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6News video: Job outlook positive for recent grads
May 20, 2007
Well graduation day is not without its worries as many students move forward to test the job market.
6News video: Non-traditional grad relishes her accomplishment
May 20, 2007
When you think of a college graduate, you probably imagine a person in his or her twenties but tonight but tonight editor Cathy Hamilton introduces us to a woman, well into her forties, who didn’t let her a little thing like age stop her from pursuing her dreams.
6News video: Graduates look back at college years
May 20, 2007
Four-thousand graduates make a trip down the hill today in KU 135th commencement ceremony.
6Sports video: Former Jayhawk makes major league debut
May 20, 2007
In other KU baseball news, former Jayhawk Travis Metcalf made his major league debut yesterday with the Texas Rangers.
6News video: Local family with ties to Greensburg move forward
May 20, 2007
We continue our local coverage of the Greensburg, Kan., tornado tonight with a look at how one family with tries to Lawrence looks to overcome the destruction.
6Sports video: Local high schools finish swim seasons
May 20, 2007
To the prep pool where yesterday in Topeka, both Free State and Lawrence High wrapped up his girls swimming season with the state meet.
6News video: Construction project to limit access to N. Lawrence
May 20, 2007
Driving to and from parts of northern Lawrence gets challenging as a major construction project starts.
6News video: MIP penalties hit the pocket book
May 20, 2007
Its been a week of celebration for KU students, but those caught drinking underage often find themselves paying for the party long after its over.
6Sports video: KU baseball falls in season finale
May 20, 2007
Play like there’s no tomorrow and for the Kansas baseball team, there literally is no tomorrow.
A $467 beer? The cost of underage drinking
Police work to catch minors in possession
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A1
When Reid Walter walks into a bar, people pay attention. Quick glances are made, drinks are put down and the most noticeable of all is a rolling echo that bounces throughout the bar announcing his presence. “The cops are here,” they say. In the case Thursday night, it was just one cop, Walter. He was patrolling the bars just off Kansas University’s campus, checking for underage drinking.
Flannigan gives family swift gift
Free State freshman finishes second in grueling 500-yard freestyle
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
It’s difficult for Cliff and Virginia Frymire to watch their granddaughter swim. They live five hours away from Lawrence, in Grand Island, Neb. Saturday, the Frymires made an exception for the finals of the girls state swimming and diving championships. Their presence alone might not have reduced Morgan Flannigan’s time in the 500 freestyle, but it clearly didn’t hurt.
Rockies shell Royals’ ace
Colorado’s big bats deal Meche first road loss
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C5
Garrett Atkins has gone back to a line-drive mentality at the plate. And if one leaves the park, it’s that much better. Atkins hit a three-run homer, and Taylor Buchholz scattered five hits in seven innings as the Colorado Rockies beat the Kansas City Royals, 6-4, on Saturday night. “Just trying to hit line drives now,” Atkins said. “It felt like it’s been a while.”
KU’s postseason hopes disappear
Loss to Nebraska guarantees Jayhawks will miss Big 12 tournament
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
Ritch Price tried to paint a picture of a glass half-full, but the empty look on the faces of Kansas University’s baseball players said it all. Saturday’s 11-9 loss to Nebraska at Hoglund Ballpark means KU, last season’s Big 12 tournament champion, cannot qualify to participate in next week’s tournament. Thus today’s 5 p.m. series finale against Nebraska also will be the Jayhawks’ season finale.
Polishing a prairie jewel
Chase County Courthouse getting $2.4 million face-lift
May 20, 2007 in print edition on D1
Turn down the brick road that is this town’s main street, Broadway, and you’ll see a cafe, a candy store, a gas station and other shops you might expect in a town of 950.
Grads’ career outlook positive
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A1
Good news for those walking down Campanile Hill today: If you’re ready for a job, employers are ready to hire you. According to data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies plan to hire nearly 20 percent more graduates than they did last year. This is the fourth consecutive year with an increase in new hires.
Transparency Act sheds light on state spending
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
Want to know the amount of state debt or how much state funding goes to higher education? State debt totals $3.95 billion, and higher education will get nearly $900 million in the fiscal year that starts July 1. But those figures may be hard to come by for the everyday Kansan. Soon, however, that may change because a new state law requires that a lot of information about how Kansans’ tax dollars are spent will be online in a central location.
