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Kansas’ major military installations to stay open
May 13, 2005
(Updated Friday at 11:43 a.m.) The Department of Defense’s recommendations for the 2005 Base Realingment & Closure process have good news for Kansas: All four of the state’s military bases should be retained.
New dog park opens
May 13, 2005
(Web Posted Friday at 11:13 a.m.) Area residents now have a new city park to let their dogs run free.
Bike race still on
May 13, 2005
(Updated Friday at 11:14 a.m.) Despite wet weather, Downtown Lawrence this morning was converted into a national championship bike racing course.
KU’s Dean Weick to retire
May 13, 2005
(Updated Friday at 11:41 a.m.) The longest-tenured dean at Kansas University will retire at the end of the next school year.
Rain to continue through the day
May 13, 2005
(Web Posted Friday at 9:09 a.m.) (Posted Friday at 9:03 a.m.) The rain should last until tonight, possibly turning into thunderstorms in some areas.
Pacers hope to make homecourt advantage
May 13, 2005
Playing at home has hardly been an advantage for the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs.
Short-handed Suns feeling vulnerable
May 13, 2005
The Phoenix Suns know how they’ll replace injured guard Joe Johnson, and they have several chances to regain the homecourt advantage the Dallas Mavericks have grabbed in their second-round series.
Seattle survives, 92-91; Spurs lead, 2-1
Allen’s offense, Potapenko’s defense late keys for Seattle
May 13, 2005
Ray Allen’s 20 points and Vitaly Potapenko’s big defensive stop were just enough to save the Seattle SuperSonics.
KU priming for Big 12 Outdoor
May 13, 2005
If all goes according to form, Kansas University’s men’s track team will score more points on the opening day of the 2005 Big 12 Conference Outdoor Championships than it did all of last year.
Rockhurst linebacker commits
May 13, 2005
Kansas University’s football squad received its third pledge for the 2006 season Wednesday night when Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst junior Sal Capra gave the KU coaching staff his non-binding oral commitment, according to rivals.com.
Board wants to help
Maddox: Group must ‘make a difference’
May 13, 2005
Plagued with questions regarding its purpose in Kansas University athletics, the KUAC advisory board spent much of Thursday’s meeting discussing its own impact.
Area briefs
May 13, 2005
¢ Man faces murder charge in lawnmower dispute
Storms soak Lawrence
May 13, 2005
A series of thunderstorms ripped through the Lawrence area Thursday evening, damaging trees and power lines and leaving patches of the city without electricity.
Parents accused of cruelty to children
May 13, 2005
A central Kansas couple is free on bond after being accused of abusing the man’s two children and forcing them to live in “deplorable” conditions for several years.
KU dean a finalist for provost at two universities
Kim Wilcox candidate at Michigan State, Florida
May 13, 2005
The dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kansas University is now a finalist for the provost position at two universities.
On the record
May 13, 2005
New program aims to assist transfer students
Online tests would give more timely feedback to teachers to get new pupils caught up with coursework
May 13, 2005
It takes time to get transfer students on the academic track. But that process could become smoother in the Lawrence school district. Administrators this fall want to launch a new online test that gives elementary school teachers fast feedback about new students’ reading, math, and language skills.
Jayhawks welcome weekend visitor
May 13, 2005
A blue-chip recruit in basketball, big bruiser Daniel Deane never has played organized football. Asked if the rock-solid 6-foot-8, 225-pound junior ever had tried out for a spot on Judge Memorial Catholic High’s football team, Utah Pump ‘N’ Run basketball coach Todd Phillips laughed and said, “He should have, but he didn’t.”
Kansas eliminated by Texas, OU
May 13, 2005
Quietly, very quietly, went Kansas University’s softball team Thursday in the Big 12 Conference tournament. First, Texas edged the Jayhawks, 1-0, in eight innings, then Oklahoma posted a 5-0 triumph that sent the tourney’s No. 6 seed packing in the double-elimination meet.
