Archive for Monday, May 7, 2007

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How'd you survive the rain?

Poll results

Response Percent
Stayed high-and-dry
 
61%
My basement flooded
 
24%
Still waiting to see
 
13%
Total 349
What do you think of traffic in Lawrence?

Poll results

Response Percent
It’s gridlock
 
67%
No problem
 
26%
Undecided
 
5%
Total 487
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6Sports video: LHS swimmer to play for Missouri State
May 7, 2007
Monday afternoon, Lawrence High Lion swimmer Chelsea Dirks-Ham announced plans to swim at Missouri State College.
6News video: Local interfaith group to shelter the homeless
May 7, 2007
A local interfaith group wants to give the most basic of necessities - shelter- to area homeless suffering from mental illness.
6News video: Rose takes the stand in Boardwalk Apartment Trial
May 7, 2007
Two key witnesses take the stand as the trial for the man accused of setting the deadly Boardwalk Apartment fire enters its second week.
6News video: Tonganoxie city officials monitoring sewer plant for flooding
May 7, 2007
With much of Leavenworth County now in a state of emergency, Tonganoxie city officials closely watch the sewer plant which, as of this morning, was under ten feet of water.
6News video: Kidcast for May 7th, 2007
May 7, 2007
A bit of weather history, brought to you by a local youth.
6News video: President Bush to visit Kansas town ravaged by tornado
May 7, 2007
President Bush, on Wednesday, will visit the town that a tornado practically wiped off the map — Greensburg, Kansas.
6Sports video: KU hot on the trail of 2009 basketball recruit Xavier Henry
May 7, 2007
It’s never too early to look into the future of the KU men’s basketball program. This past weekend, hundreds of high school hoopsters came to Lawrence for the Jayhawk Invitational - including 2009 recruit Xavier Henry.
6Sports video: KU baseball cancels game with Rockhurst
May 7, 2007
The cancellations just keep piling up for the KU baseball team. Tomorrow night’s game against Rockhurst has been called off due to a scheduling conflict.
6News video: High waters force emergency crews into action
May 7, 2007
One family called emergency officials a little after nine this morning, with no way out of their home. Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical along with Wakarusa Fire and Rescue responded.
6Sports video: KU men’s golf team to compete in NCAA regionals
May 7, 2007
For the ninth time in ten seasons, the Kansas men’s golf team will compete in NCAA regional play.
6News video: Cancelled Art in the Park will not be rescheduled
May 7, 2007
The 46th Annual Art in the Park was canceled yesterday because of storms and now Lawrence Art Guild President Linda Baranski says the event will NOT be rescheduled.
6News video: Turnpike tolls set to increase in July
May 7, 2007
Most Turnpike tolls will increase about 5% starting July 1st. A spokeswoman for the Turnpike says the toll increase is needed to keep up with escalating costs and to help pay for future big-ticket items.
6News video: Hundreds flock to see raging river
May 7, 2007
Over the course of the day, hundreds of people took in the best show in town - the raging waters of the Kansas River.
6News video: Man rescued after being stranded on an island in the Kansas River
May 7, 2007
A rescue team saved a homeless man who was living near Riverfront Park in a tent. Early in the morning, the area flooded, leaving him surrounded by water.
6News Now: Lawrence faces problems from high water
May 7, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, heavy rains over the weekend lead to flooding troubles, and Jason Rose testifies in his own defense.
Boardwalk suspect takes stand in own defense
Did you start this fire?’ ‘No, I did not.’
11:06 a.m., May 7, 2007 Updated 03:26 p.m.
“He said that once he moves out into his own place, he’s going to set it on fire,” witness Emily Robinson said, describing a statement she says she heard defendant Jason Rose make during a church youth-group meeting a few months before the October 2005 fire at Lawrence’s Boardwalk Apartments. “He said it would be the biggest, most beautiful fire he had seen.”
Flood warning issued; North Lawrence watched closely by officials
Rain collapses health center roof in Jefferson County; Kansas River to crest above flood stage
09:40 a.m., May 7, 2007 Updated 01:10 p.m.
Continuing rains were expected to push the Kansas River above flood stage later in the week, Douglas County emergency officials said Monday morning.
Who’ll stop the rain?
Floodprone areas see high water after storm drops 2 inches
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Heavy rains in the area Sunday washed out the Art in the Park event while also inconveniencing local motorists with road closings and wrecks. 6News meteorologist Sarah Jones said Lawrence had received more than 1.75 inches of rain as of Sunday evening, and she expected the total to approach 2 inches for the 24-hour period ending at midnight.
Wreckage of missing jet found near airport
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
The wreckage of a Kenya Airways jetliner missing for nearly two days was found Sunday in a dense mangrove forest outside Cameroon’s commercial capital, aviation officials said. There was no information on survivors. The chief executive of Kenya Airways said he had no news about the plane’s condition or about the 114 people who were on board.