Landis denies taking testosterone
Tour de France winner gives compelling testimony
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C2
Though he’s convinced his reputation is ruined, Floyd Landis still had to give it his best shot. He took to the witness stand at his arbitration hearing Saturday for his much-awaited testimony and found 50 different ways to say he didn’t cheat. “It’s a matter of who I am,” last year’s Tour de France champion testified. “It wouldn’t serve any purpose for me to cheat and win the Tour, because I wouldn’t be proud of it. That wasn’t the goal to begin with.”
Curlin curtails Crown chase
Colt nips Street Sense on final stride to win Preakness
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
With Street Sense still in the lead and the Preakness finish line about 100 yards away, jockey Calvin Borel could hear someone gaining on him and peaked over his right shoulder. “I kept hearing him,” Borel said. “And I looked under my arm and saw him.” Whoa! There was trouble all right, and coming right at him: Curlin and Robby Albarado.
Suicide bomber kills 3 German soldiers
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
In a rare attack in Afghanistan’s relatively calm north, a suicide bomber detonated himself next to German soldiers shopping in a crowded market on Saturday, killing three of them, along with seven Afghan civilians, officials said. The attack in the city of Kunduz came after two German vehicles on a security patrol stopped in the market and soldiers got out on foot to do some shopping, said Kunduz provincial police chief Gen. Ayub Salangi.
Deportations force families to choose either unity or better life for children
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
Since they joined their deported parents in Mexico, 7-year-old Adriana has stopped screaming “Papa!” in her sleep and 10-year-old Yadira’s asthma has eased. Pedro, 15, doesn’t break into tears anymore, and Adrian, 12, thinks of his new life as an adventure.
Lawrence Datebook
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
Sicko’ patients thank Moore for free Cuban care
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A2
It could have been a college reunion: hugs, tears, laughter, photos, and a big friendly guy in shorts and sneakers organizing it all. But the guy in shorts was Michael Moore, whose new documentary, “Sicko,” takes aim at the U.S. health care industry with the same fury - laced with humor, of course, and plenty of statistics - that he directed at the Bush administration in his hit “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Bill adds charm, baggage to Hillary’s bid
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B8
Martin Van Buren had Andrew Jackson. William Howard Taft had Theodore Roosevelt. George H.W. Bush had Ronald Reagan. George W. Bush had his father. Hillary Rodham Clinton has Bill Clinton. Van Buren, Taft, Roosevelt and the two Bushes had the indispensable political assistance of powerful patron presidents, a formula that often works in American politics.
Gonzales’ ‘ignore everything’ strategy working
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B9
As embattled Attorney General Al Gonzales began his speech Tuesday to the National Press Club, a nicely dressed, white-haired woman rose and yelled: “Mr. Gonzales, resign! You’ve dishonored your country. You’ve destroyed the Constitution.”
New U.S. embassy to be world’s biggest
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A7
The new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad will be the world’s largest and most expensive foreign mission, though it may not be large enough or secure enough to cope with the chaos in Iraq. The Bush administration designed the 104-acre compound - set to open in September in what today is a war zone - to be an ultra-secure enclave. Yet it also hoped that downtown Baghdad would cease being a battleground when diplomats moved in.
Some disturbing facts about mutual funds
May 20, 2007 in print edition on E1
Facts, facts, facts. Journalists love them. And every May, the mutual fund industry obliges with a new “Fact Book” from the Investment Company Institute, the industry’s trade group.
Sustainability, environment topics of town hall meeting
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
Everything from strawberries in November to Lawrence’s lack of curbside recycling will be discussed at a town hall forum on Monday. The plan is to spur discussion about making the community more environmentally friendly. Representatives from Liberty Hall, the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival, Zephyr Energy and The World Company - which publishes the Journal-World - are teaming up as hosts to the Lawrence Sustainability Town Hall Event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.
People in the news
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Oscar-nominated Mexican directors sign joint deal¢ DiCaprio says Gore influenced other climate change movie
For Sayers, angling provided an outlet
Former Kansas University, NFL great fished ‘every chance I got for five years’
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C10
When Gale Sayers was Southern Illinois’ athletic director in 1976-81, one of his favorite ways to relieve stress was to slip away from the business world and set up shop at a nearby lake. “I did a lot of fishing then,” Sayers said.Bluegill, bass and crappie, one of the greatest and most popular of Bears caught them all on a tour of Carbondale-area lakes and ponds.
