Archive for Tuesday, May 15, 2007

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Audio clips
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On the street
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Free State vs Leavenworth baseball
Podcasts
Polls
Should parents be held legally responsible for teen beer parties held at their home?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
82%
No
 
14%
Undecided
 
2%
Total 620
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
The Landon Building, next to the Capitol building in Topeka, is cracking up and pieces of the facade are falling to the ground, making it unsafe to walk near the building. Leaders seek funds to repair crumbling state office buildings
May 14, 2007 in print edition on 5A
Kansas leaders find themselves looking down a money pit when it comes to state building repairs. Lawmakers just approved a five-year plan that will make available approximately $380 million for repairs and maintenance at higher education institutions.
<h6>Special report</h6> <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/education/home_schooling/learning_outside_the_lines/"><img src="http://media.lawrence.com/img/features/2007/05/11/home-school-feature_r290x120.jpg" alt="Learning outside the lines: a Journal-World special report" /></a> <h6>Special report</h6> <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/education/home_schooling/learning_outside_the_lines/"><img src="http://media.lawrence.com/img/features/2007/05/11/home-school-feature_r290x120.jpg" alt="Learning outside the lines: a Journal-World special report" /></a>
9:00 a.m.

Rain Quinlan, 14, far left, and her dance classmates watch a videotape of their own performance from an earlier recital.  Home schooled, Quinlan attends 13 hours of dance each week. Kansas home school laws open to interpretation
May 13, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Rain Quinlan spends a good chunk of her day dancing and reading Vladimir Nabokov novels.
<h6>Special report</h6> <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/education/home_schooling/learning_outside_the_lines/"><img src="http://media.lawrence.com/img/features/2007/05/11/home-school-feature_r290x120.jpg" alt="Learning outside the lines: a Journal-World special report" /></a> <h6>Special report</h6> <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/education/home_schooling/learning_outside_the_lines/"><img src="http://media.lawrence.com/img/features/2007/05/11/home-school-feature_r290x120.jpg" alt="Learning outside the lines: a Journal-World special report" /></a>
3:18 p.m.
Free State senior Keron Toussaint is a member of the Firebirds' 4x200 relay team, which won gold at the Kansas Relays. Q & A with Keron Toussaint
May 15, 2007 in print edition on 6C
Keron Toussaint could see the smoke as he looked out the window of Middle School 399 in The Bronx. The date was September 11, 2001. “It was pretty chaotic,” said Toussaint, a Free State senior track runner. “We were at school, and my science teacher came in and said two planes crashed into the World Trade Center. We all were laughing about it because no one believed it.”
<h6>Special report</h6> <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/education/home_schooling/learning_outside_the_lines/"><img src="http://media.lawrence.com/img/features/2007/05/11/home-school-feature_r290x120.jpg" alt="Learning outside the lines: a Journal-World special report" /></a>
5:30 p.m.
Matt Farley holds up some of the art created for the space. Dental arts
May 15, 2007 in print edition on 1D
Don’t expect to see the typical motivational posters you might find in other dental offices - the type that might show a kitty hanging from a branch with the caption “Hang in there!” This is interactive, multidimensional, educational art designed specifically for this location.
<h6>Special report</h6> <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/education/home_schooling/learning_outside_the_lines/"><img src="http://media.lawrence.com/img/features/2007/05/11/home-school-feature_r290x120.jpg" alt="Learning outside the lines: a Journal-World special report" /></a>
10:00 p.m.
The Alvamar Golf Course and Country Club is bounded by 15th to the north and Clinton Parkway to the south, Kasold Drive to the east and Inverness on the west.  The country club facility is pictured at center in this aerial photo taken on Monday. It’s Alvamar v. Alvamar in court
May 15, 2007 in print edition on 8B
Alvamar Inc. is suing its former management company, saying the namesake operation’s leaders kept misleading books, charged improper fees and misappropriated complimentary memberships to the country club that drove development in much of western Lawrence.
