Archive for Sunday, May 6, 2007

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Accident on Kansas Turnpike temporarily closes I-70
03:18 p.m., May 6, 2007 Updated 03:50 p.m.
An accident on the Kansas Turnpike a few miles east of Lawrence this afternoon caused Interstate 70 to be closed temporarily.
Douglas County in flash flood watch
07:44 a.m., May 6, 2007 Updated 11:46 a.m.
Rainfall rates of up to two inches per hour have been reported.
Art in the Park canceled today
May 6, 2007
Art in the Park, scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. today in South Park in Lawrence, has been canceled because of the weather. No makeup date has been set.
Pickup crashes into sorority; driver flown to hospital
May 6, 2007
During a high-speed chase through the Kansas University campus early this morning, a small pickup crashed into the Chi Omega sorority house, sending a 23-year-old to a Kansas City area hospital.
University repairs planned now that funds approved
Energy center, tunnels are top priorities
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
Now that the Legislature has approved funds to repair universities, Kansas University Medical Center officials say they can get to work on some major projects. “We are certainly going to make good use of the resources provided to us,” said Edward Phillips, vice chancellor for administration at KUMC.
Haskell remembers fallen children
May 6, 2007
Dozens of American Indians gathered around a fire pit at Haskell Indian Nations University on Saturday to remember hundreds of children who died on the university’s wetlands between 1884 and 1930. “When you do something like this, you do it as perfectly as you can,” said Benny Smith, a retired Haskell staff member. “You’re doing it for that which is worthy of it.” Those surrounding the fire listened intently to his spiritual message.
Suicide bomber strikes army recruits
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A9
Al-Qaida in Iraq branded the country’s Sunni vice president a “criminal” for participating in the U.S.-backed government, and a suicide bomber Saturday struck army recruits west of Baghdad, killing at least 15 people in another warning to Sunnis not to cooperate with the Shiite leadership. The suicide attack in the mostly Sunni town of Abu Ghraib was the deadliest in a series of attacks that left at least 74 people dead nationwide.
Brownback parts ways with Bush, pushes plan to divide Iraq
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A8
Sen. Sam Brownback says there’s only one sure way to bring peace to Iraq: Divide the country into three states and separate the warring factions. With Congress and the White House at loggerheads over a proposed timetable to end the war, the Kansas Republican is part of an unlikely Senate duo that’s promoting the plan to partition Iraq.
Devastation and disbelief
Tornado kills 9, leaves Kansas town in ruins
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
A fresh wave of tornadoes ripped through southwest Kansas Saturday evening, a day after a tornado destroyed this town, killing nine and injuring dozens more. The National Weather Service in Dodge City said it had received reports “well into the double digits” of twisters touching down in Stafford, Pratt, Comanche, Kiowa, Edwards and Pawnee counties.B
Habitat completes fourth neighborhood home
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B3
Mindy Mies loves spending time outdoors with her 3-year-old twin boys, but being blind, she said it’s too risky to be in her front yard alone. She expects that will all change, however, when she moves into her newly built house in a quiet North Lawrence neighborhood, where she can have a guide dog, take her kids outside to play and feel comfortable her neighbors will help watch out for them.
Spider-Man 3’ breaks record with $59 million first day
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
Hollywood’s biggest superhero now has the biggest box-office debut. “Spider-Man 3” took in a record $59 million domestically on opening day Friday, breaking the previous all-time high of $55.8 million for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” in its first day last summer.
Performers help hurricane-stricken New Orleans
Connick Jr. paints while Legend does laundry in Upper 9th Ward
May 6, 2007
Singer Harry Connick Jr. wielded a paintbrush. R&B heartthrob John Legend did a little laundry. The two were among the musicians performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and giving back to a region still trying to recover from Hurricane Katrina.
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D5
Variety of collectible dolls suits every person’s fancy
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D5
Children have played with dolls for thousands of years. The most popular, from a child’s point of view, is the most familiar - a doll representing a baby, a teenager, a cartoon character, an activity or a mother or father.
