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Archive for Thursday, May 22, 2008

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On the street
Photo galleries
The Gaumnitzes' Garden
Podcasts
Polls
Where are you heading on vacation this summer?

Poll results

Response Percent
I’m staying home.
 
49%
Staying in the Midwest.
 
23%
East Coast.
 
10%
West Coast.
 
8%
International.
 
7%
Total 226
Videos

Lead stories

12:00 a.m.
House Speaker Melvin Neufeld on Wednesday declared there would be no attempt to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of legislation that would have authorized construction of two coal-fired power plants. Coal battle moves to court
May 22, 2008 in print edition on 1A
House Speaker Melvin Neufeld on Wednesday declared there would be no attempt to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of legislation that would have authorized construction of two coal-fired power plants.
6:00 a.m.
Passers-by  read the "Seized" sign displayed Wednesday in the window of Papa Keno's, 1035 Mass. The sign read, "This property has been seized for nonpayment of taxes, and is now in the possession of the state of Kansas." Papa Keno’s assets seized by state
May 22, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Papa Keno’s Pizzeria is closed in downtown Lawrence and Overland Park, and its signature slices won’t be cooked to order anymore unless owner Greg Keenan can pay his taxes.
4:00 p.m.
Senior catchers Chase Muder, Lawrence High, left, and E.J. Swanson, Free State High, will face each other again Friday in the Class 6A state tournament in Topeka. Even when they were teammates last summer, they were frequent competitors. Who are those masked men anyway?
May 22, 2008 in print edition on 1B
Last summer, as teammates on a traveling baseball team, Free State High senior E.J. Swanson and Lawrence High senior Chase Muder spent three months captivated by competition.
10:00 p.m.
John Hoopes, Kansas University associate professor of anthropology, is pictured Thursday with real pre-Colombian artifacts from Mexico and Central America in Spooner Hall. Hoopes believes that the crystal skulls, popularized by the latest "Indiana Jones" movie, were probably crafted in Europe in the late 1800s. Anthropologist sheds light on movie’s premise
May 22, 2008 in print edition on 3A
Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones is at it again. This time, he’s after a powerful crystal skull. His latest movie adventure, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” hit Lawrence theaters Thursday and has fans intrigued about the mysterious ancient artifact. But a Kansas University archaeologist said the crystal skull isn’t as mysterious as many people think.

