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Free State relay team falls short
May 29, 2005
Free State High, the four-time defending state champion in the 3,200-meter relay, was dethroned by Wichita Heights in the state championship Saturday in Wichita.
Firebirds softball place fourth at state
May 29, 2005
Free State High’s softball team lost in the third-place game at the Class 6A state tournament, 10-7, Saturday at Clinton Lake Softball Complex. The team placed fourth overall.
Sunnis, Shiites make new peace effort
May 29, 2005
Two of Iraq’s most influential Shiite and Sunni organizations agreed Saturday to try to ease sectarian tensions pushing the country toward civil war as the government prepared to take its battle against the insurgency to Baghdad’s streets.
Museum preserves ‘Skeezix’s‘ farm toy collection
May 29, 2005
As a child, Melvin Swart kept his toys with the care of an adult. As an adult, he collected toys with childlike enthusiasm.
The Byrdman’ strives to make something from nothing
May 29, 2005
James Penquite, aka “The Byrdman,” is a 19th-century man trapped in a 21st-century world.
Are college years simply a costly retreat from reality?
May 29, 2005
The president of the college my daughter is attending recently sent a letter to parents expressing concern about the “cloister” model of the college and “the protected campus environment in which students’ every need is met.” Students ought to “break out of the bubble and connect with the surrounding communities,” he wrote.
Recipe for disaster
Inaction could spell doom for many areas of rural Kansas.
May 29, 2005
A group of economists at Kansas University recently had many interesting insights on the plight of rural Kansas.
Try a little tenderness
KU department could teach Harvard president a thing or two about chemistry
May 29, 2005
Harvard’s president recently tried to make amends for casting doubt on the “intrinsic aptitude” of women to become scientists and engineers. President Lawrence Summers announced that Harvard would spend at least $50 million during the next decade to recruit and promote women and members of minority groups to the ranks of scientists and engineers.
Author seeks American identity in people named George Bush
May 29, 2005
Martha Boone Mattia grew up overseas and had only a vague sense of what it meant to be an American. She was even puzzled by the patriotic outburst that followed the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
Native tongue
Arab-American writer’s food memoir evokes tastes of the Middle East
May 29, 2005
Food memoirs were once the sole province of such confirmed culinary superstars as M.F.K. Fisher, whose prose was filled with tantalizing descriptions of summer picnics and late night tete-a-tetes over cheese and figs.
Ballet directors relish final days of career
May 29, 2005
The sole of Kent Stowell’s sneaker squeaks part way through a pirouette as he shows his dancers an improvised set of moves to practice. With his wire-rimmed glasses, polo shirt and casual slacks, he looks more like the guy next door than the resident choreographer and co-artistic director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Exercise express
Celebrities swear by get-quick fitness plans
May 29, 2005
Exercise 90 minutes a day? Fat chance. It figures that the federal government, which isn’t trying to sell books or make friends, would come out with fitness recommendations guaranteed to make many of us snort derisively and inhale a box of Girl Scout cookies.
Surgeon touts innovative surgery
Doctor uses double-bundle technique to repair anterior cruciate ligament
May 29, 2005
For many athletes, the scenario is all too familiar: a pop in a knee, followed by a sharp pain. If testing shows a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament - a flexible cable of tissue that links the thigh bone and shin bone - they face the likelihood of surgery and months of physical therapy.
Cowboy Troy brings ‘hick-hop’ to country fans
May 29, 2005
Cowboy Troy gets that look a lot. He’ll be hanging around an arena before a show and see a black person who works there.
The Motley Fool
May 29, 2005
¢ Last week’s question and answer ¢ Enterprise value ¢ Smart then dumb ¢ Clorox gets bleached out ¢ Going public
KU signee Chapple helps Olathe East repeat as state champs
May 29, 2005
Val Chapple figures Olathe East is now square with Shawnee Mission Northwest.
Area fishing report
May 29, 2005
 
Plant operator settles on Missouri dam suits
May 29, 2005
Anglers, farmers, boaters and property owners around Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks stand to reap millions of dollars worth of benefits and long-sought concessions in how AmerenUE operates Bagnell Dam.
