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World Online: Panorama — Booth Family Hall of Athletics
May 21, 2005
About 40 people attended the groundbreaking of the Booth Family Hall of Athletics on Saturday. The 26,000-square-foot addition to Allen Fieldhouse is expected to be done before the first basketball game of the 2005 season.
Lied Center, artist to be honored
Governor’s Arts Awards winners will be recognized today
May 21, 2005
A celebrated Lawrence artist and a local venue that draws performers from the far reaches of the world will be recognized today with Kansas Governor’s Arts Awards.
People and places
May 21, 2005
 
Sparks, Storm, Sun teams to beat in ‘05
May 21, 2005
The Los Angeles Sparks made the biggest offseason deal, acquiring three-time All-Star Chamique Holdsclaw, and once again look like the team to beat in the WNBA.
Preakness proving ground for Giacomo
Victory at Pimlico today would show Kentucky Derby win was no fluke
May 21, 2005
Even though he has won the Kentucky Derby, a question still lingers for Giacomo: Was his Derby victory at 50-1 odds a fluke or a first step on the way to the Triple Crown?
Suns work overtime to clinch series
Phoenix decks Dallas, 130-126, reaches conference finals
May 21, 2005
With Steve Nash leading the way, there’s simply no stopping the Phoenix Suns’ offense: not in a game, and, perhaps, not in the playoffs.
Sox win battle of Chicago
Garcia outpitches Maddux in victory over Cubs
May 21, 2005
The White Sox brought their brand of aggressive baseball eight miles across town and gave the Cubs a glimpse of why they own the best record in the majors.
Vikings should dump troublemaker
Three-time drug-testing loser Smith finally has gone over the edge with his goofy behavior
May 21, 2005
Apparently, J. Edgar Hoover was right. Smoking pot is an insidious and addictive habit and probably a Communist plot. Back in the 1970s, we figured the head G-man took a perverse pleasure in teaming with Richard Nixon to try to stomp on all the peace, love and flowers going around. So when we viewed those grainy black-and-white films in health class - featuring a skinny, bug-eyed, jittery dude huddled in a corner with a funny-looking cigarette - we giggled.
People
May 21, 2005
¢ Sitcom star joins ‘Spider-Man 3’ cast ¢ UCLA to honor Hopkins ¢ Romano ready to move beyond network comedy ¢ Prosecution: Jackson defense may rest early next week ¢ Birthdays
Emmys bring daytime stars out for night of awards
May 21, 2005
Ellen DeGeneres’ easygoing talk show swept the Daytime Emmy awards on Friday and “Jeopardy!” - with a boost from Ken Jennings’ 74-game winning streak - was honored as best game show.
Dissident, diplomat: Iran smuggling graphite
May 21, 2005
Iran is circumventing international export bans on sensitive dual-use materials by smuggling graphite and a graphite compound that can be used to make conventional and nuclear weapons, an Iranian dissident and a senior diplomat said Friday.
Bush vows to veto stem cell research bill
May 21, 2005
President Bush vowed Friday to veto legislation intended to ease the restrictions he imposed on stem cell research in 2001, setting up a potentially divisive battle with Congress over the morality of modern science.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
May 21, 2005
Legislators overwhelmingly approved a bill providing $250,000 to families of any Kansas National Guard member killed in a combat zone. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius plans to sign the measure.
Jayhawks dumped by GT in debut
KU facing elimination today vs. Tenn. Tech
May 21, 2005
Kansas University’s softball team lost a heartbreaking battle with Georgia Tech, 3-1 in nine innings, in an NCAA Regional opening-round game Friday night at UGA Softball Stadium.
Owners surprised about list
Word of off-limits bars news to proprietors
May 21, 2005
Rick Renfro was taken aback. So was Jerry Neverve. Renfro, who owns Johnny’s Tavern in North Lawrence, and Neverve, who owns the downtown Red Lyon Tavern, told the Journal-World they knew of no list of bars that had been placed off-limits to Kansas University student-athletes.
Lack of lights ends night
KU leading OSU, 6-3, when game postponed
May 21, 2005
Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price said Friday the Hoglund Ballpark field was in the best shape he had seen it since he arrived at KU three years ago. The weather was equally impressive: a comfortable, windless preview of the cool Kansas early summer nights ahead.
Mabry slam sinks K.C.
May 21, 2005
Mark Mulder beats Kansas City even on his bad nights. The St. Louis left-hander walked a season-high five Friday and twice allowed the Royals to load the bases with none out. But thanks to John Mabry’s grand slam and RBI double, the Cardinals defeated their cross-state rivals, 7-6, pushing Mulder’s career record to 9-1 against the Royals.
Rural exemption for builders might see moratorium
County commissioners worry bypass of rezoning, platting processes being abused
May 21, 2005
County commissioners are set to discuss a temporary ban on constructing homes on rural tracts currently exempt from the rezoning and platting process.
Lawmakers OK death benefits for guardsmen
Measure would provide $250,000 to families of Kansans killed in combat
May 21, 2005
Legislators wasted little time Friday in overwhelmingly passing a bill providing $250,000 to families of Kansas National Guard members killed in combat, sending it to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who promised to sign it.
Quilt sewn to cover schoolchildren’s feet
Online auction to raise money for footwear fund
May 21, 2005
Stiletto heels and clogs may not be practical footwear for children. But area quilters say they hope that fabric depictions of the shoes will help raise more money for a group that provides shoes for needy Douglas County children.
LHS diver in second; Free State struggles
May 21, 2005
It has to be almost amazing that Lawrence High’s Meredith and Mallory West have not whacked each other at least once this season. Not only are the two sisters, but they’re competing every day against each other in the pool.
Briefly - World
May 21, 2005
¢ UNICEF: Authorities must help halt killings ¢ Government minister, bodyguard killed in blast ¢ Ferry disasters leave 133 dead, 187 missing ¢ U.N. warns against linking dues to reform ¢ Laura Bush contradicts White House position ¢ Researchers discover new species of monkey ¢ Rice broadens indictment of Syria
Dozens of soldiers feared dead in ‘snow tsunami’
May 21, 2005
Forty-one soldiers lost in a “snow tsunami” on the peaks of the Andes are “most probably dead,” the army’s top commander said Friday as survivors spoke tearfully of leaving behind comrades too exhausted to make it out of the blizzard.
Pump Patrol
May 21, 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’s achievements in limelight
May 21, 2005
Kansas University is stronger than it has ever been in the institution’s history, Chancellor Robert Hemenway said Friday. The school has its highest enrollment ever with 29,590 students, he said. With that comes the strongest student body in history based on grade-point averages, standardized test scores and the 329 National Merit Scholars enrolled at KU.
