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Chat transcript with Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist
May 27, 2005
Welcome to our online chat with Matt Sayers, 6News chief meteorologist. The chat took place on Friday, May 27, at 1:00 PM and is now closed, but you can read the full transcript on this page.
Lawrence police capture man sought in Texas for first-degree murder
May 27, 2005
A rock falling from the sky helped catch a man wanted for first-degree murder.
MU investigation of KU fan sign incident clears police chief
May 27, 2005
The police chief at the University of Missouri acted “within his bounds of his duty as a police officer” when he grabbed a Kansas University student during an argument over a banner unfurled at an MU basketball game, MU officials said in an investigation report released today.
Light rain expected through afternoon
May 27, 2005
If you see a few sprinkles outside today, don’t change your Memorial Day plans — Lawrence is expected to get only a splash or two this afternoon, says Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist.
Choir takes show on road
Acclaimed youth singing group to visit Lawrence’s sister city in Germany
May 27, 2005
Lydia Long can’t wait to be an international ambassador for her hometown of Lawrence. Lydia, a home-schooled seventh-grader, will join about 65 other members of the Lawrence Children’s Choir next week on a tour to Germany, including two concerts in Eutin, one of Lawrence’s sister cities.
Jennings shuts down Cubs
Rockies hurler back on track in 5-2 triumph
May 27, 2005
Jason Jennings finally looked like the confident pitcher who earned a big contract from the Colorado Rockies. Jennings (2-6), who entered Thursday’s game with a 7.05 earned-run average, allowed one run on seven hits in seven innings as the Rockies snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Self: Giddens won’t be arrested
May 27, 2005
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self said Thursday there was no truth to the rumor J.R. Giddens would be arrested today or kicked off the basketball team.
Holdsclaw propels L.A., 84-75
May 27, 2005
Chamique Holdsclaw had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Sparks overcame a WNBA-record 15 three-pointers by Washington, beating the Mystics, 84-75, Thursday night.
Best Bets
May 27, 2005
 
Reno County settles with ex-attorney for $35,000
May 27, 2005
A now-disbarred attorney accused of bribing a former sheriff to get a contract to run the Reno County jail annex will pay $35,000 to end the county’s efforts to recover profits from the scheme.
CEO to step down at Topeka-based Payless ShoeSource
Boss of Nike subsidiary to take helm
May 27, 2005
Payless ShoeSource Inc. is bringing in the boss of a Nike subsidiary to replace its longtime chairman and CEO, who is resigning to pursue other interests.
Commodities
May 27, 2005
 
Marine no longer faces murder charges
May 27, 2005
The Marine Corps dropped murder charges Thursday against an officer accused of riddling two Iraqis with bullets and hanging a warning sign on their corpses as a grisly example to other suspected insurgents.
Will votes halt march to European Union?
May 27, 2005
The European Union, which has a flag no one salutes and an anthem no one knows, now seeks ratification of a constitution few have read. Surely only its authors have read its turgid earnestness without laughing, which is one reason why the European project is foundering. On Sunday in France, and Wednesday in Holland, Europe’s elites - political, commercial and media - may learn the limits of their ability to impose their political fetishes on restive and rarely consulted publics.
Kansas high school sports scores for May 26
May 27, 2005
 
