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Free State’s Schriener signs with Ottawa
April 24, 2007
Firebird basketball fans won’t have to go far to watch one of their own play next year.
Short car chase leads police to wanted theft suspect
April 24, 2007
A 27-year-old man wanted for questioning in connection with a recent theft leads police on a chase north of Lawrence late this morning.
Trial for man accused of bomb threat moved up
April 24, 2007
A Lawrence man accused of making bomb threat calls last week in Douglas County makes a brief court appearance this morning.
Man injured in Cat Tracker accident thanks supporters
April 24, 2007
A man whose head struck an overpass while on the roof of a Kansas State football fan bus last year is thanking his supporters.
Area universities showcase students’ research
April 24, 2007
Student researchers at two area universities hope their charts and graphs jump from the books - becoming agents for change.
Increased gas prices has consumers turning to hybrid cars
April 24, 2007
With gas prices constantly changing, buying a hybrid car may be a better option than ever before.
6Sports video: Cornish ready for NFL draft
April 24, 2007
It’s three rounds Saturday and another four on Saturday - that’s how the National Football League goes about operating it’s yearly draft. While the 2007 version is this weekend, only five Kansas players have been selected but this year Jon Cornish hopes that’s not the case this year.
ECO2 finalizes business, industrial guidelines
April 24, 2007
A long-awaited plan providing guidelines for industrial, business and open space sites is now finalized and local leaders will review it in the next couple weeks.
Farmers’ Market expands to new location, night
April 24, 2007
The Lawrence Farmers’ Market expands beyond downtown for the first time as the Lawrence Douglas County planning office approved a Wednesday location for the market at 9th and Iowa streets.
LHS students take on directing roles
April 24, 2007
For the first time in years, students are controlling the thespian reigns at Lawrence High School.
6Sports video: Poor Kansas weather hinders KU golf team
April 24, 2007
The Kansas golf team didn’t have to leave the state to take on the rest of the conference in the Big 12 Championship this week. It turns out that wasn’t a good thing.
6Sports video: Border showdown moved to Kauffman Stadium
April 24, 2007
To the college diamond now where the Kansas Jayhawks are hoping Kauffman Stadium treats them better than its treated the Royals this year.
31st Street expansion stirs emotions of trafficway
April 24, 2007
Talk of expanding 31st street stirs strong emotions about the South Lawrence Traffic way.
Severe weather bringing cancellations
April 24, 2007
Several school-related events planned for this afternoon and evening have been canceled because the Lawrence area is in a tornado watch through 11 p.m. Julie Boyle, director of communications for Lawrence Public Schools, listed the following cancellation
Bomb threat suspect appears in court
April 24, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the man accused of making bomb threats last week has made a brief court appearance, and the possibility of severe weather in the area.
Tornado watch for Douglas County until 11 p.m.
April 24, 2007
Douglas County and the surrounding area has been placed under a tornado watch until 11 p.m. The National Weather Service in Topeka issued the watch about 3:25 p.m.
Free State celebrating 10th anniversary
Public invited to tour the school
April 24, 2007
Free State High School continues celebrating its 10-year anniversary this week with a variety of activities.
Hearing for bomb-threat suspect delayed
Judge resets court appearance to next Tuesday
April 24, 2007
A Lawrence man accused of making bomb threat calls last week in Douglas County made a brief court appearance this morning.
County lags far behind peers for early childhood programs
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
Douglas County trails most Kansas counties in educational programs offered for young children, according to the newly released 2007 Kansas Kids Count figures.
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C8
Track and field honor roll
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C4
Q & A with John Novotny
Dedication, good genes guide Lion
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C4
It’s 2:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, a full 45 minutes before baseball practice starts. Lawrence High senior John Novotny, who does not have a sixth-hour class, already has lifted weights for an hour and begins taking batting practice at Ice Field.
