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Archive for Friday, May 25, 2007

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Polls
Do you think that KU's basketball team should be ranked No. 1 with Rush coming back?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
54%
No
 
39%
Undecided
 
5%
Total 4195
Should the city spend $20 million or more on the PLAY project?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
76%
Yes
 
19%
Undecided
 
4%
Total 251
Videos

Lead stories

6:00 a.m.
Lawrence youngster Caleb Ochs, 8, pulls back to heave a pass to his teammates as he and other kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence play a game of "Foam Ball." Tuesday's warmer weather allowed for a bit of outdoor activity. Officials ponder recreation price tags
May 24, 2007 in print edition on 1A
PLAY will cost real money. Local leaders on Thursday were told it would cost at least $21 million to build a new indoor sports fieldhouse, and another $18 million to construct an outdoor recreational complex for Lawrence youths. Both ideas have been pushed by local group PLAY, which stands for Partners for Lawrence Athletics and Youth.
<h6>24 hours in Lawrence</h6> <p><a href="/news/24_hours_in_lawrence/2007/may/6pm_midnight/"><img src="http://media.ljworld.com/img/specials/24_hours_promo_6-midnight.jpg" alt="24 hours in Lawrence" /></a></p>
9:00 a.m.
City commissioners Tuesday evening admitted they violated parts of the state's open meetings law by holding a closed-door executive session to discuss economic development incentives for a local company. City Hall is shown here in this file photo. City’s belt tightening costs one job; more cuts may follow
May 25, 2007 in print edition on 1A
The city’s budget crisis has begun to cost jobs. Assistant City Manager Debbie Van Saun confirmed Thursday that the city has laid off one full-time employee and is considering other layoffs.
<h6>24 hours in Lawrence</h6> <p><a href="/news/24_hours_in_lawrence/2007/may/6pm_midnight/"><img src="http://media.ljworld.com/img/specials/24_hours_promo_6-midnight.jpg" alt="24 hours in Lawrence" /></a></p>
1:27 p.m.
Dan Kozak, Topeka, plays his saxophone at the corner of Seventh and Massachusetts streets as the blue sky fades into night. Calling it a day
May 22, 2007 in print edition on 1A
Brad Stoll doesn’t let a day go by without listening to Willie Nelson. Nelson’s music gets him pumped up for his day, and his day is one of extremes.
4:37 p.m.
Kansas guard Brandon Rush raises a high fist as the Jayhawks walk off the court with a 68-64 win over Iowa State in overtime at Hilton Coliseum. Rush withdraws from draft
May 26, 2007
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team may have wrapped up a preseason No. 1 ranking on Friday. “I wouldn’t think so, but we’ll be up there,” KU coach Bill Self said Friday night, three hours after reporting Brandon Rush’s decision to withdraw from the NBA Draft, in part because of a right knee injury incurred two days ago playing pick-up basketball in Kansas City.

All stories

6News video: 24 Hours in Lawrence: Junkyard Jazz at the American Legion
May 25, 2007
If there’s one place in Lawrence where time stops, it’s the American Legion every Thursday night at 7:30. This is where about 100 people get their kicks to the sound of the Junkyard Jazz Band.
6News video: Rashawn Anderson to spend over 15 years in jail for shooting
May 25, 2007
A judge orders a Topeka man to spend more than 15 years in prison for a shooting outside a Lawrence nightclub that killed one man and injured another.
6News video: 24 Hours in Lawrence: A night on Massachusetts Street
May 25, 2007
We conclude our look at a day in the life of Lawrence with a staple of life for the younger crowd in town — a night out on Massachusetts Street.
6News video: Woman responsible for annual Memorial Day tribute begins to pass the torch
May 25, 2007
By Monday, every grave in the veteran’s plot at Oak Hill Cemetery will bear a small bouquet and an American flag. However, after almost 30 years, the woman responsible for this annual tribute is beginning to pass the torch.
6Sports video: Day 1 goes well for local participants at All-Class Track and Field Meet
May 25, 2007
Day 1 results are in at the All-Class State Track and Field Meet and several local participants are still in the chase for a medal.
6News video: High gas prices won’t stop Memorial Day travel
May 25, 2007
Even as gas prices continue to rise, a recent survey says Memorial day travel will actually increase this year.
