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Chief justice calls for investigation into Nuss
April 24, 2006
TOPEKA - Kansas Supreme Court Justice Kay McFarland today called for an investigation into what Justice Lawton Nuss said to two legislators about the school finance lawsuit.
West Junior High track meet canceled
April 24, 2006
This afternoon’s ninth-grade junior high track meet at West Junior High has been canceled because of the weather, a school official announced today.
More severe weather possible today
Storms could bring more large hail, damaging winds
06:53 a.m., April 24, 2006 Updated 01:52 p.m.
Lawrence could get another round of severe weather this afternoon, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “It looks like a quiet morning, but there’s still a chance of thunderstorms refiring this afternoon,” Schack said.
Students to bare teeth in national culinary competition
April 24, 2006
Anthony Cannon cooks for his family about three times a week. He especially likes anything Italian, with garlic and olive oil.
UNICEF event offers kids perspective on global issues
April 24, 2006
Standing atop the Plinko board Sunday in South Park, Adonis Railing-Tolbert won things that most kids in Lawrence take for granted: clean water, shelter, school supplies.
Milking it for all it’s worth
Dairies find success in a bottle
April 24, 2006
The Iwig family has been in the dairy cattle business for seven decades. But a year ago, that tradition was in danger.
Big sturgeon catch gets blood pumping
April 24, 2006
Yvonne Murray has fished more than 30 years, so she knows what it’s like to catch big fish. Her “personal best” list includes northern pike weighing nearly 30 pounds.
Appleby wire-to-wire at Houston
Golfer leads all weekend, wins second event of year
April 24, 2006
Stuart Appleby made it look easy in the Shell Houston Open.
Britain warns against Taliban resurgence
April 24, 2006
Britain’s defense secretary warned Sunday that any letup on militants could see the toppled Taliban regime and al-Qaida regain power in Afghanistan.
Wal-Mart issues spark political brawl
Pro-, anti- retailer campaigns create odd bedfellows
April 24, 2006
There is no candidate. There are no ballots. There won’t be an Election Day. And yet it may be the hottest, highest-stakes political contest in America today.
Support from family pivotal in healing
Accident left KU freshman with skull fractures
April 24, 2006
“Mama.” For five weeks, Shadoe Barton’s family had waited, hoping and praying. For five weeks, Shadoe had been in intensive care, undergoing nine surgeries. For five weeks, she hadn’t spoken.
U.S. waging war on Islam, bin Laden says in message
April 24, 2006
Osama bin Laden issued new threats in an audiotape broadcast on Arab television Sunday and accused the United States and Europe of supporting a “Zionist” war on Islam by cutting off funds to the Hamas-led Palestinian government.
Al-Qaida escapee turns himself in
April 24, 2006
A Yemeni member of al-Qaida, one of 23 who escaped from a prison here earlier this year, has surrendered to authorities, security officials said Sunday.
Affeldt starts, K.C. finishes
Pitcher becomes first Royals starter to win in ‘06
April 24, 2006
At last the Kansas City Royals have a victory from a starting pitcher. Jeremy Affeldt pitched into the sixth inning to pick up the first victory by a Kansas City starter this season, and the Royals beat the Cleveland Indians, 5-1, on Sunday.
New Orleans election divided sharply along racial lines
April 24, 2006
In a complete reversal of support from four years ago, Mayor Ray Nagin scored heavily with black voters and was practically abandoned by whites as he and Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu won spots in a mayoral runoff election.
Fishing report
April 24, 2006
Maddux great again
Cubs avoid sweep, topple Cardinals
April 24, 2006
Greg Maddux threw seven scoreless innings, giving him victories in his first four starts for the first time in his career, and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-3, on Sunday.
Moxie on the mound
No. 2 Longhorns tumble despite one-hitter
April 24, 2006
So much for the last-inning whammy. Good-bye, dreaded diamond hex. Kansas survived a late scare and held off No. 2-ranked Texas, 1-0, in Big 12 Conference softball Sunday at Arrocha Ballpark.