<h6>Special report</h6> <a href="http://www2.ljworld.com/news/education/home_schooling/learning_outside_the_lines/"><img src="http://media.lawrence.com/img/features/2007/05/11/home-school-feature_r290x120.jpg" alt="Learning outside the lines: a Journal-World special report" /></a>

All stories

6Sports video: LHS tops Free State in 6A Regional Soccer match-up
May 15, 2007
The Lawrence High Lions defeated the Free State Firebird soccer team in 6A Regional action by a score of 1-0.
6Sports video: Free State knocks off LHS and Topeka Trojans to win Regional Championship
May 15, 2007
After disposing of Lawrence High this afternoon, the Free State Firebird softball squad continued their excellent play with a 3-1 win over the Topeka Trojans for the Regional Championship!
6News video: Americorps spreading their message across Lawrence
May 15, 2007
Americorps Community health team members work at 40 sites in 19 states, and Lawrence is one of them. This week, they want to spread the word about what they do — and their work starts at the Comfort Neighborhood where they helped build a home for Habitat for Humanity.
6News video: Schools selected for ‘All-Day K’ begin preparing for the new program
May 15, 2007
The Lawrence School Board says ‘yes’ to all-day kindergarten, now the eight schools selected to launch the new program must make preparations for the Fall.
6News video: Commissioners okay road project in NE Lawrence
May 15, 2007
Lawrence City Commissioners make plans for a multi-million dollar road project in Northwest Lawrence at 6th Street and George Williams Way.
6News video: It’s Alvamar against Alvamar in court
May 15, 2007
Alvamar’s board of directors is suing it’s former management company, saying it’s leaders didn’t keep shareholder’s interest in mind.
6Sports video: KU baseball seniors need to ‘step up’ to make it to state
May 15, 2007
With one week left in the regular season for the KU baseball team, it’s time for the ‘07 senior class to step up. One of those guys who’s answered the call is leadoff center-fielder Kyle Murphy.
6News video: Learning Outside the Lines: Home-schooled students hone their social skills without the structure of traditional school events
May 15, 2007
Imagine your education without recess, PE class, school plays, or even school dances. Tonight, in part three of our series: Learning Outside the Lines, we take a look at how home-schooled students hone their social skills - without the structure of traditional school events.
6News video: High school students fighting for change take their cause all the way to Washington D.C.
May 15, 2007
Next month, LHS students Alexia Welch and Sarah Ybarra and their film teacher, Jeff Kuhr are heading to the capitol to show off a film originally created for a school project.
6News video: Deb Engstrom announced as ‘Teacher of the Year!’
May 15, 2007
Sunflower Bank has named Deb Engstrom as ‘Teacher of the Year’ for her work as a Special Education teacher at Lawrence High.
6News video: City manager to submit list of budget-cutting ideas
May 15, 2007
City manager David Corliss alerted Commissioners at their meeting tonight that he will submit a list of budget-cutting ideas to consider next week.
6News video: Woman airlifted from two-car crash on Iowa Street
May 15, 2007
Police say a 44-year-old Perry woman was heading South on Iowa when she drove her SUV into a pick-up truck in the left-hand lane.
It’s Alvamar v. Alvamar in court
Recordkeeping, fees among items at issue in lawsuit
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B8
Alvamar Inc. is suing its former management company, saying the namesake operation’s leaders kept misleading books, charged improper fees and misappropriated complimentary memberships to the country club that drove development in much of western Lawrence.
6News Now: George Williams Way improvements under discussion
May 15, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, city commissioners are making plans for a multi-million dollar project on George Williams Way, and continuing our look at home-schooling.
Accident victim flown to KU hospital
Crash at 19th and Iowa injures two people
May 15, 2007
A LifeStar helicopter ambulance was preparing to leave a lot near the Lied Center at 1 p.m. today to fly a patient to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., for treatment of injuries from a vehicle accident near 19th and Iowa streets.
