Archive for Saturday, April 16, 2005

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Image change
April 16, 2005
Senior salute
April 16, 2005
Additional steps
April 16, 2005
Election message
April 16, 2005
Filibuster ban won’t help courts
April 16, 2005
The federal bench needs reforming. No doubt about it. Too many of the robed ones are extremists from both the left and the right. Too many are living in an ivory tower. That’s why the last thing this country needs is a Senate ban on filibusters against judicial nominees.
City’s Earth Day events begin today
April 16, 2005
The city’s weeklong celebration of the earth culminates with the Earth Day Parade and Celebration in South Park on April 23.
Roommates return home to find man wearing their clothes
April 16, 2005
Two Lawrence women returned to their rental house Thursday and found a stranger standing by their front door, wearing one of the women’s pajama pants and T-shirt.
Vatican employees take vow of secrecy before conclave
April 16, 2005
They sat quietly on hard wooden pews, nuns in simple habits, clergymen in red-sashed cassocks, chauffeurs in sober suits, all waiting their turn to solemnly swear to keep the secrets of the papal conclave.
Commodities
April 16, 2005
Happy Birthday Twinkie
The little yellow spongecakes everyone likes to deride celebrate their 75th year
April 16, 2005
C’mon, admit it. You eat Twinkies. You love ‘em. Maybe you feel a little guilty about it, but you’re not alone. Americans spent $47 million on them in the past 12 months. That’s right. The junk food we love to ridicule.
U.N. secretary-general goes on the offensive as criticism mounts
April 16, 2005
Besieged over the oil-for-food program and other scandals, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has taken a tougher stand, defending himself against U.S. opponents, the media and even member governments.
Monaco bids emotional farewell to Prince Rainier
April 16, 2005
Prince Rainier III was reunited in death with his beloved Princess Grace on Friday in Monaco’s cathedral, with an emotional and pomp-filled funeral at the site where the two began their fairy-tale marriage nearly half a century ago.
Splashy Lincoln museum opens today
April 16, 2005
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum opens today with a silicone Lincoln in the rotunda and media pundit Tim Russert introducing mock TV attack ads from the campaign of 1860.
Dow plummets on economic fears
Stock markets decline on high oil prices, IBM earnings report
April 16, 2005
Wall Street suffered its worst single day in nearly two years Friday, with the Dow Jones industrial average falling 191 points for its third straight triple-digit loss.
Golden Arches marks Golden anniversary
April 16, 2005
Open a newspaper and find stories about people suing McDonald’s because its food supersized them, its coffee burned them and its fries secretly were cooked in beef-flavored oil.
Lawrence restaurant remodeling, expanding
April 16, 2005
The fast food at a McDonald’s restaurant on Sixth Street is set to be served even faster.
Surveys show students expect colleges to help in exploring life’s meaning
April 16, 2005
For some young adults, spirituality goes hand in hand with religious practice. For others, it is a substitute. Regardless, young Americans are actively engaged in spiritual questions, two new surveys indicate, even if they may not be exploring them in traditional ways.
Briefly - Nation
April 16, 2005
¢ Alabama parish quits national Episcopal church ¢ Search continues for missing teenager ¢ Conservative lawmaker: DeLay should step aside ¢ Friends, relatives gather for Schiavo memorial ¢ Study finds greenhouse gas limits affordable ¢ Suspect charged in fashion writer’s death ¢ High energy prices on Group of Seven agenda ¢ FDA orders Levitra television ad off the air ¢ Wendy’s doubles reward in finger mystery ¢ State lottery plans virtual horse racing ¢ Courthouse shooter returns for hearing
Parents need to teach infants lessons for good night’s sleep
April 16, 2005
Grown-ups think infants have it made when it comes to sleep: Questions, concerns and overactive imaginations don’t interrupt their slumber. They don’t have phones to answer. And barking dogs aren’t their problem, either.
