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Powerful Afghan earthquake kills at least 1,800 people
March 26, 2002
(Updated Tuesday at 3:52 p.m.) An earthquake devastated mountain villages in northern Afghanistan, where officials on Tuesday estimated at least 1,800 people died and thousands more were injured in a region already hard-hit by hunger, drought and war.
6Sports video report: Freshman Langford credits performances to his socks
March 26, 2002
James Sido reports on KU Freshman Keith Langford and his performaces during the NCAA tournament.
6Sports video report: Nine years after last Final Four visit, KU wanting to go all the way
March 26, 2002
Kevin Romary reports on Sunday’s Elite Eight win and KU’s visit to the Final Four in Atlanta. This is the eleventh visit to the Final Four in KU history
Price is right for Oklahoma in NCAAs
March 26, 2002
Oklahoma guard Hollis Price needs extra time to warm up before games. When he’s on the sideline, a heating pad helps keep his injured right arm loose. It must be working.
cigarette claims
March 26, 2002
Class-action lawsuits seeking billions of dollars from tobacco companies have been filed in 11 states contending cigarette makers use terms like “light” to mislead smokers into believing those brands are safer.
Dances offer fun for all ages
March 26, 2002
By Rebekah Zemansky Special to the Journal-World It’s an age-old dilemma for young people in Lawrence: When it’s time to have some fun and socialize, the options are somewhat limited. The dilemma sounds familiar to many young people who are now regulars at swing dance nights, where they enjoy a low-key atmosphere filled with music and action.
Witt acknowledges public policy, less funding influenced his decision to leave
March 26, 2002
By Mike Belt More than 30 years ago, Doug Witt wanted to change reality, so he launched a career as a psychologist. Today Witt has learned he can’t change the harsh realities of dwindling state and national financial support for the mental health field.
Storm toppled historic K.C. trees
March 26, 2002
The branches of the Westport Oak shaded Indians and fur trappers on the nearby Santa Fe Trail, and they supported lynchings in the years before the Civil War. After all that, the tree may have been done in by the ice storm of 2002.
U.S. policy in Mideast grows incoherent
March 26, 2002
By George Will Washington Post Writers Group The war on terrorism is suddenly going terribly wrong. Suicide bombers serving Yasser Arafat, the world’s senior and most successful terrorist, have caused U.S. policy in the Middle East to buckle and become more accommodating.
Sound off
March 26, 2002
I was wondering why Haskell University isn’t having summer school this summer, and why did it wait so long to announce it wasn’t having it? Haskell Indian Nations University dropped its summer school program last month after learning the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs had increased the college’s $8 million budget by only $250,000.
Terp seniors want two more wins
March 26, 2002
Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter already have done their share to lift Maryland to elite status, taking the Terrapins to the Final Four not just once, but twice. The seniors now plan to attach a spectacular ending to their productive college careers.
e, other festivities draw Academy Awards crowd and celebrities
March 26, 2002
When singer Rufus Wainwright saw where he was sitting for dinner at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party, he thought he’d been banished to a bad table. “We sat down and nobody was there,” he said. “Then Bob Dylan sat down.”
Your Money: Purchasing the right mattress
March 26, 2002
Karen Bledsoe reports on some things to look for when purchasing a new mattress.
Republican J.C. Watts to give Landon Lecture
March 26, 2002
Oklahoma Republican Rep. J.C. Watts will deliver the 125th Landon Lecture on April 26 at Kansas State University. Watts is conference chairman of the House Republican leadership and is in his fourth term in the House. He was elected in 1994.
Representatives predict economic ruin if food supply was contaminated
March 26, 2002
Agriculture industry representatives gathered Monday to discuss the vulnerability of the nation’s food supply to bioterrorism and worried about the potential economic ruin it would bring.
Child porn endangers future
March 26, 2002
By Claude Lewis Philadelphia Inquirer The list is utterly astonishing, not only for its length but also for the wide variety of professional leadership among those who became a part of it.
March 26, 2002
Tariq Hasan will henceforth be known as Terry Hasan. The 35-year-old Pakistani-born financial worker is among a small but growing number of people across the nation going to court to change their names to less Arabic-sounding ones since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Philadelphia clears urban blight in hopes of attracting developers
March 26, 2002
This city of rowhouses and rusting factories is about to embark on one of the most ambitious urban renewal projects in the United States since the 1970s. Over the next five years, Philadelphia plans to spend $295 million to tear down 14,000 abandoned homes, renovate 2,500 buildings and clear 31,000 vacant lots.
March 26, 2002
It seems like yesterday that President Bill Clinton was announcing that “the era of big government is over.” On television, government jobs are a growth industry. The success of “The West Wing” has inspired two new dramas set on the Supreme Court.
Nation Briefs
March 26, 2002
Wisconsin: At least four killed in bus-van collision California: Retired sheriff’s deputy kills four children, self Kentucky: Accused deadbeat dad fights celibacy clause France: Gunman kills eight China: Spaceship put in orbit
Europe-U.S. relations need attention
March 26, 2002
By David Broder Washington Post Writers Group The United States has been fighting a war in Afghanistan. It has troops in the field in the Philippines and in Colombia. It is trying to mediate the bloody Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East. The last thing it needs is a quarrel with Europe.
Scholarships to help students denied aid for drug offenses
March 26, 2002
Opponents of a 1998 law that denies federal aid to thousands of college students with criminal drug records are trying to work around the law by offering financial help to those affected.
Jayhawk fans share the love
KU basketball devotees don’t shy away from expressing their adoration
March 26, 2002
Central Junior High School students and sisters Brandi Krones, 15, and Kristina Krones, 14, use specially made signs and T-shirts to express their Jayhawk loyalty. KU students Brie Taylor, 21 and Erin Harmon, 21, don’t hide their love for their favorite Jayhawk.
In the swing of things
Dances offer fun for all ages
March 26, 2002
By Rebekah Zemansky Special to the Journal-World It’s an age-old dilemma for young people in Lawrence: When it’s time to have some fun and socialize, the options are somewhat limited. The dilemma sounds familiar to many young people who are now regulars at swing dance nights, where they enjoy a low-key atmosphere filled with music and action.
Roaf close to joining Chiefs
March 26, 2002
Willie Roaf is headed from the New Orleans Saints to the Kansas City Chiefs, pending NFL approval of the trade.
Proposal sets aside Sunflower for parks
March 26, 2002
By Dave Ranney U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., wants the federal government to transfer almost one-third of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant’s acreage to the Johnson County Parks Department.
