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Poet’s Showcase
May 1, 2005
Democrats ask court to allow disenting opinion during May 11 hearing
May 1, 2005
Democrats asked the Kansas Supreme Court on Saturday for a seat at the table at a May 11 hearing on the constitutionality of a $142 million school finance package.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
May 1, 2005
Lawrence commuter report
May 1, 2005
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
On the record
May 1, 2005
Spurs take 2-1 lead
May 1, 2005
San Antonio spent most of the regular season trying to take some of the pressure off Tim Duncan.
Pierce, Celtics slow Pacers
Boston utilizes defense in 110-79 victory
May 1, 2005
After watching the Boston Celtics wrestle inside and questioning their ability to fight, Doc Rivers changed tactics.
Nets determined facing elimination
Heat owns 3-0 lead, but Jefferson says: ‘We never give up’
May 1, 2005
Richard Jefferson sat with his back against a brick wall Saturday, banners hanging to his left and retired numbers to his right as he delivered a brief history lesson on the Nets’ resiliency.
FSHS tennis champions at Gardner Invitational
May 1, 2005
A strong day across the board propelled the Free State High boys tennis team to a first-place finish at the eight-team Gardner-Edgerton Invitational on Saturday.
GP VeloTek’s Albrecht sprints to victory
May 1, 2005
A sport like cycling would seem to be one that would crave simplicity: The first person to cross the line is the winner.
Overtime blues hit Firebirds once again
Late goal propels Wildcats, adds to Free State’s late-game frustrations
May 1, 2005
She looked like trouble. All morning long, Topeka Hayden sophomore forward Abi Dodds snaked through the defensive front of the Free State High girls soccer team. Then, in the 97th minute, she rocketed a shot to the upper portion of Free State’s net to cap off a frustrating game for the Firebirds — a 1-0 loss to the Wildcats in double overtime at Free State.
Small market, big problems in K.C.
Woeful Royals can’t emulate Twins’ recent successes
May 1, 2005
Two teams, two small markets, one big difference. The Minnesota Twins, threatened with contraction just three years ago, are coming off their third straight AL Central title — while the Kansas City Royals have just one winning season in the past 10 years and have lost 100 or more games twice in the past three seasons.
Court to consider whether questions from jurors violate defendants’ rights
May 1, 2005
The relatively new practice of allowing jurors to submit questions for witnesses during criminal and civil trials, upheld elsewhere in the country in federal courts, is facing a new legal test before Colorado’s highest court.
Extremely’ obese have higher death risk
May 1, 2005
When the fat get even fatter, their risk of death jumps, too, especially if they have an apple-shaped waistline.
Minuteman Project wraps up border patrol
May 1, 2005
Volunteers recruited over the Internet to monitor illegal immigrant activity along a stretch of Arizona’s border ended their monthlong campaign this weekend as they began — peering through binoculars along a dusty border road.
Legislators looks at Sunday liquor sales, other issues
May 1, 2005
The Lawrence city commission will have to approve another ordinance to continue Sunday sales of alcohol, under legislation approved early Sunday.
Chiefs excited about defense
May 1, 2005
When Derrick Johnson lined up to cover the tight end during Kansas City’s rookie camp Saturday, the Chiefs’ linebackers coach saw something he didn’t like and started toward him.
Parcells happy camper
Cowboys coach eager for minicamp
May 1, 2005
Laughing at his awkward fist bump with top pick Demarcus Ware and smiling during a tricky game he played with punt returners, coach Bill Parcells had a good time Friday at the start of the Dallas Cowboys’ rookie minicamp.
Raiders impressed with latest addition
Moss making strides since trade to Oakland
May 1, 2005
The Oakland Raiders threw a big playbook at Randy Moss on his first day, and were impressed when he didn’t flinch.
Patriots’ Cassel shuns label of being ‘Next Brady’
May 1, 2005
Matt Cassel already has enough in common with Tom Brady to draw comparisons to the two-time Super Bowl MVP.
