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House rejects school finance plan
May 3, 2006
A three-year, $532.7 million school finance plan failed today in the House, thwarting Republican efforts to limit the scope of negotiations over the final version of legislation designed to satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court mandate.
Nuss Fuss’ timeline
09:32 a.m., May 3, 2006 Updated 10:19 a.m.
The following is a timeline of events of the “Nuss Fuss” involving school finance, the Kansas Legislature, Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Scattered showers expected through evening
05:48 a.m., May 3, 2006 Updated 05:04 p.m.
Lawrence was getting scattered showers this afternoon and more could be moving in this evening through about 8 p.m., according to Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist.
LHS boys tennis earns two sweeps
May 3, 2006
Lawrence High’s boys tennis squad had some kind of day Tuesday, beating Leavenworth and Roeland Park Miege each, 4-0.
Ex-KU team physician, football player dies
May 3, 2006
After stepping off the football field and into the operating room, John Wertzberger worked to heal people.
On the record
May 3, 2006
New Iraqi leader gives reason for hope
May 3, 2006
Iraq finally has a prime minister-designate, Nouri Kamal al-Maliki, but what does that mean?
Immigrant workers essential
U.S. Chamber chairwoman supports middle-ground plan
May 3, 2006
The leader of the country’s largest business organization said Tuesday that the roughly 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. are vital to the country’s economy.
Tigers ‘ride wave,’ sink punchless K.C.
May 3, 2006
The Detroit Tigers know they have played two struggling teams this week. They also know that, for the first time in years, they were able to take advantage of it.
Jayni’s Kitchen’ trots out ‘Derby Delights’
May 3, 2006
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Derby Delights: Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with Rozi Stone.”
White, middle-aged Americans less healthy than English peers
May 3, 2006
The English are known by several stereotypes that suggest poor health, including pallid complexions, bad teeth, terrible food and an affinity for pubs. Well, so much for stereotypes.
Under pressure
Campaign emphasizes lowering hypertension through diet
May 3, 2006
It is estimated that one in every four American adults has high blood pressure. High blood pressure is dangerous because it makes the heart work too hard and contributes to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
Pay attention
Talking on a cell phone isn’t the only potential distraction faced by local drivers.
May 3, 2006
A couple of measures being studied by the city’s Traffic Safety Commission probably are the topic of considerable conversation among Lawrence residents.
Lawrence datebook
May 3, 2006
Abortion measure tacked onto schools bill; sex ed bill stalled
May 3, 2006
A proposal requiring sex education courses to discuss abortion methods and fetal development became part of a school finance bill Tuesday, but a bill to keep school districts from canceling sex ed classes remained stuck in committee.
NBA list lacking surprises
May 3, 2006
The official 2006 NBA Draft early entry list, which will be released to the media today, was acquired by a couple of draft Web sites Tuesday.
FSHS soccer cruises to Monday victory
May 3, 2006
Clare Robinson scored three goals, powering the Free State High girls soccer squad to an 8-0 rout Monday of Junction City.
Young Harvard author’s book deal canceled
More allegations of copying surface
May 3, 2006
A Harvard University student’s “chick lit” novel has been permanently withdrawn and her two-book deal canceled, publisher Little, Brown and Co. announced Tuesday, as allegations of literary borrowing proliferated against Kaavya Viswanathan’s “How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life.”
Bonds hits HR No. 712
May 3, 2006
The Padres were in a perfect situation to challenge Barry Bonds: a three-run lead in the eighth inning with nobody on base.
Grave excavation set
May 3, 2006
University of Colorado professors on May 19 will exhume a 127-year-old grave at Oak Hill Cemetery in hopes of solving the mystery of who is buried in it.
Senate committee launches Sebelius records probe
May 3, 2006
A Senate committee Tuesday voted to launch a records search of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ office and the Kansas Supreme Court for any communications between the two dealing with school finance.
Three convicted in theft of Munch masterpieces
May 3, 2006
Three men were convicted Tuesday by a Norwegian court for the theft of Edvard Munch masterpieces “The Scream” and “Madonna.”
