Archive for Monday, April 30, 2007

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Free State Trail Run KU softball vs. Oklahoma
Should the county require developers to pay for new roads?

Poll results

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How should the city pay for needed repairs to streets?

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Cut budget in other areas
Sales tax increase
Property tax increase
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6News video: 21-year-old man recovering after being hit by car
April 30, 2007
A young man was hit by a car around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning in the 1000 block of Tennessee Street. The man was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
6News video: New City Commission to review Wal-Mart on Wakarusa proposal
April 30, 2007
A new group of Lawrence City Commissioners will review plans to build a Wal-Mart at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
6Sports video: Jayhawk senior pitcher Humphreys is the key for KU in NCAA Softball Tournament
April 30, 2007
The Kansas Jayhawks NCAA Softball Tournament fate very well might rest on the right arm of senior Kassie Humphreys.
6Sports video: FSHS and LHS baseball squads to cram in 5 games in 6 days
April 30, 2007
With only two weeks left in the regular season, the Free State and Lawrence High School baseball squads hustle to cram in all the games that were canceled for bad weather.
6News video: Topeka man to serve longer sentence for 2003 Lawrence shooting
April 30, 2007
A Topeka man serving time for firing a gun into a crowd of people outside a Lawrence bar in 2003 will serve another 9 1/2 years in Federal prison in connection with the shooting.
6News video: Kidcast for April 30, 2007
April 30, 2007
A bit of weather history, brought to you by a local youth.
6News video: 32 people killed near Baghdad in suicide bombing
April 30, 2007
Mourners at a Shiite funeral were the target of a deadly suicide bomb attack North of Baghdad. 32 people were killed in the incident.
6Sports video: Free State soccer team dominates Junction City
April 30, 2007
The Free State Firebird soccer squad shut-out the Junction City Blue Jays, winning 10-0.
6News video: Jury selection begins today in Boardwalk Apartment re-trial
April 30, 2007
Twenty-one-year-old Jason Rose is charged with aggravated arson, three counts of murder, and seven counts of aggravated battery. He’s accused of setting a fire at the Boardwalk Apartment Complex that killed three people.
6News video: Kansas’ finest four-legged crime fighters stop in Lawrence this week
April 30, 2007
The Kansas Police Dog Association is holding its annual training and certification seminar. More than 20 K-9 units from across the region are in Lawrence for the event.
6News video: Today marks 4 years of Iraq war; KU students pay tribute to fallen soldiers
April 30, 2007
Today marks 4 years of the war in Iraq and here at home, student protesters arm themselves with a list of names and chalk.
6News video: Is Lawrence’s retail market overbuilt?
April 30, 2007
City Commissioners will review a study tomorrow night that claims Lawrence’s retail market is overbuilt.
6News Now: Wal-Mart proposals to be reviewed
April 30, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, a new group of Lawrence city commissioners will review proposals to build a Wal-Mart at the corner of 6th and Wakarusa, and more about the jury selection in the retrial of Jason Rose.
Man hit in face in early morning incident
Suffers broken nose
April 30, 2007
A 34-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man suffered a broken nose when he was attacked early Saturday morning in Lawrence’s downtown, according to Lawrence police.
Jury selection starts in second Boardwalk arson trial
Jason Rose charged with fire that killed three people.
April 30, 2007
With defendant Jason A. Rose looking on, attorneys are questioning a group of 42 prospective jurors about how much they know of the case, whether they know anyone involved, and whether they can remain impartial.
Commissioners have flap over road issue
April 30, 2007
Douglas County commissioners agree that new county roads need to pay for themselves by the income they generate in property taxes.
Every kid can learn’ philosophy helps physics teacher earn recognition
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Teaching physics to teenagers might seem about as difficult as trying to understand Einstein’s theory of relativity. But not to John Olson.
Audit finds savings, expenses in car fleet sell-off
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A4
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ 2003 order to sell state vehicles saved more money than previously reported, but the reduction in fleet has led to some problems, according to a new audit.
City can’t gain ground on deteriorating streets
Road upkeep costs keep going up
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
Public Works Director Chuck Soules and his street maintenance crews need a bigger bucket. Or at least that’s the message Mayor Sue Hack took from a recent city report. The report found the city is still having a tough time keeping many of its streets from falling into the “unacceptable” condition category, despite increasing the funding for street maintenance by more than $1 million.
