Archive for Thursday, March 9, 2006

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Nebraska gets revenge over MU
March 9, 2006
Jamel White made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:15 left and followed that with a key rebound, lifting Nebraska to a 71-64 victory over Missouri in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.
Oklahoma State starts title defense
Cowboys get second shot at Jayhawks
March 9, 2006
Torre Johnson followed a surprising scoring surge early with two rim-rocking baskets late in the second half and JamesOn Curry nailed a key shot with 1:40 left, helping Oklahoma State beat Iowa State 79-70 in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.
Colorado keeps NCAA hopes alive
March 9, 2006
Colorado came to the Big 12 tournament focused on making sure an NCAA berth wasn’t left to chance. The Buffaloes want to win and make it automatic. They almost didn’t make it out of the first round Thursday against 12th-seeded Baylor.
Appreciation of Literature documentaries
March 9, 2006
Lawrence High School’s Appreciation of Literature class has made three short documentaries on student’s views.
Texas Tech moves on
KSU loss likely means Wooldridge is done
March 9, 2006
Bob Knight managed to salvage at least one milestone from the worst season since his West Point days. Despite poor shooting by scoring star Jarrius Jackson, Texas Tech beat Kansas State 73-65 Thursday in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.
Wooldridge let go by Wildcats
Coach compiled a 83-90 record in six seasons
March 9, 2006
Kansas State fired basketball coach Jim Wooldridge on Thursday shortly after the Wildcats’ season ended with a loss in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. Athletic director Tim Weiser said Wooldridge needed to get the team into the NCAA Tournament in order to keep his job. By finishing 15-13 following a 73-65 loss to Texas Tech, that wasn’t going to happen, so he was let go.
Senate confirmation of judges fails
March 9, 2006
A proposed constitutional amendment that would require Senate confirmation of Kansas Supreme Court justices failed to get the necessary two-thirds support in the Senate today. The measure received 22 votes for and 17 votes against, but because it was a proposed amendment, it needed 27 votes to advance.
Chat with Marion Johnson, Douglas County appraiser
March 9, 2006
Douglas County Appraiser Johnson discusses property valuations and home pricing.
KU students hear tenant horror stories from Kansas Legislature
March 9, 2006
Kansas University students on Thursday went to the Legislature seeking relief from what they said were unscrupulous landlords.
Kline announces probe of not-for-profit hospitals
March 9, 2006
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline today announced his office was investigating billing and collection practices of the state’s not-for-profit hospitals.
Chance for passing showers today
Temperatures to climb into 50s
08:22 a.m., March 9, 2006 Updated 12:18 p.m.
Lawrence got a few sprinkles this morning before 6 a.m. and again about noon. And the city could still get some more wet weather throughout the day, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “A passing shower will be possible into the afternoon,” Schack said. “We’ve had the clouds around throughout the morning and we have not seen any sunshine.”
American Indian professors to gather at Haskell
March 9, 2006
American Indian professors from across the United States will be in Lawrence late this afternoon for “Reservations Without Borders: Indigenizing the New World Order,” a national conference co-sponsored by Haskell Indian Nations University and Kansas University’s Center for Indigenous Nations Studies.
Lecompton City Council lacks candidates
March 9, 2006
Lecompton is gearing up for a city election next month, but only two candidates have filed to fill three positions on the City Council.
Lawrence residents awarded fellowships
March 9, 2006
The Kansas Arts Commission has awarded fellowships to Lawrence residents for their work in poetry and fiction. The fellowships also are awarded in various disciplines, including 2-D visual art and 3-D visual art.
Man charged with exposing others to HIV
March 9, 2006
A 29-year-old Lawrence man charged with knowingly exposing a 20-year-old woman to HIV made his first court appearance Wednesday and had his next court date scheduled for Tuesday.
Cigarette sales hit 54-year low
March 9, 2006
Americans smoked fewer cigarettes last year than at any time since 1951, and the nation’s per capita consumption of tobacco fell to levels not seen since the early 1930s, the association of state attorneys general reported Wednesday.
Iran warns U.S. of ‘harm, pain’
March 9, 2006
Iran threatened the United States with “harm and pain” Wednesday if the U.S. tries to use the U.N. Security Council as a new and potent lever to punish Tehran for its suspect nuclear program.
