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Douglas County under flash flood warning
May 12, 2005
(Updated Friday at 7:47 a.m.) Douglas County will be under a flash flood warning until 7:00 a.m. Friday.
Haskell student arrested for violent threats
May 12, 2005
(Updated Friday at 7:44 a.m.) Lawrence police officers were called to the Haskell campus early Thursday morning, after a student armed with several knives was threatening to kill other students inside a campus dormitory.
Thunderstorms likely today, with chance of flooding tonight
May 12, 2005
(Updated Friday at 7:44 a.m.) Lawrence has a chance of rain showers this morning, with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening and flooding rains overnight.
Kansas University Scholar Athlete Banquet on tap
May 12, 2005
One Kansas University male athlete and one female will be tapped “Dr. Robert E. Frederick Senior Scholar Athletes of the Year” at tonight’s Jayhawk Senior and Scholar Athlete Banquet at the Overland Park Sheraton.
Bike race ‘different and new’
Downtown portion best bet for fans, official says
May 12, 2005
Andy Phelps knows the average spectator at this weekend’s NCAA National Road Championships might not know as much as the average cycling fan.
Nowitzki’s shot lifts Dallas to series tie
May 12, 2005
Dirk Nowitzki sank a 12-footer with 6.8 seconds remaining Wednesday night, giving the Dallas Mavericks a rugged 108-106 victory over the Phoenix Suns and squaring their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series 1-1.
Indiana strikes back at Detroit
Superior effort helps squad rally, forge 1-1 series tie
May 12, 2005
The NBA’s most resilient team bounced back again.
New laws may lead to Eudora store
May 12, 2005
New state liquor laws make it much more likely that Eudora will no longer be the last Douglas County city without a liquor store, the city’s mayor said.
Wizards spurn Brown despite thinning bench
May 12, 2005
The Washington Wizards won’t lift Kwame Brown’s suspension for the rest of the playoffs, leaving the frontcourt perilously thin following an injury to Etan Thomas.
Storms produce tornadoes, hail
May 12, 2005
A line of strong storms spawned several tornadoes Wednesday night in western Kansas, but damage was limited to storage buildings, power lines, irrigation systems and some livestock, officials said.
On the record
May 12, 2005
Beer market changes brewing
New state law will let some grocery, convenience stores sell 3.2 beer on Sundays
May 12, 2005
A Sunday afternoon on the couch with a bag of chips and a cold beer may soon get a lot easier. Legislation approved by state lawmakers — and scheduled to be signed Monday by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius — will allow Sunday liquor sales to continue in Lawrence and other cities across the state.
Petition organizers see signs of support
But sexual predator still scheduled to move to Lawrence
May 12, 2005
A group trying to block a sexual predator’s move to Lawrence says it has gathered about 5,000 petition signatures and is starting to get lawmakers’ attention.
Judge sides with city in 6Wak case
Ruling backs denied building permit for restaurant at Sixth, Wakarusa
May 12, 2005
Lawrence Mayor Boog Highberger can smell victory. A judge’s ruling upholding the city’s decision to deny a building permit for a restaurant related to a proposed Wal-Mart in west Lawrence bodes well for an overall legal triumph in the matter, Highberger said.
Live TV captures car chase, killing
May 12, 2005
At least two television stations provided live coverage Wednesday as Long Beach police officers fatally shot a man after a car chase, reigniting a debate about how TV news outlets should cover chases and other live events that could end in violence.
Death toll tops 400 in deluge of insurgent violence
May 12, 2005
Suicide bombers ripped through a crowded market and a line of security force recruits Wednesday as a wave of explosions and gunfire across Iraq killed at least 69 people — pushing the death toll from insurgent violence to more than 400 in less than two weeks.
National bicycle race rolls into town this weekend
More than 350 college cyclists expected to compete in races, which will close some roads, including downtown
May 12, 2005
More than 1,000 bicyclists and fans are expected to hit Lawrence for three days of championship racing that will temporarily close downtown streets and highways beginning Friday.
