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Sebelius announces bid for second term
May 26, 2006
Claiming bragging rights for better public schools and a stronger economy, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said today the state’s future is “as boundless as the Kansas sky” as she kicked off her re-election campaign.
KU vice provost to step down
Sandra Gautt to return to full-time faculty in August
May 26, 2006
Sandra Gautt, Kansas University’s vice provost for faculty development, will step down from her post to return to teaching, KU officials announced today.
Man injured in motorcycle-deer crash
May 26, 2006
A Lee’s Summit, Mo., man was injured after his motorcycle struck a deer this morning on U.S. Highway 24-40 about five miles south of Tonganoxie.
Showers, thunderstorms staying off to south
Weekend to bring sunny skies, temperaturs in 90s
May 26, 2006
Lawrence was a little cloudy this morning, but there’s little threat for rain today, said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologists. “Any showers and thunderstorms have stayed well off to the south of us and they are not pushing in our direction,” Schack said.
Lawrence ArtWalk issues call for artists
May 26, 2006 in print edition on D3
Fine artists are invited to participate in this year’s Lawrence ArtWalk, the annual self-guided tour of Lawrence artists’ studios and other art spaces.
X-Men’ director confronts fan expectations
May 26, 2006 in print edition on D2
Forget movie critics. There may be no more unforgiving, opinionated and passionate film audience than the one in cyberspace - the fans, the obsessives and the self-proclaimed geeks who hang out in Internet discussion forums commenting on every casting decision, every script rewrite and every shred of pre-release advertising material for movies that haven’t even been made yet.
Davis to run again
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B3
Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, filed this week to run for a third term in the Kansas House.
Softball complex’s infields treated with new material, parks and rec director says
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B5
What’s up with the infield at the Clinton Lake Softball Complex?
Evolution, religion comments put heat on department spokesman
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
Normally, a government spokesman helps deliver news. But David Awbrey, the mouthpiece for the Kansas State Department of Education, is making the news following his comments about science, evolution and religion at a recent public forum.
$30K in business items stolen
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Police are working to recover items stolen during the weekend in a massive burglary at an eastside business.
Geography child’s play for this toddler genius
Prodigy can identify every nation, draw accurate maps
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
Some toddlers like to draw smiley faces and stick figures. Tavi Shaffer-Green likes to draw detailed maps of the world.
Bush, Blair acknowledge mistakes in Iraq war effort
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A8
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged difficult times in the Iraq war they launched together in 2003, but both vowed to keep troops there until the new Iraqi government takes hold. Both admitted making costly mistakes.
Sweeping immigration bill gets Senate endorsement
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
Landmark legislation to secure U.S. borders and offer millions of illegal immigrants a share of the American dream cleared the Senate on Thursday, a rare election-year reach across party lines and a triumph for President Bush
Stanclift honored
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C3
Free State High graduate Jamie Stanclift of the University of Akron softball team was named to the Mid-American Conference all-freshman team.
Six Jayhawks earn All-Big 12 honors
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C3
Six Kansas University baseball players earned All-Big 12 Conference honors from the league’s head coaches.
Texas tops Baylor; NU wins
May 26, 2006
Drew Stubbs had four RBIs, and Texas pitchers allowed just four hits over the final three innings as the Longhorns beat Baylor, 16-8, in the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament Thursday.
Woodling: Young Ice chip off old block
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
You can always empty a swimming pool, but all gene pools do is spill over.
Big 12 might tweak tourney
Task force to consider moving hoops finale
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
The Big 12 Conference men’s basketball tournament has concluded on Sunday afternoons the past 10 years, the last strand of net cut by the winning team’s players an hour or so before the NCAA Tournament selection show.
OSU next test for improving KU baseball
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
Ritch Price remembers his first trip to the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament in 2003, when his Jayhawks couldn’t match up on the mound and couldn’t win a game.
Prevent a run-in with Rex
May 26, 2006 in print edition on D1
This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and no group welcomes its arrival more than the men and women of the United States Postal Service.
More than 100 make ‘suicide bomber’ pledge
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
Under a banner showing coffins draped with American, British and Israeli flags, more than 100 Iranian men and women pledged Thursday to become suicide bombers - if necessary - to defend their country and Islam.
