Archive for Thursday, April 27, 2006

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Chat with a KU law professor about high court recusal, investigation
April 27, 2006
KU law professor Mike Hoeflich discusses Justice Nuss’ decision to recuse himself from the school finance case.
Governor’s campaign fined for ethics violation
April 27, 2006
TOPEKA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ re-election campaign today was fined $1,500 for violating the state ethics law.
Federal charges levied in crack-dealing cases near schools
April 27, 2006
Three Lawrence residents have been charged with dealing crack cocaine near New York elementary school between 2003 and 2004, U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren’s office announced this morning. Also, in a similar but unrelated case, Melgren announced that a sixth defendant has been charged with dealing crack cocaine out of a home near Schwegler elementary school starting in 2005.
Warm, sunny afternoon ahead
Storm system moving in Friday through weekend
April 27, 2006
Lawrence was getting off to a cold start, but temperatures will be soaring today into the 70s, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “We have a beautiful spring morning in progress,” Schack said.
Government, almost broke, nears shutdown
April 27, 2006
Puerto Rico is dangerously close to shutting down. The U.S. Caribbean territory is staggering under a nearly $740 million budget shortfall and will run out of money Monday if Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila’s bailout isn’t approved.
Call renewed for judicial awareness
Judge’s controversial meeting with lawmakers revives interest in informing voters about bench
April 27, 2006
Frank Miller says he’s probably like most Kansans when they get ready to vote and see on the ballot the names of judges up for retention.
Text of Senate President Steve Morris’ letter
April 27, 2006
Text of memorandum released Wednesday to the Republican caucus by Senate President Steve Morris regarding his lunch with Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss:
Lunch between justice, senators topic of chat
April 27, 2006
A Kansas University professor will take part in an online chat this afternoon about the recent controversy concerning a Kansas Supreme Court justice and the school finance issue now before the Kansas Legislature.
New Czyz on the block
Bluejays can’t hit a lick against freshman Nick
April 27, 2006
With reporters surrounding him, Nick Czyz stopped in mid-sentence when he felt a tap on his backside. He had just pitched his best game as a Jayhawk. And, like always, his brother Don was right behind him.
KU gets no hits
April 27, 2006
Cornhusker starter Ashley DeBuhr earned her second no-hitter of the season, and the Kansas University softball team fell, 1-0, Wednesday night at Nebraska’s Bowlin Stadium.
Agency prepares for last Medicare Part D sign-ups
April 27, 2006
In Douglas County, more than 5,800 senior citizens have signed up for Medicare Part D. But almost 4,300 have not.
Prom a reminder of party host law
April 27, 2006
With high school proms and graduations around the corner, the state’s alcohol-control office is reminding parents of a new “party hosting” law that makes it illegal for adults to let their homes be used for underaged drinking.
Terri Schiavo’s brother makes plea for a ‘pro-life’ culture
April 27, 2006
For Terri Schiavo’s family, the frustrations haven’t ended. Bobby Schindler, Schiavo’s brother and family spokesman during the media- and politics-laden battle for her life last year, arrived at Kansas University Wednesday to speak at a pro-life event - just as he has all over the country and elsewhere since his sister died after being taken off a feeding tube at her husband’s direction.
Nature area an outdoor classroom
42-acre preserve opens this weekend
April 27, 2006
Rows of houses are not far away, but the view at Lawrence’s newest nature preserve and fishing area is all rural and scenic.
Pitcher lifts Firebirds
Blankenship stellar; JV golfers play up
April 27, 2006
The Free State High baseball squad blanked Olathe South, 2-0, Wednesday at Free State.
Romania struggles to shelter flood victims along Danube
April 27, 2006
More than 15,000 Romanians who fled areas flooded by the Danube River are crowded into tent communities and faced with dwindling food supplies, residents and volunteers said Wednesday.
High school students to travel to Dallas for marketing contest
April 27, 2006
Several Lawrence high school students will be in Dallas next week to compete in a national marketing contest sponsored by the Distributive Education Clubs of America.
