Archive for Friday, April 20, 2007

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KU Relays 2007, day 2 Free State baseball vs. Roeland Park Miege LHS baseball vs. Omaha Creighton Prep
How did Lawrence schools handle Thursday's bomb threat?

Poll results

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They were rational and protected kids.
They should’ve notified parents better.
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Things back to normal for local schools after bomb scare
April 20, 2007
After a tense day yesterday, things were back to normal in classrooms across Lawrence today.
Former ‘Hawk improves on own meet record
April 20, 2007
Day three of the Kansas Relays saw former Jayhawk Scott Russell return to Lawrence to defend his 2006 javelin title.
KU’s class of ‘57 celebrates 50 years
April 20, 2007
50 years after they left KU, members of the class of 1957 return to their alma mater this weekend.
Lawrence schools to receive new leadership
April 20, 2007
Officials announce today that Lawrence will receive two new elementary school principals for the next school year.
High school prepsters shine on day three of Relays
April 20, 2007
Traditionally speaking, day three of the Kansas Relays belongs to the high schoolers and today for the first time this week the preps strutted their stuff at Memorial Stadium.
Free State falls to 4A power Bishop Ward
April 20, 2007
Two titans of the diamond battle on day two of the River City baseball festival.
Local youngests participate in own form of relays
April 20, 2007
The Kansas Relays have excited fans since Wednesday but what group of different athletes try to do the same.
Jury finds defendant guilty for Granada shooting
April 20, 2007
A jury finds a Topeka man guilty in a shooting in downtown Lawrence that claimed one man’s life and injured another.
Man accused of bomb threats faces formal charges
April 20, 2007
The man accused of making the threats that sent schools across the county into lock-down yesterday now stands formally charged with the crime.
Lawrence man responsible for car chase gets probation
April 20, 2007
A Lawrence man who led police on a 200 mile car chase that started in Lawrence and ended in west central Missouri gets probation today in Douglas County Court.
Extra precautions taken following PLHS threat
April 20, 2007
Metal detectors, bomb-sniffing dogs, and placing belongings in plastic bags may sound like the hassles of air travel but for students at one local school it was a part of getting to class.
Suspended teacher waives rest of pay
April 20, 2007
A Lawrence teacher suspended after being arrested for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old students waives the remainder of her pay for the year.
LHS senior signs on for college, professional athletics
April 20, 2007
Lawrence High senior Abby Vestal signed not once, but twice today.
Jayhawks drop close 1-0 contest to Red Raiders
April 20, 2007
Down south, as in Lubbock, Texas, tonight, the Kansas baseball took on the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Returning to normal after bomb scare
April 20, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, schools in the city get back to normal after yesterday’s bomb threats, a special reunion on KU’s campus.
Teacher facing sex charges waives pay
April 20, 2007
A Lawrence teacher who was suspended with pay after being accused of having sex with a 15-year-old student has waived the remainder of her pay for the year, school leaders said.
Bomb threat causes 37 percent of students to leave school
April 20, 2007
More than a third of Lawrence’s public school students went home Thursday because of bomb threats, school district officials announced today.
Jury finds Anderson guilty in Granada shooting
11:20 a.m., April 20, 2007 Updated 06:18 p.m.
Jurors have heard all the testimony in the murder trial of a Topeka man accused of shooting and killing one man and injuring another Feb. 5, 2006, in downtown Lawrence.
People in the news
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Timberlake, Alba top list of sexiest entertainers ¢ Lohan felt safe in rehab, says she’s not an addict ¢ Feud between exes Baldwin, Basinger flares up over call ¢ Polls: Most Americans believe Imus’ firing was appropriate ¢ Jury finally chosen for Spector trial set to start Wednesday
Pondering a vacation home deduction
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C10
Q: My wife and I want to buy a small cabin to use as a vacation home. Would we be able to write off all of the mortgage-interest payments on the cabin, just as we do the interest payments on the mortgage for our full-time home?
