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Summer gets started - Game 05/31/06
Some Republicans are lambasting former state GOP chairman Mark Parkinson because he switched parties to join Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as her running mate. Do you agree with Republicans who think he's a turncoat?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes. Parkinson spoke out against Sebelius during the last election.
Yes. It seems he’s giving up party principles for a political position.
No. I think Parkinson is showing political courage
No. I vote for the person, not the party.
Yes. Party loyalty is important to me.
Total 470
Should Lawrence ban the use of both hand-held and hands-free cell phones by drivers?

Poll results

Response Percent
Ban neither.
Ban both.
Ban only hand-held cell phones.
Total 3285
What is the number one thing you want to do this summer?

Poll results

Response Percent
Go on vacation
Spend time at the pool
Play baseball/softball
Read a good book
Total 0

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T-Bones off to rocky start
May 31, 2006
With the return of Eddie Pearson and the addition of Charles Peterson, offense was not supposed to be an issue for the 2006 Kansas City T-Bones. But, the Bones are off to a 4-8 start, while batting just .266 as a team.
Royals replace general manager
May 31, 2006
The Kansas City Royals fired general manager Allard Baird on Wednesday and replaced him with Dayton Moore of the Atlanta Braves.
Former GOP chairman picked as Sebelius’ running mate
11:03 a.m., May 31, 2006 Updated 11:27 a.m.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced today that former state GOP Chairman Mark Parkinson, who switched his affiliation to Democrat only a day earlier, will be her running mate.
Republican leaders blast Parkinson
May 31, 2006
Shortly after the announcement that former Republican Party Chairman Mark Parkinson had agreed to join the ticket of Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the Republican Party of Kansas issued a statement to the media titled “Is Sebelius’ Choice Insincere and Uninformed?”
Democratic governor picks former GOP leader as running mate
Sebelius names Mark Parkinson as lieutenant governor for her re-election bid
09:17 a.m., May 31, 2006 Updated 11:10 a.m.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, today picked former Kansas Republican Party Chairman Mark Parkinson to be her lieutenant governor running mate.
Chance for afternoon storm
Temperatures heading into 80s
May 31, 2006
Grab the umbrella on your way out - the last day of May could bring some rain. “We see a very slight chance for a thunderstorm today,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Jennison supports local funds for schools, announces running mate
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A4
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Robin Jennison said Tuesday that he would favor giving local school districts the ability to raise as much in local funds as they can to improve their schools.
Primary candidate filings few so far
May 31, 2006
As the June 12 filing deadline nears for the primary election, few Douglas County candidates had filed as of Tuesday.
Sebelius may tap 2nd GOP convert
Ex-Republican Party leader appears likely to be running mate
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A1
Former Kansas Republican Party Chairman Mark Parkinson switched to the Democratic Party on Tuesday, increasing speculation that he will join Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as her lieutenant governor running mate and spotlighting the political warfare within the state GOP.
Parents become unruly at Basehor tournament
May 31, 2006 in print edition on Game14
A USSSA youth baseball tournament in Basehor got pretty wild last weekend.
Back and forth game ends in Hawks’ favor
May 31, 2006 in print edition on Game10
Vacant from the Hawks’ starting lineup, Lee McMahon was an unlikely hero as his team took on the Dynasty in 12U Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. action at 4-H Cowser Field on Wednesday.
Home run spurs 88’s on to victory vs. Bandits
May 31, 2006 in print edition on Game7
Ryan Leibach calmly stepped up to the plate in the third inning of the 88’s game against the Bandits in the Heinrich League on Wednesday at Holcom Park. Leibach’s team, the 88’s, already had 13 runs under their belt and were well on their way to securing their eventual 17-7 victory. Leibach’s swing would add to the excitement of the game and the 88’s win as he deftly smacked the ball and sent it over the fence then ran his way around all three bases and straight on to home plate.
Raptors snatch victory against Suns, 14-6
May 31, 2006 in print edition on Game6
It took the 8U Douglas County Amateur Baseball Suns and Raptors teams almost two innings to warm up to the heat of the game on May 23 at Youth Sports Inc., yet both teams soon found their rhythm. After jumping to an early lead in the third inning, the Raptors attacked the Suns to take the victory. The Raptors more than doubled the Suns’ runs and won 14-6.
