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Archive for Thursday, May 25, 2006

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Geek beats
Nerdcore’ music style gaining popularity with the uncool kids
May 25, 2006
“I just got rid of my last real client in order to go on the road. He needed a big redesign done right when I was leaving,” he says.
Lawmakers sustain governor’s abortion records
Override fails in Kansas Senate on final day of session
May 25, 2006
Anti-abortion lawmakers took one final swipe at Gov. Kathleen Sebelius but failed Thursday to override her veto of a bill requiring physicians to report more information to the state about late-term abortions they perform.
Chat with Fred DeVictor, Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department director
May 25, 2006
Fred DeVictor, Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department director, talks about the outdoor aquatic center, softball fields, and park safety.
Hot stretch of weather continues
Sunny, warming into high 80s
May 25, 2006
Flip on the air conditioner. Temperatures are soaring up into the high 80s again, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
KU grad becomes decorating diva
After brother’s sudden death, talent agent parlays stylish intuition into new career
May 25, 2006 in print edition on D1
Mi-Ling Stone Poole’s decorating career began when she added a little Asian flair to a plain Lawrence apartment.
Settlemier agrees to Thunder terms
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C3
Former Kansas University softball standout Serena Settlemier has signed a contract with the Texas Thunder of the National Pro Fastpitch League.
FSHS sprinter Winn proves he’s among elite
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C1
Fully aware the difference between an elite sprinter and an also-ran often is measured in hundredths of a second, Free State High track coach Steve Heffernan wasted little time this spring planting a seed in Austin Winn.
Keegan: Jayhawks can run the table
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C1
The last thing Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self needs is for somebody to start cranking up the pressure on his deep, talented team six months before the season tips off.
Peacekeepers deploy to help calm unrest
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
International peacekeepers and troops from Australia and New Zealand were headed to East Timor Wednesday to help restore order after gunbattles between disgruntled ex-soldiers and the military killed two people and wounded nine.
Coach’s camp goes national
SkillsChamp sessions score NABC nod
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C8
Chris Davis’ basketball coaching is stretching well beyond Lawrence High School.
Our town sports
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C7
Neither party has big ideas
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B7
It hasn’t been as far back as the Lincoln-Douglas debates, but it sure seems that long since we’ve had a great debate about ideas. Today’s politicians seem too caught up in hanging on to power (Republicans) or getting it back (Democrats) to care much about which ideas are better than others.
Horoscopes
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, May 25
Bill advancing to establish National Heritage Area
Black Jack site could play role in designation
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B3
If northeast Kansas one day becomes a National Heritage Area, telling the story of pre-Civil War “Bleeding Kansas,” the Black Jack Battlefield will be a key element in the system.
Governor to announce re-election plans
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will make official Friday what most Kansans have assumed would be the case: She’s seeking a second term.
Gov. Sebelius signs ‘Jessica’s Law’
Harsher penalties to be imposed on sex offenders who prey on children
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
Many first-time sex offenders who prey on children will face 25 years in prison under a politically popular “Jessica’s Law” signed Wednesday by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Kansans can meet force with force
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A1
A law taking effect today says that Kansans have no duty to retreat when attacked and can “meet force with force,” but legislators disagree about its significance.
Maharishi store in town among dozens in nation
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
The giant “World Capital of Peace” that the guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi plans to build in Smith Center isn’t the only sign of his group’s growing presence in Kansas.
Outdoor exhibit to feature sculpture of giant cones
8 original pieces will be on display for annual event
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
Downtown Lawrence, get ready for the giant cones.
Carnegie-bound students to give rehearsal show
May 25, 2006 in print edition on D2
Kansas University students Mary Fukushima and Michael Kirkendoll will present a rehearsal of their Carnegie Hall debut at 6:30 p.m. today.
Some bugs beneficial to flowers and veggies
May 25, 2006 in print edition on D1
There is little more gratifying than the beauty of a well-maintained flower garden. And nothing compares to a robust vegetable garden full of delicious fresh produce. Unfortunately, along with the beauty comes the beast. One, then two, then a whole family of plant-eating, life-sucking bugs will work their way across the landscape, resulting in utter plant death. But all is not lost. For every bad bug there are plenty of good bugs fighting on our side.
Peony sale to raise funds for Vinland church
May 25, 2006 in print edition on D1
You’ve probably taken note that the peonies are in full and glorious bloom right now.
No shrinking violet
Retired preschool teacher digs into gardening
May 25, 2006 in print edition on D1
When I first stumbled upon Joan and Fritz Reiber’s yard, it was upon the suggestion of a friend who knows I’m always searching for beautiful gardens to profile. The Reiber’s front yard is quite lovely, with a trio of white birch trees shielding the home from the street. Variegated leafed irises flank one side of the driveway, pansies grow fat and full under the birch trees and pink dianthus tumble over a rock wall.
