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Cell phone ban causes uproar in New York
May 13, 2006
Elizabeth Casanola carries her cell phone everywhere - even through the metal detectors at her school.
FSHS 2nd twice at league track; LHS 2nd, 3rd
May 13, 2006
Free State’s boys placed second outright and tied Lawrence High for second in the girls team race at the Sunflower League track and field meet Friday at Shawnee Mission South.
The Gospel according to Hollywood
Religious movies bring faith into popular imagination
May 13, 2006
When the Rev. Darrel Proffitt wanted to talk about self-sufficiency for his Easter sermon, he showed a video clip from “Titanic.”
Football site plan revealed
May 13, 2006
Slowly, the long process for the construction of the Anderson Family Football Complex is beginning to take shape.
Kansas reaches title game
May 13, 2006
Nebraska made four errors, while Kansas University made none. As a result, the Jayhawks advanced to the championship game of the Big 12 Conference softball tournament with a 2-0 victory Friday over the Huskers at the Hall of Fame Stadium.
Phone company refused to give up records; CIA nominee defends surveillance tactics
May 13, 2006
Telecommunications giant Qwest refused to provide the government with access to telephone records of its 15 million customers after deciding the request violated privacy law, a lawyer for a former company executive said Friday. For a second day, the former National Security Agency director defended the spy agency’s activities.
Conjoined twins separated
May 13, 2006
After Mayo Clinic surgeons took nearly seven hours to untangle their livers, reposition their hearts and divide a shared intestine, 5-month-old twins born joined at the chest and abdomen were sleeping in separate beds Friday.
Boys and Girls Club fundraiser gives kids a chance to dance
May 13, 2006
As they pounded their feet on the gymnasium floor and practiced their choreography Friday evening, about 60 children helped raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.
Judge blocks exit exam as graduation requirement
May 13, 2006
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman said Friday that students who are learning English or go to schools in poor areas aren’t as well prepared for the exit exam as their counterparts, making the test unfair.
New Haskell graduates ready to tackle life’s next challenges
May 13, 2006
More than anything else, Mike Frick wanted to see his wife, Vivian, graduate from Haskell Indian Nations University. “He kept telling me to finish school, to get a good job and set a good example for our children,” Vivian Frick said. “So here I am.”
World record falls in 100 meters
Gatlin’s time of 9.76 seconds beats Powell’s mark
May 13, 2006
Olympic champion. World champion. Now, Justin Gatlin is the world record holder, too. The American sprinter broke the 100-meter record Friday with a time of 9.76 seconds at the Qatar Grand Prix. He shaved one-
Hockey finalists revealed
May 13, 2006
The debate over whether Penguins center Sidney Crosby or Washington winger Alex Ovechkin was the top rookie in the 2005-06 NHL season can continue for another several weeks - and you can add Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf to the mix.
Giants throw party for 75-year-old Mays
May 13, 2006
Willie Mays celebrated his 75th birthday six days late in a ballpark bash featuring six other Hall of Fame players and, of course, godson Barry Bonds. Fans gave the Giants Hall of Famer a standing ovation and chanted “Willie! Willie!” during the on-field ceremony Friday night in which Bonds escorted Mays from the dugout to the mound area. Mays, who tipped his cap several times to the cheering fans, turned 75 on May 6.
Stadiums across country getting makeovers
May 13, 2006
The Wrigley Field bleacher bums have room to roam this year, and the high-priced club seats at Fenway Park now come with fresh air. At Petco Park, the only thing fans smell are the fish tacos.
KU’s Agafonov sets league hammer mark
May 13, 2006
Kansas University sophomore Egor Agafonov claimed the second Big 12 Conference title of his career when he shattered the league record in the hammer throw on Friday at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
KU stings Bradley
May 13, 2006
It had to hurt. The scoreboard provided all the proof. In the fifth inning of Kansas University’s 15-3 baseball victory over Bradley on Friday, KU senior Ritchie Price smoked a line drive up the middle that struck Bradley ace pitcher Brandon Magee on the throwing arm.
Piazza powers Padres
Bonds remains stuck on 713
May 13, 2006
Mike Piazza had his first four-hit game of the season Friday, and the San Diego Padres won for the 12th time in 13 games, beating the slumping Chicago Cubs, 10-5.
A-Rod, Williams lift Yankees
May 13, 2006
Alex Rodriguez, Bernie Williams and Chien-Ming Wang did their part to step up for the New York Yankees on the first day after Hideki Matsui’s injury. Rodriguez and Williams homered, and Wang pitched three-hit ball for eight innings in New York’s 2-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
Family death leaves Cavs short-handed
May 13, 2006
Saddened by an unexpected death in their family, the Cavaliers prepared to play their biggest game in years not knowing if starting guard Larry Hughes will be back for Game 3.
