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U.S. battles militiamen; five soldiers killed
May 16, 2004
The U.S. military said Saturday it killed 18 gunmen believed loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Baghdad, and jet fighters bombarded militia positions on the capital’s outskirts. Skirmishes persisted in the southern holy cities of Najaf and Karbala.
Being photographer often comes with celebrity perks
Behind the lens
May 16, 2004
People often comment on how neat it must be to be a photojournalist. And it is. We get into concerts, festivals and sports events free. We sometimes rub shoulders with important and famous people. The recent news that former President Clinton was coming to Lawrence brought to mind two personal incidents with the Clinton family.
50-year-old opera resonates with modern-day audiences
KU students to stage Menotti’s ‘The Consul’
May 16, 2004
Seldom does a political drama continue to resonate with the same intensity decades after the circumstances that inspired it occur.
Arts center opens enrollment for summer session
May 16, 2004
Summer brings back memories of hot cement under bare feet during swimming lessons and the smell of bug spray at summer camp.
Marc Ecko’s rhino charges into chameleon territory
May 16, 2004
His logo may be a rhinoceros, but Marc Ecko might be more aptly described as a chameleon.
Play puts human face on flight from segregation
May 16, 2004
History has a way of transforming brave but otherwise regular folks into icons. Take Thurgood Marshall, the stalwart attorney who appealed Brown v. Topeka Board of Education to the U.S. Supreme Court and won, rendering Jim Crow era “separate but equal” laws unconstitutional.
The Roy Williams you never knew
May 16, 2004
And you thought Roy Williams ran off to North Carolina, leaving his Jayhawk faithful behind in a blaze of baby blue. “Not so,” Williams says, raising an eyebrow and crossing his arms. “I’ve been right here in Lawrence the entire time.”
Orphan’ sculptures adopted by arts commissioner
City responds to concerns raised by broken artwork found in Parks and Recreation lot
May 16, 2004
City officials call them “abandoned property.” But Lawrence arts commissioner Jeff Ridgway has a different name for the artworks that were, until recently, heaped in a pile in the corner of a gravel lot in east Lawrence.
Flowers may be good prescription for your health
May 16, 2004
If you’re looking for the prescription to good health, it just might be growing right outside your door. Some plants treat everything from a cold and the flu to asthma and allergies.
What are you reading?
May 16, 2004
Railroad accident kills 10-year-old
May 16, 2004
Two Bonner Springs boys were pushing a motorcycle across a railroad bridge Saturday when a westbound train overtook them and killed one of the youths.
Douglas E. Young
May 16, 2004
Briefly
May 16, 2004
¢ Gandhi takes step toward becoming prime minister ¢ Bush official: Bald eagle soon to be off threatened list ¢ Columbine parents say they have no need to be forgiven
Be cautious: Google’s stock bubble could burst
May 16, 2004
Will Google mean googols? Google is the stunningly popular Internet search-engine that recently announced plans to sell shares to the public. Googol is the number 1 followed by 100 zeros. Investors are hoping to make googols of bucks on Google shares.
Corporate commuters
Lawrence executives say they support city despite living elsewhere
May 16, 2004
These aren’t your typical Lawrence commuters. Terry Kroshus, Mary Beth Brown and Michael Litscher aren’t among the thousands of Lawrence residents who get up each morning and hit the highway for a job in Kansas City or Topeka.
Buzz about Buffett successor getting louder
Berkshire shareholders uncertain about company’s future, who will fill void
May 16, 2004
Gray and bespectacled, Warren Buffett would seem an unlikely character to garner the kind of adoration usually reserved for rock stars.
Biologist bands bald eagles
Tree climber fetches young birds from nest for tagging in front of crowd
May 16, 2004
In a nest high in a tree near Perry Lake, two 4-week-old male bald eagles are now wearing silver and purple metal leg bands.
Powell urges Qureia to consider proposal
May 16, 2004
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Saturday the Palestinians were willing to consider a proposed Israeli pullout from Gaza depending on how Prime Minister Ariel Sharon revises a plan rejected by his party.
Entomologists revel in ‘cicada mania’
May 16, 2004
There are three parts to the song a male cicada sings when he’s looking for a little love, explains entomologist Michael Raupp, gently squeezing a wriggling insect between his thumb and forefinger.
Iraq war evokes memories of Vietnam
May 16, 2004
Four decades separate the war in the jungle from the war in the desert, yet the current president from Texas sounds eerily similar to another president from Texas.
