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6Sports video: FSHS freshman making an impact on baseball team
May 2, 2008
Mike Hill’s Free State High baseball team continues to roll with a 13-1 record. With 12 seniors on the roster, making an impact as an underclassman is easier said than done.
6Sports video: Day one complete of swim meet
May 2, 2008
Day one of the Sunflower League Swimming Meet is complete at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatics Center.
6Sports video: Hoopsters hit the Fieldhouse for Jayhawk Invite
May 2, 2008
At Allen Fieldhouse, the 9th Annual Jayhawk Invitational AAU basketball Tournament winds down this evening.
6News video: Elementary school holds classes despite storm damage
May 2, 2008
The storm also damaged the roof at a West Lawrence Elementary school - but that didn’t effect class schedules.
6News video: Storm devastates Lawrence area
May 2, 2008
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Douglas County overnight at 1:04 a.m. near Stull as an F-2 type tornado. The tornado spent two minutes on the ground and left a fierce storm in its wake.
6Sports video: KU takes first game over Oklahoma
May 2, 2008
An important weekend for the Kansas baseball team begins tonight. The Jayhawks sit in last place in the Big 12 standings entering their three game series with Oklahoma.
6News video: Areas west of Lawrence also terrorized by storms
May 2, 2008
Areas west of Lawrence also faced the task of digging through debris after severe storms ripped through the region.
6News video: Power outages linger after storm
May 2, 2008
Nearly 24 hours after severe storms swept through Lawrence, some residents are still in the dark tonight. Westar crews spend the day working to restore power to the nearly 14,000 customers in the Lawrence-service area who experienced outages.
6News video: 3 victorious teams from KU get special recognition from state capitol
May 2, 2008
The Jayhawk football, basketball, and debate teams were recognized in a special ceremony with the Governor on Friday.
6News video: Douglas County chooses not to activate tornado sirens
May 2, 2008
There’s been a lot of talk today about why Douglas County did NOT activate its tornado sirens - even though surveys of the damage today by the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado did touch down in Douglas County.
6News video: Lawrence resident helps save house from storm
May 2, 2008
Damage from Friday morning’s storm was somewhat sporadic as it made its way through town - one Lawrence resident felt the impact a little more than others.
KU wins baseball shootout with Oklahoma
Jayhawks upend Sooners, 17-15
May 2, 2008
Jayhawks tally 16 hits in 17-15 home victory against Oklahoma
Symbol re-energizes fundraising efforts
May 2, 2008 in print edition on D1
With almost a decade of fundraising behind them, the members of the Eudora United Methodist Church were lagging. They’d spent all that time trying to make their new church along Kansas Highway 10 a reality, yet they had not broken ground, and they didn’t have all the needed money. The new church seemed another 10 years away.
6News Now: Afternoon update
May 2, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, the city is cleaning up after a powerful storm blew through the area early in the morning, but the forecast looks fairly quiet.
Emergency officer: ‘It never crossed my mind to activate the tornado warning sirens’
12:49 p.m., May 2, 2008 Updated 01:03 p.m.
As many Douglas County residents have noted, the sirens did not sound early Friday morning despite a tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service in Topeka.
Kansas court unseals Planned Parenthood cases
May 2, 2008
The state’s highest court on Friday unsealed a lawsuit by a Planned Parenthood clinic against a prosecutor who has charged the clinic with violating Kansas’ abortion laws and manufacturing false documents.
City opens brush drop-off site for residents’ storm debris
May 2, 2008
Due to tree damage created from Friday morning’s storm, the City of Lawrence’s brush drop-off site will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Monday.
Lawrence resident Hannes Combest to lead auctioneers association
May 2, 2008
Hannes Combest is leaving Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Lawrence, for the top job at the National Auctioneers Association in Overland Park.
KU basketball, debate and football teams honored at Capitol
May 2, 2008
Kansas University basketball, football and debate teams were recognized for their performances during ceremonies in the Capitol.
All Lawrence schools to start on time; classes in Wellsville to begin two hours late Friday
May 2, 2008
Classes in Wellsville will begin two hours late Friday.
Douglas County cleaning up after overnight storm
01:28 a.m., May 2, 2008 Updated 03:38 p.m.
