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Tonganoxie police continue search for suspect
May 19, 2007
Tonganoxie police say there were still no signs overnight and early on Saturday of a man suspected of assault and attempted murder of a woman.
Dirks-Ham learns on the fly, advances to finals
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C1
Chelsea Dirks-Ham picked up the 100-yard butterfly only a year-and-a-half ago.
It’s not easy on the greens
Smith withstands double bogey, wins KGA Senior Am title
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C1
Playing on a course that frustrated just about every golfer participating in the Kansas Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship, round-one leader Andy Smith put all his struggles into perspective and held on to his four-stroke lead over Ron Eilers to win his second Senior Am in the last three years.
Over the hump
Several city athletes qualify for state competition
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C1
During the last race of the day, Free State High senior Keron Toussaint ran the 4x400-meter relay without a shoe and with an aching hamstring, but still posted a blazing 49-second time.
College life included a year at war for graduating student
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A1
While some college students worried about studying for finals, Neil Melton was watching out for roadside bombs.
Remember ties to KU after graduation walk down the Hill
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B1
Minutes after graduation Sunday, members of Kansas University’s Class of 2007 will become KU alumni.
Red Cross directing donations to other tornado-related charities
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A1
The American Red Cross announced Friday that it had received enough funds for its mission in helping the recovery from the Greensburg tornado.
KU hospital Provost can’t be on board, AG says
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A1
Attorney General Paul Morrison said Kansas University Provost Richard Lariviere cannot serve as an ex officio voting member of the KU Hospital Authority.
Physicists get kudos for die-off theory
KU professors say galaxy’s movement affects life on Earth
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B1
If two Kansas University physicists are correct, things will start getting ugly on Earth in about 10 million to 12 million years.
Budget cuts to hit social services, library
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A1
Some of the city’s larger social service agencies are being ordered to make do with less as the result of a serious budget crunch at City Hall.
Warm reception for Van Go mural
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B1
The mural project for the four Van Go teenagers got its start in the dead of winter, which meant several days of painting on frigid afternoons at the Zarco 66 station, 1415 W. Sixth St.
Police seek Topeka assault suspect
Officer finds stolen car near highway; high school on alert during pursuit
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B1
Police searched Friday in Tonganoxie for a man who Topeka police think sexually assaulted and attempted to kill a woman Wednesday and then stole her vehicle.
KU honors five with service citation
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway laid out a vision for the school’s future on Friday night - a vision that includes a national cancer center designation.
A is for artist
Abstract Alphabet’ spells new direction for Lawrence creator
May 19, 2007 in print edition on D1
Artist Stephen Johnson has done a lot of alliterative brainstorming lately. Take, for instance, what he came up with for the letter “I.” “Indoors, in an industrial interior, is an installation of individually illuminated, isolated, immobilized immersed and inverted identical insoluble imitation ice cream cones.”
Lawrence officer released from hospital
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence police officer who was struck by a pickup truck Thursday night was released Friday from Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Test your KU campus IQ with photo quiz
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B1
How well do you know the Kansas University campus? To provide an end-of-semester diversion, we’ve been wandering campus in recent days taking close-up photos of distinctive objects and architectural features in the area of Jayhawk Boulevard.
Genetically modified rice OK’d despite warnings
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B4
Ventria Bioscience has been given permission to grow genetically modified rice near Junction City despite national opposition led by a rural advocate from Douglas County.
Handshake brings Jewish American veteran, German together
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A10
Jewish American veteran Shep Waldman knew exactly what he would do when he came face to face with the former enemy at the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s mountain retreat.
Kansas rips NU, keeps hope alive
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kansas University’s baseball fans tracked three games closely Friday night at Hoglund Ballpark - the Jayhawks’ 10-5 victory over Nebraska and a pair of equally important contests updated periodically on the videoboard.
Military news
May 19, 2007 in print edition on D3
Wilson’s absence due to illness
Firebird hospitalized with appendicitis
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C3
Lorenzo Ricketts, former Free State High first baseman, stopped by his old high school to see his ex-teammates play Friday and was curious about the absence of his good friend Ben Wilson.
Mayer: Alvamar needs a miracle
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s excruciating to see bad things happen to truly good people. That’s why I deeply regret how much of the former is occurring to the latter in the Alvamar vs. Alvamar donnybrook here.
Tigers take rematch
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C4
The World Series rematch was a mismatch. This time, the Tigers came out on top.