Lenders can help with mortgage troubles
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C8
Home foreclosures are up, in part because of defaults on riskier subprime loans, putting many communities at risk. But if past surveys continue to prove true, many financially troubled homeowners will never contact their lenders to work out a way to keep their homes.
Gun control not on agenda
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
The absence of concrete efforts by big-name Democrats to increase gun control is a sure sign that even with the Virginia Tech massacre the issue is no longer a major subject of dispute in American politics.
Purple prose
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I enjoyed and was stimulated by the purple prose in Chuck Berg’s review of the performance by the Emerson String Quartet at the Lied Center.
State must fund maintenance plan
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
As the Kansas Legislature reconvenes for the veto session there are some critical questions that should be asked.
Schools nowadays take steps to ensure students stay safe
April 24, 2007 in print edition on D2
You probably feel safest at home and at school. That makes sense; they are two of the safest places you can be. Sometimes, though, the stories in the news make it seem like schools can be dangerous.
How do we explain senseless violence?
April 24, 2007 in print edition on D1
Dr. Wes: In many ways, it’s harder to help our children put the Virginia Tech tragedy into a sane context than it was the events of Sept. 11. Those horrors happened in big cities to people whose lives seemed different from ours, farther from our reality.
Gonzales intends to remain as attorney general
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Bolstered by a fresh show of support from President Bush, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales sought Monday to move beyond calls for his resignation and lingering questions about his credibility after the firings of federal prosecutors.
Commentary: Nelson, Cuban cut from same cloth
Golden State Warriors coach having a great time getting under his former team’s skin
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C2
If you want to broach this subject with Mark Cuban, please do. If you want to wait until I take cover under a desk on the opposite side of American Airlines Center, even better.
First democratically elected Russian president dies at 76
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A7
Boris Yeltsin was a courageous fighter, an instinctive democrat who helped dismantle the vast totalitarian apparatus of the Soviet state and its monolithic Communist Party, freeing millions in Asia and Europe.
Sebelius vetoes KUMC proviso
Measure would give KU Hospital final say on affiliation
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
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.
Self: Ban on ‘texts’ needed
No news on Rush, no change on Arthur
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self will not shed any tears Thursday if the NCAA board of directors, as expected, passes legislation that will forbid coaches from text-messaging recruits.
Woodling: Kansas ignored in draft
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
It seemed like the right thing to do at the time. Back in 1994, Big Eight Conference top dogs decided to enhance television revenue by annexing the countless boob tubes in Texas homes, thus giving birth to the Big 12 Conference.
Suicide attack kills 9 U.S. troops
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
Nine U.S. soldiers were killed and 20 wounded Monday in a suicide car bombing against a patrol base northeast of the capital in Diyala province, a volatile area that has been the site of fierce fighting, the military said.
People in the news
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Sanjaya: ‘I’m not just a musician, I’m an entertainer’ ¢ Laura Dern recalls year out of work after kissing role ¢ Cheech Marin donating digital prints of art collection ¢ Pulitzer-winning writer David Halberstam killed in car crash
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Tuesday, April 24
Niche films compete for sleeper success
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Sequels to “Shrek,” “Spider-Man” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” aren’t the only movies coming out this summer. It only seems that way. Beneath Hollywood’s behemoth franchise flicks, a few less-heralded gems sneak in to become niche hits and sometimes $100 million smashes.
Firebirds snare pair
Hull’s homer helps FSHS hand SM West first loss
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
Maggie Hull smacked a deep drive toward the right-field fence, but didn’t know if it would leave the park. She rounded first base with her head down and kept running at full speed.
Simply perfect!
Seratte’s line: no runs, no hits, no errors
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
After Lawrence High’s 8-0 softball victory against Leavenworth, pitcher Sydney Seratte crouched down to pick up a handful of infield dirt. One could hardly blame her for grabbing a grimy souvenir. The senior pitched a perfect game Monday afternoon at the Sport2Sport complex.
Sheed stellar from start
Motivated Wallace helps Pistons to 2-0 series lead
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C5
Rasheed Wallace usually needs to get mad at an official or face a late-game situation to get motivated. The opening tip was enough for him Monday night.