LPGA leaders seeking 1st win
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C12
Lorena Ochoa got off to an eagle-birdie start, but a double bogey at No. 15 spoiled her round and left the top-ranked Mexican star three strokes behind leaders Stephanie Louden, Nicole Castrale, Karin Sjodin and Reilley Rankin in the SemGroup Championship. The four leaders, tied at 4-under 138, are all seeking their first LPGA Tour win. Rankin shot a 3-under 68, Louden had a 69, Sjodin a 70 and Castrale a 71.
Sabbatini on top after wild day
Leader: Quail Hollow hit with ‘sense of Augusta’
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C12
The roars were relentless from all corners of the course, a salute to a record-tying score, three eagles from the fairway, an ever-changing leaderboard and trouble for those who dared to take on too much. Quail Hollow is not Augusta National. It only sounded like it Saturday.
Special meal way to honor mom in style
May 6, 2007
Some come directly from church. Others arrive late in the afternoon, bringing aunts, uncles, children and cameras.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
U.S. priorities on collision course in Iraq
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B7
In a way, it all comes down to a question of which imperative you want to betray. It is, after all, imperative that we supply our soldiers while they stand in harm’s way. It is also imperative that we not keep them uselessly in harm’s way.
Critters’ a hassle at Space Center
At high-tech enclave, low-tech measures keep hogs, gators at bay
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C10
The Kennedy Space Center might embody the pinnacle of 21st century high technology, but it still must use 19th-century methods to deal with a chronic problem: nuisance wildlife. Specifically, wild hogs, alligators - and lately, coyotes. But not to worry. John Tanner is there. A native of the east-central Florida ‘burb of Christmas, Tanner has been a hunter and trapper since age 6.
Carpenter out at least 3 months
Cardinals ace needs elbow surgery
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C5
Until a few days ago, Chris Carpenter had been eagerly anticipating his return to the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation. Now the staff ace’s next start might be in August. The team announced Saturday that Carpenter, sidelined since starting opening day by an elbow injury, will undergo arthroscopic surgery to trim bone spurs that have caused persistent swelling.
Minnesota bait dealer: ‘It’s in my blood’
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C10
Yes, the hours are bad. Yes, he’s on the road a lot. Sure, he isn’t getting rich. But Craig Keuten loves the bait business. “It’s in my blood,” he says. “I’ve been around it all my life.” Keuten grew up following his dad, the late Jim Keuten, up creeks where he was seining minnows. Jim and Elsie Keuten operated Jim’s Bait, a renowned Duluth bait and tackle shop, for 50 years.
Water snake puts up a fight
Stubborn diamondback water snake doesn’t want to turn loose of sand bass
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C10
April 15 was a beautiful Sunday following two days of horrendous spring weather. R.D. Vanderslice decided to walk to the bank of Lake Ray Hubbard, make a few casts and enjoy the afternoon sunshine. Vanderslice is a newly retired insurance agent who lives in a lakeside subdivision in Rockwall, Texas.
City wants power to be more green
Spot among top renewable energy communities would help Lawrence be ‘environmental leader’
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence is officially striving to be one of the top 10 communities in the country when it comes to promoting the use of renewable energy. City leaders have started the process of applying to the Environmental Protection Agency to become one of the first 10 Green Power Communities in the country. The designation recognizes communities that use renewable energy for at least 2 percent of their total electricity consumption.
People in the news
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Singer Jimmy Buffett opens meeting for cousin Warren ¢ Version of ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ car fetches $10M on eBay ¢ ‘Borat’s‘ brother composes music for Kazakh orchestra
Disney relocates call center to Jonesville
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A11
Union County will get 60 new jobs as relocates its customer call center from Kansas to Jonesville, S.C. company officials said. The call center in Kansas City, Kan., was closed two years ago and the service was contracted out to a third-party provider.
Flight with 114 people on board crashes
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Kenya Airways jet that took off during a midnight storm crashed early Saturday with 114 on board after sending out a distress signal over remote southern Cameroon, officials said. Nearby villagers reported hearing an explosion and seeing a flash of fire.
