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Another warm, sunny day expected
May 20, 2005
Put down the convertible top, pull out the shades and lather on the sunscreen — bright skies and warm temperatures in the 80s are expected for today. “We’re going to see a Friday full of sunshine,” said Tim Reith, 6News meteorologist. “It’s another warm day.”
Firebirds come out on top
May 20, 2005
After eight innings of battling with the Topeka High Trojans on Thursday, the Firebirds finally came out on top. Sophomore Andy Petz made a game-winning RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning to advance his team to state.
Art a la Carte
May 20, 2005
Eccentric artist Karl Ramberg has fused his loves of art and music for a solo exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center. The show features musical compositions written by assigning tones to letters and forming words that become musical phrases, as well as drawings and CDs that contain the fruits of improv sessions in Ramberg’s music and drawing studios.
Generations of area fans cherish ‘Star Wars’
May 20, 2005
It’s not just 12-year-olds buying lightsaber toys and standing in ticket lines for hours to get a peek at the latest “Star Wars” flick. It’s college students, moms, dads, grandpas and grandmas.
KU playwright earns Daytime Emmy nod for ‘Paz’
May 20, 2005
Although playwright James Still has explored the dark depths of the soul in his plays “And Then They Came for Me” and “The Velocity of Gary,” he has received the most widespread attention for fathering a talking penguin puppet. Still, a Pomona native and 1982 Kansas University theater graduate, is the creator of “Paz.”
Basketball tournament scam targets businesses
May 20, 2005
Two, sometimes three times per day, someone hits Jeff Morris up for a charity donation. But after his experience this week, Morris, the general manager of Pizza Shuttle, 1601 W. 23rd St., will be more wary about giving to what seems to be a good cause.
Report shows disparities in disability payments
May 20, 2005
Staffing shortages and an outdated system for assessing claims are among the reasons for wide differences in disability payments for veterans, the government said Thursday.
Judge orders competency test for suspect in pilot shooting case
May 20, 2005
A man who allegedly fled from authorities before shooting and wounding a pilot searching for him will undergo a competency exam to see if he is fit to stand trial.
Fort Hays State plans total wireless access
Campuswide system will be ‘leading edge’
May 20, 2005
Fort Hays State University plans to install wireless Internet technology across its campus and become the first Kansas Board of Regents institution to convert completely to “mobile computing.”
Net phone providers required to offer 911
FCC gives companies 120 days to comply
May 20, 2005
Federal regulators voted Thursday to require that Internet phone service providers connect their customers to the same emergency 911 capabilities as callers with traditional services.
Antarctic ice cap steadily growing, offsetting some effects of global warming
May 20, 2005
As glaciers from Greenland to Kilimanjaro recede at record rates, the central ice cap of Antarctica has steadily grown for the past 11 years, partially offsetting rising seas due to the melt waters of global warming, researchers said Thursday.
Lost teachers
May 20, 2005
I recently learned that one of Lawrence’s finest teachers is looking for employment elsewhere. And for the worst possible reason.
Show of support
May 20, 2005
When I went downtown for two appointments Friday morning, I was grumpy and irritable that I had to park so far away because of some “dumb bicycle race on Massachusetts Street.”
Illegal aliens
May 20, 2005
In a continuing effort to pay low wages and garner high profit returns, your Kansas neighbors have turned to an alternate source of employment: illegal aliens.
Enron ties
May 20, 2005
John Ashcroft had to recuse himself from the Justice Department’s Enron investigation after revealing that the company had donated $61,000 to his failed 2000 Senate campaign.
Leavenworth retirees bring historic carousel back to life
Group determined to complete restorations on Parker machine
May 20, 2005
The wooden horses and rabbits were tattered and grungy when the vintage carousel was hauled into Leavenworth back in 1988. Broken ears, tails, stirrups and other elaborate details had been tossed out and long since forgotten. Built in 1913, the machine - one of the few remaining intact carousels produced by the celebrated C.W. Parker - was worth more in pieces than it was assembled.
Pump patrol
May 20, 2005
The Journal-World has found a gas price as low as $1.90 at stations at Ninth and Iowa streets and Sixth and Florida streets.
