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Dole speaks at KU
April 26, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 7:59 a.m.) Beginning with a color guard presentation and ending with a picnic, about 1,000 people came to see former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole today speak today at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University.
Frost advisory issued
April 26, 2005
(Updated Tuesday at 4:37 p.m.) Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the garden, the frosty bite of winter will be lurking overnight in Lawrence.
Chance for sprinkles this afternoon
April 26, 2005
(Updated Tuesday at 8:48 a.m.) It might look sunny out there this morning. But another cool, blustery day is in store for the Lawrence area, as clouds move in and the wind picks up this afternoon.
Petition aims to block sex predator
Lawrence mothers lead effort to keep Hendricks out of city
April 26, 2005
Kelli Duncan and others in her family began fuming when they learned about the state’s plan to release a sexual predator from a prison hospital and move him to Lawrence.
Briefly
April 26, 2005
¢ Death sentences fall to record low ¢ Wal-Mart to restrict sales of cold medicines ¢ Stranded, injured skier rescued after week ¢ 35 more wild horses killed after roundup
Sword fighting shines
Despite stripped-down script, cast rekindles children’s classic
April 26, 2005
Shouts of “Aargh!” echoed through the Lawrence Arts Center theater on Saturday afternoon as the Seem-To-Be-Players hoisted the Jolly Roger and set sail for “Treasure Island.” Adapted by Scot Copeland of Nashville Children’s Theatre from Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure story, “Treasure Island” is loaded with all kinds of pirate fun: mutiny, sword fighting, treasure hunting and, of course, lots of “Aargh!”
People
April 26, 2005
¢ Elton John to marry ¢ Ferrell to get ‘Lost’ ¢ Cannes jury announced ¢ Emotional makeover
FBI rounds up Chicago mob figures
Charges filed in murders dating to 1970
April 26, 2005
FBI agents were always sure that 18 unsolved murders, some dating back more than three decades, were ordered by some of the top men in the Chicago mob. But they were never able to arrest anyone for the crimes — until now.
Food pyramid misses point
April 26, 2005
It took four years and a whopping $2.4 million, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has finally rolled out a redesigned version of the Food Guide Pyramid. Unveiled a week ago, the new “MyPyramid” is supposed to offer Americans clear guidance on how to eat a nutritious diet and maintain a healthy weight.
New group assists military kids enduring parent’s deployment
April 26, 2005
Somehow, Erica Godfrey had convinced herself that if she learned the alphabet, her father would be hurt or killed.
Magazine searching for student of the year
April 26, 2005
Magazine CollegeBound Teen magazine is searching for its annual Student of the Year of Scholarship Contest winners.
Baker pays heed to poverty
Class creates refugee camp
April 26, 2005
Most of their fellow students have never been in a refugee camp and probably never will be.
KU hires new dean of education
Colorado State administrator advocates proactive role in state funding decisions
April 26, 2005
Don’t expect Rick Ginsberg to shy from controversy as dean of the Kansas University School of Education.
Woodling: KU can’t let up after OU sweep
April 26, 2005
Earth is calling Kansas University’s softball players, and coach Tracy Bunge hopes the Jayhawks plant their feet today.
Glass advances
April 26, 2005
Lawrence’s Bob Glass is 10th after the first day of the PBA Senior Clarksville Open. Glass’s pinfall total of 3,317 for 16 games advanced him to today’s eight-game qualifying round.
Indiana draws even
Miller, Pacers rebound, 82-79
April 26, 2005
Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers climbed out of another hole, just as they’ve done all season.
Briefly
April 26, 2005
¢ Audio-Reader garden sculptures missing ¢ Rape charges filed in case involving teen ¢ Trial set in rape case ¢ Patrol seeks fuel deals
Briefly
April 26, 2005
¢ Missing toddlers found dead in pond ¢ Afghan arrested on smuggling charge ¢ Dead mother locked in freezer for years ¢ Complaint lodged on Forest Service
Datebook
April 26, 2005
State values chickens over women
April 26, 2005
The always-entertaining Most Backward State in the Union contest took an interesting bounce last week.
Drama in the details
Prom may be all about the dress, but it’s the little things that make it an evening worth remembering.
April 26, 2005
¢ Flower power ¢ Cocktail capers ¢ Tress test ¢ Fool-proof photos
Judge allows testimony by Michael Jackson’s ex-wife
April 26, 2005
The judge in Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial ruled Monday that the mother of two of the pop star’s children may testify as a prosecution witness.
Baseball briefs
April 26, 2005
¢ Struggling Blue Jays fire hitting coach Barnett ¢ Garciaparra surgery set ¢ RFK mound to be rebuilt while Nats on road ¢ Former Tigers pitcher Wilson dead at 70
Alvamar Golf Course preparing to reopen
April 26, 2005
Seven months after shutdown, Alvamar Golf Course officially will reopen to the public May 4.
