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6News video: Motorcycle accident closes highway traffic
May 25, 2008
A motorcycle accident this evening closes traffic on a Douglas County Highway and sends two people to a Kansas City-area hospital.
6News video: Proposed industrial park stuck in limbo
May 25, 2008
The fate of a proposed industrial park near Lawrence Municipal Airport continues to hang in limbo.
6News video: Busy intersection to close for summer
May 25, 2008
Drivers beware! A busy Lawrence intersection will shut down Tuesday and be closed through the rest of the summer.
6News video: Summer swimming season has begun!
May 25, 2008
Clouds and cool temperatures didn’t stop swimmers from making a splash to kick off the start of the Summer swimming season.
6News video: High school officially over for class of 2008
May 25, 2008
High school is officially over today for the class of 2008 as both Lawrence and Free State High celebrate graduation.
6Sports video: Lions fall to Blue Valley
May 25, 2008
On Saturday, the Lawrence High baseball team was looking for a little state magic - as they were now just one win away from the state championship.
6Sports video: State track meet met with wet, windy conditions
May 25, 2008
Wet and windy conditions didn’t stop this year’s state track competition from going off as scheduled.
6News video: Baby Boomers feeling effects of ‘sun worshipping’
May 25, 2008
These days, most everyone is aware of how important it is to wear sunscreen every day, especially in the Summer months. But - as Boomergirl.com Managing Editor Cathy Hamilton reports - her’s is a generation of sun worshippers that wore baby oil, instead of SPF 30, and know they’re seeing the effects.
6Sports video: T-Bones square off with Flyers of Schaumburg
May 25, 2008
At Community America Ballpark, the Kansas City T-Bones were in action against the Flyers of Schaumburg.
Police investigate incidents behind overnight injuries
May 25, 2008
Lawrence police are investigating two separate overnight incidents in which two men suffered injuries.
Lawrence High School ceremony caps graduation day
May 25, 2008
Lawrence High School followed Free State in handing out diplomas on Sunday.
Free State High School graduates 372
May 25, 2008
Free State High School kicks off graduation day with first ceremony at Allen Fieldhouse
Free State High School honors
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A11
These Free State High School students have been given scholarships and awards:
Horoscopes
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D5
You are goal-driven, especially when the topic is family and long-term security. Examine what you need to do with others. If you are single, you will meet people easily. Others see your wit and charm. 2009 could be important. If you are attached, talk and share more.
Poet’s showcase
Thoughts on a Telephone Wire” by Tom Mach
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D3
“Thoughts on a Telephone Wire” by Tom Mach
Lawrence High School honors
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A10
These Lawrence High School students have been given scholarships and awards:
People in the news
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D5
¢ Museum to get Clooney’s uniform¢ Lange bashes Iraq war in graduation speech¢ Teen actor killed in fight outside bar
Best-sellers
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D3
Fiction 1. “The Host,” by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown, $25.99).Nonfiction 1. “Audition,” by Barbara Walters (Knopf, $29.95).
Broken dreams
Lawrence loses, 2-0, in state semifinals
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C1
Dorian Green was very good. Tyler VanGerpen was better. That’s the gist of Blue Valley’s 2-0 victory over Lawrence High on Saturday in the Class 6A state baseball tournament at Hummer Sports Complex. “Dorian put us in a position to win,” said Lions’ designated hitter Travis Sanders, “and we just didn’t get enough hits.” Green, a junior right-hander, surrendered five hits and fanned six Tigers.
Midwest tallies tornado damage
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B3
A slow-moving storm packing tornadoes and hail battered rural Oklahoma on Saturday, destroying several buildings, tearing up trees and tossing a mobile home onto a highway. The bodies of two storm victims were found in Kansas.
International student adjusts to Free State with a little help from her friends
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A1
She had moved across the Atlantic Ocean to Kansas for her senior year. Instead of finishing her last year of high school at a Ghana boarding school, Nana Agyen was a Free State High School student.
German POWs buried at prison
14 men executed for killing inmates who collaborated with Americans
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A1
They knew they would be punished; they didn’t expect to be executed. But during the summer of 1945, that is what happened to 14 German prisoners of war held in the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. Their crime: killing three of their fellow German inmates caught collaborating with their American keepers.
