Advertisement

Archive for Friday, May 6, 2005

All stories

Baker president Lambert to retire
May 6, 2005
(Updated Friday at 5:40 p.m.) Dan Lambert, president of Baker University for nearly 18 years, has announced plans for retirement.
Murray proclaims innocence, but sentenced to life in prison
May 6, 2005
(Updated Friday at 3:47 p.m.) A Kansas State University English professor convicted of murdering his ex-wife stood up in court today at his sentencing and called the case against him “a fairy tale.”
Slight chance for thunderstorms today
May 6, 2005
(Updated Friday at 8:48 a.m.) Today Lawrence’s skies will be partly cloudy and there’s a slight chance for thunderstorms. But the city will get to enjoy some warm temperatures, says Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist.
Cameras banned from murder trial
Judge cites children’s interests; Defense seeks to limit pornographic evidence
May 6, 2005
Cameras will be banned from the upcoming trial of a Lawrence carpenter charged with strangling his wife.
Kansas high school sports scores from May 5
May 6, 2005
Lawrence Datebook
May 6, 2005
Forests opened to new road work
May 6, 2005
The Bush administration Thursday took sweeping action to open nearly 60 million acres — about one-third of U.S. National Forest land — to new road construction, which in turn could lead to logging, mining and other commercial use of these previously protected areas.
Study hints at diagnostic test for autism
May 6, 2005
Autistic children have abnormalities in their immune systems and unusual constellations of proteins in their blood that may be an indicator of the disorder, University of California, Davis researchers said Thursday.
Blair wins third term
Labor Party loses majority in parliament
May 6, 2005
Tony Blair won a historic third term as prime minister Thursday, but exit poll projections indicated his Labor Party suffered a sharply reduced parliamentary majority in punishment for going to war in Iraq. A chastened Blair said “we will have to respond to that sensibly and wisely and responsibly.”
KU’s Rideau signs with NFL Browns
May 6, 2005
Former Kansas University football wide receiver Brandon Rideau signed a free-agent contract with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, one of three signings Cleveland announced.
KU golfer Ward earns All-Big 12
May 6, 2005
Kansas University’s Kevin Ward has been named to the All-Big 12 Conference golf team as selected by league coaches.
Arizona catcher signs Kansas softball tender
May 6, 2005
Erika Simington, a catcher from Scottsdale, Ariz., has signed a softball letter of intent with Kansas University, coach Tracy Bunge announced.
LHS blanked, 10-0
May 6, 2005
Lawrence High dropped a 10-0 girls soccer decision Thursday to Olathe South in a game called with 18:17 remaining because of the mercy rule.
Seabury wins; LHS hammered
May 6, 2005
Seabury Academy claimed its fourth straight high school girls soccer victory Thursday, defeating Center Place, 2-0.
FSHS soccer peppered, 5-0
May 6, 2005
Megan Hrenchir was no Maytag repairman Thursday afternoon. Hrenchir, Free State High’s soccer goalkeeper, was kept busy constantly as once-beaten Olathe North peppered the Firebirds’ posts on the way to a 5-0 victory.
LHS drops pair
May 6, 2005
Lawrence High’s softball team fell to Shawnee Mission East, 2-1, in nine innings and to SM North, 3-2, on Thursday.
Sunflower League looms
May 6, 2005
Jama Crady is ready for the weekend, but not so she can leave work. In contrast, she’s prepared to go to work as the coach of the Free State High girls swimming and diving team.
Mom, husband charged in ‘Precious Doe’ beheading
May 6, 2005
For four years, she was known only as Precious Doe, a little girl whose headless body was found along a road. On Thursday, police gave the girl a name, arrested her mother and stepfather on murder charges and pronounced the sad mystery solved.
Evolution court in session
Darwin’s critics take the stand
May 6, 2005
Science, religion and politics collided Thursday in the fight over teaching evolution in Kansas classrooms. Critics of evolution paraded before a like-minded subcommittee of the State Board of Education Thursday to depict Darwin’s work as a theory that would crumble if establishment scientists didn’t protect it like a religion.
Lawrence school district seeing elementary enrollment increase
May 6, 2005
Matthew De Guzman, 5, clung to his father’s arm as he stepped into a kindergarten classroom Thursday for the first time. “I promised him I wouldn’t leave him,” his father, Roberto De Guzman said.
KU to buy former Sprint headquarters
May 6, 2005
The University of Kansas Hospital will purchase the former corporate headquarters of Sprint, officials announced Thursday.