Topekan to be tried in Lecompton death
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B2
A Topeka man accused of shooting a rural Lecompton man to death during a home burglary two years ago will be tried for first-degree murder later this year.b
On the record
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B2
White House rejects Democratic offer on Iraq funding bill
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A3
The White House and Congress failed to strike a deal Friday after exchanging competing offers on an Iraq war spending bill that Democrats said should set a date for U.S. troops to leave.
Shipwreck yields estimated $500M in gold and silver coins
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A3
Deep-sea explorers said Friday they have hauled up what could be the richest sunken treasure ever discovered: hundreds of thousands of Colonial-era silver and gold coins worth an estimated $500 million from a shipwreck in the Atlantic Ocean.
Israeli planes pound Hamas
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A8
Israeli warplanes pummeled Hamas targets Friday in a stepped-up campaign against militants firing rockets into southern Israel, while Palestinian factions battled with automatic weapons and grenades at a Gaza university.
Immigration deal has separate farmworker program
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A5
Farmers and farmworkers get special attention in the big immigration compromise reached Thursday.
5 more U.S. troops killed
ABC News Iraqi staffers slain on way home from work
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A9
The U.S. military announced Friday that five more American soldiers were killed in fighting in south Baghdad and Diyala province, as Iraqi officials reported fighting in the insurgent stronghold of Baqouba. The U.S. military denied the Iraqi report.
Immigration plan worrisome
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B7
Are brothers and sisters no longer part of your family when you grow up? Do parents stop yearning for their children to be close by when they become adults? Perhaps some of us have those fleeting moments when we wish certain relatives weren’t around - but not permanently.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Perry Lake dam, about 16 miles northwest of Lawrence, reportedly was about 70 percent complete and able to handle some high waters should there be flooding threats.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B6
Altering the findings of a preliminary report, a New York accounting firm said Kansas University had slightly overestimated its space needs for a planned science-technology library, but added the proposal was well within reason and merited implementation as soon as possible.
Horoscopes
May 19, 2007 in print edition on D7
For Saturday, May 19
Pump patrol
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Commission to discuss cuts in several areas
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A4
A $1 million expected shortfall in sales tax revenues is only part of the reason behind $3.5 million worth of proposed cuts to the city budget.
Preakness entries at a glance
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C7
Order of horses: By post position, saddlecloth numbers. Odds: Morning line (in parentheses).
Society calendar
May 19, 2007 in print edition on D5
Gorilla escapes from enclosure at zoo, injures four, causes panic
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A8
A 400-pound gorilla escaped from his enclosure and ran amok in a Rotterdam zoo Friday, biting one woman, dragging her around and causing panic among dozens of visitors before he was finally subdued, officials and a witness said.
The dream matchup for ‘08 election
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B6
Upon being asked what would happen in the event of an Al Gore presidential bid, a prominent Democrat here gushed, “For one thing, I would vote for him. And, I believe, so would lots of Democrats.”
Lawrence Datebook
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B2
May 19, 2007
Street Sense, Hard Spun renew rivalry
Showdown between Derby winner, runner-up story of today’s Preakness
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C7
All the story lines in the Preakness Stakes today at Pimlico reduce to a single theme: The showdown. Forget that trainer Todd Pletcher couldn’t beat Street Sense with his five-horse army in the Kentucky Derby - yet is back for another try.
Morrison won’t decide on Tiller case until June
Former AG Kline launched investigation last year of Wichita abortion doctor
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B5
Attorney General Paul Morrison said Friday that his office is still investigating one of the few U.S. doctors performing late-term abortions and won’t decide whether to prosecute him until at least June.
Around and about
May 19, 2007 in print edition on D3
Phoenix’s year ends with Texas sunset
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C8
Instead of a trip back to Phoenix for a Game 7, the San Antonio Spurs closed out their contentious series with the Suns with a 114-106 victory in Game 6 on Friday night.
Rangers call up ex-Jayhawk
Third baseman Metcalf makes jump from Double-A Frisco to big-league team
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C5
Friday morning, Travis Metcalf was sitting in the batting cages in San Antonio, preparing for another ho-hum day as a Double-A ballplayer.
Many migrants fear proposal will lock out millions
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A7
Many in Mexico expressed disappointment Friday with the U.S. Congress’ immigration reform proposal, arguing it doesn’t let enough Mexicans enter the United States legally to work, while focusing on an arduous path to residency for those who have already taken the illegal path.
