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Archive for Wednesday, May 7, 2008

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Audio clips
Births
Obituaries
On the street
Photo galleries
FSHS baseball vs. Shawnee Mission NW Sports Museum of America Santa Fe Depot Masters of the Mound
Podcasts
Polls
Have you ever taken a train trip to or from Lawrence?

Poll results

Response Percent
No
 
55%
Yes
 
44%
Total 338
Do you think the Big 12 North will defeat the South again in head-to-head matchups next Fall on the gridiron?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes
 
72%
No
 
27%
Total 780
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
Seniors from each Lawrence high school will be eligible to win a 1994 Honda del Sol by attending the Project Graduation party May 25. Representing their schools are, from left, seniors Erika O'Shea, Bishop Seabury Academy; Marie Fattaahi and Isaiah Dover, Veritas Christian School; Taylor Bussinger, Lawrence High; and Tristan Willits, Free State. Graduates again have ticket to ride at annual party
May 7, 2008 in print edition on 3A
The prize list for the annual Lawrence graduation party keeps growing. As of this week, donations include a Nintendo Wii, a PlayStation 3, a laptop computer, a Global Positioning System device, a digital camera, a MiniDV camcorder, a 15-inch flat-panel LCD HDTV and a portable DVD player.
8:00 a.m.
Kansas' Darrell Arthur greets thousands of fans during a parade for the National Champion Jayhawks on Sunday, April 13, 2008 in downtown Lawrence, Kan. The $6,400 question: Should KU Athletics be reimbursed?
May 7, 2008 in print edition on 1A
The weeklong celebration that engulfed Lawrence after the Kansas University Jayhawks won the national basketball championship didn’t come without a price. The final tally: more than $130,000 for the city and KU, most of it spent on police.
12:00 p.m.
Carey Maynard-Moody, left, and Dennis Domer peek into the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway depot near Seventh and New York streets. The pair are part of a group aiming to renovate the half-century-old building, which still is in limited service as an Amtrak station. Anticipating a rail travel resurgence, organization wants to fast-track repairs
May 7, 2008 in print edition on 1A
The train depot in east Lawrence still welcomes and sees off passengers, still accommodates railroad operations and still grabs attention with its mid-century modern architecture. Now a fledgling group of residents wants to make sure that the depot owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, 413 E. Seventh St., not only survives for another 50 years but also stays on track to handle a hoped-for resurgence in rail travel.
4:00 p.m.
J.P. and Corey Marchetti Bravo bride
May 7, 2008 in print edition on 1C
Every bride wants her wedding to be her special day - a day to spend with friends, family and her new spouse. For Lawrence native Corey (Smith) Marchetti, her October wedding included all of those things … plus 80 crew members, eight top chefs, four judges and about 2.3 million of her, um, closest friends.

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6Sports video: FSHS tennis player swanky at state
May 7, 2008
Free State High School’s Michael Swank is less than 48 hours away from playing in his second straight state tennis tournament.
6News video: CJH puts on dancing shoes
May 7, 2008
A dance team at Central Junior High plans to hit the stage for cerebral palsy.
6News video: Health department conducts anthrax drill
May 7, 2008
What would happen if Douglas County residents were exposed to deadly anthrax? The county health department conducted a drill today to find out.
6News video: Lawmakers again push for coal plants
May 7, 2008
Kansas Lawmakers found a temporary success in their latest effort to shovel a couple of coal-fired power plants in to existence on Wednesday.
6News video: City takes no action on tax issues
May 7, 2008
After meeting for over four hours on Tuesday, Lawrence City Commissioners failed to take action on two proposed sales tax issues.
6News video: Storm damage estimates rolling in
May 7, 2008
The damage estimates are starting to roll in from Friday’s storm, and now people are looking for some big bucks from insurance companies.
6News video: DLI won’t help KU cover cost
May 7, 2008
DLI will not help KU cover the costs for canceling the men’s basketball awards banquet, which was originally scheduled at the Holidome.
6News video: Man stabbed at homeless shelter
May 7, 2008
A nineteen-year-old man was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after being stabbed at a downtown homeless shelter.
6Sports video: Lions host LIT at Alvamar
May 7, 2008
Lawrence High School hosted its Lawrence Invitational golf tournament at Alvamar on Wednesday.
Firebirds top Lions, 6-4
09:26 p.m., May 7, 2008 Updated 10:00 p.m.
