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6News video: Some of the nation’s best cyclists to be in town this weekend
May 10, 2007
The Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships return to Lawrence for a third straight year, and to make way for the time trial portion of the races, parts of the K-10 bypass will shut down Friday morning.
6News video: Northeast Kansas town loses its entire police force
May 10, 2007
At last night’s Overbrook city council meeting, city leaders shocked the town by voting to get rid of all seven officers on the police force.
6News video: Tonganoxie city leaders ponder what to with erroneous city signs
May 10, 2007
It’s been carved in stone and now, Tonganoxie city leaders ponder what to do with two permanent fixtures to their town with one big typo.
6News video: KU takes steps to strengthen its emergency response system
May 10, 2007
Almost a month after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, KU is taking new steps to strengthen its emergency response system. The new method? Text message alerts.
6Sports video: Cyclists arrive in Lawrence today for national event
May 10, 2007
More than 400 cyclists checked in today at the Holidome for the 2007 USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals. Races begin tomorrow and run though the weekend.
6Sports video: KU softball game postponed until Friday morning
May 10, 2007
Fans eager to watch KU take on the Iowa St. Cyclones in the first round of the Big 12 softball tournament will have to wait another day due to a rain delay.
6News video: Local help is on the way to cleanup Greensburg
May 10, 2007
Heeding a call from state emergency management leaders for personnel with specific skill sets, a handful of Douglas County employees will assist the town in cleanup efforts.
6News video: Jurors to reconvene tomorrow for second day of deliberations
May 10, 2007
Jurors in the murder trial for the man accused of setting the deadly Boardwalk Apartment Fire will reconvene tomorrow for a second day of deliberations.
6News video: Local chess players among best in the nation
May 10, 2007
There are plenty of competitive chess teams in schools across the country, but one - in Lawrence - is catching the attention of the rest.
6Sports video: Free State takes round two of city showdown against LHS
May 10, 2007
One day after the Lawrence High Lions defeated the Free State Firebirds on the baseball field, the Firebirds avenged the loss with an 8-2 victory.
6News video: Man connected to Anthony Vital murder to stand trial on gun charges
May 10, 2007
A Lawrence man linked to an unsolved Douglas County homicide will stand trial on deferral gun charges.
6News video: Rolling Prairie Farmers’ Alliance kicks off 14th season
May 10, 2007
It may be a growing trend across the nation, but many Lawrence residents have a long tradition of eating local food. This week, one of the links between local farmers and consumers kicks off its 14th season in NE Kansas.
Pizza Hut sales in Lawrence will benefit Greensburg
E-mail saying otherwise is incorrect
May 10, 2007
E-mail saying otherwise is incorrect.
6News Now: Cycling race will close roads in area
May 10, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, some of the nation’s best cyclists will be in town for a race, and more about graduation ceremonies as Haskell.
Kansas Senate leaders want legal opinion on KU Hospital issues
Sen. Majority Leader Derek Schmidt and Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley released a joint letter this morning
May 10, 2007
Sen. Majority Leader Derek Schmidt and Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley released a joint letter this morning.
Woman pleads guilty to federal charges
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B3
A Lawrence woman pleaded guilty to three charges this week and admitted to taking part in a crack cocaine trafficking operation. Katheryn Alexander, 31, now faces a maximum penalty of 32 years in federal prison and up to $750,000 in fines for her three convictions.
President promises federal aid
Bush tours tornado-ravaged town
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A1
President Bush sought to lift spirits Wednesday in the wake of a killer tornado, dishing out hugs while stepping through the rubble of what had been a close-knit town of 1,400. The president said he came to Kansas to tour the wreckage in the hopes that he could “touch somebody’s soul by representing our country.”
Pope arrives in Brazil to reinforce church’s abortion opposition
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A10
Pope Benedict XVI began his first papal trip to Latin America stressing church opposition to abortion Wednesday, suggesting that Catholic politicians in Mexico had excommunicated themselves by legalizing abortion in that nation’s capital.
Levee breaks flood some Missouri areas
May 10, 2007
Flood water topped at least 20 levees protecting low-lying communities along the Missouri River and other nearby streams, authorities said Wednesday.
