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Lawrence Half Marathon & 5K race Lawrence Public Library book sale Spring Game Vinland Fair
Have you filed your taxes yet?

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Should Gov. Kathleen Sebelius be pushing for removal of President Bush's restrictions on stem cell research?

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Kidcast for April 16, 2007
April 16, 2007
A bit of weather history, brought to you by a local youth.
Future of Lawrence’s only open shelter goes before City Commissioners
April 16, 2007
The Lawrence Community Shelter hosted more than 15,000 guests in 2006 - and made several policy changes.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Department loses valuable member of its team
April 16, 2007
After four years of service, the department’s dog, Gero, officially retired. The seven-year-old German Shepherd was involved in hundreds of cases, involving drug and narcotic searches and tracking.
Students at KU are on high alert after today’s mass shooting
April 16, 2007
After learning of the tragedy unfolding on a similar college campus, KU students reflected on what it meant for them as college students.
Spring Game is blowout for blue squad
April 16, 2007
Those expecting a competitive Spring Game at Memorial Stadium on Sunday were instead treated to a smashing by the blue squad over the white, 48-0.
Fifth graders battle to build the sturdiest popsicle stick bridge
April 16, 2007
Fifth graders at Quail Run Elementary showed off their engineering and design skills today - competing to build the bridge that would be the last standing.
Ford CEO back in Lawrence today spreading word about his turnaround plan
April 16, 2007
Alan Mulally says the company is working on a fresh product lineup - from introducing a car smaller than the Focus to a new ‘Flex minivan’ and up through SUV’s and trucks.
KU baseball off to 0-5 start in Big 12 play
April 16, 2007
The Jayhawk baseball team will need to shake off its rocky Big 12 start to have any hopes of avoiding a long stay in the conference cellar.
Many Lawrence residents think community needs to improve recreational facilities
April 16, 2007
Count KU men’s coach Bill Self among the Lawrence residents who think the community needs to improve its recreational facilities.
Jury is selected for Granada shooting case
April 16, 2007
A jury is selected to hear the case of a Topeka man charged with killing one man and injuring another outside a downtown Lawrence nightclub early last year.
Organizers of the Kansas relays hope the cold weather is over
April 16, 2007
In less than 48 hours, the first starting guns will be fired off at Memorial Stadium and the many participants hope the nice weather will hold up.
KU, Lawrence have connections to Virginia Tech
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A9
Free State High School graduate Bryan Spangler left work early on Monday. Usually that is a good thing - but not this time. The senior at Virginia Tech said he was sent home from his off-campus job as he, his university and the rest of the nation tried to come to grips with the deadliest shooting rampage in modern-day U.S. history.
Gunman goes on rampage at Virginia Tech campus killing himself and 32 others
April 16, 2007
A gunman goes on a rampage on the Virgina Tech campus - killing 32 people before taking his own life. Police have identified the shooter, but aren’t yet releasing that information, nor a possible motive for the massacre.
Commission to examine shelter’s future
April 16, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the future of Lawrence’s only open shelter goes before city commissioners this week and local reaction to the campus shooting at Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech emails about the shooting
April 16, 2007
Editor’s note: Here are the e-mails that Bryan Spangler, a senior in computer science at Virginia Tech University, received from Virginia Tech University today. He shared them with the Lawrence Journal-World this afternoon. He is a 2003 Free State High School graduate and the son of Ron Spangler and Phyllis Buchele, Lawrence. He said he wasn’t on campus today.
NATION: Gunman kills 32 at Virginia Tech shooting before being killed
April 16, 2007
A gunman opened fire in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech on Monday, killing at least 30 people in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history, government officials told The Associated Press. The gunman was killed, bringing to death toll to 32, but it was unclear if he was shot by police or took his own life.
Jury selected for Granada shooting trial
Opening arguments to take place on Tuesday
April 16, 2007
Jury selection ended early this afternoon in the trial of a Topeka man charged with a deadly shooting in early 2006 outside a downtown night club.
KU officials monitoring details from Virginia Tech shooting
More than 30 killed in shooting
12:20 p.m., April 16, 2007 Updated 01:18 p.m.
