Archive for Sunday, May 23, 2004

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Poet’s showcase
May 23, 2004
Portrait painter
KU student artist tackles challenge of depicting human form in oils
May 23, 2004
When Mike McCaffrey’s not making art, he’s protecting it. The Kansas University painting student works 20 hours a week as a security guard at the Spencer Museum of Art.
People
May 23, 2004
¢ Schwarzenegger cough drop taken off eBay auction ¢ ‘Suge’ Knight’s company to pay damages for beating ¢ Fashion week at ‘Sesame Street’ ¢ Judge rejects stalker’s claim against Britney Spears
Booknotes
May 23, 2004
¢ Editors to dicuss Med Center book ¢ Deadline approaching for literary contest
Arts notes
May 23, 2004
¢ KPR to display work by local artists ¢ Kansas Chautauqua to include youth camp ¢ KU voice faculty honored by alma mater ¢ West Side Folk presents Justin Roth ¢ Writing workshop seeks registration ¢ Portrait painter ¢ KU musicians win fourth Down Beat award ¢ ‘River City Chronicles’ looks back at massacre
New thrills few this year
May 23, 2004
Visitors will find few new cutting-edge rides at the nation’s amusement and theme parks this summer, despite starring roles in attractions based on the Mummy, SpongeBob SquarePants and Crocodile Dundee.
Anti-war stand makes Nader a threat
May 23, 2004
The Yankee Doodle Tap Room in Princeton displays old black-and-white photographs of some fresh-faced undergraduates who subsequently became exemplars of what President (of the university) Woodrow Wilson called “Princeton in the nation’s service.”
Best Buy tunes into customers
Electronics retailer tests new marketing strategy
May 23, 2004
Best Buy is making a pre-emptive strike: It’s giving itself a makeover before any problems have a chance to develop.
Family briefs
May 23, 2004
¢ Researchers ask why pets, owners look alike ¢ ‘Terrible two’ avoidance cuts down on obesity ¢ Soap outdoes sanitizers for peanut exposure
Horse owners often unaware of cost, care
May 23, 2004
As dogs swirled around his feet and a cat slept curled nearby, Jack Lieske, a former sheet metal worker from Chicago, sat at his kitchen table and explained how he came to own the eight horses that stood grazing in a green pasture.
Grooming, sunblocks protect pets from heat
May 23, 2004
Keeping your pet well-groomed is important in preventing summer skin problems. Hair not only prevents sunburn but surprisingly helps insulate dogs from the heat.
Pets need care year-round
May 23, 2004
May 2-8 was annual National Pet Week and Be Kind To Animals Week. This year’s theme was “Promoting pet care and safety.” Even though the designated observance has passed, we should strive to be kind to animals year-round.
Shaker rocking chair known as thoughtful gift
May 23, 2004
Wedding anniversary celebrations and gifts were very different in Victorian times. At an early anniversary, the bride and attendants tried to dress as they did on the day of the wedding, with the wedding clothes and similar bouquets. Special gifts were traditionally given for each anniversary, and the list has remained for today’s celebrations.
Big shoes to fill
Maintaining the quality and commitment of our public school teaching force is an ongoing challenge.
May 23, 2004
It’s a bit sobering to realize that this year’s retirements will cost the Lawrence school district 725 years of experience, mostly teaching experience.
Family of fans
May 23, 2004
Solar effects
May 23, 2004
Eaglets disrupt golf course
Hole closed at private layout near Glenwood Springs, Colo.
May 23, 2004
For the first time in nearly 30 years, a pair of bald eagles has taken up residence in an old nest, hatching two eaglets at an exclusive golf course on the banks of the Roaring Fork River.
Plastic worm opened its own can of worms
Depending on how, where it’s used, Ohio man’s invention will catch plenty of fish
May 23, 2004
There are almost as many variations on how to catch bass on a plastic worm as there are bass fishermen. The two favored techniques are named for their states of supposed origin — Texas and Carolina.
Free fishing scheduled June 5-6
May 23, 2004
To celebrate the informal arrival of summer, a number of events have been scheduled across Kansas, all of them designed to encourage family and friends to go outdoors and enjoy the natural resources of the Sunflower State.
Fishing report
May 23, 2004
Three tied for lead at Colonial
Campbell, Flesch, Gay deadlocked entering final round
May 23, 2004
Chad Campbell became the third golfer in two years to tie the Colonial course record, and shared the third-round lead after Brian Gay couldn’t sustain his fast start Saturday.
