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City, state officials search for source of gasoline smell
May 1, 2006
Lawrence city officials and state health officials announced they were continuing to work this afternoon to find the source of gasoline odors in the Old West Lawrence historic residential district just west of Lawrence’s downtown.
Immigration protest comes to Lawrence’s downtown
May 1, 2006
About three-dozen pro-immigration protesters gathered downtown at noon today, part of nationwide demonstrations against proposed crackdowns on illegal immigrants.
Senate approves Black Jack resolution
May 1, 2006
The Kansas Senate today approved a resolution commemorating the 1856 Battle of Black Jack near Baldwin.
Morris: Nuss meeting discussed earlier in front of governor
11:15 a.m., May 1, 2006 Updated 05:17 p.m.
Senate President Steve Morris acknowledged today that he mentioned his discussion with the state Supreme Court on school finance issues in the presence of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Lawrence officials to dedicate peace pole at KU
May 1, 2006
Another peace pole - one of eight such symbols in Lawrence designed to inspire thoughts of peace throughout the world - will be dedicated today on Kansas University’s campus.
May blooms with morning sunshine, pleasant temperatures
07:35 a.m., May 1, 2006 Updated 05:10 p.m.
Put away your umbrella - the first day of May is bringing in blue skies and sunshine. “I don’t know how it gets any better than this,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
KU opera commemorated Carry Nation
May 1, 2006
Kansas University commissioned an opera about saloon-basher Carry Nation to commemorate its centennial in 1966. That opera was performed four times at KU, exactly 40 years ago Friday, Saturday, Sunday and today.
Teen pleads guilty in stepfather’s stabbing
May 1, 2006
A Topeka teenager who had two trials end in hung juries has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of his stepfather.
People in the news
May 1, 2006
¢ ‘RV’ is king of the road; ‘United 93’ debuts at No. 2 ¢ Accident reports conflict ¢ Distanced from Duke ¢ Lucky seven ¢ Mission not impossible
Five-unit house destroyed in fire
May 1, 2006
A fire early Sunday in the historic Old West Lawrence neighborhood destroyed a home and scattered the lives of those living there.
Unsearched tower revives 9-11 angst
May 1, 2006
For more than four years, the 40-story Deutsche Bank tower has stood silently at the edge of Ground Zero, a graveyard waiting to be found.
Katrina strains some family ties
Displaced residents grateful for shelter but want own space
May 1, 2006
Jerry Reese sleeps on a sofa that is too short for his 6-foot-3 frame in the living room of his sister’s house, a place that’s become a long-term shelter for eight other relatives displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Activists urge U.S. to fight Darfur genocide
May 1, 2006
Thousands of people joined celebrities and lawmakers at a rally Sunday urging the Bush administration and Congress to help end genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.
Residents to drive Highway 24-40 study
May 1, 2006
Smooth sailing calls for concise planning. That’s why officials soon will select a firm to study U.S. Highway 24-40 from Kansas Highway 7 east of Basehor to County Road 1 south of Tonganoxie.
NBA Draft deadline passes quietly
May 1, 2006
The NBA Draft early-entry deadline passed at 11:59 p.m. Saturday with no surprises involving Kansas University freshman Brandon Rush.
Grading the draft, team by team
May 1, 2006
Counties turn to electronic voting
May 1, 2006
Flag-draped polling booths in Leavenworth County are about to go the way of $1-per-gallon gasoline and rotary-dial telephones.
Booze brothers
Despite Prohibition, creative Lawrence drinkers siphoned steady supply of bootlegged liquor from secret suppliers
May 1, 2006
Cliff McDonald once loaned $100 to a friend so he could bail his son out of jail. The son’s crime: bootlegging.
Price of plastic
Credit card process costly for businesses
May 1, 2006
A year ago the owners of Rudy’s Pizzeria decided it was time to do what many retailers have been doing for years: The 15-year-old restaurant that worked solely with paper currency finally decided to take plastic.
Three plans on table in Legislature
State leaders urge legislators to approve funding proposal
May 1, 2006
Stay on target. That admonition is coming from state leaders as the Legislature, under court order, slogs toward a school finance plan.