Tar Heels face major rebuilding job
There will be no national championship in Chapel Hill, N.C., during 2005-06 season
May 6, 2005
Of course Roy Williams knew this was coming. To be certain of that, you only needed to observe his work during the past 12 months. He recruited as if he were trying to fill every berth on Noah’s ark. He coached with a combination of Colin Powell’s diplomacy, Spike Lee’s creativity and Allen Iverson’s feral urgency.
Garcia grabs 2-shot lead
Woods four back at Wachovia tourney
May 6, 2005
Sergio Garcia shot a 6-under 66, good for a two-shot lead Thursday in the Wachovia Championship. Masters champion Tiger Woods suffered several mental blunders and was relieved to shoot 70.
$100,000 donated to community foundation
Lawrence Home Builders Assn., Landplan Engineering give money for children’s programs
May 6, 2005
Lawrence Home Builders Assn. and Landplan Engineering donated $100,000 to the Douglas County Community Foundation last week.
Boston fans won’t face charges
May 6, 2005
Two Boston Red Sox fans who scuffled with New York Yankees outfielder Gary Sheffield during a game last month won’t be charged after a court dismissed the case Thursday for lack of evidence.
Power hungry
May 6, 2005
Respect owed
May 6, 2005
Appeals court says Shawnee Tribe has no right to former Sunflower plant
May 6, 2005
A federal appeals court has dismissed claims by the Shawnee Tribe that it is rightful owner of the 9,065-acre former Sunflower Army Ammunition plant, clearing the way for the property to be privately developed into a residential and commercial area.
Jury gives $6 million in assault
May 6, 2005
A jury has awarded a $6 million judgment to a former choir director who claimed the Methodist Church didn’t protect her from a pastor who allegedly raped her seven years ago.
Lions win 3rd straight
May 6, 2005
The rest of the Sunflower League may prefer not to look, but the Lawrence High baseball team is starting to get on a roll. After defeating Shawnee Mission Northwest, 6-2, Thursday at Ice Field for their third consecutive victory, the Lions improved to 8-10.
Contreras pitches Chicago past K.C.
May 6, 2005
Even with just a little offense, Jose Contreras and the Chicago White Sox found a way to win again. Contreras pitched four-hit ball for eight innings, and the streaking White Sox scored twice in the eighth without a hit to beat the Kansas City Royals, 2-1, Thursday.
Paris Hilton has found her destiny in ‘House of Wax’
May 6, 2005
Paris Hilton has finally found her calling. It’s not functioning as a professional socialite and party girl, though walking the red carpet is an activity she has elevated to an art form. It’s not designing perfume or jewelry or clothing for small dogs. And it’s not transforming the English language through simple declarative sentences.
CBS trots out Barker for sweeps
May 6, 2005
Here we are, knee-deep in the 21st century, and CBS is still broadcasting “The Price is Right” (7 p.m., CBS) in primetime. During sweeps, no less. Bob Barker plays host, as he has since 1492. This is not the 21st century I had anticipated.
Commodities
May 6, 2005
Twins trade jabs with Tribe
Minnesota’s Radke spins three-hitter in 9-0 victory
May 6, 2005
Beanballs, staredowns, ejections. If Thursday’s contentious matchup between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians is any indication, it’s going to be one hot summer in the AL Central.
Pak, Spencer pro-am winners
May 6, 2005
On Wednesday, Nathaniel Spencer and LPGA Futures Tour golfer Jin Young Pak didn’t even know each other. On Thursday, they shared a pro-am tournament championship. Today, Spencer will be Pak’s caddy as she plays the first round of the Lawrence Futures Classic at Eagle Bend.
Time to tee it up
KB,’ ‘NP3’ initial favorites for title
May 6, 2005
Though they’ll tee off nearly four hours apart today, there’s a good chance Kyeong Bae and Virada Nirapathpongporn will be close all weekend on the leaderboard. The second-year Futures Tour members — who go by ‘KB’ and ‘NP3’ — enter this weekend’s Lawrence Futures Classic as two of the hottest players on tour.
Mighty Texas baseball visits KU
May 6, 2005
Ritch Price doesn’t throw any change-ups when he talks about the University of Texas. “I think they’re the best team in baseball,” Kansas coach Price said of the powerful Longhorns, who will be at Hoglund Ballpark this weekend for a three-game series.
6Sports video: Lions take out Cougars
May 6, 2005
Lawrence High’s baseball team beat Shawnee Mission Northwest, 6-2, Thursday at Ice Field.
6Sports video: Firebirds on road to winning league championship
May 6, 2005
The Free State High’s baseball team is one step closer to winning the league championship after taking out Leavenworth, 12-2, Thursday.
Corrections
May 6, 2005
A name was misspelled in Thursday’s story about rental disputes between Kansas University students and landlords. A manager for Rogers Properties is Robert Sterling.
