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6Sports video: Brandon Rush to enter NBA Draft; a look back on his KU career
April 27, 2007
Brandon Rush has decided to enter his name into the 2007 NBA Draft pool. 6News takes a look back on Brandon Rush’s two-year KU career.
6News video: Repairs to Plymouth Congregational Church wrap up today
April 27, 2007
Crews put the finishing touches on the last of eight brick towers of the Plymouth Congregational Church that were damaged by the March 2006 microburst.
6News video: Funnel clouds spotted in area prompts tornado warning
April 27, 2007
Funnel clouds spotted in Southeast Douglas County prompted tornado warnings around the area earlier on Friday. Local residents of Baldwin City witnessed the developing storm first hand.
6News video: Co-housing community ready to open its doors
April 27, 2007
Forty-five new homes will go on display this weekend and next on the Lawrence Homebuilders Association’s Parade of Homes. But one stop on the tour stands out.
6News video: Little Red Schoolhouse celebrates 50 years of shaping young lives
April 27, 2007
It started half a century ago and has been helping to shape young lives every since. On Saturday, the Lawrence Community Nursery School will celebrate 50 years in the Little Red Schoolhouse.
6News video: Non-specific bomb threat to KU forces University to proceed with caution
April 27, 2007
A bomb threat stated that four pipe bombs had been placed on the KU campus and was sent by e-mail early this morning.
6News video: City spends millions more, but city streets get worse
April 27, 2007
Over the past two years, city leaders have put millions of dollars into street maintenance, yet the number of streets in the worst condition gets bigger by the year.
6News video: Area students celebrate weeks of collecting items for the less fortunate
April 27, 2007
South Junior High students participated in the Cougar Fun Run in the school’s gymnasium to socialize, exercise, and to donate household items to less fortunate families.
Funnel cloud reported near Baldwin City; tornado warning briefly issued
04:47 p.m., April 27, 2007 Updated 05:49 p.m.
Several reports of funnel cloud near Baldwin City. Reader-submitted picture from Wells Overlook shows the cloud.
6News Now: Parents attend expo on virtual school
April 27, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, hundreds of parents attend a conference about the Lawrence Virtual School, and Brandon Rush announces that he will enter the NBA draft.
KU assistant Mosley resigns
April 27, 2007
Kansas University football assistant coach Earle Mosley has resigned for health reasons, and head coach Mark Mangino announced Friday that Louie Matsakis would be Mosley’s replacement.
KU receives ‘non-specific’ bomb threat
No evacuation planned
April 27, 2007
Officials: “The threat is generic and non-specific and does not warrant any evacuation of buildings or campus.”
Bomb threat doesn’t deter Baldwin City track athletes from meet
April 27, 2007
A bomb threat at the courthouse in Girard isn’t stopping the Baldwin High School track teams from participating in a meet there today, according to Baldwin School District Supt.
Kansas Senate overrides Sebelius concealed gun veto
April 27, 2007
The 30-10 vote was three more than the two-thirds majority required. On Thursday, the House voted 98-26 to override, which was 14 more than the required two-thirds majority.
Education commissioner finalists are named
April 27, 2007
The two are Alexa Posny, currently with the U.S. Department of Education and a former deputy education commissioner in Kansas, and Marilou Joyner, an education consultant and former assistant education commissioner in Missouri.
Sidewalk funding at center of debate
Some commissioners say city should help homeowners foot bill
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
The pink paint is flowing in the 1500 block of New Hampshire Street, which means residents soon will need to start breaking out the green money.
Lawrence Community Nursery School to celebrate 50 years
Cooperative preschool is second oldest of its kind in nation
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
The children and parents never stopped coming to the little red schoolhouse at 645 Ala., home of the Lawrence Community Nursery School. The second-oldest cooperative preschool in the nation started April 17, 1948.
Another plan for university repairs fails in Legislature
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawmakers are waiting until the last moment to try to fix crumbling college classrooms. On day two of the wrap-up session Thursday, the Senate approved a plan to patch up repairs at universities, but the House failed to advance a proposal.
Sebelius has doubts about health plan
Governor says group targeted by ‘premium assistance’ initiative doesn’t shop for insurance
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is expected to sign into law the Legislature’s top health care bill, but she expressed skepticism about one major part of it.
Builders showcase savings on tour
Efficiency on parade
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C12
Neal Ezell doesn’t mind spending a little extra money to save his customers even more. Equipping homes with energy-efficient appliances, compact-fluorescent light bulbs and dualzone climate-control systems simply makes sense, he says - especially when it comes to dollars and cents.
