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Lt. Gov. John Moore won’t seek re-election
Sebelius to name running mate by end of May
May 17, 2006
Lt. Gov. John Moore today announced he would not seek re-election and plans to retire from state service at the end of his term in January.
Chat with Lawrence Public Schools Supt. Randy Weseman
May 17, 2006
Superintendent Weseman covered the topics of graduation, kindergarten, and snacks in schools.
Monarch Watch still has left-over butterfly-friendly plants
May 17, 2006
Monarch Watch has some butterfly-friendly plants left over from its May 13 open house.
Mild, warming up to 80
May 17, 2006
Studying for finals? It might be tough to stay inside today. Temperatures will be in the upper 70s, climbing to a high of 80 this afternoon, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
John Brown exhibit kicks off this month
May 17, 2006
Jacob Lawrence’s “John Brown Series” will be on display from May 22 to June 19 at the Holt-Russell Gallery in Parmenter Hall. The official opening reception will be at 2 p.m. May 28.
Keegan: Hair today, softball tomorrow
May 17, 2006
It took 47 years, but now I finally can say it: I talked to a woman about hair. More shocking: I actually listened when she talked back. What’s next: A conversation about where to shop for spring shoes?
City opposes 32nd Street route
May 17, 2006
It’s now official: The Lawrence City Commission does not want the South Lawrence Trafficway to go through the Baker Wetlands.
Golf pros offering free lessons
May 17, 2006
Three local golf club professionals are participating in a national “PGA Free Lesson Month” promotion aimed at growing the game of golf.
Pentagon releases images of 9-11 plane attack
May 17, 2006
The Pentagon on Tuesday released the first video images of American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the military headquarters building and killing 189 people in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Saturated fats become the bad guys in your diet
May 17, 2006
Fats and oils are part of a healthful diet, but the type of fat makes a difference to heart health, and the total amount of fat consumed also is important.
Car bomb targeting rescuers kills 19
May 17, 2006
Gunmen attacked a parking lot in a Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad on Tuesday, shooting the guards and detonating a car bomb near an oil tanker. At least 19 people were killed and dozens wounded.
Documents offer hope in Iraq
May 17, 2006
Morale is slipping in Iraq. Fighters are growing doubtful of success. A comprehensive strategy for winning the conflict is nonexistent.
Horoscopes
May 17, 2006
For Wednesday, May 17
Red Sox show offensive power vs. Falcons
May 17, 2006
Whether it was the delayed start or the chilliness in the air, both the 10U Red Sox and Falcons started the game a little cold. But once the game was in full swing it was a different story and the Red Sox ran to a big 21-3 victory May 8 at 4H Wrigley Field.
County sees few candidate filings so far
May 17, 2006
The primary election filing deadline in Kansas is only a few weeks away, and so far only three candidates have filed in Douglas County races.
Not the Plaza
May 17, 2006
To the editor: I realize that all property owners and developers that made library proposals have been great contributors to our community, but it was the comment of one, whom I generally respect, that really motivated me to write.
Wizards hold Silly Willy Weasels scoreless
May 17, 2006
There were just a few teams left on the fields at Youth Sports Inc. in the late afternoon Saturday. Two of them were the Silly Willy Weasels and the Wizards locked in a U13 battle on field 12. The Wizards struck twice late in the first half and used their defense to keep the Weasels out of the net and come away with a 2-0 victory.
Lions, tigers, bears: no way
Circus makes plans for local show, but law prohibits exotic animals
May 17, 2006
The circus is welcome - but the animals aren’t.
Red-hot KU likes its chances
May 17, 2006
A team player, Kassie Humphreys seemed downright embarrassed Tuesday after being named USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week by the Amateur Softball Association.
KU alum touts ‘dream’ job
Luncheon features Boeing leader
May 17, 2006
New technologies are poised to do more than help make planes lighter, stronger and more durable, the president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes said Tuesday.
Immigration politics proceed in, out of D.C.
May 17, 2006
The Senate gave a bipartisan show of support Tuesday for the kind of comprehensive approach to immigration law that President Bush endorsed Monday night, rejecting attempts to limit the legislation to border enforcement only and to kill a proposed guest worker program.