Saints early lead helps defeat Rebels, 14-6
May 31, 2006 in print edition on Game5
The 10U Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn. Saints took an early lead on the Rebels in the top of the first inning, scoring five points and continued to dominate the rest of the game resulting in the Saints defeating the Rebels 14-6 in five innings the morning of May 20 at Youth Sports Inc.
Sidewinders gain early lead vs. Cardinals
May 31, 2006 in print edition on Game4
The Sidewinders bettered their record to 3-3 on May 22 with a victory against the Eudora Cardinals. In this 12U match-up at Youth Sports Inc., the Sidewinders won 11-6.
Keegan: Big crowds no bother for Czyz
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C1
On the same day Russell Robinson and the three freshmen were sticking it to a mouthy Iowa State bunch in raucous Allen Fieldhouse, the Kansas University baseball team was on the West Coast, quietly flashing a sign it could be at the beginning of a special season.
Coach makes Wright choice for his career
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C1
If Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price had his way, Rob Cooper might well be headed to Corvallis, Ore., for an NCAA Tournament regional - as part of Price’s coaching staff.
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C8
On the record
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B2
Lawrence datebook
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B2
Working like a dog can be fun
Canine companions also serve as good co-workers for some
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A1
Digging holes is all in a day’s work for Chigger, a rat terrier.
Kansas wheat crop shows poor harvest
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B3
The first combines rolling over this year’s winter wheat fields in southern Kansas have hauled in crops of excellent quality, but yields have been so bad that prospects now are for less than half a normal crop in the area, according to early harvest reports.
KU Med, Hospital to ban all smoking
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
Kansas University Hospital and Kansas University Medical Center are going completely tobacco-free beginning Sept. 1.
Group still looking for Kansan of the Year
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas are still accepting nominations for the 2006 Kansan of the Year and 2006 Distinguished Kansan of the Year.
Group aims to raise $9M for cancer center
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
Is that Bill Snyder on the Kansas University sideline?
County commission to discuss exemptions
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
A resolution that would extend the moratorium on issuing building permits for houses and mobile homes on rural lots using the five-acre exemption rule will be considered tonight by Douglas County commissioners.
Convicted crack dealer faces life in prison
Experts debate merits of mandatory minimum sentence on 3-strike rule
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
Sentencing was postponed Tuesday for a man facing life in prison with no parole for being caught with a large amount of crack cocaine on the Kansas University campus.
Second body may be linked to Missouri couple
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A1
Prosecutors investigating a Missouri couple accused of videotaping the rape of a woman and killing her say the pair may be linked to another body found in a neighboring county.
Nursing home worker checks can be lacking
Employee screenings get renewed attention after Lawrence drug theft
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A1
The case of a woman sentenced to jail for stealing elderly patients’ morphine has raised questions about how employees are screened for jobs in Kansas nursing homes.
Every food has its day
Lobster, jelly doughnuts and dry martinis among consumables on industry’s quirky holiday calendar
May 31, 2006 in print edition on D1
Happy National Macaroon Day! Or, if you prefer: Merry National Hazelnut Cake Day Eve! What? You didn’t realize the festive season? Didn’t buy presents for your friends and family?
Sage advice: Savory plant heightens poultry’s flavor
May 31, 2006 in print edition on D1
Rascally herds of nibbling rabbits have gardener hopping mad
May 31, 2006 in print edition on D1
Perhaps nothing gives a vegetable gardener more cause to fume than learning that the harvest has begun prematurely. Take, for instance, my own discovery last week that the top leaves from about a dozen bean plants had gone missing.
LHS administrator won’t face driver’s license restrictions
Sheriff’s deputy did not sign required DUI form
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B4
A Lawrence High School administrator charged with driving under the influence of alcohol is not expected to have her driver’s license suspended or restricted.
Jayni Carey creates salads with seasonal ingredients
May 31, 2006 in print edition on D2
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Grilling Summer Vegetables.”
Test of voting machines renews security concerns
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A4
The already-cantankerous debate over high-tech voting machines, which have been installed in great numbers in recent years, is growing more intense and convoluted as primaries get underway and the midterm election nears.
A&E hopes for ratings lift from Angel
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A2
A&E hopes to levitate its ratings with the second showcase of “Criss Angel Mindfreak” (9 p.m., A&E). Angel has been named Magician of the Year for three years. For his first act, Angel will attempt to levitate and move from the top of one building to another. In this stunt, he will be walking, or at least floating, in the footsteps of D.D. Home, a 19th-century Scotsman who wowed crowds in the Highlands with his incredible levitation act.
