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Chat transcript with Olympic Champ Maurice Greene
April 21, 2006
Olympic Champ Maurice Greene chatted with KUsports.com readers Friday, April 21 on a variety of topics, including what it means to take part in the Kansas Relays and what is going through his mind when he lines up in the blocks.
NCAA responds to KU’s self-report
April 21, 2006
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has responded to Kansas University’s July 2005 self-report, and has issued a Notice of Allegations regarding violations of NCAA rules from 1997-98 to 2002-03.
Wal-Mart lawsuit over, will be allowed to build
April 21, 2006
After years of litigation, City Hall and Wal-Mart today announced a settlement that will allow the giant retailer to build a store on the northwest corner of Sixth and Wakarusa streets.
Biosolids spill blocks traffic on east Lawrence street
09:45 a.m., April 21, 2006 Updated 11:21 a.m.
Clean-up took several hours this morning on a foul-smelling spill of “biosolids,” or treated sewage, that blocked off traffic on an eastern Lawrence street.
Commissioners to hold another closed-door meeting
April 21, 2006
City commissioners will hold another special closed-door meeting at 9:30 a.m. this morning, presumably to discuss matters related to an upcoming trial with Wal-Mart.
Sunny day ahead
Storms possible Sunday night, Monday
April 21, 2006
If you’re heading out to watch the Kansas Relays at Kansas University today, pull out the sunglasses. “We’ll see plenty of sun lasting through the afternoon,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “It looks like a fabulous Friday.”
Voices Kari
KU grad becomes the go-to voice for animation and video games
April 21, 2006
Kari Wahlgren recently performed a love scene opposite Sean Connery - yet she never actually met him. It’s just another career quirk experienced by Wahlgren, who has rapidly become the go-to voice for more than 60 animated movies, TV series and video games.
Off and running
Smack talk inspires sprinter Greene
April 21, 2006
Mo is ready to go. Judging by the 2000 Olympic 100-meter champ’s reaction to a reporter’s question Thursday, the 79th edition of the Kansas Relays might be a more personal for Maurice Greene than past meets.
Hungry Lion sparks LHS to baseball rout of O-East
April 21, 2006
Unknown to coach Brad Stoll, Lawrence High outfielder Michael Sickinger is on a diet.
Chiefs counting on Holmes’ return
Injured running back still hasn’t been cleared for contact
April 21, 2006
With an NFL draft full of tantalizing young players looming, Kansas City Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson turned his attention Thursday to a veteran.
Service for blind desperate for space
Audio-Reader has nowhere to put gifts to be used in fundraiser
April 21, 2006
A pile of records and musical instruments litter a room in the Kansas Audio-Reader Network office on the Kansas University campus.
Daily ticker
April 21, 2006
Police kill three at anti-king protest
April 21, 2006
Tens of thousands of Nepalis defied a curfew to protest Thursday in the largest show of discontent with King Gyanendra since demonstrations against his royal dictatorship began more than two weeks ago. Security forces responded by fatally shooting three protesters.
Bird flu could be hard to spot in migratory birds
April 21, 2006
Ducks have a flu season just like people do - and they’re more likely to be sick in the fall than in the spring.
Others besides drivers feel pain at pump
April 21, 2006
Gas prices are skyrocketing again, and motorists aren’t the only ones gritting their teeth.
Justice recuses self from school funds case
Judge discussed education finance, House proposal with senators during lunch
April 21, 2006
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss announced Thursday he would remove himself from further proceedings in the school finance lawsuit because he discussed the pending case with two powerful lawmakers.
Kansas to reveal NCAA charges
Penalty phase still several months away
April 21, 2006
The NCAA has responded to Kansas University’s self-report on rules violations by giving the athletic department an official list of allegations.
Earnings lift Dow to 6-year high
April 21, 2006
Stocks closed mixed Thursday after earnings reports from General Motors Corp. and Merck Co. Inc. pushed the Dow Jones industrial average up to a six-year high while the Nasdaq composite sagged along with eBay Inc.
Protester interrupts visit between Bush, Chinese
April 21, 2006
President Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged cooperation in reining in the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea and resolving troubling trade disputes of their own Thursday, but they made little measurable headway in a pomp-filled summit that was infiltrated by a screaming protester.
Health care crisis
April 21, 2006
To the editor: Just a few facts to describe our crisis: 45 million people have no health insurance in the United States and many more are “underinsured” with plans that offer limited coverage and high deductibles.
