Archive for Thursday, May 18, 2006

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Lawsuit filed in Granada shooting
May 18, 2006
The widow of a man shot and killed outside a downtown nightclub has filed a lawsuit against the club, saying it didn’t provide enough security.
KU proposes tuition increase
May 18, 2006
Resident undergraduates at Kansas University would face a 14.3 percent tuition increase this fall under a proposal made today by school officials.
Sunny, warming into the low 80s
Dry forecast for graduation weekend
May 18, 2006
Grab a frisbee and head for a park. Lawrence will get warm weather and plenty of sunshine today, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Library branches
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I read with interest the proposed and costly ideas regarding the expansion of our local public library.
Keegan: FSHS not done just yet
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
A certain melancholy rode the gentle breeze late Wednesday night at the Free State High baseball diamond, where the victorious players smiled, posed for pictures and looked ahead nine days to the state tournament in Wichita.
League player of year Le’i drives BYU
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C3
Today’s first-round NCAA Tournament softball game between Kansas and Brigham Young universities will feature reigning conference players of the year - KU’s Serena Settlemier (Big 12) and BYU’s Ianeta Le’i (Mountain West).
$4.2M plan would improve streets
More equipment and workers included in public works’ request
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
If city commissioners want to improve the city’s streets, Public Works director Chuck Soules has many ideas on how they can do it.
Weseman: Grad clash not in cards next year
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lawrence public schools Supt. Randy Weseman made a big promise Wednesday.
Kasold rebuild finally begins
Traffic lanes to be cut - but only after graduations
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
The days of Public Works director Chuck Soules pulling his hair out over the deteriorating section of Kasold Drive between Bob Billings Parkway and 22nd Street are about to end.
Wanted: happy people
Normal’ folks needed in study aimed at fighting depression
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
Ruthann Atchley is looking for 30 adults - young and old - who’ve managed to live happy, normal lives. “We have money to pay them,” she said
Ex-nursing-home worker gets jail time for drug theft
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
A former nursing-home caregiver will spend 15 weekends in jail for stealing morphine from two elderly patients, despite her request to avoid jail so she could breastfeed her child.
Firebirds rule roost
Free State claims trip to state
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
It wasn’t a perfect day for Free State High’s baseball team. Not quite, at least.
Brownback wants court oversight of program
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C7
A federal court should oversee a National Security Agency program that collects phone-call information on millions of Americans, Sen. Sam Brownback said Wednesday.
Volcano erupts again, but villagers profess calm
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
Children kicked soccer balls in the shadow of Mount Merapi’s glowing peak on Wednesday, and farmers climbed the slopes of the volcano to collect grass for their cows.
KU researcher’s work on kidneys published in journal
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
A Kansas University researcher’s new findings, published today in The New England Journal of Medicine, hold promise for the treatment of polycystic kidney disease.
On the record
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
Adults with dementia focus of workshop
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B3
Area seniors and their families can attend a free workshop “Caring for an Older Adult with Dementia” Saturday in Topeka.
Hospital’s CEO gets pay raise and bonus
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B3
Lawrence Memorial Hospital trustees gave president and CEO Gene Meyer a raise and a vote of confidence at their monthly meeting Wednesday.
Inmate who raised pain concerns executed
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
A man convicted in the shooting deaths of a woman and her son nine years ago was executed Wednesday in Huntsville, hours after a court rejected his appeal that the drugs used in lethal injections cause excessive pain.
Economic concerns rapidly inflating
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
Consumer prices vaulted higher in April, fueling concerns the Federal Reserve might keep pushing interest rates up to fend off inflation, and discouraged Wall Street investors sent stocks tumbling.
DNA study shows early humans, chimps monkeyed around
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
One of the most detailed comparisons yet of human and chimp DNA shows that the split between the two species was a long, messy affair that may even have featured an unusual evolutionary version of breakup sex.
Senate OKs border fence
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Senate agreed to give millions of illegal immigrants a shot at U.S. citizenship and backed construction of 370 miles of triple-layered fencing along the Mexican border Wednesday. Prospects for legislation clearing Congress were clouded by a withering attack against President Bush by a prominent House Republican.
