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Local school budget faces uncertainty
May 4, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 3:47 p.m.) In an environment filled with uncertainty, the Lawrence school board today began its first formal budget talks.
Cardinals regularly outpacing opponents
May 4, 2005
Seventeen games into the season, the Eudora Cardinals are outscoring their opponents 207-51, for an average score of 12-3.
Highs climbing into the 70s
May 4, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 2:02 p.m.) It’s a few days late. But May weather will finally arrive in Lawrence this afternoon — mostly sunny skies with temperatures climbing into the low 70s.
Lawrence residents apply for state court vacancy
May 4, 2005
Thirteen candidates, including two from Lawrence, have applied to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court that was created by the death of Justice Robert Gernon.
KU hires Roberts’ legislative director
May 4, 2005
A senior staffer for U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has been hired to lead lobbying efforts for Kansas University.
On the record
May 4, 2005
Group to meet about mental health services in Lawrence
May 4, 2005
A new group to discuss mental health care options in Lawrence will have its first meeting this afternoon.
Diver paralyzed 11 years ago becomes mayor of town that helped him
May 4, 2005
When a diving accident 11 years ago left Adam Burnett paralyzed from the chest down, members of his community raised more than $30,000 to help pay his medical bills.
Grand jury won’t indict in obscenity case
May 4, 2005
Phillip Cosby says his campaign against pornography shops in Kansas won’t be sidelined by a grand jury’s refusal to bring charges against two adult stores.
Brownback meets with activists, emphasizes regional ties
May 4, 2005
Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., huddled with activists and lawmakers Tuesday, touting his regional appeal in a state where precinct caucuses launch the presidential nominating season.
Judge approves abortion for 13-year-old
May 4, 2005
A judge ruled that a 13-year-old girl at the center of an abortion fight with the state may terminate her pregnancy, and Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the state will not appeal further.
Chairman: Base closings will hit cities like ‘tsunamis’
May 4, 2005
The economic effects of closing U.S. military bases can hit nearby cities and towns like a tsunami, the chairman of a base-closing and realignment commission said Tuesday as the commission began a review to determine the future of scores of bases.
China sets aside military threats, turns to panda politics with Taiwan
May 4, 2005
Setting aside military threats, China wooed Taiwan with an offer of pandas, stepping up a charm offensive that is meant to marginalize Taiwan’s president and promote public support for uniting the island with the mainland.
Father admits he fondled his children
May 4, 2005
A man charged with raping three of his children took the stand Tuesday in a massive pedophilia trial and sought to pin blame on his father in a case that has horrified France.
Iran says it won’t be denied technology
May 4, 2005
In Tehran and here on the world stage, an emphatic Iran said Tuesday it will press on with its uranium-enrichment technology, a program that has drawn Washington’s fire and ratcheted up global nuclear tensions.
Beautiful mummy’ uncovered in Egypt
May 4, 2005
A superbly preserved 2,300-year-old mummy bearing a golden mask and covered in brilliantly colored images of gods and goddesses was unveiled Tuesday at Egypt’s Saqqara Pyramids complex south of Cairo.
Scientists: Board of education can’t determine evolution issue
May 4, 2005
Science can’t be determined by 6-4 votes on the Kansas State Board of Education.
Firefighter begins to talk 10 years after injury left him mute
Doctors are speechless about rare recovery
May 4, 2005
Nearly 10 years after a brain injury left a firefighter virtually mute, he suddenly started talking to his wife and sons last weekend. A couple of years ago, it happened with a severely injured car accident victim who’d spent 19 years in silence.
Area briefs
May 4, 2005
¢ Police charge suspect with robbing store ¢ Commissioners to review road request ¢ School finance case to air on Internet
Firefighters plan hog heavenly fund-raiser
Proceeds to benefit Palmyra Township volunteers
May 4, 2005
Don’t be concerned if you see smoke at the Vinland Fairgrounds Saturday.