States of confusion
Politics played major role in 14 states missing from city maps
April 21, 2006
The main drag is named for Massachusetts. One of the principal north-south streets is named for Iowa. Then there are Michigan, Alabama, Rhode Island, Delaware and the other Lawrence streets named for the 50 states of the union.
No Child’ education law puts contractors ahead financially
April 21, 2006
Lew and Sharon Goldfarb went looking for a way to make some extra cash and help kids learn, too. They found both in President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act.
Border smugglers pose dilemma for Mexican leaders
Thriving ‘coyote’ industry may help prevent deaths
April 21, 2006
Sidling up to migrants who arrive at the Tijuana airport and cruising the streets in border towns, “coyotes” in gold chains and dark sunglasses openly find customers for nightly scrambles across the U.S. border.
Networks limp into mediocrity
April 21, 2006
As the TV season approaches its final month, it’s interesting to note that not one network will finish the year with its original Friday night schedule intact.
Horoscopes
April 21, 2006
For Friday, April 21
Lawrence Roller Warriors ready for ‘Brawlroom Blitz’
April 21, 2006
Little-known Lawrence fact: The Bottleneck, 737 N.H., was once the site of a roller skating rink.
Five students arrested in foiled school shooting
April 21, 2006
Five teenage boys accused of plotting to kill other students in a shooting rampage at their southeast Kansas high school were arrested Thursday after details of the alleged scheme appeared on the Web site MySpace.com.
6Sport video: Firebird softball, baseball squads victorious
April 21, 2006
The girls met Olathe North in a doubleheader and the boys met Shawnee Mission West, and both Free State squads walked away from the fields with victories in hand.
New, little-known law that requires disclosure of financial details angers some KU professors
April 21, 2006
A new state law requiring the disclosure of personal financial details by several hundred Kansas University professors as well as thousands of their colleagues across the state has caught them by surprise, leaving many perplexed or angry.
Olathe South blanks Free State soccer squad
April 21, 2006
The Free State High girls soccer team lost, 10-0, on Thursday night to Olathe South at the Olathe District Activities Center.
Free State tennis team nets commanding win
April 21, 2006
The Free State High boys tennis team won five of six singles matches and swept the three doubles contests to earn an 8-1 victory Thursday against Shawnee Mission West.
Firebirds stay afloat at Blue Valley quad
April 21, 2006
Free State High’s swim team won the Blue Valley quad on Thursday.
Seabury earns bizarre soccer win
April 21, 2006
The Seabury Academy girls soccer team made the most of a bizarre situation Thursday, earning its first victory of the season with a 4-0 shutout against Flint Hills Christian.
Smith stays stingy
Sophomore tosses second straight shutout as Firebirds sweep Olathe North
April 21, 2006
Free State High softball player Catherine Smith couldn’t talk much through the huge grin on her face.
Bedore: Big O provided big fun
April 21, 2006
I had to chuckle after reading “Ostertag notables,” an insert in a Utah Deseret News article accompanying a story on Greg Ostertag’s decision to retire after playing 11 years in the NBA.
KU to scout Tatum this weekend in Texas
April 21, 2006
Kansas University’s basketball coaches will be closely watching high school senior basketball shooting guard Cameron Tatum at this weekend’s Kingwood Classic in Texas.
Spots remain open at Self hoops camps
April 21, 2006
Space is still available in all three Bill Self Basketball Camp summer sessions - June 11-15 and June 18-22 available to any young man ages 8 to 19 - and the June 23-24 Parent Child Camp, available to any boy or girl ages 4 to 7.
Kansas senior Czyz on stopper watch list
April 21, 2006
Kansas University senior baseball closer Don Czyz was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year midseason watch list Thursday. Czyz, from Overland Park, leads the nation with 13 saves heading into this weekend’s series against Kansas State. He’s 5-0 with a 1.30 earned-run average.
Showdown resumes today
Jayhawks have won five of last six with rival Wildcats
April 21, 2006
Kansas State’s Brad Hill hasn’t forgotten.
Birds stay hot, topple Tribe
April 21, 2006
Big rallies and series wins are commonplace these days for the Baltimore Orioles.
After two-year absence, Appier looking for way back
April 21, 2006
Kevin Appier has been an All-Star. He has won a World Series, in 2002 with the Anaheim Angels.