Huskies interested in Snyder
March 26, 2002
Missouri gave Washington permission to talk with coach Quin Snyder about the Huskies’ vacant head coaching job, a Tigers spokesman said Monday. Missouri sports information director Chad Moller said Washington officials contacted Tigers athletic director Mike Alden during the weekend.
Company offers to lift duties of shopping
Lawrence couple launching Shopperhoppers this week
March 26, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn At the same time economic development leaders are seeing scores of Lawrence commuters as a growing problem, one Lawrence couple sees them as an opportunity for their new business.
NBA Roundup: Nuggets nip Knicks, 84-83
Strickland sparks Celtics over Heat, 87-82
March 26, 2002
The Denver Nuggets decided to leave their first three terrible quarters behind. They ended up leaving the struggling New York Knicks behind, too. Voshon Lenard scored 16 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and hit the winning shot as the Denver Nuggets beat the New York Knicks 84-83 Monday night.
OU beats up Buffs
Sooners: ‘We’ve got a lot more work to do’
March 26, 2002
Five years ago, Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale could offer recruits little beyond a down-and-out program and a sparkling vision that was more sunshine than substance. Stacey Dales and LaNeishea Caufield bought into it, and now they’re all going together to the Final Four.
U.S. urges Arafat travel
March 26, 2002
Palestinian and Israeli leaders separately pondered a U.S. truce proposal Monday, while the United States pressed a reluctant Israel to let Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat attend this week’s Arab summit in Beirut regardless of whether a cease-fire is reached.
Firebirds honored on academic teams
March 26, 2002
Free State High senior wrestler Ian B headed to Stanford in the fall, has been named to the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Assn.’s Class 6A academic team. Free State’s Kyle Case and Anthony White received honorable mention.
Carrie Elizabeth Gruver
March 26, 2002
Local entrepreneur Howard Pine dies
March 26, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess Howard Pine made his mark on Lawrence with a green thumb and firecracker heart. The Lawrence garden center entrepreneur died Monday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was 88. Pine started his fireworks stand in 1948, and it has continued every summer since most recently at the TeePee Junction.
Residents beginning to return to lower Manhattan
March 26, 2002
Liz Finn’s new one-bedroom apartment has granite countertops and a walk-in closet, and the rent is $1,850 a month a bargain by Manhattan standards. It is also three blocks from the World Trade Center site, where workers are still recovering human remains.
Class-action tobacco suits fight ‘light’ cigarette claims
March 26, 2002
Class-action lawsuits seeking billions of dollars from tobacco companies have been filed in 11 states contending cigarette makers use terms like “light” to mislead smokers into believing those brands are safer.
Child porn endangers future
March 26, 2002
By Claude Lewis Philadelphia Inquirer The list is utterly astonishing, not only for its length but also for the wide variety of professional leadership among those who became a part of it.
Local cooperation
March 26, 2002
Journal-World Editorial Lawrence legislators aren’t part of the no-tax contingent blocking budget negotiations in Topeka. It’s encouraging to note that Lawrence representatives to the Kansas Legislature are trying to place the best interests of our community above partisan politics.
National parks on endangered list
March 26, 2002
Mountain views in some of the country’s signature national parks are clouded by air pollution, while historical monuments are crumbling for lack of cash, a park advocacy group says.
Cronkite criticizes war coverage limitations
March 26, 2002
The U.S. military’s restrictions on journalists have prevented accurate reporting on the Afghan war, retired CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite said Monday.
Glitz continues at post-Oscar parties
Elton John soir other festivities draw Academy Awards crowd and celebrities
March 26, 2002
When singer Rufus Wainwright saw where he was sitting for dinner at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party, he thought he’d been banished to a bad table. “We sat down and nobody was there,” he said. “Then Bob Dylan sat down.”
Weselis services
March 26, 2002
Spring training roundup: Yankees receive good news, bad news
New York expects Pettitte to be ready for regular season but team could be without Ventura
March 26, 2002
Andy Pettitte might be ready for the New York Yankees when the season starts, but the AL champions could be missing Robin Ventura. Pettitte, pitching in a major league spring training game for the first time since March 3, allowed one run in four innings of New York’s 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday in Clearwater, Fla.
Sally Field on trial in ‘Court’
March 26, 2002
It seems like yesterday that President Bill Clinton was announcing that “the era of big government is over.” On television, government jobs are a growth industry. The success of “The West Wing” has inspired two new dramas set on the Supreme Court.
Indictments bypass individuals
March 26, 2002
By Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn United Feature Syndicate Companies don’t commit crimes; people do. Apologies to the NRA for adapting its slogan. But somebody should have pointed out the obvious to the Justice Department before it indicted Arthur Andersen for obstruction of justice.
Nation Briefs
March 26, 2002
 Wisconsin: At least four killed in bus-van collision  California: Retired sheriff’s deputy kills four children, self  Kentucky: Accused deadbeat dad fights celibacy clause  France: Gunman kills eight  China: Spaceship put in orbit
Europe-U.S. relations need attention
March 26, 2002
By David Broder Washington Post Writers Group The United States has been fighting a war in Afghanistan. It has troops in the field in the Philippines and in Colombia. It is trying to mediate the bloody Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East. The last thing it needs is a quarrel with Europe.
Good feeling
March 26, 2002
Journal-World Editorial A Kansas University trip to the NCAA Final Four always gives Lawrence a lift. There are few events that create as much good feeling among the residents of Lawrence as a trip by the Jayhawk men’s basketball team to the NCAA Final Four.
Martin vows to remain physical
March 26, 2002
Despite calls from coaches and teammates to cool it after a fifth suspension for a flagrant foul, New Jersey Nets bad boy Kenyon Martin vowed not to change his physical game.
Residents beginning to return to lower Manhattan
March 26, 2002
Liz Finn’s new one-bedroom apartment has granite countertops and a walk-in closet, and the rent is $1,850 a month  a bargain by Manhattan standards. It is also three blocks from the World Trade Center site, where workers are still recovering human remains.
Local entrepreneur Howard Pine dies
March 26, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess Howard Pine made his mark on Lawrence with a green thumb and firecracker heart. The Lawrence garden center entrepreneur died Monday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was 88. Pine started his fireworks stand in 1948, and it has continued every summer since  most recently at the TeePee Junction.
a sequel with lots of bite
March 26, 2002
Wesley Snipes owns the Marvel Comics “Blade” character the way Clint Eastwood owns Dirty Harry. In “Blade II,” a second entertaining foray into the underworld of power-vampires, he’s the man with the plan, the feet, the weapons and the attitude.
