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KU chancellor to chat online today
March 7, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 5:44 a.m.) Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway will take questions in an online chat this afternoon on ljworld.com.
Faculty pay raises subject of higher ed dispute
March 7, 2005
(Updated Monday at 12:26 p.m.) House budget writers today rejected an attempt to delete funding for faculty pay raises at Kansas University and other regents schools.
Cold and blustery weather returns
March 7, 2005
(Updated Monday at 10:02 a.m.) You’ll need your coat again — after a spring-like weekend, cool, blustery weather has returned to Lawrence. A cold front is taking temperatures down from the mid-70s on Sunday into the 40s today.
Thousands commemorate 40th anniversary of Selma march
March 7, 2005
Aging civil rights-era figures and a bipartisan congressional delegation walked across an Alabama bridge with a throng of thousands Sunday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Selma voting rights march that opened ballot boxes to blacks across the South.
Warren Buffett says he ‘struck out’ with 2004 investment acquisitions
March 7, 2005
The mighty billionaire Warren Buffett says he has “struck out.”
People
March 7, 2005
¢ Rather fighting for reputation as he leaves CBS anchor desk ¢ Musicians come together for tsunami relief concert ¢ ‘Godfather of Soul’ shrugs off talk of retirement ¢ Former presidents find way to share government plane
Wellsville headed to state
March 7, 2005
Scott Samsel scored 14 points, and Austin Bloss added 12, leading Wellsville High’s boys basketball squad to a 56-55 victory Saturday over Osage City in their Class 3A sub-state championship game at Wellsville’s gym.
McHale leads T’Wolves to win in homecoming
March 7, 2005
Kevin McHale’s coaching debut in Boston was a success, thanks to Latrell Sprewell.
Former governor’s historic home to have new location, mission
March 7, 2005
A home once owned by former Kansas governor and failed presidential candidate Alf Landon will be moved today as efforts begin to make it into a museum and political research center.
Showtime’s ‘Fat Actress’ is largely disappointing
March 7, 2005
It would be easy to call “Fat Actress” (9 p.m., Showtime) one of the worst new shows of the year. But that would not be fair. It might just rank among the worst shows of all time.
Evolution and conservatism
March 7, 2005
“So,” intoned I. M. Wright, my friend who prides himself on being a curmudgeon and a true conservative. “What do you think of our Attorney General Phill Kline’s proclamation.”
Kentucky, Illinois both upended
Third-ranked ‘Cats, top-ranked Illini each lose by 1
March 7, 2005
Matt Walsh heaved the ball into the stands, David Lee jumped onto a courtside table, and Anthony Roberson ripped off his jersey.
Notebook
March 7, 2005
KU coach Bill Self started Michael Lee and brought in J.R. Giddens off the bench. Lee missed five shots, including four threes, and didn’t score. Giddens had 13 points off 5-of-12 shooting. He missed five of six threes. Jeff Hawkins had eight points off 2-of-5 three-point shooting, also off the bench.
Horoscopes
March 7, 2005
Briefly
March 7, 2005
¢ Presidential shooting suspect likely identified ¢ Riot police break up leftist demonstration
Hostage: U.S. may have planned shooting
March 7, 2005
About 10,000 Italians paid their respects Sunday to a secret agent killed by U.S. troops in Iraq last week while driving with a hostage he had helped free. The hostage, a journalist who was wounded in the incident, suggested that the shooting might have been deliberate.
Smoltz, Brown make first spring starts
March 7, 2005
John Smoltz returned to the mound as a starter after spending three years as one of baseball’s top closers.
No. 2 Tar Heels rally past No. 6 Blue Devils
March 7, 2005
North Carolina trailed by nine points with three minutes left, the kind of margin that might have been insurmountable for the Tar Heels in recent years.
MU’s Gardner proves point
Sophomore outshines other Portland products
March 7, 2005
Thomas Gardner left little doubt Sunday. Gardner, a 6-foot-5 Missouri University sophomore, clearly was the best player on the Mizzou Arena floor who graduated from Portland, Ore., Jefferson High.
