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6Sports video: Lawrence prep baseball teams suffering from heavy rainfall
May 8, 2007
More than ten inches of rain has fallen during the past eight weeks, turning most of Lawrence’s prep baseball players into groundskeepers.
6News video: Defense continues to make its case in Jason Rose Trial
May 8, 2007
The defense continues to make its case in the trial of a Lawrence man accused of setting a massive apartment fire that claimed three lives.
6News video: Lawrence high schools to offer ‘long distance’ language course
May 8, 2007
Imagine learning to speak a complex foreign language without ever coming face to face with your instructor — that scenario will be a reality next year for high school students in Lawrence.
6News video: Local groups helping to raise money for Greensburg, Kansas
May 8, 2007
Even though Greensburg is more than four hours SW of Lawrence, several local groups are doing their best to make up the distance.
6News video: Local storm chasers catch Greensburg tornado on film
May 8, 2007
Three local storm chasers become celebrities for the only known video of the twister that destroyed Greensburg, Kansas. Their video gives the only ground level, up close view of the 1.7 mile wide tornado that hit the small town last Friday night.
6News video: KU professor asks City Commissioners to suspend tax abatement program
May 8, 2007
At their weekly meeting tonight, Commissioners reviewed an annual report of eight businesses that received the tax breaks in 2006.
6News video: Bush and Sebelius at odds over federal response to Greensburg
May 8, 2007
The White House is calling the federal response to the Greensburg tornado a success story - this statement comes one day after Governor Sebelius said federal response to the city has been slowed because needed manpower and equipment is in Iraq.
6News video: Officials are closely monitoring Kansas River levels
May 8, 2007
This Spring’s heavy rainfall doesn’t quite compare with the 1993 Summer rains, but local officials are closely monitoring the Kansas River levels.
6Sports video: Free State dominates Olathe North on the diamond
May 8, 2007
Behind a magnificent performance from Andy Petz, the Free State Firebirds dominated the Olathe North Eagles, winning 12-2.
6News video: Wal-Mart at 6th and Wakarusa still up in the air
May 8, 2007
The waiting will continue a bit longer to find out what’s next for a proposal to build a Wal-Mart store at 6th St. and Wakarusa Drive.
6News video: Charges dropped against owners of ‘Yellow House’
May 8, 2007
A federal judge dismissed charges Monday against ‘Yellow House’ owners Guy and Carrie Neighbors. They were arrested in December after being indicted on charges of possessing guns while using a controlled substance.
6News Now: Defense witnesses testify in Rose trial
May 8, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the defense continues to call witnesses in the Jason Rose trial, and more on the flood conditions through most of the Sunflower State.
Foster father: Rose had no history of fire problems
But arson suspect did receive counseling for ‘fire setting behavior’
May 8, 2007
The man charged with setting a deadly Lawrence apartment fire didn’t have a reputation in foster care as a firestarter, the man’s former foster parent testified this morning.
Officials: All 114 aboard crashed jet killed
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
Investigators focused Monday on the possibility a Kenya Airways jetliner lost power in both engines during a storm just after takeoff and was trying to glide back to the airport when it plunged into a mangrove swamp 12 miles from the runway.
Tonganoxie board OKs hiring new principals
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Tonganoxie school board hired two new administrators at a special board meeting Monday at Tonganoxie Middle School.
Commentary: Bonds just a product of tainted time in baseball
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C2
We need the names. As many as possible. When investigators bust a steroid-distribution operation in Florida, we need to know the names of the professional athletes on the mailing list. When the feds flip a former Mets clubhouse guy with a booming steroid and human-growth-hormone business, we need to know the redacted names in the court documents.
Levee crew on high alert
City uses North Lawrence tube system to guide water flow
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A1
Tom Orzulak has a real pain-in-the-behind boss. One of those bosses that’s demanding, unpredictable and unforgiving. But here’s the twist: Orzulak’s boss - at least on days like today - is the Kansas River. “And let me tell you, it does whatever it wants to do,” Orzulak said of the swollen Kaw.
Rose denies confession
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A1
His entire confession was a lie. That’s what a man charged with setting a deadly apartment fire told jurors Monday when he took the witness stand in his own defense. During 40 minutes of testimony, defendant Jason A. Rose told jurors he admitted setting the October 2005 fire at Lawrence’s Boardwalk Apartments only because he wanted police to stop questioning him.