A shooting this morning at Virginia Tech that left more than 30 people dead and at least 20 wounded had the attention of Kansas University officials.
The Fifth Quarter: Spring game edition
April 16, 2007
Tying up loose ends from Sunday’s Spring game at Memorial Stadium, expectedly won in dominant fashion by the Blue squad, 48-0. Some questions which were present entering Spring ball are still lingering as it comes to a close, most notably the quarterback race between sophomores Kerry Meier and Todd Reesing.
Compact fluorescents offer energy savings
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B3
Only slightly younger and less versatile than the knock-knock genre of jokes, the light bulb joke can be twisted (pun intended) to fit almost any circumstance.
KU students plan event to promote homeless awareness
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Two Kansas University students are disturbed by a national trend known as “bum bashing,” and they’re determined to help end that sort of violence in Lawrence. “Bum bashing” is when a group of people attacks a homeless person.
Revenue estimates to determine funding for state programs
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
For Kansans who are on waiting lists for health care assistance or attending technical schools, the Legislature’s work isn’t done by a long shot. Before starting a three-week break earlier this month, lawmakers approved a $12.3 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, but that action didn’t include scores of budget decisions that they couldn’t reach agreement on.
Airline passengers pay fees, taxes that benefit private jets
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A4
The federal government has taken billions of dollars from the taxes and fees paid by airline passengers every time they fly and awarded them to small airports used mainly by private pilots and globe-trotting corporate executives.
Events Calendar
April 16, 2007 in print edition on D2
Narratives cloud thinking
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B7
We’re going by Duke University today but first, a side trip to New Orleans. I wrote about that river city last week, and specifically about a survivor of Hurricane Katrina named Gralen B. Banks. Banks, I said, lives in a FEMA trailer and laments a rebuilding process that is frustrating and nightmarish.
Progress with Iran will require patience
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
Dying from cancer a quarter-century ago, the deposed shah of Iran pressed on me a fundamental point about his nation that has become even more vivid over the last two weeks. It sheds new light on the present tense confrontation between Iran and the world’s great powers.
City Commission briefs
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
City commissioners will consider approving a permit to allow the Lawrence Community Shelter, a downtown homeless shelter, to continue operating. Commissioners will begin their meeting at 5 p.m. to conduct a study session on water and wastewater projects; the regular meeting will start at 6:35 p.m.
Spring stings!
No Jayhawk spared from full contact
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
Joe Mortensen even let up a little bit. But as Kansas University quarterback Kerry Meier was about to glide out of bounds during the spring game Sunday, Mortensen put a shoulder into him and spun him around almost a full revolution. Welcome to a full-contact scrimmage - finally.
Keegan: Kansas’ Stuckey has it all
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
The 330 best and brightest NCAA athletes are invited to the organization’s five-day leadership conference in late May in Orlando, Fla. Talk for five minutes to Darrell Stuckey, starting safety for the Kansas University football team, and it’s easy to see why he was chosen.
Separate bombings rock Shiite areas
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
Cars, minibuses and roadside bombs exploded in Shiite Muslim enclaves across the city Sunday, killing at least 45 people in sectarian violence that defied the Baghdad security crackdown, while a radical anti-U.S. cleric raised a new threat to Iraq’s government.
Naturalist spends too much time with wolves
April 16, 2007 in print edition on D2
Watch enough television and you begin to see the comedy and absurdity in everything. The documentary “A Man Among Wolves” (8 p.m., National Geographic) is deadly earnest and oddly fascinating. Or is it just fascinatingly odd?
On the button
Vinland Fair helps mark centennial with design contest
April 16, 2007 in print edition on D1
Mary Gensler grew up in Vinland, and she can’t remember a year that she didn’t attend the small town’s summer fair.
Nor’easter soaks East Coast; hundreds of flights canceled
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
A powerful nor’easter pounded the East with wind and pouring rain Sunday, grounding airlines and threatening to create some of the worst coastal flooding some areas had seen in more than a decade.
