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6News video: Eudora LMH facility considered
May 8, 2008
Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s proposed primary care facility in Eudora is one step closer to becoming a reality.
6News video: Teaching staff surprised with serenade
May 8, 2008
It’s teacher appreciation week and some local educators are being honored all week.
6News video: Lawrence twister hit five years ago
May 8, 2008
An F2 tornado touched down in Lawrence at just after 7:30 p.m. on May 8, 2003.
6News video: Kiwanis club honors residents
May 8, 2008
The Lawrence Kiwanis club honored three people today for their outstanding community service.
6News video: Commissioners support art
May 8, 2008
The leaders of Lawrence don’t want to hide Lawrence’s variety of artwork.
6News video: Graduation season kicks off at Haskell
May 8, 2008
Graduation season in Lawrence kicks off on Friday with a commencement ceremony at Haskell Indian Nations University.
6News video: Cancer survivor supports relay
May 8, 2008
Douglas County’s relay for life is about a month away, but one cancer survivor is already hard at work.
6Sports video: KU golfer struggles at regionals
May 8, 2008
KU’s only representative at the NCAA West Regional golf championships struggled on day one.
6News video: Sports facilities could see change
May 8, 2008
Big changes could be in store for sports facilities at both Lawrence high schools.
6Sports video: Former Jayhawk doing fine at NFL camps
May 8, 2008
A lot has changed for Kansas senior tight end Derek Fine in six long years.
6Sports video: LHS, Free State baseball go at it again
May 8, 2008
The Free State baseball team only had one day to celebrate it’s Wednesday night victory before again taking on its crosstown rival, the Lawrence Lions.
6News video: Accused stabber appears in court
May 8, 2008
A Lawrence man accused of stabbing a man in the chest appeared in court on Thursday.
Free State outlasts LHS, 4-3
May 8, 2008
The Free State High baseball team defeated Lawrence High, 4-3, to claim its second victory over the Lions in as many days.
Proposal could move high school games from Haskell Stadium
05:08 p.m., May 8, 2008 Updated 05:46 p.m.
Lawrence school board members on Monday will consider a variety of options for improving outdoor athletic facilities, including - possibly as early as next season - playing home football games at each high school.
6News Now: School district shows appreciation for teachers
May 8, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, it’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and local educators received a surprise serenade today.
Teen accused in stabbing makes court appearance
01:58 p.m., May 8, 2008 Updated 03:55 p.m.
A 19-year-old Lawrence man, accused of stabbing a homeless man in the chest with a knife, makes his first appearance in Douglas County District Court Thursday.
Sebelius likely will reject newest coal plants proposal
May 8, 2008
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius declined to say outright whether she would veto the coal-fired plants bill, but she criticized the proposal, which now is wrapped up in other economic development projects.
People in the news
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ Amy Winehouse arrested in London¢ Harry Potter author wins court appeal¢ ‘Top Mom’ honor brings bad press to group¢ Lennon’s lyrics to be auctioned¢ Sonny Rollins to headline jazz festival
DLI likely won’t pay $6,400 bill
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
The Kansas University athletics department won’t be able to count on a $6,400 check from Downtown Lawrence Inc. to cover the cost of canceling its basketball banquet at the Lawrence Holidome.
Kids can receive free bike helmets
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
City leaders will be giving out free bike helmets to children at an event on Saturday.
Magic rout Pistons; Lakers prevail
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Rashard Lewis was due for a breakout game. It couldn’t have come at a better time for the Orlando Magic.
Fla. International penalized
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B2
Florida International was placed on four years’ probation by the NCAA on Wednesday and will lose scholarships for a variety of infractions.
Commentary: Sox should be feeling ashamed
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B2
Major League Baseball has a problem. Apparently, they think it is OK to demean 50 percent of the population. Apparently, they think it is OK that seven days before Mother’s Day, one of their teams featured a vulgar and sexist shrine - complete with blow-up dolls and baseball bats - in its clubhouse.
Special counsel butted heads with staff
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A7
U.S. Special Counsel Scott Bloch repeatedly butted heads with a task force he set up to decide whether to investigate high-profile accusations of political meddling by the Bush administration, draft documents released Wednesday show.
