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The Lawrence Douglas County Health Department continues to make community a healthier place
April 5, 2007
From Typhoid and Smallpox to the Mumps and Crypto - the Lawrence Douglas County Health Department has, in some form, made our community a healthier place since 1885.
Huggins bolts K-State for West Virginia
April 5, 2007
One and done! That is the legacy Bob Huggins will leave behind at Kansas State University as the basketball head coach. Huggins accepted a deal with West Virginia to coach their basketball program.
Eudora baseball team shuts out Spring Hill
April 5, 2007
On a cold day for baseball, the Eudora Cardinals had no problem handling the Spring Hill Broncos, shutting them out 9-0. Also a quick look at some other local baseball teams in action Thursday night.
Smoke fills Community Drop-in Center in Downtown Lawrence
April 5, 2007
A small fire started outside the center shortly after eight Thursday evening. Fire screws say a vent in the basement sucked the smoked inside the building.
Expert advice to help plant owners battle the cold weather!
April 5, 2007
The recent cold temperatures have some Lawrence residents scrambling to save the plants they love so much!
Nancy Boyda and Dennis Moore ‘on tour’ investigating ‘No Child Left Behind’
April 5, 2007
While the rest of congress is on their own version of Spring Break, US representatives Nancy Boyda and Dennis Moore are on a ‘tour’ to find out what all of us think about a particular piece of legislation called ‘No Child Left Behind.’
Outgoing Tonganoxie Mayor suspends city staff member
April 5, 2007
In a special meeting called late this afternoon, the city council went in and out of an executive, closed-door session over the course of two hours to discuss personnel. The mayor suspended Kathy Bard with pay, but without an explanation.
Geography played role in City Commission Election results
April 5, 2007
The numbers show that eight of the ten precincts with the highest turnout were West of Iowa St., which helped fuel victories by political newcomers Mike Dever and Rob Chestnut.
KU baseball squad falls to Texas
April 5, 2007
On a particularly chilly day at Hoglund Ballpark, the Jayhawk baseball squad fell to Big 12 foe Texas, losing 11-6.
Parkinson stops at Kansas River to see hydro-electric plant in action
April 5, 2007
Mark Parkinson joined officials from ‘Bowersock Mills and Power Company’ on Thursday for a tour of the company’s 102-year-old plant.
Plymouth tower won’t stay down for long
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Work will begin as soon as Monday to rebuild the brick tower that collapsed in dramatic fashion Wednesday atop Lawrence’s oldest church.
Cleanup at Plymouth Congregational Church begins after tower collapse
April 5, 2007
Cleanup began at Plymouth Congregational Church, where yesterday, fire crews performed a dramatic rescue - and tore down a historic brick tower. Emergency crews rescued a construction worker stranded atop a crane outside the church late yesterday afternoon.
Moore, Boyda discuss No Child Left Behind
April 5, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, U.S. Representatives Dennis Moore and Nancy Boyda were in Lawrence today to listen to concerns about No Child Left Behind, and more about the collapsed spire at Plymouth Congregational Church.
K-State coach Huggins going to West Virginia
April 5, 2007
Basketball coach Bob Huggins told Kansas State officials that he is leaving the school for his alma mater, West Virginia, GoPowercat.com is reporting. More details to come.
Behind the wheels
Lawrence members of the KC Roller Warriors gear up for a new season of roller derby
April 5, 2007
Hannah Hurst is busy pushing a stroller occupied by her 2-year-old daughter. But come Saturday, the stay-at-home mom will be maneuvering a different set of wheels.
Cleanup work continues at Lawrence church
April 5, 2007
Crews today are continuing to clean up debris after a spire from Plymouth Congregational Church was demolished late Wednesday
British captives fly out of Iran
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defused a growing confrontation with Britain, announcing the surprise release of 15 captive British sailors Wednesday and then gleefully accepting the crew’s thanks and handshakes in what he called an Easter gift.
