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KU Med trying to remove boy declared brain-dead from life support
Family fighting hospital with restraining order
May 16, 2006
University of Kansas Hospital leaders are scrambling this afternoon to try to arrange a hearing on a family’s restraining order that prohibits them from taking a brain-dead boy off life support.
One person killed in I-35 accident
May 16, 2006
The Kansas Highway Patrol is responding to a one-vehicle fatality accident that’s stopped southbound traffic on a stretch of Interstate 35 in Franklin County.
Showers possible this afternoon
Temperatures heading into the 80s later this week
07:25 a.m., May 16, 2006 Updated 01:26 p.m.
You might want to pack an umbrella this afternoon. “We have sunshine to start the day and we’ll have clouds on your way home,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “As the clouds thicken up, we can’t rule out the possibility of a shower.”
Library rebuilding little cheaper than other proposals
Expansion at current site would cost $50M
May 16, 2006
So, you say, you just want a relatively simple library expansion at the current site. That option wouldn’t be much - if any - cheaper than plans put forth by four private developers, who each have proposed an entirely new library at another site that will spur adjacent retail and residential development.
Critics call move pure politics
May 16, 2006
Dispatching an already-stretched National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border will create operational and logistical headaches without putting much of a dent into illegal immigration, experts from the Rio Grande Valley to Washington said Monday.
Sometimes, the KSHSAA just doesn’t get it
May 16, 2006
Ask just about anyone involved with Kansas high school athletics, and they’ll tell you the Kansas State High School Activities Assn. has its heart in the right place.
A call to arms
Sometimes timing trumps talent in playoffs
May 16, 2006
Many a high school baseball season has run aground on the shore of a particularly nettlesome decision.
People in the news
May 16, 2006
¢ Mother’s Day theft ¢ New U.N. ambassador ¢ Still the hottest
Lawrence Datebook
May 16, 2006
Wanted: qualified candidates
May 16, 2006
Everyone’s in a hurry these days. Kids can’t wait to grow up. Retailers want us to start our Christmas shopping by Labor Day. And politicians want us to start thinking about voting for them six months before the election.
Tasty success
May 16, 2006
To the editor: Thanks, Sertoma and area businesses.
Direct talks with Iran might benefit U.S.
May 16, 2006
There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether the United States should be speaking directly to Iran.
Fate has frowned on Lawrence
Coin-flip tiebreaker falls Leavenworth’s way; Free State to travel to Manhattan
May 16, 2006
It’s fair to say Lawrence High girls soccer coach Matt Anderson isn’t much of a Leavenworth fan right now.
Robby Price and Amy Magnuson
May 16, 2006
Robby Price and Amy Magnuson
Developer willing to tweak proposal
May 16, 2006
Members of the Fritzel family are willing to change their plans for a new downtown library to address concerns that the proposal may require the use of eminent domain to acquire some properties.
Other options
City officials should thoroughly examine other options before agreeing to the off-and-on closing of a northbound lane of Naismith Drive to provide a lane for bicycle traffic.
May 16, 2006
Closing one lane of Naismith Drive to provide space for a bicycle lane rivals the city’s obsession with roundabouts as one of the most cockeyed traffic ideas to be considered by the Lawrence City Commission.
Sebelius wary of new call
May 16, 2006
If Kansas National Guard units are among those called to help patrol the Mexican border, they have the manpower for the job, but the Iraq War has taken its toll on the Guard’s equipment.
Guard to join border patrol
Bush plan would use 6,000 troops
May 16, 2006
President Bush said Monday night he would order as many as 6,000 National Guard troops to secure the U.S. border with Mexico and urged Congress to give millions of illegal immigrants a chance at citizenship, as he tried to build support for a major overhaul of the nation’s tattered immigration laws.
Matinee goes Chicago’s way
Three home runs lift White Sox past AL Central rival
May 16, 2006
The Minnesota Twins did not need a reminder about how critical starting pitching is to success. Freddy Garcia and the Chicago White Sox gave them one anyway on their way out of town.
Are Brown’s days numbered?
Papers report Knicks owner Dolan considering buying out coach’s contract
May 16, 2006
Larry Brown may be on his way out of New York. Stephon Marbury doesn’t care either way.
Two-point Mavs hold off Spurs in OT
Wallace predicts poorly: James powers Cavs to 74-72 victory
May 16, 2006
The way the Dallas Mavericks are going, every team is going to start using two point guards.
