Archive for Wednesday, March 8, 2006

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A look back at Wildgen’s term as city manager
March 8, 2006
With this news, more than thirty years of civil service comes to an end for City Manager Mike Wildgen.
Lawrence city manager resigns under pressure
March 8, 2006
After months of criticism over City Hall’s failure to anticipate the extent of Lawrence’s growth, longtime City Manager Mike Wildgen this morning submitted his resignation.
Areas east of Lawrence under tornado watch
Chance for passing showers on Thursday
08:29 a.m., March 8, 2006 Updated 04:20 p.m.
Areas just east of Lawrence are remaining under a tornado watch through early evening, said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist. “They canceled it for Douglas County,” Sayers said.
Celtic favorite to perform in Baldwin
March 8, 2006
Joanie Madden is spending time on tour editing a new DVD and coming up with ideas for a new album.
DeLay wins four-way battle for GOP nomination in Texas primary
March 8, 2006
Rep. Tom DeLay won the GOP nomination to the House on Tuesday, beating three challengers in his first election since he was indicted and forced to step aside as majority leader.
Gordon Parks dies at age 93
Kansas native was acclaimed filmmaker, photographer
March 8, 2006
Gordon Parks, who captured the struggles and triumphs of black America as a photographer for Life magazine and then became Hollywood’s first major black director with “The Learning Tree” and the hit “Shaft,” died Tuesday, a family member said. He was 93.
Proposal to legalize spy program advances
March 8, 2006
Support was building among Republicans and the White House on Tuesday for a proposal from several moderate senators that would give President Bush’s controversial surveillance program the force of law, more than four years after he secretly initiated the program.
U.S. hostage not among 3 on tape
March 8, 2006
The American among four Christian Peacemakers activists kidnapped last year in Iraq was absent from a videotape broadcast Tuesday of the exhausted-looking men purportedly appealing to their governments to secure their release.
Drug agents ready to take on Afghan poppy farmers
March 8, 2006
Springtime is on the way and already hundreds of farmers are tending pale green shoots of Afghanistan’s chief crop and economic mainstay: opium poppies.
KU softball eager for home opener
March 8, 2006
Rain, rain stay away. Kansas University’s softball team wants to open at home today.
Costly lessons
Efforts to examine what went wrong in the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina should focus not on placing blame but on determining how to respond better to future disasters.
March 8, 2006
It’s fun for politicians and the public to play “pin the tail on the donkey” when it comes to taking responsibility. Finger-pointing and trying to blame someone else for poor performance is one of the most popular activities in politics.
Pierce hits game-winning shot
Buzzer-beater in overtime lifts Celtics past Wizards
March 8, 2006
Paul Pierce knew he was going to take the last shot.
Hornets to play game in New Orleans tonight
March 8, 2006
Tom Warren knows that, compared to the lives and property Hurricane Katrina destroyed, a professional sports team is a small loss. Still, having the big leagues back in town tonight seems important.
Howell pitches K.C. to 9-3 win
Lefty makes bid for spot in rotation; ‘nightmare’ eighth carries Royals to rout
March 8, 2006
Left-hander J.P. Howell, trying to earn a spot in Kansas City’s rotation, gave up one hit and struck out four in three scoreless innings in the Royals’ 9-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday.
Haskell softball drops pair
March 8, 2006
Between the fourth and fifth innings in the second game of Haskell’s home doubleheader against Bethany College on Tuesday, Haskell coach Gary Turner walked to the scorer’s table and asked the official scorer the number of errors his team had made in the two games.
More taxes
March 8, 2006
To the editor: Yet again, commissioners talk about needing money to clean up the K-10 industrial area, plus other “essential” projects.
County to mull liquor sales
Rural stores would get Sunday option
March 8, 2006
Rural retailers would be able to seek permission to sell packaged beer and liquor on Sundays, under a resolution up for approval tonight by Douglas County commissioners.
Russia appears to remain united with U.S. on Iran nuclear issue
March 8, 2006
Russia appeared Tuesday to close ranks with the United States and Europe over Iran’s nuclear program, after briefly promoting a plan that would have allowed Iran to conduct small-scale uranium enrichment research, which the Bush administration strongly opposes.
Friendly move?
March 8, 2006
To the editor: I want to commend Les Hannon (Take a Stand, Feb. 23) for his clear and decisive explanation for why the 32nd Street alignment is the only reasonable choice for building the South Lawrence Trafficway.