All stories

6News video: Teacher honored with Dream to Achieve award
May 22, 2008
Today is the last day of school for most Lawrence students, and one teacher is going out on an award-winning note.
6News video: Turnpike construction to begin in June
May 22, 2008
The largest turnpike project in state history has been on the drawing board for the past five years, but construction is nearly underway.
6News video: LHS grad to return to home state
May 22, 2008
Stacy Bell is a soon-to-be alum of Lawrence High School, and while she says she’ll miss it, her home state of Alabama is calling. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on Bell’s time at LHS and what the future holds.
6Sports video: Free State to send three to state track tourney
May 22, 2008
The all-class state track and field meet takes place in Wichita Friday and Saturday. For three Free Staters in particular, there will be very little downtime. Kevin Romary explains.
6News video: City jobs may be cut
May 22, 2008
City jobs are on the chopping block as commissioners pour through next year’s budget. Lawrence city leaders look to keep taxes down and the city beautiful at the same time, but as 6News reporter Jesse Fray explains, getting rid of positions may be their only option.
6Sports video: City baseball showdown tomorrow
May 22, 2008
They played two times this year, and on both occasions the Firebirds were victorious. Tomorrow morning, the Lawrence High and Free State High baseball teams meet again. This time, however, much more is at stake.
6Sports video: LHS has top program in state
May 22, 2008
According to this week’s Sports Illustrated magazine, Lawrence High School is the number one athletics department in the state of Kansas.
6News video: KU professor debunks crystal skull hype
May 22, 2008
As fans flock to theaters for the new Indiana Jones movie, some may be excited for the mystery of the crystal skull to be uncovered. But a KU archaeologist who studied the origins of the crystal skull says it’s not as mysterious as people think.
6News video: Storm downs traffic lights
May 22, 2008
An early morning storm disrupted power and the early morning commute for many Lawrence motorists.
6News video: Police budget under strain
May 22, 2008
The police department is also seeing increased prices. Though Chief Ron Olin has trimmed his budget, he says cutting it any more could impact safety.
6News video: Lawyer says driver may be innocent
May 22, 2008
An attorney for a 48-year-old Washington woman charged with killing two highway workers says his client may not be responsible.
6News video: Child solicitation trial pushed back
May 22, 2008
The man accused in a solicitation case outside a Lawrence junior high school now faces a September trial.
Anthropologist sheds light on movie’s premise
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones is at it again. This time, he’s after a powerful crystal skull. His latest movie adventure, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” hit Lawrence theaters Thursday and has fans intrigued about the mysterious ancient artifact. But a Kansas University archaeologist said the crystal skull isn’t as mysterious as many people think.
6News Now: High school graduation on the horizon
May 22, 2008
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, some teenagers are just a few days from leaving high school behind, and the forecast has some possibility of storms.
LHS athletics recognized by Sports Illustrated
Lions ranked 22nd nationally
May 22, 2008
Sports Illustrated has named Lawrence High the top athletic program among high schools in the state.
Critics say Kansas would be dangerous place for animal-disease research facility
May 22, 2008
Congressional leaders are critical of a Bush administration proposal to build an animal-disease research facility on the mainland. Kansas is one of the finalists for the lab.
Electrical outage affects traffic signals on 23rd Street
May 22, 2008
A total of 920 Westar Energy customers in Douglas County were without power about 7:45 Thursday morning after powerful storms ripped through the area overnight.
Who are those masked men anyway?
Competitive catchers followed different paths
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
Last summer, as teammates on a traveling baseball team, Free State High senior E.J. Swanson and Lawrence High senior Chase Muder spent three months captivated by competition.
City considers false alarm fees
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A4
Fees for fire trucks. Lawrence city commissioners were presented with a list of ways the city could start raising more money from fire and medical operations to help pay for what the fire chief said is a serious need to replace aging fire engines.
Library collection size could decrease
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A1
What a difference a year makes. Last year leaders of the Lawrence Public Library were still lobbying for a new library building, larger staff size and a budget increase. Now, during what’s shaping up to be one of the tightest city budgets in memory, library leaders are contemplating decreasing its collection size in an effort to make its building work better.
KU signee Releford globe-trotting
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B1
Kansas University freshman-to-be Travis Releford is in Shanghai, China, this week, playing basketball for an Adidas-sponsored high school all-star team.
Sculpted land
Dream home showcases art, gardening in serene and secretive style
May 22, 2008 in print edition on C1
Cruising down the long, winding driveway as I approached Jan and Jack Gaumnitz’s home, it feels like I am entering an exclusive, secretive and secluded sculpture garden.
Ex-OU QB picks Spartans
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
Former Oklahoma backup quarterback Keith Nichol says he is transferring to Michigan State. Nichol, from Lowell, Mich., will sit out next season and have three years of eligibility remaining with the Spartans.
Horoscopes
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B8
Your style and sense of direction will separate you from the majority of people.
Big Oil defends profits before irate senators
May 22, 2008 in print edition on C10
On a day oil prices leaped to unheard-of highs, senators lined up Big Oil’s biggest executives and pummeled them with complaints that they’re pretending to be “hapless victims” while raking in record profits.
Dance, comics herald summer silly season
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B8
