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KDHE update on increase of mumps cases
April 4, 2006
KDHE has posted the report “Increase in Number of Suspected Mumps Cases Being Reported - Summary and Laboratory Guidance on Mumps” on PHIX.
Temperatures swinging into the 60s
Chance for thunderstorms Wednesday
April 4, 2006
Warm temperatures and sunny skies are on tap for the Lawrence area today, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Shaq lashes out at referees
April 4, 2006
Shaquille O’Neal didn’t mince words about the five personal fouls he got in Miami’s loss to the New Jersey Nets, taking aim at referees and NBA senior vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson.
Flamboyant forwards lead Hall of Fame class
Barkley, Wilkins, Dumars, Auriemma among selections for basketball shrine’s 2006 inductees
April 4, 2006
Charles Barkley and Dominique Wilkins grew up in the deep South, played in the Southeastern Conference and spent more than a decade as two of the NBA’s greatest forwards.
Twice as nice
Terrapins, Blue Devils basking in return to Boston
April 4, 2006
During Maryland’s last visit to this city, for a regular-season game against Boston College, coach Brenda Frese took her team on a surprise bus trip.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
April 4, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.45 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Anti-drug chief pushes research into addiction as brain disease
April 4, 2006
Call it the science of peer pressure. When teenagers fail to just say no to drugs, Dr. Nora Volkow blames their brains, not their willpower - they lack links between some crucial brain regions that won’t fully form until they’re adults.
British army dismantles last border watchtowers
April 4, 2006
The British army began dismantling its last five watchtowers along the Northern Ireland border Monday, a long-awaited move in response to the Irish Republican Army’s decision last year to disarm.
Journalists face daily danger in Iraq
April 4, 2006
Some genuine good news emerged from Iraq last week with the release of American journalist Jill Carroll, three months after she was kidnapped at gunpoint.
IPod: Apple of company’s eye
April 4, 2006
As Apple Computer Inc. enters its fourth decade this week, it faces a set of headaches that are relatively new to the company: the ones that come from being a top dog.
Teen wonders how to help a friend who’s cutting herself
April 4, 2006
Dear Dr. Wes & Marissa: My friend and I were fighting yesterday on instant messenger. Then we both came to our senses and said sorry and said how we feel. Since last week, she keeps thinking of doing bad things to herself because she thinks she is disappointing everyone. She has an X on her waist and hand. She’s not cutting, but she uses a needle and gently scrapes it against her skin until it’s like someone scratched her in the shape of an X. I haven’t talked to her since yesterday, but she said she might need help. I am worried about her. - 14-year-old girl
All that Glitters
Metallics gild fashion savvy with spring bling
April 4, 2006
This spring, sophistication and glamour hit the runways with a new trend: glistening shades of metal.
Keegan: Voters next tough K.C. foe
April 4, 2006
Thinking double from the moment he bolted out of the box on a ball that shot into right field for what looked like a single, Kansas City Royals leadoff hitter David DeJesus slid safely into second base.
Transit strike strands commuters
April 4, 2006
Cab drivers in Denver are having a feeding frenzy, as commuters scramble for alternative transportation amid a transit strike.
As new mayor, Amyx seeks to build confidence in City Hall
April 4, 2006
Fixing streets and sewers are high on the priority list for City Commissioner Mike Amyx who embarks tonight on a one-year term as mayor.
People in the news
April 4, 2006
Suspected cocaine dealers arrested
April 4, 2006
Police surrounded Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Monday evening hoping to catch a man wanted for federal gun and cocaine-dealing violations.
Pope urges Catholics to look forward
Faithful told to follow example of John Paul II
April 4, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI urged Catholics to look ahead, one year after the death of Pope John Paul II, saying they should heed the late pontiff’s exhortation and not be afraid to follow Christ.
Chavez tightens grip on energy resources
April 4, 2006
President Hugo Chavez has tightened his grip on Venezuela’s energy resources, following through on threats to punish international companies that resist government control of the nation’s oil fields.
Tuition break for athletes opposed in N. Carolina
April 4, 2006
Tuition break for athletes opposed in N. Carolina
Wanted: Single female voters
April 4, 2006
Let’s say you were going to place a personals ad from the largest untapped potential voting bloc in the country and address it to all candidates running for office this year.