Shooter became increasingly isolated
Parents sought help at church
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A4
Hyang-In Cho, desperate to find help for her silent, angry son, sought out some members of One Mind Church in Woodbridge, Va., to heal him of what the church’s head pastor called “demonic power.” But before the church could intercede late last summer, Seung-Hui Cho had to return to Virginia Tech to start his senior year, said the Rev. Dong-Cheol Lee, minister of the Presbyterian congregation.
Prosecutor details strange, funny cases in new book
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B5
Morley Swingle’s newest book is about the life of a prosecuting attorney, but it isn’t a dry legal read intended for law students. The Cape Girardeau County prosecutor wrote “Scoundrels to the Hoosegow: Perry Mason Moments and Entertaining Cases from the Files of a Prosecuting Attorney” so the public could learn in a fun and entertaining way what it’s like to be a prosecuting attorney.
International bluegrass museum launches radio station via Internet
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D2
The folks at Gerard Hilferty and Associates of Athens, Ohio, couldn’t have envisioned anything like this. When the company crafted the “interpretive master plan” for the International Bluegrass Music Museum in 1989, they recommended a “working radio studio/sound studio.”
Couples hope luck follows 7-7-07 wedding
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D8
When Kari Jung and Will Brown started planning their wedding last year, they chose July 7, 2007, a date that was convenient for them and their families. “It was the first available weekend we had,” Jung said.
Three-point change gets mixed review
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C2
When the NCAA men’s basketball rules committee introduced the three-point shot to the college game in 1986, it caught most people by surprise. So did an announcement Thursday that the committee has voted to back out the arc by a foot starting with the 2008-09 season.
Keegan: Xavier Henry a gem
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C1
Even if he didn’t rise so quickly, see the floor so clearly, shoot with such a soft touch and create shots for himself and others so skillfully, Xavier Henry would be the sort of young man any college would love to have enrolled in school. His demeanor and words are so upbeat. He takes his work far more seriously than he takes himself. His game is so mature, so humble, and those same qualities shine through in a one-on-one interview setting.
Mother’s Day essays
May 6, 2007
Essays by Kate Karnes, Ashley Hocking, Brittany Kampfer, Patrick Friedrichsen, Maggie Wiseman, Brock Edwards, Patrick Bennett, Kennedy Kirkpatrick, Kate Hiebert, Jordan Rietcheck, Austin Neuburger, Emily Arnold, Preston Ritzman, Daniella Smith, Daryl Bennett, Anthony Miele, and Alexandra Clark.
Mother’s Day essays
May 6, 2007
Essays by Shawn Spurling, Ashlee Wilson, Amanda Snodgrass, Braden Smith, Gage Works, Michael Tracy, Justin Howard, Quinton Cress, Ella Isabel Keathley-Helms, Liliana Gabriel Keathley-Helms, Ryan Gillihan, Zoe Reed, Alexandra Wendt, Hannah Stegall, Maria Davies, Alexa Gaumer, Ben Sloan, 12, Wilson Hack, Tiana Hupfauf, Fischer Almanza, Adam Fales, Andrew Pester, and Elizabeth Schmidtberger.
Clear priorities
A recent survey should provide Lawrence city officials some guidance on how to direct taxpayer funds.
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
The results from a recent survey of local residents may help guide Lawrence city commissioners as they attempt to deal with a shortfall in sales tax revenue and plan for future spending. The survey report released Friday shows that a large majority of Lawrence residents are satisfied with the overall quality of life in the city.
Public will prevail on Iraq - eventually
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B7
The gap between public opinion and Washington reality has rarely been wider than on the issue of the Iraq War. A clear national mandate is being blocked - for now - by constraints that make sense only in the short-term calculus of politics in this capital city.
Separate accounts can cut financial friction
May 6, 2007 in print edition on E1
With the spring wedding season arriving, I’m getting lots of news releases with tips for couples to assess their financial compatibility. The unspoken message is that those who are not compatible should call it off. Which doesn’t happen. Love is blind to the balance sheet. We ought to pepper one another with financial questions on the first date. We don’t ask - that’s taboo.
Senator explains
May 6, 2007
To the editor: On May 3, the Lawrence Journal-World reported that I didn’t vote on the House Substitute for Senate Bill 357, the omnibus budget bill. In the Senate Journal, another senator is listed as “absent or not voting” whereas I was “present and passing.”
