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Tell us your Eldridge Hotel stories
May 5, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 4:38 p.m.) The Eldridge Hotel is scheduled to reopen next week and we’d like to hear from our online readers about their memories of Lawrence’s downtown historic landmark.
KC police identify ‘Precious Doe,’ charge mother
May 5, 2005
(Web Posted Thursday at 11:31 a.m.) Police charged an Oklahoma woman on Thursday with the murder of her daughter, who had become known as Precious Doe after her decapitated body was found here four years ago.
Evolution hearings draw local students
May 5, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 4:57 p.m.) Spectators, scientists and the media gathered today at the start of the trial of evolution in Kansas.
Highs in the 70s for Cinco de Mayo
May 5, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 8:54 a.m.) Put on your Cinco de Mayo sombrero and break out the sunglasses this morning — it’s a bright sunny start to the Mexican national holiday, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. Clouds are moving in, but temperatures will climb into the 70s, Schack said.
Former Cosmosphere director kept space artifacts in home, investigators say
May 5, 2005
Numerous space artifacts — from a shuttle memory module to a Gemini space boot — were found in a 2003 search at the home of a former Kansas museum leader, newly released documents in his federal theft case claim.
Nichols accuses third man in OKC bombing
May 5, 2005
Terry Nichols has written a letter to a woman who lost two grandchildren in the Oklahoma City bombing and accused a man never charged in the attack of providing some of the explosives used to bring down the building a decade ago.
Police check Oklahoma tip in ‘Precious Doe’ slaying
May 5, 2005
Police have received more than a thousands tips since the decapitated body of a little girl who came to be known as Precious Doe was found just over four years ago, so far with no luck in determining who she was.
Local briefs
May 5, 2005
¢ Details still scarce on Lecompton slaying ¢ Flower store reopens after vandalism spree ¢ Community journalism grant awarded to KU ¢ Local teachers complete Toni Morrison workshop ¢ Commission changes road designation
Writer gives Dole Institute inside look at ‘West Wing’
May 5, 2005
Americans judge their politicians too superficially, and that’s why so many people wonder why their president isn’t more like Martin Sheen’s character on the popular television show “The West Wing,” according to one of the show’s writers.
Shot in the head from the ground, pilot lands safely
Plane was assisting search for fugitive
May 5, 2005
Hit in the head by a shot fired from the ground, pilot Mike Spicer managed, with the help of his passenger, to get his plane safely back to the Clay Center airport.
PBS show examines Holocaust
May 5, 2005
The documentary “Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness” (8:30 p.m., PBS) examines the era of the Holocaust from a completely unexpected perspective.
One swing dooms KU softball to loss
May 5, 2005
All in all, it wasn’t a bad curve ball. “It could have been more inside,” Kansas University pitcher Serena Settlemier said. “It was a good job of hitting on her part.”
Dogwood becomes family’s landscape muse
May 5, 2005
An unassuming little cottage nestled neatly under a canopy of shade trees on Barker Avenue has a garden that peeks through the rustling leaves and begs passers-by to take another look.
Scientists find missing link in discovery of dinosaur in Utah
May 5, 2005
Scientists have caught a dinosaur in the act of evolving from meat-eater to vegetarian.
As school year ends, landlord-tenant turmoil really begins
May 5, 2005
In four years at Kansas University, Arsen Kharatyan has had four landlords. He ended up in court with the last one.
Jones’ return sparks Braves
Chipper homers in first at-bat in win over Marlins
May 5, 2005
When Tim Hudson took the mound in the top of the first inning, he didn’t even realize Chipper Jones was back at third base.
Briefcase
May 5, 2005
¢ AMC, IMAX bringing big screens to KC ¢ April sales soar at American Eagle ¢ Oil find surfaces in central Utah
Vonnegut: Lawyers could use literary lesson
Famous author drawn into debate over school finance
May 5, 2005
When the Kansas Supreme Court takes up the school finance case next week, it might well ponder a futuristic story from the 1960s by science fiction satirist Kurt Vonnegut.