Track and Field honor roll
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C6
Penny fans 14; Dodgers roll
Brewers continue surge, shut out hapless Nats
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C4
When Brad Penny threw his 110th and final pitch for one last strikeout, he pumped his fist, retrieved the ball from his catcher and stuck it in his pants pocket as he walked off the field.
Girls’ going out with a whimper
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A2
It seems like only yesterday when we all got misty as Rory graduated from high school and made her manic momma proud on “Gilmore Girls” (7 p.m., CW). And now Rory is graduating from Yale.
Apple talks may lead to costlier iTunes
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A2
The last time Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs took on major recording companies, he refused to budge on his 99-cent price for a song on iTunes.
Horoscopes
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B5
Help not always easy to find
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B7
When most of Eileen Marks’ friends read about the harrowing events at Virginia Tech, they couldn’t help but imagine their own children in the gunman’s sights, among the fallen victims.
Lawrence Datebook
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B2
Students without computers rank among digital minority
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
Computers are almost as plentiful as Jayhawks at Kansas University - you find them in classrooms, in labs, in dorm rooms and apartments. But if you’re a KU student, can you get by without getting your own computer? The answer is yes.
De Soto board approves 2 bond proposals
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B2
Expected to approve a bond question Monday to put before voters in September, the De Soto school board instead approved two. The board approved a $51 million bond issue proposal designed to meet the growing district’s needs for the next three to five years.
On the record
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B2
Q & A with Brooke Sutherland
Seahawk gets tennis fix at boys’ expense
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C6
Seabury Academy junior Brooke Sutherland has played on the varsity boys tennis team since her freshman year. Though impressive, that feat becomes more so when one learns she is one of two girls on the team.
Sounds of the city
Lawrence Children’s Choir takes in New York sights and sings ‘beautifully’ at Carnegie Hall
May 8, 2007 in print edition on D1
When they walked onto the stage at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the young vocalists in the Lawrence Children’s Choir couldn’t help but be stunned. Their eyes grew wide, and their mouths dropped open - first in awe, and then in song. It was perhaps the best they’d sounded all year, says Janeal Krehbiel, artistic director of the group.
Rising waters, rising fears
9 people rescued in county
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A1
A weekend of heavy rain in Douglas County and much of northeastern Kansas caused havoc Monday, as streets and roads were closed and some people had to be rescued from isolated areas because of rising water.
OU signs juco point guard
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C2
Omar Leary, who earned junior-college All-America honors last season, has signed to play basketball at Oklahoma, Sooners coach Jeff Capel said Monday.
Double Take: Important qualities sometimes overlooked by teens
May 8, 2007 in print edition on D1
The first on my list is financial planning. Politicians often debate the best way to inform teens of the risks and responsibilities associated with sex, driving and alcohol. But where is the initiative to educate our students on matters of money?
Book helps taxpayers stay on stable ground when talking to IRS
Know your options and stay in touch with agency, attorney recommends
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C8
Should you fear the Internal Revenue Service? Not if you know your rights as a taxpayer and you respond to the first notice you get from the IRS, says Scott M. Estill, a tax attorney. That’s part of the nonconfrontational advice Estill offers in “Tax This! An Insider’s Guide to Standing Up to the IRS” (Self-Counsel Press, 2007 edition, $21.95).
68 killed or found dead in Iraq violence
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
Suicide bombers killed 13 people in a pair of attacks Monday around the Sunni Arab city of Ramadi in what local officials said was part of a power struggle between al-Qaida and tribes that have broken with the terror network.
Boozer stickback lifts Jazz, 116-112
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C5
Carlos Boozer put back an offensive rebound with 17 seconds left to break a tie, and Matt Harpring added two free throws 10 seconds later, giving the Utah Jazz a 116-112 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals.
Jayhawks invited to NCAA tourney
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University men’s golf team found out Monday it has been selected to play in this year’s NCAA Championship.
Flooding forces hundreds from homes
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A5
After rainwater pulled propane tanks from their moorings and caused the gas to spray, most residents of this small community left by boat Monday, joining hundreds forced from their homes by Kansas flooding.