Kansas honors Miles, Gruber
Seniors take home awards as top scholar-athletes
May 13, 2005
The format, location and setup have changed a bit from past Kansas University senior and scholar-athlete awards banquets. But, just like in past years, the night ended with a couple of KU seniors in disbelief after being handed the big prize.
Woodling: ‘California Death Ride’ in Frederick’s future
May 13, 2005
History probably will record the smartest thing Bob Frederick ever did was hire an obscure North Carolina assistant to be Kansas University’s men’s basketball coach in 1988. You know his name. You know what he did.
Rain delays city clash
Lions, Firebirds hope to finish finale today
May 13, 2005
On paper, the game means little. But Lawrence High-Free State baseball games aren’t played on paper. “It means a lot more than records,” the Lions’ Will Falk said after Thursday night’s crosstown battle at Hoglund Ballpark was suspended by rain.
Rice out of hospital, but still on shelf
Defending champ won’t qualify this weekend
May 13, 2005
Buddy Rice was released Thursday from the hospital, one day after a hard crash during practice ended his hopes for a second straight start from the pole in the Indianapolis 500.
Rookie Edwards among early highlights
NASCAR’s first quarter has seen action on track
May 13, 2005
Carl Edwards’ car went spinning sideways down the track, knocked out of line by a hard hit from Jeff Gordon. His hands frantically working the steering wheel, Edwards kept his car off the wall, corrected it and continued on without bringing out a caution.
Giambi now Yankees’ Invisible Man
May 13, 2005
The Yankees would witness Tino Martinez marching up and down the bench on this sun-splashed, ball-bashing Wednesday at the Stadium, listening to him telling them, “Look around, there’s no better place to play.”
Appleby fires 63 at Nelson
Daly, Els, Wetterich one stroke back
May 13, 2005
Stuart Appleby birdied his first two holes and kept right on rolling Thursday to a 7-under 63 on the TPC at Las Colinas, giving him a one-shot lead over John Daly, Ernie Els and Brett Wetterich in the Byron Nelson Championship.
Iran gets warning from Europe
Blair ready to seek U.N. sanctions for nuclear program
May 13, 2005
A showdown over Iran’s nuclear weapons program loomed Thursday after British Prime Minister Tony Blair warned that he was prepared to refer the Islamic republic to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions if it proceeds with plans to resume uranium reprocessing.
D.C. celebrates Nancy Reagan
May 13, 2005
Nancy Reagan saw her life flash before her eyes — and couldn’t believe she’s been that busy. At a black-tie dinner Wednesday night raising $2.5 million for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, leaders of both parties and other dignitaries celebrated the former first lady for her accomplishments.
Committee sends U.N. nominee to Senate
May 13, 2005
John R. Bolton, President Bush’s sharp-elbowed nominee to become U.N. ambassador, survived a cliffhanger Senate committee vote Thursday after renewed criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, leaving the final confirmation decision to the full Senate.
Same-sex marriage ban rejected
May 13, 2005
A federal judge Thursday struck down Nebraska’s ban on gay marriage, saying the measure interferes not only with the rights of gay couples but also with those of foster parents, adopted children and people in a host of other living arrangements.
Insurgent violence spurs attacks on police, troops
May 13, 2005
Iraqis unleashed their fury at weeks of relentless bloodshed Thursday, throwing stones at police and U.S. forces they accused of failing to protect them at the scene of a car bomb that set buildings and vehicles ablaze in the middle of a jammed commercial district.
Arts & Entertainment Calendar
May 13, 2005
Best Bets
May 13, 2005
Enterprise’ boldly goes on vacation
May 13, 2005
“Star Trek: Enterprise” (8 p.m., UPN) wraps up its final season as Archer and crew return to Earth to face the decommissioning of the Enterprise and the signing of a treaty forming the alliance that will become the Federation.
Dancers dazzling in tap-happy ‘42nd Street’
May 13, 2005
The touring company of “42nd Street” rocked a sold-out Lied Center on Wednesday evening, giving the enthusiastic audience a pleasant refresher course in the big American musical. With a cast of 21, an ensemble of 32 and a 12-piece orchestra, this troupe filled the stage with color and motion, comedy and music for a fast-paced 2 1/2 hours.