Smiley captures ‘80s opulence in ‘Good Faith’
May 16, 2004
Jane Smiley’s latest fiction, “Good Faith,” transports us back to a time when Americans were getting filthy rich and loving every penny of it. Set in the 1980s, “Good Faith” captures a feeling of opportunity — there was wealth to be had if you were quick enough and smart enough to get it.
Mystery persists over Vermeer’s earmarked girl
May 16, 2004
No one knows who she is, whether maid or mistress.
Briefly
May 16, 2004
¢ Democrats tap Springer as convention delegate ¢ Children’s book author, cartoonist dies at 91 ¢ Billy Graham stable after fall at home ¢ Girder falls on freeway; three people killed
People
May 16, 2004
¢ Moore not done with Disney ¢ Paltrow gives birth to baby girl ¢ Iglesias finally tying the knot ¢ Churchill museum to be updated
Poet’s showcase
May 16, 2004
Horoscopes
May 16, 2004
Public education a treasure
May 16, 2004
In spite of predictable posturing and finger-pointing by many conservative members of our esteemed Legislature, it is painfully obvious that many of that group are very satisfied with the lack of action during this recent session in regard to school funding. The hidden agenda behind the lack of funding is their desire to soon promote vouchers in order to complete their devastation of public education.
State cuts minimum hunter ed age to 11; turkey status changed
Park approved for Shawnee County
May 16, 2004
In an attempt to recruit more youth to hunting, beginning Jan. 1, the minimum age for taking hunter education will be 11.
Rice, Putin talk on Iraq stability
May 16, 2004
Visiting U.S. national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday discussed the next steps necessary to bring stability to Iraq, a country on which Washington and Moscow have rarely seen eye to eye.
NCAA: Snyder failed to follow rules
May 16, 2004
The NCAA alleges that University of Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder “failed at all times” to maintain an environment of rules compliance, documents obtained by the Associated Press show.
Pistons face must-win situation
May 16, 2004
Chauncey Billups managed a modest smile as he walked off the Palace court Friday night. For four hours, it had been ground zero for one of the most memorable Game 5’s in NBA playoff history.
Kings trying to push Wolves to Game 7
May 16, 2004
The Sacramento Kings have a knack for clutch performances in must-win playoff games. So Chris Webber vowed that his team would force a Game 7 against Minnesota.
Pacers subdue Heat, take series lead
May 16, 2004
Jeff Foster delivered a career performance when the Pacers needed him most.
Aloft’ author praised for ‘astonishing prose’
May 16, 2004
A few weeks ago, as novelist Chang-rae Lee was carting his clubs around a golf course near his home, two white golfers interrupted their conversation to ask whether he belonged to the club.
Guardsman who helped after 9-11 pays belated visit to Kansas pen pal
May 16, 2004
Sgt. Maj. Mike Hughes returned to his cot after a long day of dealing with the debris from the terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and found a small note and drawing sent to him by a little Kansas boy.
Awards, scholarships plentiful for LHS seniors
May 16, 2004
The Lawrence High School Class of 2004 will graduate today. Graduating seniors have received numerous scholarships and awards.
Bookstore
May 16, 2004
Book notes
May 16, 2004
¢ Book details history of med student program ¢ K.C. writer publishes cook book for beginners ¢ Club launches 2004 literary contest
The Motley Fool
May 16, 2004
Kerry battles Bush for ‘strong’ image
May 16, 2004
This early stage of the presidential race has come down to arm wrestling over the rights to the word “strength.” President Bush’s greatest political asset has been his reputation as a tenacious, tough-minded executive who fights unflinchingly for his goals.
U.S. shouldn’t lower moral standards
May 16, 2004
Maybe the beheading of Nicholas Berg will shut them up. Meaning the people who keep asking why Americans should care about the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners. I’ve received e-mails from a dozen of them, read their letters in newspapers.
Dave sets rules on lines and saving seats
May 16, 2004
OK, here are the rules: 1. If there’s a line, you get at the end of the line and you wait your turn.
Uncomfortably numb
Teens who cut themselves are hurting inside, experts say
May 16, 2004
Lisa Fardella was a model high school student. She excelled in field hockey, basketball and soccer. She was a member of the twirling squad. She brought home straight A’s.
Pilates can help reduce back pain
May 16, 2004
Pilates may seem like the latest and greatest thing in exercise and whole-body health, but the system has actually been around for nearly 100 years and has made believers out of men and women around the globe. Just what are the primary benefits of the pilates method, and how do the exercises effect the body?
Maximum potential
Husband, wife make most of back yard
May 16, 2004
Four years ago, Sue Shea stood on the deck of her new southwest Lawrence home and saw a bare back yard with one mature shade tree, a broken-down fence and endless potential. Today, there’s not one inch of the property that hasn’t been lovingly tended by Sue or her husband, Pat.
