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10 more cases of mumps diagnosed
April 6, 2006
Ten more cases of mumps have been diagnosed in Douglas County, authorities said this afternoon, bringing the total to 21 since last week.
Douglas County under tornado watch until 9 p.m.
Large hail, strong winds and tornadic activity possible today
07:27 a.m., April 6, 2006 Updated 06:53 p.m.
The National Weather Service has placed Douglas County under a tornado watch through 9 tonight.
Saddam defends execution orders
April 6, 2006
Saddam Hussein dodged questions from prosecutors cross-examining him for the first time Wednesday over a crackdown against Shiites in the 1980s. But he acknowledged approving death sentences for 148 Shiites, saying he was convinced they tried to assassinate him.
Moussaoui trial to re-create attacks for jury
April 6, 2006
In a federal courtroom in Alexandria, Va., the sights and sounds of a national trauma are about to go on display as never before.
Dead newborn identified
April 6, 2006
The Reno County Sheriff’s Office has identified the mother of a dead newborn girl, three weeks after the child’s body was pulled by a dog from a creek, just west of Hutchinson.
Wichita settles police shooting lawsuit
April 6, 2006
A man paralyzed in a 2004 shooting by a Wichita police officer has won $4.75 million in a settlement with the city.
Commodities
April 6, 2006
Relays hurdles loaded
April 6, 2006
World champions Bershawn Jackson (400-meter hurdles) of the United States and Ladji Doucoure (110 hurdles) of France highlight entries for the GOLDZONE II Invitational hurdle-event portion of the Kansas Relays.
Fourth progress for Junior
April 6, 2006
Since what looks like a trend sometimes turns out to be merely a coincidence, it’s probably a little dangerous to put too much significance on what Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his team did Sunday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
Indians make statement to ChiSox
April 6, 2006
Right from the start, it appears the Cleveland Indians will mount a strong challenge to the Chicago White Sox. Jason Michaels doubled in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning Wednesday - his fourth hit of the game - and the Indians beat the White Sox, 4-3, to take two of three in the opening series between the AL Central rivals.
Lesson in greed
April 6, 2006
To the editor: State Sen. Kay O’Connor describes public schools as a financial “bottomless pit” that are “teaching the greed to our children.”
Support youth
April 6, 2006
To the editor: Alcoholism, among junior and senior high school students, has caused national concern. Our government is hiring speakers to cover the country and spread the alarm. Sixty people attended the speech that was given here recently.
Solid base
City officials should be careful where they cut corners on the rebuilding of Kasold Drive.
April 6, 2006
Are we sure the drainage base on which Kasold Drive will be rebuilt is the best target for cutting the cost of replacing Kasold from Bob Billings Parkway to 22nd Street?
Rights groups target of Kremlin crackdown
April 6, 2006
The Kremlin has begun cracking down on private groups that advocate human rights and democracy, the latest move in a government campaign that already has tamed political opposition, stifled business dissent and all but eliminated independent news media.
No small miracle
Local production of Helen Keller play goes beyond touching story of a girl and her teacher to memorialize a Lawrence couple’s son
April 6, 2006
What would it be like to be blind, deaf and living in a time period devoid of tolerance?
Old home town - 40 years ago today
April 6, 2006
City and school officials here agreed to study the possibility of including a public swimming pool bond issue in a package that would include other needed facilities. No formal decision was reached about what to include.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
April 6, 2006
Nobody was making any bets on the outcome of the city commission election just around the corner. Nancy Shontz, top vote-getter in the primary election, said, “No predictions; we’ll have to wait and see.” Incumbent Bob Schumm saw a narrow margin for the three primary winners in the six-person field.
Texas redistricting a lasting DeLay legacy
April 6, 2006
In announcing he will resign his congressional seat, Rep. Tom DeLay did one last favor for his party, strengthening the likelihood that Republicans will retain the 22nd District of Texas this November and, with it, control of the U .S. House.
KU investigating theft of equipment
April 6, 2006
Kansas University police are looking for suspects in the disappearance of more than $15,000 in audio-visual and computer equipment from campus in recent days. Capt. Schuyler Bailey said it’s not known whether the thefts are related.
