Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2005

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Strong storms bypass Lawrence area
April 21, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 6:48 p.m.) Strong storms passed to the north of the Lawrence area and a tornado was spotted on the ground near Kansas City International Airport late this afternoon, according to 6News meteorologists.
Scientists gather in church setting to discuss evolution
April 21, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 2:48 p.m.) Evolution was at home today in the oldest church in Kansas during a forum about the controversy of science standards for public school students.
Chance for severe weather this afternoon, tonight
April 21, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 9:01 a.m.) Lawrence could be in for some severe weather today and tonight, including lightning, high winds and hail. “There are some strong storms developing this afternoon,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Kansas values
April 21, 2005
Polarizing may be a plus
April 21, 2005
It is my fervent belief that anyone who writes about the 2008 presidential election before 2006 should be subject to immediate intervention and shipped off to rehab.
House measure would extend daylight savings
April 21, 2005
Resurrecting a 1970s response to a national energy crisis, House lawmakers are poised to shower Americans with more evening sunlight for two months of the year.
Commodities
April 21, 2005
Daily ticker
April 21, 2005
Bush signs get-tough bankruptcy bill
Law to make it harder to wipe out debt in court
April 21, 2005
President Bush signed a bill Wednesday that would make it harder for debt-ridden people to wipe clean their financial slates by declaring bankruptcy.
Sprint’s wireless division bolsters quarterly profit
April 21, 2005
Sprint Corp. on Wednesday said profit more than doubled in the first quarter as a surge in its wireless business offset flat or declining sales in local and long-distance phone service.
Singh elected to golf Hall of Fame
Fijian named on 56 percent of ballots to edge Nelson
April 21, 2005
Vijay Singh’s arduous journey from Fiji reached another unimaginable destination Wednesday when he was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame with the lowest percentage of votes and help from a clause in criteria.
Hospital’s finances post strong gain
April 21, 2005
A host of new services added to the financial health of Lawrence Memorial Hospital in 2004, according to a financial audit released Wednesday.
Connecticut approves civil unions for gays
April 21, 2005
Connecticut on Wednesday became the second state to offer civil unions to gay couples — and the first to do so without being forced by the courts.
Judge to accept 9-11 suspect’s guilty plea
April 21, 2005
The only person indicted in the United States in connection with the 9-11 terrorist attacks plans to plead guilty to charges that could bring him the death penalty, two federal officials said Wednesday.
New pope plans to rally Catholics
April 21, 2005
Charting a papacy in the tradition of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI pledged Wednesday to work for unity among Christians and to seek “an open and sincere dialogue” with other faiths.
Ecuador’s lawmakers oust embattled president
April 21, 2005
Lawmakers in Ecuador voted Wednesday to remove embattled President Lucio Gutierrez from office after a week of escalating street protests demanding his ouster, and they swore in Vice President Alfredo Palacio to replace him.
Two charged in counterfeit drug scam
April 21, 2005
Two Florida men have been charged in an 11-count federal indictment with the manufacture, sale and illegal importation of $13 million in counterfeit pharmaceuticals, including the popular cholesterol-fighting drug Lipitor.
Old arrest haunts Kiowa County sheriff
April 21, 2005
The newly appointed sheriff in Kiowa County is on paid leave while commissioners decide whether a nearly 40-year-old public intoxication arrest should end his long law enforcement career.
Training accident kills two Fort Riley soldiers
Five others injured in rollover at base
April 21, 2005
Two Fort Riley soldiers died in a training accident on the Army post in northeast Kansas when an armored personnel carrier rolled over.
Lawmakers endorse spending plan for BTK trial
April 21, 2005
The BTK serial killings in Wichita became an issue Wednesday for legislators, with a House committee endorsing a proposal to spend $405,000 to help the defense of the man accused of the crimes.
Nets secure playoff berth
April 21, 2005
Vince Carter landed awkwardly, grimaced and leaned on a table near the Celtics’ bench. The game wasn’t even five minutes old and already New Jersey’s playoff chances seemed to sink as he limped to the locker room.
Dye finds groove for Chisox
Chicago continues hot start, improves to 11-4
April 21, 2005
Jermaine Dye chilled out after pressuring himself into an early slump with the Chicago White Sox, who signed him to replace Magglio Ordonez.
Day puts Nationals back on track
Washington blanks Braves, 2-0, to avoid first three-game losing streak
April 21, 2005
Of all the milestones associated with the Washington Nationals’ debut season — first hit, first run, first win, first loss, etc. — here’s one that’s yet to be put in the books: first three-game losing streak.
Dog figurines popular
April 21, 2005
Don’t forget about a dog to go with an old house, antique furnishings and vintage clothes.
Inching closer to Victory Lane
Kahne looks forward to first win
April 21, 2005
Nobody remembers who comes in second — unless you are a loyal Kasey Kahne fan.
LHS grad Shelley gets 500th victory
April 21, 2005
Lawrence High graduate Kent Shelley reached a coaching milestone Tuesday, thanks in part to another LHS product.
K.C. man spits on Jane Fonda during book-signing
April 21, 2005
A man spit tobacco juice into the face of actress Jane Fonda after waiting in line to have her sign her new book, police said.