Daily ticker
May 3, 2006
Simple steps to a greener, healthier lawn
May 3, 2006
At roughly 63,000 square miles of real estate nationwide, lawns are America’s largest irrigated crop, outstripping irrigated corn by more than 3-to-1. Lush, weed-free lawns are the ideal, and the object of much toil, frustration and fertilization.
Barone, Craig building close-knit team
Two-year-old Lawrence Legacy on its way to achieving success
May 3, 2006
Two years ago two active members of the Lawrence soccer community had a vision of a new soccer league. They dreamed of a league in which young players could improve as one and have fun while doing it.
House supports $533M for schools
May 3, 2006
The House advanced a three-year, $533 million increase for schools Tuesday that would require the Kansas Supreme Court to dismiss the ongoing school finance lawsuit.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 3, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.70 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets.
People in the news
May 3, 2006
¢ Paris Hilton single again ¢ Richards out of hospital ¢ Gown auctioned for charity ¢ Alba to host MTV awards
Break out brooms
For first time, FSHS sweeps LHS
May 3, 2006
Pam Pine and her players know it was sometimes ugly. So it helps to have a big broom to sweep the more unsavory moments away.
Trials ordered for HIV exposure
Suspect may face new charges in third case
May 3, 2006
Two women took the witness stand Tuesday to describe having sexual contact with a man they say knowingly exposed them to HIV.
City keeps Carnegie control
Former library will serve as community center
May 3, 2006
The vacant Carnegie Library building will be converted into a new city-operated community center that will provide space for everything from wedding receptions to artistic performances to new recreation classes.
Higher ed savings program, regents insurance approved
KU group led push to help low-income families pay for college
May 3, 2006
Measures that would start a higher education savings program for low-income Kansans and allow universities to purchase their own insurance were approved Tuesday by the Legislature.
Lake View residents find new homes
May 3, 2006
Lake View Manor is on its last legs. Two weeks ago, the long-troubled nursing home at 3015 W. 31st St. had 32 residents. On Tuesday, it had two.
Senate acts on compromise on sex offender legislation
May 3, 2006
Getting tough on child molesters and other sex offenders has been a priority for legislators since the start of the session, and now they’re in position to send a bill to the governor to do just that.
Lawmakers send DNA testing bill to governor
May 3, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been sent legislation requiring people arrested on felony charges to submit a DNA sample when they are booked and fingerprinted.
Proposal to help Olathe land Wizards’ stadium stalls
May 3, 2006
Olathe officials aren’t likely to get help this year from the Legislature for efforts to attract a new stadium complex for professional soccer’s Kansas City Wizards.
Negotiators agree on funeral picketing legislation
May 3, 2006
House and Senate negotiators agreed Tuesday on legislation restricting protests at funerals to no closer than 500 feet, but crafted it with an eye toward surviving a court challenge.
Firebirds make short work of Hawks
May 3, 2006
It’s becoming a recurring theme for coach Mike Hill and the Free State High baseball team: strong pitching, solid defense and timely hitting. And, more importantly, another victory.
O-East dominates weary Free State
May 3, 2006
Perhaps it was the fatigue factor. Maybe it was the Olathe Syndrome. Or even a combination of the two.
Professor to call for greater focus on math, science
May 3, 2006
A Kansas University chemistry professor will speak today on Capitol Hill, weighing in on the national debate about how to keep America competitive in science and technology.
He’s still tan after all these years
John Schneider, also known as the Tan Man, continues to catch rays in Lawrence
May 3, 2006
The Tan Man lives. For years he was a Lawrence icon, frequently seen running around town shirtless while soaking up the sun, even during cold weather, or lounging on the grass in summer shorts near Wescoe Hall on the Kansas University campus.
In the mood for menudo?
Fans have stomach for authentic Mexican soup
May 3, 2006
The question usually comes after the bowl is empty. Or, sometimes, it comes after the customer takes a bite, contorts his or her face and pushes the bowl away.
Ice-cold Bulls face elimination
Injured Wade keys Heat
May 3, 2006
Dwyane Wade raised three fingers skyward, the number of victories the Miami Heat now have in this series.
Healthy Afenir sparks KU
May 3, 2006
Buck Afenir calls himself a movie buff now. After spending nearly a week in isolation, he has the mumps to thank for that.