Pets that aren’t dogs still require time, attention from busy families
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D8
Those five words you don’t want to hear: “Mom, we want a puppy!” You know you don’t have time in your busy life for a dog. So you promise the kids they can have something small and furry instead.
Wang nearly perfect for N.Y.
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C4
Chien-Ming Wang carried his bid for a perfect game into the eighth inning before Ben Broussard homered with one out, leading the New York Yankees over the Seattle Mariners 8-1 on Saturday. Facing a Mariners team that got season highs of 15 runs and 20 hits the previous night, Wang (1-2) was in control the whole way. He was trying for the 16th perfect game since 1900, including Don Larsen’s gem for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series.
Flannigan victorious, exhausted
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C1
After swimming 20 laps of the 500 freestyle, Morgan Flannigan needed a breather. “It’s tiring,” the freshman Free State swimmer said. “I was pretty darn tired. It’s hard to explain.” The difficulty of her explanation was probably because Flannigan dominated the competition so much that no one had time to take notice of her tiredness.
Mayweather makes it happen
Defense, speed key victory over De La Hoya in WBC title bout
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C8
Floyd Mayweather Jr. wanted to give Oscar De La Hoya a beating. He had to settle for just getting a win. Mayweather won one of boxing’s richest fights ever Saturday night by using his superb defensive skills and superior speed to take a 12-round split decision and win the WBC 154-pound title in his first fight at that weight.
KU trumpet ensemble finalist in competition
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D4
Kansas University trumpet students once again received national recognition at the National Trumpet Competition, which was March 15-18 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Milwaukee’s Suppan hit by hard grounder
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C5
Brewers right-handed starter Jeff Suppan left Saturday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates two batters after being hit on the right leg with a sharp grounder in the sixth inning. Ryan Doumit’s hard bouncer deflected off Suppan’s leg and squirted nearly all the way to the Brewers’ bullpen, where first baseman Prince Fielder fielded it.
Canada introduces world’s heaviest coin
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
Got change for a million? Canada does: the world’s biggest pure gold coin at 220 pounds. Already, three buyers have shelled out for one of the 1 million Canadian dollar coins introduced last week.
Boozer sparks Jazz, 103-99
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C6
Tracy McGrady leaned over in front of his bench as time ran out, his hands on his knees as he absorbed one more playoff failure. The young Utah Jazz, meanwhile, embraced one another and quietly celebrated after a 103-99 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night that gave them their first playoff series victory since the days of John Stockton and Karl Malone.
Sculpture invites prayer as part of art exhibit
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B4
The southwest corner of Seventh and Massachusetts streets has a new piece of art: a prayer station. City crews recently installed the sculpture at the corner as part of the city’s annual Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. The sculpture looks like a partial telephone booth that includes signage encouraging people to pray. It also includes a kneeling pad.
KU students to perform in AIDS benefit
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D4
Kansas University’s theater and film department and Headmasters Salon will present “Colors,” a benefit for the Douglas County AIDS Project, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. today. The performances will be at the Inge Theatre in Murphy Hall.
Corzine to return to work Monday
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine will resume work Monday for the first time since being critically injured in a car crash last month, a spokesman said Saturday. Corzine was released from a hospital just last Monday and has been rehabilitating at the governor’s mansion in Princeton, where he’s expected to work starting Monday until he has recovered enough to return to the statehouse, spokesman Anthony Coley said.
Fishing report
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C10
If only dogs had nine lives
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D1
I typically use this space to recount the humorous things that happen to me as a woman negotiating life at 51. This week, however, my dog died. After that, nothing seemed very funny. We owned Spike for 14 years. Or, more accurately, he owned us.
Teen who wrote violent essay to return to school
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
A high school senior arrested for writing a violent essay for an English class can return to school and will be allowed to graduate with his class, his attorney says. Allen Lee wrote the essay April 23 at Cary-Grove High School and was arrested the next day on two misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct. The decision to readmit Lee, an honors student with a 4.2 grade-point average, followed negotiations with school district officials, said attorney Dane Loizzo.
