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Voters turning out in ‘steady’ numbers
Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April 5, 2005
(Updated Tuesday at 2:27 p.m.) Today’s races for Lawrence City Commission, plus two bond issues for local schools and a statewide ballot question to ban same-sex marriage in Kansas could draw out 40 percent of Douglas County voters, says the county’s chief election official.
Isolated thunderstorms possible today
April 5, 2005
(Updated Tuesday at 8:36 a.m.) Keep your umbrella handy as you head out to vote today. “It looks like a chance for some spring thunderstorms this afternoon,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. Lawrence is under a slight risk of severe weather this afternoon through 7 a.m. Wednesday, Schack said.
Briefly
April 5, 2005
¢ Researcher invested with KU professorship ¢ University appoints new administrator ¢ Volunteer forum offered at Brandon Woods ¢ New bishop ordained for Wichita diocese
Briefly
April 5, 2005
¢ Palestinian official upset over garbage dump plan ¢ Witness recalls Jackson’s ‘tickling’ ¢ U.N. troops clash with gangs in slum ¢ Bush vows to help Ukraine join NATO
Composite character becomes hero
A KBI agent’s story
April 5, 2005
One of the most seasoned and decorated lawmen in Kansas history, Alvin Dewey Jr. was forever immortalized in Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.”
Garden City officer forgotten in Capote’s book
April 5, 2005
Even today, it’s hard to find a man more respected here than Rich Rohleder, Garden City’s assistant police chief in 1959.
Technology might have helped solve crime faster
April 5, 2005
It’s late afternoon and Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue guides his red Dodge Intrepid along a newly paved street. It’s been nearly 45 years since law enforcement agents descended on the Clutter family farm here on a chilly Sunday morning with a quadruple homicide on their hands.
Vote today
April 5, 2005
The important races and issues on today’s election ballot warrant the attention of all local voters.
Open door
April 5, 2005
Kansas legislators deserve credit for working to keep state government open to public scrutiny.
John Paul II carried message of hope
April 5, 2005
My life’s path never took me closer to Pope John Paul II than a letter several years ago in which he expressed, through one of his senior officials, encouragement to me and my colleagues in our efforts to enhance international awareness.
Dedication to freedom assures pope’s legacy
April 5, 2005
They were an unlikely political “trinity” — Ronald Reagan, the president of the United States who came from the Disciples of Christ Church; Margaret Thatcher, whose background was lower-class Methodist; and Karol Wojtyla, the Roman Catholic priest from Krakow, Poland. Together, they did something no one thought possible: They contributed to the collapse of communism, a political pestilence of the 20th century.
Humane act
April 5, 2005
Right response
April 5, 2005
Fair judiciary
April 5, 2005
Court: Creditors can’t seize IRAs
April 5, 2005
The Supreme Court gave bankrupt Americans another layer of financial protection Monday, ruling that creditors cannot seize their Individual Retirement Accounts.
Kansas clients rush to beat new law’s limits
April 5, 2005
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Monday that IRAs are exempt from creditors in bankruptcy cases won’t affect cases filed in Kansas.
Lawrence group’s aerial work takes off
Consortium eyes market for unmanned vehicles
April 5, 2005
A Lawrence-based consortium is working to create flying equipment that one day could buzz criminals from above, serve as portable cell-phone towers or gauge the moisture content of soybean fields.
ChevronTexaco to buy rival Unocal
California oil companies plan to merge in $16.4 billion deal
April 5, 2005
ChevronTexaco Corp., the nation’s second largest oil company, is buying smaller rival Unocal Corp. for about $16.4 billion, hoping to further accelerate its already surging profits by boosting its energy supplies in Asia.