Maize shuts out Manhattan in title game
May 29, 2005
It was about as bad as Manhattan High’s baseball team could have imagined.
Parks to celebrate National Trails Day
May 29, 2005
National Trails Day, organized by the American Hiking Society, will be Saturday and a few state parks are planning special events.
Sting snag first win
Charlotte knocks off Los Angeles, 84-75
May 29, 2005
Sheri Sam scored 24 points to help the Charlotte Sting beat the Los Angeles Sparks, 84-75, on Saturday night for their first victory of the season.
Freeman inducted into KSHSAA hall
May 29, 2005
Over the years, legendary Lawrence High football and track coach Bill Freeman watched his players hoist state trophy after state trophy.
Johnson solid for De Soto
Senior wins pair of titles; Ottawa boys take 400 relay crown
May 29, 2005
De Soto senior Casey Johnson tried so hard to win a state title in the 1,600, he nearly couldn’t defend his state crown in his specialty event - the 800 meters.
Rainout leads to juggling of starters for Sox, Rangers
May 29, 2005
Instead of getting his shot at becoming the first nine-game winner in the major leagues, Jon Garland didn’t even throw a pitch Saturday.
Big Red manager has number retired
May 29, 2005
Sparky Anderson is 71 years old and has been retired for 10 years, but he would return to the dugout under the right circumstances.
KU professor named to White House conference
May 29, 2005
A Kansas University professor has been named a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, to be held Oct. 23-26 in Washington, D.C.
Women feel better when praised, study says
May 29, 2005
Attention, everyone: Women feel better when they are complimented.
Delta dropping seven Wichita flights amid spat over subsidies
May 29, 2005
Delta Air Lines, which has been battling the city over subsidies given to rival Air Tran Airways, has announced it is dropping seven of its daily flights from Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport.
Judge who viewed Web porn paid $40K while on leave
May 29, 2005
A Saline County district judge who is in trouble for viewing Internet pornography on his county-owned computer has received more than $40,000 in compensation since being placed on administrative leave in early February.
Lawrence Datebook
May 29, 2005
 
Busch bags Busch win
May 29, 2005
A record number of cautions fell Kyle Busch’s way and he did the rest, holding off a trio of fellow Nextel Cup regulars Saturday night to win the Busch Series Carquest 300 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Kansas officials visit Armenia
May 29, 2005
The head of the Kansas National Guard praised Armenian military personnel Saturday, as nearly two dozen military and civilians leaders from the U.S. state paid a five-day visit to the tiny Caucasus nation.
Lawrence commuter report
May 29, 2005
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week
Law will force creation of nuclear technology
May 29, 2005
Iran’s hard-line Guardian Council on Saturday approved a law forcing Iran to develop nuclear technology, including uranium enrichment, an action aimed at strengthening Tehran’s hand in negotiations with Europeans.
Varying reasons given for Clinton’s canceled tour
May 29, 2005
Former President Clinton canceled a planned tour Saturday of tsunami-hit areas of the Maldives. One U.N. official said the former U.S. leader was exhausted, while another said the cancellation was due to the weather.
Palestinian security forces in Gaza to be unarmed
May 29, 2005
The Palestinian Authority has put out a call for 5,000 new security forces to secure the coastal Gaza Strip area that Israel is to evacuate this summer, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Saturday.
West Point graduates 911 from ‘Class of 9-11’
May 29, 2005
Graduating U.S. Military Academy cadets - who came here just weeks before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - were told Saturday they were a special group forged by historic events.
Navy SEAL acquitted of Iraqi prisoner abuse
May 29, 2005
A Navy SEAL who was acquitted of beating an Iraqi prisoner who later died said he wants to return to duty in the elite unit.
Authorities sued for alleged conspiracy against inmate
May 29, 2005
A former Illinois death row inmate whose double-murder conviction was overturned in 2004 filed a lawsuit Friday alleging authorities conspired to frame him and another man still serving a life sentence in the case.
Calendar
May 29, 2005
Douglas County Senior Services, 745 Vt., offers activities during the week for residents age 55 and older. Call Senior Services at 842-0543 for more information.
