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Los Alamos director steps down
May 7, 2005
The director of the Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab announced his departure Friday after two tumultuous years during which he made enemies with his hard-nosed efforts to stop financial abuses and security lapses.
Correction
May 7, 2005
An incorrect phone number was listed in a brief about second-half property taxes in Friday’s edition of The Lawrence Journal-World. People with questions about their property taxes should call 832-5178 or 832-5137.
Lambert to retire as Baker president
Tenure will end after 2005-06 school year
May 7, 2005
Dan Lambert, president of Baker University for nearly 18 years, is headed for retirement. Lambert announced Friday he’ll step down at the end of the 2005-06 school year.
Wizards eliminate Bulls in first round
Arenas’ block of Hinrich layup sparks 7-0 run; Washington captures series, 4-2
May 7, 2005
In Game 5, he made the game-winning shot. In Game 6, he made the game-altering block. While there are plenty of reasons why the Washington Wizards are headed to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 23 years, let there be no mistake: Gilbert Arenas is the man who led them there.
State workers face complaints over free meals
May 7, 2005
Eleven employees of the State Department of Education are facing complaints that they accepted free meals in connection with their jobs. Their attorney denies the claim.
Radicals still believe in revolution
Speakers denounce violence
May 7, 2005
In the late 1960s, Mark Rudd’s life was dedicated to stopping the war in Vietnam and ending racial inequality. He served as the national secretary of Students for a Democratic Society and was a co-founder of the radical anti-war group the Weather Underground.
Society Calendar
May 7, 2005
Club News
May 7, 2005
Local briefs
May 7, 2005
¢ Driver hospitalized after Mass. St. wreck ¢ Cathy Hamilton to sign books at Borders
Clinic targets
May 7, 2005
Ask Gary: Popular Bahe headed to greener pastures
May 7, 2005
This is the first in a series of columns in which Journal-World assistant sports editor Gary Bedore answers questions about Kansas University men’s basketball.
Twins’ Santana back on winning track
May 7, 2005
Johan Santana made it look easy. The AL Cy Young Award winner rebounded from his first loss in a nearly a year, scattering six hits for his second career complete game to lead the Minnesota Twins over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 7-1, Friday night.
Trip presents dilemmas for Bush
President to visit new, old allies en route to Russia
May 7, 2005
American-Russian relations have rarely been simple, and President Bush’s latest visit to Moscow is no exception. After all, it’s not every day Bush and Kim Jong Il are invited to the same party.
Faith forum
May 7, 2005
Where do the souls of our pets go when they die?
Drive or fly? Consumers weigh costs, convenience
May 7, 2005
Even as gasoline prices stay high, Brenda Peterson-Smith is jumping behind the wheel more often — for business and for pleasure.
Religion briefs
May 7, 2005
Suicide car bombs kill at least 25
Bodies found in Baghdad dump
May 7, 2005
Insurgent car bombs struck a market and a police bus Friday, killing at least 25 people, and a dozen bodies were uncovered in a garbage dump on the outskirts of Baghdad — some victims blindfolded and shot execution-style.
Briefcase
May 7, 2005
¢ Hiring rises in April ¢ Microsoft supports gay-rights effort ¢ Borrowing growth dips ¢ Tax revenues up for H&R Block
Scouting News
May 7, 2005
Poor publicity
May 7, 2005
Lawrence Datebook
May 7, 2005
People and Places
May 7, 2005
Kansas high school sports scores from May 6
May 7, 2005
Lawrence Futures Classic briefs
May 7, 2005
¢ Cho cards hole-in-one on 164-yard No. 8 hole ¢ Is anybody out there?
Tipster tricked suspect in ‘Precious Doe’ case
Man convinced mother to provide hair sample
May 7, 2005
The tip that finally broke the “Precious Doe” case four years after the child’s headless body was found in Kansas City, Mo., came from a clever, older man who tricked the child’s mother into providing a hair sample, a community activist said Friday.
Education debt
It’s not surprising college dropouts are less likely to repay student loans.
May 7, 2005
It is difficult to understand why a special study is needed to conclude that college dropouts are about 10 times more likely to default on loans than borrowers who complete their degrees. But that’s the gem of wisdom that the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education came up with after examining the 2001 financial situations of students who entered college in 1995.
