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Archive for Friday, May 4, 2007

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High gas prices Free State soccer vs. Olathe North
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Polls
How will you handle rising gas prices?

Poll results

Response Percent
I’ll drive less
 
45%
I’ll pay more
 
31%
I’ll cut out extras
 
11%
I’ll take the T
 
5%
Undecided
 
5%
Total 665
Videos

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6Sports video: Firebird girls soccer squad looks to make school history
May 4, 2007
It was a soggy Senior Day for the Free State soccer team. With a 4-1 loss to Olathe North yesterday and two games left in the regular season, the Firebird ladies know their objective: to make school history.
6Sports video: Jayhawk Invitational Tournament tipped off Friday night
May 4, 2007
The Jayhawk Invitational Tournament tipped off tonight at Allen Fieldhouse. Several teams throughout the nation come to campus for the 3-day event.
6Sports video: KU baseball team loses close battle with rival K-State
May 4, 2007
The rival Kansas State Wildcats barely topped the Jayhawk baseball team today, winning the contest 2-1.
6News video: Annual leadership summit held today in Lawrence
May 4, 2007
Business and government leaders from across Kansas converge on Lawrence today for the “Leadership Kansas” program.
6News video: 44th Annual Swap Meet a great place to get rid of old car parts
May 4, 2007
If you’re looking to get rid of an old car part or just want to meet some auto enthusiasts, look no further than Lawrence’s 44th Annual Swap Meet.
6News video: Jurors continue to hear testimony in Boardwalk Apt. Trial - Day 4
May 4, 2007
One week of testimony wrapped up today in the trial of Jason Rose, who is accused of setting the deadly Boardwalk Apartment Fire back in 2005.
6News video: KU students celebrate the 70’s across Jayhawk Blvd.
May 4, 2007
A “celebration of the 70’s” broke out today on KU’s campus as dozens of students marched on Jayhawk Blvd. to tunes from the era of Watergate, bell-bottoms, and streaking.
6News video: Pinckney Elementary celebrates 75 years
May 4, 2007
Teachers and current and former students are among those expected tomorrow for the festivities at Pinckney Elementary - which is celebrating 75 years of schooling.
6Sports video: Firebirds fare well in regional tennis tournament
May 4, 2007
The Class 6A Regional Tennis Tournament was supposed to take place on Thursday, but rainy conditions postponed the fun until today. For Free State, the day was full of fun, but for Lawrence High…not so much.
6News video: City survey shows residents worry over streets, sidewalks & traffic flow
May 4, 2007
Lawrence citizens want city leaders to focus on streets, sidewalks, and traffic flow. That’s according to many of the 1,100 Lawrence residents surveyed earlier this year.
6Sports video: Piper High senior won’t travel far to play college basketball
May 4, 2007
Friday afternoon, Piper High senior Nate Daniels signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Washburn University.
Wright picks Pelinka as agent
May 4, 2007
Former Kansas University fowrard Julian Wright has chosen an agent, and made his intentions known Friday to the KU coaching staff that he will be signing in the near future with Rob Pelinka. When Wright signs with Pelinka, it will negate any chance for him to return to KU and play as a junior.
6News Now: Rose’s confession viewed in court
May 4, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, jurors watch Rose’s videotaped admission that the started the Boardwalk Apartments fire during the fourth day of his trial, and more about the results of a recent citizen’s survey.
Roberts speaks at KU, touts importance of research funding
May 4, 2007
He spoke to the School of Engineering’s advisory committee and explained to them the areas in which Kansas can set itself apart from other states, particularly in how it can help safeguard the national food system.
Rose changes stories in video
Defendant denies, then admits, starting fire outside apartment
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
The detectives keep saying they want one thing: the truth. But as their hourslong interview with the man accused of setting a deadly fire at Lawrence’s Boardwalk Apartments proceeds, his version of what happened that night keeps changing. He admits setting fire to a piece of paper outside the building, but he abandons that story. The detectives keep pressing.