Senator accused of conflict of interest
Parents in Shawnee Mission district file complaint with state
May 12, 2005
A conflict-of-interest allegation has been lodged against state Sen. John Vratil regarding his work for the private law firm representing the state in school finance litigation and his work as a key sponsor of the new school finance law being challenged before the Kansas Supreme Court.
Grenade found near Georgian stage where Bush spoke
May 12, 2005
Was it a bid to undermine a visit by President Bush — or evidence of a real assassination plot?
Report: Politicians took allocations
May 12, 2005
A U.S. Senate committee probing corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program released new evidence Wednesday purporting to show that two leading politicians from Britain and France received millions of barrels of Iraqi oil in exchange for their support of Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Father says he killed girls after daughter disobeyed
May 12, 2005
The man accused of stabbing to death his 8-year-old daughter and her best friend hunted his child down in a park in a fit of rage because she was supposed to be grounded for stealing money, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Small plane sets off big reaction
Capitol, White House evacuated after Cessna enters restricted airspace
May 12, 2005
A small plane strayed within three miles of the White House on Wednesday, leading to frantic evacuation of the Executive Mansion and the Capitol with military jets scrambling to intercept the aircraft and firing flares to steer it away.
Eldridge celebrates reopening
Ribbon-cutting ceremony marks new era for downtown landmark
May 12, 2005
Jerry Neverve hadn’t stepped foot inside the Eldridge Hotel for 13 years, four months and a few days — ever since he closed the Kansas Sports Bar and Grill in the basement, unable to work out a new lease with the hotel’s owners.
Daily ticker
May 12, 2005
Commodities
May 12, 2005
U.S. trade deficit drops
May 12, 2005
The U.S. trade deficit fell sharply in March to the lowest level in six months as U.S. exports climbed to an all-time high and the surge of textile shipments from China slowed.
District eyes plan to get dads involved
May 12, 2005
Garden City school officials are considering a program aimed at getting fathers more involved in their children’s education.
Filling sinkhole proves difficult
May 12, 2005
A massive sinkhole in central Kansas is proving to have a big appetite.
Country singer doesn’t let youth stand in his way
May 12, 2005
While most young men his age are no where near the point of knowing who they are or where they are going, 19-year-old Blaine Larsen is well on his way.
Defunct comic-strip figures are difficult to identify
May 12, 2005
Comic characters have long inspired toys, but sometimes discontinued comic-strip figures are hard to identify.
Cool-season lawns entice grain mites
May 12, 2005
As mild spring temperatures continue to linger, many gardeners are able to relax on the back patio after a hard day’s work.
Bill includes $90 million for Fort Riley
May 12, 2005
A massive war spending bill signed by President Bush on Wednesday includes more than $90 million for improvements at Fort Riley, Kan., including a new Operational Readiness Training Center.
Peonies ready to burst
May 12, 2005
If they haven’t already, peonies will soon be popping open, peppering Lawrence with grapefruit-sized blooms in a magnificent array of colors from soft pastels to hot pinks and reds.
Back in time
Porcupine Tree musician inspired by ‘60s, ‘70s
May 12, 2005
The first time you hear the rock group Porcupine Tree, expect to be struck by its sonic richness, its sprawling eclecticism.
Band prepares for Independent Music World Series playoffs
May 12, 2005
While the chances of the Kansas City Royals making the World Series are about as likely as hitting a superfecta ticket at the Kentucky Derby, there is one area team that is heading to a similar finale.
Secular dogma
May 12, 2005
Veto justified
May 12, 2005
Special service
May 12, 2005
Credit due
Kansas University officials will need to be cautious in approaching admissions standards that are more selective than those at other state universities.
May 12, 2005
Recommendations released this week in an accreditation report may open some doors for advancement at Kansas University, but they also may open the doors to some controversy.
Giving it another go
Wallace, Mayfield mend fences in Busch partnership
May 12, 2005
There was a time when Jeremy Mayfield and Rusty Wallace were trading verbal barbs, arguing incessantly and couldn’t agree on the time of day, let alone on a race car setup.
KU baseball falls to SMS
May 12, 2005
Kansas University junior Jared Schweitzer connected on his seventh home run of the season and extended his school-record hitting streak to 24 games, but it was not enough as the Jayhawks fell to Southwest Missouri State, 15-6, in a nonconference baseball meeting Wednesday at Hammons Field.