Kansas Guardsman killed in Iraq remembered as a peacemaker
May 4, 2005
As a high school wrestler, Derrick Joseph Lutters once faced a mentally retarded opponent. He could have pinned the boy easily and won. Instead, he let his opponent win.
Briefcase
May 4, 2005
¢ Financial lobbyists name CEO of forum ¢ Telemarketing official enters guilty plea ¢ Duckwall-Alco to cut jobs in restructuring
Commodities
May 4, 2005
Fed boosts rates
Central bank aims to ward off inflation
May 4, 2005
The Federal Reserve, caught between a sudden economic slowdown and heightened worries about inflation, decided to nudge a key interest rate up by another quarter-point on Tuesday.
Sprint’s long-distance outage affects Lawrence area
May 4, 2005
An underground fiber line accidentally severed by a construction worker Tuesday cut long distance service to Sprint customers throughout much of the 785 area code for several hours.
Culinary association honors journalists
May 4, 2005
The International Association of Culinary Professionals announced the winners of the 2005 Bert Greene Awards. These awards are presented annually, the IACP says, “to recognize and honor excellence in food journalism.”
Grilled shrimp dish quick, easy to make
May 4, 2005
This grilled shrimp with yogurt cilantro sauce is a vibrant but healthy low-fat dish to include in grilling season meals, as either appetizer or entree, according to the menu.
Cookbooks selected for honors
May 4, 2005
The 2005 cookbook awards of the International Association of Culinary Professionals were announced at the association’s recent 27th annual conference in Dallas. The purpose of the awards, the IACP says, is to “honor the best writing and publishing in the food and beverage industry.”
Showtime for sorrel
Zesty herb pleases with the power of sour
May 4, 2005
Look for sorrel in a supermarket and if you’re lucky, you might find tiny bunches hidden beneath the basil. And you’ll pay dearly for them. But head for the farmers market, and big bunches are yours for a song.
Former ‘Idol’ contestant defends Paula Abdul
May 4, 2005
On the eve of what’s billed as a blockbuster expose by ABC News, a former “American Idol” contestant is saying judge Paula Abdul would never “sabotage” the hit show.
Arts emphasis?
May 4, 2005
LMH option
May 4, 2005
Circle dangers
May 4, 2005
Loop not safer
May 4, 2005
Iraq government still lacks minority voice
May 4, 2005
Almost three months after Iraqi elections, Iraq’s elected assembly has finally formed a government — in which key posts remain empty.
Money motive
It seems that many, perhaps most, decisions regarding college athletics these days revolve around how much money will be made.
May 4, 2005
Various reasons, justifications and benefits are cited by university chancellors, presidents, athletic directors and coaches, as well as NCAA officials, for approving a 12th football game for the regular season and allowing wins over much weaker teams to count toward bowl eligibility.
Jayhawks win 30 again
Victory over Saint Mary sets consistency record
May 4, 2005
It’s never been done — not during the Dave Bingham glory years of the early 1990s, not even at any time during Floyd Temple’s 28 successful years as Kansas University baseball coach.
Winslow may have violated contract
Motorcycle accident could be expensive for tight end
May 4, 2005
Kellen Winslow Jr.’s use of a motorcycle might have violated standard NFL contract language that prohibits players from engaging in dangerous activities.
Rocker, fan exchange words
May 4, 2005
John Rocker, attempting a comeback with the minor-league Long Island Ducks, had a testy exchange with a fan Tuesday as he walked off the field.
Missed turn miffs Unit
May 4, 2005
New York Yankees left-hander Randy Johnson is unhappy about being scratched from his scheduled start tonight because of left groin tightness.
Devastated’ Rincon appeals
May 4, 2005
Suspended Minnesota Twins reliever Juan Rincon was “devastated” to hear he had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and insisted Tuesday that he never would intentionally put his career in jeopardy.