Full tank, empty wallet
Drivers face costly choices as gasoline prices rise
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
The amount Art Delfin spends each week on gasoline - $350 - sounds more like a monthly car payment or the price of a new 32-inch television. “It’s just outrageous,” said the 32-year-old Kansas City, Mo., resident. “I remember when I was a teenager and it was less than $1 for gas.” It now costs roughly $3 a gallon in Lawrence to keep a car on the road. Last week, the national average reached $2.97 per gallon.
Legal questions surround KU Hospital board
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
If this were poker, it would be a stacking-the-deck controversy. Questions are swirling at the Statehouse whether Kansas University Provost Richard Lariviere has been illegally appointed to serve on the KU Hospital Authority Board during a time when the board is wading into controversial negotiations regarding a proposed affiliation between KU Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
KPERS changes affect future hires
May 4, 2007
It wasn’t a sexy topic, but one of the major pieces of work in the just-completed legislative session will bring a substantial change to the state’s public employee pension system. “Long-term, that is probably the most significant issue we’ve passed this year,” Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, said.
Panel answers questions on domestic registry
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
When Diane Silver’s life partner died of breast cancer, the already difficult task of tending to her partner’s affairs was made more arduous by insurance companies and government agencies doubting that their relationship existed. She had to prove the relationship through newspaper articles written about them.
Old-school celebration
Events to honor Pinckney history
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Mabel Stoneback is among the school’s many former students who plan to attend Pinckney’s Birthday Celebration on Saturday that will mark the original school’s 135th birthday and the 75th anniversary of the existing building at 810 W. Sixth St.
Wheat decisions await
Farmers face financial losses after freeze damages crops
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C12
All this rain doesn’t bother Mark Wulfkuhle so much. “You take it when you can get it,” he said. But the Douglas County farmer could do without the subfreezing temperatures a month ago that left much of his more than 500 acres of wheat struggling to regain what had been a bountiful footing only a few days earlier.
MIT prize spurs relative’s pride
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B8
As inventor and chemist Timothy M. Swager celebrated the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize on Thursday evening in Massachusetts, his cousin in Lawrence could not hide her joy.
Diners, here’s a chance to do good
Former KU coach acting as chairman for nursing fundraiser
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Former Kansas University football coach Don Fambrough will finally get the chance to make good on a promise he made to himself nearly six years ago. At that time, Fambrough’s wife, Del, was losing her battle with cancer, and he knew her nurses from Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association were doing everything in their power to make her final days comfortable and peaceful.
President not listening to Americans, Boyda says
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B8
U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, said Thursday that President Bush ignored most Americans when he vetoed legislation that continued funding the war in Iraq but called for the withdrawal of American troops.
Meche proves worth in K.C. win
Royals’ ace gives up first-inning home run, then shuts out Angels
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
Gil Meche may turn out to be the best $55 million invested by Kansas City Royals owner David Glass. Meche allowed two hits in seven innings, retiring 17 straight batters after Vladimir Guerrero’s two-run homer in the first and leading the Kansas City Royals over the Los Angeles Angels, 5-2, Thursday.
K.C. Pump N Run aims to defend title
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas City Pump N Run coach L.J. Goolsby isn’t guaranteeing a repeat championship at this weekend’s 17-and-under Jayhawk Invitational basketball tournament. “Hopefully we’ll play well, but it’s going to be a challenge. There are some tough teams entered,” said Goolsby, whose fan favorites will meet Oklahoma City Athletes First at 8:45 tonight in Allen Fieldhouse.
Mayer: Gridiron success crucial
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University football is in dire need of a breakout season. A 7-5 record would top last year’s disappointing 6-6, steer the Jayhawks to some second-rate bowl game and give Mark Mangino his second winning season in six tries. That won’t be good enough for most fans who are figuring it’s time for a major upturn, like 8-4 or better.