Free State won the first of this week’s two showdowns between FSHS and Lawrence High on Wednesday, 6-4 at Ice Field.
Man stabbed at the Community Drop In Center in Lawrence
May 7, 2008
A 19-year-old man was transported to a Kansas City area hospital this afternoon following a stabbing at the Community Drop In Center, 214 W. 10th St.
Man reported missing is found
03:40 p.m., May 7, 2008 Updated 04:38 p.m.
Lawrence police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating an 87-year-old McLouth man who has been missing since about 9:30 a.m. today.
Lawmakers approve nuclear incentives
May 7, 2008
Legislature sends governor bill providing breaks for developers of nuclear energy.
KU-Oral Roberts baseball game canceled
May 7, 2008
The scheduled KU-Oral Roberts baseball game, which was set for Wednesday evening at Hoglund Ballpark, has been canceled due to the threat of thunderstorms and will not be made up.
Kansas House sends coal plants bill to Sebelius
May 7, 2008
Legislative action sets up probable veto showdown with Gov. Sebelius.
KU center schedules seminar for retailers
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B12
Kansas University’s Small Business Development Center is offering a seminar to help retailers accomplish one of their most basic goals: boosting sales.
Big 12 South Preview: Locked & loaded
OU beams with returning talent
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B10
When it comes to the Big 12 South, the Red River Rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas typically decides which team will advance to the conference championship game with a chance at a BCS berth.
Keegan: MU ace fearless, talented
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
The most dominant college athlete to visit Lawrence since Michael Beasley brings his stuff to town Friday night for the opener of a three-game series at Hoglund Ballpark. Chances are you won’t recognize his name.
Road for ‘Journey’ has come to end
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B13
Charles Gibson and friends salute an esteemed colleague on “Audition: Barbara Walters’ Journey” (9 p.m., ABC). Walters discusses her family, her decades in the business and the friends and lovers she has met along the way. They’ll be joined by Hugh Downs and Sam Donaldson, and Walters’ daughter, Jackie Danforth.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B3
Chad Ford, ESPN’s NBA Draft analyst, lists KU sophomore Darrell Arthur as the No. 16 prospect in the 2008 Draft, junior Brandon Rush 20th, junior Mario Chalmers 36th, senior Sasha Kaun 65th and senior Darnell Jackson 79th. There are 60 total picks in the draft, 30 in Round One.
Sports Museum full of goodies
Opening today, New York building dedicated to sports memorabilia
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B8
The elevator ride to the first exhibit at the new Sports Museum of America sets the tone.
The $6,400 question: Should KU Athletics be reimbursed?
Downtown groups asked to pay for post-basketball season changes
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
The weeklong celebration that engulfed Lawrence after the Kansas University Jayhawks won the national basketball championship didn’t come without a price. The final tally: more than $130,000 for the city and KU, most of it spent on police.
House speaker alleges improper use of plane trips by governor
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A11
In Kansas politics, the state plane used by the governor can be an asset or a liability. House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, recently accused Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of getting people to vote against the coal-fired power project by flying them to Kansas University basketball games.
Sidewalk projects win city’s approval
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A10
A proposal to spend $207,500 to build several new sidewalk projects in the community won approval from city commissioners at Tuesday evening’s meeting.
La. Street crosswalk plan to be studied
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A10
Commissioners balked at establishing a new crosswalk on Louisiana Street adjacent to Dakota Street.
Congress looking at steel pennies, nickels
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Further evidence that times are tough: It now costs more than a penny to make a penny. And the cost of a nickel is more than 7 1/2 cents.
On the record
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following fire calls:
Fannie sees price drop
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
The outlook for the housing market darkened further Tuesday as the nation’s largest buyer of home mortgages said it racked up more than $2 billion in quarterly losses and forecast a steeper drop in home prices this year.
Google donates $100K to Studio 804 at KU
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
Kansas University’s Studio 804 received a major gift last week from an Internet giant.
Bryant wins first MVP
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Finally, an MVP award for Kobe Bryant.
International aid begins after cyclone
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
International aid began to trickle into Myanmar on Tuesday, but the stricken Irrawaddy delta, the nation’s rice bowl where 22,000 people perished and twice as many are missing, remained cut off from the world.
CWS contract 25 years
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
Short of being named permanent host of the College World Series, Omaha couldn’t have asked for more than the 25-year agreement it reached with the NCAA to keep the baseball championship through at least 2035.
