Archive for Monday, April 23, 2007

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Bishop Seabury Bridge Bill Snead in D.C. KU tennis vs. Texas A&M
What do you think of the $172 million spent on Statehouse renovation?

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Too much taxpayer money was spent.
The building looks beautiful.
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6Sports Video: Big 12 tennis championships begin Thursday
April 23, 2007
Heading into the conference meet, the Jayhawks have been struggling - losing its last eight matches. But with a possible first round match with Oklahoma, the ‘Hawks have revenge on their minds.
New Commission gets its first look at Annual Tax Abatement report May 1st
April 23, 2007
This morning, the city’s ‘Public Incentives Review Committee’ agreed to forward the Annual Tax Abatement Report to Commissioners for review.
Kidcast for April 23, 2007
April 23, 2007
A bit of weather history, brought to you by a local youth.
Eudora couple ‘making waves’ with new invention
April 23, 2007
In a land-locked state — miles from the nearest lake — one Eudora couple has changed the world of boating.
Sebelius signs 12.3 billion dollar budget
April 23, 2007
In news out of Topeka — Governor Sebelius signed the state’s 12.3 billion dollar budget today — saying it keeps promises made to Kansas children to provide them with quality education.
Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin passes away today
April 23, 2007
According to a Kremlin spokeswoman, the 76-year-old former Russian President Boris Yeltsin died of cardio-vascular problems.
6Sports Video: Jayhawks in 9th at Big 12 Men’s Golf Tournament
April 23, 2007
Despite a good showing from Gary Woodland, the KU Jayhawks sit in 9th place at the Big 12 Men’s Golf Tournament in Hutchinson.
Federal grant may pave way for smooth east-west travel in south Lawrence
April 23, 2007
City leaders prepare to spend an $800,000 grant to begin a major road expansion in Southeast Lawrence at 31st and Haskell streets.
Virginia Tech massacre requires gun laws to be closely examined
April 23, 2007
In the wake of a fatal shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, gun laws are being closely examined. Federal Law would not have allowed the gunman to buy a weapon, but a loophole in state law may have allowed that to happen.
Bomb scare helps shed light on ways to improve communication during emergencies
April 23, 2007
At Monday night’s Lawrence School Board meeting, Superintendent Randy Weseman says he’s happy with the way the situation was handled - but there’s always room for improvement.
Police looking for man who robbed fast food restaurant early Sunday
April 23, 2007
Police say a man entered Taco John’s at 23rd and Haskell just after midnight Sunday night and demanded money - then helped himself to the cash in the register and fled.
Police search for man who robbed Taco John’s
April 23, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence police are looking for a man who robbed a fast food restaurant early Sunday in southeast Lawrence and the wheels are turning on improvements to 31 Street east of Haskell Avenue.
Sebelius rejects KUMC budget proviso
April 23, 2007
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday vetoed a budget proviso that would have required approval by Kansas University Hospital before a proposed affiliation could be established between KU Medical Center and St. Luke’s hospital.
Police looking for Taco John’s robber
Man took money shortly after midnight Saturday
April 23, 2007
Lawrence Police are looking for a man armed with a handgun who early Sunday morning robbed Taco John’s, 2309 Haskell Ave.
Kobe being dragged by Kwame
Bryant’s greatness not enough to propel the Lakers, because their man inside is a statue
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C2
Kobe Bryant is the best player in the National Basketball Association. Others can shoot, pass, rebound or defend better, of course, but no one comes as close to possessing the complete package and a take-no-prisoners mentality as he does.
Beltran takes aim at .300
Mets’ slugger having best April of anyone this side of A-Rod
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C5
Perhaps disappointed isn’t the proper word to describe Carlos Beltran’s reaction to tying the Mets’ single-season home run record last season. After all, the 41 clouts also were a personal best and, better yet, they helped the team win a division title.
Early-season struggles no reason to panic
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C5
Never take fantasy baseball guidance from someone in last place. This seems like simple, obvious advice. Yet here you are, reading beyond the first paragraph. There are a million excuses for being in last a few weeks into the season, and I’m liable to use them all:
Hamas calls for new offensive
Israel kills 9 Palestinians in weekend fighting, threatening truce
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A6
Hamas militants called Sunday for a fresh wave of attacks against Israel after troops killed nine Palestinians in weekend fighting, straining a five-month-old cease-fire.
Students prepare for classes to resume
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A5
Still grieving and increasingly wary of the media spotlight, Virginia Tech students returned to their beleaguered campus Sunday, preparing to salvage the final weeks of a semester eclipsed by violence.
KU windfall
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Boy, was I glad when I read about the $65 million windfall that the university will receive by marketing its athletics.
