Archive for Saturday, May 26, 2007

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Simons: Critics may try to stir suspicions about Bioscience Authority
May 26, 2007
It appears there is a serious effort to try to raise suspicion concerning the activities and practices of the Kansas Bioscience Authority, its chairman, Clay Blair, and/or other individuals serving as trustees of the authority.
Free State softball wins it in seventh
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Free State High’s Allie Hock officially made last year’s 6A state softball tournament a thing of the past.
A monster win’
DeBiasse clubs 3 extra-base hits in return
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
After umpires ejected Nick DeBiasse from the last game of regionals, the Lawrence High baseball team did not know until Wednesday if Sunflower League officials would allow its cleanup slugger to participate during the first round of the 6A state tournament. For LHS it’s a good thing the higher-ups relented.
Society calendar
May 26, 2007 in print edition on D5
Kansas State University graduates
May 26, 2007 in print edition on D5
Kansas State University recognized 2007 graduates in commencement ceremonies May 5, 11 and 12 in Salina and Manhattan. Area residents who were candidates for graduation include:
Lions, Leavenworth clash in 4x400 finals
Baldwin’s Garcia runs personal best in 3,200; Eudora’s Ballock dominates low hurdles
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas State High School Activities Assn. doesn’t sanction the hammer throw as one of its events during the track and field season. That didn’t stop Lawrence High from dropping a hammer anyway during the opening day of the Class 6A state meet.
Braves reliever Gonzalez finished for season
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C5
Atlanta Braves reliever Mike Gonzalez will miss the rest of the season after learning he must have elbow ligament-replacement surgery.
Vick probe moving forward, prosecutor says
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C6
The prosecutor in the investigation of a possible dog-fighting operation at a house owned by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is confident charges will be brought. He can’t yet say who will be charged.
O’Donnell takes early leave at ‘View’
Move follows feisty confrontation with co-host Hasselbeck
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
Rosie O’Donnell has fought her last fight at “The View.” ABC said Friday that she asked for, and received, an early exit from her contract at the daytime chatfest following her angry confrontation with co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday. She was due to leave in mid-June.
On the record
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Crow has ‘love to give’ for more children¢ Bindi Irwin says new TV show will be ‘a stack of fun’¢ Newman says acting career at end after 50 years¢ No charges for O’Neal in brawl with older son
Iranian, European leaders discuss nuclear standoff
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
With the threat of new U.N. sanctions looming, senior European officials met Friday with a ranking envoy from Iran in what officials described as an attempt to defuse the crisis over the Islamic republic’s refusal to scrap uranium enrichment.
Border control key to immigration policy
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
Compromise is incessantly praised, and has produced the proposed immigration legislation. But compromise is the mother of complexity, which, regarding immigration, virtually guarantees - as the public understands - weak enforcement and noncompliance.
Ducks’ Pronger a lightning rod
Big defenseman gives Anaheim its edge
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C10
There’s an edge to Chris Pronger, which may be part of the reason he’s one of hockey’s best players and the Ducks are in the Stanley Cup finals.
May 26, 2007 in print edition on D7
Logan golden for LHS
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kevin Logan got his wish Friday night - basking in the glow of hundreds of fans gathered around the Cessna Stadium high-jump pit. The fact he was laid out flat on his back didn’t take the luster off his big moment the slightest bit.
Seniors can benefit from healthful snacks
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
Jo Spann used to be a steak-and-potatoes, three-squares-a-day type, but as the years have gone by, the 72-year-old now finds herself snacking “all the time.” A full meal now is usually a once-a-day event.
Sponsors sought for golf tournament
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B4
Teams and hole sponsors are needed for the first-ever Eudora Schools Foundation golf tournament.
Report: Spy agencies predicted problems
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A11
Intelligence analysts predicted, in secret papers circulated within the government before the Iraq invasion, that al-Qaida would see U.S. military action as an opportunity to increase its operations and that Iran would try to shape a post-Saddam Iraq.
High schools celebrate graduations
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A4
A total of 739 graduates of the city’s two public high schools will throw their caps in the air during two ceremonies Sunday at Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse.