No practice, no problem
Harrington strong in return from three-week break
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C10
Padraig Harrington took three weeks off, the longest break from golf in his 10 years as a pro, and worried that he wouldn’t be very sharp Thursday at the Wachovia Championship. He wasn’t satisfied with hardly anything but his score.
Three-point line likely to move
NCAA rules committee approves one-foot change
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
College basketball players might want to start polishing up their long-range shooting. The men’s basketball rules committee approved a measure Thursday that would move the three-point line back one foot in 2008-09 - from 19 feet, 9 inches to 20 feet, 9 inches.
Vegas exec blasts NBA All-Star Game
MGM Mirage boss says bad behavior surrounding game hurt bottom line
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C9
MGM Mirage Inc.’s chief executive said Thursday that the NBA All-Star game potentially hurt its earnings and soured the company on a franchise coming to Las Vegas.
Raptors facing long odds to stay alive
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
With injuries to their point guards and a postseason road hex working against them, the Toronto Raptors are willing to do almost anything against the New Jersey Nets, including turning to superstition.
Odds stacked against Vegas landing pro sports team
Gambling not the only mark against Sin City
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C7
This desert entertainment mecca claims a metropolitan area of 1.8 million permanent residents, 133,000 hotel rooms and 135,000 visitors daily, and on NBA All-Star weekend it lavishly reaffirmed that it can host a big-league party. But can it permanently host a big-league franchise?
A-Rod’s April raises some interesting questions
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C6
Alex Rodriguez is struttin’. Even when he strikes out, he’s struttin’. Of course, if you ran up the numbers he did in the first month - 14 home runs, 34 RBIs - you’d be struttin’, too. You know, after watching New York beat him down in 2006 -and seeing him struggle the past two Octobers - it’s fun to see A-Rod playing with arrogance.
LHS softball canceled
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C7
Rain washed out Lawrence High’s scheduled softball game against Shawnee Mission North on Thursday at Holcom Park.
Wal-Mart case
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: It’s outrageous! The City Commission’s willingness to settle the lawsuit that developers and Wal-Mart filed against Lawrence is nothing less than the big sellout of local sovereignty to the highest bidder.
Playing nice pays off for Deng
Bulls forward wins sportsmanship award
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C9
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng won the NBA’s sportsmanship award Thursday, edging Shane Battier and four other divisional winners in a vote by players.
Dampened spirits
Firebirds tumble on sloppy, soggy senior night
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
For the nine senior Free State High girls soccer players, the torrential downpour in the second half didn’t dampen their senior night as much as the 4-1 loss to Olathe North on Thursday at Free State. “I love playing in the rain actually - I’ve just had phenomenal memories of the rain back in club soccer,” senior goalkeeper Megan Hrenchir said.
Fond memory
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The news of the death of Mstislav Rostropovich brought back memories of the concert in “old” Hoch. Our daughter and I were sitting front row, staring up the strings of his cello into the face of this grand musician, playing with such intensity.
Delegates agree on climate change report
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A9
International delegates reached an agreement early today on the best ways to combat climate change despite efforts by China to water down language on cutting destructive greenhouse gas emissions.
Companion animals’ stir controversy
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C12
Federal law generally allows a tenant to have a “companion animal,” even if the lease says that no pets are allowed.
Group says church officials hid sex crimes for three decades
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
A priest signed a written confession in 1978 admitting to sexual abuse of boys, but the Archdiocese of St. Louis allowed him to continue serving parishes for more than a decade after that, a victims’ rights group said Thursday.
Schirra, one of original Mercury Seven astronauts, dies at 84
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
Walter M. “Wally” Schirra Jr., who as one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts combined the Right Stuff - textbook-perfect flying ability and steely nerves - with a pronounced rebellious streak, died Thursday at 84.
U.S. forces kill senior al-Qaida figure
Muharib Abdul-Latif was linked to kidnapping of journalist Jill Carroll
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
U.S.-led forces killed a top al-Qaida in Iraq figure linked to kidnappings of a Christian Science Monitor reporter and other Westerners, the military said Thursday as mourners gathered at the slain terrorist’s home in a Sunni insurgent stronghold north of Baghdad.
