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KU baseball defeats MU 9-6
Jayhawks pick up first Big 12 series win
April 2, 2006
Kansas University’s baseball team will try to win its first Big 12 series today when it takes on No. 29 Missouri at 1:50 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark. The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m., but severe weather in the nearby area delayed the start.
Poet’s Showcase
April 2, 2006
“Thoughtful Haiku,” by Robert Barnes
What are you reading?
April 2, 2006
Horoscopes
April 2, 2006
For Sunday, April 2, 2006.
J-W sports editor covers first base
Tom Keegan gets inside access to major-leaguers for latest book
April 2, 2006
Tom Keegan doesn’t claim to have any personal expertise in playing first base.
FSHS soccer falls, 2-0
April 2, 2006
Free State High’s soccer squad dropped a 2-0 decision Saturday to Shawnee Mission West. Goalkeeper Megan Hrenchir and defenders Clare Robinson and Leah Williams were cited for solid play in the loss.
Opening day
Green grass. New faces. Fresh hopes.
April 2, 2006
For some, it’s about bubble gum and uniforms. For others, it’s about hopes and dreams. Today is Opening Day for the 2006 major league baseball season. Seven people with connections to both baseball and Lawrence - a little-leaguer, a minor-leaguer, a commentator, two baseball writers, a fan and a professor - reflect on what the annual occasion means to them.
Baseball revives presidential tradition
From Taft to Bush, U.S. leaders have thrown first pitch
April 2, 2006
For much of the last century, when Washington was home to a baseball team known as the Senators, presidents typically took center stage on opening day.
Nickelodeon celebrates, slimes kids’ favorites
April 2, 2006
Thousands cheered, hundreds were slimed and a lucky dozen or so claimed trophies at Saturday’s raucous 19th annual Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards.
Protesters ransack government office
April 2, 2006
Kurdish protesters attacked government offices and a bank while police fired shots and tear gas to scatter thousands of demonstrators Saturday in Turkey’s Kurdish-dominated southeast.
Pilgrims begin to arrive to mark anniversary of John Paul II’s death
April 2, 2006
Pilgrims began arriving in Rome on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s death, praying by his tomb and preparing for an evening vigil today in St. Peter’s Square to commemorate the exact moment of his passing.
Capsized boat wasn’t licensed to sail
April 2, 2006
Some worried passengers left a traditional dhow-turned-pleasure boat because it was swaying precariously.
High-end living in Lawrence
Builders: Market ripe for condos
April 2, 2006
In a market filled with a relative oversupply of available homes and builders lamenting a shrinking supply of available lots, a new market sector is making itself available to buyers seeking individual ownership in a communal setting: Condos.
Morrison’s blast barely carries KU
April 2, 2006
Erik Morrison never will know what carried his game-winning home run just a few feet over the wall in Saturday’s 3-2 Big 12 Conference baseball victory over Missouri, but he made sure to thank his strength coach in the dugout anyway.
Finally, it’s UCLAUF
Bruins stifling
April 2, 2006
The UCLA defense had blocked his final shot, and he had committed his final foul. Wearily, Glen Davis plopped down on the bench and shook his head. Oh, Baby, can the Bruins play defense.
Keegan: Fams errs; Herford improved
April 2, 2006
Spring football is the time to make mistakes, and former Kansas University football player and coach Don Fambrough made a gigantic one Saturday. Fambrough found himself sitting alone on the wrong bus at KU, and not just any wrong bus. Fambrough, who has kept himself busy in retirement by bashing all things Missouri athletics, mistakenly walked onto the bus of the Mizzou baseball team.
Art sale benefit planned
April 2, 2006
Work by Lawrence artists will be for sale at “Goodnight Moon,” a benefit for GaDuGi SafeCenter.
Lawrence datebook
April 2, 2006
On the trail with the ‘Flint Hills Cowboys’
Author lets serene landscape speak for its rugged inhabitants
April 2, 2006
It’s happened to every Kansan. While driving through the Flint Hills with someone from outside the state - someone who better knows tall buildings, busy beaches or cute boutiques - the conversation turns to the grass covered hills visible through the window.
Hinrich has hot half
Bulls guard scores 23 after intermission
April 2, 2006
Kirk Hinrich turned up the aggression after a slow first half.
U.S. helicopter crashes; Iraqi prime minister pressured to step down
April 2, 2006
A U.S. military helicopter crashed Saturday during a “combat air patrol” southwest of Baghdad, but the status of the crew was unknown, according to the American command.
Lions settle for split
April 2, 2006
Saturday was quite a day for Lawrence High baseball player Nick DeBiasse.
Kansas football notebook
April 2, 2006
Kansas University’s football team is relatively healthy, except for previously reported injuries to Gary Green, Eric Washington, Todd Haselhorst and Rodney Harris.
