Archive for Tuesday, April 25, 2006

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Temperatures to fall into the 30s overnight
07:23 a.m., April 25, 2006 Updated 05:04 p.m.
Cold air seeped into Lawrence today, forcing temperatures down into the 40s by late this afternoon - and temperatures will continue to fall tonight into the 30s by early Wednesday morning, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Fellow justice wants probe into meeting
April 25, 2006
In an unprecedented move, Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Kay McFarland on Monday called for an investigation into what fellow Justice Lawton Nuss said to two senators about the pending school finance case.
Blanton, Athletics hold on
Swisher, Chavez homer for Oakland
April 25, 2006
Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth, and Joe Blanton pitched six solid innings, helping Oakland beat Texas, 3-2, on Monday night.
In the Halls: Do you think world governments have done enough to prevent genocide?
April 25, 2006
Back home, Marine fights for custody
April 25, 2006
While deployed to Iraq, Marine Cpl. Levi Bradley had another fight going on for custody of his son in Franklin County.
Wal-Mart settlement plan approved
Both parties to reappear in court Oct. 27 to iron out details
April 25, 2006
A judge on Monday approved a settlement plan that promises to end a three-year legal battle between Wal-Mart and the city involving plans for a new store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Far above city, firefighters hone skills
April 25, 2006
Firefighters and paramedics from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical spent the afternoon Monday jumping off the roof of City Hall.
SMU names Doherty head coach
Former KU assistant leaves Florida Atlantic after one year
April 25, 2006
SMU officials Monday announced the hiring of new men’s basketball coach Matt Doherty.
Firebirds lovin’ Lane
Slugger 6-for-6 in FSHS doubleheader sweep
April 25, 2006
Not thinking in the classroom could get Free State High softball player Kayley Lane in trouble, but doing it on the field has been putting opposing pitchers in harm’s way.
Sprow solid, but Lions split
April 25, 2006
After starting the season 5-0, the Lawrence High softball squad has struggled of late
Enron founder begins testimony by laying blame
April 25, 2006
Enron Corp. founder and former chairman Kenneth L. Lay began his long-awaited testimony Monday by declaring his innocence and telling a federal jury that the energy company’s 2001 bankruptcy filing turned his American dream into an “American nightmare.”
Paris’ Sorbonne, symbol of youth job protests, reopens after 6 weeks
April 25, 2006
Sorbonne University students returned to classes Monday for the first time since protests against a youth jobs law forced the school to close six weeks ago, but police had to remove 150 die-hard protesters staging a final demonstration.
Riverton School teens charged with incitement, criminal threat
Possible convictions include jail, fines up to $100,000
April 25, 2006
Five teenagers were charged Monday with threatening to carry out a shooting spree at their southeast Kansas high school in an alleged plot that authorities say was foiled after details appeared online.
Executive pleads guilty to fraud
Former Computer Associates leaders await sentencing in scandal
April 25, 2006
Sanjay Kumar, the former CEO of Computer Associates International Inc., and another former executive pleaded guilty Monday to obstruction of justice and securities fraud charges in a massive accounting scandal at the business software company.
Bush pushes Congress for immigration reform
President says mass deportation not feasible
April 25, 2006
President Bush had a blunt message Monday for fellow Republicans focusing only on get-tough immigration policies: He said sending all the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants back to their home countries is not the answer.
Clippers taking control of series
April 25, 2006
Suddenly, the Los Angeles Clippers seem to have all the playoff experience they need.
Nomar’s salami powers L.A.
April 25, 2006
Nomar Garciaparra hit a go-ahead grand slam off Brad Lidge in the ninth inning for his first RBIs with the Dodgers, sending Los Angeles to a 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday.
KU’s Woodland in second place
Jayhawks tied for sixth at rain-plagued conference tournament in Oklahoma
April 25, 2006
Kansas University junior Gary Woodland is in second place after 30 holes of the Big 12 Conference men’s golf tournament.
Walters hopes to land FAU gig
Recruit Arthur to visit LSU this weekend
April 25, 2006
Rex Walters has been offered a position as lead assistant men’s basketball coach at Southern Methodist.