Sky’s the limit for Lawrence’s Bowery Dancers
May 1, 2005
The Bowery Dancers enjoy strong homegrown roots in Lawrence — the eight-member company is made up of friends who bonded while studying dance at Kansas University, and several members teach and perform frequently at the Lawrence Arts Center and other area dance studios.
Idol’ judges defend Abdul
May 1, 2005
Paula Abdul’s “American Idol” colleagues — and her attorney — are rallying around the pint-size judge as ABC News is planning what’s described as a look into “explosive claims” of wrongdoing behind the scenes.
Selig seeks tougher penalties for steroid use
May 1, 2005
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig asked players to agree to a 50-game suspension for first-time steroid offenders and a lifetime ban for a third violation under what he called a “three strikes and you are out approach” to doping.
Griffey ends home-run drought
Unable to maintain lead, Reds victimized by Milwaukee rally, 6-5
May 1, 2005
Ken Griffey Jr. found his home run swing. The Milwaukee Brewers found a way to win.
Commentary: Restoring U.S. basketball difficult task
May 1, 2005
As we speak, Jerry Colangelo is making fire and stacking blocks of brimstone. He’s thumbing through “Hank Iba’s Great Quotations.” He’s drinking raw eggs for breakfast, his heart thumping to the beat of “Eye of the Tiger.”
Book focuses on impact of culture wars
May 1, 2005
If you’re not exhausted yet by debates about religion, morality and politics, I’ve got a book for you. It’s called “Morality Politics in American Cities.” Published by the University Press of Kansas, it focuses on the impact of the culture wars on local government in 10 cities with populations of at least 300,000.
Osborne plans to run for governor
Ex-Cornhusker coach to seek nomination in Nebraska
May 1, 2005
Former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne plans to seek the Republican nomination for governor instead of a fourth term in Congress.
Boy’s battle to save Bugs’ gang gains attention
May 1, 2005
Eleven-year-old Thomas Adams thought Warner Bros. had gone daffy when he saw the company’s plans for a new cartoon called “Loonatics,” based on Bugs Bunny and his Looney Tunes pals.
People
May 1, 2005
¢ Cult following helps bring ‘Family Guy’ back to Fox ¢ Former first lady urges balance of home, career ¢ Texas lawmakers drop singer’s name for highway ¢ JonBenet Ramsey’s mother fighting ovarian cancer again ¢ Beckhams sue former nanny
Arts Notes
May 1, 2005
¢ Event to celebrate music of Bach ¢ Performance to benefit cancer research ¢ KU professor to perform at recital ¢ Music ensemble to present ‘Nuclear’ ¢ Crafts, artwork to be showcased ¢ Author to sign novel about college life
KU junior Ferguson fourth in steeplechase
May 1, 2005
Junior Dan Ferguson placed fourth in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase on Saturday at the Drake Relays, leading the Kansas University track squad. Some Jayhawks competed this week at the Penn Relays. Ferguson placed fourth in a time of 9:08.28. Also Saturday, junior Cameron Schwehr finished fifth in the 1,500 meters (3:50.34), junior Joshy Madathil was 10th in the same race in 3:53.47. Senior Megan Manthe placed sixth in the women’s 1,500 in 4:32.56, and junior Brandon Hodges placed seventh in the men’s 800 in 1:52.36.
Kansas rowing second at Big 12 Invite
May 1, 2005
Kansas University’s rowing squad placed second out of three teams Saturday at the Big 12 Conference Invitational on Town Lake. Texas placed first, and Kansas State was third.
Settlemier solid for KU
May 1, 2005
Serena Settlemier singlehandedly made sure Kansas University’s softball squad kept its winning streak alive.
Buffett confident at conference
May 1, 2005
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett expressed confidence Saturday in New York insurance company American International Group Inc., telling stockholders at their annual meeting that it is a “great company.”
Insurgents unleash second day of deadly bombings
May 1, 2005
Insurgents instigated a second day of bombings in Iraq’s capital and beyond Saturday, staging a series of carefully coordinated and increasingly sophisticated assaults that killed at least 65 over two days and appeared timed to deflate hopes in Washington and Baghdad that the installation of the nation’s first democratically elected government would curb spiking violence.