Medical examiner says Taser not responsible for K.C. death
March 8, 2006
An autopsy performed on a man who died in police custody showed the death was not a result of the stun gun authorities used to apprehend him, according to the Jackson County medical examiner.
Harmon-Thomas breaks national records
March 8, 2006
Nine-year-old Alexa Harmon-Thomas won six National Championships and set five national records in track and field.
Thieves rob plane of currency shipment
March 8, 2006
Masked gunmen crashed through an airport fence Tuesday, held up luggage handlers unloading crates of foreign currency from an airliner, and left behind a suspicious package that looked like a bomb, police said.
Expert on blood evidence gives seminar to officers
March 8, 2006
Blood is flying in all directions this week at the Lawrence Police Department’s west-side station.
Commissioner to lead Leadership Lawrence
March 8, 2006
Sue Hack is the new director of Leadership Lawrence, a leadership and community-building program run by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Local teams successful at MAYB tournament
March 8, 2006
Lawrence Athletics hosted a MAYB tournament this past weekend in Lawrence. Games were played at three venues around Lawrence: Langston Hughes, West Junior High and South Junior High, on Saturday and Sunday. The Lawrence teams fared well having three teams finish in the top three of their age divison.
Man convicted for role in love-triangle crime
March 8, 2006
A jury on Tuesday convicted a Lawrence man of having a role in a shooting incident last September between two of his girlfriends.
Town endorses move to impeach Bush
March 8, 2006
Vermont voters in the town of Newfane gathered Tuesday to conduct their community’s business - and to call for the impeachment of President Bush.
Financial meeting kills N. Korean nuclear talks
March 8, 2006
North Korea reiterated its pledge not to return to nuclear disarmament talks after a meeting with U.S. officials about the communist regime’s alleged illicit financial activity.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 8, 2006
Highlights of Tuesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature,
University ranks 12th for scholar enrollment
March 8, 2006
Kansas University ranks 12th among American public universities for the number of freshman National Merit scholars enrolled in 2005, the university announced Tuesday.
Educational event
March 8, 2006
To the editor: On Friday night, March 3, we had the good fortune of experiencing education at its best.
Not much new
March 8, 2006
To the editor: My son and two of my grandchildren visited the Watkins Museum of History.
Technical problems may postpone shuttle launch
March 8, 2006
Space shuttle Discovery has a fuel tank sensor that isn’t working properly and a dent in a robotic arm, potentially delaying its planned launch in May.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
March 8, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 8, 1906: “Oliver Smith, a drunk butcher, must stand trial on a charge of murder for killing Thomas Bair in a North Topeka saloon last night. A quarrel broke out of a two-dollar pot in a poker game. Nothing good happens in joints and this is another fearful result of Topeka’s wide open policies. : Lawrence is now practically the headquarters of the entire First Regiment of the Kansas National Guard in all departments.”
Warm winter chills rise in heating bills
March 8, 2006
The average U.S. household is expected to pay $892 to heat the house this winter season, up $107, or 13.6 percent, from last year, but $152 less than projected at the beginning of the winter, the Energy Department said Tuesday.
Thousands protest raids on media outlets
March 8, 2006
Thousands of opposition supporters and human rights advocates demonstrated Tuesday in Nairobi to protest against last week’s police raids on Kenya’s oldest newspaper and its sister television station.
Aquila posts losses for quarter, year
March 8, 2006
Aquila Inc. said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter loss deepened due to impairment charges for two Illinois power plants the company is selling.
Private school offers education to a Peyton
March 8, 2006
Available: Free education … if you’re a Peyton.
Commission considers rental rate increase
March 8, 2006
Douglas County commissioners are expected to vote tonight on proposed rental rates at the fairgrounds, 21st and Harper streets.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
March 8, 2006
The latest figures showed the highest February building permit total in Lawrence history. The total of $659, 608 topped the previous high of $450,150 for February of 1956. The big item was $204, 720 for the Wickes Lumber Co. site in North Lawrence.
Sewer meeting canceled
March 8, 2006
A joint meeting scheduled for this morning to discuss locations for a new $76 million sewer plant has been canceled.
Court shows impatience with law faculty
March 8, 2006
The institutional vanity and intellectual slovenliness of America’s campus-based intelligentsia have made academia more peripheral to civic life than at any time since the 19th century. On Monday, its place at the periphery was underscored as the Supreme Court unanimously gave short shrift to some law professors who insisted that their First Amendment rights to free speech and association were violated by the law requiring that military recruiters be allowed to speak to the professors’ students if the professors’ schools receive federal money.
