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Showers to move in Friday
April 28, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 5:34 p.m.) You don’t have to worry about rain tonight — only overcast skies are expected this evening in Lawrence. But on Friday, showers will be moving in, says Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist.
House fails to override governor’s veto on abortion bill
April 28, 2005
(Web Posted Thursday at 4:35 p.m.) The Kansas House today sustained a veto by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of a bill that would have increased regulation of abortion clinics.
Tip about gun leads to LHS search
April 28, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 11:38 a.m.) Lawrence High School officials searched the building this morning after receiving a tip that a student had brought a gun to school.
Light rain splashes Lawrence
April 28, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 8:44 a.m.) Lawrence residents had to dodge only a few raindrops this morning — the bulk of the scattered showers that passed over the region bypassed the city, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Shifting power in Iraq
April 28, 2005
American soldiers fight in Iraq to help secure a sovereign, democratic government there. But what happens when those aspirations come into conflict with short-term U.S. security needs that may affect the safety of those soldiers?
A great pope
April 28, 2005
Melanoma no longer just an adult disease
April 28, 2005
At age 10, freckle-faced Corey Halpin had bigger things to think about like basketball and Boy Scouts than the little black mole he noticed on his arm while camping. At first, he thought it might be a tick. “I pushed it but it didn’t move, but it bled,” he recalled.
Nobel Prize winner backs free trade, reducing subsidies
April 28, 2005
A Nobel Prize-winning economist who earned his master’s degree on Mount Oread returned to campus Wednesday with a global perspective.
Voice of experience
Perhaps today’s leaders in the U.S. Senate should listen to some advice from an old hand
April 28, 2005
It seems that when Sen. Bob Dole speaks out about how business should be conducted in the U.S. Senate, the people now sitting in those Senate seats should listen up.
Horoscopes
April 28, 2005
Nuclear fusion created in UCLA experiment
April 28, 2005
A tabletop experiment created nuclear fusion — long seen as a possible clean energy solution — under lab conditions, scientists reported. But the amount of energy produced was too little to be seen as a breakthrough in solving the world’s energy needs.
Cabinet list finally submitted for approval
Lawmaker killed; deadline passes for Romanian hostages
April 28, 2005
Iraq’s new prime minister said Wednesday he submitted a complete list of 36 Cabinet members, including seven women, a critical step before the National Assembly votes on a new government drawing in the main ethnic and religious groups and ending a three-month stalemate.
Allen Press abuzz over winning another Corporate Spelling Bee
April 28, 2005
For the second time in a row, Allen Press won the Journal-World Corporate Spelling Bee. Wednesday’s competition all came down to the word “minnesinger.”
Homer away from home
Freshman Allman hits first round-tripper
April 28, 2005
Now they can’t razz John Allman anymore. Allman is the leading hitter on Kansas University’s baseball team, but, until Wednesday, the red-shirt freshman had not homered.
Company to resume personal postage stamps
April 28, 2005
After an initial test marred by computer pranksters, Stamps.com Inc. and the U.S. Postal Service are again offering people a chance to put their personal photos on postage stamps. A new one-year test period will begin May 17, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based company said Tuesday.
Stocks rise as oil prices slide
Earnings season tends to be volatile, trader says
April 28, 2005
Stocks tottered higher Wednesday as a slide in oil prices and upbeat earnings news eclipsed an unexpectedly steep drop in durable goods orders that raised questions about the strength of the economy. Analysts were pleased by the advance, noting that the market had been oversold in the previous session amid anxiety about corporate results and the broader economic picture.
Bush may have overstepped mandate
April 28, 2005
In January, when interviewing at the White House on the prospects for President Bush’s second term, I found the re-elected chief executive had instilled a belief among his close associates that the bigger and bolder the goals they set for themselves, the more they would accomplish.
Polish priest accused of being Vatican informer
Charges of spying on John Paul II denied
April 28, 2005
A Polish priest at the Vatican was accused Wednesday of collaborating with the communist-era secret police during the 1980s when Pope John Paul II was inspiring his countrymen to resist the Soviet-backed regime.