All-day kindergarten may be in jeopardy
April 2, 2006
By failing to adopt a school finance plan before adjourning, the Kansas Legislature may have jeopardized Lawrence efforts to implement full-day kindergarten this fall.
Coalition members up for re-election
April 2, 2006
What the future holds for the Progressive Lawrence Campaign will be decided in about a year.
Lawrence commuter report
April 2, 2006
The following construction projects may affect commuter traffic in the region this week.
Sox to raise Series flag
April 2, 2006
Mark Buehrle does belly flops on the tarp during rain delays, catches ceremonial first pitches and eagerly douses rookies with a beer shower after their first major-league wins. Buehrle knows how to pitch and how to enjoy some of the sideshows and traditions that surround the game.
Experts: Depression common in preachers’ wives
April 2, 2006
Mary Winkler was the quiet, unassuming wife of a small-town, by-the-Bible preacher, seemingly devoted to church and family. But now her husband, Matthew, is dead and she is charged with shooting him in the back with a shotgun.
American Indian leader proposes abortion clinic
April 2, 2006
In South Dakota, where lawmakers last month passed a near-total ban on abortion, the leader of one of the state’s American Indian tribes is proposing to circumvent the legislation by establishing an abortion clinic on an Indian reservation - within reach of women who need the service, but outside the reach of the strict new law.
April Fool’s Day serious business in Europe
Newspapers try to outdo each other in yearly competition
April 2, 2006
When it comes to April Fool’s Day, Europe’s media are having the last laugh.
Plea agreement spurs release of former death row inmate
April 2, 2006
A former death row inmate whose conviction was overturned in federal court was freed after pleading no contest to a reduced charge.
Students join immigration protests in Wichita, Topeka
April 2, 2006
More than 350 Kansas students walked out of high school Friday, joining thousands of students across the country demonstrating against immigration bills being debated in Congress.
Fire crews tally costs, request federal aid
April 2, 2006
Fire officials said a lightning strike may have caused the raging prairie fire that burnt across 5,400 acres in central Kansas and forced the evacuation of 300 people on Thursday.
Comparison fails
April 2, 2006
To the editor: Sometimes the lies, illogic and misapprehensions put out by the radical right whip up such a perfect storm of self-contradiction that they end telling the simple truth by accident.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
April 2, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 3, 1906: “Councilman Bond has a proposition which ought to pass the city council.
Defense wins, 86-85
April 2, 2006
Kansas University football coaches had a complex scoring system in place for Saturday’s scrimmage at Hummer Park, and the defense won, 86-85.
Bankruptcies
April 2, 2006
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records.
Faces and places
April 2, 2006
Daylight-saving tip: Change smoke alarms
April 2, 2006
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical leaders are urging people to change their smoke alarm batteries when they reset their clocks for daylight-saving time, which began at 2 a.m. today.
Message of greed
April 2, 2006
To the editor: My daughter was one the many people that had to find a new location for their wedding because of the damage to Danforth Chapel.
Churlish remark
April 2, 2006
To the editor: I was reading with pleasure and appreciation the article in Tuesday’s Journal-World regarding the governor’s signing of the booster seat bill that proponents have supported for six years.
Media fuel panic over global warming
April 2, 2006
So, “the debate is over.” Time magazine says so. Last week’s cover story exhorted readers to “Be Worried. Be Very Worried,” and ABC News concurred in several stories. So did Montana’s governor, speaking on ABC. And there was polling about global warming, gathered by Time and ABC in collaboration.
Federal budget policies hard to swallow
April 2, 2006
Jim Nussle took a little time off from his campaign last week to handle a small chore in Washington: Writing a budget for the U.S. government.
Tax time spurs some observations
April 2, 2006
The Beatles started out believing that “love is all you need.” But after they’d sold a few records, they discovered that cash is also nice - and they were shocked that someone wanted to take it away from them. They wrote a song about this particular bloodsucker that goes like this: “If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street/If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat/If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat/If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet. I’m the tax man, yea, I’m the tax man.”
Conservative Kansas?
This year’s Kansas Board of Education election may offer some insight on just how conservative Kansans are.
April 2, 2006
Does the conservative majority on the Kansas Board of Education truly represent the voters of the state?
Protests highlight growing inequities
April 2, 2006
The French and protests go together like horse and carriage, love and marriage and other natural partners. But look again at the million and more demonstrators who have taken to the streets in France in recent days. In their marching and shouting, there is a hidden message for us all about coming generational and cultural conflicts.
Tennis shuts down OU
April 2, 2006
Kansas University’s tennis team swept the doubles, then won four of six singles matches for a 5-2 Big 12 Conference victory Saturday over Oklahoma.