Armbands help teach Rockets, Suns defense
March 8, 2006
Defense was the name of the game and in the Salvation Army Basketball League they’ve initiated an easy way to teach the skill. Players on opposing team wear matching armbands, so that they always know who they’re supposed to be guarding and then switch the armbands during substitutions. The method was in practice Friday in a game between the Rockets and Suns at the Salvation Army. Rocket coach Richard Herries said he likes the armband method because it makes the game run more smoothly.
Sprint Nextel affirms outlook for 2006
March 8, 2006
Sprint Nextel Corp. on Tuesday reiterated its financial guidance for 2006, saying it would outperform its competitors through the strength of its wireless business.
City manager evaluation to continue today
March 8, 2006
City commissioners will continue their evaluation of City Manager Mike Wildgen at a 10:30 a.m. closed-door executive session today at City Hall.
Lady Hoosiers narrowly defeat Ballers
March 8, 2006
Sitting in a packed gym, the junior high Lady Hoosiers’ reserves kept a watchful eye on their opponent from their bench at Langston Hughes as the Hoosiers hammered up and down the boards. The girls on the Ballers bench, just a few feet away, shot to their feet as they watched the game stay close point-for-point Saturday. But a final push by the Lady Hoosiers helped them to a 19-17 victory.
Kennedy defeats defending champ Woodlawn for tourney title
March 8, 2006
The competition was fierce and the games were close. Each team in the Boys and Girls Club Tournament wanted the championship trophy, and they wanted it bad. Defending champions Woodlawn Elementary wanted to repeat, while Boys and Girls Club Main Site and Kennedy Elementary battled for the right to take away their crown. All of these games were packed into one full day of basketball Saturday at Southwest Junior High.
Blue’s practice proves true in win over White
Unselfish offense, solid defense demonstrated in back-and-forth match
March 8, 2006
The young Rec girls’ White and Blue Futsal teams used Saturday to increase their playing skills. By the game’s end the Blue team’s techniques led to a 4-2 victory. Blue team head coaches Kevin Burenheide and Brian Blagg said their team has been pounding the court hard to improve its performance.
Warner signs CFL contract
March 8, 2006
Ron Warner, a former Kansas University pass-rushing standout, has signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
Lecompton offers kindergarten orientation
March 8, 2006
Parents whose children will begin kindergarten in August are invited to a meeting at Lecompton Elementary School.
Season-ending tourney a fun finale, fundraiser
March 8, 2006
The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence and the Lawrence After School Program combined forces to host the fourth annual Boys and Girls Club Basketball Tournament Saturday morning at Southwest Junior High. Seven teams competed in the tournament, which is the culmination of a regular season of tough competition between teams from all over Lawrence.
Daily ticker
March 8, 2006
Much at stake in book case
March 8, 2006
Last week, a trial began in London that has all the makings of an international event. Two historians, Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, commenced their lawsuit against Dan Brown, the author, and Random House, publisher of Brown’s international bestseller, “The Da Vinci Code.”
Correction
March 8, 2006
A story in Tuesday’s Journal-World on a new breast-feeding law said last year the legislation was amended to require that women “discreetly” breast-feed. That word was removed from the version of the bill approved this year by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Commentary: NFL’s labor dispute hard to believe
March 8, 2006
Labor disputes in professional sports are seldom understandable - they’re akin to two fat guys fighting over the last piece of pizza - but the NFL’s current squabble is particularly appalling.
Black. White.’ swaps racial identities
March 8, 2006
In the new reality/documentary series “Black. White.” (9 p.m., FX), two families, one white and one black, submit to extensive special effects to pass as members of another race. The families share a single house and help each other understand the experience.
On the record
March 8, 2006
A call to action on Darfur
March 8, 2006
Can an individual do anything to stop a genocide?
Dana Reeve dies of lung cancer at 44
March 8, 2006
Dana Reeve, the singer-actress who married the strapping star of the “Superman” movies and then devoted herself to his care and his cause after he was paralyzed, has died of lung cancer, a year and a half after her husband. She was 44.
Ex-Enron CFO takes stand against former bosses
March 8, 2006
Financial whiz Andrew Fastow took the stand in the Enron Corp. trial Tuesday and for the first time publicly detailed how he helped inflate the company’s profits and hide losses, with the blessing of his then-boss Jeffrey Skilling.