Nature spreads misery from coast to coast
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A9
Nature’s fury made life miserable Wednesday from one end of the nation to the other, with people forced out of their homes by wildfires near both coasts and the Canadian border and by major flooding in the Midwest.
People in the news
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Judd receives bachelor’s degree from University of Kentucky ¢ Ty Pennington charged with driving under the influence ¢ Akon apologizes for doing dirty dance with teen onstage ¢ Tough week of Barry Gibb performances claims LaKisha
Don’t follow the ‘Traveler’
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A2
In an interesting decision, ABC has moved up the premiere date of the summer replacement mystery series “Traveler” (9 p.m., ABC) by three weeks. Apparently, they want people to start ignoring it sooner.
KU graduate named chancellor of university
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B8
A Kansas University graduate has been named chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Concert marks director’s farewell from dance company
May 10, 2007 in print edition on D1
When 940 dance company wraps up its New Works Concert Saturday night, it will be closing the books on another season, as well as on the career of its artistic director.
Readers pose perplexing produce question: Vegetable or fruit?
May 10, 2007 in print edition on D2
Is it a fruit, or is it a vegetable? This is not an uncommon question and comes up in conversation with children at the dinner table or with grocers in the produce department. Tomatoes are usually the source of the debate.
Lieutenant governor to address chamber
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C10
Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson will be in Lawrence later this month to discuss state initiatives in economic development and energy issues.
Waverly Partners finds top 40 list
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C10
Waverly Partners LLC has been ranked among the “40 Largest Retained Executive Search Firms” in the United States by Executive Recruiter News, an informational source for the executive search industry.
Bookstores battle over forms
Posting of college textbook requests in dispute
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C10
A move by KU Bookstores to post its textbook-ordering information on the Internet is being criticized as unfair by one of its main competitors, who insists that the data be delivered the time-tested, old-fashioned way: on paper.
Financial consultant earns VP title
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C10
David W. Mattern, a financial consultant in the Lawrence office of A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., has been named an associate vice president-investments for the St. Louis-based national brokerage firm.
Minorities pay more for car loans
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C10
Black car buyers paid much higher loan rates on new and used autos than white Americans in 2004, according to an analysis of the most recent Federal Reserve Board’s Survey of Consumer Finances data, completed on behalf of the Consumer Federation of America.
County complaint
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The landowners of rural Douglas County better pay attention to regulations the Planning Commission and County Commission are imposing on them.
Organic matter content contributes to best topsoil
May 10, 2007 in print edition on D2
Topsoil is one of the haziest terms used by gardeners, and by those who sell the stuff. After all, it’s nothing more than the top layer of soil.
Cheney presses Iraqi leaders to make more progress
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A10
Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday that “we’ve got a long way to go” in reducing violence in Iraq in a trip punctuated by an explosion that shook windows at the U.S. Embassy, where Cheney was visiting.
Former mayor collecting containers
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A8
Plastic storage containers are like gold in tornado-ravaged Greensburg. At least that is what former Lawrence Mayor Marty Kennedy has heard. He plans to find out this weekend by hauling to Greensburg as many containers as he can fit in his truck and trailer.
Forget the Steelers: City tackles arts
May 10, 2007
A multimedia designer and artist, Jesse Hambley dabbles in Web and graphic design, photography and even film work. But when he started looking for a photography studio, the 23-year-old realized he couldn’t afford a place on his own.
Future growth
Garden program plants seeds of environmentalism in youth
May 10, 2007 in print edition on D1
When interviewing gardeners, I always ask them who influenced their love of landscaping. The answers are as varied as the gardeners, but most of them can recall someone from their youth who planted a seed of respect and appreciation for nurturing the great outdoors.
Veterans struggle to pay for college
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A4
Marc Edgerly and his father, Carl, both joined the Army as young men, served during wartime and eventually decided that college, not a full-time military career, was what they wanted. But the cost they shouldered for that education is dramatically different.