Sleep Lady’ offers tips to counter myths
April 16, 2005
While sleep is a natural biological function, Kim West, a mother and a social worker, makes the argument in her book “Good Night, Sleep Tight: The Sleep Lady’s Gentle Guide To Helping Your Child Go To Sleep, Stay Asleep, and Wake Up Happy” that people need to be taught sleep habits.
Hot springs provides respite from stresses
April 16, 2005
New Mexico has beckoned as a land of enchantment ever since Spanish conquistadors invaded it in the 16th century, searching for riches.
Brave heart
Jessica Lange opts for some of the most challenging roles in American drama
April 16, 2005
Talk about ghosts. In the darkened gloom of an empty Gramercy Park restaurant before the dinner crowd arrives, Jessica Lange sits at a corner table, sips a cup of coffee and talks about the extraordinary women created by Tennessee Williams. She’s played her share of them.
Series reveals FDR’s personal secrets
April 16, 2005
When Franklin Roosevelt died 63 years ago on April 12, 1945, many Americans felt as if they had lost a father or close friend.
Arts note
April 16, 2005
¢ Lawrence vocalists to sing for charity
Best Bets
April 16, 2005
Soldiers mourn Afghan toddler’s death
Boy dies two days after return home from U.S. heart surgery
April 16, 2005
An Afghan toddler taken to the United States for surgery to fix a life-threatening heart ailment died Friday, two days after returning home to a muddy refugee camp from the trip arranged with the help of U.S. soldiers.
Military News
April 16, 2005
Club News
April 16, 2005
People and Places
April 16, 2005
4-H and FCE News
April 16, 2005
Watergate journalist says media losing public’s trust
April 16, 2005
One of the nation’s most renowned journalists on Friday accused his profession of squandering the public trust. “You can’t serve the public good without the truth as a bottom line,” said Carl Bernstein, the former Washington Post reporter who, along with Bob Woodward, broke and covered the Watergate scandal, which resulted in the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
Simons: Success of state’s bioscience effort will depend on leadership
April 16, 2005
Last week, considerable attention was focused on the importance of the field of biosciences on the future of Kansas City, Lawrence, Kansas University, Kansas State University and the state of Kansas.
Technology touted for tornado prediction
April 16, 2005
New technology set to debut later this month will enable weather forecasters to predict a tornado’s path, officials of the private WeatherData Inc. forecasting service said.
Abandoned baby sparks debate on law
April 16, 2005
A young mother, overwhelmed with the responsibility of raising her infant son and wanting him to have a better life, arranges to have the baby dropped off at a hospital emergency room. It’s just the scenario lawmakers envisioned when they passed the state’s “Baby Moses Law,” known as the Safe Place for Newborns Act, in 2002. Or is it?
Preliminary hearing for Dennis Rader to begin Tuesday
BTK serial killings
April 16, 2005
The preliminary hearing for accused BTK serial killer Dennis Rader is expected to provide the public its first glimpse at the state’s case against him.
Husband pleads guilty in wife’s shooting death
April 16, 2005
A man accused of killing his wife after she found out he lied about getting into medical school pleaded guilty to murder Friday, making a simple declaration to the judge: “I intentionally shot Lori Hacking in the head with a .22 rifle.”
Making hay of tax day lands Lawrence on TV
April 16, 2005
Todd Wyant said he could have sent his state tax return through the telefile system days ago, but it wouldn’t have been as much fun as going to the downtown Lawrence post office Friday night. As Wyant shuffled through the line to mail his return, the sound of the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band and the smell of free “roadkill stew” filled the air.
Statehouse school plan might be in trouble
Court has questions about revenue source, sufficiency of proposal
April 16, 2005
The Kansas Supreme Court indicated Friday that it has serious questions about the Legislature’s recently approved education funding plan and will consider appointing a special master to review school finance issues.