Teacher’s case rare in Kansas
Officials say incidents of staff having sex with students don’t happen often in state
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
It’s shocking. It’s often hidden. And, if the teens involved are younger than 18, it’s a crime. Despite several high-profile national cases about teachers having sexual relations with students - and allegations surrounding a Lawrence High School teacher - checks with education officials indicate such cases are fairly rare in Kansas.
Retiree searching for big deal on sale of mammoth specimen
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
Somewhere under John Hebior’s 36 acres of cornfields rest the ancient bones of at least one woolly mammoth. But the 76-year-old retiree doesn’t plan to excavate the fossils quite yet.
Lawrence Datebook
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
Staying in fashion
Clothing stores, boomers trying to match tastes
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
Beth Greenwald and Shelly Solomon-Turner are hot targets for clothing stores and, like many baby boomers, they’re frustrated by what’s on the racks.
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Monday, April 16
Revamped race hits ground running
Course sets pace for future success
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
Kristine Wood was rooted on the porch of The Crossing, cup in hand, long before the popular bar opened Sunday morning. Wood, a Kansas University sophomore from Wayzata, Minn., wasn’t waiting to fill up on beer, though. A drink from Starbucks was all she needed while waiting for a friend to get to mile six of the Lawrence Half-Marathon.
Aggies pummel Jayhawks
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
Sometimes laughter is the best medicine. Minutes after Texas A&M had flogged Kansas, 13-0, in softball Sunday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark, the Jayhawks were smiling and chattering in their postgame session with coach Tracy Bunge.
KU wins one, but Bears salvage series
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C1
Plagued by defensive miscues during the series against Baylor University, Kansas University second baseman Ryne Price atoned for his errors in dramatic fashion.
Rec calendar
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C6
Making quick strides
Rookie local marathoner to compete in Boston
April 16, 2007
Some runners train for years just to put themselves in position simply to complete their first marathon.
Pujols comes alive
St. Louis slugger homers twice in win
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C4
Pujols comes alive –-
Sebelius letter calls President Bush ‘out of touch’
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius urged the U.S. Senate to remove President Bush’s restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. “The President is out of touch on this issue,” said a letter signed by Sebelius and nine other governors.
City must figure how to balance its budget
Increased revenue or decreased spending needed to make ends meet
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
This is Lawrence’s equivalent of the tense conversation around the kitchen table. You know, the one where families have to decide how to make the budget balance. There’s the talk of getting an additional job to get more money flowing into the family coffers, or the idea of cutting expenses and doing without.
Police arrest man after standoff, angry crowd
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
A murder suspect surrendered to police following a three-hour standoff at an apartment complex that was complicated by a crowd of bystanders who threw rocks at police, authorities said.
Man charged with arson that killed 5
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
A man was arrested of charges of setting his cousin’s house on fire in western Illinois early Sunday and killing her five children, authorities and a relative said.
Receiver Henry shows off skills
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C5
With his long frame, decent speed and experience, Kansas University senior Marcus Henry made it look so easy out there Sunday.
Rain washes out Royals
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C4
A steady rain postponed Sunday’s game between Baltimore and Kansas City, washing away the Orioles’ bid to complete their first four-game sweep of the Royals since 2002.
Indians win with one hit
Sunday rough on Rivera
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C4
C.C. Sabathia pitched eight overpowering innings, and the Cleveland Indians got only one hit - a leadoff double in the first - in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Student playwright swimming in success of ‘Punchbowl’
April 16, 2007 in print edition on D1
Of all the ways to kill yourself, drowning in a punchbowl doesn’t necessarily come to mind.
Motorcycle wrecks include fatality
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
Three separate motorcycle accidents in the area Sunday left one man dead and sent two others to the hospital. The two injured drivers were both from Lawrence, while the deceased man, William John Moser, 57, was from Liberty, Mo.
Race win start of busy day
McCullough heads to another competition after 13.1-mile run
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C5
Participating in the Lawrence Half-Marathon wasn’t the only running around Jason McCullough had to do Sunday. Just after winning the race with a time of 1:10:16, McCullough, the track and field coach at Fort Hays State, traveled to Emporia to join his athletes for the D-II Challenge at Emporia State’s Fran Welch Stadium.
