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6Sports video: KU softball squad nabs Senior Day victory
May 4, 2008
The Kansas softball team was looking for a Senior Day win against Iowa State. Tracy Bunge’s squad was struck with the flu this week, but was not affected on Sunday…
6Sports video: KU sluggers sweep Oklahoma
May 4, 2008
Entering the weekend, the Kansas baseball team was stuck in the cellar of the Big 12 standings. But Friday and Saturday conference wins over Oklahoma changed all that.
6News video: Residents near KU fed up with trash-filled neighborhood
May 4, 2008
People living near KU are fed up with all the trash in their neighborhood. And now, the city is working to address their concerns.
6News video: Greensburg: One year later
May 4, 2008
It’s been one year since a deadly tornado wiped a small kansas town off the map. But those 12 months have brought residents back together. 6News reporter Chad Lawhorn visited Greensburg and describes the new spirit surrounding the community.
6Sports video: LHS students engage in mud volleyball game
May 4, 2008
Well forget baseball, softball and basketball. On a nice Spring day, there’s nothing better than a little mud volleyball.
6Sports video: Jayhawk Invite comes to an end
May 4, 2008
The Jayhawk Invitational AAU Basketball Tournament wrapped up today at Allen Fieldhouse.
6News video: One man dead after hit-and-run
May 4, 2008
A Lawrence man is dead following an early morning hit-and-run accident on 6th Street. the two-vehicle crash happened just before 2 a.m. and tonight, police are still searching for the driver of the second vehicle.
6News video: Lawrence ready to welcome ‘Ironman 70.3 Kansas’ athletes
May 4, 2008
In a little more than a month from now, 1,500 of some of the world’s most intense athletes will call Lawrence home…and their temporary stop in town for the first-ever ‘Ironman 70.3 Kansas’ is being welcomed enthusiastically as a economic engine.
6News video: ‘Art in the Park’ draws a crowd
May 4, 2008
It’s an art lover’s dream as thousands of area residents feast their eyes on hundreds on pieces of art today.
6News video: Miss Haskell hopefuls wait for royal announcement
May 4, 2008
Royalty will be crowned later this week at Haskell Indian Nations University.
6News video: ‘Day of Caring’ helps spread good deeds across Lawrence
May 4, 2008
Approximately 200 volunteers spread good deeds across Lawrence Saturday. The volunteers participated in the annual ‘Day of Caring’ sponsored by the Roger Hill Volunteer Center.
Enthusiasm high but sales not at Art in the Park
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A3
After a long day displaying his artwork, all Paul Chaussee wanted was a cold beer. But the McLouth artist, who was selling a variety of mosaic works with his wife, Deb, said Sunday’s Art in the Park was the perfect way to kick off the spring art season.
KU baseball sweeps Oklahoma
May 4, 2008
Kansas University’s baseball team beat Oklahoma, 9-4, on Sunday to complete the three-game sweep at Hoglund Ballpark.
One person dead after early-morning car accident
03:00 a.m., May 4, 2008 Updated 11:50 a.m.
Police on the lookout for second vehicle in fatality accident.
Favors big man on campus
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C6
When you stand four inches taller and weigh 20 pounds more than anybody on the opposing team, you can pretty much do what you want in the paint. When your opponents simply step out of the way when you enter the lane, your name is probably Derrick Favors, the No. 3-ranked recruit by in the Class of 2009.
Utah rips Brigade, 67-50
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C2
Joe Germaine completed 24 of 30 passes for 337 yards and eight touchdowns and ran for another score to lead the Utah Blaze over the Kansas City Brigade, 67-50, on Saturday night.
American League Roundup: Damon, Mussina lift Yanks
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C4
Johnny Damon homered and doubled twice to help Mike Mussina win his third straight start in New York’s victory over Seattle.
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D5
You will want to keep certain important decisions under wraps. The way you proceed could be important. Don’t allow others to feel left out. Just keep more information to yourself. You might develop one trusted confidant this year. If you are single, this relationship could develop into much more.
People in the news
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D5
Ā¢ Carly Simon sings at Rachael Ray fundraiserĀ¢ Amy Winehouse won’t record Bond track
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D3
Fiction 1. “Hold Tight,” by Harlan Coben (Dutton, $26.95).Nonfiction 1. “Beautiful Boy,” by David Sheff (Houghton Mifflin, $24).
