Archive for Sunday, April 8, 2007

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Search for perfect pair of shoes a challenge
April 8, 2007
The search for the perfect pair of shoes gets more complicated as we age.
Jayhawks’ rowing regains Kansas Cup
April 8, 2007
The Jayhawks rowing team regained the Kansas Cup yesterday by beating K-State 12-10.
More Americans putting off move to nursing homes
April 8, 2007
More seniors in Douglas County and the country are waiting longer before heading to nursing homes.
Area kids participate in local egg hunts
April 8, 2007
Area children hopped into the Easter spirit this weekend at several area egg hunts.
KU powwow draws hundreds to event
April 8, 2007
The pounding sounds of drums and chants filled the air over the weekend at the 19th annual KU powwow.
KU forward could make jump to NBA
April 8, 2007
After two seasons in Lawrence, KU forward Julian Wright may be ready to test the waters of the NBA draft.
Farmers question disappearance of baby goats
April 8, 2007
They’re just as curious as the animals they raise and now 25 baby goats raised by two local farmers have disappeared.
Longhorns steal close home game from ‘Hawks
April 8, 2007
Yesterday the Kansas baseball team tried to take two of three from the 6th ranked Texas Longhorns out at Hoglund Ballpark, but the ‘Hawks’ effort ended up just short as the ‘Horns hooked the ‘Hawks 6-5.
AIDS Walk huge success despite cold weather
April 8, 2007
Hats and gloves were essential yesterday as locals took part in the AIDS walk and 5K run.
Gay rights supporters celebrate homosexual pride
April 8, 2007
Gay rights supporters rallied in Lawrence yesterday to continue a week-long celebration.
Self, Wright to hold 4 p.m. press conference
April 8, 2007
Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self and sophomore Julian Wright will hold a 4 p.m. press conference today in Hadl Auditorium to address Wright’s future. It is believed at that time that Wright, who was KU’s third-leading scorer and leading rebounder this season on its way to the Elite Eight, will declare himself eligible for June’s NBA Draft.
Harsh winter may explain lack of wildlife sightings in spring
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B8
From rancher Gene Bertrand’s vantage point in far western Kansas, it seems likely there will be fewer deer and antelope on the landscape in the months ahead than in a normal year.
Scientists, diplomats hash out climate report
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A8
Two different groups, data-driven scientists and nuanced offend-no-one diplomats, collided and then converged last week. At stake: a report on the future of the planet and the changes it faces with global warming.
Group readies for Easter with week of prayer
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A5
Katie Laird, a paraeducator in the Lawrence public schools, has cut back on sleep for the last week.
Experts say Bush exaggerates threat
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A11
It’s become President Bush’s mantra, his main explanation for why he won’t withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq anytime soon.
Egypt to host meeting on Iraq
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A11
Egypt will play host to a high-level international conference in May to discuss ways to stabilize Iraq and prevent the spread of sectarian violence to its neighbors, Iraq’s foreign minister said Saturday.
People in the news
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Jackie Chan launches TV show to find new action stars ¢ Will Ferrell’s new comedy begins shooting this month ¢ Conroy says new novel will mark return to dysfunction ¢ Audience expecting to see family film shown horror flick ¢ Former ‘Days of Our Lives’ actor Edward Mallory dies
Rocket with U.S. billionaire onboard blasts off
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A2
A Russian rocket carrying the American billionaire who helped develop Microsoft Word roared Saturday into the night skies over Kazakhstan, sending Charles Simonyi and two cosmonauts soaring into orbit on a two-day journey to the international space station.
Welcome response
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I am writing to thank Karrey Britt, Journal-World assistant city editor, for her March 15 news story about the Lawrence Humane Society’s fundraising efforts to pay for a 5,000-square-foot addition and major repairs at our facility, 1805 E. 19th St.
April 8, 2007 in print edition on D6
For Sunday, April 8, 2007:
Furniture with multiple uses prove more collectible
April 8, 2007 in print edition on D5
Special types of furniture are made for special needs. The telephone table - a small table with an attached chair - was made for people who wanted a comfortable spot to talk on the phone.
HBO’s ‘Sopranos’ may end run with ultimate hit
April 8, 2007 in print edition on D4
If any television character has a bullet, or meat cleaver, with his name on it, it’s Tony Soprano. As HBO’s “The Sopranos” counts down its final nine episodes beginning today, the existential question hanging over the series is: Should Tony live or die? Given the show’s bleak themes, anything less than killing him could be construed as a miscarriage of justice - and a dramatic sellout.