Hamas government says salaries to be paid
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A6
The Hamas-led government said Tuesday it will pay partial salaries to its 165,000 employees, the first payday for some Palestinian workers in three months. The announcement came after thousands of angry workers staged an anti-government protest. Salaries have not been paid since a cutoff of Western aid and Israeli tax transfers after the militant Islamic movement took over the Palestinian government.
Rough Riders offense on fire in victory
May 31, 2006 in print edition on Game11
Time was the only thing that could stop the Rough Riders in their 10U Douglas County Amateur Baseball match-up with the Titans on May 23 at Youth Sports Inc.
Chavez spending billions on guns and aircraft
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A6
Venezuela is buying helicopters, boats and military transport planes in defense deals worth about $2.7 billion, modernizing its military as tensions grow between leftist President Hugo Chavez and the United States.
President moves to curb unrest; evidence stolen
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A6
East Timor’s president announced emergency measures Tuesday after mobs stole evidence on massacres that followed the nation’s break from Indonesia.
Brake failure faulted for causing accident
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A6
A road crash that triggered deadly anti-American rioting in Kabul occurred because a military truck lost its brakes coming down a hill and plowed into a line of cars, the U.S. military said Tuesday.
India now has most AIDS cases; U.N. leader says disease spreading
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A6
India now has the largest number of AIDS infections as the spread of the disease shows no sign of letting up a quarter-century into an epidemic that has claimed 25 million lives, the U.N. reported Tuesday.
Humanitarian chief warns of Darfur catastrophe
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A6
The United Nations humanitarian chief warned Tuesday of a catastrophic situation developing in Darfur unless international donors act soon to bolster a beleaguered African peacekeeping force in the Sudanese province.
U.S. military joins earthquake relief effort; deaths near 5,700
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A6
U.S. Marines joined an international effort Tuesday to deliver aid and medical equipment to some 200,000 Indonesians left homeless by a devastating earthquake, as hopes faded of finding more survivors.
Consumer confidence loses ground this month
May 31, 2006
Consumer confidence soured in May, as Americans fretted about the overall economy’s future and the job outlook. The drop in a widely watched barometer of sentiment was the steepest since hurricanes pummeled the Gulf Coast last year, increasing worries about the health of consumer spending.
Court restricts speech of public employees
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A3
The Supreme Court restricted the free-speech rights of the nation’s 21 million public employees Tuesday, ruling that the First Amendment does not protect them from being punished for complaining to their managers about possible wrongdoing.
Some Gulf Coast obstetricians are expecting a boom in hurricane babies
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A3
Construction is not the only post-Katrina enterprise booming. Some South Mississippi obstetricians are expecting more than double the usual number of births this summer.
Sniper convicted of six more slayings
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A3
John Allen Muhammad was convicted of six of the Washington-area sniper killings Tuesday after the prosecution’s star witness, Muhammad’s young protege, portrayed him as the mastermind of an audacious terror scheme in which phase two would have been bombings against children.
Hospital names surgical unit director
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C8
Shari Kretzschmer has been promoted to surgical unit director at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, responsible for managing the 28-bed surgical unit, leading the department’s 57 employees and assuring the delivery of quality nursing care and service to surgical patients.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.56 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Bicycles that won’t take you for a ride
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C8
We recently rode down streets and up hills to test three types of bikes - we excluded a fourth type, mountain bikes, because they’re mainly for off-road - that span a range of riding modes.
Corn prices help offset costs
Fuel, fertilizer expenses cut into profits
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C8
At least corn prices are rising.
Talent aplenty for new Raiders boss
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C1
Troy Wingert claims he knows exactly what he’s getting himself into.
KU sends 10 to NCAAs
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C3
Ten members of this year’s Kansas University track and field teams are heading to the 2006 NCAA Championships next month in Sacramento, Calif.
KU graduate earns Phi Kappa Phi award
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B5
Recent Kansas University graduate Alexis A. Bannwarth, of Independence, Kan., has received a national Phi Kappa Phi Award of Excellence.
KU students receive scholarships from club
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B5
The University Women’s Club at Kansas University has awarded six students with $1,200 scholarships for the 2006-07 academic year.