Pregnancy gets glamorous
April 27, 2006
Like any expectant mother, Kai Walter, six months pregnant, has lots to get done before the big day. One of her most important errands: an upcoming trip to the West Coast, where she has an appointment to take off her clothes and be photographed.
EU: Secret CIA flights total more than 1,000
April 27, 2006
The CIA has conducted more than 1,000 clandestine flights in Europe since 2001, and some of them secretly took away terror suspects to countries where they could face torture, European Union lawmakers said Wednesday.
Mench homers in 6th straight game
April 27, 2006
Kevin Mench hit a grand slam to set a Texas Rangers record Wednesday by homering in his sixth straight game, but Francisco Cordero blew another save and Jay Payton hit a two-run single in the 10th inning that gave the Oakland Athletics a 6-4 victory.
Bonds passing Aaron appears unlikely
April 27, 2006
By now Babe Ruth figured to be dead in his sights, at the very least. And the squirming would begin in earnest for Bud Selig.
Texans’ choice: Bush or Williams
Houston won’t take Young with top pick in NFL Draft
April 27, 2006
Sorry, Vince, but you won’t be playing for your hometown team. The Houston Texans will take Southern Cal running back Reggie Bush or North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams with the first pick in Saturday’s draft, general manager Charley Casserly said Wednesday.
Baldwin’s Brown signs
April 27, 2006
Baldwin High senior John Brown has signed letters of intent to play football and run track at McPherson College. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Brown, a sprinter in track, earned second-team All-Frontier League football honors last fall, rushing for over 800 yards.
KU women’s lacrosse wins pair at Plains
April 27, 2006
Kansas University’s women’s lacrosse club squad split two matches Saturday at the Central Plains women’s league championships at Lindenwood University.
Court told lethal injection not fit for animals
April 27, 2006
Supreme Court justices clashed on Wednesday over how states execute killers, with one court member saying current lethal-injection drugs would not be used on cats and dogs and a second arguing that executions do not have to be pain-free.
Name for new preserve came naturally
April 27, 2006
Finding a name for the 42-acre nature area he donated to the city of Lawrence was an easy choice for John McGrew.
Senate diverts Iraq funds for border, port security
April 27, 2006
The Senate voted Wednesday to divert some of the money President Bush requested for the war in Iraq to instead increase security on the nation’s borders and give the Coast Guard new boats and helicopters.
Deal ends impasse on rebuilding at Ground Zero
April 27, 2006
Breaking an impasse that threatened to hold up the rebuilding at Ground Zero, state officials and developer Larry Silverstein reached an agreement Wednesday under which Silverstein gave up control over the planned 1,776-foot Freedom Tower.
Foie gras banned from restaurants
April 27, 2006
The Chicago City Council banned the goose delicacy foie gras Wednesday after members decided it was inhumane to force-feed the birds.
Klan plans rally at Antietam battlefield
April 27, 2006
The site of America’s bloodiest day will soon host a Ku Klux Klan rally.
Lawmakers agree to close boot camps
April 27, 2006
Florida lawmakers agreed Wednesday to shut down the state’s juvenile boot camps after the death of a 14-year-old boy who had been kicked and punched by guards.
Senate panel recommends abolishing FEMA
April 27, 2006
The nation’s beleaguered disaster response agency should be abolished and rebuilt from scratch to avoid a repeat of multiple government failures exposed by Hurricane Katrina, a Senate inquiry has concluded.
Big Tent Coalition rallies for social service funding
April 27, 2006
More than 100 people braved chilly weather Wednesday outside the Capitol to rally for social service spending, and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius issued an executive order that she said would help protect vulnerable Kansans.
Take Back the Night scheduled for Friday
April 27, 2006
The annual Womyn Take Back the Night event will be Friday and will start with a 6 p.m. march along Massachusetts Street.
Farmer pleads guilty to killing U.S. nun
April 27, 2006
An Amazon farmer charged in the killing of American nun and rainforest defender Dorothy Stang pleaded guilty Wednesday and said two ranchers ordered her murder because of her opposition to their logging plans.
Communist rebels declare cease-fire
April 27, 2006
Communist rebels are putting down their guns for three months to allow Nepal’s new government to find its footing.
