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Man missing after boating accident
April 19, 2008
A man has been missing near the Kansas River in Eudora since about 5:50 p.m. after a boating accident.
Exotic reptiles running wild in Florida
April 19, 2008 in print edition on E8
RobRoy MacInnes is the man to see if you want to buy a crocodile. Or a scorpion, a rattlesnake, a boa constrictor. Got a hankering for a cobra? Just pony up $600 and you can have one of the more lethal species.
Poll: Obama overtaking Clinton despite bruises
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A8
Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are both sustaining dents and dings from their lengthy presidential fight. The former first lady is clearly suffering more as Democratic voters no longer see her as the party’s strongest contender for the White House.
Time, math against Clinton
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A8
Time is running out on Hillary Rodham Clinton, the long-ago front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination who now trails Barack Obama in delegates, states won and popular votes.
18 states commit to take action on climate change
Kansas governor signs declaration to help combat global warming
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B4
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger predicted Friday that an international deadlock over how to deal with global warming will end once President Bush leaves office, while a leading expert warned of dire consequences if urgent action is not taken.
Horoscopes
April 19, 2008 in print edition on D7
The dynamics of many of your relationships, friendships and business ties could transform this year. Attempt to walk in others’ shoes more often, and you will gain enormous understanding. If you are single, many people could vie for the role of No. 1 in your life. If you are attached, work on nurturing each other more.
Many factors affect running mate choice
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
No sooner had John McCain wrapped up the Republican presidential nomination than the inevitable speculation started over his running mate. Indeed, the Arizona senator has done nothing to quiet this quadrennial guessing game, noting he has a list of 20 prospects.
Wall street rallies
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B5
Wall Street topped off a strong week with a big rally Friday, after results from companies such as Citigroup Inc. and Google Inc. helped ease investor anxiety about the health of corporate profits.
Lions rally for win
Lawrence comes back from 6-0 deficit
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C1
Tyler Bailey had three reasons to tuck his head under his baseball jersey and never come out Friday night.
Injuries helped KU develop CB depth
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C6
Injuries, of all things, made an NFL defection much easier for Kansas University’s football team to swallow.
D.C. chef serves modern Passover cuisine
April 19, 2008 in print edition on D5
In many ways, the dishes that Israeli-born Vered Guttman will make for Passover represent the essence of her country’s most modern cuisine, which is to say they are eclectic and evolutionary.
Bucknell coach retires
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C2
Pat Flannery retired Friday after 14 years as Bucknell’s basketball coach, leading the small Patriot League school to two NCAA tournaments, highlighted by a victory over Kansas in 2005 and a Top 25 ranking the next season.
And now for the icing on the cake, 43 years later
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A1
From the archives of the Bonner Springs Chieftain rose an article, circa March 1965, of a young junior at Bonner Springs High School and her budding cake decorating abilities.
Club news
April 19, 2008 in print edition on D3
The University Club Bridge met April 12 with hosts Jo Anne Kready, Richard Quinn and Al & Carol Smith. Blue winners were: Florence McNicoll, first; Willie Stoltenberg, second; Walt Hicks, third; Virginia Williams, fourth; and Marc Kuepker, fifth.
Teachers and their talents celebrated
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
If only Lawrence public school students knew what their teachers were doing Friday night. “I think they would get a different view of us,” said Jenny Ziskal, third-grade teacher at Langston Hughes School. “When I was younger I was shocked to see teachers outside of school.”
Firebirds suffer first loss
Errors doom FSHS to 13-4 setback
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C1
Perfection is hard to maintain. Even for the No. 1 high school baseball team in the state.
Midwest shake-up
Kansans report feeling Illinois earthquake
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A1
People in Lawrence felt the rumblings of a 5.2 magnitude earthquake Friday morning that originated more than 400 miles away in Illinois. “I felt it in my body,” said Brenda Frankenfeld, of Lawrence. “I sat up and I put my hand on the wall and I couldn’t tell if I felt it in the wall or in me.”
Tonganoxie’s Grizzle wins girls javelin title - again
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C5
If not for a foot scratch on her final throw of the 2007 Kansas Relays, Tonganoxie High senior Roxi Grizzle would be a three-time javelin champion at the prestigious track and field event.