Tigers stun OSU
May 25, 2006
Seventh-seeded Missouri used a five-run ninth inning to upend second-seeded Oklahoma State, 9-5, on Monday at the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament. Nathan Culp (11-5) picked up the win.
Ex-Jayhawk Norris signs with 49ers
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C3
Moran Norris, a former Kansas University fullback, has signed a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
KU radio team changes
Lawrence to replace Max in football
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C3
It’ll be the “Bob and David” show on Kansas University football broadcasts next season.
Bechard walks on to KU
Volleyball coach’s son to join hoops squad
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team will have both a Free State High and Lawrence High graduate on the squad next season.
0-for-OKC no more
KU claims first league tourney win
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kansas University broke through to end one ugly streak Wednesday, producing the program’s first Big 12 Conference tournament victory.
LHS girls 4x400 relay eager for opportunity
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C1
As freshmen, Courtney Barber, Sue Schwartz, Jennifer Taylor and Kristina Taylor wasted little time earning the attention of Lawrence High track coach Scott Stidham.
Many offices to close Memorial Day
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B2
Government offices and public services in Lawrence and Douglas County will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
Pandemic summit set in Topeka
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B2
Health, business, emergency management, school, faith-based groups, government and agriculture officials from around the state are expected to attend a pandemic flu summit featuring U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt.
On the record
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B2
Foreigners arrested for allegedly plotting coup
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
Congo arrested a group of foreign security guards, including three Americans, on suspicion of plotting a coup ahead of national elections, a government official said Wednesday.
More coal miners die in latest explosion
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
An explosion in an illegal Chinese coal mine has killed eight miners and left an undetermined number missing, even as rescuers continued draining another flooded mine where at least 57 men are trapped and feared dead, officials and state-run media said Wednesday.
Newspaper apologizes for Iran badge story
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
A Canadian newspaper apologized Wednesday for publishing an erroneous story last week claiming that an Iranian law would require Jews and Christians to wear badges identifying them as religious minorities.
Alert level for bird flu may be raised
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
The World Health Organization might soon convene an expert panel to decide whether an unprecedented human outbreak of bird flu in Indonesia requires the world to go on higher alert for a possible pandemic, health officials said Wednesday.
Fusion project receives boost
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
The European Union, the United States, Japan, China, Russia and others initialed a $12.8 billion agreement Wednesday to build an experimental fusion project they hope will lead to a cheaper, safer, cleaner and endless source of energy.
Former Saddam deputy insists wrong people on trial
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
A pajama-clad Tariq Aziz, once the most prominent public face of Saddam Hussein’s regime, defended his former boss in court Wednesday and said Iraq’s current Shiite leaders should be on trial for attempts to kill him and Saddam in the 1980s.
Report of probe on Hastert denied
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Justice Department denied a news report Wednesday that it was investigating Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.
Cheney may be called in CIA leak trial
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
Vice President Dick Cheney could be called to testify in the perjury case against his former chief of staff, a special prosecutor said in a court filing Wednesday.
Senate passes measure on funeral picketing
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
Demonstrators who have been attending recent military funerals heckling mourners would be kept from disrupting the ceremonies under a bill that the Senate approved on Wednesday.
Survey estimates ADHD drugs send thousands to ERs
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
Accidental overdoses and side effects from attention deficit drugs likely send thousands of children and adults to emergency rooms, according to the first national estimates of the problem.
Science scores falling among older students
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
Elementary school children are getting better in science, but middle and high school students are not, a blow for a nation wary about losing its competitive edge.
National Guard to deploy to border next week
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
The National Guard on Wednesday announced it would start sending soldiers to the Mexican border next week.
Immigration bill heads for Senate approval today
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A3
Senate supporters of landmark immigration legislation looked ahead Wednesday to passage of a measure along lines set by President Bush, but they also signaled a willingness to seek common ground with conservatives whose House version would be far tougher on millions of men and women in the country illegally.
Commodities
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C8
Parties in the Park’ series starts tonight
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C8
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s “Parties in the Park” series starts tonight with live music, food vendors and children’s activities at South Park, 13th and Massachusetts streets.
Sunflower manager profiled in magazine
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C8
Patrick Knorr, director of strategic planning for The World Company and general manager of Sunflower Broadband, will be featured next week in Multichannel News, a cable industry trade publication.
Daily ticker
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C8
Judge resigns leadership post after ethics panel’s findings
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B8
The chief judge of the Sedgwick County District Court has resigned the leadership post after a judicial ethics panel cited him for encouraging another judge’s relationship with an employee.