Criticism from Cheney gets Putin’s rebuke
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia wants good relations with the United States, but he objected vigorously to Vice President Dick Cheney’s recent criticism of democratic backtracking by the Kremlin.
U.N. peacekeepers possible in Darfur
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
Sudan said Thursday it would permit the U.N. to lay the groundwork for possible deployment of a peacekeeping force in Darfur but cautioned that the world body’s role would be smaller than some Security Council members want.
U.S. ambassador repeats terror concerns
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
The U.S. ambassador to Venezuela said Thursday that Colombian guerrillas have an “active presence” in the country and accused President Hugo Chavez of being uncooperative in counterterrorism efforts.
Free State awaits
Baseball opponent similar :
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
Power has been the forte for Free State High baseball this spring.
Fighting returns to Somalia’s capital
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
Islamic and secular militias battled Thursday in Somalia’s capital in some of the most widespread and deadliest fighting in Mogadishu in 14 years. Dozens of people were killed and thousands fled their homes on foot.
Poland welcomes Pope Benedict
New pontiff hopes to heal WWII wounds in John Paul’s homeland
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
Poles gave Pope Benedict XVI a warm greeting Thursday, if not the rapturous reception reserved for native son Pope John Paul II, as the German-born pontiff pledged to strive to heal painful wounds from the “tragic tyranny” of the Nazis.
Soldiers fire on police; 9 killed
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
Soldiers fired on unarmed police Thursday in East Timor’s capital, killing nine and wounding 27, as international troops landed to try to end the fighting that threatens to push the country closer to civil war.
Lebanese mark Israeli pullout anniversary
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
About 200,000 flag-waving, cheering Hezbollah supporters massed Thursday near the site of the former Israeli military headquarters in south Lebanon to hear their leader pledge to continue fighting until victory.
Abbas issues ultimatum to Hamas
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
In a bold initiative, the Palestinian president gave Hamas 10 days to accept the idea of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, saying Thursday he’ll submit the plan to a referendum by mid-July if the Islamic militants refuse.
Report: Most tropical forests unprotected
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
Almost all the world’s tropical forests remain effectively unprotected even though two-thirds have been designated for some sort of preservation over the past two decades, according to a report released Thursday.
War film role a challenge for 50 Cent
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A2
Hollywood isn’t waiting around for the Iraq war to end before making movies about the conflict.
Bartender to get $10K for helping nab offender
Worker saw escapee on ‘America’s Most Wanted’
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B5
A Kansas City bartender will get a $10,000 reward for turning in a customer whom she recognized as the escaped Minnesota sex offender featured on a segment on “America’s Most Wanted.”
Pastor requests return of ax heads
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B5
A pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 N.H., wants help locating two stone ax heads stolen during services on Sunday.
On the record
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
WHO: Bird flu victim linked to sick chickens
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A6
The first person infected in a cluster of bird flu cases in a family in Indonesia may have come into contact with sick or dead chickens before possibly passing the virus on to relatives, a World Health Organization official said Thursday.
High court may decide deportation case
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
The U.S. Supreme Court may have the final word on whether an immigrant mother must leave her husband and son - both American citizens - and be deported next month to her native Mexico.
Department reports 3 more mumps cases
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department reported three more mumps cases on Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 259 confirmed or probable cases.
Old cemetery to observe Memorial Day once again
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
Jefferson County residents established the Medina Cemetery in the 1860s, but this will be the cemetery’s first Memorial Day in a long time.
Nuss probe may take months
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
A House committee could take several months to finish its investigation into a Kansas Supreme Court justice’s brief conversation about school finance with two senators.
Attempt to override abortion bill veto fails
Lawmakers also fix glitch in school finance law
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B1
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.
Extended-cycle pill gets FDA approval
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A5
An extended-cycle birth control pill that limits women to just four menstrual periods a year received federal approval Thursday.
Outage latest problem for beleaguered Amtrak
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A5
A massive power outage on Amtrak’s busiest corridor Thursday stranded tens of thousands of passengers for hours in hot, smelly cars - some in tunnels under the Hudson River - in the latest of several recent embarrassments for the perpetually money-losing railroad.