Kidney stone provides twisted sense of relief
April 4, 2006
After years of hearing jokes and stories about the magic effects of morphine, I was expecting something different than the sensations I experienced early Wednesday morning in the emergency room of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Settlemier having huge year
April 4, 2006
Serena Settlemier didn’t want to settle for an ordinary senior season.
Cell phones used for much more than talking
April 4, 2006
Young adults and minorities are leading a revolution in how Americans use their cell phones.
Horoscopes
April 4, 2006
High Court to rehear death penalty case
April 4, 2006
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will rehear a case weighing the constitutionality of the Kansas death penalty on April 25.
City looks to fix bump where boy was hurt
April 4, 2006
A boy remained in critical condition Monday after being struck by a trailer Saturday near the corner of Locust and North Second streets.
Prison requested by Wittig not lavish
April 4, 2006
The prison camp where former Westar chief executive officer David Wittig has requested to serve his sentence is a far cry from the lavish accommodations he once enjoyed.
So This Is Italy
April 4, 2006
There once was a girl who left home with two extremely large suitcases, no Italian language, and got lost in Italy.
Homesick for peanut butter
April 4, 2006
Halfway around the world in the great country of Italy whose history includes the Roman Empire, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and cuisine with various types of wines and pasta, my fellow students are homesick for peanut butter.
Smiling: Superficial or American?
April 4, 2006
A fellow student asked my Italian professor the best way to conceal his American identity while traveling about Europe. Waiting for an obvious answer such as, “Wear dark tennis shoes” or “Hide your fanny pack,” my chest tightened when she answered in her sweet, thick Italian accent, “Do not smile.”
Not so Routine
April 4, 2006
Dining out in Italy has been an unexpected but pleasant difference from dining out in the United States. While everything at home from grocery shopping to eating out is fast paced, things here are done more slowly. Daily activities that have become routine in the United States are treated as events to be enjoyed in Italy.
Feeling Free In Europe
April 4, 2006
Students studying in Paderno del Grappa wonder every day, where should they go this weekend? Our options are unlimited because, of course, we are in Europe. There’s the Coliseum in Rome, the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Olympics in Torino. But trust me, deciding where to travel is a lot harder than it seems.
Downing the drinks
April 4, 2006
The food, transportation, language and the overall lifestyle in Italy is much different than of the United States. As a college student, one of the more noticeable differences I saw was how Europeans and Americans consume alcohol.
Il Succo d’arancia’
April 4, 2006
I awoke to the sun rising over Europe, and although I had to lean over the sleeping woman next to me, the beauty of the Alps made me forget about the jet lag that was beginning to set in. My flight was late leaving the States, and as we landed in Rome I realized that I had 10 minutes to reach my connecting flight to Venice.
Crouching pigeon; bleeding tourist.
April 4, 2006
“Sarah! Stop chasing pigeons. This is my first trip in Italy; I want to buy a souvenir to commemorate this experience,” I whined to Sarah as we strolled through a small marketplace in Florence.
Volunteers rise to river’s challenge
April 4, 2006
Hundreds of students answered an urgent call for sandbaggers Monday to protect homes from the rising Red River, expected to crest about 20 feet above flood stage this week.
Schilling has his good stuff
Red Sox ace tosses seven strong innings in opener
April 4, 2006
Big Papi and the Boston Red Sox certainly like having the “old” Curt Schilling back.
Move to ASU rejuvenates Sendek
Former N.C. State coach sees ‘potential’ at Pac-10 school
April 4, 2006
At first glance, it might be hard to understand why Herb Sendek would leave North Carolina State to take over Arizona State’s men’s basketball team.
Rollins keeps streak alive
April 4, 2006
Down eight runs with four outs left, Jimmy Rollins wasn’t looking for a walk with his hitting streak on the line.
On the record
April 4, 2006
Arrest warrant sought for congresswoman
April 4, 2006
U.S. Capitol Police are seeking an arrest warrant for Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga. A spokesman for U.S. Atty. Kenneth L. Wainstein said he was reviewing the merits of the case.