Protests erupt over alleged Quran desecration
May 12, 2005
Shouting “Death to America!” more than 1,000 demonstrators rioted and threw stones at a U.S. military convoy Wednesday, as protests spread to four Afghan provinces over a report that interrogators desecrated Islam’s holy book at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.
An outrage
May 12, 2005
Evolution opponents adopt new rhetoric
May 12, 2005
I don’t know whether to call this good news, but something is happening when the opponents of evolution recast themselves as defenders of academic freedom and guardians of open debate.
Two Jayhawks tapped All-Big 12
May 12, 2005
Kansas University shortstop Destiny Frankenstein and right fielder Heather Stanley were named Wednesday to the All-Big 12 Conference softball team.
People
May 12, 2005
¢ Macaulay Culkin takes stand at Michael Jackson trial ¢ Former ‘Skywalker’ to sneak peek at latest episode ¢ Bachelorette takes on ballroom dancing ¢ J.Lo’s a hit with mothers ¢ Actor feels ‘alive’ after receiving liver transplant ¢ ‘Housewife’ tops Hot 100 list
A monster season
Frankenstein living up to her name
May 12, 2005
Destiny Frankenstein’s game finally has caught up with her name.
Wood: NCAA moves in right direction
May 12, 2005
The NCAA, plagued with problems and questionable decisions pretty much every day, inadvertently might have done something brilliant — if the right finishing touches are applied.
Pitching-heavy Free State awaits LHS
May 12, 2005
By most reckoning, Mike Hill would be strapped for pitching this week. Hill’s Free State High baseball team will be playing its third game in four days today when it meets Lawrence High.
Briefly
May 12, 2005
¢ Summit endorses Israel, trade declaration ¢ Strong support boosts EU constitution ¢ Independence Day celebrated with optimism
Superficial justice prevails
May 12, 2005
It’s happened again. A white man, Larry Cochell, the head baseball coach at the University of Oklahoma, used the N-word.
Governor weathers slim win
May 12, 2005
As a loyal Democrat, Gov. Christine Gregoire would never name President Bush as her role model. But in an odd way, she is demonstrating in her state of Washington the same leadership traits that Bush has put on display in Washington, D.C.
Stauffer wins major-league debut
Padres turn back Reds, 7-2, give skipper Bochy career victory No. 800
May 12, 2005
Tim Stauffer earned a win in his major-league debut and helped Bruce Bochy get No. 800.
Red Sox walk off with win
Varitek’s two-run homer boosts Boston, 6-5
May 12, 2005
Winning games with last-swing homers is becoming routine for the Boston Red Sox.
Arts notes
May 12, 2005
¢ Museum director to speak at graduation ¢ J-W senior editor to speak at conference ¢ Unity Art Gallery looking for entries ¢ KC Singers to present Americana concert
Owners take time to exercise with dogs
May 12, 2005
Having trouble getting off the couch and exercising? Maybe Rover can help.
Briefly
May 12, 2005
¢ Rain, snow cause flooding, rock slides ¢ Gingrich says he hasn’t ruled out presidential run ¢ Senior suspended for wearing dress to prom ¢ Song lyrics left as clue in murder-suicide
Commentary: Possible entry changes raise concerns
If 20-year-old NBA minimum goes into effect, traditional college powerhouses could benefit
May 12, 2005
If NBA commissioner David Stern has his way in the next collective-bargaining agreement, college players will be barred from entering the league until they are 20 years old, ending an era in which teenagers make the leap from high school to the pros.
FCC seeks data in Sprint, Nextel merger
May 12, 2005
The Federal Communications Commission has asked Sprint Corp., Nextel Communications Inc. and many of their competitors for additional information as part of the agency’s review of the proposed Sprint-Nextel merger.
Fatal bus crash investigation could take a year, officials say
Some accident victims leave hospital; memorials planned
May 12, 2005
Federal investigators said it could be more than a year before they determine why a school bus went out of control Monday, injuring 23 students and killing two men who were waiting in their cars at a stoplight.
Racism alleged against landlord
May 12, 2005
They say it was racial discrimination. She says it was the Lord telling her not to rent to fornicators.