Arts notes
May 16, 2004
¢ Local quilter curates Spencer exhibition ¢ Art career grant deadline nearing ¢ Unity Gallery calls for water-based art ¢ LHS photo student wins best in show honors ¢ Guild to offer sculpture workshop ¢ Acclaimed quilter to speak, teach ¢ Bleeding Kansas talk rescheduled at library ¢ Free State alum earns theater degree ¢ Missouri Rep changes name to be inclusive
Colorful feeders help attract hummingbirds
May 16, 2004
The brightly colored blooms and sweetly scented aromas of landscapes today are enjoyable. To add real life and movement to your floral display, try to attract hummingbirds to the landscape this year. Their aerial wizardry and antics will provide hours of enjoyment as they hover, fly backward and zip around the garden.
Plants can liven up dark, dank areas
May 16, 2004
What we call “the garden” these days is no longer restricted to a sunny patch of well-drained soil devoted to tomatoes, marigolds, and roses. No, gardens today take in the whole property, even shady, wet areas. Many pretty plants not only enjoy, but need, such conditions.
Educational irony
Fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, the Kansas education spotlight again falls on the courts.
May 16, 2004
There is a certain irony in Kansas commemorating the case of Brown v. Board of Education case against the backdrop of pending litigation over the state’s school finance system.
Brown ruling linked unjust to unconstitutional
May 16, 2004
The Supreme Court’s decision 50 years ago, although an immense blessing to the nation, also carries a melancholy lesson. It is that great events — the school desegregation ruling was the largest judicial event since the Dred Scott case of 1857 — have myriad reverberations, some beneficial, others not.
Constitution issue
May 16, 2004
Serious harm
May 16, 2004
Commentary: Most fun fishing? Just ask a fourth-grader
May 16, 2004
A group of fourth-graders at a local school was sitting on the floor in front of me. I had stopped by their classroom to do a little reading and to talk about the outdoors. The talk had turned to fishing.
Missouri turkey record eclipsed
May 16, 2004
Hunters killed more than 60,000 turkeys during Missouri’s spring turkey seasons, setting a record that is likely to keep the Show-Me State at the top of the turkey hunting heap nationwide.
Free fishing days slated June 5-6
May 16, 2004
Free Fishing Days are just three weeks away.
U.S. launches new probe of Afghan prisoner abuse
May 16, 2004
The U.S. military on Saturday announced its second investigation in a week into allegations of prisoner abuse in Afghanistan, amid growing demands from rights groups for secretive U.S.-run jails across the country to be opened for outside scrutiny.
Smarty party continues
Huge win keeps Triple Crown dream alive for Smarty Jones
May 16, 2004
This was supposed to be the tough one? Smarty Jones, the Philly flash, turned his nine Preakness rivals into scrapple Saturday afternoon, racing into history with a record 11 1/2-length win over Rock Hard Ten in the second jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.
Tourney hopes fizzle as Tigers clip Jayhawks
May 16, 2004
Kansas University’s baseball team knew its chances of earning a Big 12 Conference tournament berth were slim coming into this weekend’s three-game series with Missouri.
Woodling: Big 12 headed south
May 16, 2004
Five-to-one odds aren’t bad in a horse race, but a 5-to-1 ratio is a whole different ballgame. The Big 12 Conference has received bids from three cities in Texas, two in Oklahoma and one in Missouri to play host to future Big 12 Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, which makes you wonder why so few of the north division’s cities are interested.
Mulder nullifies May’s solid day as Oakland edges K.C.
May 16, 2004
Mark Mulder gave Oakland’s bullpen the night off — again. Mulder threw a four-hitter Saturday night for his second straight complete game and 19th of his career, outdueling Kansas City’s Darrell May in the Athletics’ 3-1 victory over the Royals.
Surprising Rice claims Indy pole
Two-time winner Castroneves eighth on first day of qualifying
May 16, 2004
Buddy Rice wasn’t the driver everyone expected to win the pole for the Indianapolis 500.
Four KU boats advance to finals
May 16, 2004
Kansas University’s rowing squad competed Saturday on the first day of the South-Central Regionals.
Five Jayhawks qualify
May 16, 2004
Five Kansas University track athletes qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday at the Ward Haylett Invitational.
FSHS awarded baseball site
May 16, 2004
The Lawrence High and Free State baseball teams won’t travel far for regionals this week. The softball and soccer teams are a different story, though.
Hunter lifts Twins past Sox
Greisinger earns his first victory since 2002
May 16, 2004
Torii Hunter reached a milestone and made it easier for Seth Greisinger to get his first win in two years.