Megan Reed
Oskaloosa senior hopes to add state berth to long list of memories
May 16, 2006
Softball has been quite good to Megan Reed during her stint at Oskaloosa High. Her skills as a shortstop with a strong bat have paved the way to a college scholarship next season at Oklahoma Christian University, an NAIA school in Edmond, Okla.
Accident report in on spacecraft collision
May 16, 2006
A robotic NASA spacecraft designed to rendezvous with an orbiting satellite instead crashed into its target, according to a summary of the investigation released Monday.
Yahoo home page gets a makeover
May 16, 2006
Yahoo Inc.’s Web site is unveiling a new look today as the Internet powerhouse strives to remain the world’s most popular online destination and strengthen its advertising appeal.
Volcano’s searing gas clouds and burning rocks force more to flee
May 16, 2006
Mount Merapi erupted violently Monday, sending searing gas clouds and burning rocks down its scorched flanks and threatening villagers who refused to leave because of ancient mystical beliefs.
U.S. helicopter shot down south of Baghdad, killing 2
May 16, 2006
Insurgents shot down a U.S. helicopter during a raid against al-Qaida militants south of Baghdad and killed two soldiers, bringing the weekend death toll of American service members to seven, the U.S. military said Monday.
First-grader could use a Big Brother
May 16, 2006
Brian, a first-grade student at Schwegler School, is seeking a big brother through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County program.
Project Graduation party offers prizes, cash to high school seniors
May 16, 2006
No one walks away empty-handed. That’s the promise Project Graduation organizers are making to every high school senior in Lawrence who attends this year’s installment of the annual party, where $15,000 in cash and prizes will be doled out.
Clinton Cove site sold
Investor buys 17 acres for $1.7M
May 16, 2006
Land that is home to a convenience store, lawn-service business and a boat-storage operation near Clinton Lake is being sold to a Kansas City-area investor for nearly $1.8 million.
Clippers’ Kaman hopes to play tonight
May 16, 2006
Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman hopes to play tonight in the fifth game of the Western Conference semifinals at Phoenix despite a strained right shoulder that kept him out of Game 4.
NBA eyes new plan for seeding
May 16, 2006
Maybe this will make Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban feel better about his $200,000 fine from the NBA last week: Cuban’s club has forced a likely change in the playoff format.
Royals, Indians washed
May 16, 2006
The Cleveland Indians had plenty of work to do, both on their rain-soaked playing field and in trying to stop a season-high six-game losing streak, even before their game against the Kansas City Royals was postponed Monday night.
Kish to serve as HOF speaker
May 16, 2006
Bernie Kish, former executive director of the College Football Hall of Fame, will be keynote speaker for the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony June 3 in Wichita.
KU baseball notebook
May 16, 2006
Kansas University (10-14 in the Big 12 Conference) officially clinched a berth in next week’s Big 12 tournament over the weekend.
Seahawk duo earn state berth
May 16, 2006
Seabury Academy’s Simon Thompson and Scotty King earned a trip to the Class 3-2-1A boys state tennis tournament Monday, teaming up for a fourth-place finish in doubles in regional play at the Indian Creek Tennis Courts.
Seabury’s Davis makes state
May 16, 2006
Seabury Academy senior Adam Davis shot a 97 during Monday’s Class 1A boys golf regional at Marion Country Club, good enough to secure an at-large berth at next week’s state tournament in Winfield.
FSHS wary of No. 6 seed LHS
City rivals meet in regional opener today in Wichita
May 16, 2006
No one knows better than Pam Pine how meaningless seeds can be in the postseason. “Anything can happen,” said Pine, Free State High’s softball coach. “Just look at the Jayhawks.”
Firebird Klutman takes title
May 16, 2006
Free State High’s Quinn Klutman fired a 1-over-par 71, winning the Overland Park Class 6A regional by three strokes and qualifying for state.
There will be a Game 6 - guaranteed
Detroit’s Rasheed Wallace needs to put his crystal ball away and quit forecasting the future
May 16, 2006
You sat on the bench for the last four minutes, wearing your Detroit Pistons sweats, clearly delirious from Cleveland’s first documented case of Hoof-in-Mouth disease in quite some time.
Third player indicted in Duke case
Lacrosse team captain labels rape charges ‘fantastic lies’
May 16, 2006
A Duke University lacrosse team captain became the third player indicted in the rape scandal Monday and the first to speak out, blasting the charges against him as “fantastic lies.”
New video board livens up Hoglund Ballpark
May 16, 2006
All it takes is a giant television screen to really boost Hoglund Ballpark’s atmosphere. Kansas University’s baseball team just finished its first weekend at its upgraded home field, winning two of four nonconference games with a $400,000 video board up and running behind the right-center-field wall.