Members of KU’s 2007 graduating class
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A8
These are members of the Class of 2007 at Kansas University. An asterisk (*) indicates the degree was granted since May 21, 2006.
Falwell’s integrity
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B9
To the editor: When the Rev. Jerry Falwell passed on to his reward a few days ago, America lost the greatest (purely) religious leader since the death of Martin Luther King Jr. While King concentrated his efforts in making America listen to its better angels with respect to race, Falwell sallied forth on behalf of the unborn, our largest group of disenfranchised innocents.
High school hoops prospects wary
Blue-chippers may wait longer to commit in wake of rash of changes in college coaching ranks
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C2
When the high-profile college basketball coaches Tubby Smith, Bob Huggins, Billy Gillispie and John Beilein left their teams for new jobs this spring, speculation was widespread about the reactions of the players who had signed national letters of intent with the universities they were leaving. As of this week, only one of those 12 players had asked for a release from his letter of intent, said officials at Kentucky (Smith), Kansas State (Huggins), Texas A&M (Gillispie) and West Virginia (Beilein).
Observe dog park etiquette
May 20, 2007 in print edition on D7
Dog parks are kind of like roller derbies: They’re great if you’re experienced, but they can be a nightmare for novices. And, as with most things dog, when problems happen, it’s usually the humans who are to blame.
Tornado-ravaged town celebrates graduation
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
Amid the ruins of their devastated town, residents celebrated an emotional high school commencement Saturday, with pride and promises to rebuild their lives mixed with tearful memories. Beneath two large tents set up at the town’s golf course, 25 graduates from Greensburg High School claimed their diplomas as about 1,500 family members, friends and neighbors looked on. Across town, their school - like 95 percent of the community - lay in rubble left by a May 4 tornado.
New movie rule full of smoke
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B9
How’s this for a puff of nannyism: Movies can now receive an “R” rating for depicting a perfectly legal act. Thanks to pressure from anti-smoking groups, lighting up onscreen will now factor into the ratings bestowed by the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA announced the move last week.
May 20, 2007 in print edition on D8
For Sunday, May 20:
Dancing with the Stars’: Feel-good order in a world of chaos
May 20, 2007 in print edition on D6
You want to dance. You know you do. Lodged in your La-Z-Boy, you take flight with your fantasies as you watch “Dancing With the Stars.” Unbound, you claim the ballroom floor and get yourself into the act.
Lone Star Lake to close for 3 days
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
There will be no fishing or swimming allowed Tuesday through Thursday at Lone Star Lake. Douglas County workers will be applying a herbicide called Aquathol K to kill a troublesome vegetation growing in some parts of the lake.
May 20, 2007 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
How did you do on the KU campus quiz?
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
Saturday’s Journal-World contained the last of a series of KU campus quiz photos, testing people’s ability to recognize photos of distinctive objects from around the Kansas University campus.
Green Zone attacked as Tony Blair visits Iraq
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A7
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on his last visit to Iraq before stepping down in June, urged Iraq’s leaders to speed up reconciliation efforts to end the violence in the country Saturday - after three blasts rocked the compound where he met with Iraq’s leaders.
Relay for Life sets team captains meeting
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
Team captains for this year’s Relay For Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, should attend an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in meeting room A at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine.
Golf tournament seeks volunteers, players
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Douglas County Gators Special Olympics Golf Tournament is looking for volunteers for its event, which will be June 30 at Alvamar Golf Club, 1800 Crossgate Drive. In addition to volunteers, the organization is looking for sponsors, auction donations and, of course, golfers.
Cavaliers-Pistons at a glance
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C8
San Antonio, Utah similar
Ginobili: ‘We are two teams that try to do the same thing’
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C8
After the drama both on and off the court that the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs faced during the Western Conference semifinals, the teams are looking forward to just playing the game. And getting reacquainted in the postseason. The teams last met in the playoffs in 1998, when the Jazz eliminated San Antonio on their way to the NBA finals, where they lost to Chicago.
Pistons have plan to stop James
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C8
For now, call it the LeBron Plan. Years ago, the Detroit Pistons had a catchy name - “Jordan Rules” - to contain an NBA superstar. Now another star awaits in LeBron James. “We’ve got a name for it,” Pistons coach Flip Saunders told the Associated Press on Saturday with a sly grin. “But I’m not going to talk about it now. Maybe later.”