Midweek wins big help to Jayhawks’ RPI
April 25, 2006
If this is late April, then it’s a cinch college baseball coaches around the country have one eye on the diamond and the other on the RPI.
Report in 2001 told KU to boost staff
April 25, 2006
Kansas University was encouraged to boost its athletic compliance staff nearly five years ago, after an independent assessment of the athletic department was done just prior to former athletic director Al Bohl’s hiring.
Track kids know how to talk the talk
April 25, 2006
Chip Anderson put it best just as the Kansas Relays came to a close in the Saturday evening twilight at Memorial Stadium.
Seabury tennis romps
April 25, 2006
Seabury Academy’s tennis squad routed Leavenworth Immaculata, 12-1, at a dual Monday. Brooke Sutherland won at No. 1 singles as the Seahawks earned eight singles victories. Seabury (4-0) will travel Thursday to Baldwin.
Fired CIA officer denies role in leaks about secret prisons
April 25, 2006
A lawyer representing fired CIA officer Mary McCarthy said Monday that his client did not leak any classified information and did not disclose to Washington Post reporter Dana Priest the existence of secret CIA-run prisons in Eastern Europe for suspected terrorists.
Students to military: Stop calling us
April 25, 2006
The Defense Department is violating the privacy of millions of high school students’ nationwide with a detailed database it uses for military recruitment, a federal lawsuit filed Monday claims.
Nearly 200 illegal immigrants arrested
April 25, 2006
Federal agents in Florida have arrested 183 illegal immigrants, the largest such sweep in state history, officials said Monday.
Teens sentenced for killing homeless man
April 25, 2006
Four teenagers who pleaded guilty to beating a homeless man to death last spring were sentenced to more than 20 years in prison Monday.
On the record
April 25, 2006
Lawrence Datebook
April 25, 2006
County to improve document access
April 25, 2006
Douglas County government offices are moving into a modern era of digital electronics for storing and managing documents.
Dry conditions cause farmers to delay
April 25, 2006
Hot, dry weather has prompted some Kansas farmers to hold off planting because of a lack of topsoil moisture, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.
Soldier charged in training death
April 25, 2006
Charges have been referred against two Fort Riley infantry soldiers for the training death of a fellow soldier.
Police identify body from burning house
April 25, 2006
Police on Monday released the name of a man whose body was found inside a burning house over the weekend, and ruled out foul play as the cause of death.
Mr. Irrelevant?
Dead-last pick in NFL Draft might ‘honor’ KU product
April 25, 2006
The first two rounds of the past 12 NFL Drafts have passed without a team selecting a player from Kansas University.
Group cited for being on downtown roof
April 25, 2006
Lawrence Police arrested one person and cited four others early Sunday for trespassing on the roof of a downtown building.
LHS soccer washed at halftime, ruled tie
April 25, 2006
After answering an early Blue Valley goal, the Lawrence High girls soccer team didn’t get to see how it would fare in the second half of Monday night’s game at the Youth Sports Inc. fields.
Identification allowed in 2004 rape case
April 25, 2006
A judge on Monday denied a request to suppress a woman’s in-court identification of the man she says raped her at her apartment in summer 2004.
Police seek suspect in Quizno’s robbery
April 25, 2006
Lawrence Police searched for a man Monday night suspected of robbing Quizno’s restaurant, 2540 Iowa.
Hotel company fights to advertise on sheep
April 25, 2006
A popular hotels Web site is on the lam, but not in the traditional sense. The Dutch company Hotels.nl is covering roadside sheep with blankets sporting its logo, something a local mayor claims violates local law.
Teen arrested in Holloway case freed
April 25, 2006
A 19-year-old man arrested in the disappearance of a young Alabama woman was released from jail on Monday, but prosecutors said he remained a suspect.
Drug-enforcement plane crashes, killing four
April 25, 2006
A plane carrying U.S. drug enforcement officials slammed into tents and mud brick houses Monday while trying to avoid a truck on a runway, killing two people on board and two girls on the ground.
