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Three hospitalized after accident
April 7, 2007
A two-vehicle accident south of 19th Street and Haskell sent three people to the hospital around 11:15 a.m. today.
Bonds’ critics claim plenty of ammunition
Giants slugger has offended many - from fans to teammates to media
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C5
Who knows which fan will catch the historic blast that crowns Barry Bonds as baseball’s all-time home-run king. But the teenager who caught the one tying Babe Ruth’s 714 had this to say: He hates Bonds.
Few illegal border crossers prosecuted
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
For all the tough talk out of Washington on immigration, illegal immigrants caught along the Mexican border have almost no reason to fear they will be prosecuted.
Lawrence Datebook
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
Judge allows Gay-Straight Alliance at high school
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
A gay student who, against a backdrop of taunts and condemnation, sued for the right to establish a Gay-Straight Alliance at her school received an early graduation gift Friday: A federal judge ruled the club can begin meeting on campus immediately.
Bush goes on the offensive
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B7
Just as a stopped clock is right twice a day, President Bush finally made some sense on Iraq this week. His forceful attack on the Democrats’ deadline for withdrawing our combat troops hit the bull’s-eye.
Baylor coach signs extension
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C2
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey signed a contract extension that was approved by the Baylor Board of Regents on Thursday, school officials said.
Conine connects for Reds
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C4
Jeff Conine hit a three-run homer and tripled on a frigid Friday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-1 victory that ended the Pittsburgh Pirates’ unbeaten streak.
Pitino taps son Richard to join Louisville staff
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C7
Rick Pitino didn’t look far to find his newest assistant. The Louisville basketball coach hired his 24-year-old son, Richard Pitino, a former assistant at Duquesne, on Friday.
Queers and Allies show’s a drag but doesn’t disappoint
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
“They call me Ms. Fahrenheit!” No one in the capacity crowd Friday at Kansas Union’s Woodruff Auditorium was going to argue.
Faith Forum: Was Jesus God, the son of God or both?
April 7, 2007 in print edition on D8
More than 2,000 years since Jesus walked on earth, he remains a central figure of controversy. Even atheists seem to respect who he was and what he seems to stand for. Often it is said that Jesus was a religious leader, a good teacher, a prophet or a moral and ethical leader.
Canvass confirms election results
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
The ballots from Tuesday’s Lawrence City Commission and school board elections are now official.
Sebelius veto could ease KUMC deal
Legislators approved budget with measure protecting KU Hospital
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
Some key lawmakers say a budget measure concerning Kansas University Medical Center’s negotiations to expand research partnerships is the height of legislative interference that could endanger efforts to improve health care in Kansas.
Bleakest climate report approved
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
As the world gets hotter by degrees, millions of poor people will suffer from hunger, thirst, floods and disease unless drastic action is taken, scientists and diplomats warned Friday in their bleakest report ever on global warming.
City, Wal-Mart make no move to settle
Lawsuit heads for trial April 16
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Oh yeah, it’s still on. There were no indications Friday that city and Wal-Mart leaders are looking to settle the lawsuit over a proposed Wal-Mart at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. Attorneys for both sides met Friday in court and exchanged a few sharp words as they prepared to go to trial April 16.
Masters unusually unsettled
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
The only survivors to par through two days at the Masters are hardly the players anyone expected to see. Equally mysterious is Augusta National.
Keegan: Huggins bashed unfairly
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
So let me get this straight: Bob Huggins leaves Kansas State after one year, and he’s a snake who slithered all the way to West Virginia, his alma mater. After all, Huggins told top recruit Michael Beasley he would be the coach at Kansas State, and now he won’t be.
Go overboard on cuteness
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
America has a problem that nobody wants to discuss. We’ve acknowledged our problems with obesity, smoking, drinking, red meat and other “sins.” We’re even taking a long, hard look at our addiction to oil.
