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Mostly sunny and warmer today
Thunderstorms possible after midnight
May 2, 2006
It’s a good day for shorts, sandals and sunglasses - mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s are coming to Lawrence. “It looks like a warmer day today, about 10 degrees above average,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Protesters take to streets
Lawrence, Emporia crowds oppose bill
May 2, 2006
Immigrant workers in Lawrence and elsewhere across the state and nation protested proposed immigration reform Monday, taking the day off work and snarling projects at some local businesses.
Woodling: Fake grass might fly at Haskell
May 2, 2006
A year ago, I would have figured the South Lawrence Trafficway would be completed before Haskell Stadium ever had an artificial-turf football field.
ACLU files challenge to funeral protest law
May 2, 2006
Portions of a new Kentucky law intended to prevent protesters from disrupting funerals for soldiers killed in Iraq are unconstitutional and should be struck down, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a federal lawsuit filed Monday.
Workers of the world celebrate May Day
May 2, 2006
In Germany, unions took aim at corporate greed. In Bangladesh, garment factory employees called for better working conditions. And in Turkey, police fired pepper spray and tear gas to disperse demonstrators denouncing the International Monetary Fund and the United States.
Bolivia seizes natural gas fields
May 2, 2006
President Evo Morales decreed he was nationalizing Bolivia’s vast natural gas industry Monday, sending soldiers to occupy gas fields and threatening to evict foreign companies unless they give the Andean nation control over the entire chain of production.
Mom deserves poetic tribute
May 2, 2006
I’d like a word with you about your mother, and I want you to read this column all the way to the end, otherwise I will slap you so hard your head will spin.
Magazine puts consumer products to test
May 2, 2006
Every time my husband and I decide to buy something, he responds with one phase: “We need to check Consumer Reports.” Every time. Even for products that are relatively inexpensive.
Skewering the news not the same as gathering it
May 2, 2006
The big topic of conversation around the coffee house on Sunday was Stephen Colbert’s weekend appearance at the White House Correspondents Assn. dinner.
Horoscopes
May 2, 2006
LHS discovers offensive touch
Lions explode for six goals in convincing victory against Pembroke Hill
May 2, 2006
The glare on the scoreboard Monday at the Youth Sports Inc., fields made it difficult for fans to check how the Lawrence High girls soccer squad was doing during the first half of its match against Kansas City (Mo.) Pembroke Hill.
Hudson allows one hit
Pitcher dominates in Braves’ victory
May 2, 2006
Tim Hudson gave up a hit to the opposing pitcher, which was bad enough. It stung even more when that turned out to be the only hit of the game by the Colorado Rockies.
LHS kids need long-term view of gym
May 2, 2006
When examining Lawrence High’s strong athletics heritage, it’s important to break down the Chesty Lions’ legacy of success into two distinct sub-categories.
Free State tennis team wins Gardner tourney
May 2, 2006
The Free State High boys tennis team placed first at the seven-team Gardner-Edgerton Invitational on Monday, behind first-place efforts from Keith Pipkin in No. 1 singles and Jack Hull and Charlie Moffet in No. 1 doubles.
Senate approves compromise DNA bill
May 2, 2006
People arrested on felony charges would be required to submit DNA samples that could be used to determine whether they were involved in other crimes under a compromise bill that cleared the Senate.
Food, water delivered to miners trapped for week
May 2, 2006
Wedged for nearly a week in a cramped cage a half-mile underground, two gold miners got right to the point when rescuers made radio contact: “Get us out.”
House delays debate on latest school finance proposal
May 2, 2006
On Monday, House Republican leaders delayed debating their chamber’s latest school finance plan as opposition to it mounted. House Democratic Leader Dennis McKinney of Greensburg said the three-year, $401 million plan had numerous “spit-in-the-eye” provisions that would be rejected by the Kansas Supreme Court.
Bush cites progress in Iraq three years after speech
May 2, 2006
Three years after delivering his “mission accomplished” speech on Iraq, President Bush on Monday declared another turning point had arrived with the establishment of a permanent government in Baghdad.
Gasoline leak suspected in blaze
Investigators check nearby stations in ‘precautionary’ move
May 2, 2006
The Sunday morning fire that destroyed a five-apartment house at 838 La., leaving at least two residents nearly destitute, may have been caused by gasoline seeping into the basement from the underground tank of a nearby filling station.
Ban on drivers’ use of phones weighed
Commission tables plans to raise fines for using devices behind wheel
May 2, 2006
Enforceable or not, a full-scale ban on using cell phones while driving in Lawrence could be just months away.
