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Anticipation high for Firebird gridiron
June 1, 2006
In less that two and a half months, high school football stadiums around the state will be filled to the brim on Friday nights.
Nuss ‘sincerely regrets’ school finance discussion with senators
Justice files formal response to complaint
June 1, 2006
Justice Lawton Nuss said today he “sincerely regrets” his March 1 discussion with two senators over school finance litigation and “is remorseful that it occurred.”
Chat with Bobbie Flory, Lawrence Home Builders Assn., about ‘Blitz Build’
June 1, 2006
Bobbie Flory of the Lawrence Home Builders Association, talks about the Blitz Build for Habitat for Humanity.
Roberts rounds up support for 32nd Street SLT route
June 1, 2006
All but one member of the Kansas congressional delegation have signed a letter endorsing a 32nd Street route for the South Lawrence Trafficway, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts announced today.
June gets off to warm start
Sunny skies expect this afternoon
June 1, 2006
Leave your umbrella at home. But grab some sunglasses on the way out. “We will keep it dry today,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “We have some scattered clouds to start today, with more sunshine this afternoon.”
Sounds of summer return to park
City celebrates 100 years of music
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A1
Let the summer season begin. Well, the music season, anyway.
Area students among theater honorees
June 1, 2006 in print edition on D2
Outstanding students in Kansas University’s department of theater and film were honored with awards and scholarships in two ceremonies last month: the Stage Supper, and the Film Student Recognition Ceremony and Tensie Awards presentation.
Republicans lash out at Sebelius’ pick
Former GOP leader named as governor’s running mate
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
Leaving many GOP officials stunned and angry, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, picked former Kansas Republican Party chairman Mark Parkinson to run with her as lieutenant governor.
Lawrence cell phone ban would be strictest
Prohibition would include even hands-free devices
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A1
New York, you’ve got nothing on Lawrence.
Ex-KU football coach Mather dies at age 91
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C1
Six months after returning to Lawrence for a reunion with about 35 of his players, former Kansas University football coach Chuck Mather died Monday in suburban Chicago.
Catholic priest guilty of raping 13-year-old girl
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A6
A Roman Catholic priest was convicted Wednesday of raping a 13-year-old girl.
President cedes control in wake of scandals
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A6
Taiwan’s president announced today that he was limiting his authority, handing over some powers to the country’s premier in the wake of a series of scandals, officials said.
Abortion clinics closed in sex selection probe
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A6
A Chinese province has closed 201 clinics that helped detect and abort female fetuses and is offering stipends to elderly couples without sons in an attempt to counter China’s widening gender imbalance, the government said Wednesday.
Tribunal clears itself in death of Milosevic
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A6
Slobodan Milosevic defied doctors’ orders to quit smoking and took unauthorized medication smuggled to him in prison, a U.N. war crimes tribunal report into his death said Wednesday.
Doctors end strike after order by court
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A6
Government doctors Wednesday ended a 19-day strike against affirmative action for India’s lower castes, hours after the Supreme Court ordered them back to work.
Afghans demand U.S. troops be tried
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A6
A U.S. military spokesman said Wednesday that American soldiers used their guns in self-defense after rioting Afghans opened fire during a melee that broke out after a deadly road crash.
U.S. relief mission begins in radical heartland
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A6
The U.S. military began its latest emergency relief mission in the Muslim world on Wednesday, treating earthquake survivors in an Indonesian region that has spawned some of Southeast Asia’s most deadly militants.
Reports of alleged massacre raise concerns in Iraq, U.S.
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A6
President Bush and U.S. military leaders acknowledged Wednesday that an alleged rampage in November by U.S. Marines that may have involved the killing of two dozen civilians - including small children - has had a negative impact on the U.S. war effort in Iraq.
All systems go for July shuttle launch
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A3
All systems are “go” for a July launch of space shuttle Discovery at Cape Canaveral.
Coin dealer admits illegal donations to Bush
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A3
A coin dealer and prominent GOP fundraiser at the center of an Ohio political scandal pleaded guilty Wednesday in Toledo to federal charges he illegally funneled donations to President Bush’s re-election campaign.
Experiments illuminate our dark side
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A2
How far will we go to obey authority? Co-produced by Court TV and the Sundance Channel, the documentary “The Human Behavior Experiments” (9 p.m.) appears on both channels tonight.
State leaders sign agreement to boost flu preparedness
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A7
State and federal officials signed an agreement Wednesday outlining how Kansas will use $1.1 million in federal assistance to prepare for a pandemic flu outbreak.
