Archive for Monday, May 8, 2006

Also from May 8

On the street
Photo galleries
Art in the Park 2006 National Geographic memories Kansas softball vs. Iowa State Mud volleyball tournament
Which proposal for a new downtown library do you prefer?

Poll results

Response Percent

“Eldridge Redevelopment District” at 600 Vermont

“A New Direction” at 9th & New Hampshire Street

“Riverfront Library” on Sixth Street

“Town Square” at 800 New Hampshire Street
Total 1024
Do you think Lawrence should require bars to equip doormen with hand-held metal detectors, much like those used by airport security guards?

Poll results

Response Percent
No. It should be up to the business owner’s discretion.
Yes. The city hasn’t done enough to improve downtown safety.
No. Many of the problems occur in the parking lots.
If they are not give metal detectors, doormen should at least be required to undergo security training.
Total 411

All stories

Vote for a library location
City receives four plans for downtown library
May 8, 2006
Lawrence city officials have unveiled four proposals for a new downtown library.
Accident injures one on Iowa Street
May 8, 2006
A two-car accident this afternoon sent a car skidding on its side along Iowa Street and landed the driver in the hospital.
Praeger kicks off re-election campaign
May 8, 2006
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger launched her re-election bid today by filing as a candidate in the Douglas County Clerk’s office.
Arthur postpones decision a day
May 8, 2006
Darrell Arthur, Kansas University’s top recruiting basketball target, was supposed to end the suspense with a news conference at 12:30 p.m. today, but postponed it, according to his high school coach, James Mays.
Chance for thunderstorms tonight
Wet weather ahead for Tuesday
07:30 a.m., May 8, 2006 Updated 04:38 p.m.
You probably won’t have to use it, but you might want to grab an umbrella on your way out. “We have only a slight chance for a storm today,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. Schack said there’s a chance for an evening storm, then a better chance after midnight.
Clouds don’t dim show
Over 100 vendors and Frisbee-fetching dogs make the day a hit
May 8, 2006
Gray skies or not, the world was a bright place for Lawrence artists Sunday.
Young chess masters on their way to gaining national prominence
May 8, 2006
Within a few years, Lawrence schools may be turning out some of the nation’s top chess players.
Four decades later, memories persist for Vietnam vets
May 8, 2006
In Vietnam, feet mattered. So did socks. “We used to get bullets first, and then I’d rather have a clean pair of socks before food,” Butch Bartlett said recently. “Because your socks would rot off in your boots.”
Bump, set, splat: Annual mud volleyball event serves up fun for LHS students
Cold weather doesn’t dampen enthusiasm
May 8, 2006
Knee-deep in lagoons of muck, Lawrence High School students served, volleyed and spiked to celebrate another school year Sunday.
KU hoops recruit to reveal long-awaited decision
May 8, 2006
The lips were pretty much sealed Sunday, making today’s news conference announcing the college choice of prep basketball standout Darrell Arthur all the more intriguing.
Triple Crown possible
May 8, 2006
The garland of roses was still draped over a wall near Barbaro’s stall in Barn 42 at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning, and talk of a Triple Crown run already was blooming before the buds fully opened.
Longhorns sweep KU
Quick has shortest outing
May 8, 2006
The Texas Longhorns became the first team to sweep the Kansas University baseball squad this season, blasting the Jayhawks, 11-1, in eight innings.
Outdoors camp for youth slated at Rock Springs
May 8, 2006
Kansas youth between the ages of 10 and 12 who enjoy the outdoors can attend the annual Outdoor Adventure Camp at Rock Springs 4-H Center near Junction City.
Fishing report
May 8, 2006
Missouri angler lands huge crappie
May 8, 2006
John Horstman of rural Fulton, Mo., hooked a black crappie in late April that broke Missouri’s state pole-and-line record and could be an international record, too.
Big-game regulations tweaked
May 8, 2006
Kansas deer hunters now may purchase an antlerless-only deer permit or game tag after Dec. 30 without having first obtained a permit that allows taking an antlered deer.
Throckmortons join TherapyWorks staff
May 8, 2006
TherapyWorks announces the addition of two clinical staff members.
On the money
May 8, 2006
