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KU announces new education school dean
April 25, 2005
(Updated Monday at 3:31 p.m.) The director of the School of Education at Colorado State University has been named education dean at Kansas University, officials announced today.
More criticism leveled at legislative school funding plan
At best, HB 2247 is an interim step,’ says State Board of Education’s lead attorney
April 25, 2005
(Updated Monday at 2:48 p.m.) The Legislature’s school finance package fails to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court mandate to improve education funding, an attorney for the State Board of Education said in a legal filing today.
Showers to linger through evening
April 25, 2005
(Updated Monday at 3:55 p.m.) Don’t put your umbrella away — light scattered showers will continue to dampen the pavement through late tonight.
6Sports video: LHS students play dirty in volleyball tourney
April 25, 2005
Lawrence High School Students had fun in the mud Sunday afternoon when more than 400 of them gathered at Broken Arrow Park with teachers and parents to play in the annual mud volleyball tournament.
Reforms highlight Hemenway’s tenure
Sweeping changes made during KU chancellor’s term as chairman
April 25, 2005
Myles Brand considers it an era of reform. Over the last three years, the NCAA has overhauled rules governing how student-athletes can be recruited, the academic qualifications they must meet and the responsibilities of universities to ensure those students actually receive an education.
Modern men also wear pink
April 25, 2005
There’s a reason pink is a staple in most women’s wardrobe — it looks good. And it looks good on most men, too, according to fashion editors at GQ who outfitted rapper T.I. in a pink wardrobe for the May issue.
People
April 25, 2005
¢ Stop the bad press! ¢ No surprise here ¢ Las Vegas decries greed ¢ Man of letters now on stamp ¢ Birthdays
Kansas Relays impresses Jones
Olympic champion likely to return
April 25, 2005
Flashing a wide smile, Marion Jones clutched the microphone and spoke to 20,000 or so Kansas Relays fans Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. “This has been awesome. If you want me to come back, maybe I will next year. Do you?” Jones asked the throng.
Prom problems
It’s easy to see why some schools are resorting to drastic measures to try to quell alcohol-related problems at high school proms.
April 25, 2005
Wouldn’t it be too bad if high schools across the country starting canceling their proms because they are unwilling to deal with or take responsibility for intoxicated students?
Compromise could benefit Democrats
April 25, 2005
It is not too late to avoid a Senate-splitting rules fight over President Bush’s embattled judicial nominees and achieve something positive for both the public and the cause of good government, if only both Democrats and Republicans can free themselves for a moment from the death grip of the opposing outside interest groups.
Former Israeli president dies
Ezer Weizman a figure in war, peace
April 25, 2005
Former Israeli President Ezer Weizman, a flying ace who built up the nation’s air force and helped bring about the Jewish state’s first peace treaty with an Arab country, died Sunday. He was 80.
Verizon likely to counter Qwest offer for MCI
April 25, 2005
Verizon is widely expected to boost its bid for MCI Inc. again now that the long-distance phone company has embraced a rival $9.75 billion bid from Qwest, though it remains unlikely Verizon will need to pay that much to win MCI back.
Got bubbles? Got lights? Got colors? Good. Now bathe
April 25, 2005
Why is bathroom remodeling all the rage? Blame it on the empty-nest syndrome, says Ed Del Grande, star of DIY Network’s “Ed the Plumber.”
Horse-loving helpers needed at stables
April 25, 2005
Pathways Animal Assisted Therapy is an organization that enables adults and children with disabilities to enjoy the experience of therapeutic horseback riding. Volunteers who love horses are needed to assist in the program as side walkers and horse handlers in organized classes.
Offseason moves improve Chiefs
Active general manager Peterson may have Kansas City back among NFL’s elite teams
April 25, 2005
One by one this offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs have acquired the defenders they believe will put them back among the NFL’s elite. After the drafting of outside linebacker Derrick Johnson, it’s a lot easier to think they’re going to get there.
Briefly - Nation
April 25, 2005
¢ Bush to meet with Saudi prince today ¢ Parts of Midwest get up to foot of snow ¢ Skydiver dies after legs severed in jump
White Sox rally for seventh straight victory
April 25, 2005
After the Chicago White Sox committed four errors and only had two singles in the first seven innings Sunday, manager Ozzie Guillen knew what he was going to tell the media after the game.