Dismal start has Royals’ fans furious
April 21, 2006
After an embarrassing 106 losses in 2005, this year’s Kansas City Royals seem to be worse yet.
Facing family crisis, Riley ready
April 21, 2006
Ever the perfectionist, Pat Riley expects to be at his best when the Miami Heat open the postseason Saturday night. It’s a tall order, especially for a coach with much more than basketball on his mind.
Stars go from couch to court
Kobe, LeBron aim to build legacies in playoffs
April 21, 2006
Welcome to the postseason, LeBron. And welcome back, Kobe.
Commentary: For Brown, money trumps winning
April 21, 2006
Twenty-three years ago, Frank Capece was standing across the Continental Arena floor, screaming, “Where’s Larry?. … Where’s Larry?” when Larry Brown had suddenly left the Nets for Kansas University. In those days, Capece was one of the Nets’ front row die-hards, and the vision of Bill Blair moving down the bench to take Brown’s job with six games left until the playoffs was a most frightening proposition.
Interior designers attend seminars
April 21, 2006
Jane Bateman and Kelley Witmer, of Jane Bateman: The Interiors Store, recently attended the 24th annual International Window Coverings Expo in Tampa, Fla.
Bishop Seabury teachers recognized
April 21, 2006
Bishop Seabury Academy announces faculty honors.
Commodities
April 21, 2006
Lions claim tight win at four-team track meet
April 21, 2006
The Lawrence High boys track and field team used a batch of top-three finishes Thursday to win a four-team meet on its home track.
Tapping 401(k) for home purchase can be costly
April 21, 2006
Although the Internal Revenue Service allows first-time buyers to make up to $10,000 in penalty-free withdrawals from their IRAs, it doesn’t provide the same tax break to people who tap their 401(k) retirement accounts.
Sprint purchases affiliate for $1B
April 21, 2006
Sprint Nextel Corp. has agreed to acquire UbiquiTel Inc. for $1 billion, continuing a campaign of buying up regional affiliates that have sued over last year’s merger between Sprint and Nextel.
Major earthquake hits eastern Russia
April 21, 2006
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit a distant, sparsely populated region of Russia’s Far East today, and there were reports in at least one coastal village of damaged buildings - including a school and a hospital.
Liberia’s Taylor may be jailed in Denmark
April 21, 2006
Denmark confirmed Thursday that it has been asked to imprison former Liberian President Charles Taylor if he is convicted of war crimes by a U.N.-backed court.
Japan reports increase in Chinese spy planes
April 21, 2006
Japan has scrambled fighter jets 107 times this year to intercept suspected Chinese spy planes, a top general said Thursday, amid growing concern in Tokyo over China’s arms buildup.
Militant blast kills two at military base
April 21, 2006
Militants battling for a bigger cut of Nigeria’s oil revenue exploded a car bomb inside a military base, ending weeks of relative calm with a blast that killed at least two people and sent a fireball into the night sky.
TV report: Doctors admit Sharon mistake
April 21, 2006
Doctors have admitted making a mistake when they treated then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with large doses of blood thinners after a mild stroke, according to a TV report broadcast Thursday. The hospital strongly denied the report.
Hamas appoints new security force leader
April 21, 2006
The Hamas government on Thursday named a Palestinian whose group has attacked Israel and was blamed for bombing a U.S. convoy to head a new security force made up of Islamic militants.
Prosecutors admit doubt about Reid’s role
April 21, 2006
Prosecutors acknowledged Thursday the government has no evidence to support - and actually doubts - part of Zacarias Moussaoui’s dramatic courtroom confession that he was involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks: his claim that shoe bomber Richard Reid was to be on his team.
Autopsy confirms 9-11 workers’ fears
April 21, 2006
An autopsy linking the death of a police officer to dust at the World Trade Center site was chilling confirmation to many Sept. 11 rescuers that more than four years later, the disaster is still claiming lives.
Genetics may play role in fatigue syndrome
April 21, 2006
Chronic fatigue syndrome appears to result from something in people’s genetic makeup that reduces their ability to deal with physical and psychological stress, researchers reported Thursday.
Medicare fees likely to climb in 2007
April 21, 2006
As the deadline for enrolling in the Medicare drug plan approaches, the government has announced that seniors and disabled beneficiaries may have to pay as much as 7 percent more for their benefits next year.
