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Restaurant inspection results online
May 4, 2006
Once the decision has been made on where to eat, the Kansas Department of Health and Enivironment has available online inspection results of restaurants statewide.
Jury finds man not guilty of charges in shooting
May 4, 2006
A Lawrence man accused of shooting a woman in the face last year was found not guilty of all charges today.
Text of governor’s response to Nuss allegations
May 4, 2006
The following is the text of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ statement Thursday on open records requests.
Sebelius responds to Nuss allegations
May 4, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today denied having any inside information from the Kansas Supreme Court on the school finance lawsuit.
Kline to speak on corporate probes and politics
May 4, 2006
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline will speak Monday at Kansas University on the topic of how state prosecutors should ethically handle publicity about corporate investigations.
Scattered showers on tap today
May 4, 2006
Pull out the umbrella again. Lawrence is in for another wet and cloudy day, says Sarah Jones, 6News weather forecaster.
Partiers take note: Police presence at Wakarusa Fest to double this year
May 4, 2006
Illegal drugs might not flow as freely this summer at the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival, scheduled for June 8-11 at Clinton State Park.
Feds won’t come to rescue in event of flu pandemic
May 4, 2006
President Bush’s plan for dealing with a flu pandemic warns that the federal government won’t be able to bail out communities reeling from illness and economic upheaval, and calls on businesses and individuals to take steps now to keep vital services running.
Marathon’ dance to end company’s season on a bang
May 4, 2006
The 940 dance company is going out with a bang - literally. It its final engagement of the season, the company’s artistic director, Susan Warden, will send her dancers shuttling through the air in leaps and spins that would give stunt doubles a run for their money. There’s no storyline - just pure energy and momentum.
Confirmed, suspected mumps cases now 190
May 4, 2006
Cases of mumps in Douglas County have increased again, with a total of 190 confirmed and suspected cases as of Wednesday, according to the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.
A final taunt; a life in prison
Al-Qaida conspirator won’t be put to death
May 4, 2006
Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui escaped the death penalty Wednesday as a jury decided he deserved life in prison instead for his role in the bloodiest terrorist attack in U.S. history. “America, you lost,” Moussaoui taunted.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 4, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.70 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Teen faces another charge in school plot
May 4, 2006
A 16-year-old student at Riverton High School was charged Wednesday with solicitation to commit murder in the first degree in an alleged plot to carry out a shooting spree at his southeast Kansas high school.
KU coach discounts advantage
Jayhawks hosts for cycling nationals
May 4, 2006
For the second straight year, Kansas University will serve as host for the USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals. To hear coach Christopher Hess tell it, that might not be the advantage it would seem.
Montana governor pardons WWI sedition convicts
May 4, 2006
It was a black mark on dozens of family histories that lingered for nearly nine decades - until a journalism professor and a group of law students examined what happened to citizens who spoke out against the government during World War I.
NBA’s foreign players overrated?
Home-grown college athletes understand physicality of American game, responsibility of greatness
May 4, 2006
Here you go, maybe the easiest basketball quiz you’ve ever taken: Who would you rather have on your NBA team?
Mine probe focuses on lightning
May 4, 2006
A lightning strike a mile from the mouth of the Sago Mine probably sent an electrical pulse along a power line, ultimately igniting methane gas and causing the explosion that killed 12 miners, a consultant hired by the mine owner said Wednesday.
Tsunami warnings not received after earthquake
Timely communications throughout South Pacific region were hit or miss
May 4, 2006
A powerful earthquake struck near the South Pacific nation of Tonga early today - Wednesday morning, Kansas time - triggering tsunami warnings for as far away as Fiji and New Zealand. But word of the imminent danger never reached the tiny country closest to the epicenter.
ER’ gets in on headline news
May 4, 2006
“Law & Order” is not the only NBC drama to feature “ripped from the headlines” stories. Tonight’s “ER” (9 p.m., NBC) has Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) and Carter (Noah Wyle) trying to save lives in the civil war-torn Darfur region of the Sudan.