U.S. must persevere in war on terror, Gates says
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
The United States should not shirk its responsibilities as a global leader or withdraw from the fight against terrorists just because Americans are weary of the battle, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.
Horoscopes
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B5
Written responses from Dennis McCulloch, spokesman for the Kansas University Hospital, regarding the hospital’s Board of Directors
May 4, 2007
Written responses from Dennis McCulloch, spokesman for the Kansas University Hospital, regarding the hospital’s Board of Directors.
K-State series key for tourney berth
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
It’s scoreboard watching season for Kansas University’s baseball team - provided it takes care of its own business first. Left for dead not too long ago, the Jayhawks still are very alive in the Big 12 Conference tournament race.
PGA Tour not helping dispel perception of double standard
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C10
It looked as though Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson got off easy. Both cases cried out for punishment. Both players were covered by the rules, although one was subject to interpretation. And in both instances, even though the circumstances were entirely different, there was outrage from their peers.
Joneses close in on home-run record
Braves’ Chipper, Andruw could both break team mark this year, possibly their last together
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C6
Dale Murphy was in his last season with the Atlanta Braves in 1990 when a skinny high school shortstop walked into the clubhouse. Murphy had no idea the kid, Chipper Jones, would be the player to break his record for most home runs with Atlanta. Then Murphy watched Jones hit.
Commentary: Alcohol is part of clubhouse culture
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C2
Single-car accidents raise questions that beg answers. What happened? Could it have been avoided? When the person at the wheel is a professional athlete, when the accident happens at the witching hour, the biggest question that is raised is obvious - was he drinking?
Residents pray in national event
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence residents joined the faithful all over the world Thursday in a National Day of Prayer. Beck Finger, a Veritas Christian School student, was among 100 people who gathered Thursday in South Park. “It sounds so cliche and everyone says it, but we truly want to see Lawrence change, we want to see the churches just explode with life, and we just want to see God come alive in Kansas,” she said.
Medicare phone scam making rounds
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C12
Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is urging Medicare beneficiaries and their families to be aware of a new Medicare phone scam. Her office issued a “consumer alert” Thursday that details the concern:
Artest avoids jail time
Troubled forward pleads no contest to violence charge
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C9
Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest pleaded no contest Thursday to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge stemming from a March 5 dispute with his wife, the latest in a string of off-court problems.
Pitino signs extension
Louisville coach locked in through 2013
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C2
Rick Pitino signed a three-year contract extension with the Louisville Cardinals on Thursday that could keep him at the school through 2013, long enough for a highly anticipated downtown arena to open.
Golden achievement
Warriors finish off top-seeded Dallas in Game 6
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson shot the ragtag Warriors right into the second round, capping perhaps the NBA’s biggest playoff upset with yet one more memorable performance on their home floor.
Commodities
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C12
Warriors’ Richardson fined for fan incident
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C9
Golden State’s Jason Richardson was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Thursday for improper interaction with a fan during a playoff game in Dallas.
LHS soccer blanked
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C7
The Lawrence High girls soccer team continued to have problems finding the net Thursday night, falling 7-0 to Olathe South in a Sunflower League contest at the Olathe District Activity Center.
Kirilenko finally comes through
Jazz forward slows McGrady, discovers own offense in Game 6 victory
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
Andrei Kirilenko shadowed Tracy McGrady all night. Now he’ll be following McGrady back to Houston, too.
Group renounces violence, vows new era
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
The Ulster Volunteer Force, an underground Protestant army that terrorized Roman Catholics for decades and committed the bloodiest attack of the Northern Ireland conflict, renounced violence Thursday and promised to evolve into a force for good.
GOP hopefuls clash on abortion, stem cell research
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Alone among 10 Republican presidential contenders, Rudy Giuliani said in campaign debate Thursday night “it would be OK” if the Supreme Court upholds a 1973 landmark abortion rights ruling.
