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A vicious revolution
British export Kasabian gets ‘honest about the world’
May 28, 2005
Pregnant isn’t a word one often uses to describe the current state of a rock band. It is perhaps fitting, though, when it comes to England’s latest export, Kasabian. The name derives from Charles Manson’s expecting getaway driver, Linda Kasabian. Yet that’s not the reason lead singer Tom Meighan declares, “We’re pregnant!”
People and Places
May 28, 2005
 
Teen prank leads to fugitive’s arrest
Murder suspect allegedly caught beating teens who had thrown rocks at his car
May 28, 2005
Investigators spent nearly two years trying to find Jason A. Smith on suspicion of a Texas murder. As things turned out, he was only a stone’s throw away.
Bush defends base closings in Naval Academy address
May 28, 2005
President Bush on Friday defended the Pentagon’s plans to close 180 military installations, telling Naval Academy graduates that the savings would help them win the war against terrorism.
Area briefs
May 28, 2005
¢ Sebelius announces Ag board appointments
On the record
May 28, 2005
 
Camara wins Infiniti Pro race
May 28, 2005
Jaime Camara still needs work on that celebration spin.
Injuries changed role of Detroit’s McDyess
May 28, 2005
Coming off the bench for the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference finals is Antonio McDyess, only 30, yet a half-decade removed from a time when he was considered the prototypical athletic power forward that every team wanted to have.
Ex-Jayhawks made splash in playoffs
May 28, 2005
Kansas University was well represented in the National Basketball Assn. this past season. In fact, the Jayhawks had nine players in the league. Kentucky led all colleges with 13 NBA players; Duke 10, while KU and Connecticut had nine.
Suns’ Nash benefits from Johnson’s return
Spurs at home tonight with 2-0 advantage in Western Conference finals
May 28, 2005
The Phoenix Suns have plenty of reasons to be excited about having Joe Johnson back for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals tonight. The biggest involves easing the huge burden the team has placed on Steve Nash - at both ends of the court.
Cleveland makes sense for Brown
May 28, 2005
Is there anybody left in the state of Michigan who expects Larry Brown to coach the Pistons next season? I mean, I suppose it’s possible, since Brown always has changed directions faster than Dwyane Wade ever will. But it’s getting really, really hard to imagine.
School makes dramatic turnaround
May 28, 2005
Two years after being designated among the worst schools in the state, a Hutchinson elementary school is a finalist for a national award given to exemplary schools.
Lawsuit claims Boeing planes had defective parts
Employees say manufacturer ignored complaints but harassed those making complaints
May 28, 2005
Three senior Boeing Co. employees have filed a lawsuit against the aircraft manufacturer claiming the company ignored numerous defective parts used to build airplanes.
Investors take early break
Stocks inch higher ahead of holiday
May 28, 2005
Stocks eked out modest gains Friday ahead of the long holiday weekend as investors eyed higher oil prices and a government report that showed rising personal incomes but slower growth in consumer spending.
Some economists predict doomsday for oil production
Geologist expects ‘permanent state of shortage’
May 28, 2005
Could the petroleum joyride - cheap, abundant oil that has sent the global economy whizzing along with the pedal to the metal and the AC blasting for decades - be coming to an end?
Briefcase
May 28, 2005
¢ Interstate Bakeries delays reports ¢ Avoiding surprises important at work ¢ Frontier loss climbs ¢ Personal incomes up
Anglicans, Catholics reach accord on view of Mary
May 28, 2005
In 1995, Pope John Paul II defined the top issues that would have to be resolved before Christianity could be reunited, including seemingly intractable differences over beliefs about Mary, the mother of Jesus. Now, a decade later, those obstacles suddenly don’t seem so great.
Shelter shift
Salvation Army officials are right to pull back on plans to have prison parolees share space in the agency’s new homeless shelter.
May 28, 2005
It’s easy to see why East Lawrence residents were concerned by an announcement that the new Salvation Army shelter also would serve as a halfway house for state prison parolees and it’s good to see that the Army is backing away from what apparently was a poorly considered plan.
Will Army now dishonor parents?
May 28, 2005
What do you suppose they’ll say about the war hero’s parents? After all, those who defend the present administration against charges of misinformation and misdirection have never been above a little character assassination where its critics are concerned. Their favorite tactic is to shout down dissent by yelling “Unpatriotic!” whenever it rears its head.
Much kindness
May 28, 2005
 
