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Car flips in East Lawrence accident
May 19, 2006
No one was seriously injured after a rollover accident this afternoon at the intersection of 13th and Connecticut streets. A white Chevrolet Cavalier had flipped over in the intersection after the car’s driver ran a stop sign, said Kim Murphree, a Lawrence police spokeswoman.
Governor signs school finance bill
May 19, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today signed into law the three-year, $466 million school finance bill. Sebelius called the measure an “historic committment.”
Sleuths continue digging into grave mystery
May 19, 2006
A bit of bone. That’s all they have for now, and that may be all two University of Colorado professors need to solve the century-old mystery of who was buried in an unmarked grave in Lawrence’s Oak Hill Cemetery.
Chapman wins “Bobs’ Award”
May 19, 2006
The Bobs have done it again. And Mary Chapman is their recipient. Chapman, an English teacher at Free State High School, was this morning awarded with the “Bobs’ Award” of $10,000, the annual teachers’ award created through the Lawrence Schools Foundation.
Heading up to 90 degrees
Slight chance for thunderstorm Saturday night
May 19, 2006
It’s a good day to test out your air conditioner. “It looks like a very warm Friday,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “We’re heading up to 90 degrees today… . You might want to wear the shorts and flip-flops.”
Holland files to seek third term in House
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
State Rep. Tom Holland, a Democrat from Baldwin, has filed for re-election.
Library support
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: I am writing in support of the new library.
Sustainable city
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: Recent discussion of plans to expand the library highlight the question of Lawrence’s future.
We made it with our hands’
Preschool flag art a morale boost for National Guard unit in Iraq
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A1
It’s only a big piece of paper covered in tempera paint.
Final phase of KU tuition increase presented
Kansas undergrads would pay 14.3 percent more
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
Resident undergraduates at Kansas University will pay 14.3 percent more in tuition this fall under a proposal presented Thursday to the Kansas Board of Regents.
Too hot to handle
Humphreys stellar in KU’s 3-0 victory
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C1
Fresh off being named the national player of the week, Kansas University’s Kassie Humphreys showed no signs of a slowdown Thursday.
Fire victim focuses on future as graduation from KU nears
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A1
Leigh McHatton attributes it to stubbornness. Months after escaping death in the Boardwalk Apartments blaze, the Kansas University student returned to school this semester to finish what she’d started. She graduates this weekend.
Owners approve Nats sale
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C5
Theodore Lerner got a standing ovation from his soon-to-be colleagues and competitors. All that remains to complete his purchase of the Washington Nationals is the paperwork.
Same old problems confound K.C.
Day games, road games, lefties - Royals can’t solve any
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C5
Casey Blake can’t remember the last time he beat out a bunt - or was leading the league in hitting.
Bonds back in Bay Area
Slugger will DH while swinging for record at Oakland’s expense
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C5
Barry Bonds might end up tying the Babe in the Bay Area after all - only it could come across the water in the unfriendly confines of Oakland.
Woodling: Firebirds seeing double
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C1
Once upon a time, I think I was taught how to use logarithms to compute actuarial probabilities. Then again, maybe it was algorithms.
KU mumps cases climb; state total tops 600
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B2
As final exams wrap up today at Kansas University, six more students have been diagnosed with confirmed or probable mumps cases.
Proposal to ban vaccine ingredient will have to wait
Preservative containing mercury raises health concerns for some
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B2
In the final days of the legislative session, a proposal to ban thimerosal from vaccines was revived briefly.
Correction
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B2
In a story in Thursday’s Journal-World about a new law to restrict driving privileges of parents owing child support payments, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a measure to prevent them from getting hunting and fishing licenses had died in a House-Senate conference committee. Legislators attached the proposal to another bill that passed, and it now awaits the governor’s signature.
On the record
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B2
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.66 at several stations across town.
Kansas lawmakers in D.C. urge more funding for Haskell
30 percent of full-time faculty posts vacant
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Kansas congressional delegation on Thursday sent a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, urging the agency to increase Haskell Indian Nations University’s budget.
Energy costs a campus crisis
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B3
The state’s major universities warned Kansas Board of Regents officials Thursday that high energy costs were cutting into their budgets.
Hospital to report to residents at reception
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Memorial Hospital leaders will provide area residents with a report on hospital activities at a reception next week.
Owners of historic house receive grant
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
Owners of the Robert H. Miller House, 1111 E. 19th St., will receive a $90,000 Heritage Trust Fund grant to help repair the historic home.
