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On the Record
May 14, 2005
Lawrence Datebook
May 14, 2005
Briefly - World
May 14, 2005
¢ Anti-American riots continue; eight killed ¢ Security Council bidders may seek veto rights ¢ Parliament adjourns amid government chaos ¢ U.S. Embassy rejects spy allegations
Pope puts John Paul on track for sainthood
American tapped as guardian of church doctrine
May 14, 2005
The new pope placed John Paul II on an unprecedented fast track for sainthood Friday and named San Francisco’s archbishop to be the church’s guardian of doctrine — the highest Vatican office ever held by an American.
Violence erupts in Uzbekistan
Administration building returns to government control
May 14, 2005
Soldiers loyal to Uzbekistan’s authoritarian leader, a U.S. ally, opened fire on thousands of demonstrators Friday to put down an uprising that began when armed men freed 2,000 inmates from prison, including suspects on trial for alleged Islamic extremism.
James backs up big talk
May 14, 2005
Seattle’s Jerome James had plenty to say after his 7-for-7 shooting effort in Game 3, stripping away San Antonio’s veneer by suggesting the Spurs weren’t worthy of respect.
Mizzou tramples Kansas
May 14, 2005
Kansas University’s baseball team could only muster two hits — both fourth-inning singles — in an 8-0 series-opening loss to Missouri on Friday at Taylor Stadium.
Player: Umpires slow to call game
Storm ignites discussion of city rules
May 14, 2005
Thursday night’s thunderstorm had people in Lawrence scattering in search of shelter. But were some of the slow-pitch players at Clinton Lake Softball Complex forced to stay on a field too long?
Area brief
May 14, 2005
¢ Free heart test pays off for Bonner Springs man
State brief
May 14, 2005
¢ Governor signs bill on human trafficking
Welfare officials investigating mother accused in death
May 14, 2005
Welfare officials in at least two states are investigating the mother of a girl whose headless body was found in a wooded area here four years ago.
Group wants justice off school case
May 14, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius defended a Supreme Court justice Friday after an anti-tax group said the justice should remove himself from hearing an education funding lawsuit because his wife is the governor’s chief of staff.
Rare execution raises concerns in New England
May 14, 2005
New England’s first execution in 45 years Friday has some opponents of capital punishment worried that the death penalty will gain wider acceptance in the region. But many advocates and experts are not concerned.
Senate heads toward showdown
Judicial nominees likely to be test case on filibuster issue
May 14, 2005
California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown and a Texas judge were named Friday as the federal judicial nominees who will be considered by the Senate next week, a move expected to trigger a long-awaited showdown with Democrats.
Ex-husband, mother-in-law of woman missing 23 years accused of murder
May 14, 2005
A man and his mother were charged with murder Thursday in the death more than 23 years ago of his former wife.
Governor signs bill on Sunday sales
May 14, 2005
A ban on liquor stores selling on Sunday was lifted with legislation signed Friday by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Used car among graduation prizes
May 14, 2005
Marsha Buhler won’t go so far as to say it’s a bribe. But one lucky high school graduate will win a 1997 Cavalier, thanks to Crown Chevrolet and Project Graduation.
Sister grads honor late mother
More than 170 receive diplomas at Haskell commencement ceremony
May 14, 2005
Sometimes, life isn’t fair. Alta and Alicia Malchoff’s mother, Linda Norman, died two years ago knowing she wouldn’t be able to see her daughters graduate from Haskell Indian Nations University.
4-H and FCE News
May 14, 2005
Scouting News
May 14, 2005
Arts Note
May 14, 2005
¢ Photo contest accepting entries
Best Bets
May 14, 2005
Baby’ mixes animation, music
May 14, 2005
As the title implies, the animated special “Classical Baby” (6:30 p.m. today, HBO) offers soothing snippets of Schumann, Strauss and Tchaikovsky for the still-teething set.
Dalton bonds with ‘Hercules’
May 14, 2005
Timothy Dalton thinks Paul Telfer should be the one being interviewed. After all, Telfer got to play the title role in NBC’s movie “Hercules” while Dalton filled the part of the strong man’s humiliated stepdad, Amphitryon — hardly a character whose name resonates with the masses.
Rocker moving on from past
Mighty Rearranger’ serves as synopsis for Plant
May 14, 2005
Outside of being the title of his newest release, “Mighty Rearranger” serves fairly well as a neat synopsis of Robert Plant’s career evolution. After all, of all the blues mutations that form rock history, it was Led Zeppelin’s witch-brew of sweltering plantation angst and black magic world psychedelia that was the most compelling.
