Archive for Friday, April 14, 2006

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White defeats Blue in Spring Game
Meier accounts for four touchdowns
April 14, 2006
Several Jayhawks will make their debut tonight when Kansas University’s football team offers KU fans a sneak peek at the 2006 squad during the annual Spring Game at Memorial Stadium.
Motorcyclist killed in accident south of Clinton Lake
April 14, 2006
A motorcycle driver was killed late this afternoon in a collision with a car on a county road just south of Clinton Lake, Douglas County Sheriff’s officers said.
State to shut down Lawrence nursing home
April 14, 2006
State officials have decided to pull the plug on a Lawrence nursing home.
Linwood man killed on K-10
April 14, 2006
A Linwood man was killed this morning on Kansas Highway 10 in Lenexa when a semi tractor-trailer truck crossed the median and struck his car.
Governor shoots turkey, others unscathed
April 14, 2006
Texas bird hunting with Vice President Dick Cheney has its risks. But when Kansas politicos go hunting apparently it is still safe for all but the prey.
Another record? Temperatures to climb to near 90
Chance for thunderstorms Saturday evening
April 14, 2006
Get ready for what might be another record hot day - temperatures will sizzle up to nearly 90 degrees, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Dwindling reserves
If Lawrence city spending continues at its current rate without new revenue, the city’s reserve funds soon will be gone.
April 14, 2006
It looks as if the Lawrence city budget is about to hit the wall. The city’s director of finance told city commissioners last week that if they continue to spend at their current rate without raising additional revenue, the city’s reserve fund will shrink from about $14 million to about $2 million by 2008 and “will largely be gone” in three or four years.
Cause and effect
It’s probably human nature, but it’s too bad that something bad often has to happen in order to spur positive action.
April 14, 2006
story> It’s both interesting and sad how quickly a problem can be fixed when it finally gets the public’s attention.
Residents oppose building proposal
April 14, 2006
Lawrence developer Bo Harris thinks his newest project - to redevelop the area around Eighth and Pennsylvania streets - would create a fun place to live.
Firebirds few, fall
April 14, 2006
It would have been tough for a full Free State High girls swimming squad to beat Shawnee Mission East.
Players pumped for spring game
April 14, 2006
With the Easter holiday on Sunday and the Kansas Relays filling Memorial Stadium next weekend, the schedule was tight for Kansas University’s spring football game.
KU baseball traveling to Oklahoma State
April 14, 2006
Kansas University’s baseball squad will play a three-game series this weekend at Oklahoma State.
Fliers provide false information about Yellow House probe
April 14, 2006
A prank flier distributed around Lawrence is the latest twist in a police investigation of an alleged fencing operation at a local used-appliance store.
Spelling of ‘hartal’ wins annual bee
April 14, 2006
Emily Hill abruptly ended a back-and-forth final round at the Newspapers-in-Education Spelling Bee Thursday night at Maceli’s.
Nebraska lawmakers split Omaha school district along racial lines
April 14, 2006
In a move decried by some as state-sponsored segregation, the Legislature voted Thursday to divide the Omaha school system into three districts - one mostly black, one predominantly white and one largely Hispanic.
Snakes on a Plane’ taking off before release, thanks to online Fang Club
April 14, 2006
The titles of movie thrillers tend toward the quick, macho, boom! variety. “Firewall.” “Inside Man.” “The Sentinel.” Lofty, bold labels that resonate with gravity and danger and import.
South Park’ banned from showing prophet
April 14, 2006
Banned by Comedy Central from showing an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, the creators of “South Park” skewered their own network for hypocrisy in the cartoon’s most recent episode.
American troops step up patrols in Baghdad
April 14, 2006
U.S. troops have sharply increased patrols in Baghdad since the spike in sectarian violence, a U.S. general said Thursday, raising questions about the capabilities of Iraqi forces. A car bomb killed at least 15 people in a Shiite area of the capital Thursday.
Fam’ and friends juiced up for alumni game
April 14, 2006
Kansas University football alumni are trickling into Lawrence carrying thoughts of re-living their glory days - flag-football style.
Brown sent to hospital after falling ill
April 14, 2006
New York Knicks coach Larry Brown was to be hospitalized overnight after becoming ill in the third quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Cavaliers.
Sampson’s pact includes penalties
Report: If Oklahoma is punished, Indiana coach will pay
April 14, 2006
Indiana will pay new men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson less if the NCAA imposes sanctions against him for recruiting violations at his former school Oklahoma.
Workers win record jackpot
April 14, 2006
A group of 13 Missouri state employees claimed the biggest Powerball jackpot in Missouri history on Thursday, after the winning ticket was sold at a QuikTrip convenience store in Florissant.