Fitness Day keeps kids hopping
May 7, 2005
The floor rumbled at Anschutz Sports Pavilion on Kansas University’s campus Friday as 900 third-graders, simultaneously, did jumping jacks. Arms waved. Feet pounded. After a few minutes, some kids dropped to the floor — either to rest or just roll around.
PackerWare owner to acquire Kerr
May 7, 2005
Berry Plastics Corp., parent company for PackerWare Corp. in Lawrence, announced Friday that it was buying Kerr Group Inc. for $445 million in cash and debt.
Horoscopes
May 7, 2005
Bush is down but not out
May 7, 2005
The day after President Bush won re-election, Vice President Cheney told cheering supporters their team would have a “consequential presidency.” That little phrase tells you all you need to know about Bush’s second term. He’s off to a rocky start, but he’s not going to run for cover.
People
May 7, 2005
¢ Ex-‘Sopranos’ star considers plea deal in assault case ¢ Mothers trusted Jackson to sleep with their sons ¢ No hiding tonight for Abdul ¢ President J.LO? ¢ Birthdays
Ponson shuts down K.C.
Baltimore pitcher outduels Bautista
May 7, 2005
Sidney Ponson is faring far better than last season. Then again, it would have been extremely difficult for him to do any worse.
Director wants library to stay put
Parking figures largely in decision
May 7, 2005
Lawrence Public Library director Bruce Flanders has witnessed the scene all too often: A hot summer day and cars are circling through his building’s parking lot like hungry buzzards.
Steinbrenner, Bellamy Road set for Kentucky Derby run
May 7, 2005
The day before the Kentucky Derby, everybody was curious about George. That would be George Steinbrenner, the New York Yankees boss and owner of the Derby’s 5-2 favorite, Bellamy Road.
Firebirds, Lions poised for finals
Free State qualifies 7, LHS advances 5 at Sunflower meet
May 7, 2005
The table has been set. Now, who’s hungry? That’s the question going into today’s finals of the girls Sunflower League swimming and diving meet at Prairie Trail Junior High.
Eyes on the prize
Usual suspects in contention
May 7, 2005
Seul Ki Kim still isn’t completely polished on the English language, but she certainly appears to know the lay of the land at Eagle Bend Golf Course pretty darn well.
Colorado fraternities oppose rush delay
May 7, 2005
Trying to shed its image as one of the biggest party schools in America, the University of Colorado is demanding that its fraternities put off the traditional fall recruiting period known as rush until the spring semester.
Forest fire destroys homes, buildings in Wisconsin
May 7, 2005
A fast-moving forest fire destroyed 30 homes and forced dozens to flee as it spread to almost 4,000 acres before being contained overnight, officials said Friday.
Mistrial declared after lawyer’s positive drug test
May 7, 2005
A judge troubled by a defense lawyer’s behavior in a murder case declared a mistrial after a urine test indicated the lawyer had used marijuana and cocaine.
School withdraws Sebelius invitation
May 7, 2005
A Roman Catholic high school has withdrawn its invitation to Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to speak at graduation ceremonies because of her support for abortion rights.
On the record
May 7, 2005
Garcia maintains Wachovia lead
Singh trails by two, Woods by five entering third round
May 7, 2005
Sergio Garcia posed over a 9-iron that never reached the green. Vijay Singh felt the wind change in the middle of his swing. Tiger Woods watched a birdie chance disappear off the green and into the water.
Son pleads no contest to strangling his mother
May 7, 2005
An Olathe man pleaded no contest to strangling his mother at their home.
Blair makes few changes to Cabinet
May 7, 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair unveiled his Cabinet on Friday, changing leadership in defense and health but keeping mostly familiar faces as he put his Labor government back in business after a third term victory dampened by a reduced majority in Parliament caused by the antiwar vote.
Around and about
May 7, 2005
Area briefs
May 7, 2005
¢ Ex-Westar executives’ retrial postponed
Justice O’Connor accepts Truman award
May 7, 2005
Other branches of government — including the presidency — might not appreciate decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, but they don’t have the power to usurp them, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said Friday.
Court blocks rules for anti-piracy technology
May 7, 2005
A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out new federal rules to require anti-piracy technology that would have limited how consumers could record and watch their favorite television programs in the future.