For many college graduates, dealing with student loan debt ranks right up there with finding a career job. One method for recent graduates to deal with student loans borrowed during the college years is through loan consolidation.
Last U.S. survivor of Titanic dies at 99
May 8, 2006
Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American survivor of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, has died, a funeral home said Sunday. She was 99.
Polygamist added to FBI’s top 10 list
May 8, 2006
The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list now includes the leader of a polygamist church.
1,000 evacuated as brush fire grows
May 8, 2006
About 1,000 residents in New Smyrna Beach were ordered to evacuate their homes Sunday as strong winds pushed a brush fire across Interstate 95 toward their homes, authorities said.
Battle lines form at Capitol
General called ‘wrong’ man to lead CIA
May 8, 2006
The general presumed to be President Bush’s choice to head the CIA could be in for a tough confirmation process, leading Republicans and Democrats said Sunday.
New stormwater engineer on the job
May 8, 2006
Lawrence has a new stormwater engineer who will work on ways to prevent flooding in the community.
Lawrence datebook
May 8, 2006
Suspect still at large in downtown stabbing
May 8, 2006
Lawrence Police were still searching for a suspect Sunday in the stabbing of a 21-year-old Lawrence man Saturday night downtown.
LINK seeks help with Saturday meal
May 8, 2006
Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen needs eight to 10 volunteers to serve lunch Saturday. LINK offers a safe place for the hungry or lonely to share a free, nutritious meal with others. Volunteers are needed from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to assist with setup, service and cleanup of the lunch meal.
Left-wing lawmakers end 2-month standoff
May 8, 2006
Five left-wing lawmakers who took refuge in Congress for two months to avoid arrest on coup charges triumphantly walked out of the building today after a court dismissed the charges.
New bishop has Vatican approval
May 8, 2006
China’s official Roman Catholic church named a U.S.-educated bishop Sunday - reportedly with papal approval - as Beijing rejected Vatican criticism of the unauthorized ordination of two other bishops.
American attempts to row across Atlantic
May 8, 2006
A New Yorker set off from West Africa on Sunday to become the first black American to row solo across the Atlantic.
Calls grow for Blair to step down as P.M.
May 8, 2006
Prime Minister Tony Blair, battered over his Iraq policy and a series of scandals in his cabinet, is facing a growing revolt within his Labor Party as scores of Labor members of Parliament are demanding that he set a date for stepping aside.
Israeli police evict settlers from West Bank
May 8, 2006
Rocks, firebombs and light bulbs filled with paint greeted Israeli police and soldiers sent to evict Jewish squatters from a Palestinian-owned building. It looked like a replay of Israel’s Gaza evacuation, and the result was the same, only quicker.
Tense mine vigil continues in Australia
May 8, 2006
Rescuers measured progress in fractions of an inch today as they chipped away rock harder than concrete to free two Australian gold miners trapped for nearly two full weeks deep underground.
Furyk makes most of second chance
Tough-luck playoff loser last year turns Wachovia tables
May 8, 2006
Given another chance in a playoff at the Wachovia Championship, Jim Furyk finished the job Sunday.
Royals shakeup unlikely today
Glass says ‘significant’ changes on way, but probably not before Tuesday; Baird could be history
May 8, 2006
The Kansas City Royals apparently will have to wait at least until Tuesday to learn what changes owner David Glass has decided to make.
Torre reaches 1,000
May 8, 2006
Joe Torre earned his 1,000th win as manager of the Yankees, with Hideki Matsui hitting a three-run homer in an 8-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday that stretched New York’s winning streak to a season-high five games.
Suns’ Nash repeats as league’s MVP
May 8, 2006
That mop-haired Canadian did it again, running away with his second consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player award.
People in the news
May 8, 2006
¢ ‘M:I3’ debut fails to meet expectations ¢ Wedding wouldn’t wait ¢ Homage to an idol ¢ Lookin’ for a leader ¢ If singing doesn’t work …
Happy feet
Reflexology taps nerves to stimulate body’s natural healing
May 8, 2006
For years, it seemed like nothing would alleviate Sarah Fayman’s chronic back pain. The herniated disc prompted her to visit doctor after doctor.
Arkin shines in ‘Murder’
May 8, 2006