Course vandals
April 21, 2005
Different values
April 21, 2005
Brownback seeks apology to American Indians
Critic characterizes gesture as ‘empty’ because it fails to take legal responsibility
April 21, 2005
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback still thinks the federal government owes American Indians an apology for all the broken treaties, failed policies and cultural destruction.
Ethics board to hear case against group responsible for postcard
April 21, 2005
Fire from the Lawrence City Commission campaign continues to burn. Supporters of David Schauner say they will ask the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission today to make a secret group called Teachers for a Better Lawrence divulge who they are and who is bankrolling them.
Local briefs
April 21, 2005
¢ Dole to appear on ‘Tonight Show’ ¢ Drop-off site opens for brush disposal ¢ Walk to raise funds for multiple sclerosis ¢ Meals program sets fund-raiser
American Indian academics in town today for conference
April 21, 2005
More than 100 American Indian professors, researchers and graduate students will be in Lawrence today for the start of three-day conference on issues related to indigenous studies.
What tolerance?
April 21, 2005
On the record
April 21, 2005
Law reputation
April 21, 2005
Corrections
April 21, 2005
A community dinner featuring a meal of locally and organically grown foods will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave. The date was incorrect in a story in Wednesday’s Journal-World.
KU prepares to kick up whirlwind tour
April 21, 2005
Some of Sarah Hargus Ferguson’s students can’t understand why she’s so excited to see western Kansas.
Homework crucial when hiring pest-control pro
April 21, 2005
Most over-the-fence conversations with neighbors these days are about spring flowering plants, lawn care and insect control. The No. 1 insect discussed: termites.
Arts notes
April 21, 2005
¢ Lawrence High junior places in writing contest ¢ Clay workshop to include drawing, painting ¢ Free State students to present festival
Ex-Jayhawk Russell fan favorite
Kansas Relays get off, running today
April 21, 2005
One of the best throwers in Kansas University track history, Scott Russell held his pre-Kansas Relays media interview session outside of Haskell Stadium, not KU’s Memorial Stadium, Tuesday afternoon.
Kansas recruit known as scorer
April 21, 2005
Fourth-team Parade All-American Dwight Lewis is known for his ability to put the ball in the basket.
Shockers outslug KU
Jayhawks find offense, but WSU has more
April 21, 2005
For the second straight game, Kansas University’s baseball team opted to take the field in the first inning as a team instead of individually.
Santana delivers; Twins clip K.C.
April 21, 2005
Johan Santana walked into his manager’s office a half hour before his scheduled start.
KU softball blanks NU
April 21, 2005
Kansas University freshman left-hander Christina Ross struck out five and allowed just three hits in the Jayhawks’ 2-0 Big 12 Conference softball victory Wednesday over 24th-ranked Nebraska.
Lawrence bowler falls in tourney
April 21, 2005
Lawrence’s Bob Glass started fast in the Round of 16 of the Empire State Open, but faltered later Wednesday on the opening stop of the PBA Senior Tour. Glass, seeded No. 15, eliminated No. 2 seed Norb Wetzel of Fond du Lac, Wis., 3-0, , but fell to No. 10 seed Henry Gonzalez, 3-1.
Tax-rights group praises House speaker
April 21, 2005
A small but passionate tax-rights group met with Kansas Speaker of the House Doug Mays Wednesday night in Lawrence, commended him for holding the line on taxes and complained about efforts by others to increase taxes, especially for education.
Grandmama’s boy: Rapper Mike Jones tells all but his middle name
April 21, 2005
The only ordinary thing about Mike Jones is his name.
Four American films to compete at Cannes festival
April 21, 2005
An Iraqi film will compete at the Cannes Film Festival for the first time, vying for the top prize against veteran directors and past winners such as Gus Van Sant.
Academic conference accepts prank paper from MIT grad students
April 21, 2005
Three MIT graduate students set out to show what kind of gobbledygook can pass muster at an academic conference these days, writing a computer program that generates fake, nonsensical papers. And sure enough, a Florida conference took the bait.
Iraqi wheat officials take K-State course
April 21, 2005
Key officials of the Grain Board of Iraq are attending Kansas State University’s international grains program to learn about the U.S. wheat marketing system, heartening growers who hope to renew the once-lucrative trade between the two countries.
Out of touch
Kansas legislators need to face the financial realities of the $127 million increase they have approved for the state’s K-12 schools.
April 21, 2005
During a visit to the Journal-World last week, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius reiterated her displeasure with the $127 million K-12 funding plan passed by the Kansas Legislature. Asked what she would like legislators to do about the plan when they return to the capitol next week, she responded, “At a bare minimum they need to be honest about the finances…. Tell us how you’re going to pay for it.”
Senate should preserve debate tradition
April 21, 2005
One remarkable feature of the pending Senate showdown over the Democrats’ use of threatened filibusters to block the confirmation of some of President Bush’s judicial appointments is the virtual invisibility of those at the center of the controversy.