6 months in, Corkins still under fire
Commissioner defends tenure, while board of education member says ‘wheels are coming off’
April 6, 2006
Sometimes when Bob Corkins speaks to a group of people, his first order of business is to try to persuade them he doesn’t want to wreck the public school system.
KU prof: Dentistry dates back 9,000 years
April 6, 2006
It’s enough to make your teeth hurt.
Affordable homes elusive for many
Task force hopes to help would-be owners
April 6, 2006
In some ways, the worst part about Tanya Spacek’s nearly three-year search for an affordable home to buy in Lawrence is how it has made her feel.
Doctors reattach piece of Sharon’s skull
April 6, 2006
Doctors reattached a piece of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s skull on Wednesday, a day after the surgery was delayed because of a respiratory infection, Hadassah Hospital officials said.
Hamas government misses first pay day
April 6, 2006
Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, presiding Wednesday over the first meeting of his Hamas-dominated Cabinet, declared that the government’s coffers were empty and appealed for international assistance.
Alleged castrator has ties to Kansas
April 6, 2006
The man at the center of an investigation into castrations at a Haywood County sadomasochistic “dungeon” spent 23 years working at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Kansas, according to federal officials.
Land-fish’ fossil sheds light on evolution
April 6, 2006
Researchers have found a fossil fish with a crocodile-like head that apparently moved on land like a seal - an important discovery for understanding how fish evolved into land animals with four limbs and a backbone.
On the record
April 6, 2006
Lawrence datebook
April 6, 2006
Kline reveals office’s litigation expenses
April 6, 2006
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline on Wednesday released his office’s outside legal expenses, which immediately drew fire from his expected opponent in the November election, Johnson County Dist. Atty. Paul Morrison.
Autopsy: Driver had meth, cocaine in body
April 6, 2006
A driver killed in a head-on wreck in December in downtown Lawrence had methamphetamine and traces of cocaine in his system, according to a recently finished autopsy report.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
April 6, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.44 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Injured teen’s grandfather threatens to block road
April 6, 2006
Coye Baker is fed up with the bump in the road. Baker, the grandfather of a special-needs teenager who was struck this weekend by a trailer that hopped the curb near a notorious road bump on North Second Street, said he’s willing to take drastic measures to get the city’s attention. He plans a protest at the scene of the wreck on Saturday morning.
Laughter is teachers’ best medicine
Educators praised for going ‘extra mile,’ receive Mayor’s Excellence in Education Award
April 6, 2006
You have to be able to laugh to be a good teacher.
Senators differ on immigration
Brownback wants citizenship for some; Roberts has security concerns
April 6, 2006
Juana “Janie” Perkins came to the United States from Mexico at age 10, illiterate in Spanish and unable to speak English.
Clocks subject to constant adjustments
April 6, 2006
Daylight-saving time starts the first Sunday in April. Time was measured by sundials until clocks were invented, and early clocks were set to sun time.
Food pantries hope to join giveaway
April 6, 2006
Food pantries in Lawrence are hoping to take part in a Rhode Island-based foundation’s plan to give away $1 million.
Daily ticker
April 6, 2006
Weakley: My slice of golf heaven
April 6, 2006
Greetings to all from the Masters.
Shocks get even
Inspired Wichita State blanks KU
April 6, 2006
They might not know his name - or even his correct position - but the 21st-ranked Wichita State baseball team members sure knew about Kansas University left fielder John Allman and his comments about being the “best team in the state” last week.
Join Rosie O’Donnell on vacation
April 6, 2006
Is there anything duller than home movies of other people’s vacations? That question is put to the test with “All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise” (7 p.m., HBO).
Area employers hire, promote workers
April 6, 2006
Employees recently hired or promoted at area businesses.
Griffey passes Mantle
April 6, 2006
Ken Griffey Jr.’s 537th career homer was upstaged by Bronson Arroyo’s first.
Dissonance
April 6, 2006
To the editor: Dissonance defined: The front page story describing the tearful farewell of a Lawrence Army National Guard unit bound for Iraq and the report about Condoleezza Rice scolding the Iraqi leadership that the United States is losing patience with their progress toward building a government (Journal-World, April 3).