Six die in train collision
April 14, 2006
A freight train collided with a sport utility vehicle near the Kansas state line Thursday, killing six migrant workers in the SUV, police said.
Government forces battle rebels in Chad
April 14, 2006
Government forces used attack helicopters, tanks and heavy weapons Thursday to beat back rebels who charged 600 miles in pickup trucks from the Darfur border to reach the capital of this volatile, oil-producing nation in the center of Africa.
Iranian president: Nation will not retreat ‘one iota’ on nuclear talks
April 14, 2006
Iran rebuffed a request by the U.N. nuclear agency chief in talks Thursday that it suspend uranium enrichment, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insisted his country will not retreat “one iota.”
Injection to treat alcoholism approved
April 14, 2006
A once-a-month injection to treat alcoholism won federal approval Thursday, expanding availability of a drug previously sold only in daily pill form.
Suspect blames blasts on government
April 14, 2006
An American charged with setting off hotel explosions that killed two people said Thursday he was innocent and accused the Bolivian government of being behind the attacks.
Senate approves youth jobs measure
April 14, 2006
The upper house of France’s parliament on Thursday approved a revision of a youth jobs law that brought thousands of students and union members into the streets, completing an embarrassing reversal for President Jacques Chirac’s government.
LHS graduate and author brings bird expertise to KU
April 14, 2006
John Marzluff knows a lot about crows and ravens. In fact, since gradating from Lawrence High School in 1976, he has become an authority on the birds’ place in human culture and on their ability to adjust.
City looks for opportunities at bioscience convention
April 14, 2006
Lawrence made a strong push to attract bioscience companies at an international convention in Chicago this week, a city commissioner said Thursday.
Nominees sought for teaching award
April 14, 2006
The Lawrence Schools Foundation is now accepting nominations for The Vicki Larason Landman Memorial. The award honors an outstanding teacher who works to develop students’ potential beyond traditional limits set for boys or girls.
KU prof finds worm thought to be extinct
April 14, 2006
A Kansas University researcher has discovered an earthworm in Brazil that previously was believed to be extinct.
Federal disaster relief coming to county
April 14, 2006
President Bush declared a state of disaster Thursday in Douglas and Wyandotte counties, where a storm last month ripped roofs off homes and businesses and damaged buildings at Kansas University.
On the record
April 14, 2006
6 bodies found in town; grandson arrested
April 14, 2006
A young man was charged Thursday with bludgeoning or strangling six relatives whose bodies were found wrapped in sheets and blankets in the basement of his grandmother’s home.
Lawrence Datebook
April 14, 2006
Officer cleared in deadly shooting
April 14, 2006
A veteran Winfield police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of an unarmed robber.
Parents encouraged to bring children to school roundups
April 14, 2006
Lawrence parents whose children will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 are encouraged to take part in this year’s kindergarten roundup.
Homeless commission frustrated by process
April 14, 2006
City commissioners said they value the opinions of the newly created Community Commission on Homelessness, even though homeless commission members may not think so.
Student hit by train; suicide suspected
April 14, 2006
Baker University senior Jeff Morgan, 23, of Emporia, died Thursday morning after he was struck by a train in Edgerton, and Johnson County Sheriff’s investigators suspect a possible suicide.
Actor Cruise may continue strange path
April 14, 2006
On tonight’s “Primetime” (8 p.m., ABC), Diane Sawyer interviews Tom Cruise. According to the network, he will be discussing his busy summer, scheduled to include a big movie release, the birth of a child and his wedding. But that’s not why we’ll be watching. Over the past year or so, Cruise has been engulfed in controversy stemming from strange remarks, stranger behavior and his emergence as an outspoken advocate for Scientology.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 14, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 14, 1906: “Special services in commemoration of Easter are planned tomorrow at most local churches and many have made elaborate preparations for the special event.
Old Home Town- 25 years ago
April 14, 2006
The 1982 Kansas legislative session had left a “sour taste” for members of the Douglas County delegation. Some said they did not like the way the Senate Republicans roughed up Kansas University. KU officials admitted they felt the school had been “aggressively” slighted by some of the lawmakers.
Help wanted
April 14, 2006
To the editor: If the Democratic Party ran an ad in the “Help Wanted” section of a newspaper, it would read something like this:
Positive sign
April 14, 2006
To the editor: A very nice thing happened to me this evening. Four KU students came to my door and handed me a slip of paper with six names and telephone numbers on it.