Former U.S. attorney in K.C. says he was asked to resign
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
The former U.S. attorney in Kansas City, Mo., Todd Graves, said Wednesday that he was asked to step down from his job by a senior Justice Department official in January 2006, months before eight other federal prosecutors would be fired by the Bush administration.
Family tells vivid story of living through deadly tornado
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A9
Nancy Young says she has always been afraid of violent weather. But she was unusually calm Friday night when Greensburg’s tornado sirens sounded.
Victims, rescue workers recall tornado
May 10, 2007
Jessica Minor, who grew up in Coldwater, contacted friends in nearby Greensburg who shared their experiences from Friday night’s tornado.
Long time education official takes over at state agency
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A1
The State Board of Education on Wednesday hired longtime education official Alexa Posny to be Kansas education commissioner. The board’s 7-1 vote for Posny erases another vestige of the former conservative-controlled board.
Free State snares league softball title
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C1
Sunflower League champions. Or maybe co-champions. However it turns out for Free State High’s softball team, coach Pam Pine will take it. “Co-champions or champions, it means a lot,” Pine said. “It’s a great accomplishment to be up there with Olathe East.”
KU cyclists can’t wait for meet
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C1
For most Kansas University students, these last few weeks of semester are hectic, with essays and the need to study for the looming finals week.
LHS softball splits twinbill
Lions fall to SM North, 10-3, in opener, but win nightcap, 7-5
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C4
On the night Lawrence High recognized seven seniors between games of a softball doubleheader against Shawnee Mission North, a pair of freshmen helped the Lions salvage a split.
Baker baseball, softball honored
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C4
Baker University catcher Alexis Pryor, a sophomore from Overbook, was named to the All-Heart of America Athletic Conference softball first team, and Kendra Cody, a senior shortstop from Longton, was named to the second team.
FSHS soccer falls
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C4
Leah Williams scored a goal, but Shawnee Mission Northwest rallied for a 2-1, double-overtime victory over Free State in Sunflower League soccer Wednesday.
Commentary: Knee-jerk reactions could ruin Mavs
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C5
It was relatively quiet in Dallas the past three summers. There were no pushes for overpaid, big-name malcontents, no trigger-happy moves. The Mavericks’ owner, fiery billionaire Mark Cuban, stopped acting like a fiery billionaire and instead made prudent basketball decisions.
Brewers stretch streak to six
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C6
Ned Yost has no plans for a May parade, no matter how well his Brewers are playing.
Dice-K, Red Sox stop Jays
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C6
From the windup, Daisuke Matsuzaka has been fine. It’s when he pitched from the stretch that there were problems.
On the record
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B2
Man hospitalized with burns from brush fire
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B2
A man went to the hospital by ambulance on Wednesday night after being burned while setting a controlled brush fire in southern Douglas County.
Fisher returns, sparks Jazz in OT
Guard arrives mid-game after baby daughter’s operation
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C5
All Derek Fisher needed to do to inspire his teammates was make it to the game. He did so much more, capping a dramatic night by scoring all five of his points in overtime in Utah’s 127-117 victory over Golden State on Wednesday night - a game Fisher nearly missed while returning from New York, where his baby daughter underwent cancer surgery.
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B5
Lawrence Datebook
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B2
World Bank outlives mission
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B7
The kerfuffle over whether Paul Wolfowitz, the World Bank’s president, behaved badly regarding the contract for his companion to facilitate her departure from the bank involves no large issue. The bank’s existence does. The bank’s rationale, never strong, has evaporated.
Reporters to capture today for ‘24 Hours in Lawrence’ project
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
Reporters from the Journal-World and 6News will spread out across the community today to capture a day in the life of Lawrence - and they hope community members join them in creating a “living time capsule.”
Keegan: Parker has skills, savvy
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C1
Free State High senior first baseman Big Ben Wilson puts a serious hurt on a baseball when he swings the bat. It doesn’t take long for his hits to shoot through the infield. Wednesday evening on Free State’s baseball diamond, Wilson hit a low screamer destined for the left-field grass, a sure hit that would drive in a pair of runs.