Firebirds’ Burkart second at boys golf tourney
April 25, 2006
Nick Burkart shot 72 and placed second, leading the Free State High boys golf squad to an 11th-place finish Monday at a tournament at Topeka Country Club hosted by Topeka West. The Firebirds earned at team score of 330.
Seabury golf falls to K.C. Barstow
April 25, 2006
Seabury Academy’s boys golf squad lost to Kansas City (Mo.) Barstow at an event Monday at Loch Lloyd. Barstow scored 193 to Seabury’s 218.
Plans to expand canal are floated
April 25, 2006
President Martin Torrijos announced plans Monday night for the biggest expansion of the Panama Canal since it opened in 1914, making way for huge new container ships that can carry twice as much cargo.
Blasts rock Egyptian resort; at least 23 killed
April 25, 2006
Three nearly simultaneous bombings hit an Egyptian beach resort popular with foreigners Monday at the height of the tourist season, killing at least 23 people a day after Osama bin Laden issued a taped warning against Westerners.
Sudan dismisses al-Qaida connection
April 25, 2006
Sudan dismissed Osama bin Laden’s renewed calls for “jihad” in its troubled Darfur region, saying on Monday that it will not harbor terrorists or allow foreign interference in the country.
Iran’s president hints country may pull out of nuclear treaty
April 25, 2006
Iran’s hard-line president said Monday he was thinking about withdrawing from the nuclear nonproliferation treaty if the U.N. atomic agency tries to prevent his country from enriching uranium.
Car bombs in Baghdad portend ominous new threat
April 25, 2006
In the first surge of violence since Iraq’s politicians agreed on a new prime minister, eight car bombs struck Baghdad on Monday, an onslaught unusual not only for the number of explosions but also because none of them was triggered by a suicide attacker.
Schools foundation names teacher of year
April 25, 2006
Suzanne Knowlton, a special education teacher at Sunflower School, has been named Lawrence Schools Foundation’s Teacher of the Year.
Bridge work to close part of county road
April 25, 2006
A section of Douglas County Road 1055 near Vinland will close later this week as a bridge is replaced and road improvements are made.
Journal-World seeks stories about moms
April 25, 2006
As Mother’s Day approaches, the Journal-World is sponsoring an essay contest for youths under the age of 18. The topic: What makes your mom special?
Caring staff
April 25, 2006
To the editor: Kudos to Lawrence Memorial Hospital!
Energy for all
April 25, 2006
To the editor: Recently the Journal-World announced an agreement with the owners of the Bowersock Dam. Through a third party called Zephyr Power, “Green Energy” will be supplied to “help the environment.” Other local businesses are interested, and Boog Highberger says the city “should take the lead” and buy power at extra cost.
Nuclear bully
April 25, 2006
To the editor: Earth Day reminds me that the ultimate ecological crime would be nuclear war, and President Bush is threatening Iran with exactly that.
FSHS girls soccer rescheduled for May 10
April 25, 2006
Inclement weather postponed Monday’s girls soccer game between Free State High and Gardner-Edgerton.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 25, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 25, 1906: The chorus for the state Sunday School convention here met at the Presbyterian Church for a first rehearsal and it appears only about 30 of the needed 200 singers have come forth so far. The large group is needed for the music that has been chosen.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 25, 2006
Robert Harrison was named chairman for a massive spring cleanup and beautification week in the Lawrence community. Harrison was a well-known Realtor.
Old Home Town- 25 years ago
April 25, 2006
His son called him “the first man to fly a used spacecraft.” The father called himself “just a pilot in a new plane.” Col. Joe Engle, Kansas University graduate who had returned to the campus, was to be the commander for the second flight of the space shuttle Columbia, the “space truck” that less than two weeks earlier had shot into space, circled the globe 36 times and landed perfectly in California. Astronaut Engle was a 1955 KU graduate from Chapman and his son was enrolled here as a freshman.
Maddening
What are we doing to encourage young criminals like those we have seen in Littleton and Riverton?