Take a number, get in longer line
Anti-terrorism measure may mean slower processing of driver’s licenses
May 5, 2005
Kansas residents may have a little bit more time to ponder the country’s war on terrorism — through longer lines at state driver’s license offices.
Getting down to business
Music, friendship help ease rigors of tour travel
May 5, 2005
An iPod, a set of golf clubs and a 1991 Jeep Cherokee named “Trusty Rusty.” That’s what Futures Tour rookie Briana Vega counts on. The clubs are what help her make a living, while the other two she depends on to get from one tour stop to the next.
High priest of Bach’ to play at Bales
May 5, 2005
Famed classical organist Anthony Newman has released more than 150 CDs, played with renowned musicians such as Leonard Bernstein and Itzhak Perlman, and performed at locations around the world.
Sosa’s timely hit boosts Baltimore
Two-run double halts Orioles’ scoreless streak in 5-1 victory over Blue Jays
May 5, 2005
The Baltimore Orioles were on the verge of being swept by the Toronto Blue Jays when Sammy Sosa stepped to the plate with two runners on base in the eighth inning.
Briefly
May 5, 2005
¢ Polio spreading after vaccinations refused ¢ Vietnamese leader planning U.S. visit ¢ Two U.S. soldiers detained in arms plot ¢ Forty militants killed; six U.S. troops wounded ¢ Hundreds of Muslims arrested during protests
Briefly
May 5, 2005
¢ Case of black youth slain in ‘50s reopened ¢ Report: Army knew earlier how Tillman died ¢ House seeks restriction on sexy cheerleading ¢ 2 Republicans removed from DeLay probe ¢ Schools to fire teachers in test scandal
Under the lights
Evening start time fuels Darlington ticket sales
May 5, 2005
Talladega Superspeedway has more than twice as many seats as Darlington Raceway and twice as many race dates as NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway.
New blue uniforms in works
May 5, 2005
It’s official: The navy-blue Kansas University football uniforms will be put to rest after just a three-season tenure.
Horoscopes
May 5, 2005
Cautious optimism for ‘05-‘06 budget
State school finance bill adds some uncertainty
May 5, 2005
After years of slashing expenses, Lawrence school officials are voicing some optimism about the district’s budget.
Evolution critics take the stage today at hearing
Differences in two sides run deep
May 5, 2005
In the fight over Kansas science standards, the devil — or in this context, perhaps God — is in the details.
Our town sports
May 5, 2005
On the record
May 5, 2005
Woman’s psychiatric battles used to help others
May 5, 2005
Julie Bayes doesn’t know whether the sexual abuse she suffered as a child caused her mental illness. “It’s sort of a chicken-and-egg kind of thing with me,” she said. “It’s hard to say which came first.”
Anglers say ‘no wake’ rule goes ignored
Boaters making waves at lone star lake
May 5, 2005
Ned Kehde would like to be the only guy on the lake when he goes fishing.
Both sides taking jabs before official start of debate
May 5, 2005
At separate events Wednesday, opponents in the evolution debate threw verbal jabs in preparation for the start of historic hearings today on Kansas public school science standards.
Briefly
May 5, 2005
¢ Judge rejects England’s plea in abuse case ¢ Military finds remains of second missing pilot
Kansas baseball upends Shockers
May 5, 2005
Senior catcher Sean Richardson hit a three-run home run and scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning to lift Kansas University to a 5-3 baseball victory over in-state rival Wichita State on Wednesday at Eck Stadium.
Prep Lewis picks KU (and this time he means it)
May 5, 2005
This time, Dwight Lewis insists his decision is final. Lewis, a 6-foot-5 junior basketball shooting guard from Archbishop Rummel High in Metairie, La., who orally committed to Kansas University on April 19, then reneged on April 20, Wednesday recommitted to KU over finalist Louisiana State.
Players enjoy clinic
May 5, 2005
Though players on the LPGA Futures Tour are practicing to become top-tier professionals, they take time out of their practice rounds to instruct groups of youngsters.
FSHS 14th, LHS 16th at golf tournament
May 5, 2005
The Free State High boys golf team finished 14th and Lawrence High 16th at the Shawnee Mission Northwest Invitational on Wednesday at Falcon Lakes Golf Course.
