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Authorities respond to report of injury accident
June 3, 2005
Local authorities were responding late this afternoon to a report of a head-on, two-vehicle accident at a busy intersection in southeast Lawrence.
Heavy rains, flooding expected overnight
June 3, 2005
Commuters traveling home this afternoon and again later tonight should watch out for flooded roadways, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. Schack said the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through noon Saturday for an area that includes Douglas, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties.
Supreme Court orders Legislature to increase school funding
June 3, 2005
The Kansas Supreme Court today ordered the Legislature to double the amount of new dollars the state spends on public schools by July 1, a decision that will force legislators into a special session.
Supreme Court upholds murder conviction
June 3, 2005
The Kansas Supreme Court today upheld the Douglas County conviction of Michael W. Kesserling, who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder near Lecompton.
Storms thunder through city
June 3, 2005
A thunderstorm was rumbling through Lawrence this morning, bringing strong winds, lightning, hail and heavy rains. And another round of storms is expected this afternoon and evening.
Lords of Dogtown’ skates by on atmosphere
June 3, 2005
Like the skateboarding punks of the film’s title, “Lords of Dogtown” is good-looking, energetic and rather aimless. It’s not so much a movie as it is a snapshot of the lives of a group of friends who overnight went from vagabond teen slackers to international innovators of a competitive sport.
Kansan marooned on TV’s ‘Real Gilligan’s Island’
June 3, 2005
“It’s about the age-old question: Mary Ann or Ginger?,” says Randi Silvers, an Edwardsville native and one of 14 new members of TBS’s reality show “The Real Gilligan’s Island.” Silvers was selected as one of two women cast for Mary Ann’s character on the show. She emphasizes her position was merely to represent the original Mary Ann, with no acting or role-playing involved.
Silver Stars get first win
June 3, 2005
San Antonio got its first victory of the season Thursday night as reserve rookie center Katie Feenstra scored 11 of her 16 points in the second half, leading the Silver Stars to a 69-62 victory over Charlotte.
Pioneering big man Mikan dies
Lakers standout ‘literally carried the league,’ forced sport to change rules
June 3, 2005
George Mikan, the “gentle giant” who a half-century ago brought fame and stability to the fledgling world of professional basketball and literally transformed the game, died 18 days shy of his 81st birthday.
Spurs’ Duncan returns to form, earns time off
June 3, 2005
Gregg Popovich knows Tim Duncan as well as anyone. So when the perennial All-Star sulked after a poor performance in a playoff game, the San Antonio Spurs coach knew exactly how to pull him out of it.
Ailing Wade watches end of Heat’s big win
June 3, 2005
The look on Dwyane Wade’s face was one of pure pain, the discomfort from a strained rib muscle contorting his features as he motioned to the bench.
Reds release reliever Graves
June 3, 2005
Reds career saves leader Danny Graves cleared waivers and was released by Cincinnati on Thursday, freeing him to sign with any major-league team.
Wathan rips three home runs
June 3, 2005
Dusty Wathan had a career day in the minors with his major-league dad in attendance.
Woodland wins Amateur
June 3, 2005
Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland edged teammate Tyler Docking by two strokes and won the 81st annual Kansas City Amateur golf tournament Thursday at the Country Club of Blue Springs.
Camp spots available
June 3, 2005
Limited space is available for Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self’s summer camp June 19-23.
Jayhawk signee Chapple earns pair of awards
June 3, 2005
Val Chapple reaped a pair of prestigious awards Thursday. Chapple, a third baseman/catcher from Olathe East who has signed a letter of intent with Kansas University, was named softball athlete of the year by the National High School Coaches Assn.
Israel releases hundreds of Palestinian prisoners
Move aims to build support for Abbas
June 3, 2005
Israel freed 398 jailed militants Thursday, fulfilling a months-old pledge that officials hope will bolster Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and his moderate allies as they vie with radical groups for support among Palestinians.
Journalist’s killing blamed on Syria
June 3, 2005
The opposition accused Syria of interfering in Lebanon’s politics, blaming Damascus for Thursday’s killing of a prominent anti-Syrian journalist - slain by a bomb placed under the driver’s seat of his car.
Peru’s ‘miracle baby’ doing well after surgery
June 3, 2005
Doctors opened the intensive care room door Thursday to give the world its first look at 13-month-old Milagros Cerron since surgery to separate her fused legs.
Briefly - World
June 3, 2005
¢ Equipment missing from weapons sites ¢ Court convicts official’s financial adviser ¢ Soviet space launch site marks 50 years ¢ Romania will still join EU in 2007, leader says ¢ U.S. may compromise on textile limits
Franklin County gets close look at U.S. 59 plans
KDOT lays out plans for proposed highway
June 3, 2005
Franklin County residents on Thursday got a good look at construction plans for U.S. Highway 59 that should improve safety on the stretch of road between Lawrence and Ottawa, even if construction will displace some landowners.
Correction
June 3, 2005
 
