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Texans spring surprise, sign Williams
April 29, 2006
The Houston Texans’ decision to snub Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush and sign defensive end Mario Williams with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft has cut a slack-jawed swath across the NFL.
China finalizes oil deal, building more ties
April 29, 2006
Chinese President Hu Jintao signed an oil exploration contract with Kenya on Friday, the latest in a series of deals designed to keep Africa’s natural resources flowing to China’s booming economy.
April deadliest month this year for U.S. forces in Iraq
April 29, 2006
An American soldier was killed in a roadside bombing north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said Friday, making April the deadliest month for American forces in Iraq this year.
Simons: Partisan politics wouldn’t benefit City Commission elections
April 29, 2006
The surest way to plunge Lawrence into partisan politics and all the ugly ramifications of such an environment would be to change the city’s government from a manager-commission system to a elected-mayor/commission format.
KU tennis falls in Big 12 semifinals
April 29, 2006
The Kansas University women’s tennis team couldn’t make it two straight victories at this year’s Big 12 Championships, falling 4-0 against top-seeded Baylor in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Bush dislikes Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’
April 29, 2006
President Bush said Friday the national anthem should be sung in English - not Spanish - in a blunt rejection of a new Spanish-language version. He also expressed opposition to a national work stoppage called for Monday to dramatize the importance of immigrants to the U.S. economy.
Mayer: Proactive response helps KU
April 29, 2006
My advice and 30 cents will get you a cup of coffee at one of our office machines. So if Kansas University gets zapped hard for its various NCAA athletic transgressions, I’ll give you back the 30 cents.
SNL’ goes animated
April 29, 2006
Saturday Night Live dispenses with much of its human cast to present “Best of Saturday TV Funhouse.” The cartoon characters Ace and Gary of the “Ambiguously Gay Duo” fame will “host” the show, consisting of repeats of animated clips from writer Robert Smigel.
People in the News
April 29, 2006
Snoop Dogg flew out of Britain on Friday following his arrest over a fracas at Heathrow Airport in which seven police officers were injured. The 34-year-old rapper boarded a Virgin Atlantic flight bound for Johannesburg, South Africa, late Friday.
Crossing guard helps police find suspect
April 29, 2006
An alert school crossing guard and her husband helped lead police to a man suspected of exposing himself to a child near a bus stop earlier this week, police said.
FBI used Patriot Act to research 3,501 people last year
April 29, 2006
The FBI secretly sought information last year on 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents from their banks and credit card, telephone and Internet companies without a court’s approval, the Justice Department said Friday.
Tower trouble
Drawing the line on using school bond money for necessities and aesthetics caused a stir among school board members this week.
April 29, 2006
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April 29, 2006
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April 29, 2006
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April 29, 2006
Sleeper pick
NU reject Manning getting noticed
April 29, 2006
Running a printing press at the Lincoln Journal Star, Danieal Manning watched the sheets whiz by, covered with stories of the successes of his would-be teammates on the Nebraska football team.
Miners’ families demand air pack improvements
April 29, 2006
Relatives of the Sago Mine victims demanded swift improvements to the emergency air packs that coal miners count on, and they bristled at suggestions that the men did not know how to operate the devices.
Home’s where the heart is
LHS basketball players concerned construction project may force them out of their home gym next winter
April 29, 2006
Thanks to the decision by city voters to approve a $54 million school bond package in 2004, there’s no disputing that construction is coming to the Lawrence High campus this summer.
Agent linked to Bush investigated
NFL tells teams of potential extortion of player’s family
April 29, 2006
The agent under investigation by the NFL Players Assn. for his role in the housing arrangement of Reggie Bush’s family says he has had nothing to do with the Southern California star.
Prosecutors arrest chairman of Hyundai
April 29, 2006
Prosecutors on Friday arrested Hyundai Motor Co. chairman Chung Mong-koo in an embezzlement and slush fund scandal engulfing South Korea’s largest automaker, an official said.
Five arrested in roundup
April 29, 2006
Five people from the Lawrence area are among those caught by the U.S. Marshals Service in a roundup of fugitives wanted on arrest warrants.
Jury convicts teen of murdering playmate
April 29, 2006
A jury convicted a 15-year-old boy of first-degree murder Friday for a brutal attack on a developmentally disabled playmate more than three years ago.
Faith briefs
April 29, 2006
FCE and 4-H news
April 29, 2006
Rain washes out KU-OU baseball game
April 29, 2006
Friday night’s scheduled baseball game between Kansas and Oklahoma was rained out.
