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Poet’s Showcase
April 17, 2005
A time for remembrance
Korean War Memorial dedicated at KU
April 17, 2005
For Leonard Monroe, the Korean War was never the Forgotten War. He can’t help but remember his two good friends who were killed while serving with him in Korea.
Little-used law helps target sex shops
Retiree gathers signatures for a citizens petition to call for grand jury investigation
April 17, 2005
In the state where Carry Nation started her saloon-busting temperance movement, Phillip Cosby is battling sex shops. Rather than using a hatchet, as Nation did a century ago, the 54-year-old retired Army master sergeant uses the power of persuasion and a seldom-used Kansas law.
Volunteers help spruce up around Clinton Lake
Dozens take part to help make park environmentally safe
April 17, 2005
Clinton Lake and its surrounding parks are a little cleaner and environmentally safer today, thanks to about 80 volunteers who took part in Saturday’s annual spring cleanup.
Judicial influence
A state chamber of commerce plan to evaluate Kansas judges looks too much like an effort to apply political pressure to judges who aren’t deemed “business friendly.”
April 17, 2005
More information usually is a good thing, but the efforts by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) to gather information about the state’s top judges is raising concerns among those who want to preserve the integrity of our independent judiciary.
Does religion help sustain democracy?
April 17, 2005
The astonishing pilgrimage of Europeans to Vatican City for the most attended funeral in history obscured a stark fact confronting the conclave that on Monday begins selecting the next pope: Vatican City is 109 acres of faith in a European sea of unbelief.
Leading the way
April 17, 2005
Overlapping votes
April 17, 2005
Apology due
April 17, 2005
Ordinary letters from an extraordinary soldier
April 17, 2005
The sad thing about our time is that war letters have become a genre. We’ve all read them. They’re in books; they’re online. They’re also in our own homes. In this country, in this age, is there a family that does not have a file of letters from a soldier, sailor or aviator tucked away in the closet or the attic? In some of our homes, those files get thicker every day.
Mideast peace efforts still lopsided
April 17, 2005
After meeting on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, President Bush said, “The United States is committed to Israel’s security and well being as a Jewish state, including secure and defensible borders. We’re committed to preserving and strengthening Israel’s capability to deter its enemies and to defend itself.”
Italian scientists clone thoroughbred champion
April 17, 2005
Italian scientists said they had created their second cloned horse — produced from the DNA of a thoroughbred Arabian gelding race champion.
Endangered paintings to be taken from tomb
April 17, 2005
A Cultural Affairs Agency group is considering dismantling the stone chamber of the Takamatsuzuka tomb in Asukamura, Nara Prefecture, and removing the wall paintings and stone walls for permanent preservation.
Ecuadorean president lifts state of emergency decree
April 17, 2005
After thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday in defiance of a state of emergency he had imposed the day before, President Lucio Gutierrez yielded to the demonstrators and lifted the decree.
Millions tired of sleeplessness
Studies show time change tends to cause accidents
April 17, 2005
Night falls on the Coleman household in suburban Alexandria, Va., and it’s noisy. Startled cries come from a grandfather prone to World War II flashbacks; loud bouts of snoring bedevil the grandmother; shouts of “Quiet!” erupt from the bed-hugging, teenage grandson. The family didn’t exactly feel like springing forward a couple weeks ago.
Eating disorders can turn deadly
Former bulimic says Schiavo case serves as wake-up call
April 17, 2005
Lost amid the controversy over Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube and the recriminations surrounding her recent death is the heightened awareness of eating disorders.
Authorities recover body they believe is missing girl
April 17, 2005
Authorities said Saturday they were “almost positive” they have found the body of a missing 13-year-old girl after recovering a corpse from a pond that appeared to match her description down to her green arm cast.
Shot pattern checks key for turkey hunts
April 17, 2005
Most turkey hunters have great faith in the ability of their favorite guns to drop gobblers at long distances.
