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Liberty: America’s guiding light
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B7
Our country is sensing a great looming economic, monetary, foreign and social crisis. Republicans and Democrats at all levels of government are promoting a social, welfare and warfare state.
4-H and FCE news
May 31, 2008 in print edition on D5
India FCE will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Deal Six Auditorium at the extension office at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Lawrence officer’s heroism lauded
Off-duty policeman helped save motorcyclist’s life after wreck
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
Police officers often are called on to save lives in the line of duty, but it was a Lawrence officer’s off-duty actions that earned him a statewide honor. Jim Welsh, 28, a six-year veteran of the Lawrence Police Department, received the Silver Award from the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police for his life-saving actions in May 2007.
Lawrence volunteers raise earthquake funds
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
On May 24 more than 100 volunteers in Lawrence helped raise $11,412 for survivors of the earthquakes in Sichuan Province, China.
Railroad crossing work to close Main St.
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
On Sunday morning, work on a railroad crossing in Eudora will close Main Street at the north edge of town for a day.
Teen arrested in minivan shooting case
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
An 18-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly shot up an unoccupied vehicle in Oskaloosa, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Big 3 among final 2
Celtics oust Pistons, gird for Lakers
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C6
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce walked together, sporting black hats with green four-leaf clovers, and tried to soak up the moment when both superstars became conference champions for the first time. “My heart is beating faster,” Pierce said.
National League Roundup: Cubs rally from eight runs down
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C4
Jim Edmonds and Mark DeRosa delivered key hits, and Chicago overcame an eight-run deficit, rallying past Colorado for its fifth straight victory.
Mayo probe launched
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C2
The California attorney general’s office is investigating whether funds from a sickle-cell charity were illegally used to pay for benefits to former USC basketball player O.J. Mayo, a state Department of Justice special agent said Friday.
Commentary: Questions abound about Tiger’s return
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C2
There has been precious little news on the Tiger Woods front since he took his left knee in for a lube and polish after last month’s Masters tournament.
Obama campaign used party rules to knock out Clinton
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
Unlike Hillary Rodham Clinton, rival Barack Obama planned for the long haul. Clinton hinged her whole campaign on an early knockout blow on Super Tuesday, while Obama’s staff researched congressional districts in states with primaries that were months away.
Snag occurs in returning sect youths to parents
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
Parents’ hopes of quick reunions with more than 400 children removed from a polygamist sect’s ranch were dashed Friday after their attorneys and a judge clashed over proposed restrictions.
People in the news
May 31, 2008 in print edition on D7
¢ Jolie, Pitt rent French villa; twin births denied¢ Condoleezza Rice joins Kiss Army fan club¢ Amy Winehouse late for post-rehab concert¢ Cosby sweaters to raise money for charity¢ Melissa Gilbert cast in ‘Little House’ musical
McCain’s troop numbers draw fire
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
Republican John McCain’s estimate of U.S. troop levels in Iraq touched off squabbling with Democrat Barack Obama on Friday, the latest turn in the presidential rivals’ escalating disagreement over the war.
For its users, Facebook can take most of the mystery out of dating
Social networking sites may ruin the awkward getting-to-know-you stage
May 31, 2008 in print edition on D8
Oliver Pangborn hates Dave Matthews Band. So if you love Dave Matthews Band, Pangborn probably doesn’t want to date you. If you share his loathing, eh, drop him a line.
Stock indexes end mixed on relatively tame inflation
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
U.S. stocks on Friday ended the day, week and month mixed, but with a largely positive showing, as personal computer giant Dell Inc. reported profits that exceeded forecasts and the government said a key gauge of inflation was temperate in April.
Keegan: Get the deal done already
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
One bank thermometer said 94, the next 91, the one after that 96. They looked like the radar-gun readings Aaron Crow put up for Missouri in working his way to a three-hit shutout Friday afternoon against Mississippi in the NCAA regional opener. Why those bank thermometers vary so much is an issue best left for sharper minds. No matter. They weren’t needed to inform the public it was hot any more than radar guns were needed to validate the opinion that the Royals should use the No. 3 overall selection in the upcoming draft on Crow.
