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Art a la Carte
April 22, 2005
Art enthusiasts will want to check out the Downtown Friday Gallery Walk. The self-guided tour of downtown art venues runs from 7 to 9 this evening and features, among other artists, the watercolor landscapes of Mark Mohr at Fields Gallery.
Cool, cloudy and windy conditions expected today
April 22, 2005
(Updated Friday at 9:31 a.m.) You might want to grab a jacket or a sweater on your way out — Lawrence is expected to get strong gusty winds and brisk temperatures in the 50s and low 60s today. “It’s going to be cool and breezy as we go through the day,” said Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist.
Basics
Pope Benedict XVI faces tremendous challenges as he succeeds John Paul II, and the United States is a key battleground.
April 22, 2005
Catholic Pope Benedict XVI has a tremendous load on his shoulders and it is unlikely at age 78 that he will come close to resolving or even trying to resolve in his lifetime the many issues facing the church.
Society goes overboard on affirmation
April 22, 2005
It hurt her feelings, says Jane Fonda, sharing her feelings, that one of her husbands liked them to have sexual threesomes. “It reinforced my feeling I wasn’t good enough.”
Sagging sidewalks
April 22, 2005
Nuclear danger
April 22, 2005
In harm’s way
April 22, 2005
Founding ideals
April 22, 2005
Students serving their time
April 22, 2005
When Lew Friedland and a colleague recently studied the civic life of high school students in and around Madison, Wis., one theme popped up again and again: The students were doing volunteer work because they thought it looked good on their resumes.
Don’t deprive Cookie Monster
April 22, 2005
What in the name of Jim Henson are the folks at “Sesame Street” thinking? The heretofore sensible crew that controls a menagerie of multihued Muppets has decided to put the beloved Cookie Monster on a diet.
Aquavan trials set to resume
Guilford to test KU-created sedative
April 22, 2005
Shares of Guilford Pharmaceuticals Inc. climbed Thursday after the company announced that it would resume clinical trials of a sedative developed at Kansas University and refined by a Lawrence-based spin-off.
Commodities
April 22, 2005
Briefcase
April 22, 2005
¢ Google’s profit soars ¢ Time Warner, Comcast to buy Adelphia ¢ Yellow earnings double ¢ Aquila considering reverse stock split
Kung Fu Hustle’ filmmaker melds Hollywood with Asia
April 22, 2005
Hong Kong filmmaker Stephen Chow has a specific, albeit risky, approach to writing a screenplay. “I’m always trying to come up with unpredictable things to spring on the audience, as long as they don’t ruin the structure of the story,” he says.
Kung Fu’ hustles to laughs with nonstop, quirky action
April 22, 2005
Stephen Chow’s martial arts comedies are for people who think Jackie Chan is just too highbrow. Broad, low farces with little story and stuffed with epic fights built on plainly impossible, plainly faked gags, they’re still a stitch.
Fate of ‘Joan’ uncertain
April 22, 2005
God tells Joan she’s only just begun on the second-season finale of “Joan of Arcadia” (7 p.m., CBS). The Almighty informs our plucky high schooler that her first two years have been a kind of spiritual boot camp, mere training for the battle to come with a mysterious man with an unholy agenda.
Death of record store’s beloved cat touches public
April 22, 2005
There wasn’t a funeral for Cayenne, the tortoiseshell tabby who graced Love Garden Sounds for 14 years. Instead, in the moments before she was to put to sleep Tuesday afternoon, store employees came to the animal hospital to pay their final respects.
Best Bets
April 22, 2005
Sebelius signs budget despite school provision
April 22, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed budget legislation Thursday despite what she said was a “highly disturbing” education funding provision threatening to create future financial problems.
New pope opts to keep Vatican hierarchy intact
April 22, 2005
Pope Benedict XVI reinforced his caretaker image Thursday, reappointing the entire Vatican hierarchy chosen by his populist predecessor, John Paul II. At the same time, the new pontiff sought to dispel any impression that he was aloof or dour.
Events planned for retiring educators
April 22, 2005
Several schools and organizations are planning receptions for retiring teachers and principals.