Kansas still in slump
Homestand gets worse
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
So much for home cooking. Six days ago, Kansas University’s softball team roared into a five-game homestand after winning eight of its previous nine games, all on the road.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Jayhawks practiced for about 21â2 hours Wednesday in front of a small gathering of fans and media.
Risky cuts?
Kansas legislators passed some significant tax cuts but also left some big needs unaddressed.
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
It may be only coincidence that temperatures have dropped back into the freezer just as Kansas legislators left Topeka for their spring break. Or it could be that these icy mornings are a reminder of the chilling effect some of the tax-cutting measures approved this session could have on the state in the years ahead.
Horoscopes
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, April 5
Cold’s return poses danger of frozen flora
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
What a difference a couple of days can make. On Monday, Lawrence residents were donning T-shirts and sandals and enjoying spring’s colorful bliss. Then a cold front hits and - wham! - it’s back to wearing coats and covering up flowers and vegetable gardens.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C6
University of California guard and ex-Jayhawk Omar Wilkes has decided not to return to the Pac-10 school for his senior season, Golden Bears coach Ben Braun said Wednesday.
Tough times
Cup season has been a struggle for Michael Waltrip and Toyota
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C8
There is no delusion for Michael Waltrip. He knows how bad things have been for him and his race team so far in this Nextel Cup season.
Haste still makes waste
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
This begins with the sound of one shoe dropping. A few weeks ago, a Supreme Court reporter noticed that Justice Ruth Ginsburg took an unusually long time getting on her feet after a hearing. Blogging away on “Legalities,” ABC’s Jan Crawford Greenburg breezily wrote that it “made me think I’d better start pulling those possible retirement files together.”
Keegan: Size Sharp’s one issue
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Question a talented athlete who has been called undersized about whether he can do something, and he’ll tell you he can do it, and he’ll tell you with interest.
Hostage takers release 2 captives
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A4
Kidnappers on Wednesday released two foreign oil workers abducted in Nigeria’s restive southern oil region.
People in the news
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Keith Richards denies snorting his father’s ashes ¢ One doctor prescribed all 11 drugs for Smith ¢ ‘Christmas Story’ director killed in head-on crash
Man convicted of his 2nd recent battery
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
A 47-year-old man received his second conviction in as many months Wednesday when a Douglas County jury found him guilty of battery.
Disease fears emerge among tsunami survivors
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Diarrhea has broken out among children huddled in camps of tsunami survivors in the Solomon Islands, a Red Cross official said Wednesday - the first worrying sign that thousands of people who lost their homes in the waves may be at risk of disease.
Wichita mayor ousted
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B4
Wichita Mayor Carlos Mayans lost a bitterly fought bid for a second term Tuesday, while voters elsewhere approved a sales tax to build a new jail in Ford County and backed a $60 million school bond issue in Maize.
KU baseball trounces Wesleyan
Underclassmen seize chance to shine in ‘freshmen game’ at Hoglund
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Facing the less talented NAIA school Kansas Wesleyan, the Kansas University baseball team used Wednesday’s game for player development.
Spring’s colorful weeds are beautiful to view but difficult to control
April 5, 2007 in print edition on D2
Purple, pink, yellow, and white … this is not a reference to the lilac, crabapple, forsythia or ornamental pear tree blossoms. Rather, it is a description of the color display seen right now in yards, gardens and flower beds.
Ancient play seems new again
April 5, 2007 in print edition on D1
All throughout rehearsals, the cast members of English Alternative Theatre’s production of “Antigone” have found themselves asking whether the classical Greek play they’re performing was actually written within the past week.
Kassebaum Baker: Cooperation needed among nations
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
From Afghanistan to the Democratic Republic of Congo, former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker called on similar collaboration efforts to those under the Marshall Plan in post-World War II Europe.
Speaker criticizes regents on KUMC
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A4
The proposed affiliation between Kansas University Medical Center and Missouri-based St. Luke’s Hospital continued to dominate legislative discussions Wednesday.
Another Free State on tap
Brewery considers expansion, likely into K.C. area
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
Free State Brewing Co. is looking to expand. The brewpub - the first legal brewery in Kansas since Prohibition - aims to be the state’s first microbrewery with multiple locations, now that the Kansas Legislature this week approved a change in alcohol laws that would make such an expansion a possibility.