Local briefs
May 1, 2005
¢ Two teens arrested in shooting incident ¢ Sheriff’s office investigating death ¢ Events to help kids enjoy great outdoors
Bridging Lawrence cultures: Summit embraces city’s hidden diversity
May 1, 2005
Haskell Indian Nations University may sit within Lawrence city limits, but to some Lawrence residents it can feel like the school is a world away, said Bert Nash center CEO David Johnson.
Headquarters gets wheels rolling on its bicycle rally fund-raiser
May 1, 2005
A Lawrence crisis counseling center received a big show of support Saturday when about 100 people turned out to participate in a bicycle rally fund-raiser.
Former hostage visits scene of ordeal with her family
Burnham, children secretly visit former home in Philippines
May 1, 2005
Disguised in a long blonde wig, former hostage Gracia Burnham and her three children secretly returned to the Philippines where the family once served as missionaries.
Robbery suspect arrested after tip
Police officer approached by citizen with information leading to an arrest
May 1, 2005
A Lawrence Police officer operating a radar gun Saturday morning received a tip that led to the arrest of a man suspected of robbing a convenience store several hours earlier.
Briefcase
May 1, 2005
¢ Turner plugging into classic video games ¢ Tax refunds can be put to good use ¢ Name that company
Gasoline stations pump gourmet items into offerings
Convenience stores aim to be destinations, not pit stops
May 1, 2005
Gas stations as gourmet destinations? It’s an unlikely culinary revolution, but Slim Jims are making way for sushi as convenience stores transform themselves with upscale eats and shed their image as junk food pit stops.
Business in bloom
Lawrence florist branching out
May 1, 2005
Harrison Ford fills his home with her parrot tulips, calla lilies or anything else that’s in season. Oprah Winfrey receives the feminine touches of her peach and salmon Anemone. And Cherie Yvette? Well, she just wants to give every bride in the country a chance to enjoy the same exotic, romantic and farm-grown flowers she orders for the most exclusive designers in the country.
House says no to private prisons
May 1, 2005
The idea of private prisons in Kansas seemed like a good idea to some, but the House didn’t want to even talk about it.
Peet’s on a roll
Actress stars in films, theater
May 1, 2005
It’s been a decade since Amanda Peet landed her first significant role in an episode of “Law & Order” as a kidnapping victim who falls for her abductor. And five years since she proved herself to be a deft screwball comedian in the mold of Carole Lombard with her performance as a goofy hit woman in “The Whole Nine Yards.”
Circle K Ranch purchase rejected
May 1, 2005
Budget negotiators Saturday rejected again the proposed purchase of land to make a state park in west Kansas.
Override failures upset conservatives
May 1, 2005
A group of conservative freshmen Republicans in the House held a meeting with House Speaker Doug Mays to express their displeasure with how some of their fellow Republicans voted in failed attempts to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ vetoes.
Reorganization approved for health care programs
May 1, 2005
A partisan battle over reorganizing health care programs for hundreds of thousands of Kansans became a bipartisan lovefest Saturday.
Variety may diminish dementia
May 1, 2005
The variety and not the intensity of exercise may help ward off dementia, suggests a new study that found a lower risk of that condition among older people with many pastimes, ranging from gardening to aerobics.
Bush’s comments about Kim draw sharp response
May 1, 2005
North Korea lashed out at President Bush Saturday for comments he made about the country’s leader, Kim Il Jong, at a news conference Thursday, asserting that the North Korean nuclear crisis will never be resolved while Bush remains in office.
Iran: Uranium enrichment to resume
May 1, 2005
Iran said Saturday it is likely to resume uranium enrichment-related activities within a week, a process it halted last year to build confidence in talks with European countries and avoid referral to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.