Supreme leader warns U.S. against attacking
April 27, 2006
Iran’s supreme leader warned the United States on Wednesday that his nation would hit back twice as hard if America attacked its nuclear sites.
Suicide bombers attack but kill only themselves
April 27, 2006
Two suicide bombers tried to attack international peacekeepers and police in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, blowing themselves up just two days after nearly simultaneous bombings killed at least 21 people at the Sinai beach resort of Dahab.
On the record
April 27, 2006
Manager of closed topless club says Topekans too cheap
April 27, 2006
The general manager of a topless club that shut its doors this winter after a nine-month run says Topeka residents proved to be too tight with their money.
County may hire writing coach
April 27, 2006
Writing coaches interested in taking a temporary job with the Douglas County government might want to start dusting off their resumes.
County budgets under microscope
April 27, 2006
Douglas County department heads can expect county commissioners to be especially hard-nosed when it comes to approving budgets this year.
Starting your plants from seed takes gardening full cycle
April 27, 2006
A fellow I know says real gardeners get things growing by starting with seed. Filling your garden with bedding plants, the gentleman suggests, is simply landscaping.
Private K.C. gardens to open for public tour
April 27, 2006
Kansas City’s premier garden tour returns May 19-20. The biennial event is the public’s opportunity to tour some of the most beautiful private gardens in Johnson County.
Put the Kibosh on allergy woes
April 27, 2006
Seasonal allergic rhinitis, or “hay fever,” affects more than 20 percent of Americans, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, which offers the following tips to help allergy sufferers find some relief this spring:
Street plan
April 27, 2006
To the editor: Confusion (“States of confusion,” April 6 Journal-World) in naming Lawrence’s “state” streets is clarified by studying Searl’s 1854 plan and subsequent historical maps.
Course in rough
April 27, 2006
To the editor: I would like to offer a possible explanation as to why the city cannot turn a profit in regard to Eagle Bend Golf Course. Three times I have been down there to use the driving range and have been told it was closed.
KU Relay ideas
April 27, 2006
To the editor: Congratulations to director Tim Weaver and to all those who helped to make the GOLDZONE II a great success.
Inside the Bible
April 27, 2006
To the editor: Dianne Hofmann writes that the Bible contains contradictions, and that this does not mean that it’s entirely false. Indeed, the Bible is replete with inconsistencies, large and small. This raises the difficulty of deciding what in these ancient writings is true, partly true or completely untrue. It also makes us wonder what is meant when some call the Bible the inerrant word of an all-knowing, truthful deity. Not small obstacles, these.
Old Home Town- 25 years ago
April 27, 2006
The Douglas County Commission reaffirmed an earlier action to reject the low bid for a new truck from a Kansas City, Mo., firm in favor of a $1,900 higher bid from a Lawrence dealer. The commissioners were told they might be in technical violation of a state law calling for acceptance of the “lowest responsible” bid. The local bid came from Landmark Ford, the Kansas City area bid from Midway Ford.
Space and speed
Men like Scott Crossfield, Chuck Yeager and Kansas’ own Joe Engle have given us so much with their expertise and courage.
April 27, 2006
There is much to be said about the merits of dying “in the right way.” Scott Crossfield, who became the first man to fly at twice the speed of sound in 1953, was killed in the crash of his small private plane in Georgia the past week.
Trail-blazing KU professor dies at 86
April 27, 2006
Mary Townsend, a pioneering black woman who began her career at Kansas University as a secretary and advanced to become a tenured faculty member, died Saturday. She was 86.
Two series to be swept into history
April 27, 2006
May sweeps kicks off tonight, and this year’s sweeps will see the departure of two long-running comedies and two small networks. UPN and WB will be folded into a single network called CW, and viewers will just have to wait and see which of their favorite series survive this game of programming musical chairs.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
April 27, 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.
Voice of the Jayhawks honored at Statehouse
April 27, 2006
Retired radio announcer Max Falkenstien was honored Wednesday by the Legislature and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Comedian to open Kansas State Fair
April 27, 2006
Comedian Bill Engvall will be the opening night grandstand performer at this year’s Kansas State Fair, which announced completion of the entertainment schedule for the Sept. 8-17 event.