Giambi, Unit dominate O’s
April 24, 2006
Jason Giambi homered twice and drove in five runs, Randy Johnson had little trouble dominating Baltimore, and the New York Yankees cruised to a 7-1 victory Sunday over the Orioles.
Kansas tennis falls to No. 19 Texas
April 24, 2006
Kansas University’s women’s tennis squad closed its regular-season play Sunday, falling, 6-1, to No. 19-ranked Texas. KU’s only point was won at No. 3 singles by senior Christine Skoda.
Mayer: Pigskin names aid KU
April 24, 2006
One of the basics of this business is that names make news. Kansas basketball hasn’t lacked prominent personalities for a long time. That and loads of victories spawned productive attention and support.
Communist forces launch attack in Nepal
April 24, 2006
Nepali police fired rubber bullets at thousands of protesters Sunday, struggling to enforce a curfew imposed to keep persistent pro-democracy demonstrators off the streets in the Himalayan country’s deepening crisis.
Pension-overhaul legislation at risk
April 24, 2006
With pension programs across the country in deep trouble and workers fearing a collapse that could jeopardize their retirement, it was hardly a surprise that Congress would step in last year to write legislation to reassure retirees, help businesses and protect taxpayers.
Fair provides information on volunteering
April 24, 2006
Event: Volunteer Information Fair
On the record
April 24, 2006
Patrol seeks fuel deals
April 24, 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.
Bar fight ends with injuries, arrests
Violence mars Relays after-party downtown
April 24, 2006
A melee early Sunday at a downtown Lawrence nightclub left several Kansas Relays after-party revelers in the hospital or jail.
Students advance to national competition
April 24, 2006
Eight Central Junior High School students competed in the State History Day competition Saturday in Abilene. All eight placed first or second, qualifying to advance to the National History Day contest June 11-15 at the University of Maryland.
Meeting to focus on sewer project
April 24, 2006
Plans to enlarge a sanitary sewage pump station near Sixth and Kentucky streets will be the subject of a public information meeting Wednesday.
Sunflower principal announces departure
April 24, 2006
Sunflower School principal Jill Smith has announced plans to resign at the end of the school year to pursue other professional opportunities. Smith has been principal at Sunflower, 2521 Inverness Drive, since 2000.
Pigeons not good carriers of bird flu
April 24, 2006
City folks, don’t worry. Nobody expects pigeons, more common than manhole covers, will bring the deadly bird flu virus.
U.S., Japan in accord on troop repositioning
April 24, 2006
The United States and Japan have struck a bargain over a plan to realign U.S. forces in Japan, with Japan agreeing to pay $6.1 billion of the nearly $10.3 billion cost, the Japanese defense chief said Sunday night.
Community college bans
April 24, 2006
For students at Del Mar College, it ain’t TheirSpace anymore. The community college in Corpus Christi has blocked in response to complaints about sluggish Internet speed on campus computers.
Ponson could be bargain for Cardinals
April 24, 2006
I was listening to the Boston vs. Toronto game on satellite radio Friday night when starting pitcher A.J. Burnett departed after throwing 78 pitches. He was removed because of “elbow discomfort” and was placed on the disabled list Saturday.
Gas prices continue steep upward climb
April 24, 2006
Retail gas prices across the country jumped an average of nearly a quarter per gallon in the past two weeks, according to a survey released Sunday in Camarillo.
Report: Government slow to address drug safety
April 24, 2006
The Food and Drug Administration should have the power to require that drug makers conduct studies on the safety of prescription medications already on the market, congressional investigators recommend.
No new information in reported beating
April 24, 2006
The trail has gone cold in the investigation of a roadside beating reported late last year by a Kansas University professor.
Sleep association honors Briggs for ads
April 24, 2006
The Lawrence-based Kansas Association of Sleep Professionals has chosen to give Russ Briggs, of Briggs Automotive Group, its first public service award.
Ben & Jerry’s shop to give away ice cream
April 24, 2006
Ben & Jerry’s Lawrence store will participate in the company’s 28th annual Free Cone Day on Tuesday by giving away free ice cream.
Chamber to recognize leadership graduates
April 24, 2006
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s annual Leadership Celebration Breakfast will honor graduates of the 2006 Leadership Lawrence class. The breakfast will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday in the Kansas Union Ballroom.