Digital radio days to be costly
Multimillion-dollar systems must be in place by 2018
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
There will come a day when emergency responders have to communicate over digital radio systems because analog systems will be outdated - and against the rules. It’s a process that will cost some local counties millions of dollars. Douglas County is projecting a $7 million to $9 million price tag for infrastructure to support a digital system. In Leavenworth County, it’s a much more expensive process, possibly costing the county as much as $20 million.
Public trust
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The Lawrence city commissioners do not appear to be listening. The citizens of Lawrence have made their opposition to a Wal-Mart at Sixth and Wakarusa clear for years, through letters, petitions and speaking at commission meetings.
Horoscopes
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B5
Rocket to make return trip to Bronx
Clemens announces return at game
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C5
The seventh-inning stretch was ending when the low, familiar voice of public-address announcer Bob Sheppard told fans at Yankee Stadium to direct their attention to the owner’s box behind home plate. Standing there, microphone in hand, was Roger Clemens to personally announce his return to New York. “Well, they came and got me out of Texas, and I can tell you it’s a privilege to be back,” he said. “I’ll be talking to y’all soon.”
75-year-old makes historic ski trip to North Pole
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
The bone-numbing trek to the North Pole is riddled with enough perils to make a seasoned explorer quake: Frostbite threatens, polar bears loom and the ice is constantly shifting beneath frozen feet. But Barbara Hillary took it all in stride, completing the trek to the world’s northernmost point last month at the age of 75. She is one of the oldest people to reach the North Pole, and is believed to be the first black woman on record to accomplish the feat.
Sunset memorial for Don Ho draws thousands
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
Thousands of fans of different generations gathered on a beach at Waikiki to honor Hawaiian crooner Don Ho, some clad in bikinis and others in electric wheelchairs. At a sunset memorial Saturday evening on the beach, they brought flowers and reminisced about the late entertainer’s earlier years.
Cavs hot despite James’ cold
Defense stymies New Jersey as Cleveland claims 1-0 series lead
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C8
LeBron James’ stuffy nose was nothing compared to the congestion New Jersey dealt with. With their superstar slowed by a nasty head cold, the Cleveland Cavaliers turned up their defense to beat the Nets, 81-77, on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Blood, boards vex Suns in opener
Nash’s nose gash lands him on bench
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C8
With blood spewing from a cut on his nose, Steve Nash could only watch from the bench while the San Antonio Spurs put away Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. “There was nothing I could do,” he said. “It was obviously frustrating, but it was really out of my hands.”
Seattle reliever Mateo suspended 10 days
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C5
Seattle Mariners reliever Julio Mateo was suspended for 10 days without pay Sunday, a day after he was arrested following a dispute with a woman at a Manhattan hotel.
Tampa Bay’s Upton hitting his stride
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays just wouldn’t allow themselves to give up on B.J. Upton, even though he struggled in the infield, couldn’t crack a crowded outfield and batted only .251 in two limited big-league stints. Good thing for the Rays. Upton, the second overall pick in the 2002 draft, was leading the American League with a .381 average heading into Friday.
Hendrick on top of NASCAR world
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C2
Jimmie Johnson’s celebration seemed a bit subdued. Maybe all these trips to Victory Lane are becoming routine for the Hendrick Motorsports crew. Johnson gave Hendrick its seventh win in the past eight Nextel Cup races by leading teammate Kyle Busch to a 1-2 finish Sunday at Richmond International Raceway. It was the third consecutive victory for Hendrick, which remained undefeated in the four races NASCAR has used its new Car of Tomorrow.
Tiger survives wild conclusion
Woods wins Wachovia Championship by two strokes
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C2
Tiger Woods couldn’t believe his luck when his tee shot somehow stopped 18 inches from going into the water, turning a probable bogey into an unlikely eagle for his first lead Sunday in the Wachovia Championship. Equally stunning was his blunder on the 13th hole, a three-putt double bogey to blow a three-shot lead on the back nine. “My whole goal coming in after that was to try to get the lead through 15,” Woods said.
Lawrence Datebook
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
University marks decade of race-blind admissions
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A6