A-Rod hits 2 more in loss
Yankee star now has 14 homers, tying April record
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C6
Two more homers by Alex Rodriguez couldn’t stop the struggling New York Yankees from stumbling again.
Scientists to lay out ways to head off worst of climate change at least cost
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
U.N.-sponsored scientists who warned of the dangers of a warming Earth will issue a new study next month describing how to avert the worst: Everyone must embrace technologies ranging from nuclear power to manure control.
Former football coach kicks off literacy event for youngsters
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B4
Former Kansas University football coach Don Fambrough on Monday gave a group of Lawrence tykes what could be their first lesson in how to handle the rival Missouri Tiger.
N.Y. mayor’s gun control ad pulled from Wichita TV station
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B8
The CBS affiliate in Wichita, Kan., is refusing to air an advertisement that is part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control campaign, saying the spot is misleading. Bloomberg’s administration shot back, questioning the station’s objectivity.
Report reviews tax breaks
City commissioners may weigh value of wage data
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C8
On this much they agree: The 2006 Tax Abatement Report will be sent to City Hall for formal acceptance May 1.
On the record
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence residents receive awards
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C8
Al Campbell and Jim Redmon, both of Lawrence, were honored at the Kansas Children’s Service League’s 114th Annual Meeting and Award Luncheon, conducted Friday at the Topeka Country Club.
Consultant: Topeka must beautify to attract more business executives
Report criticizes dilapidated appearance, lack of ‘class A’ office space
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
Topeka has difficulty attracting new businesses because it is an unattractive place that does not have a strong identity, according to a consultant’s report.
Russia objects to plan for Kosovo independence
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
A plan backed by the United States for the independence of Serbia’s breakaway province of Kosovo would be a “delayed-action land mine” that would foment future conflicts in the Balkans, Russia’s foreign minister warned Monday.
Moving event
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I also attended the Lied Center School Performance of “A Midnight Cry: The Underground Railroad to Freedom” performed by the Dallas Children’s Theater with my class.
Yeltsin leaves legacy of accomplishment, failure
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A7
Lawrence Russian experts said Boris Yeltsin, who died Monday, will leave a legacy of accomplishment and abject failure.
Employees attend banking seminar
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C8
Ray Poteet, Heather Poteet, Jodi Schlesener and Mike Everett, of Alpha & Omega Financial Services Inc., Lawrence, attended a seminar, “Taking Your Infinite Banking Concept Practice to New Horizons,” in the Kansas City area.
Free State relay enjoys speedy dilemma
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C4
Everyone should have it as tough as Free State High track and field coach Steve Heffernan.
County wants to ease easement regulation
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
Douglas County commissioners are looking for a way to encourage property owners to conserve some of their land when it contains certain key features.
Hearing set for suspect in downtown melee
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
A Douglas County District Court judge set a preliminary hearing for the man involved in a disturbance last month in downtown Lawrence.
Students can help make schools safer
April 24, 2007 in print edition on D1
While it’s the responsibility of grown-ups - parents, teachers and principals - to keep children safe at school, there are some things that you can do to help them, your classmates and yourself deal with possibly dangerous situations.
Aspirin studies create headaches
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
The research could give you whiplash: Aspirin prevents cancer, one study says. Oops, maybe not, says another. Now comes word that aspirin may fend off cancer only if people take much more than is used to fight heart disease, suggesting some of the earlier back-and-forth may have been due to confusion about the right dose.
Ruling party candidate wins flawed elections
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
A former chemistry professor hand-picked by President Olusegun Obasanjo won Nigeria’s presidential election in a landslide Monday, a vote denounced as deeply flawed by international observers and the opposition.
Iran’s president offers direct, televised talks with Bush
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
Iran’s hard-line president proposed Monday to have public talks with President Bush on a wide range of issues, without saying whether that included international suspicions of the Iranian nuclear program or allegations of Iranian meddling in Iraq.
