Archive for Saturday, June 3, 2006

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Van crashes into railroad tracks
June 3, 2006
An 18-year-old driver was injured overnight when his van ran into the railroad tracks on the 700 block of Pennsylvania Street in east Lawrence, Lawrence police said this morning.
Ballard announces House re-election bid
June 3, 2006
State Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, on Friday said she would seek re-election for an eighth term in the Kansas House. “I will continue to work hard to represent my constituents and the community of Lawrence,” Ballard said. The district covers western and central Lawrence.
Ryun says immigration is No. 1 issue
Republican congressman to seek sixth term
June 3, 2006
U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, a Republican from Lawrence, on Friday filed to seek re-election for a sixth term and said illegal immigration was the top issue on voters’ minds. “The No. 1 and No. 2 issues are immigration and immigration,” said Ryun, who gained fame early in life as a record-breaking track star.
Teamwork gets house up in a flash
June 3, 2006
Warren Howe finishes a piece of siding at the “blitz build” at 915 Homewood St. Work started around 6 a.m. Friday, and by noon workers had the house standing.
Historic battlefield reborn
June 3, 2006
Bill Cavender is happy to see the Black Jack Battlefield site spruced up. Cavender is a descendant of Robert Hall Pearson, who fought with abolitionist forces under John Brown there on June 2, 1856. Pearson later bought the land southeast of Baldwin, where what is recognized as the first armed battle between pro-slavery forces and abolitionists took place.
Quick ‘in trouble’ again
June 3, 2006
For better or worse, Kansas University coach Ritch Price knows exactly what to expect from starter Kodiak Quick. “He’s always in trouble,” Price said of the senior right-hander, who won a school-record 11 games this year. “If you look at the number of hits he gives up per innings pitched, there’s usually somebody on base every inning.”
Cats solve Cat, 2-0
June 3, 2006
Alicia Hollowell threw a four-hitter to help Arizona beat Texas, 2-0, Friday in the second round of the Women’s College World Series. Arizona (51-10) scored twice in the sixth inning to hand Texas star Cat Osterman only her third loss in 41 games for the Longhorns (55-8) this season.
OU, Mizzou, NU fall in openers
June 3, 2006
Barry Enright pitched 71â3 strong innings, Brett Hunter got out of a ninth-inning jam, and Pepperdine defeated Missouri, 3-2, in Friday’s second game of the NCAA’s Malibu Regional.
Homer happy
Jayhawks use long ball
June 3, 2006
The grit and resiliency displayed by Kansas University’s baseball team during its run to the Big 12 tournament championship was evident again Friday in the first round of the NCAA regionals. Kansas used four home runs to erase an early five-run deficit in a 9-6 victory over Hawaii in the opening game of the Corvallis Regional at Goss Stadium.
KU team enjoys high-flying week
Engineering students ‘pumped’ to attend NASA reduced-gravity program
June 3, 2006
Ben Parrott can’t wait to get on the “vomit comet.” “I’ve been planning this for a long time,” the Kansas University senior said. “I want to jump up and do as many somersaults as I can. I want to see how many somersaults I can do.”
2 killed in small plane crash
June 3, 2006
A Learjet registered to religious broadcaster Pat Robertson crashed in Long Island Sound while flying in heavy fog Friday, killing both pilots, authorities said. All three passengers escaped without serious injury.
Even in ‘Le Bureau,’ work is boring
June 3, 2006
What could workers in France, land of the 35-hour work week and seemingly endless vacations, possibly complain about? Judging by the hilarious French adaptation of the classic British comedy “The Office,” pretty much the same things as their English counterparts: a lunatic boss, exasperating co-workers and generalized boredom.
City weighing options for dealing with rowdiness, violence at bars
Cameras, ban lists among possibilities
June 3, 2006
The city has significant ammunition to battle growing concerns about violence and crime surrounding the city’s nightlife scene, according to a new City Hall report released Friday. The city has the legal authority to create licensing requirements for nightclubs, and the police could begin using more closed-circuit television cameras to monitor activities around bars and nightclubs, according to the report that city commissioners are scheduled to review at their Tuesday meeting.
State wants high court to dismiss school suit
June 3, 2006
Attorneys representing state government on Friday urged the Kansas Supreme Court to dismiss the school finance lawsuit. “The massive increase in total funding, and the changes to the allocation of those funds, all respond directly to the issues of concern to this court,” Alok Ahuja, an attorney with Lathrop & Gage LC of Overland Park.