Organic markets
April 6, 2006
To the editor: According to a January 2006 marketing report from the research firm Organic Monitor in London, not enough U.S. farmers are finding it possible to make the transition to organic production.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
April 6, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 6, 1906: “J.L. Brady of Lawrence has done much in the legislature to try to get more statewide support for our university. He admits that sometimes his hands are tied by people not attuned to the need for a great university but he says he is making headway on this most important project. “
Teens come up short on finance issues
April 6, 2006
They like to spend it, but young people don’t know much about how money works.
After storms, Mennonites help each other rebuild
April 6, 2006
Hours after the winds died down, a crowd of volunteers - men in plain shirts and suspenders, women in bonnets and ankle-length dresses - arrived in this farming community to help fellow Mennonites whose homes and barns were ravaged by twisters.
22 people discovered in cargo container
April 6, 2006
After spending 15 days inside a cargo container shipped from Shanghai, 18 men and four women were discovered early Wednesday at the Port of Seattle. The stowaways made the arduous journey in the hopes of finding work here, officials said.
Woman seeks lost, beloved piano
April 6, 2006
Nearly five years ago, while financially strapped because of medical bills, Kathy Leclere sold her most prized possession: a piano given to her by her parents on her 12th birthday.
Banning books, abstinence on board agenda
April 6, 2006
Efforts to ban certain books from high school reading lists and require abstinence-only sex education will be considered by the Kansas State Board of Education next week.
Survey asks homeless if Lawrence deserves 2nd-meanest city ranking
April 6, 2006
Lawrence’s homeless are being asked to weigh in on whether the city deserves to be called the second-meanest city in the country.
Horoscopes
April 6, 2006
For Thursday, April 6
Mexico’s migrant smugglers expect business to boom
April 6, 2006
Barely 18, Jose belongs to Mexico’s new generation of migrant smugglers - young, savvy and happy to see Uncle Sam further tighten border security.
Apple launches Windows software for Macs
April 6, 2006
To broaden its appeal in a Windows-dominated world, Apple Computer Inc. unveiled software Wednesday in San Jose to help owners of its new Intel-based Macs run not only its own operating system but also Microsoft Corp.’s rival software.
Senators propose compromise on immigration
April 6, 2006
Key Senate Republicans on Wednesday night offered compromise immigration legislation that seeks to sway conservative holdouts by providing slightly less generous treatment for illegal immigrants than the bill now foundering on the floor.
Correction
April 6, 2006
The town in which Sandy Brooks, former wife of singer Garth Brooks, was kidnapped was incorrect in an Associated Press news story Wednesday. The town is Claremore, Okla.
Convicted felon admits having gun
April 6, 2006
A Lawrence man has admitted keeping a 9 mm handgun hidden in his sofa despite a past felony conviction that barred him from having a gun.
Gun law backers want to keep permit records closed
April 6, 2006
Backers of a new law allowing Kansans to carry concealed guns plan to seek legislation yet this year to keep applications for gun permits and the identities of permit holders secret.
Showy vines win over area gardeners
April 6, 2006
Vines are a necessity in most gardens.
Toplikar: Hand-crank radios allow users to tune in when power is out
April 6, 2006
I called out. I couldn’t see anything as I entered my house. “I’m in here.”
Pudge’ perfect; so are Tigers
Rodriguez 5-for-5 as Detroit completes sweep of Royals with 14-3 rout
April 6, 2006
Ivan Rodriguez powered the Detroit Tigers to a 2-0 start under new manager Jim Leyland.
Statistics prove Kansas stingy
Jayhawks led nation in FG-percentage D
April 6, 2006
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team finished in the top 10 nationally in four categories in the final 2005-06 season statistics tabulated this week and now available at NCAAsports.com.
Kansas’ Kemp undrafted by WNBA
April 6, 2006
Crystal Kemp fully expected to hear her name called during the live telecast of Wednesday’s WNBA Draft.
Ice Field scoreboard set for dedication
April 6, 2006
The new scoreboard at Ice Field in Holcom Complex will be dedicated at 5 p.m. Tuesday prior to the Lawrence High-Free State high school baseball game.