Horoscopes
April 25, 2005
Briefcase
April 25, 2005
¢ Lower demand figures in gas price decrease ¢ Microsoft responds in gay-rights flap ¢ The week ahead
Study touts city as potential tourism mecca
April 25, 2005
For an hour or so, it looked as though the Halcyon House Bed & Breakfast might not be booked solid during the Kansas Relays.
Lawrence Datebook
April 25, 2005
Chiefs get trampolinist
April 25, 2005
With their first choice in the fifth round of the NFL draft Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs selected linebacker James “Boomer” Grigsby, a husky and highly enthusiastic linebacker who also happens to be the NFL’s only three-time All-American Trampoline Award champion.
Pets, humans get stupid for shot on ‘Late Show with Dave Letterman’
April 25, 2005
The cameras were rolling as Willy the wiener dog stopped his trick for a blissful restroom break center stage.
Cleaning up their image
Modern men favor more fashion-forward and tailored looks
April 25, 2005
Men are taking a long-overdue look in the mirror, and many don’t like what they see. How could they have thought that wrinkled pleated chinos and shapeless shirts ever counted as fashion — or were even attractive?
Penn & Teller return to barbecue more sacred cows
April 25, 2005
Cable’s crankiest contrarians return with the third season of “Penn & Teller: Bull!” (9 p.m., Showtime). In their show, with a title unprintable in family newspapers, the witty illusionists take an intellectual blowtorch to popular wisdom, political correctness, fads and trends.
Social insurance
April 25, 2005
A disgrace
April 25, 2005
Shameful honor
April 25, 2005
64 spawns new perspective
April 25, 2005
A few years ago, I faced one of those ethical quandaries that don’t turn up in journalism class. My birthday was announced in the newspaper date book. This was startling enough except for the fact that the paper had lopped about three years off the actual number.
Imagination moves economies
April 25, 2005
Consumer confidence has fallen. The Dow has hit a five-month low, the NASDAQ a six-month low. IBM’s weak earnings are a sign that the tech sector (and business spending) hasn’t fully recovered from the downturn. American job creation continues to be anemic, while India can’t find talent fast enough.
LHS students play dirty in annual mud volleyball tournament
April 25, 2005
There are a few things that are good to know when playing volleyball in the mud. First of all, know the different types of mud. Lawrence High School students playing mud volleyball Sunday at Broken Arrow Park for the first time learned the hard way.
Farmers Market set to open
April 25, 2005
Area residents can soon look forward to their fill of garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. The Lawrence Farmers Market will open Saturday, complete with Mayor Boog Highberger ringing the opening bell at 6:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of Vermont Street.
Property taxes continue to climb as school districts seek more funds
April 25, 2005
When local school board members decided in the 1970s to build a new high school outside this Flint Hills community, they angered a lot of people, partly because they raised property taxes.
K.C. mobile clinic spaying animals for free
April 25, 2005
Animal-rights advocates are taking to the streets their efforts to spay and neuter animals in a city where they say pet overpopulation has reached a crisis level.
Crew returns safely from space station
April 25, 2005
A space capsule carrying a U.S.-Russian-Italian crew landed safely on the steppes of northern Kazakhstan early today, following a mission aboard the international space station.
Briefly - World
April 25, 2005
¢ Ecuador’s ousted president arrives ¢ China’s history texts now under fire ¢ Minister says uranium enrichment to resume ¢ Death toll update ¢ Pakistani freed by hostage-takers
Midsize cars rated in crash tests
April 25, 2005
The 2005 Volkswagen Jetta received good ratings in front and side crash tests, the insurance industry reported Sunday in an evaluation of midsize vehicles.
Hybrid vehicle sales up 81 percent in ‘04
April 25, 2005
Hybrid vehicle sales nearly doubled in the United States last year as gasoline prices soared and a wider variety of models attracted consumers.