A fit of spring cleaning led Eric Brooks to a box of old newspaper clips from 1997. That’s when he was the lone black student enrolled in the incoming law school class at the University of California, Berkeley, following the end of affirmative action admissions. He didn’t read them. That box doesn’t hold pleasant memories. “I felt bad for myself at the time because of my situation, but worse for the people who were denied admission,” Brooks said.
Talk of rebuilding begins amid rescue
Death toll expected to hold at 10; federal disaster declared
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
Rescue workers dug through piles of rubble Sunday searching for anyone who might have been trapped by a tornado that obliterated this south-central Kansas town, while officials began talking about rebuilding.
Lawrence residents try to help
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A4
Jane Blocher’s phone wouldn’t stop ringing Sunday afternoon. The executive director of the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross has been inundated with people who want to volunteer their time and treasure to help the residents of Greensburg, whose town was leveled when an F-5 tornado plowed through town Friday night. So far, she hasn’t been able to ask for much, other than donations to the Red Cross Disaster Fund.
Hamilton continues to thrive
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C4
Add two more homers and two more ovations to Josh Hamilton’s inspiring comeback story. Hamilton completed his sensational series with a pair of homers on Sunday, and the Cincinnati Reds snapped their four-game losing streak with a 9-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies. “You can’t help but feel good about it,” Hamilton said.
Relentless’ runner
Marathoner plans string of 26 in 26 days
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C6
Karl Keltner has completed 16 Olympic-distance triathlons, ridden a bike close to 300 miles in one event and run the grueling 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon. Twice. But those accomplishments - and the dozens of marathons and ultramarathons he also has run - pale in comparison to his latest undertaking.
Tigers continue mastery in K.C.
Detroit wins 14th of 15 at Kauffman Stadium
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
Maybe it’s Kansas City’s juicy barbecue ribs that bring out the best in the Detroit Tigers. Or maybe it’s the fact the Tigers are very good these days and the perpetually rebuilding Royals are losing 100 games a year. For whatever reason, the Tigers are almost unbeatable when they set foot in Kauffman Stadium.
Rec Calendar
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C6
Boxers thinking rematch
Undefeated Mayweather already hedging on retirement plans
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C3
Floyd Mayweather Jr. had been looking forward to Sunday morning for months. He was confident he would wake up that day as an unbeaten, retired champion who could take his four kids out for pizza in peace any time he wished.
KU students from Greensburg anxious to see home
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
At 6:30 Saturday morning, Kelly McKinney, Stephanie White and her brother Zach White all piled into a car to leave Lawrence and try to pick up the pieces of their broken town. By the time they reached Emporia, the three Kansas University students from Greensburg were told their town was closed and they should turn around. There was nothing they could do at the moment.
Rental property valuations perplexing
Larger complexes increase in value more slowly than others
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A1
In the eyes of the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office, the Malls Olde English Village Apartment is an apple. The fourplex across the street is an orange. Both are rentals in the midrange price market in Lawrence. They sit directly across from each other on West 25th Street. But between 2005 and 2007, the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office increased the value of Malls Olde English Village by 2.58 percent.
Lawrence physician joins Cotton-O’Neil
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
Cotton-O’Neil ExpressCare, the immediate-care clinic inside the Cotton-O’Neil Clinic in Topeka, welcomes Dr. Jay P. Kennedy, Lawrence, as its third physician. Kennedy, a former Army Ranger and Special Forces soldier, is a family medicine physician with clinical interests in urgent care, sports medicine and wilderness medicine. He previously was affiliated with the Haskell Health Center, Indian Health Services, in Lawrence.
Afghan soldier kills two U.S. troops
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
An Afghan soldier shot and killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded two more Sunday outside a top-security prison near Kabul, a U.S. military spokesman said. The gunman was shot dead by other Afghan troops at Pul-e-Charkhi prison, some 20 miles east of Kabul, said Maj. Sheldon Smith, a spokesman for Combined Security Transition Command, a body that trains and mentors Afghan security forces.
Advanced training
It’s good news that Lawrence is taking steps to fill a local need for more non-degree job training.
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