KU baseball on TV
April 6, 2006
Three Kansas University baseball games will be televised this season. Metro Sports (Sunflower Broadband Channel 37) will broadcast the Jayhawks’ game at 6 p.m. April 18 against Missouri State and their regular-season finale at 1 p.m. May 21 against Texas A&M. Also, Fox Sports Net (Sunflower ch. 36) will air KU-Kansas State at 1 p.m. April 23.
Softball sweeps Arkansas
April 6, 2006
A home run by Stevie Crisosto and three hits from Destiny Frankenstein helped Kansas University’s softball team sweep Arkansas, 2-1 and 1-0, on Wednesday at the Lady ‘Back Yard.
People in the news
April 6, 2006
¢ Eminem, wife split again ¢ Writer’s block ¢ From Carthage to Caribbean ¢ Live in Red Square ¢ Cruise: Father a bully, coward
Commentary: Call Florida a basketball school now
Donovan took downtrodden program and made it a champion, even without the tradition
April 6, 2006
UCLA’s players looked into the crowd and saw Bill Walton.
Journal-World staff predictions for 2006 MLB season
April 6, 2006
Rolling roof could slide onto August ballot
April 6, 2006
Officials favoring a rolling roof concept in Kansas City said Wednesday the plan still could be on track.
A mystery to unfold at Masters
Added length, weather lend uncertainty to already-difficult course
April 6, 2006
One by one, players trudged up the hill leading to the clubhouse at Augusta National, then paused and gazed back at a course that by now they should know all too well.
Texas at 10
As Texas Motor Speedway celebrates a decade of cup racing, drivers have a more favorable opinion of the racetrack now than in its first few seasons
April 6, 2006
Not everyone is great with babies, and Texas Motor Speedway was a problem child when it was added to the NASCAR schedule in 1997.
GOP seeks rebirth in Illinois
April 6, 2006
Illinois’ northernmost bit is north of Cape Cod and its southern tip is south of Richmond, Va. Scattered the length of the state, from the Wisconsin to the Kentucky border, are fragments of wreckage from the state party that produced the first Republican president - who was born in Kentucky and nominated by a Republican Party born in Wisconsin, at Ripon.
Research finds racial divide among blacks, young Indians
April 6, 2006
Generations ago, many American Indian tribes and blacks searching for a free life held strong bonds.
U.N. official allowed to visit war-torn region
April 6, 2006
Sudan said Wednesday it would allow U.N. Undersecretary Jan Egeland to visit Darfur, three days after barring his flight to a region the United Nations has called site of the world’s gravest humanitarian crisis.
Insurgents claim video shows helicopter downed Saturday
April 6, 2006
Gunmen shouting “God is Great!” dragged the burning body of what they said was a U.S. pilot in a horrific video posted Wednesday on the Web by a new al-Qaida-affiliated group that claimed it shot down an Apache helicopter last weekend.
Put the ‘free’ back into ‘weed-free’ lawns
April 6, 2006
Most home lawns in our area are either cool-season grasses, warm-season grasses or a combination of both. Unfortunately, across the middle United States, we live in a transition zone.
How to correct mistakes on credit report
April 6, 2006
One thing that definitely befuddles many consumers is the credit scoring system, but perhaps more maddening is dealing with the problems created by the system: Working to get errors in credit reports corrected.
FSHS athletes sign college letters
April 6, 2006
Several Free State High athletes signed letters of intent Wednesday. Nick Ayre signed to play football at Baker University, and Mike Vaughn and Chris Coffey signed to play football at Independence Community College.
Nebraska puts end to tennis win streak
April 6, 2006
The Kansas University tennis team’s six-match winning streak came to an end with a 4-3 loss Wednesday at Nebraska.
Katie Couric heads to evening news
April 6, 2006
Now that Katie Couric is making the move from dawn to dusk, her legacy - and the future of CBS News - depends on the audience. And according to a new poll, that audience prefers to see her in the morning.
Watkins to remain at Missouri
Former interim head coach hired by Anderson as aide
April 6, 2006
Melvin Watkins, who finished last season as the interim coach at Missouri, was one of four coaches hired Wednesday by new head man Mike Anderson.
Term limits might boost ethics
April 6, 2006
To paraphrase Richard Nixon, Democrats won’t have Rep. Tom DeLay to kick around anymore.
Our town sports
April 6, 2006