Federal crackdown on illegal workers to continue
April 21, 2006
The government plans to crack down ever harder on employers who harbor and hire illegal immigrants, pursuing companies that ignore the law so they can exploit cheap labor.
Census finds big-city exodus
April 21, 2006
Americans are leaving the nation’s big cities in search of cheaper homes and open spaces farther out.
Lawmakers back Karzai picks for top Cabinet ministries
April 21, 2006
Lawmakers approved President Hamid Karzai’s choices for key ministries Thursday in a Cabinet vote that gave the U.S.-backed leader a boost as he tries to curb an intensified insurgency more than four years since the Taliban’s ouster.
Iraq leader agrees to step aside
Al-Jaafari’s move opens way for new prime minister
April 21, 2006
Bowing to intense pressure, Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari agreed Thursday to allow Shiite lawmakers to find someone else to head the new government, abandoning his claim on another term in the face of Sunni and Kurdish opposition.
Ex-Japanese WWII soldier reunites with relatives
April 21, 2006
A former Japanese soldier was reunited with relatives Thursday, the first time he had seen them since he went off to fight for the emperor more than 60 years ago.
Class-action status sought in Teflon case
April 21, 2006
Owners of Teflon-coated pots and pans in 15 states are seeking to have their cases combined in a $5 billion class-action lawsuit claiming DuPont Co. failed to disclose possible health risks from using the nonstick cookware.
States vie for early Democratic primary
April 21, 2006
Party leaders from several states told the Democratic National Committee on Thursday that their states should get a bigger voice in picking the 2008 presidential nominee because they have more diverse populations than the two largely white, homogenous states that now dominate the nomination battle: Iowa and New Hampshire.
Former Enron CEO wraps up testimony
April 21, 2006
Former Enron Corp. Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling ended lengthy testimony in his federal fraud trial Thursday by denying a new government accusation - that he may have cheated on his taxes.
Noted test pilot killed in small-plane crash
April 21, 2006
Legendary test pilot Scott Crossfield, the first man to fly at twice the speed of sound, was found dead Thursday in the wreckage of a single-engine plane in the mountains of northern Georgia, authorities said.
Study: Distracted drivers cause most vehicle crashes
April 21, 2006
Those sleep-deprived, multitasking drivers - clutching cell phones, fiddling with their radios or applying lipstick - apparently are involved in an awful lot of crashes.
Columbine victims recalled on anniversary
April 21, 2006
Far from a nuisance, the calls that Dawn Anna gets every year on the anniversary of the Columbine massacre bring back warm memories.
Juggler’s musical act an online hit
April 21, 2006
It’s just a man, three tennis balls, and John, Paul, George and Ringo singing “Carry That Weight.”
People in the news
April 21, 2006
¢ Pitt leads design competition for New Orleans rebuilding ¢ Roth radio show doesn’t play
Student says camera hidden in bedroom
April 21, 2006
A 20-year-old Kansas University student told police she discovered a camera hidden in the bedroom of her apartment in the 2000 block of Heatherwood Drive.
Dog trainer to face new charge in case
April 21, 2006
The woman accused of helping a convicted killer escape Lansing Correctional Facility is scheduled to appear in court today and will face a new charge related to the escape.
LHS student receives surprise scholarship
April 21, 2006
Papa John’s Pizza presented Laura Parkinson, a senior at Lawrence High School, with a $1,000 scholarship Thursday.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
April 21, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.76 at several stations in Lawrence. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
LHS students display talents at school’s annual variety show
April 21, 2006
Time has flown by for the seniors in Lawrence High School’s choral program. Thursday evening began the home stretch of their final three performances of “Showtime,” the high school’s annual variety show.
Biodefense site could bring money, jobs
Leavenworth County nominated as host for national facility
April 21, 2006
Leavenworth County is being touted as a potential site for a National Bio-Defense Facility, which economic development experts say would attract millions of dollars in investment and a staff of about 400 scientists.
Future of food, farming to be forum’s topic
April 21, 2006
Ecologist Wes Jackson, president of The Land Institute, will speak at an Earth Day forum today at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt.
Follies’ fundraiser to feature skits, music
April 21, 2006
Lawrence Schools Foundation’s annual “Follies” fundraiser begins with a 7 p.m. social hour today at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass. The variety show starts at 8 p.m.
No settlement reached in Wal-Mart case
April 21, 2006
City commissioners met behind closed doors two separate times Thursday, but did not emerge with a settlement to avoid an upcoming trial with Wal-Mart.