Not thinking
April 4, 2006
To the editor: Unbelievable, incredibly unbelievable, the statement made by Mr. David Woosley, the city traffic engineer. In Monday’s Sound Off column, Woosley comments on the lack of money to fix the traffic light sensors at McDonald Drive and Second Street.
Safe access
April 4, 2006
To the editor: Many County Road 1 residents and other Leavenworth County taxpayers are attempting to halt the turnpike interchange until such time as all necessary road and bridge construction from Eudora to Tonganoxie has been completed.
Prepaid cards targeting children
April 4, 2006
My 10-year-old daughter Olivia recently attended a birthday party for two of her classmates, who were turning 11. When my daughter returned from the party, she was excited about one gift both girls received - a prepaid credit card.
Exhibit to show work by artists with disabilities
April 4, 2006
VSA arts and Volkswagen are seeking artwork from young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, living within the U.S. Fifteen finalists will be awarded a total of $60,000 during an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill for the exhibit, titled “Destination Anywhere,” and artwork will be displayed in a nationwide touring exhibit that will debut at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Mystery
April 4, 2006
Growing up in the United States during the digital age, we have all become accustomed to the little things in life. These little things can include being able to drive to your local Starbucks for a cafe latte, or listening to a favorite CD on an iPod. We all believe these to be the contents of an everyday life. But what if a student from a European country came to the United States and was put face to face with our “common” technology? Is the adaptation process to new technology as easy as a student in the United States may believe? The answer to that question is no, and there is proof.
Students tell about life across the Atlantic
Blogs depict confusion, loss, hunger, culture shock
April 4, 2006
The following vignettes on the theme of “culture shock” in Italy were assigned in my class on Rhetoric, Politics and the Mass Media. Since these were written, some weeks have passed. I can report with confidence that most of the students have adapted to their surroundings. They even relish moving around Italy and Western Europe on long travel weekends and travel weeks.
Wittig is sentenced to 18 years
Former Westar leaders’ greed was unbridled, judge says
April 4, 2006
Worse than Enron. That’s how U.S. District Court Judge Julie Robinson on Monday described the Westar Energy scandal as she sentenced former Westar chief executive officer David Wittig to 18 years in prison and former executive vice president Douglas Lake to 15 years.
World Capital of Peace’ arrives in north Kansas
Transcendental meditation, organic farming will be emphasis of $14 million complex
April 4, 2006
Followers of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi have acquired 480 acres here near the exact geographical center of the continental United States.
Bladder surgery an organ-transplant breakthrough
April 4, 2006
The once-fanciful dream of regrowing the heart and other failing organs has suddenly edged closer to reality: The first complex organ, the bladder, has been rebuilt in seven patients from living tissue cultivated in the lab.
Old-timers too much in opener
Leyland leans on veteran left-hander Rogers for first victory since 1999
April 4, 2006
Jim Leyland, back with the team that signed him in 1963, won his first game as the Detroit Tigers’ manager with the help of another old newcomer.
Gator glory
Florida bites Bruins for first hoops title
April 4, 2006
Game, set, match - and a championship, too - for Joakim Noah and the Florida Gators. The tennis star’s son dominated UCLA with 16 points, nine rebounds and a record six blocks Monday night to key a 73-57 blowout that gave Florida its first national title in basketball and officially wiped away its reputation as only a football school.
Noah simply dominant
Florida center does it all in star-making victory
April 4, 2006
Ponytail power. Every kid in America might want to toss away those oh-so-yesterday headbands, grow out the dreadlocks and tie their hair back in a large bun. Forget about Kobe, LeBron, A.I. and Nash.
Steroid investigation not impossible
Commissioner can penalize users with severe punitive measure - banishment from Hall of Fame
April 4, 2006
Mind you, we’re probably way ahead of ourselves here - by at least two years - but baseball’s long-overdue investigation of potentially widespread steroid abuse in the ‘90s is not the Mission Impossible many skeptics believe it to be.
KU women’s lacrosse topples Nebraska
April 4, 2006
The Kansas University club lacrosse squad beat Nebraska, 10-2, on Sunday at Broken Arrow Park. Lisa Allen scored four goals for the Jayhawks, including three in the first half. Kristen Sheahen (2), Crystal Thomas, Bitz Marohl, Maddie Meyers and Stacy Seglem also scored.