6News video: Big changes in store for students just 48 hours before graduation
May 25, 2007
Because of a construction project that seriously hampers access to parking at Memorial Stadium, graduation ceremonies have been moved to the school district’s backup location - Allen Fieldhouse.
6Sports video: 3 area high schools are 3 wins away from a state title
May 25, 2007
The LHS baseball team defeated the # 2 Olathe East Hawks to stay alive in the 6A State Baseball Tournament. In other news around the diamond, the Free State softball squad defeated Shawnee Mission West and Eudora shut-out the Girard Trojans.
6Sports video: Brandon Rush withdraws from NBA draft, returns to KU
May 25, 2007
KU basketball player Brandon Rush, who had earlier entered his name into consideration for the NBA draft, has now decided to return to KU for another season of Jayhawk basketball instead.
Knee not reason for return
May 25, 2007
Brandon Rush, who today announced his plans to withdraw from the NBA Draft, at least in part because of a right knee injury, was walking with a slight limp with an elastic sleeve on the knee outside Allen Fieldhouse.
6News Now: High school graduations moved to Allen Fieldhouse
May 25, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, work around Memorial Stadium will force Lawrence High and Free State High School graduation ceremonies to be held at Allen Fieldhouse, and high gas prices may affect travel on Memorial Day weekend.
LHS, Free State change location of graduation on Sunday
May 25, 2007
The graduation ceremonies for Lawrence High School and Free State High School will be held at Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse, rather than Memorial Stadium, on Sunday.
House approves new lobbying rules
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
The House voted Thursday to make lobbyists disclose when they round up campaign donations for members of Congress and to broaden their prohibitions on accepting gifts, meals and travel from lobbyists.
Saturday finish for hoops tourney
Coaches heard loud and clear; no more basketball for Big 12 teams on Selection Sunday starting in ‘09
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
Kansas University’s Bill Self and the rest of his Big 12 coaching brethren have been heard. Following the coaches’ recommendation, the Big 12 board of directors Thursday voted to alter the format of the postseason tournament.
Reaching new heights
Freshman vaults Jayhawks back onto national scene
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
Former Kansas University pole vaulter Tom Hays, who placed in four of six Big Eight Conference track meets in the late 1980s, knows all about the Jayhawks’ rich history in the event.
James, Cavaliers miss chance
This time, LeBron shoots, misses down stretch; Cleveland down 2-0
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C9
Shooting or passing, LeBron James is having a hard time beating the Detroit Pistons. James missed a shot with 7.9 seconds left, allowing Detroit to escape again with a 79-76 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
Bill repeals breakup of Omaha school district
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A4
The governor signed a bill Thursday repealing the planned breakup of the Omaha school district into three districts, largely along racial lines.
Scant record helps Obama
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B7
The reasons my friend Kate Hanna, one of New Hampshire’s premier Democratic activists, is backing Barack Obama are worth examining for their underlying assumptions. Most expected she would be with Hillary Clinton.
May anything but merry for K.C.
Disgruntled quarterback, defensive end lead Chiefs’ list of problems
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C7
The quarterback swears he’ll be playing somewhere else come September and the defensive end isn’t letting a pending suspension stop him from complaining that he is underpaid.
Boyfriend gets 48 years for murder
Judge finds no evidence of misconduct by juror who taught couple’s son
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
A Lawrence man was sentenced Thursday to more than 48 years in prison for killing his girlfriend by beating her with a table leg. District Court Judge Jack Murphy sentenced Christopher Belone, 36, to 586 months in prison for the second-degree murder of Linda Begay, who died of an abdominal infection in July.
Predictions irrelevant
Anything can happen - just ask Lions
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
On paper, the Lawrence High boys track and field team doesn’t have what it needs to repeat as the Class 6A state champs this weekend in Wichita. Of course, the paper said the exact same thing last May before the Lions spent two days tearing it into shreds.
Murray returns to Anaheim
Sens’ coach remembers his last finals run - with Ducks
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C10
Bryan Murray has vivid memories of the Anaheim Ducks’ run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2003. They’re back in the NHL championship series, and so is Murray - this time as coach of the Ottawa Senators.
