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6Sports video: KC T-Bones fall to Flyers
May 26, 2008
The Kansas City T-Bones are closing their four-game series with the Schaumburg Flyers.
6Sports video: LHS looks back on positive season
May 26, 2008
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and over the weekend the 2008 season for the Lawrence High baseball team officially came to a close.
6News video: Local author pays tribute to deaf baseball hero
May 26, 2008
It’s no secret Memorial Day is a chance to remember those who have come before us. For one local man, this weekend proved to be a chance to reveal an amazing story that for half a century was easy to overlook. 6News director Cody Howard enlightens us on the story of Luther “Dummy” Taylor and his link to our national pastime.
6News video: District learning coaches may collaborate
May 26, 2008
Tomorrow evening school board members will hear a plan to restructure the framework of learning coaches across the district.
6News video: Commemorations honor soldiers on Memorial Day
May 26, 2008
Despite the morning rain, Lawrence residents honor the brave soldiers who died in the line of duty this Memorial Day. Both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars held ceremonies to reflect and remember the men and women who fought and died for our country. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on the commemorations.
6News video: KidCast
May 26, 2008
Guerin Frei gives tonight’s KidCast.
6News video: Boaters celebrate holiday despite gas prices
May 26, 2008
So far this season, sporadic weather paired with high gas prices has had a big impact on the amount of recreation at Clinton Lake. With the sun beginning to shine more and gas prices on the rise, many boaters are forced to make some big decisions about their summer plans.
6Sports video: Seniors soar at state track
May 26, 2008
Over the weekend, both Free State and Lawrence High were well represented at this year’s state track competition. And for a few seniors, it would be their final time to grace their school colors.
6News video: May ArtStar student of many talents
May 26, 2008
Free State High School graduate Cali Burke can work on sketches or jewelry, but she’s hoping for a career in architecture. Her eclectic interests have helped earn her the ArtStar award for the month of May. 6News reporter Terry Rombeck has more.
Rain stops in time for first Memorial Day ceremony
11:14 a.m., May 26, 2008 Updated 05:00 p.m.
Dozens of people honored fallen veterans during a short ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Theater program sets stage for new experience
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
Rachael Perry knows there are plenty of children interested in Lawrence theater. She’s worked on stage and behind the scenes with them. But she believes some children, especially at-risk youths, are missing opportunities to get involved. She’s hoping to bridge the gap by providing a new theater program this summer.
In memoriam
Visits to American war cemeteries in Europe inspire Lawrence resident to reflect on the meaning of freedom
May 26, 2008 in print edition on C1
Editor’s note: Penny Lungren is a Lawrence resident who has traveled to several American cemeteries overseas. She wrote this reflection for Memorial Day.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A11
Deb Kuntz and Bill Kelly were chosen as the new Lawrence High drum majors for the coming year.
Survivalists prepare for oil crisis
Some leaving homes to be self-sufficient
May 26, 2008 in print edition on C8
A few years ago, Kathleen Breault was just another suburban grandma, driving countless hours every week, stopping for lunch at McDonald’s, buying clothes at the mall, watching TV in the evenings. That was before Breault heard an author talk about the bleak future of the world’s oil supply. Now, she’s preparing for the world as we know it to disappear.
Columnist adapts to Kansans’ driving habits
May 26, 2008 in print edition on C1
Last year, as a newcomer, I poked fun at Lawrence drivers, giving my impression of their habits as well as the imponderables of Lawrence streets. Back then, I riled a lot of people, and the online forum lit up like the Fourth of July.
10 facts about nutrition, fitness and weight
May 26, 2008 in print edition on C1
Bad: One in four Americans eats fast food at least once a day.
Activities exercise minds, bodies
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
School is out. Now what? Educators say young people should have fun in the sun this season, but they also urge children to stay active - exercising both their bodies and brains. “We want kids to be active and do fun activities, whether it’s swimming or sports or the arts and all those fun things that Lawrence has to offer,” New York School Principal Nancy DeGarmo said. “But the most important thing is to continue to do some reading every day.”