Plans to bring extended vocational-technical training opportunities to Lawrence finally seem to be taking shape. Lawrence school district officials last week outlined plans to partner with Johnson County Community College to provide classes here beginning in the fall.
Airborne driver hits KU sorority
High-speed chase from bars ends at Chi Omega house
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
A pickup truck driven by a 23-year-old crashed into a Kansas University sorority early Sunday, Lawrence police Sgt. Susan Hadl said. The driver, whose identity has not been released, was flown by helicopter to a Kansas City area hospital. His condition was not available Sunday night. No one else was injured.
New party leader vows to attract black voters
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
Cape Town’s respected mayor won the leadership of the white-dominated main opposition party Sunday, vowing to attract more black voters and break the divided African National Congress’ hold on power.
Hydro high fashion
How to look good, be safe on the water
May 7, 2007 in print edition on D1
It’s not hard to be chic and safe on the water these days. Personal flotation devices - you probably call them life vests - now come in many different varieties beyond the standard heavy, orange vests that most of us remember from childhood. They’re lighter weight, more portable and also come in different colors. In short: No excuses for not wearing one while boating.
Roadside bombs kill eight Americans
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
Roadside bombs killed eight American soldiers in separate attacks Sunday in Diyala province and Baghdad, and a car bomb claimed 30 more lives in a wholesale food market in a part of the Iraqi capital where sectarian tensions are on the rise.
KU-KSU baseball rained out
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University’s baseball team, desperately in need of victories to qualify for the Big 12 Conference tournament, didn’t get a chance Sunday.
Cardinals place Wilson on DL, call up Ludwick
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C5
Persistent knee pain landed St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Preston Wilson on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, and the team replaced him with its best minor-league hitter - outfielder Ryan Ludwick, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis. Manager Tony La Russa immediately plugged him into the struggling lineup that trailed the NL in runs.
Graham says she’s not upset
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
Lauren Graham, who plays an independent mom in the drama-comedy “Gilmore Girls,” says she’s not upset the show is ending. “I think it’s the best decision for the show,” Graham told Newsweek for editions that will hit newsstands today. “One of the things Alexis (Bledel, her co-star) and I wished could be different was the schedule, and it really can’t be.”
Sarkozy comfortably wins French presidency
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy won the French presidency by a comfortable margin Sunday and immediately signaled his victory would mean friendly relations with the United States. His socialist opponent, Segolene Royal, conceded defeat for her hopes of becoming France’s first female president. With nearly 70 percent of ballots counted, Sarkozy had just more than 53 percent of the vote, according to the Interior Ministry.
Girl Scouts seek volunteers
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
Girl Scouts of Kaw Valley is in need of at least 15 volunteers to lead summer programs for children of the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club.
How not to be a handful
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
I took five years away from work, and now I can’t get a job. I went back to school and got certified in some “hot” tech specialties. I have offered employers all kinds of flexibility, as well as offered to accept any pay rate until I have proved myself. Still, I’ve had no offers. Could you look at my resume and tell me how I can get my career restarted?
T changes
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: On April 11, the Lawrence Public Transit Advisory Committee held an open hearing to take public comment on an eight-plank proposal to revise the T Lift paratransit program and fixed route and paratransit fare schedule. This hearing launched a 30-day notice and comment period which ends at close of business on May 11.
Parliament fails to elect presidential candidate
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
The Islamic-rooted government suffered another setback Sunday when parliament failed again to reach a quorum to elect its presidential candidate in an ongoing rift between the ruling party and the secular establishment.
Topics cover triumph and tragedy throughout world’s history
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B3
These Lawrence students qualified for National History Day:
Don’t dump April duds
Soriano, Sheffield likely to make up for subpar opening months
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C5
I received an unexpected gift this past weekend. An owner in one of my leagues, a Denver Post sports writer who knows his stuff, offered me Yankees closer Mariano Rivera for Pirates outfielder Chris Duffy. I had to read the e-mail several times before I could believe it. Granted, Rivera was awful in the first month of the season, with an ERA over 10.00 and two blown saves in three chances.