Holiday travelers weigh gas costs
Record high price won’t deter some
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
Leaning against his Ford Contour, Beau Bruns watched as the numbers on the gasoline pump turned like those on a slot machine. But Bruns knew he wouldn’t be a winner. Especially because he bought gas Tuesday when the average price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Lawrence reached $3.33 - a record high.
Poll: More drivers accepting higher prices
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A9
Nearly half the country thinks near-record gasoline prices will cause serious hardship, prompting more people to consider trading their gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient cars, an AP-Ipsos poll says.
Troopers out in force for holiday weekend
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Kansas Highway Patrol will have extra troopers on the state’s highways Memorial Day weekend. “We’ll be out there and we’ll be watching,” Patrol Lt. John Eichkorn said.
Volunteers have flags prepared for holiday
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
Flags, rifle volleys and the solemn sound of a bugler playing taps will mark the serious side of Memorial Day celebrations Monday. Several ceremonies and services are planned at Lawrence area cemeteries. Volunteers, many of them from local veterans organizations, are placing hundreds of flags along cemetery driving lanes in honor of veterans.
15 years given in murder
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
LaTonia Coleman has been waiting for this day for more than a year. “My family still lives with the loss every day, as if it were yesterday,” she told a Douglas County District Court judge Friday afternoon. “The pain is dramatic.”
Keegan: Booboo could be a blessing
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C1
If and only if Brandon Rush’s right knee heals completely, that pick-up basketball game he played in Kansas City could end up being a disguised blessing for him. We’ll never know how Rush would have performed in next week’s NBA camp in Orlando, just as we’ll never know how Kansas University would have done without him next season.
Offices, services to close Monday
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B3
Government offices and public services in Lawrence will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. They also will be closed in most area towns.
High school graduations to take place in fieldhouse
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
Construction near Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium prompted Lawrence schools’ leaders to switch graduation locations - two days before the event.
KU football squad lands wide receiver
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C9
Kansas University received its second football commitment for the 2008 class Friday, when Jamaal Johnson told that he’d be a Jayhawk.
U.S. sends aid to Lebanese army
Hezbollah leader warns of al-Qaida’s unstable influence
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
The United States and Arab allies rushed military aid Friday to Lebanon, boosting its strength ahead of a possible army assault to crush al-Qaida-inspired Islamic militants barricaded in a Palestinian refugee camp.
New Orleans revitalization plan includes grand Katrina memorial
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A8
Tucked inside a $14.4 billion blueprint for the rebuilding of New Orleans is a proposal for a Hurricane Katrina monument on a grand, “Homeric” scale, like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Utah hopes crowd can turn it around
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C7
The fans will be wearing “True Blue” shirts, cheering at the right times and groaning when officials make calls against their team, all the things that have helped the Utah Jazz win every home game this postseason.
Emporia State University graduates
May 26, 2007 in print edition on D5
Several area residents were candidates for graduation at Emporia State University’s commencement May 12. The students include:
Climber rescued from Everest ‘death zone’
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
A woman who became seriously ill while in Mount Everest’s so-called “death zone” and was helped down by fellow climbers has safely reached base camp, Nepalese mountaineering officials said Friday.
Lawrence Datebook
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
Taking over tradition: Scouts help decorate veterans’ graves
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
There are more than 300 graves in the veterans’ plot at Lawrence’s Oak Hill Cemetery, and one woman knows the stories behind the stones. “You read every one when you put those flowers out,” Donna Hornberger-Beguelin said on Thursday.
Auction aimed at low-income families
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Ballard Community Services organization will hold its fifth annual silent and live auction June 8 at Black Tie Affair, which is in a former theater at 2339 Iowa.
Two charged in death of Kansas City toddler
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
Two men have been charged in the death of a 3-year-old boy who was shot while riding his Big Wheel pedal tricycle in his front yard, prosecutors announced Friday.
Leadership battle involves troop command
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
Ukraine’s president said he took command of 32,000 Interior Ministry troops Friday, and a ministry official rejected the order - deepening the country’s political crisis as police guarded the office of the fired prosecutor general.
Governor signs $32M aid bill for tornado-stricken Greensburg
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
Near a symbol of survival for Greensburg, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a $32 million relief package for rebuilding the town, all but wiped off the map by a massive tornado three weeks ago.
