Archive for Saturday, April 21, 2007

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Downtown back to normal after problems with broken natural gas meter
April 21, 2007
Life is back to normal between the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Massachusetts and Vermont streets after a car struck a natural gas meter Saturday afternoon.
Emerson String Quartet impressive at Lied
April 21, 2007
In a fortuitous departure from the Lied Center’s general policy of programming chamber music on Sunday afternoons, the decision to slot the celebrated Emerson String Quartet on Friday night proved a winner.
KJHK wins broadcasting awards
April 21, 2007
KJHK Radio, a student-run station serving Kansas University, was presented with five awards at the annual Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards ceremony April 2 in Wichita.
Video shows youngster beheading man
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A8
The boy with the knife looks barely 12. In a high-pitched voice, he denounces the bound, blindfolded man before him as an American spy. Then he hacks off the captive’s head to cries of “God is great!” and hoists it in triumph by the hair.
Rockets, Jazz new to playoffs
Series critical to Houston franchise
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C8
The Houston Rockets hung a banner during their last regular-season home game to honor retiring general manager Carroll Dawson. They haven’t had much more to celebrate lately.
K.C. packs punch against Minnesota
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C5
As Ron Gardenhire sat in the visiting manager’s office discussing Kansas City’s 11-7 victory over his mistake-prone Minnesota Twins on Friday night, there came the clear sound of a toilet flushing.
New bank expansions follow growth
April 21, 2007
If there weren’t enough options and locations for customers to do their banking in Lawrence, one new credit union location is open, and a new bank facility is on the way.
Simons inducted into newspaper hall of fame
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B3
Dolph C. Simons Jr., editor of the Journal-World and chairman of The World Company, was inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame on Friday by the Kansas Press Association.
Farm Service Agency extends DCP deadline
April 21, 2007
Farmers have a few more months to sign up for the agency’s Direct and Counter-cyclical Program, or DCP.
New academy integrates different martial arts styles
April 21, 2007
It was in a Lawrence garage that Darryl Clark met his martial arts match and found the inspiration for a new form in fighting.
Cielito Lindo offers authentic Mexican experience
April 21, 2007
First it was Dos Hombres, a popular Mexican restaurant and club that had a good run for years, known for its south-of-the-border appetizers, beverages and into-the-night fiestas on its outdoor patio.
Community Mercantile plans renovations
Grocery co-op will move departments, update dining area at members’ request
April 21, 2007
After six years at the corner of Ninth and Iowa streets, the Community Mercantile is ready for a makeover.
City growth raises questions about state of downtown
April 21, 2007
It’s a perennial hot-button issue in Lawrence: Should we let businesses pop up as the market dictates, or should we control the growth with an eye on broader concerns about quality of life?
Heat, Bulls collide again
Shaq laughs off talk of brewing rivalry
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C8
They played six tense games in the first round of the playoffs last year, and their recent history includes hard fouls and harsh words. But if there’s a rivalry between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, that’s news to Shaquille O’Neal.
Batman’ seeks third hurdles crown
Olympic-gold hopeful Jackson marquee performer during today’s Gold Zone
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C7
It’s “Batman” to the rescue at the 2007 Kansas Relays. Bershawn Jackson, who as a youth was nicknamed after the comic book Superhero because “they said I had big ears and I fly,” enters as marquee men’s performer in today’s Gold Zone, set for 2 to 6 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
Construction nears completion on school projects
April 21, 2007
When classes begin next fall in most of Lawrence’s secondary schools, there will be one familiar element missing from the normal buzz of the school day: the sound of construction.
KU Class of ‘57 plans golden weekend
A lot can change in half a century
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
They have memories of seeing Louis Armstrong in concert, daring other students to walk between Wilt Chamberlain’s legs and, in the case of the women, fighting for the right to wear Bermuda shorts.
Returning to Haskell feels like home for new president
April 21, 2007
A former admissions director at Haskell Indian Nations University has returned to lead the school.
Art in the Park gains importance amid gallery closings
April 21, 2007
Julie Kingsbury, a Lawrence jewelry designer, used to travel to fine art festivals across the Midwest to display - and hopefully sell - her work.
Automotive retail expansions continue in south Lawrence
April 21, 2007
Dale Willey this year is chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, the lead trade group for one of America’s largest retail sectors.
City of Eudora plans sesquicentennial events
April 21, 2007
Eudora leaders are taking steps to renovate the city’s downtown, pave the way for economic development and prepare for population increases.
Baldwin City to begin work on renovating downtown
April 21, 2007
If all goes as planned by this time next year, Baldwin City’s downtown will have a new, fresh look.
