Archive for Friday, May 12, 2006

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Decker’s murder trial delayed
May 12, 2006
Trial is delayed for a Lawrence man accused of killing his five-month-old daughter. Jay Decker, who faces first-degree murder charges, now stands trial July 31st for the death of Risha Lafferty.
KU releases site plans for football facility
May 12, 2006
Kansas University’s new football facility will be sited southwest of Memorial Stadium and two new practice fields will be southeast of the stadium, according to a site map released today by KU officials.
Deer leads to four-car accident on K-10
Two persons injured, including Lawrence man
May 12, 2006
A deer on the highway led to a four-vehicle wreck this morning on Kansas Highway 10 that sent a Lawrence man and one other person to the hospital.
Formal complaint filed against Nuss
09:41 a.m., May 12, 2006 Updated 10:46 a.m.
A Kansas Supreme Court justice violated judicial rules during a lunch when he and two senators discussed the way Kansas lawmakers fund public schools, which is at the heart of a lawsuit still before the high court, according to a complaint filed today.
Sun-filled Friday ahead
Cooler and partly cloudy conditions expected for Mother’s Day
May 12, 2006
Plenty of “sweet sunshine” will fill Lawrence’s skies today, says Matt Sayers, 6News chief meteorologist. “It’s a good day to get out and enjoy,” Sayers said.
Walk-off winners
Lions claw, but Firebirds soar in end
May 12, 2006
John Novotny took one last look at the scoreboard, slowly shaking his head once again in disbelief.
Man in HIV exposure case faces new charges
May 12, 2006
More charges have been filed against a Lawrence man accused of knowingly exposing women to HIV.
Commission likes auditor concept
May 12, 2006
When Mark Funkhouser learned only 18 percent of Kansas City, Mo., residents were satisfied with the city’s sidewalks, he did what City Council members pay him to do: He investigated.
Teen injured in N. 2nd Street accident recuperating at home
Bills for month in hospital exceed $150,000
May 12, 2006
Billy Baker is home. Billy, the 15-year-old blind and autistic boy injured last month in an accident caused partly by a notorious road bump in North Lawrence, was released from Children’s Mercy Hospital in late April. He’s now recuperating in a wheelchair at his grandparents’ home on Perry Street, with four rods in his injured right leg and a bandage still covering the area where he had a skin graft.
Tribal leaders urge Haskell funding shift
University hopes to cut federal dependency
May 12, 2006
For as long as anyone can remember, Haskell Indian Nations University has solved fiscal ills by begging federal bureaucrats for more money. That used to work. It doesn’t anymore.
U.S., Iraqi forces rescue Sunnis kidnapped by suspected militiamen
May 12, 2006
U.S. and Iraqi forces Thursday rescued seven Sunni Arab men seized by suspected Shiite militiamen near Baghdad, part of a campaign to suppress sectarian death squads responsible for hundreds of deaths this year.
Cougar’ to coach Seabury
May 12, 2006
When Seabury Academy athletic director Brian Clyne began his search for a new boys basketball coach, he quickly met Cougarmania.
KU adds weekend game
Jayhawks tweak lineup, rotation in preparation for Big 12 tourney
May 12, 2006
Needing every victory it can muster, The Kansas University baseball team could find this weekend’s nonconference Jayhawk Classic holds the same importance as a Big 12 Conference series.
Woodling: Run for yards, not office
May 12, 2006
Hopscotching the sports world for headlines … Item: Former Nebraska University football coach Tom Osborne, an icon in the Cornhusker State, fails in his bid to become governor, losing decisively to incumbent Gov. Dave Heineman in the state’s Republican primary. Comment: Hardly a surprise. I mean, what has Osborne, who last coached the Huskers nearly a decade ago, done for them lately?
Big-time talent’ to take court at invitational
Six KU recruiting targets to participate in games in Allen Fieldhouse, Robinson Gymnasium
May 12, 2006
It’s a dead period in recruiting, meaning college coaches will be prohibited from scouting this weekend’s Jayhawk Invitational youth basketball tournament in Allen Fieldhouse and Robinson Gymnasium.
