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Chat transcript with Mayor Boog Highberger
April 14, 2005
(Web Posted Thursday at 4:28 p.m.) Chat with Lawrence Mayor Boog Highberger
Program builds awareness about heart disease in women
April 14, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 2:46 p.m.) It’s the number one killer of American woman — one in five women in the United States have some form of heart disease, according to the American Heart Assn.
Endless sunshine’ expected today
April 14, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 8:55 a.m.) It might have been cold this morning. But you can expect clear skies and a nice warm-up this afternoon — temperatures will be in the low 70s, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Energy costs
April 14, 2005
No more tears
April 14, 2005
Cemetery issues
April 14, 2005
Quote to consider
April 14, 2005
Pope stood firm, but for what?
April 14, 2005
While we are in this interregnum between the funeral and the election, the pause between the personal and the political, may I take a moment? Since the pope’s death I have thought about the way the international eulogies focused on his character, indeed, on the courage of his convictions more than the content of those convictions.
Conn. advances bill on civil unions
Senate must OK House amendments
April 14, 2005
The state House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday that would make Connecticut the second state to establish same-sex civil unions, and the first to do it without a court order.
Gaza settlers settle in to resist evacuation
April 14, 2005
Jewish settlers in Gaza have collected hundreds of tents and are stockpiling food for thousands of supporters they expect to arrive in coming days to help resist this summer’s evacuation.
Plea entered in crowbar beating case
April 14, 2005
A Lawrence man who told police he fantasized about hurting people who angered him has entered a plea to beating an acquaintance in the head with a crowbar.
Printers eager for KU business after closing
April 14, 2005
Printers across the state are hoping to get a piece of $2.5 million in business being outsourced by Kansas University.
Gov. Sebelius signs ‘Military Bill of Rights’
April 14, 2005
Starting July 1, Kansas residents who are the children or spouses of dead and missing soldiers and prisoners of war will be able to attend a public college or university without paying tuition.
BOE hears debate on science curriculum
April 14, 2005
After three hours of debate, the Kansas State Board of Education Wednesday accepted two reports on proposed science curriculum standards: one that supported evolution and another that criticizes it.
Mariah’s emancipation
New album lets Carey get back to being herself
April 14, 2005
Old habits die hard, and so it is that Mariah Carey finds herself at a downtown recording studio well past midnight, rehearsing with her band for shows promoting the release of her new album, “The Emancipation of Mimi.”
Solitary ‘Survivor’ adds twist to game
April 14, 2005
This season’s “Survivor” (7 p.m., CBS) has taken a novel twist. For the first time, the “tribes” are so unevenly matched that the “Ulong” team is currently down to just one player, Stephenie LaGrossa.
Cigarette lighters no longer allowed on airlines
April 14, 2005
Starting today, air travelers must leave their cigarette lighters at home.
FDA panel OKs breast implants
April 14, 2005
In a surprising turnaround, federal health advisers Wednesday recommended allowing silicone-gel breast implants to return to the U.S. market after a 13-year ban on most uses of the devices — but only under strict conditions that will limit how easily women can get them.
Thousands of flu samples still at large
April 14, 2005
At least four countries and more than 1,500 U.S. laboratories reported they had destroyed all their samples of a dangerous flu virus that had been shipped around the world, but thousands of others remained unaccounted for Wednesday as health authorities in 18 countries intensified efforts to prevent a deadly outbreak.
Senators target data brokers
April 14, 2005
In the wake of news that a breach at information broker LexisNexis may have exposed personal information of three times more consumers than initially reported, senators promised a tough new crackdown Wednesday on the loosely regulated commercial data-brokering business.
Retail sales miss mark in March
Analysts blame higher energy prices for consumers’ spending cutback
April 14, 2005
Consumers hit by higher gasoline costs cut back spending last month, raising concerns about whether the economy might be entering another “soft patch” similar to last year’s slowdown.
Coaches offer lessons in leadership
April 14, 2005
Miles Schnaer’s signed basketballs and other Kansas University collectibles rest in his office at Crown Chevrolet Toyota Scion, but the lessons learned from years of athletics connections play quality minutes each and every day out on his sales floor.
Commodities
April 14, 2005
Susquehanna River named most endangered in U.S.
April 14, 2005
Teeming with raw sewage, animal waste and fertilizer runoff, yet responsible for half the Chesapeake Bay’s fresh water, the Susquehanna River is the most endangered river in the United States, according to a report released this week by American Rivers, a national conservation group.
Gooden dispels rumors
April 14, 2005
The reports of former Kansas University basketball player Drew Gooden’s death have been greatly exaggerated.
Wallace joins elite company
Pistons standout reaches milestone in blocks, steals
April 14, 2005
Ben Wallace downplayed his latest feat until he was handed a piece of paper showing the small group he joined.
Bronx Bombers bash Boston
Yankees use long ball to top Red Sox, 5-2
April 14, 2005
Jason Giambi and Bernie Williams socked it to Curt Schilling, and Mariano Rivera stitched up the victory for the Yankees.