LHS social studies chairman: No day is typical in his class
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Teaching can be demanding. But the big payoff comes when you finally get through to the student, says Mike Ortmann. “It’s really rewarding, especially when you see that light click in a young person’s eyes,” the Lawrence High School history teacher said last week. “It’s really fun.”
Deal reached to fund repairs
Plan gives universities $410M over five years
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
House and Senate leaders agreed Sunday to a $410 million, five-year plan to repair buildings and utilities at state higher education institutions, including Kansas University. The compromise proposal will next go to the full House and Senate this week as lawmakers hope to finish the 2007 legislative session.
Beach Center on Disability touts new Web site at reception
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
The most popular Google search term in 2006 was the name Paris Hilton; five spots below in the No. 6 position was the word autism. That fact, according to Steve Warren, the director of the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, proves that the quest for information about the disorder is significant.
Going looooooong
Local ultramarathoner runs : and runs and runs
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C7
For most runners, completing a marathon is a noteworthy accomplishment. For Gary Henry, a marathon is merely a warmup, even if he doesn’t see it that way. “It’s just more of the same,” Henry said. “But I do hear that: ‘If you runs 100s and 50s and things like that, a 10K or 5K or even a marathon must be easy.’ But that’s just not the case.
Undrafted Cornish headed to CFL
Again, Kansas players shut out of NFL Draft
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Jon Cornish is going back home. The former Kansas University running back has elected to play in the Canadian Football League, rather than sign one of several free-agent offers presented to him after he wasn’t selected in the NFL Draft on Sunday. Cornish, a native of New Westminster, British Columbia, will play for the Calgary Stampeders and move back to Canada next month.
Keegan: Marbury laughable TV host
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Next on the agenda: A visit to the gravesite of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of basketball. Purpose: To check for evidence he has turned over since viewing a recent addition to the idiot box.
KU softball shows fight, but falls, 13-4
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Heads were high, and eyes were dry. Kansas University’s softball players took Sunday’s 13-4 flogging by No. 3-ranked Oklahoma in stride. “It was a tough loss,” KU coach Tracy Bunge said after the home finale at Arrocha Ballpark, “but it wasn’t a bad loss.”
Professor recognized at national benefit with achievement award
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
Don Deshler’s work with children with learning disabilities has made him the most “significant researcher in the United States,” one of his colleagues said.
Duno decent in IRL debut
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
Nobody was really sure how newcomer Milka Duno would do in her first race in the IndyCar Series, especially after a last-place qualifying speed of 208.256 mph - far slower than the average speed of the 20 other drivers.
Lawrence police officers to receive awards
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B3
Two Lawrence police officers will be among 34 officers statewide who will be honored for exceptional performance at the 2007 Joint Kansas Law Enforcement Conference banquet next month in Topeka.
Give them a break
Strong communities should strive to provide housing for their workers at all income levels.
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
For well over 50 years, the people who run places such as Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida have been trying to convince admission-paying people that they are entering The Happiest Place on Earth. Many patrons, young and old, may have felt that way because of experiences at the theme parks.
New arson trial for Rose begins today
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
The new murder and arson trial of Jason Allen Rose will begin this morning in Douglas County District Court as attorneys begin questioning a pool of potential jurors. During Rose’s first trial, Judge Jack Murphy declared a mistrial on Feb. 12 - the start of the trial’s second week.
Events Calendar
April 30, 2007 in print edition on D2
Nail gun injuries on the rise with growth of DIY trend
April 30, 2007 in print edition on D1
Doctors in the nation’s emergency rooms are used to seeing so-called bagel cuts - the injury that results from slicing a finger or palm instead of a bagel and is most common on weekends.
Spend two nights with ‘The Mormons’
April 30, 2007 in print edition on D1
“American Experience” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) takes a two-night look at “The Mormons” with a four-hour history and discussion of the only major world religion with peculiarly American origins.
Baby food for thought
As parents eye environmental worries, sales of organic baby food jump
April 30, 2007 in print edition on D1
Pauline Amell-Nash worried that the pesticides and additives used to grow and preserve food were bad for her 1-year-old daughter Sophia, not to mention the earth itself. That’s why the pureed carrots, sweet potatoes and fruits Sophia ate were purchased from makers of organic baby food.