Around and about
May 31, 2008 in print edition on D3
Pittsburg State University announces its May 2008 graduates. Commencement exercises were May 16-17. Area students receiving undergraduate degrees:
Native tongue
Lost language comes to life on screen in new movie
May 31, 2008 in print edition on D1
When Jimm Goodtracks speaks to his grandson at home, it’s usually in Baxoje, a language that is nearly extinct. Goodtracks has written two books on the language and is working on an unabridged dictionary on it. He sees the 3-year-old boy as another way to help keep it alive. “Younger people don’t know this stuff,” Goodtracks says. “They’re getting away from things.”
Pump patrol
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $3.85 at several locations.
Gary Bedore’s KU Basketball Notebook
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C3
Darrell Arthur not only took a physical, but worked out in front of NBA scouts Friday at the pre-draft camp.
Biffle claims pole at Dover
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C5
Greg Biffle took the pole. Kyle Busch took the heat.
Patrick putting Indy crash in past
Driver plans no apology
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C5
Danica Patrick isn’t apologizing to Ryan Briscoe or anyone else.
More than 100 nations, but not US, adopt cluster bomb treaty
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A5
Chief negotiators of a landmark treaty banning cluster bombs predicted Friday that the United States will never again use the weapons, a critical component of American air and artillery power.
Democratic nomination race finally reaching home stretch
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
After what feels like forever, the end of the presidential primaries is in sight. Really. Over the next few days, people in Puerto Rico, South Dakota and Montana will vote.
What are God’s feelings about war?
May 31, 2008 in print edition on D8
The sayings of Jesus are overwhelmingly in support of empathy and vulnerability. They leave no room for a God in sympathy with war. Consider “love your enemies,” “turn the other cheek” and the warning “for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”
Man dies in river
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B3
A Buhler man died after apparently driving his SUV into the swollen Little Arkansas River.
Fire destroys landmark seafood business
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
More than 80 years ago, the Hook brothers started trucking their catch of lobsters from Maine and Canada to Boston’s fish piers, selling them directly to the city’s top restaurants.
On the record
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
A small amount of mercury from mercury-containing devices was improperly disposed of Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Pens’ Roberts relishes trip to Cup finals
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C6
Gary Roberts pictured a soft landing back in Toronto or with rival Ottawa at last year’s trade deadline.
Two qualify for nationals, more try for bid today
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C3
Kansas University seniors Kate Sultanova and Crystal Manning each clinched a spot in the NCAA Championships with top-five finishes, while seven more Kansas track and field athletes qualified for the finals of their events Friday at the Midwest Regional Championships.
Female priests will be excommunicated
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
The Vatican insisted Friday that it is properly following Christian tradition by excluding females from the priesthood as it issued a new warning that women taking part in ordinations will be excommunicated.
American League Roundup: Rays improve AL’s best record
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C4
Cliff Floyd lined a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving AL East-leading Tampa Bay a victory over Chicago. Floyd’s fourth homer of the season came against Scott Linebrink (2-1).
Tonganoxie residents win $10,000
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Christine Courtney isn’t $4.6 million richer, but she’s OK with that.
Police hunt for robbers wearing thongs as masks
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
Police in a Colorado town are searching for two robbers whose masks showed plenty of fashion sense but little modesty: women’s thong underwear.
Downtown Tonganoxie business closes
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
A downtown Tonganoxie business has closed because of more than $30,000 in delinquent sales taxes.
Boys and Girls State to give hands-on civic lesson
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
School’s out for most high school students, but not for several hundred soon-to-be seniors who will put learning into action beginning Sunday. The American Legion Auxiliary is sponsoring the Boys and Girls State sessions to teach youth about leadership, problem-solving and government by allowing them to become members of government themselves.
Topeka backs off changes in enforcing garage sale signs
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B2
Topeka city officials have backed off plans to change the way they enforce an ordinance dealing with temporary signs for garage sales.
Short-handed squad takes 2nd
Youth soccer team plays entire tournament two men down
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C3
Some soccer coaches set their lineup in a 4-4-2 arrangement, with four defenders, four midfielders and two attacking forwards. Others play a 4-3-3, and some elect to go with a 4-4-1-1.
Shiites across Iraq protest US presence
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A5
Thousands of followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr protested Friday in Shiite enclaves across Iraq against plans for a long-term security pact that would allow for an extended U.S. military presence in the country.
Oil continues to tumble
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
Oil prices fell sharply Thursday after the Energy Department reported unexpected declines in crude oil and gasoline supplies last week, but said the drop in crude inventories was due to temporary delays in unloading oil tankers along the Gulf Coast.