City athletes of the week
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C4
Hospital, cancer center to merge programs
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University Hospital and the Kansas City Cancer Center announced Monday that they would merge their blood and marrow transplant services into one program.
Former KU employee dies from cancer
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
Bob Lewis, a former employee of Kansas University’s university relations office, has died at age 84 from cancer of the esophagus, KU announced Monday.
Virginia Tech gets back to class
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Her back still aching from jumping from a second-floor classroom window to avoid being shot, Caroline Merrey knelt before a memorial to Professor Liviu Librescu - the teacher who barred the door with his own body and helped make her escape possible.
Officials say 200 Taliban fighters surrounded
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
Afghan forces have trapped up to 200 Taliban fighters in a southern village, possibly including the militia’s military commander, demanding they surrender or come under attack, Afghan officials said Monday.
No no-no for Buehrle, but Chisox still roll
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
Mark Buehrle didn’t pitch another no-hitter. Paul Konerko made sure he didn’t need to. Buehrle allowed five hits in seven innings, leading the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals, 7-4, Monday night.
NBA briefs
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C5
¢ Wizards’ Butler has cast removed ¢ Hinrich fined $25K for throwing mouthpiece ¢ James says sore ankle won’t stall playoff effort ¢ Suns guard Barbosa wins Sixth Man Award ¢ Paul has foot surgery, likely out for summer
Study finds no abortion-breast cancer link
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A5
An abortion or a miscarriage does not increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer, according to results released Monday from a decadelong study of more than 100,000 women.
Weseman sees room for improvement
Better system of emergency notification needed, superintendent says
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
A bomb scare last week revealed Lawrence’s public schools can take steps to improve the way parents are informed about emergencies, says Superintendent Randy Weseman. “We can do better,” Weseman told Lawrence’s school board Monday night.
Parents urged to check child vaccinations
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B3
Parents are encouraged this week to check their children’s immunization records and make sure they are up to date with their vaccinations.
History preserves humility
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B7
Once when I was teaching a composition class at the university, I flew back from New York for class and neglected to get back on Central Standard Time.
Complaint against judge in Tiller case dismissed
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B3
A state panel has dismissed an ethics complaint filed by abortion opponents against a Sedgwick County district judge who threw out a criminal case against the state’s best-known abortion provider.
Freeze hammers winter wheat crop
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C8
The late spring freeze that encased the Midwest apparently has wrought more havoc on the Kansas wheat crop than even last year’s drought, a new report shows.
Atkinson praise
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: We are writing to express our deepest gratitude to Dr. Barbara Atkinson for her tireless efforts to raise KU Medical Center to the next level as a cutting-edge biomedical research institution, leader in medical education and premier clinical facility.
Newborn princess makes first public appearance
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
Denmark’s newborn princess slept soundly during her first public appearance Monday as her parents - Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, pictured above - showed off their second child to reporters.
Governor upgraded to stable condition
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Doctors upgraded New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine’s condition to stable Monday, saying he continues to do remarkably well given the severity of his injuries.
It’s not looking good for Landis
Report: Synthetic testosterone found in follow-up tests
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C2
Tour de France champion Floyd Landis got more bad news Monday - a report that follow-up tests on his backup urine samples found traces of synthetic testosterone.
New appellate judge is instructor at KU
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B3
A district judge in Johnson County has been named to the Kansas Court of Appeals by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
New analysis finds fault with lethal injection method
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A5
Two of the three drugs used in lethal injection are not administered in a way that reliably produces painless death for inmates, leaving at least some to die of suffocation and be conscious enough to realize it, according to a new analysis of executions in California and North Carolina.
Funding slowdown puts squeeze on research efforts
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
Across Kansas University’s Lawrence campus, there are 35 vacant jobs that can’t be filled this school year. Plans to install a chiller at a research building on West Campus are on hold. At KU’s Biodiversity Institute, the staff can’t spend about $130,000 it thought it would be able to this year.
