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Sprinkles possible tonight, showers in morning
April 27, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 5:22 p.m.) If you have to be out tonight, you might get splashed by a few raindrops, according to Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist. And it might be a little wet for your morning commute, Sayers said.
Three injured in K-10 accident
April 27, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 5:28 p.m.) Three people were injured when a flatbed truck collided with a passenger car late this morning on Kansas Highway 10 on the eastern border Lawrence near the East Hills Business Park.
Hundreds rally for social services funding
April 27, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 11:08 a.m.) Several hundred people rallied today outside the Capitol in support of services and funding for Kansans with disabilities as the Legislature convened its wrap-up session.
Wellsville woman dies in accident
April 27, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 10:28 a.m.) A Wellsville woman died this morning in a two-vehicle wreck on Interstate 35 south of Wellsville, Kansas Highway Patrol officials said.
Spring makes a brief comeback
April 27, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 8:55 a.m.) Remember spring? After several days of cold, damp weather, it’s back — at least briefly, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Asian cuisine featured in cookbook
April 27, 2005
In her latest cookbook, “Low Carb 1-2-3” (Rodale, 2005, $16.95), food-writer and chef Rozanne Gold combines her sure sense of how to use a few key ingredients with a keen eye for nutrition.
KU survives slugfest
April 27, 2005
Tuesday night’s game was about what you’d expect from two teams with sticks to spare — a lot of runs, and a long night at the old ballpark. Kansas University’s baseball team survived cold weather, shaky defense and booming New Mexico State bats to beat the Aggies, 12-11, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, site of the Best of the Midwest Tournament.
Bulls surprised many with turnaround, but not themselves
April 27, 2005
As the losses mounted, the predictions began. Some figured the then 0-9 Chicago Bulls might start the season with 20 consecutive defeats, given their schedule at the time. Others believed the Bulls would at least threaten, if not break, the NBA record of 73 losses set by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.
Briefcase
April 27, 2005
¢ The Toy Store plans downtown move ¢ Nobel Prize economist, KU alum talks tonight ¢ Arthur Andersen to pay $65 million
Can’t skirt this issue
Bohemian style works for everyone
April 27, 2005
The hemline could be up, it could be down. The most important thing this season is that your skirt is round. Full skirts, especially bohemian styles in crinkled fabrics, are among spring’s top looks — and they’ll probably be even more popular as the weather warms up and women abandon socks, stockings and stiff shoes, such as loafers and pumps.
Christian nation?
April 27, 2005
Texan charged in shooting of Hutchinson officer
April 27, 2005
A Texas man who shot a police officer was charged Monday with attempted first-degree murder, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and criminal possession of a firearm.
Her son afflicted with tumors, mom fighting for the long term
D.C. visit will be for benefit, with hopes to lobby Congress for research
April 27, 2005
Jill Wagner knew something wasn’t right when Tucker, her rambunctious 2-year-old, started bumping into things. “He’d trip over a toy he should have seen, or he’d run into a wall or a chair,” said the 27-year-old Wagner, seated at the dining room table in her family’s country home between Perry and Oskaloosa.
A tale of 2 Purple Hearts
Dole visits namesake site to tell ‘One Soldier’s Story’
April 27, 2005
Bob Dole has always said he wanted the Dole Institute of Politics to tell a story of public service — and not to be solely about him. On Tuesday, as the former longtime senator took center stage to deliver his first lecture at the institute, he said he hoped his new book outlining his World War II experiences would carry a similar message.
T’ travel sees boost
Increased ridership correlates with rising gasoline costs
April 27, 2005
Monique Murguia used to drive her Jeep Cherokee to school and work, but Tuesday afternoon found her waiting patiently at Ninth and Massachusetts streets for a city bus. “It takes $50 to fill it up,” Murguia, a Haskell Indian Nations University student and Lawrence Memorial Hospital volunteer, said of her SUV. “In town, that (tank of gas) goes pretty fast.”
Marine from Tonganoxie returns from Iraq
April 27, 2005
So how does a young man from Tonganoxie, in the prime of life and gainfully employed, decide to make a career change and go to work for the First Marine Division, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in Ar Ramadi, Iraq?
Lions still stuck in funk
LHS baseball drops fourth straight game
April 27, 2005
Another lengthy team meeting afterward meant another mind-boggling day of baseball for Lawrence High. And, of course, another loss as the Lions fell, 16-9, to Olathe South on Tuesday at Ice Field, thanks — in part — to five Lawrence errors.
