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KU friends connect
May 7, 2006
Kyly Pyle and Tim Bateman were in their mid-20s and had been dating for more than a year. Both liked to travel, so Kyly wasn’t surprised when Tim suggested they take a trip during the Fourth of July weekend.
Information overload taxes sports fans
May 7, 2006
Matt Leinart may or may not be dating Paris Hilton. Do we need to know? Does it enhance our enjoyment of sports to learn the intricate personal details of our most well-known athletes? Would we be less well-rounded as sports fans if we paid attention only to Leinart’s play at quarterback and ignored the rest?
Most chimps in attack return to sanctuary
May 7, 2006
Most of the chimpanzees that fled a preserve and mauled a group of sightseers have returned, but the leader is still on the loose “out on the hills,” the sanctuary’s director said Saturday.
Community gives $10,000 to keep popular pool afloat
May 7, 2006
Let the cannonballs and belly-flops begin. In recent weeks, businesses and individual donors have chipped in more than $10,000 to help make needed repairs to a popular East Lawrence swimming pool. The donations came after organizers of the County Fair Swim Club put out a call for the community’s help to repair the pool’s leaking floor, which threatened to close the pool for the summer.
KU band releases national recording
May 7, 2006
John Lynch has been pretty busy lately with interviews on classical radio stations. Garden City. West Hartford, Conn. Roanoke, Va.
People in the news
May 7, 2006
¢ Madonna graces cover, spread of W magazine ¢ Queen Elizabeth II opens garden dedicated to sister ¢ Comic creator looks for new hero on reality TV ¢ Hasselhoff, Bach awarded joint custody of daughters
Biotech industry growing
May 7, 2006
“Competition. This wasn’t just statewide; this was international. We’ve got to get in the game. We have some steps we need to take to position ourselves in the best arena to compete, in order to get the businesses. We need to develop a plan of action … that delineates what kinds of companies we want to go after.”
Ruling party wins landslide victory
May 7, 2006
Singapore’s ruling party won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections Saturday, signaling continuity in the city-state’s trademark mix of economic success, social stability and tight political controls.
Vasquez dominates K.C.
May 7, 2006
The evidence was there from the start, when the first batter lunged at a pitch and struck out. Javier Vazquez was in control. And the Kansas City Royals couldn’t stop him.
Moppin’s blast dooms ISU
Massive clout lifts Kansas to 5-0 softball rout
May 7, 2006
A Kansas University softball player struck an historic home run Saturday. No, it wasn’t Serena Settlemier.
The greatness of Josh Gibson
It’s hard to predict, but Barry Bonds’ home-run chase likely would include ‘The Black Babe Ruth’
May 7, 2006
Without reliable statistics, the best way to measure Josh Gibson is by the legend. Bob Kendrick, a spokesman for the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, Mo., tells the one about the rookie who found a broken bat during batting practice and asked if it belonged to Gibson. Gibson, the hulking catcher, grabbed one of his bats and pointed to the well worn sweet spot. “Son, I don’t break bats,” he told him. “I wear them out.”
Decorative fire screens held vital function in homes
May 7, 2006
Stoves and central heating, 20th-century luxuries, changed how a family spent their waking hours, the way furniture was arranged in a room and even what types of furniture were popular. Upholstered chairs with tall backs and large, padded arms were popular in past centuries because they kept off drafts of cold air. If the fireplace was the main source of heat in a room, people sat as close to the fire as possible. This meant there had to be some type of screen or hearth rug that kept hot coals from burning the carpet or floor.
Keegan: Mostly, she loves me not
May 7, 2006
I have a shocking confession to make, and it’s something you just don’t see men reveal publicly. OK, here goes: I’ve had a mistress for decades.
Horoscopes
May 7, 2006
Children share the meaning of mom
Lawrence area students share what makes mom special
May 7, 2006
Students from the Lawrence area have shared their thoughts about their mothers through the Journal-World’s essay contest. Two winners will be selected from the essays published in this special section and will be announced in next Sunday’s Pulse section.
Annual show takes viewers down the road less traveled
Art Tougeau strikes a chord during parade through downtown on Saturday
May 7, 2006
Galleries, be gone. Art in Lawrence did not stand still on Saturday. With no walls to confine it, the Art Tougeau traveling party gave residents of varying degrees of creativity a vehicle for their mild or wild expressions.
Critics say big subdivisions are fraught with problems
May 7, 2006
Is bigger better? When it comes to rural subdivisions, yes, county leaders say. Rural subdivision regulations favored by the Douglas County Commission would allow 80-acre subdivisions as long as certain requirements are met. A vote by commissioners for a rezoning wouldn’t even be necessary.