Elder-friendly secret shopper program looks to expand into Lawrence
April 21, 2007
Growing older brings a lot of lifestyle changes, but improved customer service isn’t often one of them.
W@LH undergoes ‘huge learning curve’
After-school program building formula for successful student events
April 21, 2007
Junior high students are pretty picky about what they like to do.
Gunman’s family members say he ‘made the world weep’
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A4
The family of Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho told The Associated Press on Friday that they feel “hopeless, helpless and lost,” and “never could have envisioned that he was capable of so much violence.”
KU students announce homelessness awareness project
April 21, 2007
Shannon Williams and Jenni Holtaway are disturbed by a national trend known as “bum bashing,” and they’re determined to do something to end that sort of violence here in Lawrence.
Charlton Manley earns recognition
April 21, 2007
Charlton Manley, Lawrence, has been recognized as Acuity Insurance Co.’s top-producing agency in Kansas during 2006.
New mayor discusses potential needs, possibility of seeking sales tax
April 21, 2007
Lawrence’s new mayor is all business.
Military contracts creating new jobs at brisk pace
April 21, 2007
GPW & Associates Inc., a design and construction firm, has to find a bigger office.
8 years after Columbine massacre, victims’ relatives want more answers
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
The families of Columbine school shooting victims pledged Friday to appeal a judge’s decision to seal information about the two killers, saying the information may have helped prevent the Virginia Tech massacre.
Topeka campaign raises home-buying issues between 2 cities
April 21, 2007
The sporadic, low-level rivalry between Topeka and Lawrence has moved into the arena of home-buying.
Vital alumni
Alumni and friends of Kansas University can be a powerful voice to promote and support the university and its mission.
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B6
Members of Kansas University’s graduating class of 1957 are gathering in Lawrence this weekend for their “Golden Anniversary Reunion.” They will be joined at the annual Gold Medal Club brunch by others who received their degrees more than 50 years ago.
Gone but not forgotten
Methodist pastor’s legacy helps church cope with grief
April 21, 2007 in print edition on D1
It’s been a year since the Rev. Denise Hygh died of cancer, but it’s still difficult for Hazel Burgert to accept it. “I still have people say to me, ‘I miss Denise,’” Burgert says. “I still miss Denise. I lost a good friend.”
Gunman kills hostage, self in Houston
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
A NASA contract worker took a handgun inside an office building Friday at the Johnson Space Center and fatally shot a hostage before killing himself, police said. A second hostage escaped with minor injuries.
Small-class power Ward stuns FSHS
Four-time defending state champs hand sloppy Firebirds first setback of season
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
Don’t let Kansas City Ward’s Class 4A status fool you, Free State High baseball coach Mike Hill said.
Free State pushes city’s growth out west
April 21, 2007
Back in the mid-1990s, when Lawrence’s school board first picked a 67-acre agricultural site in northwest Lawrence for a second high school, it lit the fuse on a development explosion still being felt today.
Developers set sights on military-area development
April 21, 2007
Lawrence developers, bankers and investors who cast their gaze about 100 miles west of town don’t see the prairie grass and rolling hills everyone else sees.
East Lawrence, downtown development move forward
April 21, 2007
MartinLogan Ltd., whose high-end audio speakers are owned by entertainment stars and die-hard audiophiles, could’ve moved its operations anywhere when the place was sold two years ago to a private-equity firm based in Minnesota.
Parent support network grows in Lawrence
April 21, 2007
It’s a feeling that hits many parents of junior high students - a loss of control that comes from no longer knowing everything that’s going on in their child’s life.
Business momentum building in west Lawrence
April 21, 2007
Identigen Ltd., a growing bioscience company based in Ireland, found its North American home in the heartland.
Computers stolen at engineering school
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B3
Employees at Eaton Hall, which houses the School of Engineering on the Kansas University campus, reported that four laptop computers were stolen from a supply closet.
Cards halt slide
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C4
Reliever-turned-starter Braden Looper allowed five hits in seven innings, and Preston Wilson hit a long two-run homer in the seventh Friday as the St. Louis Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Cubs, 2-1.
Kansas Bioscience Authority praised in tech sector
April 21, 2007
Amid a growth of the bioscience industry in Kansas, area businesses hope to tap into state money to fund research, equipment and other operating costs.
Sharpton, Jackson made things worse
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C2
A clown in a cowboy hat says something ridiculous. A lazy media trudges en masse toward an easy and tired place. A blowhard cartoon does his predictable, inflammatory dance with lighter fluid.