Former Enron lawyer calls Fastow ‘greedy’
March 9, 2006
A lawyer for former Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling mounted a blistering attack Wednesday on the admitted architect of schemes that helped ruin the company, saying Andrew Fastow let his own wife go to prison because of his raging greed.
Pizza chain branching out
Wheat State to open shops in Emporia, Manhattan
March 9, 2006
Wheat State Pizza is expanding again - to Emporia next week and Manhattan by the end of the year.
Best solution
March 9, 2006
To the editor: Opponents of the 32nd Street alignment are free to disagree with Les Hannon’s opinion that the 32nd Street alignment would be in the best interests of the wetlands.
Commodities
March 9, 2006
Baylor’s Young sets mark in win
March 9, 2006
Sophia Young became the Big 12 Conference’s all-time leading scorer and nearly set a tournament single-game scoring record.
Not political
March 9, 2006
To the editor: I write to take issue with the tone and content of your March 4 editorial, “Oh, no!”, that disparaged a local effort to educate the community about the annual salamander migration at the Baker Wetlands.
Foot injury ‘frustrating,’ Sonics’ Collison admits
March 9, 2006
A day after an MRI found that he had a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot, a disappointed Seattle SuperSonics forward Nick Collison hobbled onto the court Tuesday afternoon at the Furtado Center to chat with the media, his left foot in a protective boot and crutches under his arms.
Psychotic stand
March 9, 2006
To the editor: Islamic radicals and the battered wife syndrome.
Ariz. troops sent to border on immigration patrol
March 9, 2006
Gov. Janet Napolitano on Wednesday ordered more National Guardsmen posted at the Mexican border to help stop illegal immigrants and curb related crimes.
Fossett takes aim at another aviation record
March 9, 2006
Adventurer Steve Fossett is setting his sights on another aviation record, and once again using Kansas as a launching pad.
102 priests suspected of abusing children
March 9, 2006
The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, rocked for a decade by sex scandals, on Wednesday made its biggest admission yet: 102 of its Dublin priests past and present, or 3.6 percent of the total, are suspected of abusing children.
Panel rewrites gun bill to mention churches
March 9, 2006
With supporters trying to build veto-proof support for a bill allowing Kansans to carry concealed guns, a House committee rewrote it Wednesday so hidden weapons still wouldn’t be allowed in libraries, churches and temples.
New crustacean found in S. Pacific
March 9, 2006
A team of American-led divers has discovered a new crustacean in the South Pacific that resembles a lobster and is covered with what looks like silky, blond fur, French researchers said Tuesday.
Housing task force members approved
March 9, 2006
City commissioners approved a list of mayoral appointments to the city’s new Housing Needs Task Force that will examine affordable housing issues. The appointments are Mayor Boog Highberger; Barbara Huppee, Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority; Carrie Lindsey, League of Women Voters; Dennis Constance, Kaw Valley Living Wage Alliance; Phil Struble, Landplan Engineering; Bill Yanek, Lawrence Association of Realtors; Bob Santee, Santee Denning Construction; Rebecca Buford, Tenants to Homeowners; Mary Grob, Douglas County Bank; Gwen Klingenberg, Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods; Lavern Squier, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
Drug operation leads to 27 indictments
March 9, 2006
Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration announced 27 indictments related to methamphetamine trafficking on Wednesday, the culmination of a seven-month investigation.
Prairie fire burns more than 10,000 acres
March 9, 2006
More than 10,000 acres of prairie burned Wednesday in Butler County before fire officials were able to bring the blaze under control, authorities said.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 9, 2006
Highlights of Wednesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Microsoft retools Web search engine
March 9, 2006
The Kansas Corporation Commission on Wednesday approved Sprint Nextel Corp.’s proposed spinoff of its local division to a separate company to be called Embarq.
On the record
March 9, 2006
Former Gov. Richards diagnosed with cancer
March 9, 2006
Former Gov. Ann Richards said Wednesday she has cancer of the esophagus and will undergo treatment at the world-renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Spring-clean your kitchen
March 9, 2006
Kitchen appliances have to keep running, no matter what the season, so spring is a good time to earmark a clean sweep.
Late layup seals Hoyas’ victory
March 9, 2006
Brandon Bowman couldn’t keep from breaking into a big smile.