April 25, 2006
Anyone who has the right answer about why so many youngsters are engaging in violence or contemplating it in our schools should get a patent and sell the product so this terrible threat could be eliminated. Millions of Americans continue to shake their heads at the growing threats to the safety and security of children in our schools. There is anger, fear and monumental frustration, with good reason.
Traitors can put nation in danger
April 25, 2006
What do you call someone who, in violation of her oath, reveals government secrets to a reporter, who then prints them and exposes a clandestine operation designed to get information from suspected terrorists that could save American lives?
When to offer, seek advice on money matters
April 25, 2006
Often when I do my biweekly online chat, I hear from people who, like my grandmother, mean well but just can’t understand why grown folks won’t listen to their common sense financial advice.
Lawrence resident passes CPA exam
April 25, 2006
Carolyn Mohr, Lawrence, is among 16 candidates in Kansas to successfully pass an exam offered by the Kansas Board of Accountancy during January and February. Passing the exam is the first step toward becoming a certified public accountant.
KTKA signal suffers temporary outage
April 25, 2006
Storm damage prevented Sunflower Broadband subscribers from being able to watch programming on Topeka’s ABC affiliate late Sunday night and into Monday morning, a Sunflower official said.
Local companies report new hires
April 25, 2006
Lawrence businesses announce their recent hirings. Among them:
Wake-up drug’ tested in fighting cocaine addiction
April 25, 2006
The hottest topic in cocaine addiction is another drug - a medicine already sold to wake up narcoleptics.
Some Hispanics in uniform torn by debate
April 25, 2006
Marcial Rodriguez, a U.S. Marine who grew up in a Mexican farming village, is offended that the country he went to war for might deport his relatives who are living here illegally.
Court allows lawsuit for asbestos death
April 25, 2006
A retired steamfitter who claims his asbestos-contaminated work clothes caused his wife’s death can sue Exxon Mobil, owner of a refinery where he worked, New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled Monday in Trenton.
Transit union boss begins strike sentence
April 25, 2006
The city’s transit union chief on Monday began searving a 10-day sentence for leading last year’s transit strike, entering a Manhattan lockup after marching across the Brooklyn Bridge with a boisterous group of supporters.
Boy, 12, charged in double homicide
April 25, 2006
A 12-year-old boy accused of beating and stabbing to death his mother and younger brother was charged as a juvenile Monday with two counts of first-degree murder. The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, will remain in custody until his next hearing May 15.
Evidence suggests more sex offenders targeted
April 25, 2006
A man suspected of killing two people on the state’s online sex offender registry appears to have visited the homes of other sex offenders during a five-hour gap between the killings, police said Monday.
Wounds still too fresh to stomach 9-11 movies
April 25, 2006
It’s been nearly five years since I got in my car and started driving to the East Coast, intending to see for myself what had happened on 9-11, and what it was going to mean for all of us.
Adderall abuse among teens a widespread, dangerous problem
April 25, 2006
Dear Dr. Wes & Marissa: Do you believe Adderall is being abused by college students? Can this abuse lead to more serious problems later on?
Health officials tout immunization registry
April 25, 2006
Amid a mumps outbreak, health officials Monday showed off an Internet-based immunization registry to make sure Kansans don’t miss vaccinations against such diseases.
Wittig and Weidner get new sentences in bank fraud case
April 25, 2006
A federal judge on Monday increased former Westar Energy Inc. Chief Executive David Wittig’s prison sentence on bank fraud charges, partly because of his conviction last year for looting the Topeka-based utility.
Hailstorm leaves icy mark on city’s vehicles and roofs
April 25, 2006
Kelsey Mitchell was watching television in a third-floor bedroom of her apartment house Sunday night when hail started pounding the roof above her, sending a 2-inch ball of ice crashing through the skylight down onto her floor.
Horoscopes
April 25, 2006
It’s not debatable; they’re champs
Jayhawk team grabs first-place ranking after stellar year
April 25, 2006
They speak their own language - a stream of words falling from their lips like water.
Lawyers want charges dropped
Murder, arson claims called unconstitutional
April 25, 2006
Attorneys for a man accused of setting a deadly apartment fire want a judge to drop the murder and arson charges against him, on the grounds that they’re unconstitutional.