FSHS claims tennis regional
May 16, 2006
Free State High snared the first Class 6A boys regional tennis title in school history Monday, winning the eight-team tournament at Kossover Center.
Networks face ‘Idol’ onslaught
May 16, 2006
How do you counterprogram against the semifinals of “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox), certain to be one of the most-watched shows of the year?
On the record
May 16, 2006
Death toll passes 80 as violence escalates in Brazil
May 16, 2006
Masked men attacked bars, banks and police stations with machine guns. Gangs set buses on fire. And inmates at dozens of prisons took guards hostage in an unprecedented four-day wave of violence around South America’s largest city that left more than 80 dead by Monday.
Pentagon hands over listing of detainees
May 16, 2006
The Pentagon handed over on Monday the first list of everyone who has been held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - more than four years after the U.S. began using it as a detention center in its war on terror.
Castro ‘disgusted’ by estimate of his wealth
May 16, 2006
President Fidel Castro lashed out Monday night at a report in a U.S.-based magazine putting his net worth at $900 million, calling it “garbage” that “disgusted me.” At a nationally televised roundtable to rebut Forbes magazine, which this month released a wealth ranking of “Kings, Queens & Dictators,” Castro said he reacted viscerally to the article. “I have to confess, the subject disgusted me,” Castro said.
African Union pressures holdout Darfur rebels
May 16, 2006
The African Union increased pressure on Sudan’s holdout rebels to sign a deal ending Darfur’s three-year civil war and appealed Monday for a stronger peacekeeping force to monitor it.
U.S. officially bans arms sales to country
May 16, 2006
The U.S government officially banned all arms sales to Venezuela, accusing the government of President Hugo Chavez of not cooperating with Washington’s anti-terrorism efforts.
Conditions align for alligator attacks
May 16, 2006
Dry weather has pushed them out of the Everglades and into backyard canals, where they concentrate in greater, hungry numbers. Mating season has made the males more territorial.
European Union offers nuclear help to Iran
May 16, 2006
The European Union offered Monday to help Iran obtain the most advanced civilian nuclear technology if Iran halted work on uranium enrichment, a process that produces fuel for power plants and nuclear weapons.
U.S. to renew ties to Libya after more than 25 years
May 16, 2006
The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Libya and remove it from a list of terrorism sponsors, the Bush administration said Monday, rewarding Moammar Gadhafi’s government for renouncing weapons of mass destruction and cooperating in the hunt for terrorists.
VFW post marks 75th anniversary
May 16, 2006
For 75 years, the Alford-Clarke Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 852 has served as a second home for troops coming back to Lawrence from over there.
Study: Older workers face financial setbacks
May 16, 2006
American workers, who face growing financial pressure to stay in the work force, are far more likely to be forced into an early retirement than many expect, according to a study released Monday.
Banks agree to extend $150M line of credit
May 16, 2006
A group of banks led by JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed Monday to extend New Orleans a $150 million line of credit over three years, helping shore up city finances ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Former poet laureate Stanley Kunitz dies
May 16, 2006
Stanley Kunitz, a former U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner whose expressive verse, social commitment and generosity to young writers spanned three-quarters of a century, died Sunday. He was 100.
Bausch & Lomb pulls contact lens solution
May 16, 2006
Bausch & Lomb Inc. said Monday it has permanently removed from markets worldwide a contact lens solution linked by health authorities to an outbreak of rare fungal infections that can cause blindness. Its shares rose nearly 9 percent.
New England hit with more rain, major river flooding
May 16, 2006
Emergency crews used boats to rescue people trapped in their homes and sewage systems overflowed Monday as rain pounded New England for the fourth straight day in what could prove to be the region’s worst flooding since the 1930s.
Saddam refuses to enter plea on charges
May 16, 2006
A defiant Saddam Hussein refused to enter a plea Monday, insisting he was still Iraq’s president as the judge formally charged him with crimes against humanity, including murder and torture of women and children.
22-year-old Marine from Liberal is killed
May 16, 2006
A 22-year-old Marine from Liberal became the 26th Kansan to die in Iraq since the war there started more than three years ago.