Residents in Lawrence and the surrounding area are assessing damage and cleaning up Friday morning after a severe thunderstorm struck shortly after 1 a.m.
Earthquakes in Kansas a real threat
May 2, 2008
At the base of Tuttle Creek Reservoir, a 20-ton clamshell excavator removes giant buckets of earth, making way for huge concrete walls. The amount of cement in those walls could pave a sidewalk between Tuttle Creek just outside Manhattan, Kan., and Washington, D.C.
Commentary: Recruiting outweighs academics
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B2
There’s no Minnesota high school that does more to promote the growth of its students than DeLaSalle, the Catholic institution on Nicollet Island in Minneapolis. It starts with Brother Michael Collins, the school president and a man as dedicated to creating a school that will prepare young people for college and life as any educator you will find.
Jayhawk Invitational tips off
Top high school recruits playing in Lawrence
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B7
Some of the top high school basketball players in the Class of 2009, including No. 3-ranked Derrick Favors and No. 4 Lance Stephenson, headline the ninth-annual Jayhawk Invitational, held tonight through Sunday at Allen Fieldhouse, Horejsi Center, Haskell and Lawrence High.
Clinton jolted by supporter’s defection
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
Hillary Rodham Clinton was jolted Thursday by the defection of one of her longtime superdelegate supporters, a former national party chairman who urged fellow Democrats to “reject the old negative politics” and unify behind Barack Obama.
Study: 58 percent of black kids can’t swim
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
Nearly 60 percent of African-American children can’t swim, almost twice the figure for white children, according to a first-of-its-kind survey which USA Swimming hopes will strengthen its efforts to lower minority drowning rates and draw more blacks into the sport.
Net Worth: Radio stations get personal on the Internet
May 2, 2008 in print edition on C1
I generally loathe radio - specifically modern corporate radio. The limited playlists and cookie-cutter mentality of these behemoths don’t exactly have me jumping up and down in anticipation of the latest Fergie or Mudvayne track.
US missile strike kills reputed al-Qaida leader in Somalia
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
U.S. missiles destroyed the house of the man identified by the U.S. military as the top al-Qaida commander in Somalia, killing him and 10 others Thursday in a pre-dawn attack that analysts warned could torpedo peace talks.
Treasure trove found in shipwreck
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
The ship was laden with tons of copper ingots, elephant tusks, gold coins - and cannons to fend off pirates. But it had nothing to protect it from the fierce weather off a particularly bleak stretch of inhospitable African coast, and it sank 500 years ago.
D.C. madam’ kills herself in Florida
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A8
A woman convicted two weeks ago of being the “D.C. Madam” hanged herself Thursday, apparently making good on her vow never to go to prison for running a high-end Washington prostitution ring.
Sebelius’ coal veto stands
Lawmakers fall short in override attempt
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of two coal-fired power plants survived a furious charge from legislative leaders on Thursday.
Pump patrol
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.45 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
County improvement project touts health
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Douglas County Community Health Improvement Project is co-sponsoring events as part of national Cover the Uninsured Week, which ends Saturday.
Internet pharmacy owner gets 33-month sentence
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B12
The owner of an Internet pharmacy once located here was sentenced Thursday to 33 months in prison for unlawfully distributing prescription drugs.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
White House press secretary Bill Moyers said in a talk here that television would become an in-creasing force in American government, especially the presidency. He said “mastery of effective acting techniques may well be a presidential requirement in the years ahead.”
Planes, purgatory: a day at the airport
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
A cabdriver picked me up outside the Waffle House in Little Rock last Sunday and said so sweetly, “I hope you enjoyed your breakfast” - elongating the “joy” slightly and slurring the k in “breakfast” - and I said yes, but honestly, I don’t really associate breakfast with enjoyment.
Credit-scoring changes could affect buyers
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B11
Q: I heard that the company that calculates credit ratings for consumers is changing the way that it puts together its credit scores. Is this true? If so, what are the changes?
Obama proves his inexperience
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A11
While the Rev. Jeremiah Wright continues to play out in sound bites on cable TV and talk radio, it isn’t Wright who might be president. It is Barack Obama who wants that job.