Lawrence Datebook
May 4, 2006
Junior Achievement elects chairman
May 4, 2006
Jamie Lowe, of U.S. Bank, was named chairman of the Lawrence Junior Achievement board of directors at Tuesday’s volunteer recognition luncheon at Hereford House.
Site of Salvation Army center unsettled
May 4, 2006
The Salvation Army and East Lawrence residents failed to reach an agreement Wednesday night about the site of a new homeless center. The Salvation Army plans to build a 66-bed shelter near 19th Street and Haskell Avenue, but neighbors have voiced concerns that their streets and parks will become a hangout for homeless people.
Brother Derek installed as favorite
Front-running colt takes 3-1 odds into Kentucky Derby
May 4, 2006
His role as the Kentucky Derby favorite confirmed, Brother Derek now needs only to figure out how to win from the far, far outside. The front-running colt was installed as the 3-1 favorite Wednesday after drawing the No. 18 post position. Only one horse ever has won the Derby from that spot - Gato Del Sol in 1982.
Sunni-on-Sunni violence latest threat to Iraq stability
May 4, 2006
Sunni insurgents boldly attacked fellow Sunni Arabs on Wednesday, the latest in a growing campaign against those who cooperate with the U.S.-backed Iraqi government.
Rolling Stone hits 1,000-issue milestone
May 4, 2006
Rolling Stone magazine celebrates its 1,000th issue this week with a burst of rock ‘n’ roll excess: a glitzy Manhattan party with the Strokes as house band and a 3-D cover that mimics the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s” sleeve and cost nearly $1 million to produce.
A state of higher gardening
There’s more to learn about than academics at Kansas University. A walking tour reveals a campus where something’s always in bloom.
May 4, 2006
We’re fortunate to live in the shadow of Mount Oread. But amid all the hustle and bustle of academic life at Kansas University, one of the jewels of campus is its immaculate and varied landscaping.
Correction
May 4, 2006
Free State High’s Livi Abney and Lawrence High center fielder Samantha Hays were misidentified in photos in Wednesday’s Journal-World.
Ex-Jayhawk Norris sliced by Texans
May 4, 2006
Former Kansas University fullback Moran Norris was among 10 players released Wednesday by the Houston Texans.
Burg paces LHS tennis
May 4, 2006
Gardner Burg went 3-2 and placed 18th to lead Lawrence High’s entries in the Topeka West Tennis Invitational on Wednesday. The Lions’ Ryan Robinson also went 3-2 and placed 25th.
Pistons wrap up series against Bucks, 4-1
May 4, 2006
Richard Hamilton played like he desperately wanted a break. The guard with the face mask had a playoff-career-high 40 points Wednesday night, and the Detroit Pistons tied a franchise-playoff scoring record in the first quarter in a 122-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5.
Rush didn’t agonize over NBA
May 4, 2006
Brandon Rush didn’t lounge around his Jayhawker Towers apartment Saturday night watching the clock while debating whether to enter his name in the NBA Draft at the last minute.
Keegan: Woods’ father no puppeteer
May 4, 2006
Earl Woods died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. Here’s hoping the notion he was a pushy Little League dad is buried with him.
Bonds hit in head during BP
May 4, 2006
The best contact Barry Bonds made was with his forehead. Bonds didn’t come any closer to catching Babe Ruth after getting bonked in the head during batting practice. Instead it was Pedro Feliz who went deep, and Jason Schmidt pitched a gem to lead the San Francisco Giants over the Milwaukee Brewers, 2-0, Wednesday night.
Tigers stretch win streak to 6
May 4, 2006
Alexis Gomez hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, and the Detroit Tigers beat the slumping Los Angeles Angels, 2-1, on Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to six.
