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Galindo mulls possible transfer
April 1, 2005
(Web Posted Friday at 3:08 p.m.) Kansas freshman Alex Galindo is considering a possible transfer, KU Coach Bill Self said from the Final Four today in St. Louis.
Local Catholic clergy await word on pope’s condition
April 1, 2005
(Updated Friday at 4:17 p.m.) Despite earlier reports this afternoon that Pope John Paul II had died, Lawrence’s Roman Catholic community was still awaiting definitive news on the ailing pontiff’s condition.
Flags to be lowered for Gernon
April 1, 2005
(Updated Friday at 1:34 p.m.) Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has ordered flags lowered Saturday in honor of Kansas Supreme Court Justice Robert Gernon of Lawrence, who died Wednesday.
Post office investigating postcards attacking Schauner
April 1, 2005
(Web Posted Friday at 1:31 p.m.) Lawrence postal officials have launched an investigation into possible federal violations of postal law related to an anonymous, spurious postcard attempting to link City Commissioner David Schauner to domestic abuse.
Water line break leaves parts of downtown dry for a spell
April 1, 2005
(Updated Friday at 11:46 a.m.) A water line break left parts of downtown Lawrence without water for about three hours this morning.
No fooling — summer-like weather moving in
April 1, 2005
(Updated Friday at 8:44 a.m.) Put away your umbrella and pull out the sunglasses today — no kidding. Although it’s April Fool’s Day, Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist, isn’t joking around about his weather forecast: clear skies are headed to Lawrence, with temperatures soaring into the 70s by Sunday.
Yes’ for schools
Passage of two bond issue questions on Tuesday’s ballot will be a good investment in promoting the safety and learning of Lawrence school children.
April 1, 2005
Maintaining a strong public school system is important for our children, but they aren’t the only ones who benefit. Good schools help attract businesses and good employees to Lawrence and keep them here.
Loving God
April 1, 2005
No compromise
April 1, 2005
Tax dollars
April 1, 2005
Bond support
April 1, 2005
A sad ending
April 1, 2005
East-side support
April 1, 2005
Family support
April 1, 2005
Pro tradition
April 1, 2005
Column critic
April 1, 2005
Roller warriors
The down-and-dirty sport of roller derby is being embraced by a new generation of women
April 1, 2005
It’s the ultimate girl fight. Women push and shove. They body-check each other. They get in brawls. They purposely fall to take out an opposing team’s player. But this isn’t football or rugby. It’s a full-contact sport that involves roller skates, flashy outfits and — usually — fishnets.
Sin City’ a graphic triumph
April 1, 2005
Several modern movies have tried to bring the look and feel of a comic book to life. Not just to adapt comic characters into a cinematic setting, but really capture the episodic, exaggerated, colorful texture of an actual ink-and-paper product.
Locals recall best Fools’ Day pranks
April 1, 2005
A new study has determined that daily contact with newsprint ink can cause hair loss and impotence. APRIL FOOLS! Among the most underappreciated of “holidays,” April 1 represents the one time of the year when it’s socially acceptable — and often encouraged — to get away with just about anything.
Doc goes ‘Inside the Nazi State’
April 1, 2005
The Holocaust is a subject well-covered in documentary form, both on television and in feature films. Historian Laurence Rees knows that.
Best Bets
April 1, 2005
Capitol Briefing
April 1, 2005
¢ Wednesday’s highlights: ¢ Todays’s schedule ¢ Quote of the day ¢ School finance countdown
Lawsuit reform bill draws pleas for veto
April 1, 2005
Advocates for the elderly and disabled on Thursday called on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to veto legislation they said would protect nursing homes that have mistreated residents.
Crude prices hit $55 a barrel
April 1, 2005
Crude futures rallied above $55 a barrel Thursday, helped by rising prices for gasoline and heating oil and an investment bank report that said demand and tight supplies could cause a “super spike” that sends prices above $100 a barrel.
Farmers to plant fewer beans amid low prices, disease
Growers plant more corn, less wheat this year
April 1, 2005
Farmers will grow fewer soybeans this year because of the rapidly spreading Asian rust disease and low prices, the Agriculture Department predicted Thursday.
Commodities
April 1, 2005
Briefcase
April 1, 2005
¢ U.S. defense leader to lead World Bank ¢ 30-year mortgages reach 8-month high ¢ Incomes, spending show solid gains
Sharapova stops Venus
Brit advances to finals of Nasdaq-100
April 1, 2005
Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams reached a crescendo in the final game, swapping shrieks that accompanied their shots in a series of furious exchanges.