Area fishing report
April 17, 2005
Russian ship docks at space station
April 17, 2005
A Russian spaceship carrying a U.S.-Russian crew and an Italian astronaut docked today at the international space station, launching a mission that paves the way for the first U.S. space flight to the orbiting outpost since the Columbia explosion two years ago.
NASA aborts robotic mission after sensor detects fuel problem
April 17, 2005
A NASA robotic spacecraft located a Pentagon satellite in space without any help from human controllers, but the mission ended early when the computer-driven craft detected a fuel problem, the mission manager said Saturday.
Pride Week starts in wake of marriage ban
April 17, 2005
Jimmie Manning said he found little to celebrate after the April 5 statewide vote approving a constitutional ban on gay marriage in the state — even though a wide majority of Douglas County residents voted against the ban.
Democrats drop ‘no negotiating’ stance
April 17, 2005
House Democrats have decided to quit emphasizing that they will not negotiate changes to Social Security until President Bush drops his idea for private accounts. The switch in strategy comes after Democrats learned from focus groups that people frown on the lawmakers for being obstinate.
Fans ‘impressed’ by defense, worried about line
April 17, 2005
For Kansas University football fans, Saturday’s spring game at Memorial Stadium was a quick fix for football junkies in withdrawal, an opportunity for armchair quarterbacks to assess next year’s team or a chance for families to enjoy laid-back football in nice weather with their children.
Fams’ the man in Kansas alumni game
Legendary ex-Jayhawk misses kick, but runs in conversion in 21-15 victory
April 17, 2005
Sure, Don Fambrough missed an extra point Saturday during the Kansas University football alumni game.
Guide can assist families with adult care decisions
April 17, 2005
Q: My siblings and I are facing a decision about when to place our dad, who has Alzheimer’s disease, in an adult care facility. We’re worried that we won’t know when the time has come and might not make the best decision about where to place him. Where can we turn?
Calendar
April 17, 2005
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents age 55 and older. Call Senior Services at 842-0543 for more information.
Travel briefs
April 17, 2005
¢ See Newport in bloom ¢ Indianapolis Speedway offers tours for fans
People
April 17, 2005
¢ Royal couple visits Thailand ¢ Apollo 13 astronaut gives museum mission memorabilia ¢ Ono to serve as chairwoman of ‘Art for Peace’ competition ¢ Governor wants to hire Trump ¢ Rap mogul to put spin on yoga ¢ Civil rights icon, rap duo settle use of name lawsuit
Termites tax homeowners
Experts offer tips to fight wood-munching pests
April 17, 2005
Sylvia Scoby isn’t taking any chances. After a guy across the street found evidence of infestation, and another neighbor started replacing his home’s windows, trim and other wood items, the retired teacher decided to call in the experts.
Consumers Union airs concerns about cleaners
Study finds some purifiers produce damaging ozone
April 17, 2005
Growing numbers of people with allergies and asthma are coughing up hefty sums for heavily marketed indoor air cleaners they hope will provide purer air to breathe.
Tips for keeping bugs away from home
April 17, 2005
The best way to beat a termite infestation is to prevent one from happening, experts say.
The Motley Fool
April 17, 2005
¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ Your tax refund ¢ Earnings reports ¢ A 3-D scam
Evolution’s front line: Conflicts play out in classroom
In the battle over science standards in public schools, it’s parents and teachers — not politicians — who are down in the trenches
April 17, 2005
Two years ago, when Adrian Melott, a Kansas University physics and astronomy professor, learned that his son’s sixth-grade teacher was skipping over evolution, he set up a meeting.
Brownback tests presidential waters in N.H. with talk of stem cells, God
April 17, 2005
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback courted New Hampshire conservatives Saturday, saying issues facing the country revolve around preserving marriage, protecting life and recognizing God.
