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KU-Missouri baseball canceled
06:37 p.m., May 10, 2008 Updated 06:49 p.m.
The Kansas vs. Missouri baseball game has been delayed due to rain. The game, which was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark, has been pushed back to 7 p.m.
Tornado watch issued for the area
May 10, 2008
Douglas County is under a tornado watch until 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Also included in the tornado watch are Franklin and Johnson counties.
Regional pairings rolling in
Lions, Firebirds to square off in Round 1 of regional soccer
May 10, 2008
The postseason is nearly upon us. Here’s a look at the regional pairings for Lawrence High and Free State.
Scientists gather for crash course in political science
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A7
Daniel Suson has a doctorate in astrophysics and has worked on the superconducting super collider and a forthcoming NASA probe. Now he’s heading back to school to take on an even trickier task - getting elected to public office.
Westar bills set to increase
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A1
Westar Energy customers in Lawrence and across the state soon could see a combined $22 million increase in their electric bills.
Field upgrades may not start soon
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B1
Two Lawrence school board members say the district likely will need to use Haskell Stadium for some football games this fall based on the tight timeline for possible renovations to fields at both high schools.
KUMC, KU Hospital plan for future
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B1
For the first time since a new affiliation was signed between Kansas University Medical Center and KU Hospital, the joint advancement board of the two organizations met to plot its future and look back at where the two entities have been this year.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 10, 1908: “Clinton Township personal property assessments are in and the total is nearly eight times what it was a year ago, which means much lower tax bills for residents.”
Immigration issue isn’t going away, legislators say
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A4
Legislators failed to pass any immigration bill this year, but it’s an issue that’s not going away anytime soon.
Fighting threatens a top presidential priority
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A5
On the eve of his trip to the Middle East next week, President Bush faces the collapse of one of his three top priorities in the region - stabilizing Lebanon, a rare Arab democracy - amid new fighting that once again pits the United States against Iran and Syria through surrogates, according to Lebanese and U.S. analysts.
KU’s Self talks up fundraising ‘Boogie’
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C1
Bill Self, between bites of hot wings and a burger with no bun, at lunchtime Friday spoke with media members for close to two hours about his new passion - Bill’s Basketball Boogie.
Commentary: Forget Spygate; give Belichick his due
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C2
The black hat fit Bill Belichick so well.
Lawrence soccer gets senior shutout
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C3
Getting the victory on Senior Day is pretty sweet. But having it come in a shutout made it that much better for Lawrence High’s girls soccer seniors Kaela Severa, Alyson Lunte, Kathleen Hermesch and Madison Bertrand.
Club News
May 10, 2008 in print edition on D5
Club news around Lawrence
Deep soak
May 10, 2008 in print edition on D1
As the weather turns hot, trees and shrubs planted in the past two years should receive a deep soaking once a week in the absence of rainfall.
Judge accused of demanding royal treatment
May 10, 2008 in print edition on E8
Elizabeth Halverson is a judge. But the way courthouse staffers see it, she expects to be treated like a queen.
Grills fired up for barbecue cook-off
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B3
Friday afternoon at Broken Arrow Park, stacks of ribs were being prepared and smoked by the Smokin’ Nuts. That would be the Treanor Architects team, one of 48 teams competing in the Lawrence Sertoma cook-off today.
Hezbollah seizes control of Sunni section of Beirut
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A5
In the space of just 14 hours, a Shiite militia backed by Iran had seized control of the Sunni heart of an Arab capital.
Simons: Defining chamber’s mission is first step in CEO search
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B1
The past few days, a number of Lawrence residents have visited with representatives of a company called Waverly Partners LLC, which has been hired by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce to provide names of individuals to be considered as the chamber’s new president and CEO.
Gas prices continue to rise
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A8
Oil rose above $126 a barrel for the first time Friday, bringing its advance this week to nearly $10, as investors questioned whether a possible confrontation between the U.S. and Venezuela could cut exports from the OPEC member. Gas prices, meanwhile, rose above an average $3.67 a gallon at the pump, following oil’s recent path higher.
Kansas group appointed to look at climate change
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B2
A new group will soon tackle the politically charged issue of reducing climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions in Kansas.
Rocket hits BBC bureau in Baghdad
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A6
Shiite militants launched rockets toward the fortified Green Zone on Friday, taking advantage of a sandstorm that gave cover from attacks by U.S. aircraft. Some rockets fell short, including one that damaged the British Broadcasting Corp. bureau.
