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6Sports video: Nick DeBiasse named Scholar Athlete for the Month of May
May 31, 2007
Lawrence High School senior baseball player Nick DeBiasse has been named the Scholar Athlete for the Month of May.
6Sports video: Free State Athletic Director to retire
May 31, 2007
Steve Grant, the only Athletic Director Free State High School has ever had, has decided to retire, effective immediately.
6Sports video: KU women’s golfer receives Big 12 honor
May 31, 2007
KU golfer Amanda Costner was named to the Big 12 female sportsperson of the year.
6Sports video: Rush to have surgery on Friday
May 31, 2007
Injured KU basketball player Brandon Rush will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL early Friday morning.
6News video: Greensburg city council accepts resignation of mayor
May 31, 2007
The Greensburg city council accepts the resignation of Mayor Lonnie McCollum.
6News video: Local girl representing Kansas in national spelling bee
May 31, 2007
It’s bee season in the nation’s capital and the sunflower state is buzzing with excitement. Kansas is represented by a speller who competed in the National Spelling Bee Finals tonight.
6News video: Police searching for suspects in in home burglary case
May 31, 2007
Two armed men force their way into an East Lawrence home, ordering the women and children inside onto the ground.
6News video: Early-morning fire inures one woman
May 31, 2007
An early-morning fire injures one woman as she tries to help her dog escape the flames.
6News video: Year-long construction project on Kasold nears end
May 31, 2007
The year-long project on Kasold Drive nears a long-awaited end as crews put the finishing touches on 6 million dollars worth of repairs.
6News video: KU Chancellor headed to China
May 31, 2007
KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway is headed to China along with a group of KU faculty and administrators.
6News video: Getting a shot in Douglas County will now sting a little more
May 31, 2007
Responding to a 6% city budget cut, the health department shoots up the cost of vaccines. The health department says between declining money from grants and now the city, they’re using more reserve funds and barely breaking even.
6Sports video: KU’s Arthur selected to tryout for World Championship team
May 31, 2007
KU forward Darrell Arthur is one of 20 players selected to participate in tryouts for the 2007 USA Under-19 World Championship team.
Quick work speeds Kasold reopening
Contractor to finish job early
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A1
It won’t be much longer before a new stretch of Kasold Drive is finished. For the past year, motorists on the west Lawrence thoroughfare have dealt with construction crews, two lanes of traffic and a 20 mph speed limit that’s been strictly enforced. “Very slow - very, very slow,” said motorist Donna Benton when describing traffic on Kasold.
Lawrence in flash flood watch tonight, Friday
Rain could cause problems in Douglas, Jefferson counties
May 31, 2007
The National Weather Service in Topeka issued a flash flood watch including Douglas and Jefferson counties beginning at 7 p.m. and lasting until late Friday.
Arthur picked for USA Under-19 World Championship Team tryout
May 31, 2007
KU sophomore Darrell Arthur has been selected to participate in tryouts for the 2007 USA Under-19 World Championship Team June 28-30 in Dallas, Texas. Finalists will be selected from the group for the Under-19 squad which will participate in the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship, July 12-22 in Novi Sad, Serbia.
6News Now: Vaccination costs will be raised
May 31, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, effective Friday, June 1, 2007, the health department will raise the cost of all immunizations by two dollars, and a timetable for the construction on Kasold Drive.
Hemenway, KU officials plan trip to China
Plan is to seek collaboration
May 31, 2007
The goal of the trip, from June 10 through 17, will be to develop more academic-exchange programs and research collaborations.
Police investigating two overnight home invasions
Masked gunmen enter two homes
May 31, 2007
Lawrence police were busy overnight investigating two residential burglaries and robberies involving suspects armed with handguns.
Rush surgery scheduled for Friday
May 31, 2007
Kansas University guard Brandon Rush’s surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee will be Friday afternoon in Lawrence, KU coach Bill Self said Thursday.