Bearcats coach turns down offer from alma mater
March 26, 2002
Bob Huggins’ loyalty to Cincinnati won out over his allegiance to his alma mater. Huggins decided to stay with the Bearcats on Monday, turning down West Virginia’s offer to take over as head basketball coach.
City Soccer Preview: Firebirds, Lions full of confidence
March 26, 2002
By Steve Rottinghaus Free State High boys and girls soccer teams have been inclined to increase their win total each season under coach Jason Pendleton. “We’ve had improvement each season from each team,” said Pendleton, who opens his third season as FSHS girls coach today with a 4 p.m. home contest  weather permitting  against Shawnee Heights at the FSHS field.
FSHS nets postponed
March 26, 2002
Today’s scheduled Free State-Shawnee Mission South tennis match in Overland Park has been postponed to April 10 because of cold weather.
Weselis services
March 26, 2002
A memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Lolita “Granny” DeFries Weselis, 93, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. April 3 at St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center. Private inurnment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Hollywood Hills, Calif. Mrs. Weselis died Thursday, March 21, 2002, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
New York expects Pettitte to be ready for regular season but team could be without Ventura
March 26, 2002
Andy Pettitte might be ready for the New York Yankees when the season starts, but the AL champions could be missing Robin Ventura. Pettitte, pitching in a major league spring training game for the first time since March 3, allowed one run in four innings of New York’s 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday in Clearwater, Fla.
Kate Elizabeth Boulton
March 26, 2002
Services for Kate Elizabeth Boulton, 4 months, Lecompton, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Kate died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Isley services
March 26, 2002
Services for Dorothy L. Isley, 93, Eudora, formerly of Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at Lawrence Free Methodist Church. She donated her body to Kansas University School of Medicine. Mrs. Isley died Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
s in a name
March 26, 2002
By Terry Rombeck At least her name isn’t Lester. In January, parents-to-be Scott and Jodi Schlesener struck a deal: If the Kansas University Jayhawks won the national basketball championship by the time Jodi delivered the rural Perry couple’s fifth child  due April 3  the baby would bear the name Boschee.
KU, Maryland to clash Saturday instead of in title tilt
March 26, 2002
By Gary Bedore Some analysts are saying the NCAA men’s basketball championship game should be Saturday’s Final Four semifinal between the only two No. 1 seeds remaining in the tournament  Kansas University and Maryland.
6Sports video report: Freshman Langford credits performances to his socks
March 26, 2002
James Sido reports on KU Freshman Keith Langford and his performaces during the NCAA tournament.
6Sports video report: Nine years after last Final Four visit, KU wanting to go all the way
March 26, 2002
Kevin Romary reports on Sunday’s Elite Eight win and KU’s visit to the Final Four in Atlanta. This is the eleventh visit to the Final Four in KU history
6News video report: A baby Boschee!
March 26, 2002
Trish Ayers reports on a local family with a new addition - Deavynn Boschee Christine Schlessner.
6News video report: Final Four fever hit Lawrence on Sunday
March 26, 2002
Allison Mann reports on the festivies that took place following the KU Elite Eight win over the Oregon Ducks. KU will be in Atlanta for the Final Four on March 30.
Royals fall
March 26, 2002
B.J. Surhoff went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, raising his spring average to .432, as Atlanta beat the Kansas City, 7-3, Monday night. The Royals committed five errors, raising their spring training total to 36 errors in 24 games.
Planning commission
March 26, 2002
Agenda highlights 6:30 p.m. Wednesday City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets
Officials discuss bioterrorism risks
Representatives predict economic ruin if food supply was contaminated
March 26, 2002
Agriculture industry representatives gathered Monday to discuss the vulnerability of the nation’s food supply to bioterrorism and worried about the potential economic ruin it would bring.
Briefcase
March 26, 2002
EU set to strike back with new steel tariffs Economy: Home sales in February second-highest on record Lawsuit: HCA executives cleared Agriculture: Wheat crop still struggling T-Bills: Rates mixed in bill auction
Births
March 26, 2002
Lawrence Memorial Hospital reported no births Monday.
A ‘crazy’ creation
March 26, 2002
By Rebekah Zemansky Special to the Journal-World Ian Duermeier, an instructor at the Dance Academy, 1117 Mass., offers this explanation of how swing dancing started. “It all kind of comes out of crazy dances that people used to do in the 1920s, which is when the Charleston started coming into effect,” he said.
Powerful Afghan earthquake kills at least 1,800 people
March 26, 2002
(Updated Tuesday at 3:52 p.m.) An earthquake devastated mountain villages in northern Afghanistan, where officials on Tuesday estimated at least 1,800 people died and thousands more were injured in a region already hard-hit by hunger, drought and war.
Herron tapped by WU
March 26, 2002
Former Tonganoxie High volleyball coach Chris Herron has been named head volleyball coach at Washburn University in Topeka. Herron spent the past three seasons coaching Benedictine College, where he compiled a 75-29 record.
KU cancels game, picks up Baker
March 26, 2002
Kansas University’s baseball team has added Baker University to its schedule. The Jayhawks and Wildcats will play Wednesday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. The game was added because today’s game against Creighton in Omaha, Neb., was postponed due to cold weather.
Indictments bypass individuals
March 26, 2002
By Jack Anderson and Douglas Cohn United Feature Syndicate Companies don’t commit crimes; people do. Apologies to the NRA for adapting its slogan. But somebody should have pointed out the obvious to the Justice Department before it indicted Arthur Andersen for obstruction of justice.
Arabs changing names to seem more ‘American’
March 26, 2002
Tariq Hasan will henceforth be known as Terry Hasan. The 35-year-old Pakistani-born financial worker is among a small but growing number of people across the nation going to court to change their names to less Arabic-sounding ones since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Weaver services
March 26, 2002
U.S. policy in Mideast grows incoherent
March 26, 2002
By George Will Washington Post Writers Group The war on terrorism is suddenly going terribly wrong. Suicide bombers serving Yasser Arafat, the world’s senior and most successful terrorist, have caused U.S. policy in the Middle East to buckle and become more accommodating.
Bert Nash clinical director retires
Witt acknowledges public policy, less funding influenced his decision to leave
March 26, 2002
By Mike Belt More than 30 years ago, Doug Witt wanted to change reality, so he launched a career as a psychologist. Today Witt has learned he can’t change the harsh realities of dwindling state and national financial support for the mental health field.