Recruit Henry drops 47 at classic
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
The top four basketball players in the recruiting Class of 2009 - who all have Kansas University on their list of prospective schools - traveled to various AAU tournaments over the Memorial Day weekend. No. 1 ranked John Wall and No. 3 Derrick Favors were among the blue-chips at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in Chapel Hill, N.C. No. 2 Xavier Henry was the top billing at the Nike Memorial Day Classic in Nashville, Tenn. while No. 4 Renardo Sidney competed at a tourney in San Jose, Calif.
Dixon claims checkered flag at Indy
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
Scott Dixon stayed ahead of the trouble, got a boost from his crew and drove to his first Indianapolis 500 victory Sunday.
City Commission agenda: Station wants to be energy showcase
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A4
City commissioners will consider a request from the owner of the Green Energy Gateway Fuel Station at Ninth and Iowa Street to showcase new alternative energy technologies.
President threatens to expel US ambassador
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
President Robert Mugabe threatened Sunday to expel the U.S. ambassador for providing advice to the opposition opponent in the upcoming presidential runoff.
Aftershock with 6.0 magnitude destroys 71,000 homes in China
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
A powerful aftershock destroyed tens of thousands of homes in central China on Sunday, killing six people and straining recovery efforts from the country’s worst earthquake in three decades. More than 500 others were injured.
Lions class of 2008 graduates with a roar
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B8
The 134th commencement ceremony Sunday marked another milestone for tradition-rich Lawrence High School. The 366 graduates who participated could feel the excitement of the moment Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse.
Clinton: It’s time for spotlight on Puerto Rico
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A12
Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday offered a spiritual defense for continuing her presidential campaign as she sought to put to rest the uproar over her comments about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
On the record
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence police are investigating a fight that happened early Sunday morning and injured a 57-year-old Lawrence man.
Kahne survives marathon race
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B2
Tony Stewart suffered his second heartbreaking defeat of the season Sunday night when a flat tire late in the Coca-Cola 600 handed Kasey Kahne the victory in NASCAR’s longest race of the year.
Firebirds ready to soar out of high school
Graduates proud to have principal in class of 2008
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B7
Their list of Free State High School accomplishments is long, but members of the class of 2008 say it’s the journey they enjoyed the most. “We were budding when we walked in, and we are blooming as we walk out,” said Mariya Javed during an address to fellow graduates Sunday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse. Friends and family members cheered throughout the 90-minute commencement ceremony even as temperatures inside hovered above 80 degrees.
Familiar faces infect ‘Andromeda Strain’
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B10
A galaxy of familiar TV stars appears in the two-night miniseries remake of “The Andromeda Strain” (8 p.m., A&E, concludes Tuesday).
City explores creating ‘green cemetery’ option
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A1
They carry your ornate metal casket to the graveside. It is a beauty. The polished brass corners and detailed hardware give it the look of fine furniture meant to last generations. It fits well with the backdrop of a manicured cemetery, tightly mowed and peppered with intricately carved tombstones chiseled from a granite quarry far from here. Then, funeral workers carefully lower the casket, and your perfectly preserved body, into a cement vault that lines your grave.
Tonganoxie graduate fights past illnesses
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A3
Tonganoxie High School seniors flung their mortarboards excitedly into the air last weekend, celebrating the start of life after high school. But for one senior, the future is uncertain.
Last WWI vet honored at Liberty Memorial
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A9
As the last known living American-born veteran of World War I, Frank Woodruff Buckles is upgrading his place in the history books.
Analysis: Energy debate likely to continue next year
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A9
A legislative battle this year over two proposed coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas is likely to represent only the first few rounds of a longer debate over energy policy.
Uncertain road
Rising gasoline prices and other transportation uncertainties are putting a damper on highway planning.
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A11
Planning for highways has never been an exact science, but dramatically higher gasoline prices have made it an even dicier proposition. The future of transportation in the United States and particularly the future of private automobile usage raise questions that are hanging over the nation’s highway planners.
Grads told ‘this is your time’
Class of 2008 caps year
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A1
Hundreds of graduates are ready to move on, but Sunday they had one last chance to celebrate their high school accomplishments. “I’m glad it’s over, but at the same time, I’m going to miss a lot of these people,” said Free State graduate Andrew Boyd, who will attend Pittsburg State University to study construction management.
