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6News video: Annual variety show to take the stage tonight
April 23, 2008
The curtain goes up tomorrow night for Lawrence High School’s annual Showtime Music Revue.
6News video: School administrators trained with new notification system
April 23, 2008
School leaders received training today about the district’s new notification system.
6News video: LPD accepting applications for 18th Citizens’ Academy
April 23, 2008
If you’ve ever wondered what life is really like for the men and women who ‘protect and serve’ - now’s your chance!
6News video: Man accused of car break-ins in custody
April 23, 2008
A Lawrence man accused of a series of car break-ins is behind bars tonight.
6News video: Chalmers declares for NBA draft; Fans react
April 23, 2008
A week ago, Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur announced their intentions to enter the NBA draft. Today, Mario Chalmers says he will also test the waters of the NBA. Also, several Jayhawk fans react to the news.
6News video: Police investigate an unattended death at Lawrence business park
April 23, 2008
Police were called to the Lakeview Business Center just after 2 p.m. this afternoon. Officers found the body of a 49-year-old Lawrence woman inside the cab of a pickup truck.
6News video: Fire breaks out at central Lawrence apartment
April 23, 2008
Investigators believe an overheated appliance sparked a fire at a central Lawrence apartment just before 4 a.m. early Wednesday morning.
6News video: Search for canoeist stalled due to weather
April 23, 2008
Today’s bad weather forced an early end to the continuing search for a missing canoeist on the Kansas River.
6News video: Shooting victim released from hospital
April 23, 2008
A 20-year-old man is out of the hospital after being shot during a robbery at a south Lawrence apartment.
6Sports video: Chalmers testing NBA waters without an agent
April 23, 2008
Mario Chalmers will enter the 2008 NBA draft. However, Mario announced that he will not sign with an agent. That means Chalmers has the option of returning to school if his pre-draft workouts don’t go as planned.
6News video: KU students face a 6% tuition hike next year
April 23, 2008
The KU Tuition Advisory Committee has recommended that the university hike up the tuition by 6% next year.
6Sports video: Augustin and Abrams also declare for NBA draft
April 23, 2008
This afternoon, Texas guards D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams both announced they will declare for the NBA draft.
6Sports video: KU tennis squad readies for Big 12 Championship weekend
April 23, 2008
It’s a Big 12 Championship weekend for conference tennis and golf teams. For the queens of the court, it all starts tomorrow. And for the Kansas Jayhawks, there’s reason to be optimistic for not only the opening round, but for the weekend as well…
Storm disables outdoor warning siren at Eagle Bend golf course
April 23, 2008
Today’s storm knocked out a Douglas County outdoor storm warning siren at Eagle Bend golf course.
Woman’s body found at northern Lawrence business park
April 23, 2008
Police are investigating an unattended death at the Lakeview Business Center, 2901 Lakeview Rd.
Lawrence under Flash Flood Watch tonight
April 23, 2008
Lawrence is under a Flash Flood Watch until Thursday morning, as heavy rain is expected to fall tonight.
No injuries reported in early morning fire
04:28 a.m., April 23, 2008 Updated 05:06 a.m.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical responded to a fire that broke out early Wednesday morning at an apartment building at 1311 Tennessee.
Student artwork becomes collage
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B10
Call it global cooling. Environmental artist Stan Herd, with assistance from Lawrence artist Claire Doveton, created an Earth Day collage on the covered ice rink in Landon Arena.
Good as advertised
New hurler leads FSHS to victory
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
The performance lived up to the hype. After waiting all season for senior transfer Kelson Boyer to become eligible to pitch, the Free State High baseball team sent its newest weapon to the mound on Tuesday.
Free State golfers seventh
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
Free State High’s boys golf team placed seventh Tuesday at the Olathe Northwest Invitational.
Miss. St. guard declares
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
Mississippi State point guard Jamont Gordon has declared for the NBA Draft, but won’t hire an agent.
Two leaders are named to foundation board
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A5
Two leaders of Lawrence companies were named to the board of the Douglas County Community Foundation Board of Directors, the foundation announced Tuesday.