Firebirds’ No. 1 fan
Devoted dad has seen ‘em all
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C1
In the 10 years since Free State High opened its doors, there has been one constant: Mark Wilkinson, a father of three daughters - two of whom played soccer for the Firebirds - who has been to every single girls soccer game, both home and away.
Donation of tubs runneth over
Storage containers collected in Lawrence can hold belongings salvaged from rubble
May 15, 2007
To the residents of Greensburg, Lawrence may forever be known as the plastic tub town. Former Lawrence Mayor Marty Kennedy and his wife, Patty, this weekend delivered 500 waterproof plastic storage tubs and lids that community members donated after the Kennedys put out the call for contributions last week.
Burkarts make golf state
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C1
Nick Burkart hasn’t had the best luck in the Class 6A boys state golf tournament. The Free State senior qualified his sophomore year, but blew out a tire on the way to Hutchison and couldn’t compete. During his junior year, Burkart’s hotel in Dodge City lost power and air conditioning amid humid, 100-degree weather.
LHS softball embraces role of underdog
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C3
The task at hand for the No. 7-seeded Lawrence High softball is imposing. The Lions must slay the second-seeded Firebirds during the opening round of the Class 6A regionals at Free State.
Equity firm to pay $7.4B for 80.1 percent of Chrysler
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A3
Chrysler’s 80,000 workers may pay the price for German-based parent DaimlerChrysler’s decision on Monday to turn over the keys of its U.S. car company to private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management for $7.4 billion.
Play therapy produces dramatic results
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B3
As he seeks to help troubled youths adopt more positive behavior, Patrick Bihlmaier has known frustration. “Adolescent boys are resistant to every form of therapy because they’re at an age when they’re trying to find independence,” he said.
Top Palestinian security official resigns in frustration over new street battles
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A7
The top Palestinian security official quit in exasperation Monday after a second day of firefights among Palestinian factions left four more people dead, including a truck driver delivering bread.
Teen finalist settles into spotlight
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A2
At some point, “American Idol” producers must have shaken their heads, wondering how they passed over Jordin Sparks, whose soulful singing and girl-next-door likableness have gained fans week after week.
Pizza Huts collect $140K for victims
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B4
Pizza Huts throughout Kansas will be donating $140,000 to the United Way Greensburg Disaster Fund to help tornado victims.
Residents show resilience in cleanup
Guard unit member sees spirit of survival during Greensburg duty
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B4
Under a cloudy morning sky, as members of my Air National Guard unit picked up debris last week at an elementary school in this ravaged city, I noticed a clock still ticking on a classroom wall. Amid the shattered windows, desks in disarray and missing roof, it served as a reminder that even in the face of disaster, the world doesn’t stop.
Texas man charged with stealing Skittles truck
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A3
A little candy can add up to a rainbow of trouble.
Paris twins get invite
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C2
Oklahoma basketball players Courtney Paris and Ashley Paris are among 45 players who have been invited to USA Basketball’s Women’s National Team Trials.
Suns burst past Spurs; Cavs push Nets to brink
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Phoenix Suns’ 12-1 run to end Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals gave them a 104-98 victory Monday night that evened the series with the San Antonio Spurs.
Agencies ordered to draft environmental regulations
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A4
President Bush ordered federal agencies Monday to start drafting regulations to cut U.S. gas consumption by 20 percent in the next 10 years and to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. But the president’s critics were quick to say that the call lacked any real heft and would result in neither lower gas prices nor reduced pollution for years to come, if then.
No-no lost, but Nats hold on
Washington hurler gives up just two hits in win
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C4
Jason Bergmann was so focused that he almost forgot he had to hit. Bergmann took a bid for a no-hitter into the eighth inning and got his first major-league win as a starter, leading the Washington Nationals over the Atlanta Braves, 2-1, Monday night.
Lawrence’s Vestal gets mention in magazine
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C3
A passionate football fan since an early age, Lawrence High senior Abby Vestal’s national periodical of choice - Sports Illustrated - should come as no surprise. “I definitely read it all the time,” she said.