Painter’s images of fallen soldiers help families cope, remember
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A1
Debbie Drexler had heard about artist Dick Budig and she had a request. The Berryton woman had learned that the artist made it his goal to paint portraits of Nebraska soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and give them to family members.
Landlocked artist doesn’t let geography curtail inspiration
April 27, 2007 in print edition on D1
More than 700 miles from the closest arm of an ocean, it’s unusual to find a Kansas artist whose artwork is all inspired by the sea. But Pam Sullivan has a good reason for using the soft colors and subtle motions of ocean water as the basis for the various mixed-media art she creates.
Duking it out
Lawrence man working to ensure Duke Ellington’s compositions are made available to jazz lovers
April 27, 2007 in print edition on D1
Duke Ellington once said, “A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” The problem concerning the prolific musical genius Ellington (1899-1974) was that he left behind more than 102,000 sheets of music. Very little of these big-band charts have been made available to the public. But that is slowly changing.
KU cracking books at satisfactory rate
New Academic Progress Rate data puts all athletic programs in NCAA’s good graces
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Academic Progress Rate numbers for Kansas University’s 18 athletic programs were satisfactory according to the NCAA, meaning no new punishments will be handed out this year.
Mayer: Losing trio wouldn’t harm KU
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C1
When there is a possibility, no matter how slight, that Brandon Rush, Julian Wright and Darrell Arthur may bolt for professional basketball, and the team they are leaving will still be doggone good, Kansas fans can’t get too gloomy.
Long balls can’t save Lions
LHS softball team swept despite home-run barrage
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C1
Reenie Stogsdill usually brings two game balls to Lawrence High home softball games. For some reason Monday afternoon, the LHS coach grabbed four. It’s a good thing she did.
Co-housing community kicks off
Delaware St. Commons in Parade of Homes
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A1
After nearly a decade of groundwork and about 10 months of construction, the members of Delaware Street Commons, a new “co-housing” community in East Lawrence, are ready to show off their homes to the public.
Small ball works for LHS
A new formula
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C1
Lawrence High has won its baseball games this year with powerful hitting, spraying the ball around the yard. The Lions, however, defeated Olathe North, 1-0, at Olathe District Activity Center on Thursday night while eking out two hits - neither of which reached the outfield.
Chiefs: We’re not shopping L.J.
Team denies report it has put productive running back on trading block
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Kansas City Chiefs quickly dispelled rumors they are shopping Pro Bowl running back Larry Johnson before this weekend’s NFL Draft.
House again puts restrictions on KUMC affiliations
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A7
Despite an earlier veto by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the Kansas House on Thursday again put restrictions on Kansas University Medical Center’s plan to form an affiliation with Kansas City, Mo.-based St. Luke’s Hospital.
Sunflower students learn ins, outs, pains of competitive cycling
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University cyclist Jason Knight pulled back his crimson and blue jersey and popped out his right shoulder. For the students at Sunflower School, he revealed a bulging at the end of his collar bone - the injury was the result of a 40-mph crash he had during a race when he was only a few yards from the finish line.
Company helps residents recycle old computers
April 27, 2007
Gerald Hartman is trying to keep your old computers and other electronics from getting taken out with the rest of the garbage.
Stage set for Iraq war showdown
Senate approves troop withdrawal; veto certain
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A1
In a bold wartime challenge to President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Congress cleared legislation Thursday to begin withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by Oct. 1 with a goal of a complete pullout six months later. The White House dismissed the legislation as “dead before arrival.”
Trimble highlights KU track signees
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C3
Shawnee Heights senior Iain Trimble signed a letter of intent with Kansas University on Thursday to throw the javelin for the KU men’s track and field team.
Jayhawks pull off day-night sweep
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University swept a day-night softball doubleheader Thursday, defeating Nebraska, 5-3, in Lincoln, and Creighton, 2-1, in Omaha. The Jayhawks improved to 31-18-1 overall, 6-8 in Big 12 play.
Boschee takes over program
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C3
Former Kansas University basketball standout Jeff Boschee has landed his first head coaching job. Boschee, a four-year starter for Roy Williams’ Jayhawks from 1998 to 2002 who worked as an assistant boys coach at Blue Valley Northwest the past two years, on Thursday was named head boys coach at The Barstow School, an independent Class 2A high school in Kansas City, Mo.
Duno gets green light
Rookie joins field for IRL race at Kansas Speedway
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C10
For the first time since premiering at the Kansas Speedway in 2002, the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series is racing in April instead of its usual appearance in early July.