Seaman Relays, FSHS baseball delayed
April 29, 2006
Friday’s weather caused a number of high school postponements and cancellations.
LHS boys golf team struggles in Hutchinson
April 29, 2006
Lawrence High’s boys golf team trudged through a soggy day at the Hutchinson Invitational, shooting a team score of 335 and placing 27th out of 36 teams.
Manning records best at Drake Relays
April 29, 2006
Kansas University sophomore Crystal Manning placed second in the triple jump Friday at the Drake Relays in a personal-best 41-41â2.
Joyful noise
Lawrence man wants to bring Southern gospel music and its message
April 29, 2006
Gene Reding vividly remembers, as a teenager, going to a Southern gospel convention in North Carolina. He was from Michigan and had never heard that sort of music before. “I heard this group, Hovie Lister and the Statesmen, and I was never the same after that,” he says.
April showers continue region’s roller-coaster weather pattern
April 29, 2006
With drought, hail, heavy rain, a microburst and perhaps overnight flooding, it has been a year of extreme weather in Douglas County and the rest of Kansas.
Proposal would prohibit teens from using phones while driving
Plan also would stiffen fines; some commissioners want ban for all ages
April 29, 2006
Paul Atchley is trying to be scientifically correct - not politically incorrect - when he says using a cell phone while driving is as dangerous as driving while drunk. “Someday society will understand that people are dying because of cell phone use by drivers, and then the laws will change,” said Atchley, an associate professor of psychology at Kansas University who has done research on causes of inattentive driving.
Sexual predator won’t be moving in
April 29, 2006
Sexual predator Leroy Hendricks won’t be moving to Leavenworth County. The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday upheld a decision from Leavenworth County that prevented the state from moving Hendricks out of a special treatment program for violent sexual predators to a group home in rural Leavenworth County.
Baby, do you have what it takes?
Mascot hopefuls learn high art of Jayhawk spirit
April 29, 2006
It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A chance to be one of the most-recognized faces in Kansas, a celebrity, adored by young and old. Strangers will rush to hug you. They’ll want your autograph. “How many people can say they’re Big Jay?” said Annie Thompson, among the many vying for a chance to be Kansas University’s Big Jay mascot.
Reversed call boon for A’s
April 29, 2006
Ken Macha picks his onfield arguments carefully. He certainly chose well Friday night. When third base umpire Jerry Meals said Mark Ellis had hit nothing more than a long foul ball down the left-field line, the Oakland Athletics manager went out and lobbied for Meals to ask the rest of the crew for help.
James hits game-winner for Cavs
Cleveland clips Washington, 97-96, for 2-1 series lead
April 29, 2006
LeBron James drove around Antonio Daniels, collided with Michael Ruffin and banked in a four-footer on the way down with 5.7 seconds left. Chalk up another milestone for the emerging legend: He made his first game-winning shot in the playoffs.
Apartment fire injures one
April 29, 2006
One person suffered a burn injury after an apartment fire that caused $60,000 in damage Friday evening. After an original report of a medical call at 6:19 p.m. at 2136 W. 26th St., SouthPointe Apartments, Lawrence police officers noticed smoke coming from inside the building.
Lawrence chamber honors graduates
Three receive recognition for leadership
April 29, 2006
Members of the 24th annual Leadership Lawrence class graduated Friday morning with their eyes on the future. The 25 graduates - business owners and executives, school administrators and others already considered leaders in their own fields - celebrated the completion of their nine-month educational program…
Draft emphasis painfully clear for Chargers
San Diego needs dependable left tackle to protect QB Rivers, but receiving corps, secondary also need attention
April 29, 2006
The San Diego Chargers don’t have to look far to see where they need help through the NFL Draft. After running Drew Brees out of town, general manager A.J. Smith would like to keep quarterback Philip Rivers in one piece, so a good left tackle to protect his blind side would help.
Chiefs’ needs: defense, defense, defense
K.C. could claim cornerback or defensive end with 20th selection
April 29, 2006
Despite all the changes for the Kansas City Chiefs in the last four months, plenty has stayed the same. Herman Edwards took over for retired coach Dick Vermeil and inherited an offense that returns nearly everyone on offense.
Trading first-round picks can be risky
April 29, 2006
Plumbing the depths of the NFL Draft can be dangerous work. There is a fine line between foresight and folly when a team trades down or out of the first round in search of hidden gems.