New book blames rivets for Titanic tragedy
April 19, 2008 in print edition on E8
The tragic sinking of the Titanic nearly a century ago can be blamed on low grade rivets that the ship’s builders used on some parts of the ill-fated liner, two experts on metals conclude in a new book.
Restrictions in Basra lifting as hard-line grip weakens
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A6
CD shops sell love songs again. Some women emerge from their homes without veils, and alcohol sellers are coming out of hiding in the southern city of Basra - where religious vigilantes have long enforced strict Islamic codes.
Students take part in Relays
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
Lawrence fourth-graders got a taste of the Kansas Relays on Friday. More than 700 students practiced the 50-meter dash, long jump and javelin throw under supervision of Kansas University student volunteers at Anschutz Sports Pavilion.
Gracia Burnham to share story of captivity
April 19, 2008 in print edition on D1
Nearly seven years ago, much of south-central Kansas - and people in other parts of the state and nation - were closely following the kidnapping of Martin and Gracia Burnham.
Temblor rattles Midwest
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A4
Bricks shook loose and fell from buildings. Walls cracked. Books tumbled off shelves.
Quake’s bark worse than bite
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lisa Englebrecht isn’t accustomed to her Labs yelping, whining and pawing so early in the morning, nor her red terrier jumping up and down on the bed like it was trampoline. But Sandy, Champ and Jessie knew something their owner didn’t: The earth was shaking.
Ex-officer convicted of killing former girlfriend
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B8
Former Dodge City police officer Chris Tahah has been found guilty of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 19, 1908: “The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe passenger train No. 1, the California Express, due here yesterday afternoon, was wrecked at Toluca, Ill. B. Coppess of Chicago, one of the oldest engineers in the service of the Santa Fe, was scalded to death.
Earth Day events begin with parade
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B2
Lawrence’s Earth Day celebration continues to grow. The festivities kick off today with a downtown parade at 11 a.m.
Doctor seeks to quash subpoenas in malpractice cases
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B2
Federal prosecutors have essentially “deputized attorneys” in their efforts to use confidential malpractice settlements to prosecute a Kansas physician accused of illegally prescribing medication, defense attorneys said in documents filed Friday.
Peter Perfect’: He’s not gay, he’s British
April 19, 2008 in print edition on D7
If cable television is any indication, half the people in America are trying to sell a house, while the other half strive to eke a living out of a dog-grooming business.
Camp counselor, 17, arrested for choking
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
Authorities say a 17-year-old camp counselor has been arrested after teaching the “choking game” to two boys who passed out for several minutes.
Dutch defense chief’s son killed in Afghanistan
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
The son of Dutch defense chief Gen. Peter van Uhm was killed Friday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, and the Taliban claimed they deliberately made the young lieutenant a high-profile target.
Market gains
The Lawrence Farmers’ Market is one of Lawrence’s best seasonal treats.
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
One of the most welcome signs of spring in Lawrence is the opening of the Lawrence Farmers’ Market.
Trial ordered for suspect in bar owner’s death
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B8
A 21-year-old man has been ordered to stand trial for first-degree murder in the shooting death of Wichita bar owner Teresa Hastings last June.
Al-Sadr followers denounce wall
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A6
Followers of anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr denounced the American military’s construction of a concrete wall through their Sadr City stronghold in Baghdad, the scene of renewed clashes Friday between his militiamen and U.S. and Iraqi troops.
Bush to nominate SBA chief to lead HUD
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
President Bush said Friday he would nominate Steven C. Preston, the head of the Small Business Administration, to take over the Department of Housing and Urban Development at a time when the housing industry is in turmoil.
Amphibians majority of roadkill
April 19, 2008 in print edition on E8
Death by car could be a major contributor to the decline of many amphibian species, according to the first comprehensive survey of roadkill, Purdue University researchers said Wednesday.
Downtown De Soto loses power for 3 hours
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B3
Downtown De Soto and the residential neighborhood to the north were without electrical power for about 3 1/2 hours Friday, after a truck brought down two power poles at the city shop.
Research concludes oldest Americans are also the happiest
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A7
It turns out the golden years really are golden. Eye-opening new research finds the happiest Americans are the oldest, and older adults are more socially active than the stereotype of the lonely senior suggests. The two go hand-in-hand: Being social can help keep away the blues.