Man guilty in killing of Tonganoxie woman
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
A Kansas City, Kan., man was found guilty Tuesday in the beating death of the manager of a Bonner Springs Dollar General store.
Huggins pact revealed
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins’ new contract stipulates he can be fired for substance abuse or habitual intoxication affecting his job performance.
Repairs completed to Fraser Hall flagpole
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A4
The flagpole that holds the Kansas University flag atop Fraser Hall broke, but it has been repaired.
Final federal permit for SLT issued
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
For the first time in more than a decade, supporters of the South Lawrence Trafficway have all the necessary federal permits to build the road through the Baker Wetlands. And once again, opponents of the nearly 25-year old project have all they need to head back to court.
Couple claims $180M Powerball jackpot
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Paul and Sue Rosenau say they already have everything they need, so their lives won’t change that much after winning a $180.1 million Powerball jackpot.
Scarlet Orchid chef visits ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
May 7, 2008 in print edition on C2
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “On the Menu at Scarlet Orchid.” Host Jayni Carey and her guest, Chef Ling, will prepare the following recipes: Papaya Salad, Seared Tuna Steaks with Seaweed Salad, and Apple Wontons with Ice Cream and Caramel Syrup.
New strategies
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A12
To the editor: The more determinedly our elected legislators try to pass the same old coal plant bill, the more they convince me that they highly value the cash contributions that Sunflower has made for their re-election.
Civilians flee fighting as rocket hits city hall
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
A rocket slammed into Baghdad’s city hall and another hit a downtown park Tuesday as more frightened civilians fled a Shiite militia stronghold where U.S.-led forces are locked in fierce street battles.
Dole, McGovern back meals program
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A12
How can the world’s hungriest school children be denied meals while the farm bill being debated in a House-Senate conference provides millions in subsidies for wealthy farmers? That’s what Congress proposes. In all fairness, it should not become law.
NCAA report may hit schools hard
More than 700 teams fail to make academic grade
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
NCAA president Myles Brand wants college teams concerned as much about academic scores as final scores. If they aren’t, they might be barred from NCAA tournaments.
Gas price protest singer arrested
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
A man with a guitar and a megaphone climbed atop a convenience store roof to serenade commuters with his musical protest of high gasoline prices - until police halted the impromptu concert.
Graduates again have ticket to ride at annual party
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
The prize list for the annual Lawrence graduation party keeps growing. As of this week, donations include a Nintendo Wii, a PlayStation 3, a laptop computer, a Global Positioning System device, a digital camera, a MiniDV camcorder, a 15-inch flat-panel LCD HDTV and a portable DVD player.
GOP struggles in Maine
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A13
It is only partially true that in presidential elections “as Maine goes, so goes the nation.” The term emerged in the 19th century because at the time Maine held its elections for statewide and congressional offices in September, not November.
National League Roundup: Cubs’ Zambrano baffles Reds
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B4
Carlos Zambrano allowed only three hits in eight innings, and Ronny Cedeno singled home a pair of runs.
Fifteen more years for Self? ‘That’s still a long time’
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
Today, on the one-month anniversary of Kansas University’s NCAA basketball championship victory over Memphis, Bill Self returns to the site of the Jayhawks’ first- and second-round tournament victories.
Sorrentino Spring Scale
May 7, 2008
Staff writer Eric Sorrentino hands out preseason Big 12 football rankings from best to worst.
A few tips on how to placate your child’s palate
May 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
“Hearty Boys” Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith serve up good humor and great food on their Food Network show, “Party Line With the Hearty Boys,” and in their Chicago cooking empire. Their son, Nate, a pasta-powered 2-year-old is, shall we say, a selective eater, and so, the Hearty Boys offer their tips for taming your child’s tentative taste buds.
Asparagus flavors spring soup
May 7, 2008 in print edition on C3
This delicious soup from McClatchy Newspapers takes advantage of the relatively low price this time of year for asparagus:
Search begins for new principal at Central
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A5
The search is on for a new Central Junior High School principal. Lawrence school district administrators want to see who might emerge in the next two weeks, but they say it’s possible they’ll appoint an interim principal.
End games
The end of the Kansas Legislature’s 2008 session is even more ugly than usual.
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A12
The closing days of the state’s legislative session often aren’t a pretty sight, but, this year, Kansans have more reason than usual to be discouraged by the activities of their elected representatives.