Rice raises issue of Syria’s borders
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
In a diplomatic turning point for the Bush administration, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Thursday with Syria’s foreign minister and expressed U.S. concerns about the country’s porous border with Iraq.
Immelman lighter but back in action
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C10
Unlike many, Trevor Immelman had to work to gain weight. For three years, he put in countless hours at the gym, bulking up from 155 to 178 pounds, and his game improved, too.
Lawrence Datebook
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
Research team records images inside volcano
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A9
A research team has succeeded in taking images of the inside of a volcano using cosmic rays, the first time visual images of the structure inside a volcano have been obtained using this method.
Free State baseball, softball rained out
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C7
The Free State baseball home game vs. Shawnee Mission East was canceled Thursday because of wet field conditions.
LHS baseball again called off mid-game
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C7
The Lawrence High baseball team’s game at Olathe Northwest was postponed in the bottom of the second inning Thursday with the score 0-0. No makeup date had been scheduled as of Thursday night, coach Brad Stoll said.
Eudora bond package advances
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Eudora school board accepted the final form of a $45 million bond package Thursday night. The bond priorities for the November referendum include a $26.9 million first- through fifth-grade elementary school and a new sixth-grade attendance center for Eudora Middle School.
Fans flock to Tiger/MJ pro-am pairing
Gallery treated to two sports icons intent on one-upping each other
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C10
The gallery stood a dozen rows deep and spilled down both sides of the fairway, the kind of scene Tiger Woods is used to seeing on the weekend at a major championship. This was only a pro-am round Wednesday at the Wachovia Championship.
Pirates halt Brewers’ streak at four
Milwaukee misses chance to move 10 games over .500 for first time since ‘92
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C4
Given a chance to move 10 games over .500 for the first time in 15 years, the Milwaukee Brewers fell short. Jose Bautista and Ronny Paulino hit consecutive home runs in a four-run seventh inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 4-2 victory Thursday night that stopped the Brewers’ four-game winning streak.
Wildlife officials deny protections for butterfly
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
A butterfly found only at a popular Nevada recreation area is thriving and new efforts to protect its habitat are enough to keep it off the threatened or endangered species list, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.
Jurors fail to agree in pit bull attack case
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
A Wyandotte County jury on Thursday failed to reach a verdict in the case of a man charged with involuntary manslaughter after a pit bull attack killed a woman.
Inmate gets 15 more years in ‘96 slaying
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
An inmate in prison for killing his landlady drew an extra 15 years Thursday for another slaying that was wrongfully pinned on a mentally disabled man.
Protesters demand Israeli premier quit over Lebanon war failures
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
Tens of thousands of Israelis rallied after sundown Thursday in a Tel Aviv square, demanding Prime Minister Ehud Olmert resign because of a government inquiry’s scathing criticism of his handling of the inconclusive war in Lebanon.
Fairness ideals
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: I read Carl Burkhead’s April 30 letter, “Healing power,” with great impatience. How does one respond to capital-lettered pronouncements that homosexuality is a SIN? List all the other biblical “laws” people break without inciting Mr. Burkhead’s self-righteous indignation? Argue that discrimination of any kind goes against virtually all of Jesus’ teachings?
Japan microtremors tied to slipping plate
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A9
Microtremors that have been observed in Shikoku, Japan - one of the expected epicentral areas of a predicted Nankai earthquake with magnitude 8 on the Richter scale - have occurred in accordance with tectonic movement of a plate slipping below Shikoku Island, it has been learned by a group of researchers from Tokyo University and Stanford University.
Nebraska finalizes slates
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C2
Nebraska has finalized its 2008 and 2009 football schedules with the addition of five nonconference home games, the school announced Thursday.
