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KU women thumped on Senior Night
KSU hands KU worse home loss of season
March 2, 2006
Kansas University’s three seniors were hoping to achieve a feat they had yet to do in their careers Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse - that was knock off in-state rival Kansas State. Instead at the end of the night the scoreboard looked much like it has in the last few Sunflower Showdowns, with the Wildcats winning easy as Kansas State defeated KU 62-44.
Video: Senior Night speeches
March 2, 2006
Jeff Hawkins, Christian Moody, Moulaye Niang, and Stephen Vinson had much to remember during the final home game of their careers.
Chat with Kansas Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt
March 2, 2006
The Kansas Senate Majority Leader discusses eminent domain, school finance, and bipartisan cooperation.
Woman accused of helping escapee returned to Kansas
March 2, 2006
Toby Young, the woman accused of aiding the escape of a convicted murderer from Lansing prison, has been returned to Kansas and made an appearance in Leavenworth County District Court this morning.
Senate unveils $660 million school finance plan
Three-year plan would provide $180 million in state funds next year
March 2, 2006
Senate leaders on Thursday rolled out a plan to increase school funding by $660 million over three years, with the aim of improving public education and satisfying a 2005 Kansas Supreme Court order.
Cooler temperatures return
Chance for rain Saturday
March 2, 2006
Put away the beach wear and pull on a sweater - cooler weather has moved back in to Lawrence. “The sunshine stays today, but the 70s don’t,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “Temperatures will be about 20 degrees cooler today than they were yesterday.”
Wait for facts
March 2, 2006
To the editor: I firmly believe there is not a country in the world that affords more individual liberties and freedoms than our United States.
Governors see need to build consensus
March 2, 2006
The story that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was telling this week about the struggle over school financing that has preoccupied her time in office reveals something very significant about the changing mood of the public - a change that could alter the dynamics of the next presidential race.
Heat scorch Celtics
March 2, 2006
Dwyane Wade had 24 points and eight assists, Antoine Walker scored all of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to seven with a 103-96 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 2, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.10 at several locations in Lawrence. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Judge bars hospital from removing toddler’s life support
March 2, 2006
The parents of a 2-year-old boy who nearly drowned won a temporary reprieve Wednesday in their battle to keep a Wichita hospital from pulling the plug on their son’s life support.
Medicaid rule puts daughter at risk, family says
March 2, 2006
Darrell and Patty Holtz are worried about their 16-year-old daughter, Meagan.
Falkenstien has ‘jersey’ unfurled
March 2, 2006
Sitting at midcourt with members of his family, Max Falkenstien beamed as his commemorative jersey No. 60 was unfurled high in the southwest rafters of Allen Fieldhouse at halftime of the Kansas University-Colorado game Wednesday night.
Money-saving move blasted as harmful to children
March 2, 2006
Some of Kansas’ most needy children are being pushed into foster homes ill-equipped to deal with them because the federal government is trying to save money.
Notebook
March 2, 2006
Kansas University sophomore forward Darnell Jackson did not play because of the flu bug. “He had it Monday, Tuesday, today, been on IVs,” said coach Bill Self, who indicated Jackson would be fine for Saturday’s 3 p.m. game at Kansas State.
Bring on the best, Lawrence players say
March 2, 2006
They might be in a bit of a funk, but with a bunch of long-range shots and a little luck, Lawrence High’s boys basketball players believe they can beat anyone.
Seniors looking to duplicate feat
March 2, 2006
Crystal Kemp and Erica Hallman combined for 54 points in their next-to-last Kansas University women’s basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse.
Iran distraction?
March 2, 2006
To the editor: Here’s the deal.
Spring has sprung for baseball fans
March 2, 2006
Hola, it’s spring! I don’t care what the groundhog saw or didn’t see in Pennsylvania last month. I’ve got my own spring detector, and it’s got nothing to do with robins on the wing. For yours truly, spring officially begins the first time I turn on a television or radio and hear the sound of a baseball game.
Video: Bush was warned before Katrina
President said ‘we are fully prepared’ during recorded briefing
March 2, 2006
In dramatic and sometimes agonizing terms, federal disaster officials warned President Bush and his homeland security chief before Hurricane Katrina struck that the storm could breach levees, put lives at risk in New Orleans’ Superdome and overwhelm rescuers, according to confidential video footage.