Heavy smoke forces apartment evacuation
02:52 a.m., May 31, 2007 Updated 04:17 a.m.
Lawrence Fire & Medical responded to a two-alarm fire early Thursday morning at a two-level apartment at 536 Ohio Street.
City requires security guard licenses
Background check needed to carry firearm in Lawrence despite lack of statewide standard
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
Zac Marrs doesn’t subscribe to the bumbling stereotype of “rent-a-cop” security guards.
Keegan: KU has one step left: win
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C1
The players who make up Mark Mangino’s sixth football team at Kansas University will head back to work Monday, intent on closing the gap on upper-division Big 12 teams.
This year’s allergy season not so dandy
Sufferers battle sniffles from high pollen counts
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A1
Allergies are nothing new to Anne Weltmer. Like many people, she endures a stuffed-up nose and sinus headaches each year as a transition into summer.
Steeltown star
Gorzelanny realizes potential with Pirates
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C1
Thirty-six straight times, Tom Gorzelanny stepped into the batter’s box and failed to get a hit. So Adam LaRoche, his Pittsburgh Pirates teammate, made a friendly wager.
Construction won’t hamper annual Red Dog’s Dog Days
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
Construction near Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium won’t disrupt the summer session of Red Dog’s Dog Days, which starts Tuesday.
Kansas Lottery teams up with Iowa for game
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A1
Kansas and Iowa will become the first states to offer a joint scratch-off lottery game, officials said Wednesday.
Bill provides state more time to build prison space
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A1
Corrections Secretary Roger Werholtz said the goal of the law and other similar programs is to keep people out of prison who judges have “decided are safe enough to stay in the community in the first place” and to keep those released from prison from coming back.
Big-name prospects ignoring NBA camp
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C1
Brandon Rush would have received a lot of attention from NBA scouts had he been able to attend the league’s pre-draft camp this week in Orlando, Fla.
No more secret gardens
Tour offers closer look at private landscapes in Lawrence
May 31, 2007 in print edition on D1
I often think I should be arrested for trespassing. In my quest to discover the next great garden, I can’t help but constantly peek into private property, admiring the handiwork of unsuspecting green thumbs all over Lawrence.
Longtime surgeon leaving LMH to focus on breast care at KUMC
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
One of the city’s top surgeons is stepping down today after 20 years in Lawrence. Marilee McGinness, of Lawrence Surgery Associates, will begin her new job Aug. 6 at Kansas University Medical Center as clinical assistant professor of breast surgery.
Identigen poised for growth
DNA testing firm foresees 200 jobs in Lawrence
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
Identigen Ltd. plans to have 30 scientists, technical personnel and support staffers working out of its lab and testing center in western Lawrence by early next year.But that’s only the beginning.
Rocket’ ready for launch on Monday
Clemens to make season debut in Chicago
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C5
Roger Clemens is all set to pitch for the New York Yankees next week. Until then, he’ll be their best cheerleader.
Gary Bedore’s KU athletics notebook
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C3
As reported Wednesday, KU’s medical team will perform the right ACL surgery on Brandon Rush.
People in the news
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Beverage control agents plan bar investigation¢ Seat belt slip-up¢ Lisa Ling gets married¢ Schedule freed up
Reality shows wash out soap opera
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
Any movie, or in the case of “The Starter Wife” (8 p.m., USA), miniseries, that begins with a dream sequence is in trouble. And when that dream concerns “The Wizard of Oz,” consider it doomed.
Marine veteran faces hearing for wearing uniform at protest rally
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B3
A military panel will decide whether to change an Iraq war veteran’s discharge status after he was photographed wearing fatigues at a protest rally.
Iraqi, U.S. forces press search for 5 abducted British citizens
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A7
Dozens of U.S. Humvees and Bradley fighting vehicles took up positions around Sadr City at nightfall Wednesday, as American forces pressed the search for five Britons kidnapped in a mock police raid that Iraqi officials said was carried out by the Mahdi Army Shiite militia.