Gulf governors seek more hurricane relief
March 8, 2006
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican who holds George W. Bush’s former job, told Congress on Tuesday the federal government has turned its back on the Lone Star State. He demanded an additional $2 billion to repair damage and other hurricane-related costs in Texas.
Israel threatens Hamas leaders
March 8, 2006
Israel’s defense minister warned Tuesday the incoming Hamas prime minister would be assassinated if the Islamic militant group resumes attacks, but the acting Israeli premier also pledged a drastic cut in spending on Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Book details Bonds’ steroid use
Report: Slugger used drugs starting in 1998; Giants mum
March 8, 2006
Barry Bonds’ alleged steroid use is the story of spring training again, no matter how hard he and the San Francisco Giants try to avoid it and keep the focus on his chase of the home-run record.
Congress renews altered Patriot Act
March 8, 2006
The House renewed the USA Patriot Act in a cliffhanger vote Tuesday night, extending a centerpiece of the war on terrorism at President Bush’s urging after months of political combat over the balance between privacy rights and the pursuit of potential terrorists.
Homeless shelter granted one-year use permit
City Commissioners deny request for five-year extension, call for annual review of Lawrence Community Shelter
March 8, 2006
One year at a time. That’s how city commissioners want to approach dealing with a downtown homeless shelter that has been criticized by neighbors as being unresponsive to complaints that clients frequently trespass, loiter or cause problems in the neighborhood.
Firebirds hoping to end city drought
Sixth-seeded Free State confident entering matchup with No. 3 Wichita South
March 8, 2006
Zero for 35. Since the day in the fall of 1997 when Lawrence High watched half its student population move across town to form Free State High, 35 city basketball teams - boys and girls - have opened their seasons with the hope that a state tournament victory might find its way to their resumes.
Hornets, Rattlesnakes show off new skill
March 8, 2006
The Lawrence Parks and Rec Kindergarten Futsal league offers young players the chance to learn the basic skills of the game through a fun and exciting environment. The Rattlesnakes and Hornets worked to do just that on Saturday at Holcom Park Center.
Illegal immigrants now 5 percent of workforce
March 8, 2006
The number of illegal immigrants in the United States has grown to as many as 12 million, and they now account for about one in every 20 workers, a new estimate says.
Delinquency rates on farm loans drop
March 8, 2006
Bolstered by high cattle prices and bountiful crops last season, the nation’s farmers have paid off farm loans at levels not seen in years, the Farm Service Agency said Tuesday.
Shift to convenience food not all that bad
March 8, 2006
Every so often I find myself reflecting on how things used to be or how things have changed since I was younger. These are thoughts I swore I would never have, much less describe aloud. But then I got older and, well, things changed.
March Madness driving desire to score HDTV?
Here’s a shopping guide for getting best deal
March 8, 2006
Have you been wanting to buy an HDTV, but are waiting for prices to settle before you move? That’s understandable. Price erosion has defined the high-definition TV market for some time now and is projected to continue, especially for the biggest, costliest sets.
Nebraska rallies past CU; ISU, Tech win
March 8, 2006
Chelsea Aubry and Kiera Hardy hit consecutive three-pointers to put Nebraska ahead to stay, and the Cornhuskers beat Colorado, 67-59, Tuesday night in the first round of the Big 12 women’s basketball tournament.
Self lands another honor
KU coach, freshman Rush pick up district awards
March 8, 2006
Kansas University’s Bill Self, who was named Big 12 Conference coach of the year Monday by his peers - the league coaches - Tuesday was tapped District VI coach of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Assn.
Media voters label Rush second-teamer
March 8, 2006
Kansas University freshman Brandon Rush, named first-team all-Big 12 Conference by the league coaches Monday, was named second-team all-conference by the Associated Press on Tuesday.
Puckett tearfully recalled
Around game, fans, players mourn
March 8, 2006
In the middle of a steadily growing memorial to Kirby Puckett, outside the Metrodome and right alongside a street named for the beloved Hall of Famer, one cardboard sign stood out.
U.S. rolls in Classic opener
Proud’ Americans throw four-hitter in 2-0 victory over Mexico
March 8, 2006
One after another, the American pitchers were untouchable. A pair of big blows provided all the help they needed.
Murderer-husband plans prison wedding to witness
Martin K. Miller met new wife through church
March 8, 2006
A Lawrence man in prison for murdering his wife is getting married again. The bride was a witness at his murder trial.
Suzuki glad he spoke up
March 8, 2006
Ichiro Suzuki arrived at Mariners camp Tuesday to practice with Team Japan and acknowledged he aired complaints about the team’s direction to manager Mike Hargrove after last season.