A mighty spring fling
Ex-Jayhawk Russell unleashes huge throw to win
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
Scott Russell pumped his left fist, twirled his index finger in the air, then to the rhythmic clapping of several hundred fans, unleashed the longest season-opening javelin throw of his track and field career early Friday night outside Memorial Stadium.
Whole menu’ of planning, amenities could change look of Lawrence
April 21, 2007
The menu has been placed in front of city leaders.
Women often left out of abortion debate
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B6
May I remind you what else was happening on the very day in 2003 when Congress passed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban. In Florida, the Legislature passed a law that gave politicians the power to override Terri Schiavo’s wishes and have her feeding tube reinserted.
Faith briefs
April 21, 2007 in print edition on D8
Islamic awareness week events
April 21, 2007 in print edition on D8
¢ Lord endows chosen with ability ¢ Sacred language a gift from God
Lawrence schools return to normal
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A6
Birds were chirping. Flowers were blooming. And parents were smiling Friday morning as they dropped off their children at Deerfield School.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B6
Her message was familiar - that the United States did not need the Equal Rights Amendment. Anti-ERA crusader Phyllis Schlafly’s campus reception at Kansas University drew an antagonistic audience wherever she went.
Walking, biking event to raise money for center
April 21, 2007
An event to raise money to keep life-saving services available at Headquarters Counseling Center offers a day of walking, cycling and throwing rubber chickens around.
Community Theatre celebrates 30th year
April 21, 2007
Doug Wasson remembers 1977.
County’s unique approach keeps recidivism rates low
April 21, 2007
The task of trying to prevent a convicted felon from returning to the justice system is a tricky and unpredictable trade.
City Commission election put jobs on front-burner
April 21, 2007
Talk of jobs has landed Mike Dever and Rob Chestnut new jobs on the Lawrence City Commission.
Music retailers work around MP3’s impact
April 21, 2007
The way in which consumers have been buying music has significantly changed in recent years, and that hasn’t been easy for the music industry - or the music stores where everyone used to go to get the latest hit CD.
Furniture retailer celebrating 25 years in business
April 21, 2007
Galen and Susie Tarman started out small.
Zig and Mac’s develops winning formula in former Tanner’s location
April 21, 2007
They say the third time’s the charm.
Pet food recall drives customers to natural foods suppliers
April 21, 2007
Adrienne Sanders, of Lawrence, wasn’t worried about her cats falling victim to the tainted pet food Menu Foods recalled in mid-March. Sanders had switched from food sold in grocery stores years ago when she found out one of her cats was diabetic and one of the main ingredients in the food she was feeding him was corn.
Film shares fuel-saving message
Cultural activist group’s leader seeks city focus on conservation
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence resident Tim Hjersted is calling on the Lawrence City Commission to take heed of a national concern: oil supply.
Churches address growth with renovations
April 21, 2007
The digs at Trinity Episcopal Church are a little more comfortable now.
New health department director seeking community collaboration
April 21, 2007
When Daniel Partridge listens to the news, all he hears are public health stories - even if that’s not the angle of the broadcast.
Restaurants remain in state of flux on west side of city
April 21, 2007
Susan Chi misses Ruchi, the defunct Indian restaurant that was at 15th Street and Kasold Drive.
Pump patrol
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Private schools throughout city planning expansions
April 21, 2007
St. John Catholic School is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but that doesn’t mean the school is taking much time to look back.
Tense KU-St. Luke’s deal put to ‘guiding principles’
April 21, 2007
For decades, the school where Kansas University students learned to be doctors and the hospital where they practiced were one and the same.
City facing decision on new library site
April 21, 2007
Those waiting for the final page to be turned on the discussion to build a new Lawrence Public Library will have to wait a little longer.
Veterans re-elected to school board; race lacked 2003’s ‘hot button’ issues
April 21, 2007
Some familiar faces have returned to the Lawrence school board.
Bishop Seabury celebrating 10-year anniversary
April 21, 2007
Going to school at Bishop Seabury Academy is like going to school with members of your family, students say.
Produce grower alliance considering expansion
Rolling Prairie entering 14th year
April 21, 2007
Vicki Douglas has a hard time choosing a favorite type of fruit or vegetable from the Rolling Prairie Farmers Alliance.
Festival organizer, county officials seek to make tourism boon a win-win
April 21, 2007
The show must go on.
Society calendar
April 21, 2007 in print edition on D5
Celebrations planned as Baker turns 150
April 21, 2007
The phrase “happy birthday” will be heard often during the next academic year at Baker University.