Get springy about cleaning
Lawrence organization experts offer tips to make your seasonal scouring less painful
April 24, 2006
Spring cleaning is a daunting task. Yet Katie Bolt-Goeke, owner of Go Get Organized, had no idea that a tornado would do the job for her in May 2003.
Orthodox Easter brings calls for peace
April 24, 2006
Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, worshipping at candlelit services from Russia to Ethiopia before gathering families for feasts.
AIDS gel for women tested
April 24, 2006
A safe and effective gel allowing women to protect themselves from the AIDS virus may be available by 2010 if current trials involving thousands of women are successful, researchers said Sunday.
3 U.S. troops among dead as political process gets moving
April 24, 2006
Insurgents killed three American soldiers Sunday in the Baghdad area and fired mortars near the Defense Ministry in a spree of violence that killed at least 27 Iraqis as politicians began work on forming a new government.
Fatah, Hamas agree to calm tensions
April 24, 2006
The militant Hamas group and the rival Fatah Party agreed Sunday to work together to restore calm following violent clashes and mass protests across the Palestinian areas over their struggle for control over security forces.
Al-Qaida leaders hide along Afghanistan border
Bin Laden, his top deputy decide to go separate ways
April 24, 2006
Osama bin Laden is hiding in a remote tribal area along Afghanistan’s 1,500-mile border with Pakistan, separated from his top deputy and, in a sign he has to be careful about whom he trusts, surrounded by fellow Arabs.
Prom goes on at Riverton school despite recent attack allegations
April 24, 2006
High school students here donned crisp tuxedos and sparkling gowns over the weekend despite what authorities called a foiled shooting plot by their classmates.
Prison eases BTK restrictions
April 24, 2006
Good behavior has earned BTK serial killer Dennis Rader the right to watch television, listen to the radio, read and draw in his prison cell.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 24, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 24, 1906: “Lawrence people gathered and decided to send as much aid as possible, starting with food donations, to the stricken San Francisco area which had been devastated by earthquakes and fires.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 24, 2006
Five people had been hospitalized by a series of auto accidents in the heavy rain over the Kansas Relays weekend. While damage figures were high, there were no serious injuries.
Old Home Town- 25 years ago
April 24, 2006
The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity here staged a boxing tournament to raise funds for the Brett Patterson Memorial effort, a tribute to an ATO member who had died of stomach cancer in 1979. More than $1,200 was raised.
Vocal generals aren’t the threat
April 24, 2006
When six recently retired generals criticized U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s handling of the Iraq war and urged his resignation, the Bush administration reacted as if the generals had announced an impending military coup. Within days, administration loyalists were suggesting that the generals had been disloyal not merely to Rumsfeld but to American democracy itself.
Hospices foster ‘dying well’
April 24, 2006
Art Buchwald, the 80-year-old, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist, recently was honored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association for his outstanding support of the hospice movement. Buchwald, who has chosen to quit kidney dialysis, expects to die in the Washington hospice where he has resided since early this year. The famed journalist has spoken powerfully and publicly on the importance of hospice care for himself and for countless other Americans.
FEMA wants to recoup $1.26 million in Rita aid
April 24, 2006
The federal government is asking 625 people in Texas to pay back a total of $1.26 million in recovery aid they shouldn’t have received after Hurricane Rita.
Pulse calendar
April 24, 2006
Lawrence Datebook
April 24, 2006
People in the news
April 24, 2006
Tiempo Libre concert frees audience from inhibitions
Stirred by Cuban rhythms, patrons turn Lied Center into dance pavilion
April 24, 2006
When the Miami-based Tiempo Libre performed Saturday night at the Lied Center, the group made it clear that timba - a musical mix of Latin jazz and son rhythms - is not just about sitting there and listening to the music. It’s about experiencing the music with your whole body
Silent Hill’ draws crowd, climbs to top of box office
April 24, 2006
A real scary movie bumped off the spoof variety at the box office.
KU signee Collins shines in Jordan Classic
April 24, 2006
Kansas University basketball signee Sherron Collins didn’t bounce the ball off the backboard, catch it and dunk as he did at the McDonald’s All-America game.