Lions’ Robinson 20th; Lions’ Bechard signs
May 5, 2005
Lawrence High boys tennis senior Ryan Robinson placed 20th in singles, and the duo of Noah Welch and Gardner Burg placed 16th in doubles at the Topeka West Invitational on Wednesday at Kossover Tennis Center. Lawrence’s doubles team of Tommy Johnson and Rahul Gogineni placed 19th.
Lawrence’s Glass bowls to title
May 5, 2005
Something about Shawnee Lanes brings out the best in Lawrence’s Bob Glass.
AIDS drugs tested on foster children
May 5, 2005
Government-funded researchers tested AIDS drugs on hundreds of foster children over the past two decades, often without providing them a basic protection afforded in federal law and required by some states, the Associated Press has found.
Pentagon analyst charged with passing secrets
May 5, 2005
A Pentagon analyst was arrested Wednesday and charged with giving top secret information about potential attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq to employees of a pro-Israel group.
Judge cleared for Westar retrial
May 5, 2005
A federal appeals court has refused to disqualify the judge in the retrial of two former top executives of Westar Energy Inc.
New charges filed in sheriff’s death
Suspect now faces 13 counts in shooting at meth house
May 5, 2005
Prosecutors have added four charges to the indictment of a man accused of killing Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels.
Suspect in pregnant woman’s slaying on suicide watch
May 5, 2005
The woman charged with strangling an expectant mother and cutting the baby from her womb was placed on a suicide watch after authorities found a stash of medications in her jail cell, a federal prosecutor says.
Three bodies found burning in Omaha
May 5, 2005
Three bodies were found burning in heavy brush in the northern part of the city early Wednesday, and police were investigating what’s believed to be the first triple homicide here since 2000.
Federal aid for ice storm a record $72 million
May 5, 2005
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid out more than $72 million in assistance to 10 electrical cooperatives hit by the costliest ice storm in Kansas history.
Commodities
May 5, 2005
Investor’s GM deal boosts shares
Billionaire proposes to buy large stake in U.S. automaker
May 5, 2005
Investors in troubled General Motors Corp. were betting Wednesday that 87-year-old billionaire Kirk Kerkorian’s surprise proposal to acquire a large stake in the company could be a catalyst for better times at the world’s largest automaker.
City seeks to adjust franchise fees for cable, phone services
May 5, 2005
City cable and telephone customers may see their monthly bills either go up or down by a few cents now that Lawrence city commissioners have given preliminary approval to change how franchise fees are charged to cable and telecommunications companies.
Wal-Mart expansion OK’d
Retailer receives permit to supersize
May 5, 2005
Wal-Mart has the city’s permission to move ahead with an $8.675 million construction project in Lawrence.
Daily ticker
May 5, 2005
People
May 5, 2005
¢ Prosecution wraps up case in Michael Jackson trial ¢ Get the debt down ¢ Jolie visits Pakistan ¢ Lawsuit dismissed against ‘Real Time’ host Maher ¢ MTV taps Fallon to host awards show again ¢ Production suspended for ‘Chappelle’s Show’
Arenas’ big shot lifts Wizards past Bulls
Chicago overcomes 22-point deficit, but Washington prevails, 112-110, for 3-2 series lead
May 5, 2005
Gilbert Arenas bailed out the Washington Wizards after they had blown a 22-point lead and were ready to collapse.
Ex-NU player acquitted
DeLone found innocent on assault charge
May 5, 2005
A former Nebraska football player was acquitted Wednesday of an aggravated assault-and-battery charge stemming from a pregame incident in which an Oklahoma spirit squad member was injured.
Chisox, Pena blast K.C.
Skipper yells at Royals after 4-2 loss
May 5, 2005
After a 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night, Kansas City Royals manager Tony Pena screamed at his players behind closed doors in the clubhouse.
Torture ban endangers U.S.
