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Poet’s showcase
May 30, 2004
Book notes
May 30, 2004
¢ Women mystery writers to talk, sign books ¢ Kansas author visits England to celebrate mystery writer
Maybe next year
There is little chance additional state money will be available to raise teachers salaries for the coming year.
May 30, 2004
If the only hope for salary increases for Lawrence teachers lies with legislative action to provide more funding for the coming school year, the teachers shouldn’t be holding their breath in anticipation.
History may be repeating itself in Iraq
May 30, 2004
George Shultz says that life in official Washington is not one damn thing after another. It is the same damn thing over and over again. A sudden lurch by the Bush administration to using Iraq’s Sunnis to contain Iran’s Shiite rulers shows that the former secretary of state is on to something, again.
Ryun doublespeak
May 30, 2004
Al-Qaida strength
May 30, 2004
Dogma or truth?
May 30, 2004
Should America dip into oil reserves?
May 30, 2004
Is now the time for the United States to dip into its Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR)?
New appreciation for the WWII generation
May 30, 2004
Back home, Bing Crosby had a new movie out, “Going My Way.” A singer named Nat Cole had released his first hit, “Straighten Up And Fly Right.” And 176,000 allied soldiers stepped into the surf off the French province of Normandy into a hail of bullets. Hell, never too tightly tethered in those years, broke loose.
When camera rolls, the brain goes blank
May 30, 2004
I figured out why movie stars generally are young. It’s not just because they look good naked. It’s also because their brains still work.
A day to remember
Name additions bring county’s Vietnam memorial to completion
May 30, 2004
Finally, Stanley and Shirley Harris have some peace of mind when they think about the death of a son killed 35 years ago in South Vietnam. The names of Army 1st Lt. Russell Lee Harris and two other soldiers have been added to the Douglas County Vietnam Memorial. A solemn ceremony Saturday commemorated the engraving of the additional names on the memorial, located outside the front door of the Samuel J. Churchill Army Reserve Center, near 21st and Iowa streets.
Saudis storm resort where hostages held
Web site claims attackers are ‘al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula’
May 30, 2004
Suspected Islamic militants wearing military-style uniforms Saturday sprayed gunfire inside two office compounds in the heart of the Saudi oil production region, killing at least 10 people — including an American — and then taking dozens of hostages at a luxury expatriate resort.
Watergate counsel Sam Dash, 79, dies
May 30, 2004
Attorney Sam Dash, whose probing questions during televised Senate hearings into the Watergate scandal made him a household name in the 1970s, died Saturday after a lengthy illness.
Area briefs
May 30, 2004
¢ Morning fire destroys house near Tonganoxie ¢ State bike tour to make 30th anniversary trek ¢ Dole’s speech at PSU being offered on DVD
Beauty blooms for 50 years
Missouri couple have created landscaping gem
May 30, 2004
If you listen carefully you’ll hear the deep-throated call of the bullfrog late in the afternoon and the buzz of a bumblebee near one of the banks of blooming azaleas. Koi splash in the pond, and birds chirp overhead in the gardens of Joe and Marie Haupt.
Calendar
May 30, 2004
Council opposes U.S., U.N. on leader choices
May 30, 2004
U.S. officials and a U.N. envoy were unable to reach consensus with Iraqi leaders Saturday over the selection of an interim president, with many members of the country’s Governing Council opposing the U.S. and U.N. choice, according to Iraqi politicians and international officials involved in the process.
Analysis: New Iraqi leader must address security issues
May 30, 2004
Iyad Allawi’s selection as Iraqi prime minister gives Washington a major policy success after a series of embarrassing and costly setbacks. The U.S.-backed Shiite politician started his duties right away, consulting Saturday with the U.N. special envoy to pick his 26-member Cabinet, officials said.
Army report criticized detentions of Iraqis
May 30, 2004
An internal Army report warned last November that Iraqis were being detained too long and without appropriate review in an immense U.S.-run prison system that failed to keep track of them, did not provide proper sanitation and medical care, was understaffed and mixed juveniles and adults inappropriately.