No Child’ sets graduation standard
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A8
The Bush administration sought to bolster its signature education law Tuesday, announcing new rules designed to address the nation’s dropout problem and ensure close attention is paid to the achievement of minority students.
SC high school student charged with attempting to use WMD
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A8
An 18-year-old straight-A student accused of planning to bomb his high school was charged Tuesday with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, which carries a possible life sentence.
On the record
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A4
A Lansing man and a Basehor woman were transported to Overland Park Regional on Tuesday following a multi-vehicle accident at Kansas Highway 7 and 130th Street in Wyandotte County, according to the Kansas Turnpike Authority.
Pump patrol
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.34 at several locations.
Pope takes humane immigration stand
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A9
Pope Benedict XVI’s calls for humane treatment of undocumented immigrants during his trip to the United States got anti-immigration zealots more riled up than usual. Good! I’m beginning to like this pope.
Allergy sufferers beware: Spring is in the air
Up to 25% of population affected by annual itching, sneezing fits
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
Itching to get outdoors? Beware. The outdoors may make you itch.
Seniors stay involved
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B6
Heading into Thursday’s final home meet of the season, the Lawrence High girls swimming and diving team has qualified for 15 spots at the state meet in May.
KU baseball falls to Wichita State
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
A six-run outburst in the fourth inning gave Wichita State all the scoring it needed Tuesday as the Shockers beat Kansas, 6-4.
Keegan: Another moment for Hadl
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
The time came when the arm lost its zip. The knees cried for relief. The reflexes just weren’t the same, and John Willard Hadl, who never missed a game because of injury, had to put the shoulder pads away for good and end his Hall of Fame-worthy football career.
Taylor to visit today
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
Blue chip basketball recruit Tyshawn Taylor should feel right at home during his official recruiting visit to Kansas University today and Thursday. Like his Jayhawk hosts, he’s a national champion.
Tribe spanks Royals, 15-1
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B5
Casey Blake had a grand slam and six RBIs and C.C. Sabathia struck out 11 in his first victory, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 15-1 rout of the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Strange Days’ ahead for planet
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B8
Produced by National Geographic, the series “Strange Days on Planet Earth” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) returns for a second season. Edward Norton hosts and narrates.
People in the news
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ Cruise, Kidman’s son to appear in film¢ Miley Cyrus to write memoirs¢ Streisand won’t attend Israel celebration¢ Sambora makes deal in DUI case¢ Schwarzenegger buys exclusive piece of land¢ Beyonce, Jay-Z’s marriage license filed
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B8
Please note a tendency to go to extremes in some form this year. The variations you create might be fascinating to an observer.
Arctic haze may hold clues to melting
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A10
Visitors to Alaska often marvel at the crisp, clear air. But the truth is, the skies above the Arctic Circle work like a giant lint trap during late winter and early spring, catching all sorts of pollutants swirling around the globe.
Coal plant remarks spark House ire
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson said Tuesday that even if the Legislature overrides Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of two coal-fired power plants, the administration will try to block the project.
Driver guilty of fleeing officers
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
An Osage County jury on Tuesday found a woman guilty of trying to flee police last year after two highway workers died in a hit-and-run incident south of Lawrence.
Baker honors community leaders
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
Four Lawrence residents have been honored by Baker University’s Partners-in-Progress program for their outstanding work in business and service sectors.
World Company book recounts dream season
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
You experienced the championship; now you can read the book.
Despite Pa. win, Clinton still facing an uphill challenge
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Hillary Rodham Clinton ground out a gritty victory in the Pennsylvania primary Tuesday night, defeating Barack Obama and staving off elimination in their historic race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Zimbabwe’s neighbors block arms shipment
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Zimbabwe’s regime got a taste of the international isolation critics say it deserves, with its neighbors blocking a shipment of Chinese arms to prevent them from being used against Robert Mugabe’s opponents.