Royals top Twins, take first series of season
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C1
Jorge De La Rosa got into a groove after working out of a jam in the first inning. De La Rosa pitched a career-high eight innings Sunday and retired 16 in a row during one stretch to lead Kansas City to a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins, helping the Royals win their first series of the year.
Keegan: It’s time for city track dual
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C1
A thought occurred the other day, and quickly, so that it wouldn’t die of loneliness, it was run past the track and field coaches from the two city public high schools.
Voters choose candidates for runoff
France to choose its new president next month
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A6
Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal advanced to a runoff in Sunday’s presidential election, presenting France with a fundamental left-right choice between a conservative who could push his anxious nation toward painful change and a socialist who would be the country’s first female leader.
Chamber orchestra promotes diversity among arts patrons
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B2
Sunday’s performance by the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra was titled “Spring Finale.” Perhaps it would have more appropriately been called “Introduction to Chamber Music.”
Supreme Court sheds its liberal leanings
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A5
There’s seems to be a new Supreme Court in town. Last week’s ruling banning partial-birth abortions, revealed it. Coming up next, campaign reform will further clarify how President Bush’s conservative appointments and the departure of former Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor have reshaped the Court.
Ready, aim : SPLAT!
Paintball junkies flock to area park
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C6
Just over four years ago, Kyle Schuler never had heard of paintball. Today, he hardly can get enough of it. “My friend Chris introduced me to it,” Schuler, now a 16-year-old Lawrence High student, said. “He told me he played paintball. I really didn’t know much about it. I played it, and I got hooked.”
Watching out for what children watch
Shooting emphasizes need to shield young viewers from disturbing reports
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A2
Any time his 6-year-old son or 5-year-old daughter walks in on Jon Klein watching CNN, he quickly changes the channel.
Events Calendar
April 23, 2007 in print edition on D2
J-W editor recounts road trip to D.C.
April 23, 2007 in print edition on D2
Driving from Lawrence to Washington, D.C., is really no big deal. Pull onto the Kansas Turnpike, turn right and in 18 hours or thereabouts, you’re there.
Recruit Legion drops Kansas
Guard lists UCLA, Kentucky, Michigan after trip to UK
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C1
It appears Michigan is back in, and Kansas University is out in the Alex Legion recruiting sweepstakes.
Aggies sweep Jayhawks
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C1
Edina Horvath couldn’t quite complete her exhausting comeback attempt in No. 2 singles at First Serve Tennis Center on Sunday, and the Kansas University tennis team was swept by No. 21 Texas A&M, 7-0, in its season finale.
Crashers’ is a real turnoff
April 23, 2007
During the audacious pilot of the departed “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” a TV producer played by Judd Hirsch goes on a tirade, attacking network programmers for creative cowardice and “making content to appeal to 12-year-old boys, and not even the smart ones, but the dumb ones.”
Drive to the title
Woodland takes 400-yard tee shot, improved short game to Hutchinson
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C1
It would be nearly impossible for anyone to drive a golf ball in such a way as to startle Kansas University senior Gary Woodland. He hits it so far himself, why would anyone else wow him? Watching his coach, Ross Randall, go to work with a wedge in his hands, now, that’s a different story.
Bipartisan spirit, public service prized qualities in politics
Former Sen. Howard Baker accepts Dole Leadership Prize
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A1
A woman in the audience approached the microphone Sunday night for what those at the Lied Center expected to be another question for former Sen. Howard H. Baker.
Disturbia’ repeats as top weekend flick
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A2
The face of Hannibal Lecter was no match for Shia LaBeouf in a box-office battle of murder thrillers.
On the record
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B2
Medicaid programs ‘severely challenged’
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A4
State Medicaid programs, which provide health care to some of the nation’s poor, vary wildly in their eligibility criteria, the scope and quality of their care, and the amount they reimburse physicians providing it, according to an independent assessment published last week.
Village churches succumbing to age
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A6
The tombstones in the graveyard are polished, but the village church, which counted only three Sunday regulars, was cracked and water-stained when it was sold for $10,000 to an aspiring filmmaker who hung a poster of musician Lou Reed beyond the vestibule.
Pujols’ shot lifts St. Louis
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C4
With the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field, the conditions were perfect for the St. Louis Cardinals to get their offense out of its funk.
Iverson, Anthony spark Nuggets
Suns sink Lakers; James sprains ankle in Cavaliers’ victory
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C8
The Denver Nuggets have been here before, and this time around, they’re not going to get too excited about it.
Pump patrol
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
This old house: Historic home being restored inside and out
150-year-old structure has seen share of history
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
It survived Quantrill’s raiders and it marks the property where 150 years ago slaves took refuge on their way to freedom in the North.