Roberts regroups after leaving Intelligence Committee
Senator quits high-profile post and spends more time in Kansas
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B4
During the four years Sen. Pat Roberts chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee, he was a fixture on the national Sunday morning talk shows.
April 20, 2007 in print edition on D4
Obtaining guns is all too easy
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
Police officials have not yet had enough time to solve fully the riddle of the worst shooting rampage in U.S. history. It seems, however - at least on the surface - to have been as simple as one, two, three: One gunman, with two handguns, in less than three hours, killing more than 30 people and himself, wounding scores of others at Virginia Tech.
Wild boar shuts down Barcelona highway
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
A wild boar trapped in the middle of a major highway halted traffic for about 15 minutes outside Barcelona on Thursday, police said.
Baker to honor Lawrence leaders
Annual Partners-In-Progress breakfast set for Tuesday
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C10
Baker University will honor five Lawrence residents Tuesday for their business achievements and civic contributions. Steve Glass, Jim Schubert, Peter Curran, Virginia Curran and Jean Shepherd will be recognized during the university’s annual Partners-In-Progress breakfast, set for 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at SpringHill Suites by Marriott in downtown Lawrence.
Rush’s draft status still up in the air
Kansas target Legion visiting Kentucky
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C6
Bill Self and Brandon Rush chatted briefly Thursday, Kansas University’s basketball coach catching up with his sophomore guard prior to this weekend’s recruiting trip to Houston and the star-studded Kingwood AAU Classic.
Mavs face familiar foe
Golden State coach helped build Dallas into a powerhouse
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C5
Watching from a tunnel as the Dallas Mavericks played in the NBA finals last season, Don Nelson had to feel like a proud father.
Mayer: Robinson greatest of all time
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
I’ve crusaded down this same route before, so if you don’t want to join me for a repechage, jump to another page. Bored, been there, done this? Find something else to do. Topic: Greatest athlete of all time.
Preacher’s wife guilty of voluntary manslaughter
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
A preacher’s wife who claimed her husband abused her was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday for killing him with a shotgun she said fired accidentally as she aimed at him.
Bucky knows what he’s singing about
April 20, 2007 in print edition on D8
Bucky Covington has sipped from the garden hose, used pliers on his TV and, with his siblings, ridden sprawled out on the hump of the family Chevette.
Wife, Mom Bounty Hunter’ doesn’t impress
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A2
There was a time when I never thought about bounty hunters. Now cable TV can’t get enough of them. Like methane bubbling up from a New Jersey landfill, certain long-buried aspects of down-market popular culture permeate the media atmosphere with the unmistakable aroma of desperation and sleaze.
This is not a recording: Royals struggling through April
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas City baseball fans awoke this morning to a drearily familiar sight. At 4-11, the Royals have the worst record in the American League.
Pop opera ‘Aida’ pleases
April 20, 2007 in print edition on D2
Judging by the applause and a standing ovation at evening’s end, it was clear that the near capacity crowd drawn to the Lied Center on Wednesday night by the glitz of the Elton John-Tim Rice makeover of “Aida” was pleased by the well-oiled road show version of the 2000 Broadway hit.
LHS soccer falls
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High’s soccer team suffered a 3-0 loss Thursday to Olathe Northwest.
Brownback looks to conservatives
Senator trails in fundraising and in polls
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
Barely registering in early polls for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas insists that he will rally conservatives, build momentum in small early-voting states and win the race in South Carolina.
Kansas’ Kirk holds on for decathlon victory
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C7
Josh Kirk, who held a healthy 70-point lead after Day One of the Kansas Relays decathlon, wasn’t about to let it slip away Thursday at Memorial Stadium. Not with several family members, roommates and even his pastor on hand.
Phils gain needed victory
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C4
Jamie Moyer and Aaron Rowand helped the Philadelphia Phillies give manager Charlie Manuel a victory.
Experts say shooter almost textbook case of school gunman
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A4
In high school, Cho Seung-Hui almost never opened his mouth. When he finally did, his classmates laughed, pointed at him and said: “Go back to China.”