Classic images
Museum to share photos in traveling exhibit
May 13, 2005
Americans living far from big cities will get a close-up view of 300 classic photographs that reflect the nation’s soul: Ansel Adams landscapes, battle scenes from Gettysburg to Omaha Beach, engaging portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Judy Garland, Babe Ruth.
Silly ‘Mindhunters’ lacks sufficient brain power
May 13, 2005
Renny Harlin’s “Mindhunters” begins with a deceptive scariness. Two FBI agents and would-be criminal profilers, J.D. (Christian Slater) and Sara (Kathryn Morris), on the track of a serial child killer, come upon a derelict Victorian hotel in rural Virginia and investigate, discovering a large dining-table set with a child’s birthday party frozen in time like Miss Havisham’s wedding.
Don’t miss these 10 season finales
May 13, 2005
It’s prime time’s annual spring fling, the mad dash through May days of big finales as another TV season rolls to a climax. Sentimental farewells, cliffhangers, emotional moments, mysteries solved and Jack Bauer saves the world again! They’re all here this month.
Vatican reaches out to China
May 13, 2005
Pope Benedict XVI sent a veiled message Thursday to China, inviting countries that don’t have diplomatic relations with the Vatican to establish ties soon in a move that could complicate the Holy See’s relations with rival Taiwan.
Commodities
May 13, 2005
Southwest area mulls ethanol prospects
May 13, 2005
Kearny County officials plan to take a closer look at the prospects of boosting the area’s economy by establishing an ethanol plant.
Thanks accepted
May 13, 2005
Flawed process
May 13, 2005
Briefly - Nation
May 13, 2005
¢ Sailor who refused duty sentenced to hard labor ¢ Report: Sealants help contain arsenic in wood ¢ Governor aims to shore up trade center project ¢ Flu shots could be suggested for everyone ¢ Songbirds know what they’re meant to sing ¢ Toxic pollution levels down 6%, EPA says ¢ Data show benefits of breast cancer treatment ¢ Lawmakers consider immigration changes ¢ Officials came close to shooting down plane ¢ DeLay says Democrats have ‘no class’ ¢ Taser official dropped as stun gun adviser
Pension defaults a public-private problem
May 13, 2005
Eyes glaze over at the mere mention of entities such as the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. or the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. But the PBGC’s sudden prominence is symptomatic of the increasingly troubled relationship between America’s welfare state and American capitalism, or those portions of capitalism that are appendages of the welfare state.
Briefcase
May 13, 2005
¢ ‘Star Wars’ technology a force in business ¢ Retail sales growth boosts optimism
No catastrophe
May 13, 2005
Alternative school ending 3-decade run
May 13, 2005
It’s time to pack. After more than 30 years of giving teens respect, a place to feel accepted, and the support they need to stay in school, Lawrence Alternative High School is preparing to close its doors.
Drivers can now renew license at AAA
May 13, 2005
For the first time in Kansas, residents can bypass trying to renew their driver’s licenses at the local DMV and head over to the Lawrence AAA automobile club office, 3514 Clinton Parkway.
Jury finds landlords discriminated based on race
Property manager’s reliance on Bible fails to sway jurors
May 13, 2005
Lynne Sander insisted she was following God’s law, not practicing racial discrimination. Jurors disagreed.
Board’s evolution hearings come to bitter conclusion
Conservative board members to prepare report
May 13, 2005
Historic hearings on evolution that attracted international attention ended Thursday in acrimony, tears, finger-pointing and heated exchanges. Pedro Irigonegaray, a Topeka attorney defending evolution, was at the center of the dispute when he refused to be cross-examined after delivering a two-hour verbal attack, blasting critics of evolution.
Woman begins speaking more than two years after accident
May 13, 2005
A Winfield woman who couldn’t talk or feed herself after a 2002 traffic accident in which she suffered head trauma has spoken her first words in over two years.
Teen survives ‘fatal’ illness, will graduate
May 13, 2005
Sarah Gerstenkorn will graduate next week from Augusta High School with a 3.8 grade point average and a diploma of distinction. But her greatest accomplishment may be simply living long enough to graduate.