Warehouse fire evokes memories of 9-11
May 3, 2006
A raging fire laid waste to a complex of seven old warehouses on the Brooklyn waterfront Tuesday, creating a huge plume of smoke that evoked memories of the World Trade Center attacks nearly five years ago.
Immigration movement lacks direction
May 3, 2006
A day after more than 1 million immigrants and supporters skipped work to march in rallies across the nation, some advocates say the mixed messages surrounding “A Day Without Immigrants” show a need for a unified front and the movement’s own Cesar Chavez.
Border crossings increasingly risky
May 3, 2006
Wearing tight jeans and a glittery “bebe” T-shirt, the 17-year-old scrambled out of a packed van as the temperature edged toward 90 degrees in this barren stretch of the U.S.-Mexican border.
U.S., allies look to targeted sanctions against Iran
May 3, 2006
The United States, Britain and France are pushing for sanctions if Iran continues to defy demands that it halt uranium enrichment - but not the sweeping economic and military embargoes imposed on Iraq after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
U.S. troops kill 10 insurgents in raid on suspected hide-out
May 3, 2006
U.S. troops raided a suspected al-Qaida hide-out Tuesday, killing 10 insurgents - three of them wearing suicide vests - as U.S. forces stepped up the hunt for the group’s leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Keegan: C.S. bug epidemic at Kansas
May 3, 2006
The flu is one of the many potholes that temporarily can derail a college basketball team during the long and challenging winter schedule. It has been around forever, so trainers and doctors know how to treat it. Coaches know how to deal with its consequences.
KU hopes Shockers today beginning of good ending
May 3, 2006
Finish strong. That’s the mantra of Kansas University’s softball team.
KU’s Reid officially signs with Chiefs
May 3, 2006
Kansas University standout Nick Reid, a Wichita native and the coaches’ choice as Big 12 Conference defensive player of the year, is headed for the team for which he always wanted to play.
LT Roaf fired up to return
Pro Bowler puts aside thoughts of retirement
May 3, 2006
Willie Roaf’s mammoth body just turned 36, and he’s feeling spry as a cat.
Hull-Moffett solid for Free State tennis
May 3, 2006
The Free State High No. 1 doubles team of Jack Hull and Charlie Moffet went 4-1 and placed second Tuesday at the Topeka High Tennis Invitational.
Lions fight but fall shy of victory
May 3, 2006
The Lawrence High baseball squad battled back from a early deficit, but its second comeback fell short Tuesday in a 5-4 loss to Shawnee Mission North.
Popcorn lung’ claims former factory employee
May 3, 2006
Linda Redman, one of 30 popcorn factory workers who sued a flavor manufacturer because of lung damage, died after a long lung illness, her family said.
Lansing officer involved in escape allowed to quit
May 3, 2006
The prison officer fired after convicted murderer John M. Manard escaped from Lansing Correctional Facility has been allowed to resign instead, the Kansas Department of Corrections said Monday.
Walt Disney World to revamp ride
May 3, 2006
Walt Disney World said Tuesday that it will offer another, tamer version of its Mission: Space attraction, less than three weeks after a woman became ill on the ride and later died.
Moussaoui jury ends 6th day without verdict
May 3, 2006
The sixth day of deliberations in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui ended Tuesday with jurors unable to decide whether the Sept. 11 conspirator should be executed or sentenced to life in prison.
Persian Gulf country allots Katrina grants
May 3, 2006
Qatar has decided how it will dole out $60 million of its $100 million gift for victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
43 homes are tested for leaking gasoline
Firefighters say fuel was cause of Sunday blaze at 838 La.
May 3, 2006
Kevin Dobbs called emergency crews to his house Tuesday evening. The whole house at 829 Ohio, especially the basement, reeked of gasoline, he said.
Survey: On geography, most young adults are lost
May 3, 2006
Nearly two-thirds of young adults cannot find Iraq on a map even after three years of war and more than 2,400 U.S. deaths. And following months of continuing news coverage of Gulf Coast hurricanes, one-third cannot locate Louisiana.
New Orleans updates evacuation plans for 2006
May 3, 2006
Mayor Ray Nagin unveiled a new evacuation strategy for New Orleans on Tuesday that relies more on buses and trains and eliminates the Superdome and Convention Center as shelters.