Report: Freedom Tower plans found in trash
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
The government agency building a 102-story skyscraper at the World Trade Center site is investigating the discovery of two sets of blueprints for the building that a homeless man says he found in the trash.
Batman’ returns to hurdles at Relays
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C5
The most outstanding performer of the 2007 Kansas Relays is back in town and wants everybody to know it. “You’re going to see ‘Batman’ in action. Like the movie, ‘Batman Returns,”’ 24-year-old hurdles sensation Bershawn “Batman” Jackson said Friday at Memorial Stadium.
Citigroup cuts value of investments by $14B
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
Citigroup’s 9,000 job cuts and $14 billion in write-downs suggest that even if the worst of the credit market volatility is over, the industry is now in a conservative, cost-cutting mode.
Clinton’s elitist claim is a joke
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B7
If you want to enjoy a belly laugh, here are three reliable suggestions: (1) rent an old Woody Allen movie, especially “Bananas,” (2) rent “Borat,” or (3) listen to Hillary Clinton, of all people, attack Barack Obama as “elitist.”
Invasive species: the dragon of Cape Coral
April 19, 2008 in print edition on E8
The Nile monitor lizard is not a cuddly creature. It is related to the Komodo dragon, has razor-sharp teeth and fearsome claws, and can grow to be seven feet long. For years it was a popular item in pet stores, but in this city in southwestern Florida it has gone native.
Rockies finally hold off Padres in 22 innings
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C3
Troy Tulowitzki’s RBI double with two outs in the 22nd inning scored Willy Taveras and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres, 2-1, in the longest game in the majors in nearly 15 years, a 6-hour, 16-minute marathon.
Sect children to stay in state custody
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
The more than 400 children taken from a ranch run by a polygamous sect will stay in state custody and be subject to genetic testing to sort out family relationships that have confounded welfare authorities, a judge ruled Friday.
Benedict first pope to visit US synagogue
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
Pope Benedict XVI became the first pope to visit an American synagogue Friday, bringing greetings for the Passover holiday and accepting gifts of matzo and a seder plate.
Tennis, softball called
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C8
Lawrence High’s home tennis invitational scheduled for Friday was postponed due to cold and inclement weather.
KU planner honored for influence
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
R. Keith Lawton, former vice chancellor for Kansas University campus planning and development, was honored Friday for his commitment and dedication to making the university landscape what it is today.
Governor gives birth to 5th child, a boy
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
Gov. Sarah Palin gave birth Friday to her fifth child, a boy, about a month before her due date.
Country’s troubles blamed on Britain
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
President Robert Mugabe devoted his first major speech since the unresolved election three weeks ago to denouncing whites and former colonial ruler Britain, an attempt to convince Zimbabweans their political and economic troubles stem from abroad.
Military news
April 19, 2008 in print edition on D3
Army Pfc. Elias Ashley, son of Earl Ashley, Wichita, and Keli Kincaid, De Soto, has been mobilized and activated for deployment overseas to a forward operating base in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Ex-youth leader charged with sex crime
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B3
A former Lawrence woman took the stand Friday in Douglas County District Court describing sexual abuse that took place nearly a decade ago at the hands of a former church youth leader.
Nebraska edges KU in baseball
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C6
Craig Corriston’s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh lifted Nebraska to a 7-6 Big 12 Conference baseball victory over Kansas University on Friday at Hawks Field.
Superintendent of Eudora resigns
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B3
The leader of the Eudora school district is leaving in June to accept a similar position in Wyoming.
Going the distance
Local high schoolers go long on first day
April 19, 2008
Distance dominated the local scene at Friday’s first day of high school action at the Kansas Relays. Behind a time that was more than 17 seconds better than her previous best, Free State High’s Kyra Kilwein placed eighth in the 3,200-meter run and anchored the Firebirds’ distance medley relay team to a 13th-place finish, 10 places better than it was seeded.
Good Samaritan pays for resident’s water bill
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B3
City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle is warning merchants to be wary of counterfeit $50 bills through a story that illustrates the good side of human nature.
Other states wooing California teachers amid wave of pink slips
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
Precious Jackson has two years of teaching under her belt and two school teacher-of-the-year awards to show for it. She also has a pink slip.