Mezzo soprano to give recital Thursday at KU
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Kansas University Department of Music and Dance will present a recital by Joyce Castle, mezzo soprano and Kansas University professor of voice, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Crafton-Preyer Theatre.
After Iraq surge, Fort Riley brigade returning home
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
The news wasn’t good, and it was difficult to avoid. Jennifer Crotts tried to block it out, but checking her e-mail took her to news pages. Frequently, they would report another attack and more dead soldiers.
Classies gala Monday
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A4
Cottonwood Inc. will offer an Oscar-themed gala Monday honoring the community members, staff and customers who’ve contributed to the agency.
Suicide bomber kills 2 US Marines
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
A bomb-rigged truck exploded at a checkpoint Tuesday near the western city of Ramadi, killing two U.S. Marines and wounding three others in an apparent strike by al-Qaida in Iraq in one of its former strongholds.
Search resumes for priest who floated off
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Rescuers scoured the waters off Brazil’s southern Atlantic coast on Tuesday looking for a Roman Catholic priest who disappeared after floating into the sky strapped to hundreds of helium party balloons.
Link between smog, early death is strong
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Short-term exposure to smog, or ozone, is clearly linked to premature deaths that should be taken into account when measuring the health benefits of reducing air pollution, a National Academy of Sciences report concluded Tuesday.
Herbicide harm
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: The curly-leaf pondweed is about to make its annual appearance at Lone Star Lake, and area anglers beseech lake residents and Douglas County Public Works not to spray herbicides on the pondweed.
FSHS splits doubleheader
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B3
Starting pitcher Catherine Smith couldn’t help herself at the plate in Free State’s 1-0 softball loss against Shawnee Mission West on Tuesday at Holcom. But Smith came up big for little sister Megan Smith in the Firebirds’ next game - a 9-3 victory over Leavenworth.
No injuries reported after apartment fire
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical is investigating a fire that broke out Tuesday morning at SouthPointe Apartments, 2166 W. 26th St.
Tips can help grow a healthy lawn
Mowing, watering only a few of the steps needed to keep your yard green
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B9
A lush lawn doesn’t just make a home look great. Along with trees and shrubs, healthy turf prevents soil erosion and lowers heat and noise levels. Best of all, it’s not necessary to pump a yard full of expensive chemicals, water plants twice daily or mow like a maniac to keep a landscape in top shape.
Man shot in leg after dispute at apartment
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
A Lawrence man was treated at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on Tuesday night for a gunshot wound to the leg following an incident in the 2500 block of Redbud Lane, Lawrence police said. The man’s injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
Grizzly bear kills trainer
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
A grizzly bear killed a trainer Tuesday at a private facility for exotic animals used in movies and television, authorities said.
Draft day looms
Talib, Kelly emerge as Big 12’s most likely first-round picks
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B6
It’s been 15 years since the Kansas University football team had a player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Summer travel headaches loom as airlines’ woes deepen
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B9
The airline industry was battered Tuesday by worse-than-expected losses and skyrocketing fuel prices, portending a worst-of-times vacation season of jammed planes, delayed flights and higher fares.
Reports: Chiefs to trade Allen
Vikings reach deal for defensive end, sources say
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
Jared Allen, the franchise player for the Kansas City Chiefs, is heading to a new franchise, the Minnesota Vikings, according to multiple sources.
KU tennis players honored
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
Four Kansas University tennis players have been named Academic All-Big 12, including three on the first team, the conference announced on Tuesday.
KU softball takes two
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
Sophomore Sarah Vertelka pitched six strong innings to help Kansas University’s softball team snap a five-game losing streak with a 10-2 victory Tuesday over UMKC.
Pine, Schmidt to seek new terms in Senate
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B10
State Sen. Roger Pine, R-Lawrence, has filed to seek re-election.
Capitol Federal adds name to music venue
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B9
Sandstone Amphitheater in Bonner Springs has undergone yet another name change.
FSHS soccer falls, 1-0
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
Free State dropped a 1-0 soccer decision at home Tuesday against Shawnee Mission South.