Owner Penske seeking rare racing triple crown
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C7
Roger Penske revolutionized the art of winning at Indianapolis. A Memorial Day weekend victory celebration has practically become an annual rite for the 71-year-old team owner. After all, no owner has won more Indy titles (14) or Indy poles (14).
Only a few women seem to be on possible presidential track
Sebelius one of few mentioned
May 25, 2008
Has Hillary Clinton paved the way for anyone but Hillary Clinton? It’s possible that Clinton’s historic successes in her party’s presidential primaries - scoring the first victories for a woman in important states such as California, Ohio and Pennsylvania - will clear a path for women seeking the presidency in the future. Regardless of what becomes of Clinton this year, experts say, she has opened a long-bolted door. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius may be one of the beneficiaries.
Relay for Life meeting scheduled
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Relay for Life of Douglas County will have a meeting Thursday for team captains.
Lingerie parties fete ‘Sex and the City’
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D2
With no other Hollywood characters filling the stylish shoes of the ladies of “Sex and the City” in the years the TV series has been dormant, the fashion industry has been eagerly waiting to see how Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda look when they emerge from hibernation.
Veterans’ burials nonstop at national cemeteries
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A7
The cracking of rifle fire silenced the twittering blue jays, blackbirds and killdeer. As members of the color guard lowered their rifles, the smell of bitter smoke drifted over the family and friends of former Army Sgt. Ellis Hale, a Vietnam War veteran who died of prostate cancer at age 59. Sniffles and gentle sobs accompanied a recording of taps.
Donors pledge cyclone aid to Myanmar at conference
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A5
A 50-nation conference to pledge funds for survivors of Myanmar’s cyclone convened today after the country’s xenophobic junta promised to open their doors to critically needed foreign assistance.
Holiday closings announced
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B4
Government offices and public services in Lawrence and Douglas County will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B6
Refinements in a proposed downtown shopping center were put on hold until after the City Commission met the coming week with the Downtown Improvement Committee.
Diversity or division?
It’s time for America to face its lingering racist and sexist attitudes.
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B6
It was probably inevitable that both racism and sexism would rear their ugly heads in the presidential campaign of 2008.
Hutchinson man working with Iraq reconstruction team
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B8
Going to work these days for Martin Miller means carpooling in an armored Humvee.
Lawrence City Band season starts this week
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D1
The popular Lawrence City Band concert season kicks off Wednesday.
Detroit blanks Pittsburgh in opener
Samuelsson scores two goals in 4-0 victory in Motor City
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C2
Mikael Samuelsson doesn’t even garner a mention among the alumni in the Pittsburgh Penguins media guide. After his two-goal performance in the Stanley Cup finals opener, the little-known Detroit Red Wings forward won’t be forgotten in the Steel City again.
LMH sponsors senior fitness programs
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
Lawrence Memorial Hospital will play host to free programs promoting health and fitness among older adults from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday. The programs are part of the hospital’s celebration of National Senior Health and Fitness Day.
Transportation distraction
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Here’s another good reason to support the T: increasing academic success. After nearly 20 years on the faculty at Kansas University, it’s clear to me that one of the biggest predictors of academic failure is car ownership.
Review: Author embraces his inner geekiness in ‘American Nerd’
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D3
Benjamin Nugent’s book might have had its genesis in grade school: “I was in fourth grade when I first observed that people who liked D&D - people like me - tended to be the same ones who liked to play with computers. Staggered by my first thrill of nationhood, I cast about for an explanation.”
Furniture pieces serve dual purposes
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D4
Creative cabinetmakers have enjoyed making dual-purpose furniture for centuries. A desk with a drawer that opens to a bed, a chair that can be flipped to become library steps or bed steps, a table with a top that flips up to become the back of a bench, and other clever examples were made by the 18th century.
The sad state of racial politics in America
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B6
I keep thinking I should be mad at West Virginia. Not because Barack Obama was recently beaten like a red-headed stepchild - to use my father’s expression - in that state’s primary.
On the record
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B2
At 12:37 a.m. Saturday Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical crews responded to a structure fire at 2914 Atchison Circle. Crews extinguished a fire in the attic area above the front door of the single family residence. The fire was caused by excessive heat in a light fixture. No injuries were reported and the damage estimate was $5,000.
WWI vet an ‘ordinary’ piece of history
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B6
Numbers come precisely from the agile mind and nimble tongue of Frank Buckles, who seems bemused to say that 4,734,991 Americans served in the military during America’s involvement in the First World War and 4,734,990 are gone. He is feeling fine, thank you for asking.