KU class offers advice to Buffett
Billionaire to give students shares of company if he buys into presentation
May 7, 2005
Jordan Samples had some extra incentive during a business presentation Friday. He and his classmates were trying to convince Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. holding company, to purchase Les Schwab Tires, a car service company in the Pacific Northwest.
Plastics firm eyes former E and E Display building
May 7, 2005
PackerWare Corp. is looking at options for relocating its warehouse from Topeka to Lawrence. The move would not mean more jobs for the company, but it could occupy a major building — possibly much of the now-vacant former E and E Display Group building on East 29th Street.
Best Bets
May 7, 2005
Many policies do no honor to mothers
May 7, 2005
I wonder what the founding mothers of Mother’s Day would make of it all. Those 19th-century women who organized “Mothers’ Work Days” to improve sanitation. Those post-Civil War mothers who tried to bridge the gap between North and South. And that pacifist, Julia Ward Howe, who organized the first Mothers’ Day for Peace.
Ten-run first boosts Dodgers
May 7, 2005
It didn’t take the Los Angeles Dodgers long to get their offense going Friday night. Jeff Kent had a two-run homer and a three-run double in a 10-run first inning, and the Dodgers snapped out of a slump with a 13-6 victory over the Reds.
Mother’s ideal day might not be about frills
May 7, 2005
Once, twice, thrice upon a Mother’s Day, there was a mom who thought: “If this day were truly mine, it wouldn’t be about roses and breakfast in bed. It wouldn’t be about some generic mom. It would be a celebration of me.”
Ex-‘Angel’ rules the weekend
May 7, 2005
Miracles happen every day on television. But the most loaded word in “Ordinary Miracles” (8 p.m. today, Hallmark) is “Ordinary.” Jaclyn Smith’s character in the film, Judge Kay Woodbury, is right out of “Ordinary People” by way of “Judging Amy.”
Yellow brick memories
Oldest living ‘Wizard of Oz’ munchkin writes memoir
May 7, 2005
It’s a simple proclamation that can bring you instantly back to the land of Oz: “As coroner, I must aver / I thoroughly examined her / And she’s not only merely dead / She’s really, most sincerely dead!”
Yale chapel to offer ecumenical services
May 7, 2005
Founded by Congregational ministers in the 18th century, Yale University’s Battell Chapel was this nation’s first college-run church and, as recently as the Vietnam era, a Sunday morning gathering point.
Arts Note
May 7, 2005
¢ Children’s choir to have auditions ¢ Living wills program scheduled at library
Childhood depression must be taken seriously
May 7, 2005
Our school psychologist said she thinks our son is suffering from childhood depression. My goodness. The kid is only 9 years old. Is it reasonable that this could be his problem?
Grinding it out
Artist’s coffee-on-canvas paintings look like sepia photos
May 7, 2005
Chanisa Arthachinda loves shots of industrial-strength espresso, but not for the usual reasons. It isn’t the taste that she craves, nor is she addicted to the energizing jolt of caffeine the stuff instantly delivers to coffee drinkers. Instead, she paints with it.
Commodities
May 7, 2005
Prosthetic no problem
Golfer: ‘I’m kind of used to it by now’
May 7, 2005
Kim Moore stands out among the rest of the field of golfers at the Lawrence Futures Classic. It’s not because she shot an amazingly low score in Friday’s first round, not because of a whopping tee shot or precise long-range putt. It’s because she is standing, but only with the help of a prosthetic leg.
KU students, faculty offer counterpoint
May 7, 2005
One floor below the anti-evolution hearings, scientists — many of them from Kansas University — staff the pro-evolution battle station. It is an information table sponsored by several science groups and covered with pro-evolution literature.
Science challenge
May 7, 2005
Apathy opens door to neighborhood crime
May 7, 2005
The shooting went on for two days. Nobody noticed. Well, that’s not quite true. People who lived in the Triangle neighborhood of Opa-locka, Fla., were all too aware of the bullets crashing through their windows and walls. They got away from the windows, bedded down in the hallways.
Pastor: Runaway bride needs time to heal
May 7, 2005
Runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks said she was “truly sorry for the troubles I caused,” but insisted her flight was prompted by issues that went beyond simple cold feet. Her family pastor cautioned Friday that she still needed time to heal.