American Begay’s 68 leads Spanish Open
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C9
American Notah Begay shot a 4-under 68 to take the clubhouse lead in the rain-delayed first round of the Spanish Open.
China’s plans for torch relay engulfed in conflict with Taiwan
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C9
China’s grandiose plans for the torch relay, the high-profile prelude to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, have been engulfed in conflict by an old political rival - Taiwan.
No ruling on logo request for Burton’s car
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C9
Jeff Burton’s No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet will bear the familiar Cingular markings for at least two more weeks.
We had so many chances’
Royals strand 14 baserunners in shutout loss
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C5
Torii Hunter’s beaning gave the struggling Minnesota Twins a little spark. Mike Redmond’s run-scoring single in the 11th inning Thursday gave the Twins a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals that ended their four-game losing streak.
The art of the LOOGY
Lefty one-out guy’ has found lucrative niche in MLB bullpens
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C5
And now, let us join in praise for the LOOGY: the “lefty one-out guy,” also known as the left-handed relief specialist. You know him. You love him (as long as he’s retiring his one batter per game). You wish you were him.
Pirates complete sweep of Astros
Bay’s RBI single proves key in victory
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C4
Jason Bay’s two-run single in the sixth inning off Wandy Rodriguez gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-3 victory Thursday over Houston and their second three-game sweep of the Astros this season.
Commentary: NFL Draft has come a long way
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C2
Joe Thomas will be somewhere in the middle of a lake in Wisconsin when his name is called in the NFL Draft. Not to worry, though, because the NFL Network plans to have a camera installed on his fishing boat to chronicle the moment for posterity.
Making sense of subprime problems
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C12
All taxpayers should be concerned about the growing problems in the subprime lending business, even if their credit scores are perfect and they have lots of equity in their homes.
Hannah’ may be the future of nostalgia
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
What TV shows will be remembered and cherished a generation from now? It’s never as obvious as you think. The most-watched shows of one era are often forgotten when their time passes, while fringe shows - particularly those adored by young audiences - become cultural touchstones.
Film lobbyist Valenti dies
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A11
Jack Valenti, the former White House aide and film industry lobbyist who instituted the modern movie ratings system and guided Hollywood from the censorship era to the digital age, died Thursday. He was 85.
Lawrence Datebook
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B2
Palestinian militants fire two rockets toward Israel
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets toward Israel on Thursday, the army said, and Israeli officials warned they were losing patience as rising tensions threatened a five-month cease-fire.
Bombers strike army, civilian targets
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
Bombers struck an Iraqi army post northeast of Baghdad and civilian targets in the city as violence across Iraq killed at least 72 people Thursday, including the bullet-riddled bodies of 27 men dumped in the capital - apparent victims of sectarian death squads.
Chenango Valley Pet Foods issues recall
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A4
Chenango Valley Pet Foods has begun voluntarily recalling pet foods manufactured with a certain shipment of rice protein concentrate, the company said Thursday.
MIT admissions dean resigns for false claims about degrees
Leader had urged less pressure on incoming students
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A4
To stressed-out parents and students, MIT admissions dean Marilee Jones was a rare voice of reason in the high-pressure world of college admissions.
Recall leads pet food maker to sue supplier
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B8
A pet food manufacturer that recalled 60 million cans of its products last month has sued another company, alleging that an ingredient the second firm supplied was contaminated.
Little anger expressed toward gunman
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A6
Kelly White and her two children visited the semicircle of memorials on the Virginia Tech campus, leaving 32 pink tulips - one for each victim in last week’s massacre. They also placed a tulip on the stone for gunman Seung-Hui Cho.
Some nations turn to tough gun controls
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A6
After a loner armed with assault weapons turned a scenic resort into a mass of mangled bodies and thrashing injured in 1996, Australia took quick and decisive action. Twelve days later, the government pushed through a tough ban on semiautomatic rifles.
Two Atlanta police officers plead guilty in 92-year-old’s shooting death
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A5
Two police officers pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter in the shooting death of a 92-year-old woman during a botched drug raid last fall. A third officer still faces charges.
Errant missile hits Somali hospital
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
A missile hit a hospital ward packed with civilians wounded in fighting between Islamic insurgents and Ethiopian troops allied to the Somali government, but it was not immediately clear whether it caused additional casualties, an official said.