Former Sen. Danforth opposes marriage ban
May 1, 2006
He’s a Missouri Republican and an Episcopal priest, but he doesn’t think gay marriage should be banned.
Couch chips in for Big Easy victory
Lofted 55-foot pitch on final hole ends Zurich Classic
May 1, 2006
On the verge of a collapse, Chris Couch tried to stay positive as he stood over a 55-foot chip for par on the 18th hole that he had to get up-and-down simply to get into a playoff at the Zurich Classic.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 1, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.74 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Fired workers in need of teacher
May 1, 2006
My husband and I work for a company that provides career services. We occasionally have “outplaced” clients who were advised at the time of their release, “It’s not you; it’s the economy.” However, in communicating with the employer, we might find out that there were legitimate performance issues that might negatively affect the person in a new job.
Pulse calendar
May 1, 2006
Horoscopes
May 1, 2006
For Monday, May 1
Nepal’s new government seeks peace talks with Maoist rebels
May 1, 2006
Nepal’s government and lawmakers offered proposals Sunday to quell a decade-long communist insurgency, calling for a cease-fire and peace talks with Maoist rebels and elections for an assembly to rewrite the constitution.
Douglas County to receive voting machines this month
May 1, 2006
Douglas County will receive its new voting machines sometime in May, County Clerk Jamie Shew said.
Officers investigate body in burning car
May 1, 2006
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department investigated a mysterious death Sunday after a body was found inside a burning car at Clinton Lake.
Baseball notebook: Reds’ start merely fluke
Royals bad, but not THAT bad; White Sox, Pujols for real
May 1, 2006
One month down, and five to go. April is about to be a memory, and that gives baseball fans just five short months left to enjoy the season.
Chicago holds off bickering Heat
May 1, 2006
The Miami Heat bickered among themselves. Shaquille O’Neal had another rough outing. And the Chicago Bulls took advantage.
Listening, ministering a few of nurses’ many duties
May 1, 2006
Nance Elbrader cared for wounded soldiers in field hospitals in France and Belgium during World War II. She took temperatures, checked for pulses and dispensed morphine as the war went on around her.
High-tech equipment thefts at KU on the rise
May 1, 2006
For a thief looking for high-tech equipment, Kansas University is one giant hunting ground. Lately, the hunting has been good.
Report to show strides toward reconstruction
May 1, 2006
The U.S. official overseeing Iraq reconstruction funding - whose recent audits have detailed a wide gap between the promise and result of rebuilding efforts and disclose rampant corruption and mismanagement - says in a report published today that officials have made significant strides toward providing essential services to Iraqis.
Iraqi president appeals to insurgents
May 1, 2006
Iraq’s president says he and U.S. officials have met with leaders of seven of the country’s armed insurgent groups and believe they can be persuaded to end their rebellion, according to a summary of remarks released by his office Sunday.
Immigrants plan widespread boycotts, protests today
May 1, 2006
Now that immigrants have grabbed the nation’s attention, what next?
Back at the ‘Ranch’
May 1, 2006
“Texas Ranch House” (7 p.m., PBS) may sound like an ad in the real-estate section of this newspaper, but it’s the latest in a series of educational-reality-re-enactment melodramas inspired by the BBC’s “1900 House.”
Young actress finds the strength to ‘Stick It’
May 1, 2006
Having played sports all her life, Missy Peregrym thought learning gymnastics for writer/director Jessica Bendinger’s “Stick It” would be no sweat. Instead, she found that blood, sweat and tears were all part of the mental and physical experience the sport requires.
Bid to rebuild Kasold Drive tops agenda
Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at www.lawrenceks.org
May 1, 2006
City commissioners will consider accepting a $5.4 million bid from R.D. Johnson Excavating Co. to rebuild the portion of Kasold Drive from Bob Billings Parkway to West 22nd Street.
Officer disciplined after struggle is taped
May 1, 2006
A Topeka police sergeant has been placed on restricted duty at police headquarters after a struggle with a handcuffed inmate was caught on tape, the department said Friday.