Jayhawks storm Eudora
KU seniors key victory over all-stars
May 7, 2006
Perhaps it was fitting that Stephen Vinson and Christian Moody played their last games in a Jayhawk uniform against a Christian all-star team. Not only were the pair reminded of where they had been, but also the direction in which they were going.
Robinson gets her groove on early
Free State senior wins three times before dashing off to senior prom
May 7, 2006
Free State High swimmer Ashley Robinson made some memories the day of her senior prom even before hitting the dance floor.
Bush to graduates: Avoid being enslaved by technology
May 7, 2006
President Bush advised college graduates on Saturday to use technology but not become enslaved by it.
Satire superhighway
Web surge sends Internet funny man’s book to top of Amazon.com
May 7, 2006
For nearly 10 years, the Web site run by a man who goes by the name “Maddox” has amused and irritated thousands with a no-holds-barred brand of satire, leaving nothing sacred or safe.
45 years later, art still thrives in the park
Featured artist Patty Boyer takes work below sea level
May 7, 2006
Patty Boyer lives in a colorful world. Some time ago, the Lawrence artist went snorkeling in Hawaii, and she vividly recalls the incredible hues of the underwater wildlife.
Palestinian workers demand salaries, raising pressure on Hamas
May 7, 2006
Hundreds of Palestinians staged strikes and demonstrations Saturday in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to demand payment of overdue salaries to government workers - the first public signs of discontent with the Hamas-led Cabinet’s handling of the financial crisis.
Episcopal Church rejects gay candidates in bishop election
May 7, 2006
The Episcopal Church breathed a sigh of relief Saturday after a heterosexual was elected bishop of a San Francisco Bay Area diocese, tamping down at least temporarily rising tensions over the role of gays in the church.
Outed CIA officer Plame agrees to book deal
Sources: Deal will pay seven figures
May 7, 2006
Valerie Plame, the former CIA operative whose unmasking led to a federal investigation and the indictment of a top vice presidential aide, has agreed to a book deal with the Crown Publishing Group.
Mothers of Twins meeting serves multiple purposes
May 7, 2006
Paula Wombwell, of Lawrence, got a double dose of motherhood three years ago.
CIA choice would reinvigorate battle over eavesdropping
May 7, 2006
The nomination of Gen. Michael Hayden to take over the CIA would trigger a fresh battle over the secret warrantless surveillance program he oversaw on behalf of President Bush, a debate that could help shape the contours of the fall midterm congressional elections, officials in both parties said Saturday.
Course Directory
May 7, 2006
Lions flawless in victory
May 7, 2006
Members of the Free State High baseball team watched Saturday’s game between Lawrence High and Blue Valley North, scouting the Lions before the city showdown Thursday at Hoglund Ballpark.
Braves tumble to 12-18
May 7, 2006
Don’t panic over the state of the Atlanta Braves. They’re not. The Braves lost their fourth straight game Saturday, beaten 6-5 by the New York Mets and dropped to 12-18, nine games behind the Mets. Atlanta, winner of 14 straight division titles, hasn’t been this far out of first place since Aug. 11, 1993.
Gift in ninth lifts Athletics
May 7, 2006
Jay Payton scored the winning run when the ball went between third baseman Aubrey Huff’s legs with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Saturday.
Seahawks win soccer tourney
May 7, 2006
The Seabury Academy girls soccer squad won the Harmon/Washington tournament Saturday despite facing extraordinary circumstances.
KU product Keith has ailing wrist
May 7, 2006
Charlton Keith has been itching to prove his worth in the NFL. But he’s going to have to wait a little longer.
No time for reflection
As he puts a horseback-riding accident behind him and opens a new glass shop, artist has …
May 7, 2006
There was a day, not long ago, when Dave Anderson would have been up on the lift himself. That was back before that black quarter horse went berserk.
Changing faces
As the country debates immigration, Emporia deals with reality
May 7, 2006
“Ya soy un adulto,” Roberta Shafer says, writing down her words for her first-grade class. “En mi familia tengo un esposo, un hijo, una hija y una mascota que se llama Bubba.”
Race for alternative fuel
High gas prices push desire for e85
May 7, 2006
The numbers on the pump seemed to be getting unusually high - $37.73 … $38.26 … $39.57 … And my gasoline tank wasn’t full yet. As the pump price kept rolling up - $40.10 … $42.90 - I was starting to take it personally. The foreign oil barons were dipping into my money for coffee and doughnuts.
Barbaro still perfect after huge win
May 7, 2006
The unbeaten horse stumbled out of the gate. The reluctant hero kept his cool. “Good horses make good riders, and good horses make good trainers,” Michael Matz said.