Candidate confident GOP can win in ‘08
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B6
In the last 24 elections, since 1912, winners of the presidency won a plurality of the states along the Mississippi. Today the Republican presidential candidate with perhaps the most impressive resume says:
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B5
Medicaid mess costing millions
State must make up more than $90M in lost federal funds
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A1
It started several years ago. State officials were just getting over the budget meltdown from the post-Sept. 11 economic downturn, when another budgetary threat came barreling at them.
Medical examiner says gunman caused more than 100 wounds
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A5
Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho was as mysterious in death as he was in life, leaving behind few clues for medical examiners.
Travel agent to the stars
Va. company sells trips into space
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
On the 10th floor of a Tysons Corner, Va., high-rise populated mostly by law firms and software companies is an office where travel agents book multimillion-dollar jaunts to outer space.
Local pastor helps rally for gay rights
Clergy members gather on Capitol Hill to support changes to hate crime legislation
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
A trip to Washington, D.C., last week made local pastor Josh Longbottom part of history. Tuesday on Capitol Hill, he and 250 other clergy members from all 50 states gathered to encourage Congress to include gays as a protected class in hate crime legislation and to make it a federal crime to terminate a person’s employment based on sexual orientation.
Influential Republicans press for Gonzales’ ouster
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
Influential Republicans are pressing President Bush privately and publicly to fire Alberto Gonzales, arguing the attorney general’s performance is hurting the White House.
Ameriprise adviser earns recognition
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
Peggy Johnson, a senior financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial, qualified in the company’s 2006 Circle of Success program.
Angry nation
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The Virginia Tech horror again shows the level of anger and malaise in America. The reasons why the young student turned assassin will never be known.
Doubts cast on presidential elections
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A6
The ruling party’s hopes that a weekend election in Nigeria would be accepted as credible were dampened Sunday when local observers and the main opposition parties condemned what they said was vote-rigging and called for a repeat of the balloting.
Safety precautions
Lawrence’s police chief has expertise to offer in the field of curbing violent attacks.
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B6
The tragic shooting and killings Monday on the Virginia Tech University campus are sure to cause officials at most all American colleges and universities to give added attention to their own campus security systems, as well as to how they would respond if a similar situation occurred at their schools.
Interfaith love said to be behind bloodbath
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A7
The bad blood began to rise a few months ago in northern Iraq with the kind of interfaith love so reviled by Iraq’s religious extremists: A Muslim woman eloped with a member of a tiny religious sect called Yazidi.
Fee on cars proposed for Lower Manhattan
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
Driving into the most congested half of Manhattan could become an expensive privilege under a wide-ranging city program unveiled Sunday to cope with the booming population and ease stress on the environment.
Study: Pay gap between men, women widens over time
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A1
Women make only 80 percent of the salaries their male peers do one year after college; after 10 years in the work force, the gap between their pay widens further, according to a study released today.
Older volunteers needed for RSVP
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program - RSVP - is seeking participants who are 55 or older. The program uses the talents, skills and experiences of older volunteers to improve the lives of men, women and children in our community.
Retail trends
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Construction of the Riverfront outlet mall and the Tanger outlet mall were proceeded by comments similar to Commissioner Mike Dever’s outlook for new retail development at Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway: “I think it is going to add an opportunity for people outside of Lawrence to come shop : I think we’re going to attract people to come to Lawrence.”
Democrats weigh options on Iraq
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A7
Democrats are considering their next step after President Bush’s inevitable veto of their war spending proposal, including a possible short-term funding bill that would force Congress to revisit the issue this summer.
Lawrence Datebook
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B2
April 23, 2007
Rec calendar
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C6
Seabury faculty to read AP exams
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
Two faculty members of Bishop Seabury Academy recently were named to be readers for Advanced Placement Exams by the College Board. A third faculty member also returns as a reader.
Extension agent to take on new job, location
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
After eight years as Douglas County’s horticulture agent, Bruce Chladny is ready to tackle a new challenge.
J-School places first in Hearst competition
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s journalism school finished first in this year’s Intercollegiate Writing Competition of the Hearst Journalism Awards.
KU completes sweep of Raiders
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s softball team earned its second conference sweep of the season with a 5-3 victory over Texas Tech on Sunday.
License plates to help breast cancer research
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has signed into law a bill that would provide a new license plate for breast cancer research and outreach.
Med center receives $7.5 million grant
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University Medical Center announced last week it had received a three-year, nearly $7.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to find ways to more efficiently implement medical discoveries.
Pilot in Blue Angels crash identified
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
Investigators looked through wreckage Sunday to determine what caused a Navy Blue Angel jet to crash during a maneuver, while the military identified the fallen pilot as a 32-year-old who was performing in one of his first air shows with the team.
Student view
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I went to school Thursday thinking it was going to be a normal day. But I got there and then we went into a lockdown. I didn’t know what was happening so I did it.
More safety in more guns?