Topekan guilty in downtown murder
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
A 20-year-old Topeka man was convicted Friday evening of second-degree murder and aggravated battery for a February 2006 downtown Lawrence shooting that killed 46-year-old Robert Earl Williams and injured another man.
Former mayor files for bankruptcy
Rundle says Lawrence city commissioners deserve higher pay
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B5
Mike Rundle, a former mayor and 12-year Lawrence city commissioner, has filed for personal Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.
Around and about
April 21, 2007 in print edition on D3
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B6
Baker University had begun an elaborate series of events to coincide with the inauguration of James E. Doty as school president. Physicist John Wheeler of Princeton was among the speakers.
U.S. gets life-or-death lesson
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B6
Are we ready for the next time? Is America ready to prevent, or respond to, an even bigger attack than Monday’s campus slaughter?
Horoscopes
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Saturday, April 21
List of 1957 graduates
April 21, 2007
Lawrence’s Barber could have huge medals haul
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C1
After Lawrence High’s Courtney Barber missed her three attempts at 5 feet, 7 inches in the high jump at the Kansas Relays, she promptly went off to prepare for the 1,600-meter relay.
Lawrence Datebook
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
April 21, 2007
Olathe South spills FSHS
Missed opportunities haunt Firebirds in loss to defending champions
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C3
Jason Pendleton looked to the sky with his hands on his head and a grimace on his face.
Turnover higher than usual for downtown vacancies
April 21, 2007
Take a drive down Massachusetts Street, and you can see a new or vacant business on practically each block of the downtown area.
Top vote-winner returns with ‘high expectations’
Scott Morgan reclaims seat on Lawrence school board, ready to move forward
April 21, 2007
Four years ago, Scott Morgan presided over a school board worn out by school closings, layoffs and program cuts.
University National earns superior rating
April 21, 2007
The University National Bank of Lawrence has earned a 5-star rating from BauerFinancial Inc., an independent bank-rating firm.
McElhaney says he won’t run again
April 21, 2007
There will be no third term in office for Douglas County Commissioner Jere McElhaney.
Realtors honored as top performers
April 21, 2007
Five Realtors with Realty Executives-Hedges Real Estate in Lawrence were honored for being among the top sales performers in the Realty Executives’ Kansas and Missouri region.
Physician to take leadership position
April 21, 2007
Dr. Donald Hatton, a Lawrence physician, will take office as chairman-elect of the American College of Physicians’ Board of Governors at the college’s annual Internal Medicine scientific meeting this month in San Diego.
Protection One boosts revenue
Fourth-quarter figures rise for Lawrence firm
April 21, 2007
Protection One Inc., a Lawrence-based company that provides monitored-security services, reported last month that it had recorded an increase in revenues for the fourth quarter, including a boost in its recurring monthly revenues.
Attorney appointed to state commission
April 21, 2007
Lawrence attorney Mark Andersen was appointed last month by the Kansas Bar Association to the Electronic Recording Commission in Kansas, and serves as its secretary.
City planning landlord, tenant events
April 21, 2007
Landlords and tenants will have a chance to learn more about fair housing laws at an upcoming seminar sponsored by the city’s Human Relations Department.
Francisco joins compact on higher education
April 21, 2007
State Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, has been appointed to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact.
KU rises in rankings for funded research
April 21, 2007
Kansas University rose four places in a recent nationwide ranking of where public universities stand in federal research funding, KU announced April 9.
No solution in sight to fund deferred maintenance
April 21, 2007
Short of minting money or robbing banks, the Kansas Legislature looked into just about everything this year as it tried to find a way to pay for needed university repairs.
Hospital close to meeting $40 million fundraising goal
April 21, 2007
A fundraising campaign to help pay for the $40 million expansion of Lawrence Memorial Hospital is near its goal.
Leadership Kansas fills 2007 class
April 21, 2007
Six Lawrence residents have been accepted to enroll in the 2007 class of Leadership Kansas, a program to educate current and future leaders about issues facing business and government in the state.
Ex-Jayhawk Thomas will play for Cagerz
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C5
Billy Thomas is back in basketball. Thomas, a 6-foot-5 guard who played for Kansas University from 1994 to ‘98, has signed a contract with the Kansas Cagerz of the United States Basketball League.
After Tillman’s death, Army clamped down on information
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A5
Within hours of Pat Tillman’s death, the Army went into information-lockdown mode, cutting off phone and Internet connections at a base in Afghanistan, posting guards on a wounded platoon mate and ordering a sergeant to burn Tillman’s uniform.