Proposal sets aside Sunflower for parks
March 26, 2002
By Dave Ranney U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., wants the federal government to transfer almost one-third of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant’s acreage to the Johnson County Parks Department.
Planning commission
March 26, 2002
Agenda highlights  6:30 p.m. Wednesday  City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets
People
March 26, 2002
Bono testifies for R.E.M. guitarist Lance Bass: He’s a rocket man Son cries when Celine sings Directing, acting tastes differ
People
March 26, 2002
 Bono testifies for R.E.M. guitarist  Lance Bass: He’s a rocket man  Son cries when Celine sings  Directing, acting tastes differ
Philadelphia clears urban blight in hopes of attracting developers
March 26, 2002
This city of rowhouses and rusting factories is about to embark on one of the most ambitious urban renewal projects in the United States since the 1970s. Over the next five years, Philadelphia plans to spend $295 million to tear down 14,000 abandoned homes, renovate 2,500 buildings and clear 31,000 vacant lots.
Tuttle’s quake threshold under debate
March 26, 2002
Homeowners and business leaders whose lakefront views and livelihood depend on the Tuttle Creek dam are divided about what, if anything, should be done to make it able to withstand a high-magnitude earthquake.
Roaf close to joining Chiefs
March 26, 2002
Willie Roaf is headed from the New Orleans Saints to the Kansas City Chiefs, pending NFL approval of the trade.
Lawrence couple launching Shopperhoppers this week
March 26, 2002
By Chad Lawhorn At the same time economic development leaders are seeing scores of Lawrence commuters as a growing problem, one Lawrence couple sees them as an opportunity for their new business.
Briefcase
March 26, 2002
 EU set to strike back with new steel tariffs  Economy: Home sales in February second-highest on record  Lawsuit: HCA executives cleared  Agriculture: Wheat crop still struggling  T-Bills: Rates mixed in bill auction
March 26, 2002
Five years ago, Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale could offer recruits little beyond a down-and-out program and a sparkling vision that was more sunshine than substance. Stacey Dales and LaNeishea Caufield bought into it, and now they’re all going together to the Final Four.
Strickland sparks Celtics over Heat, 87-82
March 26, 2002
The Denver Nuggets decided to leave their first three terrible quarters behind. They ended up leaving the struggling New York Knicks behind, too. Voshon Lenard scored 16 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and hit the winning shot as the Denver Nuggets beat the New York Knicks 84-83 Monday night.
U.S. urges Arafat travel
March 26, 2002
Palestinian and Israeli leaders separately pondered a U.S. truce proposal Monday, while the United States pressed a reluctant Israel to let Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat attend this week’s Arab summit in Beirut regardless of whether a cease-fire is reached.
t raise taxes, balances budget
March 26, 2002
By Scott Rothschild Increase taxes or cut school funding. That’s been the choice offered by state leaders to bridge a $700 million revenue shortfall. But on Monday, conservative Republicans unveiled a plan that maintains the level of state funding to public schools, doesn’t increase taxes and balances the state budget.
Local briefs
March 26, 2002
 Parks: Wells Overlook committee seeks volunteers for cleanup In Jere McElhaney’s mind, Wells Overlook Park needs an overhaul. And that means he needs your help. The chairman of the Douglas County Commission is leading a committee of volunteers who want to clear dense trees at the park south of Lawrence, then replant the area as native prairie. During a committee meeting Monday afternoon, McElhaney and others started putting together a list of tasks volunteers could tackle. Among them: clearing brush, picking up trash, cutting firewood and painting playground equipment. For more information about the project or to offer volunteer services, contact McElhaney by phone at 842-4757, by fax at 842-6593, or by e-mail at jmcelhaney@douglas-county.com. _____________________________________  Study proposal: Advisory committee to poll merchants on parking needs The city may update a 1992 study that showed a need for hundreds of parking spaces at the north end of downtown. And City Commissioner Marty Kennedy will call a meeting of the Downtown Parking Advisory Committee to see what area merchants think of the parking situation. City Manager Mike Wildgen said the cost of an updated study could run into tens of thousands of dollars. Those were the developments Monday during a meeting of the Parking Garage Task Force, which is examining The World Company’s proposal to donate land in the 600 block of New Hampshire Street to the city, which then would build a 750-space parking garage at a cost of $9.79 million. Mark Andersen, a task force member and attorney for The World Company, said Monday that the company would guarantee demand for the garage by purchasing 750 parking permits during the first year of operation. That number would be scaled back to 375 permits over five years. No date was given for the task force’s next meeting. The World Company owns the Journal-World. _____________________________________  Police: Gas leak evacuates houses A natural gas pipeline break at Eighth and Arkansas streets forced evacuation of two houses shortly after 10 a.m. Monday. The gas was shut off to the area in about 15 minutes and the residents were allowed to return, said Mark Bradford, deputy chief with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical. Meanwhile, Lawrence Police blocked off streets one block in each direction from the break, Bradford said. Other houses did not have to be evacuated because of the speed at which the break was isolated. The evacuations were precautionary and there was no serious danger, Bradford said. The break was caused by a Lawrence city utility crew digging in the area, Bradford said. The pipeline belonged to Aquila Gas Co. _____________________________________  Kansas University: Students plan second rally to protest tuition increase Kansas University students will have a second rally for a fair tuition rate and accessible education at noon Wednesday at Wescoe Beach. The open-microphone event will be similar to one held two weeks ago, which culminated in a meeting with Provost David Shulenburger. KU officials are considering several proposed tuition rates, including some that would more than double tuition in the next five years. _____________________________________  Gasoline prices: Pump Patrol seeks best deal The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.23 at several North Lawrence service stations. If you find a lower price, please call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price. Or go to www.ljworld.com/section/gasoline to join our Pump Patrol message board.
Midwest: Defense lifts Vols over Vandy - Tenn. 68, Vandy 63
March 26, 2002
Tennessee earned this Final Four trip the old-fashioned way. With defense. The Lady Vols disrupted Vanderbilt’s normally efficient offense for much of the game and beat the top-seeded Commodores 68-63 in the Midwest Regional final Monday night, sending Tennessee to the Final Four for the 13th time.
Jayhawks will miss Dougherty
March 26, 2002
By Gary Bedore Goodbye, Neil Dougherty. Kansas University’s basketball players hate to see you go. “It’s like a sweet sorrow,” KU freshman Keith Langford said of Dougherty’s decision to accept the head coaching post at TCU, a school located in Langford’s hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.