Street Sense is Derby’s comeback kid
Winner passes 18 horses to claim victory at Churchill Downs
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C7
A mile into the Kentucky Derby, all the other horses were motoring along in fourth gear when Street Sense kicked it into fifth. Then he zeroed in on his last challenger, Hard Spun, went wide, and burned up the final quarter-mile like a dragster. “After that,” jockey Calvin Borel said, “it was just a matter of how far he’d win.”
Piano students get pro feedback
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D4
The National Piano auditions will take place Monday through Friday at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt.
Internet ad for sale of wife ordered suspended
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
The government has ordered an Internet auction site to remove an advertisement in which a Brazilian man offered to sell his wife for about $50. The Secretariat of Public Policies for Women announced late Friday it had ordered Mercado Livre, partially owned by eBay Inc., to remove the ad and warned it was violating a law banning the offer or sale of “human organs, people, blood, bones or skin.”
Big win, bigger loss?
Zumaya hurt while warming up in bullpen
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C5
While winning a wild ballgame, Detroit may have lost a valuable pitcher before he could even get onto the field. Joel Zumaya, whose fastball can exceed 100 mph, was warming up in the bullpen during Saturday night’s 7-5 victory over Kansas City when he “felt something pop” in the middle knuckle of his pitching hand. He was hurried to the hospital and later put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right finger.
Comments sought on anti-aging procedures
May 6, 2007
The season of swimsuits and class reunions is almost upon us. Many men and women strive to look like celebrities and a plethora of medical techniques can help. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is tough, and there are costs to consider.
Cellar-dwelling Cyclones stun Kansas softball
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C9
The Kansas University softball team missed a chance to clinch the all-important No. 6 seed in the Big 12 Conference tournament as it was swept, 8-0 and 3-2, by conference bottom-feeder Iowa State on Saturday. Senior pitcher Kassie Humphreys ran into trouble early in Game One. The Cyclones scored seven runs in the first 11â3 innings against Humphreys. She was pulled in favor of Sarah Vertelka.
Seattle pitcher arrested in attack on woman
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C5
Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Julio Mateo was arrested Saturday following a dispute at a Manhattan hotel that left his female companion needing five stitches to her mouth, police said. Police initially identified the woman as Mateo’s wife, but later said it was unclear whether that was true. The 6-foot, 220-pound reliever was arrested on a charge of third-degree assault and was awaiting arraignment.
Victim of stabbing in fair condition
May 6, 2007
A 24-year-old man was stabbed several times about 2 a.m. Saturday on the 300 block of North Fifth Street. Lalo Miller, who was listed in a police report as a transient, was reported to be in fair condition Saturday evening at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was transported after the early-morning altercation.
Several new laws on books
May 6, 2007
A handful of new laws passed by the Kansas Legislature will affect outdoor recreation in the state. Senate Bill 192 permits a person who is age 16 or older to obtain a one-time deferral of hunter education completion. Individuals will be able to purchase an apprentice hunting license to obtain the deferral and must be accompanied by a licensed adult 18 or older while hunting.
Kansas lakes on rise
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C10
Drought has plagued the lakes in northwest Kansas for the last five or six years, but recent rains are helping reverse that trend. With more rain predicted, many of these lakes could become the highly productive fisheries they were in the mid- to late 1990s.
Reading the fine print
Exhibit, book chronicle history of retired KU art professor’s works on paper
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D1
When Emily Stamey shows Roger Shimomura’s early prints to people who know the artist for his paintings, she always gets the same reaction. “They say, ‘Oh my gosh. He was doing that 20 years before I thought he was doing that,” says Stamey, a doctoral student in art history at Kansas University.
Local footballers garner honors
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High’s Nick DeBiasse and Free State High’s Andy Petz were among 11 high school seniors honored as scholar-athletes by the Sunflower Chapter of the National Football Foundation on Thursday. DeBiasse was a three-year letterman, a two-time All-Sunflower League first teamer, two-time All-Metro pick and an all-stater. DeBiasse also has a 4.0 grade-point average and ranks No. 1 among a class of 426 students.