City-ordered towing fees increased to $80
March 2, 2006
The price motorists have to pay for city-ordered towing just went up.
Yellow House store owners to have party to thank supporters
Attorney to be at event to answer questions for suspects in crime
March 2, 2006
In response to the threat of criminal charges hanging over them, the owners of a local used-appliance shop are adopting an unusual tactic: They’re throwing a party, complete with gourmet roadkill.
Buffs bemoan slow start
March 2, 2006
Fourteen minutes of basketball had been played in the sauna that was Allen Fieldhouse, and the scoreboard, which was not malfunctioning, showed that visiting Colorado, the highest-scoring team in the Big 12 Conference coming into the night, had scored four points.
E. Lawrence closer to historic designation
March 2, 2006
A portion of East Lawrence slated for redevelopment is one step closer to placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
KU seniors address fans
Jayhawks reflect, tear up
March 2, 2006
Senior Night, without some reassurance by Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self three years ago, could have been only half as special on Wednesday.
O’Neil’s hall omission sparks outrage
March 2, 2006
Politicians in the halls of Congress are thundering their dismay.
FSU upends No. 1 Duke
March 2, 2006
Alexander Johnson wasn’t around for the finish of Florida State’s one-point overtime loss to Duke earlier this season.
Nothing’s as it seems in ‘Red Herring’
March 2, 2006
The spy at the heart of “Red Herring” likes to fish for red herring. The detectives in “Red Herring” prefer to angle for Communist spies.
Shakespeare scholar speaks today at KU
March 2, 2006
Marjorie Garber, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at Harvard University, will deliver the 2006 Richard Gunn Memorial Lecture at 8 p.m. today at Kansas University.
Personal papers of Beat icon Burroughs land in NYC
March 2, 2006
The New York Public Library has acquired the personal archive of Beat Generation icon William S. Burroughs - offering the first public glimpse of many of the writer’s unpublished works and correspondence.
Fire destroys artist’s gallery, 200 original paintings
March 2, 2006
About 200 original paintings by a well-known regional artist were destroyed Wednesday when a fire swept through his gallery in the historic downtown of this Kansas City suburb.
FSHS girls roll past rival LHS
Free State wins, 46-29, to move one victory away from state berth
March 2, 2006
The Free State High girls basketball team is now quite sure of the formula necessary to beat its cross-town rival.
Islamic Jihad commander killed
March 2, 2006
Islamic Jihad’s top military commander in Gaza died Wednesday when his car exploded. The militant group blamed an Israeli missile, but Israel denied involvement.
Winds, record-breaking heat fuel grass fires in Oklahoma
March 2, 2006
Grass fires raged across Oklahoma on Wednesday, injuring five firefighters, destroying homes and other buildings and forcing evacuations of schools and businesses, authorities said.
Sebelius touts progress on school finance plan
March 2, 2006
As Senate leaders prepared to debut their education funding plan, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius talked up legislators’ progress Wednesday but acknowledged she isn’t sure their efforts will please the Kansas Supreme Court.
Saddam admits ordering Shiites’ trial
Former leader insists action was not a crime
March 2, 2006
Saddam Hussein said in a defiant courtroom confession Wednesday that he ordered the trial of 148 Shiites who were later executed, and arranged for the flattening of their palm groves and farms. But he insisted he had the right to do so because they were suspected of trying to kill him.
Uncle Sam penalizes those who fail to file taxes
March 2, 2006
I often joke that I pay my taxes because I don’t want the Internal Revenue Service to take my home. But for many people that fear is still not enough to make them file a tax return.
Despite plan to turn life around, parolee may land back in prison
March 2, 2006
A Lawrence man who spoke out last year about his efforts to turn his life around after being released from prison has been charged with dealing crack cocaine.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 2, 2006
Highlights of Wednesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Report: Snyder exit discussed in ‘05
Alden suggested resignation to ex-MU coach last season
March 2, 2006
Former Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder was first encouraged by athletic director Mike Alden to consider a midseason resignation more than a year ago, according to notes from Chancellor Brady Deaton’s recently concluded internal investigation.
Senate approves limiting Patriot Act powers
March 2, 2006
The Senate on Wednesday cleared the path for renewing the USA Patriot Act, swatting aside objections while adding new protections for people targeted by government investigations.