Perry-Lecompton principal retiring
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B10
During his years as a Kansas school administrator, Al Ferrell has dealt with and seen constant change. At the end of this school year, the Perry-Lecompton High School principal will retire and make another change. The former salesman and longtime teacher and administrator just doesn’t know what it will be. “I might teach. I might stay in administration. I want to stay in the area,” said the 63-year-old Topeka resident who grew up in Valley Falls.
Jayhawk golfers miss NCAA cut
KU finishes 24th at regional tournament
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University men’s golf team finished in 24th place Saturday following the third and final round of the NCAA Central Regional tournament at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club. The Jayhawks shot a team score of 323 on Saturday, failing to finish in the top 10 and earn a berth in the NCAA Championship field. “The course was playing nearly impossible today,” KU coach Ross Randall said. “All the teams really struggled today.
Wicker furniture collectible, especially unusual pieces
May 20, 2007 in print edition on D4
Wicker furniture has been used since the ancient Egyptians, but most of today’s collectors are buying pieces made in the 1800s and 1900s. In the early 1830s, a Boston grocer named Cyrus Wakefield was watching ships unpacking cargo.
Lawrence residents pitch in after Greensburg tornado
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A1
When someone tries to enter this city, there’s a good chance one of the first people they’ll meet is from Lawrence. “We’re just out here, and any other needs that come up, we’re here to help them out,” said Lawrence police Sgt. Kirk Fultz. Fultz recently led a crew of six officers to Greensburg. They’re part of a team controlling access to the city and patrolling the streets of Greensburg and other nearby towns.
Georgia rules at AT&T Classic
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C12
Unless he’s in suburban Atlanta, Ryuji Imada never hears a gallery that barks. The fans were even louder this time, however, because the former Georgia Bulldogs standout was paired in the final group with Georgia Tech graduate Troy Matteson. “Say if I was a leader at some other golf tournament, I’m sure it wouldn’t be like this,” Imada said. “But we’re in Georgia. We both went to a local school here. It was different, but it was a lot of fun.”
Obsessive-Composting Disorder - By Priscilla McKinney
May 20, 2007 in print edition on D3
Jeremy Case’s four-year plan
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C6
Kansas University basketball guard Jeremy Case, who has earned a degree in communications studies in four years, offered some words of wisdom to incoming freshmen student-athletes who have similar aspirations:
No veto
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius shouldn’t reject a provision concerning an agreement between KU’s hospital and medical center.
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B8
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is expected to sign the Kansas budget Monday for the fiscal year beginning July 1, as approved by state legislators; however, she is likely to veto a provision that calls for Kansas University Hospital and Kansas University Medical Center officials to agree on a mutual plan of operation and responsibilities before they can sign any kind of an affiliation with Kansas City’s St. Luke’s Hospital or any other health operation.
Artist Miranda July’s quirky characters never give up
May 20, 2007 in print edition on D3
The sad, weird characters in Miranda July’s devastatingly personal stories contained in “No One Belongs Here More Than You” (Scribner, $23) are awkward misfits with lonesome hearts.
Nafzger laments second
Street Sense’s trainer: ‘I got outran’
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C9
Carl Nafzger stood alone outside the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course, oblivious to the raindrops falling on his gray hair and maroon suit jacket. The trainer of Street Sense had every right to be disappointed, maybe even bitter. His horse had taken the lead down the stretch in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes before being overtaken at the wire by Curlin. By the length of a horse’s head, Nafzger’s bid to win the Triple Crown was over.
On the record
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
set sights on safety during Family cookout season
May 20, 2007 in print edition on D1
For most Americans, summer means packing up the cooler and firing up the grill for picnics and barbeques. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it’s also prime time for food-borne illnesses and cross contamination.
Youth camp looms
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C10
The registration deadline for Outdoor Adventure Camp, a six-day event for youths, is June 4. OAC, now in its 19th year, will be June 10-15 at Rock Springs 4-H Center near Junction City.