Firebirds split; Lions get swept
May 6, 2005
Free State outhit two opponents by nine, but the Firebirds managed just a split of a high school softball doubleheader on Thursday.
Selective memory
May 6, 2005
Devalued degree
May 6, 2005
Graduate teaching assistants rally for contract negotiations
Current deal with university will expire in October
May 6, 2005
Armed with a new set of demands, graduate teaching assistants at Kansas University rallied Thursday to kick off their next round of contract negotiations.
Bush should pressure Putin
May 6, 2005
Like many other people, I wondered what happened to all of the communists after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Did they experience an instantaneous conversion to free market capitalism and a democratic way of life, trial by jury and other Western principles, or did they go underground, awaiting their return to power like die-hard Confederates in America who defiantly vowed, “The South shall rise again!”?
Stars carry ‘Crash’
Emotional lows, wicked punches highlight movie
May 6, 2005
Sad, bitter lives meet at the intersection of their racial blind spots in “Crash,” the directing debut of the screenwriter of “Million Dollar Baby.” Paul Haggis follows his writerly adaptation of a melancholy boxing tale with a literate and unblinking riff on Angelino bigotry, a movie built on a contrived but still moving movie sermon.
Kingdom of Heaven’ launches successful crusade
May 6, 2005
Perhaps the only way for a Hollywood film to diplomatically depict a conflict between Christians and Muslims is by setting the story nearly 1,000 years ago. “Kingdom of Heaven” is about as “fair and balanced” in this respect as one should expect from a post-9/11 release.
Wizards hope another sprinkle of magic is left in the wand
May 6, 2005
In the Washington Wizards locker room, Gilbert Arenas is known as “T.O.” Terrell Owens? Yep. Teammate Jared Jeffries, the team’s unofficial nicknamer, figured it was appropriate because Arenas, like the football standout, is a big-time player when the game is on the line.
Celtics force Game 7
Boston wins wild one, heads back home
May 6, 2005
The Boston Celtics earned themselves one more chance at home, though that hardly has been an advantage so far. In the wildest game yet of a series headed to a Game 7, the Celtics overcame the late ejection of Paul Pierce and sent their first-round matchup with the Indiana Pacers back to Boston for the deciding game with a 92-89 victory Thursday night.
Lawrence Community Nursery School gears up for its annual block party
May 6, 2005
Dunk tanks, live music, pancakes and running — they’re all part of a fund-raiser for a nursery school that’s been a Lawrence tradition since the 1940s.
On the record
May 6, 2005
Briefly - World
May 6, 2005
¢ Security forces claim to block terrorist attack ¢ Hamas poised to gain in Palestinian elections
Relative of OKC bombing victims says Nichols ready to say more
May 6, 2005
Terry Nichols wants to reveal more about the Oklahoma City bombing, says a woman who released a letter in which the bombing conspirator accuses an Arkansas man of aiding in the plot.
Youth hoops tourney on tap
May 6, 2005
About 400 youth basketball players representing 12 states will converge on Allen Fieldhouse, Horejsi Center and Lawrence High this weekend for the fifth-annual Sport2Sport/Jayhawk Invitational.
City tees up a sporting weekend
Futures golf tourney headlines slate of athletic events in Lawrence
May 6, 2005
Golf might be the premiere sports event in town this weekend, but it’s far from alone. The city will be engulfed in a sea of sporting events with the Lawrence Futures Classic golf tournament, basketball’s Sport2Sport Jayhawk Invitational, Kansas University baseball and the Sunflower League’s swimming championship.
Best Bets
May 6, 2005
Something cool for the kids
Local songwriters devote grown-up skills to children’s music
May 6, 2005
Matt Pryor has a secret identity. At night, he’s the singer-guitarist of The New Amsterdams, a Lawrence pop-rock band that’s toured the globe and performed such coveted slots as “The Late Show with David Letterman.” By day, he’s a mild-mannered dad who composes songs involving owls and chocolate milk.
Authorities push mandatory animal ID system
May 6, 2005
Authorities trying to limit mad cow and other disease outbreaks would be able to pinpoint a single animal among the nation’s 9 billion cows, pigs and chickens under a mandatory tracking system the government proposed Thursday.
GM, Ford shares fall on ‘junk’ rating
May 6, 2005
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services cut its corporate credit ratings to junk status for both General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co., a significant blow that will increase borrowing costs and limit fund-raising options for the nation’s two biggest automakers.