Seabury soccer team tumbles, 9-3, in opener
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
Seabury Academy couldn’t overcome a six-goal halftime deficit in a season-opening 9-3 high school girls soccer loss Wednesday to Kansas City Lutheran.
Free State softball sweeps SM East
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Free State High softball team pelted Shawnee Mission East, 9-1 and 6-0, Wednesday.
Testing simplified for special ed students
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Bush administration is letting more children with disabilities take simplified tests under the No Child Left Behind act.
American-born Taliban appeals prison term
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
The lawyer and parents of American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh asked President Bush on Wednesday to commute his 20-year prison term, citing the case of an Australian man who was sentenced to less than a year for aiding terrorism.
Lawrence Datebook
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
April 5, 2007
Pelosi meets Syrian despite Bush objections
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi challenged the White House on Middle East policy Wednesday, meeting with Syria’s leader and insisting “the road to Damascus is a road to peace.”
Brownback acknowledges slow start
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A4
Sen. Sam Brownback said Wednesday he is “a tortoise” in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, starting out slowly and slowly moving up in the polls.
Thousands protest order calling elections
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Thousands of supporters of Ukraine’s Russian-leaning prime minister marched Wednesday to the office of the pro-Western president, protesting a presidential order to hold early elections.
FSHS baseball Saturday
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
Free State High’s baseball game against Olathe Northwest that was postponed Tuesday has been rescheduled for Saturday at the FSHS field. Game time will be either 11 a.m. or noon.
Lions blast Leavenworth
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High pounded 37 hits, Daniel Green pitched a three-inning no-hitter, and Clint Pinnick had a huge game at the plate Wednesday in a baseball doubleheader sweep of Leavenworth.
Asia’s richest woman, Nina Wang, dies at 69
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Nina Wang, a pigtailed Hong Kong businesswoman who turned her slain husband’s fortune into a real-estate empire that made her one of the world’s richest women, has died. She was 69.
Bush does a flip-flop on anti-Kerry nominee
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
First, President Bush nominated Sam Fox, a St. Louis businessman and major Republican fundraiser, to be ambassador to Belgium. Then he withdrew the nomination when he saw it would fail in the Senate. And now he has appointed him while Congress is out of town and can’t stop Fox from getting the job.
McElhaney says he won’t run again
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
There will be no third term in office for Douglas County Commissioner Jere McElhaney.
Urban coyote released outside Chicago
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Shoes and shirt are not required in this lunchtime grazing spot. The coyote that walked into a downtown Chicago sandwich shop Tuesday afternoon was released Wednesday on 9 acres of private property, where rabbits and mice - not submarine sandwiches and chips - will be his daily fare.
Harley-Davidson to celebrate opening
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
Riverfront Harley-Davidson will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the motorcycle dealership, 608 N. Second St. in North Lawrence.
U.S. must support one last effort in Iraq
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
Iraq is being ripped apart by a low-grade civil war compounded by a dysfunctional, Shiite-dominated government. As many as 3,000 Iraqis are being killed or kidnapped a month, and American forces have suffered more than 27,000 killed and wounded.
The Right Start’ set for next week
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
Kansas University’s Small Business Development Center will present another edition of “The Right Start,” a seminar for startups, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 12 at the center, 734 Vt., suite 104.
Machines don’t aid mammogram readings
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
A good mammogram reader may do just as well at spotting cancers without expensive new computer systems often used for a second opinion, a new study suggests. Computerized mammography, now used for about a third of the nation’s mammograms, too often finds harmless spots that lead to false scares, researchers found.
Police investigating rash of car burglaries
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
The last two days have been full of frustration and stress for Mike and Gwen Clancy. Their 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe was stolen early Tuesday morning from their driveway in the 1000 block of Stonecreek Drive and found by police later that afternoon southeast of Topeka.