March of Dimes event needs volunteers
May 1, 2006
The 38th Annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica fundraising event will take place on May 5 at Clinton State Park. Volunteers are needed to assist with parking, registration, along the route and with the event picnic. The March of Dimes’ mission is the prevention of premature births, birth defects and infant mortality. Volunteer opportunities are also available year-round in the local chapter office.
On the record
May 1, 2006
KU helps quality of hospitals nationwide
May 1, 2006
As a nursing quality survey by Kansas University’s School of Nursing grows to reach more hospitals across the nation, the program is gaining fans on the Internet.
Bird flu about to spread to small screen
May 1, 2006
Bodies piling up so quickly it takes dump trucks to haul them away. Barbed wire to keep whole neighborhoods quarantined. It’s Hollywood’s version of bird flu, a blur of fact and fiction that some scientists say could confuse the public.
Deportation to end professor’s terror case
May 1, 2006
If all goes as planned, Sami Al-Arian will soon leave behind his Tampa jail cell to be deported, ending a terrorism conspiracy case that began when federal agents began monitoring his phone calls in the early 1990s.
Administration line: Gas prices to stay high
May 1, 2006
Gasoline prices will remain high for years to come and will be largely unaffected by the new White House plan to bring them down, Bush administration officials said Sunday.
Boys ages 10, 12 charged in Florida brush fires
May 1, 2006
Two boys were charged Sunday with setting weekend brush fires that have destroyed or damaged more than two dozen homes and burned more than 1,500 acres in southwest Florida, authorities said.
Drivers’ use of phones draws city’s attention
Plan would double fines if calls made during accidents
May 1, 2006
Drivers distracted by a cell phone were blamed for less than half of 1 percent of the 68,675 fatal, injury or serious property-damage accidents in 2005 on Kansas roads, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.
KU, Quick rebound
Routed in opener, Jayhawks rally
May 1, 2006
Kodiak Quick was either superhuman - or super-lucky - to be able to pitch after getting plunked in the bullpen on Saturday by teammate Andy Marks.
Take two: A’s winning streak in K.C. survives
May 1, 2006
One rainout, a few timely hits, and the Oakland Athletics’ streak in Kansas City goes on.
Rice says Iran’s ‘games’ not fooling anyone
May 1, 2006
Iran’s offer to let a watchdog agency inspect the country’s nuclear facilities is a stalling tactic to avoid U.N. penalties that would further isolate Tehran, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.
Keegan: Sayers leads by example
May 1, 2006
It was nice to read recently that Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller didn’t make all of his assists on the basketball court. He saved one for his alma mater, the University of Utah. And it was a big one.
Chiefs stick with plan
K.C. targets corner, receiver on Day Two
May 1, 2006
If Kansas City’s 2006 draft turns out to be a bust, general manager Carl Peterson has left little wiggle room for anyone to dodge the blame.
Top prospect Beasley taps K-State
Power forward tells Cincinnati paper he’s Manhattan-bound to play for Huggins
May 1, 2006
Michael Beasley, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound high school junior from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., apparently is headed to Kansas State to play basketball in two seasons.
Jayhawks drop pair to Sooners
May 1, 2006
The 23rd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners racked up 15 hits as they took a Big 12 Conference softball series from Kansas University, 2-0 and 4-1, Sunday afternoon at the OU Softball Complex.
KU rowing ties for 2nd with KSU at Big 12
May 1, 2006
Host Kansas University tied for second place at the Big 12 Rowing Invitational on Sunday at Wyandotte County Lake.
Braves, Francoeur end skid
May 1, 2006
Jeff Francoeur made sure the Braves didn’t get swept again.
Army’s ‘heart and soul’ marks 125 years of training leaders
Fort Leavenworth college a stepping stone for military elite
May 1, 2006
The list of instructors and alumni at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth reads like a “Who’s Who” of modern American military history.
Jayhawks strike out on draft day
May 1, 2006
It was a swing and a miss for Kansas University football players in this year’s NFL Draft. But that doesn’t mean the story can’t end on a happy note.