Horoscopes
May 16, 2006
Contest winner presents balanced approach fit for teen seeking advice
May 16, 2006
Dr. Wes & Marissa: This week we announce our new Double Take author. We had some very fine essays. The two finalists were John Murray and Sarah Robinson, both of Free State High school. They wrote responses to the following question:
Society bears responsibility
May 16, 2006
So now we know how Martin Lee Anderson died. We can forget the original autopsy report filed by Charles Siebert, a doctor so inept he wasn’t technically a doctor (he had allowed his license to lapse) when he issued the report. A doctor so inept he once described a person he autopsied as having “unremarkable” testes. The person was a woman, so if she had testes at all, it would seem quite remarkable, indeed.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 16, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.78 at BP Amoco, 19th Street and Haskell Avenue. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Aiden, Emma top names for new babies
May 16, 2006
Aiden and Emma remained the most popular names for Kansas newborn boys and girls in 2005, the state Department of Health and Environment said Monday.
Candidate proposed for Sunflower principal
May 16, 2006
Jason Jones, a second-year principal from Emporia, is expected to succeed Jill Smith as principal at Sunflower School, 2521 Inverness Drive. An advisory committee will recommend hiring Jones during the school board meeting Monday.
Floridian arrested in underage sex case
May 16, 2006
A 41-year-old Pensacola, Fla., man has been charged in Douglas County with having inappropriate sexual contact with a 10-year-old female acquaintance sometime in the first half of 2005.
Contest seeks tips from penny pinchers
May 16, 2006
There is a Chinese proverb that says: “Diligence is the basis of wealth, and thrift the source of riches.”
Lawrence dentist attends course
May 16, 2006
Dr. James Otten, Lawrence, attended the Magne Team class at the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Key Biscayne, Fla.
Therapist attends local conference
May 16, 2006
Jennifer Brown, an occupational therapist at TherapyWorks, recently attended the KOTA 2006 Conference, March 9-11 in Lawrence.
Work it out
May 16, 2006
To the editor: I read somewhere that President Truman said if his right arm was a Republican he would cut it off. Myself, I think I would try to work something out.
SLT ruse
May 16, 2006
To the editor: As a hardworking taxpayer and regular voter who loves living in Lawrence (since 1988), I want to express my grateful appreciation to Mayor Mike Amyx and City Commissioner Sue Hack for their support for a 32nd Street route for the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Compromise best
May 16, 2006
To the editor: Those who want the South Lawrence Trafficway through the wetlands apparently prefer another decade of delay and endless rounds of expensive litigation rather than compromise.
Make a difference
May 16, 2006
To the editor: Mike Amyx knew when he was elected to the City Commission that this was going to be far different from the years past in which he served.
Cosmosphere founder sentenced
May 16, 2006
The founder of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison for stealing artifacts that belonged to the institution and NASA.
Kansas Gas Service seeks $73M increase
May 16, 2006
Kansas Gas Service Co. said Monday it had asked state regulators for a $73.3 million rate increase to pay for improving its distribution system and for higher employee benefits and property taxes.
Not ready to grow up? Try graduate school
May 16, 2006
Dear KU grads: Well, here we are. It’s been a crazy four - or five, or six - years, hasn’t it? No matter how long it’s taken, I congratulate you on getting through school much faster than Johnny Lechner.
So long, seniors
Graduating Teen Board members picked up real-world newspaper experience, confidence
May 16, 2006
Four members of the Journal-World Teen Board will graduate Sunday from high school. When they first became members, they said they hoped to learn more about journalism and how the newspaper business works.
Woodling: Slipper fits KU softball
May 16, 2006
Everybody loves Cinderella, so it’s no wonder folks in town are still buzzing about Kansas University softball. The Jayhawks’ climb from a No. 6 seed to the Big 12 Conference tournament championship is arguably the most heart-warming happenstance in KU athletics since the men’s basketball team won the 1988 NCAA championship.
State seat-belt campaigns target truck drivers
May 16, 2006
State officials Monday announced a stepped-up effort to get more motorists in Kansas to wear their safety belts, especially pickup truck drivers.
All hope lost for all-day kindergarten
May 16, 2006
Last week, Lawrence school officials said the chances of offering all-day kindergarten at each of the district’s 15 elementary schools were between slim and none.
Mumps unwanted guest on graduation weekend
May 16, 2006
If you’re a virus in Lawrence, this is a dream weekend. Thousands of people crammed into Memorial Stadium, inches apart, for a couple of hours. The chances to jump from old host to new host would be good.
Gunshots at bar revive safety issues
May 16, 2006
Chris Smith was upstairs in a VIP area when he heard the seven gunshots and a bullet ricochet near him early Sunday inside Last Call, 729 N.H.
State tries new tactic to boost recruitment
May 16, 2006
The National Guard in Kansas and other states is trying a new tactic to boost recruiting, paying guardsmen $2,000 for each person they recruit on their own initiative.