KU, ESPN sign $40 million TV deal
April 22, 2005
ESPN Regional Television has sweetened its existing contract with Kansas University’s athletic department. KU officials on Thursday announced a seven-year, $40.2 million extension to the current agreement, which, since July 1999, has granted ESPN Regional Television the Jayhawks’ athletics corporate partnership and multimedia rights.
Greene a late addition to 100-meter dash
April 22, 2005
It’s a track meet, but it’s being described in terms that would make boxing promoter Don King proud. The director of the Kansas Relays said Thursday that Olympic-champion sprinter Maurice Greene — previously scheduled only to compete in a relay — would also run in the 100-meter dash.
More teens being tested for alcohol at prom
April 22, 2005
It was getting so few teachers at Westwood High School in suburban Boston wanted to chaperone school dances. There were drunken quarrels and dramas. At one school event, a student was rushed to the hospital with alcohol poisoning.
Water district worker honored
April 22, 2005
Allen Markley’s the man who keeps the water flowing smoothly in Rural Water District No. 2. When there are problems, they usually happen on the weekends “or it happens in the middle of the night,” Markley said. “But, usually, things go smoothly.”
State to close tourist center
Budget cuts blamed for KCK closure
April 22, 2005
Just as Kansas starts a new campaign promoting itself as a tourist destination, the state is preparing to close its travel center at Kansas Speedway, the popular auto racing track.
Recourse for unkept promises divides leaders
Companies haven’t created jobs promised for tax abatements
April 22, 2005
Several Lawrence companies are not fulfilling the promises they made when the City Commission granted them tax abatements, but their tax breaks shouldn’t be revoked, members of a city committee agreed Thursday.
Sebelius signs bill allowing KU workers to leave state system
April 22, 2005
Mike Auchard, a carpenter at Kansas University, worked five years to get Senate Bill 74 signed, and his labors paid off Thursday.
President requests asylum in Brazil
April 22, 2005
Brazil’s decision to grant asylum to Ecuador’s deposed President Lucio Gutierrez provoked outrage Thursday among many Ecuadoreans who demanded that the politician remain and account for alleged abuses of power.
Briefly - World
April 22, 2005
¢ China, Japan may meet at Asian summit ¢ Leader apologizes on TV for corruption scandal ¢ Militants, police killed in violent clashes ¢ Court says ill baby should be allowed to die
Briefly - Nation
April 22, 2005
¢ First intelligence chief approved, sworn in ¢ Four convicted in death of homeless woman ¢ Senate seeks to end Cisneros probe money ¢ Scientists uncover why some kernels don’t pop ¢ Battle looms in Senate over judicial nominees ¢ Traffic death rate reaches record low ¢ Sales of dogfighting video draw prison term ¢ Air marshal files suit over speech restrictions
Lawrence schools don’t use testing machine
April 22, 2005
Students at Lawrence’s two public high schools won’t be given Breathalyzer tests when they go to prom — but officials say they’ll be alert to alcohol use.
Study: Teens abusing prescription drugs
April 22, 2005
About one in five teenagers has tried prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin to get high, with the pill-popping members of “Generation Rx” often raiding their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a study by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
Bonding authority quietly put in place, then comes to light
Move angers some regents
April 22, 2005
Legislative leaders and research developers this session quietly increased by $5 million bonding authority to build research facilities at higher education institutions, it was revealed Thursday.
Lawrence Datebook
April 22, 2005
Senate approves $81 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan
Congress expected to resolve differences in compromise spending package
April 22, 2005
The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved $81 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a spending bill that would push the total cost of combat and reconstruction past $300 billion.
On the record
April 22, 2005
Police investigate gunshots
April 22, 2005
Gunfire in East Lawrence Thursday night had police searching the 1500 and 1600 blocks of Powers Street for a shooter, as neighbors were frightened and baffled.
Tornados damage five homes in Kansas
Kansas City airport evacuated in Missouri
April 22, 2005
Tornadoes damaged or destroyed five homes in rural Neosho County, Kan., Thursday evening, and another storm system prompted officials at Kansas City International Airport to evacuate nearly 2,000 people from its terminals.