Skull casts doubt on continental split theory
May 30, 2004
The fossil skull of a peculiar, wrinkle-faced dinosaur unearthed four years ago in the Sahara is providing new evidence that Africa split from the other southern continents more recently than previously thought.
Alaska quake affected geysers in Yellowstone
May 30, 2004
A major earthquake that hit Alaska in 2002 set off a flurry of smaller quakes in far-off Yellowstone National Park and changed eruption intervals in several geysers, according to a new study.
Dole says war memorial is a tribute to peace
May 30, 2004
He’s become a symbol of “the greatest generation,” those fighting men who saved the world from the German and Japanese war machines nearly 60 years ago. So when it came time to build a memorial to the 16 million Americans who fought in World War II, Bob Dole, now 80, was the natural choice to lead the effort.
Storms batter Kansas
Several tornadoes reportedly touch down in state
May 30, 2004
Homes were damaged and power lines and trees uprooted by several tornadoes that touched down Saturday across Kansas.
On the record
May 30, 2004
Fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox, 92, dies
May 30, 2004
Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor fired by President Nixon for refusing to curtail his Watergate investigation, died Saturday at his home, his daughter said. He was 92.
Nancy Worthington Merriman
May 30, 2004
Lawrence commuter report
May 30, 2004
The following construction projects and events may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
4 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan
May 30, 2004
Four members of the American Special Forces were killed in action in a southern Afghan province at the heart of a stubborn Taliban-led insurgency, the U.S. military said Sunday.
Deadly Iran earthquake unleashes landslides
Governor’s party killed while surveying damage
May 30, 2004
Giant boulders and crushed cars littered a mountain road Saturday, a day after landslides were unleashed by a strong earthquake in northern and central Iran that killed at least 35 people and injured 250 others.
Four indicted in plot to kill witness in federal drug case
Shooting occurred April 29 in North Lawrence
May 30, 2004
Three Lawrence residents were among four people who were indicted on charges of conspiring to kill a witness in a federal drug case.
City briefs
May 30, 2004
¢ Five DUI arrests made at checkpoint ¢ Big Brothers Big Sisters receives $25,000 grant
California town embraces Larry Flynt
Hustler publisher wins mainstream affections with casino venture
May 30, 2004
City Hall is smitten with the smut peddler.
Spyware invasion
Computer software tracks users’ online activities
May 30, 2004
Computer viruses are rampant and spam is epidemic. But the fastest-growing Internet malady is spyware, and chances are your computer is infected.
Market investors should stay the course
May 30, 2004
With stocks slumping, what should small investors do? Not to be glib, but how about nothing?
Baldwin’s Miles wins 400
May 30, 2004
In the span of .005 of a second, Baldwin High’s Rachel Miles probably couldn’t have turned her head to check and see were she stood in the 400 meters at the state track meet.
Firebirds fly to relay title again
May 30, 2004
Free State High track and field fans must have thought senior Nick Squier had nerves of steel just seconds after he secured the Firebirds’ fourth consecutive state title in the 3,200-meter relay Saturday at the state track and field championships at Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium.
Reyes finally gets win
Quiet lefty ends skid in Royals’ 5-2 victory
May 30, 2004
If Dennys Reyes craved instant gratification, he would have quit baseball long ago.
Olathe East takes crown
May 30, 2004
Free State High didn’t win the Class 6A softball championship, but the Firebirds can brag anyway. Free State was the only school to defeat the 6A champions.
Mayer: Hall inductee Mehringer had notable history
May 30, 2004
You might be familiar with a number of the 20 fellows recently inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame — such as basketball’s Lucius Allen and Charlie B. Black, trackster Wes Santee, football’s Gary Spani and baseball’s Murry Dickson and Gene Mauch.
Kansas sending three to NCAA Track Outdoor
May 30, 2004
Laura Lavoie, Brooklyn Hann and Benson Chesang will represent Kansas University at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
FSHS falls short
Goddard downs Free State in final, 5-4
May 30, 2004
If baseballs had eyes, there’d be little doubt that the game ball from Saturday’s Class 6A state championship game was a big Goddard High fan.