Lions rebound, blank SM North
April 27, 2005
In Monday night’s 4-1 loss to Blue Valley, the Lawrence High girls soccer team forged a 1-1 halftime tie but succumbed when driving rain made second-half play sloppy. Tuesday night, they found the rainbow at the end of that storm.
World at Work’
April 27, 2005
Kelsey Guthrie didn’t need to know that milk, yogurt and dairy products are shelved from the back, to keep older stock from ending up unsold. Or that Checkers Foods gets up to six shipments a day, all flowing through a fast-paced loading dock in back.
Legislature to wrap up session; gambling hot topic
April 27, 2005
Kansas lawmakers will focus on gambling, health care and abortion during the wrap-up session that starts today. Legislative leaders, who adjourned April 1 for a 3 1/2 week break, said they expected to complete the wrap-up in four days.
Talk radio promotes anger
April 27, 2005
Last month I bought a 1968 Mercedes 250S at an estate sale. This was not an act of middle age angst, by the way. I’d been looking for a dependable, inexpensive used car to buy because I had promised my current car (a 3-year-old VW) to my niece who will attend Kansas University in the fall. The Mercedes fit the bill.
A critical choice on judges
April 27, 2005
More than 40 years ago, Ronald Reagan delivered a televised address called “A Time for Choosing” about the ideological choices Americans faced in the 1964 presidential election between Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater. The speech was to form the basis for Reagan’s own presidential candidacies in 1976 and 1980.
KU softball’s power surge sparks twinbill sweep
April 27, 2005
Heather Stanley isn’t fast, she rarely walks and she isn’t a left-handed slap hitter. In other words, Stanley is everything you don’t want in a softball leadoff hitter, yet Kansas University coach Tracy Bunge isn’t about to move the junior outfielder from the top of the lineup.
Wallace sparks Pistons past Sixers
Detroit romps, 99-84, for 2-0 lead in opening-round series
April 27, 2005
Rasheed Wallace untucked his jersey and flailed his arms at the officials, picking up the 228th technical foul of his notorious career. Then, as he often has this season, he took over the game.
LHS tennis 1-3 at Seaman
April 27, 2005
Lawrence High’s boys tennis squad beat Topeka Seaman but fell to Shawnee Heights and Topeka West on Tuesday at a quadrangular.
Ryne’s ride begins
Inductee relishes first tour of shrine
April 27, 2005
Holy cow! You could almost hear late Cubs announcer Harry Caray shouting his familiar refrain Tuesday as former Chicago standout Ryne Sandberg finally set foot inside the Baseball Hall of Fame for his first tour of the sport’s mecca.
Smoltz’s win first as starter since ‘01
Atlanta hurler claims 4-3 triumph in matchup with Martinez, Mets
April 27, 2005
New York — It had been four long years between wins as a starter for John Smoltz — so long ago that he couldn’t recall the last one, June 3, 2001, against Pittsburgh. So Tuesday night’s 4-3 victory over the New York Mets was special for the man who has returned to the Braves rotation this season after posting 154 saves out of the bullpen.
Iraq’s Cabinet nears completion
U.S. says terror leader escaped capture in February
April 27, 2005
Under heavy U.S. pressure to end the crippling political stalemate, Iraq’s prime minister-designate on Tuesday proposed appointing a broad-based 36-member Cabinet — including a deputy premier from each of Iraq’s main Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish factions.
Horoscopes
April 27, 2005
Briefly
April 27, 2005
¢ Service plan approved for Miller-Wells Acres ¢ Commissioners seeking business park sites
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April 27, 2005
¢ Suspect charged in Labette County death
Sweet potatoes rank high in nutritional value
April 27, 2005
How nutritious are sweet potatoes? The Nutrition Action Health Letter rated 58 vegetables by adding up the percentages of United States Recommended Daily Allowances for six nutrients (vitamins A and C, folate, iron, copper and calcium) and fiber. Sweet potatoes topped the list with 582 points. A raw carrot was second at 434.
Bravery before beauty
For Miss America, on-air survival may hinge on getting down and dirty
April 27, 2005
How about Miss Arkansas in a cat fight with Miss Texas? Or Miss Alaska plotting with Miss Tennessee to get Miss Maine voted off the runway? Or a swimsuit contest featuring bikini-clad women walking the runway while covered in leeches?
The Boss gets boring on latest release
April 27, 2005
Bruce Springsteen takes listeners to some desolate places on “Devils & Dust” (Columbia): a desert battlefield, a prostitute’s bedroom, the riverbed of the Rio Grande, a barroom gripped by the desperation of last call. If only it wasn’t such a barren place musically.