Lawrence Datebook
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
U.S. farmers sue wheat exporter
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B3
U.S. wheat farmers have filed a class-action lawsuit against Australian wheat exporter AWB Ltd., alleging it paid bribes and kickbacks to the Saddam Hussein regime that cost wheat growers in America millions in lost sales.
Private schools follow similar procedures
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A9
The bomb threat Thursday morning in Douglas County put many area private schools in an unprecedented situation. Administrators said their schools were placed on high alert, operated under semi-lockdowns and followed crisis procedures.
Home-run heave
Agafonov’s toss his best of the year thus far
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
After Egor Agafonov launched his second hammer throw at Thursday’s Kansas Relays, he walked toward the applauding crowd, smiled and gave a thumbs-up to two fans draped in the Russian flag and holding a sign that read, “Go Russia. Egor is champion.” The sign was accurate.
Hopkins and Gosling enjoy witty banter in ‘Fracture’
April 20, 2007 in print edition on D5
We know you’re thinking it. We were, too. So we may as well just acknowledge it, get it out of the way and move on as a group.
New strategy means extra-long sentence in child porn case
Ex-pharmacist faces 15 years
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B5
A former pharmacist from St. Joseph who admitted downloading child pornography from the Internet and making the images available to other computer users was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in federal prison.
Threats rattle schools
Third of district’s students leave class after caller mentions bombs
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A1
After a tension-filled day that led parents to pull thousands of students from their classrooms because of bomb threats, Lawrence’s public schools planned to resume operations today on a normal schedule.
Schools go into semi-lockdown mode
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A9
When the bomb threats rolled in Thursday morning, the Lawrence school district chose to go into semi-lockdown and alert the news media. During the semi-lockdown, all entrances were limited, and there was only one way in or out of each building, which was monitored.
Shootings have tensions high
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence should soon be able to relax. The exodus of students from Lawrence schools Thursday following a morning bomb threat seemed to indicate a heightened sensitivity toward perceived danger following Monday’s Virginia Tech shootings.
State lawmaker seeks raise in pay - to poverty level
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
With six children and a one-person business, state Rep. Ty Masterson said he is taking a financial hit by serving in the Legislature.
Called to attention
High schoolers expose military’s enlistment tactics in their film ‘No Child Left Unrecruited’
April 20, 2007 in print edition on D1
It started as a class assignment. Lawrence High School students in a broadcast media class were asked to make a short clip of an advertisement. Simple enough. “Over the summer I had gotten a letter from an Army recruiter that offered me money to enlist with him. And we see recruiters at lunch all the time, so we thought they’re like an advertisement in our school,” says LHS senior Alexia Welch. “It was supposed to be a five-minute thing, but the more we found out about it, the more we realized it had to be a movie.”
Senate has $525M plan for universities
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
Senate budget writers Thursday agreed to plan to provide $525 million over five years for hundreds of repair projects at state universities. “I think it is a sincere and significant step in addressing the deferred maintenance issue, and at the same time takes into consideration other obligations that we have at the state,” said Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dwayne Umbarger, R-Thayer.
Girlfriend: Suspect admitted shootings
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
Days after a downtown Lawrence shooting in February 2006, a Topeka man spoke of shooting two people and killing one of them, his girlfriend testified Thursday. Rashawn Anderson also threatened to harm her and her family, DeShayla Johnson said during the third day of Anderson’s murder trial in Douglas County District Court.
Coach lands new contract
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson has agreed to a new contract, athletic director Lew Perkins confirmed Thursday.
Ousted ‘Idol’ Malakar making plans
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A2
It says something about the curious celebrity of former “American Idol” contestant Sanjaya Malakar that he said Thursday he’s both dreaming of a big day on Broadway, and shopping for a bodyguard, unsure of what public reaction he might receive after emerging from what he deems the “Idol” “bubble.”
