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Firebirds flying at football camp
June 2, 2005
The Free State High’s football team may not have started out last season great but the team ended the season as district champs. And the team hopes to get better especially during practice this week at camp.
Sex predator moved to rural Lawrence
June 2, 2005
Sex predator Leroy Hendricks was relocated from Osawatomie State Hospital where he has been temporarily sheltered to a rural residence in Leavenworth County late Wednesday, state welfare officials reported this morning.
Sunny, but sticky today
June 2, 2005
Patches of dense fog were making traveling somewhat treacherous early this morning in low lying areas. But the fog was burning off by midmorning leaving behind sunny, but humid conditions.
Summer band concerts kick off
June 2, 2005
Lawrence City Band concerts are scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesdays in June and July. The concerts are at South Park’s William Kelly Bandstand, and are simulcast on KLWN 1320 AM radio.
Briefly
June 2, 2005
¢ Legal briefs posted on state evolution debate ¢ Josephine Clay Ford dies at age 81 ¢ FBI removes casket of civil rights era victim ¢ Internet group approves “xxx” Web addresses
Dutch reject EU constitution
Second defeat puts charter plans in tailspin
June 2, 2005
Dutch voters worried about social benefits and immigration overwhelmingly rejected the European Union constitution Wednesday in what could be a knockout blow for a charter meant to create a power rivaling the United States.
Vaccine shows promise in treatment of shingles
June 2, 2005
An experimental vaccine has shown promise at preventing shingles, a painful skin rash that afflicts 1 million Americans every year and causes long-term excruciating nerve pain for some.
White House counsel’s ouster sought
Former Lawrence attorney now under fire for stance on gay discrimination
June 2, 2005
He left Lawrence and landed in a top-ranking job in the Bush administration. Now, attorney Scott J. Bloch is once again a lightning rod for criticism. This time from the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay organization that Wednesday began demanding Bloch be sacked. Bloch, who worked 15 years for Lawrence’s Stevens & Brand law firm, now heads the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
Tonganoxie sites nominated by state for national register
Artifacts found on farms date back 1,000 years
June 2, 2005
Parcels of land near Tonganoxie that might have been home to prehistoric societies have been nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.
Senator with women’s suffrage doubts wants elections job
June 2, 2005
A state senator who once said women’s voting was a sign that American society didn’t value families enough now wants to be Kansas’ top elections official.
Summer school goes online
District no longer offering ‘seat-time’ courses
June 2, 2005
Corinna Ramirez could take an American literature exam lounging by the pool this summer. “If only I had a laptop,” the soon-to-be Lawrence High School senior joked Tuesday at an orientation for students enrolled in the Lawrence school district’s “learning extensions” program.
Stabbing victim winds up at local pharmacy
June 2, 2005
A Lawrence man went to a local drug store Wednesday morning to buy bandages after being stabbed twice in the back of the neck.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 2, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $2.02 at several stations in town. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
McLouth barbecue on this weekend’s menu
June 2, 2005
About 50 cooking teams will participate this weekend in the 14th annual McLouth BBQ Blowout.
Task force discusses after-hours mental care
June 2, 2005
Members of a Lawrence task force agreed Wednesday many in the community are uncertain how to seek help for mental illness, particularly after 5 p.m.
Spelling champs advance to last round of national competition
June 2, 2005
In the fourth round of the National Spelling Bee, Dominic Ranz Errazo finally got a word he could relate to: “emetic,” which means inducing one to vomit.
Student population soars to record
June 2, 2005
A record 49.6 million students filled U.S. schools in 2003, breaking a mark set by their baby boomer parents and giving educators a new generation of challenges.
Briefly
June 2, 2005
¢ Al-Qaida suspect kills 20 in mosque bombing ¢ Doctors separate fused legs of ‘Miracle’ baby ¢ U.N.: Nation sending millions to do farmwork ¢ Abbas, Sharon to meet ¢ Annan fires staffer in oil-for-food probe ¢ Mortar blast kills three children, uncle ¢ U.S. airmen killed were special-ops commandos
On the record
June 2, 2005
 
Meth law takes hold
June 2, 2005
Kansans wanting to buy cold, flu or allergy medicines now must ask a pharmacist for them because of a new law aimed at making it harder for methamphetamine makers to ply their trade.