Tour to highlight area’s history
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
An east Lawrence neighborhood headed toward redevelopment was once a refuge for freed slaves and Mexican immigrants as well as an industrial district.
Catalog caters to growing number of Americans living large
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A8
At first glance, the catalog’s pitch for lawn chairs appears ordinary: A seated man and woman relax near a tree-lined lake shore, enjoying drinks.
Parents of missing girl ask for Pope Benedict’s prayers
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
Pope Benedict XVI clasped the hands of the parents of Madeleine McCann and blessed a photo of the missing 4-year-old, telling them Wednesday he would pray for the safe return of the little girl who disappeared a month ago in Portugal.
Assorted mulches meet needs of any homeowner
May 31, 2007 in print edition on D2
Weeding is the bane of a gardener’s life. If unchecked, weeds rob our grass and desirable plants of moisture, nutrients and light. In the lawn, a good stand of healthy grass, good watering practices, proper fertilization and an occasional herbicide can be used to keep them under control.
No news seems good news in case of humpback whales
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
More than two weeks after they were first spotted far up the Sacramento River, two lost humpback whales appeared to have finally found their way home Wednesday.
Other benefits
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I am responding to Doug Brown’s Take A Stand column in the Saturday, May 26, edition.
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B5
For Thursday, May 31
McLouth Barbecue Blowout starts today
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
Bill Simon might know the McLouth Barbecue Blowout better than anyone.
Bartlett & West VP leads railway group
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
Ron Skinner, vice president for Bartlett & West, is the new president of the American Railway Development Association, a promoter of industrial, real estate and market development for North American railroads.
MLB briefs
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C5
¢ Mets’ Mota returns after 50-game ban¢ Molina out 4-6 weeks¢ Rangers recall Koronka¢ Mauer’s return delayed¢ Twins bring up Slowey¢ Smoltz feels OK
Billy Graham library to be dedicated today
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A9
Evangelist Billy Graham held his final crusade two years ago and has made few public appearances since. But the group charged with carrying on the work of the frail, 88-year-old preacher believes he can still have an impact, through a new $27 million museum that tells his story.
Hidden Palms’ offers summer melodrama
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
Just when the summer network schedule seemed glutted with game shows, talent contests and reality competitions, the CW zigs where others zag and offers viewers the new and involving teen melodrama/mystery “Hidden Palms” (7 p.m., CW).
Spurs headed to finals
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C7
Tim Duncan headed to the bench for a well-deserved break. Only nine minutes into Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, he already had the San Antonio Spurs well on their way to another NBA finals berth.
Crash kills 5 U.S. troops
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
Five Americans and two other soldiers died when a Chinook helicopter was apparently shot down Wednesday evening in Afghanistan’s most volatile province, a U.S. military official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
Criticism of James is petty, ridiculous
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C2
Sports fans are generally hypocrites. And the media today are more or less interested in screaming, understanding that it’s otherwise impossible to be heard amid the clutter.
Federer gains third round in France
Sharapova, Williams among women’s winners
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C2
Roger Federer overcame some late trouble Wednesday to reach the third round at the French Open, beating Thierry Ascione of France, 6-1, 6-2, 7-6, (8).
Pump patrol
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Braves keep Brewers slumping
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C4
Witness: Suspect in killing was at school
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
A man accused of kidnapping and killing a Cowley County Community College student was parked outside the school’s auditorium on the day she disappeared, another student testified Wednesday.
Benefit concert to assist agency for second year
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
Raising money for the children of Reno County will be the goal for Lee Eldridge when his band puts on a benefit concert for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
On the record
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
Meche loses pitchers’ duel
Bedard outlasts Royals’ ace; K.C. drops seventh straight
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C1
Giving up only eight earned runs in his previous 34 innings hadn’t produced a win, so Erik Bedard took the next logical step. He didn’t give up any runs at all.