Senate supports Bush plan, but others express concern
President’s plan to seal the border will boost migrant deaths, some say
May 17, 2006
President Bush’s call to use the National Guard to seal the border with Mexico is a political move that could backfire, making the crossing more dangerous for desperate Mexicans seeking work and keeping in the U.S. some illegal immigrants who might otherwise return home.
Trade representative sees economic solution
May 17, 2006
The solution to the United States’ immigration troubles could be sitting inside Kansas’ borders, just waiting to put its products and services to work. In Mexico.
City budget requests include meeting software, court guard
May 17, 2006
‘Tis the season for asking at Lawrence City Hall.
Investigation of burned body at lake continues
May 17, 2006
The facts surrounding the death of a woman found burned in a car at Clinton Lake remain a mystery as investigators wait for a final autopsy report.
Mom fights for son’s life support
KU Hospital doctors say teen is brain dead; court hearing planned
May 17, 2006
Fourteen-year-old Michael Todd is brain dead, University of Kansas Hospital doctors say, and should be taken off life support. His family disagrees and says doctors just want to harvest the boy’s organs.
A helping hand for creative students
KU professor wants to assist youngsters on nontraditional paths
May 17, 2006
Lily Boyce wants to be an artist or an astronaut - or maybe both. “I want everything,” the Lawrence High School junior said.
Researchers rate road rage
Miami tops rude drivers list; St. Louis, Atlanta motorists among nicest
May 17, 2006
Stressed Miami drivers speed, tailgate and cut off other drivers so frequently that the city earned the title of worst road rage in a survey released Tuesday.
Ecstasy and agony
Mulford delivers return trip to state
May 17, 2006
Summer Mulford figured to catch more sack time this morning than her Free State High softball teammates. “No finals,” Mulford said with a smile. “I get to sleep in.”
First ‘Survivor’ sentenced to prison
Richard Hatch given 51 months for fraud, tax evasion convictions
May 17, 2006
Richard Hatch, who won $1 million in the debut season of “Survivor,” was sentenced Tuesday to 51 months in prison for failing to pay income taxes on his reality TV prize and other earnings.
Online chat features Lawrence school leader
May 17, 2006
Have something to ask about Lawrence public schools?
KDHE plans hearing on new Westar landfill
May 17, 2006
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment plans a hearing Tuesday concerning a proposed landfill north of Lawrence.
Wreck on I-35 kills Olathe woman
May 17, 2006
An Olathe woman died Tuesday morning on Interstate 35 in Franklin County when her 1999 Ford van rolled over in southbound traffic and was struck by a tractor-trailer, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 17, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.74 at several stations across town.
Kline appeals federal ruling in juvenile sex reporting law
May 17, 2006
Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline on Tuesday appealed a federal judge’s decision that health care providers and others are not required under state law to report underage sex between consenting adolescents.
A touch of color
Diverse salad greens spice up salads and light up taste buds
May 17, 2006
Forgive Mark VanOrder if he turns his nose up at your run-of-the-mill iceberg lettuce. “I’m sorry,” he says, “but that is not lettuce. That’s lettuce-flavored water.”
Cilantro adds spicy aroma, taste to strong fare
May 17, 2006
Cilantro has soft, green leaves with cut edges, a pungent aroma and a sage-citrus flavor. The entire plant is edible, but most foods use only the leaves. The spice coriander is the seed from the plant.
Nurturing your seedlings may be a hassle, but so are greenhouse prices
May 17, 2006
Long ago, in our grandparents’ day, vegetable gardening was considered an economical way to produce food for the table. Gardeners were generally thought to be frugal folk who exchanged their time and labor for “free” vegetables.
City squads blanked at regionals
May 17, 2006
One defensive breakdown was all it took to cause a quick end to the postseason for the Lawrence High girls soccer team.
Pioneers worry Firebirds
May 17, 2006
The last time Free State faced Leavenworth in a high school baseball game, the Firebirds cruised to a - brace yourself - 35-6 victory.
Construction begins on new South building
May 17, 2006
The rebuilding of South Junior High School has begun.
Correction
May 17, 2006
A story in Wednesday’s edition of The Journal-World included the wrong final score for Free State’s Nick Burkart at the Overland Park Class 6A boys golf regional . Burkart shot an 81 to qualify for the Class 6A state tournament.
Woodberry in line for first college coaching gig
May 17, 2006
Former Kansas University basketball player Steve Woodberry is close to landing his first college coaching job.
