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Judge rules against Kline in juvenile sex case
April 18, 2006
A federal judge ruled today that doctors, teachers and others are not required to always report underage sex between consenting youths as possible abuse.
Man injured in fall from roof
April 18, 2006
A man who was injured in a fall this morning from the roof of a house just south of Kansas University’s campus was being treated this morning at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.
Chance for thunderstorms today
Most activity expect to the east
April 18, 2006
Lawrence has the chance for some severe weather this afternoon - but most of the activity will be to the east, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Plan for mentally ill inmates takes shape
Earlier assessments, access to medications are among priorities
April 18, 2006
Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern is trying to fix a system he knows is broken.
FBI agent: Convicted pharmacist showed no remorse
April 18, 2006
Robert Courtney wasn’t the typical white-collar criminal. When the Kansas City, Mo., pharmacist confessed to diluting cancer drugs, affecting as many as 4,200 patients, he showed little emotion, according to Robert Herndon, an FBI special agent who worked the case.
Animal tracking system’s omission criticized
Birth dates especially important in cases of mad cow disease, experts say
April 18, 2006
A livestock tracking system planned by the government will not include the age of animals, despite the key role age has played in mad cow disease investigations.
A house! A house! My red paper clip for a house!
April 18, 2006
Kyle MacDonald had a red paper clip and a dream: Could he use the community power of the Internet to barter that paper clip for something better, and trade that thing for something else - and so on and so on until he had a house?
With religion, high-pressure sales pitch may turn off your teens
April 18, 2006
Dear Dr. Wes and Marissa: I’m in foster care. Why is it that foster parents feel they need to push God or Jesus on us? I’m not a Christian.
Eight not so great
Royals’ skid continues with loss to ChiSox
April 18, 2006
Jose Contreras became a different pitcher halfway through last season. Since that dramatic turnaround, brought about when he changed arm angles and starting throwing strikes, few pitchers in baseball have been better.
KU women’s golf 11th at Big 12 Championship
April 18, 2006
Kansas University’s women’s golf squad is in 11th place after Monday’s first day of the Big 12 Women’s Championship at Country Club of Lincoln. KU shot an opening-round score of 316 on the par-72 layout.
Tax revenues signal growing economy
April 18, 2006
State officials Monday forecast solid tax revenue growth, signaling a strengthening economy and perhaps an easier fix to school finance.
Renovation delays cost $225,000 a day
April 18, 2006
Delays in the renovation of the United Nations headquarters, caused chiefly by the United States, are adding $225,000 a day to the project’s costs, a U.N. official said Monday.
Parents: Stop giving in to children’s pleas
April 18, 2006
As a parent, I know there are certain things I have to get used to.
Keith Pipkin and Brooke Sutherland
April 18, 2006
Keith Pipkin and Brooke Sutherland
Spring zing!
The perfect prom dresses sparkle in seasonal hues, show personality
April 18, 2006
For Free State High School junior Anna Allen, it’s yellow, poofy and fit for a princess.
Valencia opts for Maize and Blue
Free State distance runner signs letter of intent to attend Michigan
April 18, 2006
Conquering long distances hasn’t been a problem for Alysha Valencia during four years as a high school athlete.
Study finds bone drug can prevent breast cancer
April 18, 2006
A newer drug prevents breast cancer in older, high-risk women just as well as today’s standby tamoxifen - but with fewer side effects, the National Cancer Institute announced Monday. Called raloxifene, the newer drug already is sold to treat bone-thinning osteoporosis.
How the AP analyzed test scores under the No Child Left Behind law
April 18, 2006
The Associated Press used school enrollment figures and state compliance plans from the U.S. Education Department to estimate the number of students nationwide whose test scores aren’t being counted in required racial categories under the No Child Left Behind law.
Maine killings raise fears of vigilantism
April 18, 2006
A man who shot two sex offenders to death in Maine got their names from the state’s online sex offender registry, authorities said Monday, renewing fears that such lists expose ex-convicts to vigilante violence.
New chief of staff takes control at White House
April 18, 2006
President Bush’s new chief of staff said Monday it was time to “refresh and re-energize the team,” and he told senior White House aides who might be thinking about quitting this year to go ahead and leave now.
Dim’ sums up tonight’s offerings
April 18, 2006
Are things looking brighter? Not according to folks on “Nova” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings). The documentary “Dimming Sun” looks at evidence that airborne pollution is actually reducing the amount of heat and light reaching the Earth’s surface.