Geared for change
North Lawrence among growing regions in city
April 21, 2007
When it came to choosing a location for expanding his Harley-Davidson business, Mike Patterson found everything he needed in North Lawrence
Humane Society seeks help with lagging shelter fundraiser
April 21, 2007
The Lawrence Humane Society doesn’t want to have to beg, but it might.
Clerk wins $200,000 lottery prize by accident
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
A store clerk’s slip-up at the cash register has paid off big time.
Teen says he regrets aiding rape, murder
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
A teenager who admitted to police that he raped a woman tied to a bed, slit her throat and helped his uncle burn her remains also said he regretted what he did, a videotaped interview played for jurors on Friday shows.
County opens auctions to online market
April 21, 2007
Douglas County government’s difficult experience last year with a now-defunct auction company prompted county officials to further explore eBay as an auction alternative. The county’s foray into online auctioning has proved successful - and time-consuming.
KU’s Elite Eight finish gives retailers, other businesses quick March lift
April 21, 2007
It’s a simple formula: Success for the Kansas University men’s basketball team means a boost to the local economy.
A-Rod stays hot, but Sox prevail
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C4
Alex Rodriguez hit two more homers, but Coco Crisp tied the game with a two-run triple and then scored the game-winner on Alex Cora’s blooper during a five-run eighth inning Friday night as the Boston Red Sox came back to beat the New York Yankees, 7-6.
U.S. increases security at diplomatic buildings
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A8
U.S. diplomatic buildings in Germany have increased their security in response to a “heightened threat,” and the U.S. Embassy warned Americans in the country to take precautions, officials said Friday.
Green tsunami
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The upcoming Lawrence Earth Day celebrations and the Step-It-Up action of the past week are local activities in what is clearly becoming a global awakening of the naturalist-conservation movement of the 1960s and ‘70s.
Planning director announcement expected in May
April 21, 2007
Lawrence should have a planning and development leader next month.
$1M gift will expand cancer drug trials
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B8
A former Kansas lawmaker’s bout with cancer led him to donate $1 million toward research in his home state.
Deaths hit home
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: As a Kansas University student, I found the Virginia Tech massacre especially unnerving. The Columbine shooting in 1999 and the numerous high school shootings since then were frightening but resonate less to me personally because now I am in college.
Kasold work projected to end by this fall
April 21, 2007
Construction dust and detour signs have been a regular sight lately on Kasold Drive, the site of millions of dollars worth of road improvements that will continue in coming months.
Veteran Pistons to face novice Orlando
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C8
Even though the Detroit Pistons are in the playoffs for the sixth straight year, Richard Hamilton insists they don’t have a ho-hum attitude.
Resident appointed to state commission
April 21, 2007
Lawrence resident John Selk has been appointed to the Electronic Recording Commission in Kansas.
Water plant poses chance for growth in Lecompton
April 21, 2007
Lecompton leaders hope a new water plant will lead to more growth and development in this northwestern Douglas County town.
Legislature faces legal issue with KU Hospital appointments
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ expected veto of a legislative proviso requiring the approval of the Kansas University Hospital Authority board and Kansas Board of Regents before any binding action could be taken to form an affiliation between KU Hospital and KU Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital would be unfortunate.
County delays outside search for emergency management director
April 21, 2007
The search for a new Douglas County emergency management director is progressing slowly.
LHS tennis sixth at Invite
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High’s tennis team tied for sixth at the eight-team Lawrence Invitational on Friday at Lawrence Tennis Center.
LMH paves way for new service
April 21, 2007
Experiencing a significant increase in patient visits, Lawrence Memorial Hospital is undergoing a $40 million expansion.
Police nab mobster after fatal shooting
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A8
Police stormed an apartment today and seized a suspected gangster who had barricaded himself in side after a deadly shooting in the streets of a Tokyo suburb in violence officials said may signal infighting in the Japanese underworld.
4-H and FCE news
April 21, 2007 in print edition on D5
Free State softball splits pair
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Free State High softball team split a doubleheader with Olathe North on Friday at the Olathe District Activities Center.
New principals named at Quail Run, Cordley
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Superintendent Randy Weseman announced Friday that Lawrence would have two new elementary school principals during the next school year.
Oden makes it official
Ohio State standout declares for NBA Draft
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C2
Greg Oden is through with school. The 7-foot freshman center said Friday he would leave Ohio State to enter the NBA draft, where he figures to be one of the top two picks along with Texas freshman forward Kevin Durant.
Lied Center announces next season’s lineup
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B5
There will be something for everyone during the Lied Center’s 2007-2008 season.