Indonesia bird flu toll on track to become world’s highest
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A7
Indonesia averaged one human bird flu death every 2 1/2 days in May, putting it on pace to soon surpass Vietnam as the world’s hardest-hit country.
Daily ticker
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A8
Peoples remains ‘Late Night’ sponsor
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A8
Peoples Bank will play at least another two seasons as official title sponsor of “Late Night in the Phog,” the annual celebration that marks the beginning of basketball season at Kansas University.
Therapists attend education programs
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A8
Two employees of Lawrence Therapy Services participated in recent continuing-education programs.
Commodities
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A8
College graduates should consolidate loans
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A8
Right about this time every year, many college graduates begin to face reality.
Looking down from above
Lawrence engineers land NASA contract
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A8
A Lawrence-based company is gearing up to continue research that could extend the duration of a $30 billion-per-year industry.
County’s mumps cases remain at 264
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B2
Cases of mumps infections in Douglas County stand at 264 confirmed and probable cases, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department reported Wednesday.
Senator seeks land release for grazing
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B2
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow reserve cropland be released for use as grazing pastures.
On the record
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B2
Permit moratorium extended
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B8
A moratorium on issuing building permits on rural land tracts using the “5-acre exemption” rule was extended for seven more months Monday in a 2-1 vote by Douglas County commissioners.
Bittersweet vindication
Despite costly pit-road mishap, Riggs proves he belongs
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C8
Scott Riggs could market some catchy T-shirts: “I had the best run of my NASCAR Nextel Cup Series career and all I got was this lousy 13th-place finish.”
Mavs’ veterans call for more aggressive play in Game 5
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C6
Fresh out of a demoralizing film session, Jerry Stackhouse delivered Wednesday what could become the Dallas Mavericks’ rallying cry for the rest of the postseason:
Pistons hinder Heat’s hopes
Detroit slows Miami’s momentum, forces Game 6
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C6
Shaquille O’Neal was about to throw down another backboard-shaking dunk. Ben Wallace wasn’t having it.
ICU investigator clears Armstrong
Laboratory expresses concern over report
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C6
Lance Armstrong called it a “witch hunt” from the very beginning, saying a French newspaper used dubious evidence to accuse him of doping - even charging that lab officials mishandled his samples and broke the rules.
Soriano sparks Nationals
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C4
Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run homer and a tiebreaking single, and Washington avoided a three-game sweep with a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Ibanez, Mariners halt slide
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C4
Raul Ibanez homered and drove in four runs during Seattle’s early outburst, and the Mariners ended a six-game losing streak with a 14-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
Clemens to rejoin Astros
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C5
Roger Clemens is coming out of retirement again, agreeing to a $22 million contract to pitch for the Houston Astros for the rest of 2006.
People in the news
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ ‘Idol’ winner signs record deal ¢ Master of the Web ¢ Monroe exhibit challenged ¢ Reunion rumors snuffed
Giangrosso qualifies
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University junior Annie Giangrosso was one of three players who qualified for the US Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship on Tuesday at St. Andrews Golf Course.
Settlemier tapped 2nd-team All-American
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s Serena Settlemier has been named a second-team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Assn.
Ex-Jayhawk Shareef killed in car accident
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C3
Former Kansas University basketball player Danielle Shareef was killed in an automobile accident Friday in Tampa, Fla.
FSHS has 4 all-staters
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C3
Four Free State High and one Lawrence High baseball player have been named Class 6A first-team all-staters by the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches.
Ex-Firebird Dubois honored
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C3
Lawrence’s Jackie Dubois, who overcame cystic fibrosis to earn a running scholarship from Oklahoma University, has earned the Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete Achievement Award.
More funds sought in 1989 Valdez spill
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A3
Federal and state authorities will seek more money from Exxon Mobil Corp. today to rehabilitate wildlife populations and clean up remaining oil from a devastating spill nearly 20 years ago, officials in Anchorage said.
Study finds Arctic once a lot like Miami
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A3
Scientists have found something about the North Pole that could send a shiver down Santa’s spine: It used to be downright balmy.
Liberal groups rank states on hot-button social issues
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A3
New Mexico and New York share the top spot while Ohio and South Dakota are tied for last in a new state-by-state ranking compiled by three liberal advocacy groups that analyzes laws dealing with gay rights and reproductive rights.