Incomes, spending rise a bit in April
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
The Commerce Department reported Friday that consumer spending barely budged in April, rising a tiny 0.2 percent, and income growth was just as weak, increasing a similar 0.2 percent.
Heartbreak Hotel: Royals lose 12th straight
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
Consecutive loss No. 12 in what Kansas City manager Trey Hillman calls “this miserable streak” hardly could have been more entertaining for fans or more maddening for the Royals.
United, US Airways combo called off
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
United Airlines scrapped its latest attempt to combine with US Airways and create the world’s largest carrier, formally backing away Friday from a deal that likely would have meant fewer routes and higher ticket prices for consumers.
Earlier loyalty boosts McClellan credibility
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B6
By writing a memoir that slams the way President Bush handled Iraq and other matters, Scott McClellan has joined the parade of ex-White House aides cashing in at the expense of their former bosses.
Judge OKs settlement over tainted pet food
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
A federal judge in New Jersey on Friday approved a $24 million settlement for thousands of owners whose animals were sickened by tainted pet food.
Simple fixes make big difference
May 31, 2008 in print edition on D8
June is National Safety Month, and the National Safety Council is launching a monthlong campaign to improve safety at home and in the office. Home-related injuries cost an average of $1,300 per household in 2006, the National Safety Council says.
Couple shot to death; infant OK
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B3
Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a couple in their Independence home.
Many consumers spend rebates on cost of living
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A6
Many Americans allowed themselves to fantasize about large-screen TVs, European vacations and other luxuries when they learned of the federal rebates they’d be getting this spring and early summer.
Law enforcement student wins crown as Mr. California
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
The new Mr. California USA’s girlfriend had a suitably fond comment after the gold crown was placed on his head.
As violence drops in Iraq, some ponder faster troop withdrawals
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A5
Violence against civilians and U.S. and Iraqi military forces dropped to some of the lowest levels of the war in May even as Iraqi troops are leading offensives in three major cities.
Priest finds himself in spotlight - again
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A4
He’s a white priest at a largely black church. He’s held hands with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. He’s been arrested dozens of times and battled anyone he thinks has wronged his parish - from gun dealers to a local Catholic sports league.
Teacher gets ‘hard 25’ for abusing 8-year-old
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B3
A former Dodge City teacher has been sentenced to a “hard 25” life sentence for taking indecent liberties with an 8-year-old girl.
NYC crane collapses into street, killing 2
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
Scott Bair was on a breakfast break from his construction job Friday when he heard the collapse. He rushed back, dropped his egg sandwich and surveyed the disaster - the mangled wreckage, the smell of smoke, the wails of sirens, a shoe lodged under the debris.
Gates: Obstructed relief efforts cost lives
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A2
Myanmar’s obstruction of international efforts to help cyclone victims cost “tens of thousands of lives,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Saturday in his strongest condemnation to date of the military government there.
Drivers around world paying the price for fueling vehicles
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A6
Americans are shell-shocked at $4-a-gallon gas. But consider France, where a gallon of petrol runs nearly $10. Or Turkey, where it’s more than $11.
The words women want from Obama
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B6
Somewhere in the waning hours of this interminable primary, I found myself channeling Barack Obama as he began a long overdue and eagerly anticipated conversation … on gender.
Summer nights sizzle
Minor-league experience offers something for everyone
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
Tom Ericksen and Jason Snodell entered CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Wednesday under different circumstances. Ericksen, a Kansas City T-Bones season-ticket holder, walked in with his scorebook, said hello to many staff members he knows and prepared himself to watch one of the nearly 50 home games he’ll watch this season. Snodell isn’t a season-ticket holder. He doesn’t know most of the staff members at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. He doesn’t have a scorebook, and he won’t see all the T-Bones’ home games.
Workers: lost ‘dream’ proves a bitter pill
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B4
Are you bitter? A lot of American workers are, according to a new national survey.
Scouting news
May 31, 2008 in print edition on D3
Members of Cub Scout Packs 3052 and 3055 and Boy Scout Troops 53 and 60 joined the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in placing flags on markers at Oak Hill Cemetery on May 24 to honor Union veterans buried there.
