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Meeting called to talk about next education leader
May 19, 2005
State Board of Education Chairman Steve Abrams today called for a closed-door meeting of the board to review applicants for the position of education commissioner.
Meeting called to talk about next education leader
May 19, 2005
(Web Posted Thursday at 2:11 p.m.) State Board of Education Chairman Steve Abrams today called for a closed-door meeting of the board to review applicants for the position of education commissioner.
KU proposes tuition increase
May 19, 2005
(Web Posted Thursday at 2:10 p.m.) Most Kansas University students would pay 15.9 percent more in tuition next year under a proposal unveiled Thursday by administrators.
Chat transcript with Jon Niccum
Film critic discusses Star Wars Episode III — Revenge of the Sith
May 19, 2005
Welcome to our online chat with Jon Niccum, Journal-World entertainment editor, about Star Wars. The chat took place on Thursday, May 19, at 1:00 PM and is now closed, but you can read the full transcript on this page.
Giddens injured in fight outside Lawrence bar
May 19, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 11:30 a.m.) Kansas University shooting guard J.R. Giddens was injured in a fight early Thursday in the parking lot of the Moon Bar, 821 Iowa.
Wildcats rout Cardinals
May 19, 2005
The Louisburg Wildcats are going to the state softball tournament after routing the Eudora Cardinals, 3-2, Thursday.
Firebirds advance to state tourney
May 19, 2005
The Firebirds beat the Pioneers, 13-1, before beating Topeka High to advance to the state tournament on Thursday at Free State.
Sunny and hot weather moving in today
May 19, 2005
(Updated Thursday at 7:53 a.m.) It was a foggy start this morning. But this afternoon, Lawrence will become very summery, with sunny skies and temperatures reaching nearly 90 degrees. “Make sure you wear the shorts. And the sunglasses,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “… It’s going to be a toasty afternoon.”
Briefly
May 19, 2005
¢ Twice-convicted killer executed ¢ ACLU wins settlement for school’s gang search ¢ Security camera records homicide ¢ United Way withholds money for Boy Scouts
Area briefs
May 19, 2005
¢ Civil War group to have meeting today ¢ County planning to pave district roads ¢ District honors school retirees
Correction
May 19, 2005
A section on high school honor graduates in Sunday’s paper should have included Free State High School student James Davis, National Merit Finalist; President’s Award for Educational Excellence; Kansas University National Merit Scholarship. Also, a caption beneath photos of students Chris Trepinski and Christina Chavez incorrectly stated their names.
On the record
May 19, 2005
Virtual school expanding offerings
May 19, 2005
Virtual school will become a reality for high school students next fall as the Lawrence school district expands its online options.
Historic Baldwin bridge getting a makeover
City is receiving $2.2 million in federal funding for downtown
May 19, 2005
Downtown Baldwin will undergo a makeover thanks to about $2.2 million in federal funding funneled through the state highway department.
Jim Ryun ranks third among U.S. House’s most partisan conservatives
May 19, 2005
Congressman Jim Ryun is the third-most-partisan conservative in the House of Representatives, according to a new analysis by mathematicians at Georgia Tech University.
Study suggests new mindset to create affordable housing
City given suggestions for increasing options
May 19, 2005
It doesn’t have to be this way. Lawrence housing is too expensive for blue collar workers and other average wage earners, an Omaha, Neb.-based consultant told city leaders Wednesday after an intensive weeklong study of the city’s housing situation.
KU heads to regional
May 19, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s golf team has been seeded 17th in the 27-team field of the NCAA Central Regional that will begin today at Warren Golf Course.
KU taps ex-Jayhawk to coach club team
May 19, 2005
Alan Emmons, a member of Kansas University’s 2004 national collegiate men’s bowling championship team, has been named the Jayhawks’ new bowling coach and Kansas Union recreation center coordinator.
KU women’s basketball lands Serbian forward
May 19, 2005
Marija Zinic, a 6-foot-2 forward from Serbia, has signed a national letter of intent to play women’s basketball at Kansas University.
Stocks rally on inflation data, oil prices
May 19, 2005
Wall Street posted big gains for the third straight day Wednesday as a benign reading of consumer inflation relieved investors. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped more than 130 points.
Daily ticker
May 19, 2005
Ex-husband convicted in fake bomb plot
May 19, 2005
An Wichita man who tried to frame his romance novelist ex-wife by planting a fake bomb on his porch was convicted Wednesday of filing a false police report.
Detective testifies former KU student suspected of arson ‘simply liked fire’
May 19, 2005
An Olathe man accused of setting 14 fires in less than a week last year talked of being “infatuated” with fire, a police detective testified at his arson trial in Johnson County District Court.