On the record
May 4, 2006
Legislators begin negotiating school funding plan
May 4, 2006
Legislators started negotiations Wednesday over school finance issues after the House rejected a three-year, $532.7 million plan assembled a day earlier. Finding a compromise plan that will satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court mandate to increase spending on schools has fallen to three senators and three House members.
Private prisons, Jessica’s Law fail
May 4, 2006
The Kansas House on Wednesday refused to go along with authorizing private prisons as part of a bill to increase punishments for sex offenders. The tougher penalties, known as “Jessica’s Law,” were linked to a proposal to allow private prisons in Kansas.
Proposed constitutional amendment fails
Measure would have made it more difficult to raise taxes
May 4, 2006
A proposed constitutional amendment to make it more difficult to raise state taxes was sidetracked Wednesday.
Students raising money for Darfur region
May 4, 2006
Students from Baker, Kansas and Kansas State universities will raise money for the Darfur region of Sudan.
Jury still out in case of N. Lawrence shooting
May 4, 2006
A jury this morning will enter its second day of deliberations in the trial of a Lawrence man charged with shooting a woman in the face.
Senate sends abortion reporting bill to Sebelius
May 4, 2006
Doctors who perform abortions would be required to provide state health officials detailed information about each late-term abortion and whether the fetus was abnormal under a bill sent Wednesday to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Minuteman Project on 12-city tour; first stop meets hostile crowd
May 4, 2006
Leaders of the Minuteman Project began a cross-country tour Wednesday to seek support for tighter border security, launching a caravan to the nation’s capital from a heavily black neighborhood where many residents shouted at the civilian patrol group to go home.
First lady announces school library grants
May 4, 2006
School libraries wiped out by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita are getting grants worth $500,000 to help them rebuild, along with a rare magazine collection, first lady Laura Bush and media executives announced Wednesday.
Internet tobacco sales subject of lawsuit
May 4, 2006
A group of cigarette distributors and sellers sued New York on Wednesday seeking to overturn a law banning Internet, telephone and mail order tobacco sales.
House passes ethics reform legislation; critics say it has no bite
May 4, 2006
After a heated debate over ethics rules for lawmakers and lobbyists, the House on Wednesday narrowly passed a set of reforms, 217-213. House Republican David Dreier, of California, who led the floor debate for his party, said the measures were “strong” and “bold” steps to put Congress on the path to reform.
Dramatic dinger saves KU
Settlemier waits out rain delay, delivers two-run shot to rally Jayhawks
May 4, 2006
Stick another shining star on the storybook softball season of Serena Settlemier. Settlemier, Kansas University’s slugging senior, smashed her 21st home run Wednesday at Arrocha Ballpark, enabling the Jayhawks to trim Wichita State, 2-1.
Commission split on mental health unit
Patients are often sent to other communities for treatment
May 4, 2006
About 30 times per month, area residents are being transferred from the Lawrence Memorial Hospital emergency room to other communities to receive treatment for mental health issues, city commissioners were told during a meeting with hospital leaders Wednesday.
Stamp proposal bridges price gaps
May 4, 2006
Not just diamonds are forever. Add stamps to the list. The post office is planning a “forever” stamp for letters, good no matter how many times postal rates increase.
Deadly fire sweeps city block
May 4, 2006
Fire swept through a home early Wednesday in Binghamton, killing a woman and three of her children and damaging four other buildings, including a neighboring church.
HIV/AIDS conference targets native people
May 4, 2006
American Indians and Alaska natives need more research on how HIV and AIDS affect their communities, and culturally sensitive treatment needs to be created to combat the diseases, officials said at a health conference Wednesday in Anchorage.
4 students arrested in Breakers mansion theft
May 4, 2006
Four college students are accused of stealing items worth more than $100,000, including vases and a mantel clock, from a seaside mansion that was once railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt’s summer “cottage.”
Nuss case brings up records questions
Law unclear on what must be disclosed
May 4, 2006
State law isn’t clear about what records the governor’s office or the Kansas Supreme Court must disclose as conservative Republican senators hunt for information about whether the two had any contact with each other on school finance issues.