KU tuition may go up 16 percent
Proposal to regents includes provisions for raises, hirings
May 20, 2005
Tuition for most Kansas University students would increase by nearly 16 percent next year, under a proposal presented Thursday to the Kansas Board of Regents.
Is the force too dark for kids?
Parents grapple with allowing children to attend PG-13 ‘Revenge of the Sith’
May 20, 2005
In their stocking feet, the two 7-year-old boys raised imaginary light sabers and slid in a diagonal line across the wood floors of the Olivette home. The Jedi Knight-wannabes made “Psssh” sounds with their lips as they clashed and danced.
Legislature set to pass bill giving death benefits to Guard families
May 20, 2005
Legislative leaders expected quick passage Friday of a bill providing $250,000 to families of any Kansas National Guard member killed in combat zones.
Logos raise initial furor
KU to post comments on designs online
May 20, 2005
At least one of Kansas University’s proposed logos is getting a “Hill” of a reaction. “The Hill,” the laciest of KU’s four proposed logo designs, has elicited a powerful reaction among university supporters - pro and con - since being unveiled earlier this week.
Roberts leads Patriot Act renewal effort
Kansas Republican proposing ways to expand investigative powers of the federal government
May 20, 2005
Sen. Pat Roberts is leading an effort to expand the investigative powers of the federal government under a renewed version of the USA Patriot Act, a controversial anti-terror law originally passed in the wake of 9-11.
US Airways, America West to merge
May 20, 2005
US Airways Group Inc. and America West Holdings Corp., the nation’s seventh and eighth largest carriers, said Thursday that they would merge.
Land agencies may limit off-roaders freedom to roam
May 20, 2005
For decades, off-road vehicle enthusiasts have been mostly free to roam federal forests and rangelands. Those freewheeling days could be numbered, though.
Tech’s speed could test Pottorf, Kansas
May 20, 2005
Elle Pottorf has faced the base-stealingest softball team in the nation in Texas A&M. Kansas University’s freshman catcher also has gone against the runningest runner-ups in Baylor.
Spurs eliminate SuperSonics
May 20, 2005
Tim Duncan took a sharp pass from Manu Ginobili and banked in a short shot with 0.5 seconds left, lifting San Antonio to a thrilling 98-96 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Thursday night and putting the Spurs into the Western Conference finals.
This is a sad day’
Pistons win, lament Miller’s final game
May 20, 2005
The Detroit Pistons didn’t feel like celebrating after knocking the Indiana Pacers out of the playoffs and sending Reggie Miller into retirement.
Royals topple Orioles
K.C.’s Nunez captures first victory
May 20, 2005
Just a few weeks after compiling an 8.31 earned-run average for Class-A High Desert, Leo Nunez found himself facing two of the toughest hitters in the American League - with runners at second and third. Completely poised, the 21-year-old Nunez first struck out Melvin Mora, who hit two home runs the night before.
Twins’ Mays tosses shutout at Jays
Minnesota pitcher scatters seven hits, walks none in 4-0 triumph over Toronto
May 20, 2005
Minnesota pitcher scatters seven hits, walks none in 4-0 triumph over Toronto
Phillies get lift from Myers
Hurler keeps Cardinals in check for 7-4 victory
May 20, 2005
Brett Myers is earning respect all around the National League. Pat Burrell had three hits and two RBIs, and Myers had another solid outing, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-4 victory Thursday over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Survival of the hittest
Petz provides game-winner as FSHS advances to state
May 20, 2005
No longer will Andy Petz’s teammates tell him to feel like a woman. Before Thursday’s sub-state games at Free State High, the Firebird seniors pulled a prank on the sophomore catcher, changing his walk-to-the-plate music to Shania Twain’s tune, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
Miles, Lee pledge support of Giddens
May 20, 2005
Aaron Miles, who has been busy working out for NBA teams the past couple of weeks, had something else on his mind Thursday. That something was the condition of his former Kansas University basketball teammate J.R. Giddens, who had surgery to repair a slashed artery in his right calf.
