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Archive for Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Also from May 9

Births
Blog entries
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
Iowa Street wreck (05-08-06) Library plans
Podcasts
Polls
Do you think Lawrence's Public Library should be expanded in its current location?

Poll results

Response Percent
No, it should be relocated and integrated into one of the four proposals involving retail and residential development.
 
33%
Yes, it should be expanded in its existing location.
 
33%
Any expansion should be into satellite libraries.
 
20%
No, it doesn’t need to be expanded or relocated.
 
10%
Undecided.
 
1%
Total 337

All stories

House approves three-year school finance plan
May 9, 2006
The House today approved a three-year, $466.2 million increase for public schools as lawmakers searched for an end to the 2006 legislative session.
Tonganoxie school briefly evacuated
May 9, 2006
Tonganoxie Elementary School was briefly evacuated this morning after an electronic monitor was broken and it was feared toxic materials were released.
New school plan scheduled for vote
Three-year, $466.2 million plan on the table
May 9, 2006
A three-year, $466.2 million increase for public schools emerged today as lawmakers searched for an end to the 2006 legislative session.
Arthur chooses Kansas
Dallas star says decision came in dream
May 9, 2006
The prolonged recruitment of talented high school basketball prospect Darrell “Slim Shady” Arthur ended today, when the 6-foot-9 forward out of South Oak Cliff High in Dallas announced he would attend Kansas.
Sunshine breaking through
07:25 a.m., May 9, 2006 Updated 10:31 a.m.
After a stormy night and scattered showers earlier this morning, Lawrence’s skies were clearing out by late morning.
City commission to consider adding 4-foot bike lane to Naismith Drive
May 9, 2006
City commissioners tonight will have to decide whether they want to give less room to motorists and more room to bicyclists on a portion of Naismith Drive. At their weekly meeting, commissioners will consider reducing the northbound section of Naismith Drive from 23rd Street to 19th Street from two driving lanes to one lane. The city would use the extra space to create a four-foot bike lane on the section of road.
Time to play the spring sports ratings game
May 9, 2006
Like everyone else in the Journal-World sports department, I’ve been so busy answering the phone and telling people I have no idea where Darrell Arthur will play college basketball next season, it’s a minor miracle I’m actually getting any real work done.
Old Home Town- 25 years ago
May 9, 2006
Seven members of the Kansas University faculty were to receive awards for teaching excellence during the 1981 commencement ceremonies. They were David Faurot, Brower Burchill, Khatab Hassanein, Rene Davis, Jack Porter, Nona Tollefson and Chien Leiu.
Suns rip Clippers, 130-123
Nets cruise past Heat, 100-88, in other opener
May 9, 2006
The Phoenix Suns picked up where they left off against that other team from Los Angeles. Steve Nash had 31 points and 12 assists, and the Suns pulled away over a five-minute stretch of the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 130-123, on Monday night in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series.
U.S. dismisses missive from Iran
May 9, 2006
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismissed a letter that Iran’s president sent to President Bush on Monday, saying the first direct communication from an Iranian leader in 27 years does not help resolve the standoff over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.
Bullpen solid as K.C. holds off Cleveland
May 9, 2006
Lost in Kansas City’s dismal record and the owner’s threats of sweeping organizational change has been some nice, solid pitching.
Bird flu sweeps in
May 9, 2006
It’s May, and doom is in the air. “Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America” (7 p.m., ABC) offers a grim “what if” scenario. How long would it take for a mutated bird flu to kill thousands, even millions, and bring our way of life to a crashing halt?
Another Abramoff partner pleads guilty in influence-peddling case
May 9, 2006
A former top aide to Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, pleaded guilty Monday in the Jack Abramoff influence peddling scandal, admitting he conspired to corrupt Ney, his staff and other members of Congress with trips, free tickets, meals, jobs for relatives and fundraising events.