Briefly - World
May 13, 2005
¢ Chinese meet again with Taiwanese opposition ¢ Japan: Five-party talks possible on North Korea ¢ Georgia pushes for plan to close Russian bases ¢ Hamas rejects call for delayed election
Africa seeks change for better
May 13, 2005
Africa once carried a world of hope on broad continental shoulders that stretch from Casablanca to Suez. But a continent of promise quickly became a zone of failure and despair. Today Africa struggles to escape back to the future it left behind.
Brakes concerned bus driver months before fatal crash
May 13, 2005
The driver of a Liberty school bus that plowed into two vehicles at a busy intersection on Monday had pointed out problems with the vehicle’s air brakes at least twice in the months before the fatal crash, school officials confirmed Wednesday.
Proposals pose tough choices for city’s Housing Trust Fund
May 13, 2005
There isn’t enough to do it all. Members of the city’s Housing Trust Fund Board asked community groups to present ideas for addressing affordable housing issues in Lawrence.
Basic skills
Forget the technical training, local businesses say; give us employees who are on time and ready to work.
May 13, 2005
The business people may have been the only ones who weren’t surprised at the results of a study designed to determine what kind of training would help Lawrence students succeed in technical fields.
6Sports video: Free State, Lawrence High could meet at regionals
May 13, 2005
Although the annual city softball doubleheader ended in a split Tuesday, there is a chance that Lawrence High and Free State High could meet again in the first round of regionals next week.
6Sports video: Rain delays city showdown
May 13, 2005
The Firebirds were leading Lawrence High, 5-4, when Thursday night’s game at Hoglund Ballpark was suspended until Friday because of rain.
Local briefs
May 13, 2005
¢ No charges to be filed in motorcycle fatality ¢ Bicycle race to close some downtown roads ¢ City to hold discussion on possible roundabout ¢ Body recovered from Jefferson County creek ¢ Request to withdraw plea in sex offense denied ¢ Memorial Park Cemetery focus of petition meeting
Monarch Watch sounds alarm on butterfly’s decline
KU professor hopes to create milkweed ‘waystations’ for migrating insect
May 13, 2005
Monarch butterflies are in trouble. “In four out of the last five years, spring population numbers have been really down,” said Chip Taylor, an ecology professor at Kansas University. “And last winter’s numbers were the lowest ever recorded at the over-wintering sites in Mexico.”
CASA extending fund-raiser
Low donations putting group short of goal
May 13, 2005
Sluggish donations have caused officials with Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates to extend the organization’s largest annual fund-raiser for an additional week.
Judge orders Kruse to stand trial
May 13, 2005
A judge on Thursday ordered the former president of Lawrence’s teachers union to stand trial for allegedly embezzling more than $97,000 in union dues.
James dissects Royals
City’s baseball historian analyzes woes
May 13, 2005
The Royals are bad. Everybody knows that. But why has Kansas City’s major-league baseball franchise deteriorated so precipitously in the 20 years since it won the World Series?
Outstanding Mizzou pitchers await KU
May 13, 2005
Ritch Price has a succinct observation about Missouri University’s pitching staff. “It’s fabulous,” the Kansas University baseball coach said.
Kansas high school sports scores from May 12
May 13, 2005
Royals give Schaefer first win
K.C. turns back Tampa, 7-5, in rain-shortened game
May 13, 2005
This was exactly the sort of victory the Kansas City Royals failed time after time to get for Tony Pena. Clutch pitching from the bullpen. Good plays on defense.
Garland AL’s first 7-game winner
Late strikeout of Tejada key in Chicago’s 3-2 victory over Baltimore
May 13, 2005
Jon Garland trusts his catchers, his defense and — most importantly — himself. That’s why he’s the AL’s first seven-game winner this season.
Cards’ Eckstein packs punch
Shortstop extends hitting streak to 13 games
May 13, 2005
If David Eckstein keeps hitting like this, the Cardinals won’t miss Scott Rolen very much. Eckstein set the table for another St. Louis victory with three hits, helping the Cardinals beat Derek Lowe and the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers, 10-3, Thursday.