Midwest icon Bill Lynch discovers how to ‘live the music’
May 4, 2007 in print edition on D1
Bill Lynch is a Midwest icon. And the musician is going to prove it this weekend. The singer-guitarist returns to his former hometown, toting his new backing band, the Midwest Icons. The quartet features legendary drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers, Paul McCartney, Beck), bassist Rick Moors (Bonedaddys) and multi-instrumentalist John Hoke (Rod Piazza) - all products of the Kansas City area.
Text of statute for KU hospital’s authority board
May 4, 2007
Chapter 76.—STATE INSTITUTIONS AND AGENCIES; HISTORICAL PROPERTY
Blair, Chirac fall short of goals
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
Tony Blair and Jacques Chirac could have changed Europe - and perhaps the world - if they had been able to work together. Instead they became bitter rivals who are surrendering power at the same time and in the same condition. Both are leaving office deeply unpopular at home and far short of their ambitious foreign policy goals.
On the record
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
Manny’s 475th lifts Red Sox
Ramirez belts game-winning homer against Seattle
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C4
Manny Ramirez finally has his offense going, and he stood still to admire his work. Coming off the worst April of his 14-year career, the Red Sox slugger broke an eighth-inning tie with his second homer, leading Boston to an 8-7 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.
Police: Couple put son in cage for punishment
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
A couple locked their 10-year-old son in a small dog cage while his father used drugs, and at times they forced him to wear a shock collar meant for training animals, authorities said.
American wants to fight extradition in abuse case
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
An American accused of raping his daughter and posting a video of the attack on the Internet wants to contest his extradition to the United States, an attorney said Friday.
Presidential candidate Obama gets Secret Service protection
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama was placed under Secret Service protection, the earliest ever for a presidential candidate, the agency said Thursday.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
Queen celebrates 400th anniversary of Jamestown
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
Queen Elizabeth II arrived Thursday for the commemoration of Jamestown’s 400th anniversary and praised the cultural changes that have occurred since she last visited America’s first permanent English settlement 50 years ago.
Free bicycle helmets to be available at fair
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Area children will have the chance to get free bicycle helmets as part of an event sponsored by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical.
Chavez threatens to nationalize banks
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Thursday threatened to nationalize the country’s banks and largest steel producer, accusing them of unscrupulous practices.
Lawrence attorney now NYSE arbitrator
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C12
Mark Rockwell, an attorney with Knox, Johnson, Rockwell & Babbit, Lawrence, has agreed to serve as an arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange.
Friends remember Hancock
Memorial service held for Cardinals pitcher
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C5
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Randy Flores will miss playing catch with Josh Hancock. “Every day, I was reminded of his heart,” Flores said Thursday at a public memorial for his fellow reliever. “Josh loved being a baseball player.”
Navy may have plans for fallen ‘Idol’
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
Now that “American Idol” voters have kicked U.S. Navy sailor Phil Stacey off the singing competition, is the Pentagon considering sending him to Iraq? Navy and Pentagon officials weren’t saying on Thursday what is next for Stacey, an active duty petty officer 3rd class and a vocalist with the Navy Band Southeast in Jacksonville, Fla.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
Bark in the Park’ set for Sunday
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C12
Sunday’s Art in the Park will include a few canine contributions, with help from a Lawrence pet store.
Ex-deputy enters plea in domestic case
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
A man who was a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy at the time of his arrest earlier this year for domestic battery has entered a plea to a reduced charge.
House extends hate crime protection
Bush threatens veto
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Brushing aside a veto threat from President Bush, the House on Thursday approved legislation that would extend federal hate crime protection to gays and increase penalties against their attackers.
LHS 18th, FSHS 19th at Junction City golf
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C7
Lawrence High placed 18th and Free State finished 19th among 20 teams Thursday at the Junction City golf invitational.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
VA bonuses awarded despite budget shortfalls
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
Congressional leaders on Thursday demanded that the Veterans Affairs secretary explain hefty bonuses for senior department officials involved in crafting a budget that came up $1 billion short and jeopardized veterans’ health care.
