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Behind the songs
High school vocalists balance hectic schedules to prepare numbers for Showtime and Encore
April 18, 2005
Leslie Rhoton had to go to school, attend three hour-long rehearsals, organize yearbook deadlines and cheer on the Lawrence High School Lions at a varsity basketball game.
Police investigating bloody scene in south Lawrence
April 18, 2005
(Updated Monday at 12:25 p.m.) Lawrence police were continuing their investigation this afternoon of a bloody scene at an apartment building in southern Lawrence.
Thunderstorms brewing this afternoon
April 18, 2005
(Updated Monday at 8:54 a.m.) The Lawrence area is under a “slight risk” of severe weather through 7 a.m. Tuesday. But the main chance of any strong storms is this afternoon, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “The main threat would be some large hail, if we do get severe weather,” Schack said.
Ranking hurts
The considerable slip in the rankings compiled by a national magazine can’t help but injure the reputation of Kansas University’s law school.
April 18, 2005
Steve McAllister has been a good dean for the Kansas University School of Law. It is unfortunate that, for one reason or another, he has decided to step down as dean to take a teaching position at the school.
Intelligence reform is falling short
April 18, 2005
Richard A. Posner does not simply point to feet of clay. He attacks them with hammer, tong and a clarity of insight when it comes to the dangers of the ragged overhaul of U.S. intelligence that Congress and the Bush administration now pursue.
Fuel efficiency is top priority
April 18, 2005
As the economic and strategic reasons for the United States to reduce its foreign trade deficit become more pressing, our nation’s growing reliance on imported oil and natural gas becomes even more threatening. Not only is our foreign oil habit keeping us hostage to unstable and unreliable countries in the Middle East for our energy supply, it is also forcing us to export hundreds of billions of dollars a year that could otherwise be helping our economy. This is causing a heavy drain on our dollar and our standard of living.
Wall Street hoping for batch of good news
Earnings, pricing reports this week could set tone for months to come
April 18, 2005
First-quarter earnings season can’t arrive soon enough for Wall Street. Besieged by disturbing data on the economy and inflation — and hurt by disappointing earnings in the technology sector — the markets saw their worst week since August, with Friday marking the Dow Jones industrial average’s biggest drop since May 19, 2003.
FAA says Wichita subsidy unjust
April 18, 2005
The Federal Aviation Administration has given city officials 30 days to come up with a plan to address differences in economic subsidies for AirTran Airways and Delta Air Lines.
The week ahead
April 18, 2005
Restored 15th century painting returns to Seattle cathedral
April 18, 2005
A 15th century painting that turned up in a church storage closet 50 years ago was escorted back to St. James Cathedral on Sunday with song and pageantry after being carefully restored.
Massive wave forces cruise ship detour
April 18, 2005
A seven-story wave damaged a cruise ship returning from the Bahamas over the weekend, smashing windows, flooding more than 60 cabins and injuring four passengers.
San Fran quake survivors to mark 99th anniversary
April 18, 2005
Herbert Hamrol has one enduring memory of the devastating 1906 earthquake that razed much of San Francisco — the feeling of his mother’s arm.
Free: Old governor’s mansion (some assembly required)
April 18, 2005
A mansion that was home to more than half of South Dakota’s governors now sits in three pieces, nearly forgotten on a storage lot.
Princess’ real life makes for bad television
April 18, 2005
Maybe in the future, everyone will not only have their 15 minutes of fame, but they will hire producers to stretch it into hours of reality doldrums. Exhibit A: “I Married a Princess” (7 p.m., Lifetime), “starring” real-life married couple Catharine Oxenberg and actor Casper Van Dien.
Different view
April 18, 2005
Kansas University student Jill Ensley’s first camera, an Olympus on loan from her mother, was stolen from her dorm room during her first semester. But a friend loaned her a low-megapixel digital camera for a trip to San Francisco. “It was my first experience with a digital, and I was enamored,” she says.
Hutchinson lab received potentially deadly virus
April 18, 2005
A Hutchinson laboratory received doses of a potentially deadly strain of influenza that was mistakenly sent in testing kits to more than 4,000 labs around the world.
Retired state adjutant general dies at age 67
April 18, 2005
Retired Kansas Adjutant Gen. James F. Rueger died Saturday after being hospitalized for cancer. He was 67.
Congressional Briefing
News from the Kansas delegation in Washington, D.C.