Mississippi district may be test for GOP
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B6
The 1st Congressional District, the northernmost in the most culturally Southern state, has given the nation William Faulkner and Elvis Presley, and next Tuesday will have a special congressional election that will test the Republican hope that Barack Obama and his former pastor can be the basis of a Republican strategy to nationalize congressional races to the disadvantage of Democrats.
Analysis: ‘Hillary Dems’ could be up for grabs
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A1
With the racially tinged Democratic race drawing to an awkward close, Barack Obama and John McCain face the challenge of winning over “Hillary Democrats” - the white, working-class voters who favored the former first lady over Obama’s historic candidacy.
Soldier fulfills mission of getting girl new legs
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A6
Staff Sgt. Luis Falcon, 38, was patrolling the streets of Baqouba, north of Baghdad, when he saw Shahad Abbas. The 11-year-old girl was in a large decrepit wheelchair, and the stumps of her legs where her calves should have been were crusted with dried blood.
Haskell honors record number
196 students receive degrees
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A4
Haskell Indian Nations University honored a record number of graduates Friday during its Spring Commencement ceremony.
Records: Sharpton owes overdue taxes
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A3
Big corporations give him money. Presidential candidates seek his endorsement. He has influential friends in Congress and the governor’s mansion.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B6
More than 15,000 crowded into Kansas University’s Allen Fieldhouse to hear Republican presidential candidate Nelson Rockefeller propose formation of a national post-Vietnam planning committee to aid transition from war to peace.
Bigger issues
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: As a student currently studying American history, I’d like to comment on the April 30 column “Singing of anthem requires right hand over heart.”
Upswing seen in measles cases
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A3
Even though measles was officially declared eliminated in the United States eight years ago, a single case on Long Island is one of dozens nationally this year fueling concerns about an upsurge of a largely forgotten scourge.
Archbishop urges governor to refrain from Communion
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Roman Catholic archbishop for northeast Kansas said Friday that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius should refrain from taking Communion until she publicly repudiates her support for abortion rights.
Gas alternative
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The promoters of the coal-powered power plant missed an opportunity to combine their program with one that could mitigate the air pollution and global warming effects of the power plant. The companion program would be one that promoted the growth of use of natural gas-powered vehicles (NGVs).
Scouting News
May 10, 2008 in print edition on D3
Scouting news around Lawrence
Journal-World seeks photos from prom
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B1
It’s spring, so it must be high school prom season.
Chapple on team
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C5
Kansas University junior third baseman Val Chapple was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team, it was announced Friday.
On the record
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B2
Lawrence police are investigating a report that a 28-year-old Lawrence man forced a 23-year-old Lawrence woman back into his residence when she tried to leave, battered her and attempted to rape her.
Mail carriers picking up food items today
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B1
Mail carriers across the nation are teaming up with local food pantries for the nation’s largest single-day food drive today.
Funeral Day Burglar’ found guilty on 10 counts
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B8
A Kansas City man notorious for burglarizing homes while owners were at funerals was found guilty Friday in connection with five Platte County burglaries.
Attack from Gaza kills 1; retaliation kills 5
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
Gaza attackers sent mortar shells crashing into Kfar Aza, Israel, late Friday, killing an Israeli in his garden and wounding three others, officials said. Israel retaliated with missile strikes that left five Hamas militants dead.
Resident gets 6 years for sexual assault
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B3
A Lawrence man on Friday was sentenced to more than six years in prison for attacking and sexually assaulting a woman last year in his apartment.
Manson hiding spot to be searched
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A3
The sheriff of the remote region in California where Charles Manson hid after a killing spree in the summer of 1969 said Friday that he will allow researchers to begin digging into the sandy soil in search of possible human remains.
City tennis players ousted
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C3
Free State High’s Michael Swank won his first-round singles match, as did the FSHS doubles team of Blaine Keahr and Charlie Moffett, but the Firebirds’ Class 6A state run ended in the quarterfinals.
Horoscopes
May 10, 2008 in print edition on D7
You are especially direct. In your home and your personal and familial circles, you could get a reputation for being blunt, angry or difficult.
KU’s Powers 87th at NCAA regional
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C5
Kansas University’s Emily Powers shaved three shots off her first-round score and was tied for 87th Friday after two rounds of the NCAA West Golf Regional.