WADA rejects report that cleared Armstrong
June 3, 2006
World Anti-Doping Agency chairman Dick Pound said Friday that a Dutch investigator’s report clearing Lance Armstrong from doping allegations made by a French newspaper was full of holes.
Mavs hope to deliver knockout punch
June 3, 2006
The Phoenix Suns have played their best when they were on the brink of playoff elimination. Well, here they are again. The Dallas Mavericks, riding a 50-point performance by Dirk Nowitzki on Thursday night, lead the Western Conference finals 3-2 and can finish off the Suns by winning Game 6 tonight in Phoenix.
Musselman tapped Kings’ coach
June 3, 2006
The Sacramento Kings hired Eric Musselman on Friday as their new head coach, choosing the Memphis Grizzlies assistant to replace Rick Adelman. After a search that stretched nearly four weeks but included only three clear candidates, Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof filled the NBA’s only coaching vacancy with Musselman, one of the league’s most respected young minds.
Heat earn first berth in NBA Finals
Miami rolls past Detroit, 95-78, to take Eastern series, 4-2
June 3, 2006
There was no champagne. Not yet, anyway. After an offseason of often-criticized changes Pat Riley made to surround his superstars with more talent, the Miami Heat broke through to new heights - and have no intention to stop climbing now. “The job,” Shaquille O’Neal said, “is not done.”
ESPN pulls plug on Bonds show
June 3, 2006
ESPN’s “Bonds on Bonds” has faded to black - permanently. One week ago, ESPN executives said the show, a documentary about Barry Bonds’ season and pursuit of baseball’s all-time home run record, was going on hiatus. At that time, it was stated the possibility existed for more episodes of “Bonds on Bonds.”
Giants put catcher Matheny on DL
June 3, 2006
Barry Bonds’ first game in the Big Apple this season was washed out, but his San Francisco Giants were more concerned about their Gold Glove catcher. The Giants put Mike Matheny on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a concussion and recalled catcher Eliezer Alfonzo from Double-A Connecticut.
Fish promote Tankersley
June 3, 2006
The Florida Marlins purchased the contract of left-hander Scott Tankersley, a former first-round draft pick, from Double-A Carolina on Friday.
Royals still waiting for GM
June 3, 2006
Dayton Moore is the general manager of Kansas City Royals. He’s getting ready to draft players for the Atlanta Braves. Royals manager Buddy Bell has a new boss. He has never met him. Welcome to the woebegone Royals’ bizarre week.
Cincy clobbers Astros
June 3, 2006
Edwin Encarnacion and Austin Kearns each had four RBIs, and the Cincinnati Reds scored nine runs over the first three innings in a 14-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
Woodling: Royals should try these fixes
June 3, 2006
Drat. The Royals hired a new general manager, and they didn’t bother to consult me. And I had all of these great suggestions, too. For instance :
Moyer stifles Royals
Mariners’ pitcher throws two-hitter
June 3, 2006
Jamie Moyer pitched a two-hitter, Jose Lopez and Raul Ibanez hit home runs on Bobby Keppel’s first two pitches of the seventh inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals, 4-0, Friday night.
Friends remember doctor who killed self
June 3, 2006
Dr. Edward Van Dyk was supposed spend Sunday at a picnic for cancer survivors and their families. The radiation oncologist had planned to welcome 400 guests. Despite the shocking events of last weekend - Van Dyk’s suicide, after killing his two sons - the picnic is going on as planned.
Investigators interview with mine employees
June 3, 2006
The sole survivor of a mine explosion in southeastern Kentucky said Friday that he doesn’t know how long his air pack lasted after the blast that killed five fellow miners.
Couple charged with kidnapping 5-year-old
June 3, 2006
A couple already charged with the videotaped sex killing of a suburban Kansas City woman were accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 5-year-old southeast Kansas girl.
On the Record
June 3, 2006
KU’s Czyz named All-American
June 3, 2006
Kansas University relief pitcher Don Czyz was named to the Louisville Slugger All-American first team Friday as announced by Collegiate Baseball magazine.
Clemens returning because he can
June 3, 2006
Roger Clemens struggled a bit trying to answer the only question that really mattered. It was almost as if he wasn’t quite sure himself why he’s coming back to pitch for the Houston Astros. At the risk of putting words in his mouth, I’ll answer it for him. Because he can.