Bishop Seabury graduates ‘step up’
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B5
One by one in silence, the seniors at Bishop Seabury Academy shook the hands of teachers and faculty Friday, saying goodbye to a school they knew for years.
Treasury nominee is financial heavy-hitter
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A3
By accounts, Henry Paulson Jr., President Bush’s nominee for Treasury secretary, is a team player. He supports the president’s tax cuts, free trade and free markets and contributed generously to Republican causes.
Daily ticker
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C8
Study says Canadians healthier than Americans
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A5
You can add Canadians to the list of foreigners who are healthier than Americans.
FBI empty-handed in search for Jimmy Hoffa
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A3
The FBI said Tuesday it found no trace of Jimmy Hoffa after digging up a suburban Detroit horse farm in one of the most intensive searches in decades for the former Teamsters boss.
Land owner uses unorthodox method to recover back payment from county
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
An unconventional process of handling what would otherwise be a court lawsuit is being attempted by a Lawrence man to get a monetary settlement for what he says was illegal trespassing and dumping on his land by a construction company working for Douglas County more than 25 years ago.
Wells’ blasts lead Blue Jays
Toronto batters Boston’s Beckett with five homers
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C4
Vernon Wells says he doesn’t enjoy facing Josh Beckett. The results say otherwise.
Royals staffers still in limbo
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C5
As they went about Tuesday preparing for next week’s amateur draft, staff members of the Kansas City Royals were waiting nervously to find out whether Dayton Moore would be their next boss.
Protection One spends $1M in Texas
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C8
Protection One Inc., a Lawrence-based provider of monitored-security services, announced Tuesday that it had spent more than $1 million expanding and upgrading a monitoring center for commercial and national accounts in Irving, Texas.
K.C. comes through in 10th
Royals hang on after surrendering early lead
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C5
Mark Grudzielanek hit a tiebreaking single to right in the 10th inning, and the Kansas City Royals won their first extra-innings game of the year with an 8-7 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
Derby winner progressing well
Jockey, owners pay visit to injured Barbaro
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C6
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is progressing so well he might not have the cast on his severely injured right hind leg changed for several weeks.
Heat seek revenge on Pistons tonight
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C6
Heat owner Micky Arison talked to Alonzo Mourning in the parking garage after Miami took command of the Eastern Conference finals with a Game 4 win. The message was simple, and it struck Mourning deeply.
Bell returns, sparks Phoenix
Despite calf injury, Suns guard ratchets up intensity
May 31, 2006
Raja Bell is back, and so are the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference finals.
Beasley not a lock for K-State
Blue-chip center says Charlotte, others still in running despite Huggins hiring player’s mentor
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C2
When Michael Beasley is at Oak Hill Academy, he sometimes gazes out at the Blue Ridge Mountains and thinks.
Ankle injury sidelines Roddick
Fans boo U.S. netter for retiring in French Open loss
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C2
Andy Roddick never really stood a chance at the 2006 French Open tennis tournament.
Marine from Kansas killed in crash
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A7
A Marine from Girard was killed in Iraq during the weekend when the helicopter he was in crashed into a lake during a maintenance flight in Anbar province, a Marine spokesman said Tuesday.
LMH reaches out to community in summer fundraising campaign
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B1
The effort to raise $8 million in private funds to help finance a major expansion of Lawrence Memorial Hospital is about to kick into high gear.
2 of 3 college grads go into debt, owe an average of $19,202
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A8
Nearly two of every three undergraduate students are going into debt to go to college, owing an average of more than $19,000, most often to the government.
Police destroy DNA samples taken in BTK investigation
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B10
Police on Tuesday incinerated 1,326 DNA samples taken to eliminate possible suspects in the BTK serial killer investigation, inviting the media to watch the event.
College is time to stand alone
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B9
Invariably, when I would tell people that for the past eight months I have lived apart from my husband and 20-something children while on a fellowship at Stanford University, I would be asked how often I called home. Inevitably, when I would say, “Oh, every week or two,” a semi-stunned look would cross the questioner’s face. The subject would be quickly dropped, but for me an aftertaste would linger as I wondered if there was something wrong with my relationships or with me.
American justice
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: This is about the present debate in the U.S. Senate regarding an attempt by the Senate to pass “a comprehensive immigration bill.”
Old home town - 100 years ago today
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B8
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 31, 1906: Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the Achning burglary in which many guns and much ammunition were taken. Two of the men are strangers and the other three are boys who finally led officers to the main suspects. But all five seemed to have good alibis and were released. Officers say they are working hard on the case but the results so far are not good.”