The politics of global warming on ‘Frontline’
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
The documentary “Hot Politics” on “Frontline” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) looks at the decades-long debate over global warming and asks why it has taken so long for the federal government to react to the crisis.
Trump, Palm Beach reach flag truce
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Donald Trump and the town of Palm Beach have reached a quiet truce in the six-month war over the mega American flag he flies over Mar-a-Lago, his Creamsicle-orange fortress by the sea.
Firebird Schreiner to sign with Ottawa
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kyle Schreiner will sign a letter of intent to play basketball for Ottawa University at 3:05 p.m. this afternoon in the Free State High library.
Gunman kills manager, himself in shootings at apartment complex
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A5
A man facing eviction from a luxury apartment complex shot and killed the manager and then himself after writing an e-mail to friends saying he had died, police said. At least two other people were injured.
Governor says there’s more to do for legislators
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A4
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday signed into law a $12.3 billion budget but said there is still a lot to do when lawmakers return for a wrap-up session Wednesday.
Woodland sits 8th
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C3
Gary Woodland is tied for eighth place, and Kansas University is in ninth place after Day One of the Big 12 Men’s Golf Championships on Monday at Prairie Dunes Golf Club.
Legislator clarifies stance on his pay
Representative says small stipends limit lawmakers to elite few
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
Since proposing a pay raise for state legislators that would be tied to federal poverty guidelines, Rep. Ty Masterson has been chewed up in print, broadcast and the blogosphere.
Lawrence Datebook
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
A gift of hope
High school club reaches out to impoverished nation
April 24, 2007 in print edition on D1
Growing up in Sudan, Ithar Hassaballa didn’t realize the need that was around her. “You don’t really pay attention to poverty,” she says. “I never realized how bad it was until I went back last summer.”
Fierce fighting continues for fifth straight day
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
Ethiopian forces backing Somalia’s weak transitional government shelled anti-government insurgents in the capital for the fifth straight day Monday, adding to the death and destruction and sending hundreds more families fleeing from the city.
Brownback, Democrat clash despite shared Catholic faith
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B4
Presidential contenders Sens. Chris Dodd and Sam Brownback, stepping beyond the traditional bounds of their respective parties, outlined a series of political differences Monday rooted in their varying interpretations of their shared Catholic faith.
McGrady, freebies key Rockets
Boozer’s big night not enough as Houston takes 2-0 series lead
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C5
Tracy McGrady scored 31 points and the Houston Rockets had an exceptional night at the free throw line to overcome Carlos Boozer’s huge game.
Part of county road shut for maintenance
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
A section of Douglas County Road 458 is closed to through traffic until Saturday, according to the Douglas County Public Works Department.
Couple brandishing gun killed at luxury hotel
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
A couple fatally shot by police at a luxury oceanfront resort had checked in under false names and with a bagful of ammunition for their semiautomatic handgun, officials said.
FSHS soccer blanks Gardner, 4-0
April 24, 2007 in print edition on C3
Hannah Carlson had a goal and an assist, and three other Free State High soccer players recorded a goal as FSHS beat Gardner-Edgerton, 4-0, Monday.
Police search for restaurant robber
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence police are looking for a man who early Sunday robbed Taco John’s, 2309 Haskell Ave., while armed with a handgun.
We all are hostages to the whims of one
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
Students returned to school Monday at Virginia Tech. In places where terror last week came calling, they will try to get back to normal, back to the business of a college campus in spring: homework, graduation, internships, “senioritis.” It will not be easy.
Two more Fort Riley soldiers killed
April 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
An infantryman from Florida has become the latest Fort Riley soldier killed in Iraq, the Pentagon said Monday.
Say when!
What chance do we ever have of intercepting sullen and hostile people who might do harm to innocents?
April 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
Just when are authorities allowed to step in and try to prevent someone who might generate the kind of 33-fatality massacre that occurred on the Virginia Tech campus last week?