Prosecutors ask victims of hoax about sextuplets to come forward
May 4, 2006
Prosecutors pleaded Wednesday for victims of a scam in which a couple faked the birth of sextuplets to come forward so that charges could possibly be upgraded.
President backs off legalizing drugs
May 4, 2006
Mexican President Vicente Fox sent a drug decriminalization bill back to Congress on Wednesday just hours after U.S. officials warned that the measure could encourage “drug tourism.”
165 Chileans arrive for free eye surgery
May 4, 2006
A program called “Miracle Mission” continued Wednesday with a group of 165 Chileans arriving in Venezuela for free eye surgery courtesy of the government of President Hugo Chavez.
Cease-fire declared with Maoist rebels
May 4, 2006
Nepal’s new Cabinet sought Wednesday to end a bloody decade-old Maoist insurgency that has killed 13,000 people in this Himalayan kingdom, matching the rebels’ cease-fire declaration and saying the government will no longer label them “terrorists.”
EU suspends talks; war criminal still free
May 4, 2006
Serbia’s failure to arrest war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic - the ex-Bosnian Serb army commander indicted for genocide - prompted the European Union on Wednesday to suspend aid and trade talks.
Despite senator’s efforts, juvenile marriage ban advances
O’Connor says history full of successful women who married as teens
May 4, 2006
Citing Loretta Lynn and the Virgin Mary as successful women who married young, Sen. Kay O’Connor voted against a bill that would prohibit 14-year-olds from marrying.
Military backs off threat to Israel
May 4, 2006
The Iranian military on Wednesday rejected a statement from a top Revolutionary Guards commander that Israel would be Iran’s first target in response to any U.S. attack, an Iranian news agency reported.
Lessons in (modest) fashion
Churchgoers walk the runway to show that cute doesn’t have to mean sexy
May 4, 2006
The models here certainly walked the model walk - strolling down the runway, sashaying, turning their gaze side to side. But at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3655 W. 10th St., there was not an inch of shoulder flesh, not a hint of thigh.
Britain, France offer resolution on Iran
May 4, 2006
Britain and France introduced a U.N. Security Council resolution Wednesday demanding that Iran abandon its uranium enrichment program, possibly setting the stage for sanctions if Tehran does not comply.
Ex-resident gets life for role in shooting
May 4, 2006
A former Lawrence resident has received a life sentence in prison for orchestrating a plot to kill a drug informant.
Bill would require headlights on in rain
May 4, 2006
The Legislature on Wednesday approved a bill that would require motorists to turn on headlights when it is raining.
Source of gas leak remains a mystery
KDHE says ‘mixture of water and fuel’ pumped from trench
May 4, 2006
It’s a mystery. “I don’t know where that fuel came from,” said Doug Wald, vice president at Presto Convenience Store’s corporate office in Andover. “I don’t know what to think.”
So long, sugary drinks
Industry to stop selling to schools
May 4, 2006
The vending machines at the entrance of Lawrence High School are bursting with sugary beverages: Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and so on. That’s about to change.
Down, but not out
Track woes lead Jeremy Mayfield to redefine his expectations
May 4, 2006
Jeremy Mayfield returns this weekend to the scene of the crowning moment of his Nextel Cup career.
Terminology
May 4, 2006
To the editor: On the front of the D section of the April 27 Journal-World there is a picture of Gary Lawson carrying a walking plow. The caption says he’s carrying a “walk-behind hoe.”
Close borders
May 4, 2006
To the editor: Is the illegal immigration drain on tax funds recognized in Lawrence?
No surprise
May 4, 2006
To the editor: Well, the Wal-Mart thugs have won again. No surprise, really. They attacked Lawrence with a vengeance, hurling every “legal” weapon they could find or manufacture.
