Archive for Tuesday, April 11, 2006

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Rush reiterates that he’ll return
Freshman was also named KU’s MVP
April 11, 2006
Kansas University freshman Brandon Rush backed up the words he uttered after KU’s defeat to Bradley last month, saying Tuesday that he would indeed return for his sophomore season instead of leaving Lawrence for the NBA draft.
6Sports video: Bar raised for 2006 Lion tracksters
April 11, 2006
Year two of the Scott Stidham program begins for runners and jumpers at Lawrence High School, and with the success of year one, expectations are high.
KU soccer to play Canadian National Team
April 11, 2006
Kansas University’s soccer team will face the Canadian National team Thursday, April 13 at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka, Kan. The start time for the match has been moved up two hours to 3 p.m. and admission is free.
Humphreys earns Big 12 Honor for second straight week
Junior pitcher struck out 34 in 27 innings
April 11, 2006
For the second consecutive week, Kansas softball’s Kassie Humphreys was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. Humphreys claims her third overall and second straight honor in 2006. It also marks the first time in Big 12 history that KU has won the pitcher award in consecutive weeks.
Amber Alert issued for Independence teen
09:24 a.m., April 11, 2006 Updated 03:00 p.m.
Kansas and Oklahoma authorities issued an Amber Alert this morning for a 16-year-old girl who reportedly was abducted from her home in Independence.
Heading up to 80
Chance for isolated showers tonight
April 11, 2006
Get ready for a somewhat cloudy, but summer-like day, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “We’ll have some dimmed or filtered sunshine throughout the day,” Schack said. And temperatures will soar up to 80 by late this afternoon, she said.
Firebirds stay perfect in city tennis series
Strong doubles start keys Free State’s 9-0 win
April 11, 2006
The Lawrence High-Free State rivalry meant so much to tennis player Stephen Donly that it put him to sleep.
Money reigns
What new tactics will Kansas City officials employ to try to coax taxpayers to invest more in the Truman Sports Complex?
April 11, 2006
By using fear tactics - suggesting the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals probably would move their franchises to another city if Jackson County, Mo., voters did not approve new taxes to provide millions of dollars to renovate the two Truman Sports Complex stadiums - promoters of the project squeaked out a narrow victory in last week’s vote.
In the Halls: What did you do for spring break?
April 11, 2006
Science meets marketing at BIO2006 convention
April 11, 2006
In an unusual twist, trading cards that feature scientists instead of athletes were launched Monday at the BIO2006 trade show at McCormick Place.
Bert Nash event recognizes contributions to mental health
Endowment needs to grow, chairwoman says
April 11, 2006
At a time when many community health facilities are struggling to find funding, the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center took time Monday to thank those who have helped support mental health in Lawrence.
Two-alarm fire damages home near KU
April 11, 2006
A two-alarm blaze tore through part of a rental home near Kansas University campus late Monday night.
Bump repair backs up traffic
April 11, 2006
Road work is on schedule to repair a notorious bump near North Second and Locust streets in North Lawrence - causing a different kind of traffic problem.
5 arrested in Canada in deaths of 8 bikers
April 11, 2006
Police arrested five people on murder charges Monday for one of Canada’s worst mass killings and said the deaths of eight men found on an isolated farm were part of “an internal cleansing” of a motorcycle gang.
Turgeon signs extension
April 11, 2006
Mark Turgeon, who led Wichita State last month to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, has agreed to a long-term contract extension, ending speculation that he will leave for a job at a larger school.
Aldridge opts for NBA
Texas forward projects as top-5 pick
April 11, 2006
Texas sophomore forward LaMarcus Aldridge said Monday night he intended to enter the NBA draft, where he’s expected to be among the top picks.
ChiSox ruin day for Tigers
April 11, 2006
Jim Thome and Joe Crede hit two-run homers, and Paul Konerko added a solo shot, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 5-3 victory Monday in the Detroit Tigers’ home opener.
Rec. calendar
April 11, 2006
K-State recruit still undecided
April 11, 2006
Two days before he planned to announce his choice of a college, Florida prep star Jason Bennett still was struggling to make a decision, his coach said Monday.
