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Commissioner not sorry for Wal-Mart e-mails
Messages urged public opposition to 2nd store
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B1
Outgoing Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commissioner David Burress is not apologizing for organizing opposition to a proposed Wal-Mart store, even though some elected leaders said his actions damaged the Planning Commission’s reputation.
Simons: Buffett, Munger set standard for clean, honest businessmen
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B1
A week ago today approximately 27,000 people gathered in Omaha, Neb., to hear the ideas, philosophies, vision and concerns of two men: Warren Buffett and Charles Munger. The meeting was held at Omaha’s handsome Qwest Center, and the parking lots started to fill at 5 a.m. with groupies, stockholders, pilgrims and/or believers standing in line by 6 a.m. to get well-located seats in the 18,000-seat arena.
KU’s Emsick, Roberts solid in Big 12 discus
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University seniors Abby Emsick and Cody Roberts concluded their Big 12 discus careers with second- and third-place finishes, respectively, on Friday at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.
Three KU softballers earn second-team slots
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s Kassie Humphreys, Stevie Crisosto and Amanda Jobe have earned second-team berths on the All-Big 12 Conference softball squad as chosen by league coaches.
Oklahoma ousts outfielder
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C2
Outfielder Devin Shepherd, a fifth-round pick by the Minnesota Twins in last year’s draft, was dismissed from Oklahoma’s baseball team Friday night.
Lawrence Datebook
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B2
Class of ‘07 joins Haskell ‘family’
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B1
It was like a big family reunion Friday at Haskell Memorial Stadium, where 174 Haskell Indian Nations University students earned degrees. The two-hour commencement ceremony marked a milestone in the students’ lives while it brought back memories for many of the approximately 2,500 in attendance.
After hurricane, Katrina drops on list of most popular baby names
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A5
As baby names go, Katrina isn’t in vogue these days. But she isn’t persona non grata, either. From its peak in the 1980s - when it regularly ranked among the 100 most popular names that parents chose for their daughters - it had gradually slumped to 247th by 2005, even before Hurricane Katrina smashed the Gulf Coast in late summer of that year.
Markets’ rise boosts hopes for rate cut
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B5
Wall Street resumed its advance Friday as investors interpreted a government report of milder inflation as a signal that the Federal Reserve might consider cutting interest rates later this year.
Mommy track no cause for celebration
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B6
It’s become a Mother’s Day tradition on a par with candy, flowers and guilt. While advertisers wax poetically about the priceless work of motherhood, economists tally up the paycheck for the services she performs.
Commentary: No need for Schilling to apologize
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C2
Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling apologized for his seething rant about Barry Bonds. After a day of reflection - undoubtedly encouraged by Red Sox management and probably Major League Baseball - Schilling wrote on his blog, “Everyone has days and events in life they’d love to push the rewind button on; (Tuesday) was one of those days.
Society calendar
May 12, 2007 in print edition on D5
Nuts and Bolts Newcomer Alcoholics Anonymous, 6 p.m., Westside Presbyterian Church library, 1024 Kasold Drive.
Injuries plague Free State runners
Firebirds, Lions record strong marks at league meet
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C1
During the 200-meter run preliminaries at the Sunflower League championships, Free State High’s Christian Ballard pulled up at the 70-meter mark and laid down on the track. Although no one at Shawnee Mission South heard a pop, Ballard strained his hamstring significantly enough to make himself a major question mark for the Class 6A regionals next week and the state meet in two weeks.
Club news
May 12, 2007 in print edition on D5
The Betty Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met April 21 at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. Members attended a white glove tour at the Dole Institute of Politics.
Britain’s Brown vows to learn from ‘mistakes’ of Iraq war
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A8
Gordon Brown signaled a shift in policy in Iraq and a new vision for Britain as he launched his campaign Friday to become the country’s next prime minister.
Net positive
Swank guaranteed medal
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C1
Michael Swank had two straight overhead shots returned right back at him, so he decided to put more emphasis on his third offering. With the second return lobbed in his direction, the Free State freshman leaped in the air and pounded his third overhead shot in a row.
Officials hope to build ‘green’ Greensburg
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A1
When concrete plans take shape to rebuild Greensburg from the tornado that destroyed it, some are hoping the town will emerge as a “green” model of energy efficiency and rural spirit.
Title IX meeting sparks interest debate
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C10
Are girls really that interested in sports? That was the crux of a spirited discussion that led one person to pound the table and another to imply that two panelists were living with a “1950s image in their minds.”
Lee avoids mistakes at LPGA event
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C9
Sarah Lee shook off some pre-round nerves and avoided the mistakes that plagued most everyone else Friday, shooting a bogey-free, 3-under 68 to take a two-shot lead over Becky Morgan halfway through the Michelob Ultra Open.