Inflation fears eclipse positive earnings on Wall Street
April 21, 2005
Stocks resumed their slide Wednesday as concerns about rising inflation trumped a slew of upbeat quarterly reports, including better-than-expected results from Caterpillar Inc. and Intel Corp. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 115 points, settling just a whisper above the 10,000 mark, a six-month low.
Streaming along
Dry creek beds add function, beauty to any landscape
April 21, 2005
Dry creeks add a certain amount of mystery to any landscape. Onlookers must wonder: Is this for water or purely aesthetic?
Plants invade famed home’s land
Volunteers to rip out nonnative species around Fallingwater
April 21, 2005
Fallingwater is Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural symbol of man living in harmony with nature. But now it seems nature is on the attack.
Photo: Time for a little teamwork
April 21, 2005
NBA history makes History
April 21, 2005
While basketball fans look forward to the NBA playoffs, The History Channel will be glancing back with an hour-long special that spotlights the top 10 moments in professional basketball, as determined by the fans by voting on the league’s Web site.
Optimism on gay marriage
April 21, 2005
The issue arguably cost John Kerry the presidential election, and Kansas has just become the 18th state to constitutionally ban it, yet there are reasons to feel optimistic about the granting of full civil rights to people who have chosen a life partner of the same sex.
Scales measure — gulp! — body fat
April 21, 2005
“What’s that?” I asked my wife, as she opened the blue rectangular box. “I got a new bathroom scale,” she said. “It measures weight and body fat.”
Briefcase
April 21, 2005
¢ Profits up at eBay ¢ NYSE buys into electronic trading ¢ AMR, Continental hurt by fuel costs ¢ Ford earnings decline
Pay raise for city’s teachers likely
Step increase OK’d by negotiators; educators to vote later in April
April 21, 2005
It’s looking like Lawrence teachers will get a slight pay raise this year after all.
Lawrence couple win free trip down aisle
April 21, 2005
It’s a dream come true, country style. Lawrence residents Aaron Landis and Lynette Stand recently found out that they won the Great American Country’s “Ultimate Country Wedding” competition.
Our town sports
April 21, 2005
Horoscopes
April 21, 2005
Rising prices pinching pocketbooks
April 21, 2005
Rusty Thomas doesn’t need a federal report to tell her that her money isn’t buying as much as it used to.
Commentary: Armstrong’s legend may only grow
April 21, 2005
It was an interesting juxtaposition, what happened Monday. Just hours after another unknown name crossed the finish line first at the Boston Marathon, Lance Armstrong announced he would retire as an active cyclist following this summer’s Tour de France.
Dozens of corpses found in Tigris River; 19 others slain
April 21, 2005
Iraq’s interim president announced Wednesday the recovery of more than 50 bodies from the Tigris River, saying the grisly discovery was proof of claims that dozens were abducted from an area south of the capital despite a fruitless search by Iraqi forces.
KU medical school reflects on its humble beginnings 100 years ago
April 21, 2005
Graduates of the Kansas University School of Medicine a century ago didn’t expect to live in a mansion or drive the top-of-the-line horse and buggy.
Sex offender says move is in limbo
SRS: Hendricks could be in Lawrence within 3 weeks
April 21, 2005
A sexual predator who was ready to leave a state prison hospital and move to Lawrence says he’s now in limbo.
LMH to boost mental health services
Hospital will remodel emergency room, hire more staff
April 21, 2005
Lawrence Memorial Hospital will remodel its emergency room and hire new ER workers to better treat patients with mental illness.
Massive River City Baseball Festival on tap
April 21, 2005
Rain and the Kansas Relays have been synonymous several times during the annual track and field event at Memorial Stadium, but Mike Hill has another reason to worry about the weather this weekend in Lawrence.
Area briefs
April 21, 2005
¢ Ice storm damage highest in history ¢ Area town puts up first wall of fame ¢ Open house canceled because of deployment
Vaulter Dragila excited to return to Kansas
Kansas Relays get off, running today
April 21, 2005
The first year the Kansas Relays featured women’s pole vaulting, Stacy Dragila was just 25 years old, a puppy to professional pole-vaulting with unimaginably successful years ahead of her.
Photo: Driver hurt, cows killed in wreck
April 21, 2005
Briefly
April 21, 2005
¢ Ethics chairman offers to investigate DeLay ¢ Former CIA official asked to discuss U.N. nominee ¢ Federal lawsuit filed on No Child Left Behind ¢ Independent senator won’t seek re-election ¢ Marine likely nominee to lead Joint Chiefs
Briefly
April 21, 2005
¢ Italy’s premier resigns ¢ Deadly flu virus samples located ¢ Israeli troops preparing for summer pullout ¢ Rice reassures Putin about U.S. intentions ¢ Oil-for-food investigators resign in protest
Kansas bowling to open defense of title today
April 21, 2005
A year ago, Kansas University’s men’s bowling team won its first national championship in 41 years.
People
April 21, 2005
¢ Ex-Neverland guard testifies in Jackson trial ¢ Caan files for divorce ¢ Will strip for audiences ¢ Theater etiquette ¢ ‘Tru’ blue
Fashion show has Earth Day tones
April 21, 2005
There’s a new fund-raising event this year among the several happenings scheduled as part of Lawrence Earth Day festivities, which continue through Saturday.