Rude behavior
May 4, 2006
To the editor: Lawrence is a great place to live. I just moved into a great neighborhood. The people seem nice, but it seems that everyone that has dogs allows their dog to “get rid of waste” in my yard as well as my neighbor’s yard without cleaning up afterwards.
Protest gamble didn’t pay off
May 4, 2006
Monday’s immigration protests will be remembered as a turning point. The pro-amnesty, zero-enforcement coalition gambled that it could take to the streets and intimidate the majority of Americans into backtracking on their plans to toughen immigration law. It was a bold gamble for the open-borders bunch - and they lost.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 4, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 4, 1906: “An institute for ministers and other church people begins tomorrow at the University of Kansas and about 100 church leaders are due to attend.
GOP panders to voters with gas rebate plan
May 4, 2006
So it has come to this: A group of Senate Republicans has proposed $100 rebates to low-income people to ease their “pain at the gas pump.” They also are entertaining the possibility of higher taxes on oil industry profits, as if government does a better job of spending money than private industry. Have they forgotten the last time government imposed a “windfall profits tax” from 1980 to ‘88? Oil production fell (but demand grew) as “big oil” had less incentive to explore. A history of this bad idea can be found on The Tax History Project Web site www.taxhistory.org.
Regional governments might work in Iraq
May 4, 2006
On Monday, to mark the third anniversary of President Bush’s famous appearance on the USS Lincoln to announce that “major combat operations in Iraq have ended,” Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, of Nevada, issued a news release in which Bush’s text was counterposed with barbed reminders of everything that has gone wrong in Iraq since that boast.
Fishing expedition
State senators must have too much time on their hands.
May 4, 2006
It would seem, with key legislative issues remaining to be resolved, that members of the Kansas Senate would have better ways to spend their time than engaging in political fishing expeditions.
Flint Hills Cowboys’ author to sign books
May 4, 2006
Jim Hoy, author of “Flint Hills Cowboys: Tales of the Tallgrass Prairie,” will sign copies of the book from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Fields Gallery, 712 Mass. Local artist Louis Copt, who created the cover art, will be presenting new prairie paintings.
Musical revue raises $3,000 for DCAP
May 4, 2006
“Features,” a benefit concert presented by University Theatre and Headmasters Salon of Lawrence, raised more than $3,000 for the Douglas County AIDS Project.
Tree removal, fungicide ward off cedar apple rust
May 4, 2006
Evergreen trees such as pines, spruce and cedar often are most enjoyed during the Christmas holiday season. The bright lights, shining star and wide array of ornaments adorn the tree, helping to capture all of Santa’s magic. However, this time of year, the juniper and cedar trees are loaded with seasonal ornaments that are neither charming nor magical.
K.C. tumbles to 0-12 on road this season
Royals one short of record for losses away from home to start year
May 4, 2006
The Minnesota Twins finally are showing signs of pitching to their potential. Brad Radke pitched his best game of the season, allowing four hits in seven innings to lead the Twins over the reeling Kansas City Royals, 6-1, Wednesday night.
Elder Woods dies at 74
Tiger mourns passing of ‘best friend’
May 4, 2006
Earl Woods, who was more determined to raise a good son than a great golfer and became the architect and driving force behind Tiger Woods’ phenomenal career, died Wednesday morning at his home in Cypress, Calif. He was 74.
Old Home Town- 25 years ago
May 4, 2006
Although a paid consultant had declared no serious traffic perils existed at the city parking lot at 600 Mass., Mayor Marci Francisco remained firm in her opposition and was calling for the lot to be turned into a bicycle parking area rather than a site for motor vehicles. The mayor, an avid bicyclist, said she had received support from Commissioner Nancy Shontz.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 4, 2006
A $100,000 remodeling and modernization project was being completed at the Stokely-Van Camp food processing plant on East 10th Street. The Lawrence school board set the class hours for the coming year - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the elementary schools; 8:45 to 3:15 in junior high; 9-3:05 at Lawrence High School.
People in the news
May 4, 2006
Horoscopes
May 4, 2006