Mickelson can’t complain after even-par 72
Lefty takes one-shot lead into weekend; Woods survives scare, makes cut
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C9
On a day when so many crucial shots found the water, Phil Mickelson wasn’t sure whether his glass was half-empty or half-full at The Players Championship. Based on where he hit some of his tee shots Friday, he was thrilled to be in the lead.
Kansas City rally too little, too late
Bats continue to struggle in loss, but Garland’s shutout bid spoiled in ninth
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C5
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen believes in his starting pitching. He just doesn’t know if it will matter if his team’s sagging offense doesn’t pick up soon. Jon Garland pitched into the ninth inning to win his second straight start and Chicago held on for a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Sosa closing in on No. 600
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C4
John Lackey put up eight shutout innings before Sammy Sosa spoiled Lackey’s homecoming with his 596th career homer.
Morrison’s office probes student loan scheme
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Attorney General’s Office says it will look into colleges’ student-lending practices to determine whether the kinds of kickbacks uncovered nationwide are happening here.
Ex-Kline employee eyes own law firm
Brown’s hiring in AG’s office caused storm of controversy
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B1
Bryan Brown, the consumer protection division director under former Attorney General Phill Kline, hopes soon to be fighting for what Brown called “pro-family” issues from a building that housed an abortion clinic that he used to picket.
Bush signs Red Cross overhaul legislation
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A5
President Bush signed into law Friday a bill that overhauls the way the American Red Cross governs itself and streamlines its leadership in an effort to avoid the type of problems that beset its response to Hurricane Katrina.
Former Credit Union Group CEO charged in federal court
Lawrence resident accused of making bogus entry
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B5
The former top executive of Credit Union Group was charged in federal court this week with making a false report to the National Credit Union Administration Board. If convicted, Mark E. Kasson, 38, would face up to 30 years in federal prison and as much as $1 million in fines.
U.S. encouraging Saudis to support al-Maliki
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A11
The United States hasn’t yet persuaded Saudi Arabia, the Sunni power broker in the Middle East and a close U.S. ally, that it should support Iraq’s Shiite-led government, a senior State Department official said Friday.
Marine: Haditha officials sought probe of deaths
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A11
The town council in Haditha, Iraq, complained to Marine officers about the killings of 24 civilians, but U.S. military officials rejected a call to investigate, a Marine intelligence captain testified Friday.
Checkpoint bombings kill more than 20
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A11
Twin suicide car bombers struck police checkpoints at bridges Friday in a predominantly Shiite area of Baghdad, killing at least 23 people just hours after a series of U.S. raids on car bomb networks across the capital killed four suspected insurgents.
State history magazine features Haskell
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B3
In October 1926, thousands of American Indians arrived in Lawrence for the dedication of the new football stadium at Haskell Indian Nations University. But this event was more than just a simple dedication ceremony. It was a four-day extravaganza featuring an Indian village, a powwow and other Indian performances.
De Soto in trophy chase
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C6
De Soto High’s doubles team of Andy Edwards and Daniel Hoschouer won twice Friday at the Class 4A boys state tennis tournament to advance to today’s semifinals at Topeka Hayden.
Seabury pair drops two
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C6
Seabury Academy tennis duo Scott King and Simon Thompson were unable to notch a victory at the Class 3-2-1A state tournament Friday at the Riverside Tennis Center.
Army offering bonuses to keep midlevel officers
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A11
The Army will offer incentives to keep midlevel officers as it faces another decade or so in combat around the world, its chief of staff said Friday.
Mavericks’ Nowitzki to be named MVP
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C8
Dirk Nowitzki has been chosen as the NBA’s MVP for leading the Dallas Mavericks to one of the best regular seasons in league history, a team official told The Associated Press on Friday.
Hometowns cheer three ‘Idol’ finalists
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A2
The three remaining “American Idol” contestants took to the streets Friday - of their rapturous hometowns. Local loyalists showed all day just who they thought should win Fox’s wildly popular singing contest, which will feature some of the scenes next week.
Fort Lewis finds itself out front again
Colorado school wins third consecutive time trial; Whitman College women continue dominance
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C1
In the three years Lawrence has hosted the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, the team time trials title for the Division I men has belonged to just one team - Fort Lewis College.
LHS baseball closes with win
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C6
Aaron Rea hit a two-run home run to break open a close game in the fourth inning, and Lawrence High’s baseball team defeated Shawnee Mission South, 9-3, on Friday at Ice Field.