KU softball wins pair at Big 12 tournament
May 12, 2006
Like it has all season, Kansas University’s softball squad rode stellar pitching Thursday to a pair of victories at the Big 12 Conference tournament at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Commentary: In Bay Area, Bonds can do no wrong
May 12, 2006
One night and three time zones removed from hitting his 713th home run, Barry Bonds was given time to rest his aching knees and elbow. He was out of Felipe Alou’s lineup when the San Francisco Giants played host to the Houston Astros on Monday night, a game that was rescheduled after April rainouts.
Two-time champ Patterson dies
Fighter was first to reclaim heavyweight crown
May 12, 2006
Floyd Patterson, an undersized champion who avenged an embarrassing loss to Ingemar Johansson by beating him a year later to become the first boxer to regain the heavyweight title, died Thursday. He was 71.
Clippers’ size can stop speedy Suns
May 12, 2006
Though formal practice was over, Elton Brand and Chris Kaman weren’t finished, receiving passes from Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Kim Hughes, taking dozens of shots from close range and making most of them.
Seabury soccer wins, awaits playoff destiny
May 12, 2006
Seabury Academy’s soccer team defeated Hyman Brand, 3-1, on Thursday at Sprint Center campus.
Nets, Heat will forget blowouts
May 12, 2006
Conventional wisdom would hold that the New Jersey Nets returned home Thursday with an advantage in their Eastern Conference semifinal series after splitting the first two games at Miami.
Sutcliffe stumbles on air
May 12, 2006
Rick Sutcliffe, a Cy Young award winner and ESPN baseball analyst, gave a rambling, slurred interview during the local television broadcast of the Brewers-Padres game Wednesday night.
Hot prospect, hotter card
Topps error puts Royals’ Gordon on valuable card
May 12, 2006
OK, so Alex Gordon’s baseball card isn’t as valuable as the 1909 Honus Wagner gem that sold for more than $1.2 million a few years ago.
Mumps cases increase
May 12, 2006
The health department reported five more Douglas County mumps cases Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 226 confirmed or probable cases this year.
Crews search river for person clinging to wood
May 12, 2006
Emergency crews searched the Kansas River by boat and helicopter Thursday morning after a driver reported seeing someone clinging to a piece of driftwood in the water under the Lecompton bridge.
Correction
May 12, 2006
The Food and Drug Administration recommends thawing frozen meats by defrosting them in the microwave, placing them in the refrigerator overnight or submerging them in water-tight plastic bags in cold water. The instructions were unclear in a graphic in Wednesday’s Journal-World.
On the record
May 12, 2006
Trafficway closing for cycling race
May 12, 2006
The South Lawrence Trafficway will be closed this morning for the USA Cycling National Collegiate Road Championships bicycle race in the Lawrence area.
Pets, home lost in fire started by candle
May 12, 2006
A Lawrence resident lost her home and pets in a fire Thursday morning.
KU hopes to get more than $3M from FEMA
May 12, 2006
Kansas University hopes to receive about $3.3 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover the bulk of the damage caused by the March 12 microburst.
KU law professor to serve as legislative counsel
May 12, 2006
Kansas University law professor Stephen McAllister is the front-runner for a position that would provide legal advice to the state Legislature.
Registered sex offender faces new charges
May 12, 2006
A man who already is listed as a sex offender on the state’s offender registry has been charged with molesting a young female acquaintance.
Monarch Watch open house to be Saturday
May 12, 2006
Kansas University’s Monarch Watch program’s spring open house and plant sale will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Foley Hall on KU’s west campus.
Police say victim of fall was trying to climb
May 12, 2006
Lawrence Police on Thursday released limited information about a fall early Wednesday that sent a 21-year-old woman to the hospital by helicopter.
Champion trees lost to storms
Cottonwood, KU pin oak destroyed
May 12, 2006
State forestry experts are trying to bring back to life small parts of a mighty cottonwood that once stood in Ozawkie near Perry Lake before a series of storms virtually destroyed it over the past few years.
Suspect arrested in downtown stabbing
May 12, 2006
Police have arrested a 34-year-old Lawrence man for a stabbing Saturday night in downtown Lawrence.