After hunt, hard-cooked eggs can fill another need
April 8, 2007 in print edition on D2
Easter Monday, the lunch-box books run a million to one in favor of egg salad on white. We don’t suggest messing with fate and packing something else after Easter Sunday’s festivities.
Powwow draws tribal traditions
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence can be described as unique in several different ways; one way is how many American Indians are represented in town. About 150 tribes from 38 states live in Lawrence, thanks largely to Haskell Indian Nations University.
Aging amid the familiar
New options help seniors stay home
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A1
It’s noon on Thursday and Margaret Marvin’s friend has just dropped off a load of groceries. Potatoes, gingerbread cookies, milk and eggs rest in plastic bags on the dining room table. Using a walker, Marvin shuffles 15 feet between her dining room and the kitchen, carrying one item at a time. She shrugs off help.
Sheffield settles in; K.C. tumbles
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C1
Gary Sheffield still is trying to get comfortable with his new team and new role. Sheffield, who signed a three-year, $41 million contract with Detroit, hit his first home run for his new team as the Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals, 6-5, on a cold Saturday afternoon. Ivan Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson also homered for the Tigers.
AIDS project fundraiser sees most runners, walkers ever
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
About 300 people pounded the pavement in below-average temperatures Saturday to raise money to help fight AIDS. The annual AIDS Walk fundraiser benefits the Douglas County AIDS Project.
Appleby leads, but Tiger closing in
No one under par in blustery Augusta
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C1
Tiger Woods getting into the final group at the Masters made it feel like a typical Saturday at Augusta National. Nothing else did.
Booming Web sites focus on recruiting coverage
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C8
On Feb. 7, when most high school football stars signed a Division I national letter of intent, more than 70 million people logged onto
Temperature only low number at Masters
Players, spectators not used to such chilly conditions at Augusta National
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C7
Break out the Day-Glo golf balls, hand-warmers and the winter rules.
U.S. banks on Bryan brothers
Doubles team sends Americans into Davis Cup semis
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C2
The United States made it to the Davis Cup semifinals, sweating out a tough victory by the top-ranked doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan.
Lord’s Prayer unites diverse Christians
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A5
On Easter Sunday, when 2 billion Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, many are reading, reciting and singing the Lord’s Prayer in hundreds of languages in houses of worship both modest and grand.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
St. John’s Catholic Church planned a $200,000 building campaign for expansion of its parochial school facilities here.
LHS swimmers finish 11th at Olathe Invite
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Lawrence High girls swimming team took 11th at the Olathe Invitational on Saturday.
Captain charged with negligence after Greek cruise ship sinking
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A10
The captain of a cruise ship that sank off an Aegean Sea island, sending more than 1,500 passengers and crew onto rescue boats, was charged Saturday with causing a shipwreck through negligence.
On the record
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B2
Sugar-loving kids wanted for brief, nostalgic re-creation of Easters past
April 8, 2007 in print edition on D1
I’d like to rent a couple of little kids, just for the day. I want to borrow them long enough to dress them up in their Sunday best and have an Easter egg hunt. I’ll return them to their rightful owners immediately after brunch, I swear.
Douglas Lake taking shape
Popular fishing spot’s reopening slated for 2009
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C12
Repairs are complete on the dam at Douglas State Fishing Lake, but don’t plan to wet a line anytime soon.
Senate stalls first 100 days’ progress touted by House
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
As congressional Democrats prepare to celebrate their first 100 days in the majority, they boast that they have worked more hours, passed more bills and held more oversight hearings than Republicans did when they were in charge.
Champions of growth, preservation should work together
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B7
Let me say at the outset that I am adamantly opposed to growth. Growth means change and in my view, all change is for the worse. I’d rather have everything stay the same - or, better still, revert to the idyllic, prehistoric past (accompanied by modern amenities such as air-conditioning, hot tubs, 500 channels, etc., of course.) Otherwise, I follow Lawrence’s quarrels about growth with the impartiality of one who rusticates in the bucolic hinterlands of Douglas County…
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
A late April Fool joke was played on the local region with a renegade snowstorm that produced about an inch of coverage, produced high winds and plunged temperatures into the 20.