KU sees rebound in National Merit Scholar enrollment
April 1, 2005
The number of National Merit scholars on the Kansas University campus is on the rise again.
Lew Perkins Provision’ on the verge of passage
April 1, 2005
The Kansas Legislature on Thursday appeared on the verge of expanding the list of government records that must be made public, including a new provision that would require university faculty to file financial interest reports.
Suicide car bomber targets religious pilgrims, kills five
April 1, 2005
A suicide car bomber blew himself up Thursday near an Islamic shrine, killing five Iraqis in the latest attack on Shiite Muslim pilgrims marking a major religious holiday.
Opponents criticize Mugabe, election
April 1, 2005
On the surface, the process looked fair: Zimbabweans lined up peacefully and cast ballots Thursday in a parliamentary election President Robert Mugabe wants to vindicate his nearly 25-year rule.
Soldier convicted in Iraqi’s shooting death
April 1, 2005
A military court Thursday convicted a U.S. Army tank company commander of a lesser criminal charge in connection with the shooting death of a wounded Iraqi last year.
Briefly - World
April 1, 2005
¢ U.S. military plane crashes; 9 believed dead ¢ Prince Albert takes over ¢ Kazakh president criticizes uprising ¢ U.S. soldiers accused of cocaine smuggling ¢ Compromise made on Abbas gunmen ¢ Council OKs trials for Sudan war crimes
Sorenstam best, but men’s sports dominate
April 1, 2005
Tiger Woods hasn’t won 59 tournaments, or shot a 59 when it counted. Come to think of it, he never has jumped in a pond after winning, either.
One hole sullies Players Championship
April 1, 2005
The Players Championship dodged a major bullet. The PGA Tour’s showcase event was teetering on the edge of ridicule, although not for obvious reasons. It only would have looked bad if the fifth major had needed six days to find a winner.
Colorful array brightens tour
April 1, 2005
Already known for flipping up the bill of his cap, Jesper Parnevik took fashion to a new extreme at the 1997 Bob Hope Classic when he showed up on the practice range with a bright array of tight-fitting clothes from Swedish designer Johan Lindeberg.
Piazza among players who long for hockey
Mets catcher: NHL lockout frustrating
April 1, 2005
With NHL arenas shut this past winter, something was missing this offseason for Mike Piazza, Larry Walker, Eric Gagne and Tom Glavine.
Bonderman skipped senior year to chase dream
Tigers pitcher will be youngest to make opening-day start since 1986
April 1, 2005
Jeremy Bonderman knew he had a right arm suited for pitching, not raising in a classroom. So the Detroit Tigers pitcher earned a general equivalency diploma as a junior at Pasco (Wash.) High School and skipped his senior year to enter the draft at age 18.
Texas’ Drese baffles Royals
April 1, 2005
Ryan Drese, the Texas Rangers’ opening-day starter, threw five scoreless innings Thursday to help the Rangers defeat the Kansas City Royals, 3-0.
MSU finally back in Final Four
Spartans seniors overcame struggles for return trip
April 1, 2005
The Final Four merely was expected when Alan Anderson, Kelvin Torbert and Chris Hill started their careers at Michigan State. They didn’t expect it to be a four-year trip.
Similarities abound for Cardinals
Louisville’s Final Four squad mirrors 1980 champs
April 1, 2005
At halftime of a game with South Florida, Rick Pitino kept the Cardinals on the bench so they could watch a ceremony honoring the school’s 1980 NCAA championship team.
Notorious sex offender is moving to Lawrence
State won’t reveal address, citing privacy of convict
April 1, 2005
One of the state’s most notorious child molesters is being released from a state prison hospital next week and coming to live in Lawrence.
Bitter end brings more bitterness in Schiavo case
41-year-old dies in husband’s arms 13 days after tube pulled
April 1, 2005
Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman who became the focus of a family feud that mushroomed into a national right-to-life debate, died Thursday, 15 years after slipping into what doctors said was a persistent vegetative state and 13 days after a Florida judge ordered her feeding tube removed. She was 41.
Kansas Supreme Court justice dies of cancer at 61
Bench vacancy comes amid legislative turmoil
April 1, 2005
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Robert L. Gernon of Lawrence, a man known for his love of the law and well-honed sense of humor, has died from complications of cancer. He was 61.
KU’s law school suffers dramatic fall in national rankings
April 1, 2005
The Kansas University school of law took a major hit in U.S. News and World Report rankings released Thursday, falling from 63rd to 100th nationally.