County recycling program begins, will expand
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A1
Properly recycling trash is almost a science, and Douglas County employees are finding that out.
Critical match
FSHS soph topples ex-champ, wins regional
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B1
Thursday afternoon at the Lawrence Tennis Center, Free State sophomore Michael Swank officially placed himself at the top of the high school tennis scene.
U.S. crackdown leads to drop in illegal migration
May 2, 2008 in print edition on C9
The sandy streets of Sasabe are empty. Migrant smugglers have to hunt for business at border-town shelters. Deported migrants give up after one try, taking their government up on free bus rides home.
Austrians question how incest case went undetected
May 2, 2008 in print edition on C10
Carefree children in alpine costumes danced around a maypole, and parents crowded a churchyard to snap photos of sons and daughters making their first communion.
Courting new players
Saturday’s tennis ‘block party’ aims to grow sport
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B3
Scott Elwell recalls a time when tennis was a very big deal in Lawrence.
People in the news
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B10
¢ Miley Cyrus to skip Disney red carpet event¢ Ferrell, Aniston film videos for campaign¢ Cosby brings ‘blunt’ message to leaders¢ Rodman arrested for alleged hitting woman¢ Nickelback frontman fined for drunken driving
Senior named Presidential Scholar
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A5
Free State High School senior Kate Falkenstien has been named a 2008 Presidential Scholar along with 138 other American students, U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced Thursday.
Only lightning stops Firebirds in 16-0 rout of Indians
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B1
The drubbing-in-progress only was getting worse for Shawnee Mission North’s baseball team Thursday afternoon at Free State High. Nothing could save the hapless Indians, it seemed. Nothing on the baseball diamond, that is.
Scientist predicts gene revolution
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
In the future, the energy needs of the world, remediation of pollution and disposal of certain wastes could all be handled by biological organisms designed in the lab, a prominent lecturer said Thursday night.
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Pinckney first- and second-graders, with the assistance of Kevin Hart, put on another great music program.
Landmark drills down for efficiency
Geothermal system to help heat, cool Castle Tea Room
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B11
Wedding receptions, social reunions and organizational celebrations soon will be conducted under comfort, provided courtesy of the earth’s core.
Skid Row ‘completely transformed’
May 2, 2008 in print edition on C10
Crack users openly suck on glass pipes, gang members deal drugs on sidewalks and streets are speckled with human feces.
Rec calendar
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B3
Recreation around Lawrence
Preparing to spread their ‘wings’
KU Army ROTC cadets train with Blackhawk helicopters
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
Just as combat boots and helmets are essential to U.S. Army troops, so is the Blackhawk helicopter.
Project Graduation members to chat
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
Parent organizers of Project Graduation, the drug- and alcohol-free post-graduation party, will chat with readers Thursday online.
Air Force suspends training jets
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Air Force grounded all T-38C training jets on Thursday, following the second fatal crash involving the aircraft in eight days, the military said.
Mayer: No one better than Gale
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B1
Back when Jack Steadman was administering the Kansas City Chiefs football program considerably better than Carl Peterson does today, K.C. made what could have been its best draft selection of all time. K.C.’s draft choices over the years have ranged from outstanding to annus horribilus, but the No. 1 pick in 1965 could have been the best.
Spending up because of price increases
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A12
Don’t be fooled by a larger-than-expected increase in consumer spending. People aren’t buying more - they’re just paying more for what they buy.
More lies?
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: The Bush administration told America and the world last week that North Korea helped Syria build a nuclear reactor.
Damaging fame
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Referring to Leonard Pitts’ article on April 17, I agree that, “Fame is not what it used to be.”
Long wait
There is good reason to press efforts to bring wartime criminals to justice.
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
People with short memories and casual tolerance of atrocities may wonder why efforts continue to settle cases such as the one involving an 86-year-old man who acted as a hit man for a Nazi death squad that executed Dutch civilians during World War II.
Royals drop 2 of 3 in Texas
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B4
When Sidney Ponson was released by Minnesota last May, the big right-hander knew he wasn’t physically or mentally ready to keep pitching. So he went home and was out of the major leagues until last week.
