Archive for Tuesday, April 3, 2007

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All-Area Girls Basketball
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Mike Dever
Boog Highberger
Rob Chestnut
Carey Maynard-Moody
David Schauner
James Bush
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Local elementary students warned of suspicious man
April 3, 2007
Students at New York Elementary are being cautioned to be extra careful after a female student was followed to school by an unknown adult male Monday morning.
Convicted murderer wants case re-tried
April 3, 2007
A Kansas State University professor convicted of murdering his ex-wife seeks a new trial.
Amyx addresses city’s progress in speech
April 3, 2007
Tonight, Mayor Mike Amyx addressed all the residents of Lawrence, delivering the annual State of the City speech.
Area results feature upsets, new faces
April 3, 2007
Other towns in our viewing area - Eudora, Tonganoxie, Basehor and Linwood - had city and school board races as well.
Familiar faces round out school board winner
April 3, 2007
Taking second place in the school board election - the only incumbent in the race - Rich Minder. Mary Loveland - a former school board member - finished in third place.
Longtime Lawrence teacher gets special surprise
April 3, 2007
A surprise classroom interruption leaves one longtime Lawrence teacher stunned.
Morgan tops school board race
April 3, 2007
A familiar face finishes on top with 22 percent of the vote. Former school board member Scott Morgan led the race from the beginning, finishing with just less than 8,000 votes.
Unidentified tornado damages county home
April 3, 2007
A weekend storm causes significant damage to a county home, catching the owner and National Weather Service off guard.
Hawks fall to KSU in non-conference game
April 3, 2007
The Kansas baseball team will meet K-State for a three-game series this May. Those contests count towards the Big 12 standings. Tonight though, the two rivals met in Manhattan with nothing but bragging rights and pride on the line.
Highberger finishes third; earns another 2-year term
April 3, 2007
Incumbent Boog Highberger came in third with just under 6,200 votes earning him a two-year term in office.
Voters bring issues to ballot box
April 3, 2007
Lawrence voters that turned showed up today to cast their ballot didn’t have to wait in line, but exactly what issues drove them to the ballot box?
Eudora baseball, softball eying state run
April 3, 2007
Last season the Eudora High baseball team reached the state title game for the first time in school history. Now the E-cards hope to finish what they started in 2006. Meanwhile, the EHS softball team also has its sights on state.
Newcomer Chestnut nabs second spot
April 3, 2007
Taking second place in the city commission race, with just more than 19 percent of the vote, another political newcomer: Allen Press chief financial officer Rob Chestnut will serve a four year term on the city commission.
City soccer showdown ends in 1-1 draw
April 3, 2007
How about a little city soccer showdown as Lawrence High girls versus Free State High girls tonight at YSI fields.
Dever top voter-getter in city commission race
April 3, 2007
Two new faces will join the Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday - Mike Dever walked away from last night’s election with more than 73-hundred votes.
KU softball splits doubleheader with Arkansas
April 3, 2007
The Kansas softball team hosted a double header against Arkansas this afternoon.
Election results totaled in quick turnaround
April 3, 2007
It took elections officials less than two hours to tabulate all of Tuesday’s results.
Voters come out for Election Day
April 3, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, voters must choose three city commissioners from six candidates and four school board members from eight candidates, and a K-State professor convicted of murdering his wife seeks a new trial.
Lightning strikes home near KU campus
No major damage reported
April 3, 2007
An apparent lightning strike at a home near Kansas University led to a fire call early this morning.
Western precincts appear to have stronger voting turnout
But percentages vary from precinct-to-precinct
09:49 a.m., April 3, 2007 Updated 04:20 p.m.
“No real issues this morning,” said Keith Campbell, who supervises Douglas County elections.
Legislature sticks with KU Hospital merger veto provision
House, Senate negotiators agree
April 3, 2007
The Senate’s budget leader Dwayne Umbarger, R-Thayer, said he didn’t want the language concerning the KU Medical Center affiliation in the budget but agreed to it because House leaders would not yield.
It’s challenging to stick to a budget
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C8
It’s been three months since I began working with four people - two single women and one couple - to help them achieve their financial New Year’s resolutions.
Robbing Peter
One provision in a bill to fund state university maintenance would end the practice of using one student’s tuition money to pay for another student’s education.