Willis baffles bats once again
Florida southpaw pitches second consecutive shutout in 4-0 victory
April 14, 2005
When the eighth inning ended, Dontrelle Willis was the first player out of the Florida Marlins’ dugout, jogging to the mound eager to finish what he started.
Commentary: Hard-hitting sport a risky profession
April 14, 2005
As usual, one or more of the top picks in next week’s NFL draft won’t make it to training camp on time. They’ll come to be known as holdouts and referred to in pejorative terms for what will be perceived as unwarranted selfishness.
Kansas excited about Relays
April 14, 2005
Tim Weaver believes April 23 will be a red-letter day in the history of the Kansas Relays.
FSHS tennis loses, 6-3
April 14, 2005
Free State High’s boys tennis team dropped a 6-3 decision Wednesday at Blue Valley. The Firebirds’ winners were Keith Pipkin, Stephen Donly and Patrick Spurgeon.
KU clips Mizzou
April 14, 2005
Junior Nettie Fierros hit a three-run homer, and Kansas University upended No. 18 Missouri, 5-3, in softball Wednesday night at University Field.
Mariners hold off Royals
Sele helps Seattle manager Hargrove earn 1,000th career victory, 2-1
April 14, 2005
If the first 999 had been this harrowing, Mike Hargrove might never have made it to 1,000.
Firebirds roll, 11-0
Free State dominates K.C. Washington at home
April 14, 2005
It would be tough to gloat about crushing a team that only brought 11 players to play a baseball game, so instead the Free State High squad focused Wednesday on how to improve its own game, even after a decisive 11-0 victory over Kansas City Washington at FSHS.
Seniors bracing for final farewell
Awards ceremony tonight at Lied Center
April 14, 2005
There will be plenty of laughs at Kansas University’s men’s basketball awards ceremony tonight.
Shockers cut down Jayhawks
Scholl homer lone run in 5-1 baseball loss
April 14, 2005
Senior first baseman Andy Scholl’s home run accounted for Kansas University’s only run in a 5-1 baseball loss to Wichita State on Wednesday at Eck Stadium.
Dog owners should be aware of ear problems
April 14, 2005
If you have a dog, it is likely you will see an ear problem; and depending on the breed, it may be more often than you thought possible. In fact, one in five canine pet insurance claims involve ear problems and for this reason, all dog owners should be familiar with how to clean their dog’s ears.
Crabgrass preventer should be applied soon
April 14, 2005
Since Kansas crabgrass typically sprouts in early May, mid-April is a good deadline for applying crabgrass preventer.
Math know-how equals more calculating gardeners
April 14, 2005
Many gardeners spent their middle-school days questioning the usefulness of math.
Fresh blooms
Keep cut flowers as perky in the vase as they were in the ground
April 14, 2005
If you’re like me, when your garden starts coming alive with flowers and blooms, you’re poised with clippers in hand and a vase full of fresh water waiting indoors.
New dolls reflect the children playing with them
April 14, 2005
The doll aisle of most toy stores is full of pretty, perky, plastic girls, mostly with porcelain white skin and long, smooth blond hair. They wear expressions that say they always have a good time — and who wouldn’t in a make-believe world of makeup, Corvettes, surfboards and cell phones?
County growth slowed by rising housing costs
Local wages not keeping pace, researcher says
April 14, 2005
Tiffany and David Ruse almost left Lawrence. They didn’t want to. But when the young couple started their housing search last year, they couldn’t find an affordable home that didn’t require extensive renovations.
State stands to lose seat in Congress
April 14, 2005
Kansas is growing so slowly it risks losing a representative in Congress, a Kansas University researcher said this week.
KU to build warehouse for little-used library materials
April 14, 2005
Stella Bentley is hoping to clear out some space in Kansas University’s libraries.
On the record
April 14, 2005
Correction
April 14, 2005
The process for appointing justices to the Kansas Supreme Court includes a court-appointed committee reviewing nominations from the legal community and submitting three names to the governor’s office. The committee includes some members who are not attorneys. A story in Wednesday’s Journal-World incorrectly described the committee’s membership.
Mildred Almond Gilbreth, Lawrence
April 14, 2005
Sebelius signs Perkins bill
April 14, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday signed into law a measure strengthening public disclosure of government.
Norman E. Maddux, Lawrence
April 14, 2005
James Zundell ‘Jim’ Boyd, Lawrence
April 14, 2005
Local briefs
April 14, 2005
¢ Area officials practice emergency drill ¢ Emily Taylor center names award winners ¢ Public invited to chat with mayor ¢ Kindergarten Roundup under way in district
For shame
April 14, 2005
Daily ticker
April 14, 2005
HINU student-athletes honored by league
April 14, 2005
Nine Haskell Indian Nations University students have been named to the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference scholar-athlete list.
Teens deliver rack-and-roll flair
Young Van Go artists add extra-extra touch
April 14, 2005
The Rack-and-Roll art show that since 2003 has added splashes of exuberant color to downtown Lawrence has grown to include another dozen works.
Rundle speech draws praise
Outgoing mayor finds revelation about sexuality positive
April 14, 2005
Lawrence City Commissioner Mike Rundle was at a checkout stand in The Merc on Wednesday afternoon when two women walked up to him.