LHS baseball game to resume today
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B6
Lawrence High and Olathe South will resume their rain-delayed baseball game at 5:30 p.m. today at Olathe District field.
City golf teams clash
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B6
Free State’s golf team shot a 346, while Lawrence High followed with a 370 at a tournament Thursday at Rolling Meadows Golf Course.
Silly seniors shine in own ways
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B6
Hidden behind swim caps, goggles and green and black suits is the bubbly personality of this year’s Free State High girls swimming and diving team.
Al-Jazeera cameraman freed after 6 years
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
An Al-Jazeera cameraman was released from U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay and returned home to Sudan early Friday after six years of imprisonment that drew worldwide protests.
FTC to announce plans for gas price probe
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Federal Trade Commission will announce Friday its plan for investigating and regulating possible market manipulation by oil companies, traders and others, a Democratic senator said Thursday.
B’ is for ‘Breathe’: Report measures ozone
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A3
Douglas Countians are breathing good air, according to a report released Thursday by the American Lung Association.
Yes’ to plants
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: I am for adding more available power to our electric grid. The legislation should be supported and passed.
Teen girl’s upside-down feet treated in surgery
15-year-old travels to New York for correction of clubfoot
May 2, 2008 in print edition on C10
In her 15 years, Jingle Luis has never walked on the bottoms of her feet.
Habitat to highlight Women Build Week
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A5
May 11 is the Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Women Build Work Day.
Students qualify for national history competition
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A6
The Lawrence tradition continues. Eight Lawrence students - five from Central Junior High School and three from Lawrence High - have qualified to compete in the National History Day in June at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
Double suicide attack kills 35 in wedding
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
Two suicide bombers attacked a wedding caravan Thursday as it drove through a crowded market district past bystanders cheering the bride and groom, killing at least 35 people and wounding 65 in a town northeast of Baghdad, officials said.
Central American immigrants protest for rights in Mexico
May 2, 2008 in print edition on C9
While Mexican immigrants led the charge in Chicago and other cities Thursday to push the U.S. government to treat illegal immigrants more humanely, the same demands for immigrant rights are festering in Mexico, which is facing mounting international criticism for how it treats Latin American migrants.
Incentives revised for potential plant at KCI
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B11
Grounding their concerns, Missouri senators passed a $240 million package of state tax enticements Thursday aimed at landing a Canadian company’s new airplane assembly plant at Kansas City International Airport.
Sleep apnea risks can be identified
May 2, 2008 in print edition on C1
Sleep apnea can put surgical patients at high risk for respiratory complications during and after surgery. But of the 2 percent to 26 percent of Americans who have the condition, some 80 percent of men and 93 percent of women don’t know it.
LBJ fretting over war, election in tapes released from ‘68
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A12
Politically crippled by the Vietnam War, President Lyndon B. Johnson still sounded like a candidate for re-election in private 1968 telephone conversations just before deciding to pull out of the race, according to recordings released Thursday.
Bowling fundraiser to help MS research
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A5
A Kansas University Communication 342 class will be host to an all-you-can-bowl event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Royal Crest Lanes.
Holtz headed to hall
Aikman, Cannon among 15 honorees
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B2
Lou Holtz, Troy Aikman and Billy Cannon were among 15 former players and coaches elected Thursday to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Teen columnist sought for Double Take
May 2, 2008
It’s time again for the annual Double Take essay contest to find next year’s co-author.
IU’s Holman to transfer
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B2
Freshman center Eli Holman threw another potential wrench into Indiana’s rebuilding project Thursday, telling coaches he intended to transfer before apparently throwing a tantrum in their office that required a call to the campus police.
Survey shows strength of Midwest economy
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B11
A survey of business executives in nine Midwestern and Plains states suggests their state economies are humming right along despite wholesale inflationary pressures.
Share your earthquake story
May 2, 2008
We want to hear your story about when you felt the earth move. Was it a few weeks ago during the Illinois shake? Or was it while on a trip to California?
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B11
Agriculture futures traded mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Great white danger hunter returns
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B10
Bear Grylls returns with six new episodes of “Man vs. Wild” (8 p.m., Discovery). This is the show in which a former British Special Forces officer is dropped into harrowing locales and forced to survive on the local bugs, plants and other nasty bits.