Fans can watch game on Megavision Saturday
March 26, 2002
Jayhawk fans will be able to watch Saturday’s Final Four game against Maryland on Memorial Stadium’s Megavision, the big-screen video board in the south endzone.
East: Beard propels Devils - Duke 77, S. Caro. 68
March 26, 2002
Alana Beard wasn’t about to let Duke fall short of the Final Four. Beard scored 24 points and Monique Currie added 15 as the top-seeded Blue Devils beat South Carolina 77-68 Monday in the East Regional championship to earn their second trip to the Final Four.
Coverdale still hobbled
March 26, 2002
While starting point guard Tom Coverdale hobbled around campus on crutches Monday, Indiana practiced with Coverdale’s likely replacement, freshman Donald Perry.
Terp seniors want two more wins
March 26, 2002
Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter already have done their share to lift Maryland to elite status, taking the Terrapins to the Final Four not just once, but twice. The seniors now plan to attach a spectacular ending to their productive college careers.
Local Terps not shy about loyalty
March 26, 2002
By Mark Fagan Don’t let the Kansas University business card fool you. David Guth, an associate professor of journalism at KU, showed up for work Monday sporting a red sweater, black pants, white shirt and yellow … well, let’s just say the University of Maryland alumnus isn’t shy about showing support for his Terrapins.
KU cancels game, picks up Baker
March 26, 2002
Kansas University’s baseball team has added Baker University to its schedule. The Jayhawks and Wildcats will play Wednesday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. The game was added because today’s game against Creighton in Omaha, Neb., was postponed due to cold weather.
Price is right for Oklahoma in NCAAs
March 26, 2002
Oklahoma guard Hollis Price needs extra time to warm up before games. When he’s on the sideline, a heating pad helps keep his injured right arm loose. It must be working.
Committee to decide how to use funds for tuition increase
March 26, 2002
By Terry Rombeck A committee studying a potential tuition increase at Kansas University will decide Thursday how additional tuition money should be spent. The committee met Monday and added several items to its potential wish-list, including stipends for graduate research assistants, additional technology staff and support staff such as academic advisers.
Weaver services
March 26, 2002
Valley Falls  Graveside services for Leona Marie Weaver, 87, Jefferson County, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Valley Falls Cemetery. Mrs. Weaver died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at her home.
Riverside record
March 26, 2002
Poor comparison
March 26, 2002
Police briefs
March 26, 2002
Car chase ends with arrest Accident sends 4 to hospital Grass fire destroys hay bales
Police briefs
March 26, 2002
 Car chase ends with arrest  Accident sends 4 to hospital  Grass fire destroys hay bales
Pearl Nadine Baker
March 26, 2002
Graveside services for Pearl Nadine Baker, 74, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Severy Cemetery. Ms. Baker died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
On the record
March 26, 2002
On the record
March 26, 2002
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
NBA Briefs
March 26, 2002
Mavs’ playoff roster might exclude Manning Spurs place Porter on IL Knicks’ Houston out Anderson sidelined
NBA Briefs
March 26, 2002
 Mavs’ playoff roster might exclude Manning  Spurs place Porter on IL  Knicks’ Houston out  Anderson sidelined
Nation Briefs
March 26, 2002
New York: Lawsuit to seek slavery reparations New York City: Former officer indicted in police brutality case South Carolina: Six die in pileup on foggy interstate Georgia: Two found innocent in sheriff-elect’s slaying Florida: Jury deliberating ‘Springer’ murder case
Nation Briefs
March 26, 2002
 New York: Lawsuit to seek slavery reparations  New York City: Former officer indicted in police brutality case  South Carolina: Six die in pileup on foggy interstate  Georgia: Two found innocent in sheriff-elect’s slaying  Florida: Jury deliberating ‘Springer’ murder case
Local cooperation
March 26, 2002
Journal-World Editorial Lawrence legislators aren’t part of the no-tax contingent blocking budget negotiations in Topeka. It’s encouraging to note that Lawrence representatives to the Kansas Legislature are trying to place the best interests of our community above partisan politics.
Kate Elizabeth Boulton
March 26, 2002
Isley services
March 26, 2002
Good feeling
March 26, 2002
Journal-World Editorial A Kansas University trip to the NCAA Final Four always gives Lawrence a lift. There are few events that create as much good feeling among the residents of Lawrence as a trip by the Jayhawk men’s basketball team to the NCAA Final Four.
Death penalty
March 26, 2002
Coverdale still hobbled
March 26, 2002
While starting point guard Tom Coverdale hobbled around campus on crutches Monday, Indiana practiced with Coverdale’s likely replacement, freshman Donald Perry.
Carrie Elizabeth Gruver
March 26, 2002
Peculiar, Mo. Â Graveside services for Carrie Elizabeth Gruver, 77, Harrisonville, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Peculiar Cemetery. Mrs. Gruver died Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Life Care Center, Grandview, Mo.
Briefly
March 26, 2002
 New Jersey: Relatives of Flight 93 victims to hear cockpit recordings  Afghanistan: Peacekeepers under threat for booby-trapped vehicles  Atlanta: Health conference focuses on bioterrorism threats
Daily ticker
March 26, 2002
Dow Industrials Â146.00, 10,281.67
GM will close Fairfax plant to retool for new car line
March 26, 2002
General Motors will shut down its plant in the city’s Fairfax Industrial District for up to three months to prepare for production of a new generation of passenger cars, company spokeswoman Sharon Baldwin said.
Spring doesn’t end winter weather
Slight warm-up predicted, but cold could remain through next week
March 26, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess Wintry conditions put a late-March freeze Monday on Lawrence, dropping temperatures into the 20s with a dusting of snow. But that was nothing compared to Nebraska and western Kansas, where up to 7 inches of snow fell Sunday night from Goodland to Omaha, Neb.
KU’s Dougherty tapped by TCU
March 26, 2002
By Gary Bedore You better believe new Texas Christian University head basketball coach Neil Dougherty will miss living in Lawrence and working at Kansas University.
Conservatives unveil budget
Alternative plan doesn’t cut schools, doesn’t raise taxes, balances budget
March 26, 2002
By Scott Rothschild Increase taxes or cut school funding. That’s been the choice offered by state leaders to bridge a $700 million revenue shortfall. But on Monday, conservative Republicans unveiled a plan that maintains the level of state funding to public schools, doesn’t increase taxes and balances the state budget.