Helicopter downing kills six Americans
Insurgents claim survivor’s shooting death
April 22, 2005
Insurgents brought down a helicopter carrying 11 civilians with missile fire north of Baghdad Thursday and said they captured and shot to death the lone crew member who survived. The dead from the crash included six American bodyguards for U.S. diplomats.
Biffle a rising star in NASCAR
Driver has five top-10 finishes, two victories so far this season
April 22, 2005
Greg Biffle never has lacked confidence. In 1997, the Vancouver, Wash., native was racing with some success in one of NASCAR’s regional touring series when he got a call from a friend saying team owner Jack Roush was interested in giving him a ride. The drawback was that Biffle would have to come to Charlotte, N.C., to make the deal.
Race-car drivers focus on fitness
April 22, 2005
The scene is Burke Lakefront Airport. The event is the Grand Prix of Cleveland. And all the hard work Bruno Junqueira put in during the offseason is about to pay off.
Some big names will be watching on TV
Postseason could present most wide-open race in decades
April 22, 2005
Before the NBA playoffs begin, a little pop quiz: Q: What do Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and LeBron James have in common with Michael Jordan, Karl Malone and Phil Jackson? A: The closest they’ll get to this year’s postseason is watching on TV.
NFL Draft deep, but big stars few
Valuable players may be available late
April 22, 2005
Brett Favre was the 33rd pick in the 1991 NFL Draft and his good pal Michael Strahan went 40th two years later. Ray Lewis was 26th overall in 1997 and Ed Reed 24th three years ago.
Firebirds bash Junior Jays
FSHS cruises past Nebraska state champ, 11-1
April 22, 2005
Bad weather looked to be brewing once again during the River City Baseball Festival on Thursday night. After two days of the event were rained out a year ago, rain pounded surrounding communities Thursday night. The only storm to strike Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark, though, was that from Free State High’s bats.
Woodling: Memorial Stadium perfect for Relays
April 22, 2005
Those of you sitting in Memorial Stadium today and Saturday watching the Kansas Relays are dinosaurs. You are perched in the football stadium of a major university watching a track and field meet. You can’t do that in many other places, certainly nowhere else in the Big 12 Conference.
Singh sizzles in Houston
Defending champ shoots course-record 64
April 22, 2005
Fresh from inclusion in the World Golf Hall of Fame, Vijay Singh tied the course record with an 8-under-par 64 for a one-shot lead Thursday after the first round of the Houston Open.
Commentary: Here’s some advice for Doherty
Former North Carolina coach can learn from previous mistakes at Florida Atlantic
April 22, 2005
By now you know Matt Doherty is coming back to coach at Florida Atlantic, in Boca Raton, Fla., where not many people buy tickets to watch the Owls play.
House approves energy overhaul
Conflict with Senate likely over gas additive, Alaska refuge
April 22, 2005
The House approved a far-ranging energy bill Thursday that would open an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling and shield makers of a controversial gasoline additive from environmental lawsuits — both issues likely to meet strong opposition in the Senate.
Bush offers support for U.N. nominee
April 22, 2005
President Bush prodded the Senate on Thursday to confirm John Bolton as U.N. ambassador and blamed politics for holding up the vote.
Third no charm for LHS
Lions can’t overcome seven-run frame
April 22, 2005
Brad Stoll wanted to avert his eyes during the horrendous frame. “The third inning,” Lawrence High baseball coach Stoll said, “was honestly hard to watch.”
Jayhawks head to Tech
April 22, 2005
Kansas University’s baseball team returns to conference play this weekend as its travels to Lubbock, Texas, to battle Texas Tech in a three-game Big 12 series at Dan Law Field.
Blue Jays clip Jayhawks, 3-2
April 22, 2005
Kansas University’s softball team dropped a heartbreaker to No. 19 Creighton, 3-2, before thunderstorms halted the second game of a nonconference doubleheader Thursday at the CU Sports Complex.
Carpenter clamps Cubs, 4-0
Cardinals hurler tosses seven-hit shutout
April 22, 2005
Chris Carpenter is 5-1 against the Chicago Cubs since the start of the 2004 season. Apparently, familiarity isn’t helping the opposition.