U.S. shifts policy on nuclear talks with Iran
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A3
The United States said Wednesday it would join in face-to-face talks with Iran over its disputed nuclear program if Tehran first agreed to put challenged atomic activities on hold, a shift in tactics meant to offer the Iranians a last chance to avoid punishing sanctions.
Royals tap rising star
Braves’ Moore to replace fired GM Baird
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C1
Had he been willing to wait, Dayton Moore one day might have headed one of the most admired organizations in baseball.
Burglary suspect accidentally shot
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
The gun of a Salina police officer who was investigating an apparent burglary at a business discharged accidentally, striking a young man who was inside the building, Police Chief Jim Hill said.
Online chat to feature home building director
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
Online chat to feature home building director
Vandal causes $2,500 in damage near school
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
An unknown vandal has caused more than $2,500 in damage in recent days to an outdoor recreation area behind Raintree Montessori School, 4601 Clinton Parkway, police said Wednesday.
Lawsuit: Owners at fault for fall
Parents of KU student say home was known as a ‘party house’
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
The owners of a home where a Kansas University freshman suffered a debilitating fall in 2004 should have known it was a dangerous “party house” where underage drinking was commonplace, a new lawsuit claims.
Museum displaying Currier & Ives exhibit
June 1, 2006 in print edition on D2
A collection of rare, original Currier & Ives lithographs is on display until June 30 at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
Growing together
Lawrence touts strong crop of community gardens
June 1, 2006 in print edition on D1
Community gardens seem to be popping up all across Lawrence. Green thumbs are taking control of unused green spaces and transforming them from drab, generally weed-infested bits of land to plots that produce a bounty of healthy harvests to nourish hungry bellies.
Making room for little masterpieces
June 1, 2006 in print edition on D1
With the school year ending, finger-paint landscapes and crayon masterpieces are making their way home from lockers and cubbies. But they don’t have to be confined to the refrigerator door.
Remove these hidden dangers from your yard
June 1, 2006 in print edition on D1
Most gardeners enjoy companionship while they toil in the warm summer sun, and encouraging young children to help is a great way to promote outdoor physical activity and cultivate a budding green thumb. However, the garden is full of hidden dangers - accidents waiting to happen.
New Orleans sinking faster than thought
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A5
Everyone has known New Orleans is a sinking city. Now new research suggests parts of the city are sinking even faster than many scientists imagined - more than an inch a year.
FEMA chief says agency better prepared
Hurricane season begins today
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A5
On the eve of the official start of the 2006 hurricane season, the new head of FEMA said Wednesday the agency has learned from its disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina and is “light years ahead of last year” in preparing for major storms.
Two sentenced in plot to kill drug informant
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
Two more defendants have been sentenced in connection with an attempted mob-style hit on a drug-informant in North Lawrence.
Former group home workers say employer lied, fired them to save face in abuse case
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lorrie Coleman and Jamie Burrous were fired last week for seeing - but not reporting - abuse at Ponderosa House, a Lawrence group home for developmentally disabled adults.
County unprepared for pandemic flu; plan in works
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A1
If a pandemic flu were to strike Douglas County today, tomorrow or next week, nobody would be ready for it.
Our town sports
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C7
Reporting abuse
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I would like to commend the 9-year-old boy, Solomon Cottrell, for his letter regarding the caged dog.
Put SLT to vote
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: We live on the southwest corner of Lawrence.
Hard tires, small fuel cells create disjointed race
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C8
Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 went exactly the way I thought it would. Why, then, do I still feel like I have no idea what happened?
Nice tribute
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I would like to commend you on the front page article “Fallen Heroes - Proudly they served” on Sunday, May 28.
Back SLT-32b
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Opponents of South Lawrence Trafficway-32b want you to believe that it will “destroy the wetlands.”
Old home town - 100 years ago today
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 1, 1906: This afternoon marked the close of the public schools for 1905-06. In every room there were decorations and good programs had been prepared. Every boy and girl was resplendent in his or her best clothes and there were many admiring mothers and other relatives present. There are about 2,500 children in the grade schools in Lawrence and of this number 87 will probably enter the high school next fall. The past year has been a successful one. “
Kendall, Thomas help A’s salvage finale
Home runs enable Oakland to prevent Kansas City series sweep
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C5
Catcher Jason Kendall had already begun thinking about who would be coming up for the Kansas City Royals in the next inning when the baseball left his bat for a long-awaited home run.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B6
Douglas County officials were scrambling to prepare preliminary architectural plans for a new ambulance station at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and for the renovation of the current station (near 19th and Massachusetts streets) before budget deadlines forced a delay in the two-part project. Architect Jeff Messick was told to move ahead with preliminary plans and cost estimates to get the work moving.