8 schools get all-day kindergarten
Funding for at-risk students will help launch program
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A1
The school day just grew longer for hundreds of local children. The Lawrence school board on Monday approved plans to revive full-day kindergarten programs at eight elementary schools beginning this fall.
Woodling: Twins lift Firebirds, take two
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C1
Lest we forget, Free State High rollicked to the best football season in its 10 years of existence last fall. Now, within the same school year, Free State High is frolicking to the best softball season in the school’s relative infancy. Could there be a common denominator? You bet there is. Twins.
Food - and lack of it - can alter state of body, mind
May 15, 2007 in print edition on D1
Dear Dr. Wes and John: Does dieting affect your mood? If so, what diets are better than others?
Horoscopes
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B5
Battery charges filed in beating outside club
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B1
Two men were arrested by Lawrence police early Sunday for allegedly kicking and hitting a man found lying on the ground outside a nightclub.
AG warns parents on hosting parties
Allowing consumption of alcohol by minors carries criminal liability
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B1
Attorney General Paul Morrison has a warning for parents who host parties where there is underage drinking. “You allow property that you own or control to be used for a party like that - criminally you are on the hook,” Morrison said Monday. “You can’t use the defense that ‘I didn’t provide the booze.’”
Gambling challenge moving slowly
Deliberate approach may save time in the long run
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B3
A planned court challenge to the state’s new gambling law may take longer than expected. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius recommended last month that Attorney General Paul Morrison challenge the law to expedite a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that she hopes will clear the way for development of large-scale, resort casinos.
KBI reopens probe of student’s death
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B2
An investigation into the death of an Ottawa University student has been reopened after the man’s parents complained that authorities overlooked evidence that their son was killed and did not accidentally drown.
Watkins Museum offers program on pioneers
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B3
Parents and children can relive American pioneer days Saturday at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
Suspect in social worker’s slaying abandons mental illness defense
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B3
Attorneys representing a man charged with killing his social worker with a chain saw will not use their client’s mental illness as a defense.
Deputy attorney general resigns
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A3
The No. 2 Justice Department official who came under fire for his testimony to Congress about the firings of eight U.S. attorneys announced his resignation on Monday.
Miami tops rude drivers list for second year
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A3
For the second consecutive year, rude Miami drivers have earned the city the title of worst road rage in a survey released today.
Man accused in bombing pleads guilty to ID charge
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Panamanian accused of planting a bomb that killed his ex-girlfriend’s new romantic interest outside a Las Vegas Strip resort pleaded guilty Monday to having false identification.
Cruise ship runs aground, takes on water
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A3
A riverboat-style cruise ship ran aground off the Alaska coast early Monday, forcing an evacuation of more than 200 passengers before it could move again with a Coast Guard escort.
Farmers make progress planting corn acreage
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B2
Kansas farmers put more of their planned corn crop in the ground last week, but at a pace that still trails the five-year average, the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday.
Dole Institute offers tour in Chinese
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University has offered special “white glove” tours of its archives for the past three years, but an event coming up next month is a bit different: The tour will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese.
On the record
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B2
Intoxication defense set in sheriff’s killing
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B2
The attorney for a man accused of killing a southeast Kansas sheriff said Monday that his client will use a “voluntary intoxication” defense at his trial.
Mutt ‘N’ Strut raises around $25,000
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Lawrence Humane Society’s Mutt ‘N’ Strut benefit Saturday raised between $24,000 and $26,000 for the animal shelter.
Lawrence Datebook
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B2
Wolfowitz broke rules, panel says
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A3
World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz broke bank rules in arranging a hefty compensation package for his girlfriend, a situation that has caused a “crisis in the leadership” at the institution, according to a report released Monday by a special bank panel.
Rise of biofuel crops threatens native tribes
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A7
Indigenous people are being pushed off their lands to make way for an expansion of biofuel crops around the world, threatening to destroy their cultures by forcing them into big cities, the head of a U.N. panel said Monday.