Journal-World earns 11 first-place honors from KPA
Kansas Press Assn. recognizes newspaper for front page, photos, Web site
April 14, 2005
The Lawrence Journal-World won 11 first-place awards in the annual Awards of Excellence competition sponsored by the Kansas Press Assn.
KU falls in Sunflower State tennis clash
April 14, 2005
It was close, so close. Never mind that it almost came during a spring session of the Sunflower Showdown.
American shown on video pleading for his life
April 14, 2005
An Indiana man, scared and clutching his passport to his chest, was shown at gunpoint on a videotape aired by Al-Jazeera television Wednesday, two days after he was kidnapped from a water treatment plant near Baghdad. The station said he pleaded for his life and urged U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq.
Study finds health care disparities persist for minorities
April 14, 2005
A four-year study has found that Kansas minorities are not as healthy as their white counterparts.
Briefcase
April 14, 2005
¢ Yao Ming at center of new Garmin ads ¢ Bureau warns of telephone scam ¢ Quarterly profits down at Commerce Bank
Also proud
April 14, 2005
Thousands visit pope’s tomb in Vatican
April 14, 2005
Thousands of pilgrims and tourists, including sandal-footed Franciscan monks and curious sightseers from afar, filed down a somber avenue of papal tombs Wednesday to whisper prayers and lower their heads before the final resting place of Pope John Paul II.
Request to build Lecompton quarry pulled
Company decides not to open site amid mounting opposition from area residents
April 14, 2005
There will be peace in the valley. Residents near a proposed rock pit in a historic valley near Lecompton were celebrating Wednesday after learning N.R. Hamm Quarry Inc. pulled its controversial request to put a quarry near the town.
Arts notes
April 14, 2005
¢ Lawrence Art Auction boasts record year ¢ Community theater to have auditions ¢ Art Guild to feature framer, printmaker
Governor signs open records legislation
April 14, 2005
Kansas government soon will be a little more open under a new law making it clear that public employee contracts and agreements are subject to public scrutiny.
People
April 14, 2005
¢ Jackson accuser’s mother tries to keeps focus off herself ¢ Rehab reports ¢ Museum honors Merv Griffin ¢ Dylan coming to picnic ¢ Pope’s poetry put to music
Medical, dental items difficult to identify
April 14, 2005
Some antiques can’t be identified because they are so odd.
Horoscopes
April 14, 2005
Briefly
April 14, 2005
¢ Clinton cites lesson in tsunami relief ¢ Two more volcanoes show signs of activity ¢ 8 of 9 suspects cleared in ricin plot ¢ Karzai wants U.S. to remain indefinitely
Project to trace evolution, migration of humans and cultures
April 14, 2005
Your family tree may look quite a bit different than you thought it did. Which is to say, you might well be related to the queen of England — but through a common ancestor who lived in Africa tens of millennia ago.
Lawrence’s Glass seeks fourth PBA Senior award
April 14, 2005
Three times in the last five years, Lawrence’s Bob Glass has been named PBA Senior Player of the Year.
Lawrence Police say changes ahead in services
Force plans to add ombudsman
April 14, 2005
Changes are ahead for the Lawrence Police Department as it adjusts to serving a growing community, police and city officials told an audience at a public meeting Wednesday night.
Our town sports
April 14, 2005
Briefly
April 14, 2005
¢ House votes to end federal estate taxes ¢ Claim dropped on finger in chili ¢ Governor denounces cat-hunting proposal ¢ Teen killed in attack after baseball game
Critics reveal shallow attitudes
April 14, 2005
“It’s what’s on the inside that counts,” proclaims a newspaper ad for a luxury down comforter. We might believe that about a puffed-up blanket, but we do not believe it about ourselves. For too many of us, what counts is on the outside.
Rudolph says bombings were blow against abortion
April 14, 2005
A defiant Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty Wednesday to carrying out the deadly bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and three other attacks, saying he picked the Summer Games to embarrass the U.S. government in front of the world “for its abominable sanctioning of abortion on demand.”
A little bit thrift shop, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll
Clothing designer Anna Sui’s latest collection looks to the past for inspiration
April 14, 2005
Anna Sui’s “look” is Anna Sui’s look.
Briefly
April 14, 2005
¢ Dispatcher apologizes for 911 comment ¢ Yale, Columbia students to strike ¢ Lead paint leads to karaoke recall
So fix it
The paper trash bag idea may be a good one, but the products now available are terrible, tearable and tormenting.
April 14, 2005
One of the city’s current projects, presumably on behalf of the environment, is broken. So how about fixing it before even more citizens get perturbed?
Prenatal diagnoses raise moral dilemmas
April 14, 2005
In Britain, as in Europe generally, abortion law has not been made by judges proclaiming glistening, hard-edged rights that cannot be compromised. Rather, abortion law has been made by lawmakers — imagine that — seeking to accommodate clashing sensibilities. That is one reason why British law is less extreme than America’s essentially unlimited right to abortion on demand.