Abortion rise
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The Journal-World reported last week that the number of abortions performed in Kansas in 2006 increased by 6.5 percent from the previous year, the first increase in six years. Gov. Sebelius, borrowing a line from her hero, Mr. Clinton, promised to make abortion “safe, legal and rare.”
Bonds connects for 735
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C4
Barry Bonds took a seat in the dugout after his first home run trot of 2007 and hardly looked winded. His legs feel great, he’s completely healthy - and ready to chase Hammerin’ Hank.
Commodities
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
Teacher lauded
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: As a Sunflower Elementary parent, I would like to thank the teachers at Sunflower for their unshakable dedication to our school.
MTV offers comedy block
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
MTV joins the Thursday-night comedy fray with several new series. “Human Giant” (9:30 p.m., MTV) has the most potential. “Giant” presents brief, absurd sketches in a short-film format.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 5, 1907: “A committee of 25 has been named to revive the Douglas County Fair here this September and early indications are that some notable plans are being considered.
Ex-Jayhawk Lee joins Cagerz
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Former Kansas University guard Michael Lee will play for the Kansas Cagerz of the United States Basketball League this spring in Salina.
Associate dean finalist for job at Nebraska
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Barbara Romzek, associate dean of Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is a finalist to be dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, that university’s news service announced this week.
Dice-K mania hits K.C.
Ballyhooed rookie to make debut today
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C5
Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima only made it a couple of steps out of the visitor’s clubhouse before the throng of Japanese media descended upon him. Reporters shouted questions, camera crews captured every move.
Dog, owners reunited after 4 years
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B8
A Boston terrier named Mickey who disappeared four years ago from his suburban Kansas City backyard was reunited with his owners this week thanks to a microchip and an animal shelter 1,100 miles away in Montana.
First trans-Atlantic stock exchange opens
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
NYSE Euronext shares slipped in their first day of trading Wednesday following the completion of the $14 billion deal that created the first trans-Atlantic stock exchange. Executives were already talking about making the company even bigger.
Royals roughed up, 7-1
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C5
When Gold Glove third baseman Mike Lowell committed errors on consecutive ground balls, Josh Beckett figured it was time for payback.
Obama raises $25M, rivals Clinton
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
With a stunning $25 million fundraising haul for his presidential campaign, Democrat Barack Obama affirmed his status Wednesday as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief rival.
Church needs more repairs after tower’s collapse, rooftop rescue
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
Fire crews used a ladder to rescue a worker from a tower atop Lawrence’s oldest church Wednesday evening after the tower started to collapse during a remodeling project.
Treanor Architects hires info officer
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
Treanor Architects, Lawrence, has hired Eric Hiebert to serve as chief information officer.
Package of health care initiatives emerges
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B4
Modest health care initiatives, including new programs to help poor Kansans buy insurance and to encourage small businesses to offer coverage to their workers, have been bundled into a package legislators expect to consider later this month.
Griffey will wear No. 42
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C4
Ken Griffey Jr. plans to wear No. 42 on April 15, honoring the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
John Hadl, offensive coordinator for Kansas University’s football team, announced he would accept a similar position with the professional Los Angeles Rams for whom he had once quarterbacked.
Baseball strikes deal to keep games on cable
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C4
After negotiations that went into extra innings, baseball struck a deal to keep its “Extra Innings” package of out-of-market games on cable television.
Bzdelik takes over at Colorado
Ex-Air Force coach’s five-year deal worth $750,000 annually
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C2
Coach Jeff Bzdelik became the new coach at Colorado on Wednesday, leaving the top job at Air Force and signing a five-year deal with the Buffaloes.
FSHS tennis solves SM South
Firebirds avenge three close losses
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Blaine Kaehr and Alex Brainard disagreed on two separate out calls Wednesday during the middle of their No. 3 singles tennis match.
Dumping Electoral College a dubious idea
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
When it comes to persistence in pursuit of a political goal, no one can beat Birch Bayh. It has been almost 40 years since the former Democratic senator from Indiana became the prime sponsor of a constitutional amendment for direct popular election of the president.
County fireworks dealers get another day to sell
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Fireworks dealers in Douglas County will have one more day to sell their product this summer.