Horoscopes
May 29, 2005
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Dubious award
May 29, 2005
We need to honor the forgotten heroes of the Culture War. Their extraordinary performance on the battlefield should be recognized, like any other warrior with an appropriate decoration. I propose the Star of Arrogant Dogmatism, Second Class, be awarded with solemn ceremony to the following veterans of the Kansas Board of Education science-standards hearings.
Driving woes
May 29, 2005
I’m sorry, but U.S. Highway 59 from Lawrence to the Baldwin junction or Ottawa is not the problem. Yes, I feel for those innocent few who have had accidents over the years. However, it’s not the highway or its design. I drive that road many times during the month. The real problem stems from the “driver.”
Artwork fuses science, religion
May 29, 2005
Alan Detrich’s dinosaur-inspired religious icons add an interesting twist to the current debate on the teaching of evolution and “intelligent design” in Kansas public schools, according to a Kansas University geology professor who has written and spoken out on the issue.
Late novelist scores knockout
May 29, 2005
The ghost of Jerry Boyd is ready to go a few more rounds.
Best Sellers
May 29, 2005
 
What are you reading?
May 29, 2005
 
Health Note
May 29, 2005
¢ Advice on first-aid kits
Best Bets
May 29, 2005
 
Arts Notes
May 29, 2005
¢ Gallery installation collaborative effort ¢ Exhibition deadline for benefit is July 8 ¢ Committee seeks wetlands entries
ID thieves strike
Scams more sophisticated, profitable
May 29, 2005
It is the hot crime of the 21st century - and you are the target.
Mayer: Simien, May best of Williams’ former players in upcoming NBA Draft
May 29, 2005
OK, you’re Roy Williams and you have eight guys you coached, well, seven, who could be considered for the coming professional basketball draft. What do you tell the ivory hunters when they ask whether North Carolina’s Sean May or Kansas University’s Wayne Simien is the better pick?
Tribes say casinos have transformed reservations
Gambling has meant jobs, education, increased security - but will it last?
May 29, 2005
Not too long ago, if a member of the cash-strapped Kickapoo Tribal Council had to go to Washington, D.C., to do business, someone had to sell a cow to cover the costs.
Report shows urgent need for health care reform
May 29, 2005
Nothing is more likely to be overlooked than news that breaks on a day when something totally unexpected happens. That is exactly what happened last week when Senate negotiators struck the last-minute deal that averted a showdown vote over the “nuclear option” on judicial filibusters.
Sadly, the world all starting to look the same
May 29, 2005
Allen Iverson is looking down on me.
Dems will find many ‘extraordinary’ cases
May 29, 2005
The deal on confirmation of judicial nominees seems to have been struck by seven Democrats essentially supported by their party’s base and seven Republicans at odds with theirs. It contains one crucial phrase - Democrats will filibuster only in “extraordinary circumstances” - and it is undefined.
Digging the spirit
Former fossil finder crafts religious icons from dinosaur bones and ‘bling bling’
May 29, 2005
Behold “Jurassic Jesus.” The 500-pound sculpture is an example of Alan Detrich’s latest passion: crafting religious icons from dinosaur bones, precious metals and tiny transistor parts.
Fate of Old No. 2 under review
May 29, 2005
In a town that was once burned to the ground, there’s very little to commemorate the history of Lawrence’s firefighters, but city officials want to explore ways to at least preserve a small piece of firefighting history.
Rolling Thunder’ to reunite Vietnam vets
Motorcycle procession offers those who served ‘recognition they never had’
May 29, 2005
By mid-afternoon Friday, the familiar clatter of motorcycle engines could be heard caroming off the monuments and memorials across the Mall. They were back, veterans of the Vietnam War, in black leather, streaming into town on their Harleys to gather at the memorial devoted to more than 58,000 of their dead and missing comrades.
Briefcase
May 29, 2005
¢ Chamber to recognize commerce ‘excellence’ ¢ Companies preparing for retirement boom ¢ Name that company
Poet’s Showcase
May 29, 2005
 
British band bends toward ROCK sound
Stereophonics’ tune changes with latest album
May 29, 2005
Just when you have a fix of where the British rock trio Stereophonics is headed musically, the band pulls a surprise out of the bag - and a very rewarding one at that. After exploring a varied sound that included brass, orchestral, country jazz dashes and heavy blues elements on its past two albums, the Stereophonics discarded much of its sonic baggage for a sharper rock focus on its fifth and latest album, “Language. Sex. Violence. Other?” (V2 Records).
