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6News video: Fire damages house
May 29, 2008
A house fire in south Lawrence yesterday caused an estimated $9000 in damage.
6Sports video: Free State valedictorian excels in classroom, on pitch
May 29, 2008
It’s time to reveal the ninth and final Hy-Vee High School Scholar-Athlete of the Month for the 2007-2008 academic year. Free State High’s Leah Williams brings the scholar-athlete season to a close. 6Sports reporter Andrew Baker has more.
6News video: Local police officer honored for off-duty heroism
May 29, 2008
Police officers are called on every day in the line of duty, but it was one officer’s off-duty actions that earned him a statewide honor.
6News video: President recognizes Lawrence native for community service
May 29, 2008
Bush presented 25-year-old Ashley Knight with the Volunteer Service Award during a ceremony in Gardner this afternoon.
6News video: KU police purchase new cars
May 29, 2008
The KU public safety office has added four new cars to its fleet.
6News video: State legislative session ends
May 29, 2008
The hard work is over for state lawmakers. The 2008 legislative session wrapped up this morning, but before lawmakers left the capital city, they paid tribute to one of their own.
6News video: Forecast for May 30
May 29, 2008
Tonight 68 degrees; 89 tomorrow with a chance for thunderstorm.
6News video: Hilltop to open full-day kindergarten
May 29, 2008
KU’s Hilltop Child Development Center is a busy place, and come fall, the building will open another wing adding yet another option for children. 6News reporter Lindsey Slater has more on Hilltop’s expanding building and student population.
6News video: Chicken owners outraged at possible ban
May 29, 2008
A foul may be called on some Lawrence pet owners as the city looks into banning their feathered friends from the city limits. 6News reporter Jesse Fray learned it’s a move that has some chicken owners in an outrage.
6News video: Local filmmakers nominated for regional award
May 29, 2008
Today Free State Studios employees Patrick Ray, Ryan Jones and Josh Robison learned their short film titled “Women’s Intuition” earned a regional Emmy nomination.
6Sports video: T-Bones squeak past Railcats
May 29, 2008
The Kansas City T-Bones completed a seven-game homestand tonight.
6News video: Business school to step up fundraising efforts
May 29, 2008
Leaders of KU’s School of Business plan to get more aggressive in raising funds for a new $50 million building.
President Bush honors Lawrence native for volunteerism
May 29, 2008
President Bush on Thursday recognized Ashley Knight, 25, a Lawrence native and a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, for her community service efforts.
Woman dies after life in iron lung
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
For almost 60 years, Dianne Odell lived inside a 7-foot-long metal tube, unable to breathe outside of it but determined not to let it destroy her spirit for life.
Blind New York governor embraces his disability
May 29, 2008 in print edition on C10
As a young man, David Paterson never looked for dropped change because he didn’t want people to see a blind man crawling on the floor for nickels and dimes. He didn’t use a white cane, either: It would make him a target in his New York City neighborhood. But now he’s 54, and in a dizzying rush of events just two months ago, David Paterson became governor of New York. His blindness became national news.
Eudora hurdler wins 4th straight title
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
There was a lot more riding on Saturday’s Class 4A 300-meter hurdles race than just a state title. For Eudora High senior Emily Ballock, the race was a chance to fulfill four years of promise by completing a career sweep of the race at state. In the stadium she’ll soon call home, the Wichita State-bound Ballock blew away the competition, winning by more than a second with a time of 44.83 seconds.
Mason makes career change
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
Glen Mason visited the homes of hundreds of recruits in three decades of coaching football, sitting down and giving a sales pitch that could equate to victories on the field - and job security in the long run.
Sharapova survives early scare
No. 1 seed wins three-set match in French Open
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Start with this statistic on a busy, blustery day at Roland Garros: Maria Sharapova hit 17 double-faults. It bears repeating: 17.
Chapple honored for academic excellence
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas third baseman Val Chapple has been named an Academic All-America Second-Team selection by ESPN The Magazine.
Be smart, ethical about wedding costs
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B7
Ah, ‘tis the high season for weddings. And inevitably, with this season comes the financial foibles that can stress or even end relationships with friends or family members.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 29, 1908: “Odd Fellows Lodges No. 4 and 18 in Lawrence were consolidated last night after more than 40 years of separate existence.”