Pickoffs plentiful
Quarterbacks struggle in Kansas’ spring game
April 17, 2005
Call it a pick party. An interception invasion. A takeaway tilt. With multiple quarterbacks fighting for one starting spot on Kansas University’s football team, the Jayhawk defense did nothing to make the decision any easier on the coaching staff, intercepting six passes at the annual spring game, won by the Blue squad, 24-6, Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Woodling: Running game goes nowhere
April 17, 2005
Do you know how many of the 117 NCAA Division I-A football schools had a worse rushing offense than Kansas University last season? Seven. That’s all. Just seven.
Bonderman stymies K.C.
April 17, 2005
Jeremy Bonderman was reluctant to commend his outstanding pitching performance. His teammates did it for him.
Baylor softball wins wild one with KU
April 17, 2005
Baylor’s Stephanie Pomes made a pretty good ringleader Saturday in what was a circus of a softball contest between Baylor and Kansas University at Arrocha Ballpark.
Buehrle baffles Mariners
White Sox ace tosses three-hitter in 2-1 triumph
April 17, 2005
Mark Buehrle wasted little time shutting down the Seattle Mariners — except Ichiro Suzuki.
Minnesota’s McCarville tapped No. 1
Kansas State’s Wecker chosen fourth in WNBA Draft
April 17, 2005
Janel McCarville has heard talk about how this year’s incoming rookie class in the WNBA wouldn’t be as talented as the last.
KU signee scores 21 in loss
April 17, 2005
Kansas University basketball signee Mario Chalmers scored 21 points and had 10 assists in a losing cause Saturday night at the Derby Classic All Star game.
KU signee Wright helps Gray to victory
April 17, 2005
Kansas University signee Julian Wright scored four points with four assists and four steals, helping the Gray team to a 127-126 victory over the White squad at Saturday’s Jordan Classic prep all-star game at Madison Square Garden.
KU tennis falls to CU
April 17, 2005
Kansas University’s tennis squad lost to Colorado, 5-2, on Saturday at Robinson Courts. The Jayhawks’ only two victories came from junior Christine Skoda at No. 2 singles and freshman Stephanie Smith at No. 6 singles. KU (4-15 overall, 3-7 Big 12 Conference) will play host April 24 to Texas A&M.
FSHS girls fourth at Woodman track
April 17, 2005
Alysha Valencia won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races, helping Free State High’s girls track and field squad to a fourth-place finish Saturday at the 20-team K.T. Woodman Classic.
Lions’ Johnson second in Topeka
April 17, 2005
Lawrence High’s Tommy Johnson placed second Saturday at a high school boys tennis meet at Highland Park High. Johnson’s record at No. 1 singles was 3-2.
Natural encounters
Painter pinpoints spiritual moments in ‘Signs and Seasons’
April 17, 2005
There’s no mistaking the seasons in Kansas. The state’s extreme weather draws sure signs of winter, spring, summer and fall in the prairies and skies.
What are you reading?
April 17, 2005
Review: Vocalist at home in every song
Jubilant Sykes carries off range of styles with ease
April 17, 2005
The rich voice and expressive styling of baritone Jubilant Sykes kept an appreciative Lied Center audience in rapt attention for two hours Friday night. He sang folk songs, jazz standards, spirituals, Broadway songs, Latin American songs and popular songs — and seemed equally at home in them all. He also displayed a great deal of personal charm throughout the evening; one audience member described it as “flirting with the audience.”
On the record
April 17, 2005
Lawrence commuter report
April 17, 2005
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
General predicts Taliban militia will crumble in months
April 17, 2005
The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan predicted Saturday that the Taliban militia would collapse as a viable fighting force over the next several months as rank-and-file members accept a reconciliation offer from the Afghan government.
Taxpayers to pay tab for debates
April 17, 2005
What may turn into a cheerleading session for intelligent design won’t come cheap.
KU rowing solid at Knecht Cup
April 17, 2005
Kansas University’s rowing squad performed solidly Saturday at the Knecht Cup at the Cooper River Course, as each KU boat earned a spot in today’s finals.