Texas tough on KU
Longhorns cruise to 11-4 victory
May 7, 2006
Texas scored at least one run in four of the first six innings, then dropped a six-spot in the eighth to upend Kansas University, 11-4, on Saturday at Disch-Falk Stadium.
Earnhardt earns first win of year
Twenty-seven race drought ends with Richmond victory
May 7, 2006
The turnaround is complete, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in Victory Lane for the first time in 2006.
Party on, but Arthur’s decision still off-limits
May 7, 2006
Friends and family of prized basketball recruit Darrell Arthur gathered Saturday afternoon at the Arthur home to throw a celebratory barbecue.
10 U.S. soldiers killed in crash
May 7, 2006
Ten U.S. soldiers died when their helicopter crashed during combat operations aimed at flushing out militants from remote mountains in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Saturday.
Iraqis cheer downed British helicopter
May 7, 2006
A British military helicopter apparently was hit by a missile Saturday and crashed in Basra, triggering a confrontation in which jubilant Iraqis pelted British troops with stones, hurled firebombs and shouted slogans in support of a radical Shiite Muslim cleric.
Mothers set record for breast-feeding
May 7, 2006
Nearly 4,000 mothers set a world record this week for the largest number of women simultaneously breast-feeding their babies in the same place, organizers said.
Prison guard released unharmed after standoff
May 7, 2006
A female correctional officer was released unharmed Saturday evening after a 10-hour hostage standoff that prompted a lockdown at a state prison, authorities said.
Ferry crashes into pier; 9 suffer minor injuries
May 7, 2006
Nine people suffered minor injuries when a ferry crashed into a pier in a bustling tourist area Saturday, authorities said.
Rescuers within five feet of reaching miners
May 7, 2006
Rescuers used explosives today to blast the final stretch of an escape tunnel in a desperate effort to free two Australian gold miners trapped underground for 12 days in a small steel cage.
Suspect sought in stabbing incident
May 7, 2006
Lawrence Police officers were searching for a man suspected in a stabbing Saturday night near downtown Lawrence after responding to a man with a blood-soaked shirt on Massachusetts Street.
Judicial, legislative records off limits
Journal-World sought information related to Justice Nuss case
May 7, 2006
It’s possible that an indication of whether legislators and justices have been communicating on the pending school finance lawsuit could be found in their telephone records and appointment calendars.
De Soto waits for soccer decision
Three Johnson County cities in running for KC Wizards’ new home
May 7, 2006
The phone call De Soto Mayor Dave Anderson is hoping for has yet to come, but he is still hopeful De Soto will be the future home of the Kansas City Wizards.
Ball raises pot of gold for LMH renovations
May 7, 2006
The 630 people who attended Saturday’s Hearts of Gold Ball helped raise at least $100,000 for emergency room renovations at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
On the record
May 7, 2006
Lawrence datebook
May 7, 2006
Polygamous sect leader one of FBI most wanted
May 7, 2006
The fugitive leader of a polygamous sect wanted on charges in Arizona and Utah was put on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list Saturday.
Foreign airline students endure brief detention
May 7, 2006
Five airline passengers speaking in foreign languages and carrying “aircraft flight materials” were briefly detained Saturday until authorities determined they were simply returning to their home countries after attending a U.S. helicopter training school.
Scientists fear beach restoration could hurt turtles’ nesting season
May 7, 2006
Endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles emerge here every spring from the Gulf of Mexico, leaving smeary trails of flipper prints from surf through sand to nests where they lay their eggs.
3 killed as construction frame collapses
May 7, 2006
A support frame collapsed at a high-rise construction project Saturday, killing three workers who became trapped in quick-drying concrete as co-workers dug to try to free them, authorities said.
U.S. 24 crash sends four to hospitals
May 7, 2006
Four people were injured after a head-on crash Saturday afternoon in Perry on U.S. Highway 24.
Lawrence piano students to get pro feedback
May 7, 2006
The National Piano-Playing auditions will be May 811 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt.
Organ guild celebrates music of J.S. Bach
May 7, 2006
The Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will hold its 27th annual Bachathon, a celebration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th and Broadway, Kansas City, Mo.
Lawrence artists in Hays exhibition
May 7, 2006
Four Lawrence artists have works in the 37th annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition in Hays, which runs from through June 2 at the Hays Art Center.
Poet’s Showcase: Holocaust Remembrance Day 2006
May 7, 2006
“Memory is the sense of loss.”
KU faculty to stage ‘Soldier’s Tale’
May 7, 2006
Igor Stravinsky’s 1918 work “Soldier’s Tale” unveils the story of a soldier’s meeting with the devil, during which the devil proposes to provide the soldier a magical book that tells the future in exchange for the soldier’s violin.