Commencement Guide
May 21, 2005
Your guide to attending commencement exercises at Kansas University, which are Sunday. The procession starts at 2:30, with the ceremony beginning at Memorial Stadium about an hour later.
Math teacher pockets $10,000, courtesy of Bobs
May 21, 2005
They resembled the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol. Lawrence school Supt. Randy Weseman, representatives of the Lawrence Schools Foundation, district staff and school board members descended on a typical awards ceremony at West Junior High Friday.
Giddens’ judgment called in question
KU player released from hospital after stabbing; alleged participant in custody
May 21, 2005
Kansas University leaders criticized J.R. Giddens’ judgment Friday, the same day the Jayhawk basketball star was released from the hospital for injuries suffered early Thursday in a fight at a Lawrence bar.
1988 NCAA champ to finally graduate
Marshall to go down hill for real
May 21, 2005
When he left Kansas University in 1988, Archie Marshall had two blown knees, dreams of making the NBA and no college degree. It didn’t hit him until 2003, when he returned for the 15th anniversary of the 1988 championship basketball team, that receiving his diploma might actually mean something to him.
Lawrence police earn more than area peers
New compensation package for officers paying off, but wages for other city workers still lagging
May 21, 2005
There are fewer farewell parties at the Lawrence Police Department these days. Detective Troy Squire thinks he knows of a big reason why. A new compensation package approved by city commissioners last year made a concerted effort to improve the pay of police officers to better compete with wages offered in surrounding communities.
Boeing turns up heat on machinists as vote nears
Canadian buyer notifying workers today
May 21, 2005
Just days before a deal-breaking union vote that could derail the sale of The Boeing Co.’s commercial aircraft operations in Kansas and Oklahoma, the Canadian buyer told machinists Friday that letters telling them whether or not they have a job offer are in the mail.
Local briefs
May 21, 2005
¢ Commission meeting canceled ¢ KU student dies after long illness ¢ Man gets 32 months in child abuse case ¢ Forum to discuss mental health issues
Robert Plant’s dancing days are here again
May 21, 2005
There are always going to be echoes of Led Zeppelin in Robert Plant’s solo albums, though there have been times in the 25 years since that group’s demise that the iconic singer has seemed to distance himself from its legacy.
Domestic drama gets Super Bowl send-off
May 21, 2005
What a difference a hit makes. Last year on the last Sunday of May sweeps, ABC had room on its Sunday schedule to fit in a repeat of “The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour.”
Faith in our fathers
Showtime drama focuses on effects of sexual abuse by Catholic priests
May 21, 2005
“Our Fathers” confronts a subject that seems all too ripe for exploitation: sexually abusive priests in the Catholic Church.
Amish carpenters build home for the mentally ill
May 21, 2005
On the grounds of a private psychiatric center, Amish carpenters are at work on a modest, two-story house with light gray siding - a place that will serve members of their faith who are afflicted with mental illness.
Arts Note
May 21, 2005
¢ Library looking for teen volunteers
Apologies are necessary when parents err
May 21, 2005
I recently scolded my daughter for something I found out later she hadn’t done. Would you go so far as to apologize to a child if you felt you had been in the wrong?
Expo unveils latest gadgets
May 21, 2005
Plenty of gadgets shown at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo had absolutely nothing to do with the next generation of video game consoles from Microsoft Corp., Nintendo Co. and Sony Corp. The new Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Revolution eventually will get out. But until that distant day, visitors happily made do with a treasure trove of nifty video game gear.
Stocks post strong week
Dow declines on profit-taking
May 21, 2005
Investors taking profits after the week’s big advance sent many stocks falling Friday, but the lack of a wholesale selloff left many on Wall Street pleased with the market’s resiliency. The Nasdaq composite index managed a small gain, and all three major indexes had their best week of 2005.
Abbas must be accountable
May 21, 2005
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet President Bush in Washington Thursday. He is getting this meeting because the Bush administration has concluded that Abbas has done more than his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, to reduce violence against Israeli civilians and reform the Palestinian security services, among other preconditions stated in the road map for Middle East peace.
U.S. must look back to move forward
May 21, 2005
If you want to understand why things are going so badly in Iraq, read the profile of Douglas Feith, the No. 3 man at the Pentagon, in the May 9 issue of the New Yorker.
Starting point
ity officials have received some solid suggestions for increasing access to affordable housing in Lawrence.
May 21, 2005
A report delivered to local officials this week may provide some basis for action to provide more affordable housing in Lawrence. While “affordable” housing has been a topic of much conversation in campaigns and public meetings, it’s been difficult for officials to get their arms around the problem. We want people who work in Lawrence to be able to live and raise families here, but it was difficult to see how to offset the effects of a popular, but increasingly costly, housing market.
New suspect charged in girl’s death; old charges dropped despite confession
May 21, 2005
The investigation into the slaying of a 10-year-old girl took a strange turn Friday when prosecutors dropped murder charges against the man who had confessed to the crime that stunned this quiet Indiana town.
Possible liver donation doesn’t sway parole board’s ruling
Death-row inmate had asked for delay to help ailing sister
May 21, 2005
The Indiana Parole Board voted unanimously Friday against a death-row inmate’s request that his execution be delayed so he can donate part of his liver to an ailing sister.
Analyst describes problems with war planning
May 21, 2005
Planning for the Iraq war was hobbled by tensions between Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and military planners over the staying power of Saddam Hussein’s regime, by leaks of highly classified war plans and by little attention to the war’s aftermath, according to a new insider account.
Sunni-Shiite rift leads to mosque closures
May 21, 2005
Sunni Muslim clerics closed several mosques here after Friday prayers and thousands of Shiite Muslims took to the streets in several Iraqi cities, both in protest to assassinations and sectarian violence that have left more than 400 dead in recent weeks.
Society Calendar
May 21, 2005
 