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
The leased public swimming pool facility at the old Firebird Club site was scheduled to reopen after a revamp job. The new public pool was under construction but would not be ready before late summer, at the earliest.
Keep ants out of your home
May 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
Ants in search of food and water often find ready supplies in homes. Here are some tips from the makers of Combat pest-control products for keeping ants out of your house.
Humane society sets garage sale
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Lawrence Humane Society has collected enough items to sell at its annual garage sale fundraiser June 6 and 7.
Pump patrol
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.75 at several stations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
$700,000 donation to beef up ‘Power Hour’
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
A $700,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation will finance Kansas University research to help the Boys & Girls Club of America bolster its after-school tutoring program. Company representatives joined KU officials and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for the formal grant presentation Wednesday afternoon at Wal-Mart, 3300 Iowa.
Top-10 free attractions
May 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
The Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas were named the No. 1 free attraction in the U.S. by
Delegate dispute dogs Democrats
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A8
With the nomination in sight, Barack Obama is willing to give rival Hillary Rodham Clinton the lion’s share of the delegates from Florida and Michigan but is stopping short of her demand to fully recognize the two renegade states.
Beautify your vegetable garden
May 29, 2008 in print edition on C3
Ornamental kitchen garden design has more than 450 years of tradition from which to draw, but virtually anything goes. Just be sure some color accompanies that culinary crunch.
Some prominent Republicans skipping Bush event in Kansas
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A4
President Bush will be in Kansas for a fundraiser today, but several of the state’s top Republicans are skipping the event.
Import inquiry
A current congressional investigation raises some serious doubts about the safety of imported food.
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
An allegation that private U.S. laboratories have selectively withheld test results on imported food from the federal Food and Drug Administration reveals what seems like a serious flaw in the nation’s food safety network.
Cyclone survivors victimized by soldiers
May 29, 2008 in print edition on C10
It’s not much, but the flimsy bamboo lean-to on the side of the road is all Aye Shwe has to keep his family dry. They lost their home to the cyclone and may soon be uprooted again - this time by soldiers ordering them to leave.
KU basketball notebook
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B3
The New Jersey Nets, who have picks 10, 21 and 40 in the 2008 NBA Draft, will be working out a pair of Jayhawks next week.
Our Town Sports
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B4
Local sports activities
Tonganoxie senior sets state record in javelin
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
When Tonganoxie High senior Roxi Grizzle strolled up to the girls state javelin event on Saturday outside Cessna Stadium, she could have let the pressure of the situation get to her.
Bringing it all home on ‘Lost’
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B6
Will the finale pose more questions than it answers? You betcha. “Lost” (8 p.m., ABC) wraps up with a two-hour season-ender that may or may not explain how the Oceanic Six were returned home, and, more to the point, why others remained behind and why the Six felt compelled to lie about their survival and time on the island.
Westar seeks 15 percent rate increase
Customers could be paying an average of $9.62 more a month
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A1
The state’s largest electric company wants to charge homeowners and apartment dwellers $10 more a month to cover the costs of new power plants and wind farms and to help it recover from winter storms.
People in the news
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B6
¢ AFTRA strikes deal with producers¢ Madonna’s adoption of Malawian boy approved¢ Newlyweds Simpson, Wentz expecting a baby¢ Gary Dourdan won’t go to jail for drug charges¢ MTV Movie Awards to honor Adam Sandler
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B6
Open up to your full potential this year. Often you might need to deal with a hardship or problem before you are willing to risk and take the next step.
Carvings could be hurt by drilling
May 29, 2008 in print edition on C10
Along Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon lies what some call the longest art gallery in the world - thousands of prehistoric rock carvings and paintings of bighorn sheep and other wildlife, hunters wielding spears, and warriors engaged in hand-to-hand combat. But now, a dramatic increase in natural gas drilling is proposed on the plateau above the canyon, and preservationists fear trucks will kick up dust that will cover over the images.
Teachers reject board’s initial pay offer
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
Lawrence school board and teachers association negotiators are far apart on deciding how much to raise salaries for the next school year. Board negotiators on Wednesday presented their initial offer of a 3.4 percent increase in salary and benefits, which would cost the district an extra $1.54 million compared with last year.