Caring society
May 27, 2005
 
Briefly - World
May 27, 2005
¢ Countries pledge more for Darfur peacekeeping ¢ Plan elusive as nuclear conference nears end ¢ Election reform referendum approved ¢ Search continues for plane crash survivors ¢ Hmong camp closes
Personality, finances figure in where to live
May 27, 2005
When Kristin Zey enrolled at Kansas University she could live in a residence hall, join a sorority or live off campus. “I wanted to live close to campus, but I didn’t want to share baths with other girls,” Zey said. “Living in a small room with another person didn’t seem like much fun. I like having my own space.”
Price wants progress
May 27, 2005
Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price is ready for the next step. Two Big 12 Conference tournaments in three years is progress enough, but zero postseason victories and a bottom-half finish isn’t where the third-year coach wants to tread.
KU track headed to Midwest Regional
May 27, 2005
Weights standout Sheldon Battle and 27 other Kansas University track and field athletes today and Saturday will be in Norman, Okla., for the NCAA Midwest Regional championships.
Is this Valencia’s year?
Free State junior takes calm approach; city squads sending solid group to meet
May 27, 2005
If Free State High’s Alysha Valencia can keep her promise, then she could fulfill her phenomenal potential at this weekend’s state track meet.
Ginobili’s energy, amazing shots driving Spurs
May 27, 2005
The fastball-like pass that set up a series-winning shot with 0.5 seconds left was gutsy. The 52-foot bank shot in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals was impressive. The behind-the-back reverse layup in the closing minutes of Game 2 was mind-boggling.
Brown’s exit from Pistons a possibility
May 27, 2005
An unspoken secret seems to envelop the Detroit Pistons, the expectation that Larry Brown won’t be around next season. The broad outline of an exit strategy already is in place for the coach, the future day-to-day developments sketched out in pencil. All indications point to another of Brown’s many departures, with doctors’ orders already the designated culprit.
Jays complete sweep of Red Sox
Boston stumbles against Toronto, 8-1, falls to fourth place in East standings
May 27, 2005
The slumping Boston Red Sox are looking up at the New York Yankees now. Eric Hinske homered as part of a six-run first inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox with an 8-1 victory Thursday night.
Roddick exits early again
Acasuso claims five-set victory in France
May 27, 2005
Andy Roddick failed to make it through the opening week at the French Open for the fifth time in as many tries, blowing a two-set advantage Thursday and a fifth-set lead against Argentine Jose Acasuso.
Memorial Day closings announced
May 27, 2005
All city, county and state offices will be closed Monday for the Memorial Day holiday, as will federal offices and federal and state courts. City offices in area towns and counties also will be closed.
Big picture
Before proceeding with any changes to the 19th and Louisiana intersection, city commissioners should consider traffic flow on the full length of 19th Street.
May 27, 2005
Lawrence school board members are taking the right approach in their comments concerning potential changes to the intersection of 19th and Louisiana streets.
Nelly moves from rap to acting
May 27, 2005
Nelly is used to making hits. Getting hit was another story. The superstar rapper is making his movie debut in “The Longest Yard,” as the running back for a prison football squad that takes on a team of guards. Adam Sandler plays the quarterback and Burt Reynolds - who starred in the 1974 original - plays the prison team’s coach.
Football replay
Reynolds back in ‘Longest Yard’ remake
May 27, 2005
Burt Reynolds has aged into a skinny, owlish geezer with beady bug-eyes poking out from under his latest toupee. But even at 69, he still looks like more of a football player than Adam Sandler.
Nuclear talks give Iran leverage with WTO
May 27, 2005
The World Trade Organization eased open its door to Iran on Thursday - an immediate reward for Tehran’s decision to stick with talks Europe hopes will reduce Tehran’s potential for nuclear mischief.
Rogers, Texas complete sweep of punchless K.C.
May 27, 2005
Kenny Rogers didn’t have to be at his sharpest to win his sixth straight start for the Texas Rangers, who hit three home runs in an 8-1 victory Thursday night to complete a sweep of Kansas City.
Onex still wants to buy Boeing plant
Union’s contract rejection doesn’t deter investment firm from plans
May 27, 2005
The proposed buyer of Boeing Co.’s commercial aircraft division in Wichita said Thursday it was not backing out of the deal after losing a key contract vote with the plant’s largest union.
Travelers take to sky, causing congestion
Security, Mother Nature likely to cause delays at U.S. airports this summer
May 27, 2005
Fliers beware: This summer vacation season could rival 2000, the worst ever for flight delays, cancellations and cranky travelers crammed into airport terminals.
Legislators propose paying life insurance for guardsmen
May 27, 2005
Legislators are proposing that the state pay for a life insurance policy available to Kansas National Guard members called to active duty in a combat zone.
Olathe East softball just keeps reloading
Hawks’ lone loss in last two years? Free State
May 27, 2005
Olathe East has won 29 softball games in a row. The Hawks have posted a 46-1 record during the last two seasons. So can anyone knock off the Olathe juggernaut in this weekend’s Class 6A state high school tournament at Clinton Lake Softball Complex?
Roundabout rules
May 27, 2005
 