People in the news
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ After leak of voicemail rant, Baldwin explains himself ¢ Imus’ sidekick-producer also fired for Rutgers remarks ¢ Custody hearing for Smith’s baby ends without resolution ¢ Osbourne replaces Brandy as judge on ‘America’s Got Talent’ ¢ Film-crazy India celebrates wedding of movie stars
Texas Tech blanks Jayhawks
Red Raiders’ first-inning run holds up in 1-0 victory
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C5
Sophomore left-hander Andy Marks scatted seven hits over 62â3 innings and allowed just one run, but it was not enough for Kansas University. Texas Tech starting pitcher A.J. Ramos shut out the Jayhawks on four hits Friday night as the Red Raiders won the first game of the three-game series, 1-0.
Black Jack Battlefield develops as tourism site
April 21, 2007
Some believe the Black Jack Battlefield east of Baldwin City was the site in 1856 of the first skirmish that led to the Civil War.
Lawrence resident wants portion of road named for Martin Luther King Jr.
April 21, 2007
Mark Jones is laying the groundwork for naming a portion of a road in Lawrence after slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Event seeks to decrease misconceptions about Islam
April 21, 2007 in print edition on D1
When non-Muslims step inside the Islamic Center of Lawrence, Barakat Makrami says, they’re often surprised by how much Islam has in common with their own faith.
City’s T service marks 8.6 percent ridership increase
April 21, 2007
It’s too bad that 2006 lasted longer than August.
Lawrence leaders plan ‘hub’ for bioscience growth
April 21, 2007
Lawrence is looking to bolster its bioscience future by turning a temporary warehouse into a permanent hub for nurturing promising companies and their emerging products and technologies.
Learn about U.S. in ‘States’
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
Is popular culture trying to tell us something? The popularity of spelling bees, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” and even the movie “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” (8 p.m. today, FX) tells us that Americans want to return to the comforting smells of grammar school, Elmer’s glue, Crayola crayons and construction paper.
Perry-Lecompton students searched after note found
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A6
A threatening note found in a girls’ restroom at Perry-Lecompton High School prompted local, state and federal law enforcement officers to search all students and teachers entering the school Friday. Metal detectors were used to screen everyone entering the building.
Club news
April 21, 2007 in print edition on D5
Carter’s return riles up Raptors’ fans
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C8
Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell likens Vince Carter’s departure from Toronto to a divorce. The marriage may be over, but the hearts of Toronto basketball fans still haven’t healed.
Report: 113 killed during three days of fighting
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A8
Three days of fighting between Islamic insurgents and Ethiopian troops backing the government has killed at least 113 civilians, a local human rights group said Friday. The U.N. said hundreds of thousands of residents had fled.
Nurseries among those with boost from daylight saving time change
April 21, 2007
Douglas County nurseries and greenhouses are catering to a deluge of customers this year, thanks to a change on the calendar.
Longtime Baldwin business owner closes doors
April 21, 2007
Gary Rochester is about to give the corner of Eighth Street and U.S. Highway 56 its first new look in more than 40 years.
Sebelius vetoes bill sought by doctors
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B5
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Friday vetoed a bill that she said would have exempted health care providers, including doctors, from the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
Berry Plastics delivering jobs, site upgrade
April 21, 2007
Berry Plastics Group Inc. is making progress on a $118 million upgrade of its Lawrence production plant.
Partners-In-Progress set for Tuesday
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B4
Baker University will honor five Lawrence residents Tuesday for their business achievements and civic contributions.
On the record
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
University licenses RFID tags
April 21, 2007
A California company that makes containers for storing and dispensing liquids ranging from fuels to medicines is getting some help tracking its products by using technology developed at Kansas University.
President won’t resign after being suspended
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A8
President Traian Basescu said Friday he would not resign, a day after he was suspended by Romania’s opposition-dominated parliament amid allegations that he abused his position.
Proposal leaves farmers in limbo
April 21, 2007
Farmers across the nation are watching as Congress wrangles over the Bush administration’s new proposal on how to award farm subsidies.
Chamber, area leaders develop plans to stay ahead of the curve
April 21, 2007
More than 150 years since members of the New England Emigrant Aid Co. came upon the banks for the Kansas River and decided to set up a free-state stronghold, Lawrence’s leaders once again are moving forward with a sense of direction and forging optimistic plans for affirming their community a bastion of commerce and future success.
Fourth-graders give relays a run
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
A miniature version of the Kansas Relays took place Friday in Anschutz Sports Pavilion.