FBI searches Michigan land for clues in Hoffa disappearance
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A4
The FBI on Wednesday searched property northwest of Detroit for clues to the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, officials said. TV newscasts showed people with shovels and freshly turned dirt at the site.
Skies clear but flood concerns remain
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A4
Authorities warily monitored swift, high rivers and strained dams on Wednesday as New England began to clean up from days of record-breaking rain that dumped up to 17 inches in some places.
People in the news
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Tribute to Barney Fife ¢ Name changes sought ¢ Storm has run its course
Will & Grace,’ ”70s Show’ end
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A2
After taking rather lengthy victory laps, both “That ‘70s Show” and “Will & Grace” air their final episodes tonight.
Media blamed in McCartney separation
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A2
When he’s 64, Paul McCartney may well be on a long and winding road - through the courts - in one of Britain’s most expensive divorce cases.
House passes GOP budget plan
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A7
The House passed a $2.8 trillion budget blueprint early Thursday after GOP moderates won a promise for modest increases in spending on education, health and other social programs.
Dye packs punch for ChiSox
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C4
Jermaine Dye drove in three runs, and Jon Garland pitched seven solid innings to lift the Chicago White Sox over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 5-2, Wednesday night.
MLB to review Bonds’ at-bat against Astros’ Springer
May 18, 2006
Barry Bonds remained the buzz of the ballpark a day after being plunked by Astros reliever Russ Springer - and the San Francisco slugger wasn’t even in the starting lineup.
Chiefs keeping offensive line intact
Shields, Roaf - who have combined for 24 Pro Bowl invitations - are back for at least one more year
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C2
If anybody were eavesdropping, Will Shields and Willie Roaf must have sounded like bashful adolescents trying to muster the courage to line up a prom date.
Gatlin must share 100-meter mark
Sprinter’s time adjusted to 9.77 after error revealed
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C2
Not so fast, Justin.
Indian arguments for hemp farming rejected
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
An American Indian treaty and U.S. law do not allow industrial hemp to be grown on an Indian reservation, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in Sioux Falls.
Cavs huff, puff, snare 3-2 lead
Series heads to Cleveland
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C7
All series long, the Detroit Pistons huffed and puffed. On Wednesday night, it was LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers who blew their house in.
Parents behind in child support face driving limit
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B8
Parents behind in their court-ordered child support payments will have their driving privileges severely restricted in Kansas after July 1, when a new law goes into effect.
New 4-H staffer will join extension office
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B3
A new 4-H youth and development agent will be joining the K-State Research and Extension office in Douglas County on June 4.
Governor signs juvenile marriage bill
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B8
Kansas soon will have a minimum marriage age of 15, prompted by a pregnant 14-year-old from neighboring Nebraska who came to the state last year to marry her 22-year-old boyfriend.
Made in the shade
Gardens overshadowed by trees don’t have to be no-man’s-land for plants
May 18, 2006 in print edition on D1
There’s a spot in my front yard directly under a black walnut tree where every time I attempt to mow the spotty patches of sad-looking grass I find myself coughing and sneezing amid the dust storm stirred up by the mower.
No need to hide the bride
Local salon steps up to tame tresses in time for wedding
May 18, 2006 in print edition on D1
Just weeks ago, Anita Arkeketa-James was in full panic mode.
Butterfly-friendly plants still available
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
Monarch Watch has some butterfly-friendly plants left over from its May 13 open house.
Tuition and fee plan will be available today
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas University administrators today will take a student tuition and fee proposal to the Kansas Board of Regents.
Alumni will receive KU’s highest honor
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
Three Kansas University alumni will receive the Distinguished Service Citation during KU’s commencement weekend.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.69 at several stations across town.
Hospital looking into closing street for expanded parking
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Memorial Hospital leaders are exploring the idea of permanently closing a one block section of Arkansas Street to use the property for a parking lot.
