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Rush named to All Big 12 First Team; Self named Coach of the Year
Chalmers and Wright named Honorable Mention
March 6, 2006
Texas University teammates P.J. Tucker and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named Player and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, highlighting the Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Awards announced Monday by league officials. Oklahoma’s Michael Neal was picked as Newcomer of the Year, while Kansas’ Brandon Rush is Freshman of the Year and KU coach Bill Self earned Coach of the Year honors.
City manager’s evaluation still under discussion
March 6, 2006
City commissioners still haven’t reached consensus on the performance of longtime city manager Mike Wildgen.
Sebelius signs breast-feeding bill
March 6, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today signed into law a bill that allows a woman the right to breast-feed in any place she can legally be.
Temperatures warming into the 60s
Storms possible Tuesday and Wednesday
07:10 a.m., March 6, 2006 Updated 12:11 p.m.
Lawrence can expect another spring-like day, with temperatures rising into the mid 60s, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Analysis: Criminal crackdowns part of election-year politics
March 6, 2006
In an election year, a politician’s best friends often are criminals, especially those seen as lurking in the shadows, preying on innocent children.
Lawmakers could face recall for campaign donations
March 6, 2006
Several south-central legislators who say they oppose gambling are the targets of a recall effort because they accepted campaign contributions from northern Kansas Indian casinos.
Civilized’ standard
A 100-year-old observation about “gun toters” may be worthy of consideration today.
March 6, 2006
Some issues just don’t seem to go away, but, as an item from a 100-year-old Lawrence newspaper suggests, attitudes about those issues often change.
Gonzaga wins grueling battle
Batista injured as San Diego gives fifth-ranked Bulldogs all they can handle
March 6, 2006
Mark Few has seen enough of San Diego this season.
U.S. general not expecting civil war
March 6, 2006
The nation’s top general said Sunday that Iraq isn’t slipping into civil war and blamed the violence there on a “relatively small number of individuals” who he said are trying to restore “tyrannical rule.”
77-year-old convicted in shooting
March 6, 2006
A 77-year-old man faces more than five years in prison for shooting a private eye in the back as he attempted to repossess the aging car dealer’s beloved 1951 Rolls-Royce.
Cattle experts say animal identification can pay off
March 6, 2006
Gerald Ricketts knows that the days of tracking cattle with high-tech radio-frequency tags will arrive soon.
Thanks to order, geese still legal game
March 6, 2006
Flocks of geese have been filling the air over Lawrence and Douglas County in recent weeks and, remember, they’re still legal game.
Lawrence datebook
March 6, 2006
Women Build’ event fosters conversation
Goal of first-ever gathering is to strengthen Lawrence community
March 6, 2006
Rula Andriessen sat sipping water Sunday, surrounded by women from different generations talking about the community they embody.
Trees’ unique bond may have saved one’s life
Geographer says she’s never before seen this type of fusion
March 6, 2006
One of nature’s oddities has occurred in a northwest Lawrence field where limbs from two trees have joined into one, creating something like a wooden set of Siamese twins.
West Nile risk low for birth defects
March 6, 2006
Pregnant women who get West Nile virus likely will have normal babies, although a small risk of birth defects can’t be completely ruled out, according to the first published report from a multistate registry.
Advocate’s work nets pageant victory
March 6, 2006
When the judges at the Kansas Ms. Wheelchair pageant called Ranita Wilks’ name, she seriously thought that they were asking for another contestant.
Militants vow new attacks on oil industry
March 6, 2006
Militants threatened more attacks on Nigeria’s oil facilities and vowed Sunday to cut daily oil exports by 1 million barrels, adding to concerns for OPEC as it prepares for a strategy meeting this week.
Eagles Lodge honors Lawrence public servants
March 6, 2006
The Eagles Lodge handed out its awards for Firefighter and Police Officer of the year Sunday, celebrating two longtime Lawrence public servants.
Homeless man beaten, set on fire in park
March 6, 2006
A homeless man sleeping in a park was attacked early Sunday by two men who kicked him in the stomach and then set him on fire, police said.