Dirks-Ham signs on dotted line
Lawrence High senior will swim collegiately for Missouri State
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C1
In the midst of her record-breaking season, Lawrence High swimmer Chelsea Dirks-Ham officially announced her signing with Missouri State University on Monday afternoon at the LHS library.
Pope visiting country to stop Protestant fervor
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
Pope Benedict XVI is heading to the world’s most populous Roman Catholic country at a time when evangelical Christians are packing converted storefronts and cavernous churches every Sunday, thrusting their Bibles in the air.
Trip puts blues in perspective
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B7
Saturday evening I sat on the porch of a little shotgun house on Seventh Street in Columbus, Ga., and breathed sweet and spicy air of magnolia and camellia and honeysuckle, the whole orchestra of Southern fragrance out and about, comforting the afflicted, and I thought of words I’d never ordinarily use, such as “suffused” and “redolent,” and listened to Georgia friends talk about ancestors and their recipes, and I said to myself, “Well, maybe I should send for the family and look for a house and find another line of work.
Leavenworth County leaders declare state of emergency
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A4
Overnight flooding Sunday in Leavenworth County meant a short night for the county’s emergency management director. Chuck Magaha said he went to bed about 1:30 a.m. Monday only to get up and get back to work by 4 a.m.
Quarantined chickens ruled safe to eat
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
Chickens that ate bird feed made with a small amount of contaminated pet food are safe for human consumption and can be released for slaughter and sale, federal health officials said Monday.
Commodities
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C8
Sterling Image owner wins awards
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C8
The Kansas Professional Photographers Association presented Robbin Loomas, owner of Sterling Image Photography, Lawrence, with awards during the Heart of America Professional Photographers Convention conducted in Kansas City, Mo.
France’s new president an unlikely choice
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
Nicolas Sarkozy relied on vast stores of ambition, will power and intelligence to win France’s presidency on Sunday. But, as have other successful politicians, Sarkozy has built his victory on strengths that could become crippling weaknesses in office if he cannot temper them.
Esthetician joins networking group
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C8
Pam Biermick, a senior esthetician at Beauty Brands Salon and Spa, Lawrence, has joined Douglas County Connection, a networking organization.
Photographer shoots 105 naked ‘Fridas’
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
Frida Kahlo surely would have approved. A day after his biggest nude shoot ever, U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick on Monday photographed a group of 105 naked women resembling Kahlo, the eccentric artist known for her intensely personal paintings and often outrageous style.
KU offers Personal Finance 101
Business course to supply ‘survival toolkit’ for young students
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C8
Freshmen and sophomores will get a chance to learn about real-life financial issues - avoiding credit debt, developing a budget, saving for retirement and more - as part of a new course to be offered this fall through Kansas University’s School of Business.
Greensburg residents return
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A5
Weary residents picked through their splintered homes Monday for what few possessions they could salvage from the ruins of the powerful weekend tornado that flattened their town, somehow thankful that the storm has not been blamed for more deaths.
Environment issue
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: At least some in City Hall are actively trying to market Lawrence as one of the 10 most environmentally friendly cities in America (Journal-World, May 6). That would be a dream come true for the economic development folks at our Chamber of Commerce.
City athletes of the week
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C6
Kevin Logan and Aleese Kopf.
Official praises state Medicaid repayment
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
A key federal official says Kansas is on the “right path” in straightening out its Medicaid funding mess. “Kansas has come a long way to resolve a number of issues,” Tom Lenz, regional administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a recent interview.
Wheat picture improves
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B8
Estimates of freeze damage to the Kansas wheat crop grew a bit more optimistic over the past week as farmers continued to assess the toll from April’s cold snap, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.
Homeless could find housing, support with plan
Home-Makers project proposes community living for mentally ill now on streets
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
A home and some support. That’s what homeless advocate Steve Ozark wants to provide for people with mental illness who live on Lawrence streets.
City commissioners to confirm appointments
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
City commissioners are scheduled to confirm two appointments to the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission at tonight’s City Commission meeting.
Senate blocks bid to allow prescription drug imports
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A1
In a triumph for the pharmaceutical industry, the Senate on Monday killed a drive to allow consumers to buy prescription drugs from abroad at a significant savings over domestic prices.
Right priorities
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I want to say thank you to Angela Richmond for her letter of May 4, “Fairness ideals.” In my opinion, she stated the most revealing Christian truth regarding homosexuality being a sin that I have heard or read.