Harvard cyclist Ku among favorites
May 13, 2005
Jay Ku has the perfect name for a Kansas University student studying on Mount Oread. However, Ku’s smarts landed him at Harvard, where next month he will graduate with a degree in government from the Ivy League school.
Police track mother of abandoned baby
May 13, 2005
Police arrested the suspected mother of an infant girl — dubbed “Angel” by hospital officials — who was abandoned in a Kenyan forest and reportedly rescued by a stray dog, officials said Thursday.
Lawrence schools retain lofty business ranking
May 13, 2005
The Lawrence school district has secured Douglas County’s place among the five best educational areas in the country for businesses looking to relocate or expand, according to a new study.
Horoscopes
May 13, 2005
Shaq sits, Mourning keeps Heat perfect
May 13, 2005
Knowing his bad leg would keep him out of the game, Shaquille O’Neal pulled Alonzo Mourning to the side during the Miami Heat’s morning shootaround.
Handle with care
Experts: Hiring a mover takes time, research
May 13, 2005
Finding a mover is not a task to be taken lightly. After all, families are entrusting most of their worldly goods to a stranger. But some people make only a few cursory phone calls or pick a company at random off the Internet and end up with a mover who doesn’t respect pickup and delivery schedules, tries to overcharge or won’t take responsibility for damage.
Deadly Afghan protests continue
Demonstrators decry Quran abuses at U.S. prison
May 13, 2005
Afghans enraged by the alleged desecration of Islam’s holy book at a U.S. prison staged a third day of violent protests Thursday, burning an American flag in the capital and ransacking relief group offices to the south as demonstrations spread to neighboring Pakistan.
Filibuster misused
May 13, 2005
Seahawks sweep doubles before match rained out
May 13, 2005
These Seahawks are not fond of water. Thursday marked yet another time in its inaugural campaign that rainy conditions changed the plans of Seabury Academy’s tennis team, cutting short its match with Leavenworth Immaculata after torrential rains pounded the Seahawks’ home courts.
People
May 13, 2005
¢ Miller time ends at CNBC ¢ ‘60 Minutes’ up for Amanpour ¢ Brick by brick, Eminem helps hometown restoration ¢ Birthdays
Haskell regents look into campus violence
May 13, 2005
In the past 14 months, four Haskell Indian Nations University students have been stabbed during on-campus altercations. On Thursday, members of the university’s Board of Regents said they’d had enough.
Lawrence Datebook
May 13, 2005
Weather forecast concerns coaches
City would be shorthanded if delayed a day
May 13, 2005
There’s no question around the Sunflower League that Free State High’s boys track team is in a three-horse race to claim this year’s league title.
Baird seeks skipper who has experience
May 13, 2005
Asking a manager to win games while rebuilding with young players was “the toughest job in baseball,” Kansas City general manager Allard Baird said Thursday.
Jane Fonda brings ‘Monster-in-Law’ to life
May 13, 2005
A loudmouthed DJ warming up the crowd before an advance screening of “Monster-in-Law” in Kansas City broke the ice with a few questions. “Who’s here to see Jennifer Lopez?” Dead silence. “OK. Who’s here to see Jane Fonda?” Thunderous applause.
Message in a bottle
Film sparks Lawrence wine interest
May 13, 2005
The secret’s out of the bottle: Lawrence has become a wine lover’s town. And, based on interviews with people in the Lawrence restaurant and liquor business, a good deal of the credit for the boom of interest in wine goes to the film “Sideways.”
Study: Stroke survivors increase mobility with virtual reality games
May 13, 2005
Maybe playing video games isn’t just for kids. When stroke victims played virtual reality games in which they imagined they were diving with sharks or snowboarding down a narrow slope, their ability to walk eventually improved, researchers reported in a small study.
Longing for the good old days
May 13, 2005
The Huffington Post, an Internet blog that debuted May 9 after a campaign that would have delighted P.T. Barnum, makes me nostalgic for the good old days of journalism.
This Weekend’s Highlights
May 13, 2005