Woodling: KU logos no cause for verse
May 20, 2005
When I saw the artistic depictions of the four finalists for the new Kansas University logo, I couldn’t help but think of the immortal words of legendary sports writer Grantland Rice:
KU calm as season gets dicey
Success in OSU series can seal tourney berth
May 20, 2005
The Kansas University baseball team has the whole weekend to lock up a berth in the Big 12 Conference tournament. Two victories out of three games against Oklahoma State will guarantee the Jayhawks a spot in the tournament, which begins Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
Briefly - Nation
May 20, 2005
¢ Grand jury questioned Falwell about donation ¢ Students claim school censored newspaper ¢ Second killer executed in as many days ¢ Long-running fight over education back in court
People
May 20, 2005
¢ ‘Book smarts’ trump ‘street smarts’ on ‘Apprentice’ ¢ Cruise ‘smitten’ with Holmes ¢ Lohan says slim physique product of exercise regimen ¢ Emmy winner bikes across deserts after beating cancer ¢ Witness: Accuser’s mom wanted time with Jackson ¢ Birthdays
Corrections
May 20, 2005
A story in Thursday’s Business section contained incorrect information about Hyundai Motor Co. Hyundai is a South Korean automaker, with operations in the United States.
On the record
May 20, 2005
 
Spokesman: Red Cross told U.S. of Quran disrespect
May 20, 2005
The international Red Cross told U.S. authorities about allegations that American personnel at the Guantanamo Bay detention center showed disrespect to Islam’s holy book, the Quran, a spokesman said Thursday.
Congress blasts NBA’s steroid policy
New drug-testing standards will be proposed for four major professional sports leagues
May 20, 2005
The NBA’s steroids policy was branded “pathetic” and “a joke” by lawmakers Thursday, and the head of a congressional panel said he would propose a law creating drug-testing standards for the four major professional sports leagues.
Preakness newcomers face long odds this week
Hal’s Image, Galloping Grocer, Malibu Moonshine, Scrappy T to run
May 20, 2005
If Giacomo didn’t win the Kentucky Derby, Barry Rose would have stayed home this week instead of bringing Hal’s Image to Pimlico. Giacomo came in as a 50-1 underdog, which led Rose to believe his horse had as good a chance as anyone to win the Preakness - even though Hal’s Image has two wins in 16 career starts.
Lawrence Kiwanis honor ‘Substantial Citizens’
May 20, 2005
Two men have been recognized by the Lawrence Kiwanis Club for their community involvement. Former Lawrence Mayor and City Commissioner Erv Hodges and Dolph C. Simons Jr., editor of the Lawrence Journal-World and chairman of The World Company, were presented with the club’s Substantial Citizen Award for 2005 during the Kiwanis luncheon meeting Thursday at the Lawrence Country Club.
Area briefs
May 20, 2005
¢ Mother gets fine, prison for Medicaid fraud ¢ Wolf Creek finishes maintenance outage ¢ Hooters, Brooks Bros. coming to Village West
Yankees-Mets series should be competitive
May 20, 2005
For the first time in a long time, the Subway Series looks like a fair fight. When Derek Jeter, Joe Torre and the $200 million New York Yankees come rolling this weekend into Shea Stadium, they’ll see more than just a familiar face in the other dugout. They’ll see a team with a better record, too.
Teams eager for Windy City clash
Cubs, Sox players know importance of series
May 20, 2005
Cubs, Sox players know importance of series
Zito has three chances to win at Pimlico
Trainer to send out High Fly, Noble Causeway, Sun King in hopes of turning around Derby disappointment
May 20, 2005
Nick Zito is back for another classic try. The trainer who couldn’t win the Kentucky Derby with five horses has three chances to win Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.
Taylors make big impression in LHS debut
Fresh off South Junior High season, freshman twins dominant at Sunflower meet
May 20, 2005
The Taylor twins did not just arrive on the Kansas track scene at Friday’s Sunflower League Championships. They invaded it, putting on a performance that nearly quieted the grandstands at the Olathe District Activities Center.
Netflix takes over Wal-Mart’s DVD rental business
May 20, 2005
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is turning over its online DVD rental business to Netflix Inc., signaling that the largest retailer couldn’t beat the Internet upstart at its own game.