City tees up a sporting weekend
Futures golf tourney headlines slate of athletic events in Lawrence
May 6, 2005
Golf might be the premiere sports event in town this weekend, but it’s far from alone. The city will be engulfed in a sea of sporting events with the Lawrence Futures Classic golf tournament, basketball’s Sport2Sport Jayhawk Invitational, Kansas University baseball and the Sunflower League’s swimming championship.
Student debate favors evolution in school
May 6, 2005
A month ago, eighth- and ninth-grade students at Bishop Seabury Academy held a debate pitting evolution against intelligent design. Evolution won.
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
May 6, 2005
People
May 6, 2005
¢ Jackson defense opens case after losing bid for acquittal ¢ People picks hot young stars ¢ Birthdays
GOP shouldn’t encourage religious ‘test’
May 6, 2005
The state of America’s political discourse is such that the president has felt it necessary to declare that unbelievers can be good Americans. In last week’s prime-time news conference, he said: “If you choose not to worship, you’re equally as patriotic as somebody who does worship.”
Closure
Officials shouldn’t hesitate to pursue and prosecute any additional suspects in the Oklahoma City terrorist blast that killed 168 people.
May 6, 2005
The recent 10th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168, including 19 children, should stir in our souls a renewed dedication to bring to justice anyone who had anything to do with this tragedy, the worst incident of domestic terrorism in American history. The case may not be closed yet.
Attorney blasts legislators over school finance
Plaintiffs’ lawyer asks court to pick up slack
May 6, 2005
An attorney who sued the state over school funding said Thursday the Kansas Supreme Court must do what the Legislature was unwilling to do and increase spending enough to provide all students a suitable education.
Struggling Merck replaces CEO
May 6, 2005
The other shoe finally dropped at drugmaker Merck & Co. With lawsuits mounting, revenues, profit and stock price all down sharply since it recalled its blockbuster painkiller Vioxx, and its top drug losing patent protection, Merck on Thursday replaced longtime CEO and chairman Raymond V. Gilmartin.
Digital photo experts offer tips for producing picture perfect prints
May 6, 2005
“Dad! Be careful! Don’t drop it!” Arna Hemenway’s voice sounded alarmed after I handed my digital camera off to his dad, Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway. But Bob and I both laughed as I walked over to pose next to my daughter, Bonnie.
Local briefs
May 6, 2005
¢ Rail line work to close street ¢ Walk to raise awareness, funds for mentally ill ¢ Second-half property taxes due soon ¢ ‘Nash Dash’ fund-raiser walks, runs for causes
Heads bow in South Park for National Day of Prayer
May 6, 2005
Thirteen-year-old Nikki Jarrow sat at a South Park bench, bowed her head and spoke softly. “Dear Lord, I pray for the youth in our community — that you will be closer to them and you will be in their lives,” she said.
This Weekend’s Highlights
May 6, 2005
Insurgent suicide attacks continue
May 6, 2005
Iraqis seeking jobs with security forces were targeted once again Thursday when a suicide bomber with explosives strapped to his body mingled among hundreds of men and blew himself up in one of four attacks that killed 26 people.
Brewers win seventh straight
Lee’s bloop single in ninth dooms Cubs, 6-5
May 6, 2005
Just five weeks into the season, the Milwaukee Brewers already have a seven-game winning streak and a seven-game losing streak.
Firebirds ‘stale’ in rout
May 6, 2005
Free State High’s baseball juggernaut had just run-ruled Leavenworth, and Firebirds’ coach Mike Hill sounded like he had bitten into yesterday’s beans.
Abdul at center of latest ‘Idol’ chatter
May 6, 2005
“American Idol” has kicked off contestants for concealing sordid secrets about their pasts — including Corey Clark, who now claims he had an affair with judge Paula Abdul while competing two years ago. Will Abdul be next?
Garage sale to feature Burroughs memorabilia
May 6, 2005
The last time she counted, Patricia Elliott Marvin had about 30 boxes of books, posters, drawings and other assorted leftovers from the Beat Generation. “I want to get down (to) two boxes,” Marvin said Thursday while sorting through a pile of William S. Burroughs paperbacks, many of them signed by her good friend, the author.
Briefly - Nation
May 6, 2005
¢ Army demotes general in prison abuse scandal ¢ Officials investigate blasts near consulate ¢ Researcher spots Mars lander wreckage ¢ Rumsfeld scales back base closure plan
Bolton tests bully defense
May 6, 2005
And so once more, we dip our ladle into the alphabet soup of character. Only this time the letter that keeps coming up is B for Bully.
Briefcase
May 6, 2005
¢ Retail results mixed ¢ Cap Fed profits rise ¢ Northwest Airlines orders Dreamliners ¢ U.S. cartoonist to publish in China
Horoscopes
May 6, 2005