KU routs Yale, 7-2, in spring soccer
April 2, 2006
Holly Gault exploded for five goals, and Lacey Novak added two in Kansas University’s 7-2 victory over Yale in spring soccer action at Morrison Soccer Stadium. Gault also assisted on both of Novak’s goals.
Kansas rowing 4-2 at home regatta
April 2, 2006
Kansas University’s rowing team won four of six races at its first home regatta Saturday on the Kansas River.
Dooley to Wilmington?
KU basketball assistant reportedly candidate for coaching job
April 2, 2006
Kansas University assistant basketball coach Joe Dooley is listed in media reports as a possible candidate for the vacant head-coaching job at UNC-Wilmington.
Firebird baseball rolls again
April 2, 2006
Senior Scott Heitshusen slammed two home runs in Free State High’s 10-1 victory over Glendale High of Springfield, Mo., on Saturday at the Four State Festival.
Maryland happy to be part of ACC-laden field
April 2, 2006
Maryland basketball coach Brenda Frese always has been one of the regulars around the Women’s Final Four.
Commentary: Patriots’ fairy tale up in smoke
April 2, 2006
George Mason awoke Saturday night and became George Mason again.
Patriots’ dream derailed
April 2, 2006
Lee Humphrey lingered outside the arc, determined to keep on shooting. Swish. Swish. And make it three.
Meier’s the man at quarterback - for now
April 2, 2006
There has been no announcement, and certainly nothing ever is for sure when speaking of Kansas University’s quarterback situation.
KU softball splits with Oklahoma State
Jayhawks drop 1-0 heartbreaker in opener, claim 12-0 blowout in nightcap
April 2, 2006
No need to tell Kansas University’s softball players how many one-run games they’ve lost this season. They know.
On the record
April 2, 2006
Journalist says threats made her tell lies
Carroll says Iraqi captors controlled her
April 2, 2006
Gone was the Islamic headscarf she had worn as a hostage in Iraq. Also gone were the descriptions of a benign captivity - one that involved no threats and no weapons.
Unrest brings debate about Americanism
April 2, 2006
Both sides in the emotional debate over immigration agree on at least one thing: This is a fight over what it means to be an American.
Commentary: Like it or not, it’s Bonds’ season
April 2, 2006
The most controversial, disliked, scandalized, mistrusted figure in all of sports chases the most hallowed, historic record in all of sports, to the awful tune of a season-long soundtrack of booing and derision if not outright hatred.
Mickelson masterful at BellSouth
Lefty builds eight-stroke lead, flirts with PGA Tour record
April 2, 2006
Things are going so well for Phil Mickelson in the BellSouth Classic that he embraced his first adversity in the tournament as yet another positive.
Greinke placed on DL; K.C. falls
April 2, 2006
Taylor Buchholz pitched seven scoreless innings Saturday night, then found out he made the Houston Astros’ opening-day roster.
Tigers, Giants hit by injuries to closers
Jones shelved because of hamstring ailment; Benitez bothered by bursitis in his left knee
April 2, 2006
The Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants are closing spring training with injured closers.
People in the news
April 2, 2006
¢ Farley to be on billboards for addiction treatment ¢ Brad Pitt scoping property in Domincan Republic ¢ David Lee Roth pledges to stick with radio show ¢ Jackie Chan recovering from injury suffered during filming ¢ Skipped hearing could spell death for Death Row Records
Mondale, Kennedy pay tribute to late senator
April 2, 2006
Former Vice President Walter Mondale and Sen. Ted Kennedy on Saturday saluted the late Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire as a tenacious worker and moral crusader.
Clark: Bush took nation on ‘path to nowhere’
April 2, 2006
Former Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark accused the Bush administration Saturday of taking the nation on a “path to nowhere” with misguided moves on national security.
President pitches tax-cut plan on radio
April 2, 2006
President Bush used the upcoming income tax-filing deadline and his weekly radio address to promote tax-cut proposals and set up an election-year debate with Democrats over the issue.
Redesign makes monument safer
April 2, 2006
In landscape architect Laurie Olin’s mind, the approach to the most soaring of the capital’s monuments had to be friendly and simple - and safe.
Dip in road may be linked to another accident
April 2, 2006
A notorious dip on a road in North Lawrence may have caused another serious accident that sent a 15-year-old boy to the hospital late Saturday morning.
Jackson, Sharpton lead rally, march on voting
April 2, 2006
Hundreds of protesters led by the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton rallied Saturday, saying the city’s election plans will disenfranchise voters displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Italy, Russia send supplies after quake
Government mum on whether American aid will be accepted
April 2, 2006
Italy and Russia sent planeloads of tents, blankets and other supplies Saturday to help 21,000 Iranian families left homeless by three strong earthquakes that hit in quick succession, killing 70 people.