Commodities
May 19, 2005
Toyota, GM models take top spots in quality poll
May 19, 2005
General Motors Corp. and Toyota Motor Co., the world’s two largest automakers, had the top vehicles in 15 of 18 categories in a closely watched survey of 2005 models released Wednesday by research firm J.D. Power and Associates.
Grenade thrown at Bush was live
Incident happened in ex-Soviet republic
May 19, 2005
A hand grenade that landed within 100 feet of President Bush during his visit last week to a former Soviet republic was a threat to his life and the safety of the tens of thousands in the crowd, the FBI said Wednesday.
Doctors alarmed at poor monitoring of diabetes
May 19, 2005
A dismal two-thirds of the nation’s 18 million Type 2 diabetics don’t have their blood sugar under control, putting them at high risk of the disease’s nastiest complications, even death. Yet most are unaware they’re doing so poorly, frustrated diabetes specialists said Wednesday.
Negotiators fail to reach deal on judicial filibusters
May 19, 2005
More than a dozen senators trying to head off a showdown over judicial filibusters failed to work out a deal Wednesday to confirm some of President Bush’s controversial judicial appointments while rejecting others.
People
May 19, 2005
¢ Batman’s Riddler dies at 72 ¢ Real life trouble ¢ Warming up for tour ¢ Officially a legend ¢ DeGeneres reveals abuse
Nash powers Suns past Mavericks
Phoenix takes 114-108 victory, claims 3-2 edge in Western Conference semifinal series
May 19, 2005
Steve Nash added the most impressive night yet to his marvelous MVP season, leading the Phoenix Suns within one victory of the Western Conference finals.
Nature programs planned at park
May 19, 2005
Clinton State Park will be host to Saturday Night Nature programs 8 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and May 28 at Shelter No. 6, Campground 3.
Peonies must be cut at proper time
May 19, 2005
Peonies are traditionally a family favorite. They make wonderful cut flowers in the home, are used in weddings and placed at cemeteries on Memorial Day. To maximize their vase life and assure that they open, it is important to cut peonies at the proper stage of flower bud development.
Lace-like patterns highlight colorful glassware
May 19, 2005
In the 1860s, after the Civil War ended, styles reflected the new emotions of the country.
Sensory overload
Garden captures accessible spirit of Audio-Reader
May 19, 2005
Inspired by Helen Keller’s words of wisdom, Diana Frederick, development director for the Audio-Reader Network, sprouted the idea for a sensory garden on the sprawling grounds near Audio-Reader’s headquarters.
Symphony to present all-French concert
May 19, 2005
The Kansas City Symphony will present an all-French concert as part of its classical series Friday-Sunday in downtown Kansas City, Mo., and at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park.
Then and now: ‘Star Wars’ movies evolve
May 19, 2005
The early “Star Wars” movies galvanized a generation of geeks. But what happened to the later movies?
NBC limits ‘Apprentice’ season finale to one hour
May 19, 2005
Season three of “The Apprentice” (8 p.m., NBC) will wrap up with a one-hour live boardroom showdown between finalists Tana Goertz and Kendra Todd. For the life of me, I can’t remember who won season two. I do recall that last season’s finale was a brutal endurance test, a half-hour of suspense padded out to what seemed like six hours. At some point Regis Philbin showed up, and then I fell asleep.
Tarantino digs directing season finale of ‘CSI
May 19, 2005
Unlike criminal investigator Nick Stokes, who’s buried alive in the “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” season finale, Quentin Tarantino didn’t feel at all trapped by working within the confines of network television.
Quake forecast site rolled out
May 19, 2005
Californians wondering whether tomorrow’s forecast will be sunny can now find out if there’s also a chance of afternoon tremors.
Pedestrians steer clear of birds after series of attacks
May 19, 2005
Like a scene from the horror movie “The Birds,” large black grackles are swooping down on downtown Houston and attacking people’s heads, hair and backs.
Nobel laureates discuss problems of modern era
May 19, 2005
Elie Wiesel, the Dalai Lama and other Nobel Prize laureates on Wednesday debated solutions to challenges facing the modern world in an ancient locale — the rose red city of Petra, carved out 2,000 years ago.
Useful lessons of history
May 19, 2005
When Yale awarded President Kennedy an honorary degree, he said he had the ideal combination — a Yale degree and a Harvard education. Today he might rethink that, given the Harvard faculty’s tantrum that caused President Lawrence Summers’ cringing crawl away from his suggestion of possible gender differences of cognition. At least the phrase “Yale education” does not yet seem, as “Harvard education” does, oxymoronic.