Teachers honored as Educators of the Year
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B3
One teacher helped build a school from the ground up. The other is lauded as an inspiration to her colleagues. Skip Bennett, social studies teacher at Southwest Junior High School, and Terri Durgan, fourth-grade teacher at Quail Run School, are this year’s recipients of the Educator of the Year awards from the Lawrence Schools Foundation.
National security marred with early resignations
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
Top members of President Bush’s national security team are leaving in one of the earliest waves of departures from a second-term administration - nearly two years before Bush’s time ends.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
River’s rushing waters attract a crowd
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A4
High water levels on the Kansas River created high interest among some Lawrence residents Monday afternoon. About 30 people lined the Kansas River levee just east of the Massachusetts Street bridge about 1 p.m. Monday.
Comments sought on anti-aging procedures
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
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.
Bathing man’s best friend
May 8, 2007 in print edition on D1
When your dog starts smelling like a dog, it’s time for a bath.
Clear the air
If the Johnson County district attorney has nothing to hide, why does he want to talk about it only in private?
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
Although his county commissioners wisely declined his invitation for individual private meetings, the fact that Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline requested such meetings indicates he still fails to grasp the intention of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
Tennis Block Party promotes benefits
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is teaming with First Serve Tennis to play host to a free event promoting the health and social benefits of tennis.
President-elect found support from unlikely spots
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
Nicolas Sarkozy won the women’s vote and fared well among blue-collar workers, even though his rival for the French presidency was a woman and a Socialist.
States vie for deadly disease research lab
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B3
A dozen states, including Kansas and Missouri, are competing for a government research lab full of killer germs like anthrax, avian flu and foot-and-mouth disease - a prospect some of their residents want to avoid like the plague.
Protesters shut down Chevron oil station
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
Protesters armed with machetes occupied a Chevron oil installation Monday in southern Nigeria, forcing a shutdown of the facility, officials said. Chevron Corp. spokesman Femi Odumabo said the Ebite flow station pumps 42,000 barrels a day in the west of the oil-rich Niger Delta region.
Speaking gaff, white ties highlight queen’s D.C. visit
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
Washington turned out adoring schoolchildren and ladies in hats for Queen Elizabeth II’s visit. The White House, too, laid on special touches at President Bush’s first-ever white-tie state dinner to honor America’s closest ally and make the queen feel welcome.
Hiking trails open at prairie preserve
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B3
Summer hours for backcountry hiking trails at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve have resumed.
Beltre burns Yankees
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C4
A blown call and a big swing by Adrian Beltre against Mariano Rivera helped the Seattle Mariners gain a comeback victory.
LHS, Free State teams unable to play Monday
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C3
Stormy weather and wet field conditions forced the postponement of several Lawrence High and Free State sporting events Monday.
Tonganoxie pump failure causes sewage backup
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A4
A 10-foot rise in a Tonganoxie creek caused sewer problems for residents. Mayor Mike Vestal said Tonganoxie Creek rose and flooded the city’s sewage treatment plant Sunday night. Meanwhile, rainwater was pouring into cracks in some of the city’s aging sewer lines that flow to the plant.
Broker attends national seminar
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C8
Gary Nuzum, of Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate, Lawrence, joined brokers from across the country last month in participating in a Driving Broker Profits seminar, an event designed to offer cutting-edge information on the future of the real estate industry to brokers, owners and managers.
Third Wittig trial to begin in January
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B8
The third trial of former Westar Energy Inc. CEO David Wittig and Chief Strategy Officer Douglas Lake on charges they tried to loot the state’s largest electric utility will begin Jan. 14, a federal judge ruled Monday.
DA: Officers took down $2M-a-week operation
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
Some of the New York metropolitan area’s biggest sports gamblers weren’t able to place their wagers Monday because officers arrested 18 operators and bookies and dismantled a $2 million-a-week Internet betting ring.
Explosive on car kills hotel-casino worker
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
A device left in a casino parking garage exploded early Monday, killing a man who tried to pick it up off the top of his car, authorities said.
Cocaine’ drink pulled from shelves nationwide
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
An energy drink called Cocaine has been from pulled from stores nationwide amid concerns about its name, the company that produces it said Monday.
Party People: Recent tragedies revive debate about gun control in the U.S.