Katrina coverage wins Pulitzers
April 18, 2006
The staffs of The Times-Picayune of New Orleans and The Sun Herald of south Mississippi captured Pulitzer Prizes for public service on Monday for chronicling the catastrophic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina despite life-changing damage to their own homes and workplaces.
In the Halls: How have your parents influenced your religious beliefs?
April 18, 2006
Rumsfeld criticism disturbs general
Leavenworth commander discusses Iraq strategy during KU visit
April 18, 2006
One of the Army’s top generals said Monday he’s “uncomfortable” with recent criticism leveled at Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld by retired military officers.
Randle cited for skirmish
April 18, 2006
Kansas University defensive back Jerome Kemp, 22, and former KU running back John Randle, 21, were involved in a fight with each other shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday in an alley in the 1000 block of Kentucky Street, according to a police report released Monday.
Rural water manager receives recognition
April 18, 2006
Larry Wray has been named the Rural Water Manager of the Year by the Kansas Rural Water Assn.
Generals’ take on Rumsfeld hard to ignore
April 18, 2006
Several months ago, when Rep. John Murtha, the Marine Corps veteran and longtime Democratic advocate for military preparedness, spoke out on the Iraq War, I received an interesting phone call from the Pentagon. When Murtha advocated a fundamental reassessment of American strategy in the war, including an early redeployment of U.S. troops to neighboring countries, I noted that he had spent many hours visiting with wounded veterans of that war at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval hospitals. A warmhearted, emotional man, Murtha was responding, I suggested, to what he had experienced in those hospital wards.
Summer forecast doesn’t hold water
Plains likely to see drought, service says
April 18, 2006
A dire weather forecast issued Monday calls for a hot, dry summer across the Plains reminiscent of the 1930s - the era of the devastating Dust Bowl drought.
Tax celebration at post office ends earlier, but antics continue
April 18, 2006
No one is freaking out quite yet. “It’s been pretty calm in here,” Lawrence Postmaster Judy Raney says of the atmosphere. “This would be much different if we didn’t have the extended weekend.”
Kansas leaves many minorities behind
April 18, 2006
The mission statement posted on the Web site of Metro-Boulevard Alternative High School here touts its commitment to the federal No Child Left Behind Act that was designed to make sure children of all races received a good education by monitoring their academic progress.
Some minority students left out of state counts
April 18, 2006
States are helping public schools escape potential penalties by skirting the No Child Left Behind law’s requirement that students of all races must show annual academic progress.
KU group decries noise ordinance as vague
April 18, 2006
Kansas University civil libertarians are preparing to make some noise about the city’s noise ordinance, as some violators face fines up to $300 or even light jail time.
Gassed Firebirds hang on
April 18, 2006
The Free State High girls swimming squad may be running on fumes right now, but there still was enough gas left in the tank Monday to top Wichita Trinity Academy - the state runner-up a year ago - with a final score of 100-80.
Robby Price
Free State star pitching in to family’s local baseball legacy
April 18, 2006
Robby Price has heard the whispers for years. About how he catches a break because of his old man and his older brothers.
Details emerge of monstrous dinosaurs
April 18, 2006
Scientists are learning more about what appears to be one of the biggest meat-eating dinosaurs known, a two-legged beast whose bones were found several years ago in the fossil-rich Patagonia region of Argentina.
Blaze destroys minivan
April 18, 2006
Workwise, the van was all Mark McAfee had. “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” McAfee said after his 1989 Toyota minivan caught fire and blew up Monday. “I haven’t been able to think straight.”
Construction noise also up for review
April 18, 2006
Dealing with noise from parties won’t be the only issue city commissioners discuss when they review the city’s noise ordinance at tonight’s meeting.
Chad’s president reverses threat to expel Darfur refugees
April 18, 2006
Chad’s president on Monday backed off a threat to expel Sudanese refugees, heeding international calls to protect the tens of thousands who have fled Sudan’s volatile Darfur region.
Palestinian bomber kills 9, escalates tension with Israel
April 18, 2006
A suicide bombing at a crowded restaurant during Passover killed nine people and drew a divided response from the Palestinian Authority - a sharp departure from previous governments’ immediate condemnations of such attacks.
Sandstorm cakes capital in yellow dust
April 18, 2006
A sandstorm has covered Beijing in a blanket of ochre-colored dust.
Gay, lesbian parents show their colors at Easter egg roll
April 18, 2006
Thousands of children swarmed the South Lawn of the White House on Monday, pushing eggs across soggy grass with large spoons and hunting for hidden ones.
200 for Pedro
Martinez earns milestone win
April 18, 2006
Pedro Martinez’s 200th win meant a lot to the New York Mets for another reason: It came against Atlanta.