Society calendar
April 7, 2007 in print edition on D5
Faith briefs
April 7, 2007 in print edition on D8
Sheehan plans to get ‘in his face’ again
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A5
Cindy Sheehan, who became the United States’ most visible protester of the Iraq war when she camped out near President Bush’s ranch in the summer of 2005, returned here Friday to, she said, get “in his face” again.
Three find way to go low
Tough conditions don’t bother Casey, Harrington, Kelly
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C6
All this moaning and groaning about how hard Augusta National is? How impossible conditions are? How it hasn’t played this tough in years?
Commentary: Don’t overstate Tiger’s responsibility
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C2
Half a score and half-a-billion dollars ago, our Tiger brought forth on this golf course a new game conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. So where are the black golfers?
Horoscopes
April 7, 2007 in print edition on D7
Even Bush friends express disappointment
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
To many Texans, the sharply conservative, partisan President Bush of the past six years has seemed a lot different from the bipartisan-minded “compassionate conservative” who governed Texas.
Gonzales aide who invoked Fifth quits
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
A top deputy to embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned abruptly Friday, two weeks after she said she’d invoke the Fifth Amendment rather than testify to congressional investigators who are probing the Bush administration’s firing and hiring of eight federal prosecutors.
KDHE secretary, wife file for bankruptcy
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B4
Rod Bremby, who oversees an annual budget of nearly $216 million as a state Cabinet secretary, filed this week for personal Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection along with his wife, physician April Bremby.
GTAs set to receive merit pay raises
Negotiations between union, KU resolved after two years
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s graduate teaching assistants stand to get a double-digit raise in light of a ruling this week that brought an end to stalled labor negotiations.
Wintry spell puts spring in deep freeze
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
Tom Le isn’t supposed to dress in a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans in April. The Kansas University freshman sat on a bench Friday afternoon in front of Snow Hall with the hood over his head and hands jammed in his pockets, waiting for a bus and lamenting the cold, blowing Lawrence air.
Power outage affects west Lawrence
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
As many as 1,000 Lawrence households on the west side of town were without power for more than an hour Friday.
Cold snap worries wheat growers
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
A wintry storm that left parts of Kansas coated by snow caused headaches in cities and the countryside alike, with wheat farmers worried about their crops and drivers skidding off roads or into other vehicles.
Psychiatrist accused of molesting boy patients
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
A child psychiatrist who once led the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was arrested amid allegations he molested male patients dating back to the 1960s.
On the record
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
Disney to allow gay couples to buy wedding packages
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
Same-sex weddings are coming out at Disneyland.
Arrest made in 1982 slaying of teen clerk
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
A man already serving a 30-year prison sentence for molesting a child has been charged in the shooting death of a teenage clerk during a convenience-store robbery nearly 25 years ago, authorities said Friday.
Pranksters glue doors shut at high school
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
Forget being glued to their seats: Kids at a suburban San Diego high school couldn’t even get through their classroom doors Friday.
Iran show works like a charm
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
Once again, the Iranians have prevailed in a hostage crisis. The smirking leader of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, fresh from his latest demonstration of “performance-art politics,” is no doubt preparing his next stunt for the world stage.
Boomers worry about homophobia in retirement
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
During the past three decades, Louis Hughes has demonstrated for gay rights in Annapolis, Md., and Washington, helped set up community and medical services for gays and lesbians and received awards for his efforts to prevent suicide in sexual-minority youths.
LMH officer reappointed to state commission
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B5
Kathy Clausing, vice president and chief development officer for Lawrence Memorial Hospital, has been reappointed to serve on the Kansas Volunteer Commission, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced Friday.
Inmate spared death in cellmate’s murder
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
A federal prison inmate convicted of killing a cellmate and using his entrails to taunt guards was spared execution Friday after a jury could not unanimously agree on the death penalty.
Curb appeal
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: When looking at a home, I, too, believe that if the house looks grotesque, then the house might scare away potential buyers (“Curb appeal,” J-W, Thursday). It also lowers the value of all the houses in that neighborhood. That said, no seller wants to lower his/her price on their house because someone else won’t spruce up their house.