Youth turkey hunt slated
March 6, 2006
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Clinton Lake, along with Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the National Wild Turkey Federation, will play host to its first Youth Turkey Hunt at Clinton Lake on April 8.
Startup costs now can be deducted
March 6, 2006
One of the most frustrating tax issues for entrepreneurs has been startup costs - they pour thousands of dollars into market research, advertising and other expenses to get their companies up and running, but have had little in the way of immediate relief from the government.
Livestock ID system to be ready by fall
March 6, 2006
What industry officials call the first national database for tracking livestock was unveiled last week and should be ready this fall for voluntary registration.
Protesters demand prime minister resign
March 6, 2006
Tens of thousands of protesters demanding the prime minister’s resignation marched to his office Sunday night after a boisterous rally accusing Thaksin Shinawatra of corruption and abuse of power.
Poachers threaten bonobos’ survival
March 6, 2006
Bonobos are known as “hippie chimps” because they make love, not war. And these gentle creatures are fast disappearing because they’re also tasty meat for Congolese.
Fireworks explosion blamed on smoking
March 6, 2006
A man was arrested Sunday after illegal fireworks at his home ignited, touching off an explosion that could be felt nearly 2 miles away, authorities said.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
March 6, 2006
After five nights of shivering from cold while stranded on a road twisting through the Bighorn Mountains near Casper, Wyo., the 24-year-old daughter of a Lawrence couple returned safely to her Casper home. She was Pam Griggs, a historian with the Federal Water and Power Resource Service. She was in the mountains to take pictures when her car became stalled in the snow. She had existed on melted snow and a candy bar and was located after an airplane search. Her mother, Aleene Griggs, cheerfully reported that the daughter was “dirty, hungry and tired” but otherwise in good condition.
Five-lot subdivision on today’s agenda
March 6, 2006
Douglas County commissioners have various items on the agenda for their 8:30 a.m. meeting today.
Police clash with punk concert crowd
March 6, 2006
Five people were injured and 15 were arrested Saturday night after police responded to a stabbing at a San Bernardino punk-rock concert and ultimately clashed with concertgoers, San Bernardino authorities said.
Royals pound Rockies
March 6, 2006
Angel Sanchez had a two-run triple, and the Kansas City Royals rapped out 23 hits against six Colorado pitchers in a 13-8 win over the Rockies on Sunday.
College Loans Interest rate drops for good grades
March 6, 2006
Here’s a new twist on college aid: a student loan with a lower interest rate based on your academic standing.
FSHS girls seeded sixth for 6A state
March 6, 2006
Free State High’s girls basketball team has drawn the sixth seed in this week’s Class 6A state tournament and will face Wichita South at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Students nominated for Goldwater awards
March 6, 2006
Four Kansas University students have been nominated to compete for a national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, an undergraduate award to encourage excellence in science, engineering and mathematics.
Volunteers to remove tires near Kansas River
March 6, 2006
Volunteers plan to remove about 1,000 tires from a sandbar on the Kansas River about 1 mile south of Linwood.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
March 6, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 6, 1906: “At last night’s school board meeting Supt. Smith denounced high school fraternities as demoralizing and undemocratic and called for them to be outlawed. : The city council has passed a new vagrancy law to cut down on panhandling and loitering nuisances on the street and there is now an ordinance prohibiting boys under age 16 to frequent pool halls.”
Trout stocked at Lake Henry
March 6, 2006
March is a prime month for trout fishing - particularly at Lake Henry in Clinton State Park.
On the record
March 6, 2006
Traffic safety panel to hear parking requests
March 6, 2006
Traffic safety commissioners will consider a pair of requests to establish no parking zones at their meeting tonight.
Upcoming rulings may favor Republicans
March 6, 2006
Ken Mehlman has not had an easy time of it in his first year as chairman of the Republican National Committee. As the point man for the White House’s political team, he has experienced defeats at the hands of the Democrats in last November’s two big gubernatorial races - and growing criticism from within GOP ranks about President Bush’s policy stumbles. From Social Security to Katrina to the Dubai Ports deal, Mehlman has been on the receiving end of brickbats.