Alito may prove tiebreaker in reargued cases
Kansas case is one of three since O’ Connor departed
May 2, 2006
The Supreme Court’s newest justice, Samuel A. Alito Jr., has yet to write a signed opinion - majority, concurring or dissenting. His vote has been recorded in only two cases so far.
On the record
May 2, 2006
Identity of body in burned vehicle remains a mystery
May 2, 2006
Investigators on Monday said they’d determined the make and model of a car found burned at Clinton Lake, but the identity of the body inside remained a mystery.
Organizers hope march a step toward voting
May 2, 2006
They’ve rallied, they’ve marched, they’ve boycotted. So now what? In the aftermath of Monday’s “Day Without Immigrants,” the urgent question immigrants and their supporters face is how to translate the passion of the streets into lasting political gains.
Rallies stretch coast to coast
May 2, 2006
More than 1 million immigrants boycotted work, skipped school and poured into the streets in cities and towns across America on Monday to display their economic clout and demonstrate in favor of immigration.
Blue beyond belief
Royals already on pace for date with destiny
May 2, 2006
It will take a great deal more than cheap ownership, ill-conceived trades and free-agent acquisitions, and a roster stocked with bad players to have what it takes to challenge the 1962 New York Mets as the worst team it major-league history.
Firebirds finish strong
Free State dominant in regular-season finale
May 2, 2006
With the Sunflower League meet looming this weekend, the Free State High girls swimming team easily could have looked past Blue Valley.
Drew Huff
Last year’s serious knee injury doesn’t slow LHS two-sport star
May 2, 2006
Every now and then, Drew Huff simply forgets to put on the brace. And in those moments, one would be hard-pressed to know that she even needs it in the first place.
Anna Nicole Smith scores legal victory
May 2, 2006
The Supreme Court handed Anna Nicole Smith a victory Monday in her 11-year-old claim on the oil fortune of her late husband, enabling the former topless dancer and TV celebrity to continue pursuing her legal quest in federal court.
Student’s 3-day run to aid homeless
Goal is to raise $3,000 for Jubilee Cafe, which serves free breakfasts to needy
May 2, 2006
A Kansas University student will run back and forth across campus for three straight days and nights this week to raise money for Lawrence’s homeless.
Art stars
Lawrence high school students flex their creative muscles in regional, national contests
May 2, 2006
The late, great photographer Richard Avedon counted his win in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as the first milestone in his long career.
Lay defends his actions after receiving employee warnings
May 2, 2006
Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay received a barrage of written warnings from employees questioning the energy giant’s accounting integrity in the fall of 2001 but said on Monday that he was too busy trying to save the company to investigate.
Aldridge league’s sure thing
Seven other Big 12 players could pull out of draft
May 2, 2006
Of the eight Big 12 Conference players who have declared for the NBA Draft, just one - Texas’ LaMarcus Aldridge - is a certain first-round pick.
Mavericks finish off Grizzlies
May 2, 2006
Now Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have a long layover before the semifinals begin. Considering that their first-round opponent was the Memphis Grizzlies, they should’ve expected as much.
Reid, Keith find motivation from snub
May 2, 2006
Kansas University’s football defense always was good at feeding off disrespect. There’s enough stories out there to back that up. During the 2005 season, linebacker Nick Reid would catch word of bulletin-board material often in the days leading up to a game. If an opposing running back shot his mouth, Reid, Charlton Keith and the rest of the KU defense would shut him down. Reid then would go to the media and call him out.
Scott Heitshusen and Stef Stuever
May 2, 2006
Scott Heitshusen and Stef Stuever
KU basketball notebook
May 2, 2006
Former Kansas University assistant coach Jerry Green on Monday was named director of basketball operations at Indiana University. Green worked in a similar capacity for new IU coach Kelvin Sampson last year at Oklahoma.
Royals promote new hitting coach
May 2, 2006
The Kansas City Royals on Monday replaced hitting coach Andre David with Mike Barnett, the organization’s minor-league roving hitting instructor. Barnett, who was in his first year as roving hitting instructor, would take over for David today, Royals general manager Allard Baird said. David, who has been hitting coach since May 2005, would take over Barnett’s position, Baird said.
Sox win in Thome’s return to Jake
May 2, 2006
Javier Vazquez dominated for six innings, and Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer to help teammate Jim Thome enjoy his return to Cleveland as the Chicago White Sox held off the Indians, 8-6, on Monday night.