VA data theft came to light through gossip
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A5
The theft of personal data for 26.5 million veterans came to the attention of the Veterans Affairs inspector general only through office gossip, he told Congress on Thursday.
State education board divided over school finance plan
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
As with almost every issue they tackle, Kansas State Board of Education members are divided over the school finance plan.
Slain woman’s father touts new DNA law
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B2
A law expanding the collection of DNA samples in criminal investigations will be “huge” in helping law enforcement agencies catch predators, the father of a murdered Johnson County woman said Thursday.
Phillies salvage finale
Philly avoids sweep in New York
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C4
The Philadelphia Phillies found an effective leadoff hitter just in time to avoid a costly sweep.
Commentary: Pujols’ success may take heat off Bonds
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C2
It’s no secret Barry Bonds doesn’t have a lot of friends in baseball. Ask him the names of his teammates on the San Francisco Giants, and he might be lucky to guess half of them.
NCAA penalizes Sampson
IU coach can’t visit recruits for one year
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C2
The NCAA banned new Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson from calling recruits and visiting them off-campus for one year on Thursday, ruling he deliberately broke its rules by making extra phone calls to potential players while coaching Oklahoma.
Orioles’ Lopez impresses
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C4
Rodrigo Lopez wasn’t worried.
White Sox facing a new obstacle in Tigers
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C5
The season is nearly two months old, and already the White Sox have played like defending World Series champions. They have an improved offense with Jim Thome and a starting staff that is still one of the best in the majors.
Hoffa search continues with digging under barn
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A7
After tearing apart a barn, FBI agents began digging up the ground where it stood Thursday, taking photos and video and sifting through dirt by hand as they searched for Jimmy Hoffa’s remains at a suburban Detroit farm.
Detroit stretches K.C.’s losing streak to 13
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C5
Ivan Rodriguez was supposed to get a day off. Unfortunately for Kansas City, the Tigers catcher had to play.
Cavs give coach vote of confidence
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C6
For the first time in recent memory, the Cleveland Cavaliers made an off-season coaching move that didn’t involve someone being hired or fired.
Video of grumpy rider becomes an Internet hit
May 26, 2006 in print edition on D3
A six-minute film showing a grumpy man scolding a fellow Hong Kong bus rider for interrupting his phone call has become one of the most popular videos online.
Research traces HIV ancestry to chimps
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A5
Solving the mystery of HIV’s ancestry was dirty work. But researchers now have confirmed that the human AIDS virus really did originate in wild chimpanzees - in a corner of Cameroon.
Antivirus software exposes computers
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
Symantec Corp.’s leading antivirus software, which protects some of the world’s largest corporations and U.S. government agencies, suffers from a flaw that lets hackers seize control of computers to steal sensitive data, delete files or implant malicious programs, researchers said Thursday.
House approves oil drilling in Alaska refuge
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
Citing the public outcry about $3-per-gallon gasoline and America’s heavy reliance on foreign oil, the House on Thursday voted to open an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, knowing the prospects for Senate approval were slim.
Analysis: Verdicts a clear victory for Justice
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A4
If there was one case the government had to make to define this as the era of corporate accountability, it was Enron.
Enron execs guilty
Sentencing for Skilling, Lay set for Sept. 11
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A1
Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted of conspiracy and fraud Thursday by a federal jury that laid blame for one of the biggest business scandals in U.S. history squarely on Enron Corp.’s two former top executives.
Seized records sealed by Bush
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
President Bush stepped into a confrontation between the Justice Department and Congress on Thursday, ordering that documents seized in an FBI raid on a lawmaker’s office be sealed for 45 days.
Study finds no marijuana link to lung cancer
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
The largest study of its kind has unexpectedly concluded that smoking marijuana, even regularly and heavily, does not lead to lung cancer.
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B4
Yahoo, eBay alliance takes aim at rivals
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
Internet powerhouses Yahoo and eBay are joining forces in an alliance that further defines the battle lines in an online brawl with rivals Google, Microsoft and AOL.