Stricter school menus proposed
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
As part of a sweeping effort to help improve nutrition for schoolchildren and fight childhood obesity, the Agriculture Department is proposing for the first time to require schools to bring their cafeteria menus into compliance with the latest U.S. dietary guidelines.
Edwardsville fires city administrator
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Edwardsville City Council voted Friday morning to end City Administrator Doug Spangler’s contract, effective immediately.
Huggins happy to be home
Former Kansas State coach introduced at alma mater
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C7
Score one for West Virginia. Mountaineers basketball will look a lot different under new coach Bob Huggins, with faster-paced action, more slam dunks and - he hopes - a higher tally on the scoreboard.
No Child’ challenge
Listening to some people in the educational trenches is the first step in making needed changes to federal education policy.
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
It’s good to see that the city’s two representatives in the U.S. House are interested in improving the federal No Child Left Behind education mandate. During a visit Thursday to Lawrence, Reps. Dennis Moore and Nancy Boyda met with a group of parents, school board members, school administrators and teachers as part of a tour to gather information about the federal program and how it should be changed.
Kansas’ Self tickled by buddy’s new job
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C7
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self’s good buddy, Billy Gillispie, continued his rapid climb in the coaching profession Friday by being named head coach at Kentucky.
Skewed figures
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Indeed voter turnout is not the pride of Lawrence. But to say the leading candidate for City Commission received only 20.6 percent is misleading.
U.S. takes 2-0 Davis lead
Blake, Roddick score first-day victories
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C2
Andy Roddick and James Blake dominated Friday to give the United States a 2-0 lead over Spain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
Tonganoxie leader’s suspension ends after one day
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B4
Kathy Bard is back on the job. After spending Thursday suspended with pay, Bard resumed her duties Friday as assistant city administrator in Tonganoxie.
Sosa’s first RBI sparks Rangers
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C4
Sammy Sosa wasn’t even trying to swing the bat when he drove in his first run and gave the Texas Rangers their first lead of the season.
Florida aide Jones takes Marshall post
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C7
Donnie Jones has left Billy Donovan’s Florida basketball staff to take over Marshall’s program.
Giuliani’s mob humor bothers some
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
Rudolph Giuliani launched into a California campaign speech recently with an opening line the crowd surely didn’t expect - his husky-voiced impersonation of Don Corleone in “The Godfather.”
Unemployment matches 5-year low as jobs surge
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B5
If you were looking for a job as a teacher last month, you were in luck. Same goes for health workers, retail clerks and building contractors.
NFL briefs
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C2
¢ Williams seeks reinstatement ¢ Player council named ¢ Carr, Panthers agree
Military changes how fallen soldiers’ bodies come home
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A5
In an about-face by the U.S. government four years into the war in Iraq, America’s fallen troops are being brought back to their families aboard charter jets instead of ordinary commercial flights, and the caskets are being met by honor guards in white gloves instead of baggage handlers with forklifts.
Allen Press leader to speak at seminar
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B5
Robert Fox, vice president of sales and marketing at Allen Press Inc., Lawrence, will be a featured speaker at the Book Publishing Strategies for Associations and Societies seminar, a one-day workshop Tuesday in Bethesda, Md.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C3
As it turns out, shuffling the offensive line is something Kansas University’s football coaches wanted to do long ago.
Commentary: Mickelson hasn’t been pretty, but at least he’s still around
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C6
His first shot rattled around trees and came to rest amid the pine needles and wildflowers. That was bad enough. But Phil Mickelson then made the decision that makes him Phil Mickelson.
Insanity defense appears likely to delay trial in stolen fetus case
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B8
The trial of a Kansas woman accused of strangling an expectant mother and stealing her fetus probably will be delayed past its scheduled April 30 opening, lawyers on both sides of the case said Thursday.
Final strike eludes Indians; snow postpones game
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C4
Swirling snow, lengthy delays, a near no-hitter, a tireless grounds crew and baseball fans bundled up for a football game.