NCAA Tournament: Semi pits pair of No. 1s
KU, Maryland to clash Saturday instead of in title tilt
March 26, 2002
By Gary Bedore Some analysts are saying the NCAA men’s basketball championship game should be Saturday’s Final Four semifinal between the only two No. 1 seeds remaining in the tournament Kansas University and Maryland.
Credit card firms to provide records in IRS investigation
March 26, 2002
Federal investigators on Monday expanded a tax evasion inquiry involving offshore bank card schemes to include records from Visa. They also announced that MasterCard has turned over 1.7 million records the IRS is using to target people with audits and criminal prosecution.
Daily ticker
March 26, 2002
Nets’ Martin vows to remain physical
March 26, 2002
Despite calls from coaches and teammates to cool it after a fifth suspension for a flagrant foul, New Jersey Nets bad boy Kenyon Martin vowed not to change his physical game.
GM plant will shut to prepare for new line
March 26, 2002
General Motors will shut down its plant in Kansas City’s Fairfax Industrial District for up to three months next year to prepare for production of a new generation of passenger cars, company spokeswoman Sharon Baldwin said.
Jayhawk fans know what’s in a name
March 26, 2002
By Terry Rombeck At least her name isn’t Lester. In January, parents-to-be Scott and Jodi Schlesener struck a deal: If the Kansas University Jayhawks won the national basketball championship by the time Jodi delivered the rural Perry couple’s fifth child due April 3 the baby would bear the name Boschee.
City Soccer Preview: Firebirds, Lions full of confidence
March 26, 2002
By Steve Rottinghaus Free State High boys and girls soccer teams have been inclined to increase their win total each season under coach Jason Pendleton. “We’ve had improvement each season from each team,” said Pendleton, who opens his third season as FSHS girls coach today with a 4 p.m. home contest weather permitting against Shawnee Heights at the FSHS field.
Briefly
March 26, 2002
New Jersey: Relatives of Flight 93 victims to hear cockpit recordings Afghanistan: Peacekeepers under threat for booby-trapped vehicles Atlanta: Health conference focuses on bioterrorism threats
Pearl Nadine Baker
March 26, 2002
Legislative house committee tables gambling bill
March 26, 2002
Two Wyandotte County legislators joined Monday with opponents to table a gambling bill that supporters claimed would benefit the Kansas City area the most. The vote by the House Tourism Committee was 9-7. The panel does not plan to meet again this year.
U.S. troops helping train Afghan army
Special forces to start with most basic of skills
March 26, 2002
U.S. troops will begin training Afghan army soldiers to bolster security and guard borders in that still-unstable nation, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday. The training will begin in four to six weeks and be led by 125 to 150 members of the U.S. Army’s special forces teams.
Huggins staying at Cincy
Bearcats coach turns down offer from alma mater
March 26, 2002
Bob Huggins’ loyalty to Cincinnati won out over his allegiance to his alma mater. Huggins decided to stay with the Bearcats on Monday, turning down West Virginia’s offer to take over as head basketball coach.
Blade II’ a sequel with lots of bite
March 26, 2002
Wesley Snipes owns the Marvel Comics “Blade” character the way Clint Eastwood owns Dirty Harry. In “Blade II,” a second entertaining foray into the underworld of power-vampires, he’s the man with the plan, the feet, the weapons and the attitude.
Kansas-born violin maestro dies at 84
March 26, 2002
Dorothy DeLay, a violin teacher, mentor and musical powerhouse whose students over a half-century include luminaries like Itzhak Perlman, Midori and Gil Shaham, has died. She was 84.
Sex abuse cases draw victims’ comments
March 26, 2002
A woman who claims her son was molested by a former priest in the Diocese of Wichita said she hopes recent allegations against other priests lead to change in the Roman Catholic Church.
District finishes review of alleged strip search
March 26, 2002
The school district announced Monday that it had finished its investigation into allegations that 23 third-graders were strip-searched over $5 in missing lunch money. The district did not release the results of the investigation but said officials would report their conclusions to the state Board of Education in the next few days.
Storm toppled historic K.C. trees
March 26, 2002
The branches of the Westport Oak shaded Indians and fur trappers on the nearby Santa Fe Trail, and they supported lynchings in the years before the Civil War. After all that, the tree may have been done in by the ice storm of 2002.
Republican J.C. Watts to give Landon Lecture
March 26, 2002
Oklahoma Republican Rep. J.C. Watts will deliver the 125th Landon Lecture on April 26 at Kansas State University. Watts is conference chairman of the House Republican leadership and is in his fourth term in the House. He was elected in 1994.
Your Money: Purchasing the right mattress
March 26, 2002
Karen Bledsoe reports on some things to look for when purchasing a new mattress.
Mideast: Bird helps Huskies oust ‘party-crashing’ ODU - UConn 85, Old Dominion 64
March 26, 2002
Sue Bird and the unbeaten Connecticut Huskies bounced the party crashers right out of the NCAA tournament. Bird scored a career-high 26 points and dished 11 assists as UConn, seeking its third national title in the last eight years, advanced to the Final Four by beating Old Dominion 85-64 Monday night with a dazzling first-half display.
Report: Airport screeners missed weapons after Sept. 11
Security administration now training new supervisors to oversee passenger screening
March 26, 2002
The Transportation Department inspector general found airport security screeners on several dozen occasions failed to catch guns and simulated explosives, even after the September terrorist attacks, a person familiar with the report said Monday.
Herron tapped by WU
March 26, 2002
Former Tonganoxie High volleyball coach Chris Herron has been named head volleyball coach at Washburn University in Topeka. Herron spent the past three seasons coaching Benedictine College, where he compiled a 75-29 record.
Friends and neighbors
March 26, 2002
Friends and neighbors
March 26, 2002
Both sides of the family gather to celebrate the birth of their newest addition, Kira Schlotman Hefner, who was born in December 2001. Back row, from left, are Sandy Brooks, great-grandmother; Shelly Schlotman, grandmother; and Richard Brooks, great-grandfather, all of Lawrence. Front row, from left, are Lorna Meyer, great-great-grandmother, Independence, Kan.; Lissa Schlotman, mother, Lawrence; and Helen Wildgrube, great-great-grandmother, Independence, Kan. Sandy Brooks submitted the photograph. Got a shot for Friends & Neighbors? Send it, along with your name, phone number and caption information, to Friends & Neighbors, P.O. Box 888, Lawrence 66044. For more Friends and Neighbors, go to www.lawrence.com/publish/postem/friends.