Russia bids Yeltsin solemn, nontraditional farewell
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
Boris Yeltsin was laid to rest Wednesday alongside writers, composers and artists in a funeral that was laden with the religious trappings given to Russia’s czars but which also broke with tradition, befitting the first post-Soviet president.
Democrats’ debate focuses on Iraq war
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
Democratic presidential hopefuls flashed their anti-war credentials Thursday night, heaping criticism on President Bush’s Iraq policy in the first debate of the 2008 campaign.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B6
Rude references
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Recent coverage of Bob Huggins’ resignation from Kansas State University’s basketball program used “Huggie” and “Huggieville” to refer to the coach.
Fine effort
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: An excellent first attempt documentary was presented Tuesday night by two young high school students, Alexia Welch and Sarah Ybarra, at the Lawrence Arts Center to a capacity crowd. It should be required viewing for high school teachers and administrators everywhere.
Will commerce lead China to democracy?
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B6
The phrase “regime change” is associated with the doctrine of preventive war as applied to Iraq. But another sort of regime change has been the crux of U.S. policy toward China through most of the 35 years since President Nixon’s opening to that nation in 1972.
Barrier broken
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: As a baby boomer, having grown up without the benefits of Title IX, i.e., no school sports for girls/women (no soccer, no tennis, no basketball, no volleyball, no softball, no bowling, no track), I want to express to you that many women of my generation are still interested in women’s firsts in athletics, and some of us actually read the sports section of your newspaper.
Abortion ruling takes paternalistic tone
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B6
Let us return to that wonderful yesterday when the United States Supreme Court ruled that Myra Bradwell couldn’t be two things at the same time: a lawyer and a woman.
House adds abortion reporting requirements to budget bill
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B3
Three state agencies would be prohibited from spending any money unless they provided more information about abortion providers and late-term procedures under provisions added Thursday by the House to a spending bill.
Farmland precious to future
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B7
In recent years I’ve watched Lawrence’s agricultural borders shrink as our population grows. Thousands and thousands of farm acres rezoned and sold for urban development with nary a whimper. This may be momentarily beneficial for the farmer and the developer, but in fairly short order we will wish we had that farmland back.
KU golfer Woodland picked for U.S. team
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland was selected to the United States’ 2007 U.S.-Japan Collegiate Golf Championship team.
Open house set for Absorbent Ink
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C12
Absorbent Ink, a promotional products company in Lawrence, will conduct an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. May 4 at the company’s new location, 1310 Wakarusa Drive, suite A.
Dirks-Ham sets records
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C6
Lawrence High swimmer Chelsea Dirks-Ham set two school records and led the Lions to a second-place finish Thursday at Blue Valley North.
Justice releases document list
E-mails, memos withheld in firings of U.S. attorneys
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Justice Department released a list of internal documents Thursday focusing on lawmakers’ concerns and media questions about the firings of eight federal prosecutors, but the department resisted congressional demands for copies of the memos.
O’Hair’s 65 best at Nelson tourney
Defending champ Wetterich opens with 66; Mickelson fires 69
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C9
Sean O’Hair wants to be known for his game, not how he was pushed into the professional ranks while still in high school by an overbearing father.
NFL mock draft
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C7
1. Raiders: JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU. The Raiders are still second-guessing themselves for passing on Matt Leinart a year ago.
Pistons on verge of sweeping Magic
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C8
The Detroit Pistons showed they know how to close out quarters. Now they want to close out another series.
Putin says he’ll step down next year
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
President Vladimir Putin told Russians more clearly than ever Thursday that he will step down when his second term ends next spring, but left his choice of a successor tantalizingly unclear.
Horoscopes
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B5
The other faces
The faces of hope, not the disgusting visage of a killer, should be America’s focus.
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B6
Many of us were sickened by the constant projection on television screens of the face of evil, Cho Seung-Hui, who shot and killed 32 others on the campus of Virginia Tech University recently. He had arranged what has been described as a “video manifesto” about his vicious and violent extremism and made it available to a major TV network.
Seabury golfers second
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C6
The Seabury Academy golf team took second out of nine teams Thursday at the Council Grove Invitational.
News of the weird
April 27, 2007 in print edition on D2
In April, two Labrador retrievers (Lucky and Flo) sniffed out another shipment of pirated DVDs (worth about $435,000) in a building in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Vick’s property raided
Dozens of dogs, some injured, found at house
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C2
Police conducting a drug investigation raided a house owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and found dozens of dogs, some injured and emaciated. Police also found items associated with dog fighting.