Commodities
May 14, 2005
Farmers hope wheat crop weathers dry spell
May 14, 2005
Lane County farmer Vance Ehmke could not sleep after hearing the storm forecasts Wednesday night. “They were talking about monstrous tornadoes and hail and whatever, and I thought, ‘Well, if that’s what it takes, then let it come,’ ” he said. “But we can’t even get a hail storm — that is what is really bad about this thing.”
Computer problem causes false stock quotes
May 14, 2005
A computer problem at an unidentified stock trader caused erroneous, exaggerated prices — some as high as $950 per share — to be posted Friday morning to the Nasdaq Stock Market for 1,680 different stocks, a spokeswoman for the Nasdaq said.
Police ID source of Wendy’s finger
May 14, 2005
The mysterious finger that a woman claimed to have found in a bowl of Wendy’s chili came from an associate of her husband who lost the finger in an industrial accident, police said Friday.
Briefly - Nation
May 14, 2005
¢ Daylight-saving bill signed by governor ¢ Baptist resolution may target lessons on gays ¢ Ex-prison guard takes blame for mistreatment ¢ Democrats aim to slow vote on ambassador ¢ Probe suggests dropping Marine’s murder charge ¢ Court: ‘In God We Trust’ OK by Constitution ¢ Bush, Cheney release financial portfolios ¢ Report: CIA missile kills al-Qaida operative ¢ Deputies apologize to residents for shooting
Homeless help
May 14, 2005
Sensible stand
May 14, 2005
God is above party affiliation
May 14, 2005
Consider Christianity. It is a faith broad enough to encompass everything from a pope in Rome to a missionary in South America to a snake handler in Appalachia. Apparently, however, it is not broad enough to encompass a Democrat in North Carolina.
Kerry appears back on campaign trail
May 14, 2005
Each week, President Bush sets out on his 2005 version of the campaign trail, touting his Social Security proposals. But Bush is not the only 2004 candidate campaigning these days. Rival John Kerry is also on the road, urging action to provide health insurance for 11 million uninsured children.
Money pits
Just how badly are we getting ripped off in our spending of some $19 billion to rebuild Iraq?
May 14, 2005
The United States seems always beset with some money-draining project like the infamous Big Dig in Boston. That’s a traffic improvement project in the downtown area that was supposed to solve thousands of problems for drivers.
Religion briefs
May 14, 2005
6Sports video: Eudora baseball wins first league title
May 14, 2005
The Eudora High’s baseball team claimed its first league title earlier this week. Although the team is excited, members say they have bigger goals in mind.
6Sports video: Firebirds win canceled game
May 14, 2005
Free State High’s baseball team won today’s city showdown against Lawrence High without playing an inning. After Thursday night’s game was washed out in the fourth inning, the two schools decided not to resume play Friday.
6News video: Screen Scene
May 14, 2005
Hard to fathom that it’s been 15 years since Jane Fonda released a movie. While one might expect the Oscar winner to return in a prestigious drama, she instead goes for the lightweight comedy “Monster-in-Law.”
Senior Calendar
May 14, 2005
Dad of missing children gets 10 years
May 14, 2005
A man who has refused to reveal the whereabouts of his two children was ordered Friday to spend 10 years in prison on an unrelated gun charge, a stiff sentence prosecutors hope will convince him to talk.
Education commissioner search advances; officials staying mum
May 14, 2005
The search has narrowed for a new state education commissioner, but officials Friday refused to say who is in the running. State Board of Education Chairman Steve Abrams of Arkansas City said the names of candidates were being withheld for “privacy reasons.”
Injuries show Sosa is merely mortal
May 14, 2005
Sammy Sosa, a larger-than-life sort of guy, has been visited by some very human injuries recently. Last year, he injured his back while sneezing. Most people sneeze, reach for a Kleenex and, in a gesture of generosity, immediately shake someone’s hand. Sosa said “achoo” and went on the Cubs’ disabled list for a month.
Woods misses cut at Nelson
Tiger’s streak ends at 142; O’Hair, Wetterich leading
May 14, 2005
Tiger Woods studied the line from both directions, consulted his caddie, then settled in over a 15-foot par putt that was packed with the quiet tension normally found in a playoff at a major championship.