Florida gun law expands use of deadly force
April 27, 2005
With a National Rifle Assn. lobbyist at his side, Gov. Jeb Bush signed a law Tuesday to make it clear that people have a right to meet “force with force” to defend themselves on the street. The measure, which passed the Legislature overwhelmingly earlier this year, says that people who are under attack do not have to retreat before responding. They have the right to “meet force with force, including deadly force if they reasonably believe it is necessary to do so.”
Buffalo shuffled onto tennis court after roaming away from home
April 27, 2005
A herd of buffalo somehow got loose and wandered around an upscale neighborhood Tuesday, disrupting traffic and alarming homeowners before officers managed to corral them in a tennis court.
Autopsy shows toddlers drowned
No foul play suspected in deaths of siblings
April 27, 2005
Autopsies confirmed Tuesday that two toddlers found dead in a sewage pond after disappearing from their home drowned, and the coroner said there appeared to be no sign of foul play.
Marine helping friend with brain cancer
Benefit concert planned Thursday
April 27, 2005
Marine who suffered a head wound in Iraq last year is teaming with a group of friends to help a Lawrence man pay for the medical costs of brain cancer. “We’re trying to help him so he doesn’t have to pay for this for the rest of his life,” said Lance Cpl. Ryan Chapman, speaking of his former Lawrence High School classmate Chris Newman.
KU faculty promotions announced
April 27, 2005
The Kansas Board of Regents has announced promotions and newly granted tenure status for Kansas University faculty members on the Lawrence campus.
Surrogate mother delivers quintuplets
April 27, 2005
A surrogate mother carrying quintuplets for a childless couple walked into the delivery room on her own Tuesday and gave birth to five boys. Teresa Anderson, 25, delivered the quintuplets by Caesarean section. One of the babies was born with a defective heart; the others were said to be doing fine.
Graduating seniors granted Chancellor’s Student Awards
April 27, 2005
Ten graduating seniors at Kansas University have been named recipients of the 2005 Chancellor’s Student Awards. The awards are given annually to recognize students’ academic, volunteer and leadership accomplishments. Students will be honored during a reception May 21, the day before commencement, and will sit on the platform during commencement exercises.
Oil money affects democracy’s success
April 27, 2005
It’s easy to want democracy for the Middle East. But what sort of democracy? Should American foreign policy focus on promoting elections, or on checks and balances? Is the crucial question how power is achieved? Or is it how power is exercised?
Security steps
Identifying the problems is only the first step in decreasing the vulnerability of Kansas University’s computer systems
April 27, 2005
There apparently weren’t any surprises in a Legislative Division of Post Audit report concerning computer security at Kansas University: “I was pleased this really didn’t find anything in our environment we weren’t aware of,” said Marilu Goodyear, KU vice provost for information services.
Tired rhetoric
April 27, 2005
Penalty costs
April 27, 2005
Travel alternatives
April 27, 2005
Rape charge dropped after woman, facing jail, won’t testify
April 27, 2005
A judge has dismissed rape and kidnapping charges against a man whose alleged victim refused to testify, even after she was jailed. Anthony Jefferson, 38, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, rape, criminal sodomy and aggravated intimidation of a witness.
Head Start executive director fired
Shawnee Mission area official previously convicted of fraud
April 27, 2005
The executive director of Head Start of Shawnee Mission was fired Monday evening because of a conviction for fraud in Colorado last year.
Life Support Rally planned for crisis counseling center
April 27, 2005
For the second year in a row, Headquarters, a Lawrence nonprofit that has been providing free crisis counseling for 35 years is asking residents to raise funds and awareness for the organization by going for a bicycle ride.
Utah prepares Capitol for earthquake
Shock absorbers added as hedge against possible temblor
April 27, 2005
The state Capitol is being elevated a fraction of an inch so that engineers can install a “shock absorber” to cushion the 67,500-ton building against earthquakes up to magnitude 7.3. Salt Lake Valley is due for a magnitude 7 earthquake. In preparation, workers will install 280 rubber-and-steel mounts under the Capitol’s footings to bolster the building in case of such a scenario.
Military expert discusses changes in warfare
April 27, 2005
An expert on warfare says better understanding of the world’s varying cultures is essential to victory in a changing modern era.
House plan calls for Sunday liquor sales vote
Proposal would require referendum for cities such as Lawrence to continue practice
April 27, 2005
Voters in 23 Kansas cities, including Lawrence, would go to the polls in November 2006 to decide if they want to continue Sunday liquor sales in their towns under a proposal recommended Tuesday by a House panel. “It’s a mess that needs to be cleaned up,” said Rep. John Edmonds, R-Great Bend, chairman of the Federal and State Affairs Committee.