Traditions lie behind gift ideas for moms
May 6, 2007
In one country, mothers are literally buttered up on Mother’s Day. And in another, they’re tied to a chair until they pay a ransom of sweets to their children.
Pistons roll in opener
Detroit dominates Bulls, 95-69
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C6
The Detroit Pistons turned determination into a dominant performance, reminiscent of some of their wins en route to the 2004 NBA title. Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton each scored 20 points, leading Detroit to a 95-69 rout over the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday night.
Author to share experiences in Mideast
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D4
Author Teresa McCown will give a presentation, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: It’s People and Its Values,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Lawrence Datebook
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B2
Summer Solace’ watercolor show opens
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D4
Watercolor paintings by Diana Dunkley, Colleen Zacharias Gregoire and Doug Guess are featured in the next CornerBank art show, titled “Summer Solace.”
Blurring boundaries
Pulitzer winner’s ‘Yiddish Policeman’s Union’ offers alternate reality, classic detective story
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D3
A wartime proposal to turn Alaska into a sanctuary for Jews fleeing the rising Nazi menace failed. But suppose it hadn’t.
One killed, 21 injured as roller coaster derails
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
A roller coaster partly derailed at Expoland amusement park in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, killing a woman and injuring 21 people Saturday, the Osaka prefectural police said. The second car of the Fujin-Raijin II roller coaster derailed and leaned outward, apparently causing a woman in her 20s to slam into a handrail along the track about 1 p.m., the police said.
Revised rules could mean admitting terrorists
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A5
Today’s foreign terrorists could become tomorrow’s U.S. refugees if the Bush administration gets its way. The intent is to grant refugee status to rebels who have fought repressive governments or advanced U.S. foreign policy objectives, particularly in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America. But proposed changes to immigration rules also could cover U.S. enemies such as al-Qaida members and fighters for Hamas and Hezbollah.
New Tonganoxie signs may be off the mark
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
Driving into Tonganoxie from either the south or east on U.S. Highway 24-40, you may notice new signs welcoming residents and visitors to Tonganoxie. But if you look closely, you might think you’re just west of Topeka.
Baby photographers focusing more on the child these days
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B2
You’ve come a long way, baby photos. For years professional photographers offered portraits with a limited number of multicolored mottled backgrounds, cutesy props and fancy outfits. But now other options are available Black-and-white photography is the reigning style. Studios have eliminated their busy backgrounds, props are rarely used and babies wear only a diaper. Or they’re naked.
Events mark National Music Week
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D4
Performances this week across Lawrence coincide with the local celebration of National Music Week. Events begin today and end May 13. National Music Week is sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Lawrence Music Club.
The Right Start’ set for Tuesday
May 6, 2007 in print edition on E1
Kansas University’s Small Business Development Center will present a lunchtime edition of “The Right Start,” an ongoing seminar series for startups, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 734 Vt., suite 104.
Mother’s Day essays
May 6, 2007
Essays by Jaycee Mountain, Maci Movsovitz, Ashley Morris, Amanda Frye, Mikalia Munoz, Kennedy Morey, Shelby Holmes, Jackson Mallory, Abigail Parsons, Alexandra Clark, Mark Briggs, Lee Andrews, April Hodges, Kyle Berry, Ray Faith, Harold Herd, Eric King, Bowen Hudson, Dylan Hudson, and Robert Down.
Story of a woman’s madness pulls reader in
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D3
How can a young, beautiful woman slip from sanity into madness over the course of a few days? What sudden trauma pushed her over the edge? What long-hidden scars rose up to send her into the chasm?
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D3
Opportune storm douses burning desire
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B7
The native grass hadn’t been burned for several years. The pasture had become a slovenly mess of dead vegetation. Hedge trees and noxious weeds had taken advantage of the respite and threatened to take over.
At Z Bar Ranch: Visit to the Sky for Daniel
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D3
Civil discourse keeps Mother’s Day happy
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D1
Celebrating a joyful Mother’s Day is what moms say they want, but it’s not always easy avoiding heated discussions - especially when family members have strong differences of opinion about everything from child-rearing, religion, politics, the war in Iraq and a host of other controversial issues.