Pacers now must prepare for life without Miller
May 21, 2005
Reggie Miller had been preparing for the moment for several years, handing the team leadership over to younger, more athletic players and getting the Indiana Pacers ready to move on without him.
Pistons must face Shaq again
May 21, 2005
The Pistons knew Shaq probably would be in their way again. When Shaquille O’Neal was traded to Miami, the Pistons figured they likely would face the All-Star center in the Eastern Conference playoffs after beating him and the Los Angeles Lakers in last year’s NBA Finals.
Indy drivers set for more qualifying
May 21, 2005
Drivers hoping to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 were searching for more speed Friday, and those already in the 33-car field worked on making their cars more competitive.
Newman polesitter at Challenge
May 21, 2005
Ryan Newman proved yet again that no one is better at qualifying - no matter what the procedure might be.
Busch race at Kansas Speedway to benefit United Way
May 21, 2005
This fall’s NASCAR Busch Series race at Kansas Speedway will be the first in the sport’s history to bear the name of a charitable organization, track and sponsor officials said Friday.
Pirates keep Rockies reeling on road
May 21, 2005
Seeing the Pittsburgh Pirates score more than a handful of runs was so comforting to pitcher Mark Redman and manager Lloyd McClendon, they almost relaxed. Almost.
Perry cruising at Colonial
Golfer fires 63, leads by three strokes
May 21, 2005
Kenny Perry is having vision problems that make it difficult for him to read greens or see clearly from long distances and shady spots. Yet, Perry is so comfortable playing at the Colonial that he’s still in the lead by three strokes with a tournament-record score after two rounds.
Mexican president speaking out after comments perceived as racist
May 21, 2005
President Vicente Fox, the champion of Mexican migrants, is taking to the airwaves to convince Americans he isn’t racist.
Missouri Levee project touted
May 21, 2005
Missouri Levee project touted
Former KU student guilty of 13 counts of arson in K.C. suburbs
May 21, 2005
An Olathe man - and former Kansas University student - was convicted Friday of 13 counts of arson for a string of blazes that caused millions of dollars in damage last year in four Kansas City suburbs.
Final ‘Star Wars’ film tops one-day record of $50M
May 21, 2005
The last of the “Star Wars” movies has done what no movie in history has ever accomplished - sold $50 million worth of tickets in a single day.
Filibuster showdown vote set for Tuesday
May 21, 2005
Senate Republicans set the stage for a showdown Tuesday over the filibusters blocking several of President Bush’s judicial nominees, a historic vote that could determine whether an out-of-power party can stop a president from placing like-minded jurists on the nation’s highest courts.
Anthrax scare forces evacuation of New Mexico Capitol building
May 21, 2005
The state Capitol was evacuated Friday after the governor’s office received a package containing an unknown white powder and a threatening letter.
Lawrence Datebook
May 21, 2005
 