National League Roundup: Padres prevail in 18 innings
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B4
The lights were on and the sun was going down when Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 18th inning to give the Padres a victory over the Reds.
French ‘Class’ wins Cannes’ top prize
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B10
The French film “The Class,” a frank tale about classroom life using real students and teachers at a junior high school, won top honors Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival.
Wealth transferring between generations in NW Kansas
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B12
The numbers simply are staggering, the amount of money that soon will transfer from one generation to the next. By the time 2020 arrives, the transfer in northwest Kansas alone will be more than $2 billion.
Private psychiatrists treat troops for free
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A10
Thousands of private counselors are offering free services to troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mental health problems, jumping in to help because the military is short on therapists.
Vintners adjust methods to stay competitive in a global warming world
May 26, 2008 in print edition on C8
Fruity merlot from Siberia? Not so fast, say vintners from Champagne to California. As global warming threatens to change the land vintners have relied on - sometimes for centuries - established wine growing regions around the world are deploying techniques old and new to adapt.
Donors ready to give $100M in cyclone aid
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Donor nations said they were ready to provide Myanmar with more than $100 million to help it recover from Cyclone Nargis but warned the ruling junta Sunday they will not fully open their wallets until they are provided access to the hardest-hit areas.
Iraqi military: al-Qaida fleeing from sweep
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Al-Qaida fighters and other Sunni insurgents have largely scattered from the northern city of Mosul in the face of a U.S.-Iraqi sweep, fleeing to desert areas further south, an Iraqi commander said Sunday. He vowed the forces will not allow them to regroup.
Billups sore, but will play with pain
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B6
Chauncey Billups probably isn’t going to be healthy during the Eastern Conference finals. Billups refuses, though, to let his sore right hamstring keep him off the court or be an excuse for him and the Detroit Pistons against the Boston Celtics.
Powerful storms wreak havoc in Iowa, Minn., killing 8
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A10
Severe thunderstorms packing large hail and tornadoes rumbled across the nation’s midsection on Sunday, killing at least eight people and damaging dozens of homes, authorities said.
On the Money: Make your home more energy-efficient
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B9
Electricity costs are expected to jump this summer because of the skyrocketing price of oil and seasonally higher demand. But you can take steps to lower how much you shell out.
Libertarians pick Barr to run for president
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Libertarian Party on Sunday picked former Republican Rep. Bob Barr to be its presidential candidate after six rounds of balloting.
Spurs rip L.A., cut lead to 2-1
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B6
The San Antonio Spurs opened another big lead over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. This time, they kept it.
American League Roundup: Lester unable to repeat brilliance
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B4
Jon Lester’s hopes for another no-hitter ended with the first batter he faced, and the day never got better for the Boston Red Sox.
Blue Plate Dinners available downtown
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B9
Blue Plate Dinners, a meal-assembly kitchen in northwest Lawrence, has expanded its reach by making its ready-to-cook meals available from Au Marche, a downtown shop.
French fry visionary Simplot dies
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Billionaire J.R. Simplot, the spud king of America whose wealth also helped create one of the world’s biggest computer chip makers, died Sunday at his Boise home. He was 99.
Parliament elects army chief as president
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A2
Lebanon’s parliament elected a new president Sunday, taking a step to stabilize the country after a long, violent political crisis and ushering in a shift in the balance of power in favor of Iranian-backed Hezbollah.
Texas defeats Kansas State for Big 12 title
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B3
Augie Garrido believes winning the Big 12 championship was only the first step for Texas. After bowing out in the NCAA tournament regionals the past two years, college baseball’s winningest coach sees better times ahead for the Longhorns.
Texas may lead nuclear power surge
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B11
With eight power plants on the drawing board, Texas could lead the way in an American renaissance of nuclear power, according to industry leaders and some policymakers.
Blue Valley wins state
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B3
Blue Valley defeated Goddard, 4-0, on Sunday in Topeka to claim the Class 6A State baseball championship.
Lost crew member never forgotten
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A11
Years after a World War II mission, a pilot still remembered a man who didn’t make it. No one’s certain how my father, Boyd Lee Grubaugh, got the nickname “Dan.” My mother thinks it was a shortened version of “Dirty-Neck Dan,” a moniker created by crew members commenting on how filthy his flight suit got after hours of training exercises.