T facing fight for survival
Sales tax vote could be one way to save system
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
It became clearer Tuesday that the city’s financially struggling public transit system is in a fight for its survival.
Just how secure are our pensions?
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B12
American workers have great expectations of traditional defined-benefit pension plans, the kind of pensions that promise a set income stream or a lump-sum benefit in retirement. Last year, the Consumer Reports National Research Center surveyed 6,100 people aged 55 to 75 who are still working and expect to retire.
Successful event
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A12
To the editor: The board of directors and employees of Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care would like to thank the volunteers and community for our second and very successful 3d fundraiser. This year’s event was to raise money for a four-bedroom, 24-hour staffed VNA Hospice Care Cottage.
Coaches give K.C. agency thumbs up
Powerhouse’ firm offers clients ‘whole package’
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B3
The idea started more than a year ago, when a lawyer and an agent were discussing two of their clients, North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams and Southern Cal football coach Pete Carroll.
Teachers group honors principal
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A5
Prairie Park School Principal David Williams thought the staff meeting Tuesday afternoon was about the school’s field day on Friday. Boy, was he wrong.
Horoscopes
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B13
The unexpected occurs when you least expect it this year. You might get what you want, and what you are about to lasso in could vanish out of the blue. If you are single, you have a lot of animal magnetism. If you are attached, the two of you need to express more of your instinctual, raw feelings - i.e., turn up the heat.
FSHS soccer dealt Senior Day loss
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B6
It was a somber Senior Day for the Free State High girls soccer squad Tuesday.
Drug probe at San Diego State University nets 75 students
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A14
When a 19-year-old freshman sorority member died a year ago from a cocaine overdose at San Diego State University, campus investigators set out to find out who was dealing drugs to their 34,000 students.
Radio station deal on county agenda
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A8
Douglas County commissioners tonight will conduct a public hearing and decide whether to approve an Arizona county’s financing of a local radio station purchase.
Radio alert
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A12
To the editor: We have a problem. NOAA weather radios are supposed to alert us to severe weather dangers. We in Lawrence are between the Topeka and Kansas City stations, and don’t get strong reception from either. In the bedroom area of my house, I can only get Kansas City.
Angels DH evasive about power surge
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B3
Exactly what brought Garret Anderson out of a frightful early-season slump and put him on a power surge remains a mystery.
Session nears end with third coal bill
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
Call it Coal 3. For the third time in the 2008 legislative session, lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bill that would authorize the construction of two 700-megawatt coal-fired power plants and strip the state of authority to block similar projects.
Candidate emerges for Wilk’s House seat
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A8
A day after longtime Leavenworth County state Rep. Kenny Wilk announced he would not seek re-election, a Republican Party activist said that she would run for the office.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A12
National Guardsmen patrolled the streets and aided in cleanup operations after Topeka’s worst tornado in 17 years ripped a five-mile trail through a residential area, killing one person and injuring at least 20.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A12
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 7, 1908: “A crew of 11 has set up a camp here to begin surveying of territory for the Kansas Traction Co.’s proposed trolley line from Coffeyville.
FSHS softball splits
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B6
No-hit in a 1-0 loss in the opener, Free State High’s softball team rebounded for a 2-1 victory in the nightcap of a doubleheader against Olathe South on Tuesday at Olathe District Activities Complex.
Aquila reports quarterly profit
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B12
Aquila Inc. on Tuesday said a colder winter and lower costs from the proposed sale of its remaining assets helped it swing to a first-quarter profit.
Commodities
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B12
Agriculture futures traded mostly higher Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery added 12.5 cents to $8.18; July corn rose 12.25 cents to $6.0625; July oats gained 9.5 cents to $4.195; July soybeans fell 9 cents to $12.77.
People in the news
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B13
¢ Spears allowed longer visits with sons¢ Vanessa Williams finally getting her degree¢ Scarlett Johansson flashes engagement ring¢ Jonas brothers to star in 3-D concert film¢ Ex-Motown star: $1M of equipment stolen
Anticipating a rail travel resurgence, organization wants to fast-track repairs
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A1
The train depot in east Lawrence still welcomes and sees off passengers, still accommodates railroad operations and still grabs attention with its mid-century modern architecture. Now a fledgling group of residents wants to make sure that the depot owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, 413 E. Seventh St., not only survives for another 50 years but also stays on track to handle a hoped-for resurgence in rail travel.