Haskell seeking graduation volunteers
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B1
Haskell Indian Nations University is seeking volunteers to help with its commencement Friday.
Coal power plant issue keeps lawmakers from wrapping up
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A1
It was supposed to be the last day of the wrap-up session. But another coal plant measure emerged Saturday, the Senate adjourned in a huff and said it may not come back, and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius gave the session a general thumbs down.
Trainer savors victory
Big Brown makes winner out of Dutrow after years of hardships
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C1
The Governor of Kentucky toasted him and his horse, but Rick Dutrow Jr. fixed his eyes on a television screen above his head.
KU rowing 2nd at Big 12
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C6
Kansas University placed second at the three-team Big 12 Rowing Invitational on Saturday. Texas won, and Kansas State placed third.
ISU pitcher outduels KU
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C6
Rachel Zabriskie allowed just three hits over the full seven innings to lead Iowa State to a 2-1 Big 12 Conference softball victory over Kansas University on Saturday at Arrocha Ballpark.
Bowyer wins crazy race at Richmond
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C7
Denny Hamlin appeared headed toward an easy victory. Then, Dale Earnhardt Jr. seemed poised to snap his two-year losing streak.
National League Roundup: Guzman drives in six for Nats
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C4
Cristian Guzman tied a career high with six RBIs, including a tiebreaking three-run double.
A first for Saudis
European classical music played for mixed company for first time in public
May 4, 2008 in print edition on E12
It’s probably as revolutionary and groundbreaking as Mozart gets these days. A German-based quartet staged Saudi Arabia’s first-ever performance of European classical music in a public venue before a mixed gender audience.
MVP, Lakers eager to end layoff
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C5
When the Staples Center crowd chants “MVP! MVP” in Kobe Bryant’s direction today, it won’t simply be based on sentiment.
Bill approved that would test drivers after accidents
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A8
Dennis and Denise Bixby wiped tears from their eyes Saturday as they sat in the House gallery and watched lawmakers approve a bill that they helped push through the Legislature.
5 regions declared disaster zones
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
Myanmar’s state-run television says five regions including Yangon have been declared disaster zones after Tropical Cyclone Nargis hit the country.
Smarter electric grid saves power
Technology allows users to conserve
May 4, 2008 in print edition on E1
The glowing amber dot on a light switch in the entryway of George Tsapoitis’ house offers a clue about the future of electricity. A few times this summer, when millions of air conditioners strain the Toronto region’s power grid, that pencil-tip-sized amber dot will blink.
Good deeds take root with county care
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B1
It was a day to think about others and to give back to the community. Corporations, student groups and families banded together to build, repair, plant and paint. About 300 volunteers spent their Saturday as part of the Roger Hill Volunteer Center’s Day of Caring.
Clinton nomination banks on ‘what ifs’
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B6
On the day last week when Hillary Clinton suffered the first of two costly defections by Indiana superdelegates, I went to see an old friend working for her national campaign.
Horse prices wane in KS
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B1
Still shaggy in its winter coat, the colt pirouetted, almost daintily, in the wood shavings on the arena floor. Its rider and owner, Pat Saffer of Melvern, deftly guided the horse, turning first this way and then that, showing how it responded to gentle inputs with the reins.
Democrat captures congressional seat
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
A Democrat won a special congressional election in Louisiana Saturday, bolstering his party’s majority status on Capitol Hill by taking a seat Republicans have held since 1974.
Health insurance premiums soar in recent years
May 4, 2008 in print edition on E1
If gas and milk price hikes seem steep, check out health insurance premiums. They have increased 10 times faster than incomes in recent years, a study shows.
Blue Vally North rallies to edge Free State
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C6
Blue Valley North rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge Free State High, 4-3, on Saturday in high school baseball.
Poet’s Showcase
Young Again” by Lee Carlson
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D3
“Young Again” by Lee Carlson
Pump patrol
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.44 at several locations.
Painful-looking piercings produce unnatural body mutilation
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D2
“Aren’t those earrings pretty?” asked my friend Jean, pointing to a jewelry store window.
Microsoft abandons Yahoo bid
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
Microsoft Corp. withdrew its $42.3 billion bid to buy Yahoo Inc. on Saturday, scrapping an attempt to snap up the tarnished Internet icon in hopes of toppling online search and advertising leader Google Inc.