Starting staff keeps Cards winning
Carpenter latest St. Louis hurler to come through with impressive outing
May 16, 2004
Chris Carpenter kept the St. Louis Cardinals’ unsung rotation humming.
What’s going wrong with the Royals?
After a turnaround season in 2003, the Royals seemed on the verge. But at 11-23, the Boys in Blue haven’t clicked in 2004
May 16, 2004
When the Kansas City Royals invited country superstar Garth Brooks to spring training as part of a charity promotion, they had no idea one of his hit songs would come to define the opening weeks of their season. But here they are: Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places.”
Trainer continues to be surprised
Servis cut back on undefeated colt in preparation for Preakness
May 16, 2004
John Servis was still glowing over Smarty Jones’ spectacular performance Saturday when someone told him the margin of victory was a Preakness Stakes record.
Flyers even series at 2
Snubbed for World Cup, Primeau lifts Philadelphia to 3-2 win
May 16, 2004
Keith Primeau isn’t thinking about missing the World Cup of Hockey. He’s doing his best to get the Philadelphia Flyers into the Stanley Cup finals.
Pace picks up for Flames, Sharks
May 16, 2004
When Team Canada’s roster for the World Cup of Hockey was announced Saturday, Jarome Iginla and Patrick Marleau found out they would be spending part of the summer together.
Athleticism could give horse shot at Crown
May 16, 2004
Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide won last year’s Preakness Stakes by 9 3/4 lengths, the second-largest margin in the history of the race.
Negro Leaguers to receive pensions
May 16, 2004
Major League Baseball will create a fund to pay pensions to 27 former Negro Leaguers who played after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.
Fishing report
May 16, 2004
Lawmakers follow lessons learned from ‘91 school ruling
May 16, 2004
In October 1991, a Shawnee County judge declared the state’s scheme for funding schools unconstitutional. Lawmakers scrambled into action, scrapping the system for distributing aid to local districts and writing a new formula, hoping to better meet the needs of 450,000 students.
Summertime activities abound in Boulder
May 16, 2004
What U.S. city has 83 inches of snow per year — as well as more sunshine than Miami or San Diego?
Lawrence couples practice ‘lifetime sport’
May 16, 2004
There’s an old adage that says a game of golf is a long walk spoiled. But don’t tell that to two Lawrence couples who have been playing the game for more than four decades.
Calendar
May 16, 2004
Seersucker makes comeback
May 16, 2004
If seersucker feels primeval — think again. The familiar striped and crinkled cotton is back this season with more colors, shapes and options. The traditionally loose seersucker blazer now has a streamlined fit. Garnet Hill’s jacket includes a notched collar and oversize buttons.
Jerry Springer’ on Broadway horizon
May 16, 2004
“Jerry Springer — The Opera” is coming to Broadway but not until the fall of 2005.
Two exhibits show slow march to desegregation
May 16, 2004
Re-creating the school segregation of the early 20th century is an emotional minefield many curators would dance around. Most would let the black-and-white photographs of the time show the disparities: tarpaper shacks and an outhouse for black students; brick buildings with indoor plumbing for white pupils.
Snapshots unravel mystery of connection between Hemingway and Walker Evans
May 16, 2004
In the spring of 1933, Ernest Hemingway had escaped the Depression on a borrowed boat to Cuba, where he fished, drank and gathered material for his next novel, “To Have and Have Not.”
City teachers union changes leaders
High school English teacher replacing Kruse as president
May 16, 2004
Sam Rabiola knows Lawrence school administrators might see the same teachers’ faces meeting after meeting.
Wichita State University administrator dies at 61
May 16, 2004
Robert L. Kindrick, Wichita State University’s vice president for academic affairs and research since 2000, died Thursday at a Wichita hospital.
Offensive’ skit spurs screenings at school
May 16, 2004
Lyons school officials will start screening entertainment for the high school’s annual prom banquet after a couple of juniors hit a sour note with school board members last month with a racy skit about Adam and Eve.
Museum in K.C. dropped ball, lawsuit contends
Negro League stars’ interviews now lost; tapes called irreplaceable
May 16, 2004
A Virginia researcher’s claim that the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum lost about 60 irreplaceable recordings of interviews with star players has landed in federal court in Kansas City.