Opposition voice
May 28, 2005
 
Local briefs
May 28, 2005
¢ Ex-LHS star sentenced to 10 years in drug case ¢ New program series deals with grief issues ¢ KU Graduate School students, staff honored ¢ County receives grant for courthouse ¢ Bishop Seabury seniors graduate
Courtship provides alternative to dating model
May 28, 2005
My oldest son is approaching the age where we had previously agreed to allow him to date. The more I think about it, though, the more the whole idea concerns me. It seems that even in the best of dating situations, the negatives exceed the positives. I can’t help but feel that I’m setting my son up for failure. Several of my friends have adopted the concept of “courtship” rather than dating. Could you please explain this idea to me, and suggest which of the two arrangements you favor?
Prayer room questioned
May 28, 2005
A room for peaceful reflection and prayer at the University of Michigan-Flint has become a source of interfaith tension.
Movie message doesn’t play well on fields
May 28, 2005
Playing dirty is OK, as long as you don’t get caught. There is no greater goal than winning. Yelling, screaming and carrying on are proper behavior on the sports field. Calling kids losers is motivating.
Valentino: Americans like to dress up
May 28, 2005
Models look great on the runway and in advertisements, but Valentino, a designer known for his sexy dresses, likes to see real, regular women in his clothes because they “bring life” to a look.
Scouting News
May 28, 2005
 