People in the news
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Anne Heche’s husband wants joint custody of their son ¢ Ludacris makes cameo in 400th ‘The Simpsons’ ¢ Phillippe seeks joint custody of kids with Witherspoon ¢ Pop singer Carter raising awareness about dolphins
Judge considers juror conduct in trial
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B2
A Douglas County District Court judge on Friday rejected a defense attorney’s repeated requests for a new trial for a man convicted of killing his longtime girlfriend.
Commodities
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B4
China relaxes controls on currency before talks
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B4
China took steps Friday to let its currency trade more freely against the dollar and to cool its sizzling economy ahead of talks in Washington over Beijing’s soaring trade surplus.
Young bear wanders into medical clinic
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A4
A young patient sauntered into a medical clinic Friday morning and got prompt treatment - a tranquilizer dart and a quick trip back to the wild.
School gets mysterious marijuana package
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A4
A school principal received a surprise delivery of 12 pounds of marijuana from a mysterious sender whose address was traced to a vacant lot in California, police said.
Takeovers push stocks to 24th record of year
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B4
Stocks surged higher Friday as another round of corporate takeovers prodded investors to continue a largely uninterrupted months-long buying streak.
National gasoline prices set record at $3.129
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B4
Gasoline prices set more records at the pump Friday, while gasoline and oil futures prices were mixed after the previous session’s big advance.
Scouting news
May 19, 2007 in print edition on D3
Republican wants House to reprimand Murtha
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A3
Michigan congressman Mike Rogers called on his House colleagues Friday to reprimand one of its most prominent and senior members, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., who Rogers said threatened to retaliate against him for opposing a federal facility in Murtha’s district.
Jury: Diocese negligent in sex abuse case
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A3
A jury found the nation’s sixth-largest Roman Catholic diocese and a church parish negligent Friday in a case involving a youth minister who repeatedly raped and sodomized teenagers in his care.
Giambi’s comments re-ignite discussion
Major League Baseball waited much too late to begin investigating steroid use
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C2
In 2003, Jason Giambi told a grand jury investigating BALCO, Barry Bonds’ favorite pharmacy, that he had used steroids and human growth hormone. A year later, excerpts of his testimony were leaked to and published by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Ex-teacher has bond revoked, to stay jailed
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A5
A judge revoked bond and ordered mental testing for an ex-teacher who apparently tried to kill himself while awaiting trial in the attempted murder of a teen.
Ex-lawmaker charged with sex crimes
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A3
A former state House member was arrested Friday on charges of rape and other sexual offenses against two teen girls.
Group says global warming may kill off Kansas symbol
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B8
Imagine the Sunflower State without its sunflowers. That’s one of the dire predictions contained in a new report on global warming released by the National Wildlife Federation, which says the Kansas state flower could move north to other states in a few decades.
Is it impolite to ask new acquaintances about their faith?
May 19, 2007 in print edition on D1
¢ Question honestly in order to learn ¢ Sharing beliefs is part of Jesus’ teaching
Jet crashes at air base, killing pilot
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Canadian Forces Snowbird jet crashed Friday afternoon during rehearsal for weekend performances at Malmstrom Air Force Base, killing the pilot, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
High court dismisses challenge by TV station
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A8
Venezuela’s Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge by an opposition-aligned television station seeking to remain on the air despite the government’s decision not to renew its license.
Mosque explosion, clashes kill 13
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A8
A bomb ripped through a historic mosque Friday in south India, and 13 people were killed - 11 in the blast and two in subsequent clashes between angry Muslim worshippers and security forces, police said.
KU commencement schedule
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A6
Kansas University will conduct its 135th commencement Sunday, with a variety of school and honorary recognitions held during the days before.
Pirates’ creates pop culture trend
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A2
It was once the stuff of bikers and rebels. It meant danger. Poison. Trouble ahead. Now the skull-and-crossbones design more likely means “Pirates of the Caribbean” and a boatload of related merchandise.
Nady sparks Pirates, 11-5
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C4
Xavier Nady hit a three-run homer to help Pittsburgh open a seven-run lead in the only non-interleague series of the weekend, and the Pirates withstood a shaky start from Ian Snell to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 11-5, Friday night.
Documentary shows bravery
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A2
Television coverage of the war in Iraq often boils down to policy and politics. One rarely gets a clear picture of what soldiers endure and how much they sacrifice. The hourlong documentary “An Act of Honor” (6 p.m. today, History) is a notable, and noble, exception.
Soldiers fight exhaustion, fear in search for missing comrades
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A9
U.S. soldiers fought exhaustion and braced themselves for the worst Friday as the military pressed forward with a six-day-old search for three missing comrades believed captured by al-Qaida in Iraq in an ambush south of Baghdad.