Sunday schools teach children creationism
May 12, 2005
Children who attend Sunday school in at least a few evangelical Christian churches in Lawrence receive a firm grounding in how the world — and, presumably, humans — came to be.
Pension plans dwindling
Companies moving to 401(k)s, other defined contributions
May 12, 2005
On the morning after United Airlines won the right to walk away from his pension, Jerry Jedynak woke up groggy and depressed.
Family affair
Couple comes from long line of gardeners
May 12, 2005
Bill and Jean Mitchell’s outdoor sanctuary is a labor of love. Snugly tucked away under an enormous Austrian Pine and a gigantic Pin Oak in central Lawrence, the Mitchells’ modest sized home is surrounded by a tapestry of plants lovingly planned and placed in the soil.
Our town sports
May 12, 2005
Firebirds move up
FSHS seventh, LHS 11th at league meet
May 12, 2005
Quinn Klutman knew he really wasn’t going to get “jacked.” But when Free State High boys golf coach Jack Schreiner jokingly threatened the Firebird junior golfer if he missed a five-foot par putt on the 18th hole, Klutman responded.
Colonel reprimanded for abuse won’t be prosecuted
May 12, 2005
The Army reprimanded and fined a colonel who was in charge of an intelligence unit at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq during the period of prisoner abuse, but the service chose not to press criminal charges, an official said Wednesday.
Christian agenda worries other faiths
Push for intelligent design seen by some as imposing Christianity on others
May 12, 2005
It is conservative Christians on the State Board of Education who are sitting today in judgment of evolution instruction in Kansas schools. But their religion, of course, isn’t the only one practiced in Kansas.
Briefcase
May 12, 2005
¢ Kohl’s to sport Tony Hawk brand ¢ Cardinal Brands inks Mi-Co alliance ¢ Kodak names CEO ¢ Yahoo tunes into online music
Friends’ sequel ending first year
May 12, 2005
I don’t have an office water cooler. Hey, I’m a self-employed writer, so I don’t even have an office. But if I did, I can guarantee you I wouldn’t be standing around waiting for the water bubble to gurgle up while shooting the breeze about the “Joey” (7 p.m., NBC) season finale.
Briefly
May 12, 2005
¢ Police find remains after search for children ¢ Confidence vote to be held next week ¢ Loyalists back Blair against party rebels ¢ North Korea signals nuclear intentions
Study: Workers need attitude check
School district task force seeks training solutions
May 12, 2005
Douglas County employers say they don’t need much help training workers how to make products, build homes or operate high-tech machinery.
Legislators on the defense over school finance plan
State grilled on $142M bill
May 12, 2005
The state’s top judges Wednesday heard arguments supporting the Legislature’s proposed fix of an unconstitutional school finance system.
Horoscopes
May 12, 2005
Royals might struggle to find suitable manager
May 12, 2005
Hiring a new manager might not be as simple as finding the man the Kansas City Royals want. It will have to be someone who wants the Royals.
SuperSonics’ task getting tougher
Spurs, up 2-0, possess stellar confidence
May 12, 2005
SuperSonics coach Nate McMillan was asked Wednesday if he thought Seattle would be better served by minor tweaks or a dramatic overhaul going into Game 3 against San Antonio.
Potential seen for land surrounding airport in K.C.
8,000-acre development could mean thousands of jobs
May 12, 2005
Developing 8,000 acres of vacant land surrounding Kansas City International Airport could produce between 90,000 and 250,000 new jobs, an economics professor says in a report released Tuesday.
Finding summer job takes effort
May 12, 2005
Ah, summertime, a three-month celebration of slacking. That is, if you don’t have a summer job.
New skipper, same result
May 12, 2005
The Kansas City Royals were no better with a new manager.
Local briefs
May 12, 2005
¢ Saturday CBS show to feature Murray trial ¢ Warmer weather spurs West Nile warning ¢ KU student charged with rape, kidnapping ¢ Police investigate link to Topeka pizza heists
Bert Nash program helped provide staying power for soon-to-be LHS grad
May 12, 2005
Amber Gilliam will soon finish a race few, including herself, thought she could even run.