Playing can be painful
Musicians face injuries from repetition, awkward positions
May 1, 2005
When you hear Ravel’s “Bolero” do you think of athleticism? Janet Horvath thinks you should. “That’s a piece almost everyone can recognize,” she said. “It’s a 14-minute piece; the snare drum plays an unwavering rhythm from start to finish. It’s a 24-note pattern over two bars repeated in endless time.”
Gehrig biographer found more than just an icon
May 1, 2005
You might safely assume that Jonathan Eig is a baseball fan. What you might not expect is the admission that he’s “a Yankees fan with Cubs season tickets. I love Wrigley Field more than anything, and I consider it far superior to Yankee Stadium.” A pause, then: “That’s as far as I can go in terms of transferring my allegiance to the Cubs.”
The Secret Life of Bees’ author pens second novel
May 1, 2005
Sue Monk Kidd had modest expectations for her first novel. She hoped it would be liked, might find an audience and, perhaps, make some small contribution to the literary world. She never anticipated anything like the success of “The Secret Life of Bees.”
Visit from Tooth Fairy a warm welcome
May 1, 2005
“Kansas?” was often the response I got from friends and colleagues when I told them I was taking a job 1,400 miles from eastern Connecticut’s stone fences and white wooden churches with skyscraping steeples.
Pope moves into apartment, prepares for today’s blessing
May 1, 2005
Pope Benedict XVI plans to give his first Sunday noontime blessing from the papal apartment overlooking St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican said, greeting the faithful from the same third-floor window where Pope John Paul II welcomed pilgrims for nearly 27 years.
For better or for worse, reader votes motivate comic-strip switch
May 1, 2005
In December, we asked you to weigh in on your favorite — and least favorite — comics. Ballots came pouring into the newsroom. Hundreds of them. We found out a lot of you make a point of reading the funnies every day. Your favorites are For Better or For Worse, Zits, Pickles, Baby Blues and Foxtrot.
Leader’s visit seen as attempt to rekindle EU hopes
May 1, 2005
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused his Israeli counterpart of “terrorism,” compared Israel’s crackdown against Palestinians to the Spanish Inquisition and said Israeli actions fuel anti-Semitism.
Vintage Ball to celebrate Older Americans Month
May 1, 2005
The Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging Inc. invites seniors, their friends, families and caretakers to the Vintage Ball Friday to commemorate Older Americans Month.
Action lacking
May 1, 2005
Calendar
May 1, 2005
What are you reading?
May 1, 2005
Responsible act
May 1, 2005
Grocer still holding his own after 50 years of running store
Even at 90 years old, Ben Rich continues day-to-day operations
May 1, 2005
Ben Rich held his ground. He hadn’t flinched once in more than 50 years and he wasn’t moving now. No matter what one of the workers from the Speedy’s convenience store down the street said.
Senior surfers making waves on beaches across country
May 1, 2005
Kenneth Chun can’t paddle as fast or carve the waves the way he once did. But even at 70, he still loves to surf.
Democratic input
May 1, 2005
Outdoors briefs
May 1, 2005
¢ Veterans golf tourney ¢ Ottawa girl wins ¢ Kansas BASS honored
Area fishing report
May 1, 2005
May free-entry day slate
May 1, 2005
Each year, Kansas State Parks designates a free-entrance day. In the past, these free days have been the same at each park.
Changes made, dates listed for this year’s Kansas deer seasons
May 1, 2005
Kansas deer hunters must now purchase an antlered deer permit before purchasing an antlerless permit or game tag.
Lawrence aspires to become ‘Utopia on the Kaw’
May 1, 2005
Pascal described the universe as an infinite sphere, “whose center is everywhere, whose circumference is nowhere.” To paraphrase Pascal, the most insignificant, obscure dot on the map is the center of the universe if that’s where you happen to be.
Analysis: Bobb’n Head decoy seems to work on skittish turkeys
May 1, 2005
As the country’s population of wild turkeys grows, so does the number of turkey hunters, which has inspired an even bigger growth in the number of turkey hunting products.