U.S. general: Surge fails to stem violence
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
Army Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander in Iraq, said Thursday that the surge of U.S. and Iraqi troops into Baghdad hadn’t reduced overall violence in the country and that the situation was “exceedingly complex.”
On the record
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B2
LHS soccer team blanked
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C6
The Lawrence High girls soccer team continued its offensive struggles Thursday, falling 2-0 to Leavenworth.
Grid collapse causes nationwide blackout
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
Colombia’s electrical grid collapsed Thursday, causing a nationwide blackout that briefly halted stock trading, trapped people in elevators and left authorities struggling to determine the cause.
Firebirds knock off unbeaten Raiders
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C6
The Free State High baseball team used early offense and another strong pitching performance by junior Caleb Gress to knock off previously unbeaten Shawnee Mission South, 6-3, on Thursday in a battle of Sunflower League heavyweights.
Detectives ask public for help solving baby’s death
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B8
Authorities are appealing to the public to help solve a case involving a newborn dubbed “Precious Joe” whose body was found decaying along the side of a road three years ago.
P.M. says society doesn’t need more gays
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
Poland’s conservative prime minister rejected European Union criticism Thursday of a proposal to fire teachers for “homosexual propaganda,” saying it was not in the interest of society to have more gay people.
Midas dealer wins Rookie of the Year
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C12
Eric Unrein, who operates the Midas shop in Lawrence, was named North American Rookie Dealer of the Year by the company at its recent dealer convention in Reno, Nev.
Kansan GM, adviser named to state post
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C12
Malcolm Gibson, general manager and news adviser for The University Daily Kansan, has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press, the state chapter for the oldest and largest national membership organization for college student journalists.
Indiana pileup kills 8
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A5
A tractor-trailer slammed into traffic that had slowed for a construction project Thursday morning, starting a pileup that killed eight people and injured two others, police said.
Tale of two QBs
Russell, Quinn focus of Saturday’s draft
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C7
Casual fans didn’t discover JaMarcus Russell until the Sugar Bowl last January. Neither, apparently, did some NFL scouts - not to the extent that they’re on to him now as the likely No. 1 pick in Saturday’s draft.
Housing aid extended for hurricane victims
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A4
In an acknowledgment that the hurricane-shattered Gulf Coast is in a housing crisis and strained by a slow recovery, the Bush administration said Thursday that it intends to house storm survivors into 2009.
Ochoa one back at Corona Morelia
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C9
Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 68 in the Mexican star’s first round as the No. 1 player in the world, leaving the defending champion a stroke behind leader Stacy Prammanasudh in the Corona Morelia Championship.
Sebelius’ concealed carry veto overridden
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A7
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of a bill preventing local governments from imposing additional restrictions on Kansans carrying concealed guns was overridden Thursday in the House, but she will have to wait to see whether the Senate follows suit.
People in the news
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Indian court issues warrant for Gere’s public kiss ¢ Grant arrested for ‘baked beans’ attack on photographer ¢ Philbin returns to ‘Live’ after heart bypass surgery
Downtown dentists take on new name
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C12
A dental office in downtown Lawrence has a new sign, now that one of its dentists has a new name.
Historical society plans celebration
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Jefferson County Historical Society will celebrate its opening weekend May 5 at Old Jefferson Town in Oskaloosa.
Physicist takes first step toward space
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A2
It might not seem like a brilliant idea, allowing a frail 65-year-old paralytic to float free from gravity aboard a rising and plunging roller-coaster stunt flight. But who’s to argue with Stephen Hawking?
Warriors’ Ellis honored as most improved
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C8
Golden State guard Monta Ellis was selected the NBA’s Most Improved Player on Wednesday, edging Sacramento’s Kevin Martin in the closest voting in the award’s history.
Leaders claim defeat of insurgents
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
Somalia’s government claimed victory over an Islamic insurgency Thursday just hours after a surge in violence killed 58 people in the capital, but diplomats said they were skeptical the worst fighting in more than 15 years had ended.
Counsels meet in White House operation inquiry
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A11
Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch met with White House Counsel Fred Fielding on Thursday as he pushed ahead with an ambitious inquiry into White House political operations.
Another Fort Riley soldier dies in Iraq
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
A soldier assigned to an Army unit based at Fort Riley was killed when his patrol came under enemy attack last week in Baghdad.
Report: Al-Qaida leader killed in clash with army
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
The No. 2 al-Qaida official in Algeria was killed Thursday in a clash with an army patrol, the country’s official APS news agency said, citing security officials.