TCM reveals Bette Davis’ bumpy ride
May 3, 2006
The documentary “Stardust: The Bette Davis Story” (7 p.m., TCM) offers a wealth of film and interview clips of the famous actress, and a whole lot more. You don’t expect psychological insight and genuine gossipy dirt from these often-reverent projects, but “Stardust” delivers.
Sabathia’s return a success
May 3, 2006
Excuse Indians fans if the sight of the team’s head trainer jogging toward C.C. Sabathia on the mound made them nervous. It wasn’t until Lonnie Soloff handed Sabathia a tongue depressor to clean the mud from his cleats that they could breathe.
Commentary: Red Sox fans go easy on Damon
May 3, 2006
Boston Perhaps because he has known the Fenway rabble intimately, known what he did for them and meant to them for four years, Johnny Damon had an inkling his reception on returning to their midst wouldn’t be nearly so brutal as what might otherwise be expected for a traitor of the worst kind.
Governor wants two L.A. teams
NFL hears Los Angeles, Anaheim, Pasadena presentations
May 3, 2006
Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t want one NFL team in Los Angeles. He wants two. The California governor probably will have to be satisfied with half of his wish - at least in the near future.
Beverage companies limit sales of soda to schools
May 3, 2006
Tens of millions of students will no longer be able to buy non-diet sodas in the nation’s public schools under an agreement announced early this morning between major beverage distributors and anti-obesity advocates.
Americans still have love for libraries
May 3, 2006
Despite widespread Internet use, most Americans - 92 percent - believe libraries still will be needed in the future, according to the American Library’s Assn.’s new report, “State of America’s Libraries.”
Cross-pollination can ruin corn’s flavor
May 3, 2006
A reader inquired recently how to plant multiple varieties of sweet corn without creating cross-pollination problems. This is an astute question about an issue that isn’t discussed very much. Perhaps people who know the ins and outs of sweet-corn pollination assume everyone else does, too. Most people grow just one kind and don’t worry about it.
Museum, library seek World War II histories
May 3, 2006
Oral histories are being collected from people in Douglas County who lived through World War II.
Passer-by sniffs out marijuana operation
May 3, 2006
The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office says it seized a million-dollar outdoor marijuana-growing operation early this week after a passer-by stumbled on it.
Body in burned car not yet identified
May 3, 2006
The body found burned Sunday morning in a car at Clinton Lake had not been identified as of Tuesday, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was not releasing any new information on its investigation.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
May 3, 2006
Here’s a look at some of Tuesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature:
President to sign bill legalizing drugs
May 3, 2006
President Vicente Fox within days will sign legislation that allows the personal use of cocaine, LSD, heroin and other drugs, his spokesman confirmed Tuesday, despite heavy criticism from the United States and within Mexico that the law will invite more problems than it intends to solve.
Plane carrying at least 100 people crashes
May 3, 2006
An Armenian passenger plane crashed in bad weather early today off Russia’s Black Sea coast as it was headed in for landing, killing all 112 people on board, emergency officials said.
Darfur peace talks deadline extended again
May 3, 2006
International mediators couldn’t persuade rebels from Sudan’s Darfur region to sign a peace proposal before Tuesday night’s deadline, but a senior U.S. diplomat said he’d continue talks today.
Al-Qaida hunt intensifies
Arrested operative’s identity confirmed
May 3, 2006
A top al-Qaida strategist with a $5 million bounty on his head and followers from Afghanistan to Europe has been captured in Pakistan, a U.S. law enforcement official confirmed.
Groundbreaking nears for multicultural center
May 3, 2006
A new era for Kansas University’s Multicultural Resource Center is about to begin.
K-10 Assn. accepts award nominations
May 3, 2006
The K-10 Assn. is accepting nominations for its Service and Development awards, the highlights of the organization’s 12th annual recognition program and annual meeting to be conducted June 9 at Shadow Glenn Golf Club in Olathe.
Companies note employee service
May 3, 2006
Two area companies are recognizing employees for their service.
Commodities
May 3, 2006
Wildlife show effects of drought
May 3, 2006
The deepening spring drought in parts of Kansas is turning wetlands dry, grassland to dirt, and threatening wildlife that depend on spring rains.