Around the World
April 28, 2005
¢ U.S. soldier, 4 Afghans killed in ambushes ¢ Bus-train collision leaves dozens dead ¢ Death toll reaches 101 in train crash ¢ Elections quickly set after Syrian withdrawal
Royals’ misery continues
Mays pitches Twins to 9-4 victory over flagging K.C.
April 28, 2005
Joe Mays had not won a major league-game since undergoing Tommy John surgery in September 2003. “It seems like forever,” the Minnesota right-hander said after beating Kansas City, 9-4, Wednesday night. “You really look back and think how long and all the rehab I’ve gone through and all, trying to be patient. I’m not a very patient person.”
Less air pollution reported nationwide
April 28, 2005
Fewer Americans have had to breathe unhealthy levels of smog or microscopic soot in recent years, but air pollution re-mained a threat in counties where more than half the nation lives, the American Lung Assn. says in an annual report today.
Briefly
April 28, 2005
¢ Wellsville resident killed in car accident ¢ Rabies vaccinations urged for pets ¢ Auditions planned for summer theater
House backs down from change in ethics rules
April 28, 2005
Republicans beat a retreat Wednesday on House ethics rules meant to shield Majority Leader Tom DeLay, marking a public embarrassment and unleashing an investigation whose direction and result can only be guessed.
Around the Nation
April 28, 2005
¢ House approves new gold coins ¢ Police kill father to end hostage standoff ¢ False alarm sends Bush to bunker ¢ Wayward whale returns in different river
Bush proposes new energy initiatives
April 28, 2005
President Bush called for construction of more nuclear power plants and urged Congress on Wednesday to give tax breaks for fuel-efficient hybrid and clean-diesel cars. He also said he was powerless to bring down high gasoline costs.
Lawrence datebook
April 28, 2005
Briefly
April 28, 2005
¢ Three Jayhawks named to tennis academic team ¢ Lions’ Bowlin to sign
Lawrence prices rise, sales dip
Baldwin, rural sales lift county
April 28, 2005
Buying a home in Lawrence isn’t as popular as it used to be. The number of homes sold in Lawrence during the first quarter fell 3.6 percent from a year earlier, according to the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office.
Builders to tout homes on tour
April 28, 2005
Don’t tell Heath Seitz that the Lawrence housing market is slowing down. The residential builder is working on 10 new homes in southeast Lawrence, and one’s already sold. Another two went under contract during the past week.
Briefcase
April 28, 2005
¢ American Italian Pasta reports lower profits ¢ Interstate Bakeries to close plant, cut jobs ¢ Applebee’s profits up
U.S. factory orders continue to tumble
April 28, 2005
Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods plunged 2.8 percent in March, the biggest setback in 2 1/2 years and the third straight decline, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.
Texas school board OKs Bible class
April 28, 2005
The school board in this West Texas town voted unanimously to add a Bible class to its high school curriculum. Hundreds of people, most of them supporters of the proposal, packed the board meeting Tuesday night. More than 6,000 Odessa residents had signed a petition supporting the class.
Friends hit pay dirt with buried treasure
April 28, 2005
It’s the stuff of fantasies, and Tim Crebase found it buried under two feet of earth in his own back yard. There, he and friend Barry Villcliff found a box stuffed with cash and gold and silver certificates, some more than a century old. The buried treasure is worth more than $100,000, according to a coin shop owner.
Coalition hopes to stop slaughter of wild horses
April 28, 2005
A coalition of celebrities, race track leaders and others is pressing for action on federal legislation that would end or limit the slaughter of wild horses.
By design?
April 28, 2005
Repair needed
April 28, 2005
Coach praised
April 28, 2005
Extra mile
April 28, 2005
A fine coach
April 28, 2005
Forgive Fonda
April 28, 2005
Make room for baby
Modern parents choose nursery furniture that will grow along with their children
April 28, 2005
Decorating a baby nursery is parents’ first — and maybe last — opportunity to have total control over their child’s living space. Somehow, learning to talk has a certain influence over the decision to buy Dora the Explorer sheets or Jimmy Neutron pillowcases.