Freshman Robinson fills in
March 7, 2005
All along, Russell Robinson has been yearning for some responsibility.
Winds of change stir at KU
Student senators pursue plan to purchase renewable energy
March 7, 2005
Jeff Dunlap says he thinks Kansas University students would be willing to fork over some green bills if it meant supporting green energy.
Briefly
March 7, 2005
¢ Defense minister: Pullout to begin today ¢ Retirement age, private accounts debated ¢ National Assembly to open March 16 ¢ Schwarzenegger aims to ban junk food sales ¢ Japan hopes to join permanent-five club
On the record
March 7, 2005
Logic argued
March 7, 2005
Classroom funds
March 7, 2005
Seabury stars
March 7, 2005
What’s needed?
March 7, 2005
Traffic tactic
March 7, 2005
Fickle Dems
March 7, 2005
The week ahead
March 7, 2005
Report: BTK suspect depressed, sleeping poorly
March 7, 2005
The man accused of being the BTK serial killer has complained about depression and asked about his family, who have not talked to him since he entered prison, his lawyers say.
Police issue tickets, warnings to gawkers outside Rader’s house
March 7, 2005
In the Park City neighborhood where Dennis Rader lived before prosecutors charged him with the BTK serial killings last week, the curious keep coming.
California cause
Kansas and other states might be able to pick up some ideas from California’s redistricting reform proposal.
March 7, 2005
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ideas about redrawing legislative districts in his state are getting some nationwide attention — and might be of interest to Kansans who aren’t satisfied with this state’s contentious redistricting process.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 7, 2005
¢ School finance countdown ¢ CDBG question ¢ Today’s schedule
Kayaker answers call for help on Clinton Lake
Recreational Sunday outing on the water turns into a rescue operation
March 7, 2005
Mike O’Connor’s peaceful Sunday afternoon of kayaking at Clinton Lake came to an abrupt halt when he heard someone calling for help.
Pope ailing; Catholics are focusing on prayers, not successor
John Paul II’s health issues don’t have Lawrence church members worrying over who’s next in line
March 7, 2005
Lawrence Catholics are praying for the ailing Pope John Paul II, local priests say, but — unlike many observers — they’re not spending a lot of time contemplating his possible successor.
Design workshop driving concept changes of the ‘city car’
KU students hear from professionals on creating stylish, practical vehicles
March 7, 2005
When Nick Devine became a student at Kansas University, he had no idea he would spend a weekend helping to design a car.
Prof discusses evolution, creationism
March 7, 2005
Science supports the theory of evolution while at the same time evolution is consistent with an orthodox theory of creation, according to a Kansas State University professor.
City to consider traffic-calming devices
Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents at www.lawrenceks.org
March 7, 2005
City commissioners will consider installing speed cushions along Bobwhite Drive between Bob Billings Parkway and George Williams Way in an effort to calm traffic in the area. Commissioners also will consider a request to install a pedestrian refuge island on Ninth Street near Schwarz Road.
Professor presents study in contrasts
Thomas Murray alternately presented as mild, charming — and cold-blooded
March 7, 2005
Professor Thomas E. Murray told police his father-in-law, Danny Ross, once made fun of him for being too meek and mild-mannered.
U.N. warns of consequences of rapidly aging population
March 7, 2005
The world’s population will age rapidly over the next 45 years in a signal of potential challenges for social welfare systems, according to a recent report released by the Population Division of the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
6,000 evacuated after leaking railcar sends plumes of toxic chemicals into air
March 7, 2005
A railcar leaking toxic chemicals sent plumes of gas into the air Sunday and forced the evacuation of more than 6,000 people for five hours. There were no injuries.
Israeli, Palestinian leaders resume town handover talks
March 7, 2005
Israel will hand over the West Bank town of Tulkarem to Palestinian control this week, a senior Palestinian commander said Sunday, marking the resumption of confidence-building measures halted after a suicide bombing killed five Israelis in Tel Aviv.
Sony names first foreign chairman
March 7, 2005
Sony Corp. named Howard Stringer as its chairman today, a decision that marks the first time a foreigner will head a major Japanese electronics firm and comes as the company seeks to improve results at its faltering core electronics business.