Rap session
Lawrence High School students explore skills developed through hip-hop class
May 2, 2008 in print edition on C1
In a rural recording studio south of Lawrence, posters of Green Day and Against Me adorn the walls, overlooking Marshall amplifiers, guitars and a drum kit. It’s not exactly a venue that exudes a hip-hop vibe. But on this particular day, a batch of high school students have invaded the studio to lay down their own raps and beats.
Walters reveals affair with US senator
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A8
After three decades of keeping mum, Barbara Walters now says she had a past affair with married U.S. Senator Edward Brooke, whom she remembers as “exciting” and “brilliant.”
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
Passing over all three candidates in the past spring election, the Lawrence City Commission decided to invite Howard Hill, Walter Hull and Jeff Southard for further interviews in their selection of a fifth commissioner.
United Way board lifts blackout rule
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A5
When United Way of Douglas County launches its annual fall fundraising campaign this year, there will be one major change.
KBI agent honored
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A6
Lawrence native and Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent Robert Jacobs has been honored for his work on a capital murder case in the 2005 shooting death of a Greenwood County sheriff.
Baby birds babble, too
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A7
The happy babbling that entertains parents as their babies try to mimic speech turns out to have a parallel in the animal world.
On the record
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical investigators determined misuse of smoking material sparked a blaze shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday in an apartment at 1714 Vt.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 2, 1908: “A number of surprise tests are being conducted on railroads in the area to ensure safe travel.”
Baker recycling program a success
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A8
When it comes to improving the environment by recycling, Baker University is ahead of many public and private agencies and institutions.
Wright damage is unclear
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A11
In his achingly slow steps toward repudiating the repugnant words of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama has run the risk of serious political damage by leaving vague what it was that attracted him to this outspoken critic of American society.
Day of Caring offers family opportunities
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A5
As a child, Micki Chestnut was raised by a mother whom she described as a “front-line volunteer” in her community.
Meeting Boyda
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A10
To the editor: Two weeks ago, Baldwin City had a real treat in receiving “Congress in Your Corner” with congresswoman Nancy Boyda.
KDHE secretary named Public Administrator of the Year
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A9
Roderick Bremby, who is at the center of the fight over two coal-fired power plants, was named “Public Administrator of the Year” by the Kansas chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.
Airlines slow down flights to save on fuel
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A7
Drivers have long known that slowing down on the highway means getting more miles to the gallon. Now airlines are trying it, too - adding a few minutes to flights to save millions on fuel.
Firebird softball splits
Birthday girl not satisfied
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B6
An emotionally charged Thursday was spoiled in the end for Free State High softball senior Catherine Smith.
Soldier acquitted in death of insurgent
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A2
A military jury Thursday acquitted an Army sergeant of premeditated murder in the death of an unarmed Iraqi insurgent who was killed in a village overrun by al-Qaida operatives.
Pistons crush Sixers, 100-77
Detroit secures 4-2 series win
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B7
The Philadelphia 76ers got the Detroit Pistons’ attention. Then they got steamrolled.
Ex-Vols guard treated
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B2
Former Tennessee guard Chris Lofton underwent treatment for testicular cancer after a failed drug test at the 2007 NCAA Tournament revealed he potentially had a tumor.
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B10
You might often weigh the variables of a risk. Intellectually, your mind wants to grow and evolve, but you might have difficulty seeing the other side of an issue. Don’t force yourself.
Mothers’ tribute to come May 11
May 2, 2008 in print edition on A5
Mother to Mother of Douglas County will be host to its 11th annual Tribute to Mothers.
High school sophomore commits
May 2, 2008 in print edition on B1
Veteran Phoenix Sunnyslope High basketball coach Dan Mannix annually asks his players to watch the NCAA Tournament closely, to study tendencies of college teams in an attempt to improve their own games.
Iron Man’ made of superior material
May 2, 2008 in print edition on C1
These comic-book movies, they all start the same, with that montage of Marvel animated heroes. They all end the same. You know what I’m talking about. But darned if “Iron Man” isn’t everything a summer movie should be, and more.