Bonds: Record ‘not even close’
Slugger won’t talk about chase
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C5
Barry Bonds is 10 home runs away from breaking Hank Aaron’s career record - and insists it’s still too early to talk about the hallowed record.
Tongues twist as spelling bee opens
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A2
The 80th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee began Wednesday with a record field of youngsters spelling words that most adults can’t even pronounce.
Blair information
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Once again, Dolph Simons Jr. has either forgotten certain facts or is choosing to misrepresent them. In his May 26 Saturday Column regarding suspicions being raised about Clay Blair, Mr. Simons stated that Blair was an excellent chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents, “so good that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius would not reappoint him.”
$7M in Wittig case in dispute
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B8
Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys for former Westar Energy Inc. executive David Wittig on Wednesday argued over who should get control of $7 million he forfeited following his 2005 convictions for allegedly defrauding the Topeka-based utility.
Bush to ask Congress to double AIDS funds
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
President Bush said Wednesday that he would ask Congress to increase U.S. support for global HIV/AIDS programs to $30 billion over five years from the current commitment of $15 billion.
Blue Cross to lose 350 jobs in state
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B3
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas will lose 350 jobs in the state after a bid for a five-year Medicare contract was rejected.
Lawrence Datebook
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
May 31, 2007
Police investigate armed home invasion
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B2
Several adults and children were threatened at gunpoint by two men who entered a residence Wednesday in the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Street and searched for possessions.
Lodging expenses push vacation costs higher
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Summer travelers already feeling the pinch of higher gas prices may find that lodging costs more, too.
K.C. rookie hit by Patriot’s death
Chiefs wide receiver Bowe a teammate of New England lineman Hill at LSU
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C8
On a recent trip back home to Louisiana, Dwayne Bowe ran into an old friend, a former teammate from LSU. They visited, caught up on old times, and bid each other farewell.
Moving brokers often aren’t necessary
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
The Internet has become a wonderful tool to find brokers willing to do the legwork to help consumers hunt down the lowest prices for everything from airline tickets to vacation rental homes.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 31, 1907: “Lawrence High School will have a graduating class of 64 this spring, an unusually large class.
TB traveler’s movement bodes poorly for containing disease
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A4
The government is investigating how a globe-trotting tuberculosis patient drove back into the country after his name was put on the no-fly list and given to U.S. border guards - a major gap in the nation’s system to keep the direst of diseases from crossing borders.
Ducks stifle Senators again
Pahlsson’s goal lifts Anheim to 1-0 win, 2-0 lead
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C8
Checkmate. The Anaheim Ducks’ defensive stalwarts are hurting the Ottawa Senators on offense, too. Samuel Pahlsson figured out sharp Senators goalie Ray Emery with 5:44 left in the third period to give the Ducks a 1-0 victory over Ottawa on Wednesday night and a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.
The ‘real world’
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: In response to Craig Tucker’s and Judy Northway’s letter to the editor, “Sheltered lives,” on May 22, I would like to give them my insight as a home schooler now in college. Their concern about sheltering children from the “real world” is understandable, so allow me to address it.
Want to share your story on foreclosure?
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
It’s a hard time to be a homeowner on the brink.
Fired transsexual turned down for job
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Steve Stanton was fired as city manager in Largo two months ago after announcing his plans to become Susan Stanton. On Wednesday, Stanton, wearing a white skirt, pumps and makeup, applied for the top job in Sarasota, and was turned down.
Cubs meet; Piniella huddles with executives
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C5
The Chicago Cubs held a lengthy players-only meeting Wednesday, one day after a mistake-filled loss to the Florida Marlins that manager Lou Piniella said “might be our worst game of the year.”
Terrorists feed ‘unending’ war
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B7
Before Congress adjourned last week on another of its lengthy holidays, Speaker Nancy Pelosi repeated a phrase she has previously used about the war in Iraq. She again referred to it as “the Bush policy of unending war in Iraq.”