Students offer must-have tips
May 27, 2005
So, you think you are prepared for your first year at Kansas University. Students at the Kansas Union offer the following essential items for KU newcomers:
Recreation center offers fitness plans
May 27, 2005
A healthy lifestyle is possible for Kansas University students. Recreation opportunities and nutritional help are available on campus. Many of the services are paid for through student fees.
Crime declines on campus
May 27, 2005
Crime continued its decline last year on the Kansas University campus, but efforts also are ongoing to make the campus even safer. In addition to officers with the KU Department of Public Safety, special night lighting, emergency phones and security cameras along with safe ride and walk services are utilized to provide campus security.
Center for Community Outreach programs
May 27, 2005
The Center for Community Outreach offers 15 volunteer programs to Kansas University students.
Programs connect many KU students with community
May 27, 2005
Lauren Donnelly started volunteering in her community in high school. When she enrolled in college at Kansas University she wanted to connect with the Lawrence community and help make a difference.
Film takes wild look at zoo animals
May 27, 2005
The animals at the Central Park Zoo appear to have a bad gig. They are stuck in the middle of America’s most overcrowded city, surrounded by skyscrapers that block out the sun and stars. Instead of frolicking in grasslands and splashing in waterfalls, they are bombarded by the noises of street traffic and drunk Yankees fans.
Director moves from Kansas to ‘Madagascar’
May 27, 2005
As a child growing up in Prairie Village, Eric Darnell woke at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings even though the cartoons didn’t start for another half hour. He sat with a bowl of Cheerios watching “Farm Report,” eagerly awaiting the animated toons. Now his childhood love of cartoons has led to a career as an animation director.
Organized living groups
May 27, 2005
 
Roommates have to learn to adapt
May 27, 2005
Jessica Sullivan says she had a less-than-ideal roommate her first semester at Kansas University. “I’ve always shared a room my whole life, but my roommate was an only child,” said Sullivan, a Westwood, Mo., native who just finished her junior year at KU. “She didn’t know what would be considered rude.”
Newcomer Tips
May 27, 2005
The Freshman-Sophomore Advising Center provides the following tips to Kansas University underclassmen:
KU on Wheels helps students cross campus
May 27, 2005
Getting to class can be a challenge for students, especially when they are in a hurry. Fortunately, Kansas University students have many transportation options.
Ellen’s summer reading list
May 27, 2005
I never did figure out the meaning of the phrase “summer reading.” Since when did reading come in and out of season like, say, strawberries? Do some books only ripen with enough sunshine? Are there others that need a soupcon of sand to turn the pages?
Chirac urges support for EU treaty
French to vote on constitution
May 27, 2005
With his hopes for Europe on the line, President Jacques Chirac went on national television to deliver a dramatic appeal for a continentwide constitution - warning his countrymen that they hold “France’s destiny in their hands” in a weekend referendum.
Giving life to a dead language
More students see the benefits of Latin studies
May 27, 2005
To Heidi TenPas, mom is sometimes ‘mater.’ And Tiffany Kwak might jokingly call a friend ‘pestis’ or ‘furcifer.’ Who said Latin class was a snore? Not these Free State High students. The two are among a growing number of teens turning to Latin for an academic challenge, a bit of fun, and an edge if they ever find themselves on a television quiz show.
Federal Judge VanBebber dies at 73
Rulings included OKC bomb case, South Lawrence Trafficway, Phelps
May 27, 2005
U.S. District Court Judge G. Thomas VanBebber died Thursday. He was 73. “He was an indomitable spirit : a wonderful judge,” said Steve McAllister, dean of the Kansas University School of Law.
Mayor picks new face for planning board
Bypassed commissioner says commission becoming more political
May 27, 2005
Mayor Boog Highberger has decided not to reappoint former Mayor Ernie Angino to a second term on the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, opting instead for a Kansas University employee with a background in planning.
Parks and Rec gets new weather tool
Radios will warn camp counselors when storms are on the way
May 27, 2005
Thunder won’t be the only thing that Lawrence Parks and Recreation officials will be listening for during this summer storm season. Now, thanks to a gift by the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency, they’ll be listening for the shrill beep of portable weather radios.
KHP still working details of wreck
Educator’s family mourns her loss
May 27, 2005
At school, Elaine Schmitz devoted all her attention to the children. “She would notice the small things - the new pair of flip-flops, the new pencil, the new hairstyle,” said Amy Wintermantel, a fifth-grade teacher in Baldwin who had Schmitz in her classroom as a paraprofessional.
For many, U.S. 59 work can’t start soon enough
May 27, 2005
Jeanne Nottingham knows U.S. Highway 59 like the back of her hand. She and her husband, David, own the Baldwin Junction Veterinary Clinic at the intersection of highways 59 and 56. The couple also reside near the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and County Route 460.
Democrats force Senate to delay vote on Bolton
After brief respite from partisanship, Senate divided along party lines
May 27, 2005
The battle over John R. Bolton returned the Senate Thursday to its familiar patterns of partisan confrontation and finger-pointing, just three days after centrists from the two parties reached an agreement that averted a clash over judicial nominees.
People
May 27, 2005
¢ He’s Mr. Right for Yearwood ¢ Carey has 16th chart-topper ¢ Jolie denies Pitt rumors ¢ Judge blocks evidence showing Jackson’s genitalia ¢ Birthdays
Faith journey’ awaits
May 27, 2005
Seek and ye shall find. That’s pretty much the situation for Kansas University students who come to campus looking for opportunities to enhance their spiritual lives.
Campus involvement appeals to many
May 27, 2005
When 2005 Kansas University graduate Mark Lyda came to Kansas University four years ago, he hadn’t considered participating in campus programs.
Maize to face SMNW in semifinals
May 27, 2005
The Maize Eagles will take on the Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougars in the semifinals of the 6A state championship Saturday. The Eagles defeated the Falcons, 7-1, Friday.
Free State baseball tumbles
May 27, 2005
The Shawnee Mission Northwest Cougars beat the Firebirds, 5-4, Friday afternoon in the Class 6A state tournament at Hoglund Ballpark.
Firebirds softball prevails, 5-3
May 27, 2005
The Firebirds beat the Grizzlies, 5-3, Friday night at Clinton Lake Sports Complex to advance in the Class 6A state tournament.
Career center helps students find jobs
May 27, 2005
Joe Morgan has spent two years working at Watson Library, helping patrons find the right books and other information. In doing so, he joins a large number of Kansas University students who have found work on campus.
Adjusting to new surroundings takes time
May 27, 2005
Kansas University freshman Kate Hill was reminded pretty quickly that KU wasn’t crawling with students from her hometown of Andover.
Healthy eating habits prove challenging
May 27, 2005
It used to be that skinny teenagers went off to college to gain the “Freshman 15.” Now, they often arrive at Kansas University with the extra poundage.
Teachers, district to continue negotiating
May 27, 2005
There will be talk of salaries, fringe benefits, sick leave and the district’s early retirement plan this summer as Lawrence school district officials and teachers negotiate for the next school year.
Great-grandma gives birth to twins
May 27, 2005
A 57-year-old great-grandmother who gave birth to a set of twins last month said Thursday she danced with her husband only hours after the delivery.
Pump Patrol
May 27, 2005
 