Shooting victim’s widow files suit
Wife says Granada could have done more to prevent violence
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
The staff of a downtown nightclub failed to do enough to prevent a deadly shooting earlier this year outside the club, a lawsuit filed by the shooting victim’s widow alleges.
Cervical cancer shot shows early promise
FDA panel recommends vaccine’s approval
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A1
A vaccine with the potential to slash worldwide deaths from cervical cancer, the No. 2 cancer killer in women, should be approved for sales in the United States, a federal panel said Thursday
Senate OKs English as national language
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A1
In an impassioned debate laden with symbolism, the Senate voted 63-34 Thursday to declare English the national language as it continued to debate legislation that would put millions of illegal immigrants on track to U.S. citizenship.
Chamber to mark business openings
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C8
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the following ribbon-cutting events.
TherapyWorks duo join ‘Dream Team’
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C8
TherapyWorks owner Cindy Johnson and Renee Daniels, deputy executive director, recently attended the 2006 Dream Team Conference for Private Practitoners in St. Lucia.
Wolf Creek plant passes inspection
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C8
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission presented Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp. management its annual safety performance assessment of Wolf Creek Generating Station during a recent public meeting.
Commodities
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C8
Determining tax deduction on donations tricky
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C8
We are remodeling and redecorating our home, so we plan to give a lot of our old appliances and furniture to charity and then take a charitable deduction for the items on our next tax return. We want to get the biggest deduction possible, but we don’t want to get in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service. How can we determine the value of things like our old refrigerator and couch?
Chiropractor wins over elite
Athletes call on Relay sponsor for adjustments
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C8
Justin Gatlin is the world’s fastest man these days, tying the world record in the 100-meter dash less than a month after getting his neck, middle back and lower back adjusted by a Lawrence chiropractor.
Former prime minister hospitalized after stroke
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
Former Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit was in serious condition at an Ankara military hospital after suffering a stroke, the state-owned Anatolia news agency reported Thursday.
Ex-Peruvian president freed from jail
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was released Thursday from jail in a move that stunned Peru less than three weeks before hotly contested national elections in that neighboring country.
Woman completes global sailing feat
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
A 33-year-old British former schoolteacher became the first woman to sail alone and nonstop the “wrong way” around the world Thursday after an often harrowing 179 days at sea.
Typhoon Chanchu kills at least 21
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
A powerful typhoon pummeled southern China on Thursday, killing at least 21 people and leaving 27 Vietnamese fishermen missing after their boats sank in Chinese waters.
Refugees prefer volcano to camp
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C6
Thousands of villagers fed up with crowded camps have returned to their homes on the slopes of Indonesia’s erupting Mount Merapi, ignoring warnings that the peak remains highly dangerous, an official said Thursday.
China’s Three Gorges Dam ready for ribbon-cutting
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
China is about to finish erecting the last segment of the Three Gorges Dam, its biggest construction project since the Great Wall.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 19, 1906: “The evidence against the two Thorntons, father and son, needed to convict them of the big burglary at Wolfson’s pawn shop a few days ago seems to be building. Various reports show they will be convicted. : A few years ago, Capt. Tough bought a farm in Leavenworth County near the river and thought he had paid far too much, at $7,000. He is now dead and his son who manages the estate just sold the same property for $20,000, a handsome $13,000 profit. : Many were injured but none killed yesterday afternoon in a Rock Island passenger train two miles west of Topeka. The cause was a head-on collision with a switch engine left standing on the main line. Good fortune was with the passengers.”
More than 100 killed as Taliban go on offensive
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A6
Islamic militants, some armed with machine guns, battled Afghan, U.S. and Canadian forces and exploded two suicide car bombs Thursday, some of the deadliest violence in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban.
Former gym teacher admits taking bribes
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
Middle school students who didn’t want to change their clothes for class didn’t have to, provided they paid their former gym teacher $1 a day.
Teen stabbed to death in school parking lot
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
An 18-year-old woman was stabbed to death in a school parking lot as students were arriving for class Thursday, police said.
Alligator suspected in fatal attack captured
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
Wildlife officers captured an alligator Thursday that they think fatally attacked a Tennessee woman while she snorkeled in a secluded recreation area near Ocala.
Settlement in Spokane diocese bankruptcy thrown out
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
A federal judge rejected a $45.7 million settlement Thursday for 75 people who have filed sex abuse claims against the bankrupt Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane.