Saint Mary next for KU
May 2, 2006
After a grueling, rain-delayed weekend series with Oklahoma, the Kansas University baseball squad will try to recover against a lesser-known opponent when the Jayhawks play host to the University of Saint Mary at 7 tonight at Hoglund Ballpark.
FSHS 10th, LHS 17th at SM East golf event
May 2, 2006
Lawrence High’s Levi Oxford shot 77 and was the top city scorer Monday at a high school boys golf tournament at Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club.
Lawrence High boys win Seaman Invite
May 2, 2006
Lawrence High’s boys track team won the 16-team Seaman Invitational, while the girls placed third Monday at Seaman’s track. The Free State High girls placed second and the boys third overall.
KU golfer Costner tapped
May 2, 2006
Kansas University junior golfer Amanda Costner was one of nine players selected to compete as an individual in the 2006 NCAA Championships, the selection committee announced Monday. Costner becomes the first KU women’s golfer to compete in the tournament since Holly Reynolds in 1993.
Baker players honored as all-HAAC softball
May 2, 2006
Two Baker University softball players have been named first-team all-Heart of America Athletic Conference.
Seabury boss upbeat despite tennis loss
May 2, 2006
After starting 4-0 a few weeks ago, Seabury Academy boys tennis coach Kristy Elliot sensed her team might have gotten a bit too excited about its early success.
KU tennis players earn all-Big 12 honors
May 2, 2006
Kansas University sophomore Elizaveta Avdeeva and freshman Ksenia Bukina were named Monday to the All-Big 12 Conference tennis singles team, and the duo was awarded All-Big 12 doubles honors. Avdeeva went 18-7 as the primary No. 2 player. Bukina was 10-13 in dual match play at No. 1. In doubles, the tandem’s Big 12 record of 8-3 was the league’s best at the No. 1 position.
Friends dedicate tree in Morris’ memory
May 2, 2006
A group of friends of a former Kansas University quarterback gathered Monday for the dedication of a tree that grows in his memory a short pass down the hill from the Campanile.
Huff, LHS ready for revenge
May 2, 2006
Asked about any lingering motivation for what might be her final appearance in the city rivalry, Lawrence High senior shortstop Drew Huff immediately recalled last year’s softball loss to Free State in the Class 6A sub-state softball tournament.
Johnson takes Aaron’s 499 title
May 2, 2006
Almost every move Jimmie Johnson made at Talladega Superspeedway seemed to be the wrong one. Rivals said he was too aggressive, showed too little patience. Dale Earnhardt Jr. even called him an “idiot” for his role in accidents that wrecked 39 cars last year.
Committee: Lacrosse should go on
Duke weighing options on future of troubled program
May 2, 2006
A Duke University committee recommended Monday that the school’s lacrosse team resume play next season, but said the team needed strict monitoring because of a history of problems tied to alcohol.
Tigers extend K.C.’s road woes
May 2, 2006
Jim Leyland is making all the right moves with the Detroit Tigers, and the result is a convincing four-game winning streak.
Representative to lead investigative committee
May 2, 2006
Rep. Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, was named Monday to lead a legislative investigation into Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss’ communication with two legislators.
U.S. 59 wreck that killed one still under investigation
May 2, 2006
The Douglas County Sheriff’s office on Monday was still investigating the cause of a wreck Saturday at Baldwin Junction that killed 19-year-old Jennifer A. Jamison of Spring Hill.
Tenure, promotion policies under review
May 2, 2006
A Kansas University task force has started revising the written policies for faculty tenure and promotion.
Nasal-spray flu vaccines beat shots in children
May 2, 2006
Flu shots don’t protect babies and preschoolers quite as well as they do older children, but a new study suggests a spray flu vaccine may work better.
Alzheimer’s, diabetes link explored
May 2, 2006
A provocative new theory suggests that one root cause of Alzheimer’s disease is linked to diabetes - a theory about to be tested in thousands of Alzheimer’s patients given the diabetes drug Avandia in hopes of slowing brain decay.
66 arrested in raids on trafficking ring
May 2, 2006
Federal agents rounded up 66 people Monday in a series of raids described by officials as smashing a ring that smuggled Mexicans into the United States and may have forced women to work as prostitutes.
Shuttle commander Eileen Collins resigns
May 2, 2006
Eileen Collins, the first woman to command a space shuttle mission, is leaving the astronaut corps, NASA announced Monday in Cape Canaveral.