Flight captain decided to take off in storm
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A10
Three jetliners sat ready for takeoff at Douala International Airport, their crews waiting for a massive thunderstorm to move away.
Pope Benedict canonizes first Brazilian-born saint
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A10
Pope Benedict XVI castigated popular culture for promoting sexual immorality Friday as he canonized Brazil’s first native-born saint before hundreds of thousands of faithful and a sea of flags in the world’s largest Roman Catholic nation.
Freshman fuels Firebirds
Scott strong for eight innings in Free State victory
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C6
Not everyone at West Junior High knows ninth-grader Ryan Scott’s unusual status. “Not really,” Scott said. “But I’ll get a ‘good game’ sometimes from teachers and students who read the paper.”
LHS soccer team closes with win
Lions shut out Topeka High in regular-season finale
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C7
The Lawrence High girls soccer team found the perfect bookend to its rough regular season Friday night, knocking off Topeka High, 3-0, at Hummer Sports Park for the Lions’ first victory since opening the 2007 campaign with three straight wins.
Violence forces Chevron to shut down operations
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A10
Chevron Corp. temporarily shut down some operations Friday in Nigeria’s offshore waters as the second-largest U.S. oil company scrambled to protect its workers and equipment from rampant violence that threatens to drive up gasoline prices.
Wet spring raises concerns about mosquito numbers
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B8
Health authorities hope Kansas’ wet weather this spring doesn’t translate into a surge in mosquito numbers. “It’s going to depend on temperature, how long the water stays on the ground, things like that,” said Ludek Zurek, an assistant professor of entomology at Kansas State University.
Indiana sends tetanus vaccine to Kansas
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B3
Indiana has sent 3,000 doses of tetanus vaccine to Kansas in response to severe storms that hit the state last weekend that resulted in damaging tornadoes and flooding.
Tycoon arrested for alleged beating
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A8
A South Korean business tycoon was arrested Friday for allegedly taking part in a revenge attack on bar workers after his son was hurt in a fight at a karaoke pub.
Westwood fires record 64
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C9
Louis Oosthuizen held a one-shot lead after the second round of the Andalucia Open while Lee Westwood set a course record with an 8-under 64 Friday.
Great event
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: What a wonderful turnout! Douglas County Senior Services is so pleased with the response to our first annual “Jazz It Up!” fundraiser last week at the Eldridge Hotel.
Mickey Mouse lookalike back on Hamas station
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A10
A weekly children’s show on a Hamas-run TV station featuring a Mickey Mouse lookalike preaching Islamic domination was broadcast as usual Friday, two days after the Palestinian information minister said it would be suspended immediately.
Man surrenders, ends standoff at embassy
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A10
A 20-year-old Kazakhstan native turned himself over to police Friday, ending a three-hour standoff and safely releasing a man he had been holding at the Russian Embassy in Costa Rica, authorities said.
Barbecue lovers, put on your bibs
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B2
For Dave Billings, it’s not only how you cook barbecue that matters; it’s how you look while doing it. That would explain why he and his cooking cohorts looked more like pirates from Treasure Island than cooks stationed at the Sertoma Barbecue Cook-off on Friday afternoon at Broken Arrow Park.
Iraqi president: Troops to stay at least a year
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A11
Iraq’s president, worried about growing opposition in Congress to funding for the war, said Friday he thinks U.S. and British troops will need to stay in Iraq for one or two more years to help stem the bloodshed.
How classy!
Greensburg had no idea who Mi Hyun Kim was until her amazing act of generosity to help the community.
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B6
With so much bad behavior, run-ins with the law and generally boorish activities in the sports world anymore, it is too bad some of the truly admirable actions by athletes tend to slip through the cracks.
KU breaks out against Chicago St.
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s Preston Land and Ryne Price each slugged home runs Friday night to lead the Jayhawks to a 12-1 victory against Chicago State in a seven-inning non-league baseball game at Hoglund Ballpark.
Mayhem’ delves into war in Iraq
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A2
“Special Investigations Unit: Month of Mayhem” (7 p.m. today, CNN) offers a first-person account of the war in Iraq from correspondent Michael Holmes.
Senator: GOP will pick ‘pro-life’ candidate
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B1
An abortion rights candidate will have trouble winning the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Sam Brownback said Friday.
Pakistan prepares for rally clashes
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A10
Authorities marshaled 15,000 security forces Friday in Pakistan’s largest city, fearing clashes during rival protests by opponents of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and a pro-government party with a history of violence.
Jayhawks fall in quarterfinals
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Kansas University softball team couldn’t make it 2-for-2 on Friday. That shortcoming means the Jayhawks are no longer alive in the 2007 Big 12 Tournament.