NYC prosecutor defends wiretap use
May 7, 2005
New York prosecutor Richard Brown likes to bug criminal suspects. In fact, he uses about as many wiretaps as other prosecutors in the rest of New York state put together. Only one other state — California — bugs as much as he does in a single county.
Briefly - Nation
May 7, 2005
¢ Gambino doctors face prescription charges ¢ Suspect charged for defacing ‘Virgin Mary’ ¢ Judge blocks district’s sexuality curriculum ¢ Baylor appoints interim president ¢ Emily, Jacob again most popular baby names ¢ U.N. ambassador nominee criticized ¢ Poll: Clinton, Giuliani top presidential picks ¢ Senate Democrat calls Bush ‘a loser,’ apologizes ¢ Ultraviolet light key to monarch navigation ¢ Suspect pleads not guilty in teen’s death ¢ Judge denies damages in Elian Gonzalez raid ¢ Investigation reopened in some child killings
High school student suspended for call from mom serving in Iraq
May 7, 2005
Kevin Francois gave up his lunch break to talk with his mother, but it ended up costing him the rest of the school year.
Defending champs start fast
H-Squad wins opener in Jayhawk Invitational
May 7, 2005
An alley-oop dunk at the buzzer by one of the top high-school small forwards in the country put an exclamation mark on defending champion Southern California H-Squad’s opening victory at the Sport2Sport/Jayhawk Invitational.
Woodling: Volunteers flock to Eagle Bend
May 7, 2005
Standing behind the volunteers check-in table near the Eagle Bend Golf Course clubhouse was Mary Kay Samp. No surprise there. Samp, whose husband, Jerry, is one of the organizers of the inaugural Lawrence Futures Classic, was in charge of securing volunteers to work the three-day event.
KU stuns No. 3 Texas, 5-2
May 7, 2005
Maybe Kansas University’s baseball team should have messed around with this mustache movement earlier in the season. The Jayhawks — marked by multiple players’ messy, vintage mustaches — turned their new good-luck look into the most memorable night of the season Friday when KU tamed third-ranked Texas, 5-2, at Hoglund Ballpark in front of a national-television audience on ESPNU and season-best crowd of 1,707.
Scouting News
May 7, 2005
ISU wins important for KU
Jayhawks can boost Big 12 tourney seed
May 7, 2005
The scenario is simple for Kansas University’s softball team this weekend. “We have to win two games. Period,” KU coach Tracy Bunge said.
McConaughey gets jump on new Knievel projects
May 7, 2005
Actor Matthew McConaughey was one of those kids who watched famed motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel on television, then went out and jumped mounds of dirt on his bike.
Comanche called to new post
Historic horse moves to new exhibit space at KU museum
May 7, 2005
You can lead a horse to water. Turns out you can lead him down a flight of stairs, too. A crew from the Kansas University Natural History Museum proved that Friday morning as they escorted Comanche, the beloved stuffed horse, through a winding hallway and into a freight elevator to his new home.
Science plan only scanned by some on board
Martin, Morris admit not fully reading proposed science standards
May 7, 2005
While hearing more testimony Friday criticizing the theory, two State Board of Education members acknowledged they hadn’t fully read evolution-friendly science standards proposed by educators.
Murray given life in prison
Defendant won’t be eligible for parole for 25 years
May 7, 2005
A Kansas State University English professor convicted of murdering his ex-wife stood up in court at sentencing Friday afternoon and called the case against him a “fairy tale.”
Simons: Lambert’s leadership of Baker University sets example for others
May 7, 2005
Dan Lambert’s decision to step aside as president of Baker University is a major loss for Baker, for this area, for higher education and, particularly, for the field of private, church-affiliated universities.
Fallen police officers honored
May 7, 2005
A memorial ceremony Friday for fallen Lawrence police officers was a “reality check,” Police Chief Ron Olin said. The last time a Lawrence officer was killed in the line of duty was 1931.
Briefly - World
May 7, 2005
¢ Vote shows Hamas becoming political force ¢ Weather hampers Mount Everest rescue ¢ Egypt stalls nuclear treaty conference ¢ N. Korea nuclear issue may go before U.N. ¢ Explosion rocks city north of Beirut ¢ Additional terror suspects arrested
A moral disaster
May 7, 2005