Wheldon ends well
Driver finally gets Kansas win
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas Speedway has been a frustrating track for IRL IndyCar Series driver Dan Wheldon the last two years. Each year, Wheldon has had to settle for second by the slimmest of margins - 0.0793 of a second behind last year and 0.0120 of a second in 2005, which was the second-closest finish in series history. However, on Sunday Wheldon did not fall victim again and actually set a Kansas Speedway record for largest margin of victory by finishing 18.4830 seconds ahead of Dario Franchitti.
New toys let kids play mind games
April 30, 2007
A convincing twin of Darth Vader stalks the beige cubicles of a Silicon Valley office, complete with ominous black mask, cape and light saber. But this is no chintzy Halloween costume. It’s a prototype, years in the making, of a toy that incorporates brain wave-reading technology.
Gordon unpopular winner at Talladega
Fans litter track with debris after driver wins deep in Earnhardt country
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C8
At the track where Dale Earnhardt dominated, and on the day he would have turned 56, Jeff Gordon scored career victory No. 77. It was the fitting venue, the perfect day, for Gordon to move past Earnhardt on NASCAR’s wins list.
Big names dot second day of longest NFL Draft ever
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C5
Troy Smith is taking his Heisman Trophy to Baltimore. Randy Moss is bringing his sinking reputation to New England.
Bay-area teams make noise with picks
Patriots, Browns also among winners; Florida teams’ reluctance to trade hurts them
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C5
A marathon NFL Draft that didn’t look as if it would ever end finally did Sunday after 255 picks and more than 18 hours. An early critique on some of the hits and misses:
Seattle pitcher Baek shuts down Royals
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C10
Cha Seung Baek made an impressive case for a spot in the Seattle Mariners’ rotation - even when Felix Hernandez returns from injury. Manager Mike Hargrove isn’t letting on yet whether that will happen.
Commentary: Not even Belichick can save Moss
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C2
Randy Moss is the latest to enroll in Bill Belichick’s career rehabilitation clinic in New England. The Jets will be the first to find out how quickly Moss has adapted when they play the Patriots in the season opener.
Police question CEO in alleged kidnapping case
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
Police questioned one of South Korea’s richest men Sunday following media reports that he and his bodyguards abducted and beat eight people after his son was hurt in a scuffle with bar employees.
Dentist attends implant event
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
Dr. Pat Moriarty, a Lawrence dentist, recently completed an industry-sponsored seminar designed to train general dentists and denture specialists in the placement of mini dental implants.
Pet foods go organic
Missouri company specializes in dietary options
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
The recent pet food recall did not shock Victoria McDowell. For years she’s been telling people they need to change their pet’s diet.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
Al Hack, 43-year-old clothier, was named as the chairman for the 1967 United Fund campaign here with insurance man Jack Landreth as vice chairman. Banker Bill Lienhard was to be president for the operation.
Dust Bowl a story of American tenacity
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
Seventy-five years ago, America’s southern plains were learning otherwise. Today, amid warnings of environmental apocalypse, it is well to recall the real thing. It is a story about the unintended consequences of technological progress and of government policies. Above all, it is an epic of human endurance.
Custodian suspended after graffiti found
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
A school custodian at Southwest Junior High School was suspended with pay by the school district last week while the Lawrence Police Department continues to investigate threatening graffiti found in a stall of a men’s restroom.
That won’t leave a mark: Doctors study scarless surgery
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A7
A 4-year-old boy lay on an operating table here a few weeks ago with a tumor that had eaten into his brain and the base of his skull. Standard surgery would involve cutting open his face, leaving an ugly scar and hindering his facial growth as he matured.
Fine-tune your job search
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
Q: I am an unemployed technical writer. After three years at my last job, I was fired. This is the first time this has happened to me, and needless to say, I was taken by surprise!
Lawrence Datebook
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Google helping states to offer easier access to public records
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A5
By providing free consulting and some software, Google Inc. is helping state governments make reams of public records that are now unavailable or hard to find online easily accessible to Web surfers.
Inge’s walk-off lifts Detroit
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C4
Brandon Inge is hoping to close out a rough first month of the season with a flourish.
Rice: Iraq bill may be derailed over benchmarks
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush will not support a war spending bill that punishes the Iraqi government for failing to meet benchmarks for progress, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.