Cheney warns Iran of U.S. force
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A10
From an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, Vice President Dick Cheney warned Iran on Friday that the U.S. and its allies will keep it from restricting sea traffic as well as from developing nuclear weapons.
Lawrence Motet Singers to perform in K.C.
May 12, 2007 in print edition on D8
The Lawrence Motet Singers will perform today in Kansas City, Kan.
More volunteers head to Greensburg
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A9
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew is helping the city of Greensburg and Kiowa County rebuild their local governments. “I’ve been doing anything you can imagine to help them become a functional government,” Shew said Friday as he talked on a cell phone from Greensburg.
Cartoons sell martyr culture
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B7
You hear it all the time: If only the Israelis and Palestinians would make peace, the rest of the world would follow. The next time you hear it, remember that the Palestinian version of Mickey Mouse preaches death to Jews and Americans. There can be no peace with a culture like that.
Davis dynamite in Warriors’ victory
Golden State storms past Utah, 125-105, cuts deficit to 2-1
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C8
When Baron Davis spun, sprang and threw down a breathtakingly vicious one-handed dunk right in Andrei Kirilenko’s mug, it was more than an exclamation point on the Warriors’ win.
Change in ‘08
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Why is it Americans cannot elect a representative instead of a name from corporate America? What is the romance? Why do Americans fall over themselves for political media stars and fat cats? Have we not learned that these people NEVER make things better; they just continue the corporate welfare and watch American jobs go abroad. It really stinks!
Keegan: Thompson can relax this round
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C1
Recreational golfers capable of growing discouraged by watching superior players hammer balls off the tee might want to steer clear of Alvamar Public this afternoon. Thirty-two of the better players who ever called Lawrence home will be teeing off in a 1:06 shotgun start from several tees, as part of a reunion weekend for Kansas University golfers coached by Ross Randall.
Boyda, Moran push for farm disaster aid
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B5
The House has passed legislation that would provide $3.5 billion of dollars for farmers and ranchers hurt by weather-related disasters, the third time that chamber has approved the farm money in the last two months.
Appeals court refuses 9/11 defendant’s appeal
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A10
A Moroccan convicted of helping three of the Sept. 11 suicide pilots in their plot lost his final chance to appeal in Germany when the country’s top criminal court announced Friday that it had refused to hear his case.
Rose faces up to 122 months for involuntary manslaughter
District attorney wanted felony murder conviction
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A1
A jury on Friday convicted a Lawrence man of setting a deadly apartment fire in 2005 but stopped short of convicting him of first-degree murder - a verdict that the county’s top prosecutor said was “inconsistent.”
Williams’ future in doubt
Dolphins’ RB reportedly tests positive
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C2
Williams’ future in doubt –-
Art rain-out
Organizers should rethink their decision not to have a backup date for Art in the Park.
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Lawrence Art Guild deserves the community’s thanks for the many years it has sponsored Art in the Park and other worthy events. That being said, however, it’s disappointing that organizers didn’t have a plan to deal with the possibility of rain in Lawrence on May 6.
Around and about
May 12, 2007 in print edition on D3
David Shulenburger, Washington, D.C., received the Clarence L. Pugh Sr. Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Lenoir-Rhyne College Alumni Association in Hickory, N.C. The award honored Shulenburger’s career in higher education.
Prostitution investigation leads to arrests
4 charged in connection with bringing women from China to K.C. area
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B4
Authorities on Friday charged four people in connection with bringing women from China to the Kansas City area for prostitution after an investigation that led to raids at a string of Kansas businesses billed as massage parlors.
Trash hauler faces fine in worker’s death
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B2
An Omaha trash hauler faces $125,000 in federal fines in connection with the death of an employee last fall. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Deffenbaugh Industries, alleging two willful violations.
KU graduate receives Fulbright award
May 12, 2007 in print edition on D8
A recent Kansas University music graduate received a Fulbright Grant for overseas study next year.
The house that faith built
High-end condos occupy building with sacred history
May 12, 2007 in print edition on D1
Robert Wilson looks at the hand-chiseled, 14-inch-thick limestone, and he’s in awe. “This,” he says, “is exceptional work.” The stone has been at the southwest corner of 10th and Kentucky streets since 1870, when it was used to construct the United Presbyterian Church.
Spending errors
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The May 3 article in the Journal-World said that the city must figure out how to balance its budget. We should learn from our mistakes. We have had a lot of opportunities to save money and did not:
Giuliani reaffirms support for abortion rights
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A4
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani forcefully reaffirmed his support for abortion rights Friday and argued that his divergence from conservatives on the issue should not disqualify him from being the eventual GOP nominee.