Lawrence High has to settle for soccer tie
Lions, Topeka play to 2-all draw; coin flip to determine regional seedings
May 13, 2006
Lawrence High’s soccer team controlled its playoff destiny coming into Friday night’s regular-season finale against Topeka. With a victory, the Lions would have played host Tuesday to Leavenworth in the regional opener. A loss, and the Lions would have had to play at Leavenworth. Neither happened.
KU works to recover lost orientation data
May 13, 2006
The majority of incoming Kansas University students affected by an orientation registration error are back on track, Kristen Trendel, director of new student orientation, said Friday.
Artists’ sculptures installed downtown
May 13, 2006
Artists from Lawrence and across the country spent Friday afternoon delivering the next batch of pieces for the city’s Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 13, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.78 at BP Amoco, 19th and Haskell. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Wittig co-defendant set free during appeal
May 13, 2006
A federal appeals court on Friday said Douglas Lake, the former Westar Energy Inc. executive found guilty of looting the Topeka-based utility with his boss, David Wittig, can stay out of prison while appealing his conviction.
Teen faces charges for fake abduction
May 13, 2006
A 16-year-old girl who concocted a dramatic story about being kidnapped last month was charged Friday with falsely reporting a crime and obstruction.
No states hit teacher quality goal
May 13, 2006
Not a single state will have a highly qualified teacher in every core class this school year as promised by President Bush’s education law. Nine states along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico face penalties.
Cyclists give Lawrence a spin
City streets to host college championship
May 13, 2006
The spokes began spinning Friday morning on the South Lawrence Trafficway as more than 400 cyclists began competing in the national collegiate championships. Bicycle enthusiasts have looked forward to this weekend’s event for months.
UC-Davis women, Fort Lewis men win
Newcomers fill in fine for top team time trialists as bike race kicks off
May 13, 2006
The pressures of the USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals didn’t get to a group of riders fresh to the prestigious event. For the newbies, the weekend started with a team time trial on the South Lawrence Trafficway, and in no way did they disappoint their more seasoned teammates. At least, that was the case for the Division I women’s and men’s winners Friday.
Moussaoui appeals judgment and sentence
May 13, 2006
Convicted Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui appealed the life sentence he received this month and the denial of his request for a new trial.
Counselors get jail for assaulting boys at camp
May 13, 2006
Two teenagers were sentenced Friday to at least a month in jail for poking young boys in the buttocks with broomsticks while working as counselors at a summer camp.
Antidepressant Paxil may raise suicide risk
May 13, 2006
The antidepressant Paxil may raise the risk of suicidal behavior in young adults, GlaxoSmithKline and the Food and Drug Administration warned Friday in a letter to doctors.
Small plane crashes beside house, killing 2
May 13, 2006
A small plane crashed Friday morning beside a house, killing the two passengers onboard, authorities said.
Wichita resident wants ‘Toto’ breed named state dog of Kansas
May 13, 2006
Kansas often has capitalized on its designation as the home of Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” and now one woman thinks the state should honor Dorothy’s buddy, Toto. Annette McDonald is leading a petition drive to designate Toto’s breed - the cairn terrier - as the state’s official dog.
Corruption charges against former president dropped
May 13, 2006
Indonesia dropped corruption charges against former strongman president Suharto on Friday, disappointing those who struggled against his repressive rule and had long hoped to see him brought to justice.
On the record
May 13, 2006
Diplomats: New traces of uranium are found
May 13, 2006
U.N. inspectors have found traces of highly enriched uranium on equipment from an Iranian research center linked to the military, diplomats said Friday - a revelation likely to strengthen U.S. arguments that Tehran wants to develop nuclear arms.
Several top officials lose jobs in Kremlin shake-up
May 13, 2006
Russian authorities fired a string of high-ranking security and law enforcement officials in a shake-up described Friday as part of a Kremlin push to fight graft and cement control of key government agencies.
Nine bombs explode, killing at least four
May 13, 2006
Nine bombs exploded Friday across Ethiopia’s capital, killing four people and wounding dozens in what police said was a coordinated attempt to discredit the government. No group immediately took responsibility for the blasts, which focused on government-owned companies and public transportation.
Saddam’s new novel to hit bookstores
May 13, 2006
A Japanese publisher said Friday that his company will be the first in the world to put out a novel said to have been completed by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein the day before the U.S. invasion that ended his reign.
Happy to be here
KU recruit Aldrich tickled to play at ‘home’
May 13, 2006
Cole Aldrich stood in the southwest tunnel of Allen Fieldhouse, a smile creasing his face as he watched his Minnesota Magic Elite teammates file onto the same court that in a year he’ll be calling his own.