KU golfer Giangrosso advances to sectionals
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kansas University junior Annie Giangrosso has qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifier June 11 in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Argentina criticized for lapses in aviation safety
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A7
Argentine authorities are breaking international air safety norms and putting passengers at risk because they haven’t fixed the country’s only certified radar, which was hit by lightning on March 1, the world’s main flight controllers organization said Monday.
No ‘new Cold War,’ Rice says
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A7
It may not be a new Cold War, but relations between the United States and Russia are hardly warm these days.
Police chief replaced for wiretapping scandal
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A7
Colombia’s police chief and the head of police intelligence were forced to retire Monday as the government alleged that police illegally tapped calls of opposition political figures, journalists and members of the government.
Massive southeast wildfire calms
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A4
Firefighters managed to keep a sprawling wildfire along the Georgia-Florida line in check Monday, though officials warned that more residents might have to evacuate.
Study abroad director fills in at new post
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s study abroad director has been appointed to temporarily fill a job created earlier this year when KU changed its administrative structure.
City athletes of the week
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C6
Andy Petz and Hannah Somers.
Missing Big Boy statue found atop high school
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A5
Students arriving Monday morning at Gahanna Lincoln High School were greeted by a 7-foot statue of a rosy-cheeked lad that was pilfered from a Frisch’s Big Boy restaurant.
KU football Select-A-Seat event starts
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s time to find out who sits where this upcoming football season. Kansas University starts its Select-A-Seat event at 11 a.m. today for Jayhawk football games at Memorial Stadium this fall. Williams Fund members who have season tickets have been mailed a letter informing them when their date and time is to pick where they want to sit. Members with higher priority-point totals go first.
Women’s wish
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Thanks for covering the Standing Women event in South Park on Mother’s Day. Readers might want to know the goals that brought at least 100 people to spend five minutes standing in the park on such a busy day:
Taxable venture
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: The article “Henrickson to earn $635,000” (Journal-World, May 11) makes one point that would be easy to overlook. This high salary is being paid by Kansas Athletics Inc., not by Kansas University.
3 U.S. soldiers likely captured by insurgents, military says
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A7
The U.S. military said Monday that three soldiers missing since their patrol was ambushed in the early hours of Saturday have likely been captured by an al-Qaida-affiliated insurgent group.
November classic? It could happen
World Series bumped back, with Game 7 set for Nov. 1
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C2
Call it the November Classic. The start of the World Series is being pushed back an extra day to Oct. 24, meaning Game 7 is scheduled for November for the first time. Because of extra off-days during the postseason, a team sweeping the NL championship series would have eight days off before its World Series opener.
Q & A with Keron Toussaint
Speedster enjoys peaceful Lawrence
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C6
Keron Toussaint could see the smoke as he looked out the window of Middle School 399 in The Bronx. The date was September 11, 2001. “It was pretty chaotic,” said Toussaint, a Free State senior track runner. “We were at school, and my science teacher came in and said two planes crashed into the World Trade Center. We all were laughing about it because no one believed it.”
Calling trees?
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: In the May 13 Journal-World article “District to consider emergency notification options,” school Superintendent Randy Weseman stated that a system that could notify parents of school closings and various types of emergencies would cost $30,000 with $6,000 in yearly maintenance, and states that this is a bargain.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B6
Board continues space search
Shortage of sites for development remains a concern
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C8
The site of a former fertilizer plant in southeast Lawrence may be an optimal location for a new business park, but that doesn’t mean the community can afford to wait around for it to become available for redevelopment, members of the Lawrence-Douglas County Economic Development Board agreed Monday.
KU Dining Services donates to relief effort
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B4
A portion of retail sales for KU Dining Services, as well as the All-University Supper, will be donated to Heart to Heart International in order to help those whose lives were affected by the Greensburg tornado.
LHS successfully taps into baseball history
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C6
Lawrence High baseball coach Brad Stoll said before the team’s 4-1 victory against Free State on Wednesday he attached a player from the past to each current LHS player for motivation.