This Weekend’s Highlights
May 20, 2005
¢ Of Montreal ¢ The Wilders ¢ Darediablo ¢ J. Alex Stamos ¢ Frederick Sommer
First-class graduates
Veritas seniors enjoy creating school traditions
May 20, 2005
Noah Barclay is the valedictorian. Paul Kempf is the salutatorian. And that’s it for Veritas Christian School’s class of 2005.
Lawrence fan indulges ‘Star Wars’ fixation as ‘fem trooper’
May 20, 2005
George Lucas created “Star Wars” as a movie for kids. More than two decades after the release of the first film, those kids haven’t exactly gotten too big for the universe.
F1 drivers enjoy Monaco race
May 20, 2005
The Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday is one of those special events that is more than just another race for the drivers. Besides the Formula One course winding through the center of the glamorous principality of Monte Carlo, the race schedule is the most unusual on the world-hopping F1 circuit, with practice opening today - a day earlier than usual - and a day off Friday before qualifying and the race on the weekend.
Uzbek forces capture rebel leader
U.S. military says it has scaled back its operations since uprising
May 20, 2005
Breaking through a wooden gate and firing only a single warning shot, Uzbek forces on Thursday captured a rebel leader who had proclaimed plans for an Islamic state in this border town.
Andretti group not afraid to fool around
Kanaan, Wheldon, Franchitti, Herta well-known on circuit as practical jokesters
May 20, 2005
Dan Wheldon walks around the garage watching his back. He’s a marked man, and he knows it. At any moment, he could be ambushed by a flying pie or a fire extinguisher’s spray - or find half his driving shoes are missing.
Korean talks end with agreement on next meeting
May 20, 2005
South Korea couldn’t get North Korea to agree Thursday to return to nuclear arms negotiations but did persuade the reclusive communist country to schedule high-level talks for next month where the contentious issue is certain to come up again.
Interest in audiology started as a sign of sisterly love
KU graduating senior aimed to help her deaf brother
May 20, 2005
For Kansas University senior Susie Stephenson it was about her older brother Scott. When he was in second grade, a teacher told his mother he probably would never learn how to do math or read because he was deaf.
Robbery suspect faces federal charges
May 20, 2005
Federal charges were filed Thursday against a 44-year-old Kansas man accused in a bizarre bank robbery in which several people were forced to strip to their underwear and taken hostage before the accused gunman was shot trying to commandeer a plane.
Commodities
May 20, 2005
¢ Chicago Board of Trade ¢ Local markets ¢ Nonferrous metals
Keeping Score
Renaissance man’ Karl Ramberg combines love of art and music for solo exhibition
May 20, 2005
When Karl Ramberg is jamming in his front room on his electric guitar, he’s not thinking about notes on a page. He’s just feeling the music, working out his moods in melodies. After about 10 minutes of improv, he heads to his drawing studio, plays back what he just recorded and riffs off the tune with charcoal, pastels and pencil.
Briefcase
May 20, 2005
¢ Mortgage rates dip ¢ K.C. bakery cutting jobs in Northeast ¢ Westar envisions need for new plants
Coaches honor Redwine
May 20, 2005
Big 12 Conference track coaches have named Kansas University’s Stanley Redwine men’s outdoor coach of the year.
LHS, FSHS ready for state
May 20, 2005
Next year, when Free State High swimming coach Jama Crady yells, “Ashley,” only one swimmer in the pool will peek back.
Cuban charged with illegally entering U.S.
May 20, 2005
A Cuban militant whose presence in the United States opened the government to allegations it was sheltering a terrorist was charged Thursday with entering this country illegally - a move that could lead to his deportation.
Ex-convict ruled out as suspect in Idaho triple homicide after polygraph
May 20, 2005
Detectives who questioned a man in the killings of three people ruled him out as a suspect Thursday and said they still had no idea where two children missing from the family’s home were.
Both parties reach out to blacks in filibuster fight
May 20, 2005
Both parties reach out to blacks in filibuster fight
Lawrence Datebook
May 20, 2005
 
KU commencement events schedule
May 20, 2005
 
Braves confident despite setbacks
Starter Thomson out 2-3 months; Kolb struggling
May 20, 2005
The Atlanta Braves are facing all sorts of problems in their quest to win a 14th straight division title.