Pirates’ finale overwhelming
May 25, 2007 in print edition on D1
It starts a with a little boy’s hanging. Not before he has sung us a song, mind you. Thus is the tone set for “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” No, we can’t have a light lark of a summer movie anymore. Bloody Batman. Ruined silly summer cinema forever with his Dark-Knight-on-a-dark-night brooding.
Israel arrests Hamas leaders
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
Israel rounded up a Palestinian Cabinet minister and 32 other Hamas leaders before dawn Thursday in the West Bank, trying a new tactic in its campaign to pressure the Islamic militant group into halting rocket barrages from the Gaza Strip.
Horoscopes
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B5
For KU fans, four must-see sport events
May 25, 2007
As a new student at Kansas University, knowing where Allen Fieldhouse is located can do nothing but help you.
City’s belt tightening costs one job; more cuts may follow
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
The city’s budget crisis has begun to cost jobs. Assistant City Manager Debbie Van Saun confirmed Thursday that the city has laid off one full-time employee and is considering other layoffs.
Ex-credit union CEO pleads guilty
Former executive admits falsifying records, awaits sentencing
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C12
Mark E. Kasson, the former chief executive of Credit Union Group, pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal charge of making false entries in the company’s financial records. Kasson, 38, of Lawrence, appeared before Senior Judge Sam Crow in U.S. District Court in Topeka, two weeks after Kasson had been charged with the crime.
On the record
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Kobach raising funds over KUMC flap
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
The chairman of the Kansas Republican Party is using the flap over the Kansas University Medical Center’s partnership negotiations to raise political funds for the GOP. On Monday, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a budget proviso that would have restricted KUMC’s affiliation efforts with Kansas City, Mo.-based St. Luke’s Hospital.
Immigration measure survives challenges
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
Proponents of a broad immigration measure beat back challenges Thursday that could have scuttled the bill, including efforts to phase out a temporary worker program and bar millions of unlawful immigrants from gaining legal status.
KU filmmaker just misses being invited ‘on the lot’
May 25, 2007 in print edition on D1
It’s hard enough to make a movie. It’s that much more difficult knowing that millions of viewers are scrutinizing every decision along the way. That’s the premise of “On the Lot,” a new Fox reality show produced by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett.
Senator: FDA study found risks of Avandia
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
The government’s own preliminary evaluation of the diabetes pill Avandia confirms the heart risks reported in a study earlier this week and suggests that as many as 60,000 to 100,000 heart attacks might be linked to its use since it came on the market eight years ago, a leading member of Congress said Thursday.
Leno enjoys ‘Tonight Show’ ride
Host celebrates 15 years at helm of NBC’s late-night show
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
Jay Leno, marking his 15th year as host of “The Tonight Show” today, understands his role with NBC’s late-night institution like a good comedian knows timing. “Tonight” isn’t his; he’s just borrowing it.
Lawrence Datebook
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
New class focuses on financial decisions
May 25, 2007
Starting this fall, students at Kansas University can learn how to effectively manage their money through a course called Personal Finance. The course, offered by the School of Business, will teach students in non-business majors how to avoid major financial pitfalls, such as piling on high-interest credit card debt.
KU offering emergency alert system
May 25, 2007
Shortly after the program was announced, 3,200 people signed up for Kansas University’s new text message emergency alert system.
From potluck to lifelong pals
May 25, 2007
If you’re an incoming freshman and plan to live in Kansas University’s residence halls, the smells, sounds and presence of another person will inhabit your 12.5-by-15-foot room. Maybe you’ve heard the horror stories of sweaty socks turning into a moldy mess underneath the bed, or a roommate’s frequent and unwelcome visitors, but going potluck can grant you a friend you’ll know for the rest of your life.
On the record
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lied Center announces 2007-08 lineup
May 25, 2007
There will be something for everyone during the Lied Center’s 2007-2008 season.
Researcher receives grant to study MS
May 25, 2007
Teruna Siahaan, professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at Kansas University, has won a research grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Siahaan will use the award to investigate experimental treatments for Multiple Sclerosis involving a compound of his own discovery.
KU proposal offers set tuition rates
May 25, 2007
Kansas University recently unveiled a proposal that offers incoming first-time freshmen no tuition increases for four years. The proposal, which the Kansas Board of Regents will vote on in June, would fix tuition rates for freshmen and set fees four years in advance for all students.