Job market welcoming for soon-to-be KU grads
April 26, 2005
There’s only a month to go until graduation, but Jamie Labrier isn’t stressed out about finding a job.
Derailment probe focuses on speed, driver’s inexperience
23-year-old driver unaccounted for; toll tops 70
April 26, 2005
The death toll rose to 73 today in Japan’s deadliest rail crash in decades as crews pulled more victims from the wreckage. Investigators focused on whether excessive speed or the driver’s inexperience caused the train to derail and slam into an apartment building.
Iraqis losing confidence in political process
April 26, 2005
After risking their lives to vote and then watching the political leaders they elected haggle fruitlessly for almost three months, many Iraqis have concluded that their new national assembly is incapable of producing a government that can unify and pacify the country.
Chef to share Thai recipes on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
April 26, 2005
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “A Taste of Thailand.”
Horoscopes
April 26, 2005
Slow down
April 26, 2005
Stepped up enforcement may be encouraging more local drivers to slow down and drive more safely.
White House re-examines war objectives
April 26, 2005
A new look for President Bush’s global war on terrorism sits atop Condoleezza Rice’s early to-do list at the State Department. Expect fairly soon some useful new handles on the problem and a more coherent overall strategy to guide the struggle that the bureaucracy abbreviates as GWOT.
Tax reform
April 26, 2005
Human worth
April 26, 2005
Qualifications
April 26, 2005
Lawyer friendly
April 26, 2005
Daily ticker
April 26, 2005
School board approves ‘04-‘05 salary increase
April 26, 2005
Lawrence school board members Monday night approved an agreement that will increase teachers’ salaries for the 2004-2005 school year based on their experience and education. The retroactive compensation will be paid to teachers in a lump sum sometime in July. Funds for the pay increase will come out of the 2005-2006 budget.
Home sales up despite rising rates
April 26, 2005
Sales of existing homes and condominiums rose by 1 percent in March to the third-highest sales pace on record while the nationwide median price jumped by the largest amount in more than 14 years, a real estate trade group reported Monday.
Stocks increase on upbeat housing report, oil merger
April 26, 2005
Stocks made a strong move higher Monday as a new spate of merger activity and a surprising rise in home sales restored investors’ confidence in the economy and eased fears of inflation and higher interest rates.
Microsoft releases new Windows
Software giant launches 64-bit operating systems
April 26, 2005
After years of delays, Microsoft Corp. on Monday released versions of its Windows operating system that can address vastly more memory and are designed for such heavy-duty tasks as rendering graphics and video.
Consumers expected to absorb diaper costs
April 26, 2005
Diapers will start to cost more this summer as Procter & Gamble Co. and Kimberly-Clark Corp. raise prices to offset higher costs for materials such as resins and paper.
Briefcase
April 26, 2005
¢ Air Canada to improve fleet with Boeing deal ¢ General Motors recalls 2 million vehicles ¢ Adelphia to settle probe with $715M
Double Take: Teach child by example that meds can help
April 26, 2005
Dear Dr. Wes and Jenny: I read your columns on antidepressants. My 15-year-old son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (II) and ADHD. His doctor, his teachers and I all really want him to take the medication, but he is adamant that he won’t. This is turning into a constant state of argument for us. I was also told that I shouldn’t rile him up, but that is hard to do when he won’t comply with the medication the doctor prescribes. He is not a bad kid, just really obstinate about this. What do I do? — A mom
In the halls
April 26, 2005
Do you enjoy school dances?
Style briefs
April 26, 2005
¢ Perfume personalities ¢ Choo shoe train ¢ Frumpy to foxy
Teen poetry
April 26, 2005
Bleep’ examines editing of films
April 26, 2005
A provocative documentary, “Bleep: Censoring Hollywood” (9 p.m., AMC) touches on a whole keyboard of hot-button issues. Co-produced by ABC News, “Bleep” examines the growing business of selling “clean” versions of Hollywood films. Several years ago, Ray Lines, a Utah man with a computer and digital know-how, edited a DVD of “Titanic” for his Mormon neighbors, who objected to the film’s brief scenes of nudity and sexual activity.
Dole Institute anticipates crowd for today’s lecture
April 26, 2005
Two tents, dozens of TVs, 1,200 hot dogs and one former presidential candidate are prepared for the Dole Lecture today at the Dole Institute of Politics.
Costa Rica’s success a model for Kansas Kids Voting program
April 26, 2005
A festive environment on a Sunday could be the reason why parents, grandparents and children turn out by the thousands to vote on election days in Costa Rica.
CIA’s weapons hunt officially concludes with no WMD
April 26, 2005
In his final word, the CIA’s top weapons inspector in Iraq said Monday that the hunt for weapons of mass destruction has “gone as far as feasible” and has found nothing, closing an investigation into the purported programs of Saddam Hussein that were used to justify the 2003 invasion.
Duke’s Williams saying no to NBA
Forward to be rare commodity in college hoops: a senior
April 26, 2005
Shelden Williams will skip this year’s NBA draft and return for his senior year at Duke.