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
Although a Kansas House bill that would ask counties to pass a sales tax increase to fund repairs on state university campuses has many negative aspects, it includes one measure that many students and their families might applaud.
Community colleges serve vital education role
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
There was a time when my earning a baccalaureate degree at the University of Nebraska seemed unlikely. My dad was an auto mechanic. He was a good person but had limited means and little understanding of the value of a college education.
GOP must work to regain hold in Ohio
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
Although the presidential election is 19 months away, the Republican Party has a real and growing problem in Ohio that could cost it the White House in 2008.
New schoolhouse welcomes Amish students in Pennsylvania
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A5
A bell summoned Amish students to a new, more cheerful and more secure one-room schoolhouse Monday, six months to the day after a gunman shot 10 of their classmates, killing five.
Lawrence Datebook
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Sumner County may be removed from gambling bill
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B4
Sumner County might lose its chance at landing a tourist-attracting, hotel-and-casino complex in a bill being drafted to correct technical flaws in gambling legislation approved last week.
County ponders revenue options
Sluggish growth causes commissioners to weigh tax increases
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Funding for major initiatives in 2008 will be difficult to support without raising the mill levy or finding other revenue, the Douglas County Commission was told Monday.
Police hunt for clues to armed robbery
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence police returned Monday to search for more evidence and conduct more interviews in the wake of an armed robbery Sunday evening at the Dollar General store, 1811 W. Sixth St. But no new information was released, including whether the bullet fired into the ceiling from the robber’s handgun had been found.
Bachelor’ bid ends for Lawrence woman
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence native Lindsay Smith tried her hand at love on ABC’s “The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman,” which aired Monday night.
Bunge seeks aggressive start
KU softball team welcomes Arkansas for doubleheader
April 3, 2007
Tracy Bunge says she loves the chemistry of her Kansas University softball team. Sometimes, though, Bunge wonders how to light the Bunsen burner.
Ohio State once again becomes Gator bait
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C5
Curses, chomped again. The Florida Gators continued their recent feast on the Ohio State Buckeyes, mangling OSU 84-75 Monday night in the Georgia Dome to capture their second consecutive NCAA title.
Commentary: Fans’ love, hate for A-Rod shows
Yankees’ Rodriguez cheered, jeered and revered in season-opening victory against Devil Rays
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C2
He came charging home, standing up. Twice. In a nutshell, that’s all that truly mattered.
Supreme Court rules EPA can regulate vehicle exhaust
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Supreme Court coupled its first decision on global warming with a plea to anyone elsewhere in government who might be listening: Do something.
Woodling: No doubt that Roy’s a winner
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
This column is about Roy Williams. If you don’t want to read about Roy Williams - many of you I’m sure still consider him a snake - then stop right here. I come to praise Roy Williams, not to throw stones.
People in the news
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Virginia man to become new Maytag Repairman character ¢ Star Trek actor to have ashes beamed into space ¢ Anna Nicole Smith’s partner drops challenge to DNA test
Redrawing of ‘Tornado Alley’ suggested
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
It’s too early in the severe weather season to find storm chaser Tim Baker behind the wheel of his Nissan Altima equipped with mounted cameras, weather-watching gadgets and communications devices. Instead, he’s in his Greeley, Colo., home on the computer, doing research on object of his passion and, in part, his livelihood: tornadoes.
Arkansas taps Creighton’s Altman
Razorbacks hire one-time K-State coach to replace Heath
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C2
For 13 years, Dana Altman was content at Creighton, helping the Bluejays win 20 games season after season. Now, Altman has finally found another job that appeals to him - coaching the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Study: Women may not need annual mammograms before 50
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
The nation’s largest medical specialty group is challenging the widely accepted recommendation that women should routinely undergo mammograms in their 40s, saying the risks of the breast exams may outweigh the benefit for many women.
Britain, Iran tone down rhetoric
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Iranian officials said Monday that all 15 British sailors and marines arrested March 23 have admitted to illegally entering Iranian waters, but the officials said they would not broadcast any further “confessions” on Iranian television due to positive “changes” in British attitude.