Board supports property tax
Commissioners seek money for industrial, open spaces
March 2, 2006
Using property taxes would be the best way to generate $20 million for developing business parks and preserving open space during the next decade, members of an advisory board agreed Wednesday.
Senator says article doesn’t interest him
March 2, 2006
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback said he hasn’t read the recent article about himself in Rolling Stone magazine.
Key Iraqi political leaders agree to seek new prime minister
March 2, 2006
Key political groups agreed Wednesday to mount a campaign to deny Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari another term in a bid to jump-start stalled talks on a new national unity government.
Commoditites
March 2, 2006
OU, Paris edge Tech
Sooners perfect in Big 12; Cowgirls winless
March 2, 2006
Courtney Paris got a triple-double and set an NCAA freshman rebounding record as No. 9 Oklahoma held off Texas Tech, 60-59, on Wednesday night, denying Lady Raider coach Marsha Sharp a final regular-season home win.
Evacuees check out, protest as FEMA hotel deadline passes
March 2, 2006
Donna Francis pressed a pile of FEMA paperwork and phone numbers to her chest as the minutes slipped away in the lobby of the Best Value Inn.
Firebirds stressing tempo
March 2, 2006
Free State High boys basketball coach Chuck Law has been preaching tempo prior to tonight’s Class 6A sub-state battle with Topeka High.
Judge clarifies order on finances for Wittig’s wife
March 2, 2006
A federal judge has clarified the court’s control over the household expenses of Beth Wittig, the wife of former Westar Energy Inc. chief executive officer David Wittig, now in jail for looting the utility.
Lionel Tate pleads guilty to robbing pizza man
March 2, 2006
Lionel Tate pleaded guilty Wednesday to the armed robbery of a pizza delivery man last spring, which could net him up to 30 years in prison but spare him a possible life sentence for violating probation in the 1999 killing of a young girl.
Enabling role
March 2, 2006
To the editor: The following facts are largely uncontroverted.
Nigerian militants release hostage on his birthday
March 2, 2006
Militants on Wednesday released six foreign oil workers, including a diabetic Texan celebrating his 69th birthday, who were taken captive last month to press fighters’ demands for a greater share of oil revenues generated in this restive southern state.
U.S. missing out on oil royalties
March 2, 2006
An error has allowed oil and gas companies to avoid paying federal royalties on hundreds of offshore leases issued in the late 1990s, an Interior Department official said Wednesday.
Police alarmed, baffled over student’s slaying
March 2, 2006
She was a young graduate student who died in a gruesome way: raped, strangled and left on the side of a remote road in Brooklyn.
Supreme Court tackles political boundary case
March 2, 2006
A key Supreme Court justice said Wednesday that Texas Republicans appeared to hurt minority voters when they redrew congressional boundaries that helped the GOP entrench its power in Congress.
Riot at Kabul jail ends with six inmates dead
March 2, 2006
Authorities have regained control of Afghanistan’s most notorious prison after four days of rioting allegedly sparked by al-Qaida and Taliban convicts, a senior official said Wednesday. One more body was found inside the prison, raising the number of inmates reported killed in the revolt to six.
Forces kill more than 45 militants in strike
March 2, 2006
Pakistani soldiers and helicopter gunships attacked a suspected al-Qaida camp Wednesday near the Afghan border, killing more than 45 militants and angering residents who called for a holy war days before a visit by President Bush.
Police file first charges in $92 million robbery
March 2, 2006
Police charged three suspects Wednesday in the $92 million robbery at a cash depot in southeastern England - the world’s largest known peacetime theft.
Police to give children vouchers for helmets
March 2, 2006
Lawrence Police are taking an active role getting bicycle helmets to children who don’t have them.
Kemp, McIntosh, Boyd earn academic honors
March 2, 2006
Kansas University senior Crystal Kemp, sophomore Taylor McIntosh and sophomore Jamie Boyd were named to the 2006 women’s basketball academic all-Big 12 team first team, the conference office announced Wednesday.
Our town sports
March 2, 2006
County to continue using blood substitute
March 2, 2006
Douglas County ambulances will continue to carry a synthetic blood substitute whose safety has been questioned in the national media.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
March 2, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 2, 1906: “President Roosevelt is advocating better national railroad legislation that will benefit both railroads and their patrons, a noble goal if big money does not alter the outcome. Railroads seem to be struggling to gain control of the Kansas Legislature and appear to be making headway.”