Times are tough now for Floyd, USC
Southern California coach trying to cope with tragic death of point guard Francis
May 17, 2006
On the phone Monday night from Baton Rouge, La., the pain in Tim Floyd’s voice was clear.
Paterno, Bowden tapped for shrine
Legendary coaches selected to enter College Hall of Fame
May 17, 2006
Since Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden failed to meet the qualifications for induction into the college football Hall of Fame, the folks who run the hall simply changed the rules.
D-backs blast Padres
May 17, 2006
Eric Byrnes and Chad Tracy hit back-to-back home runs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks moved into first place in the NL West with a 5-2 victory Tuesday over the San Diego Padres.
Jeter, Posada power Yankees
May 17, 2006
Jorge Posada hit a game-winning, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth after withstanding a violent collision at the plate, and Derek Jeter also helped lead New York to a 14-13 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night - matching the biggest comeback in Yankees history. Jeter went 4-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs.
Mr. Big Shot
KU’s Gary Woodland isn’t afraid to bomb away on the golf course
May 17, 2006
Put on a blindfold, take a ride to the Alvamar practice range, listen to 10 different golfers tee off, and you shouldn’t have any trouble knowing which ball was struck by Gary Woodland, ace of the Kansas University golf team and one of the longest drivers on the planet.
Sampson pleads not guilty to lying to authorities
May 17, 2006
Ralph Sampson pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of lying to federal authorities about his finances in a child support case. His trial was scheduled for July 17.
Cavaliers mourn with Hughes
May 17, 2006
LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates took a solemn break from their playoff series Tuesday to attend the funeral of the 20-year-old brother of guard Larry Hughes.
Commentary: Brown on move? Of course
May 17, 2006
And you think the 76ers have problems?
Wade’s steal preserves Heat’s victory
Miami claims 106-105 triumph, takes series four games to one
May 17, 2006
The Heat and Nets alternated blowouts in the first two games, giving every indication these Eastern Conference semifinals could be epic.
Third straight blown save dooms K.C.
Royals tie worst 20-game road record in major-league history
May 17, 2006
Travis Hafner rounded the bases with his arms held high and a triumphant look on his face.
Bubonic plague closes national monument area
May 17, 2006
A campground at Natural Bridges National Monument has been closed because of bubonic plague detected among field mice and chipmunks.
WTC memorial lawsuit dismissed
May 17, 2006
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Sept. 11 families seeking to stop construction of the World Trade Center memorial, saying designers thoroughly outlined their plans to build on the spots where the twin towers stood.
Seven House members arrested at embassy
May 17, 2006
Seven members of the Congressional Black Caucus were arrested at the Embassy of Sudan on Tuesday while protesting conditions in the nation’s Darfur region.
U.S. has warmest April on record
May 17, 2006
Last month was the warmest April on record for the United States, offering many Americans a pleasant spring month.
Verizon denies offering records
May 17, 2006
Verizon Communications Inc. on Tuesday joined fellow phone company BellSouth in denying key points of a USA Today story that said the companies had provided records of millions of phone calls to the government.
Cholesterol pills’ claims struck down
May 17, 2006
German research casts doubt on the effectiveness of a sugar cane-based ingredient sold as a cholesterol treatment in One-A-Day vitamins and other products marketed in dozens of countries.
Bills target abuse of disabled, Medicaid fraud
May 17, 2006
Cracking down on Medicaid fraud and protecting disabled and mentally ill Kansans from abuse and neglect are the goals behind two bills signed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Shelter marks 25 years with open house
May 17, 2006
The Shelter Inc., a local agency that provides emergency housing for children, will celebrate its 25th anniversary Thursday with an open house.
Officer’s daughter gets probation in drug case
May 17, 2006
The daughter of a former Lawrence Police Department captain has been sentenced to two years of probation for her role in a drug trafficking operation.
Winter wheat shows progress
May 17, 2006
In a sure sign wheat harvest is near, winter wheat fields in Kansas have begun to turn a golden hue.
Settlement in works with builders
May 17, 2006
The city will agree to reduce its building permit fees by 5 percent for the next two years to end a lawsuit brought forth by the community’s home building industry.