Student shares study abroad adventure
May 25, 2007
When I first arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, for a semester of study, I was overcome by the immediate contrasts of poverty and wealth.
Ancestry.com makes war records public
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
A Utah-based Web site, Ancestry.com, is commemorating the Memorial Day weekend by making historical records about U.S. military service members available to the public through an online free account.
News of the weird
May 25, 2007 in print edition on D2
Religiously strict Saudi Arabia can’t have traditional Western-style beauty contests, but there was a pageant in April in remote Guwei’iya, about 75 miles from Riyadh: a beauty contest for camels.
Once-woeful bullpen now strength for Royals
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C6
For the Kansas City Royals, “relief pitching” is no longer an oxymoron. Before Thursday’s series-ending loss against Cleveland, the Royals were on a four-game winning streak and an 8-for-10 tear.
Popular Web site showcases best, worst and quirkiest of musical obscurities
May 25, 2007 in print edition on D1
I’ve found that YouTube is the greatest source available for instantly locating the highlights, lowlights and most bizarre musical junctures in recorded history. That’s largely because anybody can post anything - thus the “you” in YouTube - which often results in amateur moments of sheer audacity.
Positive step
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Thank you and congratulations to the City Commission for approving the domestic partner registry ordinance. It is so encouraging to see this decision in favor of civility and fairness in our community.
Mavs’ Johnson praises Vincent
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C9
With Sam Vincent set to be hired as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, there are questions about his experience. He’s spent only one season in the NBA - as an assistant.
Senior golfers flustered by gusts
Used to windy courses, Romero leads pack
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C10
Argentina’s Eduardo Romero never minded playing in strong wind in his home country. So the Atlantic gusts Thursday in the Senior PGA Championship were little problem.
Iran leader digs in to make political point
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
Last week, I wrote about a 67-year-old Iranian-American scholar of renown named Haleh Esfandiari who was imprisoned May 8 in Tehran.
Al-Qaida tape proposes prisoner exchanges
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
A purported al-Qaida in Afghanistan commander claimed in an audiotape released early today that the terror group was willing to swap prisoners with the U.S., Britain and other countries.
Pentagon considers U.S. shift toward noncombat roles
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A11
Pentagon planners are studying how soon U.S. forces in Iraq might shift from a mainly combat mission to one focused more on support roles and requiring fewer troops, the top U.S. general said Thursday.
Communion point
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: We were pleased to see Father John Schmeidler praying before saying daily Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church as part of the 24-hour portrayal of a day in the life of Lawrence. Unfortunately, the reporter made a major mistake in characterizing “Holy Communion” at the Mass as “partaking of bread and wine to symbolize the body and blood of Jesus Christ.”
Phillies promote Zagurski
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C3
Another former Kansas University baseball product is getting his shot in the Major Leagues.
2006 heartbreak sticks with Firebirds
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
Free State High’s Allie Hock learned a simple lesson from last year’s early-round exit from Kansas Class 6A state softball tournament. “One pitch can change everything,” said Hock, senior catcher for the Firebirds, who lost, 2-1 to Olathe East on a walk-off home run, in last year’s first round.
Pope applauds rally against unwed couples
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday praised a recent demonstration in Rome against proposed legislation granting legal rights to unmarried couples, including gay ones, saying it showed that traditional family was at the core of Italian society.
Gouging not key to rising gas prices
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
On Feb. 28, the Federal Price Gouging Prevention Act (House Resolution 1252) was introduced in Congress “to protect consumers from price gouging of gasoline and other fuels, and for other purposes.” Nobody is in favor of consumer price gouging, so it’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that passage of such a bill is a good idea.
Effort praised
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I am sure the people of Lawrence are well aware of this, but I just want to add our praises. Midge Grinstead is your Lawrence Humane Society facility manager, and she and her husband, Mark, plus one of her employees worked in the animal rescue area after the Greensburg tornado.
Thomas, Lee off Cagerz
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C3
Former Kansas University shooting guard Billy Thomas has left the Kansas Cagerz basketball team for a shot at the NBA.