City’s smoking ban survives first legal fight
But enforcing the law might be tougher than officials imagined
April 16, 2005
The city’s public smoking ban has withstood its first court challenge. Municipal Judge Randy McGrath on Friday ruled the ban was constitutional. But he also signaled that prosecutors will have a tough time enforcing the law — finding Lawrence club owner Dennis Steffes not guilty in four of five cases where he was charged with letting customers of Coyote’s Night Club and Last Call smoke in violation of the ban.
Study: As town drops cigarettes, heart attacks also drop
Findings draw critics, but inspire speculation about whether Lawrence might have its own ‘heart miracle’
April 16, 2005
It came to be called the “Helena heart miracle.” In the city of Helena, Mont., two doctors published a now-famous 2002 study showing that hospital admissions for heart attacks dropped dramatically after a city smoking ban took effect.
Federer’s winning streak ends at 25
Gasquet, 18, stuns top-ranked player in Monte Carlo
April 16, 2005
Roger Federer’s 25-match winning streak — the longest in men’s tennis since 1984 — ended Friday at the hands of a French teenager not even ranked in the top 100.
Mets’ Heilman blanks Marlins
April 16, 2005
Aaron Heilman threw one pitch here and the next one there, working in and out with movement and location, showing the kind of quality the New York Mets have always hoped for from the lanky right-hander.
Berroa’s eighth-inning blast caps K.C. rally
April 16, 2005
After scoring a total of five runs during a three-game sweep by Seattle, the Kansas City Royals quickly found themselves down 5-0 to Detroit after one inning.
Jackson accuser’s mother admits lies in previous suit
April 16, 2005
The mother of Michael Jackson’s young accuser acknowledged lying under oath twice in an unrelated case during a furious exchange Friday with the pop star’s lawyer, who tried to portray the woman as a con artist.
Report criticizes columnist’s work for government
April 16, 2005
Senior Bush administration officials showed poor judgment and wasted money in hiring conservative commentator Armstrong Williams to promote the president’s agenda even though they violated no laws or ethics rules, an internal inquiry has concluded.
Brake problems shut down high-speed Amtrak line
April 16, 2005
Amtrak shut down its high-speed Acela trains Friday after maintenance crews discovered cracked brake parts on several of its cars, and officials of the rail line said the trains could be out of service for months.
Bush tax bill drops for ‘04
April 16, 2005
President Bush reported adjusted gross income of $784,219 for last year, on which he paid $207,307 in federal taxes — about $20,000 less than the previous year, according to the president’s return released Friday by the White House.
Red Sox warn fans in wake of Sheffield scuffle
April 16, 2005
The Boston Red Sox promised more signs and more security Friday to remind fans not to interfere with play, hoping to avoid another scuffle like the one between New York Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield and a fan in the right-field corner at Fenway Park.
Mayer: Timmons family keeps doing great things for KU
April 16, 2005
Leave it to Bob Timmons to create major headlines at least once every 40 years. Of course, the beloved former Kansas University track coaching icon was an eminently successful high school coach before 1965. Then he led athletes great and small to national and international honors for 23 years.
Fambrough eager to lace ‘em up again
April 16, 2005
Don Fambrough’s strong leg is back for an encore. The Kansas University football team’s link to the good old days plans to limber up his leg and kick extra points once again for his squad at today’s alumni game.
Jayhawks healthy for spring game
With injuries nearly a non-issue, Barmann-Swanson quarterback battle likely highlight at today’s scrimmage
April 16, 2005
Perhaps more relieving than anything for Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino is that this year’s spring workouts produced no major injuries.
Shoes big sell for Self
Switching to adidas doesn’t bother coach
April 16, 2005
Bill Self will face a wide range of questions from prospective players and coaches on the recruiting trail this spring and summer. One such question might concern the style of shoes the Jayhawks will be wearing in the future.
Datebook
April 16, 2005
Westar agrees to $32.5M shareholder settlement
April 16, 2005
Westar Energy Inc. has agreed to settle a series of shareholder lawsuits for $32.5 million, the utility said Friday.