White Sox win, 6-5, for sweep
May 1, 2006
Pablo Ozuna scored the go-ahead run on Scot Shields’ ninth-inning wild pitch, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels, 6-5, Sunday for a three-game sweep of the team they defeated in last year’s AL championship series.
Fishing report
May 1, 2006
Scents could change artificial-bait industry
May 1, 2006
For years, fishing lure manufacturers have been incorporating flavors and scents into soft baits to enhance their attractiveness to fish.
Time right for crappie
May 1, 2006
When it comes to freshwater fish that make the best table fare, white crappie are near the top of everyone’s list.
Poor Phil learns how to lose big
May 1, 2006
Oh me, oh my, poor Phil! Here I sit on this plane, leaving Las Vegas, pitying myself. How could James Van Alstyne have played this hand for $75,000 more before the flop? How could I have allowed myself to lose such a huge pot? How could the seven of spades have come up on the turn? Why in the world had Van Alstyne challenged my aces earlier, or survived when he was a huge underdog, giving away his chips - on Day 2? How could I finish in 50th place? Somehow, this picture doesn’t look right.
Day 2 belongs to converted QBs
May 1, 2006
The second day of the NFL draft was “slash” day.
Mo. consortium applies to be new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility
May 1, 2006
A consortium led by the University of Missouri-Columbia has applied to the Department of Homeland Security to serve as a new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, a department spokesman said Friday.
Texas town to stage boycott of Exxon Mobil
May 1, 2006
High gas prices are unquestionably painful in this small South Texas town that is at least an hour’s drive from malls and specialized medical care, but some residents are doubting the wisdom of the county board’s call for a boycott of Exxon Mobil Corp.
Sunni hostility turns against Iranian imports
May 1, 2006
A white flier taped to sand-colored walls has infused the markets with fear in the northeastern city of Baquba and the western Sunni city of Fallujah. The flier is signed by the mujahedeen (holy warriors), and it will be enforced with arson, or worse, this week.
Powell forces Rice to defend planning
May 1, 2006
Just back from Baghdad and eager to discuss promising developments, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice found herself knocked off message Sunday, forced to defend prewar planning and troop levels against an unlikely critic - Colin Powell, her predecessor at the State Department.
No alcoholic beverages allowed at swim area
May 1, 2006
Effective today, the swimming area will widen Bloomington East Beach at Clinton Lake, and alcoholic beverages will not be allowed there.
Retirement fun to be panel’s topic
May 1, 2006
To celebrate Older Americans Month, a panel will discuss “A Refreshing Look at Retirement” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium.
20-year-old identified as victim in wreck
May 1, 2006
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department released the name of a woman killed Saturday in a wreck on U.S. Highway 59.
State group elects, honors therapist
May 1, 2006
Carolyn Bloom, a physical therapist and owner of Bloom and Associates Therapy in Lawrence, Eudora and Topeka, was re-elected as the chief delegate representing the Kansas Physical Therapy Assn. to the American Physical Therapy Assn.’s House of Delegates, the policy-making body for the profession.
Coldwell Realtor joins elite group
May 1, 2006
Toni McCalla, a sales associate, Realtor and broker with Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate, Lawrence, has qualified to join the Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle.
Presbyterian Manor earns recognition
May 1, 2006
Lawrence Presbyterian Manor was nominated for a Human Resources Development Quality First Award from the Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.
On the money
May 1, 2006
With no end in sight to climbing gasoline prices, many people have opted to unload low-mileage cars in favor of new, more fuel-efficient models.
Legislature expected to pass private prisons bill
Prisoners would be able to move into counties only where voters approve measure
May 1, 2006
For-profit prisons aren’t likely to pop up across the Kansas plains overnight if, as expected, the Legislature approves a law this week allowing the prisons to be built here.
Beware of hidden charges taken from retirement plans
May 1, 2006
Somebody’s been dipping into your 401(k) plan without your knowledge.
Coal mine blast kills at least 27
May 1, 2006
A coal mine blast in northwestern China killed 27 people, the government said Sunday, as rescuers searched for five remaining workers still missing in the mine’s underground shafts.