Never trust a guy in aviator glasses. That’s the first thing we learn in the made-for-TV thriller “Murder on Pleasant Drive” (8 p.m., Lifetime).
Subdivision on agenda
May 8, 2006
Douglas County commissioners will consider several items during their meeting this morning.
Breast-feeding moms get cards of support
May 8, 2006
Don’t mess with breast-feeding moms in Kansas.
As KU tuition climbs, so does financial aid
May 8, 2006
Kansas University junior Patrick Sweet has a multipronged approach to paying for college. Scholarships. Loans. At least two jobs, but sometimes three.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 8, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.65 at several locations.
Developers seek rezonings near Sixth Street, trafficway
Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at
May 8, 2006
City commissioners will consider giving approval to a new retail development at the northeast corner of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Corps raising river to encourage fish spawning
May 8, 2006
Over roughly the next two weeks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will raise the water level on the Missouri River in hopes of coaxing the endangered pallid sturgeon into reproducing.
Wichita motorist in profiling case has history of rights complaints
May 8, 2006
A Wichita man whose racial profiling complaint was the first one ruled on by the Kansas Human Rights Commission has a long history of complaints, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Geography may be a shortcoming, but literate Americans can help fill in the gaps admirably.
May 8, 2006
Americans, young and old, are “illiterate” in a lot of ways and the field of geography seems to be one of our cultural and educational weaknesses.
May 8, 2006
To the editor: A recent Journal-World headline read “Feds won’t come to rescue in event of flu pandemic,” regarding the plans of the Bush administration to deal with bird flu.
Faith and denial
May 8, 2006
To the editor: After reading a letter to the editor titled “Bible study” (May 5), I was reminded of the people who claim that most Muslims out there do not practice Islam the right way or that they are missing the true meaning of Islam and that is why Islam looks like a nightmare from the Dark Ages.
Activist grannies take a stand
May 8, 2006
I went to the grannies for a booster shot of optimism. It’s been that kind of a week. We just passed the third anniversary of the flight-jacket photo op and its mission unaccomplished. The plunge in the president’s approval ratings, down to 33 percent, hasn’t translated into a howl of protest but a low-level depression. And the Official Bush Countdown Clock is barely a tick below a thousand days.
United 93’ honors ‘worth of heroism’
May 8, 2006
In most movies made to convey dread, the tension flows from uncertainty about what will happen. In “United 93,” terror comes from knowing exactly what will happen. People who associate cinematic menace with maniacs wielding chain saws will find that there can be an almost unbearable menace in the quotidian - in the small talk of passengers waiting in the boarding area with those who will murder them, in the routine shutting of the plane’s door prior to push-back from the gate at Newark Airport on Sept. 11, 2001.
No relief in sight for House Republicans
May 8, 2006
“We’re back for another fun-filled week.” That was the sardonic opening comment of House Majority Leader John Boehner on Tuesday as he faced a roomful of reporters at the start of yet another testing period for the embattled congressional Republicans.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
May 8, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 8, 1906: “The 11th annual convention of the Kansas Federation of Women’s Clubs has opened here and there was difficulty finding lodging after the many people here, about 1,000, for the recent Sunday School Convention. But the problem should be solved soon and it appears every club in the state will be represented by at least one person. “
National Geographic memories
From NASA to life’s origins, writer left imprint on legendary magazine
May 8, 2006
Ken Weaver is a writer whose stories have gone as high as the moon, as far back as the very origins of mankind and all the way to the bottom of the world.
Physics, theater collide in KU student’s play
May 8, 2006
People always ask how Larissa Ejzak got to this point. They want to know how she can live in a place where complex scientific theory and artistic theater coexist.
Crede’s clutch hit ices Royals
Hot-hitting third baseman seals another home victory for White Sox