May 5, 2005
On Fox’s “24” action-drama show, art doesn’t imitate life. Increasingly, it resembles it. Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU) leader Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland) is ordered not to torture a man he believes has knowledge of the whereabouts of terrorist Habib Marwan. Marwan has captured the nuclear code book known as the “football” from a shot down Air Force One carrying the president of the United States.
Expand the ‘culture of life’
May 5, 2005
On his death, Pope John Paul II was acclaimed for his values: opposition to tyranny, champion of freedom, spiritual lighthouse to millions, humble even into his casket. Most of all he was hailed for his “culture of life,” whether that meant outreach to the world’s people, or upholding the church’s ban on contraception and abortion.
Secure borders
May 5, 2005
Positive veto
May 5, 2005
True to science
May 5, 2005
Beleaguered bride
May 5, 2005
Author to discuss geological history
May 5, 2005
James Lawrence Powell will discuss his new book of geological history, “Grand Canyon: Solving Earth’s Grandest Puzzle,” at a book signing at 6 p.m. today at Oread Books in the Kansas Union.
Treasure’ DVD almost makes up for shortcomings
May 5, 2005
Last week four Massachusetts men were arrested, accused of stealing the “buried treasure” they claimed to have discovered while doing a roofing job. Some have speculated that the quartet allegedly stole the wad of antique cash to gain wealth, fame or both. But the cynic in me came up with another rationale: Perhaps it was all a brilliantly executed marketing stunt related to this week’s DVD release of “National Treasure.”
Delayed repairs
May 5, 2005
Is Congress doing its job on budget?
May 5, 2005
Rep. Adam Putnam, a Florida Republican, is only 30 but already serving in his third term in the House of Representatives. So it may have been just youthful exuberance which caused him to exclaim, “It is a great day in this House and a great day for our nation and an honor to kick off the debate about the fiscal blueprint, that our conference of the House and the Senate has come together to set forth the priorities for our nation.”
Republican unity?
With some of the most qualified potential candidates taking a pass on the governor’s race, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious choice to try to unite Kansas Republicans.
May 5, 2005
There’s no doubt about it: Kansas is a Republican state. Just look at the latest statewide voter registration numbers: 455,000 Democrats and 783,000 Republicans.
Mexican mayor cleared of land-dispute charges
Decision clears way for presidential bid
May 5, 2005
The Mexican government dropped a controversial land dispute case against the capital’s leftist mayor Wednesday, ending a battle that had threatened to knock the most-popular candidate out of the 2006 presidential case.
Top al-Qaida aide captured in Pakistan
Authorities hope for leads in bin Laden hunt
May 5, 2005
Pakistani commandos nabbed a senior al-Qaida leader, described by U.S. officials as the group’s No. 3 operative, after a shootout near one of his barren hideouts. Jubilant Pakistani officials said Wednesday his arrest would help in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
Urgent call for aid issued for Ethiopia
U.N. says 300,000 children face danger of starvation
May 5, 2005
As many as 300,000 Ethiopian children will die from malnutrition this year if donors do not come forward with food aid and funds, a U.N. official said Wednesday.
Suicide bomber kills at least 60
May 5, 2005
A suicide attacker slipped into line at a police recruitment center in this usually tranquil northern Kurdish city and blew himself up early today, leaving the streets slick with blood in the deadliest insurgent attack in more than two months, police said. Sixty Iraqis were killed and 150 wounded.
Carriages from 1890s known for ornate style
May 5, 2005
Wicker was used for furniture for many years before it was used in America to make baby carriages.
Poetry slam: Spoken word institution gets diverse groups
May 5, 2005
Friday night, Lower East Side. A young poet takes to the stage and touches his knitted cap, hushing the audience of a few hundred.
Cold spell threatens vegetables
May 5, 2005
It has been said that records were meant to be broken. However, one record that’s best left alone is record cold temperatures in spring.
Artists’ gardens
Creative hands touch North Lawrence yard
May 5, 2005
Framed and hanging on a prominent wall of Tim and Jennifer O’Brien’s family room is a quote by William Butler Yeats that Tim produced in his printmaking studio: “Walk among long-dappled grass and pluck till time and times are done the silver apples of the moon the golden apples of the sun.”