Free State’s Pipkin 1-2
May 21, 2005
Free State junior Keith Pipkin went 1-2 at the Class 6A state tennis tournament Friday and advanced to the second day.
FSHS boys, girls second at regional
May 21, 2005
Free State High’s boys and girls placed second, and Lawrence High’s boys were third and its girls fourth at a Class 6A regional track and field meet Friday at the Olathe District Activities Center.
On the record
May 21, 2005
 
Simons: KU does its best to give graduates a superior education
May 21, 2005
Although some graduates will decide to pursue graduate degrees either now or later, for thousands of men and women, this weekend’s commencement ceremony at Kansas University will mark the end of their formal education. In addition to the students who are graduating, there will be thousands of parents and relatives in Memorial Stadium to observe the commencement ceremonies. They have played an integral role in their graduate’s education over many years.
Best Bets
May 21, 2005
 
Gay rights group delays festival
May 21, 2005
A gay rights group in Jerusalem has delayed an international festival scheduled for August, citing Israel’s planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip at the same time, organizers said.
Hurricane Adrian forces evacuations, then weakens
May 21, 2005
Hurricane Adrian fizzled over Honduras Friday after slamming into El Salvador’s coast and forcing the evacuation of 23,000 people, officials said.
Commodities
May 21, 2005
 
Google launches personalized home page
May 21, 2005
Google Inc. introduced a service this week that allows users to personalize the company’s uncluttered home page with news headlines, local movie times and other features.
Club news
May 21, 2005
 