Hawk on a wild ride
KU’s Jensen can’t hold lead on final lap of D-I criterium
May 14, 2005
Brian Jensen could not have imagined a crazier feeling Friday afternoon. With hundreds of fans lining Massachusetts Street, the Kansas University sophomore cyclist surged ahead of a pack of more than 100 riders during the last lap of the one-mile criterium in this weekend’s National Collegiate Cycling Championships.
KU to take advantage of new NCAA rule on I-AA foes
May 14, 2005
With the new rules in place, Kansas University senior associate athletic director Larry Keating is hard at work strategically scheduling four years’ worth of nonconference football games.
Firebirds’ Schneider digs deep
Runner’s anchor leg helps Free State boys win race, team standings
May 14, 2005
Danny Schneider had to wait 364 days for the opportunity. And when he got it, he gave himself a reason to grin. The Free State senior, who was anchoring the Firebirds’ 1,600-meter relay team at Friday’s Sunflower League track meet, dug deeper than ever before to hold off Olathe North’s DaRon Mims down the final straightaway.
City tilt officially kaput
LHS, FSHS baseball must wait for sub-state
May 14, 2005
The players and coaches were ready to go, but the field at Hoglund Ballpark was not. And so, any possibility of finishing the baseball game that started Thursday between Free State High and Lawrence High was washed away Friday.
Precious Doe’ tipster has no regrets
May 14, 2005
The tipster who helped authorities learn the identity of a beheaded 3-year-old girl known for years only as Precious Doe said he’s glad he tipped off police, and relieved arrests have been made — including that of his own grandson.
Newest cancer drugs can multitask
May 14, 2005
A new generation of experimental cancer drugs is poised to upstage current hotshots by attacking the multiple methods that tumors use to grow and spread, instead of just one.
People
May 14, 2005
¢ Diaz files libel suit ¢ Hometown honors Dylan ¢ Bond rumors never say die ¢ ‘Apprentice’ victor has advice for young entrepreneurs ¢ Davis back for ‘Idol’ final ¢ Former Jackson attorney says pop star was ‘target’ ¢ Birthdays
Simons: Global marketplace puts emphasis on foreign languages
May 14, 2005
During the next several weeks, thousands of young men and women will be graduating from colleges and universities across the country and looking for jobs. A high percentage of these graduates will have secured jobs before graduation, but many still do not know what they want to do.
Faith forum
May 14, 2005
What is a great spiritual lesson you have learned?
Briefcase
May 14, 2005
¢ U.S. imposes quotas on Chinese clothing ¢ Business inventories, sales rise in March ¢ Consumer confidence slips this month ¢ Winemaker poised for distiller bid
Fast food buys into credit sales
Sonic embraces power of plastic
May 14, 2005
Lawrence’s Sonic Drive-Ins are looking to cash in on the latest fast-food craze: allowing customers to swipe credit cards for burgers, fries and drinks.
O’Neal still hurting, might miss Game 4
May 14, 2005
Shaquille O’Neal sat in a chair in a hotel restaurant Friday afternoon, gently massaging his right thigh with his left hand.
Sebelius: Hearings on evolution made state look bad
May 14, 2005
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Friday that Kansas probably took a public image hit over the evolution hearings that concluded this week.
KU’s longest-running dean to retire
May 14, 2005
Ann Weick said she never intended to be the longest-tenured dean at Kansas University. She never intended to be a dean at all. She figured it would be too much time sitting behind a desk for her taste.
Firms aim to score with new consoles
Conference to display latest gadgets
May 14, 2005
The PlayStation 2 is so yesterday. Xbox? Old news. And the GameCube? That’s downright retro. After years of showcasing primarily video game software, the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles highlights a new generation of gadgets that should offer much more than blistered fingers.
Blue chips fall as tech stocks rally
May 14, 2005
Investors abandoned blue chips and other large-cap stocks Friday as a lower-than-expected consumer confidence report fed into Wall Street’s fears of an economic slowdown. The selloff overshadowed a technology sector rally prompted by robust earnings from Dell Inc.
Around and about
May 14, 2005
Club News
May 14, 2005
Phoenix cruises sans Johnson
May 14, 2005
Even though Joe Johnson might be done for the playoffs, the Phoenix Suns brought his gear to Dallas and set up a locker for him, as if he’d be suiting up instead of watching from home.