Our town sports
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Conrad Roberts shot a three-under-par 69 and won the weekly Jayhawk Golf Club tournament Sunday at Alvamar by five strokes over Chris Anderson. Bud Stagg was third with a 76. In net scoring, Richard Dykes and Randy Gebhards each recorded a 64. Jeff Miller was third with a 68.
US envoy: Toll from cyclone might reach 100,000
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A10
Hungry people swarmed the few open shops and fistfights broke out over food and water in Myanmar’s swamped Irrawaddy delta Wednesday as a top U.S. diplomat warned that the death toll from a devastating cyclone could top 100,000.
New rule helps NBA Draft hopefuls
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B4
It should come as no surprise 69 college underclassmen have declared for the 2008 NBA Draft as compared to 58 a year ago.
Lion tames Alvamar
Lawrence High’s Scott wins Invite
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
Spencer Scott will tell you he doesn’t consider Alvamar Country Club to be his home golf course. He and his Lawrence High boys golf teammates might practice there, but Scott actually belongs to Lawrence Country Club.
Democratic race has gone on too long
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
The endless Democratic presidential campaign has lurched from irrelevance to trivia, triggering a near-universal call to bring it to a halt.
Twin hits for cycle vs. Sox
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B6
Carlos Gomez became the first Twins player since Kirby Puckett 22 years ago to hit for the cycle.
Woodling: Son of voice of Jayhawks paying dues in Arkansas
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
The young usherette tapped Steven Davis on the arm and said, “Excuse me, but do you know where these seats are?”
Firebirds snag title
FSHS rallies past LHS to clinch crown
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B1
Lawrence High started with a bang and went out with a flurry. But it was all Free State in between. The Firebirds knocked off the Lions, 6-4, Wednesday at Ice Field and in doing so clinched their sixth Sunflower League baseball title in 11 years.
Jayhawk on award list
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University football center Ryan Cantrell was named to the 2008 Spring Watch List for the Rimington Trophy on Wednesday.
Final spending bill approved
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A6
Legislators approved a version of the year’s final spending bill Wednesday night preserving a project critics call “the road to nowhere.”
Competition will be smokin’ at barbecue cookoff
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
Forty-eight local and national barbecue connoisseurs are preparing to fill Broken Arrow Park with an aroma of sweet, spicy sauces and meats this week.
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B8
You communicate often. You might not be responsible for how others hear your words. On the other hand, you will learn and develop new ways of communicating that will allow you to confirm what you have said as well as allow the other person - whomever it might be - to echo what he or she has heard.
Weigh in on credit card reform
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B9
Using a credit card reminds me of gambling in Las Vegas.
Pump patrol
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.55 at Quick Stop, 1000 W. 23rd St.
Sports facility upgrades expanded
$55M to be spent on Allen Fieldhouse, other buildings
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
With upgrades to the Kansas University football team’s facilities nearly complete, attention this summer will return to Allen Fieldhouse and the area around it for $55 million in upgrades, expansions and additions.
Backers of fair trade organize coffee break
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B9
Supporters of “free trade” coffee plan to distribute free coffee during a coordinated coffee break from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the gazebo at Buford M. Watson Jr. Park, Seventh and Kentucky streets.
Stop Day tour explores KU campus
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A5
Kansas University professor emeritus Ted Johnson will lead a Stop Day walking tour of campus from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.
Clinton vows to press on
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A8
Her money drained and her options dwindling, a resolute Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Wednesday to press on with her presidential bid even as she and top advisers were hard-pressed to describe a realistic path for her to wrest the nomination from Barack Obama.
On the record
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported these fire calls:
Ex-Guantanamo prisoner led attack
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
The U.S. military is confirming that a former Guantanamo detainee from Kuwait carried out a recent suicide attack in northern Iraq.
Legislature signs off session with coal bill
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
The Kansas Legislature on Wednesday sent another coal-fired power plants bill to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius before ending the wrap-up session. Sebelius has vetoed two bills that would have authorized the two 700-megawatt plants in southwest Kansas.