Don’t forget to send bills today before stamp prices increase
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A1
It will cost a bit more to mail letters and parcels starting Monday. A first-class letter will go up 2 cents to 41 cents. But there is some good news - folks will be able to buy “forever” stamps that remain valid regardless of any increase.
Former W.Va. prosecutor has firing ‘concerns’
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
A former West Virginia federal prosecutor said Friday the White House fired him in 2005 in the middle of a corruption and vote-buying investigation but never told him why.
KPERS must divest Sudan connections
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B5
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a law Friday ensuring that the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System won’t be investing in companies doing business in Sudan.
Legislature will consider measures to help town
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A9
The ceremonial end of the legislative session on May 22 will probably include some work to help Greensburg’s reconstruction, leaders said Friday.
Swisher agrees to five-year deal
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C5
Nick Swisher and the Oakland Athletics agreed Friday on a $26.75 million, five-year contract that also includes a one-year club option for 2012.
Victims honored at Va. Tech graduation
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
Struggling to balance grief with a graduation celebration, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger handed out class rings Friday night to the families of students slain during last month’s shooting rampage.
People in the news
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ XM shock jocks apologize for crude comments ¢ Sheriff’s official says Hilton’s jail stay could be a short one ¢ Movie ratings system now will include smoking ¢ Sheryl Crow adopts baby boy
Investigation raises few concerns
Area universities’ financial aid offices say they follow rules
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A4
Those who work in financial aid offices in Kansas universities welcome the news that the Kansas Attorney General’s Office is studying student-lending practices after reports of kickbacks uncovered nationwide. “There shouldn’t be any surprises anywhere down the line, and nothing that should concern anybody,” said Kansas University spokesman Todd Cohen.
Romney to report assets of $190M to $250M
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
Republican Mitt Romney is expected to report financial assets between $190 million and $250 million, an amount that would likely make him the wealthiest of the 2008 presidential candidates.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B6
Real men actually will do the cooking
May 12, 2007 in print edition on D1
Sonya Johnson was impressed when she saw - and tasted - what the chefs cooked up at last year’s Real Men Cook event, hosted by the Douglas County chapter of the NAACP.
Retail spending drops as gasoline prices surge
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
Consumers, battered by surging gasoline prices, cut back spending for clothes, cars and other items in April, raising worries about the already weak economy.
Magazine ideas: Open interior space to spring feeling
May 12, 2007 in print edition on D8
It’s that time of year when you’d like to throw open the doors and windows and admit fresh breezes and birdsong to the house. The spring issue of Decorating (a special-interest publication of Better Homes and Gardens) has a few ideas for how to bring the outdoors in:
Fort Dix terror suspects denied bail at hearing
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
Six Muslim men suspected of plotting to massacre U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix were ordered held without bail Friday.
Commodities
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B5
On the record
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B2
Female umpire hopes for shot at major leagues
May 12, 2007 in print edition on C10
At a recent Double-A baseball game, some fans in the second row joked about the home-plate umpire. The ump had an unusually thin waist and dirty-blonde hair that jutted out from behind a mask.
Catalina Island fire contained
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
Water-dumping planes and helicopters helped beat back soaring flames that threatened this quaint Catalina Island town Friday, giving firefighters a victory that allowed nearly 4,000 evacuated residents to start coming home.
Two apologize for stunt that led to bomb scare
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A5
Prosecutors said they would not pursue charges against two men who planted electronic devices around the city as part of a botched advertising campaign after the pair apologized Friday for causing a bomb scare.
Gov. signs bill making English the official language of Kansas
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B2
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed legislation Friday making English the state’s official language, joining at least 29 other states that have made English their official or common language. The new law takes effect July 1.
Regional commander seeks more troops for violent province
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A11
The U.S. commander in northern Iraq said Friday he doesn’t have enough troops for the mission in increasingly violent Diyala province.
FCE news
May 12, 2007 in print edition on D5
The Vinland Family and Community Education unit will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Vinland United Methodist Church. Freida Martin will be the hostess.
Poll ratings low for Bush, Congress
May 12, 2007 in print edition on A3
People think the Democratic-led Congress is doing just as dreary a job as President Bush, following four months of bitter political standoffs and little progress on Iraq and a host of domestic issues.
Faith Forum: What does ‘victory’ mean in faith?
May 12, 2007 in print edition on D1
Thirst for victory is ingrained in our way of life. Ricky Bobby, Will Ferrell’s NASCAR-racing character in the movie “Talladega Nights,” speaks for many of us when he proclaims, “If you ain’t first, you’re last!”
Horoscopes
May 12, 2007 in print edition on D7
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 12, 2007 in print edition on B6