Miller rallies Pacers
Indiana wins Game 3, leads series 2-1
May 14, 2005
Reggie Miller still is pushing opponents around. With a sellout crowd chanting his name, the 39-year-old delivered another clutch playoff moment Friday night. He drew two fouls, made four free throws and hit a key jumper in the final 81 seconds to rally Indiana past Detroit, 79-74, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
White Sox rally past Orioles
Konerko breaks out of slump, delivers big hit in Chicago’s 5-3 victory
May 14, 2005
Paul Konerko started quickly this season — seven homers in his first 14 games — then fell into a deep slump that he’s still trying to shake.
Kansas in good shape on list of base closings
Ammunition plant only state facility closing; 33 major installations cut
May 14, 2005
The Pentagon spared major military bases in Kansas and Missouri from closing on Friday, but cuts at smaller installations in Missouri would cost the state more than 3,600 military and civilian jobs.
Local briefs
May 14, 2005
¢ Body found in lake ID’d ¢ Outdoor sculptures arrive for exhibit
People and places
May 14, 2005
Managing children with anger benefits no one
May 14, 2005
What is the most common error made by parents in disciplining their children?
Glavine mows down Cards
Floyd tags two home runs in Mets’ 2-0 triumph
May 14, 2005
Tom Glavine has a reputation as a thinking man’s pitcher, slick instead of quick, smart instead of swift. There are times, though, when he thinks he thinks too much.
Battle wins hammer at Big 12
KU junior prevails after final toss; men in third place
May 14, 2005
Kansas University junior Sheldon Battle needed time to compose himself after Friday’s nerve-wracking victory in the hammer throw at the Big 12 Conference Outdoor track and field championships.
KU rowing to regional
May 14, 2005
Kansas University’s rowing team this weekend is in Oak Ridge, Tenn., for the South Central Regionals at Melton Hill Lake. KU will be one of 29 schools competing today and Sunday.
U.S. pushes anti-insurgent plan
May 14, 2005
After nearly three weeks of unrelenting attacks by insurgents, U.S. military officials are urging Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari to respond with strong and decisive action or risk erosion of confidence and a widening sense of insecurity among Iraqis.
Base closings could take political toll on candidates
May 14, 2005
Painful cries echoed Friday from the New Mexico Statehouse to congressional offices in Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Connecticut as Republicans and Democrats, revving up for 2006 re-election bids, absorbed the military base hit list.
Horoscopes
May 14, 2005
City opens second off-leash dog park
May 14, 2005
Dogs like trees — for numerous reasons. Now the city’s canines have another off-leash dog park devoted just to them, and this one has plenty of trees and sights to see along the Kansas River.
Stories from Murray case hit the air
May 14, 2005
For nearly a year, Detective Doug Woods lost sleep because he felt responsible for not getting a confession out of a professor suspected of killing his ex-wife. Woods said he’d wake up in the night and ask himself, “Could I have asked questions in a different way?”
Cycling race isn’t a clear winner
Some merchants hope organizers backpedal on using downtown again
May 14, 2005
Whitney Sizemore is not a cycling aficionado, but the 2005 Collegiate Road National Championships in downtown Lawrence on Friday hooked her.
Kansas high school sports scores for May 13
May 14, 2005
Late blast helps K.C. lose again
May 14, 2005
Maybe opponents should stop pitching to those dangerous No. 9 hitters of Tampa Bay. The bottom spot in the Devil Rays’ order has combined for 10 home runs, including Alex Gonzalez’s 425-foot solo shot with two outs in the ninth inning for a 3-2 victory Friday over Kansas City.
Big Red One to return to Fort Riley
May 14, 2005
Nearly a decade after it left this central Kansas post for Germany, the 1st Infantry Division is slated to return to Fort Riley, the Pentagon said Friday.
Focus on the Family leader embroiled in policy fights
May 14, 2005
To millions of conservative Christians, James Dobson and his Focus on the Family ministry have emerged as a life preserver in an American culture, fending off assaults from popular culture and liberals.
Identity crisis
California pastor’s downfall highlights Protestant dilemma
May 14, 2005
When the Rev. Alan Meenan took over as senior pastor at the nationally prominent Hollywood First Presbyterian Church, it had been losing members for 20 years.
Broadway breakthrough
Lily Rabe makes debut as Annelle in ‘Steel Magnolias’
May 14, 2005
On a recent, warm spring day, Lily Rabe took off her scarf and sunglasses and looked around New York City’s sun-drenched Stuyvesant Park. “Days like this,” she said, “make me wish I was still in college.”
Society Calendar
May 14, 2005