Confident’ Lions storm back
LHS trails by 6 in 5th before routing visitors
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
Trailing by six runs during the fifth inning, Lawrence High’s baseball team could have given up. But such a performance would not have characterized the fortitude of this Lions squad.
Layoff ends with win
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
Free State High enjoyed Thursday’s 4-2 victory against Roeland Park Miege, but the Firebirds mostly relished the opportunity to play a game after a fortnight of inactivity.
Ruling puts abortion on campaign agenda
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Supreme Court’s decision banning a controversial late-term abortion procedure was hardly a surprise. But it underscores the fact that the legal right to an abortion, sanctioned by the high court 34 years ago, hangs by a thread.
Over-the-top costs
State officials need to take steps to curb the cost of the Kansas Capitol renovation and prevent similar overruns on future projects.
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
According to recent news stories, the renovation project to the Kansas state Capitol building could cost as much as $130 million more than the original estimate of $120 million. This is almost criminal and represents another example of how it is so much easier to spend someone else’s money than it is to spend your own.
Theft prevention
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: When I was reading the article “Police investigating rash of car burglaries,” it amazed me how people could have the guts to steal someone’s car right out of their garage when they were at home asleep. However, these cars wouldn’t likely have been stolen if they didn’t leave their garage doors open at night and the car unlocked with an extra key inside the car.
NBA playoffs at a glance
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C5
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
Former governors tout education as way to improve state economies
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
If state leaders want to boost economic development, they should invest in education. That was the message that three former governors gave Thursday evening at the Dole Institute of Politics Governors’ Roundtable.
Heat ready to defend title
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C5
Pat Riley sat in his office one morning, the sun glimmering off Biscayne Bay behind him, and shared one of the worst-kept secrets about his Miami Heat. He suggested this season’s first 82 games wouldn’t exactly motivate the defending NBA champions.
Five chosen nationwide for Teachers Hall of Fame
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B5
Five teachers from across the nation have been chosen for induction into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia. The honorees will be inducted in ceremonies June 14-16 in Emporia.
Message warns students at Perry-Lecompton not to attend class today
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A9
A message warning students not to attend school today was scrawled Thursday on the inside of a Perry-Lecompton High School girl’s restroom. It didn’t lead to school being canceled.
Many addictions
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: It should come as no surprise that many religious proponents are voicing their discontent with the recently passed gambling bills. Addictive behavior can manifest itself in a variety of ways.
Cherokees recognize former Haskell coach
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
Smithy B. “Benny” Smith of Lawrence recently received the Principal Chief’s Leadership Award from the Cherokee Nation.
Top singles
April 20, 2007 in print edition on D7
1. “Give It To Me,” Timbaland (feat. Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake). Mosley.
A-Rod repeats as Yanks’ hero
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C4
Alex Rodriguez did it again.
Anti-Castro militant free from U.S. custody
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
Anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles, an aging ex-CIA operative suspected in a decades-old Cuban airliner bombing, was released from U.S. custody Thursday and flew to Miami as he awaits trial on immigration fraud charges.
Helen Walton, Wal-Mart founder’s widow, dies
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A5
Helen Robson Walton, widow of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, died Thursday evening at her home, the company said in a news release. She was 87.
University offers flexible grading for semester
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A4
Virginia Tech said Thursday that students unable to finish coursework this spring because of the trauma of this week’s massacre won’t have to. And those students will qualify for credit with the grades they had earned before the killer struck.
Eudora Realtor joins Realty Executives
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C10
Kathy Brecheisen, Eudora, has joined Realty Executives Hedges Real Estate as a Realtor.
Freshman lifts FSHS
Swank debuts; Firebirds rout Pioneers
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
A day after Michael Swank finished his junior high tennis season, he was back out on the Free State High courts to compete in his first high school varsity meet.
Al-Qaida-led group posts video of execution
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
Al-Qaida-led Iraqi insurgents issued a video Thursday purporting to show the killing of 20 kidnapped Iraqi police and soldiers, shot in the head execution-style as they knelt in a row.