Final Four field caps exciting NCAA Tournament
April 1, 2005
Rick Pitino and Roy Williams, overachieving Michigan State and almost-undefeated Illinois. The Final Four teams will have to put on quite a show if they’re going to match the excitement of possibly the best NCAA Tournament ever.
KU signee has Wright stuff
Future Jayhawk team player
April 1, 2005
Amir Johnson saw Julian Wright when he arrived for the McDonald’s All-American game Saturday in South Bend and nearly did a double take.
Woodling: Self due a bonus for KU’s success
April 1, 2005
Dribbling into the free-throw lane while wondering which will come first — a $3 gallon of gasoline or five-minute breaks for TV commercials during the NCAA Tournament? …
No. 16 Aggies on deck for Kansas baseball
April 1, 2005
Kansas University’s baseball schedule isn’t becoming any easier.
Analysts say U.S. system worked in Schiavo case
April 1, 2005
The battle to save Terri Schiavo pitted the courts against Congress, at least half of the Florida Legislature and the administrations of both Gov. Jeb Bush and his brother, President Bush.
Fresno State’s athletic department in disarray
University has endured dismissal of popular women’s basketball coach, resignations of men’s basketball coach, athletic director
April 1, 2005
Fresno State’s athletic department is a mess. The Bulldogs are minus men’s and women’s basketball coaches after both left amid controversy in a two-week span this month.
Tennessee in familiar place
April 1, 2005
The ceiling at Thompson-Boling Arena would be crowded if the Tennessee Lady Vols hung a banner for all their trips to the Final Four. There already are six national title banners squeezed up there, and coach Pat Summitt would like to make room for another.
On the record
April 1, 2005
Correction
April 1, 2005
A bridge that will be replaced about three-quarters of a mile south of Douglas County Road 458 will be 40 feet wide to allow for two 12-foot lanes and 8-foot shoulders on each side of the bridge. Two curves south of the bridge also will be widened to allow for two 12-foot lanes with 8-foot shoulders on each side of the road. An article in Thursday’s Journal World misstated how wide the roads and bridge would be made through a county project.
Robert L. ‘Bob’ Gernon, Lawrence
April 1, 2005
Brian Keith Willich, Horton
April 1, 2005
Norberto Salinas, Ann Arbor, Mich.
April 1, 2005
Jackson Allen Plumlee, Flower Mound, Texas
April 1, 2005
Compromise budget wins House approval
$11.3 billion plan expected to be OK’d by Senate today
April 1, 2005
A compromise $11.3 billion state budget was one vote away Thursday from going to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Governor is sent bill toughening crime laws
April 1, 2005
Legislation increasing penalties for criminals preying on children has been sent to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Graduate school shows improvement
April 1, 2005
Kansas University officials said they were pleased with how the university fared in new U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings released Thursday.
Report: Spy agencies ‘dead wrong’
President vows changes in wake of commission’s strong criticism
April 1, 2005
A damning report by a presidential commission concluded Thursday that the United States knows “disturbingly little” about nuclear and biological threats from dangerous adversaries, years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the nation’s intelligence missteps on Iraqi weapons.
Bush’s pre-emptive policy may get new scrutiny
April 1, 2005
The latest intelligence-failure report to land on President Bush’s desk raises serious questions about his policy of pre-emptive action against potential foes: How can he order such strikes if he doesn’t have solid information?
Pope suffers heart failure, Vatican officials say
April 1, 2005
Pope John Paul II suffered heart failure during treatment for a urinary tract infection and was in “very serious” condition today, the Vatican said.
Krische: Pontiff to leave ‘tremendous’ legacy
April 1, 2005
Even though Pope John Paul II has been in fragile health for months, Monsignor Vince Krische has made no plans for the pontiff’s passing.
WSU sweeps KU
April 1, 2005
Kansas University’s softball team dropped a doubleheader to Wichita State, 5-4 in eight innings, and 7-3, Thursday at Wilkins Stadium.
KU football collects juco cornerback
April 1, 2005
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino said on signing day he still was searching for a cornerback. He might have gotten his guy Thursday.
Juan gone once again
Indians place Gonzalez on 15-day DL
April 1, 2005
Juan Gonzalez couldn’t even make it to opening day with the Cleveland Indians. The 35-year-old slugger was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday by the Indians, who will go north to begin the 2005 season and leave the oft-injured outfielder behind in Florida to rehab his strained right hamstring.
LHS splits
April 1, 2005
After dropping the first game of a baseball doubleheader, 6-4, Thursday at Leavenworth, Lawrence High’s baseball squad crushed the Pioneers, 13-0, in a five-inning, run-rule affair in the nightcap to earn its first victory of the season.