American League Roundup: Thome tags 511th home run
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C4
Jim Thome hit his 511th career home run, and Javier Vazquez won his third consecutive start to lead Chicago past Tampa Bay.
Mayor returns to City Hall after shooting
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A3
The mayor of Kirkwood, Mo., has returned to City Hall after he was shot twice in the head at a council meeting.
Typhoon Neoguri hits island Hainan
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
Typhoon Neoguri weakened into a tropical storm Friday after hitting China’s southern island province of Hainan, where 120,000 people fled low-lying areas and thousands more were stranded at an airport, state-run media reported.
Missouri man exonerated of two rapes by DNA
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B3
Jackson County prosecutors this week dropped rape charges against an Independence man whose DNA exonerated him despite two sexual assault victims picking him out as their attacker.
Ex-Jayhawk hurt winning javelin
April 19, 2008
A group of chilled-to-the bone track and field fans filed past former Kansas University great Scott Russell at the start of the men’s javelin finals Friday night outside Memorial Stadium.
Parade etiquette
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I attended the parade downtown on Sunday and thought the large turnout was inspirational. I certainly felt a part of Kansas University basketball history, as did my parents who attended with me. They had been looking forward to the parade for several days. I was a little disappointed in the behavior of some of those who attended the event.
Businesses soak up leadership advice during ‘Maximum Impact’ simulcast
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B5
Bryan Hedges understands that leadership is about teamwork, and sharing a vision, and working to see that everyone buys into common goals, and on and on. Such ideas are nothing new.
New side of Vladimir Putin: lady’s man?
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
Perhaps it was the setting - one of Italy’s most romantic resorts. Or the company - standing next to Italy’s famously flirtatious premier.
Yale: Premise of student’s art project deemed a hoax
April 19, 2008 in print edition on D7
A Yale University art student’s claim that she induced repeated abortions on herself and used the blood for her senior project is false, school officials said after her account was published in the student newspaper.
Proud fan
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I was so pleased to read the letter “Praise from Memphis” (Public Forum, April 16). It brought a tear to my eyes.
National League Roundup: Cubs’ Hill beats Bucs for first win
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C4
Rich Hill struggled with his control but won for the first time in three starts this year, and Chicago beat Pittsburgh for its ninth victory in 12 games.
Kosher designation requires multiple steps
April 19, 2008 in print edition on D5
The Washington Post reports on how a food company gets its product certified as kosher or kosher-for-Passover by the Orthodox Union:
On the record
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B2
A 20-year-old Fort Riley man was transported to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., following a one-car accident on U.S. Highway 56, seven miles west of Baldwin City. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, about 4:25 p.m.
4-H and FCE news
April 19, 2008 in print edition on D3
Lone Star 4-H Club conducted its monthly meeting March 10 at Lone Star Church of the Brethren. Christine Caffey, president, called the meeting to order, and song leaders Rowan Plinsky, Bethany Ledom and Megan Williams led the group in a song. For roll call, members responded to the question, “Who is your favorite college basketball team?”
Another parade?
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Congratulations to the 2008 Jayhawk basketball team, coaches, and staff! I cheered right through the NCAA Tournament and was ecstatic when KU won the national championship. The parade on Sunday was a fine way to laud their accomplishment.
Where are the real heroes?
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Nestled in the northeast corner of Kansas, Kansas University men’s basketball wrote into the history books an outstanding feat. The chaos that followed mirrored the masses lined up to view the Christ child. The parade yielded cheering fans touching the cars of the team as if by just a simple contact one could better their own lives.
K.C. blasted in Oakland, 13-2
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C3
Bobby Crosby homered and drove in five runs, Chad Gaudin had his strongest outing of the season, and the Oakland Athletics snapped a three-game losing streak with a 13-2 victory over Kansas City on Friday night.
Sonics’ move approved
Franchise could relocate to Oklahoma City
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C2
NBA owners approved the Seattle SuperSonics’ move to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season Friday, pending the resolution of litigation between the team and the city of Seattle.
Faith briefs
April 19, 2008 in print edition on D8
Faith news from around Lawrence.
Faith Forum: What does Passover mean to you?
