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Summer-like heat moving in through weekend
Overnight thunderstorm brought 0.86 of an inch of rain
May 24, 2006
Summer’s still a month away. But hot, sunny weather is headed in for the next few days, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “We’re heading up to 90 degrees for a high today,” Schack said. “Get used it it - there are plenty of 90s in the forecast up through Memorial Day.”
Liberty Hall to cater to youth
End-of-year bash to help establish new program
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C8
Kansas University graduates walk down the Hill. High school seniors have Project Graduation.
Undefeated Elite secure Classic Cup title
May 24, 2006
The U10 Club Division 1 title came down to a shoot-out Saturday afternoon at Youth Sports Inc. The undefeated Elite faced the Brazilian Strikers for the Classic Cup title and both teams lived up to expectations, demonstrating why they should be in the title game.
Justice system feels crunch
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A1
On March 9, Omar Aviles-Roman crossed the U.S. border illegally near Douglas, Ariz. He made it as far as the Kansas Turnpike east of Lawrence, where a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper stopped a truck in which he was riding with 17 other people - 11 of them packed into the truck’s covered bed.
Assisted living franchise closed by parent firm
Comfort Keepers served about 50 area clients
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence franchise providing in-home assisted living care was shut down by its parent company in Ohio last week, leaving its clients in a state of confusion and concern.
New charge filed in HIV exposure case
Man goes back to jail after prosecutors reveal fourth incident
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
A man already charged with three cases of HIV exposure in Douglas County went back to jail Tuesday after prosecutors filed a fourth case against him.
Death toll climbs in flash flooding
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A6
Flash floods triggered by days of heavy rain killed at least 50 people in mountainous northern Thailand and left thousands trapped on rooftops and in trees, officials said Tuesday.
Trucker’s blood alcohol twice lethal dosage
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A6
Lithuanian police were so astonished by a breath test that registered 18 times the legal alcohol limit, they thought their device must be broken. It wasn’t.
Karzai orders probe into U.S. airstrike
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A6
A day after U.S. airstrikes killed up to 80 militants, another 19 people were killed in new attacks.
Top Hamas militant surrenders in standoff
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A6
A top Hamas fugitive blamed for attacks that killed dozens of Israelis and five Americans surrendered to Israeli troops Tuesday after they ringed his West Bank hideout and threatened to demolish it with him inside.
Family bird-flu cluster investigation intensifies
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A6
The U.N. health agency is looking closely at possible limited human-to-human transmission of bird flu between members of an Indonesian family but said there was no evidence indicating the virus had mutated or that it had spread beyond the relatives.
Bin Laden: Moussaoui not part of 9-11
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A6
Osama bin Laden purportedly said in an audio tape Tuesday that neither Zacarias Moussaoui - the only person convicted in the U.S. for the Sept. 11 attacks - nor anyone held at Guantanamo had anything to do with the al-Qaida operation.
Dutch police release suspect in Natalee Holloway case
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A6
The latest lead in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway evaporated Tuesday when Dutch police released a man identified by witnesses as having long, deep scratches on his face shortly after the Alabama teen vanished in Aruba nearly a year ago.
Spotted owl’s bid for protection rejected
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday rejected a petition to list the California spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act, saying the population is stable and programs that prevent forest wildfires will allow it to thrive.
Governor signs bill promoting abstinence
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
Sex education teachers must present abstinence as the preferred behavior for unmarried people under a bill signed Tuesday in Madison by Gov. Jim Doyle.
Senate panel approves new head for CIA
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden won a bipartisan endorsement from the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday to head the CIA at a time of reorganization and troubled morale, and legislative leaders said they hope to have the full Senate confirm him for the job by Thursday.
Bush stops short of endorsing Israeli plan to redraw borders
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush on Tuesday put surprisingly strong support behind Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s plan to unilaterally define Israel’s West Bank borders if talks with the Palestinians prove fruitless, saying it could be “an important step toward the peace we both support.”
Data theft brings calls for action
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
Veterans Affairs officials waited two weeks to call in the FBI to investigate the theft of sensitive personal data, delaying a warning to 26.5 million veterans now at risk in one of the nation’s largest security breaches. Lawmakers from both parties demanded answers.
Former senator, vice presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen dies
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A3
Former Senator and Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen, the courtly Texan who famously put down vice presidential rival Dan Quayle in a 1988 debate by telling him “you’re no Jack Kennedy,” died Tuesday. He was 85.
First skyscraper opens at Ground Zero
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A8
The first destroyed skyscraper to be rebuilt since Sept. 11 opened Tuesday but attracted few tenants, despite offering state-of-the-art safety features that developers say will be part of all office towers to rise at the World Trade Center site.