Fields still wide open for VP running mates
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B7
With perfect timing, John McCain has signaled the opening of the vice presidential speculation season, just as the last dregs of suspense are being drained from the marathon presidential contest.
Texas, K-State to play for conference title
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C8
David Hernandez singled in the winning run to cap a three-run ninth inning as Texas stunned Oklahoma 11-10 on Saturday to advance to the Big 12 Conference baseball championship game.
Andromeda Strain’ miniseries hits A&E
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D6
Remaking the techno thriller “The Andromeda Strain” might’ve seemed like a brilliant idea over some pan-seared-this or vinaigrette-that Hollywood film-exec lunch.
K.C. losing streak reaches six games
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C12
Just like Roy Halladay the previous night, Jesse Litsch threw a complete game to beat the Kansas City Royals.
National League Roundup: Mets finally get back on track
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C4
With Willie Randolph under pressure, New York finally ended its five-game losing streak with a victory over Colorado.
US ambassador: Al-Qaida close to defeat in Iraq
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A6
The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said Saturday that al-Qaida’s network in the country has never been closer to defeat, and he praised Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for his moves to rein in Shiite and Sunni militant groups.
Guiding light
Sculpture aims to attract visitors to small museum
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D1
A few steps away from the Wakarusa Valley Heritage Museum, where deer tromp near the western banks of Clinton Lake, lies a reminder of what once was here. Stand in just the right spot, and you can see two perfect lines of walnut trees. Between them, nothing is growing.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World of May 25, 1908: “Rev. Wm. A Quayle, pastor of St. James Methodist Episcopal Church in Chicago, today was elected bishop of that denomination. Dr. Quayle is the former president of Baker University, the state Methodist college of Kansas.
Veritas graduates raise bar for school
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
A series of firsts and a long list of accomplishments solidified the legacy of Veritas Christian School’s graduating class, which was honored at a ceremony Saturday at Lawrence Bible Chapel. The school’s first National Merit Scholar flipped his tassel, counting seven scholarships to his credit. Veritas’ first Eagle Scout, who wants to study business and economics.
Some turn to haggling to help cut costs
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D7
Tough economic times have apparently elevated price haggling to a must-have skill set for strapped consumers who are tightening the grip on their cash.
Candidates spar over veterans benefits
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A1
Barack Obama told veterans Saturday that he can’t understand why Republican John McCain opposes legislation that would provide college scholarships to people who have served in the U.S. military.
McLouth claims third
Bulldogs finish with 22-1 record
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C12
Once again, the pitcher was the hero for McLouth High at the Class 3A state softball tournament.
8 earthquake pandas arrive for Olympics
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A3
Eight pandas reached Beijing safely Saturday after a long journey from their damaged reserve near the epicenter of the recent earthquake in China.
Daredevil Knievel jumps 24 trucks
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
Robbie “Kaptain” Knievel, son of the late daredevil Evel Knievel, successfully jumped over 24 delivery trucks Saturday night at the site of one of his father’s most famous stunts.
Mars spacecraft faces riskiest part of mission
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A4
After a nearly 10-month journey, a NASA spacecraft will land softly today on the northern polar region of Mars, if all goes as planned.
Tait: Topeka’s field of screams
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C1
The crying shame about Lawrence High’s 2-0 semifinal loss to Blue Valley on Saturday was that the field it was played on did not match the talent of the athletes that played on it. But, as the saying goes, there’s no crying in baseball. LHS coach Brad Stoll clearly knows that.
Amazing disgrace
Author James Frey grabs his second chance
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D3
James Frey was back in his old Los Angeles neighborhood, strolling happily along the Venice boardwalk, enjoying a sunny day in a T-shirt and aviator shades as he passed tattoo shops and a man who was selling what he claimed to be “philosophy.” It doesn’t get any better than this, Frey’s body language seemed to say.
Free State pole vaulter takes 2nd
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C6
To think, just last year Free State High senior Tim Malcolm didn’t even medal at the Kansas Class 6A state meet in the pole vault. And here he is, a year later planning to walk on for the Kansas State track and field program after placing second this year.