Pet peeves
May 19, 2005
Lawrence Datebook
May 19, 2005
Afghans’ anti-Western sentiment grows
5 working on U.S.-funded project killed; caller threatens Italian hostage
May 19, 2005
Suspected Taliban militants on Wednesday killed five Afghans working on a U.S.-funded project to help end opium farming, and a man claiming to have abducted an Italian aid worker threatened to kill her — part of a surge in anti-Western violence apparently aimed at undermining Afghanistan’s recovery.
Briefly
May 19, 2005
¢ Muslim rebels vow to establish Islamic state ¢ First airstrike launched since February truce ¢ Ferry with about 250 passengers capsizes
U.S. is problem, not solution
May 19, 2005
So far this month, more than 450 Iraqis and dozens of U.S. troops have been killed by an Iraqi insurgency that, even after two years, shows signs of intensifying. Yet the Bush administration, which originally expected U.S. troops to be greeted as liberators and then promised that elections would fatally undermine the rebel cause, remains clueless as to the composition of this virulent enemy.
KU students generate junkyard finds into mobile art
May 19, 2005
Jon Dubin had it made. The Kansas University freshman from Denver sat back in an old, food-stained recliner and relaxed, surrounded by empty taco wrappers and pizza boxes. He wore a stuffed white T-shirt, which gave him an obese appearance. The T-shirt was covered with ketchup stains and French fries. On his head was an empty chicken bucket.
Robbery suspect shot by police
May 19, 2005
A bank robber who took at least six people hostage and ordered them to strip down to their underwear was shot by police at an airport Wednesday as he apparently tried to make his getaway in a small plane, authorities said.
Analysts: Wal-Mart needs retuning
Retail giant plans to sell trendier items
May 19, 2005
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is facing a new reality: Its customers want more than just the lowest price.
Buildings stamped into memory
U.S. Postal Service pays homage to gems of modern architecture
May 19, 2005
The modern era has contributed its share of forgettable buildings, which may be why its architecture has never been universally loved. But a dozen black-and-white photographs in the first set of U.S. postage stamps devoted to architecture suggest a society — or at least a few key clients — prepared to march boldly forward.
Hispanic mayor ushering in new era for L.A.
May 19, 2005
Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday vowed to be “a mayor for all Los Angeles” after his election as the city’s first Hispanic mayor since 1872, a milestone that marks a changing of the guard in a city where Latinos now have political clout to match their burgeoning numbers.
Charge added against suspect in Wendy’s chili case
May 19, 2005
A woman accused of lying about finding a human finger in a bowl of Wendy’s chili was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to commit fraud, adding to the theft counts she already faces.
Mexico’s president, Jackson find common ground
May 19, 2005
President Vicente Fox tried to smooth relations with the U.S. black community Wednesday after saying Mexican immigrants take jobs that “not even” blacks want, promising to work with the Rev. Jesse Jackson to improve labor rights for minorities in the United States.
Ballyhooed Oklahoman commits to KU—*
*—Despite family ties to Jayhawks, Henry likely to play pro baseball
May 19, 2005
If C.J. Henry plays college basketball — and right now that’s a big if — he’ll do so at the alma mater of both his mother and father: Kansas University.
Chat transcript with Jon Niccum
May 19, 2005
Welcome to our online chat with Jon Niccum, Journal-World entertainment editor, about Star Wars. The chat took place on Thursday, May 19, at 1:00 PM and is now closed, but you can read the full transcript on this page.
Bird-friendly site opening to public
Audubon Society marking centennial
May 19, 2005
The orioles have been feasting on the rows of strawberries at Gary and Karen Lawson’s farm east of Vinland.
Law professors predict school finance compromise
May 19, 2005
Two Kansas University law professors said they expected the Kansas Supreme Court would seek a middle-of-the-road solution to the current school finance lawsuit.
Lawrence’s Glass 8th at Senior U.S. Open
May 19, 2005
Lawrence’s Bob Glass leapfrogged into eighth place Wednesday after the third round of the Senior U.S. Open at Sunnybrook Lanes.
Three city players second-team picks
May 19, 2005
Lawrence High’s Abby Vestal and Lindsey Lawrence, and Free State’s Banaka Okwuone have been named to the All-Sunflower League soccer second-team.
EHS softball advances
May 19, 2005
The Eudora High softball team advanced to the championship game of its Class 4A regional Wednesday after a 3-2, 8-inning victory over Santa Fe Trail in the semifinals.
Focus on eyewear
Sunglasses boost protection, performance
May 19, 2005
I squinted into the bright sunlight, trying to see down onto the track at Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium.
Briefcase
May 19, 2005
¢ Hallmark to adjust feel of retail stores ¢ Morgan Stanley owes $1.4 billion ¢ Monthly loss narrows at Interstate Bakeries ¢ Sprint hires marketer
Youth agency at risk of losing city funding
May 19, 2005
Belt tightening at City Hall likely will mean at least one Lawrence nonprofit agency will have to learn to do without city funding.