Payless ShoeSource shares continue rise
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B4
Shares of Payless ShoeSource Inc. continued to climb Thursday, extending a surge that began with a better-then-expected earnings report and news of a planned acquisition.
Greed knows no bounds’
KU ethics expert expects more regulation
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B4
With former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling finally convicted for their roles in one of the biggest corporate scandals in U.S. history, such sketchy behavior in U.S. boardrooms is a thing of the past, right?
Rat Race’ author to sign books
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B4
Lawrence author Paul Ulasien will be in bookstores this Saturday and next to sign copies of his first book, “The Corporate Rat Race: The Rats Are Winning, A Game Plan for Surviving and Thriving in Corporate America.”
In final days of his career, Babe had big game left
Seventy-one years ago, Ruth hit last three homers in one outing
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C5
Babe Ruth was 40 years old, with a pot belly that couldn’t be supported by his spindly legs and a fast-growing realization his career was over.
People in the news
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Pitt, Jolie privacy now a government matter ¢ Ratings big for ‘American Idol’ as Hicks celebrates win ¢ Celebrities, famed tree sitters try to save L.A. urban farm ¢ A week later, NBC makes big adjustments to fall schedule ¢ Blanchett to portray Dylan
Top Marine visits amid investigations
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A8
The Marine Corps’ top general left for Iraq on Thursday to remind Marines that it’s important to maintain their core values of “honor, courage and commitment” even in the middle of a bitter counterinsurgency where the differences between right and wrong, friend and foe, are often blurred.
Judge dismisses police from wrongful death lawsuit
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B10
A judge ruled that the family of a woman killed when a fleeing suspect collided with her car has no legal grounds to sue Wichita police.
Jet stream changes may worsen drought
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A3
Deserts in the American Southwest and around the globe are creeping toward heavily populated areas as the jet streams shift, researchers reported Thursday. The result: Areas already stressed by drought may get even drier.
Race horses deserve reform
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B9
The breakdown of wonder horse Barbaro at the Preakness was shocking beyond words to thousands of people in Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course stands and to millions in the television audience. I was not the only one who was reminded of Ruffian, the racing champion who broke her leg in the much-heralded 1975 match race against Foolish Pleasure. Watching Barbaro try to keep running in spite of his broken, dangling leg, I got the same sickening feeling in my stomach as I did 30 years ago when I saw that beautiful bay filly’s leg snap.
Contradictions mark Iran
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B9
The contradictions that make Iran so hard for Westerners to understand are on view as soon as one arrives at Tehran airport.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 26, 1906: “We continue to hear plaudits about the great discovery by the university’s H.P. Cady of helium from gas taken in Dexter, Kan. Many say the discovery is one of the major science developments of our time. : Hearings are being conducted for two men accused of burglary at Wolfson’s pawn shop but progress toward conviction does not seem to be coming very fast, considering the size of the thefts. : Fifty-four seniors of Lawrence High School will receive their reward for four years of study at the commencement ceremonies on June 1. Schools will close before the ceremony, as usual.”
Lenders offering help for disabled
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B4
About a year ago, you wrote about special types of home-buying programs for people with disabilities. I wish I would have saved that column, because my younger sister wants to buy her first home, even though she is on “partial disability” for injuries she suffered when a drunk driver smashed into her car last summer and broke her neck. Can you please provide the information again?
Daily ticker
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B4
Old home town - 40 years ago today
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B8
The Lawrence City Commission was planning to annex 575 more acres and the area of the city was due to be a third larger in a four-month period if all the annexation proposals cleared. The new 575 acres was to boost the 1966 annexation figure to 2,172 acres. The total acreage of the city after all the additions was to be just under 8,200 acres.
Ross murder investigation to air on Court TV
May 26, 2006
Court TV (Sunflower Broadband Channel 48) will air a program at 9 p.m. tonight about the 2003 murder of Lawrence-area resident Carmin Ross. The episode, titled “Deadly Lesson,” will be shown on the program “The Investigators.”
Leftover funds expand eligibility for work study
May 26, 2006
During the school year in elementaries around Lawrence, Kansas University students stop in throughout the day for appointments to tutor “at-risk” children in reading skills.