Lawrence commuter report
May 16, 2004
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
Margaret Grace Bol
May 16, 2004
Joan W. Staggenborg
May 16, 2004
Joshua Wayne Waters
May 16, 2004
On the record
May 16, 2004
Area briefs
May 16, 2004
¢ KU faculty members receive mentor awards ¢ Indiana University to honor KU librarian ¢ Saturation patrol targets K-10 ¢ Input sought on homeless concerns ¢ Railway schedules ‘Hobo Weekend’ ¢ Event to examine water stewardship ¢ Lawrence chess teams, players named all-stars ¢ Museum to teach workshop on textiles ¢ Nominations sought for educator award ¢ ‘Ethan’ and ‘Emma’ top Kansas baby names
MIT-bound LHS senior has knack for research
Grads ready for next step
May 16, 2004
Ying Niu wasn’t always a numbers whiz. “I actually hated math growing up,” she said. “Mom would force me to sit down and do problems before I played with the other kids.”
College to wait for Free State free spirit
Grads ready for next step
May 16, 2004
It’s not your typical path to post-high school study. In January, Jonathan Blum flew to Turkey to look for a pottery studio where he could complete an apprenticeship.
Marriage to cross new U.S. threshold
Seven gay couples to wed Monday, with Massachusetts’ approval
May 16, 2004
For better or for worse, depending on which side of the ideological aisle one chooses, a divided America crosses a historic threshold Monday as state-approved marriages of same-sex couples take place for the first time.
Rumsfeld OK’d prison program, report says
May 16, 2004
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the expansion of a secret program that encouraged physical coercion and sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners to obtain intelligence about the growing insurgency in Iraq, The New Yorker reported Saturday.
Clinton, Dole put politics behind friendship
Former president to deliver inaugural Dole Lecture
May 16, 2004
Former President Bill Clinton will be in town Friday, presenting the first Dole lecture at the Dole Institute of Politics.
City’s unpaid bill write-offs jump $76,000
May 16, 2004
City Hall is giving up on collecting $189,000 in unpaid utility bills. The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday is expected to approve the annual “write-off” — an increase of $76,000 from last year and more than twice the write-off from two years ago.
White supremacist group cuts short demonstration
May 16, 2004
Two dozen white supremacists cut short a rally Saturday when protesters moved within about 25 feet of them. A line of police officers in riot gear stood between the groups as insults were exchanged.
Kite festival makes do with gentle breezes
May 16, 2004
When organizers of the 2004 Kite Festival at Clinton Lake began setting up Saturday afternoon, tethered kites struggled to stay abreast of the paltry breeze along the shore.
Pump Patrol seeks deals
May 16, 2004
The Journal-World has found gasoline prices as low as $1.92 a gallon at several locations around Lawrence. If you find a lower price, please call the Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Local briefs
May 16, 2004
¢ Governor’s mansion closed for Brown events ¢ LMH service to honor patients who have died ¢ Bands play park for Finals Week Fest
Tens of thousands of Israelis rally for withdrawal from Gaza
May 16, 2004
More than 100,000 Israelis rallied Saturday night in favor of a pullout from the Gaza Strip, a massive show of strength by the long-dormant opposition movement.
Bush’s approval rating hits all-time low
But president still tied with Kerry in polls
May 16, 2004
After weeks of bad news from Iraq, from the Fallujah uprising to the prison scandal, President Bush is starting to pay a political price at home.
Overtime changes spark confusion in some states with multiple layers of rules
May 16, 2004
New federal overtime regulations will not take effect automatically in 18 states, provoking widespread confusion among state officials, employers and workers, and sparking political battles over how to respond.
Computer cartoons in Cannes limelight
May 16, 2004
Even the snooty Cannes Film Festival loves computer animation, which has become such the rage in Hollywood it has virtually displaced traditional hand-drawn cartoons on studio slates.
Homeless couple ordered to stop having children
May 16, 2004
When a drug-addicted homeless woman had her newborn taken away last spring, she agreed the baby should be placed in foster care with her three other children.
Chicago’s Millennium Park set to open four years late
May 16, 2004
The millennium is finally dawning on Chicago’s lakefront.
Free State seniors lists awards, scholarships
May 16, 2004
The Free State High School Class of 2004 will graduate today. Graduating seniors have received numerous scholarships and awards.
Activist judge’ didn’t ask for schools case
May 16, 2004
His order sent shock waves across the state last week: Cut off money for schools June 30 because the state law authorizing those funds is unconstitutional.
Program lets travelers dally in dream jobs
Visitors try new callings with Vocation Vacations
May 16, 2004
At a case or so a minute, the bottles come rattling off the filling and corking machine at Amity Vineyards. Jerry Gherardini wipes them off and puts them neck-down in cases that must be labeled and stacked on pallets. The machine yearns for more empties. The full ones keep coming.
Business briefs
May 16, 2004
Briefly
May 16, 2004
¢ Partners celebrate 70-year-old marriage ¢ 78-year-old retiree wins $1 million lottery twice