Bolivian president announces resignation
March 7, 2005
Bolivian President Carlos Mesa announced Sunday he would submit his resignation, in a nationally televised speech that came amid growing protests and frustration with his government.
Storm’s winds cut power to hundreds
March 7, 2005
High winds during a thunderstorm Sunday night caused power outages in some parts of town.
DAV needs drivers for medical appointments
March 7, 2005
The Disabled American Veterans organization of Lawrence needs more volunteer drivers to transport veterans to medical appointments during the week. Volunteers may drive once a week or more frequently, if available. Most medical trips are to Topeka, Leavenworth or Kansas City and back. Volunteers always wait at the medical office during the veteran’s appointment. The organization will provide training for all volunteers. Volunteers must have a valid drivers license and will need to have a physical health exam, paid for by the organization.
City briefs
March 7, 2005
¢ Child reportedly dies after choking ¢ Grass fire reported south of Eudora
Woods outduels Mickelson at Doral
Tiger ascends to world’s top ranking after dramatic victory
March 7, 2005
Tiger Woods returned to No. 1 in the world Sunday.
Lee pounds Greinke, K.C.
March 7, 2005
Carlos Lee hit two home runs and drove in five runs, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-6 victory Sunday over the Kansas City Royals.
Brain teaser
March 7, 2005
Jayhawks split pair at SIU tournament
March 7, 2005
Kansas University’s softball squad split a pair of games Sunday at the Kay Brechtelsbauer Classic at Southern Illinois.
Quick roughed up as Jayhawks tumble
March 7, 2005
Kansas University pitcher Kodiak Quick was roughed up for nine runs on eight hits, and No. 17 Mississippi State routed the Jayhawk baseball squad, 9-2, Sunday in the final game of the NBC Classic at Dudy Noble Field.
Iowa blanks KU, 7-0
March 7, 2005
Kansas University’s tennis squad fell flat Sunday in a 7-0 loss to Iowa at Clark Racquet Center.
Final denial
KU loses league, Langford
March 7, 2005
Kansas University senior Keith Langford dejectedly limped off the basketball court carrying a pair of crutches as a flood of delirious Missouri students raced past him after the Tigers’ 72-68 victory over the Jayhawks on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.
Woodling: Jayhawks missed slasher
March 7, 2005
On Wednesday, Kansas University’s Wayne Simien will be tapped Big 12 Conference player of the year. Another KU senior, Keith Langford, probably will earn second-team All-Big 12 Conference honors. Heck, Langford might even have to settle for a third-team berth.
FSHS top seed; LHS No. 6
March 7, 2005
Free State High earned the top seed and will open the Class 6A state boys basketball tournament Wednesday afternoon against Sunflower League foe Shawnee Mission West.
No. 1 Illini suffer first loss; No. 3 Kentucky also tumbles
March 7, 2005
The end of Illinois’ run at a perfect season turned out to be just one part of a wild Sunday for the top three teams in the Associated Press’ college basketball poll.
Something to crow about
March 7, 2005
In China, where the word for “rooster” sounds very much like the word for “auspicious,” the birds are thought to bring good fortune. It is believed they are capable of dispelling evil spirits and their negative influences. In many cultures outside China, too, roosters’ habit of crowing at dawn has made them symbols of triumph, either of light over darkness or good over evil.
Simien stung by setback
March 7, 2005
Losing at Missouri for the first time in his career pains Kansas University senior Wayne Simien.
U.S. can spread goodwill with education
March 7, 2005
The turnout was terrific, especially given that the title of the program — “Missing the Mark: Girls’ Education and the Way Forward” — could have been a turnoff.
6Sports video: LHS girls falter, Chieftains dominate in sub-state play
March 7, 2005
Lawrence High led by 10 after three quarters against Olathe East for the sub-state title but could not close the deal. Tonganoxie’s Chieftains, however, advanced to face Royal Valley on Thursday in state play.
Gerald J. VanDruff, Oskaloosa
March 7, 2005