Municipal bonds make a lot of sense - and dollars
April 8, 2007 in print edition on E1
Stock market making you nervous? Then how about an alternative, a safer investment that beat stocks over the past five years - and did it without all the scary ups and downs?
Mixing business trips, family
Employees take spouse, kids when traveling
April 8, 2007 in print edition on E1
On a recent business trip to San Diego, Kurt Barrett took his family to Sea World. Between the banquet dinners and panel discussions on agricultural policy, he also took his 5-month-old daughter swimming for the first time in the hotel pool. Another day, they strolled through the humid botanical gardens in Balboa Park.
Combing hares
Search for origins of Easter bunny, eggs proves elusive
April 8, 2007 in print edition on D1
It could have been the Easter Rat. The bunny that delivers eggs and candy every Easter is a symbol for the holiday because rabbits are so fertile. Fertility represents new life, as in the risen Jesus who Christians celebrate on the holiday.
Student rivals throw down at rock, paper, scissors tournament
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
Apparently some school rivalries, like comedy, are at their best when they come in threes. Such was the case Saturday afternoon at the gazebo at South Park, the site of possibly Lawrence’s first ever semi-organized rock, paper, scissors tournament where the rivalry between Lawrence High School and Free State High School took its newest form.
Five-star flameouts
Intense coverage of recruiting can cripple college careers
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C8
Blake Larsen wishes he could have been just another guy on campus.
Jayhawks take Kansas Cup
Varsity eight boat closes six-foot gap, edges K-State
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C3
In the final 500 meters of Kansas University’s first varsity eight rowing race against Kansas State on Saturday, the Jayhawks closed a six-foot gap and finished 1.2 seconds ahead of the Wildcats.
And the winners are : Nash, Roy, Van Gundy
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C10
The ballots are out, so it’s time to put some thought in on this year’s award winners.
Water compact tests unity of Great Lakes states
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
The governors of the eight Great Lakes states worked for four years to write a plan that would protect their abundant water from being piped south to regions where booming populations face dwindling water supplies.
Day program offers activities, company
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A1
The grounds that make up the Midland Care Connection facility in Topeka are tucked away in a campus of green grass, flower beds and blooming trees.
Bill allows concealed guns at ballparks
Law would overrule city’s preference to ban weapons
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A1
Kent Houk has seen a lot during his time as a youth league baseball spectator: wild throws, close plays and did we mention wild throws? What he doesn’t want to see is fans carrying concealed weapons to the ballpark.
April 8, 2007 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection for the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
With no other place to go, Miami sex offenders live under bridge
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A12
Because an ordinance intended to keep predators away from children made it nearly impossible for them to find housing, five convicted sex offenders are living under a noisy highway bridge with the state’s grudging approval.
Sertoma Club seeks Cookoff contestants
April 8, 2007 in print edition on E1
Thursday is the deadline for signing up to participate in the Sertoma Club’s fifth-annual Corporate Cookoff & Mixer, to be conducted from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 11 at Broken Arrow Park.
Engineering student wins Udall scholarship
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B3
A Kansas University junior is among the 80 winners of this year’s Morris K. Udall scholarship, a nationwide award that provides $5,000 for students planning environmental careers and for American Indian students planning to work in health care or tribal policy.
Climbers relate eyewitness details of global warming
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A8
Mountaineers are bringing back firsthand accounts of vanishing glaciers, melting ice routes, crumbling rock formations and flood-prone lakes where glaciers once rose.
Meltdowns on 18 costly for Goosen
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C6
If not for ol’ No. 18, Retief Goosen would be in great shape.
Inmate demands to be executed
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A12
Like scores of inmates in other states, Marco Allen Chapman wants to go ahead with his execution after admitting he brutally killed two children and left their sister and mother for dead.
Chat line’ may help deaf dolphin’s calf
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
A marine mammal rehabilitation facility opened a dolphin “chat line” of sorts Saturday, hoping to teach a deaf dolphin’s unborn calf to communicate.
Native-grass plans in works
Electric cooperatives to create area of permanent grass cover
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C12
Two electric cooperatives have purchased 34,000 acres of irrigated cropland in southwest Kansas and plan to restore it to native grass, approximating the region’s original sand sage prairie.