Mom in Web bullying case turns grief into activism
May 31, 2008 in print edition on E8
When Tina Meier’s 13-year-old daughter committed suicide after being bullied on the Internet, her grief was so encompassing she felt at times she couldn’t breathe. She had trouble being around loved ones who reminded her of her child. Even today, recollections of those first holidays after Megan’s death are foggy at best.
Yellow adds sunshine to your style
May 31, 2008 in print edition on D5
Every season, one color shows up and it’s the color you must add to your wardrobe for a trendy touch. This year’s color is yellow. Before you start saying, “I can’t wear yellow,” stop and consider that color analysts say you can wear any color - you just have to find the hue for you.
Arthur tells media he’s headed to NBA
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C1
Kansas University power forward Darrell Arthur told reporters at the NBA pre-draft camp Friday that he has played his last game at KU. Arthur, who is projected by many as a lottery pick in the draft, told Yahoo! Sports and Florida reporters that he would hire an agent next week. “Yes, I’m coming out,” Arthur said in Orlando, Fla., referring to staying in the draft.
Homeless woman lives undetected in closet
May 31, 2008 in print edition on E8
A homeless woman who sneaked into a man’s house and lived undetected in his closet for a year was arrested in Japan after he became suspicious when food mysteriously began disappearing.
Advice on landing that first job: Be a leader, dress appropriately
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A7
Cathy McCarthy, senior vice president of marketing at SnagAJob.com, said the job market is going to be tough this summer for teenagers, especially those trying to land their first job.
Death of Muslim soldier’s son issue for lawsuit
Military denies discrimination
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B5
Mackenzie Agee believes her infant son was the victim of prejudice in the Army against Muslims like her and her soldier-husband. The baby’s death is an issue for a group accusing the military of religious intolerance in a federal lawsuit in Kansas.
Daytona Beach seeks to stem rash of crimes by juveniles
May 31, 2008 in print edition on E8
When the police got a tip that Bonner Elementary was being hit for the second time in a week, they rushed three squad cars to the school. As they were cordoning off the grounds, the burglars emerged - dashing out a front door and across a field.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B6
Achievement Place for Boys was looking for a new home. The county-owned property at 23 E. 11th had to be vacated for area expansion work.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B6
A Topeka group working to buy the Lawrence Opera House said it would ask for more time to complete the deal during a bankruptcy court hearing that marked the deadline for the group to make the purchase.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for May 31, 1908: “The fifth and last of the graduating recitals of the KU School of Fine Arts was given last night by John Ise, a voice student. It was unusual and excellent. Mr. Ise appeared as a singer, conductor and composer and distinguished himself in each capacity.
Delivering Japanese lab, pump for toilet on shuttle’s agenda
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A8
With good weather in the offing and no bumps in the countdown, NASA pushed ahead with today’s planned launch of space shuttle Discovery on a delivery trip to the international space station.
Follow-through
Sandra Bullock’s recent encounter with a drunken driver could force the kind of surveillance that should prevail in all DUI cases.
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B6
Perhaps the celebrity status of a recent drunken driving victim will help produce the kind of follow-through that will force the perpetrator to live up to her obligations. The high profile of the case could cause authorities to be stricter than is the case in too many vehicular assaults.
Doctor claims guilty plea coerced by ill wife’s indictment
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B5
A retired Oklahoma doctor has appealed his prison sentence for illegally distributing prescription drugs through an Internet pharmacy, claiming federal prosecutors coerced his guilty plea when they offered to dismiss charges against his cancer-stricken wife in exchange for it.
Calhoun battles skin cancer
UConn coach treated for second time
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C2
Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun is being treated for a second bout of skin cancer but expects to be on the bench this fall for his 22nd season with the Huskies.
Small, Earth-like planet detected
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A8
Astronomers have discovered what may be the smallest alien planet yet - a rocky “super-Earth” only four times heavier than our home planet.
Benefits reaped from KU title run
Sales tax collections up 9 percent
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A1
You may not have worked it off yet, but those series of March Madness celebrations are beginning to pay off for the city’s coffers. Sales tax collections for the late March and early April period - the heart of the Jayhawk’s National Championship run - were more than $160,000 higher, or about 9 percent greater, than they were a year ago, city leaders recently learned.
Zookeepers must develop ways to communicate with wildlife
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B3
Baby-Baby the potbellied pig loves to have her tummy rubbed. She’s never said as much in words, but Debbie Zerbe, a volunteer keeper at Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, a zoo near Salina, doesn’t need words to know. And Baby-Baby knows by the tone in Debbie’s voice when Debbie greets her that she is willing to rub.