Double Take: Friends shouldn’t dictate college choice
April 5, 2005
Wes: College selection often creates conflict among families of teenagers. Depending on the situation, this can range from which college to attend, whether to attend college right after high school, or even to attend at all. Jenny is on her way to an out-of-state school this fall, and we decided to tackle this problem over a series of columns this spring and summer, beginning this week. Since it is getting late in this process for many seniors, we decided to jump right to a question that is unique to a college town: Should local seniors attend Kansas University or Haskell Indian Nations University versus another college out of town or state?
Low-fare airlines threaten traditional ones
April 5, 2005
Airlines that offer low fares and provide service to smaller cities are chipping away at traditional large airlines like United and American, say the authors of an annual survey that ranks airline quality.
Oil analyst calls market ‘unstable’
April 5, 2005
Oil prices briefly climbed to record territory above $58 a barrel Monday, as concerns about growing demand and potential supply disruptions once again overshadowed improving crude inventories.
In the halls
April 5, 2005
Journal-World teen board meeting April 21
April 5, 2005
The Journal-World Teen Advisory Board will meet at 7 p.m. April 21 at the News Center, 645 N.H.
Veterinarian to share ribs recipes
April 5, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “A Man with a Pan: Dana Fertig’s Beef Short Rib Menu.”
Tuesday-night television teeming with testosterone
April 5, 2005
What do men want? That’s the billion-dollar question for TV programmers and advertisers. Some cable networks have found success by creating “reality” programming around hyper-masculine figures like Discovery’s “American Chopper,” about a family of motorcycle craftsmen. A&E, a network once considered the “Arts & Entertainment” home of ballet, jazz and deep thinkers, now brags that one of it’s most popular shows is “Dog the Bounty Hunter” (8 p.m., A&E).
Sideways’ DVD a bit of a buzz kill
April 5, 2005
The parade of Oscar movies on DVD continues with today’s release of “Sideways,” director Alexander Payne’s wine-country buddy comedy about two middle-aged men sorting out their personal lives while consuming large quantities of pinot noir. Every movie fan seems to take a different side in the “Sideways” debate. Some see this best picture nominee as an overrated look at two boozing, reprehensible human beings. Others toast it as one of 2004’s finest films, filled with carefully calibrated performances and real, poignant details.
Journalists, photographers, writers, muscians honored with Pulitzer Prizes
April 5, 2005
The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal captured two Pulitzer Prizes apiece Monday, with the Times winning the public service award for exposing racial injustice at an inner-city hospital and the Journal cited for its incisive stories about the plight of cancer survivors.
City Commission to consider new retail design standards
April 5, 2005
When it comes to retail stores, cookie cutters should be something they sell, not a description of their buildings’ designs, Mayor Mike Rundle said.
Bill places new rules on group homes
April 5, 2005
A bill drafted in response to the case of a Newton couple accused of physically and sexually abusing mentally ill adults in their care is headed to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
A.G. says prescription program OK
April 5, 2005
A program allowing Kansans to buy prescription drugs from Canada and Europe is legal under state statutes but “comes perilously close” to violating federal law, Atty. Gen. Phill Kline says.
Wittig attorneys seek new venue, judge for retrial
April 5, 2005
An attorney who also represents former Enron Corp. chief Kenneth Lay told a federal judge Monday she should remove herself from the retrial of two former Westar Energy Inc. executives because she exhibited bias during their first trial.
LHS, FSHS gird for soccer faceoff
April 5, 2005
Today’s city soccer showdown between Lawrence High and Free State will be a new experience for first-year LHS coach Jason Clark and veteran FSHS leader Jason Pendleton.
Official: Emergency crews should fail in anti-terror drill
April 5, 2005
The biggest anti-terrorism drill ever held in the United States got under way Monday with a mock biological attack in New Jersey and a simulated chemical-weapons explosion in Connecticut.
Insurgents, inmates escalate violence in prisons
April 5, 2005
Prisoners at Iraq’s largest detention facility protested the transfer of several detainees deemed “unruly” by authorities, throwing rocks and setting tents on fire in a disturbance that injured four guards and 12 detainees, the military said Monday.
