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City prevails in 6Wak ruling
May 11, 2005
(Web Posted Wednesday at 4:06 p.m.) Plans to build a Wal-Mart and related restaurant at the corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive have been dealt a setback by a Douglas County District Court judge.
Douglas County under tornado watch until 7 p.m.
May 11, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 12:14 p.m.) The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for Douglas, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties until 7 p.m.
Cloudy morning will to lead to warm, muggy day
May 11, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 8:59 a.m.) Overnight thunderstorms to the south collapsed to create a new cold front, thickening clouds over Lawrence this morning.
Briefly
May 11, 2005
¢ Runaway bride enters treatment program ¢ Judge seeks oversight of prison health system ¢ Car found in case of missing toddler ¢ Report: Crimes against Muslims increasing ¢ Company reports success with West Nile vaccine
Horoscopes
May 11, 2005
KUAC board members pleased with budget projections
May 11, 2005
Kansas University’s athletic department operating budget is expected to grow more than $4 million next year.
Germany dedicates Holocaust memorial
May 11, 2005
Germany dedicated its new national Holocaust memorial Tuesday with a rabbi’s prayer for the dead and a survivor’s plea for reconciliation, but disagreement surfaced even at its opening over how to remember the 6 million Jews killed under the Nazis.
Maddux masterful against Mets
Patterson socks two solo home runs in Chicago’s 7-0 triumph
May 11, 2005
The Chicago Cubs needed a big effort from Greg Maddux, and he certainly delivered.
Correction
May 11, 2005
A brief in Tuesday’s Journal-World listed the wrong day for the last of the Community Housing Assessment Team sessions. Today is the final day for meetings with commuters and representatives of neighborhood groups, major employers and universities.
Innocent pleas entered in girl’s slaying
May 11, 2005
A judge entered not guilty pleas Tuesday for the mother and stepfather charged with killing a girl found beheaded in Kansas City four years ago.
Briefly
May 11, 2005
¢ Pastor accused of ousting members resigns ¢ Investigators find evidence of voter fraud ¢ Six injured after plane clips another on ground ¢ Governor limits access to cold medicines
Bush urges spread of democracy in former republic
May 11, 2005
Cheered by tens of thousands in a former Soviet republic, President Bush urged the spread of democracy Tuesday across the former communist world and beyond, declaring that oppressed people “are demanding their freedom and they shall have it.”
Postal workers to deliver food
May 11, 2005
On Saturday, U.S. postal patrons, a group that pretty much accounts for everybody, will have an opportunity to participate in what may be the largest coordinated food drive ever. This is the 13th year for the National Association of Letter Carriers’ effort to restock local food banks, and folks are being asked to set canned goods and packaged nonperishable food near their mailboxes to be picked up when the mail is delivered Saturday.
Finally, Singh completely content
Big Fijian happy to take care of business — and win
May 11, 2005
The buzz in golf this year has been the “Big Four,” and IMG figured it could not go wrong by inviting Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson to showcase their skills on prime-time television later this summer in the “Battle at the Bridges.”
Immigrant tuition law challenged in federal court
May 11, 2005
Attorneys verbally sparred before a federal judge Tuesday over a state law that allows certain illegal immigrants to pay the less expensive in-state tuition at Kansas public colleges.
FSHS completes league threepeat
Firebirds clinch third straight Sunflower League championship with 13-3 victory over Lancers
May 11, 2005
Winning a competitive Sunflower League wasn’t an easy feat, so it might have seemed odd that it took an easy victory to secure the league title.
Lawrence ‘classic’ back in business: The Eldridge reopens
After four months of renovations, the Eldridge, with more than 100 years of history in Lawrence, makes a comeback.
May 11, 2005
The Eldridge Hotel reopens today, fresh off a four-month makeover that cost more than $2 million and is designed to give the landmark property new life for the 21st century.
Teachers treading lightly with evolution lessons
May 11, 2005
Intelligent design advocates are pushing to have the teaching of evolution downplayed in public schools. That may already be happening in Lawrence classrooms.
Heat turn back Wizards, 108-102
Wade nets 31 points, helps Miami take 2-0 series lead
May 11, 2005
The sellout crowd in Miami serenaded Shaquille O’Neal with another “M-V-P” chant. Perhaps it should have been directed to Shaq’s teammate.
Commentary: Suppose Bonds never comes back
May 11, 2005
Hang on to your asterisk. You know, the one you were planning to place next to Barry Bonds’ career home-run record? You may not need it after all.
