning victory
May 9, 2004
Texas and the Detroit Tigers combined for 18 runs in the fifth — one short of the major-league record for an inning, and Alfonso Soriano went 6-for-6 in the Rangers’ 16-15, 10-inning win Saturday night.
Sour Nets searching for answers
May 9, 2004
Kenyon Martin squinted with a semi-menacing glare Saturday, tucking his chin toward his chest and explaining his ill demeanor.
Oberholser nears first win
Leader up a stroke; Tiger trails by five following 75
May 9, 2004
Arron Oberholser felt like he was going to pass out from the steamy heat. Instead, he passed everyone and wound up alone atop the Wachovia Championship.
Ochoa, Kerr tied atop LPGA event
Windy conditions keep scores near par
May 9, 2004
A swirling wind made par a good score Saturday on the River Course at Kingsmill, bunching up the field and leaving the tournament wide open for the final round at the Michelob Ultra Open.
Lightning strike again
Tampa Bay wins eighth straight, 3-1, against Philly
May 9, 2004
It took the Tampa Bay Lightning just one period to get back into the flow of the playoffs.
Meola: Europe not ‘end-all’
Goalkeeper could play abroad, but prefers staying in United States
May 9, 2004
Tony Meola played in two soccer World Cups, kicked in several exhibition games for the New York Jets and was drafted by the New York Yankees as a catcher.
Crosswalk rules
May 9, 2004
Sharks, Flames bucking trends
San Jose, Calgary win despite low payrolls, unknown players, lack of playoff experience
May 9, 2004
It’s the first rule of Hollywood, and it’s also a reminder for hockey fans who scarcely can believe the cinematic matchup in the Western Conference finals.
Kansas City product not rushing decision
Younger Rush brother considering Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisville
May 9, 2004
To go pro or not to go pro — that is the question for today’s top high school players. But one of those elite prospects, Brandon Rush, isn’t concerned about the NBA.
LHS alumnus leads Janus
Former resident takes helm at mutual fund company
May 9, 2004
Lawrence residents Don and Marian Scheid remember that their son, Steve, had a penchant for math while growing up in the 1960s in Lawrence.
L.A. companies see market in conscious consumers
May 9, 2004
In an industry with a history of sweatshops, two garment companies are convinced they can make money without underpaying or overworking employees.
City briefs
May 9, 2004
¢ Farmers Market opens with music, food ¢ School board plans meeting for Monday ¢ Fair provides helmets for young bicyclists ¢ KU students receive national science grants
Insect bite protection now better than ever
May 9, 2004
Spring is a great time to be outdoors, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, bird watching or turkey hunting.
Speak up
May 9, 2004
Fear won’t rein in Art Tougeau Parade
LHS students stand up to phobias by creating car covered in scary sculptures
May 9, 2004
Be afraid. Be VERY afraid. Somewhere in the usual procession of bright, cheerful wheeled contraptions in the upcoming Art Tougeau Parade will be a decidedly more ominous entry created by sculpture students at Lawrence High School.
River City Weekly video: POW memories, Part 1
May 9, 2004
Don Binns, a former prisoner of war in a Japanese prison camp and a two-term Lawrence mayor, plus some of the World War II veterans with whom he was imprisoned, speak with Journal-World senior editor Bill Snead about their war-time experiences.
River City Weekly video: POW memories, Part 2
May 9, 2004
Don Binns, a former prisoner of war in a Japanese prison camp and a two-term Lawrence mayor, plus some of the World War II veterans with whom he was imprisoned, speak with Journal-World senior editor Bill Snead about their war-time experiences.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
May 9, 2004
People
May 9, 2004
¢ Rocking the vote ¢ Not so busy ¢ Speaking of high school ¢ Back in the saddle
Wayne H. Budke
May 9, 2004
Indiana keeps up pace
Pacers set record with sixth double-digit victory
May 9, 2004
The Indiana Pacers are dominating the playoffs like no other team in NBA history.
Briefly
May 9, 2004
¢ Ex-hostage says prayer fortified will to escape ¢ Republicans eliminate governor from primary ¢ Iran embassy hostage dies in riding accident
Polls: Public opinion on war shifting
May 9, 2004
Public resolve for sustaining the war in Iraq has reached a tipping point, in the view of both supporters and critics, and may have already turned.