Recall of Magnetix toy sets expanded
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A5
A recall of Magnetix building sets has been expanded after more children swallowed the tiny magnets in them and were seriously injured, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday.
Seabury tennis squad defeats Spring Hill
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
Seabury Academy defeated Spring Hill, 3-1, and fell to Baldwin, 3-1, on Thursday in high school tennis.
Man brings donkey to testify in court
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A5
Faced with complaints that his donkey was too loud, attorney Gregory Shamoun decided to bring his case directly to the court: He had the donkey testify.
Regulators theorize that pet food contamination was intentional
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A5
Chinese manufacturers might have intentionally added a chemical linked to pet deaths and illnesses into a protein-powder ingredient in pet foods, federal government regulators said Thursday.
Wildlife experts can’t ID mystery animals
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A5
Is it a goat? Is it a sheep? No, it’s a … what is that thing?
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C10
Economics professor to lecture Tuesday
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C10
William A. Barnett, a Charles W. Oswald distinguished professor of economics at Kansas University, is scheduled to present a free, public lecture and discussion at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union.
Schools nationwide handle wave of threats
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A4
A Web designer was charged Thursday with posting on his own site a bogus threat to kill 50 San Diego State University students, then alerting a TV station to try to draw publicity, the FBI said.
Baker names Kindler track, cross country coach
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C6
Baker University named Zach Kindler coach of its of its cross country and track and field teams, the university announced Thursday.
Vaccine available for women and girls
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
Douglas County’s Health Department is now offering a relatively new vaccine for a sexually transmitted virus linked to cervical cancer.
Free State swimmers dominate at BV West
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
Free State High won 11 of 12 events Thursday in Blue Valley West’s Falcon Invitational swimming a diving meet.
Lawrence attorney addresses judges
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C10
Patrick Nichols, a Lawrence attorney, recently made a presentation during the Office of Judicial Administration’s Settlement Conference Training for Judges in Topeka.
Judge suspended for denying immigrants bail
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A5
A Kentucky judge was suspended without pay for 15 days for jailing 17 Hispanic immigrants for traffic infractions and then denying them bail.
Commentary: NFL’s conduct policy long overdue
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C2
I have been arrested several times during the past couple of years. I’d admit some were my fault but swear others were bogus - overzealous cops or me just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Open house to honor government week
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
Douglas County government offices at the courthouse, 1100 Mass., will have an open house Monday to celebrate National County Government Week.
Teacher fired for having relationship with student
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
Spectators burst into applause as the Mulvane school board voted unanimously to fire a female high school teacher over an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old female student.
Future abortion rulings may rest with Justice Kennedy
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
Legal efforts to further restrict access to abortion will depend, in the short term, on whether Justice Anthony Kennedy is willing to go along.
Jayhawk athletes to don T-shirts in remembrance
Relays participants, others to pay tribute to Virginia Tech victims
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C7
Kansas University’s athletic department will pay tribute to the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy by having “Orange and Maroon Effect Day” today.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
EU nations adopt racism, hate crime rules
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
After six years of wrangling, European Union members agreed Thursday on watered-down rules for combating racism and hate crimes across the 27-nation bloc, including setting jail sentences for those who deny or trivialize the Holocaust.
Horror flick ‘Vacancy’ leaves viewer empty
April 20, 2007 in print edition on D7
“Vacancy” is the kind of movie that leaves you feeling icky all over afterward - grimy and sickened and desperately in need of a shower.
Rematches, returns on tap in playoffs
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers get another chance to finish the job against the Suns. The Chicago Bulls try again to knock out the Miami Heat in the first round.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B6
Schools for sale?
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Why is the Legislature dithering about university maintenance? How can the answer have escaped our leadership? Sell the universities!
On the record
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
Thieves steal valuable rifles from Montana manufacturer
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B8
Whoever made off with Kirk Bryan’s truck and the 13 rifles it contained won’t find the long guns very useful.