Local briefs
April 25, 2005
¢ Eudora resident killed in car accident ¢ Theft suspect crashes truck on bike trail ¢ Better Community Summit this weekend
Pope promises to reach out
Benedict XVI mentions other Christians, Jews, but not Muslims
April 25, 2005
On a day when the mantle of the papacy was formally placed on his willing shoulders, Pope Benedict XVI also made news for what he did not do.
Prison population soars in 2004
Nearly 900 inmates entered penal system every week
April 25, 2005
Growing at a rate of about 900 inmates each week between mid-2003 and mid-2004, the nation’s prisons and jails held 2.1 million people, or one in every 138 U.S. residents, the government reported Sunday.
Commission warns of too many tax breaks
April 25, 2005
As taxpayers recover from finishing their annual filing chores, a presidential commission studying the tax laws has reached the conclusion that there are just too many deductions and credits.
Governors assessing Medicaid reform
April 25, 2005
The nation’s governors, weighing what to tell Congress they want from Medicaid reform, may take aim at the common practice of seniors giving away their assets so the government pays for nursing home care. They could also demand that the poor pay a share — or a greater share — of their health care bills.
Local agencies enforcing immigration laws
April 25, 2005
Frustrated by illegal immigrant criminals who slip their grasp, a growing number of state and county police agencies nationwide are moving to join a federal program that enlists local officers to enforce immigration laws.
Singh survives Houston Open playoff
Daly’s drive into water costly on extra hole
April 25, 2005
Vijay Singh waited patiently for a break in the final round of the Shell Houston Open. John Daly finally gave him a big one on the first extra hole.
Jackson prosecution relies on credibility of admitted liars
April 25, 2005
As the prosecution nears the end of its case against Michael Jackson, jurors face a dilemma: How much should they believe testimony from key witnesses who have admitted past lies?
BoSox win testy one with Rays
Brush backs, ejections mar Boston’s 11-3 victory
April 25, 2005
Beanballs and brush backs have become common when the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Devil Rays meet. Jay Payton hit a grand slam, and Manny Ramirez homered one pitch after nearly being plunked as the Red Sox avoided a three-game sweep with an ejection-filled, 11-3 victory over the Devil Rays on Sunday.
Wood’s shoulder ‘cranky’ in win
Cubs upend Pirates, 5-2, but pitcher leaves early because of tendinitis
April 25, 2005
Kerry Wood’s right shoulder is bothering him again. Wood left his start early because of tendinitis Sunday, but still earned his first win of the season in the Chicago Cubs’ 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
On the record
April 25, 2005
Insurgents launch attacks as Iraqi politicians plan Cabinet
April 25, 2005
An emboldened Iraqi insurgency staged carefully coordinated dual bombings in Saddam Hussein’s hometown and a Shiite neighborhood of the capital Sunday, killing at least 21 people. Lawmakers loyal to the new prime minister said he was ready to announce a Cabinet that would exclude his interim predecessor, Ayad Allawi.
Correction
April 25, 2005
Because of information given to the Journal-World by Lawrence Memorial Hospital, it was incorrectly reported in Sunday’s paper that Brice Emerson and April Rayton gave birth.
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 25, 2005
Senator defends effort to stop judicial filibusters
Frist adds that judges deserve ‘respect, not retaliation’
April 25, 2005
Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday it was not “radical” to ask senators to vote on judicial nominees as he hardened his effort to strip Democrats of their power to stall President Bush’s picks for the federal court.
U.N. candidate urged to withdraw
April 25, 2005
President Bush’s choice to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations should withdraw from consideration or risk embarrassing the president, a Senate Democrat said Sunday. The White House said it stood by John Bolton.
Small study suggests gene therapy may slow Alzheimer’s
April 25, 2005
The first attempt at gene therapy for Alzheimer’s patients appeared to significantly delay worsening of the disease in a few people who have tested it so far, scientists reported Sunday.
Orton falls to fourth; OU’s White undrafted
April 25, 2005
Kyle Orton certainly looked like a first-round NFL Draft pick when he was tossing touchdowns and leading Purdue to a 5-0 start.