Dillon shoots 94 to pace Seabury
April 11, 2006
Grayson Dillon shot 94 in just his second tournament to help the Seabury Academy boys golf team to a fourth-place finish Monday at the Crest Invitational at Garnett Country Club.
KU women’s recruits thrive at Showcase
April 11, 2006
Kansas University women’s basketball recruits Danielle McCray and Lindsay Ballweg each played Sunday in the State of Kansas Women’s Basketball Showcase in Salina.
KU women’s golf ninth at Susie Maxwell Classic
April 11, 2006
Kansas University’s women’s golf squad tied for ninth place after Monday’s final round at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic.
Forums scheduled on homelessness
April 11, 2006
The Lawrence Community Shelter’s board of directors will host three public forums on community relations and the homeless.
Bioscience Authority to help start-up companies
April 11, 2006
Kansas Bioscience Authority Chairman Clay Blair on Monday announced a new program to advance the formation of bioscience start-up companies in Kansas. The Community Bioscience Facilities Matching Funds Program will leverage funds from city, county, community, private and other nonprofit sources. The announcement came during a meeting of the KBA board of directors at the BIO 2006 Annual International Convention in Chicago.
Moon mission will seek water
April 11, 2006
NASA plans to crash a space probe into the moon in 2009 - a collision so violent it will be visible on Earth through a telescope, the space agency said Monday.
Abortion pill cleared in recent death
April 11, 2006
The abortion pill RU-486 was cleared as the reason for at least one woman’s death by federal health officials on Monday. A second woman’s death remains under investigation.
Contact lens solution eyed in fungus outbreak
April 11, 2006
Bausch & Lomb voluntarily suspended shipment of a contact lens solution after federal health officials linked it Monday to a fungal eye infection that can cause temporary blindness.
Striking transit workers go back to work
April 11, 2006
Trains and buses started rolling again Monday to the delight of thousands of Denver-area commuters who had to find another way to get to work during a weeklong transit strike.
GTA, KU talks hit another hurdle
April 11, 2006
Negotiations between Kansas University and its graduate teaching assistants hit another wall Monday.
Guard spokeswoman to retire this summer
April 11, 2006
After 30 years of service, Joy Moser is retiring in June as spokeswoman for the Kansas National Guard and the Division of Emergency Management.
Mumps cases on rise
April 11, 2006
Mumps cases in the Lawrence area have increased, as Kansas University and Douglas County have each reported new cases in the last week.
Suspect in rape accused in 2nd crime
April 11, 2006
A man who was out of jail awaiting trial for rape now stands accused of committing a second, similar crime involving a different victim.
Mars rover takes a detour
April 11, 2006
A broken wheel kept the Mars rover Spirit from reaching its sunny Martian winter destination spot, so it will spend the winter recharging its solar-powered batteries at an alternate site, scientists said.
Corrections
April 11, 2006
On Feb. 22, Lawrence Police officers began handing out helmet vouchers to bikers and skaters younger than 16 who were not wearing helmets after a city ordinance was passed in 2004 about the helmet giveaway program. A story in the March 27 Journal-World had incorrect information about when officers began giving out the vouchers. A map that appeared on page 1B of the April 4 Journal-World mislabeled the island of Sardinia.
On the record
April 11, 2006
Postcards from the edge
Spring break scattered local youths across the country, around the world
April 11, 2006
Members of the Journal-World Teen Advisory Board spent their spring breaks discovering Quito, Ecuador; soaking up culture in Italy; relaxing on the Oregon coast; visiting family in Arizona and sightseeing in St. Louis and Chicago.
When in Rome…..
April 11, 2006
I studied Latin for three years and flew 10 hours to Italy with 17 other students, all to pack thousands of years of history and culture into my 10-day spring break. I need a vacation from my vacation.
Family road trip
April 11, 2006
This spring break was amazing.
Oregon chill
April 11, 2006
“It’s not easy being green.”
Africa launches education campaign; Britain gives $15 billion
April 11, 2006
African leaders launched a campaign to get every child in school by 2015, and Britain responded Monday by pledging $15 billion in education aid to developing countries over the next decade.