Brown interviews
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C8
Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley said he interviewed Larry Brown on Thursday about the coaching vacancy with his young team, but other candidates are also being considered.
U.S. medical company shows latest equipment
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
A U.S. medical supply company showed off an anesthesia machine and other equipment to Cuban officials on Thursday in hopes of whetting the island’s appetite for American medical goods.
Commentary: Sports writer accepts a much different role
Los Angeles Times journalist reveals to readers his decision to transition into life as a woman
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C10
During my 23 years with the Los Angeles Times’ sports department, I have held a wide variety of roles and titles. Tennis writer. Angels beat reporter. Olympics writer. Essayist. Sports media critic. NFL columnist. Recent keeper of the Morning Briefing flame. Today I leave for a few weeks’ vacation, and when I return, I will come back in yet another incarnation. As Christine.
Genetic factors found for Type 2 diabetes
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
Scientists have found clusters of new gene variants that raise the risk of Type 2 diabetes - and how the researchers did it is as important as what they found.
KU falls at Big 12 tourney
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C3
Despite an early lead following a thrilling end to doubles play, Kansas University was eliminated by Oklahoma, 4-3, on Thursday in the first round of the Big 12 women’s tennis championships.
Ford’s 1Q loss narrows to $282M, revenue up
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
At $282 million, Ford Motor Co.’s first-quarter loss was much improved from the $1.4 billion in red ink it posted during the same quarter last year.
New municipal law allows limited abortions
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
A new measure legalizing abortions in Mexico City was published into law on Thursday, allowing doctors to almost immediately begin terminating pregnancies in their first trimester.
Text messages now a no-no
NCAA approves total ban on popular recruiting tool
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C10
College coaches will have to recruit the old-fashioned way next year. The NCAA’s board of directors approved a ban Thursday to eliminate all text messages from coaches to recruits beginning in August, then left open the possibility of revisiting that legislation as early as 2008.
Half-Marathon and 5K raise $42K for clinic
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
This year’s Lawrence Half-Mara-thon and 5K Race raised $42,000 for the Health Care Access Clinic.
Kansas House restores funding for primary
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
House members restored funding Thursday for the 2008 presidential primary, reversing a decision made earlier this session.
Eastbound stretch of I-70 down to one lane
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
A nearly-five mile eastbound stretch of the Kansas Turnpike west of Lawrence has been narrowed to one lane.
Lawmakers OK civil unions for gay couples
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
New Hampshire is set to become the fourth state to offer civil unions for gay couples with legislation approved Thursday and sent to Gov. John Lynch, who has said he would sign it.
Cheney draws protests at BYU commencement
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A3
Vice President Dick Cheney told Brigham Young University graduates on Thursday to savor second chances and be prepared for the unexpected throughout life in a commencement address that stirred up protests in one of the nation’s most Republican states.
Army officer accused of aiding the enemy
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A9
A U.S. officer has been accused of aiding the enemy - a charge that carries the death penalty - for allegedly providing an unmonitored cell phone to detainees while he commanded an MP detachment at the jail that held Saddam Hussein, the military said Thursday.
Commodities
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C12
Changes sought to global warming skeptic’s film
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A10
A group of British climate scientists is demanding changes to a skeptical documentary about global warming, saying there are grave errors in the program billed as a response to Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Sosa belts 2 in Texas loss
Last-place Yankees continue slide vs. Toronto
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C4
Sammy Sosa hit two homers to reach 594 for his career, but Paul Byrd and the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers, 9-4, Thursday for their fifth straight win.
Governor feels ‘blessed’ to recover after crash
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A4
Gov. Jon S. Corzine, speaking publicly for the first time since he was seriously injured in an automobile crash two weeks ago, said Thursday that he feels blessed.
Jayhawks finalize 2008 schedule
April 27, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University has finished up its scheduling for the 2008 football season, assuring the Jayhawks of seven games at Memorial Stadium once again. Kansas will have four Big 12 Conference games at Memorial Stadium in ‘08, and three of its four nonconference games.
Power lines proposed for California, East Coast
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A4
The government declared two swaths of the country critical to the nation’s electricity grid Thursday, pushing for construction of major power lines in southern California and along the East Coast.
British army may reconsider sending Prince Harry into combat
April 27, 2007 in print edition on A8
Prince Harry says he wants to be an ordinary soldier, but his army career has left military chiefs with an extraordinary predicament.
Missing woman’s body found near pickup
April 27, 2007 in print edition on B1
The body of a Dodge City woman who disappeared almost two weeks ago has been found near the wreckage of her pickup truck.