FSHS tennis triumphant; LHS falls
April 22, 2005
Free State won all three of its doubles matches and five of its six singles matches and rolled to a 8-1 boys tennis victory over Shawnee Mission West on a windy Thursday at Free State.
Arkansas mobile home fire kills five young boys, a mother
April 22, 2005
Flames roared through a mobile home, killing five young boys and the mother of two of them as anguished neighbors tried in vain to help. No one escaped.
Border volunteers tout success
Law enforcement officials dispute group’s influence
April 22, 2005
The organizers of a group of volunteers patrolling the Mexican border for illegal immigrants are declaring the Minuteman Project a success before it is even over. But others say it has done little more than make noise.
Interpreter’ gets lost in translation
April 22, 2005
Star Nicole Kidman reportedly signed on to “The Interpreter” without having read the script. Had she skimmed a few pages, she might have changed her mind — or at least began asking enough questions about the plot to generate some revisions in the pre-production phase.
Evolution puts state in spotlight
Lawrence forum says Kansas can’t afford to lag in science
April 22, 2005
Evolution found a home Thursday in the oldest church in Kansas during a forum about the controversy over science instruction for public school students.
Group behind Schauner postcard must disclose details
Ethics board says mailings constitute candidate advocacy
April 22, 2005
Those responsible for a controversial campaign postcard mailed four days before the April 5 city elections will be obliged to reveal themselves and how much money they raised and spent in their failed effort to deny City Commissioner David Schauner another term.
Jayhawks off to fast start at Kansas Relays
KU 2nd in hammer, wins twice on track
April 22, 2005
The 2005 Kansas Relays started with a thud — the sound of the hammer hitting the ground in the men’s hammer-throw competition, which signaled the start of the 78th incarnation of the track meet at Memorial Stadium.
Soldier convicted of murder
Army sergeant could get death penalty for attack on comrades
April 22, 2005
An Army sergeant was convicted Thursday by a military jury of premeditated murder and attempted murder in a grenade and rifle attack that killed two of his comrades and wounded 14 others in Kuwait during the opening days of the Iraq war.
People
April 22, 2005
¢ ‘Bennifer,’ the sequel ¢ No joke: Seacrest gets a star ¢ Abdul denies drug rumors ¢ Moore awards defiance ¢ Jackson trial judge denies battered women testimony
Fans mourn Johnnie Johnson
April 22, 2005
Hundreds of musicians and admirers paid respects to rock and boogie-woogie master Johnnie Johnson Thursday at a wake and jam session that featured the talents of many of those he inspired.
Wichita must honor $233 sculpture bid
April 22, 2005
The city has lost its fight to keep a sculpture erroneously included in an auction of surplus property last year.
6Sports video: Firebirds cruise past Nebraska state champs
April 22, 2005
The Free State High’s baseball team cruised past Creighton Prep, 11-1, Thursday at the River City Baseball Festival game at Hoglund Ballpark.
6Sports video: Lawrence High’s Penny sets school record at Relays
April 22, 2005
Lawrence High’s Scott Penny tossed 50.44 meters at the Kansas Relays on Thursday at Memorial Stadium, which set a school record.
6Sports video: Eudora blows out Wellsville
April 22, 2005
The Eudora Cardinals blew out the Wellsville Eagles, 22-4, Thursday at Eudora. Eudora won the second game of the double-header 24-0.
6Sports video: Lions fall to Hawklets
April 22, 2005
The Lions lost their River City Baseball Festival opener, 11-9, Thursday to Rockhurst High at Ice Field.
Home alone
BR549 frontman Chuck Mead returns to Lawrence for solo gig
April 22, 2005
Bob Dylan is trying to break up BR549. No, it’s not quite like what Yoko Ono did with The Beatles. Instead, Dylan has recruited multi-instrumentalist Don Herron from the Grammy-nominated country act as part of his touring band. The situation has made it rather awkward the past few months for the Nashville unit to conduct business as usual.