Old home town - 40 years ago today
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B8
Members of Lawrence High’s 1966 graduating class were asked to make their lives’ program one of “learning, loving, serving and trusting.” The baccalaureate speaker was the Rev. Harold Hamilton.
Thank you
The Lawrence cemeteries looked beautiful Memorial Day weekend thanks to the care provided by city crews and others.
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B8
Thanks and congratulations go to the city crews and others for the job they did in getting both Oak Hill and Memorial Park cemeteries ready for Memorial Day this year.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B8
Public health officials said they were continuing on the alert for cases of intestinal parasites in children at local day care centers. But they felt the peak of the outbreak, 67 cases in all between mid-March and mid-May, appeared to have passed.
GOP at war over immigration policy
May 31, 2006
The war now being waged in Congress over illegal immigration is mostly about which philosophy will prevail in the Republican Party. Will it be the conservative wing that brought the GOP to power after years of wandering in the political wilderness as a minority party, or will it be the moderate-liberal wing that became comfortable in the wilderness?
Fair’s fair
What’s wrong with searching the office of a member of Congress with tacky credentials?
May 31, 2006
Comedian Jay Leno snorted gleefully the other night about the fact members of Congress have criticized the FBI search of the legislative office of Rep. William Jefferson, D-La. Jefferson is under investigation for allegedly accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes.
What’s in a name? Perhaps ‘new Messiah’
Jolie, Pitt bestow Hebrew, French names on daughter
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A2
Nothing was normal about the birth of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s child, so naturally, neither was their baby’s name.
Black and Hispanic students see school as hostile environment
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A8
Black and Hispanic students see school as a more rowdy, disrespectful and dangerous place than their white classmates do, a poll says.
Teamwork and endurance critical to KVF-Blue team’s success
May 31, 2006 in print edition on Game13
Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles featuring the Lawrence soccer teams that participate in the Premier League of Heartland Soccer Assn.
KSA Enforcers have undefeated season and improve on field
May 31, 2006 in print edition on Game12
Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles featuring the Lawrence soccer teams that participate in the Premier League of Heartland Soccer Assn.
Reception planned for artists’ exhibit
May 31, 2006 in print edition on D3
CornerBank has a new exhibit titled “Abstract By Design,” featuring the mostly abstract works of John Bennington and Sue Suhler, which will run through July 3. A public reception for the artists will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the bank, 4621 W. Sixth St.
Unfinished business
KU senior Matt Baty didn’t let a serious injury derail his plans of leading the Jayhawks back to the NCAA Tournament
May 31, 2006 in print edition on C1
Kyle Murphy wasn’t worried about himself as he sat in the back of an ambulance Feb. 25. Paramedics assured him a batch of stitches would close an ugly gash on the side of his nose. Murphy, a junior center fielder on the Kansas University baseball team, was more concerned about left fielder Matt Baty - who was in much worse shape following their collision on a bloop hit to left-center during a game against Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn.
Beware: Dehydration cuts into summer fun
May 31, 2006 in print edition on D2
You need fluids for good health each day. According to Mary Meck Higgins, K-State Research and Extension Nutrition Specialist, the body’s vital organs are composed mostly of water.
People in the news
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A2
¢ Taylor denies illness rumors ¢ Moore, Kutcher pop in at bar ¢ Mira Sorvino delivers a son ¢ Saddling up for peace ¢ Pavarotti concerts postponed
Violence kills 54; U.S. sends more troops to battle insurgents
May 31, 2006 in print edition on A7
Car bombs targeting Shiite areas devastated a bustling outdoor market and an auto dealership Tuesday, part of a relentless onslaught that killed 54 people and prompted the United States to deploy more troops to combat insurgents in western Iraq.
Data misuse puts U.S. at risk
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B9
In the past few months the media has been filled with reports of private information being lost or stolen from various private companies. Just as law enforcement agencies step up their warnings about identity theft and as the federal government defends its need for increasing information flow to help it combat terrorism, it seems as though the security of information even in the hands of government becomes less and less.
Lack of respect
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B8
To the editor: Where was our local media on Monday, May 22, when the 29 KU ROTC, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine cadets said their oaths of office, commissioning them into our Armed Forces?
May 31, 2006 in print edition on B7
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