Hoover honored
May 2, 2006
Former Free State High baseball standout Jake Hoover was named the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division freshman player of the year this week. Hoover plays outfield and pitches for Neosho County Community College. He’s compiled an 8-2 record with a 3.25 ERA and has a .354 batting average with 15 home runs.
High gasoline costs prompt school closings
May 2, 2006
From a kid’s point of view, surging gas prices have been a good thing. As good as a snow day.
Checkup shows Social Security, Medicare trust funds ailing
May 2, 2006
The trustees for the government’s two biggest benefit programs said Monday that the trust fund for Social Security will be depleted in 2040, a year earlier than expected, while Medicare will exhaust its trust fund just 12 years from now.
Going Tribal’ explores vanishing cultures
May 2, 2006
Television has the power to bring us the world. But, too often, all we get is Regis Philbin. Given the medium’s potential for showing us the full range of human expression and experience, the results are pretty sad. But on rare occasions television lives up to its promise, and “Going Tribal” (9 p.m., Discovery) is a good example of that happy moment.
Kansas crop planting ahead of schedule
May 2, 2006
Planting of most major crops is ahead of schedule across Kansas, despite being slowed by last week’s rain, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.
Shooting victim testifies about evening’s events
May 2, 2006
A Lawrence woman took the witness stand Monday and described being shot in the face by a man she’d met at a nightclub.
KU professor to speak before House committee
May 2, 2006
Joseph Heppert, a Kansas University chemistry professor, will testify Wednesday before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science. The committee will discuss the role of the National Science Foundation in K-12 science and math education.
Medicine thief gets 10-year sentence
May 2, 2006
A man who grabbed all the pseudoephedrine off a Wal-Mart pharmacy shelf in Goodland and ran out the door was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.
Sebelius swept into judicial controversy
May 2, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday was drawn into the expanding controversy about communications between Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss and Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, on the school finance lawsuit.
$1,200 in cigarettes are stolen from shop
May 2, 2006
Employees at Tobacco Express, 2104 W. 25th St., are offering a $2,000 reward for help finding a man they say stole Marlboro cigarettes valued at $1,200 Monday.
Carnegie Library’s future on agenda
May 2, 2006
The future of the vacant Carnegie Library building at Ninth and Vermont streets will be up for discussion by city commissioners at their 6:35 p.m. meeting tonight.
Black Jack anniversary gets Senate resolution
May 2, 2006
A resolution recognizing the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Battle of Black Jack was approved Monday by the Kansas Senate.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 2, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.72 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Bill sent to governor
May 2, 2006
Parents falling behind in their court-ordered child support payments could find their driving severely restricted under compromise legislation sent Monday to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Union Station postpones Truman statue
May 2, 2006
Plans for a towering statue of Harry S. Truman in front of Kansas City’s Union Station have been put on hold because supporters didn’t seek necessary approval.
Plans to raise Missouri River persist amid upstream battle
May 2, 2006
A controversial move to save an endangered fish by artificially raising water levels on the Missouri River will go forward despite a lawsuit to halt it, the Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday.
Polar bears, hippos placed on risk list
May 2, 2006
Polar bears and hippos are among more than 16,000 species of animals and plants threatened with global extinction, the World Conservation Union said today.
Memorial Day honors soldiers, terror victims
May 2, 2006
With the wail of air raid sirens at sundown Monday, Israel began its annual Memorial Day observance for fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks.
Islamic militants kill 35 Hindus
May 2, 2006
A wave of violence by Islamic militants aimed at Indian-controlled Kashmir’s Hindu minority has left 35 dead, police said Monday, days ahead of a planned meeting between the divided region’s political separatists and India’s prime minister.
Memorial to mark Holocaust role
May 2, 2006
A memorial marking the role of the France’s Vichy government in shipping Jews and others to Nazi death camps will be created at Rivesaltes, an internment facility near France’s border with Spain, representatives of the French government and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, which will assist in the effort, announced Monday.
Four runners qualify
May 2, 2006
Seniors Cameron Schwehr (1,500-meter run) and Erik Sloan (3,000 steeplechase) and sophomores Paul Hefferon and Colby Wissel (5,000) earned regional-qualifying times Sunday at the Cardinal Invitational.
U.S. envoy dispatched to Darfur peace talks
May 2, 2006
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick rushed to Nigeria on Monday, hoping to break a crucial impasse in peace talks over Sudan’s Darfur region.
Fiscal crisis closes schools, government
May 2, 2006
Schools closed. Building permits were on hold. Renewing a driver’s license was impossible.