White tiger at K.C. Zoo comes with controversy
Critics say breeding animals does not help save species
May 28, 2005
The gift shop at the Kansas City Zoo already is flush with white tiger toys as park officials anticipate the popularity of their special summer exhibit. A 325-pound tiger with cream-colored fur and somewhat blue-hued eyes will be both the star attraction of a new Asian-themed exhibit and the centerpiece of the zoo’s summer marketing campaign.
Insurgent car bombers claim regret for Iraqi deaths
May 28, 2005
Wisam Younis’ sole ambition in life, he said Friday, is to kill Americans. So he claimed surprise when he discovered his car bomb had killed eight Iraqis and wounded more than 80 outside a Baghdad restaurant.
Briefly - Nation
May 28, 2005
¢ Jury deliberations begin for Navy lieutenant ¢ Crowd gets partial peek at Bean unveiling ¢ Al-Qaida-linked terror group member deported ¢ Governor vetoes stem cell expansion bill ¢ Medicare benefit test has limited reach ¢ Government seeks access to online data ¢ Homicide suspect on crane now in custody ¢ FDA recall affects firm’s generic drugs ¢ Judge puts senator on house arrest
City issues first license for building contractors
Lawrence builder says program levels playing field
May 28, 2005
Lawrence city officials issued their first license for building contractors Friday morning, launching a program designed to set minimum standards for experience, education and insurance coverage in the building trades. For Lee Queen, who’s been building homes in town for more than 18 years, the move couldn’t come too soon.
Family operates successful online antiques house
80-year-old combines love of old things with high tech
May 28, 2005
Antiques fill the two buildings adjacent to the railroad tracks that pass through the tiny Rush County community of Alexander. Inside one of the buildings sits Granny, as she is known to virtually everyone. Her looks - soon to be 80 years old and ever so slight of build - are deceiving.
Correction
May 28, 2005
An article in Friday’s Journal-World contained incorrect hours for city recreation centers for Memorial Day. All centers will be closed, except for the city’s two swimming pools and the Eagle Bend Golf Course and Learning Center.
Mangino leery of certain bars
Coach cautions players about recent trouble spots
May 28, 2005
The latest incident involving Kansas University men’s basketball player J.R. Giddens opens a complex issue dealing with the nightlife of high-profile college athletes. After Giddens was stabbed in the calf during an after-hours brawl on May 19 outside the Moon Bar, 821 Iowa, KU athletic director Lew Perkins told the Kansas City Star there was a list of “three or four” places that all student-athletes were told not to attend, and the Moon Bar was one of them.
Japan says two men may be long-lost WW II soldiers
Reports say pair have been living in Philippines
May 28, 2005
Sixty years after the guns of World War II went silent, reports that two Japanese Imperial Army soldiers had been found in the mountains of the southern Philippines sent Japan’s diplomats on a frantic mission Friday to try to contact them.
Coalitions of convenience
May 28, 2005
Saddam Hussein has always been a bad guy. But once upon a time, he was also our guy. Back when he was fighting a long, bloody war against Iran, we graciously supplied him with financial and military support despite the fact that we knew he was a ruthless dictator who tortured and killed his own people.
Everybody has their own version’ of fracas
Police: It’s too early to say cause of Moon Bar fight
May 28, 2005
Despite published accounts that Kansas University basketball player J.R. Giddens instigated a fight last week outside a Lawrence bar, exactly what happened that night remains far from clear.
Sheffield’s shot lifts Yanks
Three-run homer decisive in victory over Red Sox
May 28, 2005
With the Boston Red Sox back in town, Gary Sheffield, Robinson Cano and Tony Womack put on an impressive show. Cano and Womack threw out runners at the plate in the sixth inning to keep Boston from building a big lead, and Cano and Sheffield hit impressive home runs during a five-run rally in the bottom half, leading the New York Yankees to a 6-3 victory Friday night.
People
May 28, 2005
¢ Tower for Thompson memorial service takes shape ¢ ‘Green Acres’ star dies ¢ ‘Law and Order’ banter hits too close to home for DeLay ¢ DIckinson out at ‘Top Model’ ¢ Jackson trial nears end ¢ Birthdays
Briefly - World
May 28, 2005
¢ King Fahd hospitalized ¢ Explosions kill 19 ¢ German chancellor touts EU constitution ¢ Clinton: Funds adequate for tsunami recovery ¢ Vietnam abandons plan for bird flu vaccine ¢ Australian sentenced for drug smuggling ¢ Thousands rally in support of democracy
Preserving the past
Campaign raises funds to improve Jewish burial ground
May 28, 2005
At the quiet intersection of two gravel roads in rural Douglas County stands a little piece of Jewish history. Occupying one quarter of a bucolic, two-acre parcel of land just southwest of Eudora is B’nai Israel Cemetery. It contains the graves of about 40 Jewish men, women and children stretching from the middle of the 19th century to the dawn of the 21st.
HBO soaper ‘Empire’ fails
May 28, 2005
Few television projects come with the elite pedigree of the two-part drama “Empire Falls” (8 p.m. today and Sunday, HBO). Based on an acclaimed novel by Richard Russo and adapted for the screen by the author, “Empire” features a dream cast including Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt, Robin Penn Wright and Aidan Quinn. In short, “Empire Falls” can’t go wrong.
MU clears police chief in banner incident
School officials say officer was within ‘bounds of duty’ during an altercation with KU fans
May 28, 2005
The police chief at the University of Missouri has been cleared of any wrongdoing in an argument involving Kansas University basketball fans.
Sex offenders used Medicaid to get Viagra, report says
May 28, 2005
Since 2000, 14 registered sex offenders in Kansas received Medicaid-paid drugs for impotence such as Viagra and four still are getting the medication, the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services said Friday.
Study: One in 12 Kansas drivers doesn’t know road safety rules
May 28, 2005
When instructor Bill Kennedy takes students on their first drives, he’s not so concerned whether they obey traffic rules. It’s the other drivers on the road he’s worried about.
Troubled cemetery gets spruced up for holiday
But court ruling leaves some patrons out of luck
May 28, 2005
Patrons can rest assured that the much-maligned Memorial Park Cemetery will be in good shape for the upcoming holiday activities, now that 40 city employees have been working at the property, Lawrence Parks and Recreation leaders said Friday.
Simons: Who will say ‘enough is enough’ spending on college sports?
May 28, 2005
Where will it stop? Is there any ceiling on the ever-escalating spending on college sports? Is there any individual or organization that has the clout, respect and commitment to actually do something about the race among NCAA Division-I colleges to outspend one another in a quest for winning teams? Will college presidents ever say “enough is enough”?
Seattle gets its first-ever heat advisory
May 28, 2005
Make that an iced coffee.
Acting FDA chief coming to Lawrence for summit
Event planners hope meeting will create continuing dialogue
May 28, 2005
The acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration will be in Lawrence next week for a summit on safety in the pharmaceutical industry.
Virtual school’s coffeehouse to put kick in learning
May 28, 2005
Traditional classrooms, with their austere rows of desks and chairs, will be replaced by slick booths, cafe tables and a coffee bar when Lawrence Virtual School’s learning cafe opens next week.
FDA checks link between Viagra, blindness
May 28, 2005
Millions of men take impotence drugs like Viagra. Now reports that 43 of them have developed a not-too-rare form of blindness have health officials examining if the drugs might play any role.
IRS to close help centers, add phone help lines
May 28, 2005
The Internal Revenue Service announced plans Friday to close 68 taxpayer assistance centers and shift more customer service to telephone help lines and volunteer programs.
Governors sign resolution backing water conservation on reservoirs
May 28, 2005
Eight governors have signed a resolution asking the Army Corps of Engineers to do what it can feasibly and legally to conserve water in the Missouri River reservoirs.
Lawrence Datebook
May 28, 2005
 