At least 8 survive after plane crashes in jungle
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
A government flight that linked Peru’s isolated jungle communities crashed in a storm, officials said, and at least eight survivors among the 20 people on board were rescued Friday after helicopters spotted a fire some had set.
Russian will not join NASA lunar program
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
Russia will not participate in joint lunar exploration with NASA, but will assist the U.S. with its shuttle program until 2015, a spokesman for the Russian space agency said.
FDA acts against illicit cough, cold drugs
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
Manufacturers of unapproved extended-release cough and cold drugs that contain an expectorant called guaifenesin have until Nov. 25 to stop shipping the medicines, health officials said Friday.
House arrest extended for democracy leader
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
Myanmar’s military government Friday extended the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for another year, defying an outpouring of international appeals for the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s freedom.
Three-point line approved
Trey distance increased to 20 feet, 9 inches
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C2
The NCAA on Friday approved moving the men’s three-point line back one foot in 2008 - from 19 feet, 9 inches to 20 feet, 9 inches.
Report faults IRS in tracking terrorist ties
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Internal Revenue Service does a poor job in identifying tax-exempt groups that may have links to terrorists, according to a report released Friday.
Pistons, Cavs see the fine line
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C7
LeBron James laughed when asked about the gauze bandage covering a nasty scratch on his left forearm. “This one’s from my teammates,” he said Friday. The Detroit Pistons have left deeper wounds.
Faith Forum: Must I believe all aspects of my religion?
May 26, 2007 in print edition on D1
Islam means peace, obedience and submission to the will of Allah. A Muslim is a member of the religion of Islam who follows God’s commands, does not disobey him in word and action, and adopts Islam as a way of life. Islamic life is based on two solid foundations: belief and action. The belief and action must go together.
Officer: Denver’s Kircus made threat after assault
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C6
A newly released investigator’s report says Broncos receiver David Kircus threatened a man after Kircus allegedly punched him in the face.
Fort Riley deaths hit 100
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A11
After more than four years of fighting and thousands of soldiers going to war, the death toll from Fort Riley has topped 100.
Steinbrenner: GM ‘on a big hook’
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C5
With his New York Yankees struggling, George Steinbrenner says Joe Torre is safe for now, general manager Brian Cashman “is on a big hook” and Jason Giambi “should have kept his mouth shut.”
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B5
Indy 500 has unlikely anthem
Fans to sing ‘Back Home’ in Nabors’ absence
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C10
Jim Nabors never planned to perform “Back Home Again in Indiana” at the Indianapolis 500. In fact, when speedway owner Tony Hulman first asked him to sing on the morning of the 1972 race, Nabors thought he was being tapped for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Phils activate Howard, place Myers on DL
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Philadelphia Phillies activated first baseman Ryan Howard and placed pitcher Brett Myers on the 15-day disabled list on Friday.
On the record
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B2
Club news
May 26, 2007 in print edition on D3
The Sons of Union Veterans, Sgt. Samuel J. Churchill Camp No. 4, will rededicate a Civil War monument and plaque in Pioneer Cemetery on Kansas University’s West Campus at 3 p.m. Monday. All are invited.
In return to Iraq, Al-Sadr renews call for U.S. withdrawal
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A11
Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resurfaced Friday after nearly four months in hiding and demanded U.S. troops leave Iraq, a development likely to complicate U.S. efforts to crack down on violence and broker political compromise in the country.
Ex-Jayhawk Zagurski makes Phillies debut
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C9
Former Kansas University baseball pitcher Mike Zagurski made his major-league debut Friday, pitching a scoreless inning for the Philadelphia Phillies in an 8-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Outdoor Aquatic Center ready to help cool off
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B3
Lawrence’s Outdoor Aquatic Center opens for the summer today.
Charges dropped against Broncos’ Marshall
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C6
A false imprisonment charge against Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall stemming from a domestic dispute was dismissed Friday.
Indians win Central showdown
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C4
Casey Blake and Victor Martinez hit first-inning homers, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers, 7-4, on Friday night.
KU’s Rush coming back for more
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
Brandon Rush, who recently injured his right knee playing basketball, has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to Kansas University for his junior season, Jayhawks coach Bill Self announced Friday.
Governor, utilities promise to rely less on fossil fuels
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and leaders of the state’s major electric utilities Friday vowed to decrease energy use and reliance on fossil fuels. Sebelius had set a goal of using conservation and energy efficiencies to reduce energy consumption 10 percent by 2020.