Viewers can set TV standards
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
Liberals want to resurrect the Federal Communications Commission’s Fairness Doctrine, a tenet created to ensure fair and balanced coverage of controversial issues, so that they can regulate talk radio and require “equal time” be given to opposing political views. Liberals don’t like talk radio’s mostly conservative content.
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Monday, April 30
Governor to be released from hospital today
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine will be released from the hospital this afternoon, 18 days after he was critically injured in an auto accident, a spokesman said Sunday night.
Anonymous donor helps Columbine memorial
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Thanks to an anonymous donor, a memorial to the 13 people killed at Columbine High School will be completed this summer.
St. Louis reliever Hancock killed
Cardinals game called after car crash claims right-hander
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C2
Josh Hancock, a relief pitcher who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series last season, died early Sunday when his sport utility vehicle slammed into the back of a tow truck.
Eldridge welcomes two employees
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
The Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass., announces the hiring of two employees.
Freeway collapses after tanker fire
No deaths reported at Oakland interchange; officials predict traffic nightmare
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
A gasoline tanker crashed and burst into flames near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Sunday, creating such intense heat that a stretch of highway melted and collapsed.
KU center offers accounting seminar
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will present “Making Cent$ of Your Financial Statements,” a financing seminar for small businesses, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, 734 Vt.
Democratic hopefuls clash over taxes
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
Democrats opened a new divide over taxes Sunday, as former Sen. John Edwards said he would consider an added levy on businesses and individuals reaping the kind of huge financial reward enjoyed by some of the nation’s wealthiest investors.
Vigilantes impose peace in Rio slums
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
For as long as anyone can remember, the cracked asphalt soccer field in the Roquete Pinto slum was off-limits to children - “reserved” by gangs selling marijuana and cocaine. Then, a few months ago, a mysterious squad of beefy men with submachine guns started patrolling on foot, and the drug dealers disappeared.
Suicide attack probed as death toll rises to 28
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
The death toll from a suicide bombing that targeted Pakistan’s top security official rose to 28 Sunday, the country’s information minister said.
NAACP hopes to bury N-word at convention
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A3
A funeral will be held when the NAACP holds its national convention in Detroit in July.
Chiefs’ Edwards promises more roster changes
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C5
They did not get a cornerback, and they did not trade quarterback Trent Green. For the Kansas City Chiefs, the draft of 2007 may be remembered almost as much for what did not happen as for what did.
Some surprises on the mound
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C10
The year is 2004. A career sub-.500 pitcher named Chris Carpenter, who missed the entire previous season because of shoulder surgery, makes his first few starts for the St. Louis Cardinals.
War criminals
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Time for the war criminals to pay for their crimes: for fabricating evidence for an unjust war, for the criminal murder of thousands, for subverting the interests of the United States and becoming agents for the state of Israel.
Sensor detects pet stress levels
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A1
Wondering whether your dog or cat is stressed? Just stick a special patch on the bottom of its paw and you’ll be able to tell, according to a Japanese company.
Healing power
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Concerning the April 23 Journal-World article about Josh Longbottom’s visit to Washington, D.C., I would say that as a spiritual leader, he is missing the mark along with the others who were supposedly speaking for the Christian faith. The fact is, homosexuality is a SIN.
Iran agrees to enter regional Iraq talks
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
Iran agreed Sunday to join the U.S. and other countries at a conference on Iraq this week, raising hopes the government in Tehran would help stabilize its violent neighbor and stem the flow of guns and bombs over the border.
Death toll from attack in Karbala increases
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
U.S. forces fired an artillery barrage in southern Baghdad on Sunday morning, rocking the capital with loud explosions. The death toll from a suicide car bomb attack in the Shiite holy city of Karbala rose to 68 as residents dug through the debris of heavily damaged shops.
On the money
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
Access to affordable health care coverage continues to be a problem for thousands of Americans. Information on the Internet can help consumers sort out options and compare plan prices:
Equipment need
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: A story on page 1B of the April 25 Journal-World mentions the city being in desperate need to buy at least $5 million worth of new fire engines in the next two years, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Chief Mark Bradford.
Youths can gain experience at library
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence Public Library is looking for summer youth volunteers ages 13 to 18 to help with children’s and teen programming and other miscellaneous tasks.
700,000 protest Muslim candidate for presidency
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
At least 700,000 people marched Sunday in a massive protest against the possible election of an observant Muslim as president, a conflict that is pitting Turkey’s religiously oriented ruling party against the deeply secular military and civilian establishment.