Wal-Mart win-win
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Apparently, people like Doug Brown (Take A Stand, May 26) just don’t get it. This is not about Wal-Mart. But, yes, it is about stigma.
Shimon Peres declares candidacy for president
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
Elder statesman Shimon Peres on Wednesday declared his candidacy for the ceremonial post of Israeli president, telling supporters, “This may be my last chance to serve the country.”
Quick action mitigates effects of poison ivy
May 31, 2007 in print edition on D1
A hike through the countryside, forest or even a park can provide both exercise and stress relief. It’s important, though, not to zone out completely when walking, especially if poison ivy, oak or sumac lies in your path.
4 American hostages freed from captivity
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
Four American oil workers abducted three weeks ago in Nigeria’s restive oil region were released Wednesday.
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A10
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
Kansas University was again the Big Eight outdoor track champion with superstar runner Jim Ryun as the kingpin of the Jayhawk feat.
Magazine puts U.S., Iran in virtual dead heat in peace index
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
The United States and Iran finished in a virtual dead heat, and toward the bottom of the list, in a magazine’s assessment of the peacefulness of 121 countries.
Who’ll be next?
These drivers could join Casey Mears in winning their first Cup race soon
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C6
Now that Casey Mears has become the first driver to get his initial Nextel Cup race victory this season, the natural question becomes, Who’s next?
Hunter, Twins walk to win
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C4
Cosmonauts begin to install protective panels on space station
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
Two Russian cosmonauts climbed out of the international space station Wednesday to install protective panels designed to shield the orbiting outpost from dangerous space debris.
Assessing Bush, Blair, Clinton
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B7
How will history judge the “three musketeers” of modern global politics, President George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former President Bill Clinton?
Guantanamo detainee dies in apparent suicide
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A6
A Saudi Arabian detainee died Wednesday at Guantanamo Bay prison and the U.S. military said he apparently committed suicide. Critics of the detention center said the death showed the level of desperation among prisoners.
End of U.S. war in Iraq coming into view
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
While the rest of us enjoyed our holiday, ten more Americans were killed in Iraq on Memorial Day - adding to the human toll of that accursed war.
U.S. sets guidelines on Iraqi refugees
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A7
The United States will soon begin admitting a bigger trickle of the more than 2 million refugees who have fled Iraq, acknowledging for the first time the country may never be safe for some who have helped the U.S. there.
Day Out with Thomas coming to Baldwin City
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
Thomas the Tank Engine will be entertaining Baldwin City during the next two weekends.
Search conducted for at-risk passengers
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A4
Health officials in North America and Europe sought passenger lists Wednesday for two trans-Atlantic airline flights in their effort to find about 80 people who sat near a man infected with a dangerous drug-resistant form of tuberculosis.
Pistons not sweating late-game struggles
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C7
Chauncey Billups has earned the nickname Mr. Big Shot. In each of his five seasons with the Detroit Pistons, the sturdy point guard made a number of clutch shots late in games to help them at least reach the Eastern Conference finals.
Kidney competition
Americans are not the only ones trolling the ethical depths to draw a larger television audience.
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B6
If you thought the manipulation and exploitation of private people to produce television’s “reality” programming couldn’t go any lower, think again.
Bryant changes mind about trade
May 31, 2007 in print edition on C7
Believing he had been insulted and misled, Kobe Bryant asked the Los Angles Lakers for a trade Wednesday and insisted nothing could change his mind.
Daschle, Dole tout farm policy changes
May 31, 2007 in print edition on A3
Former Senate leaders Tom Daschle and Bob Dole suggested Wednesday that the nation’s agricultural policy should be reformed, releasing a plan designed to lessen farmer dependence on subsidies.
Police seek suspects in robbery attempt
May 31, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence police are looking for a man and a woman who tried to rob at gunpoint two people early Wednesday morning in the 1500 block of West Sixth Street.