Tavarez stand-in closer for Cardinals
With Isringhausen ailing, reliever ‘really an asset,’ La Russa says
May 4, 2005
Last year, the St. Louis Cardinals became the sixth team in six often tumultuous seasons for Julian Tavarez. And finally, the pitcher most likely to get the bulk of the save opportunities while Jason Isringhausen is on the disabled list appears to have found a home.
Allen’s 30 help Seattle knock out Sacramento
May 4, 2005
Ray Allen didn’t have to do everything himself, and his team is heading into the second round of the NBA playoffs.
Spurs push Nuggets to verge of elimination
May 4, 2005
After fouling out midway through overtime, Tim Duncan called his teammates over for a huddle, tugged on their jerseys and told them to finish what he started.
Primed and ready
Golfers praising conditions at revamped Eagle Bend
May 4, 2005
During one heckuva busy afternoon, Eagle Bend Golf Course superintendent Kerry Golden took compliments from the LPGA Futures Tour players who arrived Tuesday morning in Lawrence.
Portela, Sellon sign college letters
Free State High senior swimmers to compete at Minnesota, Denison
May 4, 2005
First, it was former Kansas University football coach Glen Mason. Now, it’s Anthony Portela’s turn for northern exposure.
James: It’s not just ‘roids
Guru says Congress has ‘simplistic’ view
May 4, 2005
Bill James isn’t keen on Congress intervening in the major league baseball doping scandal.
Morningstar visits pair of prep schools
Free State High senior takes basketball recruiting visits to New England’s New Hampton, Winchendon
May 4, 2005
Free State High senior basketball guard Brady Morningstar, who has decided to attend prep school during the 2005-06 school year, last week visited two schools in New England.
Detroit rallies to eliminate Philly
May 4, 2005
The defending NBA champions were at their best when it mattered most.
Correction
May 4, 2005
The Lawrence City Commission agenda in Monday’s Journal-World stated that commissioners would consider a funding request of $25,000 for ECO2, a city-county advisory group that is studying open space and industrial development issues. The city’s share of the request is $12,500; the Douglas County Commission approved $12,500 in funding on Monday.
Afleet Alex this year’s feel-good horse
May 4, 2005
Afleet Alex is running for more than glory in the Kentucky Derby. The big bay colt is running to beat cancer, too.
KU’s Perkins named to board
May 4, 2005
Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins has been named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. Perkins became KU’s AD in June 2003 after spending the previous 14 years as Connecticut’s athletic director.
Towers too tough for Orioles
Toronto hurler masterful in 1-0 win over Baltimore
May 4, 2005
First, Russ Adams failed to execute a suicide squeeze. Then, hoping merely to avoid hitting into a double play, he tapped a 15-foot roller that produced the only run Josh Towers needed in his finest pitching performance in the major leagues.
Indiana pushes Boston to brink
Tinsley returns, helps Pacers take 3-2 series lead
May 4, 2005
Jamaal Tinsley was back on the court for the first time in 2 1/2 months, making a return that helped the Indiana Pacers head home with a chance to eliminate the Celtics.
Sizzling Sorenstam streaking into history
LPGA standout seeks sixth straight victory this week in Michelob Ultra Open
May 4, 2005
Six months ago, Annika Sorenstam was in South Korea when something strange happened.
Lions hang tough in soccer loss to Lancers
May 4, 2005
Lawrence High soccer coach Jason Clark knows his team is close — even if the scoreboard doesn’t always say so.
LHS softball sweeps on Senior Day
May 4, 2005
Lawrence High’s softball team reversed its fortunes heading into the final stretch of the season when it swept Shawnee Mission West in a doubleheader Tuesday at Holcom Sports Complex.
Keeneland popular as stable
May 4, 2005
The dogwood trees are blooming, and the traffic — both human and equine — is light at Nick Zito’s barn at Keeneland.
Alou finds peaceful world in San Fran
Giants boss comfortable enjoying neighborhood despite team’s struggles
May 4, 2005
By now, Felipe Alou just laughs about it.