Save your bulbs
March 2, 2006
It’s early March and your tulip bulbs already have sent green shoots out of the ground. But what if this unseasonably mild weather doesn’t last?
Inmates riot over fates of al-Qaida members
March 2, 2006
Inmates rioted at three Jordanian prisons Wednesday over the fates of two convicted al-Qaida killers and a would-be suicide bomber, raising new concern about increasing sympathy for the terror network in Mideast prisons.
Mill Valley turns back Heights
Ottawa clips Arkansas City
March 2, 2006
Mill Valley’s balanced scoring overwhelmed Shawnee Heights on Wednesday night. With four scorers topping nine points, Mill Valley won, 58-40, in a high school boys basketball sub-state.
Koreas open military talks to reduce tension
March 2, 2006
North and South Korea opened high-level military talks today for the first time in almost two years, aiming to reduce tension along the world’s most heavily fortified border and prevent accidental naval skirmishes.
Committee approves bill to ban most abortions
March 2, 2006
A state House committee voted to ban most abortions in Mississippi, which already has some of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.
Wichita man arrested after shots near bar
March 2, 2006
Police arrested a 19-year-old Wichita man early Wednesday on suspicion of firing a gunshot at the door of a North Lawrence night club.
Lawrence man given 75 days for battery
March 2, 2006
A Lawrence man known for sleeping on the sidewalk in front of local businesses was sentenced to jail time Wednesday for battering a police officer who confronted him about walking in the street.
Consumer spending surges in January
March 2, 2006
The warmest January in more than 100 years lured consumers out to the shopping malls to spend money at the fastest clip in six months.
Students gather clothes for La. school
March 2, 2006
The National Merit Society chapter at Lawrence High School is raising money and collecting clothing for an elementary school in Slidell, La., that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Prisoner again refuses to participate in trial
March 2, 2006
A Yemeni prisoner at Guantanamo Bay accused of serving as a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden refused to participate in military proceedings against him Wednesday, insisting that he would not receive a fair trial.
Senate approves pay raises for state workers
March 2, 2006
Most state workers would receive a pay raise in June under a bill the Senate approved Wednesday.
Bypass support
March 2, 2006
To the editor: Thank you, Les Hannon, for your excellent article about the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
March 2, 2006
Three Lawrence city commissioners and city manager Buford Watson were attending the National League of Cities meeting in Washington. Representing the commission were Mayor Ed Carter, Marci Francisco and Bob Schumm.
Dropped gun discharges, shooting 71-year-old
March 2, 2006
A Douglas County man accidentally shot himself Wednesday afternoon when he dropped his .32-caliber handgun in his home.
Daily ticker
March 2, 2006
Decades of violence will color Iraq’s future
March 2, 2006
Iraq has endured civil war for 30 years. It has not suited Western policymakers or the media to call it that, nor to face up to the implications of the appalling sectarian violence and ethnic cleansing that this long conflict has generated. That must now change.
Yes, your landscape needs watering now
March 2, 2006
As we end the second month of the year with no measurable amount of precipitation, by most accounts, this was the driest February in history. As a logical consequence the question becomes: “Should I water?” With the threat of a frost or freezing temperatures still ahead, many gardeners are hesitant to water, as this may lead to plant growth. And new plant growth may be killed by a sudden drop in temperatures. The fact of the matter is that plants will benefit from a drink and in the long run will thank you.
Wrong direction
From an academic standpoint, all opinions are not equal, and state legislators are heading down a slippery slope if they try to police the specific content of university courses.
March 2, 2006
Despite the frustration some Kansas lawmakers have expressed toward a few faculty members at state universities, and specifically Kansas University, trying to legislate academic standards is a level of micromanagement that will benefit no one.
People in the news
March 2, 2006
¢ Report: Chappelle unhappy with Comedy Central’s plans ¢ Singer believes someone is trying to sabotage him ¢ Singer Gary Glitter’s trial on obscenity charges to open ¢ Two shot at Kanye West show ¢ Actor helps launch new ‘Short Churchill’ Cuban cigar
On the record
March 2, 2006
Immigrant tuition law under attack
March 2, 2006
A law allowing some undocumented immigrants the opportunity to attend higher education institutions at the less expensive resident tuition rate would be repealed under a bill recommended Wednesday by a House committee.