Wind power stymied by zoning rules
Regulations often blow off efforts for residential turbines
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B5
An orange flag marks where Gary Lisle planned to put up a 33-foot windmill behind his house. But that’s about as far as his green idea got in this Dallas suburb.
Pirates log eight in 10th
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C4
Ronny Paulino’s bases-loaded double highlighted the Pittsburgh Pirates’ biggest rally in nearly three years Friday night, an eight-run splurge in the 10th inning that set up a 10-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
New Sony television razor-thin, bendable
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B5
In the race for ever-thinner displays for TVs, cell phones and other gadgets, Sony may have developed one to beat them all - a razor-thin display that bends like paper while showing full-color video.
Shuttle pilot in love triangle to leave NASA
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
The space shuttle pilot at the center of a bizarre love triangle that included a former astronaut who now faces attempted kidnapping charges is leaving the space agency, NASA said Friday.
U.S. restates objections to climate statement
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
U.S. officials have raised a second round of unusually bluntly worded objections to a proposed global warming declaration that Germany prepared for next month’s G-8 summit.
FCE news
May 26, 2007 in print edition on D5
Douglas County Family and Community Education, in cooperation with K-State Research and Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences, is offering a program on the history of Haskell Indian Nations University.
Around and about
May 26, 2007 in print edition on D3
Roland Ross, Perry, will celebrate his 90th birthday with a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 at Perry United Methodist Church. Everyone is invited to join his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at the celebration.
Commentary: Portis, take note: Brutality is brutality
There is no excuse for player’s comments condoning dog fighting
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C6
Before Clinton Portis opens his mouth again to make light of dog fighting, maybe he should know something about what he’s defending.
Commentary: Grass-roots beliefs flawed in sports
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C2
If only Ricky Williams was an alcoholic, he’d still be playing in the NFL. If only he’d showed up for games haggard and hung over, he’d still have a job. If only he’d been arrested for DUI manslaughter, he’d still be earning millions of dollars on the football field.
Impostor sneaks through 8 months at Stanford
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
What would you do to attend Stanford?
Walk-ons officially added
Teahan, Buford enroll in classes, join the men’s basketball program
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C9
Kansas University preferred-walk ons Conner Teahan and Chase Buford have officially paid fees and enrolled at Kansas University, and on Friday they were recognized as members of the Jayhawk basketball team.
Help shunned
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I’ve recently become aware of news that I think is very important for everyone in the country to know about. I would greatly appreciate it if the Journal-World or Channel 6 News would look into this more, but it appears that the government (I’m not sure if it’s state or federal) is keeping certain organizations from helping the town of Greensburg, based on their political affiliations.
Vincent, Jordan reunite in Charlotte
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C7
Michael Jordan remembers looking to the Boston bench during his 63-point game in the 1986 playoffs and seeing Celtics rookie Sam Vincent cheering on his extraordinary performance.
Freeway section reopens 25 days after collapse
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
The freeway that collapsed after a fiery tanker crash has reopened just 25 days after the accident, though one expert questioned the safety of the new structure.
Hamas continues attacks, as Israelis target militants
Palestinian leaders meet to discuss truce but make little progress
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
Israeli missile strikes hit a succession of militant targets Friday in the Gaza Strip, killing two, while Hamas fired more rockets toward Israel. Palestinian factions met to discuss a possible truce with Israel.
Astronauts try new shuttle simulator ride
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Nearly 40 astronauts Friday became the first to ride aboard a NASA tourist attraction that re-creates a journey aboard the space shuttle, complete with the deep rumble of liftoff and a serene view of the Earth from orbit.
Man arrested after altercation with police
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B1
Police arrested a 28-year-old Lawrence man Friday morning after they accused him of trying to strike an officer.
Brownback: Abortion not sole issue
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B4
GOP presidential hopeful Sam Brownback is best known for his sharp anti-abortion stance, but he said Friday that candidates will be successful only if they offer voters a balanced emphasis of fiscally and socially conservative values.
Hernandez, bullpen keep K.C. in check
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C5
That wasn’t a pained look on Felix Hernandez’s face. It was anger. Manager Mike Hargrove lifted an exasperated Hernandez against his will in the sixth inning Friday night, opting not to take a chance on hurting his prize right-hander who was making only his third start since returning from the disabled list.