Summer sun protection: Take a true-false quiz on your skin-care savvy
May 15, 2007 in print edition on D2
Think you know all about protecting your skin from the sun? Not so fast. Take this true-or-false quiz. With the summer sun just weeks away, here’s a refresher course:
Water levels elevated at Tuttle Creek Lake
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A5
Officials are urging boaters to stay away from Tuttle Creek Lake for now, because high water levels left all boat ramps under water and large amounts of floating debris.
Repair problems
Allowing state buildings to fall into such disrepair that it may be less costly to demolish them and start over isn’t a winning maintenance strategy.
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B6
The state of Kansas doesn’t have a very good record as a landlord. In fact, it may have earned the slang title Lawrence residents have for landlords who don’t take care of their property: slumlords.
Sebelius signs plan for university repairs
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A1
A five-year maintenance plan for the state’s crumbling higher education buildings is just a first step in dealing with a backlog of long-neglected repairs, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said Monday as she signed the plan into law.
Women’s hoops releases ‘07-08 nonleague slate
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C5
Home games against Indiana, Marquette, Saint Louis and Boston University and trips to Cal-Berkeley and Xavier highlight Kansas University’s 2007-08 women’s basketball nonconference schedule, announced Monday.
Tide high at Clinton Lake
Heavy rains raise reservoir, bring bad news for boaters
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A1
Clinton Lake right now is doing exactly what it was built to do - hold lots and lots of floodwater. As the lake level has climbed, boating conditions have actually fallen, but don’t try to tell that to boaters who are wanting to cure their cabin fever with a trip to the lake.
Kansas takes home development award
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C8
Kansas is being recognized by Area Development magazine for excellence in job creation and business expansion.
Fort Riley on tour of duty for Army’s new chief of staff
General addresses needs of soldiers, families
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B8
A weekend attack against U.S. soldiers in Iraq isn’t the first time the enemy has captured troops and likely won’t be the last, Gen. George Casey said Monday.
Don’t throw money away; learn from mistakes
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C8
I was watching Rachael Ray’s talk show recently in which she featured a young couple who spent $2,500 on four cooking pots. Pots, I might add, they don’t even use. They bought the pots in part because they were promised a free trip to Cancun. The couple were planning to use this trip for their honeymoon.
Self says no signings on horizon
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self says there will be no surprises Wednesday, last day of the spring signing period for high school basketball players.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B6
CW lets ‘Girls’ go
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A2
The whole town turns out to fete Rory on her graduation day on the series finale of “Gilmore Girls” (7 p.m., CW). And Lorelai and Luke reach a new understanding. I hope it includes him getting rid of that dumb hat. Rory also gets to meet her journalistic hero, Christiane Amanpour.
Bobs’ Award: Excellence in teaching is name of the game
Wakarusa Valley teacher is this year’s winner of $10,000 prize
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B1
Wakarusa Valley School sixth-grade teacher Sherry Vratil thought Monday morning’s assembly was a farewell announcement for a longtime counselor. When Vratil heard her name announced as a Bobs’ Award winner, all she could do was put her hand over her heart. The gymnasium filled with applause as Vratil slowly made her way to the front.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B6
Commodities
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C8
People in the news
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Trump becomes a grandfather ¢ Actress appeals to Supreme Court to have case moved ¢ U2’s Bono urges G-8 hosts to push for help for Africa
Dice-K dazzles Detroit
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C4
Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched his first major-league complete game to start a four-game series between the AL’s two top teams, and the Boston Red Sox took their biggest lead in the standings in 12 seasons with a 7-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
Free State declared league softball champ
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C3
Free State High has been designated outright Sunflower League softball champion. League athletic directors decided Monday to make the Firebirds sole champs even though FSHS and defending champ Olathe East lost only one league game apiece.
2 bank workers killed during Alabama robbery
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A4
A gunman killed two bank tellers and wounded two others during a robbery Monday morning, then was shot by deputies as he tried to walk out with a hostage, authorities said.