Families go to Everglades to honor crash victims
May 12, 2006
For the past decade, they’ve told intimate and detailed stories about their loss to all who asked.
Leak fuels neighbors’ fears
Residents worry about effects of seeping gasoline
May 12, 2006
Two doors down from a very big hole in the ground, Darwin and Susan Eakins were unhappy Thursday.
Report: Lone juror kept Moussaoui alive
May 12, 2006
A single holdout kept the jury from handing a death sentence to Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person charged in this country in the 9-11 attacks.
Some wonder if NSA will track e-mails, cell phone calls next
May 12, 2006
If the National Security Agency is indeed amassing a colossal database of Americans’ phone records, one way to use all that information is in “social network analysis,” a data-mining method that aims to expose previously invisible connections among people.
A furor over phone records
Report says NSA creating database of domestic calls
May 12, 2006
Lawmakers demanded answers from the Bush administration Thursday about a spy agency secretly collecting records of millions of ordinary Americans’ phone calls to build a database of all calls within the country.
Youngster with birth defect sings for pope
May 12, 2006
A 9-year-old Canadian boy who suffers from a birth defect that affected his hearing sang for Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday during an audience with Canadian bishops.
Coroner: Teen died from asthma attack, not kiss
May 12, 2006
A Canadian coroner confirmed Thursday that a teenager - once believed to have died from a peanut allergy after kissing her boyfriend - died from an asthma attack.
Special patrol for drunken drivers today
May 12, 2006
The Lawrence Police Department’s traffic unit will conduct a citywide “saturation patrol” tonight, with the goal of stopping drunken drivers and other traffic violators.
Nation confronts allies for genocide accusations
May 12, 2006
Turkey has pulled out of a military exercise in Canada and hinted at economic repercussions against France, stepping up protests of accusations that Turks committed genocide against Armenians during World War I.
First documented hybrid bear found in wild
May 12, 2006
A DNA test has confirmed what zoologists, hunters and aboriginal trackers in the far northern reaches of Canada have dreamed of for years: the first documented case of a grizzly-polar bear in the wild.
Riot police move against demonstrators
May 12, 2006
Thousands of Egyptian riot police beat pro-democracy activists Thursday, chasing and dragging them through the streets to break up a demonstration in support of judges who blew the whistle on election fraud.
Four U.S. Marines killed near Baghdad
May 12, 2006
Four U.S. Marines died in Iraq when their tank rolled off a bridge into a canal and they drowned, the military said today.
Scientist indicted on fraud charges
May 12, 2006
Prosecutors indicted disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk today on fraud and bioethics law violations linked to faked stem cell research, officials said.
Harley to ride into town
Topeka dealer expanding into Lawrence
May 12, 2006
Topeka Harley-Davidson is expanding into North Lawrence, an area that is becoming increasingly comfortable for motorcycle enthusiasts and businesses.
Britain missed chances to thwart attacks
May 12, 2006
Britain’s intelligence agencies missed chances to thwart last year’s transit attacks by failing to follow up leads on two of the men who became the country’s first suicide bombers, major reports said Thursday.
More veterans with stress from combat need help
May 12, 2006
Less than one-quarter of the U.S. military’s Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who show signs of post-traumatic stress are referred for additional mental health treatment or evaluation, a government study finds.
Head of WTC rebuilding agency stepping down
May 12, 2006
The head of the agency overseeing development of the World Trade Center site announced Thursday he is stepping down at the end of the month.
FBI Web site collects tips on public corruption
May 12, 2006
The FBI has established a Web site to make it easier for the public to pass along tips on corrupt government officials, FBI Director Robert Mueller said Thursday.
State reimburses woman for wrong calls
May 12, 2006
Missouri’s social service agency reimbursed a Montana businesswoman $223 for having to field more than 1,000 calls after it mistakenly listed her toll-free number on letters to Medicaid recipients.
State plans largest U.S. offshore wind farm
May 12, 2006
Texas officials announced plans Thursday for the nation’s largest offshore wind farm, consisting of as many as 170 windmills out in the Gulf of Mexico.