U.S. should put more effort into Iran
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B6
Last week was an extraordinary week in Iran. Officials had been eager to tell an American journalist why there should be direct talks between Washington and Tehran.
Report card
A cartoonist’s depiction of a George Bush report card blames the president for many problems that aren’t of his making.
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B6
A recent political cartoon that appeared in a number of American newspapers, including the Journal-World, showed a “parent” (in the form of a GOP elephant) looking at a George Bush “report card.” The parent, glaring toward a George Bush character standing in the corner and wearing a dunce cap, said: “Well? What do you have to say for yourself?”
Horoscopes
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, June 1
Chilly Venus overcomes early deficit
Federer, Mauresmo, Sharapova advance at French Open
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C2
So there was Venus Williams, on center court at the French Open on the final day of May, wearing a sweatshirt, her game as shaky as the weather was dismal.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.53 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Group rewards retailers for not selling tobacco products to underage buyers
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
The young man breezed into Round Corner Drug, flashed an I.D. and asked clerk Vanessa Englebert for a pack of smokes.
Kidney transplant gives KU student new outlook on life
Brazil native now faces $90,000 in mounting medical bills
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B1
Blind at age 6. Struck by a car on Kansas University’s Jayhawk Boulevard at age 20. Diagnosed with kidney disease at 21.
Art fair in Topeka begins this weekend
June 1, 2006 in print edition on D2
The 14th annual Mulvane Mountain/Plains Art Fair will be Saturday and Sunday at Washburn University, Topeka.
Young Price comes from long line of Rynes
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University second baseman Ryne Price’s first name has deep baseball roots, even deeper than he realized.
Mayer: ‘49ers deserve praise
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C1
There’s ample reason to laud the 2006 Kansas baseball team that has made such a joyful noise in Big 12 circles. It deserves accolades galore. Yet let’s also honor the 1949 Jayhawks, the last KU club to capture a league title.
Couric looks past ‘Today’ to future
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A2
Now that Tony Bennett has serenaded her with “The Best Is Yet to Come” on her final “Today” show, Katie Couric is about to find out if that’s true.
Immigration officials arrest 5 Cessna workers
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B2
Five workers from Cessna Aircraft Co. were indicted Wednesday on federal immigration charges after the company notified U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of a possible discrepancy in their employment documents, officials said.
Ex-pitcher Gooden vows no more jail
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C5
Dwight Gooden hopes his time in jail will help end his two-decade battle with drugs and alcohol, saying he’d “rather get shot than come back here,” the New York Post reported Wednesday.
Commentary: It’s time for Aaron to get his due
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C2
The furor over Barry Bonds swinging for 755 rises in tenor and tenacity, Babe Ruth left in the steroid slugger’s wake and a nation rushing to reject this countdown to the toppling of Hank Aaron’s record. This is such a sad, sad thing for Aaron and America to witness, goes the outrage, a pursuit of baseball’s home run perch that comes without redeeming value.
Beavers dismiss slight
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C1
The team to beat in the Corvallis, Ore., baseball regional isn’t wasting any energy stewing about the NCAA’s decision not to award it a top-eight national seed.
On the road again
Jayhawks used to away games
June 1, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s baseball squad boarded the team bus early Wednesday for its trip to Corvallis, Ore., and the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
Kline appoints Neb. A.G. to consult for Nuss case
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B3
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline on Wednesday announced he has appointed Nebraska Atty. Gen. Jon Bruning to serve as a consultant to a House committee investigating a conversation between two lawmakers and Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss.
Families of car crash victims stunned by mix-up
June 1, 2006 in print edition on A5
The casket was closed for Whitney Cerak’s funeral more than a month ago. Her mother, Colleen, declined to look at the body, battered as it was in a collision between a van and a tractor-trailer.
Memorial Day serves as reminder of wars past and present
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B7
It seemed only fitting, the rains came on Memorial Day to wash out the barbecues, the parades with marching bands playing patriotic music and picnics on the grass.
Bush, Blair remain supportive
June 1, 2006 in print edition on B7
Watching George Bush and Tony Blair cover each other’s backs last week, you could almost see them as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. When their news conference was over and they walked down the long White House hallway, backs to the camera, you had a feeling that they, like the Hollywood duo, were headed for an unhappy ending.