Lebanon leader vows to uproot militants
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
Lebanon’s prime minister vowed Thursday to wipe out an Islamic militant group barricaded in a Palestinian refugee camp, raising the prospect that the army will either storm the camp, in what would likely be a bloody battle, or dig in for a long siege to force its surrender.
Agent, Chiefs exchange barbs
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C7
The agent for quarterback Trent Green said Thursday the Miami Dolphins have indicated “some flexibility” in their offer to Kansas City, but that he can’t get the Chiefs to respond.
Flash floods leave 21 dead, 11 missing
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
Heavy rainstorms in southwest China triggered flash floods and mudslides that killed 21 people and left 11 missing, state media said today.
Dell shifts gears, to sell computers at Wal-Mart
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
In a departure from the direct-to-consumer business model it was founded on, Dell Inc. plans to sell computers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer.
KU Hospital names new chief operating officer
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
The chief nursing officer at Kansas University Hospital has been named the hospital’s new chief operating officer, KU announced Thursday.
Blair calls for jailing terrorism suspects
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday revived a plan for jailing terror suspects without trial after three men eluded police monitoring and disappeared, but he likely faces a new battle with civil liberties campaigners, judges and political opponents.
Bulls assistant Boylan interviews for Indy job
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C9
Chicago Bulls assistant Jim Boylan is the latest coach in the mix for the Indiana Pacers’ job. Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said Thursday the team interviewed Boylan on Wednesday.
Prime Minister looks to extend 10-year run
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
Voters decided Thursday whether to stick with the 10-year-old government of Prime Minister Bertie Ahern or dump him, amid rising concern about Ireland’s painful cost of living, crime and overwhelmed hospitals.
Sprained elbow sidelines Devil Rays catcher Paul
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays placed backup catcher Josh Paul on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a sprained left elbow and recalled catcher Shawn Riggans from Triple-A Durham.
Hundreds pay tribute to MLK’s eldest child
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
Hundreds gathered Thursday to mourn Yolanda “Yoki” Denise King, the eldest daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who carried his legacy through her art and activism.
Rescuers plan to spray two wayward whales
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
Marine biologists said Thursday that they planned to spray two lost, injured whales with fire hoses in the next attempt to force the pair to head back to salt water.
Maligned lineman ready to return
Haynesworth puts suspension in past
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C8
Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has a simple goal for 2007: Play 16 games this season.
Some rookies making strong first impressions
No-contact minicamps don’t tell all, but these newbies showed some promise
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C8
First impressions are as important in football as they are on blind dates. So if you’re going to show up in bermudas, you had better have engaging legs - or some other captivating quality.
Bonderman effective in return
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C4
Jeremy Bonderman didn’t need to be sharp in his return. The Detroit Tigers’ offense made sure of it. The right-hander gave up four hits in eight innnings in his first game back from the disabled list Thursday, and Carlos Guillen homered twice and drove in five runs to help the Tigers rout the Los Angeles Angels, 12-0.
LMH hopes to wrap up $8M fundraising campaign soon
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
The finish line is in sight for Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s $8 million capital campaign. Hospital leaders are hoping community members will help them reach it by June 22, when the campaign ends. “The next four weeks will be critical for us,” said Kathy Clausing, the hospital’s vice president and chief development officer.
Anyone notice?
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B6
Anyone notice? Here’s a notable take on how Kansans respond in times of trouble. There is no readily notable attribution for a piece currently making the rounds through e-mail and chat rooms. Whoever did it, it says a lot about the grit, courage and nobility of homespun Kansas people and how they respond in crises.
Payless re-elects board members
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C12
Stockholders of Payless ShoeSource Inc. re-elected three board members during the Topeka-based company’s annual meeting Thursday.
Morrison files suit over picketing law’s constitutionality
Challenge was planned by legislators as a test case to obtain Kansas Supreme Court ruling
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B3
As planned by the Legislature, Attorney General Paul Morrison filed a lawsuit asking the Kansas Supreme Court to rule on whether a funeral picketing law enacted last month is constitutional.
Elusive gator nabbed near L.A. lake
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A9
A 6 1/2-foot alligator believed to be the elusive “Reggie” who lurked in a park lake for two years was captured Thursday in a wrestling match with a reptile expert and rangers.