LHS golfers fourth at eight-team meet
April 4, 2006
Lawrence High’s boys golf squad placed fourth Monday in an eight-team meet at Meadowbrook Country Club. Cameron Hershiser was the top Lions finisher, scoring 79. Levi Oxford (80), Spencer Ham (86), Austin Rueschhoff (89), Mark Mercer (94) and Andrew Barton (95) also competed for the Lions.
White ‘hurts’ after another Hall snub
April 4, 2006
Former Kansas University basketball great Jo Jo White has been snubbed by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame … again.
Final chapter awaits Currie
April 4, 2006
The course load Monique Currie took at Duke this spring includes the humanities class “Stratification of the Life,” a study of events in one’s personal history.
Storms kill at least 27 across South, Midwest
April 4, 2006
Tornadoes shredded homes to their foundations, hail tore holes in the rooftops and high winds toppled even freight cars as a line of violent storms cut zigzagging paths of destruction that killed at least 27 people across the nation’s midsection.
Slain Hells Angel a top-ranking leader
April 4, 2006
A motorcyclist gunned down on Interstate 95 Sunday was a leader in the Connecticut chapter of the Hells Angels who had served time in federal prison on drug charges, police said.
Moussaoui defiant after jury’s verdict
April 4, 2006
Zacarias Moussaoui defiantly shouted “Never get my blood!” on Monday, moments after a jury found him eligible for a trip to the death house for his role in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Construction collapse leaves three dead
April 4, 2006
A 10-ton construction platform collapsed and crashed 13 stories onto a busy downtown street Monday, killing three people and crushing cars stopped in midday traffic.
Lawrence Datebook
April 4, 2006
Man arrested on suspicion of rape
April 4, 2006
Lawrence Police have arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of raping an acquaintance at a party during the weekend.
School bus driver has heart attack, dies
April 4, 2006
A school bus driver suffered a heart attack while driving his morning route Monday and later died.
U.S. trainers struggle to stamp out Iraqi army misfires
April 4, 2006
The two bloodied, wincing Iraqi soldiers - bandages wrapped around their legs - hobbled onto the waiting ambulance, wounded during a house-to-house search near this farming town.
U.S. experiences sharp uptick in military deaths
April 4, 2006
Nine more American troops died in Iraq, the U.S. military reported Monday, five of them in a vehicle accident in a remote, rain-soaked western area. Their deaths brought the number of service members killed so far this month to 13 - nearly half the number who died in all of March.
New claim suggests al-Zarqawi replaced
April 4, 2006
Terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has sharply lowered his profile in recent months, halting his group’s Internet claims as the number of big suicide bombings in Iraq - his infamous signature form of attack - has fallen.
Studios to start selling films online
April 4, 2006
Hollywood studios will start selling digital versions of films such as “Brokeback Mountain” and “King Kong” on the Internet this week, the first time major movies have been available online to own.
100 to attend bioscience trade show
April 4, 2006
BIO 2006 is a trade show that will fill a building the size of three football fields.
Chamber of commerce looks for economic effect of sewer problem
April 4, 2006
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce believes the city’s sewer problems are starting to create signs of an economic downturn.
Higher amount of Kansas incomes going to schools
April 4, 2006
Kansans are contributing an increasingly large chunk of income to support public schools that are nonetheless below average in classroom spending, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday.
Lawrence math teacher named to Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame
April 4, 2006
One of Lawrence’s best known and most respected teachers has been named to the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame.
Burglar breaks into concession stand
April 4, 2006
An unknown burglar broke into a concession stand at Holcom Park Sports Complex, 2601 W. 25th St., and stole about $450 worth of candy and snacks.
District’s projects come in under budget
April 4, 2006
The Lawrence school district’s bond construction projects have come in $1.9 million under budget.
County still on board with Blackjack cleanup
April 4, 2006
Douglas County commissioners are still on board to help pay for the cleanup of the Black Jack Battlefield site near Baldwin, shown above.
Pretty, funny don’t mix
April 4, 2006
So far, the early 2006 TV season has been the winter of discontent for beautiful women. In January, the Heather Graham comedy “Emily’s Reasons Why Not” was yanked after only one episode. Now, it’s Rebecca Romijn’s turn to be punished for being so lethally gorgeous.