France rescinds youth jobs law
April 11, 2006
President Jacques Chirac caved in to protesters on Monday, canceling a law on youth employment that fueled nationwide unrest and raising questions about France’s ability to reform rigid labor laws in a globalized world.
Boat carrying 150 sinks; 110 feared dead
April 11, 2006
An overloaded motorboat carrying about 150 passengers on a vast lake in this West African nation has sunk, and 110 people are missing and feared dead, police said Monday.
At least 45 killed in fire at trade fair
April 11, 2006
A fire swept through tents at a trade fair Monday in northern India, killing at least 45 people and injuring 160, police said.
Ex-president holds edge for runoff spot
April 11, 2006
Former President Alan Garcia and former Congresswoman Lourdes Flores were locked in a virtual dead heat Monday to determine who will face ultra-nationalist Ollanta Humala in a runoff to elect Peru’s next president.
Plane crash kills 14 in peace delegation
April 11, 2006
A military plane carrying politicians to a peace conference crashed while attempting to land in northern Kenya during bad weather Monday, killing at least 14 people, including two assistant Cabinet ministers.
Taking sex seriously helps teens avoid STDs
April 11, 2006
Dr. Wes: When discussing sex, I’ve always said that the fastest way to shut down the neural pathways between your teenager’s ears and his brain is to launch into a thoughtful lecture on the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases. If you throw in some icky pictures, you actually can increase the speed of shutdown by a factor of three.
Put short-term savings in money market account
April 11, 2006
Boy, I wish I knew at 21 what I know today. I certainly made a whopper of an investment error in my early days of adulthood. When I first began investing for my retirement, I followed the advice of a co-worker and put all my 401(k) retirement money in bonds. “You can’t trust the stock market,” he told me.
Absolutely innocent’
Former Enron CEO testifies in his fraud, conspiracy trial
April 11, 2006
Former Enron Corp. Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling declared he was “absolutely innocent” Monday as he began to testify in his own defense in his fraud and conspiracy trial.
Spring inspires political respite
April 11, 2006
Columnists should not write about politics. Take it from me, it’s a bad idea. You pick up your bright sword to harass the heathen Republican and your prose style goes limp, your verbs droop, and words such as “comprehensive” and “funding” creep in and you become thin-lipped and hissy, like Miss Whipple in study hall telling the boys in the back of the room to shape up or be sorry. Well, they aren’t going to shape up. What will shape them up is the day of reckoning and it’s not here yet.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 11, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 11, 1906: “Busy times are ahead with a number of major meetings here, including the state Sunday School convention in early May.
Old Home Town- 25 years ago
April 11, 2006
The $11.8 million Malott Hall, named after former Chancellor Deane W. Malott, was dedicated at Kansas University. Malott was here for the event. He had left KU in 1951 for the presidency of Cornell University at Ithaca, N.Y., but had remained closely aligned with KU where all his children had gone to school.
Fight policy
April 11, 2006
To the editor: For the last couple of years, despite my own countering beliefs, I have been trying to understand the conservative agenda and promote understanding among the more liberal types.
Not victims
April 11, 2006
To the editor: Where are your front page stories of the “Sergeant Yorks” and “Audie Murphys” of this war? Where are the words of family members proudly voicing support for their soldiers’ defense of our country?
Sports support
April 11, 2006
To the editor: Reading Chuck Woodling’s column April 7, I started getting angry. At first I was just angry at him. Angry for comments like, “a boathouse would be nice, but the KU rowing team has existed for 11 years as a varsity sport without one.” That comment belittles all of the athletes, like me, that have competed proudly for the Kansas women’s rowing team over the past 11 years.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
April 11, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.54 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Senior services
April 11, 2006
To the editor: Hats off to the Douglas County Senior Center. We, as senior citizens of Lawrence, are fortunate to have a place to meet and eat nutritious meals for a small donation. The services offered are numerous.
Naked man arrested on KU’s campus
April 11, 2006
A Kansas University landmark had an unwelcome visitor during the weekend: a naked man.
Medical call leads to drug search
April 11, 2006
A medical emergency led to a drug bust last week in northern Lawrence, according to a police report released Monday.