Ex-Jayhawks to attend Free Throw Challenge
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C6
Former Kansas University basketball player Christian Moody and some Jayhawks past and present will attend the LEO Center Free Throw Challenge 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St.
Videos, awards highlight banquet
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C6
The past isn’t always pretty, but no need being down in the dumps about it forever. So when KU women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson saw her team all dolled up at Thursday’s awards banquet at the Kansas Union, she had to make a crack.
Oden to enter draft, friend says
Ohio State freshman expected to make it official today
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C2
Ohio State freshman Greg Oden will make himself available for the NBA Draft today, a family friend said Thursday night.
CU coach’s pact approved
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C2
The University of Colorado board of regents on Thursday approved basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik’s five-year contract and his $270,000 buyout from the Air Force Academy.
Ex-Qwest CEO found guilty of insider trading
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A5
Joe Nacchio, a former AT&T executive tapped to transform Qwest Communications into a major telecommunications competitor, was convicted Thursday of 19 of 42 insider trading charges after one-time top executives described his relentless drive to meet revenue projections without revealing financial risks.
Agency: Strong earthquake hits,
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
A strong earthquake struck near islands in southwestern Japan today, prompting authorities to warn that the area could be hit by a small tsunami.
Viewers’ backlash leads to pullback on video
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A4
With a backlash developing against the media for airing sickening pictures from Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui, Fox News Channel said Thursday it would stop and other networks said they would severely limit their use.
Phelps’ church plans to interrupt funerals
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A4
A fringe church that has garnered attention and scorn for protesting funerals of troops killed in Iraq is planning to picket services for the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings.
Safer numbers
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Because of the recent burglaries of restaurants in Lawrence, I feel compelled to write that I’ve long been concerned about the number of local food service establishments in Lawrence that have only one person on duty at closing.
The Hoax’ offers great lie that is honestly portrayed
April 20, 2007 in print edition on D6
It’s a few weeks past April Fools’, but close enough to make the grand scam of “The Hoax” all the more apropos.
Iran attack would be foolish
April 20, 2007 in print edition on B7
Is the United States planning to attack Iran in the near term? God forbid. Such a decision would exceed even the colossal blunder of intervening in Iraq.
Municipal offices on heightened awareness
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A9
While schools received most of the attention for their reaction to Thursday’s bomb threat, the caller also included references to placing a bomb in City Hall. But the caller didn’t say which City Hall in Douglas County, so several offices went into heightened awareness after the early-morning 911 call.
Gates wants faster progress in Iraq
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, on an unannounced trip to Iraq, delivered a sharp message to the country’s political leaders Thursday: The U.S. military’s commitment to the war is not open-ended.
Haskell film club showcases American Indian cinema
April 20, 2007 in print edition on D1
Actor Gary D. Farmer has never turned down a role because he objects to the way it portrays his heritage. He prefers a different strategy. “What I do is rewrite the script and fax it back to them,” Farmer says.
News of the weird
April 20, 2007 in print edition on D2
Doug Guetzloe, one of central Florida’s most prominent political operatives (and a subject of investigations by the Florida Elections Commission and a highway agency in Orlando), had long eluded criminal charges by denying any knowledge of unethical activities that prosecutors were sure he was involved in.
GOP senator calls for Gonzales to resign
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A1
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales struggled Thursday to convince skeptical senators he did nothing improper in firing eight federal prosecutors, losing ground as a second senator from his own party joined the calls for his resignation.
Police arrest Lawrence man in connection with threats
April 20, 2007 in print edition on A9
Lawrence police said they tracked Thursday’s early-morning bomb threats to phone calls from a Lawrence resident, 47-year-old Michael E. Parker. They arrested him in the afternoon after questioning him and serving a search warrant at his home at 1202 N.Y., where they found a wireless phone believed to have been used to make the calls. No evidence of explosives was found.
Firebird golfers sixth at Northwest tourney
April 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
Free State placed sixth and Lawrence High finished 16th Thursday in the Shawnee Mission North Invitational at Falcon Lake.