Book traces journalism roots
March 6, 2006
Few things can ignite a more heated debate these days than when the subject of “the media” is introduced into polite conversation. People on the left and right fault contemporary journalism for (a) giving the Bush administration a free ride, or (b) extreme bias against all things Bush and Republican.
Don’t keep job because of salary
March 6, 2006
Q: One of my goals in life is to find a job that I love. I don’t have an interest in my current occupation or field. If I can be blunt - I’m here for the excellent salary. I can’t quit my job just because I don’t enjoy it, since now I’m accustomed to a certain amount of money. - Kyle
Pressure growing for Shiite prime minister to step down
March 6, 2006
Sunni Arab and Kurdish politicians increased pressure Sunday on Shiite Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari to abandon his bid for a new term, while leaders of Iraq’s Shiite majority struggled to overcome growing internal divisions.
Courting women voters
March 6, 2006
There are times when political polling reminds me of one of Liz Carpenter’s favorite stories. Back in the Carter administration when the indomitable Texan was working on women’s rights, she asked a university president how his campus was broken down by sex. “Well, ma’am,” he answered thoughtfully, “liquor is more of a problem.”
Iran, U.S. trade threats ahead of nuclear meeting
March 6, 2006
Iran and the United States on Sunday heralded a crucial week of decision-making at the International Atomic Energy Agency by exchanging thinly veiled threats about the consequences of a vote to send the issue of Iran’s nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council.
Economic benefits from GlobalFlyer still waiting to be realized in Salina
March 6, 2006
Salina has yet to reap much economic benefit from investing time, money and energy into Steve Fossett’s aviation 2005 milestone, when he became the first to fly solo, nonstop around the world without refueling.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 6, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.24 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
AT&T reaches deal to reconnect with Baby Bell
Purchase of BellSouth worth $67 billion
March 6, 2006
AT&T Inc. is buying BellSouth Corp. for $67 billion in stock in a bid that further consolidates the telecommunications industry and would give AT&T total control of their growing joint venture, Cingular Wireless LLC.
A happy outcome at Camp Hellmuth
March 6, 2006
With three players left in the Camp Hellmuth finale - which played out onstage in front of 200 people, with the hands being shown on a big screen, and with me announcing the hands to the audience - Gordon Higgins, from Kansas City, was getting low on chips. But after what he’s been through this past year, it didn’t bother him at all.
Katrina’s lingering effects
Local projects face post-hurricane spikes in construction costs
March 6, 2006
In all of Chuck Soules’ engineering books, there’s not a single chapter on crossed fingers. That’s too bad because the city’s public works director has his crossed a lot these days. As he begins to see reports of construction material costs increasing by 20 percent to 30 percent following Hurricane Katrina, hoping for good luck is about the only strategy left to bring several major city projects in on budget.
Trinity In-Home Care seeks office assistant
March 6, 2006
Trinity In-Home Care needs a volunteer for an ongoing office position. The time commitment is two to four hours each week, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m to 4 p.m. Responsibilities include copying, using a paper cutter, shredding and filing. The position will be at the Trinity office.
Heat is on for basketball tournaments
Dallas plays host to this year’s tourneys, but Kansas City, Oklahoma City also are appealing
March 6, 2006
Downtown Dallas will be buzzing with college basketball fervor this week as the Big 12 Conference men’s and women’s tournaments make their third appearance in the city.
NFL delays free agency yet again
Cuts still coming, but more time is given in salary-cap fiasco
March 6, 2006
NFL labor negotiations took yet another surprising turn late Sunday when the league and union agreed to postpone free agency another 72 hours, giving the sides more time to try to reach agreement on an extension to their contract.