Sixers’ Webber sidelined because of shoulder injury
April 1, 2005
Philadelphia 76ers forward Chris Webber will miss seven to 10 days after spraining his left shoulder against the Phoenix Suns, the team said Thursday.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
April 1, 2005
Two bills pushed by abortion opponents cleared the Legislature, one imposing new rules for abortion clinics and another requiring doctors performing abortions on girls under 14 to preserve fetal tissue for possible prosecutions of child rapists.
Marlins unsure about Pierre
April 1, 2005
Juan Pierre played every inning of Florida’s game last season — the only major leaguer to manage the feat. Nobody knows if he’ll be ready for the first inning of 2005.
People
April 1, 2005
¢ Prince Charles reveals his discomfort with media ¢ Spears takes aim at tabloids ¢ Birthdays
Regime’ blamed for poisoning
Ukrainian president says investigation nearly complete
April 1, 2005
President Viktor Yushchenko said Thursday that investigators were closing in on those who poisoned him with a massive dose of the industrial pollutant dioxin during last fall’s campaign, and that the suspects served in the highest circles of the government of his predecessor, Leonid Kuchma.
Liquor sales, school board elections among issues on Tuesday’s ballot
April 1, 2005
De Soto voters will decide Tuesday the matter of Sunday liquor sales.
Phillies send outfielder Byrd to minors
April 1, 2005
Marlon Byrd has gone from starter to backup to the minors again. Byrd, the opening-day center fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies the last two seasons, was sent to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, clearing the way for veteran Jose Offerman to make the team.
Two abortion bills sent to governor
KCK doctor’s license suspension upheld for full board’s review
April 1, 2005
Two bills pushed by abortion opponents cleared the Legislature on Thursday, the same day a doctor whose Kansas City, Kan., clinic is embroiled in the debate failed to have his license reinstated.
No more Nike
Jayhawks to sport adidas apparel
April 1, 2005
Kansas University is switching from swooshes to stripes. The Kansas University Athletics Department is putting the finishing touches on a deal to outfit all 17 of KU’s official sports — from swimming to tennis to football and men’s basketball — in adidas uniforms, warm-ups, shoes, sweatbands and other apparel.
Corporate greed no April Fools’ joke to retirees
April 1, 2005
Way back when, during the silent movie era, the worst stereotype of greedy businessmen was the Scrooge-like figure who stole from the elderly to add to his bag of ill-gotten loot. Surely things have changed since then.
Horoscopes
April 1, 2005
6Sports video: Free State’s Morningstar heading to prep school
April 1, 2005
Free State High senior Brady Morningstar will skip college next year to attend a prep school somewhere on the East Coast this fall.
6Sports video: Scholar Athlete of the Month
April 1, 2005
Eudora High senior Kayla Moyer is this month’s High School Scholar Athlete.
Video: The Bionics vs. The Dogfightin’ Dames
The Kansas City Roller Warriors: Match One, Season One
April 1, 2005
The Dogfightin’ Dames took on The Bionics on March 19 at the Winnwood Skate Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Petco’s dimensions have Padres fuming
April 1, 2005
Ryan Klesko tries to say the right things about Petco Park. He really does.
Raiders take dual with Lions
Lawrence still sluggish following lengthy spring-break layoff
April 1, 2005
Luckily for Lawrence High girls swimming coach Ryan Adams, Thursday’s dual loss to Shawnee Mission South happened early in the season.
Queen Latifah better than overstyled ‘Beauty Shop’
April 1, 2005
Just one degree of separation now exists between Queen Latifah and Kevin Bacon. After seeing “Beauty Shop,” you’ll wish they’d never met.
Tenants to Homeowners director leaving position
April 1, 2005
Alan Bowes is asking community members to think about the issue that has been on his mind the past 10 years as executive director of Lawrence’s Tenants to Homeowners.
Black Cloud’ reigns inside Liberty Hall
April 1, 2005
For 13-year-old Dacotah Hasvold, Rick Schroder is more than the former star of “NYPD Blue” — he’s the director of “Black Cloud,” a movie that gave Hasvold, a member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe, a reason to smile.
Gambling again up for debate
Supporters say expanding casinos could mean more money for Kansas schools
April 1, 2005
With the legislative session hurtling toward an end, a push for expanded gambling seemed to be fizzling, at least for now.