Outfielder’s late heroics save Wildcat victory
April 24, 2006
With the tying runner at second, Erik Morrison could only think of two words after connecting on the soft liner to centerfield: extra innings.
President to unveil canal expansion plans
April 24, 2006
Panama’s president will ask voters to approve a multibillion-dollar plan to supersize the Panama Canal, the waterway’s biggest modification since it opened in 1914.
Don’t surrender to segregation, isolation
April 24, 2006
When I was a child, I lived in a city that was predominantly black. It was a quaint little burg called Los Angeles.
On the agenda
Wrap-up session will attempt to tackle several major issues
April 24, 2006
Fund schools, cut taxes and increase prison time for sex offenders. What could possibly stand in the way of this political dream?
Microburst’ gains little local cachet
April 24, 2006
Most natural disasters get things named after them: water park rides, alcoholic drinks, university mascots. Or they become the subject of countless numbers of songs and poems.
Value of AP classes doubted
Studies question use of rigorous courses; teachers defend practice
April 24, 2006
Laura Gauch and Jordan Noller have been reading heavy doses of Latin each night thanks to their Advanced Placement class at Bishop Seabury Academy.
Food fine, but win fortunate at WPT event
April 24, 2006
poker I tried something new the day of the $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tour Championship (WPT) event. Rather than sleep in on Day 1, I went to the MGM Grand at 11 a.m. to film the finale for Bravo’s “Top Chef” (I was a judge). Afterwards, I went to the gym, and made my customarily late entrance to a Championship poker event - a near-record three hours late.
IMF, World Bank see progress against poverty
April 24, 2006
The poorest nations have made progress in eliminating poverty, but the pace must be picked up, international economic leaders said Sunday.
Environmental prize winners named
April 24, 2006
When the Pentagon announced plans to incinerate stockpiles of chemical weapons near his home more than 20 years ago, Craig Williams fought back.
Hailstorm pounds city
April 24, 2006
A severe thunderstorm pelted Lawrence on Sunday night with heavy rains and hail that, in places, nearly reached the size of baseballs, such as that pictured above that fell in Old West Lawrence.
Financial abuse of elderly grows
Many seniors afraid to report being victims
April 24, 2006
As the U.S. population ages, the elderly are becoming a prime target for financial abuse.
Arizona ingenuity pays off
April 24, 2006
Water is an odd natural resource. It falls unbidden from the sky and gathers without human help underground. It flows through many jurisdictions, giving rise to the old Western axiom that whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over. Time was, the fighting was done with Winchesters and Colts. Then Westerners became tame and turned to combat by dueling legislators, including those who produced the Central Arizona Project. The CAP’s current general manager is David S. “Sid” Wilson Jr., who has three modern axioms:
Oil prices increase pressure on GOP
April 24, 2006
Just when it looked like the political climate could not get worse for President Bush and the Republican Party, more storms have gathered.
April 24, 2006
Still going
Nats’ Robinson not ready to retire after half-century in major leagues as hall-of-fame player, manager
April 24, 2006
Nats’ Robinson not ready to retire after half-century in major leagues as hall-of-fame player, managerFrank Robinson hit 586 home runs, won MVP awards in both leagues, made the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, became baseball’s first black manager, was chosen AL manager of the year and worked as an executive for Major League Baseball.
What’s happened to our friend Coors?
April 24, 2006
When Coors Field no longer is a hitter’s paradise and a pitcher’s nightmare, in what can a pious fantasy owner trust?
Show explores history of Alaska pipeline
April 24, 2006
Proof that the past provides a prologue to our contemporary drama can be found on tonight’s “American Experience” presentation of “The Alaska Pipeline” (8 p.m., PBS).
Slow to act?
It’s easy to understand why some residents are discouraged with how long it takes to get action on some obvious problems.
April 24, 2006
The wheels of justice - or state regulation - often turn at a depressingly slow pace. It’s easy to sympathize with Myron King, one of the local residents who had to wait four years to get some action on problems at Lawrence’s Memorial Park Cemetery.