Treasure’ tale makes boys out of men
April 22, 2005
A swarthy drama unfolding on the Lawrence Arts Center stage proves there’s nothing like a good pirate story to level the playing field between men and boys.
Lions’ Penny keeping busy on and off track
April 22, 2005
Lawrence High’s Scott Penny stood out among a crowd of hammer-throwers at the Kansas Relays. He wasn’t the biggest competitor and he didn’t throw the farthest. But he was the only high school competitor among collegiate athletes.
Olathe South overwhelms Free State
Falcons’ 23 shots on frame too much for young Firebirds in loss
April 22, 2005
Meghan Hrenchir had a career day on Thursday afternoon. The sophomore goalkeeper on the Free State High girls soccer team slid, jumped, deflected and pounced for 15 saves in a home game against Olathe South.
Kansas high school sports scores from April 21
April 22, 2005
This Weekend’s Highlights
April 22, 2005
¢ Magnolia Electric Company ¢ Walter Meego ¢ Iron and Wine ¢ Downtown Friday Gallery Walk ¢ A Virtuoso Returns
Correction
April 22, 2005
A photo of a cattle truck wreck that appeared on Page 1A of Thursday’s Journal-World carried an improper credit. The photo was taken by Jeff Myrick of the Baldwin City Signal.
Minnesota completes sweep of K.C.
April 22, 2005
While batting with the bases loaded has not been Minnesota’s strength this season, the Twins started to break that dangerous trend in a two-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals.
Recruit backs out for time being
Lewis not committed, but still ‘loves Kansas’
April 22, 2005
Dwight Lewis’ nonbinding oral commitment to Kansas University certainly didn’t last long. Lewis, a 6-foot-5 junior basketball guard from Archbishop Rummel High in Metairie, La., who Tuesday committed to KU, on Thursday backed off the commitment, saying, through his dad, he definitely would visit KU on April 29-30 and in-state school Louisiana State at a yet-to-be-determined date.
O-North claims softball sweep at LHS
April 22, 2005
Showtime, it was not. After 11 innings in the Lawrence High softball team’s marathon of a game against Olathe North on Thursday, starting pitcher Whitney Juneau, who had gone the distance to that point, had to leave for a commitment to the school’s “Showtime “song and dance spectacle.
KU bowling locks down top seed
April 22, 2005
Kansas University men’s bowling team’s national title defense is off to a favorable start.
Horoscopes
April 22, 2005
Lawrence firms upbeat about Fed report
April 22, 2005
When the Federal Reserve says its Kansas City district is faring better economically than many areas of the country, folks like Jennifer Midyett Courtney smile a little more. The Realtor’s schedule is sure to fill up faster.
Billionaire Buffett
KU students receive opportunity to question
April 22, 2005
Derek Smashey doesn’t expect to become a millionaire by spending an hour and a half with Warren Buffett. But he figures it couldn’t hurt hearing what the second-richest man in the world has to say.
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
April 22, 2005
Local briefs
April 22, 2005
¢ Regents OK budget of Med Center facility ¢ Black alumni events set for this weekend ¢ Earth Day parade slated for Saturday ¢ Lawrence family wins third lottery jackpot
Podsednik powers White Sox
Chicago improves to 12-4 for franchise’s best 16-game start since 1935
April 22, 2005
The Chicago White Sox are playing so well, they’re convinced someone is going to come through with a big play every day. It was Scott Podsednik’s turn Thursday.
Firebird swimmers have solid day
Personal-best times abundant as FSHS takes first in home meet
April 22, 2005
It would have been hard to tell that Free State High’s Cambry McNabb had just completed the swim meet of her life by listening to her talk about her effort on an inward one-and-a-half Thursday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
City prep squads well aware of huge challenge at Relays
April 22, 2005
Both Lawrence High and Free State will have athletes competing against each other in the Kansas Relays today and Saturday, but neither team considers this a city showdown of any sort.
Three-day walk raises money for breast cancer foundation
April 22, 2005
Julie Dunlap, 33 and Molly Roth, 34, have a lot in common. Both are Lawrence moms raising three young daughters and both have mothers who fought breast cancer.