Parks prove amusing
Families find fun on rides at sites across the nation
May 23, 2004
Jane Byrnes and her family traveled last summer from their home near New York City to visit friends in Buffalo, then west to Ohio, with Pelee Island in Lake Erie as the final destination.
Commentary: Some want to win despite any cost
May 23, 2004
Not that many years ago, U.S. Olympic athletes were given an anonymous survey that asked a simple question: If there were a pill that would assure you of winning an Olympic medal but also would shorten your life by five years, would you take it?
KU misses NCAA berth
May 23, 2004
The Kansas University men’s golf squad placed 16th at the 27-team NCAA Central Regional on Saturday at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. With the finish, KU did not earn a berth in the NCAA Finals, ending its season.
Minnesota gets boost from Radke
Twins hurler ends drought by starters in 9-1 victory over White Sox
May 23, 2004
Brad Radke again showed the Twins’ pitching staff what it takes to be the ace.
Busch wins Busch pole at Nazareth Speedway
May 23, 2004
Kyle Busch won the pole for the NASCAR Busch Series race at Nazareth Speedway, turning a fast lap at 131.167 mph in hot conditions Saturday.
Full field for Indy 500 iffy
May 23, 2004
Tradition might yet triumph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Disparity in drug sentences criticized
Convicts’ punishment varies widely because of ‘sloppy’ legislation
May 23, 2004
As Dezerro D. Smith serves out the first months of an 11 1/2-year prison sentence for third-time cocaine possession, other repeat drug users convicted recently in Kansas are being sentenced to probation and drug treatment.
Schumacher fails to win Monaco pole
Driver seeking sixth straight victory today
May 23, 2004
Michael Schumacher will have his worst starting position of the season at the Monaco Grand Prix, where he will be trying to win his sixth straight Formula One race.
Class of ‘04 ready to take next big step
May 23, 2004
A commencement address to the College Class of 2004: This is your big day — the day when you jam four years’ worth of unlaundered underwear into a Hefty bag and leave college, prepared by your professors to go out into the Real World. The first thing you’ll notice is that your professors did not go out there with you. They’re not stupid; that’s why they’re professors.
American ink: Local zine deconstructs everyday life
May 23, 2004
Pigeons have gusto. The new all-white-meat McNuggets are truly superior to the old McNuggets. The “T” is the most scientifically advanced letter in the alphabet.
Flames return to ice to prepare for finals
May 23, 2004
Calgary Flames forward Chris Clark was happy to get back on his skates Saturday.
Lightning eliminate Flyers
Tampa Bay wins series, moves on to Stanley Cup
May 23, 2004
Dave Andreychuk was as happy for his teammates as he was for himself.
Bad back could sideline Cassell in Game 2
May 23, 2004
Sam Cassell was held out of practice Saturday because of a bad back, but Minnesota’s ailing point guard plans on playing in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
Rain not likely for hill walk
May 23, 2004
About 4,000 of the more than 6,400 members of Kansas University’s Class of 2004 will begin the traditional walk down Campanile Hill at 2:30 p.m. today. Chancellor Robert Hemenway will confer degrees beginning about 3:30 p.m.
Commencement events announced
May 23, 2004
Owner of 41 cats to pay up to $12,000 for feline’s transplant
May 23, 2004
When Bruce Graham’s cat got sick, he was determined to do whatever it took to cure him.
Buffalo Bill statue rides to resting place
May 23, 2004
The newest tourist attraction near Oakley took six years of planning, $500,000 and a huge crane to become a reality.
Pump Patrol seeks deals
May 23, 2004
The Journal-World has found Lawrence gasoline prices as low as $1.96 at Citgo, 2005 W. Ninth St., Conoco, 2330 Iowa, Presto 31, 1802 W. 23rd St., and Zarco 66, 900 Iowa.
City briefs
May 23, 2004
¢ Mo-ped accident sends resident to hospital ¢ Cable TV, radio stations to rebroadcast speech ¢ Names to be added to war memorial
On the record
May 23, 2004
Lawrence commuter report
May 23, 2004
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
Robinson twice as nice
Free State sophomore wins pair of titles
May 23, 2004
Leave it to Ashley Robinson to raise her bar of excellence even higher in crunch time. Someday, a plane will be able to fly under it.
Floyd Semans
May 23, 2004
Hemphill services
May 23, 2004
3-year-old Palestinian killed in 10th day of hunt for militants
May 23, 2004
A 3-year-old Palestinian girl was shot dead Saturday as a senior U.N. official toured a battle-scarred refugee camp where Israeli troops continue the hunt for weapons-smuggling tunnels and militants.