President Bush takes a stroll
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B7
The Current Occupant decided to go for a walk one fine spring morning, and he strolled down the White House drive to the main gate and chatted with the cops in the guardhouse and then strolled down Pennsylvania Avenue and through Lafayette Park to Christ Church and turned and looked at the White House through the trees and then it dawned on him that he was alone, no Secret Service in their dark suits and their earpieces with the curly wires.
Teen resents mom’s ‘best years’ advice
April 3, 2007 in print edition on D1
Q: Dear Dr. Wes and John: My mom says these are the best years of my life; that I should make use of these years. I am 15, and if these are the best years of my life, I do not want to be around for the rest.
Community activist worked for equality
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Cynthia Jane Turner, a Lawrence community activist known for her efforts to assist children, minorities and the poor, died Thursday at Brandon Woods Retirement Community. She was 88.
Ready for launch
Eudora High rocket club counts down to national competition
April 3, 2007 in print edition on D1
The last thing members of the Eudora High School Aerospace Alliance want to see is months of planning turn into flying scrambled eggs.
Presidential race is off and running
April 3, 2007 in print edition on D2
In 588 days, Americans will elect the next president of the United States. Hey, wait a minute: That’s more than a year and a half away. So why is it that every day there are headlines, news reports and photographs of all these people running for president? And why should you care if you won’t be old enough to vote Nov. 4, 2008?
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Tuesday, April 3
Tuberculosis patient’s confinement sparks debate on civil liberties
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
Behind the county hospital’s tall cinderblock walls, a 27-year-old tuberculosis patient sits in a jail cell equipped with a ventilation system that keeps germs from escaping.
Mayoral awards honor teachers
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Austin Barone, a seventh-grade student at Bishop Seabury Academy, knew that Judith Galas was a great teacher. After all, she got him to do his homework on time.
Campus crime rate drops, continuing 10-year trend
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Crimes reported on Kansas University’s Lawrence campus dropped in 2006, continuing a decadelong trend, KU’s Public Safety Office reported Monday.
LHS wins soccer invite
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High junior Madison Bertrand made good on the first attempt in a second penalty-kick overtime, and Salina South misfired on its ensuing attempt, giving the Lions a 3-2 victory Monday night in the championship game of the McPherson Invitational girls soccer tournament.
K.C.’s Meche on the money
Big-dollar acquisition impressive in Opening Day outing
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
More than 41,000 fans got on their feet and gave Gil Meche a standing ovation. Very few of them would probably ever admit to being among the many critics who accused Kansas City of paying too much for the 28-year-old right-hander. The big deal paid off, for one outing at least.
LHS golf team 10th
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Lawrence High golf team took 10th at the Shawnee Mission South tournament Monday.
Shield’ opens sixth season
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
As “The Shield” (9 p.m., FX) enters its sixth season, crooked cop Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) is still searching for the murderer of his friend and confederate Lem. But fans of the violent and gripping series know that he’s looking in all the wrong places.
Williams receives Hall pass
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
Baseball Hall of Famers who play for multiple teams must pick just one hat for their bronze plaque in Cooperstown, N.Y. That said … what would lifelong baseball fan Roy Williams do if the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame had the same rule for its basketball enshrinees?
New online clearinghouse eliminates charity middlemen
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A8
Ken and Kristie Sigler have sold cookbooks and football tickets to raise $16,000 for an adoption. For the final $8,700, they are appealing directly to strangers - through a new online clearinghouse that bypasses traditional charities.
Students likely to skip voting
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A4
Kansas University has a strong presence in Lawrence with its nearly 30,000 students, but their presence lags on election days.
Lawmakers advance proposal to help poor pay for insurance
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
Thousands of poor Kansans would get the state’s help in paying for health insurance under a proposal endorsed Monday in both the House and Senate as legislators moved closer to finishing a modest package of health care initiatives.
Former mayor enjoyed behind-the-scenes role
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Robert “Bob” Walters, the mayor of Lawrence from 1989 to 1990, was a modest man who cared deeply for Lawrence and for Kansas University, according to his family and friends.
Chiefs’ preseason set
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C2
Home games against the Miami Dolphins and the NFC South champion New Orleans Saints highlight the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2007 preseason schedule, which also includes the annual Governor’s Cup game against St. Louis Rams.