Rookies spark Chicago
Gordon, Nocioni shine in 103-94 win
April 25, 2005
If rookies Ben Gordon and Andres Nocioni can put on this kind of show in their first NBA playoff game, imagine what’s in store down the road.
McMillan drafted by Browns in 5th round
April 25, 2005
A franchise tearing its structure down and starting over, united with a player described as a “tweener” just looking for a place to belong at the next level.
Kansas AD confirms contract with adidas
April 25, 2005
Kansas University and adidas have agreed to one of the largest footwear and apparel partnerships in college athletics, an eight-year sponsorship and product-allowance agreement worth $26.67 million, KU athletic director Lew Perkins announced Sunday.
KU-Tech rained out
April 25, 2005
A steady rain in the West Texas region forced Sunday’s baseball series finale between Kansas University and Texas Tech to be canceled.
KU 9th at Big 12 meet
April 25, 2005
Kansas University’s women’s golf team finished in ninth place Sunday at the Big 12 Conference Championships after carding a 310, its best round of the tournament.
KU sweep ‘awesome’
Jayhawks win second straight against Sooners
April 25, 2005
Destiny Frankenstein embraced every one of her Kansas University softball teammates within hugging distance. No one was more delighted about KU’s stunning weekend sweep of No. 5-ranked Oklahoma than Frankenstein, the Jayhawks’ junior shortstop from Broken Arrow, Okla.
KU’s Anderson signs
April 25, 2005
Former Kansas University football tight end Lyonel Anderson signed a free-agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday after being bypassed in the late rounds of the NFL draft.
Here’s a sunny concrete project
April 25, 2005
Here’s how to create a smiling stone sundial stepping stone, using various types of paint, including patinas and whitewashes.
Change the face of your deck
April 25, 2005
Jeff Wilson, host of DIY Network’s five-part program “Build a Deck,” says you can fine-tune the outside of a home to make it stand out and at the same time have more room for entertaining. One way is to extend the deck.
Making a case for storing books
April 25, 2005
The bookcase is a seemingly innocuous piece of furniture. But if you want to make it something more, you can.
Digging for dollars: Landscaping as an investment
Beautify your backyard and reap a bonanza
April 25, 2005
Landscaping to increase your property value makes sense, says Dean Hill, who offers guidance to host Jackie Taylor on DIY Network’s “Grounds For Improvement.”
KU swimming squad celebrates season
April 25, 2005
Kansas University’s swimming and diving team handed out its postseason awards at its annual postseason banquet Sunday at the Springhill Suites.
Stress that leaves scars
More Lawrence students turn to ‘cutting’
April 25, 2005
They find relief in the pain, so they slash themselves with razors or knives. Or they might burn themselves with cigarettes. Lawrence mental health workers say they are seeing an upswing in the number of young people — mostly junior high girls — who mutilate themselves. They are known as “cutters.”
Home theater how-to
April 25, 2005
There’s plenty to consider when looking at home theater technology: acoustics, digital television needs, preferences in programming delivery and even engineering, since the system has so many components for providing quality.
The health of your home depends on what you don’t see
April 25, 2005
The life of your home is too precious to waste. That’s why it needs to be healthy on the inside, not just look spotless from the outside. So says Fuad Reveiz, star of the new DIY Network show, “Healthy Household Workshop.”
Ceiling fans make home cooling a breeze
April 25, 2005
Cheaper than air conditioning, ceiling fans circulate the air without providing an arctic blast. Varying speeds make them suitable for any kind of weather, cooling a place in the heat of summer or cutting through a stuffy home when it’s cold outside.
Lawrence teen recovering from self-mutilation
April 25, 2005
It started after she had a big fight with her mom. “I was really mad at her and I was squeezing my arms really hard,” she said. “It hurt, but I noticed it sort of helped calm me down.” Within a few weeks, she was cutting herself.
KU tennis tumbles in home finale
Jayhawks lose to Aggies, but doubles play improves
April 25, 2005
The fanfare was minimal. Brittany Brown carried off a handful of balloons after the Kansas University tennis team’s final home match Sunday at the Robinson courts, but there weren’t any tears or hugs — or graduating seniors. Brown, a sophomore, was celebrating her 20th birthday.