On the record
April 21, 2006
Living in the earthquake zone
April 21, 2006
The last time I checked the coat closet where I keep our earthquake crisis kit, I counted 11 gallon-bottles of water and about five packs of D and AAA batteries. I have a lot of other things in the kit, but I have become compulsive about checking the water and battery supply to make sure they’re “fresh.”
Generals share Iraq blame
April 21, 2006
The American officer corps tried to blame the fall of Saigon on their civilian masters. If not for political restrictions - in particular, no invasion of North Vietnam - the U.S. would have won the war.
Forget trafficway
April 21, 2006
To the editor: Why not agree on a south-of-the-river bypass and forget the obsolete trafficway concept?
Cancer care
April 21, 2006
To the editor: According to Donna Shank, chairwoman of the Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas University’s plan (which requires money, of course) to establish “a comprehensive cancer center” “will extend state-of-the-art cancer care to generations of Kansans” (Journal-World, April 18).
Where is justice?
April 21, 2006
To the editor: In 1991-92, I was in charge of interpreters screening Haitian refugees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
April 21, 2006
From the Lawrence Weekly World for April 21, 1906: “The Rev. Lewis Grout of New England went to Africa as a Presbyterian missionary 60 years ago and remained there for 14 years. He returned with many relics and artifacts and these are due to make their way to Lawrence for viewing due to friends of the reverend here. There are such things as heads the size of plums and they should be interesting to see. : L.O. McIntire arrived from Los Angeles this morning, coming direct from San Francisco where he was the night before the earthquake disaster. He was fortunate to escape.”
Old home town - 40 years ago today
April 21, 2006
The paving and traffic control at 15th and Iowa were the main topic during city commission discussions. There had been rapid growth of traffic in the region and the need for better diffusion of motor vehicles was being considered at length.
U.S. should ease nuclear ban in India
April 21, 2006
In a time when even friendly governments are quick to distance themselves from the United States and its pugnacious, embattled president, India is a strategic maverick. The former firebrand of the Non-Aligned Movement has chosen this moment to forge a close partnership with Washington and to speak up positively about American power in world affairs.
Business interference
A proposal to regulate new retail businesses for Lawrence goes beyond the city’s normal silliness.
April 21, 2006
A lot of strange things come out of Lawrence and Kansas University. For instance, a few months ago, then-Mayor Boog Highberger declared International Dadaism Month in Lawrence. In the spirit of Dadaism, an art movement that embraced nonsense, chance and randomness, the “month” consisted of 13 random dates stretching from February through next October.
Russian Jayhawks runners-up
Record-holding Agafonov, Tarasova second in hammer toss
April 21, 2006
Egor Agafonov heard mention of Kansas University while growing up in Togliatti, Russia - a town located 621 miles southeast of Moscow.
Kansas to limit Meier’s running
April 21, 2006
Kerry Meier didn’t get many opportunities to show off his speed during spring football practices.
Nats give Robinson his 1,000th victory
April 21, 2006
If it weren’t for the shiny new putter sitting on his desk, Frank Robinson probably would have ignored his latest accomplishment.
State or Relays gold? Tough call, preps say
April 21, 2006
Asked to compare winning a high school state championship with the possibility of doing the same at the Kansas Relays, Scott Penny and Alysha Valencia played it safe, sticking to themes of self-improvement and old-fashioned fun during their final appearances at the legendary annual invite.
World-class runner hits stride with curious students
April 21, 2006
A speedy visitor from the Caribbean dropped in Thursday at a Lawrence elementary school.
Kansas Relays notebook
April 21, 2006
It was a matter of seconds for the Kansas University track and field team Thursday at the Kansas Relays.
Settlemier, KU slam Creighton
April 21, 2006
Serena Settlemier smashed a grand slam.
Gone Fishin” with ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
April 21, 2006
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Gone Fishin.’”
Lawrence datebook
April 21, 2006
Run-rule victory icing on cake for Price, FSHS
April 21, 2006
Cindy Price - mother of Free State High baseball player Robby Price - didn’t show up with cupcakes for the baseball squad Thursday because the team had just claimed another run-rule victory.
American Dreamz’ worships false ‘Idol’
April 21, 2006
The “American Dreamz” commercial that ran during Wednesday’s telecast of “American Idol” was curiously vague.