Sebelius denies having ‘lavish’ party for Tiller
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius confirmed Wednesday that Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider from Wichita, indeed had paid to get a seat at a dinner last year with her at Cedar Crest, the governor’s mansion in Topeka. But Sebelius is dismissing an anti-abortion group’s assertions that Tiller had been an honored guest, and that the April 9, 2007, reception had been a “lavish secret party” for Tiller, his staffers and other doctors who perform abortions.
Penguins cut Wings’ series lead in half
Crosby scores two goals to help Pittsburgh edge Detroit, 3-2
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
The Penguins are 0-for-The Joe but downright perfect at home. After two shutout losses to the Red Wings in Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, Sidney Crosby scored Pittsburgh’s first two goals of the Stanley Cup finals and carried the Penguins to a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.
4 more win National Merit Scholarships
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A5
Four more graduates from Lawrence high schools have received National Merit Scholarships.
Royals suffer devastating loss to Twins
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
This one hit the Kansas City Royals like a sucker punch to the belly and perhaps planted the seeds of an ugly clubhouse rebellion.
KU signee Ridenhour named player of year
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
Kansas University signee Lee Ridenhour has been named Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year in the Sunflower State.
Pilot forgets to drop landing gear
Lawrence man lands plane safely
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A1
When veteran pilot Dick Martin guided his plane in for a landing Wednesday at Lawrence Municipal Airport he forgot one very important thing. He didn’t drop his landing gear.
Pending visas for UN aid workers approved
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
Myanmar’s isolationist regime has approved all pending visas for U.N. relief workers to enter the country, the United Nations said Thursday, nearly a month after a cyclone left more than 2 million people in need of aid.
Dawn at Black Jack’ tour to mark anniversary
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A4
During the last two years Kerry Altenbernd has made it a point to be at Black Jack Battlefield at 5 a.m. on June 2.
Disturbance sends man to hospital
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A4
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers responded to a call for help Wednesday afternoon in southeast Douglas County.
KC metro rail plan unveiled
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A5
Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser has unveiled a $1.2 billion rail-transit plan for the metro region.
Treaty seeks to ban cluster bombs
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
Diplomats from more than 100 nations agreed on a treaty Wednesday to ban current types of cluster bombs and require the destruction of stockpiles within eight years.
N.C. A&T player dies
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B2
North Carolina A&T State University says a football player has died from complications of heat illness.
Celtics hold on to beat Pistons
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B3
Ray Allen found his shooting touch just in time to put the Boston Celtics within one win of the NBA finals for the first time since the original Big Three.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B3
After getting a break once the spring semester wrapped up, the Jayhawks will start summer conditioning drills Monday.
White House to honor Jayhawks Tuesday
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B1
Bill Self was impressed with the focus of Kansas University’s basketball players on their postseason trips to Omaha, Detroit and San Antonio.
Lemonade stands aid cancer research
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
What started as a 4-year-old’s neighborhood lemonade stand to raise money for pediatric cancer research has grown into a national annual event and will be in Lawrence on June 6 and 7.
Election changes may load ballots
Reduction in primaries will send more candidates to general vote
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
If more really does make for merrier, get ready to have a real ball when it comes to city and school board elections. State lawmakers - in the final days of the session - passed legislation that makes it far less likely that City Commission and school board races will require primary elections. Instead, voters would be allowed to choose from a large field of candidates in the general election.
Boat inspections free at Perry Lake
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A3
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will conduct sound muffling inspections from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the boat ramp next to Perry Marina, on the east side of the dam at Perry Lake.
Governor appoints locals to boards
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B7
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius recently announced several appointments to state boards and commissions, including two people with local connections.
Cynical view?
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: The Republican legislative leadership recently ignored other vital issues while trying twice to push through bills designed to allow the construction of coal-fired power plants in western Kansas and, just for good measure, to strip the Secretary of Health and Environment of the responsibility to protect the environment from air pollution. Gov. Sebelius wisely and courageously vetoed both measures.
Interviews begin for CJHS principal
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A5
Lawrence school district administrators will interview candidates for the Central Junior High School principal position today.