Wells wants to stay in Boston
Red Sox southpaw likely done after this season
March 6, 2006
Boston Red Sox left-hander David Wells rescinded his trade request and said Sunday there was a “99.9 percent” chance he would retire after the upcoming season, his 19th in the majors and second with Boston.
More women getting into ice climbing
Numbers hard to come by, but participation could be up tenfold
March 6, 2006
There already has been a woman in space, female chief executive, senator, race-car driver - not much opportunity for firsts as a woman these days.
Hiring both candidate, spouse not uncommon
March 6, 2006
Higher education can be a family affair. When Kansas University recently revealed its picks for two of several top administrative openings, the university also announced it would put their spouses on the payroll.
Shelter seeks permit extension
Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at www.lawrenceks.org
March 6, 2006
City commissioners will consider extending a use permitted upon review for the Lawrence Community Shelter, 944 Ky.
Pakistanis flee unrest along volatile border
March 6, 2006
Hundreds of people lugging bags and bundles of clothes fled a remote town after pro-Taliban tribesmen and foreign militants battled security forces in northwestern Pakistan, leaving at least 53 people dead in the worst clashes in the lawless region in two years.
School TV memorable for ads, not news
March 6, 2006
Students remember more of the advertising than they do the news stories shown on Channel One, the daily public affairs program shown in 12,000 U.S. schools, a study has found.
Crash’ pulls off Oscar upset for best picture
March 6, 2006
“Crash” pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Academy Awards history, winning best picture Sunday over the front-runner “Brokeback Mountain.”
New rules bring tighter chains for tiger owners
March 6, 2006
William Pottorff cringes when he hears about messages posted on the Internet by people wanting to buy big cats such as tigers, lions and leopards.
American Indian artist preserves link to past
Honing a political message
March 6, 2006
An e-mail popped up on Ryan Red Corn’s computer Tuesday afternoon. The subject line read: “You Die.”
Keegan: And the envelope please :
March 6, 2006
A quick prediction as to what will win best picture at next year’s Academy Awards, before getting back to the entertainment form that dominates the rest of March: college basketball.
Bottom of order powers KU to baseball sweep
March 6, 2006
The youngest members of the Kansas University baseball squad heeded to the words of coach Ritch Price in their final two games of KU’s series with Western Illinois on Sunday.
Power plant fire brings dramatic rescue
March 6, 2006
Maryland state troopers Alex Kelly and Larry Levasseur never had to pull off a rescue like this before.
Review: Charming cast saves flawed ‘Red Herring’
March 6, 2006
There are a lot of reasons to love Lawrence Community Theatre.
Pacers just nip 76ers
Devastating’ play dooms Philadelphia
March 6, 2006
Stephen Jackson atoned for a bunch of misses with one clutch play.
KU’s Baty hobbled, but on mend
March 6, 2006
Matt Baty still walks gingerly from place to place, and even that’s more than the doctors want him to do.
Pulse calendar
March 6, 2006
Delayed response to disaster irks Lawrence native
March 6, 2006
Lance Hill grew up in Lawrence but for a long time has lived in New Orleans.
Group discusses solutions for possible oil crisis
March 6, 2006
A Lawrence group took a look toward the future Sunday. And it was a bleak one.
Volunteer dream teams to help design better communities
Lawrence among cities to receive help solving a ‘nagging problem’
March 6, 2006
The ghosts of industry haunt downtown Hagerstown.
Puckett hospitalized after stroke
March 6, 2006
Kirby Puckett’s stroke left the Minnesota Twins shaken.
Tech tennis clips Kansas
March 6, 2006
Already, the Kansas University women’s tennis team is finding a home in its new dome.
KU softball tops Tulsa, wins title
March 6, 2006
Serena Settlemier struck out six and surrendered three earned runs over 62â3 innings and helped her cause with two hits, two runs and two RBIs as Kansas University beat Tulsa, 6-3, Sunday at the Best Western Airport Festival.
House hunters clicking online
Web sites offer price listings, neighborhood evaluations
March 6, 2006
Years ago, Molly Bolanos looked for a home the old-fashioned way: She spent hours driving around in her real estate agent’s car, hoping for the best and girding for the worst.