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B6
It wasn’t my first thought on hearing of the massacre at Virginia Tech. Initially, there was just shock and outrage, followed by the self-examination all of us do after a tragedy, as we ask ourselves if we might have done more to prevent such a senseless loss of life.
Tips for together time - and erasing the evidence
April 23, 2007 in print edition on D1
It’s healthy for couples to have their own interests, but too much time apart can damage a relationship. The May/June issue of AARP The Magazine offers this advice to an energetic woman and her couch-potato spouse.
No reporting
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: We no longer have news reporting. What we have is an endless soap opera featuring the most recent controversy or tragedy with the same pictures and dialogue run repeatedly for days, weeks, even months, until a “new” event occurs to be digested and regurgitated, ad nauseum : so it goes.
Cost of Statehouse renovation creates grumbling among some lawmakers
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B1
When workers finish with a Statehouse corner or wing, the results can be impressive. False ceilings disappear and ornate stenciling reappears after decades. Marble floors, once hidden under carpet, are rediscovered. Wood shines.
California U.S. House member dies of cancer
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Calif., died early Sunday of cancer, an aide said.
Artist honors musical influences on album
April 23, 2007
The best cover songs are sparkling interpretations of originals, with just enough of a difference to make that tune stand on its own.
Rock, Paper, Scissors ace to compete in Las Vegas
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A4
A burly 64-year-old retiree who resembles jolly old St. Nick will be going mano a mano with other contestants in a national title bout - in Rock, Paper, Scissors.
The nemesis triumphs again
Federer has no answer for Nadal’s greatness on clay
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C2
Roger Federer seems no closer to figuring out how to beat Rafael Nadal on clay.
On the money
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
Declaring bankruptcy is not an easy choice. But for individuals in dire financial straits, it can prove a welcome option.
Study links college students’ heavy drinking to heart danger
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A3
College students who drink heavily may be putting themselves at risk for more than just a hangover.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B6
Cubans have longer life span than many
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A6
“Fidel: 80 More Years,” proclaim the good wishes still hanging on storefront and balcony banners months after Cubans celebrated their leader’s 80th birthday.
Architect receives Presidential Award
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
Craig Penzler, former member and chair of the Lawrence Public Library Board of Trustees and founder and chair of the library’s New Directions Task Force, received the Presidential Award in the Library Advocate category from the Kansas Library Association.
Rental car complex designed with KCI convenience in mind
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B8
City officials and business groups hope a new consolidated rental car facility at Kansas City International Airport will give visitors an easier arrival - and a positive first impression of the region.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B6
Alternate view
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I realize the Journal-World is impotent to resist AP style guidelines in the interests of unbiased journalism, but must nonetheless protest Thursday’s reportage on the abortion ban.
People in the news
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Madonna jets out of Malawi with adopted son after visit
Jayhawks salvage Tech finale
April 23, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University junior John Allman went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while freshman Wally Marciel allowed one run over 52â3 innings as the Jayhawks pounded Texas Tech, 8-1, in Big 12 Conference baseball Sunday at Law Field.
Architects say construction fee is reasonable
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B3
Some legislators question the fee Kansas is paying to the architects involved in its Statehouse renovation, but officials involved in historic preservation in other states think it’s reasonable.
Japan expected to join U.S. on power plant
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A6
The Japanese and U.S. governments will likely agree at a bilateral summit meeting scheduled for Friday on Japan’s participation in a U.S. project to develop a coal-fueled, near-zero emission power plant, it was learned Saturday.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B6
Working to earn a raise
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A8
Q: I’m so angry I could scream! I just found out that my co-worker makes $12,000 more a year than I do for the exact same job. Unfortunately, I can’t share with my manager how I learned about the salary difference because it might get a friend fired. What can I do?
Study shows dieting fails in long run; lifestyle changes needed to keep weight off
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A5
Roberta Perry has tried it all to lose the pounds - organized diet programs, prescription pills, psychotherapy, even hypnosis.
Al-Maliki halts construction of wall around Sunni area
April 23, 2007 in print edition on A7
Iraq’s prime minister said Sunday that he has ordered a halt to the U.S. military construction of a barrier separating a Sunni enclave from surrounding Shiite areas in Baghdad after fierce criticism over the project at home.
New deal
Bridge aficionados teach youngsters complex card game
April 23, 2007 in print edition on D1
In the world of school activities, everyone is familiar with football and basketball, debate and drama. But a group of Lawrence residents are trying to make the card game bridge just as much a part of the high school activity scene. Bridge, particularly contract bridge, involves four players in two teams trying to take as many tricks, or sets of four cards, as they can.
Climate danger
April 23, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Of all the challenges human activity has brought about, nothing compares in magnitude to climate changes now emerging. In light of this crisis, we need leaders with the courage and vision to do what’s best for their entire community, state, country and planet.