Local briefs
April 1, 2005
¢ Smoking motor causes fieldhouse evacuation ¢ Teacher facing charges resigns from district ¢ Kansas abortions drop ¢ Filmmaker to speak on U.S.-Japanese relations ¢ Telescope with KU mirror to be dedicated
Women giving Baylor needed boost
Lady Bears’ trip to Final Four just what reeling Big 12 university needed
April 1, 2005
If ever a college sports program needed a shining light, it was Baylor University. The further the Lady Bears go in the NCAA Tournament, the brighter things look in Waco, Texas.
Koppel leaving ‘Nightline’
April 1, 2005
Ted Koppel, who has provided a late-night alternative to laughs as anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” since it began 25 years ago, said Thursday he would leave the network when his contract expired in December.
Louise Rials, Lawrence
April 1, 2005
Robert Alan Roller, Lawrence
April 1, 2005
Bulls charge past Cavs in overtime
Gooden’s double-double not enough for Cleveland
April 1, 2005
LeBron James’ game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation could have crushed the Chicago Bulls. Instead, it made them more determined to keep their winning streak intact.
Simien defends former coach
April 1, 2005
¢ Roy’s phone calls ¢ High praise ¢ Retired jersey ¢ AAU tourney coming
Damaged roads, bridges slow earthquake relief effort
April 1, 2005
Angry and hungry survivors were demanding help from Indonesia’s government Thursday, three days after an earthquake leveled homes and slowed the delivery of aid over roads and bridges battered by the temblor.
Commentary: Few build them better than Pitino
Louisville coach heading to Final Four with third different program, and it’s no coincidence
April 1, 2005
Rick Pitino made history last weekend when he coached his third different team to the NCAA Final Four after Louisville outlasted West Virginia in overtime to win the Albuquerque Regional.
Phi Kappa Theta loses appeal to prevent expulsion
April 1, 2005
A Kansas University fraternity has lost an appeal to remain an active chapter on campus. The seven-member executive board of the Interfraternity Council on Thursday upheld the expulsion of Phi Kappa Theta, whose members held a party Feb. 19 that resulted in nine citations for alcohol violations and the seizure of 16 kegs of beer by police.
Roberts may open on San Diego’s DL
Outfielder bothered by nagging groin injury; Phillies’ Thome homers in return to action
April 1, 2005
Dave Roberts, the San Diego Padres’ new center fielder and leadoff hitter, probably will start the season on the 15-day disabled list because of a lingering groin injury.
Free State’s Morningstar opting for prep school
April 1, 2005
Free State High senior basketball guard Brady Morningstar has decided to attend prep school for a year before accepting a major college scholarship.
Kansas high school sports scores from March 31
April 1, 2005
Area brief
April 1, 2005
¢ Former athlete shot to death over cigarette
Calendar
April 1, 2005
This Weekend’s Highlights
April 1, 2005
Lawrence Datebook
April 1, 2005
Simplified tax code a blissful possibility
April 1, 2005
The power to tax involves, as Chief Justice John Marshall said, the power to destroy. So does the power of tax reform, which is one reason why Rep. John Linder, a Georgia Republican, has a 133-page bill to replace 55,000 pages of tax rules.
Bush’s Social Security plan differs from federal program
April 1, 2005
The retirement savings plan that federal employees enjoy and President Bush cites as a model for his individual investment accounts differs in a key regard from what he proposes: Bush would carve the new accounts out of the Social Security taxes workers now pay.
Briefly - Nation
April 1, 2005
¢ Cookie may be key to Powerball fortunes ¢ 5-year-old calls 911 about parents’ deaths ¢ City sued by witness to fatal porch collapse ¢ Brownback visits test possible presidential bid ¢ Aquarium releases record-setting shark ¢ Ex-national security adviser to plead guilty ¢ Massachusetts House approves stem cell bill ¢ CDC: Tobacco use steady among U.S. students ¢ Clinton receives honor in 1st public appearance
Mysterious postcards target Schauner
Mailings suggest unfounded connections to domestic abuse
April 1, 2005
An anonymous opponent of City Commission candidate David Schauner blanketed the city Thursday with a spurious postcard attempting to link the incumbent to domestic abuse.
South Carolina claims crown
Late three-pointer dooms Saint Joseph’s, 60-57
April 1, 2005
Tarence Kinsey was a timeout away from being a spectator instead of the hero. Known more for defense, Kinsey hit a three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left to lift South Carolina to a 60-57 victory Thursday night in the NIT championship game.
Phyllis Ann Norton, Oskaloosa
April 1, 2005
KU women reception
April 1, 2005
Today is the deadline for making reservations for the Kansas University women’s basketball postseason awards reception at 3 p.m. April 10 at the Marriott Spring Hill Suites.
Area races
April 1, 2005