First family prepares for wedding
Jenna Bush getting married at Texas ranch on Saturday
May 8, 2008 in print edition on C10
Talk about hush-hush wedding planning. First daughter Jenna Bush was the last in the family to know she was getting married.
WNBA player joins KU women’s staff
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Tamika Raymond, an assistant coach at Ohio State for the last five seasons, has joined the Kansas University women’s basketball staff. Raymond, 28, replaces Kyra Elzy, who left last month to become an aide at Kentucky.
Cultural message
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: On Monday, many Americans celebrated Cinco de Mayo, even though the majority of us have no idea what we are even celebrating. Most of us are concerned with the margaritas, the costumes and the nachos. It is ironic that we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but our country is building a wall to keep Mexicans out.
Chamber to honor coach Mark Mangino
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B9
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce plans to honor Mark Mangino, Kansas University football coach, during a May 29 luncheon at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.
KU reliever honored
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University junior reliever Paul Smyth has been named to the College Baseball Foundation’s National All-Star Lineup for the week of May 7.
Dentist to discuss dental advances
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B9
Dr. Jim Otten, a Lawrence dentist, will discuss the latest developments in dentistry during a free program Friday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Read labels when plant shopping
May 8, 2008 in print edition on C2
It’s that time of year again - plant shopping season! Local nurseries and garden centers are full of vibrant colors and attention-grabbing plants that seem to beg to be taken home.
Lively’ art site percolator opening Sunday
May 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
A budding arts organization in Lawrence now has a space to gather for its activities and shows.
Surge leader tells of progress made during deployment to Baghdad
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A5
Just about six weeks out of his second tour in Iraq, Army Col. Don Farris came to the Dole Institute of Politics on Wednesday to share his recent experiences in Sadr City, a Shiite district in Baghdad.
Passing the buck
Kansas University athletic department officials have stunned the community once again with their effort to pass the buck on a $6,400 bill from the Lawrence Holidome.
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
Whatever problem the Kansas University athletic department has with a bill it received from the Lawrence Holidome, it has nothing to do with the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce or Downtown Lawrence Inc.
Teen arrested in stabbing incident
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 19-year-old man was transported to a Kansas City-area hospital Wednesday following a stabbing at the Lawrence Community Shelter, 214 W. 10th St.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 8, 1908: “John Raber, a young man raised in Lawrence who left about five years ago to enter the U.S. Navy, is home visiting with his parents after traveling the world.
Clearwire, Sprint make $14B deal
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B9
Clearwire and Sprint Nextel have resurrected their plan to offer high-speed mobile Internet service with the help of some deep-pocketed supporters.
Mock emergency tests medical response
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
“There has been a possible intentional anthrax release in Douglas County.” That was the handwritten message on a sign greeting people on Wednesday when they entered Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.
Armed man fatally shot inside courthouse
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
A man who was supposed to be returning divorce papers at a courthouse pulled out a gun there instead Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla., opening fire in the lobby before two bailiffs fatally shot him.
Churchill Downs fans move on
Plans to honor Eight Belles yet to be finalized
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B2
Frank Daniels stood outside the paddock at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, thinking about the first race of the day while watching a rebroadcast of the Kentucky Derby on a big screen.
Rev. Sharpton arrested in protest of shooting
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Rev. Al Sharpton was arrested at the Brooklyn Bridge on Wednesday as he and hundreds of demonstrators blocked traffic to protest the acquittal of three detectives in the 50-bullet shooting of an unarmed black man on his wedding day.
Feds easily penetrated drug culture
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
Undercover agents who posed as college students to bust more than 100 suspected drug dealers at San Diego State University never had to crack a book to gain acceptance on campus. All it took was cash.
Haskell education a family affair
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
College student Ashley Aguilar was homesick. So, she lured her family from Warm Springs, Ore., to Lawrence where they could attend Haskell Indian Nations University with her.
US consumers rank last in world survey of green habits
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A1
Americans rank last in a new National Geographic-sponsored survey released Wednesday that compares environmental consumption habits in 14 countries.