Review: 940 Dance Company dazzles in diverse debut
April 17, 2005
Friday was a night of firsts. First chance for local audiences to meet the newly formed 940 Dance Company, a re-invention of the Lawrence Arts Center’s Prairie Wind Dancers.
Race again benefits scholarships
April 17, 2005
Participants in today’s Raintree Run can take heart in the fact that, in addition to the miles they ran and the calories they burned, their entry fees helped honor two Lawrence youngsters whose lives were cut short.
Warming waters mean white bass spawn near
April 17, 2005
White bass are common in almost all Kansas reservoirs today, and many anglers look forward to the spring spawning run up rivers that feed these lakes.
Briefly
April 17, 2005
¢ U.N. Security Council ends fact-finding mission ¢ Kasparov: Chessboard hit political attack ¢ Pakistani official visits for first time in 4 years ¢ Residents return home after ammonia leak
Stubblefield sticks around; punter tuckered
April 17, 2005
Former Kansas University football standout Dana Stubblefield never has made it back to Lawrence with time to kill.
Group of 7 pledges to limit fallout from high oil prices
Financial meetings follow Dow Jones downturn
April 17, 2005
Amid fresh jitters from Wall Street, finance officials from the world’s industrial powers said Saturday surging oil prices could crimp the economy and they pledged to limit the fallout.
Typewriter repairmen still click with customers
Computer boom put damper on business, but need remains
April 17, 2005
Even in the constantly evolving age of computers, Bill Mark still gets the call once or twice a month — a typewriter is broken and in need of a house call.
Disneyland celebrates 50th year
April 17, 2005
Disneyland turns 50 this year and a new parade, fireworks show and attractions will be part of its long party that begins May 5.
Mets stretch winning streak to six
Backup catcher Castro delivers game-winning hit in victory over Marlins
April 17, 2005
More than 55,000 fans filed into Shea Stadium to see Pedro Martinez pitch another gem.
Hann sets KU record
April 17, 2005
Senior Brooklyn Hann broke the Kansas University record in the triple jump Saturday at the Tom Botts Invitational.
Dancers to get squirrely at spring concerts
New York choreographer Kate Skarpetowska creates fast-paced ‘Squirrel Suite’ for KU dance company
April 17, 2005
Kate Skarpetowska came to Kansas University by way of New York City compliments of a Broadway flop en route from Warsaw, Poland.
New book puts human face on Sunshine Mine disaster
April 17, 2005
When fire broke out in Idaho’s Sunshine Mine in 1972, there was little panic. Miners knew there wasn’t much to burn a mile down a wet mine. But deadly carbon monoxide killed 91 men in one of the nation’s worst mining accidents.
Pet post
April 17, 2005
Abundant bluegill make fine April fly-fishing fare
April 17, 2005
April is a month blooming with possibilities for fly-fishing anglers.
Anti-Japanese protests continue in China
April 17, 2005
About 20,000 anti-Japanese protesters — some shouting “kill the Japanese” — rampaged through Shanghai on Saturday, stoning Japan’s consulate and smashing cars and shops in protest over Tokyo’s bid for a permanent U.N. Security Council seat and perceived whitewashing of wartime atrocities.
Sunni Muslims take nearly 100 Shiites hostage
April 17, 2005
Iraqi security forces surrounded a central Iraqi village today after Sunni militants took as many as 100 Shiite Muslims hostage and threatened to kill the captives if other Shiites did not leave town. The explosive sectarian standoff played out, as 17 people — including an American soldier — were killed in insurgent attacks elsewhere in Iraq.
KU honors Class of 1955 members on Gold Medal Weekend
April 17, 2005
Citations for members of the Kansas University Class of 1955 who were planning to attend this weekend’s Gold Medal Weekend activities. Citations were provided by the Kansas Alumni Association.