Briefcase
April 16, 2005
¢ KU students compete in ethics contest ¢ Wal-Mart freezes ex-exec’s benefits ¢ Raytheon places CFO on leave ¢ Kroger narrows loss for quarter
On the record
April 16, 2005
Correction
April 16, 2005
A story Friday about increased citations for noise violations in Lawrence incorrectly listed the number of citations issued in 2004. There were 48 noise citations given during that year.
Sebelius signs proposed ‘Child Rape Protection Act’
April 16, 2005
Although she rejected other regulations for abortion clinics, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a measure that will require doctors to preserve fetal tissue after some procedures to help pursue child rapists.
Local briefs
April 16, 2005
¢ Professor joins study of radioactive waste ¢ Police arrest suspect in kidnapping, beating ¢ Volunteer Fair to offer service opportunities ¢ KU students select new leadership
Penny wins; LHS boys take third at track
April 16, 2005
Lawrence High’s Scott Penny won the shot put and placed second in the discus, Ramin Zangeneh was second in the pole vault, and Richard Demby was runner-up in the 110 hurdles as LHS placed third in the boys team track-and-field standings Friday at the Manhattan Invitational.
Free State soccer rallies for 2-all tie
April 16, 2005
Down by two goals in the first half, Free State High’s soccer team rallied for a 2-2 tie Friday at Leavenworth.
Players won’t go all-out at scrimmage
April 16, 2005
For the Kansas University football players, nothing can top the adrenaline and intensity that comes when the Jayhawks play a Big 12 Conference foe in the fall.
Battle wins hammer
April 16, 2005
Kansas University junior Sheldon Battle won the hammer throw after a heave of 202 feet on Friday at the Tom Botts Invitational.
Carter shines in return
April 16, 2005
Vince Carter thrived in front of his former fans. Carter ignored the boos and scored 39 points in his first game in Toronto since being traded, and the New Jersey Nets kept their playoff hopes alive by coming back from a 14-point halftime deficit for a 101-90 victory over the Raptors on Friday night.
Sebelius signs anti-meth legislation into law
April 16, 2005
Consumers in Kansas soon will have less access to some cold, flu and allergy medicines because they contain an ingredient commonly used to make methamphetamine.
Governor signs bill sought by gun rights advocates
April 16, 2005
Gun rights advocates scored a victory when Gov. Kathleen Sebelius made it easier for people to transport firearms in Kansas without fear of being arrested.
Briefly - World
April 16, 2005
¢ Five killed in gunbattle ¢ Insurgents fight back in Chechen capital ¢ WHO says two virus shipments still missing ¢ Rescue efforts stop; 111 workers missing ¢ China warns against anti-Japan protests
KU softball preparing to play host to Baylor
April 16, 2005
Now’s as good a time as any for the Kansas University softball team to take on Baylor, a team with a flashy 37-7 record and No. 8 national ranking.
Memorial dedication to feature flyover by a ‘grand old lady’
April 16, 2005
Robert Rice hopes to stir up some memories when he flies over the Kansas University campus in his 63-year-old airplane today.
Sebelius vetoes abortion clinics bill
April 16, 2005
Criticizing legislators for choosing “pure politics over good policy,” Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a bill Friday imposing additional regulations on abortion clinics.
Sheffield not as innocent as he claims
April 16, 2005
Gary Sheffield didn’t show as much restraint as he was trying to tell everyone Thursday night after his incident with a fan at Fenway Park. He took what amounted to a swinging swipe at a fan who made contact with Sheffield as he was going for a ball and was lucky the fan backed up out of reach.
Fire kills 20 at Paris hotel used to house immigrants
April 16, 2005
Terrified people jumped to their deaths from windows early Friday as fire gutted a six-story budget hotel in the French capital’s premier shopping district. The blaze killed at least 20 people, half of them children, and injured 59, according to police and fire officials and witnesses.
Cleric requests rebels’ release
April 16, 2005
An important Sunni cleric urged Iraq’s new president Friday to buck U.S. pressure and free thousands of suspected rebels, a sign the religious group most often associated with the Iraqi insurgency might be willing to work with the new government.