4-H and FCE news
May 19, 2007 in print edition on D5
Report: Victim catches thief as he counts loot
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A8
A thief rejoiced too early and was caught red-handed while counting his loot not far from the place where he had snatched a woman’s handbag.
No joke
Mail carriers don’t find anything funny about animals that are inclined to attack and harm them.
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B6
It’s tempting for many to chuckle at the legendary confrontations between postal service workers and animals, primarily unruly dogs. But the people who have been involved in such conflicts, some of them crippling or even fatal, see nothing to joke about.
Baker University to graduate 700
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B2
More than 700 undergraduate, graduate and nursing students at Baker University will receive degrees during two ceremonies Sunday at the Collins Center in Baldwin City.
Guilty verdict in social worker’s death
Overland Park man convicted of killing KU graduate student
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B5
A suburban Kansas City man was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in a fatal attack on his social worker who was stabbed to death during a home visit.
Royals rock Rockies
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C5
Emil Brown hit a three-run homer to left in the eighth inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
Compromise faces tough criticism
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A7
This week’s bipartisan agreement on an immigration reform bill may have been a substantial achievement, but lawmakers and advocates from the left and right attacked it Friday and vowed to change or scuttle it.
KU golf team falls to 20th at regional
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University men’s golf team shot a 311 to drop back into a tie for 20th place after Day Two at the NCAA Central Regional on Friday at Rich Harvest Farms golf course.
Budget priorities
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: How many thousands of dollars are expected to be saved by limiting the hours and number of days that the pool will be available to our children?
Lions to face O-East
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High’s baseball team knocked off the Sunflower League runner-up Thursday night. Now the Lions will face the league champions.
Recent violent crime has Japan questioning country as ‘safe’
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A8
A mother beheaded by her son. A baby who suffocated after being stuffed by his parents in the baggage compartment of a motorbike while they went gambling. A murderous shooting spree during a hostage standoff.
James returns, lifts Cleveland to semis
Cavs struggle in third quarter with LeBron on bench
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C8
With LeBron James on the bench, Cleveland might have been looking at a Game 7. Once he returned, the Cavaliers were headed to the Eastern Conference finals.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 19, 1907: “Officers picked up J.W. Mitten for swindling charges. He had been representing a novel fence machine that did not work as he had claimed and several had paid him money and complained.
Governor: 14 Taliban killed by airstrikes
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A8
Airstrikes targeted a convoy of suspected Taliban militants who had left a meeting in western Afghanistan, killing 14 and wounding 10, a provincial governor said Friday.
Landis to take witness stand
Maligned cyclist will try to discredit positive drug test
May 19, 2007 in print edition on C2
Finally, it’s Floyd. After sitting quietly at the defense table for five days, Floyd Landis will take the witness stand today in the most-anticipated moment of an arbitration hearing he hopes will confirm he’s the Tour de France champion.
In shoes, a shining moment arrives
May 19, 2007 in print edition on D1
A little shine and a lot of reflection are what you’ll find on feet this season.
Woman dumps fiance’s van, possessions
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A8
Plans for the wedding have been sunk - along with the prospective groom’s clothes, CDs, DVDs and his van.
Gates commissions KU ROTC members
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A6
Two members of the Reserve Officers Training Corps at Kansas University were among the 55 students commissioned as military officers this week in a ceremony at the White House.
Morrison to name new KBI director
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B2
Attorney General Paul Morrison plans to name a new director for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation next week.
China takes step to let yuan appreciate
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A8
China took steps Friday to let its currency appreciate faster against the dollar and to cool its sizzling economy ahead of what are expected to be contentious talks in Washington over Beijing’s soaring trade surplus.
Falwell’s one shining moment
May 19, 2007 in print edition on B6
A few words about Jerry Falwell’s finest hour. Some would say his life did not produce many such hours but, rather, a surfeit of regrettable ones. Like in 1958 when he preached that God meant black Americans to serve white ones.
Attorneys: Ex-Black Panther’s trial was biased
May 19, 2007 in print edition on A4
Attorneys for former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal argued to an appeals court Thursday that racism by a judge and prosecutors corrupted the 1982 trial at which he was condemned for killing a white police officer.
Club news
May 19, 2007 in print edition on D3
940 dance company concert worth the wait
May 19, 2007 in print edition on D8
Thursday night’s make-up of the unforeseen cancellation of the 940 dance company’s May 11 performance at the Lawrence Arts Center was worth the wait. Indeed, it’s a shame that the troupe’s exciting “New Works Concert” won’t be seen again.