Downtown Inc. hires leader
April 18, 2006
Helping chart the future of downtown Lawrence is becoming a full-time job, and Rick Marquez says he is more than ready to get started.
Cabrera finds control
Orioles pitcher not wild in win over Angels
April 18, 2006
The Baltimore Orioles never really were worried about Daniel Cabrera’s effectiveness, even after he issued 16 walks in his first two starts this season.
Hammer should be fierce
April 18, 2006
The first event of the 2006 Kansas Relays figures to be one of the best.
Seabury tennis prevails
April 18, 2006
Seabury Academy’s tennis squad beat Lawrence High’s JV boys, 7-2, on Monday at Seabury. Brooke Sutherland, Simon Thompson, Gabriella Dillon and Scott King each won singles matches for the Seahawks.
FSHS 11th, LHS 16th at Olathe invite
April 18, 2006
Nick Burkart shot a 75, helping the Free State High boys golf squad to an 11th-place finish Monday at the 19-team Olathe North-Olathe South Invitational. The Firebirds earned a team score of 329.
Missouri State on tap for KU baseball
April 18, 2006
Kansas University’s baseball squad will play host to Missouri State at 6 tonight at Hoglund Ballpark. Brendan McNamara (0-1, 3.80 earned-run average) will pitch for KU against Missouri State’s Jake Shafe (2-1, 4.40).
Friesner leads city
April 18, 2006
Richard Friesner was the top Lawrence finisher in Monday’s Boston Marathon, placing at No. 712 after finishing the 26.2-mile jaunt through the city on Patriots Day in 2:56.20.
A run at peace
Cold War couldn’t keep Soviets from emotional visit during 1983 event
April 18, 2006
Igor Ter-Ovanesyan was overwhelmed, simply because brutal fear of what could be passed through his tired mind.
Ostertag to retire at season’s end
Eleven-year NBA veteran has lost playing time, says he’s ‘out of gas’ and won’t continue
April 18, 2006
Utah Jazz center Greg Ostertag, an 11-year NBA veteran out of Kansas University, will retire at the end of the season.
Kenyans dominate Boston Marathon
U.S. men place five in top 10 for best finish in 20 years
April 18, 2006
The Kenyan national anthem got its annual airplay in the Back Bay on Monday after another Boston Marathon sweep.
Commission ‘pleased’ with county administrator
April 18, 2006
Douglas County commissioners think their administrator is doing a very good, effective job at managing county offices and staff.
On the record
April 18, 2006
Lawrence datebook
April 18, 2006
March’ wins fiction prize; no drama award given
April 18, 2006
“March,” Geraldine Brooks’ novel that imagines the life of the fictional father in Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women,” was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for fiction on Monday. For the first time since 1997, the Pulitzer board declined to award a prize for drama.
Brief filing delay affects some TurboTax users
April 18, 2006
Some TurboTax users encountered a brief filing delay Monday afternoon when the software maker Intuit Inc. shut down its computer system to prepare for the heavier volume of electronic tax filing expected later in the evening.
Nerve agent alarm shuts Senate building
April 18, 2006
Police closed off entries and exits at the Senate’s Dirksen Office Building for several hours Monday after something set off an alarm for the presence of nerve agents.
Oil prices set record above $70 a barrel
April 18, 2006
Oil prices settled at a record high above $70 a barrel Monday, rising more than $1 on concerns about supply disruptions in Nigeria and diplomatic tensions between the West and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Jogger hit by object thrown from vehicle
April 18, 2006
Lawrence Police are looking for a group of boys suspected of throwing unknown objects from a car at pedestrians last week along Wakarusa Drive.
Portrait of Arab leader gains worldwide notice
April 18, 2006
A Lawrence artist’s giant portrait of a late Arab leader is drawing worldwide attention.
More mumps cases reported in county
April 18, 2006
An outbreak of mumps continues to expand across Douglas County, now making up almost three-fourths of all mumps cases statewide. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the state has received 104 reports of mumps cases, including 72 in Douglas County.
High heat forces rolling blackouts in Texas
April 18, 2006
Witheringly hot temperatures and an electricity shortage forced power utilities around Texas to conduct rolling blackouts for several hours Monday.
67 dead in Mexican bus plunge
April 18, 2006
A vastly overcrowded passenger bus veered off a highway emergency ramp and crashed through a metal barrier Monday, plunging more than 650 feet into a ravine in eastern Mexico. At least 67 people were killed, including four children.