Around and About
May 10, 2008 in print edition on D5
Around and about Lawrence
Parents call for environmental charter school
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B3
A group of Lawrence parents want to establish a charter elementary school that would focus on environmental education and require parents to help in the classroom.
Pump patrol
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.55 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Program takes kids out to the ballgame
New charity lets at-risk youth attend KU baseball games
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B1
Come Monday, Sandy Davalos knows what some of her young students will be talking about in class: their experience at a Kansas University baseball game.
Wall Street ends week on decline
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B5
Wall Street ended the week with a big decline as investors grappled with two of the biggest threats to the economy: fallout from turmoil in the credit market and surging energy prices. All three major indexes suffered losses for the week.
Armor being added to mine-resistant vehicles
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
The U.S. military is reinforcing the sides of its topline mine-resistant vehicles to shore up what could be weak points as troops see a spike in armor-piercing roadside bombings across Iraq, The Associated Press has learned.
Happy Mother’s Day: Arkansas woman pregnant with 18th child
May 10, 2008 in print edition on E8
Mother’s Day draws a crowd in the home of an Arkansas woman - she is pregnant with her 18th child.
TherapyWorks offers ‘Help Yourself’ series
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B5
“Investing in Your Health,” the latest session in TherapyWorks’ Helping You Help Yourself Series, will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday at TherapyWorks’ new location, 1311 Wakarusa Drive, Suite 1000.
Boozer keys Jazz past Lakers, 104-99
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C6
So much for Carlos Boozer’s slump and the Lakers’ unbeaten run through the playoffs.
Sick and tired
A boost in airline penalties for overbooking flights is welcome, if the companies don’t dodge the responsibility.
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B6
The news could not come soon enough for thousands of frustrated and inconvenienced airline patrons. The Transportation Department is doubling the compensation requirements for passengers who involuntarily get bumped off overbooked flights.
Nebraska stuns KU at Big 12 softball
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C5
A wild pitch in the top of the sixth proved costly as Kansas University opened the Big 12 Conference Softball Championship with a 4-3 loss to Nebraska on Friday.
Perry prospers at Players
Langer, Goydos, Garcia one stroke back
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C2
Hot blasts of wind on a diabolical course made The Players Championship tough enough to turn someone’s hair gray. Not that the leaders needed any help with that Friday.
OU reserve QB to transfer
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C2
Third-string quarterback Keith Nichol plans to transfer from Oklahoma after just one season.
Sri Lanka holds vote in liberated east
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
Eastern Sri Lanka residents voted today in their first major election, less than a year after the separatist rebels lost control of the region. The poll was hailed as a democratic milestone but marred by rebel attacks, one that left 11 people dead.
Wink Jr. opens new eyewear shop
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B5
Wink Jr., an eyewear shop for kids, opened this week at 4 E. Seventh St. in downtown Lawrence.
Topekan enters plea in Last Call case
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B1
A Topeka woman pleaded no contest on Thursday to attempted aiding of a felon in connection with a nightclub shooting incident.
Crown Toyota earns President’s Award
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B5
Crown Toyota, Lawrence, has won Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.’s President’s Award for outstanding sales and service.
Big KC homecoming for ‘Idol’ star David Cook
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B4
David Cook has to beat out the two other finalists to become the next “American Idol,” but the shaggy-haired rocker is already a winner to Kansas City-area fans.
Military news
May 10, 2008 in print edition on D3
Military news around Lawrence
Buy shoes fit for walk down aisle
May 10, 2008 in print edition on D5
It seems like a no-brainer to advise brides to get shoes that are comfortable - or at least tolerable - but it’s a tip Mindy Weiss finds herself repeating to her clients.
Lawrence resident publishes story collection on faith
May 10, 2008 in print edition on D1
Lawrence grandmother Pat Kirk has compiled 21 stories from people who have felt God’s presence and put them together in “One Touch from the Maker.”
Russia showcases military in parade
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
Russia showcased its military might and youthful new president to the world Friday, as heavy tanks and missile launchers rumbled across Red Square in a Victory Day parade for the first time since the Soviet era.