Duncan’s demands pay off for Firebirds
Free State coach finds his niche while guiding girls basketball squad to Class 6A state tournament
March 8, 2006
No one is going to confuse Free State High girls basketball coach Bryan Duncan with the infamous Bob Knight.
Salon fundraiser to help cut through cancer costs
Hairstyling community to raise money to help shop owner pay growing stack of medical bills
March 8, 2006
For the last month or so, things haven’t been the same at Statements Hair Salon.
Fish food
Meatless Fridays don’t have to be such a sacrifice
March 8, 2006
Yvonne Smith wasn’t always a fish eater. It wasn’t until a few years ago that she realized she could cook fish in ways that she actually liked it.
Speaker: Saddam wanted hundreds of bombs
Former head of Iraq’s nuclear development recalls rise and fall of country’s program
March 8, 2006
Mahdi Obeidi was nervous about going to see Saddam Hussein.
J-W wins awards in state contest
March 8, 2006
The Lawrence Journal-World won 21 first-place awards in the annual Awards of Excellence competition sponsored by the Kansas Press Assn.
Keegan: Bonds didn’t need to juice
March 8, 2006
Covering the Dodgers, I was in Pittsburgh for the major-league debut of Barry Bonds on May 30, 1986. He had an awful day. A check of the records shows Bonds went 0-for-5, with three strikeouts and a walk in the extra-inning ballgame.
Test your nutritional savvy
March 8, 2006
During National Nutrition Month 2006, take this “Step Up to Nutrition & Health” quiz to test your nutrition knowledge.
Lawmakers gamble with casino bill
March 8, 2006
In a high-stakes gamble, Senate leaders dealt a new casino bill Tuesday but were unsure whether it would be a winner.
Show to feature dishes of India
March 8, 2006
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Aromatic Dishes of India.”
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 8, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.26 at several locations across Lawrence.
Immigrant tuition law survives challenge
March 8, 2006
An attempt to repeal a law giving undocumented students a tuition break failed Tuesday, but the issue rages on.
Local stars haunt KU
Area talent lead KSU past Kansas in tourney
March 8, 2006
The local talent dots Kansas State’s women’s basketball roster, like it consistently has in recent years.
KU economics professor nurtures golden legacy
50 years of ‘performing’ build fan club
March 8, 2006
Those Kansas University students are just wild about Harry.
Kansans honored for efforts to fight methamphetamine
March 8, 2006
The White House deputy drug czar honored four Kansans on Tuesday for their efforts in the fight against methamphetamine.
Hornets maintain undefeated status with victory over Clippers
March 8, 2006
The third- and fourth-grade Salvation Army Hornets basketball team seems to be the team to beat this season. Despite participation in a sport that demands practice and perfection in exchange for improvement, the Hornets have shaped themselves up into a formidable team going undefeated, 5-0, in just four short weeks.
Horoscopes
March 8, 2006
For Wednesday, March 8.
U.S. troop drawdown in Iraq a precarious balancing act
March 8, 2006
Gen. John Abizaid and his aides huddled around tables on his personal aircraft to discuss one of America’s pressing domestic issues: whether to bring some U.S. troops home from Iraq this summer.
Jayhawks hold out hope for WNIT berth
March 8, 2006
Kansas University senior Crystal Kemp doesn’t know if she’ll play another game in a Jayhawk jersey, but she definitely wants one last opportunity.
People in the news
March 8, 2006
¢ Daddy’s little girl ¢ Woodruff making progress ¢ They’ll always have Paris
Blue Devils defeat Hoosiers in consolation bracket of Hoopster tourney
March 8, 2006
The Hoopster junior high Hoosiers and Blue Devils brought their game, tossed in some energy, fired it up and played an intense game Saturday at Langston Hughes Elementary. The Blue Devils buried the Hoosiers, 32-16, but despite the lopsided score the Hoosiers kept up the energy and challenged the Blue Devils until the final whistle.
Bomb attacks in India kill at least 15 in holy city
March 8, 2006
Bomb blasts in a crowded Hindu temple and a railway station left at least 15 people dead and dozens seriously wounded Tuesday in the holy city of Varanasi, government officials said.
NFL owners discuss union proposal
Labor deal remains elusive; meetings to resume today
March 8, 2006
The NFL still was without labor peace after team owners met for most of Tuesday without reaching any agreements.
Lawrence datebook
March 8, 2006