Efforts to form new Cabinet stall
May 9, 2006
Violence killed at least 34 people including a U.S. soldier as efforts to finish choosing the new Cabinet bogged down Monday in a web of conflicting interests. Officials said Iraqi parties may look outside parliament to find candidates for some key posts.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 9, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.64 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Fairweather Royals fan sees perpetual clouds
May 9, 2006
My earliest baseball memory is Game 3 of the 1980 World Series. I was 7 years old at the time - and not much of a sports fan as a child - but all summer George Brett’s name had been on everybody’s lips as he chased - and fell just short of - a .400 batting average.
Trapped gold miners rescued after two weeks underground
May 9, 2006
Their head torches glowed in the pre-dawn darkness as the two men walked out of the mine. They punched the air in jubilation. Hundreds of people waiting to welcome them erupted in cheers.
Home a much safer haven for Bonds
Slugger, baseball each spared uncomfortable scenario during recent road trip
May 9, 2006
Barry Bonds is back home, something that should come as a big relief to the surly slugger and the people who run Major League Baseball. A road trip that ended with a bang - a mammoth shot that brought Bonds to within one home run of Babe Ruth - also highlights the conflicting emotions around the San Francisco Giants’ left fielder.
Lawrence on list for startup baseball league
May 9, 2006
Lawrence is among 42 cities being considered for a professional independent baseball league team that will start play in May of 2007, according to the league’s director of operations.
People in the news
May 9, 2006
¢ Richards has head surgery ¢ Sandlers welcome first child ¢ Kidman ‘still loves’ Cruise ¢ Cooper to report for CBS
Moussaoui asks to withdraw guilty plea
May 9, 2006
Convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui says he lied on the witness stand about being involved in the terrorist plot and wants to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial. The judge turned him down.
Former South African politician acquitted on rape charge
May 9, 2006
South Africa’s former deputy president was acquitted Monday of charges of raping an HIV-positive family friend, a verdict that sent thousands of his ardent supporters dancing into the streets, hoping for his political comeback.
U.N. chief flees riots in Darfur
Translator killed in separate attack
May 9, 2006
Darfur refugees rioted Monday and forced the U.N. humanitarian chief to rush from their camp, then later attacked African peacekeepers and killed a translator in a sign of deep tensions in the wartorn region despite a fragile peace deal.
Once-flat beer sales come barreling back
May 9, 2006
Beer sales had gone flat, while wine was flying off the shelves. So beer makers decided to steal a page from wine’s marketing manual and create new packaging, flavors and drinks. Now beer is coming back.
Life isn’t so hard after all
May 9, 2006
OK, let me say this once and get it off my chest and never mention it again. I have had it with writers who talk about how painful and harrowing and exhausting and ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE it is for them to put words on paper and how they pace a hole in the carpet, anguish writ large on their marshmallow faces, and feel lucky to have written an entire sentence or two by the end of the day.
Appeals court overturns ruling favoring fraternity
May 9, 2006
A fraternity-house dispute is headed back to Douglas County court after the Kansas Court of Appeals ruled a local judge abused her discretion and “did not have due regard for what was just and fair” in a decision about the case.
Blaine fails in breath-defying stunt
May 9, 2006
Stunt artist David Blaine was pulled from an aquarium by divers Monday nearly two minutes short of his goal of setting a world record for holding his breath underwater.
Horoscopes
May 9, 2006
Gardner Burg and Ashley Tomassain
May 9, 2006
Gardner Burg and Ashley Tomassain
Shady Delay
Arthur’s pick likely to be either LSU or Baylor, source says
May 9, 2006
The prolonged recruitment of talented high school basketball prospect Darrell “Slim Shady” Arthur will end today. Unless it doesn’t.
Senate rejects latest school funds plan
House leaders create new three-year, $541M package to be discussed today
May 9, 2006
After senators rejected one school finance plan Monday, House leaders had a new one ready only hours later, a three-year, $541 million package - similar to something the Senate passed almost two weeks ago.