Retired principal to receive award
April 27, 2006
CornerBank has announced that Orvel Criqui is the recipient of the bank’s Community Cornerstone Award for April. The bank will make a contribution on behalf of Criqui to the Boys & Girls Club and to the Haskell Foundation.
Charlton Manley promotes employees
April 27, 2006
Charlton Manley announces promotions for two employees in Lawrence: Duane Becker to chief operating officer and Marlene Brockway to vice president and insurance operations manager.
Student suspended for not being immunized allowed back in school
April 27, 2006
A high school student in Franklin County who was suspended from school for 12 days because he has not been immunized for mumps has been allowed back early.
Picnic to focus on autism, Asperger’s
April 27, 2006
A picnic sponsored by the Capitol Area Autism/ Asperger Resource Center will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Lake Shawnee.
Rove testifies for fifth time on leak
April 27, 2006
Top White House aide Karl Rove made his fifth grand jury appearance in the Valerie Plame affair Wednesday, undergoing several hours of questioning about a new issue that has come to light since the last time he testified.
Horoscopes
April 27, 2006
Built to Spill helps keep blistering guitar solos alive
April 27, 2006
It sometimes seems as though the guitar solo, that staple of rock ‘n’ roll, has noodled its way into obscurity. Much of today’s rock looks elsewhere for its bravado. More common is a tight, methodical churning, epitomized by bands like the Strokes, Interpol and Arcade Fire. For even the head-banging, guitar-crazy My Morning Jacket, the climax of a song is often when everyone is simultaneously playing the same thing.
KU libraries get new dean and more space for books
April 27, 2006
Kansas University announced a new dean of libraries Wednesday as officials dedicated the new $5.8 million Library Annex on west campus.
Busch can’t become ‘Cup Lite’
April 27, 2006
Before his Nextel Cup victory on Saturday night, Kevin Harvick’s victory Friday in Phoenix made it the 20th of the past 21 Busch Series races won by a driver also competing full time in NASCAR’s top series.
5 college students dead in van crash
April 27, 2006
Five college students died Wednesday night when a truck crashed through a median on Interstate 69 and collided with their van.
College students to go to Russia for conference
April 27, 2006
Three Haskell Indian Nations University students and a Kansas University student will be in Russia next month to add an American Indian perspective to a conference on nuclear waste.
Sheriff moves to stop recall for misconduct 15 years ago
April 27, 2006
Smith County Sheriff Ellsworth Murphy is trying to stop a May recall election in which he could lose his current job for transgressions 15 years ago.
Americans shouldn’t miss ‘United 93’
April 27, 2006
The first impression one gets from the film “United 93,” which opens Friday, is that it’s predictably normal. Pilots and flight attendants go about routine business, from safety checks to making sure there is enough sugar for passengers. Conversations are about nothing consequential. This normalcy contrasts with the utter abnormality of 9/11 and it is what grips our stomachs, refusing to let go until long after the 111-minute film ends.
Congressional seat up for grabs
April 27, 2006
The baroque process of picking a replacement for jailed Republican Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham has made California’s 50th Congressional District inscrutable. It will be deciphered by the evening of June 6.
Fox newsman to speak for White House
April 27, 2006
He has called President Bush politically impotent, “the boy who can’t say no” to big spending and “something of an embarrassment.”
Pistons take 2-0 edge
Detroit decks Milwaukee, 109-98
April 27, 2006
The Detroit Pistons have made two major improvements over their recent runs to the NBA Finals: offense, and playing Game 2s.
Arroyo baffles Nationals
April 27, 2006
Everything, it seems, is going right for Bronson Arroyo and the Cincinnati Reds these days. And all is amiss for the Washington Nationals.
Hernandez tough on Twins
Royals hurler sparkles in his first major-league start of season
April 27, 2006
If Runelvys Hernandez keeps pitching like this, the fat jokes will vanish quicker than the weight he dropped to get back to the major leagues.