A river runs through them
Artist pays homage to the Kaw in new paintings, prints
May 30, 2004
From the air, the Kansas River looks like a contorted serpent. Loose, lazy bends give way to straights that twist into abrupt turns and unwind again during a 170-mile journey from Junction City to Kansas City.
In plain sight
Former KU dean focuses on ordinary objects and makes extraordinary pictures
May 30, 2004
There’s a memorable scene in the film “American Beauty” in which obsessive videophile Ricky Fitts zeros in on a wind-whipped plastic bag, recording its irregular flight pattern and reveling in its understated beauty.
Space constraints squeeze ‘Gypsy’ cast
May 30, 2004
Mary Doveton has overseen a lot of shows at the Lawrence Community Theatre. But the upcoming production of the Broadway musical “Gypsy” stands out, in her mind, as a special challenge.
Good luck favors Kyle Busch
May 30, 2004
Kyle Busch needed a bit of good fortune to take the lead late in Saturday’s Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Schumacher bounces back, snares pole
May 30, 2004
Michael Schumacher rebounded from last week’s crash to capture the pole position for the European Grand Prix, the 60th pole of his career.
Boats, booze bad news
Too many take to water woefully unprepared
May 30, 2004
You wake up one Monday morning, jump in your car and head for work in a downtown office.
Anglers, campers need to beware of thieves
If it isn’t put away or tied down, it’s vulnerable
May 30, 2004
Thousands of people flock to state park and recreation areas to enjoy outdoor activities and law enforcement officials encourage anglers and campers to exercise reasonable care to ensure their outdoor gear is safe.
Light kayak paddles come with heavy price stickers
May 30, 2004
If you’re up the creek, you need a paddle. A kayak requires a two-bladed model, and that means spending anything from about $30 to more than $300.
Area fishing report
May 30, 2004
Is wine a beautiful thing?
Beauty experts debate benefits of wine-based products for skin
May 30, 2004
The debate about whether a little wine is good for your health has gone on for years and likely will continue for many more. The new question is: Is wine — or at least wine-based products — good for your skin?
Older pets often develop white eye
May 30, 2004
The complaint “Doctor, Fluffy’s eye is white all of a sudden ” is common by pet owners.
Eagle-decorated pieces popular with collectors
May 30, 2004
Since becoming a part of the Great Seal of the United States in June 20, 1782, the bald eagle emerged as a popular symbol for the country.
Toms takes control
St. Jude Classic leader up by seven
May 30, 2004
David Toms’ struggles appear to be a thing of the past.
Commentary: Colorado officials should be ashamed
May 30, 2004
If they’re not blushing in Boulder, Colo., they should be.
Yanks’ Jeter heating up — finally
May 30, 2004
Remember when Derek Jeter was in a slump?
Griffey proves he still can play
May 30, 2004
Ken Griffey Jr. is feeling good enough to glare.
Mizzou, Oklahoma State reach title game
May 30, 2004
Cody Ehlers hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning to send Missouri into its first Big 12 Conference tournament championship game with a 10-7 victory over Baylor on Saturday.
T’wolves force Game 6
Minnesota avoids elimination with 98-96 win
May 30, 2004
Kevin Garnett wiggled his leg and drummed his fingers. A few seconds into his only rest of the game, he leaped up to put himself back in.
Flames fight past Lightning
Iginla sets tone with early altercation in 3-0 win
May 30, 2004
Jarome Iginla says he’ll do anything possible to help Calgary win the Stanley Cup, even trade punches with another star. Now the Tampa Bay Lightning will find out if there’s any fight left in them.
City band raises baton on summer concert season
May 30, 2004
For many Lawrence residents, summer doesn’t truly begin until they unfold their lawn chairs at South Park and hear the first trumpet calls from the Lawrence City Band.
Fruits of the loom
Artist weaves gallery idea from interest in fiber art
May 30, 2004
Diane Horning describes her new Lawrence gallery as “part studio, part gallery and part retreat.” That may seem like a lot of roles for one space, but this is no ordinary gallery.