Voters back plan for new constitution
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
Leftist President Rafael Correa scored a major victory Sunday as Ecuadoreans voted overwhelmingly to support his ambitious plan to remake the nation’s system of government and weaken its discredited Congress, an exit poll showed.
Report: Teenager attacked by sea lion
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
A sea lion leaped out of the sea and attacked a 13-year-old girl as she surfed behind a speedboat off Australia’s west coast, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Money tip
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
If you’re headed on a vacation, chances are you’re going to pay more for a hotel than ever before.
LHS Focus Film Festival’s winners announced
April 16, 2007 in print edition on D2
The Lawrence High School Focus Film Festival winners were announced and screened Sunday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass. The 2007 festival included submissions from students all over Northeast Kansas.
People in the news
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Charlie Sheen settles lawsuit for basing character off woman ¢ Mike Tyson sells home in Phoenix suburb for $2.3M ¢ Latino boy band Menudo returning for reality series
Trick reminds us to see beauty around us
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
In the annals of newspaper tricks and gimmicks, this ranks among the best. Not, perhaps, as good as when James Gordon Bennett of the New York Herald sent Stanley to find Livingston. But a whole lot better than showing how hot it is outside in midsummer by frying an egg on a sidewalk.
Shields says he’s done
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
Pro Bowl guard Will Shields is retiring after 14 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Earthquake, aftershock jolt central Japan
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
A moderate earthquake jolted central Japan on Sunday, injuring at least five people, damaging houses and a 400-year-old castle, police and officials said.
Job search should start small
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
Q: I’ve been trying to get into the field of human resources, but I haven’t had much success. I have a BA, and I’m a 14-year Navy veteran. I have a lot of transferable skills and a lot of traits deemed necessary in the HR world, but no one wants to hire me. So what is going wrong, and how can I fix it?
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C5
KU sophomore Angus Quigley played extensively Sunday, but not where you might think.
Psychologist offers ‘Walking and Talking’
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
Dr. Susanne Eyman, a Lawrence psychologist, offers “Walking and Talking,” therapy groups for people with depression and anxiety.
New levee in KCK area proposed
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B8
The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., is considering building the city’s first major levee in more than 50 years.
Market for goat meat reflects changing tastes
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
The nation’s changing demographics - and particularly the recent influx of several immigrant groups - is expanding a historically small market for Kansas ranchers: goat meat.
Speaker to discuss grant opportunities
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
Stacy Walters, business consultant for Heartland Works Inc., is scheduled to discuss available training grants and other programs during the April luncheon meeting of the Lawrence Technology Association, set for 11:45 a.m. Thursday at Scarlet Orchid, 2223 La.
Testimony: AG has ‘nothing to hide’
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, fighting to save his job, said in prepared Senate testimony Sunday he has “nothing to hide” in the firings of eight federal prosecutors but claimed a hazy memory about his involvement in them.
Injuries, losses taking toll on Jayhawks
Frustration shows during Sunday’s 5-2 setback to Colorado
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
Edina Horvath stood motionless on the baseline with her back to the court and her hands on her hips after another shot had sailed long in her doubles match.
On the record
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
Trial begins for suspect in alleged al-Qaida bomb plot
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
It’s been nearly five years since then-Attorney General John Ashcroft declared the United States had thwarted an al-Qaida plot to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb” in a major city and had arrested a “known terrorist,” Jose Padilla.
Governor’s son says injured father responsive
April 16, 2007
Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s son said his father recognized him and responded to visitors Sunday, three days after an SUV crash left him on a ventilator with a dozen broken ribs and a severely fractured leg.
Kennedy wants lenders’ access to data blocked
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
The chairman of the Senate education committee urged the Bush administration Sunday to block student loan companies from accessing a national database that holds confidential information on tens of millions of students.
IRS offers tips for last-minute tax filers
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
If you’re among the estimated 430,000 Kansas taxpayers who have waited until the last minute to file your federal tax return, the Internal Revenue Service has five pointers for you:
Law praised
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I am pleased that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has signed into law a bill to protect families of veterans from the hateful wrath of the Phelpses, especially when they have the grievous task of burying a soldier who died in the war.