Tuition line
Regardless of how much state higher education funding is approved, the Kansas Board of Regents must stand by its resolve to limit university tuition increases.
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A9
The Kansas Board of Regents should put pressure on state legislators to adequately fund higher education, but it also should stand by its decision to limit university tuition increases regardless of how much state funding legislators approve.
Director of technology in district set to retire
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A5
A longtime Lawrence schools administrator will step down at the end of the school year.
LHS tennis takes first
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
Lawrence High’s double teams of Taylor Seratte and Ryan Abbott, and Zhennan Liu and Thomas Zhang each went 3-0, and the Lions’ tennis team won the Topeka Seaman quadrangular on Tuesday.
KU’s Self raising funds for health, wellness facilities in Lawrence area
April 23, 2008
Kansas University basketball Coach Bill Self is taking on “soaring rates of childhood obesity and the medical, physical and emotional toll lack of physical exercise and engagement has on America’s youth.”
Attorney to run for Jefferson County post
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A4
Caleb Stegall, a Perry attorney, has announced his intention to challenge Jefferson County Attorney Mike Hayes in the Republican Party primary in August.
Silent tsunami’ of global hunger looms
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A6
Ration cards. Genetically modified crops. The end of pile-it-high, sell-it-cheap supermarkets.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for April 23, 1908: “Great interest has been manifested by the boys of Douglas County about the corn-growing contest. So far, 61 have signed up to get the seed corn by May 1.”
LHS goes 1-1 in twinbill
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B3
Lawrence High freshman pitcher Lauren Massey didn’t quite pitch 50 innings Tuesday at Holcom, but it may have felt like it.
Half-dozen errors doom Lions in 6-3 loss
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
The pitching? Not bad. The hitting? Pretty good. The fielding? Don’t ask.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A9
A four-man committee was to be appointed to initiate recommendations to make Douglas County a “model of intergovernmental cooperation, with Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin and Lecompton all interwoven in joint projects.”
Eudora district names acting superintendent
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Eudora school board has named an interim superintendent to lead the district for a year.
KU reveals two-deep
Spring practices help depth chart shake out
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University’s football team released its post-spring depth chart on Tuesday, the last hint of where players stand until preseason practices start in August.
High School Sports Notebook
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B6
Lights at Free State High’s softball field finally have been erected, and it appears the Firebirds will be able to use them at least once this season.
Crude oil prices near $120 a barrel
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A2
Gas and oil prices pushed further into record high territory Tuesday, with retail gas reaching a national average of $3.51 for the first time and crude nearing $120 as the dollar fell to a new low against the euro.
University Theatre Endowment to benefit from event
April 23, 2008 in print edition on C1
A fundraiser Saturday at Kansas University will give more students at KU and Haskell Indian Nations University an opportunity to see University Theatre productions.
New land grab
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: When I first moved to Lawrence, I thought it was one of the most beautiful cities I had ever been in. The city limits were Sixth Street, Barker Avenue, 19th Street and the KU campus. Then the land grab began.
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures traded higher Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Eco-facts highlight global consumption
April 23, 2008
Americans use about 405 million gallons of gas each day.
Jurors hear evidence about man accused in two rapes
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A5
Prosecutors are trying to prove a Douglas County man raped two women in separate incidents in 2005 and 2006, but the man’s attorney said the sex was consensual and the women had motives to accuse him.
Dolphins sign Long
April 23, 2008 in print edition on B2
Michigan tackle Jake Long signed a five-year contract with $30 million guaranteed Tuesday with the Miami Dolphins, who plan to select him with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.
Clinton wins Pa., so what now?
April 23, 2008 in print edition on A1
Hillary Rodham Clinton survived yet another day. There will be little time for celebration, though. Time and money are running out.
Asparagus shunned by skeptics in society
April 23, 2008 in print edition on C1
As the ground warms in April, it forces new life to the surface, sending up daffodils, tulips and my personal favorite of all spring perennials: asparagus. The early tips - fleshy and tender as they always are at the beginning of the season - began poking through the soil in clusters last weekend, a sure indicator of a bountiful crop.