On the record
May 17, 2006
Lawrence datebook
May 17, 2006
Masters’ profiles Nat King Cole
May 17, 2006
Blessed with a voice as clear as glass and as warm as chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Nat King Cole became one of the most popular recording stars of the postwar period. He helped create and sustain an entire record company and single-handedly integrated millions of American living rooms as the first black host of a network variety hour. “American Masters” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) follows his remarkable rise from Alabama poverty to jazz musician to pop superstardom and an early death.
People in the news
May 17, 2006
¢ Blockbuster and world record ¢ Still not quite right ¢ Sheryl Crow rocks again
Guest editor Bono highlights AIDS battle
May 17, 2006
Bono was a guest editor of Tuesday’s edition of The Independent newspaper, filling its pages with stories on HIV/AIDS in Africa, poverty and global warming.
Jayni Carey conducts a ‘Spring Fling’ in the kitchen
May 17, 2006
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Spring Fling: Simply Sophisticated Recipes.”
Commodities
May 17, 2006
Daily ticker
May 17, 2006
Coldwell agent receives designation
May 17, 2006
Sara Thimmesch, of Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate in Lawrence, has received the Accredited Buyer Representation designation from the Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council Inc. of the National Association of Realtors.
Chamber to honor firms’ excellence
May 17, 2006
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations until 5 p.m. June 1 for its fourth annual Excellence in Commerce awards.
KU reshapes policy on research
May 17, 2006
KalScott Engineering may be local, and it may have been started by Kansas University graduates, but the firm takes its research ventures to out-of-state universities.
Radioactive water leaks from nuclear plant
May 17, 2006
About 105 gallons of coolant water containing radioactive material leaked from an inactive nuclear power reactor in western Japan, but there was no danger of radiation escaping from the plant, its operator said Tuesday.
New leader finally allowed to govern
May 17, 2006
Center-left leader Romano Prodi got the nod Tuesday to form Italy’s new government, ending a monthlong political limbo that followed bitterly contested elections.
11 countries agree to open access to vast Nazi archive
May 17, 2006
Millions of Nazi files that describe in gray, bureaucratic tones the mechanics of mass murder will be thrown open to researchers following an agreement Tuesday by a panel that has kept the archive locked away since World War II.
Sale of F-16s to Iran considered
May 17, 2006
Venezuela’s military is considering selling its fleet of U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to another country, possibly Iran, in response to a U.S. ban on arms sales to President Hugo Chavez’s government, an official said Tuesday.
Gang attacks continue; death toll rises to 133
May 17, 2006
Police struck back Tuesday at gangs that rampaged through South America’s largest city, killing 33 suspected gang members in less than 24 hours and frisking motorists at roadblocks while reporting only one death of their own.
Powerful earthquake hits South Pacific during tsunami drill
May 17, 2006
Several real earthquakes hit the geologically unstable Pacific region where scientists were testing a tsunami-warning system - including a powerful one Tuesday north of New Zealand that generated a real tsunami.
Incidents undermine trust in headlines, government
May 17, 2006
I’ve got a few things on my mind today so this is going to be one of those columns that covers several topics.
Hispanic influence
May 17, 2006
To the editor: Hispanic migration to the United States is a hot political issue.
A low blow
May 17, 2006
To the editor: After reading the May 13 Saturday Column regarding the results of the poll that was taken during kindergarten roundup, I couldn’t resist asking my husband, “Honey, would you like to have a three-car garage?”
Bumper sticker
May 17, 2006
To the editor: If Democrats want to regain the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, here is a short, effective message that will fit nicely on a bumper sticker.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
May 17, 2006
Provost James Surface of Kansas University outlined reasons why it would be inadvisable for KU to shift to a trimester or year-around operation, a suggestion of the Kansas Board of Regents to better utilize school facilities and personnel.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
May 17, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 17, 1906: “At a meeting of the KU athletic board yesterday, the new Chicago conference rules in regard to the eligibility of football players were discussed. No definite action was taken, but it was almost unanimously decided to adopt the ‘Big Nine’ rules with a few changes here. The principal changes will be the elimination of the training table, the ineligibility of graduate students to play on athletic teams and the rule that permits a man to compete only three years in athletic contests. : Two overgrown boys, a .22-caliber rifle and a broken window pane were the cause of two fines of $6.50 each in police court this morning. The boys were out taking target practice, got carried away and one of their shots just missed the head of John Reimer at 1945 Vt. as he sat in his home. It was not a laughing matter. : Not many days now before the commencement season is upon us with its forensic solutions of all the past, present and prospective ills of the universe.”