Kiper’s influence grows with ESPN coverage
Draft guru famous for on-air exchange with Colts vice president
April 29, 2006
When ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. opens his mouth around this time of year, what comes out must be measured in paragraphs, not sentences. Sentences, frankly, simply are too restrictive for Kiper, even if his time, as usual, is limited.
Ex-Timberwolves owner Ratner dies at 79
April 29, 2006
Harvey Ratner, one of the two businessmen who brought the NBA back to Minnesota, died early Friday after a yearlong bout with cancer. He was 79.
Posey suspended for hit on Hinrich
April 29, 2006
Miami forward James Posey was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA on Friday for knocking down Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich on a break Thursday night in the Heat’s 109-90 playoff loss to the Bulls.
Grizzlies’ Miller Sixth Man winner
April 29, 2006
Grizzlies guard Mike Miller won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award on Friday after making the transition from starter to key reserve.
Four years later, sister waits for justice
April 29, 2006
The news barely registered anywhere because the media have moved on to other things. Jayson Williams no longer is hot, four years after he was arrested in the killing of a chauffeur and two years since a jury deadlocked on a reckless manslaughter charge against him.
Creighton hurler well-armed as right-hander … and lefty
April 29, 2006
Pat Venditte Sr. came up with the idea when he was tossing a ball to his 3-year-old son in the backyard. Wouldn’t it be neat if he could get Pat Jr., a natural right-hander, to throw equally well with his left?
Sooners swinging big sticks
April 29, 2006
Kansas University’s talented pitching tandem figures to face its toughest Big 12 Conference test this weekend. Kassie Humphreys and Serena Settlemier, who rank 2-3 in the league respectively in earned run average, will go against the conference’s top hitting team in Oklahoma.
Immigrant faces unwanted spotlight with contest win
April 29, 2006
The FIRST international robotics championship is supposed to be about the world’s best young engineering wizards showing off their skills. But for an illegal immigrant getting a U.S. education under the threat of being deported to Africa, it meant a secret revealed.
Mench homers in 7th straight
Texas outfielder one shy of major-league record
April 29, 2006
Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer and Scott Podsednik and Tadahito Iguchi both added two RBIs for Chicago.
Walters ready to work
Former KU guard officially takes over at Florida Atlantic
April 29, 2006
Rex Walters’ bid to become Florida Atlantic University’s head basketball coach was bolstered by a job recommendation from his former boss - Matt Doherty. “Rex has experiences that no other college coach in the country has,” Doherty said Friday, the day the 36-year-old Walters was named new SMU coach Doherty’s successor at the Boca Raton, Fla., school.
Dick era begins with today’s HINU spring game
April 29, 2006
Eric Brock figured he would have to wait until after Haskell Indian Nations University’s spring game to decide upon his quarterback. But Marlon Dick is the clear-cut choice and will be under center during the Fightin’ Indians spring football finale today at Haskell Stadium. Warm-ups are expected to begin at 2 p.m. with a 60-play controlled scrimmage scheduled for about 2:20 p.m.
Don’t laugh: Williams not so bad
You can’t help but feel a little sorry for suspended and disgraced Dolphins running back
April 29, 2006
I may be a minority of one today, but I can’t help it: I feel sorry for Ricky Williams. There’s no defending him. There’s no saying he wasn’t properly warned. There’s no pretending after a fourth positive drug test that a year’s suspension wasn’t just the NFL’s right but most likely its duty.
On the Record
April 29, 2006
Mother pleased with drunken driving verdict
April 29, 2006
JoAnn Ostendorf is breathing a little easier now that a Topeka man has been convicted of reckless second-degree murder in her son’s death last year.
Japan, U.S. to meet in Geneva next week
April 29, 2006
Japan’s agriculture minister plans to meet his U.S. counterpart next week in Geneva for talks likely to include the ban Tokyo imposed on U.S. beef imports over fears about mad cow disease, an official said Friday.
Chirac calls for fund to pay Palestinian salaries
April 29, 2006
French President Jacques Chirac proposed on Friday the creation of a World Bank fund to pay the 165,000 Palestinian Authority employees living without wages since an international freeze on aid.
Terror chief escapes capture in pre-dawn raid
April 29, 2006
One of Southeast Asia’s most wanted terrorists escaped capture when police raided his hideout today, but two Islamic militants were killed and three others arrested, police said.
U.N. food agency cuts rations
April 29, 2006
The U.N. food agency said Friday it is cutting rations in half for about 3 million refugees in Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region because of a shortage of money, calling it “scandalous” that it has to stretch out supplies while it pleads for funds.