Self sees trouble with NBADL rule
April 27, 2006
High school basketball players cannot head directly from senior graduation ceremonies to the NBA. They can, however, skip college and sign a professional contract with the NBA’s Developmental League, thanks to a new rule that lowers the minimum age requirement to 18 years.
Bird grammar surprises linguists
April 27, 2006
Grade-school grammar students should put away their excuses. Scientists say even a bird brain can grasp one of grammar’s early concepts.
More mumps reported
April 27, 2006
Reported cases of mumps continue to grow in Douglas County, according to the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.
Lawn’s color can help you diagnose deficiencies
April 27, 2006
Any “weekend warrior” can tell you that the golden chalice of lawn care is to have the greenest lawn on the block. Weeds, insects and diseases are not a concern at this level as they just do not exist. However, after all the fertilizers have been spread, water has been applied and sweat has been shed, the possibility still exists that the grass is a dismal yellowlike tarnish on the world’s finest goblet. However, something can be done to turn that yellow grass to green. Here is what you need to know about treating iron chlorosis in the lawn:
Programming costs boost cable rates
April 27, 2006
Increased charges for programming are translating to higher bills for subscribers to television services. And customers in the Lawrence area are being asked to help decide what is worth paying extra for.
Lawrence Datebook
April 27, 2006
People in the news
April 27, 2006
Senator explains lunch in memo
School finance talk lasted 5 minutes, Sen. Morris says
April 27, 2006
Wednesday, Senate President Steve Morris tried to extinguish the political fire that has erupted about communications he had with a state Supreme Court justice concerning the pending school finance case.
All in the family
Brothers sweeten inherited homestead with berries
April 27, 2006
A friend of mine who makes the most delectable, mouth-watering scones first told me about Lawson Brothers Farm.
Mexico calls for boycott of U.S. firms
April 27, 2006
U.S. lobbyists lashed out Wednesday at the Mexican “Nothing Gringo” campaign timed for May 1 to coincide with the “Day Without Immigrants” boycott in the United States.
Keegan: Buck must stop at top
April 27, 2006
With each passing day since last Friday’s unveiling of the NCAA notice of allegations given to Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway, it becomes increasingly difficult to forget the image of Richard Nixon wiping sweat from his upper lip in the wake of the Watergate scandal and uttering his most infamous quote: “I’ll accept responsibility, but not the blame.”
Forward progress
Having to rally last season, Kenseth starts 2006 strong
April 27, 2006
In the first two seasons NASCAR has used the Chase for the Nextel Cup to determine the champion of its top series, Matt Kenseth has qualified for the 10-race playoff both times.
Panel hopes to end domestic violence
April 27, 2006
A panel of lawyers and advocates at Kansas University expressed hope and frustration on Wednesday for helping address, prosecute and eventually prevent domestic violence.
Confidence in Iraq could be troops’ ticket home
April 27, 2006
Symbolism speaks volumes in the world of diplomacy. So the mere sight of America’s top two foreign policy officials calling on Iraq’s new leaders sent the message loud and clear - we’re behind you and we want your government to succeed.
AIDS Project director resigning, moving
April 27, 2006
Douglas County AIDS Project’s executive director, Geri Summers, has resigned.
Talk on Christianity, Judaism planned today
April 27, 2006
An internationally known religion scholar will speak tonight at Kansas University.
Da Vinci Code’ ruling has hidden message
April 27, 2006
The judge who presided at the “Da Vinci Code” copyright infringement trial has put a code of his own into his ruling, and he said Wednesday he would “probably” confirm it to the person who breaks it.
GOP lawmakers consider Sebelius’ ethics case a test for commission
April 27, 2006
At least a few Republican legislators have a keen interest in an investigation of Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ re-election campaign, viewing it as a crucial test of whether the state ethics commission is truly nonpolitical.
2006 NFL Draft Team Capsules
April 27, 2006
Bush lacks openness with public
April 27, 2006
Two events in the past week have thrown the spotlight on the troubled relationship between the Bush administration and the nation’s news media, raising questions that are worrisome on both sides of the divide.