Subprime fiasco helping some borrowers
Banks compete for customers with best credit
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C12
Many banks that made high-interest loans to “risky” borrowers now are suffering, but consumers who’ve established good credit scores now are eligible for some of the lowest rates in history.
Bomber kills 26 in funeral procession
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A11
A bomb hidden in a parked car struck the funeral procession of a Sunni tribal leader who was gunned down earlier Thursday, killing at least 26 mourners as al-Qaida appeared to turn up its campaign of frightening its growing opposition into submission.
Suspect sought in robbery at grocery store bank branch
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
While shoppers browsed the aisles of a Lawrence grocery store Thursday afternoon, a man robbed a branch bank near the store’s entrance. Lawrence police are looking for a man who walked up to the counter at Capital City Bank inside Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St., and demanded money.
Study: Democrats get more media coverage
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A4
By a wide margin, the news media concentrated on Democratic presidential contenders more than Republicans during the first three months of 2007, according to a study issued Thursday.
Institute wants FDA to regulate tobacco
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A12
The Food and Drug Administration should regulate tobacco and develop a plan to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes, the Institute of Medicine urged Thursday.
Hospital honored for stroke patient care
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University Hospital’s care for stroke patients has won recognition from the American Stroke Association.
Amateur storm chasers get in way
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B8
Storm chasers can be a nuisance and even an emergency hazard, some law enforcement officials in northwest Kansas say.
Reds recall Majewski, send Coffey to minors
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Cincinnati Reds recalled relief pitcher Gary Majewski from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday and optioned reliever Todd Coffey.
Greensburg claims to top $153 million
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C12
Insured damages from the May 4 tornado that leveled Greensburg are estimated to exceed $153 million, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger said Thursday.
Giambi case turned over to Selig
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C6
Commissioner Bud Selig likely will decide within a week or two exactly what, if anything, to do with Jason Giambi.
Commodities
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C12
Newman nets 39th pole
Penske driver tops in Coca-Cola qualifying
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C2
Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch gave Penske Racing a grip on the front row for the Coca-Cola 600. Now they hope to end Penske’s drought at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Fire destroys old building that housed 2 businesses
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
A building that served as a livery and stable at least 100 years ago was destroyed by fire early Thursday in downtown Oskaloosa. “When we got there, it was in the attic and just starting to go through the roof,” Oskaloosa Fire Chief Daryl Chess said.
Two to stand trial in shooting case
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B1
A judge on Thursday ordered two people suspected in a witness shooting conspiracy to stand trial.
Justice broadens internal investigation of Gonzales aides’ actions
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A4
The Justice Department has broadened an internal investigation examining whether aides to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales improperly took into account political considerations in hiring department employees, officials familiar with the investigation said Thursday.
Governor’s video has deadly seat belt warning
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
“I’m New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, and I should be dead.” So begins Corzine’s public service announcement promoting seat belt use, which was released Thursday ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. The governor was critically injured in an April 12 car crash in which he wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
Hawk owners determined to keep bar open
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
The Hawk, a popular bar among Kansas University students, will continue to fight the state’s efforts to close it. The Kansas Department of Revenue in April upheld a ruling a year ago by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control that The Hawk, 1340 Ohio, have its liquor license revoked because of several instances of minors drinking inside the bar.
World Company Web sites win top international awards
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence-based BoomerGirl.com and KUsports.com won EPpy Awards Thursday from Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek at the annual Interactive Media Conference and Trade Show in Miami.
Lions to take another shot at Olathe East
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
After every 2007 regular season game - win or lose - Lawrence High baseball coach Brad Stoll emphasized that his squad would serve as a tough out for any team during the two-game regionals format.
Mayer: Bufords’ KU roots run deep
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C1
Boy, how the legendary degrees of separation find ways to connect. The son of the guy who first got Bill Self formally linked to the Kansas University basketball program is coming here this fall as a preferred walk-on under Self. The kid’s mother, grandparents and aunts have supremely deep Lawrence and Jayhawk roots.
Venezuela president takes interest in Indy
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C10
Milka Duno and Hugo Chavez bantered back and forth like a couple of flirty schoolchildren. When the two hooked up on the phone this week, Chavez invited Duno to “go for a ride” in his red Volkswagen Bug. Duno countered with an offer to attend a race, drawing a big laugh from the Venezuelan president.