Tests start on manure tea
June 2, 2005
A local nonprofit hopes to test the effects of a mixture of water, manure, molasses and baker’s yeast on plants and lend credence to what could be a cheap way to help tsunami-ravaged areas grow new crops.
FDA chief: Drug importation illegal
Kansas Republican supports changing law
June 2, 2005
States that are importing drugs from Canada are violating federal law, the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.
Lawrence Datebook
June 2, 2005
 
Briefcase
June 2, 2005
¢ SEC chair resigns ¢ Sprint chief expects July merger vote ¢ STAR bonds’ use passes state test ¢ Boeing workers await job letters
Ag agency peeling organic labels off lotions
June 2, 2005
If you want a lotion, soap or lip balm free of chemicals and synthetics, you’d better read the fine print. The Agriculture Department is taking its round, green “USDA Organic” label off personal care products and cosmetics.
Kansas economy expanding
State’s manufacturing activity tops region
June 2, 2005
Manufacturing activity in Kansas remains solid and is stronger than readings for the Midwest region and the United States overall, a University of Nebraska economist said Wednesday.
People in the news
June 2, 2005
¢ Photographer crashes into Lindsay Lohan’s car ¢ Rocker Rod Stewart to be father again ¢ 50 Cent says pay up ¢ Edwards writing book ¢ ‘Will & Grace’ actress to host own talk show ¢ Not forever after all
Deaths of three young men in Iraq leave small town a lot smaller
June 2, 2005
Sometimes - especially in dreams, or leaning back in a chair, staring into the blue yonder - it can seem as if they never left at all. As if they merely hustled out the front door to take care of some bit of business and that must be Joe or Dusty or Ryan coming back home just now. As dependable as the train whistle that blows several times a day out by Highway 15.
Ringtone galaxy expands
Cell phone sounds are sales force
June 2, 2005
I couldn’t see them. But I could hear the two Jedi Starfighters roar in from behind and to the right of me, finally zooming onto the big screen. That’s the sensation I got from the movie theater’s 5.1 DTS surround-sound system as I watched the opening of “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.”
FDA seeks stricter rules for TV ads
Acting commissioner says government ‘fed up’ with noncompliant commercials
June 2, 2005
The federal government is poised to step up its regulation of television advertisements for drugs, the acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.
Daily ticker
June 2, 2005
 
Rustic furniture fetching high prices at auction
June 2, 2005
Creative craftsmen seem attracted to the possibilities of twisting, bending or assembling natural materials into a chair. Bamboo and wicker have been used for formal and folk-art furniture since the 1800s. Cowhorn chairs from the late 1890s went well with ornate, more traditional wooden pieces in the Victorian style. Western ranch houses featured chairs made of tangled moose horns.
Despite quirks, all honeysuckles have virtue
June 2, 2005
Believe it or not, there are people who dislike a plant with the sweet name “honeysuckle.” Not that every honeysuckle should be loved. Hall’s honeysuckle is one honeysuckle that has given honeysuckles a bad name. After being introduced into this country from Asia a hundred or so years ago, Hall’s honeysuckle found the soils and climate here much - too much - to its liking. It now strikes off on its own to try to take over the landscape, sometimes quite effectively, by billowing over the ground and engulfing trees.
Full house expected for summer KU football drills
June 2, 2005
Another summer is here, and with it comes another flawless roll call for voluntary summer workouts for the Kansas University football team.
Reporter’s account brings ‘Deep Throat’ out of shadows
Washington Post’s Bob Woodward recalls relationship with Mark Felt
June 2, 2005
In 1970, when I was serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and assigned to Adm. Thomas H. Moorer, the chief of naval operations, I sometimes acted as a courier, taking documents to the White House.