New southeast area plan to be considered
May 11, 2005
Supporters of a plan to use a 1,200-acre tract of agricultural land southeast of Lawrence primarily for new housing, rather than as a business park, won a small victory Tuesday.
More libraries
May 11, 2005
Daily ticker
May 11, 2005
Briefcase
May 11, 2005
¢ Lawrence company to buy Topeka station ¢ Sauer-Danfoss profits dip slightly ¢ Sprint to lay off 550 more workers
KU Cycling Club set for college championships
May 11, 2005
Perhaps if Adam Mills didn’t stretch the truth every now and then, the Kansas University Cycling Club might not be quite what it is today.
Firebirds take 3rd at league
Pipkin leads FSHS; Lions settle for 8th
May 11, 2005
Free State junior Keith Pipkin admitted he was a tad disappointed when he saw Lawrence High senior Tommy Johnson’s name missing from the No. 1 singles bracket Tuesday morning, but it obviously wasn’t in his head for too long.
Board to move quickly on any revised standards
May 11, 2005
Science standards that criticize evolution could be in place by this summer, guiding Kansas students in the upcoming school year.
Python’s ‘Spamalot’ nets 14 Tony nominations
May 11, 2005
“Monty Python’s Spamalot,” a madcap medieval musical loosely based on the zany British troupe’s film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” led the field with 14 Tony nominations Tuesday, including best musical and bids for its King Arthur, Tim Curry, and Lancelot, Hank Azaria.
Summer school offerings revamped
District dropping enrichment programs in cost-cutting move
May 11, 2005
Students who want to spend the summer learning Spanish, drama or art shouldn’t look to the Lawrence school district.
Accreditation panel urges KU to be more selective
Stricter admissions standards would fix status as state’s premier university
May 11, 2005
A new report recommending accreditation for Kansas University opens the door to online degrees and a more selective admissions policy.
Haskell commencement to honor past, present students
May 11, 2005
Haskell Indian Nations University will pay tribute to a former state legislator and two World War II veterans during its commencement Friday.
Sign query
May 11, 2005
Sebelius signs health care reorganization bill
May 11, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed into law Tuesday a bill consolidating seven state programs under a new, independent Kansas Health Care Policy Authority.
Multiple perils threaten world peace
May 11, 2005
Something is happening in the world. Actually, a lot of things are happening at once. And that’s the trouble. It’s too much for any one person — any one intelligence agency — any one superpower — to track.
Readers share memories of Eldridge
May 11, 2005
A hotel that’s been around for 80 years — and longer than that, if you count its three previous lodging incarnations in downtown Lawrence — should have a few stories to tell.
Site has long history of celebration, commemoration, even violence
May 11, 2005
A timeline of happenings at the Eldridge Hotel.
Briefly
May 11, 2005
¢ Officials exploit ethnic rift in al-Qaida’s ranks ¢ Motion calls for government to resign ¢ Court: Overseas bomb survivors deserve aid ¢ Soldiers accused of selling ammo back in U.S. ¢ Key warlords agree to begin withdrawal ¢ Official: 67 migrants saved when one calls 911
Photo: Driver airlifted from crash site
May 11, 2005
KU women’s recruit to play in U.S. trials
May 11, 2005
Kansas University women’s basketball incoming freshman Shaquina Mosley will participate in the 2005 USA Basketball women’s national team trials May 19-22 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Youth tennis clinic scheduled Saturday
May 11, 2005
Sunflower Broadband and The Tennis Channel will team to present a free tennis clinic Saturday at Kansas University’s Robinson courts.
SMNW stifles FSHS
May 11, 2005
Free State High’s girls soccer squad completed a disappointing regular season with a 2-0 loss to Shawnee Mission Northwest on Tuesday at the Shawnee Mission Athletic Complex.
Seahawks prevail again
May 11, 2005
Seabury Academy’s girls soccer team scored all its goals in the first half against the wind and defeated Englewood Christian Academy, 7-1, on Tuesday.
Jayhawks tapped by Big 12 Conference
May 11, 2005
Kansas University softball shortstop Destiny Frankenstein and baseball relief pitcher Don Czyz have earned Big 12 Conference honors.
KU hopes to keep momentum at SMS
May 11, 2005
Ritch Price hopes Kansas University’s late season baseball surge doesn’t run into a roadblock tonight at Southwest Missouri State.
KU basketball still hot ticket for ESPN
Jayhawks already have seven nonconference games set for TV
May 11, 2005
ESPN’s love affair with the Kansas University men’s basketball program will continue next season.