Prisoner arrested after standoff at home
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A5
Police arrested a prison inmate at a house where he holed up Monday with two hostages after overpowering a guard in a hospital, carjacking a vehicle and robbing two banks, authorities said.
Police superintendent resigns amid scandals
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
The city’s police superintendent said Monday he was stepping down as head of the beleaguered department, but he would not say what role two videotaped beatings involving off-duty officers had in his decision.
No charges to be filed in water-drinking death
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A5
Sacramento County prosecutors will not file any criminal charges against radio staff in the water-intoxication death of a Rancho Cordova, Calif., mother of three, officials announced Monday.
City ready to award bid for waterline work
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B3
City commissioners tonight are set to award a $1.92 million bid to replace a century-old waterline in downtown Lawrence.
Talk your way through campaign season with this lingo
April 3, 2007 in print edition on D1
Today, Lawrence voters will select new City Commissioners and School Board members. But there’s another election next year, and even though it seems far away, the 2008 presidential decision is already grabbing headlines. Here’s an explanation of some of the terminology you might be hearing:
Morrison to speak after film screening
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison will be among the panelists Thursday night in a discussion on the Kansas University campus about the issue of wrongful criminal convictions.
Campus shootings are probable murder-suicide
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A5
A man and a woman were shot to death in the University of Washington’s architecture building Monday in an apparent murder-suicide, university police said.
School board, City Commission elections today
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
The finish line is here. Voters today will determine the winners of races for the Lawrence City Commission, Lawrence school board and several races in outlying communities.
Church buys land near Wichita-area dog track
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B3
A church says it has purchased land near Wichita Greyhound Park, and says it will use the land to expand its ministry for people with gambling addictions.
Twice the bite!
Gators repeat, down OSU again
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Florida Gators took a chomp out of NCAA history with the repeat they simply had to have. Now they want more. They want to be called one of the best teams of all time.
Sovereignty claims to Falklands reasserted
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Argentina on Monday marked the 25th anniversary of its failed attempt to regain the Falkland Islands, reasserting its claim to the South Atlantic archipelago.
Avalanches, flooding kill 150 in mountains
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Avalanches and floods triggered by heavy rains and spring snow melt have killed about 150 people in recent days in the mountains of central Asia, officials said Monday.
Tennessee, Rutgers to take shots at destiny
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C5
Rutgers has made the most of second chances this season, especially in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
Relief effort kicks off for tsunami survivors
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
Survivors picked through ruined stores today looking for drinking water and food in a Solomon Islands town devastated by a tsunami, as an international relief effort made tentative first steps.
Hearing on natural gas rate increase is Monday
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C8
State regulators will conduct a public hearing Monday on Aquila Inc.’s proposed $7.24 million natural gas service increase, which would affect 33,000 Lawrence customers.
Free trade agreement with U.S. reached
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
The United States reached its biggest free trade agreement since NAFTA on Monday, clinching a last-minute deal with close security ally South Korea that it hopes will bolster bilateral ties and provide added spark to the Doha Round of global trade talks.
Apple mostly successful in EMI deal
Songs free of copying restrictions, but Beatles excluded
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A2
EMI Group PLC on Monday announced a deal that will allow computer company Apple Inc. to sell the record company’s songs online without copy protection software.
St. Luke’s Hospital sets deadline for KUMC deal
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B3
A new relationship between Kansas University’s medical education center and a private Kansas City, Mo., hospital could be finalized by midsummer, according to a statement released Monday.
Sierra Club files power plant suit
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B8
An environmental group Monday filed a lawsuit against the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, demanding that the department have a formal hearing on a controversial coal-fired power plant near Holcomb.
Budget-writers lay out 2 percent raises
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B4
State workers would get a 2 percent pay raise and $860 bonus under a compromise hammered out by House and Senate budget-writers Monday.
Yankees storm back for win
Slimmed-down Hernandez pitches Seattle to victory
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C4
Oft-injured Carl Pavano pitched his first major league game since June 2005, and Jason Giambi hit a go-ahead single in the seventh for his third RBI, leading the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 9-5, Monday on opening day.
Conference to discuss business of food
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B3
For grocery shoppers, the days of having two main choices of apples - the green Granny Smith or the Red Delicious - are a thing of the past.