Raiders sweep opener
June 2, 2005
In his first outing since Free State High’s loss in the Class 6A state baseball quarterfinals last week against Shawnee Mission Northwest, Max Ellenbecker was nearly perfect.
Young Outlaws getting ‘chance to grow’
June 2, 2005
When it comes to upper-level American Legion baseball in Lawrence, all the eggs go into one basket.
Correction
June 2, 2005
Lawrence High’s Tommy Johnson and Rahul Gogineni will play tennis for Grinnell College next year, not Katie Robertson and Shannon Wanna as reported in Wednesday’s Journal-World. Robertson and Wanna will attend Bethel College.
Spurs spank Suns, reach NBA Finals
San Antonio takes series, four games to one, awaits winner of Detroit-Miami matchup
June 2, 2005
The San Antonio Spurs are excited to be going back to the NBA Finals.
Unlikely French clash set
Davydenko, Puerta paired in semifinals
June 2, 2005
Shouts of bravo mingled with expressions of surprise as unseeded Mariano Puerta, an Argentine back from a nine-month drug suspension, and Nikolay Davydenko, a Russian on the rise, set up an unlikely French Open semifinal.
Detroit halts Texas’ streak
Rangers’ string stopped at nine in 6-4 setback
June 2, 2005
The Texas Rangers were upset with themselves for the way their winning streak ended.
Solid gold
Wrestling’s Goldberg reinvents himself for the movies
June 2, 2005
In the late ‘90s, when pro wrestling ruled the entertainment universe, a man called Goldberg was its biggest star. Snarling, snorting and ripping his way through opponent after opponent for World Championship Wrestling, Bill Goldberg’s chiseled physique, bald head and “nice Jewish name” became cultural icons.
Europe must pursue unity
June 2, 2005
Modern Europe’s greatest politicians have been men and women who were able to learn from and overcome defeat. They rebuilt and reunited a shattered and divided continent and threw off totalitarian rule. Jacques Chirac, Gerhard Schroeder and their peers are now challenged to demonstrate they too have that talent and similar political fortitude.
Thanks, troops
June 2, 2005
I wanted to take a moment and write a letter of dear thanks to those who deserve it the most. This is to the men and women of our armed forces, the only reason why we have the freedoms we do in this country. Our soldiers, airmen, Marines, sailors and Guardsmen deserve our deepest gratitude and respect. While many of us in Lawrence squabble over politics, we forget the very source of our freedom to do so.
Children’s rights
June 2, 2005
As me, my mom and my sisters gather signatures on a petition to stop the sexual predator transitional housing in Lawrence, the most common response is, “Could I please sign it twice?” Or, “You bet I will sign and I don’t usually sign petitions.” A few do say, “Where are we going to put them?” but usually end up signing.
Rising rates
June 2, 2005
The article in the Journal-World about electric and natural gas rates going up brought to mind several thoughts.
Affordable housing on Congress’ agenda
June 2, 2005
Washington - Amid all the talk about the boom in Amid all the talk about the boom in real estate prices and the concern about the “housing bubble” some day bursting, one fact tends to be forgotten. Far too many families are simply being locked out of decent shelter by the shortage of affordable housing.
Too political?
Appointments to public boards are, by nature, somewhat political, but residents hope appointees come to their work without a predetermined agenda.
June 2, 2005
Saying something is “political” isn’t usually a compliment in today’s society. In fact, it tends to raise the specter of red-blue philosophical divisions that have been squeezing out collegial statesmanship at all levels of American government.
Our town sports
June 2, 2005
 
Firebirds had dandy school year
Baseball, boys hoops among league titlists
June 2, 2005
Despite a couple of setbacks at state competitions, there were few schools as dominant in the regular season as Free State was in 2004-05.
Torre scolds Yankees after loss to K.C.
June 2, 2005
Joe Torre thinks the Yankees need some of the spirit the Royals are playing with.
Edible flowers expand menu
June 2, 2005
There is a popular 1950s book and a Doris Day movie titled “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies.” Although I’m not old enough to remember either, growing up I can remember asking myself: “Why would I want to eat daisies?”