A man of his words
Ex-Jayhawk Watkins making impression as poet
May 11, 2005
The message is clear, yet hidden. Debatable yet convincing. His 6-foot-4, 290-pound frame only adds to the power in which he tells it.
Lions win opener; Firebirds rally in nightcap
May 11, 2005
Ashley Wagner sure as heck didn’t want to lose her last softball game at Free State High to crosstown rival Lawrence High.
Kansas Professional Communicators honors Journal-World staffers
May 11, 2005
Journal-World staff members received top awards Saturday during the Kansas Professional Communicators annual meeting in Wichita.
Six bodies found in rural ranch home
May 11, 2005
An investigator for the district attorney’s office was found dead Tuesday in his sprawling ranch home along with five other people, including three children, who were all shot to death in their beds in the middle of the night, authorities said.
Former convict charged with killing daughter, her friend
May 11, 2005
A man was arrested on murder charges Tuesday in the Mother’s Day stabbings of his 8-year-old daughter and the little girl’s best friend, who were killed after they went biking in a park.
LHS baseball loses, 9-6
May 11, 2005
Olathe East spotted Lawrence High three runs in the first inning, then came back for a 9-6 high school baseball victory Tuesday.
Halladay baffles Royals
May 11, 2005
Roy Halladay made quick work of the worst team in baseball.
Sox’s Millar redeems himself
Game-winning homer makes up for costly errors
May 11, 2005
Kevin Millar’s power returned in time to make up for his shaky fielding.
Odd ‘Elvis’ leaves the building
May 11, 2005
The two-part “Elvis” (7 p.m., CBS) miniseries wraps up on a mythic note, a steaming hot serving of American Faust with a little Memphis-fried Oedipus on the side. After the death of his mother, Gladys (Camryn Manheim), Elvis falls for a 14-year-old girl. He keeps Priscilla (Antonia Bernath) around like a hothouse orchid, only marrying her nine years later. Much of her appeal is in her resemblance to the King’s dear, dead mom.
Commodities
May 11, 2005
Westar’s first-quarter profit misses Wall Street expectations
May 11, 2005
Westar Energy Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings that missed Wall Street projections as the electric utility was hurt by a 1 percent drop in revenue and higher operating expenses.
Block deal includes disclosure of loans
K.C. tax preparer seeks to settle lawsuit
May 11, 2005
A proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit over tax-refund loans made by H&R Block Inc. includes provisions to explain the costs and options of that service to customers.
United to shed pension plans
Employees to lose benefits under shift
May 11, 2005
A federal bankruptcy judge approved United Airlines’ plan to terminate its employees’ pension plans on Tuesday, clearing the way for the largest corporate-pension default in American history.
Blaming officials too easy, referees’ negotiator says
May 11, 2005
Whether Jeff Van Gundy is retained as Houston’s coach is up to the Rockets, but the league needs to do a better job of defending its game officials from criticism by coaches, the spokesman for the National Basketball Referees Assn. said Tuesday.
San Antonio cruises past Sonics
Ginobili comes off bench to spark Spurs in 108-91 victory for 2-0 series edge
May 11, 2005
The San Antonio Spurs sure are making things look easy this postseason.
Giambi could be headed to minors
Demotion discussed, but slugger stays with Yanks for now
May 11, 2005
Jason Giambi might be headed to the minor leagues if he doesn’t start hitting. With Giambi’s batting average down to .195, Yankees manager Joe Torre and general manager Brian Cashman met with Giambi on Tuesday night. During the 30-minute meeting, they asked him whether he thought he would benefit from a minor-league assignment.
On the record
May 11, 2005
Area briefs
May 11, 2005
¢ Probe continues in Lecompton homicide ¢ Eudora resident killed in motorcycle crash ¢ 4 Topekans arrested in pizza shop robbery
City, county asked for biosciences funding
May 11, 2005
City and county commissioners were told Tuesday that they need to spend nearly $350,000 a year for the city to become a major player in the burgeoning biosciences movement.
Artist to unveil ‘War Mother’ statue
May 11, 2005
Lawrence-based artist Barry Coffin will unveil his “War Mother” memorial sculpture at 2 p.m. Friday at the Cultural Center and Museum at Haskell Indian Nations University.
School finance case goes before Supreme Court
Arguments to be broadcast live over Internet today
May 11, 2005
Attorneys are returning to the Kansas Supreme Court for the second time in less than a year to argue the merits of the state’s school finance system.