Rain gardens beautifully pair form, function in backyard
May 18, 2006 in print edition on D2
Now that the spring floods have slowed to refreshing showers and garden soils are drying to workable conditions, many gardeners are repairing the damage that 6-plus inches of rain have caused. Building a rain garden may be the answer to minimizing flooding and slowing erosion in the backyard. Here is what you need to know about this new twist on an old concept and how to build your own rain garden:
One judge killed, four hurt in rampage
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
A gunman opened fire Wednesday in Turkey’s highest administrative court, killing a prominent judge and wounding four others in an attack the suspect called retaliation for a ruling against a teacher who wore an Islamic head scarf.
Hamas-led government deploys militant force
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
A new security force made up of gunmen from militant groups faced off with police outside a refugee camp. In Gaza City, they marched with black T-shirts and black woolen masks, toting submachine guns and grenade launchers, almost daring the veteran police to react.
Reputed cocaine kingpin arrested
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
One of the world’s most hunted drug traffickers - accused of shipping more than 70 tons of cocaine to the United States - has been arrested in Brazil as part of an international crackdown, officials said Wednesday.
Ecuador volcano spews gas 2 miles into the sky
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
An Ecuadorean volcano spewed columns of gas and ash-laden vapor two miles into the sky Wednesday, but authorities said there was no need yet for inhabitants to evacuate.
Aircraft carrier sunk to create artificial reef
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
As hundreds of veterans looked on solemnly, the Navy blew holes in a retired aircraft carrier and sent the 888-foot USS Oriskany to the bottom of the sea Wednesday, creating the world’s largest manmade reef.
Hedges Realtor completes course
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
Rob Lang, of Realty Executives Hedges Real Estate, has completed the Realtor e-Pro course to become one of a select few real estate professionals to earn the certification offered through the National Association of Realtors. Only 1 percent of all Realtors have earned the e-Pro certification.
Prairie Park teacher wins Wal-Mart honor
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
Carol Danner was named local “Teacher of the Year” through Wal-Mart’s 11th annual Teacher of the Year program. Danner, of Prairie Park School, received a $1,000 grant for the school, a $100 gift card to buy supplies for her classroom, a Teacher of the Year shirt, and certificate.
Chiropractor gains recertification
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
Dr. Rob Jones, of Peak Performance Chiropractic and Health Center, Lawrence, recently recertified his Active Release Therapy (ART) credentials with a Nerve Entrapment workshop.
Commodities
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
Lawrence schools make grade
Magazine gives community No. 3 ranking
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
Beth Johnson is hoping that businesses searching for a community in which to relocate or expand their operations go to school on a new set of rankings out this month.
Coverage varies on renter’s insurance policies
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
A row house in the District of Columbia had to be quickly evacuated and then bulldozed after sliding off its foundation.
Daily ticker
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C8
Oil oppression
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Lawrence was founded on the concept of helping poor defenseless people overcome oppression.
Farsighted stand
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: As a hardworking taxpayer and a voter who loves Lawrence and the quality of life it gives me and my children, I want to express my appreciation to Boog Highberger,
Poor location
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: One plan for library expansion involves using eminent domain to force the sale of private property for the benefit of a private developer.
Not fashionable
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: How do I put this tactfully?
Old home town - 100 years ago today
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 18, 1906: “Cupid seems to have been working overtime in Kansas City where more than 45 of the women teachers will resign their positions this summer to get married. Women cannot teach and be married in Kansas City. : Buch’s band, the highly popular group here, will begin its summer concert season tonight in Central Park and a collection will be taken to pay for music to be used this year.”
Old home town - 25 years ago today
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
Four years earlier, the city commission had approved a “planning experiment” at the northwest corner of Sixth and Kasold. A busy car wash and a vacant restaurant stood in 1981 as “monuments” to a project some said was doomed from the start. Originally there were to be two single-story office buildings, a car wash, a “fancy” restaurant and groups of triplexes to buffer Sixth Street Terrace residents from the commercial development.