Lawrence Datebook
June 3, 2006
Art museum celebrates KU professor’s collection
June 3, 2006
Few who visited Ed Ruhe’s downtown Lawrence apartment will ever forget it. Books piled on shelves and tables. Art - hauled from the other side of the earth - decorating the walls, filling the cabinets and lining up on the floor.
Slow job growth shows economy losing steam
June 3, 2006
Cautious employers added just 75,000 new jobs in May, the fewest in seven months, in a fresh sign the national economy is losing momentum heading into summer. Rising energy prices, higher borrowing costs and a cooling of the once red-hot housing market are the main forces shaping the slowdown in the country’s overall economic activity.
Authorities: Man tried to use student’s ATM card
June 3, 2006
Police investigating the slaying of a Clemson University student who was strangled with her bikini top released surveillance photos Friday of a man trying to use her bank card a few hours after the killing.
Veterans warned of possible virus exposure
June 3, 2006
More than 22,000 veterans who underwent prostate biopsies at veterans’ hospitals across the country are being warned that improperly sterilized equipment may have exposed them to deadly viruses.
Nobel laureate taking top security posts in East Timor
June 3, 2006
Nobel Peace laureate Jose Ramos Horta said Friday he would take over East Timor’s top security posts in a bid to end factional divisions that have plunged the country into chaos.
Judge dismisses birth control lawsuit
June 3, 2006
A federal judge dismissed a Roman Catholic pharmacist’s claim that he was fired by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for refusing to fill birth control prescriptions and that the dismissal violated his religious freedom.
Police seek suspects after family of seven is slain
June 3, 2006
Police hunted on Friday for the killers who barged into a home and shot seven family members to death in the worst mass murder in Indianapolis in at least 25 years. The bodies of three boys, ages 5 to 11, were found on a bed, and four adult relatives were discovered elsewhere in the house after the Thursday night robbery and massacre that rocked the working-class neighborhood.
Patients, doctors don’t like to stop chemo
June 3, 2006
Doctors are reporting a disturbing rise in the number of cancer patients getting chemo and other aggressive but futile treatment in the last days of their lives. Critics of the practice say doctors should be concentrating instead on helping these patients die with dignity and in comfort, perhaps in a hospice.
Colleagues recall librarian’s wit
June 3, 2006
The Lawrence Public Library lost one of its more popular librarians earlier this week. Nelson “Lance” Reppert will be remembered for his wit, his “amazing range of knowledge” and his poetry, fellow employees said. Reppert, a reference librarian, would have completed his 33rd year as a library employee next month.
Bird flu kills 7-year-old girl, latest in spike
June 3, 2006
Local tests showed a 7-year-old girl has died of bird flu, a health official said Friday, the latest in a series of cases that are putting Indonesia on pace to become the world’s hardest-hit country.
U.S. hopes rest with Blake
American reaches third round in Paris
June 3, 2006
It was there in the scrambling, side-to-side defense along the baseline, forcing his foe to hit an extra shot. It was there in the delicate drop shots, the sleight of hand at the right moment. And, too, in the well-timed returns.
KU greats excited by Hall’s call
Hougland, Washington headline today’s 14-member induction class
June 3, 2006
This year’s 14-member Kansas Sports Hall of Fame class includes five of the biggest names in Kansas University history. “It’s quite a list,” said Bill Hougland, two-time Olympic basketball gold medalist and member of KU’s 1952 national title team. “It is amazing,” indicated Marian Washington, who won 560 games in 31 seasons as KU women’s basketball coach.
New underage sex bill puts man behind bars
June 3, 2006
Ireland passed an emergency bill Friday on underage sex, and the Supreme Court ordered a man at the center of the controversy to be reimprisoned for having sex with a 12-year-old girl.
Man shot by police during anti-terror raid
June 3, 2006
Hundreds of anti-terrorist police - some in biochemical suits - raided a house in east London on Friday and arrested two men, shooting and wounding one of them.
Toll from gas explosion in mine rises to 17
June 3, 2006
The death toll from a methane gas explosion in a Turkish coal mine rose to 17 on Friday after firefighters, troops and miners worked through the night to recover the bodies.
Police battle Islamic militants in Damascus
June 3, 2006
Syrian anti-terrorism police fought Islamic militants near the Defense Ministry on Friday in a gunbattle that killed five people and wounded four, the government said.