Events set to discuss housing issues
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Landlords and tenants will have an opportunity to learn more about fair housing laws at an upcoming seminar sponsored by the city’s Human Relations Department.
Hall of Fame inducts former Haskell player
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
The American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame inducted five athletes, including a former football player at Haskell Indian Nations University, at a ceremony on Saturday in Tulsa, Okla.
Volunteer fair this week
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B2
The third annual Volunteer Fair will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. The fair, put on by the Roger Hill Volunteer Center and the library, will feature 40 community nonprofit organizations. Dozens of volunteer coordinators will be on hand to speak about their program’s volunteer needs and how individuals can get involved.
Arc of Douglas County to offer pancake feed
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Instead of fixing breakfast on the morning of April 28, why not head to downtown Lawrence for a pancake feed?
Tough tactic
The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office should take a more cooperative approach to obtaining the blood-alcohol evidence it needs.
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B6
Threatening health care workers at Kansas University Hospital and other hospitals in the Kansas City area with arrest may not be the best way for Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline to gain their cooperation.
Kansas beats national average on volunteerism
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A1
People in this country have been volunteering at record levels in the years following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but that voluntary service dipped slightly in 2006, a study found.
DA says bill would handicap consumers
Branson not in favor of exempting doctors from Consumer Protection Act
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Count Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson among those urging Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to veto a bill that will restrict consumers in court.
Pelosi defense
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: This letter is in response to Mr. Wahl’s letter of April 10. The letter attacks Nancy Pelosi and her trip to the Middle East. Since when is diplomacy and friendly negotiating so wrong?
NASA paid $26 million to Columbia families
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A3
NASA paid $26.6 million to family members of the astronauts who died on the space shuttle Columbia in 2003, a newspaper reported Sunday, citing recently released documents.
Sheehan: More Americans must sacrifice in name of peace
Peace Mom’ speaks at Omaha event
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B4
Americans need to make more sacrifices for the peace movement to bring an end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq, activist Cindy Sheehan told hundreds gathered Sunday for a peace event in Omaha.
Here’s to you, Jackie Robinson
Baseball celebrates 60th anniversary of breaking color barrier
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C2
The Dodgers solemnly lined up along the third-base line, each and every one wearing No. 42.
Pope gives thanks at Mass for 80th birthday
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
Pope Benedict gave thanks for his 80 years of life dedicated to the church with a special Sunday Mass, a celebration tinged with nostalgia that drew a huge crowd to St. Peter’s Square.
Minister fears for life over hugging
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
Pakistan’s tourism minister says she fears for her life after clerics at a radical mosque issued an edict accusing her of sinning by hugging her French parachute jumping instructor, the state news agency reported.
Seminar to address evaluations, coaching
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A8
The Jayhawk Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management will focus on performance evaluations and employee coaching during the organization’s annual seminar Tuesday at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Dog wash to raise funds, awareness
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B1
Two Lawrence groups are teaming up to fight domestic violence and animal cruelty by raising funds with a dog wash.
Signee has fun in game
April 16, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kansas University basketball signee Tyrel Reed of Burlington High scored two points off 1-of-4 shooting in the Gold team’s 140-117 loss to the Black squad Saturday at the Kentucky Derby Classic at Louisville’s Freedom Hall.
Space demands
April 16, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: George Gurley (Journal-World, April 8) correctly calls for developers and neighborhoods to cooperate, but his view of the planning process is incorrect.
Dozens more protesters beaten, detained at anti-Putin rally
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
Riot police beat and detained dozens of anti-Kremlin demonstrators Sunday on a second day of protests that tested the weak opposition’s ability to challenge widely popular President Vladimir Putin.
Vatican backs down, envoy attends Holocaust service
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A6
The Vatican’s ambassador to Israel attended a Holocaust memorial service Sunday, reversing an earlier decision to boycott the event that threatened to upset fragile ties between Israel and the Holy See.
Disturbia’ grabs viewers’ attention, has solid debut
April 16, 2007 in print edition on A2
Movie-goers put the Peeping Tom thriller “Disturbia” under strong surveillance as the film took in $23 million to debut at the top of the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.