Hobbies translate into direct sales jobs
Specialists urge research of products
May 29, 2005
Job hunters interested in direct sales need look no further than a hobby or favorite interest to find something to sell. Today, opportunities in direct selling have cropped up for a wide range of products and services.
Experts offer tips to stop thieves
May 29, 2005
The letters warning of identity theft started going out in April, and not just a few of them. More than 180,000 Polo Ralph Lauren customers who used credit cards for their purchases received letters from HSBC bank saying their names and card numbers had been compromised. There was a security breach of Polo’s data bank.
Faces and places
May 29, 2005
 
Fans must mind their manners on the course
May 29, 2005
In no other sport but golf can any fan get close enough to the action to stand an arm’s length from players and see the dimples on the ball.
Get into the swing of things at U.S. Open
Pinehurst boasts history as unique golf mecca
May 29, 2005
Not swinging a golf club on a trip to Pinehurst is like going to the beach and staying dry.
Free Fishing Days next week
May 29, 2005
The state’s annual Free Fishing Days will be next Saturday and Sunday.
Commentary: DEET repels bugs, but how much should you use?
May 29, 2005
Every morning on our Gods River trip to Hudson Bay, Jim Suttie would strip to his waist and coat himself with insect repellent. Suttie didn’t like shirts, and bugs were a serious factor on that 1983 trip in northern Manitoba.
Duncan, Spurs slam Suns
San Antonio takes 3-0 lead in conference finals
May 29, 2005
Their offense already was clicking. Now the San Antonio Spurs have their defense cranked up, too, and that might leave the Phoenix Suns out of ways to beat them.
Miami trying to regain home-court advantage today
May 29, 2005
The Detroit Pistons snatched home-court advantage away from the Miami Heat by splitting the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals on the road. That didn’t satisfy Chauncey Billups.
Cubs place Prior on DL, trade Hawkins to Giants
May 29, 2005
The Cubs placed right-hander Mark Prior on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, one day after he was hit in the right elbow by a line drive.
Anderson, Angels annihilate Royals, 14-1
Anaheim slugger leads charge with homer, 5 RBIs
May 29, 2005
Garret Anderson drove in five runs with a homer and a three-run double, Steve Finley and Chone Figgins each had three RBIs, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the hapless Kansas City Royals, 14-1, Saturday night.
Marvelous May: Padres win again
No surprise: Bullpen comes through for San Diego, fails San Francisco
May 29, 2005
The San Diego Padres are on their way to the best month in franchise history, and their impeccable relievers have been a big reason for it.
Commentary: Bad singers are a tradition at Wrigley
NASCAR’s Gordon latest to butcher ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ during seventh-inning stretch
May 29, 2005
Ozzy Osbourne has misplaced most of the last four decades, so to expect him to pick up the words to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” probably was a bit ambitious.
Safin stops Ferrero in French Open
Russian seeking second consecutive Grand Slam title
May 29, 2005
Cap backward, his dialogue with himself rarely pausing, Marat Safin negotiated around danger once more in his zigzag path through the French Open for a shot at a second straight Grand Slam title.
Briefly
May 29, 2005
¢ Arrest warrant issued for rape counselor ¢ Lawmakers ban sale of violent games to minors ¢ Mom who hired stripper for son’s party indicted ¢ Venezuelan bid for alleged terrorist denied
Bush seen as gaining international clout
May 29, 2005
In the rarified club of world leaders, President Bush has taken his share of lumps. Critics have railed against his handling of Iraq, his perceived disdain for the United Nations and what they say is a swaggering approach to foreign policy.
Lawmaker resigns after FBI sting
May 29, 2005
State Sen. John Ford, a member of one of Tennessee’s most powerful political families, has resigned after being placed under house arrest facing charges from a two-year FBI sting, the lieutenant governor said Saturday.