Report: Iran refuses to cooperate
April 29, 2006
Iran has defied a U.N. demand to suspend its uranium-enrichment program and has failed to fully cooperate with international inspectors, the U.N. nuclear-watchdog agency reported Friday.
Canadian scam targets resident
April 29, 2006
Desiree Stephenson opened her mail Thursday and thought she had hit a good-luck streak. The letter said she had won a lottery, even though she says she never entered it. The Lawrence woman, who is looking for work, later learned from her bank that a $4,885 check with the letter she received from what claimed to be a Canadian company was no good.
DeGeneres repeats Daytime Emmy sweep
April 29, 2006
Comedian Ellen DeGeneres swept Daytime Emmy awards for talk show and host for the second straight year. “This means a lot to me,” she said Friday night after winning the talk show award and telling her partner, actress Portia de Rossi, “I love you.”
Salvation Army plans meeting about shelter
April 29, 2006
The Lawrence Salvation Army is getting more specific about how it will provide services to people at a proposed shelter site in East Lawrence.
Legoland may build in Johnson County
April 29, 2006
A Kansas City-based developer is scouting sites in Johnson County, Kan., for a $200 million amusement and theme park based on the popular Lego building bricks.
President rejects calls for taxing oil companies
April 29, 2006
President Bush said Friday that taxing enormous oil industry profits is not the way to calm Americans’ anxieties about pain at the gas pump, and that his “inclination and instincts” are that major oil companies are not intentionally overcharging drivers.
Committee set to tackle school finance
Sebelius says it’s time to start negotiations with Senate on final bill
April 29, 2006
House members regrouped Friday to consider their next move in the school finance debate. The Select Committee on School Finance began reviewing a $466 million, three-year plan passed a day earlier by the Senate as well as the House’s $633 million, three-year plan passed in March. After a short meeting, the committee scheduled a session today to chart its course.
Rush Limbaugh booked, gets deal on drug charges
April 29, 2006
Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh was booked on drug charges in Florida on Friday, but his attorneys said he had agreed to a deal enabling him to avoid prosecution in the prescription abuse case if he continues treatment for addiction problems and avoids any other run-ins with the law.
Court rejects Peltier jurisdiction appeal
April 29, 2006
The government had the right to prosecute American Indian activist Leonard Peltier for crimes that occurred on a South Dakota reservation, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Jury awards $1.7M to woman spanked at work
April 29, 2006
A jury awarded $1.7 million Friday to a woman who was spanked in front of her colleagues in what her employer called a camaraderie-building exercise. The jury of six men and six women found that Janet Orlando, 53, was subjected to sexual harassment and sexual battery…
Man gets 38 years in prison for kidnapping
April 29, 2006
A man who has refused to reveal the whereabouts of his children to his ex-wife and authorities for almost two years was sentenced Friday to 38 years in prison for kidnapping.
Man exonerated by DNA dies in hit-and-run
April 29, 2006
Dan Young Jr. had a $150,000 check in his name awaiting the governor’s signature - the price the state put on the nearly 13 years he spent in prison for murder before DNA testing cleared him.
Prosecutors won’t seek hate crime charges
April 29, 2006
Prosecutors said Friday they won’t seek hate crimes charges against two white teens accused of beating a 17-year-old Hispanic boy. Authorities said the suspects acknowledged that they beat the boy but say it was because he kissed a 12-year-old girl.
Ex-Abu Ghraib leader receives criminal charges
April 29, 2006
The Army on Friday charged the former head of the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq with cruelty and maltreatment, dereliction of duty and other criminal offenses for his alleged involvement in the abuse of detainees at the notorious prison in 2003 and for interfering with the abuse investigation.
Patients: Stolen body parts were infected
April 29, 2006
At least a dozen people who had routine operations claim they caught deadly viruses and other germs from body parts stolen from corpses in a ghoulish scandal that has sent hundreds of people for tests.
Waterline project gets new timeline
Downtown businesses pleased with proposal to finish job earlier
April 29, 2006
A massive project to replace waterlines along Massachusetts Street may not have downtown’s main road torn up for as long as once thought. City leaders have a plan to complete the project - slated to begin May 22 - in mid-September, about a month earlier than originally expected.
House speaker plans Nuss inquiry
April 29, 2006
On Friday, House Speaker Doug Mays said he would form a committee to investigate Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss’ communications with two legislators on the pending school finance case. Mays, R-Topeka, said the committee would examine “whether or not the integrity of the legislative process in Kansas has been threatened.”