Lawrence man marshal at Topeka races
May 28, 2005
Rob Wendland of Lawrence is serving as grand marshal of the O’Reilly Summer Nationals NHRA drag races this weekend at Heartland Park Topeka.
Ottawa’s Blakesley sets 5A shot put record
May 28, 2005
In what could be Caleb Blakesley’s final track meet, the shot-putting monster from Ottawa High quickly made his mark Friday.
KU code of conduct forbids fighting
May 28, 2005
Kansas University’s student-athlete code of conduct stipulates that “fights started by or involving student athletes” will not be tolerated.
Helling impaled by broken bat
May 28, 2005
Right-hander Rick Helling, who pitches for the Milwaukee Brewers’ Class AAA Nashville affiliate, avoided serious injury Friday night despite being impaled in his left forearm by a large shard from a broken bat in a game against New Orleans.
Kansas high school sports scores for May 27
May 28, 2005
 
Kahne claims pole for Busch race
May 28, 2005
Kasey Kahne made the most of his late spot in the qualifying order Friday. Nearly an hour after defending Busch Series champ Martin Truex Jr. sped to the top, Kahne drove his Dodge to a record lap of 186.735 mph to win the pole for the Carquest 300 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Monarchs’ defense stingy
May 28, 2005
Sacramento limited San Antonio to a near-franchise low for field goals attempted, and Yolanda Griffith had 21 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Monarchs to a 71-67 victory over the Silver Stars on Friday.
Venus ousted at French
Williams falls to 15-year-old in three sets
May 28, 2005
Venus Williams did plenty to beat herself, and 15-year-old Sesil Karatantcheva took care of the rest. The young Bulgarian defeated an erratic Williams, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, Friday in the third round of the French Open.
Former Hillary Clinton aide acquitted in fund-raising case
May 28, 2005
The former national finance director for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate campaign was acquitted Friday of lying to the government about a lavish 2000 Hollywood fund-raising gala.
Transfer sought in bank heist case
May 28, 2005
A public defender for a man now charged with attempted air piracy after an Olathe bank robbery last week filed a motion Friday to have the wounded suspect transferred to a southwest Missouri federal prison hospital.
Protests decry Quran abuses
May 28, 2005
Muslims spat on the American flag, threw tomatoes at a picture of President Bush and burned the U.S. Constitution in protests Friday from Iraq to Indonesia over the alleged desecration of Islam’s holy book at Guantanamo Bay prison.
Poll puts Hawaii as top dream vacation
May 28, 2005
Black sand beaches, warm Pacific breezes, bubbling lava and the waves of Waikiki top the list of Americans’ vacation fantasies. If time and money are no object for vacation planning, Hawaii rules.
Faith forum
May 28, 2005
How can people of different religions find common ground?
Vatican apology to victims ‘overdue,’ former officer says
May 28, 2005
The former child protection officer for the U.S. bishops says the Vatican owes an apology to victims of clergy sex abuse.
Society Calendar
May 28, 2005
 
Around and about
May 28, 2005
 
Man starts letter campaign to Guard
May 28, 2005
A World War II veteran is encouraging Pittsburg-area residents to write to Kansas Army National Guard soldiers stationed in Iraq.
Arts Notes
May 28, 2005
¢ Music, dance student receives scholarship ¢ Sculpture project seeks proposals ¢ Playwrights Festival seeking submissions
Best Bets
May 28, 2005
 