Ex-French champs to meet
Pierce, Henin-Hardenne paired in final
June 3, 2005
Two comeback trails will converge Saturday when Mary Pierce and Justine Henin-Hardenne meet in the French Open final.
On the record
June 3, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
June 3, 2005
 
Brown knew controversy was coming
Rumors of departure from Detroit only add to former Kansas University coach’s legacy
June 3, 2005
Somewhere in the viaducts of his mind, this all made perfect sense to Larry Brown. Create controversy … generate distraction … act like a petulant child … watch the Pistons snuff out the Heat in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Yes, who couldn’t see this coming? So elementary, really.
Woodling: A day to play hooky
June 3, 2005
Shhhh : don’t tell the boss, but I did something Thursday I’ve been wanting to do for years. I slipped out of the office and drove 29 miles to CommunityAmerica Ballpark to take in one of those 12:05 p.m. “businessman’s special” baseball games.
Sweep treat
K.C. tees off on Pavano, finishes off mighty Yanks
June 3, 2005
It was a terrible time for the New York Yankees to play a terrible team. The Yankees were swept by the worst team in baseball, falling 5-2 to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday for their first five-game losing streak in more than two years.
Brack’s back, but will he get a ride?
IRL driver ‘proves’ himself in short-notice Indianapolis 500 comeback, but he’s still in search of a job
June 3, 2005
Kenny Brack showed no fear. He proved he could go fast. Now, if only he could find another car to race. Brack’s stirring comeback at Indianapolis - he jumped in Buddy Rice’s machine on short notice and went faster than anyone in qualifying - was just a one-race deal for the driver who nearly died in an October 2003 crash.
Military services tap NASCAR market
All branches sponsor either Nextel Cup or Busch teams
June 3, 2005
Sr. Master Sgt. Thomas Kichline sees “a tremendous amount of similarities” between NASCAR and the Air Force. Both have high-powered vehicles run by highly efficient teams who can pack up and relocate in a hurry. But that’s not why the Air Force sponsors Ricky Rudd’s Nextel Cup team.
People
June 3, 2005
¢ It’s a girl for Richards, Sheen ¢ Slap no laughing matter for Gallagher audience member ¢ McCartney pens ‘Furry Tail’ ¢ Birthdays
Labette County won’t fight plant-closing decision
June 3, 2005
The Labette County Commission says it will support the Pentagon’s decision to close an ammunitions plant here but will push for a deal that would allow the longtime operator of the facility to stay there.
Biodiesel bus test at KU goes ‘well’
June 3, 2005
A test run for using environmentally friendly fuel in Kansas University buses was enough to convince leaders to consider using the fuel on a permanent basis.
Scientists determine gender of dinosaur, link to birds
June 3, 2005
The science team that previously announced the discovery of surviving soft tissue in the fossilized thighbone of a Tyrannosaurus rex has determined the dinosaur was a young female and she had been producing eggs when she died.
Music academy makes pitch for building
June 3, 2005
Thom Alexander believes the Carnegie Library building has been vacant long enough. Alexander, executive director of the Lawrence-based Americana Music Academy, said he’s organizing an effort to get city commissioners to reconsider their decision to allow the Langston Hughes Center to occupy the historic building at the northwest corner of Ninth and Vermont streets.
For eager parents, sign language hastens infants’ communication
Mom says system cuts crying time
June 3, 2005
They couldn’t talk. But that doesn’t mean they had nothing to say. Dena Podrebarac remembers well the frustration she experienced several years ago watching her young children try to tell her something before they were old enough to speak.
Former executive wants retrial postponed
June 3, 2005
A former Westar Energy Inc. executive wants to delay the start of his retrial on charges he and another former top executive looted the company.