April 18, 2005
¢ Activist judges ¢ Tiahrt, too ¢ Quote of the week
Cardinals open conclave today
April 18, 2005
Bringing their suitcases and personal views on the future of the church, the cardinals who will select the next pope settled in their rooms Sunday in the Vatican hotel that will be their home until the world’s 1.1 billion Roman Catholics have a new leader.
Confusion surrounds Iraqi town after reported hostage-taking
U.S. aid worker killed in Baghdad
April 18, 2005
Iraqi security forces backed by U.S. troops had the town of Madain surrounded Sunday after reports of Sunni militant kidnappings of as many as 100 Shiite residents, but there were growing indications the incident had been grossly exaggerated, perhaps an outgrowth of a tribal dispute or political maneuvering.
S.U.R.G.E. students create mural, safe space to talk
April 18, 2005
Inside a sunny room on the third floor of Central Junior High School, students gather every week to talk about sensitive subjects, including rape, peer pressure and sexual harassment.
Analysis: GOP needs to portray optimism in budget
April 18, 2005
Republicans are counting on a Kansas springtime ritual to prop up the state budget they’ve pushed through the Legislature.
Area teens, businesses prepare to sail into prom season
April 18, 2005
Jason Hamlin isn’t much of a dancer. Hip-hop music hardly makes him want to bust a move. He doesn’t stand in line to dance when he hears country music. And polka music doesn’t spur him to do the chicken dance.
Lawrence’s roundabout use gaining national attention
April 18, 2005
They’re loved. They’re hated. They’re the inspiration for innumerable letters to the editor. Now Lawrence’s roundabouts are a model for the nation.
Haskell club commissions sculpture to honor veterans’ families
War mother’ speaks for past, present
April 18, 2005
When Lawrence artist and sculptor Barry Coffin was approached three years ago about creating a memorial tribute to American Indian mothers of war veterans, he knew almost immediately what he wanted to do.
Journal-World winner of KPA sweepstakes
April 18, 2005
The Lawrence Journal-World collected the top newspaper award from the Kansas Press Assn.
Child care needed during support group meetings
April 18, 2005
A group of Lawrence parents of children with special needs is forming a support group with the assistance of Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. Volunteers are needed to provide child care for two hours in a playroom setting while their parents participate in the support group. The children range in age from infant to 14 years and all have various special developmental or health needs. The support group meets from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of every month at Lawrence Free Methodist Church, 3001 Lawrence Ave.
Lawrence City Commission agenda
Agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at www.lawrenceks.org
April 18, 2005
Einstein’s legacy, like universe, keeps expanding
April 18, 2005
He stopped traffic on Fifth Avenue like the Beatles or Marilyn Monroe. He could’ve been president of Israel or played violin at Carnegie Hall, but he was too busy thinking. His musings on God, love and the meaning of life grace our greeting cards and day-timers. Fifty years after his death on April 18, 1955, his shock of white hair and droopy mustache still symbolize genius.
Oscar Mayer wieners’ former spokesman dies
April 18, 2005
When mourners began singing “Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener” during George Molchan’s funeral, they meant no disrespect.
Garciaparra hoping to break slump
April 18, 2005
Chicago Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra scratched out a hit and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in Sunday’s 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the first time since Opening Day that he has made a major contribution to a Cubs victory.
Quick, collapse
Jayhawks can’t finish pitcher’s solid outing as Bears rally for three-game sweep
April 18, 2005
Kansas University pitcher Kodiak Quick watched from the dugout Sunday as his win against Baylor slipped away at Hoglund Ballpark.
Biffle blows away field at Texas
Battered driver wins Radio Shack 500 by 20 car lengths
April 18, 2005
It took Greg Biffle a little while to overcome the mental and physical discomfort from a crash in practice at Texas Motor Speedway.
Commentary: Save the tears for when it’s real, T.O.
Latest negotiating ploy another pathetic chapter in the hyped Terrell Owens soap opera
April 18, 2005
It’s not exactly a surprise when teenage girls are more grown up than NFL superstars. But when you see it play out before your eyes, you don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Glass in 18th place at Empire Open
April 18, 2005
Bob Glass of Lawrence was in 18th place after Sunday’s first round of the Empire State Open, the first event on the PBA Senior Tour.
KU rowing solid at Knecht Cup
April 18, 2005
Kansas University’s rowing team finished strong Sunday at the Knecht Cup on the Copper River Course.