Commodities
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B4
Bodies of two miners found in collapse
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
Workers found the bodies of two miners in the cabs of heavy machinery Friday, three days after they were buried when a wall section collapsed in an open-pit coal mine.
California halts death penalty chamber
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
With Democratic legislative leaders fuming, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has shut down construction on a new death penalty chamber at San Quentin Prison.
Military news
April 21, 2007 in print edition on D5
West Lawrence retailers welcome return of event
April 21, 2007
Christian Walker has witnessed how the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival boosts business.
Kasparov questioned by security agency
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
Garry Kasparov, a chess superstar locked in the political match of his life with President Vladimir Putin, was called in for four hours of questioning by Russian security agents Friday and ordered to see prosecutors today.
Memorial service held for slain professor
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A4
Kevin Granata was the kind of professor whose door was always open to his students.
Seven Marines who may testify granted immunity
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
Military prosecutors have granted immunity to at least seven Marines and they may be called to testify at the trial of fellow troops accused in the slayings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Mortgage company to be sold
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B4
After three weeks of speculation, H&R Block Inc. made good on a promise to offload its struggling mortgage lending business, agreeing Friday to sell Option One Mortgage Corp. to a private equity firm.
Poll: Americans remain deeply split over guns
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A4
The nation is profoundly split along gender, racial and other lines over gun violence and what the government should do to control it, despite near-universal sorrow over the Virginia Tech shootings, an AP-Ipsos poll has found.
Couple honored for farming success
April 21, 2007
Roger and Sue Pine, of rural Douglas County, were named a Kansas Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker for 2006 last month.
Strong earnings push Dow toward 13,000
Stocks advance sharply after Google, other firms exceed profit expectations
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B4
Wall Street bounded higher Friday, hurtling the Dow Jones industrial average to a record close approaching 13,000 as investors celebrated a week of surprisingly strong earnings reports. The major indexes all had their third straight winning week, their longest such streak since October.
Publication plugs into Lawrence
April 21, 2007
A publisher of magazines focusing on the Linux computer operating system has launched its North American headquarters in downtown Lawrence.
Alpha and Omega advisers honored
April 21, 2007
Raymond Poteet, Jodi Schlesener and Heather Poteet, of Alpha & Omega Financial Services Inc. in Lawrence, have been named members of the Million Dollar Round Table, an international association of life insurance and financial services professionals. The honor was announced last month.
Governor breathing without ventilator
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A3
Gov. Jon S. Corzine was breathing on his own again Friday after doctors removed a breathing tube he’d been using since he was critically injured in an April 12 high-speed crash, his spokesman said.
Gore shuns president over death squad scandal
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A8
Al Gore withdrew from an environmental conference in Miami on Friday to avoid appearing with the Colombian president, who is facing the most serious accusations yet that he aided far-right death squads.
Tax burden
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: People who want services and have the ability to pay for them should do so, and budget them into the cost of running their business.
Key rulings coming soon for long-awaited SLT route
April 21, 2007
North or south? After more than two decades of discussion, that’s the question that is now at the center of the debate surrounding the uncompleted South Lawrence Trafficway.
TV writers consult CDC for accuracy
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A2
Two AIDS doctors made a house call last month to the set of TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” The plot line was the suggestion that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS - a fringe theory promoted on the Internet and by certain African leaders. But the two physicians weren’t there to doctor the script.
De Soto man charged with meth manufacture
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B3
A De Soto man was charged Friday in Johnson County with three felony counts related to methamphetamine production.
New Jazzercise center opens in Lawrence
April 21, 2007
A new Jazzercise fitness center opened April 9 in Lawrence.
Chamber to present leadership awards
April 21, 2007
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce on April 12 announced recipients of its annual leadership and volunteer awards, to be presented during the chamber’s Leadership Lawrence graduation ceremony Friday
Holocaust survivor laid to rest, praised as hero
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A4
Liviu Librescu, the 76-year-old professor and Holocaust survivor killed as he tried to block the Virginia Tech gunman from entering his classroom, was laid to rest Friday among the fields and citrus groves outside the town Ra’Anana, praised as a hero who gave his life for his students.
KU announces book-collecting event
April 21, 2007
Barbara Backus McCorkle, a former librarian at Kansas University, will be the keynote speaker at the 51st annual Snyder Book Collecting Contest awards reception.
Suspended LHS teacher agrees to waive salary
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B2
A Lawrence High School 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 Friday.
New boss for Hallmark plant
Incoming general manager returning to Lawrence
April 21, 2007
Sixteen years after she started work for Hallmark Cards Inc. at its plant in Lawrence, Shannon Frost is set to return as the operation’s top boss.