Nationally, hockey audience abysmal
Long ago, ice mattered. Today, though, nobody’s watching
May 13, 2006
(Note to readers: This column is about hockey. Please try to avoid wind shear and paper cuts as you’re flipping the page.)
Volcano’s alert level raised to highest
May 13, 2006
Indonesia today raised the alert at Mount Merapi volcano to the highest level, warning of an imminent eruption. The measure forced the immediate evacuation of thousands of people.
Suspect in ambush of deputy is caught
May 13, 2006
One of two brothers accused of killing a sheriff’s deputy and friend was captured Friday after a day on the run.
K-10 wreck injures two
May 13, 2006
A deer on Kansas Highway 10 led to a four-vehicle wreck Friday morning that sent a Lawrence man and one other person to the hospital.
Inmate charged in 2000 rest stop murder
May 13, 2006
A Montana inmate was charged with murder after DNA evidence linked him to the slaying of a woman at an Arkansas rest stop nearly six years ago, authorities said. Ronald James Ward, who is currently serving a life sentence for murder, was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of Kristin Laurite, 25, of Scotch Plains, N.J.
Lawrence lawyer brought complaint against judge
May 13, 2006
Longtime Lawrence attorney Edward Collister Jr. is the Commission on Judicial Qualifications hearing examiner that brought the complaint against Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss.
Faith Briefs
May 13, 2006
Kansas ranks 14th in nation at filling houses of the holy
May 13, 2006
Kansas may not be an official notch in the Bible Belt, but a new poll shows the state’s residents are above the national average when it comes to church attendance. The survey, released recently by Gallup Polls, said 47 percent of Kansans reported they attend church or synagogue “once a week” or “almost every week.” That ranks the state 14th in the nation for church attendance and five points higher than the national average.
What do the Scriptures say about motherhood?
May 13, 2006
Bible honors mothers - The Rev. Paul Gray, pastor, Heartland Community Church, 619 Vt. Moms deserve joy - The Rev. Nancy Thellman, interim associate pastor, Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt.
Letter outlines officials’ opposition to SLT route
May 13, 2006
A majority of city commissioners are turning up the volume in their opposition to a 32nd Street route for the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Military news
May 13, 2006
FCE and 4-H news
May 13, 2006
Al-Qaida escapee appears in video
May 13, 2006
An al-Qaida member who escaped from a U.S. prison in Afghanistan last year appeared in a second video and urged Muslims to seek vengeance for the cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad that have appeared in several European publications.
People in the news
May 13, 2006
¢ Hill, McGraw to donate proceeds to hurricane efforts ¢ Leif Garrett sentenced to jail, probation in drug charges ¢ Simpson’s candid-camera show draws criticism
Guns N’ Roses tries for a comeback
May 13, 2006
With concerts scheduled throughout Europe this summer and its 10-years-in-the-making album slated for release this fall, Guns N’ Roses appears ready to make its rock ‘n’ roll comeback.
Have paparazzi gone too far?
May 13, 2006
How much would you pay for a snapshot of Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn doing nothing? Some magazines might fork over hundreds of thousands of dollars. Are they insane? Or merely feeding an insatiable public appetite for celebrity surveillance? “CNN Presents: Chasing Angelina - Paparazzi and Celebrity Obsession” (7 p.m. today, CNN) doesn’t so much answer these questions as offer an insider’s meditation on the current state of celebrity media. It’s “Access Hollywood” passing as news.
Documentary to offer close-up look at U.S. military hospital
May 13, 2006
The Army is bracing for the release of a documentary film that promises a graphic and unflinching portrait of life in a U.S. military hospital in Iraq.
Iraqi army units collide, leaving two dead
May 13, 2006
An armed confrontation between two Iraqi army units left one soldier and one civilian dead Friday, raising questions about the U.S.-trained force’s ability to maintain control at a time when sectarian and ethnic tensions are running high.
Demand for ethanol boosts corn prices
May 13, 2006
As demand for ethanol zooms, Kansas corn farmer Ken McCauley expects higher prices for his crop.
Lawrence resident receives certificate
May 13, 2006
Catherine Howard, Lawrence, recently was honored with a five-year membership certificate in the Topeka chapter of Sales and Marketing Executives, International.
Nurses attend course on end-of-life care
May 13, 2006
Carol Schmitt and Terri Busch, of Hospice Care in Douglas County, recently attended a two-day course regarding end-of-life care conducted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the City of Hope Cancer Center.
Judge delays trial in infant’s death
Father’s attorneys seek more information from autopsy report
May 13, 2006
Trial has been delayed until July for a Lawrence man accused of murdering his 5-month-old daughter by physical abuse. Jay D. Decker initially was set for trial starting May 22, but his attorneys said they needed more time for their forensic pathologist to examine tissue and bone samples taken from the body of Risha J. Lafferty. Judge Paula Martin has rescheduled the trial for July 31.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 13, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 13, 1906: “Some have observed that while Kansas Gov. Hoch is accused of making Kansas the ‘next friend’ of the railroads, he is not accuses of kissing ‘Katy.’