Cloning dispute delays budget
May 9, 2006
A fight against human cloning and embryonic stem cell research blocked legislators’ way Monday as they sought to resolve budget and tax issues. The dispute centered on a provision the House added to its version of a bill lawmakers must pass to complete the next state budget. The provision bans the state from using tax revenues to finance research into human cloning.
Cork & Barrel owners: License revoked unfairly
State says couple had ‘ownership interest’ in friend’s Parkway Liquors store
May 9, 2006
The only mistake Dan Blomgren says he made was checking the wrong box on a poorly worded piece of paper. But an attorney seeking to revoke Blomgren’s liquor license told a judge Monday that Blomgren deliberately created an illegal ownership scheme to gain a competitive edge among Lawrence liquor stores.
Parole hearing reopens wounds
Firefighter Mark Blair was killed while battling blaze at home in 1987
May 9, 2006
On the desk of Doug Green’s new office at Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Station No. 5 is a certificate honoring slain firefighter Mark Blair. “Mark is not forgotten here,” said Green, a battalion chief.
District gives up on all-day kindergarten
May 9, 2006
Lawrence school officials have given up on resurrecting all-day kindergarten. “I’m very disappointed,” said Supt. Randy Weseman, addressing the school board Monday. A recent survey of parents of 551 kindergartners-to-be found that 73 percent wanted all-day kindergarten, but only 46 percent were willing to pay the $240-per-month fee needed to cover the program’s costs.
Police search Yellow House in stolen goods investigation
May 9, 2006
Police searched a local used appliance shop again Monday as part of a stolen property investigation. But a shop owner said the search was police harassment aimed at closing the business.
Forts set up to halt influx of insurgents
May 9, 2006
They look more like motels in rural America than forts in a war zone, but a string of low concrete structures are the U.S.-led coalition’s first line of defense against foreign fighters trying to sneak into Iraq from Iran and Syria.
Wallace top defender for fourth time in five years
May 9, 2006
Ben Wallace strengthened the argument Monday that he’s one of the best defenders in NBA history. The Detroit Pistons center became the first player to win the Defensive Player of the Year award four times in a five-year span.
Commish: NBA erred on schedule for Spurs
May 9, 2006
NBA commissioner David Stern acknowledged that it was a mistake to schedule the San Antonio Spurs to open the Western Conference semifinals with an early game Sunday. “If we had it to do over again, we wouldn’t have acceded to the network’s request on that one,” Stern said Monday night.
Report: Duke underestimated case
Response slowed by questions about accuser’s credibility
May 9, 2006
Duke underestimated the rape allegations against members of the lacrosse team in part because Durham police initially said the accuser “kept changing her story and was not credible,” according to a university report issued Monday.
Royals owner still mum on pending changes
May 9, 2006
Kansas City Royals owner David Glass reiterated Monday that he was not ready to announce what front-office changes he had in mind.
Halladay four-hits Angels
May 9, 2006
Roy Halladay pitched a four-hitter, and Bengie Molina and Alex Rios homered to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the struggling Los Angeles Angels, 5-1, Monday night. The Angels have lost nine of 11. They managed just two hits in a 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Bonds sits; Giants win
May 9, 2006
Barry Bonds’ jet-lagged teammates picked up the slack nicely as he took the night off.
Kyle Brouhard
Two-sport star credits coaches for Eudora High’s winning ways
May 9, 2006
Coaches love to talk about how certain players are just winners, that no matter where they go, success follows. Kyle Brouhard fits the formula.
Klutman, Burkart power Firebird golf
May 9, 2006
Quinn Klutman led Free State High’s golf team with a 77, and Nick Burkart was just a stroke behind Monday at the Leavenworth Invitational at Leavenworth Country Club. FSHS was 10th in the team race with 317 strokes.
FSHS baseball rolls again
May 9, 2006
Free State High continued its dominance, overmatching Blue Valley North, 19-1, in a five-inning nonleague road game Monday afternoon.
New NCAA rules will shorten game times
May 9, 2006
The NCAA Football Rules Committee has approved several proposals aimed toward shortening the length of college football games.