8 workers kidnapped in attack on oil rig
June 3, 2006
Eight foreign workers, including one American, were kidnapped from a drilling rig off Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta Friday in the latest incident highlighting the tenuous security of oil operations in Africa’s largest crude producer.
Investigation clears troops of misconduct in Iraqi deaths
June 3, 2006
A military investigation into allegations that American troops intentionally killed civilians in Ishaqi, a village north of Baghdad, has cleared them of misconduct, the U.S. said Friday - even though it acknowledged the deaths of up to 13 Iraqis in the March raid.
Police: Suicide car bomber strikes, killing 3
June 3, 2006
A suicide car bomber apparently targeting a Canadian military convoy detonated a vehicle packed with explosives Friday in southern Afghanistan, killing himself and three civilians, police said.
Israel builds deep in West Bank
Move breaks promise with Washington
June 3, 2006
Israel has begun laying the foundations for a new Jewish settlement deep in the West Bank - breaking a promise to Washington while strengthening its hold on a stretch of desert it wants to keep as it draws its final borders.
G4 to spotlight ‘ICONS’ of pop culture
June 3, 2006
The biography series “ICONS” (6:30 p.m. today, G4) profiles prolific writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams, the force behind TV hits “Felicity,” “Alias” and “Lost,” as well as the summer blow-‘em-up “Mission: Impossible III.” “ICONS” emphasizes up-and-coming personalities shaping popular culture.
People in the news
June 3, 2006
¢ Accident puts power of ocean in perspective ¢ Youngest Hanson to wed longtime girlfriend today ¢ Actress Aniston: Filming ‘The Break-Up’ ‘cathartic’
Dog handler receives 90 days of hard labor
June 3, 2006
A military jury sentenced an Army dog handler to 90 days of hard labor and a reduction in rank Friday for allowing his Belgian shepherd to bark within inches of an Iraqi detainee’s face at Abu Ghraib prison.
Al-Zarqawi lashes out at Shiites on Internet
June 3, 2006
The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq railed against Shiites in a four-hour audiotape harangue posted Friday on the Internet, saying militias are raping women and killing Sunnis and the community must fight back.
World Company names convergence manager
June 3, 2006
Joel Mathis is The World Company’s new managing editor for convergence in Lawrence, the company announced Friday. Mathis, 33, will oversee multimedia news efforts of the Lawrence Journal-World, 6News and World Online.
Director named for transportation institute
June 3, 2006
Robert Honea has been named the first director of Kansas University’s Transportation Research Institute. The institute studies a variety of transportation-related issues, ranging from bridge construction to alternative-fuel vehicles.
Lake View attorney withdraws from suit
June 3, 2006
A lawyer representing Lake View Manor on Friday asked to withdraw from a civil lawsuit that accuses the nursing home of abuse and neglect. Pat Barnes, Topeka, said neither he nor his law firm had been paid for their services to date, and that Lake View Manor had retained another lawyer.
Attorney may join planning board
June 3, 2006
A Lawrence attorney is set to become the newest member of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission. Mayor Mike Amyx has appointed Brad Finkeldei, an attorney with the Lawrence firm of Stevens & Brand LLP, to serve on the board that oversees many land-use and planning decisions.
New Orleans rushes to fix roofs before more storms come
June 3, 2006
Look out across the rooftops of New Orleans and you can see splashes of bright blue everywhere. Nine months after Katrina, blue tarps still cover countless damaged houses, and homeowners are racing to fix their roofs before the summer rains and the hurricane season that began Thursday bring more misery.
Authorities missed chances to avoid mistaken identity
June 3, 2006
Authorities missed one opportunity after another to avoid - or at least correct sooner - the sad mix-up between a student killed in a van crash and a classmate who survived. Among other things, a sister of one of the victims asked to see the body but was talked out of it by a deputy coroner who said it would be too traumatic.
Faith Briefs
June 3, 2006
Scouting news
June 3, 2006
FCE and 4-H news
June 3, 2006
Society Calendar
June 3, 2006
Lack of respect
June 3, 2006
To the editor: In Mr. Boyd’s letter and almost every other pro-SLT on 32nd Street letter, there’s something missing - respect. Respect for other cultures. We are not your scientific guinea pigs to study and exploit. The lands where our ancestors were taken to boarding schools to have the Indian taken out of them are not your highways.