May 8, 2006
Four innings after nearly hitting a home run, Joe Crede had a go-ahead single with two outs in the eighth inning, sending the Chicago White Sox on their way to another home victory.
Hartsock: Return of great outdoors
May 8, 2006
Not long ago, I was at the doctor’s office, wearing little more than underwear and an uneasy grin as my doctor frowned at me over my chart. “So,” he said, making chitchat to ease the unease, “you work for the paper.”
Jazzercise center opens in Lawrence
May 8, 2006
Jazzercise announced the opening of its newest fitness center in Lawrence, inside the former Total Fitness Athletic Club at 2339 Iowa St.
Rat Race’ author pens survival tips
Lawrence resident shares workplace experiences
May 8, 2006
Paul Ulasien isn’t a rat, doesn’t want to be a rat and remains frustrated with the very notion that he’s spent a career surrounded by and managed by an ever-increasing number of rats.
Supermarkets try to bring families back to dinner table
May 8, 2006
For working parents and heavily scheduled school kids, family mealtime is as out of fashion as the scene in Norman Rockwell’s iconic Thanksgiving supper painting. Supermarkets are trying to lure families back to the dinner table.
Fuel bank gives motorists reserves of cheaper gas
May 8, 2006
Most motorists are feeling the pain as gasoline creeps toward, or over, $3 a gallon - but not Art Altrichter.
Fats Domino cancels Jazz Fest appearance
Poor health sidelines singer, who appears only briefly on stage
May 8, 2006
Fats Domino, the headliner for Jazz Fest’s final day, canceled his performance just hours before he was to take the stage Sunday.
Unemployed shouldn’t settle for job, but seek best offer
May 8, 2006
I wanted you to know that I have a job offer in hand and four others on the way. Moreover, I have three interviews this week and another mailing going out to refill the queue.
Willis happy as ever
Gutted Marlins fail to perturb pitcher
May 8, 2006
If you ever wondered what would happen when worlds collided in baseball, pay attention. It’s going on right now in the Florida Marlins clubhouse.
Documentary has origins in evolution ‘dramatics’
May 8, 2006
A year ago the national spotlight was on Kansas and a hearing in Topeka where one of the most intense debates on the theory of evolution was unfolding since the 1925 Scopes “monkey” trial.
No senior slide
Upperclassmen help KU secure coveted sixth seed
May 8, 2006
Heather Stanley made her last game in Arrocha Ballpark a memorable one.
On the record
May 8, 2006
Pulse calendar
May 8, 2006
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For Monday, May 8
Nebraska regent’s trial starts today
May 8, 2006
University of Nebraska Regent David Hergert’s impeachment trial is set to begin today, marking the first time in nearly a generation the Nebraska Supreme Court has held such a proceeding.
Widow says bar security a priority
Shooting victim’s wife calls for stepped-up checks at entries
May 8, 2006
The widow of a man shot and killed in February outside a downtown Lawrence nightclub thinks the city hasn’t yet done enough to improve downtown safety.
Yakkin’ about kayakin’
Sport not just for ‘nutcases’ anymore
May 8, 2006
When Linda Niedbalski first started kayaking about four years ago, she drew a lot of curious looks.
Death squads, car bombs continue lethal rampage
U.S. Marine among 42 killed Sunday
May 8, 2006
Car bombs killed at least 16 people and injured dozens Sunday in Baghdad and a Shiite holy city, casting doubt on U.S. hopes that formation of a new government alone would provide a quick end to the country’s violence.
Pistons ride treys to rout; Spurs survive
May 8, 2006
When LeBron James had the ball, he saw Detroit Pistons defenders to his left, to his right and straight ahead. The Pistons also had James seeing triple at the other end of the court.
Baldwin Realtors earn designations
May 8, 2006
Jennifer Mead and Myra Glover, of Stephens Real Estate in Baldwin, have received the Accredited Buyer Representation, or ABR, designation by the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors.
Time to buy hot-hitting Hall
May 8, 2006
Hello, my name is Bill K., and I’m a fantasy addict. (Hello, Bill).
Make a stand or lose it all
Holding firm is key to poker survival
May 8, 2006
While playing in the $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship event recently, I chose a key occasion to stand firm. Making a stand is important. There are times when you need to say, “I think I have my opponent beat, and now’s the time to make a crucial call, or a perfectly timed raise.”