Jockey Bailey ‘likely’ riding in final Derby of career
May 4, 2005
Jerry Bailey is close to crossing the finish line for the final time in his Hall of Fame career. The 47-year-old jockey will ride Saturday in his 17th, and possibly last, Kentucky Derby.
Funds granted for Juneteenth events
May 4, 2005
Lawrence Mayor Boog Highberger thinks it is well worth $5,000 of taxpayer money to help area residents hear stories about the days when segregation was still common in the city and racial discrimination was a fact of life.
Iraqi government sworn in amid continuing violence
May 4, 2005
The first democratically elected government in the history of Iraq was sworn in Tuesday against a backdrop of surging violence, and the new Shiite prime minister pledged before a half-empty parliament that he would unite the country’s rival ethnic factions and fight terrorism.
One strange craving
Residents dish about their guilty pleasures
May 4, 2005
You want it. It’s OK to admit it; we ALL want it. Our guilty pleasures, that is. Meaning the foods we secretly (or not so secretly) crave, the treats we should have outgrown in childhood, the oddball combinations, the even downright weird creations.
Blocking abortion options
May 4, 2005
I won my merit badge in Raising a Teenager. I still wear this small and rather tattered patch on my maternal sleeve.
Construction delays annoying, but alternatives could be worse
City officials stress that short-term hassles will have long-term benefits
May 4, 2005
In Molly Crook’s book, changing a tire that’s been blown out from a poor street is a worse way to be delayed than creeping through a slow-moving road construction zone.
Briefly
May 4, 2005
¢ American climber dies scaling Mount Everest ¢ Court certifies victory for late dictator’s son ¢ Strain of polio detected for first time in 10 years ¢ Prime minister escapes deadly explosion at rally ¢ Building collapses after explosion, killing 25
Briefly
May 4, 2005
¢ Bill proposes pink license tags for sex offenders ¢ Clinton launches fight against childhood obesity ¢ Teens get jail sentence for setting dog on fire ¢ Lynndie England’s lawyers seek leniency
Photo: Gravel hauler takes spill
May 4, 2005
Briefly
May 4, 2005
¢ Records show mayor ran up tab on city card ¢ Researchers call for end of unneeded episiotomies ¢ Air Force to investigate religion at academy ¢ GOP operative launches anti-Hillary Web site
Horoscopes
May 4, 2005
People
May 4, 2005
¢ Celebrities play dress up for Costume Institute gala ¢ Singer starts millennium countdown in 1000 A.D. ¢ Spears, Federline name reality series ‘Chaotic’ ¢ Investigator: Ex described Jackson as sociopath ¢ Cream treats fans to reunion
Higher cost, not better care
May 4, 2005
America doesn’t have the world’s best health care system, just the most expensive. For those of you who worry about your health and wealth (i.e., everyone), that’s mind-bogglingly bad news.
Ex-pitcher describes steroid use in ‘60s, ‘70s
House says drugs were more common than people realize
May 4, 2005
Former major-league pitcher Tom House used steroids during his career and said performance-enhancing drugs were widespread in baseball in the 1960s and 1970s, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
FSHS baseball, softball prevail
May 4, 2005
Free State High’s baseball team staged a furious comeback Tuesday, beating Olathe East, 6-3, thanks in part to a three-run seventh inning.
Senate majority leader may run for governor
May 4, 2005
Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, doesn’t want to run for governor. But he might.
Judge enters not guilty plea for BTK killings suspect
May 4, 2005
Dist. Atty. Nola Foulston vowed Tuesday there would be no plea bargain in the case against the former church leader and city employee charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder in the BTK serial killings.
Teenagers counsel parents
May 4, 2005
This is straight from the mouth of two high-school girls: Parents should be flattered when their teenagers pick a fight. It’s likely a sign of unconditional love, they say.
The Pie’ serves as sweet reminder
May 4, 2005
Some people have a signature dish that defines them within the world around them. The dish becomes the reputation that precedes them and then follows them wherever they go. Such it was with Kit Gunn and his chocolate-walnut pie.