Woodling: Oh boy, another Malik
May 9, 2006
Wither Malik Hairston? Surely, all of this brouhaha brought about by the reluctance of Dallas basketball prep Darrell Arthur to announce his college choice has kindled Malik Hairston dejà vu. A highly recruited 6-foot-6 guard from Detroit, Hairston kept ‘em guessing about this time two years ago. In fact, if Arthur prolongs his indecisiveness until Saturday, he’ll beat Hairston’s painful procrastination by one day.
Gen. Richard Myers backs CIA nominee
May 9, 2006
Richard B. Myers, former chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he supports the nomination of Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden to lead the CIA.
Servitude case legislation heads for governor’s desk
May 9, 2006
Legislation providing better protections from abuse for disabled and mentally ill Kansans, prompted by the Kaufman group home scandal, was sent Monday night to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Sex offender bill passes after private prisons fails
May 9, 2006
Legislation imposing tougher penalties on child molesters and other sex offenders went Monday night to the governor’s desk. Passage of the bill, dubbed “Jessica’s Law,” was part of a deal worked out by House and Senate negotiators last week, after the House rejected a compromise bill bundling the popular sex offender measure with legislation the Senate wanted to allow private prisons in Kansas.
Bird flu movie to be topic of online chat
May 9, 2006
An ABC-TV movie tonight about a fictional worldwide bird flu pandemic will be the subject of a chat with a state health official Wednesday on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Motel guest arrested in clerk’s stabbing
May 9, 2006
Lawrence Police arrested a Lawrence man after a stabbing at a motel early Monday. William Allen III, 56, was arrested just after 1 a.m. Monday after a clerk at the Lawrence Econo Lodge, 2222 W. Sixth St., reported being stabbed after an altercation with a guest who had been locked out of his room.
Library plans unveiled
Proposals offer new look for downtown
May 9, 2006
Four Lawrence developers have put forth plans to reshape downtown with construction of a dramatic new city library surrounded by retail and residential development. All four proposals are public-private partnerships that would be more than double the size of the current library - and would include new condominiums, office space and, in some cases, new retail development and hotel space. Taxpayers would be asked to pay about $40 million or more under any of the proposals.
Presto’s underground tanks are removed
May 9, 2006
Workers began removing the underground storage tanks Monday at Presto Convenience Store at 602 W. Ninth St., shown above.
White House tries to allay concerns about CIA pick
May 9, 2006
The Bush administration pushed back Monday against harsh criticism of its nominee to head the CIA, including from top Republicans, as it sought to allay concerns that Gen. Michael Hayden is too closely tied to the military and to the president’s domestic spying program.
Safe water allows residents to return
May 9, 2006
The state Health Department cleared the way Monday for people to begin to return to the New Orleans neighborhood that faced Hurricane Katrina’s worst fury, saying tap water in part of the Lower Ninth Ward is safe.
Police officer killed in shooting at station
May 9, 2006
An 18-year-old gunman opened fire outside a Chantilly police station Monday, killing one officer and wounding two others before he was shot and killed, authorities said. No motive was disclosed.
Biological basis seen on sexual orientation
May 9, 2006
New research suggests that sexual orientation is biological. According to a team of Swedish researchers, lesbians’ brains reacted somewhat, though not completely, like those of heterosexual men, when exposed to sexual hormones.
Estrogen study rates breast-cancer risks
May 9, 2006
Women who take estrogen-only pills for at least 15 years run a markedly higher risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study of nearly 29,000 nurses. But no increased danger was found among those who took the hormone for less than 10 years.
Public invited to barbecue contest
May 9, 2006
The Sertoma 48 Barbecue contest returns this weekend at Broken Arrow Park.
Nash Dash fundraiser to be Saturday
May 9, 2006
The fifth annual Nash Dash fundraiser to benefit the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Visitors Center, 402 N. Second St.