Pesky weed lurks in cheap grass seed
April 28, 2005
With the gentle rain and cool temperatures, most lawns will need to be mowed every five to seven days. However, one plant popping up this year in great quantities needs to be mowed almost daily. Orchardgrass is a long-lived perennial bunch grass that has become a weed in many home lawns.
Tonganoxie art students hang work at ‘real’ gallery
April 28, 2005
When Tonganoxie High School art teacher Jessica Stukus announced plans to have her students’ artwork displayed in an exhibition, she received mixed reactions from her class. Some of the budding artists were nervous, and others were eager to contribute. One student even wondered about the venue, asking, “Where, in the cafeteria?”
Slight differences can help identify glass makers
April 28, 2005
Iridescent glass was made by many glass factories in the United States in the late-19th and 20th centuries. It is difficult to identify because it was often unmarked. The famous iridescent glass by Tiffany Studios was usually marked “Favrile.” Steuben Glass Works marked its glass “Aurene” or “Steuben.”
Gardeners bring country look to Washington landscape
April 28, 2005
Stroll the leafy terraces of Carol and Landon Butler’s one-acre garden in the city, and you reach the inescapable conclusion that the sweetest landscapes are formed by the Muses.
Grand Ole Party
Opry to celebrate 80th year in style
April 28, 2005
His Grand Ole Opry debut? Charley Pride remembers it well. “It was 1967, January 1,” Pride snaps. “Ernest Tubb brought me on, and I was more nervous than a cat on a hot tin roof.” That’s how most performers feel about the Opry, the folksy live radio show that’s helped define country music for four decades.
Arts notes
April 28, 2005
¢ Artist wins top award in international event ¢ Manhattan to celebrate 150 years with contest
Putin opens historic visit to Israel
Jewish state, Soviet Union were Cold War enemies
April 28, 2005
Greeted by beaming Israeli officials, Vladimir Putin on Wednesday became the first Kremlin leader to visit the Jewish state, capping a historic rapprochement between two nations that once faced each other as bitter enemies across the Cold War divide.
Campaign finance reform stalls
April 28, 2005
Campaign finance reforms appear dead for the year. The package was the victim of a battle about whether issue advocacy groups — like the kind that sent out postcards during the recent Lawrence City Commission election — should be required to report their finances.
Election postcard still being investigated
April 28, 2005
Douglas County Dist. Atty. Charles Branson says he wants to conduct a legal review of an anonymous campaign postcard that targeted City Commissioner David Schauner. But Branson said his office would not launch its own investigation into the spurious postcard, which attempted to link Schauner to domestic abuse.
New accident reported at K-10 site
April 28, 2005
A busy intersection where Kansas Highway 10 meets the city limits was the scene of another injury accident Wednesday. The wreck happened shortly before 11 a.m. at the entrance to the East Hills Business Park. Police said it was caused by a northbound truck driver who was crossing K-10 and failed to yield to a westbound car.
Sebelius promises no more social services cuts from budget
April 28, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday vowed that if more funding was needed for public schools, it wouldn’t come out of social services. “Anytime the Legislature is looking for money, there is the fear that they will come after programs for vulnerable Kansans,” Sebelius said to several hundred people rallying in support of programs for the elderly and Kansans with disabilities.
City’s personal incomes well below U.S. average
Lawrence ranks near bottom among other cities in Big 12
April 28, 2005
Lawrence residents have found themselves in the bottom half when it comes to wages and other income, according to a federal study released Wednesday. The growth of personal incomes in Lawrence was well below the national average in 2003 — the most recent year data is available — and was near the bottom of other Big 12 university cities.
County’s judges slower to revoke probation
April 28, 2005
Douglas County judges are slower than their counterparts elsewhere in Kansas when it comes to revoking criminals’ probation and sending them to prison, a review by the Journal-World found. “There’s no sense in coming in front of the judge with one violation and asking that probation will be revoked,” said Ron Stegall, chief executive probation officer for Douglas County.
Behemoth flies; will it land a profit?
Airbus A380 ‘very large airplane for a very small market’
April 28, 2005
Cheered by tens of thousands of onlookers, the world’s largest jetliner touched down Wednesday with puffs of smoke from its 22 outsize wheels, ending the historic maiden flight for a plane that Airbus hopes will carry it to market dominance.