Crow’s feat intact
MU pitcher mows down KU, moves to 11-0
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C1
The Kansas kid wearing the Missouri uniform with the cannon for an arm brought his spectacular stuff to Hoglund Ballpark on Friday night. He carried with him an equally spectacular individual winning streak - including a season’s goose egg in the loss column - and left with it intact.
Woman donates kidney to teacher
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
Twenty-two years after graduating from high school, Angie Collins is now her former English teacher’s favorite student.
Royals edged, 7-4, at home
Orioles notch 11th straight win against K.C.
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C7
Aubrey Huff was surprised when the Kansas City Royals decided to walk Nick Markakis intentionally in the fifth inning. He quickly focused on delivering a clutch hit for the Baltimore Orioles.
Military: 19 Kurdish rebels killed
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Turkish military says it has killed 19 Kurdish rebels in airstrikes in southeast Turkey.
Blackwater unlikely to face charges
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
Blackwater Worldwide, the security contractor blamed by an angry Iraqi government for the shooting deaths of 17 civilians, is not expected to face criminal charges - all but ensuring the company will keep its multimillion-dollar contract to protect U.S. diplomats.
Film shows mother of all monsters
May 10, 2008 in print edition on D7
The outstanding cable movie “An American Crime” (8 p.m., today, Showtime) looks back at a forgotten event from 1965 once considered the most horrible in the history of Indiana.
Demographics threaten Jewish state
May 10, 2008 in print edition on B6
When Israel’s independence was proclaimed in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948, as leaders of the nascent state sang “Hatikva” (Hope), few could have imagined the vibrant state that exists today.
Lions’ Taylor twins honored
LHS sisters given Gish scholarship at league track and field meet
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C1
As twins, Lawrence High seniors Kristina and Jennifer Taylor are linked forever.
4-H and FCE News
May 10, 2008 in print edition on D3
4-H and FCE news around Lawrence
Faith Forum: Why is sloth considered a deadly sin?
May 10, 2008 in print edition on D1
Sloth can indicate spiritual laziness: The Rev. Brian List, chaplain, St. Lawrence Catholic Campus CenterProverbs describe undesirable trait: The Rev. Marshall Lackrone, pastor, Calvary Temple Assembly of God
People in the news
May 10, 2008 in print edition on D7
¢ Pace cautiously promotes movie¢ Wrestler’s son sent to jail for 8 months¢ Blige starts foundation to help women¢ Toni Braxton’s show to remain dark until June¢ Rapper pleads guilty to menacing neighbor¢ Adkins records opening song for series
Fans choose sports sites for scattering of ashes
May 10, 2008 in print edition on E8
Even though he’s only 37 and in good health, Nathan Davis has already made out his will. In it, he bequeaths money to the University of Alabama athletic department and his ashes to Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Brethren in faith
Old German Baptist event under way in Douglas County
May 10, 2008 in print edition on D1
The house Charles Beeghley has lived in for nearly every minute of his life has a living room where energy-saving light bulbs mingle with a robust wood-burning stove.
Crawford gears up for Bush wedding
May 10, 2008 in print edition on E8
So close and yet so far: Tiny Crawford is sort of like a bridesmaid at arm’s length from Jenna Bush’s wedding today.
Out of tragedy, success
Grad achieves top honors in wake of horrific losses
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A1
It seemed fitting that 27-year-old Willow Abrahamson Jack was the first to walk across the stage and receive her bachelor’s degree Friday during Haskell Indian Nations University’s commencement ceremony.
Keegan: MU ace puts on a show
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C1
The rhythm of the game of baseball encourages conversation for those watching, at least when the loudspeakers aren’t violating the peaceful air with annoying racket.
St. John’s renews Roberts
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C2
Despite his team’s disappointing record last season, St. John’s basketball coach Norm Roberts is likely to remain coach for at least five more seasons.
LHS baseball delayed
May 10, 2008 in print edition on C5
The Lawrence High baseball game scheduled for Friday at the Johnson County 3&2 Fields was postponed until today because of wet grounds.
Aid on the way to Myanmar; heavy rain in the forecast
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A2
More aid is on the way to cyclone-ravaged Myanmar - but so is the heavy rain.
Wisconsin kids, mom live with 90-year-old’s corpse for months
May 10, 2008 in print edition on A3
Two children and their mother lived for about two months with the decaying body of a 90-year-old woman on the toilet of their home’s only bathroom, on the advice of a religious “superior” who claimed the corpse would come back to life, authorities said Friday.