Thornburgh not running for governor
Family concerns cited in decision not to enter race
June 3, 2005
Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh has decided not to enter the governor’s race, saying a campaign next year would force him to sacrifice too much time with his family. Thornburgh’s announcement Thursday left House Speaker Doug Mays as the only announced candidate for the Republican nomination and the right to challenge Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
CDC aims to trim obesity confusion
June 3, 2005
Weighing a little too much might not kill you, but there’s nothing healthy about it, the head of the nation’s health agency said Thursday, distancing herself from a controversial report suggesting that being overweight isn’t so bad.
Final word rings true for spelling bee winner
June 3, 2005
“Appoggiatura” was music to 13-year-old Anurag Kashyap’s ears. Correctly spelling the word that means melodic tone, he clinched the 2005 national spelling bee championship.
Briefly - Nation
June 3, 2005
¢ Wife charged in murder, dismemberment ¢ Army links dog handlers to Abu Ghraib abuse ¢ CIA contractor charged in assault on girlfriend ¢ Some Laguna residents return after landslide ¢ Hemingway’s Cuban home on endangered list ¢ Rare nickel sells for more than $4 million ¢ Edwards says freedom a universal ideal ¢ Study: Adult whooping cough shot deemed safe ¢ School, parents settle in girl’s choking death
Vacated fraternity house at KU trashed by vandals
Graffiti praising ex-tenants found inside
June 3, 2005
On Thursday afternoon, the former Phi Kappa Theta fraternity house near Kansas University sat in a mangled disarray of broken glass and graffiti. Trash lined the hallways and moldy dishes sat in bathroom sinks.
Local briefs
June 3, 2005
¢ Man charged with stabbing his roommate ¢ KU Hospital project reaches milestone ¢ Baldwin to hold citywide garage sale ¢ Charity organizations complete merger ¢ KU 17th in awarding doctorates to Hispanics ¢ Course helps families cope with mental illness ¢ Lecompton High School holding Alumni Banquet
Pump Patrol
June 3, 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.
Iran invited to reconstruction meeting
June 3, 2005
The United States didn’t invite Iran to an international conference on Iraq reconstruction, which became awkwardly clear Thursday when a European diplomat said Iran was welcome in spite of long-standing enmity between Washington and the Islamic regime in Tehran.
Official denies militia targeting Sunnis
June 3, 2005
The man in charge of Iraq’s police and security services on Thursday dismissed accusations that Sunni Arab clerics are being assassinated by a Shiite militia in which he played a leading role.
Iraqi insurgents kill 39 in series of car bombings, shootings
June 3, 2005
Insurgents killed 39 people in a series of rapid-fire attacks Thursday, including three suicide car bombings within an hour and a drive-by shooting at a busy Baghdad market that ratcheted up the bloody campaign to undermine Iraq’s government.
Family files suit over bus crash
June 3, 2005
The family of a man who died when a school bus collided with his vehicle last month has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Liberty school district, the bus driver, the bus maker, the makers of its brake and electrical systems and businesses that did repair work on the bus.
Girls say teacher got them to take pictures
June 3, 2005
Two girls testified that a man who was their grade-school teacher got them to take sexually inappropriate pictures, rewarding them with “tickets” they could use to buy candy and school supplies.
Area briefs
June 3, 2005
¢ Two men killed in oil rig explosion ¢ Supreme Court to rule on school case today
Traveling Pants’ fit for tweens
June 3, 2005
I hope this doesn’t come across as hopelessly girly, but sometimes a teen is more than just a teen. Sometimes she’s a unique opportunity for synergistic emotional branding across a broad spectrum of media platforms.
Best Bets
June 3, 2005
 