Whittemore to work with receivers, QBs
Ex-Jayhawk back - as promised - to help offense; KU schedule set
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C3
Mark Mangino had to assure Bill Whittemore, his beloved former quarterback, one thing when Whittemore set off to start a coaching career.
Tigers stretch streak to seven
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C4
The Detroit Tigers haven’t had a winning streak like this in more than a dozen years.
Nationals spoil Wood’s return
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C4
Kerry Wood walked off the mound after the first inning of his latest comeback, and the fans gave him a standing ovation. Eight pitches and two strikeouts were all it took to retire the Washington Nationals.
K-State to take player if he’s cleared
Virginia guard Evans indicted on charges of statutory rape, indecent assault and battery on a child
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C2
As a senior at George Wythe High in Richmond, Va., Tyree Evans scored 884 points, a season total exceeded in the state by only Allen Iverson and Moses Malone.
Texas’ Tucker signs with agent
Move makes Longhorns’ standout ineligible to return
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C2
Texas forward P.J. Tucker, the Big 12 Conference player of the year, has signed with an agent and will not return to the Longhorns.
Punch gets Mavs’ Terry suspended for Game 6
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C6
The Mavericks-Spurs series took another wild turn Thursday, with Dallas guard Jason Terry getting suspended from Game 6 for punching former teammate Michael Finley while chasing a loose ball in the closing seconds of Game 5.
Clippers win, force Game 7
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C6
Elton Brand and the Clippers became the second team from Los Angeles to take the Phoenix Suns to the limit in these playoffs.
Three Firebirds sign
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C6
Three Free State High seniors have signed junior-college letters of intent - wide receiver Ben Bell with Garden City CC for football, pitcher John Sneegas with Highland CC for baseball and Jesse Hardy with LaBette Community College for wrestling.
KU’s Settlemier, Humphreys honored
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C6
Kansas University’s Serena Settlemier and Kassie Humphreys were named Thursday to the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches’ Assn. All-Region Teams.
City track teams loaded
LHS, FSHS have high hopes for Olathe regional
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C6
Asked to pick one area of optimism as his teams head into today’s Class 6A regional meet in Olathe, Free State High track coach Steve Heffernan couldn’t do it.
People in the news
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Overcoming depression ¢ ‘Champion of equality’ ¢ ‘Star Trek’ items for sale
Amateur hour never gets old
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A2
Tom Bergeron hosts “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (7 p.m., ABC). There’s nothing special about that. The show seems to run every week and every time ABC has a hole in its schedule.
San Diego border crossing shut following shooting
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A4
A busy U.S-Mexico border crossing was shut down Thursday after U.S. authorities shot and killed the driver of a car headed for Mexico, officials said.
Three receive Substantial Citizen Award
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B5
The Lawrence police chief and a husband-and-wife team were recognized Thursday as this year’s Substantial Citizen Award recipients by the Lawrence Kiwanis Club.
Hearing in life support case set for next week
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
The mother of a 14-year-old boy on life support after being shot in the neck said a hearing next week will give her a chance to present medical testimony that he has shown signs of life and should not be disconnected.
Daily ticker
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C8
Projections: City spending will outweigh revenue
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
Projections shared with city commissioners Thursday show City Hall will spend about $4 million more than it takes in next year.
Sixth suit against military school settled
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B7
A sixth lawsuit against St. John’s Military School alleging that students were abused by fellow cadets has been settled out of court.
Garden City leaders to discuss citywide no-smoking ordinance
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B10
The Finney County Health Coalition and Garden City commissioners are set to discuss a no-smoking ordinance for all of the city’s public buildings on Tuesday.
Young killer sent back to prison
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A8
Lionel Tate, the teenager who got a second chance after he beat and stomped a 6-year-old girl to death, was sent back to prison for 30 years Thursday for gun possession.
Search at Michigan horse farm for Hoffa’s remains continues
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A8
One of the most intense searches in decades for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa, the Teamsters leader who disappeared more than 30 years ago, began this week at Hidden Dreams Farm, the 65-acre facility previously owned by Hoffa associate Rolland McMaster.
ACLU noise
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B9
To the editor: In response to Justin La Mort’s letter of May 3: Due to chronic health problems, I am no longer able to actively participate in the ACLU; it is not a matter of apathy, and I do keep myself informed.
Immigration bill would change character of U.S.
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B8
President Bush’s immigration address to the nation Monday night might have been more convincing had it come before political pressure from his conservative base made it appear that his motives might be suspect.