Missing states
April 14, 2006
To the editor: Lawrence uses, by my count, 38 state names for streets if you count Carolina and Dakota (no North or South) as State names.
Promises help ruin GM
April 14, 2006
It is better to be fired by General Motors than it is to be hired by most companies. Remember this when you are rightly ridiculing the riotous French who have successfully insisted that even workers under 26 should have property rights to their jobs. Remember because the accelerating crisis of private-sector welfare states such as GM prefigures the coming crisis of the public sector’s entitlements.
40-year mortgage costly choice for borrower
April 14, 2006
Q: A few lenders in my area recently started offering fixed-rate 40-year mortgages that they say help buyers keep their monthly payments to a minimum. This would really help me, because I want to buy a house and my budget is stretched very thin. What do you think of 40-year loans?
Aveena, Hangers to clean up in town
April 14, 2006
Two new cleaning businesses are counting on letting nature do much of their work.
U.S. says bin Laden associate killed in raid
April 14, 2006
U.S. and Iraqi troops last month killed a wanted terrorist with ties to Osama bin Laden and other senior al-Qaida figures, the U.S. military said Thursday.
Retro Saturday’ set to help April 22
April 14, 2006
“Retro Saturday at Stout’s,” an event for a guest bartender and disc jockey to raise money for selected charities, is set for April 22.
Dunn Bros Coffee coming to 23rd St.
April 14, 2006
Dunn Bros Coffee is moving into the former home of Pat’s Blue Rib’n Barbecue, 1618 W. 23rd St.
New cell phone service lets parents track their children
Sprint Nextel feature can be used on Internet
April 14, 2006
With the help of technology, kids will no longer be able to claim they are at a friend’s house or at school when they really aren’t.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 14, 2006
Lawrence had just enjoyed the second best March building pace in its history - $1,117,578 in permits. The record of $1,187,861 had been set in March of 1956.
Historic church endures adversity
Flooding, conflicts won’t deter members of St. James AME
April 14, 2006
For 140 years, St. James AME Church has been an anchor for black parishioners in North Lawrence and beyond.
Record-breaking heat arrives
April 14, 2006
Welcome to the 90s. Summer is still more than two months away, but a record for April 13 was set Thursday afternoon in Lawrence when the thermometer reached 91 degrees shortly after 3 p.m. The old record of 90 degrees was set in 1936, 6News meteorologist Matt Sayers said. The high for Thursday was 93, the National Weather Service reported.
Students put focus on African crises
Die for Life’ protest includes campaign to divest from Sudan
April 14, 2006
Cory Keller, a Kansas University freshman, had just finished a tough math test on Thursday when he stumbled across a row of bodies in front of Strong Hall.
Teen’s harrowing abduction story a hoax
Family says ‘overachiever’ student was under pressure
April 14, 2006
First Kelsey Stelting made a 911 call, sounding scared, saying she’d been kidnapped at gunpoint from her family’s driveway. Hours later, when she reappeared, she said she’d brained her assailant with a glass and escaped.
Heat hoping veteran Walker will be team’s ‘missing link’
April 14, 2006
Change of plans for Antoine Walker. Dwyane Wade is returning to the Miami Heat tonight, following a one-game absence because of a flulike virus. That means Walker probably won’t be called on to take a season-high 26 shots. And no need for him to score a season-high 32 points and play 44 minutes, his most since Nov. 3 in the season’s second game.
Taylor on track after Masters meltdown
Verizon Heritage leader fires first-round 63; Furyk one back
April 14, 2006
With a nerve-racking and disappointing Masters debut behind him, Vaughn Taylor relaxed and played his best round of the year.
New York hitters tee off on Royals
Big Unit’ has brief outing; Yankees complete home-opening sweep
April 14, 2006
Randy Johnson came out because he stiffened up a bit - or maybe he was just a little tired. Depends who you listen to. One thing is certain, though, the New York Yankees had fun facing Kansas City pitching.
Early goal dooms Seabury
April 14, 2006
A goal in the game’s second minute was all Leavenworth Immaculata needed for a 1-0 high school girls soccer victory Thursday over Seabury Academy.
Despite fertilizer costs, area farmers plant corn
April 14, 2006
Rising prices for fuel and fertilizer aren’t about to steer Don Breithaupt from his appointed rounds.
People in the news
April 14, 2006
Woodling: Rowers, politics win big
April 14, 2006
Jennifer Catloth was the first to give me the news. And good news it was for the Kansas University rowing team.