6News video report: A baby Boschee!
March 26, 2002
Trish Ayers reports on a local family with a new addition - Deavynn Boschee Christine Schlessner.
6News video report: Final Four fever hit Lawrence on Sunday
March 26, 2002
Allison Mann reports on the festivies that took place following the KU Elite Eight win over the Oregon Ducks. KU will be in Atlanta for the Final Four on March 30.
creation
March 26, 2002
By Rebekah Zemansky Special to the Journal-World Ian Duermeier, an instructor at the Dance Academy, 1117 Mass., offers this explanation of how swing dancing started. “It all kind of comes out of crazy dances that people used to do in the 1920s, which is when the Charleston started coming into effect,” he said.
Scholarships to help students denied aid for drug offenses
March 26, 2002
Opponents of a 1998 law that denies federal aid to thousands of college students with criminal drug records are trying to work around the law by offering financial help to those affected.
Firebirds honored on academic teams
March 26, 2002
Free State High senior wrestler Ian Brk, headed to Stanford in the fall, has been named to the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Assn.’s Class 6A academic team. Free State’s Kyle Case and Anthony White received honorable mention.
GM plant will shut to prepare for new line
March 26, 2002
General Motors will shut down its plant in Kansas City’s Fairfax Industrial District for up to three months next year to prepare for production of a new generation of passenger cars, company spokeswoman Sharon Baldwin said.
Cronkite criticizes war coverage limitations
March 26, 2002
The U.S. military’s restrictions on journalists have prevented accurate reporting on the Afghan war, retired CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite said Monday.
GM will close Fairfax plant to retool for new car line
March 26, 2002
General Motors will shut down its plant in the city’s Fairfax Industrial District for up to three months to prepare for production of a new generation of passenger cars, company spokeswoman Sharon Baldwin said.
ODU - UConn 85, Old Dominion 64
March 26, 2002
Sue Bird and the unbeaten Connecticut Huskies bounced the party crashers right out of the NCAA tournament. Bird scored a career-high 26 points and dished 11 assists as UConn, seeking its third national title in the last eight years, advanced to the Final Four by beating Old Dominion 85-64 Monday night with a dazzling first-half display.
National parks on endangered list
March 26, 2002
Mountain views in some of the country’s signature national parks are clouded by air pollution, while historical monuments are crumbling for lack of cash, a park advocacy group says.
Committee to decide how to use funds for tuition increase
March 26, 2002
By Terry Rombeck A committee studying a potential tuition increase at Kansas University will decide Thursday how additional tuition money should be spent. The committee met Monday and added several items to its potential wish-list, including stipends for graduate research assistants, additional technology staff and support staff such as academic advisers.
s quake threshold under debate
March 26, 2002
Homeowners and business leaders whose lakefront views and livelihood depend on the Tuttle Creek dam are divided about what, if anything, should be done to make it able to withstand a high-magnitude earthquake.
District finishes review of alleged strip search
March 26, 2002
The school district announced Monday that it had finished its investigation into allegations that 23 third-graders were strip-searched over $5 in missing lunch money. The district did not release the results of the investigation but said officials would report their conclusions to the state Board of Education in the next few days.
comments
March 26, 2002
A woman who claims her son was molested by a former priest in the Diocese of Wichita said she hopes recent allegations against other priests lead to change in the Roman Catholic Church.
East: Beard propels Devils - Duke 77, S. Caro. 68
March 26, 2002
Alana Beard wasn’t about to let Duke fall short of the Final Four. Beard scored 24 points and Monique Currie added 15 as the top-seeded Blue Devils beat South Carolina 77-68 Monday in the East Regional championship to earn their second trip to the Final Four.
Midwest: Defense lifts Vols over Vandy - Tenn. 68, Vandy 63
March 26, 2002
Tennessee earned this Final Four trip the old-fashioned way. With defense. The Lady Vols disrupted Vanderbilt’s normally efficient offense for much of the game and beat the top-seeded Commodores 68-63 in the Midwest Regional final Monday night, sending Tennessee to the Final Four for the 13th time.
Kansas-born violin maestro dies at 84
March 26, 2002
Dorothy DeLay, a violin teacher, mentor and musical powerhouse whose students over a half-century include luminaries like Itzhak Perlman, Midori and Gil Shaham, has died. She was 84.
Poor comparison
March 26, 2002
To the editor: Where has common sense gone? We can only get the services that we are willing to pay for. Mr. Stussie (Public Forum, March 21) compares Kansas tax levels to those of Missouri and finds that Missouri residents pay less. What aspect of Missouri schools or highway conditions are enviable as well?
Riverside record
March 26, 2002
To the editor: Regarding aspersions in a recent letter: I have never said that 600 is an ideal elementary school enrollment. A recent LJW article quoted me (accurately) as saying that I think that 300 seems to be an educationally sound minimum enrollment for an elementary building if we are interested in eliminating combination classes. This year, there is only one combination classroom in all our schools with 300 or more students.
Tyson-Lewis fight finalized
March 26, 2002
Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson will meet June 8 in Memphis for the heavyweight championship, under a deal wrapped up Monday night after weeks of on-again, off-again negotiations.
Special forces to start with most basic of skills
March 26, 2002
U.S. troops will begin training Afghan army soldiers to bolster security and guard borders in that still-unstable nation, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday. The training will begin in four to six weeks and be led by 125 to 150 members of the U.S. Army’s special forces teams.
Death penalty
March 26, 2002
To the editor: As a former pro-death advocate in regard to capital punishment, I have come to understand that the death penalty is not a valid solution to crime. In agreement with the early Christian, Saint Cyprian of Carthage (who lived in the 200s), I believe that murder is murder, whether it is executed by an evil individual, or morally justified through a sophistry of logic by a corrupted government.
Huskies interested in Snyder
March 26, 2002
Missouri gave Washington permission to talk with coach Quin Snyder about the Huskies’ vacant head coaching job, a Tigers spokesman said Monday. Missouri sports information director Chad Moller said Washington officials contacted Tigers athletic director Mike Alden during the weekend.
Legislative house committee tables gambling bill
March 26, 2002
Two Wyandotte County legislators joined Monday with opponents to table a gambling bill that supporters claimed would benefit the Kansas City area the most. The vote by the House Tourism Committee was 9-7. The panel does not plan to meet again this year.
Security administration now training new supervisors to oversee passenger screening
March 26, 2002
The Transportation Department inspector general found airport security screeners on several dozen occasions failed to catch guns and simulated explosives, even after the September terrorist attacks, a person familiar with the report said Monday.