Fox hot on British imports
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A2
“So You Think You Can Dance” (7 p.m., Fox) searches for talented hoofers all over the country and asks them to salsa, jive, waltz and hip-hop their way across the floor.
People in the news
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Stones’ tour postponed ¢ Libel suit settled ¢ Starbucks library expands
Hicks takes ‘American Idol’ crown
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A2
Taylor Hicks, the mop-topped manic dancer who wooed TV audiences with his raw singing style and boisterous personality, was named the new “American Idol” Wednesday in a pop star-filled finale that included Prince and Mary J. Blige.
Hamas floats negotiating plan
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A7
The Hamas-led government is open to the idea of joining a Palestinian task force that would support negotiations with Israel, the deputy prime minister from Hamas said Wednesday.
Israeli leader threatens go-it-alone policy
May 25, 2006
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday that Israel would be a “willing partner in peace” with the Palestinians, but would draw its own borders in the West Bank should it conclude it has no negotiating partner.
Abbas’ security chief killed by car bomb
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A7
A Gaza security chief loyal to the Palestinian president was killed Wednesday when his car blew up, the second attack on a top commander in less than a week.
Bush proposes plan to expand nuclear power
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A5
Calling nuclear power an overregulated industry that needs a jump-start from Washington, President Bush on Wednesday pitched his plan to expand nuclear power generation by dealing with radioactive waste, lessening regulations and reviving nuclear fuel processing.
Huggins’ contract remains unsigned
K-State coach’s lawyer says major issues resolved
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C2
Two months after Bob Huggins was introduced as Kansas State’s new basketball coach, lawyers in Cincinnati and Manhattan, Kan., continue to haggle over his contract.
Cardinals hurler does it all
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C4
Adam Wainwright homered in his first major-league at-bat and pitched three innings of relief to earn the win in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 10-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, when Barry Bonds took the day off.
Unit struggles, but Yanks win
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C4
Randy Johnson had another rough outing, but Melky Cabrera’s four RBIs led the New York Yankees to an 8-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox despite two long homers by Manny Ramirez on Wednesday night.
Character test nothing new for Pistons
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C5
The Detroit Pistons might be the most resilient team in the NBA.
Mavs have no answers for Nash
Suns guard keys late rally in high-octane Game 1 victory
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C5
So far in the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks have pushed around Pau Gasol and outlasted Tim Duncan.
Leyland’s pep talk sparks Tigers hurler
Bonderman tosses seven strong innings, sends Royals to 12th straight defeat
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C5
Detroit manager Jim Leyland gave his own version of a commencement speech to Jeremy Bonderman on Wednesday night.
Power 10: Ranking the most influential people in NASCAR racing
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C6
In ranking the most powerful people in NASCAR, the sport, it’s almost too obvious to start with the people who run NASCAR, the company.
Sebelius vetoes bill raising contribution limits
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B3
Legislative candidates won’t be able to accept larger campaign contributions because Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday vetoed a bill containing that proposal and other ethics and elections measures.
Joining of debts, accounts part of marriage
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C8
I often find that some couples go to great lengths to complicate their financial lives in the name of romance.
Victims in oil tank explosion identified
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
Officials on Wednesday released the names of the two people who were killed when oil tank explosions in rural southeast Kansas sparked a raging fire.
Anti-SLT letter going to the feds
Planning Commission votes to recommend dropping 32nd St. plan
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A1
Tonganoxie leaders say they want it. Lawrence leaders say they want it to go away.
Parade registrations due Saturday
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
Interested participants and groups have until Saturday to register for the parade of the St. John’s Mexican Fiesta, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary on June 23 and 24.
Parks and rec director to chat online today
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
If you have questions about Lawrence’s parks and recreation programs - or this Saturday’s opening of the Outdoor Aquatic Center - today’s a good day to get them answered.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.56 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Justice Department launches effort to curb human trafficking
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B1
The U.S. Justice Department launched a loosely organized effort Wednesday to prosecute human trafficking in a region that has prosecuted virtually no such cases.
Bill signed to close records of concealed gun permits
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A4
Although critical of the idea, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a bill Wednesday keeping Kansans in the dark about who has a concealed gun permit.
Study: Many parents encourage children to watch TV
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A1
Study after study shows that before age 2, youngsters don’t get much out of TV - they learn best from the people around them.
Online enrollment soars
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A1
Up and up and up. That’s what has happened to the Lawrence Virtual School’s enrollment since the school’s inception.
Life passages lasting longer
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B7
For decades, parents understood that you had a child for only 18 years before releasing the dear one into the world.
Caring act
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: On May 2, while retrieving a ball that had gone from St. John School on to Kentucky Street, I fell.
Intelligent plan
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I would like to commend Planning Commissioner John Haase for taking a long-range view of our local automobile and truck transportation system.