Commentary: Aaron, Selig should recognize Barry Bonds
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C5
One day, Hank Aaron and I sat in a third party’s home, viewing a TV documentary made about his life. He smiled wistfully when singer and civil-rights champion Harry Belafonte said, “Had Hank Aaron been white, he would be the fifth face on Mount Rushmore.”
Hancock’s father sues over pitcher’s death
Lawsuit claims restaurant served reliever even though he was intoxicated
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C5
The father of Josh Hancock filed suit Thursday, claiming a restaurant provided drinks to the St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher even though he was intoxicated prior to the crash that killed him.
Spurs’ Duncan standing out in postseason
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C9
When Tim Duncan jumped to catch a lob pass, then realized the ball wasn’t going to make it to him, he knew right away that he was in trouble. Duncan does a lot of things well, but an acrobatic, mid-air adjustment isn’t usually among them.
Given early cushion, Sowers cools K.C.
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C6
Jeremy Sowers already had seen what the Kansas City Royals could do to an opponent’s early lead. He gave them little chance to do it to him.
Smoltz logs 200th victory
May 25, 2007 in print edition on C4
For only the second time in a regular-season game, John Smoltz sensed an extra excitement that normally only comes in the postseason. “Euphoria,” Smoltz said.
British men walk across U.S. to dispel stereotypes
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B3
Two British men are walking across the United States in hopes of dispelling European stereotypes of Americans. Dave Toolan, a former account manager from Brighton, England, and Stuart Hamilton, a professional librarian in Copenhagen, Denmark, quit their jobs and then began the walk about a year ago in Delaware.
Wittig asks for time served in bank fraud case
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B2
Former Westar Energy Inc. Chief Executive Officer David Wittig is asking a federal appeals court to take over his sentencing for bank fraud.
Sales of new homes climb, but prices take record plunge
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
The beleaguered housing industry is sending mixed signals, with sales of new homes surging in April by the biggest amount in 14 years while prices endured a record plunge.
Bush prevails as Congress approves war funding
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A3
Bowing to President Bush, the Democratic-controlled Congress grudgingly approved fresh billions for the Iraq war Thursday night, minus the troop withdrawal timeline that drew his earlier veto.
People in the news
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Seven Osmond siblings plan TV reunion show in Vegas¢ Bono to receive Liberty Medal for African relief efforts¢ Daughter’s ties to Portman pay off for McCartney video
Memorial Day gets earlier every year
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A2
The summer movie season used to begin with summer. Solstice and all that. But after the mega-success of “Jaws” in 1975, Hollywood moved the summer season up to Memorial Day.
Group reveals some details on recreational proposals
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A9
In addition to costs, several other details emerged about recreational facility possibilities that are being studied by PLAY, Partners for Lawrence Athletics and Youth.
Rescuers recover bodies of 38 miners in blast
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
Rescuers pulled the bodies of 38 workers from a southern Siberian coal mine after a methane explosion Thursday in what was the latest disaster to hit the ailing industry.
Iran’s president vows to push ahead
Nuclear program continues despite critical U.N. report
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A10
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ruled out even a brief halt in Iran’s nuclear program, saying Thursday it would hand a victory to the country’s enemies and undercut the Islamic state’s goal of becoming a world power.
Scooters take Las Vegas tourists for a ride
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A5
There’s lazy, and then there’s Las Vegas lazy. In increasing numbers, Las Vegas tourists exhausted by the four miles of gluttony laid out before them are getting around on electric “mobility scooters.” Don’t think trendy Vespa motorbikes. Think updated wheelchairs.
No-smoking trend hits home
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A12
Smoking is forbidden in nearly three out of four U.S. households, a dramatic increase from the 43 percent of homes that prohibited smoking a decade ago, the federal government reported Thursday.
Congress approves minimum wage increase
May 25, 2007 in print edition on A4
With little fanfare, Congress on Thursday approved the first increase in the federal minimum wage in nearly a decade, voting to boost wages for America’s lowest-paid workers from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour during the next two years.
It’s about rights, not morality
May 25, 2007 in print edition on B7
Sherri Williams took sex toys to the Supreme Court last week. Again. The first time was in 2005, but justices declined to hear the case. Williams is hoping for better luck this time.