May 8, 2007 in print edition on D2
Recent events have undoubtedly proved that gun control laws are neither archaic nor distant to the American population. However, politicians on both sides of the aisle have avoiding making statements on the issue. Virginian Gov. Tim Kaine spoke out, saying that he hoped no one would “politicize the issue and try to instate gun control.”
Security issue
The best efforts of the Kansas National Guard to help residents of tornado-ravaged Greensburg are hampered by a lack of equipment that has never returned from the Mideast.
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
From all reports, emergency personnel are doing everything they can to protect the safety and property of people affected by Friday’s deadly tornado in Greensburg. The tragedy, however, is a tangible reminder of the diminished capacity of the Kansas National Guard to respond to local emergencies because of the personnel and equipment that has been deployed to battle zones in the Mideast.
Report: Archaeologist finds tomb of King Herod
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A6
An Israeli archaeologist has found the tomb of King Herod, the legendary builder of ancient Jerusalem and the Holy Land, Hebrew University said late Monday.
California lauded for efforts against drunken driving
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A7
California can teach Florida a thing or two about getting lethal drunks off the road. Missouri, South Carolina and Texas, too, can learn from California’s work, U.S. Department of Transportation investigators think.
Panel: World Bank president broke rules
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A3
A special panel has found that World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz broke bank rules in arranging a pay package and promotion for his girlfriend, a person familiar with the report said Monday.
Lawrence groups organize fundraisers
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A5
Lawrence organizations continue to set up fundraising efforts for those devastated by the tornado that ripped through Greensburg. Inspired by a co-worker who lost her childhood home in the tornado, Lawrence Arts Center staff members are having a benefit May 19.
Turnpike tolls set to increase in July
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
Start digging through the sofa cushions. New turnpike tolls starting July 1 will cost Lawrence motorists a few extra nickels and dimes to travel to Topeka or Kansas City. Kansas Turnpike Authority officials announced Monday that fees for most turnpike trips will increase by approximately 5 percent come July 1.
Athletes struggling to develop rhythm
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Lawrence High baseball team was supposed to spend Monday afternoon gearing up for that night’s game Shawnee Mission South. Instead, stormy weather and wet field conditions forced the Lions to spend the day inside the school’s west gym, hacking away at practice pitches.
Rain, rain go away
Scheduling woes continue for ADs
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C1
Innovation in the pursuit of rainout make-up games has become mandatory for Lawrence High athletic director Ron Commons and Free State High counterpart Steve Grant. Persistent spring rain has forced both Commons and Grant to the stage where they have little or no leeway in rescheduling.
Woodling: Wet fields make life miserable
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C1
With the sump pump booming like tympani, the ground as soggy as pablum and the sun an infrequent visitor, I went to the dictionary. Surely, we had to be in the middle of a Kansas monsoon. Well, yes and no.
Flannigan’s versatility draws high praise
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C6
Free State High girls swimming coach Annette McDonald praised freshman Morgan Flannigan for her versatility in the pool following the finals Saturday at the Sunflower League Championships in Olathe.
Track star to discuss childhood, Olympics
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B1
Track legend Billy Mills talks about growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota this week on part one of a special “River City Weekly” encore.
Chiefs agree with free agents
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C2
The Kansas City Chiefs said Monday they had agreed to terms of two-year contracts with 16 rookie free agents.
Yankee Stadium hotbed of activity
Igawa shipped to minors; Proctor, Torre suspended
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C2
Yankee Stadium hotbed of activity –-
People in the news
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Beckhams score $22 million Beverly Hills property ¢ ‘Extreme Makeover’ star arrested on misdemeanor ¢ ‘Lost’ finds end date in 2010
Pistons cruise again
Swaggerless Chicago falls in 0-2 hole
May 8, 2007 in print edition on C5
With two blowouts, the Detroit Pistons have turned Chicago’s first-round sweep over the defending NBA champions into a distant memory. Tayshaun Prince scored 25 points to lead Detroit to a 108-87 victory Monday night and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 8, 2007 in print edition on B6
Spring season a washout so far
May 8, 2007 in print edition on A4
From called-off softball games to a delay in planting flowers, the recent rain has put a damper on the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. Since the adult softball league started last month, 220 games have been canceled because of weather, adult sports supervisor Bob Stanclift said.