$100M pledged to help combat global warming
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
Japan pledged $100 million in grants to the Asian Development Bank on Sunday to combat global warming and promote greener investment in the region and called for a stronger international agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Time just might be running out for ‘24’
May 7, 2007 in print edition on D1
The time has come to speak of a national tragedy we can ignore no longer. Some truths must be spoken. “24” stinks.
Plane carrying foreign peacekeepers crashes
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A7
A plane carrying foreign peacekeepers across the Sinai desert crashed Sunday near a stretch of highway where it had tried to make an emergency landing, killing eight French soldiers and a Canadian, officials said. Capt. Mohammed Badr, a police officer in Sinai, said the plane went down 50 miles from the nearest major town, el-Nakhl.
Taff hopes to rebuild life after prison
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B8
Going from a rising young star of the Republican party to an ex-convict has been humbling for Adam Taff, but he is vowing to rebuild his life and reputation. Taff, 42, whose political future seemed bright after narrowly losing congressional races in 2002 and 2004, had that future taken away when he was sentenced in 2006 to 15 months in federal prison for using campaign funds to get a home loan.
Lawrence students show history of success at state
15 help create entries advancing to national competition
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Don’t be surprised if, a few years from now, a documentary on television’s History Channel has familiar Lawrence names in the credits. History students from Central Junior High School, Lawrence High School and Free State High School recently walked away with first- or second-place honors for projects at Kansas History Day in Topeka - with several of them winning for historical documentary videos.
Lesser lights shine
K.C. team defends crown
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
No Travis Releford for Kansas City Pump N Run in its title defense at the AAU Jayhawk Invitational? No problem. Pump N Run received plenty of help from some small-time players to cap off a perfect run through the invitational with a 72-61 victory over Howard Pulley Panthers-Black on Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.
Free State student wins national contest
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B3
Free State High School junior Kate Falkenstien excels when she’s in front of an audience. But when she was announced as a first-place winner in front of 13,000 students at an international conference last week in Florida, she was stunned. She brought home a trophy and $1,000 for beating 299 students in the retail marketing category of the International Career Development Conference.
Designers earn green designations
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
Gould Evans, a Lawrence-based architecture and design firm, announces that all of its professional design associates have earned recognition as LEED Accredited Professionals.
Shooter never received judge-ordered treatment
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
Seung-Hui Cho never received the treatment ordered by a judge who declared him dangerously mentally ill less than two years before his rampage at Virginia Tech, law enforcement officials said, exposing flaws in Virginia’s labyrinthine mental health system, including confusion about the law, spotty enforcement and inadequate funding.
Races attract crowds of cyclists
Collegiate championships returning to Lawrence for third year
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Next weekend anyone near downtown Lawrence can see the nation’s best collegiate cyclists zipping up and down Massachusetts Street. Cycling fans are in for a full weekend of excitement from Friday through Sunday as the 2007 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships return to the area for the third consecutive year with races at the South Lawrence Trafficway, Perry Lake and downtown.
On the record
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
Obama’s need for protection is sad reminder
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
Not Rudy Giuliani, who is a supporter of abortion rights. Not Tom Tancredo, who is a hardliner on immigration. Not John Edwards, who is a critic of the war in Iraq. Only Barack Obama, who is black.
N.H. shift may skew primary process
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
Good newspapers answer questions, but very good newspapers ask them, and the Valley News, which is published in the central area of the Connecticut River Valley hard by the Vermont border, is a very good newspaper. Last Sunday its editors asked an important question: “N.H. Moves to Left, but How Far?”
Strained quad lands Twins’ Mauer on DL
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C5
With their cleanup hitter and starting left fielder already sidelined with injuries, the Minnesota Twins took their biggest blow yet on Sunday. All-Star catcher Joe Mauer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps muscle after Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