Pro-Syrian lawmaker named Lebanese premier
April 16, 2005
Lebanon’s president Friday named moderate pro-Syrian lawmaker Najib Mikati as prime minister, breaking a political deadlock and reviving chances for holding parliamentary elections next month.
Lawrence High soccer routed by Rural, 6-1
Setback caps rough four-day stretch
April 16, 2005
The Lawrence High girls soccer team finally has reached the end of a week it would love to forget. The Lions capped a four-day span of futility and frustration Friday night with a 6-1 loss to Washburn Rural at the Youth Sports Inc. fields — after three of the Junior Blues’ goals were negated because of offsides penalties.
Lied Center unveils diverse lineup for 2005-2006
April 16, 2005
Friends and sponsors of the Lied Center gathered Friday night to celebrate the announcement of the 2005-2006 performance season schedule.
Eleven runners from Lawrence head to Boston
April 16, 2005
Eleven runners who list Lawrence as their hometown are among the official entries for Monday’s Boston Marathon.
Horoscopes
April 16, 2005
People
April 16, 2005
¢ Not too sexy for his shirt ¢ Pavarotti bows out of show ¢ Tiny Twist to get monument for role in B.B. King legacy ¢ Birthdays
DeLay’s judicial tantrum is embarrassing
April 16, 2005
Tom DeLay opened his eyes, not sure what had awakened him. He realized with a sudden certainty that he was not alone. The House majority leader sat bolt upright in the bed.
More free here
April 16, 2005
Bomb memories fresh for orphans
April 16, 2005
They can rattle off the facts of their parents’ deaths with ease. What they can’t easily distill into words is how losing a parent in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building shook them to the core.
Religion briefs
April 16, 2005
Big bats boost BU
Bears’ offense outstanding; KU rally fizzles
April 16, 2005
Kansas University senior pitcher Mike Zagurski put in a solid seven-plus innings Friday night. The only trouble came in the first three.
Around and about
April 16, 2005
6News video: Screen Scene
April 16, 2005
Never trust a real estate agent who says a potential property has a “vibrant history.” Such is the case in “The Amityville Horror,” an adaptation of the best-selling horror novel from the ‘70s.
Solving the SLT
Despite comments by Lawrence’s new mayor, moving the South Lawrence Trafficway route south of the Wakarusa River is far from a done deal.
April 16, 2005
A few days ago, Lawrence’s new mayor, Boog Highberger, announced in reference to the South Lawrence Trafficway that “the proponents of the road need to simply realize that it is not going through the wetlands. It is not going next to Haskell Indian Nations University.”
Faith forum
April 16, 2005
How can God help us overcome our addictions?
Weddings
April 16, 2005
Kansas high school sports scores from April 15
April 16, 2005
Society Calendar
April 16, 2005
Authors highlight Passover’s meaning
New books emphasize historic traditions of ancient celebration
April 16, 2005
The Bible’s Ten Commandments begin with a historical reminder: “I the Lord am your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, the house of bondage.” American Jewish organizations differ on whether those words and the rest of the Decalogue should be barred from displays on public property — an emotion-laden issue of church and state that the U.S. Supreme Court will be settling this year.
Children naturally push limits of adults’ power
April 16, 2005
Why can’t parents get children to obey just by explaining what they want them to do? Why is it so often necessary to punish or raise our voices to get them to cooperate? Why can’t they just accept a few reasonable rules and avoid all that conflict? It just doesn’t add up to me.
Santana’s win streak hits 16
Minnesota’s ace hasn’t lost since July 11
April 16, 2005
Johan Santana wasn’t quite himself. He didn’t have his typical fastball, curve or changeup. For one of the rare times in the past year, Minnesota’s ace actually looked like he could be beaten. But as usual, he wasn’t.
SMNW silences Free State
April 16, 2005
Free State High’s softball team played two radically different games Friday, yet the Firebirds lost both against Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Scouting News
April 16, 2005