No punks,’ Pistons bully Magic, 91-72
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C5
The Detroit Pistons beat up Orlando physically and mentally.
Lottery: Camptown owner ended talks
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B8
The owner of Camptown Greyhound Park has ended negotiations with the Kansas Lottery that would reopen the race track with slot machines, the Lottery Commission says.
Art in the Park scheduled for today
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D1
Approximately 130 artists will sell their works during the 47th annual Art in the Park event today in South Park.
Seventh? Heaven!
Big 12 standings suddenly look good for KU
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C1
Golfers curse the wind. Fools spit into it. And Kansas University baseball players seem to love it. The Jayhawks again rode a strong outward-blowing wind to a victory Saturday afternoon against Oklahoma University, this time by a 13-10 margin.
Surgeon arrested as prank backfires
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B3
What was meant as a harmless prank by a group of teenagers ended with a baseball bat being smashed through a vehicle’s windows and a Tulsa surgeon in handcuffs.
Alaska governor balances duties, newborn’s needs
Fifth child has Down syndrome
May 4, 2008 in print edition on E12
The results of Gov. Sarah Palin’s prenatal testing were in, but the doctor’s tone was ominous: “You need to come to the office so we can talk about it.”
Troops gallop in their own derby
May 4, 2008 in print edition on E12
Rule number 1: no running. Rule number 2: you better gallop. Rule number 3: if you are caught running, you will be penalized.
Bush defends views on the economy
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
President Bush, defending his record and his rhetoric, said Saturday that his administration has been “clear and candid” about the nation’s economy.
Game 7 surprise to Celts, Hawks
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C5
The Boston Celtics played hard all season for home-court advantage in the playoffs. They just didn’t expect to need it this soon.
Paper mill explosion kills 1, injures 17
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A3
An explosion tore through a paper mill Saturday after a boiler was inspected, killing a contract worker and injuring 17 others, the company said.
Fair schedule, events differ from past years
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B1
The 10-member Douglas County Fair Board has made a few changes for this year’s Douglas County Fair, July 25 to Aug. 3.
May 4, 2008 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection during the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
Commentary: Latest Clemens report a non-story
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C2
Now I know how Joe Torre felt. No, I don’t suddenly have four World Series rings, a gazillion dollars in the bank, a winter home in Hawaii or my own table at Rao’s.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 4, 1908: A huge crowd attended the funeral today of E.C. Cowles, noted as the president of the Farmers Institute. He led a full life and greatly enriched the farming community with his leadership and assistance.
Car fans cluster at swap meet
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B1
When it comes to investing time and money into restoring or collecting antique cars, you’ve either got the passion for it or you don’t. “It’s just kind of in my blood; I got it from my dad,” said Wayne Albertson, of Independence, Mo., as he sifted through small, miscellaneous metal car parts strewn across a table at Saturday’s automobile swap meet.
Working ‘Knockemstiff’
Former mill worker mines dark tales in debut
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D3
The book signing lasted for hours, an indication that the locals hold no grudges against author Donald Ray Pollock for depicting life here as a grotesque blend of drug abusers, wife beaters and sex fiends.
There’s nothing mild-mannered about Quesada’s Marvel
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D7
He’s overseen everything from the assassination of Captain America to making it illegal to be a superhero without proper registration.
Thanks, House
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: GaDuGi SafeCenter Inc. thanks House budget leaders for once again stepping up to the plate to address sexual and domestic violence in Kansas. Each year, more than 400 victims call our hotline or seek other services.
Safety tips benefit pets
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D8
We may be treating our pets more like people all the time, but we shouldn’t forget some basic safety tips for interacting with them, for our protection and theirs.
Manager earns workshop invitation
May 4, 2008 in print edition on E1
Jocelyn Lyons, management team leader for Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging, is one of 30 leaders of area agencies on aging nationwide selected to participate in an all-expense paid workshop to be conducted this month at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Filly euthanized after race
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C8
Brianne Cima kept bobbing up and down, she was so eager to cash her $5 ticket on Eight Belles. An equine science student from St. Louis, she’d come to the Kentucky Derby to back her favorite filly with a button and a bet.
Governor to consider health care bill
Plan involves $300 million increase in spending
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B2
Legislators sent Gov. Kathleen Sebelius health care legislation that supporters say provides greater access to health care for many Kansans and saves them money on insurance. But Sebelius doesn’t think it goes far enough.