New feeling, bigger buzz at Indy
Unification of open-wheel series drives optimism
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C7
The Indianapolis 500 is new again. Danica Patrick is a proven winner with a legitimate shot at taking the checkered flag, all the top teams and drivers are back for the 92nd running of the Indy 500 and optimism is high for what should, for the first time in 13 years, truly be “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
Airport upgrades try to make stranded travelers feel at home
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A9
As air travelers begin soaring into another summer travel season starting with this Memorial Day weekend, the nation’s airports will be waiting with a growing bounty of services that go well beyond mere takeoffs and landings.
Wildfire grows despite effort, calmer winds
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A7
Firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures and calmer winds Saturday as they continued to fight a persistent wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains that has chewed through acres of centuries-old redwoods, destroyed at least 17 homes and displaced hundreds of people.
Helicopter crash kills 3, injures 3
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
A tour helicopter crashed on an island off the Southern California coast Saturday morning, killing three people and injuring three others, a county sheriff’s deputy said.
Celtics shake road demons
Garnett drops 22 as Boston takes 2-1 series lead
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C9
The Boston Celtics insisted they weren’t worried about winning a road game, knowing their time would come in the playoffs. Perfect timing.
Bank honors Star of Excellence
May 25, 2008 in print edition on E1
John Tacha, owner of Bureau of Lectures and Concert Artists Inc., Lawrence, is the May recipient of the Lawrence Bank Star of Excellence Award.
KC police officer shot by fellow officer
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B8
Kansas City police say an officer suffered minor injuries when he was accidentally shot by a fellow officer while trying to apprehend a suspect.
Behind the Lens: Beginners’ tips help move from stills to video
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D2
Journal-World staff photographers no longer document their subjects with only a digital, still-frame camera. On several assignments now we are documenting personalities and events with a video camera. The video is then used online as additional content for expanded coverage of a subject.
Defense Ministry says top guerrilla dead
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Colombian Defense Ministry said Saturday it believes the legendary leader of Latin America’s largest guerrilla army is dead.
Eastwood film goes for gold in Cannes
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D5
With all of his Academy Awards and other Hollywood honors, Clint Eastwood is not necessarily in the market for more prizes. He’ll never shy away from a contest, though, including the one at the world’s most prestigious film showcase.
China warns quake death toll could reach more than 80,000
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
China warned Saturday that the death toll from a massive earthquake two weeks ago could take a major leap and pass 80,000, suggesting the government may be giving up hope of finding more survivors.
Mickelson survives rocky round
Lefty’ lags early, sizzles late to keep Crowne Plaza lead
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C2
Phil Mickelson was already frustrated by his slow start in the third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Then he finally saw a scoreboard.
Teen’s ATV accident used to show efficacy of safety gear
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B5
Fifteen-year-old Tyler Hughes used to get made fun of for taking so long to get ready to ride his ATV. The Shawnee Heights freshman wasn’t allowed to get on his four-wheeler, or quad, without all his safety gear - helmet, chest protector, gloves and so on.
Pump patrol
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.75 at several locations.
American League Roundup: Tigers explode for 19 runs
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C4
Magglio Ordonez homered twice and drove in six runs to help Detroit rout Minnesota.
Pentagon investigating its PR program
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Pentagon’s internal watchdog is investigating a government public relations effort that relied on retired military officers to defend the administration’s Iraq war policies.
We want your KU memories
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D1
Jayhawk alumni are invited again to be a part of the 2008 KU Edition. We hope to include at least as many reader photos as we did in the Alumni section’s inaugural year.
Shark attacks wound surfer, kill another
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
A shark injured a 49-year-old American surfer Saturday off the Pacific coast of Mexico, in the third attack in a month.
Lawrence High graduate takes center stage
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A1
It was a case of beaten stage fright this spring that signified Stacy Bell’s Lawrence High School career. “Just being out there with all your friends and seeing your friends in the crowd, it helped,” said Bell, who will graduate at Sunday’s 4 p.m. LHS ceremony at Allen Fieldhouse.
Mind can wander as feet walk on treadmill
May 25, 2008 in print edition on D1
I’m back on the exercise track after an embarrassing rib injury kept me sidelined for six weeks. (I’ll spare you the painful details. Suffice it say, it was the unfortunate result of NCAA Tournament revelry gone awry. I plead temporary mid-life insanity. I was a little bit stupid, and very unlucky. Let’s leave it at that.)
Opposition leader Tsvangirai returns
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A3
Opposition leader and presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai returned to his homeland Saturday, stopping first to visit hospitalized supporters who had been targeted in an onslaught of state-sponsored violence.