Missouri turkey-hunt numbers down
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C10
Hunters checked nearly 45,000 turkeys during the three-week Missouri spring turkey season. Although that number still is impressive by most states’ standards, weather conspired to keep the spring turkey harvest well below last year’s figure. Hunters shot 44,949 turkeys during the regular spring turkey season April 16 through May 6. Last year’s figure was 51,018.
G-8 finance officials stress support for Africa
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Group of Eight called Saturday for more aid, increased debt relief and responsible lending to Africa, vowing the world’s wealthy nations would not forget their pledges to the poverty-stricken continent. Wrapping up two days of talks by finance officials under tight security at a resort on Lake Schwielowsee, officials from Germany, Italy, Britain, Japan, Canada, Russia, the United States and France called for improved financial oversight and said Africa would be a central point of next month’s wider G-8 summit in Heiligendamm.
Spurs-Jazz at a glance
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C8
Deeply conflicted
The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ author Mohsin Hamid sits down and tells his side
May 20, 2007 in print edition on D3
Mohsin Hamid is not trying to comfort you. His chilling new novel, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” is about a Pakistani man named Changez who has a deeply conflicted relationship with America, and who grows increasingly angry with the U.S. after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Trinity River in Texas home to monster gators
Lufkin businessman bags huge reptile; four other 13-foot behemoths have been reported this spring
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C10
Danny Vines knew he was hunting for a big alligator, but he wasn’t fully prepared for the reptile that surfaced from the murky Trinity River slough. In all its saurian splendor, the gator resembled an aquatic dinosaur from a prehistoric waterway. It was, instead, a relic that grew to enormous proportions equidistant from Dallas and Houston.
Record rally lifts Arizona
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C4
Watching Tony Clark take a key at-bat in a pivotal situation after 13 years in the majors helped the much less-experienced Carlos Quentin do the same thing an inning later. The result was one of the best comebacks in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ brief history.
Fishing report
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C10
NBA-bound Wright hires personal trainer
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C6
Former Kansas University basketball forward Julian Wright has hired Tim Grover as his personal trainer leading up to the NBA Draft. Grover, who is based in Wright’s hometown of Chicago, is founder of ATTACK Athletics, and is most well known for training Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, Dwayne Wade and Scottie Pippen. Wright, a sophomore forward who finished final exams at Kansas University on Thursday, worked out with Grover for the first time Friday.
Bosox, Braves blasted
Boston, Atlanta dominate each other in doubleheader
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C4
John Smoltz earned his 199th victory, and the Atlanta Braves had 12 extra-base hits - one off the franchise record - to hand the Boston Red Sox their worst shutout loss in 17 years, 14-0 Saturday night to split a day-night doubleheader.
Texting teenage girls rule the free world
May 20, 2007 in print edition on D1
I don’t mean to alarm anyone, but I’m convinced that 13 year-old girls are taking over the world. Nonsense, you say? Then how else can you explain the shocking turn of events that occurred Wednesday night on Fox TV? I’m referring, of course, to the ousting of 29-year-old Melinda Doolittle on “American Idol.”
Palestinian truce begins to take hold
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
Gunmen armed with rifles, grenades and explosives climbed down from rooftop positions Saturday and residents began venturing out of bullet-scarred homes after their leaders agreed to end a week of Palestinian factional bloodshed in Gaza. The truce began to take hold as Israel launched a fifth day of airstrikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in reprisal for the Islamic militant group’s rocket attacks on Israeli border towns.
Women’s clinic slated
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C10
The best way to learn a new skill is hands-on instruction, under the guidance of an expert. That’s the premise for Women’s Outdoor Adventures, a weekend workshop planned June 8-10 at Scott State Park near Scott City.
Chamber schedules ribbon-cuttings
May 20, 2007 in print edition on E1
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces its upcoming ribbon-cutting events, organized to celebrate changes to and the opening of new buildings, businesses and projects in the community:
Walking the walk
Four years enough for Case to score college degree
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C1
The sight of Kansas University basketball guard Jeremy Case descending Campanile Hill in cap and gown today will be enough to make at least one grown man cry-Win Case, head basketball coach at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla., and proud father of Jeremy, who today receives his bachelor’s degree in communication studies.
Gingrich lauds Falwell at Liberty commencement
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Liberty University’s graduating class Saturday to honor the spirit of school founder Jerry Falwell by confronting “the growing culture of radical secularism” with Christian ideals. Gingrich, who is considering a 2008 presidential run, quoted Bible passages to a mournful crowd of about 17,000 packed into the university’s football stadium four days after Falwell’s death.
