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Whittemore returns to KU football
May 10, 2006
Jayhawk football fans will see a familiar face on the sidelines next season as former standout quarterback Bill Whittemore is returning to KU’s football program as a graduate assistant.
Haskell president to retire
May 10, 2006
Haskell Indian Nations University President Karen Swisher announced today that she plans to retire in December or January.
Chat with a Kansas health official about ABC’s movie on a bird flu pandemic
May 10, 2006
Mindee Reece, director of the KDHE Center for Public Health Preparedness, and Dick Morrissey, deputy director for the KDHE Division of Health, discuss the possibility of a bird flu outbreak, pandemic flu concerns, and the ABC television movie, “Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America.”
Second victim dies from injuries in Baldwin Junction accident
May 10, 2006
The Douglas County Sheriff’s office today announced that Laura J. Miller, 19, Spring Hill, has died from injuries resulting from a two-vehicle accident April 29 at the Baldwin Junction, the intersection of U.S. Highways 59 and 56 about 10 miles south of Lawrence.
Sebelius to sign school finance bill
May 10, 2006
TOPEKA - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today said she will sign into law a three-year, $466.2 million increase for public schools that was approved by lawmakers late Tuesday.
Regents name Emporia State interim president
May 10, 2006
The Kansas Board of Regents has appointed John Schwenn to serve as interim president of Emporia State University as the board searches for a new president to replace Kay Schallenkamp.
Sexiest Vegetarian Alive’ a KU student
May 10, 2006
Kansas University student Ricky House has been crowned the male “Sexiest Vegetarian Alive” by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Cool, breezy day ahead
Rain staying off to the west
May 10, 2006
Grab a jacket on your way out the door - breezy conditions, with temperatures only in the 50s and 60s are in store for Lawrence today through the weekend, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Author still waiting for Hollywood to put his novel on big screen
May 10, 2006
A miraculous blood offers immortality. The subject made a good science fiction book. Now Kansas University professor James Gunn, who turned the idea into the 1962 science fiction novel “The Immortals,” is waiting for his brainchild to hit the big screen. But Gunn is learning that with Hollywood, it can be a long wait.
Film producers seek Kansas City A’s garb
May 10, 2006
Kansas City natives Linda Haskins, owner of the Lawrence-based production company Take Ten, Inc., and former public broadcaster Dave Pomeroy of Topeka are seeking personal stories and commentary, film footage and memorabilia related to the Kansas City Athletics.
Current players welcome addition
May 10, 2006
Kansas University’s returning basketball players filtered into Allen Fieldhouse for an afternoon workout Tuesday, unaware McDonald’s All-American Darrell Arthur had just signed a national letter of intent to play for the Jayhawks.
Bill allowing bigger contributions one vote from Sebelius’ desk
May 10, 2006
A compromise bill that ties new campaign disclosure requirements to looser contribution limits for legislative candidates needs only Senate approval to go to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Negotiators back at table over concealed gun records
May 10, 2006
Information about those applying for concealed gun permits would be closed to the public under a compromise bill expected to be offered to legislators Wednesday.
County to consider truck storage on U.S. 40
May 10, 2006
Douglas County commissioners will consider allowing a conditional use permit for the storage of trucks and construction equipment along U.S. Highway 40 at their meeting tonight.
Discoveries await on ‘Lost’
May 10, 2006
Let’s get this straight. America is buzzing about a TV show set on an island, where last week, two major characters were apparently “eliminated” in the program’s concluding seconds. No, we’re not talking about “Survivor.”
Pistons fend off Cavs’ furious fourth
Second-round series heads to Cleveland with Detroit leading, 2-0
May 10, 2006
LeBron James almost made the Detroit Pistons regret getting bored.
America showing hypocrisy
May 10, 2006
The question of what to do about 11 million immigrants who are in this country illegally has been clouded by so many distractions. Which flag should they carry during marches? Is it heresy to sing the national anthem in Spanish? Is an immigrants’ rights movement a threat to the unfinished civil rights quest of blacks?
Horoscopes
May 10, 2006
For Wednesday, May 10
Infant mortality study deals another blow to U.S. health care
May 10, 2006
America may be the world’s superpower, but its survival rate for newborn babies ranks near the bottom among modern nations, better only than Latvia.
1918 letter backs claims that Yale society has Geronimo’s skull
May 10, 2006
A Yale University historian has uncovered a 1918 letter that seems to lend validity to the lore that Yale University’s ultrasecret Skull and Bones society swiped the skull of American Indian leader Geronimo.
Coyotes take a bite out of Kiwi Force
May 10, 2006
The howls of coyotes could be heard ringing around the fields at Youth Sports Inc. Saturday morning. These coyotes weren’t animals, but a group of players on the U10 Division 2 team Howling Coyotes, who celebrated a 5-1 victory against Kiwi Force continuing their undefeated season.
Haskell focuses on bottom line
Regents to seek financial contributions during Tribal Leaders Summit
May 10, 2006
Over the next two days, Haskell Indian Nations University officials are expected to unveil the university’s plan for coping with budgets that for several years have not kept pace with inflation.
Students help young girls deal with anger problems
May 10, 2006
Little girls supposedly are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. But that’s not true all the time.
Women use facial cues when choosing partners, study suggests
May 10, 2006
Just from looking at a man’s face, women can sense how much he likes children, gauge his testosterone level and decide whether he’d be more suitable as a one-night stand or as a husband, new research published Tuesday suggests.
Kansas tribe quiet about plans for land near Chicago
May 10, 2006
Leaders of an American Indian tribe from Kansas remain mum about plans for a large parcel of land they purchased last month near Chicago.
People in the news
May 10, 2006
¢ Baby, one more time ¢ Child support upheld ¢ Whoopi in the morning
Abstinence-only mandate loses steam
State education board leans toward broader sex education policy
May 10, 2006
An effort to require Kansas public schools to have abstinence-only sex education courses appears to have stalled.
Player turnover a big challenge to Force
May 10, 2006
I spoke with U13 Kaw Valley Force team managet Kathy Neet about a number of things ranging from the girls progress so far this season, their classification in Division 2 and what the biggest challenges have been for them this season. The U13 girls have about four more weekends left in their Spring schedule, which concludes Memorial Day weekend at a tournament in Nebraska.
Jets survive Clippers comeback, 11-10
May 10, 2006
It took the 8U Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn.’s Jets and Clippers a couple of innings to get back into the swing of things after a half a week’s worth of rained-out practices.
Library expansion timeline
May 10, 2006
Here is a timeline of events leading to the possible library expansion.
Slow to act
While state legislators dawdle, local school districts are forced to move ahead on their budgets without knowing how much money they will have in their coffers.
May 10, 2006
As they continue to struggle with a school finance package, Kansas legislators should be more aware of the problems they are creating for school districts across the state.
KU prof compiles economic insights
May 10, 2006
They curse. They dish on their colleagues. They give the inside scoop.
Don’t shelve current site yet, library director says
$40 million expansion proposed in 700 block of Vermont
May 10, 2006
Butch Moore exited the Lawrence Public Library on Tuesday afternoon with an armful of books - potboiler mysteries by the likes of James Patterson. “Mindless crap,” he said with a laugh.
Journal-World seeks graduation stories
May 10, 2006
Graduation ceremonies for Free State and Lawrence high schools and Kansas University are all on May 21.
Tittrington: Slim Shady’s rare gifts good reason to be excited
May 10, 2006
Judging by the number of phone calls we’ve fielded in the office this week, not to mention the non-stop Internet chatter taking place in a variety of college basketball portals, it seems Kansas University basketball fans can’t get enough of the Darrell Arthur saga.
Interchangeable parts
Self has several lineup options next winter
May 10, 2006
Bill Self’s Kansas University basketball team has added Darrell Arthur, Sherron Collins and Brady Morningstar, and subtracted Jeff Hawkins, Christian Moody, and Stephen Vinson.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
May 10, 2006
Highlights of Tuesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Ban on funding human cloning research still stalls budget
May 10, 2006
Human cloning is something legislators universally say they oppose. But an attempt to define exactly what it is - and prevent the state from financing it - continued Wednesday to prevent resolution of budget issues.
Legislative leaders look to resolve tax, budget issues
May 10, 2006
Phasing out property taxes on business machinery and equipment remained on legislative leaders’ to-do list Wednesday.
Former KU aide to be NAIA AD
Konzem to take reins at Atchison school
May 10, 2006
Since before he was born, Richard Konzem was destined to one day become the athletic director at Benedictine College.
Local producers to document K.C. A’s
May 10, 2006
Linda Haskins, propietor of Take Ten, Inc., a Lawrence-based production company, is having a blast working on a documentary about a pack of lovable losers from baseball history.
Lawyer Ron out; Barbaro preps
May 10, 2006
Lawyer Ron has a slight ankle injury and is unlikely to challenge Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro in the Preakness.
Jensen savoring short time on pro circuit
May 10, 2006
The USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals will roll into his adopted hometown this weekend, and no one is more disappointed to have to miss it than Brian Jensen.
Free State 4th, LHS 10th in Sunflower tennis
May 10, 2006
The Free State High boys tennis team finished fourth with a team score of 36 in Tuesday’s Sunflower League Championship. Lawrence High tied for 10th with a team score of 15. Shawnee Mission East took the title, nothing 44 points.
Veritas 2nd in KCAA
Bartlow, Randtke place in top 10 for golf squad
May 10, 2006
Veritas Christian hosted the Kansas Christian Athletic Association State golf meet Tuesday at Eagle Bend Golf Course and took second place.
Lions clip Cougars
May 10, 2006
The Lawrence High baseball team was too much for Shawnee Mission Northwest’s ace. The Lions hit well and managed two early runs in defeating the Cougars, 3-0, Tuesday.
Firebirds collapse in seventh, slip into tie for league title
May 10, 2006
Chalk up another Sunflower League baseball championship for Free State High. But write it on the back door.
Pitcher baffles LHS
S.M. Northwest’s Jones allows one LHS run in two games
May 10, 2006
Lawrence High’s Drew Huff liked Kim Jones a whole lot better when the two wore the same uniform last summer.
Frosh, soph lead LHS
Lions’ future shines through vs. SMS
May 10, 2006
The Lawrence High girls soccer team looks to be in good hands next season.
Bonds robbed of 714th
May 10, 2006
Barry Bonds was ready to make history. Juan Pierre made him wait a little longer.
Reporters could face jail time in steroids case
May 10, 2006
Five people linked to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative were convicted of doling out steroids to elite athletes. But in an ironic twist, two San Francisco Chronicle writers who reported on the probe could end up serving more jail time than any of them.
Author to discuss Kansas wildflowers
May 10, 2006
Michael Haddock grew up in north-central Kansas in the small town of Beloit, and he gravitated toward the Kansas landscape as a young boy farming with his father.
K.C. bats come alive against Tribe
May 10, 2006
What’s up with John Buck and the supposedly woeful Kansas City Royals?
Make Mom’s Day with Jayni
May 10, 2006
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Making Mom’s Day”
Musicians’ sunny dispositions a hit with audiences of all ages
May 10, 2006
Thanks to their fondness for the Autoharp, a few casual musicians have no trouble looking at the brighter side of life.
A dream come true
Good night’s sleep puts Arthur in Kansas state of mind
May 10, 2006
Dazed and confused hours after postponing a news conference to announce his college choice, a weary Darrell Arthur fell into a deep sleep late Monday night.
Recipe for safety
Dos and don’ts of the kitchen
May 10, 2006
Setting up the dream kitchen is about more than having the perfect floor tile or the best blender. It’s also creating a safe place to prepare food.
Robust rosemary perfect for roasted, grilled meats
May 10, 2006
Description: Has spicy, pungent, rather tough leaves and resembles pine needles in both appearance and aroma. Native to Mediterranean region but now cultivated around the world.
Health director will discuss bird flu movie
May 10, 2006
Tuesday night’s ABC movie about a fictional worldwide bird flu pandemic will be the subject of a chat with a state health official this afternoon on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Bar owner continues to fight smoking law
May 10, 2006
Douglas County District Court Judge Jack Murphy heard arguments Tuesday from an attorney representing Lawrence bar owner Dennis Steffes, who claims the city’s smoking ban is unconstitutionally vague and oversteps state law.
Health agency will discuss gasoline leak
May 10, 2006
Representatives from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will answer questions from neighbors tonight concerning a gasoline leak suspected of causing a fire at an Old West Lawrence home.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 10, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.62 at Presto, 1802 W. 23rd St. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Abortion records fight stalled
Media organizations ask judge to open hearings to public
May 10, 2006
Two news organizations are trying to intervene in Atty. Gen. Phill Kline’s dispute with two abortion clinics over their patient records, hoping to persuade a judge to open district court proceedings to the public.
Execution halted for ‘suffering’ review
May 10, 2006
A federal judge in Wilmington on Tuesday halted the execution of a convicted ax murderer until the Supreme Court rules on a challenge filed by a Florida inmate who claims lethal injection is unconstitutional.
Legislature approves school finance plan
Attorney: $466M doesn’t satisfy court order
May 10, 2006
State lawmakers approved a three-year, $466.2 million increase for public schools to set up a possible showdown with the Kansas Supreme Court, and expected to end the 2006 legislative session today.
Retail at Sixth St., trafficway gets OK
Development approved 3-2 despite concerns about downtown
May 10, 2006
City commissioners approved a new retail area at Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway on Tuesday, but not before clashing over whether it would damage downtown.
GOP advances tax-break bill
May 10, 2006
Republicans in Congress reached agreement Tuesday on a five-year, $70 billion measure to extend tax breaks for investors and prevent more middle-income families from being hit by a tax aimed at the wealthy.
Osborne fails in bid for governor
May 10, 2006
Football coach-turned-congressman Tom Osborne tried - and failed - to take down Gov. Dave Heineman on Tuesday in the Republican primary for governor of this football-crazy state.
Bush firm on Medicare deadline
May 10, 2006
President Bush has heard pleas for an extension of the deadline to sign up for new Medicare drug coverage from lawmakers, seniors advocacy groups and finally two women in his audience Tuesday. He’s rejected them all.
Fat Man’ completes U.S. trek
May 10, 2006
Steve Vaught didn’t count each mile he walked or weigh himself every day along the way. And as he completed the final leg of his trek across America, he said making it to New York City from California on foot was only part of his story.
Leader of group blamed for Sinai bombings killed
May 10, 2006
The leader of an al-Qaida-inspired group wanted for last month’s bombings at a Red Sea resort was killed in a gunbattle Tuesday.
Cuba, Saudi Arabia, China join rights council
May 10, 2006
Cuba, Saudi Arabia, China and Russia won seats on the new U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday despite their poor human rights records, but two rights abusers - Iran and Venezuela - were defeated.
New parliament formally installed
May 10, 2006
Haiti’s first parliament in two years was formally installed Tuesday as President-elect Rene Preval prepared to take office and steer this impoverished nation toward stability.
U.S.-aided raid nets record cocaine bust
May 10, 2006
Chinese and U.S. agents seized more than 300 pounds of cocaine smuggled from Colombia, authorities said Tuesday - a record drug bust for China that underscores how South American narcotics gangs are aggressively moving into Asia.
Former Soviet Union marks WWII Victory Day
May 10, 2006
Medal-laden World War II veterans marched in parades Tuesday throughout the former Soviet Union, celebrating their victory 61 years ago over Nazi Germany and mourning the comrades they have lost in the past year.
U.S., allies to provide direct aid to Palestinians
May 10, 2006
The United States bowed to pressure from its allies Tuesday and agreed to support a new program to temporarily funnel additional aid directly to the Palestinian people.
Mumps cases near countywide record
May 10, 2006
The number of mumps cases in Douglas County continues to increase, creeping closer to the record for cases during an outbreak in the county.
On the record
May 10, 2006
Lawrence datebook
May 10, 2006
Keegan: Self knows how to close deals
May 10, 2006
Darrell Arthur said Tuesday that if he went ahead with a scheduled Monday afternoon news conference at a YMCA near his home, he would have announced he was going to Baylor University.
Phillies win ninth straight
May 10, 2006
Pinch-hitter David Dellucci hit a two-out triple in the ninth and then scored on pitcher Aaron Heilman’s wild throw down the first-base line to give the Philadelphia Phillies their ninth straight victory, 5-4 over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
BoSox blast Unit, Yankees
May 10, 2006
Josh Beckett walked off the mound at Yankee Stadium a winner once again, thanks to another poor start by Randy Johnson and New York’s bumbling defense.
Commentary: Don’t take it out on Daly, Barkley
Well-paid professional athletes do stupid things with their money - like gambling - because they can
May 10, 2006
It’s not the ethical implications that have some people outraged about the huge gambling losses of John Daly and Charles Barkley.
Tampa Bay prospect punished
Young suspended 50 games for thowing bat at umpire
May 10, 2006
Tampa Bay prospect Delmon Young was suspended for 50 games without pay by the International League on Tuesday for throwing a bat that hit a replacement umpire in the chest.
Moisture presents new set of problems in garden
May 10, 2006
I’m swearing off predictions. I have tacked up a Post-It note that contains a stern message to myself: Never, under any circumstances, tell your readers to prepare for drought right before we get almost two weeks of ground-soaking rain.
TV network puts children to bed
May 10, 2006
It’s bedtime and your toddler is having a meltdown, insisting on just one more episode of “Bob the Builder.” Well, parents, now TV might help.
Tax break passed for oil companies
May 10, 2006
Despite soaring oil company profits, the Legislature on Tuesday approved tax breaks for oil refineries and pipelines that could total nearly $40 million.
Kansas University offers new bus service
May 10, 2006
Kansas University Provost David Shulenburger on Tuesday cut a ribbon on a new transit bus, one of five that will begin rounds Aug. 14 when KU starts a bus service between its two Lawrence campuses.
FDA rejects health claim for green tea labels
May 10, 2006
There is no credible scientific evidence that drinking green tea reduces the risk of heart disease, federal regulators said Tuesday in rejecting a petition that sought to allow tea labels to make that claim.
Daily ticker
May 10, 2006
Westar profits rise 73 percent
May 10, 2006
Westar Energy Inc., the largest electric utility in Kansas, said Tuesday that its first quarter profits increased 73 percent as income from corporate-owned life insurance offset flat power sales.
Corporate cooks to face off Friday
May 10, 2006
Sixteen area employers will compete in the annual Sertoma Corporate Cook-off and Mixer, set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Broken Arrow Park, 29th and Louisiana streets.
Commodities
May 10, 2006
Derailment closes key railroad link
May 10, 2006
Powerful winds blew 16 freight cars off tracks early Tuesday in southern Kansas, shutting down a key rail link, authorities said.
Bill protects employees who are abuse victims
May 10, 2006
Victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and similar crimes couldn’t be fired or reprimanded by their employers for taking time off to deal with their situations under a bill sent to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Bill expanding wine sales goes to governor
May 10, 2006
Wine could be served at the Kansas State Fair and flow in and out of the state in greater volume thanks to a bill lawmakers sent Tuesday to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Drug check’ avoidance leads to prison sentence
May 10, 2006
A man who authorities say hurriedly pulled off a highway to avoid a phony “drug check” was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for trafficking marijuana.
Pandemic sessions kick off
May 10, 2006
A pandemic flu outbreak would kill an estimated 1,100 to 2,500 people in Kansas. Between 4,600 and 10,700 Kansans would be hospitalized. As many as 486,000 other Kansans would seek outpatient care.
History offers some insight on immigration, energy
May 10, 2006
Life, as Harry Chapin (“All My Life’s a Circle”) and Joni Mitchell (“The Circle Game”) sang to us over the years, repeats itself.
In letter, Iranian president seeks religious bond with Bush
May 10, 2006
With his 18-page letter, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday delivered President Bush a history lesson, philosophy lecture and religious sermon laced with references to Jesus Christ.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
May 10, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 10, 1906: “Reports from Baldwin state that a number of the boys who went from KU to witness the baseball game between Baker and KU this week got drunk while in the Methodist town and made a disgraceful spectacle of themselves. If this is true, the local faculty should find the guilty parties and take appropriate action. “
Old home town - 40 years ago today
May 10, 2006
Jan Monsees, Kansas University sophomore from Leawood, was named Miss Lawrence-KU with Liz Harris, Lawrence freshman, and Nancy Miller, Topeka sophomore, as attendants. Miss Monsees was to represent the local community in the Miss Kansas Pageant the coming summer.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
May 10, 2006
A number of tenure-track faculty members at Kansas University admitted they were feeling growing pressure due to unrealistic demands for publication of scholarly articles. They said they were more resentful than ever about the flawed “publish or perish” mentality in many sectors of academia.
Spreading peace
May 10, 2006
To the editor: Of the more than 200,000 Peace Poles standing in 180 countries, eight now radiate peace from our very own town.
Voting privilege
May 10, 2006
To the editor: Today I write to inform the people of the United States that they all possess a potential known to you but choose not to use it.
Students to compete in chess championships
May 10, 2006
Eight students from Cordley and Wakarusa Valley schools will be in Denver on Friday to compete in the U.S Chess Federation’s National Elementary School Championship:
Plan to partition Iraq has drawbacks
May 10, 2006
On Monday, a proposal for ending the chaos in Iraq was put forward by Sen. Joseph Biden Jr., D-Del. Biden was addressing the fact that a rising tide of sectarian violence has become the biggest threat to Iraq’s future.
Sad stunt
There apparently is almost no limit to what some television producers will do to raise their ratings.
May 10, 2006
Even in the ghoulish world of “reality” television, Monday’s two-hour special featuring stuntman David Blaine was a new low.
Little tykes pick up bats & balls for T-ball
May 10, 2006
Three-and-a-half-year-old Isaiah Mayo stood in a field Saturday morning waiting for the baseball to come his direction. He scooped up a grounder, planted his foot, and threw to first base.
Elite defeats Silver Strikers in Division 1 Club league match-up
May 10, 2006
Strength and endurance was the theme of the day for the U10 Club league, Division 1 Elite soccer team on Saturday at Youth Sports Inc. Elite took on the Silver Strikers in their morning game.
U14 Renegades rolling along in league play
But team aims to improve in tourney competition this weekend
May 10, 2006
The U14 KSA Renegades may be a new team playing in its first season together, but they have amassed a 4-1 regular season record and have had some fun doing it.
Strong doubles play has big role in West winning city tennis title
May 10, 2006
West, South, Southwest, Central and Washburn Rural participated in the Lawrence Invitational Tennis Tournament May 2 at Lawrence High School. Participants competed in doubles and singles play with the top three in each bracket receiving medals. West tallied the most points of any Lawrence Junior High to take the city title.
Firecrackers sizzle in win over Fireballs
May 10, 2006
In U10 girls Recreation soccer it isn’t always about winning or losing, but it is about playing well. The teams don’t usually keep score of matches and focus on improving skills and teamwork in young players rather than winning games.
Team Blue makes no bones about it in 8-6 win over Skeletons
May 10, 2006
Things didn’t start out well, as the Skeletons opened the game scoring a goal for the other team, but they turned it around to compete in a shootout with team Blue in a U6 Boys-A division coed match Saturday at Youth Sports Inc. Both teams went back and forth until the final whistle signaled an 8-6 Blue victory.
Building an ideal toolbox
Experts suggest essentials
May 10, 2006
Having the right tool for the job certainly speeds things along. But for the casual do-it-yourselfer, having more tools than necessary can be an encumbrance, both practically and financially.