People in the news
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ DiCaprio, O’Donnell top Time’s list of 100 most influential ¢ Prosecutors suggest 45 days in jail for Paris Hilton ¢ Pinkett Smith denies rumors that Holmes is trapped ¢ Kid Rock comes to aid of high school girls’ golf team ¢ Midler to replace Dion as Caesars headliner in Las Vegas
Search for stabbing suspect closes schools
May 4, 2007
A rural school district canceled classes on Thursday while authorities search for a man accused of attempted murder.
Free press
Russia is just as guilty but just a little bit sneakier than other culprits in the issue of media freedom.
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
They cannot be called anything resembling The Magnificent Seven. What currently links Russia closely with Afghanistan, Venezuela, Pakistan, the Philippines, Egypt and Lebanon? The U.S. State Department says these nations are among the worst offenders in terms of curbing media freedom.
Okie thrilled to play at home
May 4, 2007 in print edition on C10
After topping the world rankings, Lorena Ochoa got a chance to celebrate in front of friends and family in her home country. This week, it’s Stacy Prammanasudh’s turn to showcase her game at home.
Report says wind farms need more research
Towers can generate more power, but may kill bats and birds
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A11
Wind farms could generate up to 7 percent of U.S. electricity in 15 years, but scientists want more study of the threat the spinning blades pose to birds and bats.
Investigation shows officers were shifted out of park before clash
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
The Los Angeles Police Department removed dozens of elite officers from immigration protest duty in the hours before a violent clash with immigration marchers and reporters, sources said Thursday, raising new questions about how commanders handled the incident.
Tightrope skywalkers cross Han solo
Spectators get lofty thrills at world’s first high-wire championship
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A9
They came from all over the world, poles in hand, and feet ready to inch more than half a mile across a high wire strung over the Han River in a spine-tingling battle of balance, speed and high anxiety.
The beat goes on
Local music promoter adjusts to life after heart transplant
May 4, 2007
Eight months ago, Merle Zuel showed up to his job at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, Mo., where he splits time working the door and booking bands. “I got the money from the bartender, walked back across the room, started to feel weird, then I hit the ground,” Zuel recalls. “I lost consciousness and went into a fatal heart rhythm. But my defibrillator brought me back around.”
Fugitive soldiers kill officer during hijacking attempt
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
Fugitive army soldiers tried to hijack a U.S.-bound plane before it took off Thursday and killed a military officer they took hostage during the failed attempt, the Interior Ministry said.
News gives sweeps sizzle
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
It says something about the nature of May sweeps that the most anticipated program of the evening comes from the news division. As widely reported, “20/20” (9 p.m., ABC) will present an interview with Deborah Jeane Palfrey, a woman who has been dubbed “the D.C. Madam.” Palfrey claims to have a list of thousands of clients, some with high-profile positions.
Spider-Man’ thwarted by super villains, heavy tone
May 4, 2007 in print edition on D2
Peter Parker transforms from Spider-Man to Lounge Lizard in “Spider-Man 3.” It’s a dippy mash-up/wrap-up of the Spidey franchise that turns nerdy little Parker - played by nerdy Tobey Maguire - into a “playa,” complete with Armani suit and Travolta-“Saturday Night Fever” walk.
Democrats weigh bill requiring Iraqi government to meet benchmarks
May 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
Defiant Democratic leaders in the House are considering a proposal that would pay for the Iraq war at least through July but cut off funding after that if the Iraqi government does not meet certain political and security goals, congressional officials said Thursday.
Madam not the only one with sexual fantasies
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
I don’t need to give the “D.C. Madam” a whole lot more attention. After all, editorial pages don’t have sweeps weeks. And the client lists she’s dropping into the media maw may have as many flaws as the beauty advice she gave her workers to use “fat cream for the thighs.”
Republican focused on retaking Congress
May 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
Tom Cole earned a Ph.D. in British history from the University of Oklahoma, intending to become a college professor, but he came to his senses and to a zest for politics and now, in just his third term in the House of Representatives, he is chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.