Kinedyne wins business award
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
Kinedyne Corp., which has a production plant in the East Hills Business Park, received the 2006 Small Business Partnership Award from the National Industries for the Severely Handicapped, or NISH. The award is presented to a small business that has partnered with an agency - in this case, Lawrence-based Cottonwood Inc. - that supports persons with disabilities and resulting in increased work opportunities for persons with severe disabilities.
Elbow could force Pavano under knife
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C5
New York Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano could need elbow surgery that would sideline him for most if not all of the remainder of his contract.
KU hopes to build boathouse on Kaw
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University rowing team members hope they soon will have a place to call home. Head rowing coach Rob Catloth said he expects construction to begin this fall on a boathouse that will provide a permanent meeting, workout and storage space for the team.
Events Calendar
May 7, 2007 in print edition on D2
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B6
Faith transcends politics
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B7
One of the major players in what came to be known as the “Religious Right” in the 1980s has shut its doors. The Center for Reclaiming America, based in Fort Lauderdale, part of Dr. D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Ministries, has decided to close. It will also shut its Washington, D.C., office known as the Center for Christian Statesmanship.
Save energy dollars on indoor lighting
May 7, 2007 in print edition on D1
A few changes in the lighting around the house can help cut a homeowner’s electric bill. Switching to an energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulb is one way, and here are some other tips that can help:
Keegan: Tourney can help Kansas
May 7, 2007 in print edition on C1
AAU tournaments aren’t so much about team competition as individual exposure. Otherwise, the results of one of Sunday’s 8 a.m. games inside Robinson Gymnasium would have sent shock waves throughout the Jayhawk Invitational. A team from Minnesota lacking Division-I prospects bounced one from Oklahoma featuring three high-major prospects in double overtime.
Retirees vanish without
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
Mary Ellen Walters and Ada Wasson set out from their retirement community for a routine day of outlet-store shopping, not telling anyone they planned a long trip or even asking anyone to feed Walters’ beloved dog. There hasn’t been a trace of them in more than two weeks.
House leader: Support of war may waver
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
The House Republican leader said Sunday that GOP support could waver if President Bush’s Iraq war policy does not succeed by the fall. House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Bush’s troop increase deserves a shot and that funding should continue even if benchmarks for success are not met. A senior Democrat said it would be “ridiculous” not to condition war money upon a troop withdrawal.
No public events as queen concludes trip
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A3
Queen Elizabeth II kept a low profile Sunday as she wrapped up a largely private visit to the Blue Grass state after attending her first Kentucky Derby. No public appearances were scheduled Sunday before her departure for Washington, where she and her husband, Prince Philip, are to attend a state dinner this evening at the White House, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said.
Clever prose
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: For some time now, I have wanted to write and comment on the descriptions and photos of the animals pictured, currently residing, at our Lawrence Humane Society. What a talent this “unknown” individual has! I get the biggest smile on my face every time I read the story of one of these adorable animals.
Boating safety classes available
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
Boating safety classes, which are required to be able to operate a motorboat, sailboat or personal watercraft in the state, will take place this month at Clinton Lake.
Spider-Man 3’ shatters weekend record
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A2
Spider-Man caught just about everyone in his web. The superhero’s latest adventure, “Spider-Man 3,” smashed box-office records with $148 million in its first three days, according to studio estimates Sunday. That put it ahead of the previous record debut of $135.6 million set last summer by “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”
Disappearing bees
Insect deaths spur fears
May 7, 2007 in print edition on A8
Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation’s honeybees could have a devastating effect on America’s dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet. Honeybees don’t just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest flowering crops we have.
Kids can get look at real-life big wheels
May 7, 2007 in print edition on B2
Area children soon will have an opportunity to get an up-close look at big trucks of all types.