10-year-old charged with father’s slaying
April 28, 2005
When Carolyn Moore answered the knock on her front door Sunday night, she was greeted by a boy wearing only underwear and holding a shotgun.
Newspaper sued for wrong mob photos
April 28, 2005
Two men claim photographs in the Chicago Tribune misidentified them as high-ranking mobsters, prompting one of the men Wednesday to sue the newspaper. Retired businessman Frank Calabrese is suing the Tribune Co. for more than $1 million in damages, claiming defamation.
Bill adds abortion restriction
April 28, 2005
The House passed a bill Wednesday that would make it illegal to dodge parental-consent laws by taking minors across state lines for abortions, the latest effort to chip away at abortion rights after Republican gains in the November elections.
Senate prepares to hire counsel
April 28, 2005
Senators adopted a resolution Wednesday designed to give the Republican-controlled Legislature a greater voice in ongoing school finance litigation before the Kansas Supreme Court.
Sideline
April 28, 2005
¢ Cycling Cardinal ¢ Kansas to entertain North Dakota State ¢ Lawrence’s Glass falls ¢ CU coach confident
Umpire’s call infuriates White Sox
Oakland claims 2-1 victory after Guillen, Crede tossed from game
April 28, 2005
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and umpire Hunter Wendelstedt insist there’s no personal grudge between them. Yet after all the crazy plays, unlikely stars and general strangeness of the Oakland Athletics’ 2-1 victory over Chicago on Wednesday, Guillen’s latest confrontation with Wendelstedt still was the talk of both locker rooms.
Chat transcript with Ping Chong, author-director of ‘Native Voices - Secret History’
April 28, 2005
Welcome to our online chat with Ping Chong, author-director of ‘Native Voices - Secret History’. The chat took place on Thursday, April 28, at 1:00 PM and is now closed, but you can read the full transcript on this page.
Wichita soldier killed in Iraq
39-year-old was on second tour; Fort Riley toll now at 50
April 28, 2005
Two soldiers from Fort Riley have been killed in Iraq, including a Wichita soldier who was killed Monday in Taji when a bomb detonated near his vehicle, Army officials said Wednesday.
On the Record
April 28, 2005
Lansing legislator awarded for support of biosciences
April 28, 2005
A national group that promotes biosciences has honored state Rep. Kenny Wilk for his work advancing the burgeoning industry. The Washington-based Biotechnology Industry Organization announced Wednesday that Wilk, a Lansing Republican, is its 2005 State Representative of the Year.
Briefly
April 28, 2005
¢ Media file motion to unseal BTK records
Briefly
April 28, 2005
¢ Schilling sidelined by bruised ankle ¢ Giants closer Benitez to miss four months ¢ Sabathia awarded two-year extension ¢ more…
Grudzielanek goes for cycle
Carpenter fans 12 in Cards’ 6-3 win over Brewers
April 28, 2005
Even after getting a home run, single and double in his first three at-bats, Mark Grudzielanek wasn’t thinking about hitting for the cycle until teammate Albert Pujols began rooting him on.
Southwest sweeps city junior high track titles
Ninth-grader Hedges earns four golds as Bulldogs dominate at home
April 28, 2005
Between deep breaths, Southwest Junior High’s Dylan Hedges slowly pulled off his red track spikes and placed them back in the shoe box below him. It was evident Hedges and his shoes had experienced enough miles for one day.
Winless last season, ‘NP3’ picks up first Futures Tour win
April 28, 2005
Virada Nirapathpongporn, the woman with the longest name in professional golf, took the long route to her first victory on the LPGA Futures Tour. She joined the Tour in May and went 0-for-2004.
Our town sports
April 28, 2005
Hinrich finishes strong for Bulls
Guard nets 21 in fourth quarter in victory over Wizards
April 28, 2005
Two first-quarter fouls and ineffective play guaranteed Kirk Hinrich an early trip to the Chicago bench. Not a place to be during the playoffs for a starting guard. So when he returned to the floor Wednesday night, Hinrich was more than ready to play and determined to make up for a sluggish start.
Plate supremacy
DEI has ruled Talladega, but changes put to test
April 28, 2005