Mexican president opens U.S. visit
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A5
Kicking off a four-day, three-state tour, Mexican President Vicente Fox said Tuesday that his nation wants to be part of the solution in the immigration debate, not the problem.
Senate votes to double fines for employing illegal immigrants
May 24, 2006
The Senate voted Tuesday to fine employers who hire illegal immigrants up to $20,000 for each unauthorized worker, providing teeth to a broad immigration bill before sending it to a final vote later this week.
Sniper trial testimony offers tale of terrorism, extortion
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A4
John Allen Muhammad had grand plans to extort millions of dollars from authorities in the 2002 Washington-area sniper shootings so he could set up a camp to train children how to terrorize cities and “shut things down,” accomplice Lee Boyd Malvo testified Tuesday.
People in the news
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Gibson to anchor ABC news ¢ Name games ¢ Can’t make it to Cannes
Idol’ contestants have final showdown
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A2
In Tuesday night’s final showdown between ashen-haired soulster Taylor Hicks and sultry Katharine McPhee, the “American Idol” winner was clear to one person: Simon Cowell.
Season ends on high note
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A2
Tonight marks the end of May sweeps and the conclusion of the 2005-2006 season. The night’s most heated competition is between the two-hour conclusion of “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox) and the season finale of “Lost” (8 p.m., ABC), also running for two hours. A repeat clip retrospective of “Lost” (7 p.m.) precedes the finale.
Mumps cases climb
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B2
Douglas County now has 256 confirmed or probable mumps cases, the county health department announced Tuesday.
40 years after tornado in Topeka, technology boosts forecasting ability
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
June 8, 1966. On that day - nearly 40 years ago - a huge tornado struck southwest Topeka and stayed on the ground for 30 minutes, chugging through the heart of the city, destroying hundreds of buildings, killing 16 people and injuring 500.
Westar landfill meeting draws small crowd
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B2
Officials with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment answered questions Tuesday night about a plan to build a landfill north of Lawrence.
On the record
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B2
Study: Obesity rises faster among poorer teens
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A7
Older American teenagers living in poverty have grown fatter at a higher rate than their peers, according to research that seems to underscore the unequal burden of obesity on the nation’s poor.
Lawrence datebook
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B2
Fundraiser to assist History Day efforts
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B4
Parents of 13 students - eight from Central Junior High, five from Lawrence High School - headed for the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C., will host a garden party fundraiser at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lawrence Women’s Club, 1941 Mass.
Oil tank explosions kill 2 in SE Kansas
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B4
Oil tank explosions in rural southeast Kansas sparked a raging fire that killed two people Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Wine sales to be allowed online, at state fair
May 24, 2006
Wine can be served at the Kansas State Fair and Kansans of legal drinking age will soon be able to order wine online, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Governor signs bill providing financial aid for grandparents raising grandchildren
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B5
The state will give grandparents a helping hand in raising grandchildren under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Varying weather has trees losing more leaves
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B10
The dry winter and last week’s rapid increase in temperature have trees throughout Kansas dropping their leaves more than usual, a state horticulturist said this week.
Former chamber leader moving to L.A.
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C8
A former longtime president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is about to become president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
Doctor to serve on national board
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C8
Dr. Donald Hatton, of Reed Medical Group in Lawrence, has been selected to serve for one year on the executive committee of the Board of Governors to the American College of Physicians.
Commodities
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C8
Hot buys on grills
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C8
If you want a quality stainless-steel gas grill on your patio to complement all those shiny appliances in your kitchen, make sure to take a magnet with you when you shop.
Summer Food Program feeds kids all season long
May 24, 2006 in print edition on D2
Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition.
Jayni’s Kitchen’ throws chicken on the grill for exciting taste
May 24, 2006 in print edition on D2
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Chicken Madness: Three Chickens, Three Grills, Three Ways.”
Thyme is on your side
May 24, 2006 in print edition on D1
Thyme leaves tend to be woody and must be finely chopped before use. Dried thyme is very strong and works best with spicy foods.
Toronto wins right to pick No. 1
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C6
New general manager Bryan Colangelo got a huge boost in his effort to rebuild the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, winning the NBA lottery and the No. 1 pick in next month’s draft.
Supporting cast huge for Heat
Miami turns back Detroit in series opener, 91-86
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C6
The Miami Heat have other players they can go to besides Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade.
Daily ticker
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C8
Blake off to fast start, sees more of the same
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C5
Casey Blake doesn’t get much face time on ESPN, even though his .362 average heading into Tuesday night leads the American League.
Damon, A-Rod power Yankees
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C4
Johnny Damon hit a leadoff homer against his former team, Alex Rodriguez added a three-run shot, and the New York Yankees roughed up Tim Wakefield before holding off the Boston Red Sox, 7-5, Tuesday night.