On the record
May 29, 2005
 
Kalitta tops Heartland qualifying
May 29, 2005
Doug Kalitta led Top Fuel qualifying Saturday in the O’Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals, the fourth time he has been the No. 1 qualifier this season and the 27th time in his career. Kalitta, seeking his fourth victory of the year and first at Heartland Park Topeka, made the fast run Friday, finishing in 4.505 seconds at 329.26 mph.
Gordon chasing teammate in Coca-Cola 600
May 29, 2005
Jeff Gordon is normally unflappable, able to jump with ease from the seat of a speeding race car to a gig hosting “Saturday Night Live.”
Focus squarely on Indy field’s only woman
Rookie Patrick will become fourth female to race in Brickyard’s big event
May 29, 2005
All Danica, all the time. That’s the way it has been for the past two weeks in the leadup to today’s Indianapolis 500.
When trouble strikes, Pollard bolts
May 29, 2005
A happily married, proud father of two daughters, NBA veteran Scot Pollard will not put his life in jeopardy when he ventures out for a beverage.
Briefly
May 29, 2005
¢ Pope to make first pilgrimage ¢ King said to be stable, suffering pneumonia ¢ Capital calm despite big hike in food prices ¢ Infant leaves hospital after 2nd head removed
Leader’s death appears to be driving force in vote
May 29, 2005
Candidates loyal to Lebanon’s assassinated former premier have posted giant campaign billboards bearing his picture, hoping a wave of sympathy will bring them to power in Lebanon’s first elections in decades that are free from Syrian domination.
Annan: African peacekeepers in Sudan need more authority
May 29, 2005
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Saturday called for widening the responsibilities of African Union peacekeepers in Darfur, as he visited a refugee camp and a tense, rebel-held area in the restive region of Sudan.
People in the news
May 29, 2005
¢ Director arrested on suspicion of drug possession, DUI ¢ Netscape CEO pledges $5M to expand D-Day museum ¢ Teen movie star’s father to serve time in prison ¢ Mislabeled Meat Loaf leads to $5M court decision ¢ MTV Movie Awards Part I ¢ MTV Movie Awards Part II
KBI forced to take smaller bites out of crime
Agency’s staffing woes mean local police departments often on their own with many cases
May 29, 2005
For KBI Director Larry Welch, it’s one of those good news, bad news situations.
Bleeding Kansas history gaining prominence
May 29, 2005
Kansas’ role in the beginning of the Civil War, often overlooked by mainstream historical accounts, is featured prominently in a national Web site on the war launched this week.
Holiday weekend makes a splash at pool, lakes
Swimmers, campers take to the water
May 29, 2005
The Memorial Day holiday began in earnest Saturday as camping, fishing and boating enthusiasts flocked to area lakes and swimmers took to the water during opening day at the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center.@ljworld.com
Boston bashes Bronx Bombers
Renteria, Nixon each drive in five in 17-1 blowout
May 29, 2005
So much for that slump.
FSHS finishes fourth
Firebirds proud of feat despite pair of losses
May 29, 2005
Fourth place was nothing to sneeze at. But third place in the Class 6A state high school softball tournament would have been better.
Firebird relay can’t rally
3,200 squad takes second; Magnuson, Penny prevail
May 29, 2005
All Free State High senior Danny Schneider could do Saturday afternoon was hug and congratulate Wichita Heights senior Tevan Everett.
Honoring the Free State veterans
Historical group marks Civil War graves with U.S. flags
May 29, 2005
Lawrence’s Civil War Union veterans aren’t forgotten this Memorial Day weekend, thanks to a local historical organization.
Thirst ends 56-hour standoff
Homicide suspect had climbed 18-story crane
May 29, 2005
After 56 hours teetering atop a construction crane, Carl Edward Roland was done in by his thirst.
Fluctuation of exchange rates makes investing tricky
May 29, 2005
What the financial markets give with one hand, they often take away with the other.
Common-sense moves by firms can protect data
May 29, 2005
Stealing Social Security numbers and other sensitive data isn’t always a cloak-and-dagger, ultra-sophisticated operation: It’s often a low-tech job made easier by carelessness and flimsy safeguards.