Senate majority leader campaigning against minority leader
May 23, 2004
Shattering precedent, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist campaigned for the defeat of his Democratic counterpart on Saturday, depicting Sen. Tom Daschle as a polarizing figure at home and an obstructionist thwarting President Bush’s agenda in Congress.
Bush daughters graduating
First family skipping ceremonies
May 23, 2004
President Bush wasn’t the only one who skipped the pomp and circumstance of his daughter’s graduation from the University of Texas on Saturday. Jenna Bush did not participate either.
Spain’s crown prince marries
Royals dedicate ceremony to Madrid terror attack victims
May 23, 2004
Crown Prince Felipe married former TV journalist Letizia Ortiz on Saturday in a ceremony that the couple dedicated to the victims of a terrorist bombing two months ago. Afterward, tens of thousands of Spaniards lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the first commoner ever to be in line to be queen.
Calendar
May 23, 2004
Douglas County Senior Services, at 842-0543, sets activities for seniors.
KU theater and film students, alumni honored
May 23, 2004
Students in the Kansas University theater and film department recently were honored during student ceremonies.
Therapists believe massage can be an important part of helping you stay healthy
May 23, 2004
A professional massage feels good, but what about the potential health benefits? Many therapists believe that massage and body work can be an important part of a total body approach to good health and well-being, and tout its benefits for a wide variety of ailments.
Flyby elevates presidential visit
May 23, 2004
When photographers get assignments to cover presidential visits, we usually experience two emotions: excitement to see the president and disappointment about access, security and logistics.
Home owners can create watery paradise in back yard
May 23, 2004
The guy next door has a beautiful pond in his back yard. The sound of the water spilling over the flat rocks is hypnotizing. The tune lulls you to sleep. The problem? It’s too far away.
Fahrenheit 9/11’ takes Cannes’ top prize
Michael Moore honored for anti-Bush documentary
May 23, 2004
It’s hard to render Michael Moore speechless, but the jury at the Cannes Film Festival did just that Saturday when it awarded the director the coveted Palme d’Or for his incendiary new political documentary, “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Expect more swords, sandals onscreen
Troy’ kicks off warrior film trend
May 23, 2004
Although the bean-counters and abacus-pushers at Warner Bros. won’t cop to an exact figure, word is that “Troy,” Wolfgang Petersen’s “Iliad”-inspired megaproduction, cost in the vicinity of $200 million.
Witnesses link Wichita club owner to killings
May 23, 2004
Two witnesses have delivered potentially damaging testimony against the owner of a Wichita nightclub charged with killing three people in a five-day period last summer.
Volunteers take part in river cleanup
May 23, 2004
For members of the recently formed Kansas Whitewater Assn., it’s important to clean up where you play.
Chaney services
May 23, 2004
Mansion offered as raffle’s top prize
Chances cost $1,000; odds of winning any prize are 1 in 285
May 23, 2004
A $1.3 million home overlooking a golf course, with a new Bentley parked inside the three-car garage, could be yours for only $1,000.
Oakland rally spoils Greinke’s debut
May 23, 2004
Jeremy Affeldt entered the ninth inning needing just three outs for Zack Greinke to win his major-league debut.
Voters crave end to partisan warfare
May 23, 2004
The air is filled these days with unsolicited advice to the presidential candidates.
The Motley Fool
May 23, 2004
Briefly
May 23, 2004
¢ Witness remembers seeing Bonnie and Clyde ¢ Grandpa earns degree years after losing vision ¢ Police arrest scofflaw, 97, for unpaid ticket
Briefly
May 23, 2004
¢ Kerry urges new energy plan ¢ Released detainees detail abuse at hands of U.S. troops ¢ Governor surveys tornado damage ¢ SBC, union talk as strikes continue
Kayakers planning whitewater park
May 23, 2004
Members of the Kansas Whitewater Assn. look at the Kansas River beneath the Bowersock Dam and see a lot of fun in their future.
President injured on mountain bike
May 23, 2004
President Bush suffered cuts and bruises early Saturday afternoon when he fell while mountain biking on his ranch, White House spokesman Trent Duffy said.
Environmentalists, Democrats crafting plans to oust Bush
May 23, 2004
In 2000, the Democrats picked a presidential nominee passionate about greenhouse gases, climate change and global energy policy.