Bar and grills driving gameday traffic west
Wayne and Larry’s packs more than bowling enthusiasts into popular restaurant
April 21, 2007
Troy Wingert and his buddies come to Wayne and Larry’s Sports Bar & Grill two hours before a game starts to make sure they get a seat.
Driver gets probation in police chase case
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence man who led police on a 200-mile car chase in Kansas and Missouri was placed on probation for one year Friday by a Douglas County District Court judge.
National Merit scholars advance in competition
April 21, 2007
Thirteen local seniors have advanced in the annual National Merit scholarship competition.
AIDS Walk draws record number participants
April 21, 2007
About 300 people pounded the pavement in below-average temperatures April 7 to raise money to help fight AIDS.
Teacher presented with excellence award
April 21, 2007
A longtime Lawrence High School teacher was the recipient of a Mayor’s Excellence in Education Award on April 3.
Butterfly art project may be sweet for bees
April 21, 2007
An artwork envisioned for a patch of ground east of Lawrence will tell the story of the birds and the bees - or at least, the butterflies and the bees.
Realtors building addition for classes
April 21, 2007
The Lawrence Board of Realtors announced in early April that it would add its headquarters building at 3838 W. Sixth St., the former Brackett School at the northeast corner of Sixth Street and Monterey Way.
Lions roar back
DeBiasse’s hits lift LHS
April 21, 2007 in print edition on C3
For the second time in two nights, the Lawrence High baseball team overcame a late deficit for a victory in the River City Classic.
Shooting victims return to Denver
Bands organize concert to help pay medical expenses
April 21, 2007 in print edition on B1
Ian Dumpert is back in Denver today, almost a month after being shot during a robbery while waiting to board a train in the city’s well-known Five Points neighborhood.
State’s oldest university continues to record enrollment increase
April 21, 2007
Baker University has seen a steady increase in enrollment in the past several years.
Pope says unbaptized babies aren’t in limbo
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A8
Pope Benedict XVI has reversed centuries of traditional Roman Catholic teaching on limbo, approving a Vatican report released Friday that says there were “serious” grounds to hope that children who die without being baptized can go to heaven.
Student voting sparse during April 3 election
April 21, 2007
Kansas University has a strong presence in Lawrence with its nearly 30,000 students, but their presence lags on election days.
Maple Leaf Festival to feature fireworks
April 21, 2007
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Baldwin City’s Maple Leaf Festival in October, organizers are planning a few fireworks.
Kansas State Bank plans new building
April 21, 2007
Kansas State Bank, Ottawa, announced plans in March for a new full-service main building to be constructed at 2045 S. Princeton St. in Ottawa. Plans call for the building to be about 9,000 square feet with three drive-through lanes.
Suspect charged with 3 felonies
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
Prosecutors on Friday filed three felony charges against a man suspected of triggering a bomb scare this week in local schools and at City Hall.
Hybrid car sales gaining in Lawrence as gasoline prices continue climb
April 21, 2007
Forecasting the rise and fall of gasoline prices is an intricate science, but anticipating the consequences of another increase is not. Automobile dealers report a spike in hybrid car sales whenever consumers are fed up with pump prices.
Western part of city’s voter turnout highest
April 21, 2007
The west was best.
Advanced Homecare earns a Gold Seal
April 21, 2007
Advanced Homecare LLC in Lawrence earned the Gold Seal of Approval and received accreditation from the Joint Commission.
LMH land purchase will expand medical options for Eudora residents
April 21, 2007
In a town with one family doctor and one dentist, the prospect of a new medical building - affiliated with a hospital - is an exciting one for Eudora residents.
Waterline project to resume Monday
April 21, 2007
Commissioners unanimously agreed last month with a recommendation from staff members to begin the third phase of the downtown waterline project starting Monday and to try to have it completed by Sept. 7.
LHS announces documentary screening
April 21, 2007
Lawrence High School’s film and media department will present “No Child Left Unrecruited: A Documentary,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
ECKAN cancels April distribution
April 21, 2007
The East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation will not distribute commodity food items in any of its counties during April because no food products are available.
Free State High School, anchor for west Lawrence, celebrating year 10
April 21, 2007
Joe Snyder had to do some calculations. But Free State High School’s first and only principal found the key number: 2,777.
Scouting news
April 21, 2007 in print edition on D5
Budget has hospital proviso
April 21, 2007 in print edition on A1
On Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ desk is the state’s $12.3 billion budget bill. Included in that document is a proviso that Kansas University Hospital wants and KU Medical Center would like to see go away.