Rhythm nation
Latino community bonds through salsa dancing
April 14, 2006
The night is bustling with activity. An inviting dance floor quickly becomes a free-for-all of spins, dips and twirls under vibrant lights beaming off the walls. Meanwhile, the music is full throttle starting at 10 p.m. and lasting straight until the wee hours. A DJ is accompanied by live bongos, flanked by instructors teaching the unsure how to move.
Smoking’ may cause laughter
April 14, 2006
While working on a report for school, 12-year-old Joey Naylor (Cameron Bright) asks his dad, “Why is the American government the best government in the world?”
Peanut butter spreads across pages
April 14, 2006
Don’t judge “The Ultimate Peanut Butter Book: Savory & Sweet, Breakfast to Dessert, Hundreds of Ways to Use America’s Favorite Spread” by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough (William Morrow, $16.95) by its cover. If you’re older than 5, you might see the photo of a good old peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich and pass it by. But you’d be missing the many inventive ideas the writers have come up with for this ubiquitous spread, from curries to satays to creme brulee.
AIDS Walk today
April 14, 2006
The Douglas County AIDS Project will host the 2006 AIDS Walk at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H, beginning at 8:30 a.m. today.
Some fired over immigration marches
April 14, 2006
Six employees at a seafood restaurant in Houston were fired this week after skipping work to take part in a pro-immigration march. In Detroit, 21 immigrants lost their jobs as meat cutters after attending a similar protest last month.
Victory over Royals needs an asterisk
Yankees beating up on lesser (minor-league caliber) competition against Kansas City
April 14, 2006
They say a win is a win, and yet, after watching the Yankees take batting practice for three hours against a steady parade of minimum-waged, hopelessly overmatched, not-ready-for-prime-time Kansas City Royals pitchers on Wednesday, you felt as if this particular win deserved an asterisk affixed to it.
Prosecutors review evidence in phony sextuplets case
Couple admits accepting donations
April 14, 2006
Prosecutors on Thursday were reviewing police reports for possible criminal charges against a couple who admitted faking the birth of sextuplets and taking donations so they could pay their bills.
Mumps cases increase
April 14, 2006
State and area health officials reported eight additional mumps cases in Douglas County on Thursday, which brought the county’s total to 50 cases this year.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
April 14, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.64 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
For Seahawks, it’s a girls’ world
They’re no joke: Seabury’s Woolsey, Dillon humble Barstow boys in doubles victory
April 14, 2006
The laughs never last long. That’s because Seabury Academy’s Ashley Woolsey and Gabrielle Dillon don’t take too kindly to them - even in a boys’ tennis world.
No messin’ around
Lions vent in run-rule win over top-shelf foe Rockhurst
April 14, 2006
Lawrence High’s baseball team now subscribes to a new motto - Play P……d Off.
Manliness’ invites trouble, offers rescue
April 14, 2006
For those who have ever wondered when a promise of protection becomes a protection racket, this is your moment.
Horoscopes
April 14, 2006
Moussaoui takes stand, mocks families of 9-11 victims
April 14, 2006
Zacarias Moussaoui scoffed Thursday at the Sept. 11 families who broke down as they told their tragic stories in court, mocking their grief as “disgusting.”
Walesa: U.S. must step up as moral leader
April 14, 2006
The United States’ pre-eminence as a free-market economy has encouraged countries across the globe to implement needed political transformations, but the nation must now reassert its role as a moral superpower, former Polish president and Nobel laureate Lech Walesa said Thursday.
Racial profiling still a reality
April 14, 2006
Cynthia McKinney may not be the best poster child for racial profiling. But in her anger at being accosted by a Capitol police officer who did not recognize her as a member of the august House of Representatives, she is a black Everywoman.
White House rejects calls for Rumsfeld’s resignation
April 14, 2006
The White House said Thursday that President Bush had confidence in Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld as more retired military officers called for Rumsfeld to step down.
Junk-food plan leaves sour taste in many mouths
Administrator: Teachers will be role models, not food police
April 14, 2006
A Lawrence school district official got a taste Thursday of what Journal-World readers think of a new policy designed to limit student access to junk food.
How much would you pay for all-day kindergarten?
Fees for possible program could reach $240 per month
April 14, 2006
Lawrence school officials want to know how many parents are willing to pay $240 a month for all-day kindergarten.
Firebirds fall into funk
Little goes Free State’s way; rally falls short
April 14, 2006
It just wasn’t a good day for the Free State High baseball squad Thursday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Mets blast Nats in first inning
April 14, 2006
Carlos Beltran, David Wright and Cliff Floyd homered in the first inning, and Carlos Delgado later tacked on a two-run shot, all off All-Star Livan Hernandez, starting the Mets on their way to a 13-4 victory over the Nationals on Thursday.