Obama wins close race
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
Barack Obama defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton by seven votes in the Guam Democratic presidential caucuses Saturday. The count of more than 4,500 ballots took all night.
On the record
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B2
According to Westar Energy, power was restored for all but one location in Douglas County by 10 p.m. following Friday’s early morning storm. About 8,700 residents lost power about 1:30 a.m. when the storm’s strong winds caused damage. The total was down to about 90 by Friday night.
Green goes the distance in LHS baseball victory
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C6
Lawrence High’s baseball team defeated Eureka (Mo.) High, 5-3, on Saturday at Central Missouri State’s field.
Behind the Lens: Various photo gear helpful to storm chasers
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D2
One very interesting part of photography is when the weather changes quickly in the spring and one is called to head out into Mother Nature’s wrath.
Hornets open with rout
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C5
David West scored a career playoff-high 30 points to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 101-82 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series Saturday night.
Put a price on art, but you don’t have to pay
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B6
An advertisement for a forthcoming art auction features a replica of Roy Lichtenstein’s “Ball of Twine,” 40 by 36 inches, painted in 1963, magma on canvas. Estimated selling price: a mere $14 million to $18 million.
Wildfire has burned nearly 60 homes
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A3
Firefighters worked in cooler, calmer weather Saturday to clear lines around a blaze that has burned nearly 60 homes and more than 20 square miles in the mountains of central New Mexico.
Olympic torch arrives on safer terrain
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
After a much-protested journey, the Olympic torch reached Sanya, China, a southern seaside resort, Saturday night, beginning what organizers and Chinese citizens promised would be a trouble-free national tour.
A new frontier: Pioneer spirit pervades Greensburg one year after tornado
Stories of opportunity, skepticism, hope
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A1
Travis Barnes was not looking back. When Barnes, now 28, graduated from Greensburg High School in 1998 he grabbed his diploma and left for Kansas State University. You could have filled a Greyhound bus with kids just like him who planned to leave the flat farmfields and withering economy behind.
A day in the life of a Guantanamo guard
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B7
Their average age is 23. Most are on their first military assignment. They wake up at 0430, clean up, throw on a fresh uniform and are standing in formation at 0500. They silently file on to a bus that takes them to the camps. They get off the bus and again stand in formation as the First Sergeant barks out the orders for the day.
Broadcaster Paul Harvey’s wife dies
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
Lynne Harvey, wife of longtime broadcaster Paul Harvey, died Saturday.
Tax rebate plans won’t include 1,200 Powerball tickets
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D1
“We’ve got twelve hundred dollars! We’ve got twelve hundred dollars! We’ve got twelve hundred dollars …” I sing, as I skip gaily around the room, my arms flailing above my head.
Mail carriers, pantries partner in food drive
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B1
Mail carriers from the Lawrence branch of the U.S. Post Office and local food pantries are teaming up for their 16th annual food drive.
Say ‘no’ to these money wasters
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D1
What would it feel like to check your bank account and find a pile of money? It could happen, and it doesn’t have to involve a second job or convincing your family to fast two days a week.
Review: ‘Indiana Jones Handbook’ makes adventuring easy
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D3
In “The Indiana Jones Handbook: The Complete Adventurer’s Guide” (Quirk Books, $18.95), Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese poke their tongues-in-their-cheeks to provide a guide to the film franchise just in time for the release of “Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skulls.”
Dalai Lama aide optimistic about talks
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A5
The Dalai Lama’s government-in-exile expressed optimism about upcoming talks with Chinese officials, but cautioned Saturday not to expect too much from the first meeting between the two sides since violent anti-government protests erupted in Tibet.
Planes collide on runway, killing 3
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A3
A small plane struck another craft as it was landing at an Idaho airport in McCall, Idaho, killing three people and injuring three, including a 2-year-old pulled from the burning wreckage by the other survivors, officials said Saturday.
Old gardening equipment popular with collectors
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D4
Folk art takes many forms, anything from cigar-store Indians to bottle-cap figures and carved coal pictures.
Where’s sanity?
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: So you might think it’s crazy that the FLDS children are not allowed to look at the color red and not allowed to have children’s books. And you think it is silly and superstitious that a girl born with two faces is worshipped from miles around as a Hindu Goddess (Journal-World April 9).