Fort Riley soldiers at vanguard of troop surge
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
Three weeks into their mission to help stabilize security in Iraq, roughly 3,400 soldiers from Fort Riley are coming to grips with a complex and chaotic environment.
FDA bans wheat gluten from Chinese company
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
The U.S. is blocking imports of wheat gluten from a company in China, acting after an investigation implicated the contaminated ingredient in the recent pet-food deaths of cats and dogs.
Pelosi criticizes criticism of trip
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A6
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday shrugged off White House criticism of her impending visit to Damascus, saying she had “great hope” for reviving U.S. relations with Syria and changing its behavior.
Protection One back on Nasdaq
Lawrence company closes merger with Integrated Alarm
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C8
Protection One is back on tech’s version of the Big Board.
It pays to wear pinstripes
Four of MLB’s seven highest-paid play in Bronx
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C4
The Yankees’ pinstripes might as well be green.
Sheets stymies Dodgers
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C4
Ben Sheets gave up an early home run, then retired his next 22 batters in a two-hitter Monday that led the Milwaukee Brewers to a 7-1 opening-day victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
On the record
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B2
Group seeks nominees for ‘Wonders of Kansas’
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B8
A nonprofit group that educates people about Kansas is asking residents to submit nominations for the Eight Wonders of Kansas.
Democratic leader in Senate proposes cutting off war funds
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday he wants to cut off money for the Iraq war next year, making clear for the first time that Democrats are willing to pull out all the stops to end U.S. involvement.
Concert praise
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I would like to thank the Kansas Arts Commission for allowing many of Lawrence’s junior and senior high school students to attend the National Symphony Orchestra’s concert Wednesday at the Lied Center, and I would like to thank Rachel Dirks for organizing the opportunity for her own students.
Student scripts sought for health podcast
April 3, 2007 in print edition on D2
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is collaborating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a podcast series for the Choose Respect Initiative.
Ex-director of FEMA to speak at institute
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B1
Michael Brown, who was ousted as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency after the Hurricane Katrina disaster, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dole Institute of Politics on Kansas University’s West Campus.
Education support
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Has no one in the Kansas Legislature the courage to tell the voters that university buildings across the state are crumbling and in serious need of repair? And that, furthermore, it is necessary to raise state taxes a little to come up with the money to keep our universities safe to use and in good repair? Must we wait until someone is injured or buildings become unusable?
Kraft adds to Chieftains’ run of success
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C6
A 73-67 overtime loss to Colby High during the Class 4A state tournament semifinals left the four seniors who suited up for the Tonganoxie High girls basketball team disappointed. But afterwards coach Randy Kraft reminded his players they had posted an 83-14 record during their four years.
U.S., Britain focus on Darfur
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B7
For months it’s looked like the genocide in Darfur has fallen off the agenda of a White House desperately fighting fires in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.
Lawmakers approve electoral vote change
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Maryland is poised to become the first state to approve giving its electoral votes for president to the winner of the national popular vote, rather than to the candidate chosen by state voters.
KUMC affiliation holds up budget process
April 3, 2007 in print edition on B4
After 22 rounds of talks stretched over days of meetings, House and Senate negotiators failed Monday to sign off on a budget because of the proposed affiliation between the Kansas University Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital.
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C8
Students among wounded in bombing
Blast exacerbates sectarian tensions in northern city
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A7
Trucks carrying government flour rations usually present a welcome sight for residents of Iraqi cities outside the capital.
Action on deferred maintenance likely to be postponed
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A1
Deferred maintenance at Kansas Board of Regents universities likely will be deferred again.
Romney war chest largest of GOP
April 3, 2007 in print edition on A3
Mitt Romney blew away the top-ranked Republican presidential candidates in fundraising during the first three months of the year, reporting he had raised an astonishing $23 million. Rudy Giuliani and John McCain, favored in the polls, trailed far behind.
Driven to distribute
Pistora’s passing skills honed at home
April 3, 2007 in print edition on C6
Tonganoxie High senior Ali Pistora learned to set up teammates from an early age. When her family shot baskets in their driveway, her older brother, Zack, and father, Joe, insisted on hoisting the majority of the jumpers.