On the record
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B2
Bottom of order rises to occasion for LHS
No. 9 hitter Rea sparks Lions’ bats
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C3
Home runs by No. 9 hitters in high school baseball are as rare as bamboo bats. Yet Aaron Rea, hitting at the bottom of Lawrence High’s lineup, crashed a two-run homer that boosted the Lions to a 10-4 victory over Blue Valley North on Saturday afternoon at Ice Field. “I’m not your typical nine-hole hitter,” Rea said. “Most pitchers throw the No. 9 guy first-pitch fastballs, figuring to get them out pretty easy.”
New bigs on the block
Top teams show off presence in post
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C1
Through the first two days of the AAU Jayhawk Invitational, it has been apparent guard play is the offensive mind-set for most teams. And when it comes to defense, the top teams have gotten some big performances from big post players. For a couple of those big men, they wouldn’t ask for it any other way.
Rain places Richmond race on hold
Nextel Cup event postponed until today
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C2
Rain washed out the NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Richmond International Raceway after only 12 caution laps Saturday night, forcing officials to postpone the event until today. Following introductions and other prerace festivities, the race began on time, but still with jet dryers on the track and the cars circling under caution.
Jayhawks lose control
Pitching staff collapses in key conference loss
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C1
Nobody’s saying college baseball pitchers need to have the precision of a surgeon. But they are supposed to have a little better control than this. Kansas University jumped in a deep hole against Kansas State on Saturday before the game ever really got going. Climbing out ended up insurmountable. The Jayhawks’ 7-4 loss at Hoglund Ballpark was influenced big-time by an agonizing first inning where KSU scored four runs - often without swinging the bat.
Fate of building where most were killed unknown
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A4
Like the people of New York, Oklahoma City and Littleton, Colo., the Virginia Tech community faces a difficult decision on what it will do with the scene of a tragedy. The classrooms and hallways of the school’s Norris Hall were littered with the bodies of 25 students and five professors on April 16, plus the body of gunman Seung-Hui Cho. Two other students were slain in a campus dormitory.
Bush asks Congress to craft Iraq bill, doesn’t mention compromise
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush, urging Congress to craft a war spending bill quickly, offered no clues Saturday about whether he’ll compromise over linking U.S. support to stability in Iraq. Bush and Congress have been talking about how to agree on a bill to finance combat operations through September. The president demands the money without strings attached, but Democrats say Bush must accept some conditions on the U.S. commitment to the war.
Magazine lists fans’ all-time sci-fi favorites
May 6, 2007 in print edition on D4
The best science-fiction movie or TV show of the past 25 years? As a classic episode of “The Twilight Zone” once so memorably underscored, beauty is in the eye of the beholder - so the answer is surely endlessly debatable. But, according to a list compiled by the editors of Entertainment Weekly, it’s “The Matrix.”
Man recovers car only to have it stolen again
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A5
A Stevens Point, Wis., man thought he was lucky to recover his car after it was stolen - until it was stolen again later that day. York Heiden’s pearl-colored 1990 Audi Quattro was stolen from a grocery store parking lot April 27 while his wife was running errands. The keys had been left in it. Heiden, 36, who owns an automotive repair shop, quickly called some friends and the car was found nearby, without keys.
Immigration matters on breakfast menu
May 6, 2007 in print edition on E1
Judy Bordeau, who practices immigration law in the Kansas City area as a partner in the Eisberg & Bordeau law firm, will be the featured speaker during a Kansas International breakfast meeting May 18.
Royal treat for Kentucky Derby fans
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
For a few exciting moments, Queen Elizabeth II was just like every other racing fan Saturday at Churchill Downs - watching the horses running in the 133rd Kentucky Derby. The queen, an avid horse enthusiast, got her first look Saturday at Churchill Downs, a racing icon best known for its twin spires and hospitality on Derby Day when mint juleps flow and fancy hats are in fashion.
Survivors recount narrow escapes
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A1
By some standards, Danny and Marisha Vernon got off lightly. The tornado that virtually destroyed Greensburg damaged their home, breaking windows, pulling off shingles and knocking it off its foundation. The house, they said, smells like an electrical fire - but at least it’s still standing.