Academics first
May 3, 2006
To the editor: Is the tail not wagging the dog at good old Kansas University?
Equal treatment
May 3, 2006
To the editor: Oh, come on, traffic safety folks!
KU cause
May 3, 2006
To the editor: After reading the comments of Doris Stine and others in our community I would like to make some clarifications about the Kansas University chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and our noise ordinance proposal.
Good example
May 3, 2006
To the editor: Kudos to Brian Clyne, Bishop Seabury Academy athletic director, as well as to Chris Carter, head of school, and Gunar Harmon, coach.
Nuss probe is witch hunt
May 3, 2006
Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss made a mistake on March 1 when he had lunch with two legislators, Senate President Steve Morris of Hugoton and Sen. Pete Brungardt of Salina, an old friend of Justice Nuss. At that lunch they talked about the school finance case currently pending before the Supreme Court. This conversation was almost certainly a violation of Supreme Court Rule 601A, which makes it unethical for judges to discuss pending cases with third parties or with one litigant and not another. So far, these are the known facts.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
May 3, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 3, 1906: “The old Republican machine seems in control in Topeka and it will be difficult for Democrats to edge into the scene. : Nine pupils were suspended from the high school this week and the principal, Olney, is trying to get the matter hushed up and prevent any publication of details. Olney says if there is no printing of details, the matter can be hushed up. We often run into conflicts such as this but we cannot ignore facts and the facts are nine were suspended and there should be an explanation. We cannot make such news, we can only print it.”
Old home town - 40 years ago today
May 3, 2006
A massive city spring cleanup and beautification program was launched with Realtor Bob Harrison as the general chairman.
Nation’s highest court is a powerful draw
May 3, 2006
Within an hour of learning that the U.S. Supreme Court would rehear oral arguments on the Kansas death penalty law on one of the days I would be vacationing in Washington, D.C., I was on the phone finding out how I could get in.
T & T Twizters Results
May 3, 2006
On Saturday the Dance City T&T Twizters competed in the Kansas/Oklahoma State Tumbling/Trampoline Competition in Topeka. Here are the results from all who represented Dance City in the competition. The national qualifiers will compete at National competition in July in Shaumburg, Ill.
Budget concern
May 3, 2006
To the editor: It is indeed dispiriting to read a puerile letter to the editor from an apparently highly compensated Kansas University vice chancellor (Journal-World, April 30).
Hot bats propel Detonators to victory
May 3, 2006
The Douglas County Amateur Baseball Association 10U Detonators are on the road to amateur youth baseball’s equivalent of the World Series. The team began their season in late April poised to make a trip to the Triple Crown World Series national tournament in Steamboat, Colo., July 18-23.
Nobre building KVF White for soccer future
May 3, 2006
Almost 20 years ago, Mauro Nobre began to coach soccer. Over the past two decades he has coached both youth sports and the Kansas University Club team. In all this time, he has never had any desire to coach high school.
Imminent rain doesn’t slow down Panthers
May 3, 2006
Crowds of parents and fans were on hand at Youth Sports Inc. April 24 for an evening of DCABA baseball. Nobody paid attention to the rain clouds as the Comets and Panthers locked their focus on the 10U DCABA game at hand.
Hoopsters bring ‘A’ game in win over Hoosiers
May 3, 2006
Swift ball handling skills and a strong defense easily allowed the Hoopsters to defeat the Hoosiers, 62-9, on April 24 at the East Lawrence Center.
Local Jr. Highs compete, multi-sport athletes shine at Bulldog Relays
May 3, 2006
Nearly 300 athletes from the four Lawrence junior high schools descended on Southwest Jr. High April 26 for the eighth edition of the Bulldog Relays.
Rainy week cancels DCABA, Heinrich baseball; KVSA soccer
May 3, 2006
A week of rain cancelled the opening of 8U Douglas County Amateur Baseball action, plus many of the 12U and 10U division games. In addition to the weekly cancellations, Kaw Valley Soccer Academy cancelled Saturday’s play at Youth Sports Inc.
Horoscopes
May 3, 2006
For Wednesday, May 3