Winslow’s season in doubt
Sources: Browns tight end has torn ACL
May 20, 2005
Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when he crashed his motorcycle, two sources within the league told the Associated Press on Thursday, placing his 2005 season in doubt.
Art market to test waters
May 20, 2005
John Wysocki looked at the Lawrence Visitor Center in North Lawrence last fall and saw an opportunity. “It seemed the outside space in particular was a perfect setup for an outdoor event because there is an area that is under a canopy on the west side of the building,” he says.
Six Flags restricts access to convicted sex offenders
May 20, 2005
Bob Levan bought season passes to Six Flags Great America for his daughters and their friend, but he is worried he won’t be able to ride the roller coasters with them because he is a convicted sex offender.
Jayhawks solid at Central Regionals
May 20, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s golf squad shot an opening-round score of 289 Thursday at the NCAA Central Regionals. Twelve teams were unable to finish their rounds because of rain.
Love now defines marriage
May 20, 2005
Now that we have celebrated the paper anniversary of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, may we pause for a moment to admit that the opponents were right: Same-sex marriage is proof of a crisis in traditional marriage.
An excess of excellence?
May 20, 2005
The college year has drawn to a close. Soon the high school year will finish. Tests are taken, papers submitted and final grades are reported.
Muppets move to Oz in Disney remake
May 20, 2005
This “Wizard” is odd. The folks at “The Wonderful World of Disney” have cast R&B star Ashanti in “Muppets Wizard of Oz” (7 p.m., ABC), based on one of the most beloved musical films of all time, but have decided to do away with the songs.
Giddens’ leg slashed outside bar
May 20, 2005
Kansas University shooting guard J.R. Giddens was hospitalized Thursday for a severe cut on his calf suffered in an early-morning knife fight outside a Lawrence bar.
Arts and Entertainment Calendar
May 20, 2005
 
Horoscopes
May 20, 2005
Those with birthdays today: You have unusual energy and perception. You do better working with one partner or individual at a time. Don’t scatter yourself, if possible. Use self-discipline with finances and avoid risks.
Changes in your Business section
May 20, 2005
The Journal-World soon will be making room for more personal finance, consumer and other news-you-can-use information in the Business section. This news will replace standard stock listings.
Fickle farming
Gambling is a way of life for Kansas farmers.
May 20, 2005
Average farm income figures released this week by the Kansas Farm Management Assn. are a vivid illustration of the risks and vagaries of being a farmer.
Fear won’t ease shift to new power balance
May 20, 2005
President Bush and Vice President Cheney fight an inexorable tide that pushes their goal of restoring presidential and national power further away even as they accelerate their efforts to reach it. They swim against a tide of the global fragmentation of power in all its forms - economic, political and military.
Briefly - World
May 20, 2005
¢ Liberals keep power by one vote ¢ First hurricane of season threat to Central America ¢ Marxist rebels kill at least 13 police officers ¢ Five soldiers dead, 65 missing in snowstorm
Iraq asks neighbors to help stop infiltration of foreign fighters
May 20, 2005
Iraq’s prime minister called on Syria on Thursday to block the infiltration of foreign fighters trying to start a civil war. More than a dozen Iraqis, including an Oil Ministry engineer, and four U.S. soldiers were reported killed in the ongoing daily bloodshed.
Cottonwood marks milestone
Lawrence nonprofit business expanding to meet growing needs
May 20, 2005
After stitching together their 2,000,000th military cargo strap Thursday afternoon, officials and other employees at Cottonwood Inc. now can look forward to their next milestone: expanding the business.
Local briefs
May 20, 2005
¢ Driver gets jail time for killing pedestrian ¢ Cycling CEO pleased with Lawrence race ¢ Highway Patrol plans focus on seat belt use
Documentary takes peek at state’s top leaders
May 20, 2005
Bill Graves was frustrated with the conservative wing of his party, Mike Hayden conceded he could be difficult to get along with and, at 93 years old, William Avery still fetches his own firewood. Those are some of the insights provided in a new documentary on Kansas governors that will premiere June 1 on the Washburn University cable channel, and this summer on public television throughout the state.