Mumps cases increase
April 29, 2006
As of Friday, Douglas County has 143 confirmed or probable mumps cases, according to the county health department. On Thursday, the county had reported 135 confirmed or probable cases, including 103 cases involving Kansas University students.
Board leader, teacher resolve differences
April 29, 2006
The hatchet’s buried. Lawrence school board President Leonard Ortiz and fifth-grade teacher Haley Bruns met Friday morning to resolve allegations that Ortiz had chastised Bruns for supporting a construction project he opposed. Afterward, they released a joint statement:
Democrats attack lawmaker for fraternity party visit
April 29, 2006
Republican Rep. John Sweeney’s attendance at a beer-drinking college fraternity party has drawn criticism from Democrats who accused the New York lawmaker of using poor judgment.
Political dirty-tricksters using online Wikipedia
April 29, 2006
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that can be altered by anyone with a computer, has proved useful for pulling political dirty tricks. Political operatives are covertly rewriting - or defacing - candidates’ biographical entries to make the boss look good or the opponent look ridiculous.
A good start
April 29, 2006
Sporting conduct
April 29, 2006
Old home town - 100 years ago today
April 29, 2006
In 1906
Old home town - 25 years ago today
April 29, 2006
In 1981
Second time won’t be charm for Kerry
April 29, 2006
I have long believed that any columnist who writes about a presidential election more than two years before Election Day should have her fingers peeled from her keyboard and be taken off to a rehab clinic for political junkies. The only reason I risk that fate now is to soothe an escalating series of anxiety attacks that range from “Uh-oh” to “Oh, no” to a shrieking “YIPES!”
Many caught in raid out of custody
April 29, 2006
Ten days after a splashy 26-state immigration raid netted 1,187 arrests, about one in three of those apprehended are back on the streets, reflecting a fact of life that immigration officials say they live with every day.
Club news
April 29, 2006
Guidelines on picking the right bloom for the right mood
April 29, 2006
¢ Increase energy with red roses ¢ Enhance alertness with sunflowers ¢ more…
Study finds flowers can change emotional state
April 29, 2006
Feeling sad? Consider making your way to the nearest florist, because a recent study shows that flowers really do have power. Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Rutgers University psychology professor and lead researcher on the study, admitted she was initially cynical about the project, assuming the study would find people simply like flowers because they associate them with happy events.
Around and about
April 29, 2006
Military news
April 29, 2006
Army Reserve Spec. Amber DaVatz participated in the 17th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. About 3,900 military and civilian marchers participated in the grueling event honoring veterans and survivors of infamous death march.
Scouting news
April 29, 2006
Diverse dance showcase packed with energetic performances
April 29, 2006
They say the city never sleeps, and Wally Cardona’s ultra-urban “Flat” allowed no rest for the weary Thursday evening at the University Dance Company’s spring concert.
Faith forum
Is local mission work or going
April 29, 2006
¢ Mission work an important part of any Christian’s faith ¢ Witnessing means proclaiming love in word and action
Shell returns for another draft with Raiders
Success could go a long way in determining how long Oakland’s new coach stays
April 29, 2006
Art Shell’s first draft in his return as coach of the Oakland Raiders could be pivotal in determining how long he lasts in his latest tenure under owner Al Davis. The Raiders have the No. 7 overall selection today in the NFL Draft and could easily find themselves in position to pick either Southern California’s Matt Leinart or his Rose Bowl counterpart, Texas quarterback Vince Young.
Broncos looking to add wide receiver
With 15th selection in draft, Denver could take player to complement Smith - and begin a run on wideouts
April 29, 2006
As their flirtation with Terrell Owens attests, the Denver Broncos would love to add a premier wide receiver to pair with mainstay Rod Smith. When Owens chose to resurrect his career in Dallas instead of Denver, the Broncos shifted their sights to this weekend’s NFL Draft…
What can Bush do for you?
April 29, 2006
NFL fans watch the draft and think, “How can this guy help my favorite team?” Fantasy football players watch the draft and think, “How can this guy help MY team.” Any coach will tell you it’s risky to rely on rookies - and fantasy owners would agree.
Romance writer dodges major ‘Complication’ with first novel
April 29, 2006
It took four years, two different manuscripts and several rejection letters, but Amy Knupp finally got her first book published. “It was kind of surreal to actually hold it in my hands and read my name,” she says. “When I read the pages and saw my words there … it’s hard to find words to describe it.”
Rumors of arrests spark fear among illegal immigrants
April 29, 2006
Rumors of immigration roundups have prompted thousands of illegal immigrants to stay home this week and are making some afraid to participate in a national immigration protest planned for Monday.