River ‘calling shots’ in flooded Northeast region
April 5, 2005
Flooding from a weekend of drenching rain forced thousands of people from their homes in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and closed the New Jersey Statehouse Monday.
UConn, Syracuse coaches inducted
Boeheim, Calhoun enter Basketball Hall of Fame
April 5, 2005
Last month, Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun became the first college basketball coaches with 700 wins to face each other.
Datebook
April 5, 2005
Bramble services, Lawrence
April 5, 2005
On the record
April 5, 2005
Boeing sales chief promises more orders
April 5, 2005
Boeing Co. doesn’t need money-losing airplane orders to compete with rival Airbus SAS, the company’s new top commercial-jet salesman said Monday.
LakeView Manor residents defying city smoking ban
April 5, 2005
Rebecca Hall lives at Lawrence’s LakeView Manor nursing home and takes her comforts where she can find them.
Pope’s funeral set for Friday
Tens of thousands visit St. Peter’s Basilica
April 5, 2005
Tens of thousands of mourners, some weeping, some praying, streamed through St. Peter’s Basilica on Monday to view the body of Pope John Paul II, lying in state by the altar of the huge Renaissance house of worship. Out of sight, Roman Catholic leaders began meetings that will eventually lead to the selection of his successor.
Lawrence pilot took pope through first U.S. visit
April 5, 2005
Nelson Krueger wasn’t sure what to expect when Pope John Paul II stepped on his plane in 1979.
Self happy for Heels
April 5, 2005
Former University of Illinois basketball coach Bill Self wanted his former Illini players to win the national championship Monday night.
Orioles solid in Sosa’s debut
Slugger thrills home crowd in victory over Oakland
April 5, 2005
Sammy Sosa was doing a little dance in front of his locker as the crowd around him began to grow. He stepped back from the TV cameras and microphones to turn down the volume of the pulsating salsa music on his personal DVD player.
Randa’s blast caps Reds’ rally
April 5, 2005
Pedro Martinez blew ‘em away. Carlos Beltran knocked ‘em in. Everything was going exactly according to plan for the new-look Mets — until Adam Dunn exposed the one area they overlooked.
MLB briefs
April 5, 2005
¢ Cubs, Ramirez agree ¢ Benson shelved ¢ 38 minor-leaguers suspended for steroids ¢ Sanchez penalty begins
Galindo opts to leave KU basketball behind
April 5, 2005
Alex Galindo has decided to leave Kansas University after one season to play basketball closer to his native Puerto Rico.
Big ‘Wheel’ rolls in for K.C. tapings
April 5, 2005
The wheel starts spinning later this week. By the time it stops, Kansas City will be set for a three-week run of nationwide publicity reaching an estimated 10 million homes a night.
Arvid Raymond Grover, Lawrence
April 5, 2005
Life-death wishes: It depends
April 5, 2005
It seems that everyone has an opinion about the Terri Schiavo case, and I am no exception. When it comes to the question of whether she should have lived or died, I answer unequivocally, “It depends.”
Daily ticker
April 5, 2005
6Spors video: LHS track season running strong
April 5, 2005
After the loss of coach Skakel, the team hasn’t noticed much change under new coach Scott Stidham.
Briefly
April 5, 2005
¢ Lawyers: Islamic scholar didn’t recruit for Taliban ¢ Study: 9-11 highlighted flaws in preparedness
Young spoils Royals’ debut
April 5, 2005
Dmitri Young got to the top step of the dugout, pivoted and tipped his helmet to a roaring crowd after becoming just the third player to hit three homers on opening day.
LHS, FSHS motivated by last year’s endings
April 5, 2005
The city’s two high school softball squads are starting a new season today, and both are driven by stinging losses in regional competition last year that kept them from a trip to the Class 6A state tournament.