Details sought in museum theft case
Defense attorney asks for more information on alleged violations
May 11, 2005
An attorney claims in a filing that he does not have enough information to adequately defend a museum director accused of stealing artifacts from a Kansas space museum.
CT scans help reconstruct King Tut
May 11, 2005
The first facial reconstructions of King Tutankhamun based on CT scans of his mummy have produced images strikingly similar to the boy pharaoh’s ancient portraits, with one model showing a baby-faced young man with chubby cheeks and his family’s characteristic overbite.
Royals’ Pena resigns
May 11, 2005
Tony Pena resigned as manager of the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, less than two seasons after he was the American League Manager of the Year.
Screening fails safety goals
May 11, 2005
Three years and eight months after the terrorist attacks that changed our lives and after spending $4.5 billion on screening devices to monitor airports, seaports, mail and the air we breathe, the Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged what many of us frequent fliers already suspected. The money was misspent on equipment that has failed to do the job.
Prolonging the Patriot Act
May 11, 2005
In the next few months, a number of provisions in the Patriot Act, passed in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attack, will come before Congress for reauthorization. Without reauthorization, the provisions, which have “sunset provisions” attached, will cease to be law. Thus, over the next weeks and months, the American people and their duly elected representatives in Congress will need to study these provisions and decide whether they have been effective in preventing further terror attacks in the United States.
Merc efforts
May 11, 2005
Wrong lesson
May 11, 2005
Votes count
May 11, 2005
Arena style
Will design decisions concerning Kansas City’s new sports arena produce a final product that will be a disappointment to voters?
May 11, 2005
Debate continues on the size, cost, completion date and appearance of Kansas City’s new downtown sports arena.
Make the most of morning
Fuel up with a healthy breakfast, but don’t overfill the tank
May 11, 2005
You’ve heard it a thousand times: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. Well, bully for the king. It’s not exactly like he’s whipping up his own eggs, making lunches, getting children dressed, feeding the dog and flirting with a nervous breakdown while Barney sings in the background.
Model makes splash with swimwear
Elizabeth Hurley’s ‘modest’ designs celebrate world’s famous beaches
May 11, 2005
Elizabeth Hurley doesn’t want you to see too much of her body when she’s on the beach.
Small, medium artichokes boast intense flavor
May 11, 2005
Fresh artichokes feel heavy and tight and tend to squeak when rubbed together. Make sure the stem end looks freshly cut, not too brown or black, but keep in mind that artichokes brown very quickly. Don’t be concerned if the outer leaves have a papery brown look to them. This is frost damage and doesn’t effect the flavor of the artichoke at all. Large artichokes are impressive but usually don’t have as intense flavor as the small and medium ones.
People
May 11, 2005
¢ Eminem reaches settlement with Apple over use of song ¢ MTV announces awards lineup ¢ The O’Jays honored in Ohio ¢ Jolie visits war survivors ¢ Country singer’s ex charged with attempted murder ¢ Neverland manager testifies ¢ West Virginia hopes to honor its stars
Ghosts rumored to haunt site
May 11, 2005
The ghost that has haunted the Eldridge Hotel for years has been shoved out the door, along with the 80-year-old building’s discarded elevator.
Hotel’s owners have strong ties to city, project
May 11, 2005
Turns out two of the lead owners of the Eldridge Hotel knew each other long before they ever agreed to buy the place last year for $2.92 million, or sink more than $2 million in its landmark renovation.
Marines capitalize on lull in fighting
May 11, 2005
Capitalizing on a lull in fighting Tuesday, hundreds of U.S. Marines pushed through a lawless region on the Syrian frontier after intense battles along the Euphrates River with well-armed militants fighting from basements, rooftops and sandbag bunkers.
Final weeks of Supreme Court term to be filled with highly anticipated rulings
May 11, 2005
Highly anticipated decisions on medical marijuana, Ten Commandments displays and Internet sharing of movies and music are still to come in the final weeks of the Supreme Court term.
Small stages, big buzz
Touring bands reward fans in intimate venues
May 11, 2005
They call them “guerrilla” tours, where big rock bands that usually play stadiums, amphitheaters or arenas show up at small clubs and do intimate performances for their most passionate fans.
Court rejects lawsuit against Cheney
May 11, 2005
Vice President Dick Cheney doesn’t have to disclose the advice his energy task force got from the industry, an appeals court ruled Tuesday in what probably was a final blow to a politically charged lawsuit over public access to White House decision making.