Area briefs
May 27, 2005
¢ Store seeks jury trial on obscenity complaint ¢ Kansas to participate in sex offenders registry
Probe reveals Quran mishandlings
But detainee’s account of flushed holy book questioned
May 27, 2005
The prisoner who told FBI agents in 2002 that a Quran had been flushed down a toilet at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp did not repeat the allegation during recent questioning by Army investigators, the U.S. commander of the camp said Thursday.
Study says K.C. roads are worst in nation
May 27, 2005
Road conditions in and around Kansas City and St. Louis are among the worst in the nation, a new study of large metropolitan areas shows.
Corrections
May 27, 2005
 
On the record
May 27, 2005
 
Lawrence Datebook
May 27, 2005
 
Jayhawks go down in big way
KU bats silent again in 9-0 loss to Texas
May 27, 2005
Nineteen innings of baseball, and Kansas University mustered one unearned run this week at the Big 12 Conference tournament. A statistic like that rarely leads to success — especially in the college game, which is offensively gifted thanks to the jolt of men swinging aluminum bats.
Bank heist suspect makes appearance from hospital bed
Review concludes officers used reasonable force in shooting
May 27, 2005
A man accused of robbing an Olathe bank last week still has not recovered enough from multiple gunshot wounds to make a court appearance. So Wednesday, the court came to him.
Arts and Entertainment Calendar
May 27, 2005
 