Haskell faculty receive awards for achievements
May 9, 2006
Several members of the Haskell Indian Nations University faculty were recognized during an awards ceremony Friday:
Agriculture integral in planning nation’s bird flu response
May 9, 2006
Response plans for early detection and control of an outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain in the United States are unfolding in farm states like Kansas and Missouri with their susceptible poultry flocks, game bird hunting preserves and wild bird populations.
CDC wants AIDS virus testing to be part of routine physicals
May 9, 2006
Testing for the AIDS virus could become part of routine physical exams for adults and teens if doctors follow new U.S. guidelines expected to be issued by this summer.
Helmets to be given away at fair
May 9, 2006
Volunteers hope to give away more than 400 helmets to area children at the annual Lawrence Helmet Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Haskell Indian Nations University.
Ohio Street to get brick makeover
May 9, 2006
A stretch of Ohio Street in Old West Lawrence will get a new brick makeover with the help of city and state funding, the Kansas Department of Transportation announced Monday.
Insurance commissioner seeks re-election
May 9, 2006
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger launched her re-election bid Monday by filing as a candidate in the Douglas County Clerk’s office. Speaking to about 30 friends and supporters in the courthouse, Praeger, a Republican from Lawrence, promised to continue efforts to seek balances between the insurance industry and consumer interests.
KU breaks ground on multicultural center
May 9, 2006
Kansas University broke ground on the $2.7 million Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center on Monday.
On the record
May 9, 2006
Grand jury indicts 20 in drug investigation
May 9, 2006
A federal grand jury has indicted 20 people in one of the largest drug investigations in Kansas, Atty. Gen. Phill Kline said Monday.
Seized documents highlight al-Zarqawi’s strategy, concerns
May 9, 2006
Al-Qaida in Iraq is concerned about disorganization within its cells in the Baghdad area, with one extremist describing them as simply a “daily annoyance” to the Iraqi government, according to documents released Monday by the U.S. military.
Childbirth risks in Third World detailed
May 9, 2006
Worldwide about 4 million babies die in their first month of life - about half of those in the first 24 hours, a global report on newborn mortality says.
Winter wheat continues deterioration despite rains
May 9, 2006
The winter wheat crop deteriorated further in Kansas this past week, a decline slowed by rain showers across most of the state that provided some relief to thirsty plants, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.
Lone Star Lake closes for chemical treatment
May 9, 2006
Fishing and swimming will be temporarily stopped today at Lone Star Lake while parts of the lake are chemically treated to kill a leafy weed vegetation, Douglas County commissioners were told Monday.
Junior high jitters
Seventh-grader says the jump from elementary school
May 9, 2006
I remember sixth grade, how nearly every week I heard something new about the ever-approaching junior high. My neighbor, a seventh-grader at the time, seemed to have a new story every week about the fights. Counselors talked to us about peer pressure and reminded us to stay away from drugs no matter what. Other counselors talked to us about picking the right group of friends, about not spreading rumors or gossip so that we would “have a much better junior high experience.”
Right Between the Ears’ to perform Saturday
May 9, 2006
“Right Between the Ears,” named Best Comedy Show at the 2005 New York Festivals, will unleash another live performance Saturday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.
Professor to give modern art lecture
May 9, 2006
David Cateforis, associate professor of art history at Kansas University and a specialist in modern and contemporary art, will give a lecture Thursday titled “Wenda Gu’s Forest of Stone Steles: Retranslation and Rewriting of Tang Poetry - Translation as Transformation in the Work of a Contemporary Chinese Installation Artist.” It will be illustrated with digital images and video footage.
Youth chorus announces performance
May 9, 2006
The Kansas University Youth Chorus will present an informal concert Thursday that will feature several pieces representing various styles and cultures. The concert will be at 5 p.m. in Murphy Hall, Room 328. It is free and open to the public.
For some seniors and their parents, graduation can’t come fast enough
May 9, 2006
Dr. Wes: It’s that time of year - that special season known as “seniortime.” OK, I made that up for this column, but seniors and their parents know what I mean.