Grad recalls the good life studying abroad
May 26, 2006
As a junior in my fall semester at Kansas University, I was not what one would consider “cultured.” I ordered chicken fingers at every restaurant, read best-selling American novels and spent my time with my friends of more than 10 years. My knowledge of history did not extend beyond North American borders; my appreciation for art was limited to Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies,” and my sole exploration into the origin of thought was my reading of “The Simpsons and Philosophy.”
Bragging rights come with being a Jayhawk
May 26, 2006
Class of 2010, you must consult others for advice on how to make the most of the vast academic opportunities available to you at your school of choice, Kansas University. As for how to make the most of your stay in Lawrence in a way that guarantees you will have fresh conversation fodder with your classmates for the rest of your life, listen up.
Decision time
So you’re going to KU. We’ve asked students what you’ll want and need your freshman year.
May 26, 2006
No one ever said starting college was easy. With each decision comes a laundry list of questions for nervous beginners: Where do I live? What should I pack? What’s worth the money? Kansas University students have some words of wisdom to ease the transition.
Hillary can’t separate personal, political
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B8
The two sides of Hillary Rodham Clinton - the opposites that make her potential presidential candidacy such a gamble - came into sharp focus on Tuesday morning at the National Press Club.
Consider the many benefits that accrue from regular physical activity for our youngsters.
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B8
Let’s hear it for recess. It’s a welcome break for students and teachers in our schools and it accomplishes a lot of other beneficial goals.
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B8
An incorrect figure appeared in Thursday’s editorial. One percent of the average monthly sales at Presto Phillips 66 station would be 700 gallons of gasoline.
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B7
For Friday, May 26
North Korea demands diplomatic approach
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B8
Iran has climbed to No. 1 on the Washington crisis hit parade. The question of how to stop Iran’s nuclear program has unleashed a torrent of punditry. Advocates of diplomacy and a military strike spar on television and in op-ed pages.
Kansas names Herberg as media assistant
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C3
Geoff Herberg has been named Kansas athletics media relations assistant for the next year, it was announced Thursday.
X-Men withstand mutant threat, new director
May 26, 2006 in print edition on D1
Despite the title of “X-Men: The Last Stand,” the movie is essentially “X-Men 3.”
Softball foe familiar for Firebirds
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C1
The Free State High softball squad has seen its first-round opponent at the Class 6A state tournament.
Mexican president says bill a ‘step forward’
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A5
Mexican President Vicente Fox on Thursday called the U.S. Senate’s vote on immigration policy a “monumental step forward” that marks a historic moment in the relationship between his country and the United States.
Injuries impede Suns, Mavericks
Dallas’ Howard, Phoenix’s Bell, Marion hurting
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C6
The Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks have overcome injuries all season. So it’s no surprise they’re both scrambling to change their lineups after losing starters in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Heat roar back, but fall short
O’Neal, Wade find little support; Pistons tie series
May 26, 2006 in print edition on C6
The Detroit Pistons got off to a great start, had a double-digit lead with less than a minute left and barely hung on.
Couple accused in videotaped rape, killing turn themselves in
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B6
A couple accused of videotaping the rape of an Independence woman and killing her had a 5-year-old girl with them when they turned themselves in Thursday evening, the FBI said.
Sprint sues IBM
May 26, 2006 in print edition on B4
Sprint is suing IBM, saying Big Blue did not live up to its claims three years ago that it would save the telecommunications company money by taking over some of its computer programming.
Junior high nothing but ‘Monkey’ business
May 26, 2006 in print edition on A2
Prom night rears its ugly, or at least its hairy, head on the latest episode of “My Gym Partner’s A Monkey” (6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Cartoon Network). For the uninitiated, this cartoon follows the hijinks of a human boy assigned to a junior high school filled with zoo creatures. Due to a typographical mix-up, young Adam Lyon is confused with a real lion and assigned to the Charles Darwin Middle School. There he must share classes and lockers with chimps, elephants, giraffes, goldfish, a myopic armadillo and even some kind of bug.
Flexible schedules help students on job hunt
May 26, 2006
Mark Zwahl, owner of Z’s Divine Espresso, isn’t a fan of common hiring practices.