Study: Childhood obesity a rising global concern
March 6, 2006
The number of overweight children worldwide will increase significantly by the end of the decade, and scientists expect profound impacts on everything from public health care to economies, a study published today said.
Picketers a no-show at soldier’s funeral
Church member says group can challenge protest law without attending memorial
March 6, 2006
An anti-gay group that often protests at the funerals of slain U.S. soldiers did not show up for Saturday’s funeral of a southwest Missouri man.
De Soto prepares to tackle western growth
Areas west of Sunflower Road, north of Sunflower plant will be studied
March 6, 2006
Although Janet Stevenson has heard the right things so far concerning the city of De Soto’s planning for western growth, she remains concerned.
Elite universities turn to community colleges to enrich student base
March 6, 2006
The signs are everywhere, from the BMWs parked on campus, to the students’ designer cell phones, to the number of families paying full price even as tuition and fees climb past $40,000. The most prestigious colleges are overwhelmingly attended by the wealthy.
Cheating on income taxes becomes bigger taboo
March 6, 2006
If you knew your neighbors had cheated on their taxes, should you turn them in? More than 3 out of 5 people surveyed by the IRS Oversight Board said you should.
ABC misses the point of ‘Miracle’
March 6, 2006
The new series “Miracle Workers” (9 p.m., ABC) enters the “Extreme Makeover” sweepstakes, with plenty of stories to tug the heartstrings with the use of cutting-edge medical procedures.
Stars shine at Oscars
March 6, 2006
Keira Knightley proved to be fashion royalty at the Academy Awards. She wore a wine-colored, one-shoulder gown by Vera Wang that hit the right balance between youthful funkiness and movie-star glamour.
Commentary: Iverson snubbed for Kobe
March 6, 2006
You applaud when you see the names LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. You say “about time” when you see a shooter such as Michael Redd on the list.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 6, 2006
¢ Spending limit poll ¢ School finance priorities ¢ Immigrant tuition tightrope ¢ Quote of the week ¢ Things to watch
UT locks top seed; KU No. 2
March 6, 2006
Texas’ runaway victory over Oklahoma on Sunday assured the Longhorns a tie for the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball title.
Keegan’s report: college basketball
March 6, 2006
J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene.
Headquarters fundraiser and party set for Friday
March 6, 2006
Headquarters Counseling Center will play host to a fundraiser with the band Sellout at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Granada, 1020 Mass.
When the emperor has not clothes, it may be time for impeachment
March 6, 2006
These are troubling times for all of us who love this country, as surely we all do, even the satirists. You may poke fun at your mother, but if she is belittled by others it burns your bacon. A blowhard French journalist writes a book about America that is full of arrogant stupidity, and you want to let the air out of him and mail him home flat. You hear young people talk about America as if it’s all over, and you trust that this is only them talking tough. And then you read the paper and realize the country is led by a man who isn’t paying attention, and you hope that somebody will poke him. Or put a sign on his desk that says, “Try Much Harder.”
Separation only choice for Israel, Palestinians
March 6, 2006
Backlash to democratic change is on the march in the Middle East one year after freedom seemed to be surging ahead there. This cyclical flow and ebb of forces should be the cause of adjustment in the West, not of despair or of abandoning the push for democratic reform in the region.
K.C. conditionally lands Super Bowl XLIX
March 6, 2006
If voters approve a tax to renovate the Truman Sports Complex and build a rolling roof, Kansas City will play host to the Super Bowl in 2015.
Wacky year comes to end
Snyder saga, Sutton among highlights
March 6, 2006
No. 6 Texas cruised past No. 19 Oklahoma late Sunday afternoon, and a zany, wacky and sad Big 12 Conference regular season finally came to a close.
Price of building a new home may not increase as expected
March 6, 2006
Hurricane Katrina isn’t wreaking havoc with the pocketbooks of people wanting to build a new home as much as once was feared.
Horoscopes
March 6, 2006