DeLay embraced at NRA convention in Houston
April 17, 2005
U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay returned Saturday to the much-needed embrace of his home turf and his core supporters, capping a fiery convention of the National Rifle Assn. by telling the organization’s leaders that guns are a critical instrument of keeping the peace and preserving the American way of life.
Briefcase
April 17, 2005
¢ Local Toyota dealer road trips to Japan ¢ Dissatisfied executives to show selves door ¢ Name that company
See Britain’s best on a budget
London sites within reach of thrifty travelers
April 17, 2005
London isn’t one of the world’s bargain destinations, and the feeble U.S. dollar makes it all the more daunting for American visitors.
Faces and places
April 17, 2005
Lawrence forum seeks to reshape evolution debate
April 17, 2005
What’s at stake in the current battle over whether to teach intelligent design alongside evolution?
KU grad goes from ‘Bob’ to ‘Sir Robert’
Recently knighted alumnus returns for 50th reunion
April 17, 2005
Robert Worcester has already lived in a 13th-century British castle. And he was just knighted. Now he just needs the shining armor to complete the image.
Worms move earth beneath our feet
April 17, 2005
Charles Darwin saved his last book for animals that were, in his opinion, among the most significant in world history.
Summit to tell ‘Secret History’ of American Indians on stage
April 17, 2005
A play featuring the voices and experiences of American Indians in Lawrence will be the centerpiece of a summit aimed at forging better understanding among city residents.
Local briefs
April 17, 2005
¢ Teen suspected of molesting 5-year-old ¢ Hike and bike path to close for run ¢ Junior high custodian being deployed to Iraq ¢ Partial closings mulled at Lone Star Lake ¢ Ex-KU player Randle reportedly jailed again
Youth camp slated at Rock Springs
April 17, 2005
Youths between the ages of 10 and 12 who enjoy the outdoors should make plans to attend the Outdoor Adventure Camp sponsored by the Kansas Wildlife Federation.
Duhon’s threes spark Chicago
Former Duke guard hits eight treys versus Hawks
April 17, 2005
With his team trailing by 15 points at halftime, Chicago Bulls coach Scott Skiles figured it was time to fire away in the locker room.
School officials may be charged in assault
April 17, 2005
The girl was led by the arm behind a stage curtain in the auditorium. There, witnesses said her lip was bloodied and she was sexually assaulted by a group of boys, an attack videotaped by one student and watched by more than a dozen others who came running as word spread.
Dollar-cost averaging gets investors better results
April 17, 2005
This is one of those good-news, bad-news reports. First the bad: During the past 20 years, the average investor in mutual funds that hold stocks earned almost nothing once inflation was taken into account, even though stocks enjoyed terrific gains.
Commentary: Paul, McCants look out for No. 1
College basketball players leaving for NBA early shouldn’t surprise, anger anybody in this day, age
April 17, 2005
Many of us would like our athletes to stay in school four years. We’d like them to go to class, handle themselves with class and wear handsome blazers when they hit the malt shop Saturday night with Veronica, Betty Lou or (not and) Peggy Sue.
Artists, venues slated for Downtown Friday Gallery Walk
April 17, 2005
“Signs and Seasons,” an exhibition of paintings by James Schaefer at Signs of Life Gallery, is just one stop on the Downtown Friday Gallery Walk, set for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. The following venues also will participate in the self-guided tour of downtown art spaces:
Economics, not race, answers O’Neal question
April 17, 2005
There’s race. And there’s racist.
Briefly
April 17, 2005
¢ Agency: Schiavo wasn’t abused, exploited ¢ Reports: Airport security hasn’t improved ¢ Officials say student fell from fifth-floor ledge ¢ Lawsuit: AOL monitor seduced teen online ¢ Newspaper warns about comic’s content ¢ Earthquake shakes southern part of state
Bears beat up on KU baseball
April 17, 2005
Baylor pitcher Mark McCormick was as good as advertised Saturday night. Scratch that. He was even better.
Best sellers
April 17, 2005
Horoscopes
April 17, 2005