The great feature-photo hunt
May 30, 2004
What makes an interesting photograph doesn’t always make for a good story. And vice versa.
Lighten up, brighten up and don’t forget SPF
May 30, 2004
It’s time to let your hair down. Or is it time to pull it back?
Weighing in
Some food companies and restaurants are changing menus and messages to address childhood obesity
May 30, 2004
When not one but three reports came out recently blaming everything from advertising to restaurant menus for childhood obesity, officials at H.J. Heinz Co. could take some satisfaction in knowing the company had already acted on the issue.
Rose pruning doesn’t have to be difficult
May 30, 2004
Pruning a rose bush need not be complicated. The rose, after all, is just another flowering shrub, albeit one that inspires poets and painters, the formation of societies, and an undue amount of words on “special” pruning needs. Despite the fanfare, a rose responds to pruning as does any other shrub.
Summer prompts medical emergencies
May 30, 2004
Summertime, and the hotline is buzzing.
Pujols powers Cardinals
St. Louis takes 10-3 victory over Astros
May 30, 2004
Tony La Russa saw signs that Albert Pujols was ready for a big game.
Angels’ Sele improves to 4-0
Anaheim takes 5-1 triumph over White Sox in battle of divisional leaders
May 30, 2004
Anaheim’s Aaron Sele showed the pitching smarts and ability that have allowed him to stick around the majors for 12 years.
Briefly
May 30, 2004
¢ Tanned teens targeted ¢ City rethinks making dogs wear seat belts ¢ Lawsuit allowed in singer’s death ¢ City may be sinking
Report: Friendly fire killed Pat Tillman
Misidentification led to football player’s death
May 30, 2004
Pat Tillman, the former pro football player, was killed by other American troops in a friendly fire episode in Afghanistan last month instead of by enemy bullets, according to a U.S. investigation of the incident.
PETA undertakes effort to convince Garden City zoo to move elephants
May 30, 2004
An animal rights group is continuing its campaign to persuade the Lee Richardson Zoo to send its two elephants to a more spacious sanctuary, despite the zoo’s plans to expand the elephants’ living quarters.
Lost wallet at March Madness leads to identity theft headaches
May 30, 2004
Marian Wilbur has been afraid to check her mailbox lately. She doesn’t want to see any more billing statements from the mall in Chicago.
Pump Patrol seeks deals
May 30, 2004
The Journal-World has found gasoline prices as low as $1.94 a gallon at Presto Phillips 66, 602 W. Ninth St., and Jayhawk Food Mart, 701 W. Ninth St.
Bush to blame
May 30, 2004
What are you reading?
May 30, 2004
Strong field could return race’s luster
Today’s Brickyard battle features finest lineup since CART/IRL split
May 30, 2004
Slowly but surely the big boys have returned to Indy. Today’s race will feature the strongest field since 1995, the year before many of the top teams and drivers in the established CART series began a boycott of the Brickyard because of the newly formed Indy Racing League.
Pet post
May 30, 2004
Kuerten chases Federer
Top seed falls during third round in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
May 30, 2004
Inspired by the familiar chants of “Guga! Guga!” at Roland Garros, three-time champion Gustavo Kuerten pulled off the latest French Open shocker.
Review: Chronicle of a flood lets readers share experience of victims
May 30, 2004
When the Red River of the North inundated Grand Forks, N.D., in April 1997, images of the water-filled streets and burning downtown buildings filled the TV news. In the following weeks and months came the stories of victims who lost their homes and the long-term effort of recovery.
Arts notes
May 30, 2004
¢ ‘River City Chronicles’ focuses on historic act ¢ Olive Gallery opens show by kid-at-heart artist ¢ Acoustic folk artist to play at Unity Church ¢ Haskell playwright receives award ¢ English landscape painters to give gallery talk ¢ Signs of Life Gallery artist wins top prize ¢ Topeka festival features artists from 11 states ¢ Youth theater offers workshops for kids
1854 law altered course of nation
Historians celebrate 150th anniversary of Kansas-Nebraska Act
May 30, 2004
Take out your pencils and a clean sheet of notebook paper. Today being the 150th anniversary of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, here’s a pop history quiz.