Memorial Day closings announced
May 28, 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.
Internet statement claims al-Zarqawi back at terror post
May 28, 2005
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is in good health and is running his terror organization, according to an Internet posting Friday purportedly from the group’s spokesman - the latest claim about the fate of Iraq’s most-wanted militant.
Judge rejects H&R Block’s settlement plan
May 28, 2005
A federal judge in Chicago has denied H&R Block Inc.’s proposal to settle a class-action lawsuit over its tax-refund loans for $360 million, the Kansas City, Mo.-based company said Friday.
Commodities
May 28, 2005
 
Drive a success
May 28, 2005
 
Brighter future
May 28, 2005
 
WRAP help
May 28, 2005
 
Gold Star Mothers reconsider rules
Group faces criticism for rejecting noncitizen’s application
May 28, 2005
A rule preventing noncitizens from joining the American Gold Star Mothers Inc. after they lose a son or daughter in the U.S. armed forces eventually could be changed, the incoming president said Friday after the group received complaints about an immigrant woman who was shut out.
Club News
May 28, 2005
 
Report on MU-KU Basketball Game Incident March 6, 2005
May 28, 2005
The University of Missouri-Columbia has completed its investigation of the incident which occurred at the MU-KU men’s basketball game on March 6, 2005. The following information describes the investigation and its results.
LHS boys leading after Day 1
Lions’ Zangeneh wins pole vault competition
May 28, 2005
Leave it to tradition-rich Lawrence High to take some motivation down to Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium thanks to a pre-state track meet speech by former LHS standout David Johnston early Friday morning.
Horoscopes
May 28, 2005
 
Attorney: SRS dispute could affect hundreds
May 28, 2005
A board’s ruling that five state employees were unfairly demoted when the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services was reorganized could affect hundreds of employees, an attorney for the workers says.
Cosmopolitan elementary school compiling international library
May 28, 2005
Oak Hill Elementary School has students from around the globe: Bosnia, Africa, the Middle East. Now Bosnian native Alma Petric is trying to build an international library to match the school’s student body.
Pump patrol
May 28, 2005
 
Wood: As seasons change, so do hot spots
May 28, 2005
I’m not a Moon Bar junkie. Let me get that out there right now. When the establishment at 821 Iowa opened during my college days at Kansas University, I didn’t bother going there. I had my other hangouts — It’s Brothers, Abe & Jake’s Landing and the old Yacht Club, to name a few.
SMNW eliminates Free State, 5-4
May 28, 2005
For anyone who doesn’t believe that baseball is a game of inches, Free State High’s 5-4 loss Friday to Shawnee Mission Northwest in the Class 6A state tournament should provide enough evidence.
Firebirds soaring at state
May 28, 2005
Pinch the girls on Free State High’s softball team. They must be dreaming. The Firebirds, who never had had a winning season until this year, shocked No. 3 seed Wichita Northwest, 5-3, in the first round of the Class 6A state softball tournament Friday night at Clinton Lake Softball Complex.
McPherson stuns K.C.
Walk-off homer caps Angels’ wild comeback
May 28, 2005
Dallas McPherson’s solo homer off Mike MacDougal in the 10th inning capped a wild comeback Friday night and gave the Los Angeles Angels a 9-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Cubs ace Prior stung by liner
Chicago rolls past Colorado, but standout pitcher reportedly suffers broken elbow
May 28, 2005
The image of Mark Prior rolling in pain after being hit in the elbow by a line drive overshadowed a rare offensive outburst by the Chicago Cubs.
Chechen rebel warlord claims responsibility for Moscow outage
May 28, 2005
Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility for a power outage that caused chaos in Moscow, plunging entire neighborhoods into darkness and stranding thousands of subway passengers, a rebel-linked Web site said Friday.
Incident could hurt KU
May 28, 2005
The Moon Bar melee has not shed a positive light on Kansas University’s men’s basketball program. Whether negative publicity from last week’s fight and the fact some believe KU junior J.R. Giddens started the altercation hurts KU hoops, however, remains to be seen.
Agreement elusive on nuclear treaty
U.N. conference fails to resolve growing proliferation threat
May 28, 2005
A monthlong conference to toughen global controls on nuclear arms ended Friday with nothing to show for its four weeks of divisive work.
Religion calendar
May 28, 2005