Tank Man’ remembered on ‘Frontline’
April 11, 2006
A 90-minute “Frontline” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) examines one of the most powerful images of recent times. “The Tank Man” recalls the student and worker protests in China’s Tiananmen Square in early June 1989. For a few days, it seemed that a new breed of people power would topple the Communist government that had ruled with Stalinist ruthlessness for 40 years. Instead, the regime sent in troops and tanks. Thousands were killed, and the demonstrators were dispersed. Days later, a lone man, thought to be a worker, stood alone in front of a line of tanks. Defiant, alone, defenseless - he became a living symbol of individual resistance.
Library dean candidate to visit KU this week
April 11, 2006
Lorraine Haricombe, dean of university libraries at Bowling Green State University, is the fifth and final candidate for dean of libraries at Kansas University.
KU graduate joins Peoples Bank
April 11, 2006
Bryan Culver has joined Peoples Bank in Lawrence and will be working in business development.
Photographer named department director
April 11, 2006
Thad Allender has returned to Lawrence as director of photography for the Lawrence Journal-World’s news operation.
Telephone bill totals $218 trillion
April 11, 2006
A Malaysian man received a $218 trillion phone bill and was ordered to pay up within 10 days or face prosecution, a newspaper reported Monday.
Local campground to offer free camping
April 11, 2006
Camping will be free May 12 at KOA Kampground in North Lawrence, as part of “Come Camp With Us Day,” a national promotion and fundraising event.
Italy facing power split
April 11, 2006
Italy’s parliament headed toward an unprecedented split today between Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative coalition and one led by his center-left rival - the result of a national vote that could stall the formation of a new government.
Easter egg hunts slated for weekend
April 11, 2006
Area children will have two opportunities to hunt for Easter eggs this weekend.
Fruity over zuito
April 11, 2006
Going to Quito, Ecuador, is probably going to hold the award for my most memorable spring break.
People in the news
April 11, 2006
Paltrow delivers a son
Attack on Iran would trigger new war
April 11, 2006
“This is like deja vu all over again,” Yogi Berra supposedly said.
Lindsey Ahlen
Seabury Academy senior gets a kick out of stopping shots
April 11, 2006
Keeping busy hasn’t been a problem for Lindsey Ahlen during her high school tenure at Seabury Academy.
Immigrants take to streets, make case for citizenship
April 11, 2006
“No one is illegal! All humans have rights!” Ray Rojas shouted.
Elton cleans closet again for charity
April 11, 2006
Elton John is selling thousands of pieces of his personal wardrobe to raise money for his AIDS charity.
Spring means success on local sports scene
April 11, 2006
The spring high school sports season in northeast Kansas is much like spring itself in this part of the country.
Daschle says America must use own people as model
April 11, 2006
Despite its reliance on foreign oil, a gaping deficit and unpopularity abroad, the United States holds promise, former U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Tom Daschle said Monday.
Latinos must commit to U.S.
April 11, 2006
We Latinos are on fire these days, in more ways than one. Immigration protests across the country have reignited the Latino engine but also refueled the opposite side.
Marchers putting more pressure on Congress
April 11, 2006
The immigrant demonstrators who flooded the streets of America’s cities Monday ratcheted up pressure on lawmakers to complete an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, while raising Republicans’ frustration with President Bush for what they see as a muddled stand on the issue.
Hispanics in Kansas join others across U.S.
Demonstrations occur in dozens of cities
April 11, 2006
Thousands of Hispanics across Kansas closed their businesses, walked off jobs and skipped classes Monday to demonstrate in support of immigration rights.
Arboretum supporter lands honor
Former KU dean earns recognition from Rotary club
April 11, 2006
The man who led efforts to create a growing tribute to Rotary International received the Lawrence club’s highest honor Monday.
Bartlow, Veritas fifth at Alvamar
April 11, 2006
Andrew Bartlow shot 87 to finish second on the leaderboard Monday at the seven-team Veritas Invitational at the Alvamar Golf Club.
Lacrosse lawyer: DNA doesn’t match
Attorney says evidence doesn’t link Duke athletes, victim
April 11, 2006
DNA testing failed to connect any members of the Duke University lacrosse team to the alleged rape of a stripper, attorneys for the athletes said Monday.