Lions’ Lopez to ink
April 25, 2006
Lawrence High soccer standout Whitney Lopez will sign a letter of intent Thursday to play soccer at Oklahoma Wesleyan.
School solution sought as lawmakers ready to reconvene
April 25, 2006
Senators spent Monday afternoon reviewing legislative progress thus far on school finance, looking for a combination of spending proposals that will bring swift conclusion to the 2006 session.
Spring brings foolishness
April 25, 2006
The robins and finches are singing here on the frozen tundra and the crocuses are popping up, yellow and purple bunches among the winter crud, and the heart is struck by one dumb idea after another, such as the urge to open a bookstore.
KU Athletics linked to party where fight began
April 25, 2006
An official from the Kansas University Athletics Department helped organize a late-night party where a brawl sent six people to jail and another four to the hospital with injuries.
Mets’ Wright a rare breed
Calm, cool third baseman becoming N.Y. superstar
April 25, 2006
A few years ago in the minors, David Wright was in a rare slump. Something like 0-for-7 with five strikeouts, his father recalls.
Jodi Mundy
Freshman wastes little time rewriting Santa Fe Trail record book
April 25, 2006
Walking with his star pupil during a recent practice, Santa Fe Trail track and field coach Lucas Boss pointed to a waiting reporter and offered words of encouragement to freshman Jodi Mundy.
Woodling: Serena simply amazing
April 25, 2006
Unless this weekend’s NFL Draft produces an eyebrow-raiser or two, Serena Settlemier will enjoy a Kansas University distinction this school year.
Fighting for freedom on two fronts
April 25, 2006
Don’t be impressed with the fact that this column is built around a John Dos Passos essay. I’ve found his work just as inscrutable as you have, and for the life of me I can’t reconstruct the train of events that led me, just the other afternoon, to pick up a copy of his writings, to open the volume at random, and to encounter an essay called “Farewell to Europe!” that he wrote in 1937. But I did, and it got me to thinking.
Urban reflections
N.Y. choreographer builds dance in house of mirrors for KU student company
April 25, 2006
A critic in a 1996 issue of Dance magazine surmised that experimentation killed the Ralph Lemon Dance Company.
Tongue tied to sensory enhancement
April 25, 2006
In their quest to create the super warrior of the future, some military researchers aren’t focusing on organs like muscles or hearts. They’re looking at tongues.
Kevin Logan and Ashley Robinson
April 25, 2006
Kevin Logan and Ashley Robinson
Debate ensues over LHS tower plan
April 25, 2006
On paper, it’s a lighted tower that’ll mark the new entrance to the gym at Lawrence High School. It’ll also house a ticket office.
Hot Heat take care of home court
Hinrich scores 29, but Bulls have backs against the wall
April 25, 2006
Dwyane Wade arrived at the arena Monday night with a freshly shaved head, a first for the dapper superstar.
Haslem suspended after ejection in Game 1
April 25, 2006
Udonis Haslem’s pleas of innocence fell on deaf ears. The Miami forward was suspended for Monday’s Game 2 of the Heat’s first-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, a penalty the NBA levied after Haslem threw his mouthpiece toward referee Joey Crawford in the series opener.
Moussaoui case goes to jury
April 25, 2006
Prosecutors showed the most gruesome and heart-rending photos of Sept. 11 again on Monday and told jurors that only Zacarias Moussaoui’s death could give the victims justice. The defense asked his jury to spurn retribution and not let a delusional and inept terrorist bait them into making him a martyr.
Nepal’s king makes peace offering
Lower house of parliament is reinstated
April 25, 2006
Nepal’s embattled king appeared to defuse weeks of mass protests that have pushed this Himalayan country near the brink of anarchy, reinstating the lower house of parliament on Monday as his opponents had demanded.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
April 25, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.76 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Network with business owners before starting own
April 25, 2006
Q: I was recently terminated from my job, the first time this has happened to me. What advice would you give to someone who would like to start his or her own business but has limited income to finance it? - Sheldon