Immigration policy has many shades
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B8
It was a soothing color to see after so many stark shades of black and white. The president, who has long boasted that he doesn’t see a lot of nuance, dressed up his speech on immigration in muted tones of gray.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B8
Veteran Bob Skahan and freshman Bob Douglass were to quarterback the opposing teams as Kansas University wound up spring football practice under coach Jack Mitchell. Before the game, however, Skahan was due to play in an early baseball game for the Jayhawks, then shift over for the grid battle.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B8
The Kansas University commencement exercises had to be moved into Allen Fieldhouse because of bad weather. It was estimated that about 19,000 were packed into the arena for a ceremony at which more than 3,600 diplomas were certified. The rain failed to dampen spirits and the usual high jinks were noted among the graduates.
Crime cancer
Parts of Brazil are an armed camp for terrorists and it unfortunately represents a situation that could happen almost anywhere.
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B8
A series of recent crises in Brazil are sobering when one considers the grip organized crime can gain in a city, and even parts of an entire country. Are we immune to a similar occurrence?
Atlanta runway could benefit fliers everywhere
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
As a business traveler who flies 100,000 miles a year on Delta Air Lines, Jay Spencer is used to flying through the world’s busiest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Hayden says White House convinced him eavesdropping legal
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A3
Gen. Michael Hayden, nominated to be the next director of the CIA, told a Senate committee Thursday that he initially resisted Bush administration suggestions to expand domestic wiretaps on U.S. citizens after the Sept. 11 attacks, but that White House officials then convinced him the program was lawful.
Free State secures inaugural Cup
Winter, spring success gives Firebirds 17-10 edge in city rivalry
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C1
Free State High baseball coach Mike Hill is looking forward to his fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament, and he said only one thing could have made the trip more enjoyable: if cross-town rival Lawrence High had been among the eight teams to make it.
Storyteller to talk at Express Network
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C8
Richard Pitts will discuss storytelling during a meeting of the American Business Women’s Assn. Express Network, set for 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Lawrence Country Club.
Endless summer
Kansas festivals provide diverse activities and entertainment
May 19, 2006 in print edition on D1
There’s no need to wonder what YOU are gonna do in Kansas this summer.
Hedge’ looks like a familiar creature
May 19, 2006 in print edition on D2
“Over the Hedge,” the latest star-studded, computer-animated, talking-animal extravaganza, is an indictment of the same sort of suburban overconsumption that the film encourages through its marketing.
Da Vinci Code’ too mainstream to be mysterious, controversial
May 19, 2006 in print edition on D1
The very fact that there are certain groups who don’t want audiences to watch a movie is usually reason enough to go see it.
Docking, McKinney not ruling out lieutenant governor spot, if asked
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B6
Two Democrats whose names have popped up most as potential running mates for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius aren’t ruling out the idea, but neither has been asked yet to join the ticket.
School nurse dispenses advice, first aid - and a lot of love
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B1
During a recent 30-minute period at Kennedy School, nurse Lou Ann Wilcox treated three patients.
False alarms may be fined
Police hope to cut time spent on calls
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A1
A false alarm from a home security system soon could do more than just wake up the neighbors. It also could result in a bill from City Hall. c
Seniors eager to take next step
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C1
Matt Baty has been around Kansas University baseball since he was a high schooler from Wichita, watching older brother Ryan stand out on teams that never played for much on the season’s final weekend.
NCAA tourney could grow to 80
May 19, 2006 in print edition on C1
There’s a chance the NCAA men’s basketball tournament could grow from 65 teams to 68 - maybe even 80 - before the end of this decade.
Idol’ opens show-business doors
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A2
The coronation comes Wednesday night. But if the real prize is a jump-start on a career in show business, “American Idol” will, as usual, end the season with more winners than just the official one.
Bush visits immigrant-smuggling hotspot
May 19, 2006 in print edition on A4
President Bush peered across this hot, dusty and very busy illegal crossing point on Thursday, hoping to offer conservatives balking at a broad immigration bill firsthand evidence that he’s serious about tightening the nation’s 2,000-mile border with Mexico.
Bill provides help for grandparents who have custody of grandchildren
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B7
Grandparents raising grandchildren would get a helping hand from the state under legislation that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is expected to sign.
Rove is still crucial to Bush
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B9
Karl Rove’s virtuoso performance this week before an audience of journalists and policy wonks seemed straight from the pages of Mad magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman: “What, Me Worry?”
Horoscopes
May 19, 2006 in print edition on B4
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