More medals
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The president awarded the Medal of Freedom to former CIA chief George Tenet, who provided inadequate intelligence that helped make the case for the war. He also gave the Medal of Freedom to Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Brenner, who most people now agree mismanaged the occupation. Now a question occurs. Where are the medals for the courageous public officials who got it right and told the truth?
Firebirds ‘business-like’ in victorious return to field
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C3
For a team that couldn’t wait to get back on the baseball diamond, Free State High sure played like it couldn’t wait to get off. The Firebirds - victims of two rainouts last week and unable to play since Tuesday - surrendered just three hits and collected eight in an 11-0 rout of Kansas City, Mo., Pembroke Hill on Saturday at the Missouri 3&2 fields. The game was shortened to five innings by the run rule.
Police officers lose lawsuit claiming free speech violation
May 6, 2007
Two Topeka police officers who were disciplined for statements made in e-mails and in a letter to a newspaper have lost a lawsuit claiming that the city of Topeka and a former police chief breached their right to free speech. A federal judge on Friday dismissed the lawsuit filed by officer Ken Eaton and former officer George Campbell against the city and former Chief Steve Harsha.
May 6, 2007 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Aaron’s record hasn’t lost its luster
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
This city has belonged to five nations - France, Britain, Spain, the United States and the Confederate States of America. Or four, if you think, as Lincoln did, that the Southern states never succeeded in seceding, so the CSA never existed. In any case, Mobile has done much for the national pastime of the country to which it currently belongs.
Hard-working jockey Borel finally scores Derby victory
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C7
Jockey Calvin Borel’s nickname is “Bo-rail,” a moniker he earned by hugging the fence whenever he gets a chance. His logic for doing so is flawless: “It’s the shortest way around the track.” On Saturday, “Bo-rail” followed his instincts to the biggest victory of his career, moving Street Sense from next-to-last like an accelerating locomotive to win the Kentucky Derby.
Co-housing fan
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: At least one of your readers (Public Forum, May 2) missed the point of your informative recent article about co-housing. I’ve had the good fortune to live in two co-housing communities, and in my experience they share little in common with condo or apartment projects.
Tickets just part of night’s expense
May 6, 2007 in print edition on C8
What would a mega sporting event be without mega-priced merchandise? A huge table of goods greeted fans at the entrance of the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night for the fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. The lowest-priced items were a teddy bear ($20), T-shirts from $25 to $30 and fleece pullovers and jackets for $70 each.
Election marks era of change
May 6, 2007 in print edition on A3
France’s presidential election today is a ground-breaker - a choice between an immigrant’s son and an army officer’s daughter, each offering a radically different vision of how to put a dispirited nation back on track. Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal are both mavericks who changed the rules of French politics and energized an electorate hungry for change. Their rise marks a generational shift, because whoever wins will be the ation’s first president born after World War II.
Couple convictedof tax fraud
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B3
A couple with a reported income of more than $1 million have been convicted of tax fraud after taking advantage of benefits meant for working families. James E. Aldridge Jr., 51, and his wife, Shirley L. Aldridge, 49, were convicted Friday of five counts each of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns between 2000 and 2004, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Toplikar: Pimp my Prius, please
Embracers of hybrid technology join auto club all of their own
May 6, 2007 in print edition on E1
“I don’t get it. What do you mean, gas and electric? Do you plug it in?” I laughed as I drove my daughter Julie from her dorm in my new Toyota Prius. Julie had lots of questions. Like many of us, she was pretty skeptical of the whole notion of mixing two power sources - an electric motor and a gasoline engine - under one hood.
Residents can help tell stories of day in Lawrence
May 6, 2007 in print edition on B1
Reporters from the Journal-World and 6News will spread out across the community Thursday to capture a day in the life of Lawrence - and they hope community members join them in creating a “living time capsule.” Individuals and organizations across Lawrence are invited to participate in the “24 Hours in Lawrence” on May 10 by documenting their own day in video, photos, written stories or any other medium they choose.