KU baseball rolls, 8-5
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C3
Missouri State pitching was just what Kansas University needed to get KU pitcher Andy Marks a victory. The Bears allowed the Jayhawks to give Marks some run support finally. Kansas won, 8-5, on Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark against a Bears team that had lost 14 straight before beating Evansville on Sunday.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B6
KU’s Self to Sonics simply scuttlebutt
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C1
Here’s a new rumor for the water cooler: Bill Self to the NBA? Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler wrote about speculation “growing in college and NBA circles” about a logical candidate for the Seattle SuperSonics head-coaching vacancy. It’s Self, Kansas University’s current leader.
Insane primary schedule demands action
May 10, 2007
The true insanity of the altered presidential primary schedule does not become apparent until you actually lay out the proposed dates on a 2008 calendar.
Our town sports
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C3
Wayne Osness of Lawrence is one of four persons named this year to the Kansas Relays Hall of Fame. Osness, who has served as a meet official or volunteer for more than 40 years, was enshrined with Relays founder Phog Allen, former Topeka prep coach Joe Schrag and former Oklahoma State pole vaulter Joe Dial.
Gender pay gap no surprise
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B7
You would think we might have been shocked when a recent study by the American Association of University Women revealed that women who are one year out of college make just 80 percent of what men the same age earn. Women make less even if they work in the same profession, and 10 years out of college, they take home only 69 percent of what men earn.
Real estate, property tax deadline today
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
Today is the deadline for payment of real estate and personal property taxes.
Governor signs fetal homicide bill
Assailants could be charged with crimes against pregnant mother, unborn child
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a law Wednesday giving prosecutors the right to charge someone with murder, manslaughter or battery for intentionally harming a fetus. The law, dubbed “Alexa’s Law” by supporters, was one of nine signed by the governor as she turned attention to items sent to her by legislators.
Hudson, Elarton to return
Royals will send pitcher Bannister to Triple-A Omaha
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C7
The Kansas City Royals’ rotation will get a boost with Luke Hudson and Scott Elarton coming off the disabled list.
Plan ahead: Cycling race to close roads
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
The fun comes with some trade-offs. While the nation’s best cyclists zip around courses in Lawrence and Perry Lake in Jefferson County this weekend, commuters may have to take detours Friday morning.
County delays airstrip decision
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B8
Concerns raised by neighbors caused the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday night to delay deciding whether to grant a conditional-use permit for a grass airstrip on private property.
Kansas softball 7th seed
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C3
A year ago, Kansas University shocked Big 12 Conference softball by rising from the sixth seed to capture the league tournament. Now, in order to repeat as champions, the Jayhawks will have to do it from the No. 7 slot.
Commentary: Alcohol, sports can be dangerous mix
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C2
If you had good seats Monday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills, you were treated to two hours of solid entertainment. No, not the Bulls and Pistons in the NBA playoffs, but the guy who thought it was hilarious to scream not especially funny insults at Ben Wallace at the top of his lungs.
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C10
Wedding ring survives Ottawa County tornado
May 10, 2007
The tornado that blasted Ottawa County State Fishing Lake on Saturday night took everything Ashley McArthur had gathered for her wedding later this year.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B6
High-flyin’ Lions
Green pitches LHS to victory
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C1
Daniel Green had no business catching the final out that secured the 4-1 Lawrence High baseball victory over Free State on Wednesday at FSHS. The senior LHS pitcher didn’t let anyone - not even teammates Nick DeBiasse or Chase Muder - stand in the way of a sky-high foul ball toward the first-base dugout.
Back on track
The choice of a career educator as the new head of the Kansas Department of Education bodes well for the state.
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B6
The return of a top administrator to the Kansas Department of Education is a positive sign for the state’s schools. Members of the Kansas State Board of Education voted Wednesday to hire Alexa Posny as the state’s next commissioner of education.
Barber’s chair makes shop a shear delight
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B3
You can’t get a shave and a haircut there for two bits, but you can see what a barbershop looked like back when men’s grooming could be purchased for even less than a quarter.
Flutie tapped for college football hall
Ex-Boston College QB elected in first year of eligibility
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C2
Doug Flutie was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday in his first year of eligibility, joining Ahmad Rashad and Anthony Thompson in the newest class of players and coaches honored by the National Football Foundation.