City OKs spending plan for federal grant
Funding for homeless services a large part of how money will be used which could be changed by Bush’s proposed budget
April 27, 2005
Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday received a nearly $1 million reminder of what’s at stake with President Bush’s proposed budget. Commissioners at their weekly meeting gave approval to a plan to spend $911,227 in Community Development Block Grant funding from the federal government. The money represents the annual allocation the city receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Consumer confidence drops
April 27, 2005
Consumer confidence declined in April for the third consecutive month, signaling Americans’ concerns that economic growth is leveling off. But one area of the economy is still white hot: The government said sales of new homes shot up 12.2 percent last month to the highest level in history.
Orders bolster Boeing
April 27, 2005
Buoyed by an influx of new orders, Boeing Co. appears to be turning the corner in its battle with archrival Airbus SAS. Boeing’s commercial airplanes chief, Alan Mulally, conveyed that message in a private meeting with lawmakers Tuesday — backed by a slew of new orders that testifies to the company’s improving jet sales outlook.
Fort Riley soldier killed in grenade attack
April 27, 2005
An Iowa soldier serving his second tour in Iraq was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his vehicle, family members said Tuesday.
Last Syrians leave Lebanon
April 27, 2005
The difference between Syria’s entry and exit was stark. Twenty-nine years ago, its tanks and troops stormed into Lebanon, fighting in the mountains and descending on Beirut to restore order to a city ravaged by civil war. On Tuesday, Syria’s last soldier quietly walked home across the border, ending the military domination.
Afghan opium harvest begins
Eradication efforts fail to cut supply
April 27, 2005
Afghan farmers have begun harvesting this year’s opium crop, exposing the limits of a U.S.-sponsored crackdown on the world’s largest narcotics industry despite claims Tuesday by President Hamid Karzai that drug cultivation was down sharply.
Around the World
April 27, 2005
¢ Death toll mounts in train derailment ¢ Accused terror leader denies al-Qaida ties ¢ Election results bring outbreak of violence
Explorers set record retracing 1909 trek to North Pole
April 27, 2005
Five explorers using huskies and wooden sleds reached the North Pole on Tuesday, setting a world record by coming in several hours earlier than a 37-day trek by American explorer Robert E. Peary for the same journey in 1909, the expedition team said.
Everything But Ice ending run downtown
April 27, 2005
Even 10,000 earplugs can’t shield Sam Pepple from the steady stream of pleas from customers flowing into his store these days. Why are you closing? Where are you going? How could you do this?
Minnesota leads nation in health insurance coverage
April 27, 2005
Minnesota has the lowest percentage of adults without health insurance of any state and Texas has the highest, according to a study released today.
Islamic scholar convicted of urging followers to fight
April 27, 2005
An Islamic scholar who prosecutors said enjoyed “rock star” status among a group of young Muslim men in Virginia was convicted Tuesday of exhorting his followers in the days after Sept. 11 to join the Taliban and fight U.S. troops.
Ethiopian eats
New restaurant imports flavors of East Africa to Lawrence
April 27, 2005
Ayele Mulugeta Gebretsadik is a happy man. That’s because eight weeks ago, a new restaurant opened in downtown Lawrence that serves the kind of food he’s used to eating in his native Ethiopia.
On the Record
April 27, 2005
Firebirds win again
April 27, 2005
Free State High’s baseball team stretched its winning streak to nine Thursday, courtesy of a 13-4 victory over Shawnee Mission West at Broodmoor Park.
Almonte to pitch again in Florida
April 27, 2005
Nearly three months after leaving the Bronx to start a new life in Miami, troubled former Little League pitcher Danny Almonte has a new team.
Sonics turn back Kings, claim 2-0 series lead
April 27, 2005
Ray Allen kept things going for Seattle, and Jerome James wasn’t kidding when he said he had another big game in him. Allen scored 26 points, and James added 19 points and nine rebounds, leading the Seattle SuperSonics to a 105-93 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference playoff series.
Red coral emerges in seasonal accessories
April 27, 2005
Red coral has surfaced. The rocklike marine deposit is appearing with necklaces, shoes and bags this season. Its form has inspired everything from coat hooks to patterns on beach towels.
Mourning helps Heat take 2-0 edge over Nets
April 27, 2005
Alonzo Mourning was supposed to be an insurance policy for the Miami Heat, someone to give them a few good minutes off the bench and take some rebounding and defensive responsibilities off Shaquille O’Neal’s mammoth shoulders.