Wal-Mart defends proposed move into banking
April 11, 2006
An executive of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Monday defended to federal regulators the company’s proposed expansion of its empire into banking as a parade of objectors prepared to make the case against the move.
Greetings from South Padre
April 11, 2006
When I first asked my parents if I could go to South Padre Island with my friends Maddy Heck and Jessica Garcia, both Free State High School students, they were pretty skeptical. Even when I mentioned that we would be chaperoned, the idea of sending their daughter to one of the most cliche spring break party spots wasn’t comforting.
Shelter leaders support plan
Salvation Army and neighbors moving toward compromise
April 11, 2006
East Lawrence residents and Salvation Army leaders began to come to a compromise Monday that would allow a new homeless shelter to be built near 19th Street and Haskell Avenue.
New Orleans refugees travel home to vote
April 11, 2006
Hundreds of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Texas and other states boarded buses and traveled to Louisiana on Monday to cast early ballots in New Orleans’ storm-delayed election for mayor.
Lawrence Datebook
April 11, 2006
The love of authentic Mexican food
April 11, 2006
This year for spring break, instead of lying around the house watching TV, my mom and I flew to Arizona, where it was sunny and about 80 degrees, to visit my siblings and nephew.
Big cities are magnets for college grads
Urban areas renewed by influx of educated residents
April 11, 2006
Big cities are magnets for college grads –- Urban areas renewed by influx of educated residents
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 11, 2006
The Kansas University campus had been unusually quiet during the current spring break, but upcoming centennial events were due to make things hum loudly very soon.
Residents give input on I-70 changes
April 11, 2006
Julie Downes firmly believes that both ends of Leavenworth County Road 1 should be treated equally.
Mulder christens new Busch
April 11, 2006
The new Busch Stadium was both a hitter’s and pitcher’s park in its opening game - at least for Mark Mulder.
Back to the classics
Certain children’s books stand the test of time - and finicky little readers
April 11, 2006
Abby Cohen, at age 9, has a pretty good idea of what makes a compelling children’s book.
J-W wins awards for excellence
April 11, 2006
The Lawrence Journal-World won 14 first-place awards in the annual Kansas Professional Communicators Communications Contest.
FSHS third, LHS 12th at Manhattan Invite
April 11, 2006
Free State High’s boys golf squad placed third, and Lawrence High was 12th Monday at the Manhattan Invitational at Manhattan Country Club.
Jayhawks eager for chance at midweek victories
April 11, 2006
Objective number one is winning. With an NCAA Regional berth within reach of Kansas University’s baseball team, every victory counts, including today’s and Wednesday’s games against North Dakota State (2-24).
Alaska pizza parlor goes to great lengths to deliver
April 11, 2006
Last Christmas, residents of the Yupik Eskimo village of Savoonga added a special dish to their everyday fare of whale, walrus, reindeer and berries - fresh pizza flown in from Nome, 170 miles away.
Gulf Coast on edge as hurricane season nears
April 11, 2006
Joe Spraggins knows it will take stockpiles of food, water and fuel and better evacuation routes to survive if the Gulf Coast gets hit by another monster storm this coming hurricane season.
Horoscopes
April 11, 2006
School leaders ready to curb junk food
Under wellness policy, access to soda, sweets would be limited
April 11, 2006
Say goodbye to the cupcake-fueled birthday parties, candy-bar commendations and lunch-hour sodas.
Wait ‘til next year? Not quite yet
Cubs’ sweep of rival Cardinals brings a flood of optimism to a team with a history of pessimism
April 11, 2006
There was a very funny moment in Sunday night’s game at Wrigley Field.
Woodling: Runners a unique breed
April 11, 2006
Those who have a genetic predisposition for running : well, they aren’t like you and me.
Inside information
Stoll hopes background will help Lions’ cause
April 11, 2006
On Monday, Matt and Jay Armbrister met with members of the Lawrence High baseball team to discuss their father, the late Gale Armbrister, and his love for game.
Full house expected for hoops banquet
April 11, 2006
No tickets remain for tonight’s Kansas University basketball awards ceremony set for 7 p.m. at the Kansas Union Ballroom.