The summer season beings in earnest with the return of “Last Comic Standing” (8:30 p.m., NBC) and “So You Think You Can Dance” (7 p.m., Fox).
Americans not saving enough; pessimism reigns
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B9
What will it take to make Americans save more?
Peace deal between Israel, Syria could threaten Iran, Hezbollah
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
Newly launched peace talks between Syria and Israel face daunting odds, but a breakthrough could bring fundamental change to the Mideast by returning the Golan Heights to Syria, cutting off support for Hezbollah forces in Lebanon, and diminishing Iran’s regional influence.
Commentary: Rose, not Beasley, best for Bulls
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
There was a moment, a small moment, in the NCAA Tournament this year that made the people who witnessed it literally gasp. A great, big ooooooohhhhh filled the stadium.
Bucknell hires coach
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
Dave Paulsen was hired as Bucknell’s basketball coach after coaching Williams of Division III the last eight years.
Our Town Sports
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B6
Local sports activities
China now facing political aftershocks
May 22, 2008 in print edition on C10
Chinese leaders moved to contain the political aftershocks of last week’s deadly earthquake, promising a big rebuilding fund, reining in the recently aggressive media and trying to keep despair from turning to anger in the disaster zone.
Bond not reduced in hit-and-run case
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
A Douglas County judge on Wednesday refused to reduce bond for a woman charged with killing two highway workers and injuring a third in a hit-and-run incident south of Lawrence last year.
Oklahoma stuns A&M
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
Andrew Doyle pitched a complete-game five-hitter and struck out a career-high 12 batters as Oklahoma upset top-seeded Texas A&M, 4-1, on Wednesday in pool play in the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament.
Harvick takes lead in drug testing
Driver requires exams for Nationwide, truck series teams
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
Kevin Harvick has received a crash course on privacy laws, learned how long different drugs stay in the system, and tested the drivers and crew chiefs on the teams he owns.
Legislator attends, leads power meetings
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B9
State Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, recently led a discussion at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding electric transmission line technologies and public policies.
Remains of Navy surgeon returning home to family in KC after 63 years
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
After 63 years, the remains of Navy flight surgeon Jesse R. Battenfeld Jr. are returning home.
Tornado siren policy revised
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
The next time the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for Douglas County, sirens will be sounded.
Kennedy a unique national leader
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A9
Not since the day almost 45 years ago, when word reached Washington that his brother John had been cut down in Dallas, has there been news about an individual that struck so deep a blow to so many in this capital.
Colon sparks Red Sox, 6-3
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B3
After 306 starts, 146 wins and one Cy Young award, Bartolo Colon felt like a rookie before his 2008 debut.
Commodities
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B9
Agriculture futures traded higher Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Quarry seeks reduced bond for reclamation
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A5
A rock quarry operation in western Douglas County wants its reclamation bond requirements dramatically decreased.
Papa Keno’s assets seized by state
Pizzeria to remain closed unless owner pays back taxes
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
Papa Keno’s Pizzeria is closed in downtown Lawrence and Overland Park, and its signature slices won’t be cooked to order anymore unless owner Greg Keenan can pay his taxes.
On the record
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A4
A 36-year-old Oklahoma man reported a $2,500 Western Union money order was stolen Tuesday in the 700 block of Hickory Street.
Police to conduct saturation patrols
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A5
Lawrence Police Department will participate in a special traffic enforcement program to ensure drivers and passengers are properly using safety devices in vehicles.
American Airlines to charge for checked bag
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A1
Never mind the free lunch. Almost nothing is complimentary on airlines anymore, not even what many passengers consider a simple necessity: a single checked bag.
Which David? The KC-area one
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B8
David Cook was crowned “American Idol” Wednesday, his smooth showmanship defeating a favored young challenger who swept the judges’ praise the previous night.
State to challenge polar bear listing
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
The state of Alaska will sue to challenge the recent listing of polar bears as a threatened species, Gov. Sarah Palin announced Wednesday.
Dredging up new life from the Dead Sea?
May 22, 2008 in print edition on C2
Several women in Israel’s Dead Sea are not just making mud pies; they’re trying to rejuvenate their skin by slathering the mineral-rich muck on their bodies and faces.
Kennedy goes home from hospital
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy gave a thumbs up to well-wishers and kisses to relatives as he walked out of the hospital Wednesday, a day after learning he has a cancerous brain tumor.
Lakers rally at home
Bryant leads second-half surge
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B6
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers waited until the third quarter to get going. Once they did, the San Antonio Spurs couldn’t stop them.
GM union approves new contract at KCK plant
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B10
Union members at General Motors Corp.’s Fairfax assembly plant here have approved a new contract, ending a nearly three-week-old strike.
Calif. scientists detail impact of ‘Big One’