Marines thwart assault in Ramadi
April 18, 2006
U.S. troops repelled an attack Monday by Sunni Arab insurgents who used suicide car bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons in a coordinated assault against this city’s main government building and two U.S. observation posts.
Japan halts funding; Qatar approves $50M
April 18, 2006
The Japanese government plans to suspend any new financial support to the Palestinian Authority for the time being, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Monday.
Ex-Imperial Army soldier found alive
April 18, 2006
A former Japanese soldier last seen by his family when he went off to fight in World War II has resurfaced in Ukraine and is returning home to see his relatives after 60 years, the government said Monday.
Berlusconi refuses to accept defeat
April 18, 2006
A week after they turned out to vote in huge numbers, Italians on Monday were still waiting to find out who will lead a new government. The incumbent, Silvio Berlusconi, continued to refuse to accept defeat, despite official results showing a narrow loss.
Wal-Mart to offer more part-time health coverage
Coverage extends to additional 150,000 workers and their children at $23 a month
April 18, 2006
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday it will relax eligibility requirements for part-time employees who want health insurance, allowing an additional 150,000 workers to gain coverage if they choose.
Ex-Illinois governor convicted of corruption
April 18, 2006
Former Gov. George Ryan was convicted of corruption Monday in the scandal that ended his political career in 2003 at the same time he was winning international acclaim for commuting the sentences of everyone on Illinois’ death row.
Bridge closing
April 18, 2006
To the editor: As I was reading Friday’s editorial, “Cause and effect,” I felt compelled to write regarding the vote the county commissioners will make sometime in the near future about closing the bridge between Lecompton and Perry for construction.
Regents approve
April 18, 2006
To the editor: The March 25 Saturday Column was mistaken in its claim that Kansas University pursued with the Legislature a $5 million funding request for the KU Cancer Center without the approval of the Kansas Board of Regents.
Vengeance
April 18, 2006
To the editor: Why will we kill Mr. Moussaoui? Set aside deterrence. Will killing him, and threatening death, deter others from committing suicidal acts of terror? A threat of death to deter suicide is a conclusion both doubtful and illogical. Punishing a failed suicide with a death sentence makes no more sense.
Misery enhances marriage
April 18, 2006
Every marriage has its ups and downs. There are the days when you look at your spouse and hear choirs humming Alleluias and there are the days when you wonder, “Who are you and what is your stuff doing in my house?” Those are the days when you play golf. Fishing works, too, or writing sonnets or digging post holes. It keeps the two of you apart for a few hours and usually that’s all you need.
Someday’ dreams sometimes come true
April 18, 2006
The car glides to a stop in front of the hotel. Light splashes off gleaming black metal as the valet gets out. He hands the keys to my wife.
Delay warranted
It would be wonderful if Lawrence could find a public use for the former fire station near 19th and Massachusetts streets.
April 18, 2006
Lawrence city commissioners are right to hold off on selling the city’s historical Fire Station No. 2 building at 1839 Mass. to an individual who wants to convert it to a private residence.
Dive in
April 18, 2006
A group of neighborhood children need the community’s help to keep their pool open.
Video game fan in need of Big Brother
April 18, 2006
Seven-year-old Rocky, a talkative first-grader at Schwegler School, is seeking a big brother through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County program. Rocky says he enjoys playing video games and sports and would be interested in learning new activities.
Many aspects of education have improved
April 18, 2006
The mimeographed newspaper at the school I attended eons ago had a column called “Roses and Thorns,” with entries such as “Roses to the football team for beating Mapleton last week” and “Thorns to whoever put the dead mouse in Luanne Thomas’ locker.”
Empty nest drums up re-rockification of dad
April 18, 2006
My father never struck me as being particularly cool when I was a kid. Oh, I thought pretty highly of him. I knew, for example, that he was the Strongest Man in the World - and I pitied the other kids who had to make do with punier, lesser dads.
Local companies report new hires
April 18, 2006
Lawrence businesses announce their recent hirings. Among them: ¢ Laura Chaney, Lawrence, has joined Realty Executives Hedges Real Estate, 1037 Vt.
Salon’s fashion show set for Thursday
April 18, 2006
Lada Salon & Spa, 4931 W. Sixth St., will have its Earth Day Fashion Show and Silent Auction at 7 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.
Horoscopes
April 18, 2006
Woodling: Glass back in business
April 18, 2006
You might categorize Bob Glass as Lawrence’s most successful Baby Boomer. At least in the world of professional sports
Wedel will be missed on tennis circuit
April 18, 2006
Once people discover what I do for a living, I typically encounter one of three scenarios: the congrats, the complaint or the question.