Credit card firms to provide records in IRS investigation
March 26, 2002
Federal investigators on Monday expanded a tax evasion inquiry involving offshore bank card schemes to include records from Visa. They also announced that MasterCard has turned over 1.7 million records the IRS is using to target people with audits and criminal prosecution.
Commodities
March 26, 2002
Local markets As of Monday’s close, courtesy of Ottawa Cooperative Assn. Ottawa Elevator  Wheat, $2.63; corn, $1.79; milo, $1.74; soybeans, $4.29. Edgerton Elevator  Wheat, $2.66; corn, $1.81; milo, $1.74; soybeans, $4.29. Overbrook Elevator  Wheat, $2.66; corn, $1.79; milo, $1.74; soybeans, $4.29. Midland Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.81; milo, NA; soybeans, $4.29. Lawrence North Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.84; milo, NA; soybeans, $4.32. Lawrence South Elevator  Wheat, $2.66; corn, $1.81; milo, NA; soybeans, $4.29. Pauline Elevator  Wheat, NA; corn, $1.84; milo, $1.79; soybeans, $4.34.
Slight warm-up predicted, but cold could remain through next week
March 26, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess Wintry conditions put a late-March freeze Monday on Lawrence, dropping temperatures into the 20s with a dusting of snow. But that was nothing compared to Nebraska and western Kansas, where up to 7 inches of snow fell Sunday night from Goodland to Omaha, Neb.
Jayhawks will miss Dougherty
March 26, 2002
By Gary Bedore Goodbye, Neil Dougherty. Kansas University’s basketball players hate to see you go. “It’s like a sweet sorrow,” KU freshman Keith Langford said of Dougherty’s decision to accept the head coaching post at TCU, a school located in Langford’s hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.
Local Terps not shy about loyalty
March 26, 2002
By Mark Fagan Don’t let the Kansas University business card fool you. David Guth, an associate professor of journalism at KU, showed up for work Monday sporting a red sweater, black pants, white shirt and yellow … well, let’s just say the University of Maryland alumnus isn’t shy about showing support for his Terrapins.
Fans can watch game on Megavision Saturday
March 26, 2002
Jayhawk fans will be able to watch Saturday’s Final Four game against Maryland on Memorial Stadium’s Megavision, the big-screen video board in the south endzone.
s Dougherty tapped by TCU
March 26, 2002
By Gary Bedore You better believe new Texas Christian University head basketball coach Neil Dougherty will miss living in Lawrence and working at Kansas University.
In the halls
March 26, 2002
Asked at Central Junior High School What do you do in your free time?
On the street
March 26, 2002
Asked at Central Junior High School Who is the cutest KU basketball player?
t shy away from expressing their adoration
March 26, 2002
Central Junior High School students and sisters Brandi Krones, 15, and Kristina Krones, 14, use specially made signs and T-shirts to express their Jayhawk loyalty. KU students Brie Taylor, 21 and Erin Harmon, 21, don’t hide their love for their favorite Jayhawk.
In the halls
March 26, 2002
Royals fall
March 26, 2002
B.J. Surhoff went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, raising his spring average to .432, as Atlanta beat the Kansas City, 7-3, Monday night. The Royals committed five errors, raising their spring training total to 36 errors in 24 games.
Tyson-Lewis fight finalized
March 26, 2002
Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson will meet June 8 in Memphis for the heavyweight championship, under a deal wrapped up Monday night after weeks of on-again, off-again negotiations.
Local briefs
March 26, 2002
Parks: Wells Overlook committee seeks volunteers for cleanup In Jere McElhaney’s mind, Wells Overlook Park needs an overhaul. And that means he needs your help. The chairman of the Douglas County Commission is leading a committee of volunteers who want to clear dense trees at the park south of Lawrence, then replant the area as native prairie. During a committee meeting Monday afternoon, McElhaney and others started putting together a list of tasks volunteers could tackle. Among them: clearing brush, picking up trash, cutting firewood and painting playground equipment. For more information about the project or to offer volunteer services, contact McElhaney by phone at 842-4757, by fax at 842-6593, or by e-mail at jmcelhaney@douglas-county.com. _____________________________________ Study proposal: Advisory committee to poll merchants on parking needs The city may update a 1992 study that showed a need for hundreds of parking spaces at the north end of downtown. And City Commissioner Marty Kennedy will call a meeting of the Downtown Parking Advisory Committee to see what area merchants think of the parking situation. City Manager Mike Wildgen said the cost of an updated study could run into tens of thousands of dollars. Those were the developments Monday during a meeting of the Parking Garage Task Force, which is examining The World Company’s proposal to donate land in the 600 block of New Hampshire Street to the city, which then would build a 750-space parking garage at a cost of $9.79 million. Mark Andersen, a task force member and attorney for The World Company, said Monday that the company would guarantee demand for the garage by purchasing 750 parking permits during the first year of operation. That number would be scaled back to 375 permits over five years. No date was given for the task force’s next meeting. The World Company owns the Journal-World. _____________________________________ Police: Gas leak evacuates houses A natural gas pipeline break at Eighth and Arkansas streets forced evacuation of two houses shortly after 10 a.m. Monday. The gas was shut off to the area in about 15 minutes and the residents were allowed to return, said Mark Bradford, deputy chief with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical. Meanwhile, Lawrence Police blocked off streets one block in each direction from the break, Bradford said. Other houses did not have to be evacuated because of the speed at which the break was isolated. The evacuations were precautionary and there was no serious danger, Bradford said. The break was caused by a Lawrence city utility crew digging in the area, Bradford said. The pipeline belonged to Aquila Gas Co. _____________________________________ Kansas University: Students plan second rally to protest tuition increase Kansas University students will have a second rally for a fair tuition rate and accessible education at noon Wednesday at Wescoe Beach. The open-microphone event will be similar to one held two weeks ago, which culminated in a meeting with Provost David Shulenburger. KU officials are considering several proposed tuition rates, including some that would more than double tuition in the next five years. _____________________________________ Gasoline prices: Pump Patrol seeks best deal The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.23 at several North Lawrence service stations. If you find a lower price, please call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price. Or go to www.ljworld.com/section/gasoline to join our Pump Patrol message board.
FSHS nets postponed
March 26, 2002
Today’s scheduled Free State-Shawnee Mission South tennis match in Overland Park has been postponed to April 10 because of cold weather.