Wal-Mart debacle has cost Lawrence millions
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
I’m sure there are a few people in Lawrence like me who have been wondering just what this Wal-Mart debacle has cost us. Some folks in Lawrence don’t want Wal-Mart here at any cost.
School of Journalism to join others for project
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B3
Kansas University’s School of Journalism and six other schools across the country were recently awarded a $230,000 grant to create a joint project.
Eudora wins at 4A softball
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C9
Brynn Hamilton began Friday evening as Eudora’s top pitcher. After her sterling performance in a victory over Girard, she may deserve some credit for her work with the bat, too.
Real humans
Oh, for speedy contact with an honest-to-goodness person on the telephone when you are in need!
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
For many of us, a human voice seldom sounds more beautiful than when it emanates from a real person via a telephone after you have called some agency for advice or assistance.
All radical faiths fuel terrorism, book argues
May 26, 2007 in print edition on D1
The Rev. Virgil Brady says radical Islamists aren’t the only ones to blame for terrorism. Radical Christians are to blame, too.
CDC links eye infection to contact lens solution
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
Government officials are warning people to throw away a contact lens solution after an investigation linked it to a rare eye infection.
3 Jayhawks win events at Midwest Regional
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C9
Three Kansas University track and field athletes captured championships at the NCAA Midwest Regionals on Friday, while three more qualified for today’s finals.
Israel faces increasing threat
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B7
There are consequences to losing a war, or being perceived not to have won. Israel’s ability to win wars has been based on its capacity to pound its many enemies into submission whenever they have dared attack.
Rush withdraws from draft
Severity of guard’s knee injury to be determined next week
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.
Report eyes China’s military growth
Pentagon cites improved ability to launch attacks, down satellites
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A3
China’s ongoing military buildup remains focused on preventing Taiwan’s independence but is expanding to include other regional military goals, including securing the flow of oil from overseas, according to an annual Pentagon study issued Friday.
Congress members expect to hear plenty about immigration
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A7
Lawmakers are bracing for political blowback from liberal and conservative critics of a broad immigration reform measure that’s on hold as they head home for a weeklong break.
Coca-Cola purchases maker of Vitaminwater
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Coca-Cola is betting big that Glaceau will help it expand its water and energy drink offerings and jump-start North American sales.
N. Korea test fires missiles
S. Korea launches destroyer with U.S. air defense system
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A10
North Korea fired a salvo of test missiles into its coastal waters Friday, flexing naval muscles as South Korea launched its most advanced destroyer ever, armed with a high-tech U.S. air defense system.
Talk of the sidewalk
New batch of sculptures arrives downtown
May 26, 2007 in print edition on D1
When she’s not in her studio, Lawrence artist Jan Gaumnitz spends most of her spare time in the garden. So it’s not surprising that a lot of her work is inspired by nature. “We’re kind of out in the country and I’m a big gardener, so I like to be outdoors as much as I can,” she says.
Social service cuts
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I am appalled at the city’s decision to renege on the 2007 budget amounts previously approved for a number of social service agencies. Why is it that when the budget needs to be cut as a result of poor planning, the poor and needy are always the first to bear the brunt of it?
Study: TV no help for Type 1 diabetic kids
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A6
Diabetic children who spent the most time glued to the TV had a tougher time controlling their blood sugar, according to a Norwegian study that illustrates yet another downside of too much television.
Some creeks, rivers still rising
May 26, 2007 in print edition on B8
Flooding was expected across most of central and part of south-central Kansas as some rivers and creeks continued to rise, authorities said Friday.
Pandemic’ offers pretty view of crisis
May 26, 2007 in print edition on A2
Bird flu is no laughing matter, but “Pandemic” (7 p.m. today, Hallmark) is a hoot. It may be filled with scenes of death and disease plaguing man, bird and beast, but you won’t be able to take your eyes off the cast.
Games blur line between reality, fantasy
May 26, 2007 in print edition on C8
The line between real and fantasy sports is about to become a little more blurred. A partnership with ESPN is allowing video game maker Electronic Arts Inc. to dramatically increase real-time content in sports-themed video games.