Pet concern
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I am 9 years old.
Fear of fiction?
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: To those who protest “The DaVinci Code” movie, please don’t react to what others have told you before you see it.
No benefit
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Perhaps I’m missing something, but isn’t the purpose of the South Lawrence Trafficway to move through traffic quickly and safely east/west on the south side of Lawrence? If so, what possible benefit would come from developing an eastern bypass and further restricting traffic flow on the existing SLT?
Commentary: Golf-course pond may be a wetland
May 25, 2006 in print edition on C2
As you prepare for the summer golfing season, a word of warning before trying to retrieve your ball from that water hazard on No. 2 at Stoneybrook West. Chances are, you’re encroaching on a federally classified wetland.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 25, 1906: “It appears Douglas County could have a serious drought here this year while other parts of the state enjoy good moisture. “
Old home town - 40 years ago today
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
Only 275 took the year’s second military draft deferment test at Kansas University after more than 2,000 had turned out for the first such test.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
A West Virginia college president encouraged Baker University’s graduating seniors to “cultivate the life of the mind.” Fred Harris, president of West Virginia Wesleyan College at Buckhannon told the crowd of about 2,000 in Liston Stadium that effective management of the future would come only through a careful understanding of history by education and motivated people.
Bilingual ballots undermine citizenship
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
“Of course not.” That was Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ answer last Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” when asked whether he would favor prohibiting bilingual ballots.
Remedial action
Both the Lawrence area contaminated by leaking gasoline and the laws that allowed the leak to go undetected are in need of remedial action.
May 25, 2006 in print edition on B6
It’s comforting that the state has an aggressive and seemingly comprehensive plan to clean up gasoline that leaked into the ground near Ninth and Louisiana streets. But it’s disconcerting to realize that state regulations allowed the contamination to go undetected until it triggered a fire that destroyed a house containing five apartments.
Volunteers vital in Black Jack site cleanup efforts
Students, community members pitch in with preparations
May 25, 2006
Volunteers are playing a major role in preparing Black Jack Battlefield to eventually become a public park and nature preserve.
Search fails to yield artifacts from battle site
Historical evidence sought at Black Jack
May 25, 2006
A two-day search in early May for archaeological evidence of the Battle of Black Jack turned up only wire, cans and other trash.
Park site will become nature preserve
Cleanup efforts will put battlefield to use
May 25, 2006
When abolitionist and pro-slavery forces clashed nearly 150 years ago on the night of June 2, 1856, they fought between two wooded ravines on a 40-acre piece of land east of Baldwin.
Black Jack anniversary gets Senate resolution
May 25, 2006
A resolution recognizing the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Battle of Black Jack was approved May 1 by the Kansas Senate.
Battle commemoration planned in Osawatomie
May 25, 2006
During the time of “Bleeding Kansas,” the nation watched as violence erupted. Abolitionist John Brown came to Osawatomie and became involved in the conflict.
Black Jack battle lit a fuse to Civil War
Historians recount critical events of skirmish
May 25, 2006
As battles go, it wasn’t much of one. No one was killed, and only three people were severely wounded.
Historian to give tour of John Brown’s trail
May 25, 2006
Noted historian Brenda Day, curator of Baker University’s Old Castle Museum as well as a board member of the Friends of the Battle of Black Jack, will lead the motor coach tour of John Brown’s trail starting at 1:30 p.m. June 3.
Plan ahead to participate in commemoration
May 25, 2006
Descendants of John Brown and August Bondi will take part in commemoration events related to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Black Jack the weekend of June 2-3.
Calendar of events
May 25, 2006
What’s happening during the festivities
States back NRA in expanding deadly force
Police, prosecutors generally oppose measure
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A1
A campaign by gun rights advocates to make it easier to use deadly force in self-defense is rapidly winning support across the country, as state after state makes it legal for people who feel their lives are in danger to shoot down an attacker - whether in a car-jacking or just on the street.
U.S. soldier killed in attack
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
A U.S. Army soldier died when his patrol was attacked by small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in Iraq, the military said Wednesday.
Fire destroys cargo building at Istanbul international airport
May 25, 2006 in print edition on A6
A quick-spreading fire burned down most of the cargo section of Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport on Wednesday, forcing 2,000 workers to flee the thick black smoke that closed one runway to traffic and disrupted flights.
Pearson Home part of cleanup efforts
Historic homestead stays in family’s hands until 2003
May 25, 2006
Robert Hall Pearson was a man of simple means who took part in a monumental battle that shaped a country.
John Brown’s crusade turns violent in Kansas
May 25, 2006
Nowadays, there’s a lot of talk - good and bad - about certain politicians’ willingness to blur the once-bright lines between church and state.