Sen. Derek Schmidt to chat online today
March 2, 2006
Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt will participate in an online chat this afternoon on the Journal-World’s Web site.
Kansas’ Baty suffered lacerated spleen, kidney
March 2, 2006
Kansas University senior outfielder Matt Baty hopes to return before the end of the season after suffering a concussion during a collision in the outfield Saturday against Lipscomb.
Smithsonian to honor hip-hop history
March 2, 2006
Standing at a podium, legendary hip-hop artist Grandmaster Flash, a bright orange hoodie sprouting from under his white leather jacket, shared the story of how he fell in love with vinyl records and turntables while growing up in the Bronx.
Afghan visit recalls series of setbacks
March 2, 2006
What should have been a triumphant moment for President Bush in Afghanistan also served as a vivid reminder of setbacks in his war against terrorism. His visit came at a time of increasing violence and drug trafficking in the country. And Osama bin Laden remains at large, more than four years after Bush demanded his capture, “dead or alive.”
Items that fit in multiple collections add value
March 2, 2006
In 1927, the first solo airplane trip across the Atlantic Ocean was flown by Charles Lindbergh. It was an event that was as unbelievable as the first man landing on the moon in 1969. Souvenirs of the Lindbergh flight were best sellers, and companies made plates, cups, scarves, figurines and even drapery fabric. His plane was named “Spirit of St. Louis,” so, as might be expected, a designer with a sense of humor created a dispenser for whiskey - spirits - that was shaped like the airplane.
Protesters await Bush on historic South Asia tour
President tries to seal deal on nuclear treaty
March 2, 2006
President Bush, seeking to warm relations with the world’s largest democracy, effusively praised his Indian hosts Thursday amid last-minute haggling in search of a nuclear deal with New Delhi.
KU: Firing proper because director served at pleasure of administrator
Lawsuit claims museum leader was improperly terminated
March 2, 2006
When Kansas University Provost David Shulenburger examined the five-year review of then-Spencer Museum of Art director Andrea Norris, he apparently didn’t like what he saw.
State backs spinoff of Sprint Nextel
March 2, 2006
Kansas regulators will no longer seek to block Sprint Nextel Corp.’s plans to spin off its local telephone unit.
Back to work
Lawn & Garden Show primes green thumbs for new growing season
March 2, 2006
It’s time to dust off the garden shears and wipe the cobwebs from the old shovel. The 2006 Lawn and Garden Show at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds is a great way to start the new planting season with a spring in your step. You can find inspiration, answer nagging questions and simply enjoy the ambiance of the indoor floral sanctuary.
Keegan: Veterans had hand in victory
March 2, 2006
Richard Roby is a 6-foot-6 guard who every time he steps on a basketball court brings a bag of tricks that gives defenders fits. He hits nearly 40 percent of his three-point shots. He knows how to post up smaller defenders, hit baseline jumpers and floaters, and he can slash to the hoop as well as score on put-backs.
Senate panel endorses message on funeral picketing
March 2, 2006
A Senate committee wants to send a strong message that the Rev. Fred Phelps and his followers who picket funerals of U.S. soldiers don’t represent how Kansans feel.
City to remain focused on traditional sewer plant
March 2, 2006
Using fish, plants and other organisms - instead of chemicals - to treat sewage is cool technology, but it is no substitute for a $75 million sewer plant that the city needs built by 2011.
Dubai not the real port threat
March 2, 2006
So how many of you were port experts before the Dubai port story exploded?
Sale gives software firm global reach
March 2, 2006
A Lawrence-based software company was sold Wednesday to a multinational operation that wants to put its financial-compliance product to work.
Seniors go out on top
KU win, Texas loss forge tie for lead
March 2, 2006
Senior Night speeches were preceded by an important message on the center videoboard Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Children’s choir celebrates 15 years of singing
Alumni to return for anniversary performance
March 2, 2006
It’s been 12 years since Julie Gasper sang with the Lawrence Children’s Choir.
Law’s trey stuns Longhorns
March 2, 2006
Texas A&M knows it’s not going to beat anyone in a high-scoring shootout.
Horoscopes
March 2, 2006
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Lawrence datebook
March 2, 2006