Two men arrested for armed robbery
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence police arrested two men for an armed robbery March 31 at a convenience store.
U.S. citizen loses appeal on sentence given in Iraq
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
A federal appeals court in Washington ruled Friday that U.S. courts do not have jurisdiction to intervene in the case of a U.S. citizen who was convicted of kidnapping and sentenced to death in an Iraqi criminal court, deciding that prior case law prevents the judges from hearing a petition challenging his detention.
Divers search for two after cruise ship sinks
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A9
Navy divers searched the sunken wreckage of a cruise ship Friday for the bodies of a Frenchman and his daughter who disappeared after the vessel foundered on a volcanic reef - the only two people missing despite what passengers described as a chaotic evacuation in the Aegean Sea.
KJHK wins broadcasting awards
April 7, 2007 in print edition on D8
KJHK Radio, a student-run station serving Kansas University, was presented with five awards at the annual Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards ceremony Monday in Wichita.
UK lures Gillispie from A&M
New Wildcats leader embraces pressure that comes with Kentucky’s tradition
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
Billy Gillispie peeked at the seven national championship banners and didn’t flinch. He welcomes the pressure of coaching at college basketball’s winningest school.
Chlorine bomb kills 27 in Ramadi
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
A suspected al-Qaida in Iraq suicide bomber smashed a truck loaded with TNT and toxic chlorine gas into a police checkpoint Friday in Ramadi, killing at least 27 people - the ninth such attack since the group’s first known use of a chemical weapon in January.
Texas awaits KU softball
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C3
A turnaround against Texas would be just the ticket for Kansas University’s softball team.
Confronted peeping tom flees, leaves ladder
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A4
A peeping tom seen peering into a second-floor window of a man’s apartment fled before the could catch him, but he left a key piece of evidence behind - his ladder.
Kansas State promotes aide Martin
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas State moved quickly to replace Bob Huggins as men’s basketball coach, promoting assistant Frank Martin to the top job Friday.
Gingrich seeks presidential candidate with solutions
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
Newt Gingrich wants somebody running for president - maybe himself - to embrace his solutions to the nation’s problems.
Air Force search to be ‘wide-open’
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C7
Unlike so many of his contemporaries across the Mountain West who hired new basketball coaches over the past month, Air Force athletic director Hans Meuh is looking for somebody to sustain a successful program, not rebuild a tattered one.
Mom could get prison for scalding infant
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
A 22-year-old southeast Kansas mother pleaded no contest to felony child abuse Thursday for dunking her infant son in burning hot water, Sedgwick County prosecutors said.
More mocking videos posted on YouTube
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A9
Two more videos mocking Thailand’s revered king have appeared on YouTube, leading to a pledge from the government Friday to keep its block on the popular video-sharing Web site.
Mob mentality
Spontaneous flash mobs designed to render onlookers dumbfounded, serve as antidote to organizers’ boredom
April 7, 2007 in print edition on D1
Were you walking on the Kansas University campus around noon Feb. 16 when you heard the unmistakable sound of laughter ringing everywhere around you? Were you driving down Massachusetts Street near South Park March 29 when a group of people ran out into the street and hugged?
New Islamic Center director has lofty goals
April 7, 2007 in print edition on D1
Najabat Abbasi has big goals for his tenure as director of the Islamic Society of Lawrence.
LHS announces documentary screening
April 7, 2007 in print edition on D8
Lawrence High School’s film and media department will present “No Child Left Unrecruited: A Documentary,” at 7 p.m. April 24 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
China probing tainted pet food claim
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A9
China said Friday it is investigating allegations that a Chinese company exported tainted wheat gluten used in pet food that has been linked to the deaths of more than a dozen cats and dogs in the United States.
4-H and FCE news
April 7, 2007 in print edition on D5
The India Family and Community Education unit will meet at 1:15 p.m. Thursday at the home of Faye Young. Regina Shaver will give the lesson on men’s health.