Little Black Book of Stories’ brilliant, bleak
May 23, 2004
Dame A(ntonia) S(usan) Byatt has proven to be one of England’s most formidable writers of late. Although mainly known in the fantasy genre, Byatt won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1990 for “Possession,” which was part romance, part literary thriller. But as her fame grew, Byatt began to generate criticism for being verbose. Her latest work, “Little Black Book of Stories,” is perhaps an answer to these critiques. Every word in the five stories is concise and well-chosen, with far-reaching themes and settings.
City Hall looks to speed up street repairs
Current contracts allow delays to scheduled completion times
May 23, 2004
The streets in front of Henry T’s Bar & Grill have been ripped up for most of the past year. And that’s been bad for business.
Army center applies lessons learned in war
May 23, 2004
Soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division learned quickly in Iraq that their body armor provided lifesaving protection if they were shot from the front or rear. But they were vulnerable from the side to roadside bombs used to attack convoys.
Brewers stocked with prospects
Milwaukee rated to have MLB’s top minor-league talent
May 23, 2004
The reports that Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin keeps getting on his top prospects aren’t the kind of calls he wants.
E.L. Doctorow lights out for the heartland
May 23, 2004
On a leisurely spring afternoon, author E.L. Doctorow sits for an interview in his office at New York University, a professorial figure with his high forehead and soft beard, his wry smile fitting for a man who always seems to be debating how much he’s willing to tell.
A real-life ‘Six Feet Under’
Growing up in the family funeral home seemed normal — until I realized how creepy it really was
May 23, 2004
Most babies grow up playing on the living room rug. My toddler years were spent on the floor of a preparatory room in my family’s funeral home.
Rafters face danger, finish journey down Nile
May 23, 2004
A crocodile chased them, a leopard prowled around their camp, and they paddled through war zones in Sudan and Uganda — so four men and two women were relieved when they steered their two rafts into the Mediterranean Sea to finish a 4,160-mile journey along the Nile River.
Canoe accident survivors lucky to be alive
May 23, 2004
Their canoe had capsized in the rapids. Now all Darrell Spencer and Barry Babcock could think about was getting out of the icy water and onto shore.
What are you reading?
May 23, 2004
Carpenter bees wreak havoc on structures
May 23, 2004
Wood is arguably the most used building material in construction. It’s used to build houses, decks, furniture and other structures. If left untreated or unprotected, it will be damaged by wood rot or decay, termites, carpenter ants and carpenter bees. Although the latter are less common and the least damaging, carpenter bees are starting to show up in home landscapes.
Interior says prison deaths not abuse
Investigation under way into American Indians dying in detention
May 23, 2004
Interior Department officials say they believe that several recent deaths in American Indian prisons are the result of natural causes and suicide, not alleged abuses and poor conditions that are the subject of an internal investigation.
Martin: Wisdom difficult to define, attain
May 23, 2004
One day, somebody said, “I enjoy reading your column, but I’m not always sure what it does for the university.”
Vitamin D, sunshine are critical to health
May 23, 2004
Nonny Dyer worships the sun.
Briefly
May 23, 2004
¢ Iran offers report on atomic program ¢ General to review jails amid report of deaths ¢ Gadhafi leaves summit over peace efforts
Briefly
May 23, 2004
¢ New government sworn in, takes power ¢ Bomb kills two at Muslim shrine ¢ Army protests U.S. troops’ incursion
Planning helps make visit stress-free
May 23, 2004
Visiting an amusement park can be stressful, especially for grown-ups who pay for everything and carry everything (including tired children). Fortunately there’s a lot you can do to reduce problems and save money.
Mandatory sentences defy common sense
May 23, 2004
A few words on behalf of Dixie Shanahan. Granted, some might consider her a less-than-sympathetic figure. After all, two years ago, Shanahan, a 36-year-old from Defiance, Iowa, killed her husband with a shotgun blast to the head. She left his body decomposing on the bed for a year.
Summer start
May 23, 2004
L.A. halts eight-game slide
Weaver helps Dodgers subdue Braves, 7-4
May 23, 2004
Ten days is a long time between wins.
U.S. finds terrorist materials at site of alleged wedding party bombing
May 23, 2004
At the site where a U.S. airstrike killed 40 people on Wednesday, troops found “terrorist manuals,” machines for making fake IDs, battery packs rigged for homemade bombs and nothing to indicate a wedding party as some witnesses have claimed, a senior military official said Saturday.
Life inspires prolific writer’s poetry
May 23, 2004
Marian Umscheid has an imagination that can take her anywhere. The 82-year-old Lawrence resident dreams of running on a sandy beach barefoot — something that is nearly impossible because of her bad knees.