Tougher penalties sought
Commissioners testify at steroid hearing
May 19, 2005
The commissioners of major-league baseball, the NBA and the NHL told Congress they wanted to toughen their steroid policies, drawing praise Wednesday from lawmakers intent on legislating standardized drug-testing across U.S. pro sports.
Firebird baseball fired up
Free State motivated by last year’s loss in state title game
May 19, 2005
There will be no long-winded, motivational speeches coming from Free State High baseball coach Mike Hill before his team begins sub-state today at home.
Al-Zarqawi called for shift to car bombings, U.S. says
May 19, 2005
Militant leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi met with heads of Iraqi insurgent groups in Syria a month ago and called for a shift in strategy against Iraqi and U.S. forces by increasing suicide car bombings, a senior U.S. military official said Wednesday.
Local briefs
May 19, 2005
¢ Suspect charged in illegal trap case ¢ ‘Star Wars’ fans invited to online chat ¢ Art Tougeau parade planned for Saturday ¢ Police searching for rape suspect ¢ More LHS graduate honors reported
Missing pagoda
May 19, 2005
Tough to replace
Two deans who announced their departure from Kansas University in the past week will be difficult to replace.
May 19, 2005
Kansas University is losing two of its better deans: Kim Wilcox, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Ann Weick, dean of the School of Social Welfare. No one is indispensable, but these two deans will be difficult to replace.
Pump Patrol seeks deals
May 19, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $1.90 at several stations around Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Goaded into a grant
FSHS senior Hilliard turns taunt into scholarship to Missouri Valley College
May 19, 2005
What started as a revenge tactic three years ago has translated into a collegiate scholarship and an athletic future for Free State High senior Sarah Hilliard.
Our town sports
May 19, 2005
Study suggests new mindset to create affordable housing
City given suggestions for increasing options
May 19, 2005
It doesn’t have to be this way. Lawrence housing is too expensive for blue collar workers and other average wage earners, an Omaha, Neb.-based consultant told city leaders Wednesday after an intensive weeklong study of the city’s housing situation.
Buehrle’s win streak hits six
White Sox hurler sharp as Chicago trims Texas
May 19, 2005
Mark Buehrle has been one of baseball’s most efficient pitchers the last five seasons, so his latest performance for the Chicago White Sox was easy enough to describe.
Frightening action
May 19, 2005
Mora powers Orioles past Kansas City, 7-4
May 19, 2005
The Kansas City Royals allowed just nine home runs in their first 18 home games. Then the Baltimore Orioles arrived, and balls started flying over the fences.
Horoscopes
May 19, 2005
KU’s defense has been dandy
May 19, 2005
All the buzz this spring about Kansas University’s booming softball bats has overshadowed the Jayhawks’ gluey gloves.
Cubs rally past Pirates again, 3-2
Pittsburgh closer Mesa victimized in ninth inning for second straight day
May 19, 2005
A one-run lead in the ninth, Jose Mesa on the mound. For two days in a row, the very situation the Pittsburgh Pirates wanted proved to be exactly what the Chicago Cubs needed to get their bats going.
Tide slide’ redux
Rusty Wallace’s 1989 Winston all-star victory pivotal point in his career
May 19, 2005
Rusty Wallace has made nearly 700 starts in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. He’s won 36 poles and 55 races and one championship.
Trump presents vision for new version of twin towers
May 19, 2005
To Donald Trump, the proposals for the replacement for the World Trade Center look like a junkyard. His solution? Rebuild the twin towers, more or less.
Shiite, Sunni leaders trade terror charges
May 19, 2005
Two of Iraq’s most prominent Shiite and Sunni Muslim leaders blamed each other for sponsoring terrorism in a heated television exchange Wednesday that many Iraqis interpreted as a call to arms edging the nation closer to civil war.
Unlimited debate a useful Senate tradition
May 19, 2005
The personal stakes in the Senate fight over confirmation of judges could not be higher. President Bush has staked his prestige on a direct challenge to Senate Democrats by renominating for the circuit courts seven judges whose confirmation was blocked in the last Congress by the threat of Democratic filibusters.
Briefly
May 19, 2005
¢ Pit bull kills 2-year-old ¢ Search continues for 2 missing children ¢ Muslim group offers free copies of Quran
Star Wars’ saga concludes with plunge into dark side
May 19, 2005
Darth Vader has one of the most bizarre character arcs in movie history.
Evolution controversy poses issue for Lawrence Virtual School
May 19, 2005
Brandy Hurrelbrink’s children aren’t at the age where they would begin to learn in school about the origins of life.
Laird Noller adds Hyundai dealership
May 19, 2005
Lawrence’s largest auto dealership is getting bigger.