Commentary: Gooden wants to return to Cavaliers
Former Kansas University forward is restricted free agent this offseason
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C2
Drew Gooden and Flip Murray became free agents Monday. One hopes to be back, but the other isn’t so sure.
Derby winner faring well post-op
Barbaro could be breeding mares next year
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C2
Amid the public outpouring of sympathy for Barbaro and his owners’ hopes that “someday all of you will be able to see little Barbaros running around the track,” there remains an underlying question: Would all this money and time be spent on a horse’s recovery if he were not the Kentucky Derby winner and expected to gain millions in stud fees?
Firebirds’ Hock, Abney earn all-league honors
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C3
Free State High catcher Allie Hock and second baseman Livi Abney, both juniors, have been named to the All-Sunflower League softball team as selected by league coaches.
Free State’s Pine to coach all-stars
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C3
Free State High coach Pam Pine will be head coach of the Kansas team in the Mo-Kan All-Star softball series June 5 at Blue Valley District Athletics Complex.
No lead safe for Kansas City
Detroit scores four runs in eighth to hand Royals 11th straight loss
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C1
Even crusty old managers like Detroit’s Jim Leyland can feel warm and fuzzy over wins like this.
Caller’s identity sought in marijuana hearing
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
The question of whether a Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent must identify a known caller to a tip hot line came up during a hearing Tuesday in District Court.
Temporary parking lot for LMH is approved
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence city commissioners had a short meeting Tuesday afternoon primarily to pay bills and take care of other routine business.
Guard officer to speak at Memorial Day event
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
Brig. Gen. Jonathan Small, of Topeka, will speak Monday at a Memorial Day service at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1517 E. 15th St.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas for $2.56 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets.
Shawnee steps behind ‘walking school bus’
Program encourages student fitness, aims to reduce traffic congestion near schools
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A1
Here’s one way for school districts to avoid paying some of the increasingly higher fuel costs for transporting students: Get rid of the buses and have the children walk to school under adult supervision.
Sebelius on House witness list
Committee seeks governor’s testimony on Nuss case
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and her top aide are potential witnesses for a House committee investigating a Kansas Supreme Court justice’s conversation about school finance with two senators, the panel’s chairman said Tuesday.
Pelosi could hurt Democrats
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B9
All signs point to a Democratic sweep of the midterm elections as voters prepare to punish the GOP and President Bush for everything from the war in Iraq to high gas prices. But the early polls don’t take into account the potential impact of Bush’s secret weapon: Nancy Pelosi.
Putin’s hubris is showing
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B9
The fallout from President Bush’s crash-and-burn approval ratings does not stop at the water’s edge. Foreign leaders - in particular, Russia’s Vladimir Putin - oppose U.S. goals and policies abroad more directly and forcefully as Bush’s support and his time left in office fade away together.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 23, 1906: “The preliminary hearing for James Wright for the murder of Buddy Porter in Baldwin three weeks ago was held today. Wright is bound over on a $2,000 bond for probable trial in a killing that occurred after a craps game argument. “
Old home town - 25 years ago today
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B8
After almost four months of bartering on salary and benefit items, the chief negotiator for the Lawrence district teachers said an agreement was near. He was Dick Swindler, chief negotiator for the Lawrence Education Assn.
Budget logic
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: After reading the various comments about the Second Street and McDonald Drive traffic signals and the lame follow-up excuses for the inability to get these working properly again, I have come to the conclusion where I just don’t believe that any form of logical argument will convey to those in control the real importance of getting these signals fixed.
Tipping point
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: Richard Viguerie, long called the “funding father” of the New Right, says in a May 21 Washington Post op-ed piece that “65 months into Bush’s presidency, conservatives feel betrayed. After the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ transportation bill, the Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination and the Dubai Ports World deal, the immigration crisis was the tipping point for us.”
Walkway plan
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: When I read that the post office was considering moving closer to Interstate 70, I thought that was an excellent idea.
Language police
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: I see that Congress has voted to make English our national language at last.
U.S., Iran have common interest in Iraq
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B8
I’m on my way to visit the two countries that make up the new Axis of Uncertainty in the Middle East - Iran and Iraq.
Smoke-free LMH
It may not be a popular move with some, but a broader smoking ban fits with the healthy mission of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B8
Given the long list of health complications attributed to smoking, allowing people to smoke in or near a hospital seems incompatible with the facility’s health care mission.
Horoscopes
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B7
For Wednesday, May 24
Another Pirates coach loses his hair
May 24, 2006
The Pirates were at it again with another coach putting his hair on the line for a victory. Coach Sean Heston lost his hair after the Pirates defeated the Red Sox 13-11 in a 10U game at 4-H Wrigley field May 16
One run differnce in Mavericks vs. Cougars
May 24, 2006
It was high-scoring, closely contested and down to the wire. The Mavericks met the Cougars in a U8 DCABA game Wednesday at Youth Sports Inc. and the fans, parents and coaches were treated to a nail biter. When the dust settled it was the Mavericks who came out on top with a 12-11 victory.