Putin: Russia pursuing democracy own way
April 26, 2005
Declaring that his country “has been and will be a major European nation,” President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia was committed to a democratic course and called for expanding media freedoms, protecting private investment and strengthening opposition political parties.
Pope jokes that his election was like ‘guillotine’
April 26, 2005
He kissed babies, blessed people in wheelchairs and joked that he felt like a guillotine was falling on him when he realized that he might be elected pope.
Anderson Cooper visits KU
April 26, 2005
When it comes to television news, viewers are getting mostly what they want, a CNN correspondent said during an appearance Monday night at Kansas University.
On the record
April 26, 2005
Bridge replacement project expanded
April 26, 2005
Douglas County commissioners on Monday approved expanding a bridge replacement project.
Pirates’ Perez baffles Astros
Pittsburgh claims only second home victory, 2-0
April 26, 2005
After puzzling his own team all season, Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Oliver Perez decided to start fooling the guys wearing the other uniforms.
Tigers, Percival finally get first save
Detroit had blown seven save opportunites before 6-4 victory over Twins
April 26, 2005
Troy Percival saved at least 30 games in each of the last seven seasons.
Poll finds little support for changing rule
April 26, 2005
As the Senate moves toward a major confrontation over judicial appointments, a strong majority of Americans oppose changing the rules to make it easier for Republican leaders to win confirmation of President Bush’s court nominees, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News Poll.
Eagle Bend flip-flop for comfort of fans
Front nine will become back nine for tournament
April 26, 2005
Regular patrons of Eagle Bend Golf Course initially may be confused while viewing the Lawrence Futures Golf Classic.
Firebird commits
April 26, 2005
Free State High’s Nicki Riggins has committed to play soccer at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. Riggins has been on the Firebirds’ soccer team for four years, the last three as a starter.
Cansecos liable in lawsuit
April 26, 2005
Former baseball standout Jose Canseco and twin brother Ozzie were found liable Monday in a lawsuit by two men whom they beat up at a Miami Beach nightclub in 2001.
FSHS 14th at Topeka CC
April 26, 2005
Free State High’s boys golf team placed 14th and Lawrence High’s 17th in the 21-team Topeka West Invitational on Monday at Topeka Country Club. Blue Valley North won the event with a team score of 310. Free State fired a 357, while LHS fired a 370.
KU told to step up computer security
Report calls for more written policies to ensure procedures followed
April 26, 2005
Kansas University should have more written policies governing computer security and an expanded role for its information technology security officer.
KU walk-on Bahe transferring to Creighton
April 26, 2005
Seeking significant playing time down the line, Kansas University sophomore basketball walk-on Nick Bahe has decided to transfer to Creighton University.
A minor excursion
College tournament at T-Bones’ ballpark finally reality
April 26, 2005
Like many ideas, the thought of the Kansas University baseball team playing at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, home of the Kansas City T-Bones, took years to develop.
Nwabuisi spells gig J-E-T-S
Former KU fullback will head to N.Y. camp
April 26, 2005
Getting the chance was the first step for former Kansas University football player Austine Nwabuisi. Now, he’s itching to make the most of it.
Yao, T-Mac lift Rockets
Thrilling victory gives Houston 2-0 series lead over Dallas
April 26, 2005
With Shaq and Kobe broken up, get ready for the era of Yao and T-Mac. It arrived in Game 2 of the playoffs.
Senate leaders seek filibuster compromise
April 26, 2005
In private talks with Majority Leader Bill Frist, the Senate’s top Democrat has indicated a willingness to allow confirmation of two of President Bush’s seven controversial appeals court nominees, but only as part of a broader compromise requiring Republicans to abandon threats to ban judicial filibusters, officials said Monday.
State predicts high demand for program
April 26, 2005
They are arriving much faster than they are leaving, so the state’s sexual predator treatment program should brace for major expansion in coming years, according to a report released Monday.
Bush seeks Saudi leader’s help to lower gas prices
April 26, 2005
President Bush prodded Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdullah on Monday to help curb skyrocketing oil prices, and the White House expressed hope that the kingdom’s plans would ease U.S. gasoline prices that have shot above $2.20 a gallon.
State board of ed to challenge K-12 finance plan
April 26, 2005
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 Monday.
Briefly
April 26, 2005
¢ Syrian presence to conclude today ¢ Clinton urges donors to continue tsunami aid ¢ North, South Korea trade warnings ¢ Election rivals pledge to pursue unity
Briefly
April 26, 2005
¢ Theater owner arrested in videotape investigation ¢ Amendment supporters outspent opponents ¢ Attorney: No conflict in representing Lake
Care-free baseball Chicago’s recipe
Think the White Sox’s start is just a fluke? You’re not alone, but the players don’t really care
April 26, 2005
A know-it-all baseball scribe from the East Coast put in a call to the White Sox’s general manager, Ken Williams, as the club was getting off to a best-in-the-bigs record of 15-4.