French Open begins in Paris
Former champion bids farewell after quick loss
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B2
The French Open’s first day featured all the postmatch spectacle of a Grand Slam tournament’s final day.
Regional hosts selected
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B2
Top-ranked North Carolina, the two-time College World Series runner-up, was one of four ACC schools selected Sunday as regional hosts for the NCAA tournament.
Indiana Jones’ and the $125M holiday weekend
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B10
Indiana Jones unearthed box office gold at domestic theaters with a performance that puts it on track to become the second biggest Memorial Day movie opening ever, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Motorcycle accident closes US 24/40
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A9
A motorcycle accident Sunday evening injured a Bonner Springs man and a Kansas City, Kan., woman and forced law enforcement officials to stop traffic in both directions on U.S. Highway 24/40 just east of the Lawrence Municipal Airport.
Franklin County accident kills woman
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A9
A Pomona woman died from injuries she suffered Sunday morning in a one-vehicle accident in northwestern Franklin County.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A11
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 26, 1908: “The committee chosen by the university to erect markers at suitable places in and about Lawrence to indicate the spots where important events in the early history of the state transpired has decided upon the placing of three of the markers and has ordered the stones from the local marble works.
Iraq weighs on voters’ minds this Memorial Day
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A1
Riley Bock’s family will spend its second Memorial Day today without their son, Camden, who was killed a year and a half ago in Iraq. His father, a high school English teacher in this small southeast Missouri community, sees some hope for changing the policy by electing a Democratic president in November.
Tasty tips help maximize your food dollar
May 26, 2008 in print edition on C1
Organize. Arrange your refrigerator and pantry so that purchase and expiration dates are easy to see.
Submit entries for our kids’ summer calendar
May 26, 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.
K-10 Association event set June 6
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B9
Richard DeLuca, president of Fort Dodge Animal Health, is scheduled as featured speaker for the annual meeting and luncheon of the K-10 Association Inc.
Sabatini Architects hires project manager
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B9
Sean Reardon has joined Sabatini Architects, Lawrence, as project manager.
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B10
Make the most of the opportunities that present themselves this year. Several options easily could be replays of past offers, but with time and insight you will understand just how valuable they might be. If you are single, very different people enter your life. If you are attached, let your partner choose your vacation this year, or perhaps work toward a special goal together.
Spacecraft successfully lands on Mars
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A1
A NASA spacecraft plunged into the atmosphere of Mars and successfully landed in the Red Planet’s northern polar region on Sunday, where it will begin 90 days of digging in the permafrost to look for evidence of the building blocks of life.
Dessert Nachos win in national contest
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B9
Gayle Hoopingarner, hospitality supervisor for Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Cafe in Lawrence, will have her specialty dish - Dessert Nachos - served up to Carlos O’Kelly’s customers throughout the company’s locations beginning today after winning an in-house cooking contest.
KU, China
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A11
To the editor: For those Kansans concerned about the Chinese government’s brutal suppression of dissent in Tibet and elsewhere, Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway’s decision to stand in silent support of these actions is deeply distressing.
Guides needed for Smithsonian exhibit
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A4
Watkins Community Museum of History is looking for docents to give guided tours of the upcoming Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music,” from June 27 to August 10.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 26, 2008 in print edition on A11
Teachers in the Lawrence school district were to vote on a tentative work agreement that would boost teacher salaries by 7.14 percent.
Royals lose seventh straight
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B1
Whether at the plate or on the bases, the Kansas City Royals can’t seem to catch a break. Shannon Stewart drove in the go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice, Dustin McGowan won for the first time in four starts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Kansas City, 3-1, on Sunday, extending the Royals’ losing streak to a season-high seven games.
Good looks likely not limiting job offers
May 26, 2008 in print edition on B9
Q: Dear J.T. & Dale: I have been actively searching for a job for five months now, and can’t figure out why I get interviews but no offers. I have even contemplated the idea that I can’t get hired because I happen to be a very attractive, younger-looking 32-year-old. Am I crazy for even thinking that? - Jade