BU lands Firebird
April 5, 2005
Free State High’s Aaron Williams, a first-team All-Sunflower League selection at goalkeeper last fall, will sign a soccer letter of intent with Baker University today.
UMKC softball visits KU
April 5, 2005
Kansas University’s softball team will try to snap a six-game losing streak when it plays host to Missouri-Kansas City today. Game time is 3 p.m. at Arrocha Ballpark
First Iraq war Medal of Honor awarded
April 5, 2005
Two years to the day after Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith was killed defending his unit from an enemy attack near the Baghdad airport, President Bush on Monday presented his family the first Medal of Honor awarded in more than a decade.
Plumber linked to campaign postcard
April 5, 2005
Mike Capra, a frequent critic of Lawrence City Commission candidate David Schauner, attempted to print a political mailer containing the same language as one voters received Thursday that attempted to link the incumbent to domestic abuse.
Advance voting sets pace for large turnout
County clerk expects at least 40 percent of voters will cast ballots
April 5, 2005
More than 1,500 people had cast advance ballots in Douglas County by Monday’s noon deadline, a sign that turnout in today’s general election could exceed that of two years ago.
County considers restrictions on exotic animals
April 5, 2005
Circuses and other traveling shows that feature exotic animals would be barred from operating in Douglas County under one of two proposals being considered by the Douglas County Commission.
Baylor, Michigan St. have come long way
Eager coaches have lifted both programs
April 5, 2005
Steffanie Blackmon saw a challenge at Baylor and jumped at it. Kristin Haynie was told she could win championships at Michigan State and believed it.
An outspoken critic
Former prosecutor says Capote misrepresented him
April 5, 2005
Beyond his solid 6-foot-4 frame, Duane West is a looming figure in Garden City.
Witness to execution
Prison director Charles McAtee recalls killers
April 5, 2005
Charles McAtee’s phone rang about 2 p.m.
Horoscopes
April 5, 2005
Decemberist’s indie rock rescues folky past
April 5, 2005
It’s not every modern songwriter whose lyrics allude to fops, mariners and magistrates. Ever rarer is one who seamlessly uses words like “purloined,” “penitent” and “pantaloons” in a song.
UNC’s May thrilled to follow father
April 5, 2005
Sean May no longer needs to carry around that old videotape of his father’s national-championship game. Now, he has one of his own.
Nobody can rip Roy Williams again
Now, after beating Illinois, critics can only say former Kansas University coach is champion
April 5, 2005
They never will say never again about Roy Williams.
Briefly
April 5, 2005
¢ New leaders elected for local United Way ¢ Governor signs bill on workers’ comp reform ¢ Forum planned on Social Security reform ¢ Patrol seeks fuel deals
Conference to stress positive role models
April 5, 2005
It’s tough being a young woman today.
Absence speaks
April 5, 2005
Briefcase
April 5, 2005
¢ Verizon threatens to bail on buyout ¢ Wal-Mart stays atop Fortune 500 ¢ Payless ShoeSource restates earnings
Charming cellist wows Lied Center audience
April 5, 2005
Cellist Zuill Bailey may play an instrument that is hundreds of years old, but he exudes an appeal that is decidedly modern.
Roy in blue heaven
Williams finally gets first crown
April 5, 2005
Finally, Roy Williams had a good reason to cry.
Roy’s big win stings a little in Lawrence
April 5, 2005
Why not here?
Additional ‘If I Were Mayor ….’ essays
April 5, 2005
LCC to get makeover
New fairways, greens planned for aging course
April 5, 2005
Lawrence Country’s Club’s golf course, one of the oldest in Kansas, will undergo a massive renovation.
School district lauds top teachers
Free State’s Sam Rabiola, Cordley’s Bev Hyde now in contention for state honors
April 5, 2005
Bev Hyde had no idea what was in store for her.
If I Were Mayor ….’
April 5, 2005
¢ Fireworks would return to city ¢ Potholes would be patched