A bad fit
Kansas Secretary of State seems like exactly the wrong office for State Sen. Kay O’Connor.
June 3, 2005
Of all the state offices State Sen. Kay O’Connor could seek, the office of Kansas Secretary of State seems to be the least appropriate. Why would Kansas voters want to put in charge of the state’s election process someone who has voiced disdain for the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote? Put her in charge of highways or the lottery, but not in charge of elections.
The media’s high-water mark
June 3, 2005
For the major media, Watergate was the “good war,” in which purely heroic reporters brought down the thoroughly villainous Richard Nixon. So the belated revelation that W. Mark Felt was Deep Throat is being cheered by the media establishment - even if those cheers sound a bit like last gasps.
The Islamic double standard
June 3, 2005
The Pentagon has acknowledged five instances in which guards or interrogators at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, handled the Koran in such a way as to cause offense to some who believe it is the revealed word of Allah. Three are said to have been three deliberate and two unintentional.
Mausoleum mess
June 3, 2005
 
Peer concern
June 3, 2005
 
A-Team’ looks better in hindsight
June 3, 2005
I pity the fool who didn’t get “The A-Team” first time around. Oh, wait. That would be me. Goodness how I loathed the show when it rolled off the Universal Television assembly line in ‘83, assault weapons blazing.
Cinderella Man’ loses its glass slipper in second half, but Crowe shines
June 3, 2005
Chris Rock was right at the Oscars: Having Russell Crowe in a movie makes a huge difference. “Cinderella Man” is flawed, but one of its scenes will show up in movie montages forever, just like Jimmy Stewart shouting on the Senate floor in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and Dorothy saying goodbye in “The Wizard of Oz.”
Ponder this
June 3, 2005
 
Sharing a smile
June 3, 2005
 
Bush picks conservative to lead SEC
Calif. lawmaker to replace Donaldson
June 3, 2005
President Bush chose California Rep. Christopher Cox on Thursday to run the Securities and Exchange Commission, assigning him the regulatory dance of protecting investors’ rights while not stifling business.
Meals serve as token of appreciation
Thanks’ for lunch
June 3, 2005
So there is such a thing as a free lunch. More than 700 employees found that out Thursday at the East Hills Business Park, as a handful of business leaders, government officials and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce administrators served up free pizza, cookies and drinks during the first of three “Pizza and Thanks” events scheduled during Business Appreciation Month.
30-year mortgage rates drop to four-month low
June 3, 2005
Rates on 30-year mortgages hit their lowest level in four months after falling this week for the eighth time in the past nine weeks, according to an industry report.
Commodities
June 3, 2005
 
Kudrow’s spoof hits the mark
June 3, 2005
Yes, Virginia, there is room for one more inside-show biz series - as long as it’s Lisa Kudrow’s HBO gem, “The Comeback.” Sly as “The Larry Sanders Show,” keener than “Fat Actress,” more sympathetic than “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” this new half-hour comedy hits the bull’s-eye in every direction. It’s funny, sad, smart and immensely appealing.
Not harmless
June 3, 2005
 