Here’s how to Play it safe with easter eggs
April 7, 2007 in print edition on D1
Hard-cooked eggs in the shell once were considered so safe and bacteria-free that kids stored them in their Easter baskets and moms displayed them in a nest of plastic grass on the dining room buffet.
Horns blown away
Jayhawks breeze past seventh-ranked UT
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
The wind was blowing out of Hoglund Ballpark so hard, it was inviting an offensive surge. But Kansas University’s baseball team first had to figure out Texas starter Adrian Alaniz, one of the country’s best throwers.
Proposed power plant near Holcomb delayed
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B5
One of the three coal-fired power plants scheduled to be built in Finney County has been put on hold.
Professor accused of fraud, claims amnesia
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A5
An economics professor known for his flamboyant suits and million-dollar pen collection claimed amnesia after federal investigators discovered about $134 million missing from several investment funds he managed, according to court documents.
People in the news
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Beckinsale says she can’t be Hollywood’s ideal look ¢ Ray serves up prom at school destroyed by tornado ¢ Spelling says reconciliation with mother was mutual ¢ Stewart at spaceport to watch billionaire pal blast off
Freed Britons say Iranians coerced false statements
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A9
British sailors and marines freed by Iran said Friday they were blindfolded, isolated in cold stone cells and tricked into fearing execution while being coerced into falsely saying they had entered Iranian waters.
Ex-Rwandan president pardoned, freed from jail
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A9
Rwanda’s first post-genocide leader walked free from prison Friday after a surprise presidential pardon of his convictions that included inciting ethnic tension.
Antigone’ cast makes show relevant for today’s audiences
April 7, 2007 in print edition on D8
The tagline for the Kansas University English Alternative Theatre’s production of “Antigone” is “now more than ever,” and it’s an apt description of Sophocles’ immortal tragedy.
13,000 Guard troops to be notified of 2008 tours
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
About 13,000 National Guard troops are expected to be notified soon they could be sent to Iraq around the first of next year, military officials say. The alert is expected to affect Oklahoma, Indiana and Arkansas.
Christians mark Good Friday
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A9
Some in agony, others in ecstasy, Christians around the world marked Good Friday with prayer, processions and pleas for peace.
Cold forces prep postponements
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C3
Cold weather has forced postponement of several city high school sports events.
Domestic registry gets nod from AG
New commission will consider issue
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Constitution is not standing in the way of Lawrence becoming the first city in the state to create a domestic partnership registry that would provide some legal recognition to gay couples.
Simons: Medical Center dealings likely to inflict lasting damage on KU
April 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Kansas University Hospital, KU School of Medicine and St. Luke’s Hospital mess continues to simmer, and as the matter is debated, more disappointing and unfortunate details seem to emerge - none good for KU. It’s like pulling a loose thread and ending up unraveling and damaging what once was an attractive garment.
Pena triples again; Royals down Detroit
April 7, 2007 in print edition on C3
Tony Pena Jr. is still learning how to bunt. If he keeps hitting like this, it won’t matter.
Playboy to pay tribute to Smith 3 times
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
Take Hugh Hefner out of the running. “I can make clear at this time,” he says, “that I am not the father of the child.”
Around and about
April 7, 2007 in print edition on D5
The family of Peggy Bartlett will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at the Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th St.
Scouting news
April 7, 2007 in print edition on D5
Boy Scout Troop 52, chartered to First United Methodist Church, conducted its annual Spring Court of Honor on March 27. Alek Joyce, senior patrol leader, led the Court of Honor along with Chris Golledge, scoutmaster, and Glen Sharp, troop committee chairman.
Club news
April 7, 2007 in print edition on D5
The Kansas Authors Club, District 2, will announce winners of its writing contest during a meeting at 9:30 a.m. April 14 at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. The group also will meet at 9:30 a.m. May 12 at the Blue Valley Library, 9000 W. 151st St., Overland Park.
S.D. poised to be last ‘08 primary
April 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
Like rival siblings fighting for the biggest piece of cake, states are elbowing past each other to grab the first spots on the 2008 presidential nominating calendar. Not South Dakota.