Tests on Joan of Arc bone show relic a fake
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
A rib bone supposedly found at the site where French heroine Joan of Arc was burned at the stake is actually that of an Egyptian mummy, according to researchers who used high-tech science to expose the fake.
Big lead just enough for Tigers
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C4
After getting their AL championship rings, the Detroit Tigers played like winners for seven innings and then hung on.
On the record
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Census: Without immigration, many cities would shrink
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Without immigrants pouring into the nation’s big metro areas, places such as New York, Los Angeles and Boston would be shrinking as native-born Americans move farther out.
Man says cards were stolen from apartment
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
A former City Commission candidate says someone stole thousands of dollars worth of “Magic: The Gathering” fantasy role-playing cards from his home during the weekend.
Debate team has own Elite Eight finish
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B3
A Kansas University debate team fared about as well as the KU men’s basketball team this year in its own national competition.
Legislators approve $32 million in tax cuts
April 5, 2007
Legislators kept pre-session promises to lower taxes on businesses and residents, sending Gov. Kathleen Sebelius a package of cuts saving them nearly $32 million the first year they’re in effect.
Potential vs. potential
KU’s second-year QBs both have shown promise
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University football coach Mark Mangino insists that he has no choice to make when it comes to a starting quarterback.
Townships like how rural roads are maintained
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Township trustees and board members like the way they maintain their rural roads just fine, thank you.
Curb appeal
During busiest month for home sales, nature’s colorful show can turn ho-hum property into neighborhood jewel
April 5, 2007 in print edition on D1
Have you noticed that spring seems to be the time that an onslaught of homes come on the market? “For sale” signs have been rivaling political signs as yard art in recent weeks.
Our town sports
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C7
Ex-FEMA director: Nation still isn’t prepared for major disaster
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
Michael Brown, the much-maligned ex-FEMA director who resigned after the Hurricane Katrina disaster, didn’t pull many punches at the Dole Institute on Wednesday night.
Neufeld: City benefits from KU and should pay for repairs
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
House Speaker Melvin Neufeld said Wednesday that because Lawrence benefits from having Kansas University, it should help pay for it with higher taxes.
Gunmen abduct Shiite shepherds, steal sheep
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
Heavily armed gunmen on Wednesday abducted 22 Shiite shepherds who were tending thousands of sheep and had wandered into a dangerous Sunni area west of Baghdad, while six power plant workers were gunned down in northern Iraq.
Army: Friendly fire may have killed 2
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
A week after acknowledging a litany of errors in the friendly fire death of former NFL star Pat Tillman, the Army said Wednesday two soldiers who died in Iraq in February may also have been killed by their own comrades.
Huggins situation has K-State nervous
Wildcats’ first-year coach at top of list to fill West Virginia vacancy
April 5, 2007 in print edition on C2
The most nervous sports fans on the face of the earth are located in Manhattan. The source of their anxiety? West Virginia University, alma mater of Kansas State’s popular first-year basketball coach Bob Huggins, has a vacancy and has Huggins at the top of its wish list.
Mug shots have arresting appeal
Weekly newspaper offers lineup of booking photos
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
America loves a good mug shot. The more frizzed, frazzled and frantic, the better.
School board candidate area’s top vote-getter
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B3
Maybe Bob Dole’s political career rubbed off on Scott Morgan. Morgan was the top vote-winner in Tuesday’s election for the Lawrence school board with 7,865 votes. That total, however, also made him the top vote-winner of any candidate in Douglas County this election season.
Pump patrol
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Fresh faces looking to boost economy
April 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
It’s time for a meeting of the minds. Mike Dever, the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s City Commission election, said city commissioners, Douglas County commissioners and leaders with the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce need to meet soon to discuss ways to boost economic development.
If you work at home, deductions can help
April 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
If you haven’t filed your taxes already, make sure you’re taking every deduction to which you’re entitled. If you use part of your home for work, the National Association for the Self-Employed says you shouldn’t, among other things, forget to take home office deductions if you qualify.