Commentary: Digital reel eliminates backlash, but isn’t cheap
May 1, 2005
As soon as I laid hands on Shimano’s Calcutta TE 100DC reel, I spooled it with 14-pound test line, attached it to a suitably nice rod and walked into my back yard.
Power warps process in nation’s Capitol
May 1, 2005
The Democrats are in a terrible mess. They nominated a Catholic for president, only to lose the Catholic vote. They spent four decades as the legislative party, only to remain shut out of power in the Congress. They have morphed into the progressive party, only to find themselves uncomfortable in that role.
Briefly
May 1, 2005
¢ Workers clear railway crash as toll rises to 107 ¢ Lack of alternatives carries Blair in polls ¢ Civilians, militants killed in airstrike ¢ Resolution planned on Security Council
Briefly
May 1, 2005
¢ Witness acknowledges defendant demoted him ¢ U.S. Army clears soldiers in death of Italian agent ¢ Oil prices, energy issues at forefront of politics
Fresh from the farm
Market springs back to life
May 1, 2005
The Downtown Lawrence Farmers Market received a frosty greeting early Saturday when it opened for business, thanks to unseasonably cool late April weather.
Judge shows appreciation for jurors’ service
May 1, 2005
The American Jury: “We the people” in Action! Being a juror is one of the most basic responsibilities of American citizenship. For one day — or however long a jury trial might last — citizens from every walk of life come together to act on behalf of their community to decide issues of guilt and innocence or to determine whether someone is owed money for some wrong that is alleged to have been committed.
Jet’ fuels Mavericks in victory
Terry scores season-high 32 in win over Rockets
May 1, 2005
Jason Terry might never pass enough to earn favorable comparisons to Dallas’ previous point guard. That’s OK with the Mavericks, as long as Terry keeps scoring the way he did in Game 4.
Washington claims first playoff win since ‘88
May 1, 2005
The game-defining moment came late in the first quarter, when Washington became more than just the Big Three.
Wang lifts Yankees in debut
New York trips Jays, 4-3, halts three-game slide
May 1, 2005
With pressure mounting on the New York Yankees to stop their sorry slide, Chien-Ming Wang stepped on the mound for his first major-league game and didn’t look nervous at all.
Pension, medical costs cripple GM
May 1, 2005
Who knew? Speculation about which welfare state will be the first to buckle under the strain of the pension and medical costs of aging populations usually focuses on European nations with declining birth rates and aging populations. Who knew the first to buckle would be General Motors, with Ford not far behind?
Faith and science
Kansas needs both faith and science, but not in the public schools.
May 1, 2005
Faith is a wonderful thing. It is a belief in concepts or ideas that can’t necessarily be seen or proven. It is a personal principle that guides an individual’s life in many ways.
Man says he killed relatives as revenge for sexual abuse
May 1, 2005
A man accused of fatally shooting his half brother and mother told a newspaper he acted in revenge for years of sexual abuse by the half brother.
Attorney’s personal questions led to doubts about evolution
Evolution, intelligent design proponents share viewpoints
May 1, 2005
John Calvert swears he’s not trying to push religion onto Kansas school children. All he wants, he says, is a little objectivity in the state’s science standards.
Lifelong love of biology fuels KU professor’s commitment to science
Evolution, intelligent design proponents share viewpoints
May 1, 2005
The postcard taped to Steve Case’s filing cabinet doesn’t exactly bring cheery vacation greetings. It’s from a man in California, and it politely reminds him there are “no thermostat controls in hell.”
Judge: Justice Department must decide soon over death penalty
May 1, 2005
A federal judge has given the Department of Justice until the end of June to decide whether to seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels.
Egypt struck by two attacks
Veiled women shoot at tour bus, men detonate bomb as they jump off bridge
May 1, 2005
Two veiled women shot at a tour bus, and a man — the brother of one shooter and the fiance of the second — blew himself up as he leapt off a bridge during a police chase Saturday. All three attackers died and nine people, four of them foreigners, were wounded in an apparent revival of violence against Egypt’s vital tourism industry.