Toolbelt Diva’ back at work
June 3, 2005
Some decades back, a name-brand household cleanser had an advertising mascot named Josephine the Plumber, played by actress Jane Withers. She was spunky, pretty and dressed in overalls - a shocking sight even for viewers used to the absurd shenanigans on “Bewitched” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”
Dotel decides on surgery
A’s reliever rejects doctors’ advice
June 3, 2005
Athletics closer Octavio Dotel will have reconstructive elbow surgery as soon as possible, despite receiving recommendations from four doctors that he try to rehabilitate the injury first.
Rockies rally past Cards in ninth
Slumping slugger Helton provides game-tying two-run single in Colorado’s 8-7 victory
June 3, 2005
It takes more than one big hit to break out of the kind of slump Todd Helton has been in lately. Still, this was a pretty big hit, and it came against a good pitcher.
Mayer: Mather worked tirelessly to improve Kansas football
June 3, 2005
Chuck Mather has been reading Journal-World stories about Bobby Douglass’s involvement in the resurgence of Lawrence’s Hotel Eldridge. The reaction establishes Chuck as the president of the Douglass Fan Club. Not for Bobby’s emergence as a hotel magnate but as a Kansas University All-America football quarterback whose professional career was blunted by lackluster coaching and a dearth of top-flight receivers.
Dismissal of evolution arguments sought
June 3, 2005
The man who organized the case against evolutionary theory for public hearings last month says the State Board of Education should ignore arguments presented by the attorney who represented evolutions’ defenders because he wouldn’t be questioned.
Schools try ‘Whatever It Takes’ for success
LHS, FSHS plan new initiative for fall to help keep students engaged with their classwork
June 3, 2005
Local high school officials have a new plan for addressing students’ needs. Its theme: “Whatever It Takes.” “Things are going to be different,” Lawrence High Principal Steve Nilhas said. “But the fact is, things need to be different.”
Flint Hills preservation effort begins
Kansas Land Trust hoping to protect 2 million acres
June 3, 2005
Boosted by state support for its land preservation efforts, the Lawrence-based Kansas Land Trust is embarking on an ambitious plan to help protect 2 million acres of Flint Hills prairie.
Water officials call for more study of Kaw degradation
June 3, 2005
Another study is needed to consider the problem of shallow stretches along the Kansas River, state water leaders said Thursday. “It’s a very critical issue that we need to deal with,” said Earl Lewis, manager of hydrology and evaluation for the Kansas Water Office.
McCain is big winner in filibuster deal
June 3, 2005
Because politics is the ultimate zero-sum game, John McCain’s role in brokering the deal over President Bush’s court nominees makes him the big winner from a mixed result.
Horoscopes
June 3, 2005
 
Ortiz’s blast boosts Boston
Red Sox slugger belts three-run homer in ninth
June 3, 2005
David Ortiz gave the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles a taste of what Boston’s other rivals got during last year’s World Series run. The Red Sox designated hitter hit a game-winning, three-run homer on a full count with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday, giving Boston a 6-4 victory over Baltimore. It was the fifth game-ending homer of Ortiz’s career - including two in the 2004 playoffs.
Jury set to begin deliberations today in Michael Jackson case
June 3, 2005
A prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments of the Michael Jackson trial Thursday that the pop star targeted a vulnerable cancer survivor, brought the little boy “into the world of the forbidden” in his bedroom and molested him.
Notorious molester now in rural Lawrence
June 3, 2005
The state has moved a sexual predator from a prison hospital to a group home in the Lawrence area. Leroy Hendricks, 70, moved to the area late Wednesday, the department of Social and Rehabilitation Services announced Thursday.
Bouncing helps babies learn rhythm, study says
June 3, 2005
Gently bounce a baby while you sing, and you’ll usually get squeals of glee. But it’s not just fun: Feeling the beat helps wire babies’ brains to hear rhythm.
Runaway bride’ pleads no contest, gets probation
Georgia woman to pay fine, continue counseling
June 3, 2005
Escorted into court by her fiance, runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks tearfully pleaded no contest Thursday to faking her own abduction. She was sentenced to probation, community service and a fine.
Hooked on the Flint Hills
Artists pay homage to prairies, skies that keep them inspired
June 3, 2005
There’s something about the Flint Hills that keeps luring back noted Lawrence landscape artist Robert Sudlow. “It’s kind of like a moonscape: Everything’s there and nothing’s there,” says Sudlow, 85, who taught painting at Kansas University from 1947 until he retired 40 years later.
This Weekend’s Highlights
June 3, 2005
 
Arts and Entertainment Calendar
June 3, 2005
 
Advocate expects Westar’s plant plans to cost consumers
Kansas utility wants to build generating units to help meet customers’ growing demands
June 3, 2005
With the state’s largest electric utility looking to build new generating plants to meet customers’ increasing demands for power during the next decade, a state consumer advocate is expecting rates to rise.
Briefcase
June 3, 2005
¢ Sears predicts Kmart restructuring charge ¢ Subway drops cards for free sandwiches ¢ New Vegas casino rolls in revenue ¢ Stride Rite Corp. to buy Saucony