Fingerprints confirm American’s nobility ruse
May 9, 2006
Fingerprint records have confirmed that a man who assumed the name of a dead baby and created a bogus identity as an English nobleman is an American who has been missing for more than 20 years, police said Monday.
Nobel peace laureate takes over presidency
May 9, 2006
Nobel Peace Prize winner Oscar Arias returned to the Costa Rican presidency on Monday, hoping to use his skills as a mediator to unite a country sharply divided over free trade with the United States.
Blair refuses to set timetable to step down
May 9, 2006
Prime Minister Tony Blair insisted Monday he was staying in his job despite calls from some within his Labour Party for him to step down after a poor showing in local elections and a string of scandals that have pummeled his popularity.
U.S. says it will ban controversial interrogation practice
May 9, 2006
The U.S. Army will prohibit “water-boarding” - the controversial practice of submerging a prisoner’s head in water in an effort to make him talk - when it issues its new interrogation manual, the State Department’s legal adviser told the U.N. Committee Against Torture on Monday.
Check diversion firms shouldn’t be exception
Debt collectors need to follow fairness act
May 9, 2006
Lois Artz, of Petaluma, Calif., is a 70-year-old retired bank employee who wrote a bad check. Artz said she intended to deposit another check to cover the $28 check that bounced, but forgot.
KU alumnus to advise Fed
May 9, 2006
A Kansas University alumnus soon will be advising the chairman of the Federal Reserve in matters related to energy markets, oil prices and other variables that affect America’s economy - all thanks to the advice of one of his former KU professors.
Yellowstone seeks to blend cell towers into landscape
May 9, 2006
Yellowstone National Park officials, criticized for marring the landscape near Old Faithful geyser with a cellular phone tower, are quietly preparing a plan to cover any expansion of wireless towers, antennas and TV and radio services in the popular park.
Youth leadership Deadline approaches for ambassadors
May 9, 2006
Applications are due Monday for Sunflower Bank’s new Community Ambassadors program, designed to encourage high school seniors to consider Lawrence as a viable place to live and work after completing their higher education.
Topeka aims to lure biotech company
May 9, 2006
A company that develops biotech crops is looking to locate an operation in this area, officials said Monday. Ventria Bioscience, of Sacramento, Calif., will be the subject of discussion at a meeting today of the Joint Economic Development Organization.
National identity is at stake
May 9, 2006
As with most hotly contested debates, the political fight over who has a “right” to be in America will be partly about who controls the language; not Spanish vs. English, but honesty vs. political correctness.
Lawrence resident is Teacher of the Year
May 9, 2006
Connie Lindell, Lawrence, is the recipient of the 2006 National Business Education Assn. Secondary Teacher of the Year Award. Lindell is a business teacher and department chairwoman at Santa Fe Trail High School in Carbondale, where she has taught for 27 years.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 9, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 9, 1906: “Manager W.C. Lansdon, head of the athletic department at KU, spoke in chapel this morning on the importance of fair play in athletics. He made a strong appeal for a kinder and more genteel reception of visiting teams and their rooters.
Black America tired of waiting for leader
May 9, 2006
“The Covenant With Black America” is not a fun read. Not unless you’re the wonky type who likes to snuggle up with a good policy proposal.
World losing faith in government
May 9, 2006
Election defeat, political gridlock, scandal and plummeting approval ratings scorch political reputations and careers on both sides of the Atlantic in this springtime of popular discontent. More significant, however, is the damage being done to politics itself as an idea and a profession.
Tuition balance
A 28 percent increase in financial aid looks pretty good until it’s compared with a 65 percent increase in tuition.
May 9, 2006
Financial aid figures supplied by Kansas University officials and reported in Monday’s Journal-World provide a pretty rosy picture. According to KU’s figures, student aid has increased from $115 million in 2003 to $147 million in 2005, an increase of about 28 percent.
Lawrence Datebook
May 9, 2006