Pet post
May 1, 2005
Best Sellers
May 1, 2005
Pay raise for state employees approved
May 1, 2005
Kansas lawmakers early Sunday approved the final part of an $11.4 billion state budget that included a pay raise for state employees of 1.25 percent in July and another 1.25 percent in January.
Students pay court at Buffett bash
May 1, 2005
In the magical world of Buffett-land, geckos and ice cream cones dance while investors talk about hedge funds.
Pistons confident they’re in control
Detroit not worried despite Game 3 loss
May 1, 2005
The Pistons weren’t fazed by one loss. The defending champions realize it took a superb offensive effort by the Philadelphia 76ers to beat them in Game 3. They feel confident they still control the series.
Newcomers have mixed emotions on EU membership
May 1, 2005
Day in and day out, Frantisek Danihel steers his ferry back and forth over the slow-moving Morava River, linking what were two separate worlds only a year ago — the European Union and its aspiring members.
Horoscopes
May 1, 2005
Jayhawk bats better
KU collects invigorating victory in slugfest
May 1, 2005
Kansas University’s new electronic scoreboard certainly worked during its debut Saturday night at Hoglund Ballpark.
Briefly
May 1, 2005
¢ Beach town lifts ban on Speedos ¢ Police gun changes unlikely despite killings ¢ Officials: Needle pokes unlikely to transmit HIV ¢ Lawyer: England’s family stands behind her plea
Faces and places
May 1, 2005
Harvey’s slam helps K.C. end skid
May 1, 2005
One big swing ended one bad losing streak and one brutal month for the Kansas City Royals.
From Futures to KU
Jayhawk coach O’Neil spent 3 years on Tour
May 1, 2005
Ask anyone who ever has played a round of golf — competitively or recreationally — and that person can tell you how frustrating and unnerving the game can be.
Simien earns another honor
NBA-bound former Jayhawk wins Senior CLASS awards with ex-Wildcat Wecker
May 1, 2005
Kansas University’s Wayne Simien and Kansas State’s Kendra Wecker hugged each other tightly in front of the dais before the start of Saturday’s Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award show at the Westin Crown Center.
Missing bride-to-be was not kidnapped
May 1, 2005
Distressed, out of cash and in disguise, a missing Georgia bride-to-be turned up on a seedy stretch of Route 66 and told authorities Saturday she’d been abducted, then copped to the truth: She fled the pressure of her looming wedding.
Google reminds investors of volatility
May 1, 2005
When soothsayers talk about the future, best take their words with a grain of salt.
Legislators reduce proposed benefit for fallen Guardsmen
May 1, 2005
Legislators have agreed to provide a one-time death benefit to the families of two Kansas National Guard members killed in Iraq, but the amount is half of what was once proposed.
Alaskan glaciers provide serene ceremonies
Exotic sites add wow to vows
May 1, 2005
The bride wore a curvy, strapless white satin gown sprinkled with sequins. She also had on tights, sweatpants, rain pants and a pair of hefty hiking boots fitted with spikes.
Destination weddings can double as vacations for guests, couple
Exotic sites add wow to vows
May 1, 2005
I was never someone who dreamed of a big wedding — or any wedding, for that matter. My motto: Give me the honeymoon, and spare me the frothy, white dress. So when my husband proposed, I said yes — on the condition that we spend an afternoon with a judge and just a few close friends, then run off for a week at the beach.
Going gray
More women ditching faux color in favor of natural platinum
May 1, 2005
When City Commissioner Sue Hack’s blond locks began turning a blend of salt and pepper in her late 40s, she thought it was her little secret. “I really didn’t think it was very noticeable until I went into a store and was asked if I was there for the senior discount,” she says.
Negotiators resolve budget issues, allowing adjournment
May 1, 2005
Legislators settled a dispute over government workers’ pay raises and rejected the purchase of an Edwards County ranch, finishing their work on the state budget and for the year early Sunday.
The Motley Fool
May 1, 2005
¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ When to panic ¢ Look beyond 52 weeks ¢ Should RPM get you revving? ¢ Only a dollar