Pirates rout Bandits with power at plate
May 24, 2006
The Heinrich baseball league Pirates team didn’t take home buried treasure on Thursday night at Holcom Park, but they bagged 30 runs to take the 30-3 victory against the Bandits.
Hoopsters secure championship in fourth
May 24, 2006
On a night of big-time NBA playoff action, two teams squared off at the Community Building in their own championship game. With flashes of defense and a lot of running, the game resembled an all-star contest and ended with a 59-41 Hoopster victory against Cougars Court.
Team improving in coach’s absence
Under temporary coach KSA Gunners flourish in second season
May 24, 2006
The KSA Gunners U10 girls soccer team is only starting to get its feet wet. The team was formed just last year because of parent demand for more competitive team play than was offered in the Kaw Valley Soccer Association. The eleven member team plays in the Division 4 of the Heartland Soccer association, which plays at Heritage Park in Olathe every weekend.
KVF-Blue have strong showing at Cup
May 24, 2006
The Kaw Valley Force-Blue completed a successful weekend of tournament play in the Governor’s Cup Tournament May 13-14 in Topeka.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B8
Kansas University Chancellor Clarke Wescoe approved new regulations for women, sharply altering the “closing hour” situation (much later hours) to “keep pace with changing times.”
Despite tough talk, Iraq violence continues unabated
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A6
A bomb went off in a motorcycle parked in the courtyard of a Shiite mosque in Baghdad, killing 11 people and wounding at least nine - the deadliest of the attacks across Iraq that claimed 40 lives Tuesday.
Louisiana practices hurricane drill
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A8
State and federal authorities tracked the path of a fictitious “Hurricane Alicia” on Tuesday as part of two-day drill aimed at avoiding the chaos that followed last year’s deadly Hurricane Katrina.
New opponent for Jayhawks in tourney
Towson replaces Hartford as opening foe in Las Vegas Invitational
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s opening opponent in the four-game, round-robin Las Vegas Invitational men’s basketball tournament has changed.
Recipe for success
Intense approach, strong senior core finally lead Eudora to promised land
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C1
By his own admission, Eudora High baseball coach Dirk Kinney isn’t the easiest guy to play for. He rants. He raves. He’ll throw his entire team out of practice on a whim.
Leaked fuel still a concern
Gasoline cleanup to take a year
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A1
Watch out for rain. Spokesmen for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Tuesday that the agency had pumped about 2,000 gallons of gasoline from the ground near the Presto Phillips 66 gas station, 602 W. Ninth St., following a house fire in late April fueled by gasoline that leaked from one of the station’s underground tanks.
Station monitoring procedures to be reviewed
May 24, 2006 in print edition on A4
A large gasoline leak that fueled an April 30 fire in Old West Lawrence will spur an examination of the laws regulating how gas stations monitor and report leaks.
KU motorsports team places fourth in nation
May 24, 2006 in print edition on B4
Kansas University’s Jayhawk Motorsports team placed fourth in the national Formula SAE competition May 17-20 in Romeo, Mich.
Okra fan knows she’s a rare breed
May 24, 2006 in print edition on D1
When I planted okra last week, I felt a couple of people with me in spirit.
My first kitchen
Graduating? Getting married? Here’s the lowdown on the essentials you’ll need to get cooking
May 24, 2006 in print edition on D1
When Peter Thornhill moved out of his fraternity and into a rented house, he needed to stock up on just about everything to outfit his kitchen. He enjoys cooking and makes meals four or five times a week, so the process has been fun.
Commentary: Royals are proof welfare doesn’t work
Owner Glass hasn’t put baseball’s payments to good use
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C5
Nothing will change with the Royals until Owner David Glass stops skimping on his baseball operations, even though he receives tens of millions in welfare payments from Major League Baseball.
Griffey delivers for Reds
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C4
Ken Griffey Jr. hit his second three-run homer in as many games and drove in four runs Tuesday night to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Keegan: Leyland working his magic
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C1
Jim Leyland’s office. It’s one of my favorite places in baseball, same as it was 20 years ago when he was rookie manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
KU wants to make Quick work of Sooners
May 24, 2006 in print edition on C1
Don Czyz may lead the NCAA in saves, but Kansas University’s savior was Kodiak Quick.
KSA Blue making strides on both sides of ball in first year as team
May 24, 2006
The following is an interview I had with U16 KSA Blue coach Andy Nessbaum, a recent Kansas University graduate, teacher and part of the Free State High School soccer coaching staff.