Detentions announced linked to U.S. pet deaths
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A10
China vowed Wednesday to crack down on contaminated and sometimes deadly food and drugs after a string of sensational revelations about the safety of Chinese products.
Letter carriers to collect food to stock area’s nine pantries
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
On a typical day, letter carriers load up their vehicles with mail and head to the street to make their appointed rounds. When they finish making deliveries, they head back to the post office, unload their empty trays and outgoing mail and head for home.
White House says Bush would veto Iraq bill
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
The White House threatened on Wednesday to veto a proposed House bill that would pay for the Iraq war only through July - a limit Defense Secretary Robert Gates said would be disastrous.
House passes new rules to govern college lending
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
With the student loan industry coming under harsh criticism, the House on Wednesday easily approved a bill aimed at curbing conflicts of interest and corrupt practices in college lending.
Burkart 10th at golf league
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C4
On the 18th hole, Free State’s Nick Burkart displayed a stern expression before sinking the 30-foot putt. Having capped his performance at Alvamar Golf Course’s Lawrence Invitational in style, the senior smiled after fishing the ball out of the hole.
Police arrest suspect in home burglary
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B3
Police arrested a 31-year-old Lawrence woman on Tuesday on charges of burglary, theft and criminal damage to property for a suspected burglary of a residence that occurred between Friday and Monday.
Warming fallacy
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: With global warming approaching the status of a new religion it may be considered blasphemy to speak out against the hype. Somebody needs to.
Police seek suspect in attempted robbery
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence police on Wednesday were looking for a man after a reported attempted robbery about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Gov. signs law creating domestic partnerships
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
Oregon on Wednesday joined a growing list of states prepared to offer gay couples at least some of the benefits of marriage.
Law gives lower tuition to former residents
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday signed into law a bill that grants the lower in-state tuition rates to people who return to Kansas after being away for five years. The previous limit was one year.
Sweeney’s blast boosts Royals past A’s
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C7
Captain Mike Sweeney provided the Kansas City Royals with a much needed lift.
Stop Day’ tour to look at campus highlights
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B3
A retired Kansas University professor on Friday will give his traditional “Stop Day” walking tour of campus.
Car to be given away at graduation party
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B3
Area graduating high school students will have a chance to win a car and several other prizes as part of Lawrence’s annual Project Graduation event.
Faulty conclusion
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: As a property tax hearing officer for the state of Kansas and an attorney who represents property owners in tax appeals, I wanted to comment on your May 7 article “Rental property valuations perplexing.”
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B6
7 appear in court for alleged looting
Four Fort Riley soldiers released to provost marshal without bond
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B2
Four Fort Riley soldiers and a McPherson reserve police officer were charged Wednesday with felony burglary and misdemeanor theft charges after they allegedly looted cigarettes and alcohol from a store in Greensburg in the days after a deadly tornado struck.
Boardwalk fire case goes to jury
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A1
Prosecutors said Jason Rose’s history with setting fires culminated in his starting the Boardwalk Apartments blaze in 2005. He even admitted to the crime, they said. Rose’s attorney said that the 21-year-old’s history with fire is exaggerated and that there’s no evidence he started the fire that killed three people.
Lawrence High School students win art contest
May 10, 2007 in print edition on B3
Three Lawrence High School students were named winners in the Congressional Art Competition from the Kansas Second Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda announced Wednesday.
KU track gets academic honors
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University placed 19 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Track and Field teams - 11 women and eight men - and KU led the league with six representatives with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages.
Fort Dix plot example of homegrown terrorism
May 10, 2007 in print edition on A3
Blowing up the Sears Tower, beheading the Canadian prime minister, unleashing a flood on lower Manhattan - homegrown radicals have dreamed up lots of horrific plots that have gone nowhere.
Three’s company
A victory in the Dodge Avenger 500 would make Biffle the third driver to win three straight races in Darlington
May 10, 2007 in print edition on C8
Greg Biffle can do something Saturday night that would put his name in the news with a couple of guys you might have heard about over the past few weeks.