Briefcase
May 30, 2004
¢ State officials to show appreciation for firms ¢ SnagAJob.com offers teens employment tips ¢ Name that company
Horoscopes
May 30, 2004
Faces and places
May 30, 2004
WWII memorial pleases area veterans
May 30, 2004
Lawrence’s World War II veterans will never forget their sacrifices, and they are glad others are remembering them, too.
Resident on mission for home storm shelters
City to consider new requirement
May 30, 2004
When a severe storm struck Lawrence last Monday — carrying with it the possibility of a tornado — Jane Graves didn’t take her family to the basement. She doesn’t have one in her west Lawrence home.
VW devotees flock to Beetle, bus blowout
Free two-day event continues today at fairgrounds
May 30, 2004
Dr. Feelgood was at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds this weekend, but minus the marijuana and live music.
Gallery owner attacked over Iraq abuse painting
May 30, 2004
A San Francisco gallery owner bears a painful reminder of the nation’s unresolved anguish over the incidents at the Abu Ghraib prison: a black eye delivered by an unknown assailant who apparently objected to a painting that depicts U.S. soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners.
3 soldiers find place in history
May 30, 2004
¢ 1st Lt. Russell Lee Harris ¢ Army Master Sgt. Glenn E. Nicholson ¢ Army Capt. Loyd Meredith Willson
Employers use computers in hiring process
Growing number of companies screen job applicants with high-tech approach
May 30, 2004
The Pathmark supermarket here is hiring. But walk-in applicants need not bother asking for a manager.
Pressure? What pressure? Mind games abound
May 30, 2004
The pressure is mounting with the Eastern Conference finals series between Indiana and Detroit tied at two games each.
Bookstore
May 30, 2004
Clopyralid helps control broadleaf weeds
May 30, 2004
Summer days are best spent enjoying picnics on lush, green lawns.
Commentary: Cottonwood challenges
Are state trees dignitary or common criminal?
May 30, 2004
Let me preface this by saying that I have been called a tree-hugger. The label fits. In fact, I embrace it. That’s why it is with great shame that I report my feelings toward the trees in my back yard. I want to hack them limb from limb, even though they are more than 50 feet tall and likely much older than my parents. I’ll admit the trees are gorgeous and provide wonderful shade in the heat of the summer.
Sinking of Baltimore’s Pride focus of new book
May 30, 2004
The Pride of Baltimore rose from the banks of the Inner Harbor in 1976 like a ghost, a regal reminder of the old city’s fading industry and vitality.
The Motley Fool
May 30, 2004
¢ Last week’s answer ¢ Mutual fund tax bites ¢ Forgot why he bought
Jeff Gordon celebrates 10th anniversary of first win
May 30, 2004
Ten years ago, Jeff Gordon was a bit of an outcast when he sped to the first victory of his NASCAR career.
County jobs open; applicants are few
Elective offices often have uncontested races
May 30, 2004
In Douglas County, good jobs tend to go quickly. But there are a few professional jobs available that hardly anyone is seeking.
K.C. plant keeps industrywide problem in check
May 30, 2004
Americans’ growing preference for paying bills via the Internet and shopping with debit cards spells bad news for companies that print checks but good news, at least in the short term, for a printing plant here.
Law likely to end ‘float’ on checks
May 30, 2004
A new federal law designed to speed up electronic processing of checks and reduce costs for banks has another feature some bank customers might not be as happy about.
Grizzly bears may be taken off endangered list
May 30, 2004
For 23 years, Chris Servheen has devoted himself to saving the grizzly bear from dying out in the American West. Now, he’s ready to declare victory.
Monument honors World War II veterans
May 30, 2004
America dedicated a memorial Saturday to the fast-thinning ranks of World War II veterans, a poignant last hurrah drawing together tens of thousands of old soldiers, sailors and heroes of the home front.
Briefly
May 30, 2004
¢ Hamas leader killed in Gaza ¢ Navy commissions destroyer ¢ Soldiers see high school graduations via satellite ¢ Dozens of tribesmen detained