Bush should level with America
May 2, 2006
President Bush has seen his approval ratings plummet into Jimmy Carter territory, and if he’s not careful he could stumble into the basement with Richard Nixon. The latest numbers show that only 32 percent of Americans approve of the job Bush is doing. Compare that with the end-of-term approval ratings for other recent presidents: Nixon 24 percent, Ford 53 percent, Carter 34 percent, Reagan 64 percent, Bush (the Elder) 56 percent and Clinton 65 percent.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 2, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 2, 1906: “The presence of something like a thousand Kansas Sunday school teachers for the state convention here reminds us that Sunday school is an influence for good that gets mighty little credit for the good it accomplishes.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 2, 2006
Reinhold Schmidt, noted Kansas University professor of voice, said he was extremely proud of the way KU students had performed in a world premiere of the KU-commissioned opera, “Carry Nation.” The opera had been written by Douglas Moore expressly for the Mount Oread Centennial observance.
Old Home Town- 25 years ago
May 2, 2006
Kansas University administrators pointed to the growing exodus of key faculty members because of weak salary and benefit packages. They called for state leaders to make drastic changes to retain good people and lure new ones. Not only were other schools doing a lot of “head-hunting,” but business and industry were conducting increasing raids on college staffs.
Useless shakeup
May 2, 2006
To the editor: The recent White House “shakeup” is just an orchestrated round of musical chairs played by loyal insiders and will make no difference in a self-serving administration awash in secrecy and incompetence.
Illegal demands
May 2, 2006
To the editor: It is unfortunate that nearly every leader across the United States has turned a blind eye to the continual flood of illegal aliens for more than 15 years. Ever so slowly, Congress is beginning to awaken. But will they really act?
Immigrant protest sends quiet message
May 2, 2006
The construction sites I drove past on my way to work Monday were abnormally quiet, almost tranquil, without the usual bustle of organized chaos. Every once in a while, a crane indolently traced its arc; every once in a while, a truck arrived or departed. But the basic activity involved in putting up an office building - picking stuff up and carrying it from here, where the crane or the trucks left it, to there, where it’s needed - went largely undone.
Board touts ‘aggressive’ path
Leaders say area needs to take risks
May 2, 2006
Beth Johnson wants more money to market the city of Lawrence as a place to do business. Lavern Squier sees the former Farmland Industries fertilizer plant as a possible site for a future life sciences campus.
Proud anthem
May 2, 2006
To the editor: I am not a prejudiced person either. I do not have a problem with immigrants. I feel proud that people want to come to America for hope of a better future for their families. I would probably do the same in their shoes.
Last chance
Cutting corners on base materials under the soon-to-be-reconstructed Kasold Drive doesn’t seem like the best way to reduce the project’s cost.
May 2, 2006
Lawrence city commissioners will have their last chance tonight to make changes to the project to rebuild Kasold Drive between 22nd Street and Bob Billings Parkway.
Maximum Impact’ seminar set Friday
May 2, 2006
A leadership seminar, “Maximum Impact Simulcast: 360&*&char114&*&’ The Measure of a Leader,” will be shown Friday at First Southern Baptist Church, 4300 W. Sixth St.
Pension fund hires KU alumni chairman
May 2, 2006
David Wescoe, chairman of the Kansas University Alumni Association, is taking over management of the city of San Diego’s embattled $4 billion pension fund.
Dale Willey names sales manager
May 2, 2006
Dale Willey Automotive, Lawrence, announces the promotion of Jeff Hornbeck to general sales manager.
Outdoor enthusiast seeks big brother
May 2, 2006
Six-year-old Ray, an outdoor enthusiast, is seeking a big brother through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County program.
Teen girl on emotional roller-coaster probably not alone for the ride
May 2, 2006
Dear Dr. Wes & Marissa: I’ve always tended to overanalyze and overthink. However, over the past few years I’ve felt this progressing build up of … something, I’m not sure what. Mainly, this school year I’ve gotten constant mood swings - I think I’ve even had a few anxiety attacks. I go from being happy to being irritable and down.
Highway 40 leads area in accidents
At least 16 deaths recorded in last decade west of city
May 2, 2006
State accident records show Lawrence is surrounded by dangerous two-lane highways. And U.S. Highway 59 - the site of a death and three injuries during the weekend - isn’t statistically the most dangerous.
People in the news
May 2, 2006
Lawrence Datebook
May 2, 2006