Fear is driving U.S. public opinion
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
There’s little comfort in the latest polls on the revelation that the National Security Agency, on orders from George W. Bush, is compiling a permanent record of Americans’ telephone calls. True, the new surveys by Newsweek and USA Today/Gallup are more encouraging than the Washington Post/ABC News poll last week in which 63 percent said sure, no problem, go ahead and rummage through my life. But even the new polls say that four out of every 10 citizens are ready to surrender privacy and due process without so much as a whimper of protest.
Royals fall again on road despite three-hitter
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C5
Jake Westbrook was so focused he hardly noticed an approaching thunderstorm.
Cabinet to be unveiled Saturday
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
Iraq’s incoming prime minister said Wednesday he will unveil his Cabinet to parliament this weekend, the first sign that the country may finally be moving ahead with a national unity government after weeks of wrangling.
Iran rejects European incentives on uranium enrichment
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A6
Iran’s president mocked a package of incentives to suspend uranium enrichment, saying Wednesday they were like giving up gold for chocolate - defiance that appeared certain to complicate U.S. efforts to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
On the border
It may work as a short-term solution, but using National Guard troops to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border also could diminish their ability to respond to emergencies at home.
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B6
Governors across the nation have expressed concern about their National Guard troops being called up for duty patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border.
Horoscopes
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, May 18
Preschool prodigy a smashing success
Little drummer boy
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
For their birthdays, most 5-year-old boys want Hot Wheels, a bicycle or a computer game. Not Robbie Matthews.
Retired KU professor to receive award
May 18, 2006 in print edition on D2
Roger Shimomura, a Kansas University distinguished professor emeritus of art, will be honored today at the Celebration of Distinction Annual Award Dinner at the University of Washington, Seattle, as one of four recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Moore won’t seek re-election with Sebelius
As No. 2 leader steps aside, governor looks for new running mate
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A1
Lt. Gov. John Moore, a former Republican who switched to the Democratic Party to run with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, announced Wednesday he won’t run again.
Defense key for KU softball in NCAAs
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
In football, they say offense sells tickets, and defense wins games. That may go double for softball - particularly for Kansas University.
World-wise Woodberry lands job with Bears
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C1
World traveler Steve Woodberry figures to bring an international flavor to Missouri State University’s men’s basketball coaching staff.
Lawrence datebook
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B2
Bush signs bill for $70B tax cut
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush signed a $70 billion tax-cut bill on Wednesday in the hopes that voters will remember the move come November.
First congressional briefings on NSA surveillance given
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A7
After five months of resistance, the Bush administration provided new information to Congress on the National Security Agency’s eavesdropping Wednesday, hoping to help the architect of the controversial operations secure a new job as CIA chief.
Cards’ Mulder sharp
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C4
Mark Mulder threw 8 1â3 scoreless innings, and Jason Isringhausen worked out of a jam in the ninth Wednesday night to preserve the St. Louis Cardinals’ 1-0 victory over Steve Trachsel and the New York Mets.
I’m living a dream’
Expected to retire from Nextel Cup in ‘05, Mark Martin prepares to defend his all-star title
May 18, 2006 in print edition on C6
One year ago, at a place where he’s always loved to race, Mark Martin had one of those magical moments.
Sebelius hasn’t decided action on bill that would close gun permit records
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B8
Whether the public ever will know who gets a concealed gun permit in Kansas is up to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who hasn’t decided whether to sign or veto legislation to close such records.
Taco John’s robber misses sentencing
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B1
A man convicted in a robbery earlier this year at a local Taco John’s restaurant disappeared this week shortly before he was due in court for sentencing.
Report lists best ways to improve health
May 18, 2006 in print edition on A8
What preventive health measures would save the most lives for the least money?
Ignorance feeds AIDS spread
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B7
If he were not so prominent, maybe his ignorance about AIDS could be ignored. But Jacob Zuma is No. 2 in the African National Congress - the party of Nelson Mandela - and until recently was No. 2 in the government as well, with the expectation of succeeding the current president, Thabo Mbeki.
Who isn’t a ‘values voter’?
May 18, 2006 in print edition on B7
An aggressively annoying new phrase in America’s political lexicon is “values voters.” It is used proudly by social conservatives, and carelessly by the media to denote such conservatives.