Asian emphasis
May 21, 2005
 
Traffic devices
May 21, 2005
 
Event slighted
May 21, 2005
 
Tougher penalties
May 21, 2005
 
Area briefs
May 21, 2005
¢ Fort Riley soldier killed in Iraq
Kansas volleyball headed to Brazil
May 21, 2005
Kansas University’s volleyball team will leave Monday for a 10-day trip to Brazil that will include four matches with club teams, training and community service.
Hall of Athletics ceremony today
May 21, 2005
The public is invited to the official groundbreaking for the Booth Family Hall of Athletics at 9:15 a.m. today.
Jayhawks 10th at regional golf
May 21, 2005
Kansas University’s men’s golf team carded a 14-over par 294 and fell to 10th out of 27 teams after the second round of the NCAA Central Regionals at the par-70 Warren Golf Course.
Briefcase
May 21, 2005
¢ Hyundai rolls out new auto plant ¢ Innovia Films spares Tecumseh plant ¢ Judge delays union ruling until May 31 ¢ Fed chair weighs China currency change
Tabloid runs photos of Saddam in underwear
U.S. military launches investigation of how pictures were leaked
May 21, 2005
The U.S. military condemned the publication Friday of photographs showing an imprisoned Saddam Hussein naked except for his white underwear, and ordered an investigation of how the pictures were leaked to a tabloid. Some Iraqis expressed anger, but President Bush said he did not think the images would incite further anti-American sentiment.
Briefly - Nation
May 21, 2005
¢ Orange becomes state’s official fruit ¢ Legislature votes to pull Sudanese investments ¢ Law banning Indians repealed ¢ Jury rules for Tribune in prosecutor’s libel case
Security tight at teacher’s wedding to former student
Mary Kay Letourneau married her former sixth-grade pupil after finishing prison term
May 21, 2005
Security leading up to the Friday night wedding of Mary Kay Letourneau and her former sixth-grade student rivaled that of a top-secret government operation - from secret instructions to a hush-hush rendezvous and identity checks.
Art on wheels
Out-of-this-world flying saucer will be among the creative vehicles in Art Tougeau Parade
May 21, 2005
Pat Slimmer is an old hand at creating special vehicles for Lawrence’s annual Art Tougeau Parade. He has participated in the popular community event, which features all manner of creatively festooned transport - bicycles, wheelchairs, children’s wagons and plenty of past-their-prime autos - four or five times before.
Court denies media request for arrest details of BTK case
May 21, 2005
A Kansas judge ruled Friday that the news media are not entitled to see an affidavit that details what led police to arrest Dennis Rader in the BTK serial murder case.
Bowler Glass fails to advance
May 21, 2005
Lawrence bowler Bob Glass finished just one spot too low to advance to the finals of the U.S. Senior Open on Friday at Sunnybrook Lanes.
Kansas high school sports scores for May 20
May 21, 2005
 
Horoscopes
May 21, 2005
 
Religion briefs
May 21, 2005
 
U.S. lagging behind in cloning research
May 21, 2005
Just a few years ago, Michigan State University scientist Jose Cibelli was considered the leading expert on cloning human embryos to treat and study disease.
KU basketball Class of 2001 to ‘leave together’
Five seniors — Simien, Langford, Miles, Lee, Hawkins — excited to all be graduating in four years
May 21, 2005
Wayne Simien stood in front of about 80 grade-school and high-school students — approximately 160 eyes transfixed on the 6-foot-9, 250-pound role model’s face. “Believe it or not, everyone does get older,” the 22-year-old Kansas University senior basketball player told an attentive audience during a recent engagement in Kansas City, Mo.
Faith forum
May 21, 2005
Besides Scripture, where do you turn for spiritual nourishment?
Database to tout state products
Department of Commerce compiling list of Kansas artisans, food producers
May 21, 2005
Jerry Bottenfield figures that spending a few minutes to fill out a form could pay off handsomely for his Lawrence-based soapmaking operation.
Scouting News
May 21, 2005
 
Corrections
May 21, 2005
The Journal-World’s policy is to correct all significant errors that are brought to the editors’ attention, usually in this space. If you believe we have made such an error, call (785) 832-7154, or e-mail news@ljworld.com.
Around and about
May 21, 2005