Grand jury indicts Kentucky governor
May 12, 2006
A grand jury indicted Gov. Ernie Fletcher on misdemeanor charges Thursday, accusing him of illegally rewarding political supporters with state jobs since taking office two years ago.
Olathe East blows by Lawrence High softball
May 12, 2006
Lawrence High dropped a softball doubleheader Thursday to Olathe East, 10-0 and 11-6.
Priest convicted in nun’s slaying
May 12, 2006
A priest was convicted Thursday of murder in the slaying of a nun who was found stabbed 26 years ago in a hospital chapel, her forehead “anointed” with a smudge of blood, her wounds forming an upside-down cross on her chest.
Library specialist joins national board
May 12, 2006
Kim Patton, young adult specialist for the Lawrence Public Library, has been elected to the board of directors of the Young Adult Library Services Assn., a division of the American Library Assn. that works to advocate, strengthen and promote library services for young adults nationwide.
Arthritis treatment focus on seminar
May 12, 2006
TherapyWorks P.A is having a free seminar “Living With Arthritis” from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 1112 W. Sixth St., Suite 120.
Morgan Stanley rep joins Admiral’s Club
May 12, 2006
John Oberzan, a registered representative with Morgan Stanley’s Lawrence office, has earned Planco’s highest honor of membership in the 2005 Admiral’s Club. He produced more than $3 million in sales in a calendar year.
Open house set for retiring manager
May 12, 2006
Mary Beem, office manager for State Farm Insurance agent Bob Carlson, will be honored at a retirement open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 19 at the State Farm office, 2400 Iowa St.
Simply Bee Massage having open house
May 12, 2006
Karen Parish, owner of Simply Bee Massage, will have an open house from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at her new downtown location at 219 E. Ninth St. She will be offering a free chair massage, gift certificate discounts, and a drawing for a free one hour massage.
Daily ticker
May 12, 2006
Commodities
May 12, 2006
Slowing housing market prompts price cuts
May 12, 2006
We have signed a contract to purchase a home, and the sale is supposed to close next month. The problem is that we have not been able to sell our current home because sales in our area are slowing and buyers are making only low-ball offers. Would it make sense to rent our current house out to tenants for a few months until a serious buyer shows up, or should we just reduce our asking price now in order to make a quick sale?
People in the news
May 12, 2006
¢ Dixie Chicks recall death threat after Bush remark ¢ Country music singer’s hearing on DUI is delayed ¢ Chappelle says wife still mad at him for walking out on deal ¢ Snoop Dogg takes responsibility for brawl
TV revisits its roots
May 12, 2006
Television’s sweeps month often reminds us that the medium’s roots go back to the days of Variety Theater. Groucho Marx, a star of stage, screen and small-screen game shows, once defined TV as “Terrible Vaudeville.”
Fuel charges
May 12, 2006
To the editor: Many are questioning big oil about price gouging.
Nurses honored
May 12, 2006
To the editor: Annually, National Nurses Week began on May 6 and ends May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.
Responsibility
May 12, 2006
To the editor: Over the course of three years, the Bush administration has used hundreds of thousands of troops and hundreds of billions of dollars for the invasion of Iraq.
Puppy questions
May 12, 2006
To the editor: Spring : when some minds turn to thoughts of getting a puppy.
Divisions may doom U.S.
May 12, 2006
The parallels are striking - and scary. Coming up on five years since 9-11, neither Washington nor New York has its act together.
G-8 must make demands on Russia
May 12, 2006
Irina Yasina used to be the vice chairman of the Open Russia Foundation, the largest private Russian organization supporting human rights. Now the government has frozen the foundation’s accounts and shut down its operations; even an orphanage it funds is under threat of closure.
McCain raises constitutional question
May 12, 2006
Presidents swear to “protect and defend the Constitution.” The Constitution says: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” On April 28, on Don Imus’ radio program, discussing the charge that the McCain-Feingold law abridges freedom of speech by regulating the quantity, content and timing of political speech, John McCain did not really reject the charge.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
May 12, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 12, 1906: “Many local women who have had gas-powered stoves installed tell about how much cooler it is cooking that way. ‘I used to think there was nothing to compare with a good coal range, but the gas stoves have changed me completely,’ one housewife told us.”