Siren policy
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A12
To the editor: Am I to understand that Douglas County officials will not activate our tornado warning sirens unless a trained spotter or law enforcement official confirms radar indication of a tornado? Wouldn’t we want to warn the people of Douglas County to take shelter BEFORE a tornado actually hits, not after?
High court limits jury’s power
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B14
The state’s highest court is allowing a grand jury to keep investigating one of the few U.S. doctors who performs late-term abortions but is limiting its power to subpoena his patients’ records.
Wrong focus
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A12
To the editor: Please, for the sake of our nation and the rest of the world, focus on what is important.
Sprint may be close to WiMax deal
Agreement would help finance new wireless broadband network
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B12
Sprint Nextel Corp. is close to finalizing a deal to get financing for its new wireless broadband network from a group that includes Comcast Corp. and Google Inc., according to a person close to the talks.
Wage statistics
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A12
To the editor: On April 27, Graham Kreicker wrote that minimum wage laws don’t cause job loss. To dispel such conventional foolishness, look at employment facts in the Statistical Abstract of the United States (www.bls.gov/cps/), and use a little common sense.
Pump patrol
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.39 at several locations.
Graduation stirs emotions
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A13
Even though I’ve been a law school teacher for nearly three decades, I still feel a strange mixture of emotions at this time of year. Law classes ended last Friday and our students are now busily taking their final exams.
Hitting it hard, man
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
Seven certainly seems to be Alex Hardman’s lucky number. In baseball, anyway. Hardman, a Free State High senior outfielder, clubbed the first home run of his prep career as the Firebirds tripped Shawnee Mission Northwest, 9-7, Tuesday night at FSHS field.
Lions, Firebirds ready - weather or not
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B1
It’s the ultimate conundrum: preparing for a game that likely won’t be played. That’s what the Lawrence High and Free State baseball teams are staring smack in the face.
Homer turns tide on LHS
Lions lose grip on doubleheader
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B6
For more than six innings of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Shawnee Mission Northwest, the Lawrence High softball team played the part of the aggressor. But with one mammoth swing in the top of the seventh inning of Game One, the Cougars took control.
Agents raid special counsel’s office
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A3
Agents from the FBI and the Office of Personnel Management Tuesday raided the headquarters of Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch as part of a probe into whether he obstructed justice by having his computer files erased.
Sorrentino: North making strides
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B10
Comparing the Big 12 North football division to the Big 12 South division a few years ago used to be like comparing the NBA Eastern Conference to the Western Conference.
James negated; Cavs fall
LeBron hits just two baskets in 76-72 setback
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B5
LeBron James drove to the basket, the lane surprising clear. He reached out toward the rim, rolled the ball off his fingertips … and missed.
American League Roundup: Floyd flirts with no-hitter
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B4
Gavin Floyd’s no-hit bid lasted until the ninth this time. Joe Mauer doubled with one out off Chicago’s young right-hander for Minnesota’s only hit, and Floyd had to settle for a victory as the White Sox ended a six-game losing streak.
Commentary: There are no cards for Eight Belles
May 7, 2008 in print edition on B2
There won’t be a dramatic fight for life this time around. No national day of mourning for a brave horse who wouldn’t give up. Schoolchildren won’t be sending cards.
Candidates split primaries: Obama wins NC; Clinton, Ind.
May 7, 2008 in print edition on A2
Barack Obama swept to a convincing victory in the North Carolina primary Tuesday night and declared he was closing in on the Democratic presidential nomination. Hillary Rodham Clinton eked out a win in Indiana as she struggled to halt her rival’s march into history.
Bravo bride
Lawrence resident’s wedding wishes come true on reality hit ‘Top Chef’
May 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
Every bride wants her wedding to be her special day - a day to spend with friends, family and her new spouse. For Lawrence native Corey (Smith) Marchetti, her October wedding included all of those things … plus 80 crew members, eight top chefs, four judges and about 2.3 million of her, um, closest friends.
Longtime columnist says farewell
May 7, 2008 in print edition on C1
I always knew this moment would come, eventually, and that I would find myself writing my most difficult column. “Kitchen & Garden” has sprouted from my keyboard every week for more than 12 years - in the neighborhood of 650 columns - but the time has come to till it under and plant something new.
Master Food Volunteer training moved to more convenient time
May 7, 2008 in print edition on C3
Q: Have I missed the deadline for the 2008 Master Food Volunteer Training?