May 22, 2008 in print edition on C10
The “Big One,” as earthquake scientists imagine it in a detailed, first-of-its-kind script, unzips California’s mighty San Andreas Fault north of the Mexican border. In less than two minutes, Los Angeles and its sprawling suburbs are shaking like a bowl of jelly.
Wheat State tour helps KU connect with Kansas
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A4
Approximately 45 Kansas University faculty and staff on Wednesday got a close-up view of a herd of buffalo near Scott City.
Leaky New Orleans levee alarms experts
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A8
Despite more than $22 million in repairs, a levee that broke with catastrophic effect during Hurricane Katrina is leaking again because of the mushy ground on which New Orleans was built, raising serious questions about the reliability of the city’s flood defenses.
Lawrence surgeon cleared of negligence
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A5
A Douglas County jury on Wednesday cleared a Lawrence surgeon of negligence in a case filed after a woman died of breast cancer.
Plant protection essential for keeping a quality garden
May 22, 2008 in print edition on C1
Mulching my garden is one of my least favorite garden activities. It is time-consuming and usually dusty - but so important.
Elementary school newscast featured on education Web site
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A5
A new crew enters the Langston Hughes School TV studio each month to make sure the daily announcements get on the air.
Garry Gribble’s store coming to downtown
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B9
Garry Gribble’s Running Sports, which offers running shoes and accessories, is opening a store in downtown Lawrence.
Coach discusses Johnson
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B2
Iowa State coach Greg McDermott believes that Wesley Johnson took some of his coaching personally and couldn’t get past it.
British car show set for grocery lot
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B9
The parking lot at Checkers Foods, 2300 La., will play host to a car show conducted by the Lawrence All British Car Club.
Manson dig ends; no remains found
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
A dig for clandestine graves at Charles Manson’s last hideout ended Wednesday, yielding no bodies and leaving scientists puzzled over t.he clues that enticed them to go this far.
Prices soar for Memorial Day barbecues
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A8
Hamburgers and hot dogs? Check. Lighter fluid? Check. Beer? Check. More money?
Demonstration highlights local meat
May 22, 2008 in print edition on C1
Locally raised meat is what should be for dinner, say the folks at the Downtown Lawrence Farmers’ Market.
Submit entries for our kids’ summer calendar
May 22, 2008 in print edition on C1
The Pulse summer activities calendar for children and teens is coming soon - perhaps in a year where they’ll be spending more time at home, if gasoline prices and other factors have led to scaled-back vacation plans.
UN chief arrives on relief mission
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Myanmar on a mission to persuade the country’s ruling generals to let in a torrent of foreign assistance for cyclone victims rather than the current trickle.
GI support
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A9
To the editor: This past week, I received a fundraising letter from Sen. Pat Roberts, and was disgusted at the bipartisan, red-baiting, fear-mongering and greedy tone of the letter.
Mix-up discovered after farm bill veto
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
The House overwhelmingly rejected President Bush’s veto Wednesday of a $290 billion farm bill, but what should have been a stinging defeat for the president became an embarrassment for Democrats.
Governor to have more eye surgery
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A2
Gov. David Paterson will undergo laser surgery today on his right eye, after receiving similar treatment on his left eye earlier this week, his spokesman in Albany said.
Fill the ballot
Voters are the winners when every race features strong candidates from both parties.
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A9
With just over two weeks until the June 10 filing deadline, there still is plenty of room on the local ballots for county and state offices.
KU grad Jacobs inducted into tennis hall of fame
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B3
Tom Jacobs, a Kansas University graduate and longtime NCAA staffer, was one of nine new members inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.
LMH chief gets positive review
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B9
The top executive for Lawrence Memorial Hospital received a positive annual review from hospital board members on Wednesday and was given a raise that puts his salary above $400,000 per year.
Report sends oil past $134
May 22, 2008 in print edition on C10
Runaway oil prices blew past $130 a barrel for the first time Wednesday and kept going, while gasoline prices persisted in their own relentless climb, rising above $3.80 a gallon.
Coal battle moves to court
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A1
House Speaker Melvin Neufeld on Wednesday declared there would be no attempt to override Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of legislation that would have authorized construction of two coal-fired power plants.
Pump patrol
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.75 at BP, 19th Street and Haskell Avenue. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Research shows quitting smoking can be ‘contagious’ among friends
May 22, 2008 in print edition on C10
The urge to smoke is contagious, but quitting apparently is, too.
Studies show importance of writing skills
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A9
The College Board’s National Commission on Writing for America’s Schools and Colleges has sponsored a series of well-publicized studies on the importance of improved writing among the younger generation over the past five years.
Brown v. Board plaintiff dies at 88
May 22, 2008 in print edition on A4
The last surviving Topeka plaintiff in the Brown v. Board of Education case that led to the landmark ruling outlawing school segregation has died at 88.
People in the news
May 22, 2008 in print edition on B8
¢ Spielberg honored for Holocaust, Darfur work¢ Boy band creator gets 25 years in prison