Renters tax
June 3, 2006
To the editor: In recent weeks we have noted the annual “trial balloons” concerning property tax increases. In fact almost all of us will experience a real property tax increase this year because of increased valuations. An actual mill levy increase for the city and county would be a second increase in one year.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
June 3, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for June 3, 1906: Today was the day of Exodus. Every outgoing train was literally loaded with university students going home for the summer, some looking happy, others looking woe-be-gone at leaving.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
June 3, 2006
Four people were being held in the local jail on charges of armed robbery after they were stopped for a traffic violation shortly after a holdup at a service station at 2230 Iowa early in the day.
Smart choice
Sebelius’ pick for a running mate adds interest to the gubernatorial election.
June 3, 2006
Score one for Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and either a zero or minus one for former Kansas GOP Chairman Mark Parkinson, who recently switched political parties and now will be Sebelius’ running mate for the 2006 gubernatorial election.
Language lost on today’s generation
June 3, 2006
No transcript is known to survive, but it is reasonable to assume that when a mob of white men lynched a black man named Sam Hose, cut off his fingers, ears and genitals and skinned his face in 1899, they used the N-word.
Rain delays state harvest
June 3, 2006
Soggy fields across the ripening wheat belt in southernmost Kansas have stalled much of the harvest before it even began. But with temperatures rising into the 90s over the next few days and forecasts calling for mostly clear skies, the winter wheat harvest should be in full swing across the area by next week.
Mouse-in-burrito scam puts 20-year-old in jail
June 3, 2006
A man who stuffed a dead mouse into his Taco Bell burrito in a botched extortion attempt was sentenced Friday to 16 to 30 months in prison. Ryan Daniel Goff, 20, pleaded guilty last month to a felony count of attempted false pretenses between $1,000 and $20,000.
You say potato, I say potato salad
June 3, 2006
Potato salads are sharing a general direction in food trends - toward new flavor, trying bright new twists and adding peppy details from different ethnic or regional traditions.
This time, Tigers victims of rally
June 3, 2006
In 24 hours, the Detroit Tigers experienced baseball’s full range of emotions. One night after rallying in the ninth inning for a dramatic victory over the New York Yankees, the Tigers saw the same thing from the other side as Kevin Youkilis’ two-run homer with two outs in the ninth gave the Boston Red Sox a 3-2 victory Friday.
U.N.: $100M needed to help quake survivors
June 3, 2006
The United Nations said Friday $100 million was urgently needed to help Indonesia earthquake survivors as the injured and bereaved marked the Islamic day of prayer amid the rubble of their homes.
All eyes on us as city mulls phone ban
Lawrence proposal would be strictest in the whole nation
June 3, 2006
It’s not just you wishing there was a way to force the guy with the cell phone plastered to his ear and blocking traffic to hang up the phone and steer. Dozens of states and towns across the country have tackled the issue of cell phone use while driving, with a handful passing legislation limiting the use of certain phones or restricting phone time for the inexperienced or for school bus drivers.
Phillies demote Floyd
June 3, 2006
The Phillies sent right-hander Gavin Floyd to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and recalled left-hander Eude Brito on Friday.
Barbecue fans flock to McLouth for Blowout
June 3, 2006
They take their barbecue seriously in McLouth. The 15th annual cooking contest comes with the traditional extra sauce and the name of the McLouth BBQ Blowout. “The cookers love coming to McLouth,” said Cheryl Wonnell, advertising coordinator for today’s event. “If they could only do one place, it would be McLouth because the committee takes really good care of them. It’s a small community and a good time.”
Scientist settles privacy suit for $1.65M
June 3, 2006
The U.S. government and five news organizations, including the Los Angeles Times, agreed Friday to pay $1.65 million to former nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee to end a lawsuit claiming his privacy was violated by leaks that portrayed him as a spy.
The Google for anything Jewish
New Chabad center resource for students, faculty, community
June 3, 2006
Barak Krengel is looking forward to spending some quality time with his fellow Jewish students. That will become a little easier with the opening of the new Chabad Jewish Center at Kansas University, a house that will serve as a resource library, programming center and social networking hub for Jewish students.
Horoscopes
June 3, 2006
For Saturday, June 3
Faith Forum
How will you incorporate faith into your life after high school?
June 3, 2006
¢ Faith in God transcends distance
Around and about
June 3, 2006
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
June 3, 2006
A Santa Fe train collided with a stalled, unoccupied car on the Lakeview-Lecompton road. KU students Arthur Baum and Ann Appleton had fled the inoperative car on the tracks when they heard the train coming out of the night. Damage was estimated at $10,000.