A garden tour
Event opens yards to curious green thumbs
June 2, 2005
When Jack and Carolyn Landgrebe moved into their unassuming ranch house just south of Hillcrest School in 1963, the yard consisted of a few small locust trees.
A quick study
Carl Edwards furthers his education on and off the track
June 2, 2005
All this racing success is making it difficult for Carl Edwards to complete his college degree. Not that he’s complaining. Right now, he is focusing his learning on NASCAR racetracks.
Can’t stop the music (but you may try)
June 2, 2005
For the second night in a row, NBC offers viewers a musical showcase. The new series “Hit Me Baby One More Time” (8 p.m., NBC) presents veteran musical acts performing their greatest hits as well as fresh covers of contemporary hits. Viewers will determine the night’s “winner” by phone vote. Vernon Kay hosts the three-episode series that originated on British television. Featured artists include Arrested Development, Flock of Seagulls, Loverboy and Tiffany.
Oswalt continues mastery of Reds
Houston pitcher improves to 14-0 lifetime against Cincinnati with 4-1 victory
June 2, 2005
Roy Oswalt is making adjustments faster than the Cincinnati Reds.
The heart of stem-cell debate
June 2, 2005
Just about nine years ago, I nervously picked up the phone and called a fertility clinic in Boston to see if my husband and I had made embryos. We had! After trying - and failing - to have a baby any other way, we were on our way to making one via IVF, in vitro fertilization. After weeks of taking shots that slowed down and then jump-started my ovaries, I had produced a slew of eggs that were extracted while I was under general anesthesia. These were introduced in a petri dish to my husband’s sperm.
Kitchens and bathrooms go big, modern and European
June 2, 2005
Kitchen and bath makeover fans will have plenty of stylistic directions and pretty products to choose from if the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas is any indication.
Area briefs
June 2, 2005
¢ Rural Center schedules ‘Prairie Populist’ forum ¢ Highway worker killed when struck by car ¢ New trial denied in Payless rape case ¢ KCK mayor honored by KU School of Education ¢ ACLU director to retire
Greene: Schneider, Stanclift snare Woodclairs
June 2, 2005
These were meant to be the Free State version of the Woodsies, until Rob Sinclair, former Firebird beat writer, accused me of playing favorites in giving Ryan Wood the love.
Shift from frumpy to foxy
June 2, 2005
Caught in a fashion rut? You’re not the only one.
Rumsfeld warns nations not to aid al-Zarqawi
June 2, 2005
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned Iraq’s neighbors Wednesday against providing medical treatment or safe haven to Iraq’s most-wanted insurgent, Jordanian fugitive Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Local briefs
June 2, 2005
¢ Boy rescued from creek by Tongie firefighters ¢ More victims emerge in fund-raising scam ¢ Depression project flooded with calls
Live Aid organizers prepare to revive world concert event
June 2, 2005
London’s Hyde Park, Circus Maximus in Rome and the Philadelphia Museum of Art are among the venues for Live 8, a series of concerts being organized by Bob Geldof, the driving force behind the 1985 Band Aid and Live Aid campaigns for African famine relief.
Horoscopes
June 2, 2005
For Thursday, June 2
Study: Hormone increases sense of trust
June 2, 2005
It sounds like the plot for another Batman sequel: The villain sprays Gotham City with a trust hormone and people rush to give him all their money. Banks, the stock market and even governments collapse.
State expands access to communications system
Lawrence may wait to take advantage of emergency response program
June 2, 2005
State officials Wednesday offered local emergency agencies access to a statewide communication system that they said would help them respond more quickly and efficiently to emergencies.
Woodling: Alliteration abounds among Royals’ roll
June 2, 2005
Those of you who haven’t been paying close attention to the Kansas City Royals - not an uncommon occurrence these days - may have been confused when the Rollbacks hired a new manager Tuesday.
Preparing for harvest means targeting insects
June 2, 2005
The wheat is turning color and the combines are headed south to begin the wheat harvest. That means now is a good time to clean out grain bins and plan for insecticide treatments, a Kansas State University scientist said.