Tornado hits north-central Kansas
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B8
The Kansas Highway Patrol flew over three north-central counties Friday to better assess damage from a tornado and powerful winds that struck the night before.
Volunteers needed for Ironman contest in mid-June
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B1
With 1,500 athletes scheduled to come to Lawrence June 15 for the first Ironman 70.3 Kansas, organizers say they still need helping hands. One of the biggest demands is 10 to 15 people who own kayaks and can guide swimmers along the course at Clinton Lake during the first leg of the triathlon.
Military news
May 31, 2008 in print edition on D3
Army National Guard Pvt. Matthew M. Taylor has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
2 new series as old as television itself
May 31, 2008 in print edition on D7
It’s back to the future on CBS. The network replaces its regular Saturday-night repeats with something called “EliteXC Saturday Night Fights” (8 p.m. tonight, CBS). The pugilists (male and female) may be young and the graphics new, but the tradition of broadcasting boxing, or fighting or wrestling, is as old as television itself.
US zoos reach out to aid China’s panda facility after earthquake
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A7
The National Zoo and three other U.S. zoos with giant pandas are launching an effort to raise money for colleagues in an earthquake-ravaged section of China that is home to a renowned panda facility.
2 officers charged in FBI corruption probe
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
Two veteran police officers were charged Friday with providing protection for purported shipments of cocaine and stolen goods in what was actually an undercover FBI operation.
Legislature looking for own lawyer
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B3
The Legislature is looking for a lawyer it can call its own. Members of the Legislative Coordinating Council voted Thursday to take bids from people interested in providing legal services to the Legislature. Applications will be accepted through September and a decision made in November.
OU recruit pleads guilty
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C2
Oklahoma will follow through on its recruitment of highly touted wide receiver Josh Jarboe after he pleaded guilty to gun charges that were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors.
4 dead, dozens injured after jet misses runway
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
A passenger plane overshot a runway and raced onto a busy street on landing in the Honduran capital Friday, killing the pilot, two passengers and a motorist on the ground. At least 65 people were injured.
Williams sisters ousted from French Open
Pennetta defeats Venus, Srebotnik eliminates Serena in third round
May 31, 2008 in print edition on C5
Oracene Price, mother and coach to Venus and Serena Williams, stood near the steps to the locker room at the end of a long, rough day at the French Open.
Spelling bee title is ‘guerdon’ for Indiana boy
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A1
As it turned out, Sameer Mishra provided more than just comic relief at the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee. He ended up winning the title.
2 men found shot dead in Wichita
May 31, 2008 in print edition on B3
Wichita police are investigating an early-morning shooting that left two men dead.
Mars lander has short-circuit problem
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A8
Scientists for the Phoenix Mars Lander are wrestling with an intermittent short circuit on the spacecraft.
Club news
May 31, 2008 in print edition on D3
The Wednesday Afternoon Duplicate Bridge Club’s game on May 21 was directed by Chris Lane.
Job market for teens brighter in Lawrence
Trend of cutbacks not seen locally
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A1
As higher food and gasoline prices pinch parents’ pocketbooks, their teenagers may be forced to cut spending or find summer jobs. But, finding a job may not be easy. “It does look like it is going to be a tough job market for teens,” said Cathy McCarthy, senior vice president of marketing for SnagAJob.com. “We reached out to about 1,000 managers who are directly responsible for hiring hourly workers for the summer and 49 percent said they weren’t planning on doing any hiring this summer.”
Brazil reveals uncontacted tribe to alert world to potential threats
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A3
Brazil’s government agreed to release stunning photos of Amazon Indians firing arrows at an airplane so that the world can better understand the threats facing one of the few tribes still living in near-total isolation from civilization, officials said Friday.
Horoscopes
May 31, 2008 in print edition on D7
You make waves this year, and others notice. You might change the very nature of a partnership. Although one of you might not be happy at first, it will work out for the better. If you are single, you understand what it takes to make a relationship work, but finding the right person will take talent.
Cool, wet spring dampens possibilities for corn crop
May 31, 2008 in print edition on A8
In a year of rising food prices and high fuel costs that are creating pressure to produce more ethanol, the country could really use a perfect corn crop. So far, it isn’t happening.