K-State golfer wins playoff with chip-in
April 18, 2005
Deadlocked in a three-way tie and headed to a sudden-death playoff after 18 holes, Kansas State University golfer Sarah Heffel knew she would win.
Little things’ lift Nats to sweep
NL East-leading Washington drops D’backs, 7-3, runs winning streak to five
April 18, 2005
Over and over during spring training, Frank Robinson would tell anyone who would listen: If his Washington Nationals could do all the little things the right way, they could compete with any team.
Holocaust remembered at OKC memorial
April 18, 2005
Edward Kaswan lost his father, mother and brother in a genocide of hatred that lasted for years. Shane Rosas lost his mother in an hate-fueled explosion that took only an instant.
Finance officials press ahead on debt relief
April 18, 2005
Concluding two days of talks, finance officials from the leading economic powers pressed ahead Sunday on efforts to wipe out poor nations’ debts and hoped to complete a deal later this year.
On the record
April 18, 2005
World Bank says nations not doing enough for kids
April 18, 2005
Almost 11 million children in developing countries die each year before the age of 5, most of them from causes that are preventable in wealthier countries, the World Bank said in a report released Sunday.
People
April 18, 2005
¢ Accuser’s mother heightens courtroom drama ¢ Nugent goes ballistic ¢ Divorce papers filed ¢ Playing Bush on Broadway
Kline’s clinic probe linked to abortion foe
Crusader sent AG recordings of own investigation
April 18, 2005
An anti-abortion crusader in Texas says his organization provided the evidence that led to Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline’s controversial investigation of two abortion clinics.
Balancing culture, science
April 18, 2005
This has got to break the record for the fastest transition from science to sitcom.
Horoscopes
April 18, 2005
Briefly
April 18, 2005
¢ Peace progresses along Pakistan border ¢ New Turk leader seeks reunification ¢ Death toll rises in fire
Murph spectacular in KU spring debut
April 18, 2005
As good as it looked, the Kansas University football defense didn’t keep tabs on everybody during Saturday’s spring game.
Breeze leaves for Run
Graham wins men’s 5K at ‘easier’ Raintree
April 18, 2005
The word on the street course at Sunday’s Raintree Run was that the weather was a few degrees warmer than desired.
No. 8 Bears capitalize on bevy of Jayhawk gaffes
April 18, 2005
Destiny Frankenstein had a monster game — a career-high four hits, including a pair of doubles — and Kansas University’s softball team out-hit Baylor, 11-6.
Maroth masters Royals
Rodriguez, offense solid behind Tigers pitcher
April 18, 2005
Mike Maroth, known for his finesse pitching, was pleased to have a strong fastball as well.
Why is black culture defined by conflict?
April 18, 2005
It was a sunlit moment. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had students in my Pop Culture class talking about black images in entertainment media. As part of that discussion, I showed them a movie — Spike Lee’s 2000 satire, “Bamboozled.”
Celtics win division
Pierce has 25 as Boston rips Raptors
April 18, 2005
The Boston Celtics can call themselves Atlantic Division champions for the first time since Larry Bird’s last season in the NBA.
Survivors mark liberation of notorious Nazi camps
April 18, 2005
Hundreds of survivors of Nazi concentration camps on Sunday marked the liberation 60 years ago of three of the most notorious camps in the Third Reich’s vast system: Ravensbrueck, Sachsenhausen and Bergen-Belsen.
Steinbrenner rips Yankees
Owner: ‘Enough is enough’ after Orioles sweep
April 18, 2005
George Steinbrenner isn’t paying $200 million in player salaries to watch his New York Yankees sputter along in last place.
Sex offender confesses in Florida girl’s death
April 18, 2005
A registered sex offender confessed to killing a 13-year-old girl who disappeared a week ago, saying he got into an argument with her and he choked her to death in her home, the sheriff said Sunday.
Local briefs
April 18, 2005
¢ $10,000 donated to Sesquicentennial Point ¢ East Lawrence group cleans up neighborhood ¢ Kindergarten roundup to start at Nottingham ¢ Blood drive planned ¢ Agencies may apply for United Way funding
Briefly
April 18, 2005
¢ Detective killed by his own gun ¢ Desert town prepares for snowmelt flooding ¢ High-speed train back in service today ¢ Ex-Nebraska senator may run for mayor