KU loses information from incoming freshmen
May 12, 2006
Kansas University has sent e-mails to nearly 300 incoming freshmen asking them to resubmit orientation registration information after previously compiled information was lost, likely due to human error.
Children can get free bike helmets at fair
May 12, 2006
Children will have a chance to receive a free bike helmet and show off their bike-riding skills this weekend in Lawrence.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 12, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.59 at Citgo at Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
KU track headed to Big 12 Championships
May 12, 2006
Kansas University’s men’s and women’s track teams will compete at the Big 12 Championships today through Sunday at Baylor University’s track.
Rural minister lived life of quiet wisdom, gratitude
May 12, 2006
When John Beeghley would bring Sunday church services to a close, he’d thank the congregation “for their attendance and good attention” and announce the time for the next Sunday’s service. But there was always a contingency. He’d add that it would happen only “if the Lord tarries” or “if the Lord wills it.”
One more sendoff: Falkenstien, senior athletes honored
May 12, 2006
Just when Max Falkenstien thought he had enough sendoffs to last a lifetime, one more came his way Thursday.
Tennessee may require stores to card all beer buyers
May 12, 2006
If the state’s convenience stores have their way, anyone wanting a six-pack of beer in Tennessee soon will have to prove they are old enough to buy it, even if they look well over 21.
Personalities are lost at sea in ‘Poseidon’
May 12, 2006
Nobody called “Titanic” a remake of “A Night to Remember.” So it’s rather unfair to call “Poseidon” a remake of 1972’s “The Poseidon Adventure.” Yes, it’s the same ship, same tidal wave and same topsy-turvy result.
Hobbit’ crew hatches dragon
May 12, 2006
By Tuesday afternoon, the dragon had pretty much taken over the commons area at Bishop Seabury Academy.
Depeche Mode cancels Chicago show after cutting short concert in K.C.
May 12, 2006
Depeche Mode canceled its concert Thursday in Chicago because lead singer Dave Gahan is suffering from laryngitis, the band’s publicist said.
Disaster strikes
Actors dive headfirst into danger
May 12, 2006
“I never compare what we do to real-life work, but at times this was like going to work on an oil rig,” says “Poseidon” lead Josh Lucas. “It was very dangerous, very uncomfortable and scary. It was as challenging as work gets.”
KU student named sexiest vegetarian
May 12, 2006
Kansas University student Ricky House has been crowned the male “Sexiest Vegetarian Alive” by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Lawrence datebook
May 12, 2006
Inmate asked to be executed another way
May 12, 2006
A condemned inmate asked prison officials to find another way to execute him as they struggled to administer a lethal injection after an intravenous line failed, prison records show.
U.S. Senate approves $70B tax-cut bill
May 12, 2006
The Senate gave final approval Thursday to a $70 billion election-year package of tax cuts that will extend lower rates for investors and save billions for families with above-average incomes.
KU team diverse, dandy
Jayhawk squad melting pot of gung-ho cyclists
May 12, 2006
What do a gung-ho German, an against-all-odds ironwoman and a 34-year-old former forester have in common?
Teen author recalled as great student
Those who knew her shocked by plagiarism accusations
May 12, 2006
Well before she became famous as the Harvard student caught lifting material from other authors, Kaavya Viswanathan was the kind of person others noticed.
Bonds stuck on No. 713
May 12, 2006
Barry Bonds has displayed impeccable timing at the plate throughout his decorated career.
Matsui’s streak ends at 518
Yankees outfielder breaks wrist; Red Sox win, 5-3
May 12, 2006
Hideki Matsui’s broken wrist left the Yankees without another power-hitting outfielder, and the Boston Red Sox rallied past New York, 5-3, Thursday night on Mark Loretta’s two-run infield single.
Bad back can’t keep Pujols from thriving
May 12, 2006
Albert Pujols has an aching back. Somehow, it’s opposing pitchers who are hurting.
Record access
Kansas shouldn’t close its concealed carry records without getting more information and fully debating the pros and cons.
May 12, 2006
Barring public access to government documents should not be the default position in Kansas.
Horoscopes
May 12, 2006
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