Sleep amount tied to ill health in CDC study
May 8, 2008 in print edition on C10
People who sleep fewer than six hours a night - or more than nine - are more likely to be obese, according to a new government study that is one of the largest to show a link between irregular sleep and big bellies.
2 events celebrate Astronomy Day
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
Astronomy Associates of Lawrence will celebrate Astronomy Day 2008 with two events from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Shameful wage
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: Food and fuel prices are soaring, eating into everyone’s income and hurting the poor above all - and business professor Mark Hirschey considers this an opportune moment to “take a stand” against raising the minimum wage?
Ex-Jayhawk a Gladiator
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Former Kansas University track weight and hammer thrower Jen Widerstrom will join season two of NBC’s American Gladiators as the newest Gladiator, “Phoenix,” as announced by the network Wednesday.
Research: Pollution threatens koalas
May 8, 2008 in print edition on C10
Koalas are threatened by the rising level of carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere because it saps nutrients from the eucalyptus leaves they feed on, a researcher said Wednesday.
Student: Teacher tossed Mexican flag in trash
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
A high school student in Twin Falls, Idaho, says he may file a lawsuit against a physical education teacher who took a Mexican flag he had brought for Cinco de Mayo and put it in the garbage.
Tonganoxie allows holiday liquor sales
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A5
A Tonganoxie City Council vote will allow liquor sales on designated holidays.
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures traded mixed Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery fell 10.5 cents to $8.075; July corn added 6.75 cents to $6.13; July oats fell 4 cents to $4.155; July soybeans rose 32 cents to $13.09.
Drug recommended despite safety concerns
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
The federal government’s new advice to doctors for helping smokers quit recommends the drug Chantix, which has recently been linked with depression and suicidal behavior.
Uplifting report
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: Thank you, thank you, thank you for the comments on page 7B of Sunday’s paper, regarding Gitmo. It was absolutely uplifting for me.
ORU, Kansas washed
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Wednesday night’s scheduled Kansas-Oral Roberts baseball game at Hoglund Ballpark was canceled because of rain.
FSHS soccer tumbles
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
Free State High fell to Olathe North, 1-0, in soccer Wednesday in a makeup of a game that was postponed from April 1 because of rain.
Kansas City rolls over Angels, 9-4
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B3
With an umpire behind the plate that has given him bad dreams, Zack Greinke was nervous.
KU blind spot
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: I am surprised as anyone by my mixing sports and a biblical reference in this letter. However, the request from the Kansas University athletic department for reimbursement for their losses from a canceled basketball banquet sparked the comparison.
County wants public to weigh in on tornado siren activation policy
May 8, 2008
Douglas County commissioners want the public to have a chance to speak out on the county’s tornado siren activation policy.
Closer to the earth
Lawrence family’s home blends into landscape
May 8, 2008 in print edition on C1
What a magnificent day it was the morning I was driving out to view Chris and Steve Edmonds’ garden. As I walked up to meet Chris Edmonds, we both took a moment to absorb the panoramic view, with white caps on Clinton Lake in the distance.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
The City Commission was reaching the final stages of picking a successor to the resigned Barkley Clark.
Veto applauded
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: Thanks to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for her courageous veto of the two 700-megawatt coal-burning plants in southwest Kansas. She was concerned that tons of carbon dioxide emissions would have drifted across the state at known risks to community health.
History likes He-Man audience deaf, dumb
May 8, 2008 in print edition on B8
The popular subcategory of macho documentary-style programming continues with “Tougher in Alaska” (9 p.m., History). Like the History channel’s hit “Ice Road Truckers,” this series chronicles hard workers using dangerous equipment in the 49th state.
Monarch Watch sets open house
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A3
The annual Monarch Watch Open House and plant fundraiser is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Foley Hall on Kansas University’s West Campus.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A9
Kansas University responded with more than its quota of $7,500 to help finance the local summer community day camp for disadvantaged youngsters.
Climbers light Olympic flame atop Mount Everest
May 8, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Olympic flame reached the top of the world today. Live television footage showed a Chinese mountaineering team holding up a specially designed torch along with Chinese and Olympic flags today on the top of Mount Everest.