Youths set up fundraisers for Greensburg, Uganda
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
As the basement of Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church filled with the smell of bacon Saturday morning and parishioners rushed about in the kitchen to cook pancakes, a movie played in the corner. It was a documentary made by three college students about the plight of Ugandan children who are fleeing their homes to escape being child soldiers. Volunteers were cooking the bacon and pancakes in the kitchen nearby to raise money and awareness so schools and safety zones could be established for the children halfway around the world.
Bush, Blair stand together in dark days
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B8
The two wounded warriors stood side by side in the sunshine of the White House Rose Garden. Tony Blair and George Bush, partners in a trans-Atlantic alliance that has come a cropper in Iraq, tried to shield each other from the slings and arrows of two nations’ reporters.
Skateboarders roll in for contest
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A7
In theory, the event Saturday at Centennial Skateboard Park was a competition. But in reality, it was a chance for skaters to test out new tricks and show off some old ones. And if they didn’t quite land the move they wanted to - ending up sprawled out on the concrete - it was an opportunity to get back up and try again. “It’s a competition, but it’s not all about competition,” said White Chocolate skate shop owner Rod Smith. “It’s more of a good time.”
Harvick cruises to another big payday
May 20, 2007 in print edition on C12
Kevin Harvick earned another $1 million payday Saturday night, winning the Nextel All-Star Challenge after Matt Kenseth got caught speeding and brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch took each other out of contention. That made Jimmie Johnson, a two-time All-Star race winner, the last driver for Harvick to contend with.
Brownback seeks social conservatives’ support
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
Longshot Republican presidential candidates Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee were well received by a socially conservative group who applauded their anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage and pro-faith messages Saturday night. Neither candidate mentioned topics like the Iraq war, taxes and health care during speeches in front of a Florida Family Policy Council dinner, instead sticking with a strong message on values.
U.S. casts wider net in hunt for comrades
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A7
U.S. forces broadened their hunt Saturday for three missing comrades beyond the rural area south of Baghdad where they disappeared, and their top commander expressed optimism that at least two of them were still alive a week after their isolated outpost was ambushed. At least one soldier was killed Saturday and four others wounded as insurgents attacked the searchers with guns, mortars and bombs. The military reported a dozen other U.S. troop deaths in Iraq since Thursday.
May 20, 2007 in print edition on D3
Cuomo, trade group debate loan abuse case
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A3
New York’s attorney general criticized college financial aid officials Saturday for proposing a code of conduct he said fails to curb abuses in the student loan industry his office has uncovered. Andrew Cuomo, whose office has investigated the industry for months, made his views known in a letter to the group that represents aid officers.
Officials still searching for suspect in assault
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B2
Authorities in Tonganoxie and Leavenworth County were still on the lookout for a suspect in a sexual assault incident Wednesday.
KU commencement schedule
May 20, 2007 in print edition on A4
Kansas University will conduct its 135th commencement today. It begins at 2:30 p.m. and should conclude about 4:15 p.m., university officials say. Parking, which is free on campus, will be at a premium. Parking lots immediately east and west of Memorial Stadium are ADA accessible and special needs lots. Buses will run from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today with a loop that serves Memorial Stadium, the Kansas Union, Jayhawk Boulevard.
Low fares take flight
No-frills carrier Skybus connects in K.C.
May 20, 2007 in print edition on E1
The airline industry is littered with the corpses of failed start-ups. But that doesn’t deter Bill Diffenderffer and his fellow executives at Skybus Airlines.
Art on wheels parades around downtown
May 20, 2007 in print edition on B1
The outside of Rich and Pam Molden’s 79-year-old truck looks like the inside of an antique store. On the wooded sideboards hang antlers, wash buckets and rusty lanterns. Interspersed with the goods are what Rich Molden describes as hundreds of “words of wit and wisdom.” But be careful, some of the collectibles come with tricks. Such as a certain key on the typewriter that triggers squirting water above it.
Happy endings: Pets, owners reunite after Greensburg tornado
May 20, 2007 in print edition on D5
Although she was told that the situation was under control, Midge Grinstead, the executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society, knew that the available volunteers from the nearby towns of Pratt, Wichita and Dodge City could not possibly handle the load by themselves.