Preterm births rise in US
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A8
The number of preterm births in the United States increased by more than a third between 1996 and 2004, and Cesarean sections accounted for the vast majority of the increase, researchers said Wednesday.
BWCU offers Financial Survival Camp
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B7
BWCU will offer an edition of its Financial Survival Camp this year in Lawrence.
On the record
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A4
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical responded to a house fire at 5:46 p.m. at 315 Kan.
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B7
Agriculture futures traded mixed Wednesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
Treasurer files for re-election
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A5
Paula Gilchrist is seeking a second term as Douglas County treasurer.
Better uses
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: According to the Congressional Research Service report for Congress, by the end of January 2008, the Department of Defense reported $538.6 billion had been obligated for the global war on terror since 9/11. Of course this figure goes up or down depending on which report you believe.
Wildlife adds ecological benefits to garden
May 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
If you have ever admired a butterfly or enjoyed the song of a bluebird, you already understand some of the benefits to attracting wildlife to your yard. Nature’s little creatures provide more than beauty and entertainment - they pollinate flowers and play important roles in ecology.
White House: Former insider McClellan ‘disgruntled’
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Bush White House, long accused by outside critics of misrepresenting the facts to make the case for war in Iraq and other matters, has launched a personal counterattack against harsh accusations of “deception” from a longtime insider who worked closely with the president.
Bush says country must not lose its nerve in Iraq
May 29, 2008
President Bush said Wednesday that rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan as the wars rage on is proving difficult and “we’re learning as we go.” The president harkened back to the patriotic sacrifice of World War II, the deadliest conflict in history, in again suggesting the country must hold firm and not lose its nerve.
Carter’s path offers warning to Obama
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
A year after Jimmy Carter lost his re-election race to Ronald Reagan, Hamilton Jordan, his former White House chief of staff, sat down for a lengthy interview with scholars at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.
KU’s Price recognized
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B3
Kansas University baseball head coach Ritch Price has been inducted into the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. Price attended his Hall of Fame induction Friday at a banquet in Fresno, Calif.
Inner space
Downtown garden oasis of solitude, simplicity
May 29, 2008 in print edition on C1
After a long day of shopping in downtown Lawrence, we were hot, tired and wind-blown. That’s why the Japanese Friendship Garden was a savior. Shady spots beckoned us, and stone benches resembled La-Z-Boys for our worn-out shopping crew. We decided to let the garden cradle our weary, shopped-out souls.
Same-sex marriages OK as of June 17
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
Barring a stay of a historic California Supreme Court ruling, same-sex couples will be able to wed in the state beginning June 17, according to a state directive issued Wednesday.
Martincich honored by Big 12
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B3
Katie Martincich, a Kansas University volleyball player, has been named the Big 12 Conference female sportsperson of the year.
Help Yourself’ series continues tonight
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B7
“Living With Parkinson’s: Meeting The Challenges of Parkinson’s Disease,” the latest session in TherapyWorks’ Helping You Help Yourself Series, will be conducted at 7 p.m. today at TherapyWorks’ new location, 1311 Wakarusa Drive, Suite 1000.
Welcome surprise
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A7
To the editor: Last Saturday, I visited Pioneer Cemetery with scissors and brush to trim and clean around and decorate my wife’s gravestone. To my surprise, the lawn was beautifully mowed and the gravestones were all trimmed around.
Dow: Country in energy crisis, get ready for higher prices
May 29, 2008 in print edition on B7
Better start stocking up on diapers and detergent. Consumers hit hard in recent months by sharply higher prices for gasoline and food should prepare to start paying more for various household items following Dow Chemical Co.’s decision to raise its prices by up to 20 percent to offset the soaring cost of energy.
Defense minister calls for Olmert’s resignation
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
A day after embarrassing testimony about his receipt of cash envelopes from a U.S. businessman, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert came under increased pressure to resign Wednesday when a key coalition partner, Ehud Barak, called on him to step aside or face the collapse of his government.
Many hurt in Boston, Chicago train wrecks
May 29, 2008 in print edition on A2
Two commuter trains collided and derailed during the evening rush hour outside Boston on Wednesday, trapping and killing the operator of one train and injuring several passengers, authorities said.