Couple hospitalized after collision
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B3
A 19-year-old driver blacked out and crashed his pickup truck into a car Saturday, leaving a Lawrence couple hospitalized, police said.
Gillispie ready for daunting challenge
New coach blissfully unfazed by expectations that await at Kentucky
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C9
Billy Gillispie doesn’t mind being second-guessed.
Horse’ sense
Veteran novelist, teacher delves into Civil War
April 8, 2007 in print edition on D3
Robert Olmstead always considered his war the Revolutionary War, when he was growing up on a farm in New England. It was not until he was teaching at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania that the novelist first visited Gettysburg, where he was transfixed by another great American conflict.
Thompsons’ tale is unsettling message for GOP
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B7
The unsettled state of the Republican presidential race can be illustrated in the Tale of the Two Thompsons. Tommy Thompson, the former governor of Wisconsin and secretary of health and human services in President Bush’s first term, jumped into the race last week, claiming to be the “reliable conservative” voters want.
World’s best golfers get lesson in humility
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C7
They walked off Augusta National much the way they came on it, two by two, bundled against the cold. Their misery finally over, they trudged into the scorer’s shack where the carnage could be tallied.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 8, 1907: “We hear that more than 2,000 people tried to get into the Christian Church tabernacle here last night and that many had to be turned away or left outside.
April 8, 2007 in print edition on D3
KU softball postponed
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C3
Rainy conditions prevented the Kansas University softball team from taking the field against Texas on Saturday.
Alaska in no rush to protect polar bear
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A7
The polar bear is mentioned only obliquely in the latest international survey of global warming science - as a “predator high in the food chain” likely to suffer as sea ice melts in the Arctic.
A-Rod’s slam saves Yankees
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C4
Alex Rodriguez made the New York Yankees forget Kei Igawa’s forgettable debut.
Commentary: Gillispie shouldn’t be faulted for move
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C2
Get mad if you must. Curse. Yell. Scream if it makes you feel better. But deep down in your soul, you knew Billy Clyde Gillispie was going to Kentucky if it called. Can you really blame him?
On foot or bike, event aims to benefit reading
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B4
Altrusa International Inc. of Lawrence is calling all bikers, runners and walkers to the Kaw River Trail on May 5 for the group’s second annual “Run Walk Ride 4 Reading.”
Equal protection
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I am so glad the residents of west Lawrence, who have recently been victims of crime, are being provided such prompt assistance by the Lawrence Police Department.
Lawrence Datebook
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B2
Cement company wants to burn scrap tires at plant
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B4
Ash Grove Cement Co. wants to burn scrap tires instead of coal at its plant, but the state chapter of the Sierra Club is worried about carcinogens and lead.
Israelis’ assault breaches cease-fire
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A10
An Israeli helicopter fired into the Gaza Strip on Saturday, killing a member of a militant squad that was clashing with Israeli forces in one of the most serious breaches of a 4-month-old cease-fire, Palestinian officials said.
U.S. allowed N. Korea arms sale to Ethiopia
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A10
The United States did not act to prevent a recent shipment of arms from North Korea to Ethiopia, even though sketchy intelligence indicated the delivery might violate a U.N. Security Council resolution restricting North Korean arms sales, Bush administration officials said Saturday.
Pass it on
Local communities paying for state-owned infrastructure from which they derive economic benefit could have many applications in the state.
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
The idea that counties where state universities are located should raise local sales taxes to address the maintenance backlog at those schools a weak proposal that nonetheless is refusing to die.
FAA: Flight canceled after pilot’s outburst
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Northwest Airlines flight was canceled because the pilot was yelling obscenities during a cell phone conversation while people were boarding and cursed at one passenger, a federal official said Saturday.
Durant adds to awards haul
UT star sweeps top honors by claiming Wooden Award
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C9
Kevin Durant completed a sweep of the top six national player of the year honors. It was a humbling experience in more ways than one.
Appleby has some laughs and the lead at Masters
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C6
Cracking jokes and talking about his impending doom - make that date - with Tiger Woods, Stuart Appleby sounded more like a guy who was leading the Masters than someone who had just made a ghastly triple bogey.
Office life skewered in ‘Then We Came to the End’
April 8, 2007 in print edition on D3
Not too many authors have written the Great American Office Novel. Joseph Heller did it in “Something Happened” (the one book of his to rival “Catch-22”). And Nicholson Baker pulled it off in zanily fastidious fashion in “The Mezzanine.”