Japan calls China a military threat
April 2, 2006
Two top Japanese officials called China a military threat today and rebuffed conciliatory gestures by Beijing over a disputed war shrine, in comments likely to heighten tensions between the two nations.
Journalist: Interrogation aimed at sources
April 2, 2006
An American journalist said Saturday that interrogators alleging she has information about attacks in southern Russia have confiscated her notebooks, tapes and computer hard drives, threatened her and subjected her to long rounds of questioning.
Nations adopt regional free trade pact
April 2, 2006
Honduras and neighboring Nicaragua on Saturday joined a regional free trade agreement with the United States that has provoked protests throughout Central America.
Scandinavia’s first baby gorilla born at zoo
April 2, 2006
A baby gorilla was born at Sweden’s largest zoo Saturday, becoming the first gorilla born in Scandinavia, officials said.
Police detain tourists to discourage ‘sex tourism’
April 2, 2006
Cracking down on visitors who come to Brazil for sex, police raided clubs known for using call girls and strippers, detaining 118 foreigners early Saturday to discourage what authorities called “sexual tourism.”
Authorities retrieve plane-crash victims
April 2, 2006
Emergency workers on Saturday recovered the flight-data recorder and the bodies of 19 people who died when their plane exploded on impact in a crash in a mountainous region outside Rio de Janeiro.
Tax increase needed to pay for education, former senator says
April 2, 2006
Even with a long record of opposing taxation and overspending during her years as a U.S. senator from Kansas, Nancy Kassebaum Baker knows education trumps everything - including fiscal conservatism.
Prime minister admits errors in handling jobs law
April 2, 2006
Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said in a newspaper interview to be published today that he was misunderstood and made errors in his management of a hotly contested youth labor law that sent 1 million protesting students and union members into the streets.
Thousands march for protection of aliens
April 2, 2006
Thousands of immigrant rights supporters formed a line stretching more than a mile long Saturday as they marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, waving flags from more than a dozen countries as they demonstrated against possible immigration reform in Congress.
Farmworkers pressure McDonald’s for higher wages
April 2, 2006
Farmworker advocates crowded the sidewalk outside McDonald’s flagship restaurant Saturday, demanding better wages for the people who pick the tomatoes used by the fast-food giant.
Popular sites attract criminals
Programs help parents acquaint themselves with computer dangers
April 2, 2006
Nifty catchphrases, photos with suggestive poses and revelations of someone’s innermost desires.
Teen hoping to spring forward clocks for $10
April 2, 2006
An industrious teenager is hoping time is money.
Scary Internet encounter puts mother on guard
Online predator had targeted Lawrence girl
April 2, 2006
When Dominie Haas realized her 11-year-old daughter was being hounded by a sexual predator on the Internet, she sent the culprit a message of her own: She threatened to call the police.
Vandals damage dinosaur tracks in Texas
April 2, 2006
They survived up to 95 million years of floods, droughts and tectonic tremors. But the dinosaur tracks couldn’t withstand a quick strike by thieves and vandals on Grapevine Lake.
Clothing service has links to fraud investigation
Defenders say Planet Aid runs clean operation, fills need
April 2, 2006
When Uli Stosch began placing yellow clothing collection boxes around the Kansas City metro area, she knew Lawrence’s recycling faithful would donate all they could. “Over and over we were told that Lawrence would be a very good place to collect,” Stosch said.
Toy remains in stores after child’s death
April 2, 2006
The company that makes the popular Magnetix toy building sets is not pulling the products off store shelves or changing its safety warnings or package labels, despite a voluntary recall announced Friday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Beetles are unsung soldiers of global warming research
April 2, 2006
Beneath the lids of large coolers, thousands of tiny bugs devour the desiccated flesh of mammal carcasses destined for the vast specimens collection at the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North.
Strong storms leave one dead in N.D.
April 2, 2006
Volunteers filled and stacked sandbags Saturday to protect homes in North Dakota and Minnesota from the rising Red River and its tributaries, swollen by a combination of melting snow and heavy rain.
Church adds exercise for Lenten season
April 2, 2006
Instead of giving up the usual chocolate or coffee during the Lenten season, members of one Florida church are adding something - exercise.
Cunning sea lion befuddles engineers
April 2, 2006
A particularly crafty sea lion is befuddling the Army Corps of Engineers, who have come to believe the 1,000-pound mammal is either from hell - or from Harvard.
Commissioners defend ‘progressive’ legacy
Three years after trio’s election, opinions vary about ‘Smart Growth’ results
April 2, 2006
About this time three years ago, there was quite a bit of nervousness in the city’s traditional political circles. Voters in the 2003 City Commission election had delivered what was being billed as a historic change by electing Mike Rundle, Boog Highberger and David Schauner to the three open seats on the five-member commission.