Old-timers say today’s game lacks hard play
With more millionaires, league’s definition of ‘physical’ has changed
April 27, 2005
With 9 minutes 54 seconds left in the third quarter of the Chicago Bulls’ 103-94 playoff victory Sunday over the Washington Wizards, Jared Jeffries went up for a transition layup as an airborne Andres Nocioni fouled him on the wrist.
Pottorff, Sisson sizzle as Seahawks cruise
Juniors explode for three goals apiece
April 27, 2005
The only thing the Seabury Academy girls soccer team could not control Tuesday afternoon was the weather at the Youth Sports Inc. fields. The game against Englewood Christian, despite being played in bone-chilling winds, was all Seabury’s as the Seahawks earned an 8-0 victory.
Firebirds falter in OT
April 27, 2005
Free State High’s season of one-goal girls soccer setbacks continued Tuesday with a 4-3 overtime defeat against Shawnee Mission South at Shawnee Mission Complex.
Free State earns split
April 27, 2005
Free State High’s softball squad split a doubleheader with Olathe North on Tuesday, falling in the first game, 3-1, but rallying for a 9-7, eight-inning victory in the nightcap at the Olathe District Activities Center.
Medical beer’ benefits debated
April 27, 2005
In 1758, young George Washington decided to seek a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses. He had been stymied in an earlier bid, he believed, by one crucial error: He had not “treated” the voters properly — which is to say, he had not provided them with sufficient alcoholic refreshment.
HINU sweeps
April 27, 2005
Katie Renwick pitched a three-hitter and one-hitter to lead Haskell Indian Nations University to a doubleheader sweep of Oklahoma Wesleyan on Tuesday at Haskell.
NFL must crack down
Tagliabue needs to stiffen rules for sport filled with behemoths
April 27, 2005
Dick Pound has a question he’d like asked when NFL executives take their turn today before a congressional panel investigating steroids. “If I were a member of the panel I’d be saying, ‘Tell me how it is, with everybody knowing things are going on, why can’t you catch anybody?”’ said Pound, who heads the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Heirloom seeds saving varieties from extinction
April 27, 2005
I tipped my hat to Earth Day by hearing Kent Whealy, the visionary behind The Seed Savers Exchange, speak to a group of gardening die-hards Friday night. It would be impossible to hear him speak and then be able to look at a vegetable in quite the same way ever again.
LHS drops pair to Olathe East
April 27, 2005
For one game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Olathe East, the Lawrence High softball team played like the best team in the state. In the other, they played like they were playing against the best team in the state. They ended up losing both games — 1-0 and 13-2 — to state softball juggernaut Olathe East at Holcom Sports Complex.
What majority?
April 27, 2005
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April 27, 2005
¢ Jayhawks honored by Big 12 Conference ¢ Glass advances at Open ¢ Relays attendance
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April 27, 2005
¢ Student killed in dorm fire ¢ DNA tests bring arrest for rapes
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April 27, 2005
¢ Free tickets available for ‘Native Voices’ ¢ ‘West Wing’ producer will visit Dole Institute
Sizzling Santana stymies Royals
Minnesota pitcher closing in on record after 17th win in row
April 27, 2005
Johan Santana is having too much fun to worry about the baseball history he soon could make. The Minnesota left-hander struck out eight and gave up only five hits through eight cold, blustery innings Tuesday night to beat the Kansas City Royals, 2-1, for his 17th consecutive victory.
Jayhawks have plenty of leads on recruiting trail
April 27, 2005
Just a few years ago, college basketball recruiting waited until the summer months before heating up. That’s no longer the case. Now, coaches like Kansas University’s Bill Self hit the recruiting trail hard and sometimes even land commitments from high school juniors — do the names Mario Chalmers and Micah Downs ring a bell? — in the spring.
A-Rod rips three home runs
Rodriguez drives in 10 in Yankees’ win over Angels
April 27, 2005
Alex Rodriguez’s teammates made him wait until the fans worked themselves into a frenzy worthy of a three-homer night. They clapped to the music and chanted “A-Rod! A-Rod!” until he finally stepped onto the top step of the dugout and raised both hands over his head.
Lawrence Datebook
April 27, 2005
Lawrence volunteer honored by Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters
Mary Seyk earns state award as Big Sister of the Year
April 27, 2005
A Lawrence woman’s 11-year involvement mentoring young girls has earned her a state award as Big Sister of the Year. “I’m flattered beyond words,” said Mary Seyk, who learned last week she had been honored by Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters.