Archive for Thursday, May 11, 2006

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How would you rate your high school prom experience?

Poll results

Response Percent
It was OK, but I had more fun partying afterward.
Stands in my memory as one of my worst dates ever.
I didn’t go.
It was a magical night that I’ll never forget.
Total 52

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Man arrested in connection with weekend downtown stabbing
May 11, 2006
Police have arrested a 34-year-old Lawrence man in connection with a downtown stabbing during the weekend.
Search along Kansas River turns up nothing
Emergency crews find no evidence of anyone in river
10:39 a.m., May 11, 2006 Updated 12:29 p.m.
Using boats and a helicopter, rescue workers searched the Kansas River for about two hours this morning after getting a report from a motorist that someone might be in the river near the Lecompton bridge. The search was called off about 11:30 a.m. after nothing was found, said Kari Wempe, a spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff’s office.
Fire destroys mobile home
09:38 a.m., May 11, 2006 Updated 11:36 a.m.
Firefighters were trying this morning to determine the cause of a blaze that gutted a northern Lawrence mobile home in the 200 block of Michigan Street.
Windy and cool afternoon ahead
May 11, 2006
Pull out your jacket again - more cool temperatures are blustering into Lawrence today, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Nosy old lady who writes’ takes on cowboys, hellions
May 11, 2006
Sureva Towler has a reputation around Steamboat Springs, Colo. “I’m the nosy old lady who writes,” the 73-year-old says proudly. “I know who all the culprits are, and I drink with a lot of them.”
Our town sports
May 11, 2006
Outcome OK for Firebirds
May 11, 2006
With no players in the top 10 and a ninth-place team finish, the Free State High boys golf team had reasons to be as gloomy as the weather Wednesday at Alvamar Golf Course.
Jayhawks armed for Big 12 softball opener
May 11, 2006
Only time will tell if Kansas University will become the X-factor in the Big 12 Conference softball tournament.
Woman hospitalized after injuries from fall
May 11, 2006
A woman was flown to University of Kansas Hospital early Wednesday morning with critical injuries after suffering a fall in the 1000 block of Missouri Street.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
May 11, 2006
Five were named to receive the Kansas University Distinguished Service to Mankind awards, the highest award KU could give an alumnus or friend. The 1966 honorees were Forrest C. Allen, Merrill W. Haas, Charles Haines II. Elmer B. Staats and Clyde W. Tombaugh.
Authenticity a powerful political draw
May 11, 2006
Indiana politics was rocked last week by a story that went unnoticed outside the borders of the Hoosier state.
Power at palm
KU graduate engineers hand-held advances
May 11, 2006
Some of Steve Butsch’s fondest memories on Mount Oread are watching basketball games in person at Allen Fieldhouse.
Ex-QB Whittemore joins coaching staff
May 11, 2006
By Ryan Wood Kansas Uni
Ideas make it a little easier being green
May 11, 2006
The United States represents 4 percent of the world’s population, and yet we consume 25 percent of the world’s energy.
Former band manager sentenced in club fire
May 11, 2006
A former rock-band manager whose pyrotechnics caused a nightclub fire that killed 100 people was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison, drawing sobs and groans from victims’ relatives who hoped to see the man serve more time behind bars.
Putin compares U.S. to ‘wolf’ in national address
May 11, 2006
President Vladimir Putin took a swipe at the United States in his state of the nation address Wednesday, bristling at being lectured by Vice President Dick Cheney and comparing Washington to a wolf who “eats without listening.”
Gas cuts deepen Palestinian crisis
May 11, 2006
Palestinian gas stations started shutting down and motorists lined up at pumps after an Israeli fuel company cut off deliveries Wednesday, deepening the humanitarian crisis following Hamas’ rise to power.
Record graduation expected
May 11, 2006
This year’s Haskell Indian Nations University commencement is sure to be bigger than most.
Gambling bill effort fails
May 11, 2006
It was the session’s last hurrah for gambling, and it ended with a whimper as House members rejected efforts Wednesday to set the stage for debating whether to allow casinos and slot machines at horse and dog tracks.
Historic trust list sites most in need of preservation
May 11, 2006
Anyplace else, the scarred concrete steps would be an eyesore. At ground zero on Sept. 11, 2001, they were a last chance for escape. Now they stand as the last surviving above-ground piece of the World Trade Center.
Power play
Although Lawrence residents will have no voice in it, an election concerning a rolling roof at Arrowhead Stadium could have a significant impact on the Kansas University football schedule.
May 11, 2006
Once again, pressure tactics are being used to try to get a rolling roof approved for Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium.
Anti-smoking pill gets federal approval
May 11, 2006
A tablet shown to help more than one in five smokers quit joined the limited number of effective stop-smoking drugs on Thursday, approved by federal regulators.
Lawrence youngsters create rest area for traveling monarchs
May 11, 2006
With hands covered in fresh dirt, Lawrence kids planted a butterfly pit stop Wednesday.
Teenager accused of vandalizing arts center
May 11, 2006
Artwork is welcome at the Lawrence Arts Center, but not this kind.
Panel: Mental health unit not needed
However, task force wants new board to monitor situation at hospital
May 11, 2006
A community committee that has been working for a year hasn’t yet found enough evidence to ask Lawrence Memorial Hospital to reopen its inpatient mental health unit.
Gasoline may have leaked farther than thought, KDHE says
Homeowners, tenant file lawsuit against Presto Oil Inc.
May 11, 2006
A leaking gasoline tank in Old West Lawrence could have contaminated groundwater and soil underneath more than two city blocks, state officials said Wednesday.
City leaders try to calm fears about odor from sewer plant
Choices for new facility narrowed to two
May 11, 2006
City leaders tried to reassure about 40 people Wednesday night that a new sewer plant wouldn’t be a terrible next door neighbor.
Haskell president to retire
Announcement comes amid decline in federal support for Indian education
May 11, 2006
Haskell Indian Nations University President Karen Swisher on Wednesday said she planned to step down in December or January.
Looking back on the dance
Readers recall prom dates who disappeared, showed up just in time - and some who stuck around forever
May 11, 2006
Prom night has come and gone at area schools, but the memories are still fresh.
Jail requests magazines to help pass time
May 11, 2006
For many, magazines are something to peruse while at the doctor’s office or waiting for an oil change.
Titanic survivor’s funeral draws crowd
May 11, 2006
Lillian Gertrud Asplund lived a quiet life. She held down a job at a life insurance company, never married and had no children. Her only known survivors were two distant cousins.
Gaming console prices hit next level
May 11, 2006
The buzz at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo usually surrounds the latest new video games.
Lighting the way
Night racing breathes new excitement into Darlington
May 11, 2006
Finish this phrase: “Bright lights, …” “Big city,” right? Las Vegas. New York. Hollywood.
Lions fall on eve of showdown
May 11, 2006
Lawrence High’s baseball squad fell to Shawnee Mission East, 3-2, Wednesday night in the second game of a tough three-game stretch, and it doesn’t get any easier.
Free State soccer hammers Gardner
May 11, 2006
Clare Robinson scored three goals, Leah Williams added two and Sierra Best and Amanda Vervynck each had a goal as Free State routed Gardner-Edgerton, 7-0, Wednesday in high school soccer.
FSHS rallies past O-South
May 11, 2006
Perhaps the Free State High softballers are the comeback kids.
KU baseball washed
May 11, 2006
Kansas University’s scheduled baseball game Wednesday at Missouri State was canceled due to inclement weather in Springfield, Mo., and will not be rescheduled. KU will play host to Bradley on Friday. First pitch is 7 p.m.
Three Ex-Jayhawks on Big 12 retro team
May 11, 2006
Former Kansas University standouts Charlie Gruber, Amy Linnen and Scott Russell were named to the Big 12 Conference’s 10th Anniversary Track and Field Team, as selected by the league’s coaches.
KU to hold annual athlete banquet
May 11, 2006
Kansas University will hold its annual Senior & Scholar Athlete Banquet at 7 tonight at the Sheraton Overland Park Convention Center.
Kansas track puts 26 on academic team
May 11, 2006
Kansas University placed 26 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Conference track and field teams, including Mark Gdowski and Dena Seibel, who boasted perfect 4.0 grade-point averages.
May 11, 2006
Nick Ayre was the Free State High center fielder who made the overthrow of home plate in the Firebirds’ 4-3 baseball loss to Olathe North on Tuesday in Olathe.
Brady Tanner headed to national games
May 11, 2006
Brady Tanner, longtime ballboy for the Haskell Indian Nations University football team, has been selected to compete in the first Special Olympics USA National Games, which runs from July 2 to 7, in Ames, Iowa, Special Olympics Kansas announced.
Serena supreme
KU standout Settlemier named Big 12 player of the year
May 11, 2006
Four summers ago, doctors told Serena Settlemier she probably would never play softball again.
Suspect accused of stealing from LMH
May 11, 2006
Lawrence Police arrested a 26-year-old woman Wednesday on suspicion of entering the employee lounge of Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s maternity ward and stealing a purse and wallet belonging to two LMH employees.
Deadline nearing for property value appeals
May 11, 2006
Monday is the final day for Douglas Countians to request an informal hearing about their personal property values.
19-year-old dies from wreck injuries
May 11, 2006
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that Laura J. Miller, 19, Spring Hill, has died from injuries she suffered in a two-vehicle accident April 29 at Baldwin Junction south of Lawrence.
20-year-old charged in house-party brawl
May 11, 2006
A Lawrence man was charged Wednesday for his role in a house-party brawl that police say involved a baseball bat and flashlight being used as weapons.
Medicare counseling available today
May 11, 2006
The deadline to join a Medicare Part D drug plan without penalty is Monday.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 11, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.62 at several stations around town. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Cancer center said to need $331M
May 11, 2006
A world-class cancer center at Kansas University would require roughly $331 million in new investment over the next decade, Roy Jensen, director of the Kansas Cancer Center said Wednesday.
Tattoos now legal in all 50 states
May 11, 2006
Oklahoma on Wednesday became the last state in the nation to legalize “getting inked,” when the governor signed legislation to license and regulate tattoo parlors. The measure ends a ban on tattooing that had been in effect since 1963, though some tattoo artists were operating businesses under slack enforcement and no health regulations.
Tornado outbreak leaves three dead
May 11, 2006
Three people were killed and at least 26 homes were destroyed in the storms that hit North Texas late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
Interest rates bumped again
May 11, 2006
The Federal Reserve boosted Americans’ borrowing costs for the 16th time in a row on Wednesday - this time to the highest level in five years - but suggested what happens next will be much less predictable.
Former New York Times executive editor A.M. Rosenthal dies
May 11, 2006
A.M. Rosenthal, a demanding editor who lifted The New York Times from economic doldrums in the 1970s and molded it into a journalistic juggernaut known for distinguished reporting of national and world affairs, died Wednesday at age 84.
Former communist elected president
May 11, 2006
The Italian parliament on Wednesday elected an 80-year-old former communist as president of the nation, the final step before a new government can be seated.
Government accepts deal to end shutdown
May 11, 2006
Puerto Rican officials have reached an agreement to end a partial government shutdown that put more than 95,000 people out of work and closed schools, Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila said Wednesday.
20 Hamas activists are arrested
May 11, 2006
Jordan announced Wednesday that it has detained more than 20 Hamas activists for allegedly smuggling weapons, and warned the Hamas-led Palestinian government against fomenting any violence in the kingdom.
World Food Program agreement reached
May 11, 2006
North Korea has agreed to receive international food aid for 1.9 million of the “most needy” people.
Iraqi president makes appeal for unity
May 11, 2006
President Jalal Talabani urged Iraq’s feuding factions Wednesday to unite against surging crime and terrorism, saying Iraqis feel “shock, dismay and anger” at the ongoing slaughter.
On the record
May 11, 2006
Lawrence datebook
May 11, 2006
KDHE: Kansans should prepare for bird flu
May 11, 2006
Kansans should get ready for a bird flu pandemic, two state health officials say.
Lawmakers fail to enact picketing bill
May 11, 2006
The Rev. Fred Phelps and his followers won’t have to worry in his home state about greater restrictions on protests at funerals of U.S. troops killed in combat. But it wasn’t from the lack of lawmakers trying to come up with new regulations.
County approves storage permit
May 11, 2006
A revised permit allowing more than one excavating company to keep equipment at a site west of Lawrence was approved in a split vote Wednesday night by Douglas County commissioners.
Bill that would close concealed gun records goes to Gov. Sebelius
May 11, 2006
The public won’t have any clue about who’s applying for concealed gun permits in Kansas under a bill Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has been asked to veto.
Proposed funding ban on cloning abandoned
May 11, 2006
A proposed one-year ban on state funding of human cloning research was dropped Wednesday in favor of a study of cloning issues as legislators resolved the last budget issues before them.
Measure eliminating tax on machinery goes to Sebelius
May 11, 2006
Legislators finished work Wednesday on a bill phasing out property taxes on business machinery and equipment, sending it to the governor.
Long-awaited college graduation postponed for one more year
After 12 years, student decides to go abroad
May 11, 2006
Despite his 12 years as an undergraduate student, Johnny Lechner realized something was missing from his academic record: he’d never studied abroad.
Ruth’s relatives won’t be celebrating
Bonds’ steroids allegations have the Babe’s granddaughter a bit annoyed
May 11, 2006
Barry Bonds is one longball away from tying for second place on the all-time home run list. If and when No. 714 comes, some of Babe Ruth’s relatives don’t plan to share in the celebration.
Cuban in trouble with league again
NBA fines Mavericks’ owner $200,000 for ref-bashing
May 11, 2006
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been fined $200,000 for his two recent episodes of referee-bashing.
Pujols’ 18th lifts Cards
May 11, 2006
Albert Pujols’ first at-bat Wednesday was much like his final trip to the plate the previous night - another home run against the Colorado Rockies.
A-Rod answers for Yankees
May 11, 2006
Alex Rodriguez had a powerful answer for George Steinbrenner, and the New York Yankees beat old nemesis Curt Schilling in their first victory over Boston this season.
Wee-hour workout aids Wade, Heat
May 11, 2006
Siohvaughn Wade doesn’t necessarily enjoy when her husband leaves home for a late-night workout.
Study: Malpractice claims often baseless
May 11, 2006
About 40 percent of the medical malpractice cases filed in the United States are groundless, according to a Harvard analysis of the hotly debated issue that pits trial lawyers against doctors, with lawmakers in the middle.
2006 Kansas legislative session ends
May 11, 2006
The Kansas Legislature ended its 2006 session Wednesday evening after the second longest wrap-up session in history.
Sebelius hopes $466.2M enough to dismiss school suit
May 11, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday said she would sign into law the three-year, $466.2 million increase to public schools and hoped the Kansas Supreme Court would dismiss the lawsuit that has forced lawmakers to increase funding.
Hamlin knows his boundaries
May 11, 2006
Kenny Hamlin might be a 25-year-old rookie, but he still knows that purposely wrecking Dale Earnhardt Jr. with a Nextel Cup victory on the line - even if you do it in your own backyard - might not be his best career move.
People in the news
May 11, 2006
¢ Prime-time talent show ¢ Generous celebrities ¢ Nosy questions ¢ Warhol works auctioned
Sitcoms have last laughs
May 11, 2006
“Everybody Hates Chris,” “My Name is Earl” and “The Office” wrap up their seasons tonight. While none of these shows ranks in the top 30, they have demonstrated the creative comeback of the sitcom - a TV staple long left for dead.
Daily ticker
May 11, 2006
Eldridge to celebrate first anniversary
May 11, 2006
The Eldridge Hotel will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its reopening with cake, punch, tours and a look at plans for the Eldridge Development District Library expansion.
Realtors earn GRI designation
May 11, 2006
Sara Thimmesch and Anne Garlinghouse, Realtors with Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate, recently completed the Kansas Graduate Realtor Institute Program, earning the nationally recognized GRI real estate designation.
May 11, 2006
It pays to guard against flood damage
Too many homeowners risk financial disaster
May 11, 2006
It’s hard to forget last year’s hurricane season and the lessons we all should have learned from it.
Campaign finance bill goes to governor
May 11, 2006
Legislative candidates could accept larger contributions under a Republican-backed campaign finance bill the Senate sent to the governor Wednesday.
A touching look at ‘real’ men
May 11, 2006
The image of men in contemporary culture generally falls into one of five categories.
U.S. lags in female leadership
May 11, 2006
Michelle Bachelet is elected president of Chile. Patricia Russo becomes head of the newly merged telecom giant (a merger of Alcatel and Lucent, based in France) that will be one of the largest companies in the world. Angela Merkel serves as chancellor of Germany. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia.
Culture is safe
May 11, 2006
To the editor: As a lifelong educator of foreign languages and cultures, I would like to reply to Monica Gonzalez’s May 7 letter in which she seems to equate Hispanics retaining their cultural identity with Americans learning to speak Spanish.
Food drive
May 11, 2006
To the editor: This is a plea for your help. In this region of the world, one in 10, nearly 100,000 households, face an issue where access to adequate food is a worry.
Royals win, 10-8, sweep Tribe
May 11, 2006
This is about as balanced as an offense can be.
Fix the signal
May 11, 2006
To the editor: Let me start with some facts in case people in the City Hall did not know.
Language skills
May 11, 2006
To the editor: Monica Gonzalez writes passionately in the May 7 Public Forum column about how we should all be more tolerant of those whose language of birth is not English, saying that those who think to the contrary are attempting to “force Hispanics to abandon their culture.”
Old home town - 100 years ago today
May 11, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 11, 1906: “Prof. Blackmar created mild excitement among the state club women meeting here with his address on ‘Elimination of the Socially Unfit.” He pointed out how the women of the state could help greatly in the prevention of crime by supporting the temperance movement and lessening the chances for criminals to abuse drink. : Two men arrested in Perry apparently did not figure in the $2,000 Wolfson’s burglary here. As an officer said, ‘They were not professional enough as criminals to have carried it off.’”
May 11, 2006
For Thursday, May 11
Lawrence fired up for FSHS
May 11, 2006
It shouldn’t be hard for coach Brad Stoll to motivate his Lawrence High baseball team for today’s 7 p.m. rematch against Free State at Hoglund Ballpark.
Keegan: Holy cow! Jayhawks loaded
May 11, 2006
Coaching basketball at the super-power level means forever seeing athletes that make the rest of us drop our jaws. Seeing them and yawning. It’s what coaches do. They watch young, long, tall jumping jacks rattle rims, sprint the floor and block shots into the bleachers.
Arthur’s signing cause for celebration
May 11, 2006
After one of the most mentally exhausting recruiting efforts of his career came to a satisfying conclusion early Tuesday afternoon, Bill Self, his assistant coaches and family members gathered for a mild celebration Tuesday night.