Old home town - 25 years ago today
May 17, 2006
The 1981 Lawrence High seniors awards assembly seemed to mark the end of a tradition for graduating seniors. Gone were the confetti, the shots of water from squirt guns and other pranks that had marked, and marred, some past LHS assemblies. The emphasis fortunately was on decorum and positive achievements and officials were quite pleased with the results.
Division 1 presents new challenges for U13 Kaw Valley Force
May 17, 2006
They run. And they run a lot. Thanks to eighth-year head coach Sarah Garcia’s emphasis on conditioning, the U10 Kaw Valley Force girls are in great shape to win their last two games of the season.
U14/15 Force looking to league playoffs
May 17, 2006
The U14/15 Kaw Valley Force girls soccer team finished a tumultuous season on Sunday and will begin playing in league playoffs at Heritage Soccer Park in Olathe on Friday. The team moved up to the A league, the most prestigious and difficult playing division, this spring, but has faced challenges along the way. I talked with Greer Lang, the team’s manager, about the move and got her post-season reactions.
Pistons score winning run in final inning
May 17, 2006
The Kings got out to an early 3-0 lead but the Pistons had something to say about who would win Thursday’s 8U National league game at Youth Sports Inc. In the deciding seventh inning the Kings added some drama, but the Pistons answered back and recorded the 5-4 victory.
Vespas hold Red team scoreless, win 3-0
May 17, 2006
It was good to be a Vespa on Saturday afternoon at Youth Sports Inc. and it was also good that Siena Vance dons a Vespa jersey. After scoring three goals and holding the Red team scoreless, the Vespas recorded the 3-0 victory in the girls U10 match-up with the Red team.
Coach sees Hawks’ improvement in win
May 17, 2006
Nicolette Bennett, the head coach for the U7 Recreation league Hawks soccer team, said it was one of her goals to get every player to touch the ball in each of the team’s games. If Saturday afternoon’s game at Youth Sports Inc. was any indication, Bennett can mark that goal off her to-do list.
Force makes first win in tourney count
May 17, 2006
The U13 Kaw Valley Force girls team posted a strong showing in the Governor’s Cup May 6-7 in Topeka. In their final game May 7, the team defeated the Blue Valley Stars Revolution 2-0 to garner the third-place honors.
Thieves looking to steal your ID
How to avoid becoming their next victim
May 17, 2006
Identity theft - the fraudulent use of your name and identifying data by someone else to obtain credit, merchandise or services - is an equal-opportunity offense, affecting victims of all races, incomes and ages. Many don’t even know they’ve been ripped off for a year or more after the fact.
Miami, Shawnee counties will get new judges
May 17, 2006
Miami and Shawnee counties each will get a new district judge to help their district courts handle heavy caseloads, thanks to a provision in the next state budget.
Bush unlikely to prevail on immigration
May 17, 2006
A vagrant thought crossed my mind earlier this week when interviewing Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff about the president’s proposal to use National Guard troops to support the Border Patrol efforts to curb illegal immigration from Mexico.
Down and dirty
All things considered, Michael Hayden, general or not, is a good choice to head
May 17, 2006
Debate rages about whether it’s acceptable for Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden to serve as the new head of the nation’s Central Intelligence Agency.
Chaperone’ leads Tony contenders
May 17, 2006
It’s shaping up as a battle between “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a frothy celebration of a faux 1920s musical, and “Jersey Boys,” showcasing the story and pop sounds of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
LHS shop students enjoy speedy lesson
May 17, 2006
Small engines roared and riding lawn mowers sped down the driveway Tuesday outside the Lawrence High School auto mechanics shop.
Bad inning costs LHS
May 17, 2006
The Lawrence High baseball squad played the entire season under the saying “Get up! You’re not hurt.” But after their 5-4 loss to Manhattan High on Tuesday, the Lions won’t have another chance to get up this season. And they most definitely were hurting.
Free ride finally steers Okwuone to Southern
Firebirds’ volleyball star picks Louisiana school after receiving offer she couldn’t refuse
May 17, 2006
Plagued by indecisiveness about her future for several months, Free State High senior Banaka Okwuone finally had a moment of clarity two weeks ago.