Old Home Town- 25 years ago
May 13, 2006
A sharply divided City Commission approved a site plan for an apartment development in the Bluffs area near Sixth and Iowa streets, overriding complaints by two commissioners that the plan was defective and that its approval could taint a pending lawsuit over the area’s rezoning. The Bluffs area is a hilly site just east of the intersection of Sixth and Iowa. The commission’s action cleared the way for construction of a 20-unit apartment complex on the southwest side of Fifth and California. Voting against the plan were Nancy Shontz and Tom Gleason. Voting for it were Mayor Marci Francisco, Barkley Clark and Don Binns.
Schiavo support
May 13, 2006
To the editor: I would like to thank KU Students For Life for bringing Bobby Schindler to Kansas University last month. For those of you who were not there, I would like to summarize some of what Mr. Schindler said.
Effective leader
In her own quiet way, Karen Swisher has provided strong leadership to Haskell Indian Nations University.
May 13, 2006
Through some turbulent and financially difficult times, Karen Swisher has been an effective and progressive leader for Haskell Indian Nations University. During her seven years as Haskell president, Swisher has overseen significant advances at the school. Her retirement at the end of this year will be a loss for Haskell and the community.
Equal praise
May 13, 2006
To the editor: I would just like to say something about the coverage of the Lawrence High School baseball victory over Shawnee Mission Northwest (Journal-World, May 10).
Too far off
May 13, 2006
To the editor: Doug Mays is apparently having some difficulty with his arithmetic skills. Regarding the school finance plan approved by the Legislature, Mays states, “I don’t think it’s all that far off from the post audit.”
Ambivalence used to fuel ‘mommy wars’
May 13, 2006
I should be over this. We all should be over this. But it’s 37 years since I first became a mother and what passes for public discussion about that role still resembles a food fight more than breakfast in bed.
Justice faces ethics probe
Meeting with senators could result in court disciplining judge
May 13, 2006
The state’s judicial disciplinary board on Friday opened a formal proceeding against Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lawton Nuss, who is accused of violating judicial rules when he discussed the pending school finance case with two lawmakers.
KU cell phone numbers shrinking
Updated policy limits employee distribution
May 13, 2006
There are fewer cell phones ringing at Kansas University these days. “We’ve gone through every cell phone that was out there and turned a bunch of them off,” said Barry Swanson, director of business services and purchasing.
Club news
May 13, 2006
Around and about
May 13, 2006
Chiefs get glimpse of Edwards’ style
May 13, 2006
In the first few minutes of his first practice as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Herman Edwards seemed to be everywhere.
Patterson packs punch in victory over K.C.
May 13, 2006
Even when he struggled earlier this season, Corey Patterson remained confident in his ability. His upbeat attitude and self-assuredness apparently were justified.
Mayer: Arthur just part of team
May 13, 2006
It’s marvelous to see that the myopics who got their needles stuck so long in one groove finally realized Darrell Arthur is not the only person involved in the Kansas University basketball program.
KU’s Costner tied for 29th
May 13, 2006
Kansas University junior golfer Amanda Costner is tied for 29th after shooting a second-round 76 on Friday at the NCAA Central Regional at the par-72, 6,289-yard Traditions Golf Course.
Battered Wade bounces back for Miami
Playmaker dominates final four minutes to give Heat 2-1 series lead
May 13, 2006
Their bloodied superstar was in the locker room and the game was threatening to get away from the Heat. Oh, but there was one piece of good news for Miami. “I knew I was coming right back,” Dwyane Wade said.
National Guard may secure border
May 13, 2006
President Bush, trying to build momentum for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, is considering plans to shore up the Mexican border with National Guard troops paid for by the federal government, according to senior administration officials.
Simons: Residents’ wants sometimes outpace their willingness to pay
May 13, 2006
A Journal-World news story earlier this week pointed out a situation, or mind-set, of many in Lawrence that poses a challenge for city leaders and those who dream of a better community in the years ahead.
Gasoline pipeline blast kills up to 200
May 13, 2006
Gasoline gushing from a ruptured pipeline exploded Friday as villagers scavenged for fuel, setting off an inferno that killed up to 200 and left charred bodies scattered around the site in this oil-rich country of mostly poor people.
Horoscopes
May 13, 2006
Society Calendar
May 13, 2006
Lawrence Datebook
May 13, 2006
Mumps cases increase
May 13, 2006
Douglas County now has 228 confirmed or probable mumps cases for the year, the health department reported Friday.