Trial delayed for Precious Doe defendant
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B3
The trial of a man accused of killing a 3-year-old girl once known only as “Precious Doe” has been delayed so that defense attorneys can question a new state medical expert and perhaps find a witness to rebut his testimony.
Power stroll
Lawrence moms gather to get in shape with kids in tow
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D1
Getting fit is often a top priority on a new mother’s to-do list, but it’s not quite as high as bonding time with her children.
Four-run 7th lifts K.C., 4-2
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C3
Billy Butler figured it was about time the Kansas City Royals did something big against C.C. Sabathia.
Virginia public schools to teach classes on Internet safety
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A3
Alan Portillo didn’t think much, if at all, about his online vulnerability. Then the 15-year-old heard technology teacher Wendy Maitland list three pieces of information an online predator would need to find him.
Buffett, Munger reassure shareholders about succession
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A8
Warren Buffett tried to reassure his shareholders Saturday that Berkshire Hathaway will be fine once he is gone, but the 77-year-old billionaire offered few new details of the company’s succession plan.
Democrats’ turn
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. The Republicans have the temerity to blame Democrats for raising taxes. These Republicans have run up a deficit of immense proportion. They have run a major conflict off budget.
US strike takes out militant center
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A6
The U.S. military fired guided missiles into the heart of Baghdad’s teeming Sadr City slum on Saturday, leveling a building 55 yards away from a hospital and wounding nearly two dozen people.
Mother’s Day Essays
May 4, 2008
The Lawrence Journal-World asked readers 18 and under for submissions to our Mother’s Day Essay Contest, and the results were overwhelming. Throughout this special section are the letters we received. Looking for the contest winners? The mothers featured in two of the essays in this section today will be featured in the Lawrence Journal-World on Mother’s Day, May 11.
Polls: Obama’s appeal to working-class whites faltering
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A2
Barack Obama’s problem winning votes from working-class whites is showing no sign of going away, and their impression of him is getting worse.
Great story
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B6
To the editor: What a wonderful photo and article on the front page of the April 29 paper.
KU marks results of research drive
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B1
This time last year, Kansas University’s research operations were behind budget for income, just as they were trying to fill a new research facility on West Campus. By July, the KU Center for Research’s leader had stepped down and the graduate school had been combined with the research division under the leadership of interim Vice Provost Steve Warren.
As economy worsens, coping becomes a way of life
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A7
When long-haul trucker Rusty Wade pulled his rig into a Missouri truck stop recently, he noticed something strange. Of the 50 or so 18-wheelers parked in the lot, only five had their engines idling.
Worst of worst live relatively well
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B7
Their favorite TV show is “World’s Most Dangerous Catch.” Their favorite movie, “March of the Penguins.” Their medical staff (the equivalent of three staffers per individual) is available 24/7. They see a doctor on average once every 4.5 weeks.
Make a decision
City commissioners need to be the ones deciding how the city operates.
May 4, 2008 in print edition on B6
The economy has limited development, forced inflation and, most critically for the city of Lawrence’s budget, stalled the housing market. No longer can city leaders count on property taxes for incremental revenue growth.
Arkansas copes again with disaster
26 people have died in storms since February
May 4, 2008 in print edition on A3
Looking over yet another storm-damaged community in Arkansas, Gov. Mike Beebe repeatedly promised government help. Standing before the shell of what was once a home, he paused a moment for reflection.
Kim cruises at Wachovia golf
Bohn, Slocum trail third-round lead by four strokes
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C2
Quail Hollow Club’s tree-lined, old-style setup has produced an impressive list of winners, ranging from Vijay Singh to Jim Furyk to last year’s champion, Tiger Woods.
Star Wars’ kid Abrams aims to reinvent ‘Trek’ world
May 4, 2008 in print edition on D6
J.J. Abrams grew up more a fan of Luke Skywalker and Han Solo than of James Kirk and his Vulcan buddy Spock. So why is a self-professed “Star Wars” kid directing “Star Trek”?
Relayers rally; Free State swimming 2nd
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C1
The task at hand was chlorine-clear. After two days, 21 races and more than seven hours of swimming, second place in the team standings at Saturday’s Sunflower League meet came down to the final race of the event.
Fantasy Commentary: Consistency key for pitchers
May 4, 2008 in print edition on C3
Every day, I’m asked the same question: “So, is John Lannan for real?” When my “Who am I, Kreskin?” answer fails to satisfy, I go for the next most reasonable approach.