Controversy on ‘Sesame Street’
Creators chided over new line of videos for infants
April 4, 2006
The creators of “Sesame Street” are releasing a new line of videos today targeted for children as young as 6 months, outraging some child-development experts who feel no form of TV or video is suitable for kids younger than 2.
U.S. predicts increase in violence in Afghanistan this year
April 4, 2006
Violence is likely to increase in Afghanistan this year as foreign security forces expand into new areas and the government steps up its campaign against a booming trade in opium and heroin, a senior U.S. official warned Monday.
DeLay to resign seat in House
April 4, 2006
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texan touched by a lobbying scandal that ensnared some of his former top aides and cost the Republican his leadership post, won’t seek re-election to Congress and intends to resign, Republican officials said late Monday.
Ties with Vatican, Dalai Lama suggested
April 4, 2006
China suggested Monday that it was open to a visit from the Dalai Lama and to establishing ties with the Vatican.
Plans to legalize marijuana scrapped
April 4, 2006
Efforts at making it legal to possess a half ounce or less of marijuana in Canada will not continue, the country’s new conservative prime minister said Monday in announcing the demise of legislation U.S. authorities worried would weaken efforts to curb drug exports.
Sharon to undergo skull surgery today
April 4, 2006
Comatose Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will undergo surgery today to restore part of his skull removed in previous operations after he suffered a debilitating stroke, the hospital treating him said Monday.
Time off is the best tonic
April 4, 2006
I went to the Mayo Clinic last week for the annual ceremonial physical, hoping my doctor would send me off to a hospital, one of those really nice ones with a sunny terrace where you sit in your bathrobe and beautiful brunettes bring you fresh orange juice. The diagnosis would be nervous exhaustion, I guess.
Board to boost biosciences
Members to allocate $400K in taxpayer money
April 4, 2006
A new nonprofit corporation is looking to bolster area employment, production and tax revenue by fostering homegrown bioscience businesses.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 4, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 4, 1906: “Fred Cleland broke both arms at the wrists while at the YMCA gym last night. In attempting to jump from a pyramid the height of two men, he fell to the floor, striking on both hands. Dr. Anderson set the fractures and this morning the boy was out and about carrying both arms in a sling. It was purely an accident and nobody’s fault. : The city election was conducted very quietly today, with few voting and few contests. It hardly merits attention, so low was the interest and participation.”
Gasoline prices rise 9 cents in week
April 4, 2006
The average retail price of gasoline jumped 9 cents last week to $2.59 a gallon.
Americans think big, save little
April 4, 2006
The majority of American workers think they’ll be able to retire comfortably, but most aren’t saving nearly enough to meet that goal, according to a new study.
Local productions win Telly Awards
April 4, 2006
Two productions created by operations of The World Company received honors as part of the 2006 Telly Awards:
In the Halls: How do you dress up a boring outfit?
April 4, 2006
Former warlord says he is not guilty of war crimes
April 4, 2006
The man who was once Africa’s most feared warlord listened impassively to a litany of horrors couched in dispassionate legal language - cutting off of limbs and other body parts; rape, abduction and sexual slavery; pillaging; conscription of boys and girls.
Amadeus Trio to perform at Baker
April 4, 2006
The Amadeus Trio, featuring pianist Marian Hahn, violinist Timothy Baker and cellist Jeffrey Solow, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Baker University’s Rice Auditorium.
Move ahead
Residents and officials should work together to resolve issues that are hindering progress on a new Salvation Army building.
April 4, 2006
The Salvation Army is a fine organization. It enjoys an excellent record throughout the nation as well as here in Lawrence. Salvation Army workers often are the first to arrive and the last to leave at fires, floods and other disasters. They help millions of less fortunate Americans year after year. Salvation Army leaders devote their lives to helping others.
All survive crash of Army cargo plane
April 4, 2006
A giant Air Force cargo plane that crashed and broke apart while making an emergency landing at Dover Air Force Base yesterday was part of an aging fleet whose future is being debated.
Relays Hall of Fame inductees revealed
April 4, 2006
Kansas Relays meet director Tim Weaver on Monday revealed the 2006 class of the Kansas Relays Hall of Fame.