Idol’ musings on Fox’s enduring hit show
May 4, 2005
Five become four as “American Idol” (8 p.m., Fox) marches towards its finale. And for those of you who can’t spend enough “Idol” moments, there is the much-ballyhooed expose “Fallen Idol” on “Primetime Live” (9 p.m., ABC).
All shook up
Broadway’s newest ‘it’ boy swivels his hips like Elvis and has all the ladies swooning
May 4, 2005
Cheyenne Jackson eagerly thumbs through a copy of Star magazine until he finds the page containing a small picture of himself with Priscilla Presley.
Five Wildcats honored
May 4, 2005
Baker University softball players Jana Smith, Kendra Cody and Pam Miller have been named to the All-Heart of America Athletic Conference first team. BU’s Bridget Bargmann and Beth Rinck were named to the second team. Baker will face Central Methodist at noon Monday in the first round of the NAIA Region V Tournament at Springfield, Mo.
Marquis pitches Cards past Reds
St. Louis sends Cincinnati to season-high sixth straight setback
May 4, 2005
Jason Marquis made sure the St. Louis Cardinals wouldn’t need another historic comeback.
LHS baseball clips SMW
May 4, 2005
Lawrence High’s baseball team downed Shawnee Mission West, 5-4, Tuesday at Broodmoor Park.
Reporters remember dead, campaign for living on Press Freedom Day
May 4, 2005
There was no freedom for Shi Tao and Florence Aubenas on World Press Freedom Day, or for Dawit Isaak, or for Marie-Jeanne Ion, or for Ricardo Gonzalez Alfonso, or for …
Strawberry packaging needs to be checked
May 4, 2005
Look for bright red strawberries with fresh green caps on. When you remove the caps you tear cells in the berries, activating ascorbic acid oxidase, an enzyme that destroys vitamin C.
Ryun, Kline won’t run for governor
GOP field narrowing for 2006 race
May 4, 2005
Republicans on Tuesday continued to shuffle the deck of potential nominees for governor.
Commentary: Selig backs union chief into corner
May 4, 2005
To fans, Bud Selig remains the most polarizing man in sports — they either loathe him, or they hate him.
Commodity-driven market
Lawrence business owners say cartridge-refill services in demand
May 4, 2005
It’s been 15 years since John Ross opened Laser Logic in the basement of his Lawrence home, refilling toner cartridges for a handful of businesses.
Governor may call special session for Legislature
School finance, death penalty issues remain unresolved
May 4, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius isn’t ruling out calling legislators into special session later this year to respond to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on education funding or fix the state’s death penalty law.
Gymnastics program in jeopardy for lack of future practice facility
May 4, 2005
Time is running out for the Kansas School of Gymnastics. About 25 boys and girls may have finished their last season of organized competition in the club supervised by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, unless they find a new, adequate location for training.
Daily ticker
May 4, 2005
Glass advances
May 4, 2005
Lawrence bowler Bob Glass beat Roy Buckley of New Albany Ohio, 3-2, in the round of 24 Tuesday night and advanced to today’s round of 16 at the Senior Chillicothe Open. Glass, the defending champion, will face last week’s winner, Dale Eagle of Tavares, Fla., today.
Mizzou, Kansas on fire
May 4, 2005
When you’re hot, you’re hot … but which softball team is hotter — Kansas University or Missouri?
Investigators follow leads in homicide case
Sheriff says Lecompton area generally safe, but residents should exercise caution
May 4, 2005
Neighbors of a slain Lecompton man are looking at the Scenic River Road that winds through northwest Douglas County as one possible link to his killing.
Evolution hearings show scope of cultural divisions
May 4, 2005
It’s being dubbed Scopes II and Evopalooza. There are concerns that Kansas again will be the butt of late-night comedians. The national media are parachuting in.
White Sox rally past Royals, 5-4
Chicago’s Iguchi 4-for-4
May 4, 2005
Tadahito Iguchi had the best night of his short major-league career.
The Science Standards Hearings
May 4, 2005