April 19, 2008 in print edition on D1
Passover is a holiday with great and multiple meaning to most Jews. However, what it most means to me is family. In particular, memories of my childhood in the late ‘40s and early ‘50s when my parents, my sister and I would go to my paternal grandparents’ home for Seder.
BNSF replacing ties, reconditioning base
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B3
Burlington Northern Santa Fe is replacing and rehabilitating rail ties between Kansas City, Kan., and Tecumseh, part of its regular maintenance program.
Interim chamber leader named
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B5
Chuck Warner is coming out of retirement to lead the staff of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, and nobody’s sure exactly when his return to work will end.
Hearing for pollution control permit set
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
A public hearing will take place Tuesday in Topeka concerning a Kansas water pollution control permit sought for the Westar Energy Center in St. Marys.
Around and about
April 19, 2008 in print edition on D3
Christopher Erb, son of Tom and Karen Erb, Lawrence, will receive his medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May.
Former CIA operative speaks at KU event
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
After criticizing the executive branch of the U.S. government for what she said was the denial of her First Amendment rights, Valerie Plame Wilson blamed the inaccurate intelligence leading up to the Iraq War on Kansas’ U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.
Catholic school
Movement leaders paying visit to Lawrence to teach about lay Catholics’ rights
April 19, 2008 in print edition on D1
The Catholics in southern Illinois had endured enough. The year was 2002, and the church was embroiled in a sex and abuse scandal involving priests out of Boston.
East Timor shaken by strong earthquake
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
Meteorological agencies say a powerful earthquake has rocked part of East Timor. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
Larned funding defended
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B6
I am writing in response to the March 26 editorial “Wrong Reasoning,” regarding the sexual predator treatment program at Larned State Hospital. As a former state legislator I proudly served House District 114, which includes Larned, for 14 years.
Pump patrol
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.26 at Presto Convenience Store, 602 W. Ninth St.
Simons: Bush not the only one responsible for nation’s problems
April 19, 2008 in print edition on B1
Other than resigning from office and pleading guilty to every charge that has been hurled against him for the past seven years, is there anything George W. Bush could do to please his critics?
Keegan: Valvano system works
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C1
The way Jim Valvano stared cancer in the face and laughed at it, even as it ravaged his body, rightly has made him one of the most inspirational figures in sports history. He knew the disease was killing him, but he wasn’t about to let it kill his sense of humor, his spirit, his lust for life.
KU women’s aide joins Kentucky staff
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C6
Kyra Elzy, an assistant women’s basketball coach at Kansas University the last four years, has joined the staff at Kentucky.
People in the news
April 19, 2008 in print edition on D7
¢ Billy Joel can’t pass up Des Moines Beetle¢ Fantasia Barrino is festival grand marshal
Hommell breaks tie; Kansas tennis clips Huskers, 4-3
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C6
For the fourth time this season, senior Lauren Hommell broke a 3-all tie with a victory at No. 6 singles, sending Kansas University to a 4-3 victory over Nebraska on Friday afternoon at First Serve.KU improved to 8-12 overall, 4-6 in the Big 12.
Chiefs willing to part with Allen
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C2
As improbable as it might have sounded at the end of last season when he led the NFL in sacks, the Kansas City Chiefs could be willing to part with All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen while he’s in the prime of his career.
Ford contract approved
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C2
The Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents unanimously approved a deal Friday that would pay new Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford $1.3 million annually over seven years.
Douglas-Roberts leaving
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C2
All-American junior guard Chris Douglas-Roberts of Memphis will enter the NBA Draft, joining teammate Derrick Rose in leaving early for the pros. The school announced Douglas-Roberts’ decision Friday.
Vick promotion dropped
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C2
The Kansas City T-Bones have dropped plans to hold a welcome party for Michael Vick.
Cavs-Wizards rivalry filled with trash talk
April 19, 2008 in print edition on C7
Weeks of back-and-forth yapping, some of it very personal, between Cleveland star LeBron James and Washington guard DeShawn Stevenson, has given the Cavs-Wizards best-of-seven series a serious buzz.
Pope worries about big powers
April 19, 2008 in print edition on A2
Making a plea for human rights, Pope Benedict XVI warned diplomats at the United Nations on Friday that international cooperation needed to solve urgent problems is “in crisis” because decisions rest in the hands of a few powerful nations.