NCAA examines baseball’s problems
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C2
The NCAA did its best to dance around the huge elephant in the room when addressing the unimpressive graduation rates among college baseball players. “There are a lot of games,” Southern Methodist University President Gerald Turner said, “a lot of games.”
Deadlines upcoming for acreage reports
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C8
The Farm Service Agency’s first deadline for filing acreage reports is May 31.
Free State baseball has its way at ‘The K’
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C1
Free State High’s Kyle Cross did something Monday at Kauffman Stadium that not even a Kansas City Royals player has done at ‘The K’ this season: hit a grand slam. Cross hit the four-run shot onto the roof of the visitor’s bullpen in the second inning of a 23-3 victory over Leavenworth as part of the Frank White Classic.
Obama is hitting his stride
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B7
Flowering crabapples are in full purple bloom on both sides of our house. It feels as if we’re a ballroom and soon a crowd of teenagers in strapless gowns and white tuxes will come and stand around, as they do at proms, girls with girls and boys with boys, being elaborately cool and hoping somebody notices.
Boyda tries to block Mexican truckers
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B8
Backed by American truckers, U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Kan., said Monday she hoped to stop a plan that would allow Mexican truckers to drive in the United States. “It doesn’t make sense,” Boyda said of a pilot project by the U.S. Department of Transportation that will permit long-haul, cross-border trucking operations.
Mother’s Day lottery ticket turns out to be worth $2,000
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B1
Mother’s Day worked out quite well for Jean Dunn. Her two sons, Dana and Dallas Dunn, bought their 81-year-old mother 15 lottery tickets to celebrate the holiday. And one of them turned out to be worth $2,000. “Lottery tickets light her up,” Dana Dunn said. “Isn’t that cool? It’s so cool.”
Get your bike ready to roll - safely
May 15, 2007 in print edition on D2
The season’s warmer weather and longer days have kids, and grown-ups too, ready to take to the road. That often means bicycling - and after a long winter, your 10-speed bike needs a little TLC before hitting those highways and byways.
Higher gasoline prices not all bad
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B6
Well, perhaps there is still hope that Americans will do something about their suicidal love affair with gas-guzzling cars, the country will reduce its addiction to foreign oil, global warming will slow down and there will be peace on earth.
Young Obama fan helps rally support
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B1
Eight-year-old Olivia Boldridge, Lawrence, had an unforgettable experience during the weekend.
MSM technician adds certification
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C8
Kirk Hutson of MSM Systems Inc., Lawrence, has achieved the NSCA Electronic Systems Technician certification (C-EST), which certifies a technician’s knowledge of commercial electronic systems.
Dental arts
KU art students spruce up dental clinic for the poor, uninsured
May 15, 2007 in print edition on D1
Don’t expect to see the typical motivational posters you might find in other dental offices - the type that might show a kitty hanging from a branch with the caption “Hang in there!” This is interactive, multidimensional, educational art designed specifically for this location.
Giuliani takes pro-choice risk
May 15, 2007 in print edition on B7
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani picked the Friday before Mother’s Day to tell students at Houston Baptist University that while he “hates” abortion and finds it “morally wrong,” one must leave the ultimate decision to a pregnant woman. The young products of conception whose mothers chose to have them listened intently.
Northern Minnesota fire ‘lays down’
May 15, 2007 in print edition on A4
Cooler, wetter weather caused the Ham Lake fire in northern Minnesota to “lay down” Monday, giving firefighters a chance to strengthen containment lines and raising hopes that more structure losses won’t occur, officials said.
Buck’s blast lifts K.C.
Ninth-inning homer breaks scoreless tie
May 15, 2007 in print edition on C5
John Buck broke up a scoreless game with a two-run homer in the ninth inning against Justin Duchscherer, and the Kansas City Royals won consecutive games for just the third time this season, beating the Oakland Athletics, 2-1, on Monday night.