State old hat for FSHS
Experience should help Firebird baseball deal with pressure
May 27, 2005
Free State High’s baseball team won’t be caught off guard in its third straight Class 6A state tournament. In 2003, it was thrilling just to be there.
Iraqi, U.S. troops plan Baghdad security sweep
May 27, 2005
Iraqi troops and American soldiers will blockade the roads leading in and out of Baghdad next week in the largest operation ever undertaken by the nation’s new security forces.
Library workshops gaining students
May 27, 2005
For Kansas University students such as Jill Mayhood, the libraries on campus provide a quiet sanctuary to focus on schoolwork. Mayhood, a junior from Neodesha majoring in human biology, brings her laptop to one of the campus’ two large libraries, Watson or Anschutz, logs onto the Internet using the wireless connection, and studies in peace for hours.
Advising center helps with students’ transition
May 27, 2005
Amber Slusser wasn’t sure what she would major in when she arrived at Kansas University as a freshman.. Luckily for the Wichita native - and thousands of other KU students - the Freshman-Sophomore Advising Center was there to help. After meeting with advisers at the center and spending her first semester exploring different options, Slusser picked elementary education as her future career.
Briefcase
May 27, 2005
¢ Sprint closes deal for 6,600 towers ¢ Economy grows beyond expectations ¢ Chico’s profit rises ¢ AIG, former execs face civil suit
Camping out for tickets creates memories
May 27, 2005
Let’s be honest. Twenty years from now, you won’t be bending your kid’s ear with stories about all the wonderful things you learned in English Lit 101. They won’t care. But, oh, how their eyes will light up when you tell them about the time you scored front row seats to the Missouri game.
This Weekend’s Highlights
May 27, 2005
 
Bush pledges Palestinian aid
May 27, 2005
President Bush on Thursday gave Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas an important show of support, offering U.S. financial aid and hailing his reform efforts in the first White House meeting with a Palestinian leader since 2000.
Briefly - Nation
May 27, 2005
¢ Tests show no sign of missing children’s blood ¢ Two brothers, friend found dead in river ¢ New meningitis shot recommended for kids ¢ Congress again extends highway program ¢ Four state lawmakers face bribery charges ¢ Asbestos fund bill faces Senate opposition ¢ Judge rules against DeLay PAC official ¢ Chemical may affect baby boys’ genitalia ¢ Senate OKs bill to fund stem cell research ¢ Anti-abortion advocate signals state Senate bid
Coaches’ vote will be made public
Results of final regular-season poll to be revealed in hopes of avoiding another controversy
May 27, 2005
California coach Jeff Tedford got what he wanted: From now on, balloting in the final regular-season coaches poll will be made public. Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, said Thursday the decision was best for the game. The change comes after a public outcry last season, when the Golden Bears lost a shot at a Bowl Championship Series game, in part because they were dropped in the final coaches poll.
Doomed TV shows to air repeats
May 27, 2005
Going … going … gone. Television’s summer is officially under way, giving viewers their final opportunities to catch repeats of the series that won’t be returning next fall.
Horoscopes
May 27, 2005
 
Local briefs
May 27, 2005
¢ Jury convicts man of stealing cattle ¢ No verdict reached in brothers’ drug trial ¢ Salman Rushdie to speak at KU ¢ Law school honors Brownback, Murguia ¢ Free State graduate named memorial scholar ¢ Lawrence resident wins writing awards ¢ KU grad named chief of staff at Energy Dept. ¢ Moore to hold online Social Security forum ¢ KPR wins AP awards ¢ Spill disrupts traffic at busy intersection
Judge says pressures led him to porn Web sites
May 27, 2005
Sobbing at times, Saline County District Court Judge George Robertson on Wednesday said stress from his duties as a church elder and a caseload of more than 3,000 cases a year caused him to view Internet porn sites on his county-owned office computer.
Office provides resources for disabled students
May 27, 2005
When a student with a disability arrives on campus, Disability Resources works to provide assistance at school and teach the student to help themselves in the future.
Van Go
Waka Wagon finds unique way to spread the word about Lawrence festival
May 27, 2005
They don’t chase ghosts or share snacks with a talking Great Dane, but they do drive the most distinctive van since the Mystery Machine. They are David and John Barrett - aka Team B.
Music scene causes buzz downtown
May 27, 2005
Don’t let your professors fool you. Sure, studying is important, but college is about more than research papers and midterms. So when you’ve put in enough time with the books for one evening, it’s good to know where to head for Lawrence nightlife.
America respects frank talk
May 27, 2005
In a nation that so values freedom of speech, one would think that frank talk would also be valued. But consider the consequences in three settings.
Health clinics for uninsured coming to Eudora
Health Care Access service starts June 1
May 27, 2005
Eudora residents without medical insurance will have the opportunity to take advantage of some special health clinics beginning June 1.