Olmert agrees to coalition deal
May 1, 2006
The religious Shas party agreed Sunday to join a coalition led by Israel’s prime minister-designate, Ehud Olmert, and his centrist Kadima movement, apparently assuring Olmert a parliamentary majority.
Protest victim’s mother paid for ‘hardship’
May 1, 2006
Chinese authorities have paid “hardship” compensation to the mother of a 15-year-old boy beaten to death by police during the government crackdown on pro-democracy protests in 1989, according to an activist.
Face-transplant patient has complete feeling
May 1, 2006
The French woman who received the world’s first partial face transplant has complete feeling in the new tissue five months after the operation, she told a Sunday newspaper.
Bishop ordained over Vatican objections
May 1, 2006
China’s state-sanctioned Roman Catholic Church ordained a new bishop Sunday, rejecting the Vatican’s request to delay the appointment and threatening efforts to restore official ties between the sides after five decades.
Taliban execute Indian hostage, kill 3 Afghan soldiers
May 1, 2006
Taliban militants killed an Indian hostage after he tried to escape and dumped his beheaded body Sunday in southern Afghanistan. Three Afghan soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing also blamed on the Taliban.
Rescuers head for trapped miners
May 1, 2006
Rescuers began drilling today toward two miners who have survived more than five days trapped deep in an Australian gold mine, as the tiny community the men live in celebrated the news they are still alive.
Rebels reject Darfur peace deal; deadline extended
May 1, 2006
Rebels in Sudan’s Darfur region on Sunday rejected a peace proposal that would end a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people, but mediators extended the talks for two days under pressure from the United States.
Fundraiser for expansion of LMH raises $4.82M
May 1, 2006
Donors to Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s expansion effort have given $4.82 million.
Woman gives $2.4M to Humane Society
May 1, 2006
A lot of people in Hays knew that Donna Limes loved animals. But few people knew that Limes, a retired administrative assistant for Southwestern Bell, had saved up $2.4 million and that when she died in 2004 she left it to the Humane Society of the High Plains.
Groups join effort for reading festival
Day may include book signings, author readings
May 1, 2006
Plans for an all-day reading festival in 2007 are gaining steam as partners from four Lawrence organizations have agreed to come aboard.
Va. candidate ready for fight
May 1, 2006
As usual, Jim Webb is spoiling for a fight. As usual, he has found one. He is seeking the Democrats’ senatorial nomination in Virginia against the incumbent, George Allen, a presidential aspirant.
Leave celebrities in peace
May 1, 2006
In the first place: if I never see another stupid, cutesy shorthand (i.e., Billary, TomKat and Bennifers I and II) applied to another celebrity couple, I will light candles of thanksgiving.
Send the tax bill for windfall oil profits
May 1, 2006
In, I guess, the early 1990s, when I worked for CNN, I found myself one evening at a Washington reception, chatting with an oil company executive and one from a defense contractor. The oilman said, “How’s business?” How’s business! Delighted and emboldened by the discovery that businessmen actually say this to one another, I arched a conspiratorial eyebrow and said, “Well, we could use another war.”
Massachusetts health care plan gets notice
May 1, 2006
John Breaux, the former senator from Louisiana known for his deal-making in Congress, has hooked up with American University to sponsor a series of Washington forums where political opposites, such as Hillary Clinton and Newt Gingrich, are challenged to explore possible areas of agreement on solving the nation’s health care crisis.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
May 1, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 1, 1906: “Those taking part in the state Sunday School Convention here have begun arriving and the sessions are expected to shed a lot of light on church teaching. It is good to have so many notable people of good morals and ethics in our community.”
Cheap target
Controversial former Enron chief Ken Lay is giving his predictable twist to the old bit about “the butler did it.”
May 1, 2006
Remember those old novel and movie murder mysteries where the simplest of solutions was always that “the butler did it”? In recent times it has become popular for figures in scandals and crimes of various types to edit that old saw to “the media did it.”
Lawrence datebook
May 1, 2006
Buy low, sell high tricky concept in baseball
May 1, 2006
If the shoe fits, play him.