Justice Kennedy makes a majority in the court’s six 5-4 decisions this term
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
Justice Anthony Kennedy has become the object of his colleagues’ attention on a Supreme Court with four reliably conservative votes and four dependably liberal.
Snow still pesters Mariners-Indians
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C4
A holiday weekend snowstorm and a forecast for more snow caused the postponement of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader between the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners.
Gone with the wind
UT’s trio of wind-aided homers sinks Kansas
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C1
Hoglund Ballpark can be either a nightmare or a blessing for Kansas University’s baseball team. It just depends on who takes advantage.
Thousands march for illegal-alien amnesty
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
Thousands of people, many wearing red to signify hope, marched peacefully Saturday through downtown here, calling for broad amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Missouri listens to hunters, tweaks managed-deer drawings
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C12
Missouri is changing the way it runs its annual drawing for managed deer hunts to give preference to applicants whose names are not drawn.
Judge delays cemetery relocation near KCI
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B3
The relocation of five homestead cemeteries on Kansas City International Airport property must wait until a legal guardian for the cemeteries can be appointed, a judge has ruled.
FBI special agent to speak at Baker
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A8
An FBI special agent who investigated the case of Robert Courtney, a Kansas City-area pharmacist convicted of fraud for diluting cancer drugs, will discuss the case next week in Baldwin City.
Pope presides over candlelit Easter Vigil
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A10
Pope Benedict XVI baptized eight people during a candlelit Easter Vigil Mass early today in St. Peter’s Basilica, opening the most important event of the Christian Church calendar.
When grief lasts too long
April 8, 2007 in print edition on D8
If you have recently lost a loved one, you are grieving and hurting. It probably comes as small consolation when friends tell you, “It will get better.”
Safety paramount to perfect successful turkey hunt
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C12
Kansas’ regular spring turkey season will begin Wednesday, and two words exemplify the perfect hunt - safety and safety.
House giveaway requires heavy-duty move
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
Mike Bassett wants to give away a house - a big house - with a fireplace, built-in cabinets, a bay window, two full bathrooms and walk-in closets.
Poet’s Showcase
April 8, 2007 in print edition on D3
Hope - By Beverly Boyd
Military errors
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The reluctance of the military to bring to light the truth about the tragic death of Pat Tillman is just a recent example of its unwillingness to take responsibility for its actions. An older example of this is the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest in World War II.
Freed British navy crew takes leave
Iran’s ambassador calls for goodwill gesture from UK
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A10
Fifteen British sailors and marines freed from captivity in Tehran began two weeks’ leave with their families Saturday, while Iran’s ambassador to London urged Britain to help his nation mend relations with the international community.
Sibling relationships often rocky in the beginning
April 8, 2007 in print edition on D8
Our 9-year-old granddaughter Zoe recently watched a home video that showed her older brother Gabe kissing and cooing to her when she was a baby. A tear slid down her cheek as she cried out in surprise, “He used to like me!”
Iraq starting to look more like Vietnam
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
President Bush believes that his job is to convince the American people that the war in Iraq is not a replay of Vietnam. He is failing spectacularly in that self-described mission. The president’s best hope now is to convince Americans that with continuing U.S. help, Iraq may still become Korea.
Children get in the hunt for Easter
April 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
Aiden Berndsen-Perez ran right up to the Easter Bunny, but instead of turning around and having his picture taken, the 3-year-old boy faced the giant-sized rabbit and had a chat.
Jayhawks’ Manning triple-jump champ
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C3
Despite rainy conditions, Kansas University’s Crystal Manning captured the women’s triple-jump title at the Texas Relays on Saturday.
Coaches hit ‘08 recruiting trail
Several high schoolers list Kansas University among favorites
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C1
Now that the marathon college basketball season has ended, it’s time for Kansas University’s coaches to dust off their golf clubs and play 36 holes a day, right? Not quite.
MU edges KU tennis, 4-3
April 8, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University tennis team mounted an unsuccessful comeback and fell short against Missouri, falling 4-3 on Saturday.
Divorce easier in China as women gain financial independence
April 8, 2007 in print edition on A10
Wu Meifen, 33, was seven months pregnant when she saw the short text message. It was on her husband’s mobile phone, she said, and it confirmed her suspicions: He was having an affair.