Attorney to speak about property rights
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Timothy Sandefur will speak on property rights at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dole Institute of Politics.
Droughts in Kansas may get worse
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
Future droughts in Kansas could be worse than ones in the 1930s and 1950s, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. “It could get much, much worse,” said Jim Putnam, a hydrologist with the USGS. The USGS report shows that in the most recent drought from 2000 to 2006, rainfall levels were not that far from normal - only about one inch less than average.
Garcia finishes prep career
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C6
Apparently the only way to prevent Baldwin High senior Heather Garcia from placing first is by bumping her out of her race pace. “I guess so,” Garcia said. “It would be nice to maybe run a clean race. I don’t know. But that’s OK. Nothing I can do about it now.”
Parents offer to sell baby on eBay for 1 euro
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
Authorities in southern Germany said Saturday they have taken custody of a 7-month-old boy after his parents posted an ad on eBay offering to sell him for one euro, the equivalent of $1.57.
Major roadwork begins this week
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
One of the city’s larger - and more disruptive - road projects will begin this week.
Bankruptcies
May 25, 2008
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
Developer asks city to defer requests for airport industrial park
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B2
The fate of a proposed industrial park near Lawrence Municipal Airport will hang in limbo a little longer. Lawrence developer Jes Santaularia on Friday asked city commissioners to defer a series of rezoning requests for the project indefinitely. City commissioners had been set to hear the items at their Tuesday evening meeting.
Sebelius among few women on possible presidential track
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A3
Has Hillary Clinton paved the way for anyone but Hillary Clinton? It’s possible that Clinton’s historic successes in her party’s presidential primaries - scoring the first victories for a woman in important states such as California, Ohio and Pennsylvania - will clear a path for women seeking the presidency in the future.
L.A. hopes road trip is only one this series
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C9
One victory was a snap, the other a squeaker. Now it’s on to San Antonio and back, with, the Lakers hope, no 0.4 heroics necessary. And, if matters are handled, no return flight for the Spurs necessary either.
Italian scientists say brain activity reveals mother tongue
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A2
No one can read our thoughts, for now, but some scientists believe they can at least figure out in what language we do our thinking.
Father commissions daughter into Navy
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B5
A military family tradition was passed on from father to daughter last week during Kansas University’s ROTC graduation ceremonies.
Woman rediscovers forgotten burial site
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B3
After a decade of digging, Gloria Lundy finally found the missing piece to her family tree in a potter’s field. Now she wants to give others a chance to honor their descendants, too.
Obama hasn’t shown Mo. voters enough
State typically bellwether for presidential race
May 25, 2008 in print edition on A3
When Linda Sanders mounted an eight-foot sign on her property urging neighbors to vote Democratic, people threw eggs at it and someone set it on fire. Sanders, a retired hairdresser, was a fan of former North Carolina senator John Edwards. She’s all for Barack Obama now, but she’s afraid that if he gets her party’s nomination, he may not be an easy sell in Missouri.
Senior Taylor takes gold at state track meet
May 25, 2008 in print edition on C1
Lawrence High seniors Kristina and Jennifer Taylor seem to be pretty comfortable in Wichita State’s Cessna Stadium. That bodes well for the WSU track and field team since the Taylor twins will be joining the program next year.
Scouts honor Civil War veterans
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
Many of the names carved into the ancient headstones at Oak Hill Cemetery are barely visible, glazed in moss and weathered by time. Some grave markers are obscured by piles of leaves or overgrown plants. And the names of Union soldiers, like Prather, Clarke, McCabria and Larterburg meant little to the packs of Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts wandering around the cemetery Saturday.
Cool weather, clouds don’t deter swimmers from pool
May 25, 2008 in print edition on B1
Early Saturday, clouds and cool temperatures couldn’t stop a group of young girls from showing off their brand new swimsuits at the opening of the outdoor city pool Saturday. “We went swimsuit shopping yesterday to prepare,” said Mackenzie Rivera, 13, who stood first in a short line of eager swimmers outside the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky.
What’s involved in a tank of gas?
Complex factors determine price of fuel on any given day
May 25, 2008 in print edition on E1
Consider the game of chicken that plays out every day across Pennsylvania State Highway 441. In Marietta, where the road hugs the Susquehanna River, a Rutter’s Farm Store gas station stands on one side, a Sheetz gas station on the other.