KU grads face tight job market
Experts advise unemployed to network, be aggressive in search
May 23, 2004
The hard work of getting a university degree may be over, but Kansas University students graduating today could have a tougher task ahead — finding a job.
Guide to attending the ceremony today
May 23, 2004
Kansas University will conduct its 132nd commencement ceremony today at Memorial Stadium.
Briefs
May 23, 2004
Home spa: Luxury bathrooms create great escape
May 23, 2004
Visiting a day spa isn’t enough anymore. Many of us want an everyday spa.
Bookstore
May 23, 2004
Horoscopes
May 23, 2004
N. Korea releases 5 children of Japanese abductees
May 23, 2004
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi finished a one-day trip Saturday to North Korea with a diplomatic victory, arranging to bring home five family members of Japanese citizens who had been kidnapped by the North Korean regime years ago.
Miller delivers game winner
May 23, 2004
Reggie Miller did what Reggie Miller does.
Briefcase
May 23, 2004
¢ Copyright charges bring stardom to professor ¢ Congressman to give public legislative update ¢ Motley Fool: Name that company
Comment: Some pros and cons of various home loans
May 23, 2004
By now, we should all have gotten the message: Interest rates are going to rise, making mortgages more expensive.
Dressed to sell
Enhanced’ homes move faster and bring more money, Realtors say
May 23, 2004
You wouldn’t wear stinky sweatpants and a clashing T-shirt to a job interview. Well, maybe you would. But you wouldn’t get the job. In fact you might not even get an interview because your cosmetic pitfalls would overshadow your qualifications.
Mortuary intern sleeps among caskets to learn funeral trade
May 23, 2004
Like a lot of interns, Justin Utt, a Pratt senior at Kansas City Kansas Community College, gets most of the grunt work. Today, he is sweeping off the sidewalks around the building, answering phones and feeding the fish.
Brawl mars Jayhawk rout
Benches clear during 16-run sixth inning as KU drubs Kansas State, 19-6
May 23, 2004
File this one away in the you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me department. The Kansas University baseball team’s 19-6 victory over Kansas State on Saturday might have shattered the chaos meter. Well, for a half inning at Tointon Stadium, anyway.
Self cites ‘smart’ recruiting
Jayhawk coach targets wide variety of preps
May 23, 2004
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self is proving he’ll go anywhere in pursuit of high school prospects.
Mayer: Better method: Self or Sutton?
May 23, 2004
Last season, Eddie Sutton won the Big 12 Conference regular-season and tournament titles and took the Oklahoma State basketball team to the NCAA Final Four. He did it with a wide array of transfers from junior colleges and other schools.
Kenseth snags $1 million
Newman passed with 4 laps to go in All-Star race
May 23, 2004
With $1 million on the line, Matt Kenseth showed just how aggressive he can be.
Suicide bomb bolsters U.S. claim of outside influence
Deputy minister wounded in attack that leaves 4 dead
May 23, 2004
A suicide car bomber killed four people and slightly wounded a deputy interior minister Saturday in the second such attack on a senior Iraqi official in Baghdad of the week.
Correction
May 23, 2004
The Kansas Board of Regents is scheduled to vote on tuition rates in June. A headline in Friday’s Journal-World incorrectly stated the board approved the new rates on Thursday.
Chancellor Hemenway’s 2004 Commencement Address
May 23, 2004
For the ninth time in nine years, I stand before you to give the KU commencement speech. It is the Chancellor’s privilege, but also his responsibility, and I know you count on me to do my duty.
Area briefs
May 23, 2004
¢ Motorcycle driver injured in accident ¢ Grant to help curb violence against women ¢ Board to get update on tax collections ¢ Brownback introduces fetal pain legislation
Former minister who killed wife granted parole
Murder Ordained’ subject freed after serving 20 years of life sentence
May 23, 2004
A former Emporia minister who killed his wife in 1983 and solicited the murder of the husband of his church secretary soon will be a free man.
American Indians unifying for voice in November
May 23, 2004
Bruce Whalen sighed heavily as he walked the old reservation neighborhood, talking to American Indians about something many have never done: go to the polls and vote.
Former state officeholder accused in securities case
Past lieutenant governor disputes he misled investors
May 23, 2004
The Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner has accused a once-prominent politician of misleading investors in an Overland Park bottled-water company.
Disabled student beats odds
Vietnamese grad heads home with big dreams
May 23, 2004
Yen Vo remembers the first time she encountered, as she says it, “discrimination and humiliation.” It was her first year of junior high in Vietnam. The children at her elementary school hadn’t cared that she walked with a limp, but the older kids constantly ridiculed her.