It’s possible to get mortgage loan with imperfect credit history
May 9, 2004
Can you get a mortgage if you have a checkered financial past?
The Motley Fool
May 9, 2004
¢ Last week’s answer ¢ Minor burps ¢ Farewell, Fisher ¢ Sold Microsoft ¢ Front-running
Longtime artist captures Lawrence on canvas
May 9, 2004
A washing machine whirs and clangs a few feet away from Paul Penny’s easel. Undaunted by the noise, he points out the techniques he used to perfect the lighting in a portrait of his grandson.
Military investigating 25 prison deaths
May 9, 2004
They were shot during riots and while trying to escape. One passed out during an interrogation and died.
Research, discomfort caused House switches on marriage amendment
May 9, 2004
Some changed their minds after doing more research. Others thought the debate had become too emotional or too political.
Wood: Parents shouldn’t be threat
May 9, 2004
It’s a serious — and horrible — problem that’s getting closer and closer to home.
Reese, Schilling ensure K.C. woes continue
May 9, 2004
Pokey Reese knows he has a reputation for a great glove and a weak bat. He’s doing everything he can to change that.
Jayhawks denied bye after loss to Cyclones
May 9, 2004
In Kansas University’s softball game against Iowa State, one team was playing for pride and one team had a lot to lose — a first-round Big 12 Conference tournament bye, to be exact.
Cubs easy pick for Walker
Infielder: Backup on winner beats starting for loser
May 9, 2004
Todd Walker’s choice was tough, yet so simple.
Benitez enjoying Florida resurgence
Closer returns to top form with Marlins
May 9, 2004
Armando Benitez leans back in the chair at his locker, as if trying to distance himself from the question, the memory, the city.
Lakers playing ‘for the now’
Uncertain future least of L.A.’s worries
May 9, 2004
Facing a potential knockout punch, the fractious Lakers received a warning from coach Phil Jackson on Saturday concerning their uncertain future.
Bookstore
May 9, 2004
British fight militia as U.S. raids office
May 9, 2004
British soldiers beat back attacks by militiamen loyal to a radical Shiite cleric in southern cities Saturday, and U.S. forces stormed Muqtada al-Sadr’s stronghold in Baghdad.
Faces and places
May 9, 2004
U.S. losing battle for moral high ground
May 9, 2004
So much for winning the hearts and minds of the Muslim world.
Dogs rule in Parisian establishments
May 9, 2004
At the restaurant and bar on rue Rambuteau in the heart of the city, the beef — Charolais, perhaps the best in a country known for some of the world’s best food — is a prime attraction.
Style briefs
May 9, 2004
¢ Shop art ¢ Sunglasses on sale ¢ Pack your bags
Horoscope
May 9, 2004
4-year-olds show wisdom on religion
May 9, 2004
So I was pedaling along on my bicycle, towing a little kiddie trailer that contained my daughter, Sophie, and her friend Sofia. I like to tow Sophie when she has a friend with her, because they quickly forget that I’m up there pedaling, so I can listen in on their conversations and find out what is on the minds of 4-year-old children.
Duck decoy auction opens eyes; seven sell for six figures
Longtime collectors stunned by prices
May 9, 2004
Hand-carved wooden ducks were assembled in neat rows on 380 tables filling the large hall. Ducks by the hundreds, by the thousands, glass eyes staring out at passersby.
Democrat seeks Jim Ryun’s seat
Candidate Nancy Boyda raised almost $275,000 last quarter
May 9, 2004
Nancy Boyda thinks there are enough disgruntled and former Republicans in Kansas to help Democrats elect her to Congress later this year.
House rejects $82 million school finance plan
May 9, 2004
House members on Saturday rejected an $82 million proposal for borrowing transportation funds to benefit public schools, and legislators ended their session without approving additional education funding.
Briefly
May 9, 2004
¢ One Marine killed, one hurt by militant fire during patrol ¢ Report: Police question American’s fingerprints ¢ Three killed as boat capsizes near Mount Hope Bay ¢ Two charged in shooting in high school parking lot