Kansas trips OU, claims series
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University senior Kyle Murphy went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and four RBIs in the Jayhawks’ 9-3 baseball victory over No. 27-ranked Oklahoma on Sunday at Mitchell Park.
New entrance
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: In the April 23 Public Forum column entitled “Retail trends,” well-reasoned points were made concerning our failed attempts in the past to attract shoppers to Lawrence using large retail developments.
Agafonov wins hammer again
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s Egor Agafonov won his fourth consecutive hammer throw Saturday at the Drake Relays.
Lawrence City Commission briefs
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
ECO2 land-use plan to be presented
Allegations of favoritism plague reading program
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A7
When the Kansas City public schools lost federal money for their new reading program, Robert Slavin was plenty distressed.
Disturbia’ best of lackluster pre-Spidey weekend
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
Movie-goers continued to keep their eyes on the Peeping Tom thriller “Disturbia,” which fended off a weak batch of newcomers to remain No. 1 for the third straight weekend with $9.1 million.
On the record
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
People in the news
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Former ‘Idol’ finalist arrested for aggravated battery ¢ Natalie Portman endorses microloan programs for women
New ethics laws target government officials
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
Chinese officials who have mistresses, fail to financially support their parents or abuse and abandon their families could be out of a job, according to a new set of ethics rules released by the central government.
Residents nominated for board of directors
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B1
Seven Lawrence residents have received nominations to serve two-year terms on the Lawrence Humane Society’s board of directors.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
It was a monumental battle between urban and rural lawmakers that lasted more than 15 hours on the final day of the 1982 Kansas legislative session.
70 percent of Ga. wildfire contained
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A5
Firefighters have managed to contain about 70 percent of the largest wildfire in Georgia history, which had charred 100 square miles of forest and swampland, officials said Sunday.
KU rowing second at Big 12 Invitational
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s rowing team placed second at the 2007 Big 12 Invitational Sunday at Wyandotte County Lake. Texas won the event with 55 points, followed by KU (46) and Kansas State (42).
NYC cracking down on unwanted menus
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A7
You’ve heard of e-mail spam - now a New York City councilman wants to do something about menu spam, the unwanted menus and circulars that have a way of appearing on city doorsteps and under doors.
Budget complaints spur discussion of full-time Legislature
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B2
If the Kansas Legislature ever becomes a full-time institution, conservative Republicans, those champions of smaller government, may be responsible. And, if they are, the Legislature will expand its reach and staff and start paying members a full-time salary in the name of smaller government.
Hispanics, blacks fare badly in traffic stops, study says
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A5
Black, Hispanic and white drivers are equally likely to be pulled over by police, but blacks and Hispanics are much more likely to be searched and arrested, a federal study found.
War inquiry to be highly critical of Israeli PM
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A8
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will face fierce criticism when a government commission releases its first findings today on last year’s inconclusive war in Lebanon, officials said, raising pressure on the Israeli leader to step down.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 30, 1907: “The most elaborate fraternity banquet ever given in Lawrence was that of the Sigma Nu fraternity last Saturday night at the Eldridge.
Ironically, debris cautions protected Stewart - briefly
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C8
In a twist of irony, those very debris cautions Tony Stewart railed against nearly saved his race.
Chicago sweeps defending champs
Bulls advance for first time since Jordan
April 30, 2007 in print edition on C6
Michael Jordan’s old Chicago jersey hangs over the Miami Heat’s home floor, a tribute to the six-time NBA champion. Now, a new bunch of Bulls want a title of their own after ending the Heat’s reign atop the league with a four-game sweep.
Sales tax creates unfair burden
April 30, 2007 in print edition on B7
According to business professor James P. Guthrie, “quality of life” is a major pro-business idea (“Quality of life is pro-business,” Lawrence Journal-World, April 12). Coincidentally, professor Guthrie included a recommendation that, “our City Commission should consider investments in recreational opportunities” in his column on the same day that the following bold headline appeared on the front page of the Journal World: “Survey: Ice rink wanted in city.” The sub-headline declared, “Most respondents support tax increase for more facilities.”
Children’s advocate joins commission
April 30, 2007 in print edition on A10
Crystal D. O’Brien, Lawrence, has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the Advisory Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius announced last week.