Sudan: Peace accord paves way for U.N. peacekeepers in Darfur
May 7, 2006
Sudan’s government said Saturday that its peace accord with Darfur’s main insurgent group could pave the way for it to welcome U.N. peacekeepers, as mediators worked to persuade the rest of the fractured rebel movement to join the process.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
May 7, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 7, 1906: “Burglars broke into five businesses in Baldwin last night. Principal damage was at the Hobbs Mercantile Co. where important items of clothing were taken and the place was ransacked. No arrests have been made although some think they know who was behind it all.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
May 7, 2006
A Douglas County District Court jury found Don Michael Dever, 32, guilty of first-degree murder in the October slaying of a biker-drug dealer, Charles S. Myers, Clute, Texas. The death had occurred during an argument over drugs and money and a rural Lawrence farm house.
Polar bears aren’t the only animals at risk
May 7, 2006
I’ve always liked polar bears. Some animals just have a higher cool factor than others, and polar bears are one species that just seems to have it going on.
Poll’s ‘other half’ makes GOP vulnerable
May 7, 2006
There are lots of ways to look at public-opinion polls, all of them flawed. Almost no topic stuffed with numbers is so rife with ambiguity, so ripe for overinterpretation, so vulnerable to bias. The act of examining poll numbers is neither art nor science. It is something less than each of those.
Healthy habits
An industry ban on sugary soft drinks in school vending machines seems to support a broader “wellness” policy being considered by the Lawrence school board.
May 7, 2006
America’s soft drink industry has taken some of the heat off the Lawrence school board. An announcement last week by the American Beverage Assn., that it would remove sugary soft drinks from school vending machines to fight childhood obesity, is a strong endorsement of one part of a policy already under consideration by the Lawrence board.
Saving open space important to community’s future
May 7, 2006
Some Lawrence skeptics suspect that “smart growth” really means “no growth” at all and that what appears to be mere incompetence in planning reflects a plot to frustrate growth.
Earth Day thanks
May 7, 2006
To the editor: The Haskell Earth Day Committee would like to thank the Lawrence merchants and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce who helped so much to make our Earth Day observance so successful by providing food and prizes for our celebration.
Poll: Gas prices hurting 7 in 10 Americans
May 7, 2006
High pump prices are pinching the pocketbooks of seven in 10 Americans, a financial hardship that more middle- and higher-income drivers say they are beginning to feel, an AP-Ipsos poll found.
More acceptance
May 7, 2006
To the editor: I am writing this in response to the April 28 letter from Brad House.
School lunch policies feed obesity trend
May 7, 2006
At the center of our national school playground lies a statistical seesaw. On one end sit children who are still managing to maintain a healthy weight. On the other: the growing number of youngsters whose excess pounds put them at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, asthma and hypertension - as well as bullying and social isolation.
Older generations of Hispanics face new challenges
May 7, 2006
Gil Solis came to the United States from Mexico in 1910, settling in this city’s “La Colonia” neighborhood with other immigrants who worked on the railroad. For the most part, his grandson said, Gil demanded that his kids and grandkids assimilate in the new country.
Resident dance group conveys passion, art
May 7, 2006
I used to think that if I wanted to watch a quality dance performance in Lawrence, my only options were to go see something at the Lied Center or check out the latest works by Kansas University’s dance department. It never really occurred to me to go see local dance performances because it just didn’t seem like there were any Lawrence dance groups.
Owners sought after pit bulls hurt three
May 7, 2006
Police on Friday were searching for the owners of three pit bulls after the dogs attacked and injured three men, one critically.
Training incident spurs Taser lawsuit
May 7, 2006
A former Kansas City, Kan., police officer has filed a lawsuit against Taser International Inc., contending an electrical shock from a Taser stun gun during a training exercise caused muscle contractions severe enough to fracture one of his vertebrae.
E-mails show DeLay knew lobbyist funded trip
May 7, 2006
Prosecutors have e-mails showing Rep. Tom DeLay’s office knew lobbyist Jack Abramoff had arranged the financing for the GOP leader’s controversial European golfing trip in 2000 and was concerned “if someone starts asking questions.”
Responsible owners
May 7, 2006
To the editor: I sympathize with Rebecca Cruse’s complaint about dogs relieving themselves on her property. We often can’t stop the dog from going where it will, but a responsible dog owner will pick it up.
Getting better all the time
Alvamar pro quickly spots flaws as I’m teeing off
May 7, 2006
When he was smacking old golf balls with old clubs into the Arizona desert with buddies, Alex Eichman never imagined he one day would become a PGA professional. At that point, he hadn’t actually played the game on a golf course.