TV ad campaign seeks journalist’s release
March 9, 2006
The Christian Science Monitor has launched a campaign on Iraqi television stations, hoping to win the release of reporter Jill Carroll who was kidnapped in Iraq two months ago.
Exxon Mobile to boost output
March 9, 2006
Exxon Mobil Corp. said Wednesday it will plow an extra $2 billion a year into oil and natural-gas drilling, refining and chemicals manufacturing in order to lift output by 25 percent by the end of the decade.
Tornado watch issued for first time this year
March 9, 2006
The threat of severe weather for the first time this year caused Douglas County and eastern Kansas to be placed under a tornado watch early Wednesday afternoon.
Traffic calming on list for funding
March 9, 2006
City commissioners agreed to add about $150,000 worth of traffic calming improvements on 13th Street between Connecticut Street and Haskell Avenue to a list of projects that need to be considered for funding.
North Slope oil spill could be largest ever
March 9, 2006
An oil spill in Alaska’s North Slope could end up being one of the region’s largest, officials said Wednesday as the cleanup continued.
City commission agrees to protect climate
March 9, 2006
City commissioners unanimously agreed Lawrence should become the 210th city in the country to sign the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement.
Police keep eye out for illegal skateboarding
March 9, 2006
It’s nearly spring, and the skateboarders are out in downtown Lawrence.
Rock Chalk Revue begins tonight
March 9, 2006
With last-minute rehearsals and walk-throughs wrapped up Wednesday night, the Rock Chalk Revue will hit the Lied Center stage at 7 tonight.
Craftsmanship of globes has remained consistent
March 9, 2006
Globes have been symbols of wealth and scientific knowledge since the 1500s, after Columbus had dared to sail the ocean without fearing he would fall off the edge of the Earth. Early European globes were wooden or metal balls covered with maps drawn on linen or vellum. Printed globes came later. It must have been a challenge to decide how to transform a flat map into a rounded globe. One of the earliest solutions was to put the map on a series of “gores” (paper or fabric shaped like long, pointed ovals) that were glued to a ball. By the 18th century, globes looked very much as they do today, except that much territory had not yet been explored and the shapes of land masses and lakes were often wrong. By 1887, Rand McNally had made its first printed globe.
County appraiser to chat online today
March 9, 2006
Have questions about property values going up or down in your neighborhood?
A tough job
Although city commissioners have determined it’s time for a change, City Manager Mike Wildgen deserves the community’s thanks for his service.
March 9, 2006
Being a city manager is a challenging job that becomes increasingly difficult the longer a person serves. There is no way to please everyone and, if a city manager is to exercise leadership and vision, he or she is bound to step on an increasing number of toes the longer he or she holds the position.
A positive tuition turnaround
March 9, 2006
Tuesday was a good day for Kansas. It started out a bit shaky when I read in the Journal-World that Rep. Ann Mah, whose district includes a portion of Douglas County, voted in favor of sending a measure to repeal in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants to the full House. She explained that she had polled her district and a majority want to repeal the law. Ms. Mah later voted in the full House not to repeal the tuition measure.
Daily ticker
March 9, 2006
March for Meals run slated for Saturday
March 9, 2006
The Douglas County Senior Center, 745 Vt., will have its fourth annual March for Meals 5K walk Saturday.
Toplikar: Computer software takes work out of office pools
Lining up picks for NCAA Tournament easier with technology
March 9, 2006
“Dad, I can go home. Come up and get me!” Julie’s voice on the phone sounded much better. She’d been at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for the last few days - after suffering from an unexpected lung collapse, she’s doing just fine now - and our thoughts were getting her back to the normal life of a college freshman.
27 die when church wall falls
March 9, 2006
At least 27 people were killed Wednesday when a brick wall of a church under construction collapsed on the congregation during an evening thunderstorm. At least 20 others were injured.
Commentary: Charlotte earned hall; it wasn’t a given
March 9, 2006
Told you so. Right from the start of the process by which NASCAR selected Charlotte, N.C., as the site for its hall of fame, I said the winning city would be the one that came up with the best deal.
Brotherly competition
Kurt and Kyle Busch balance respect with a healthy rivalry
March 9, 2006
Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch are not twins. There are differences between the sons of Tom Busch, who raised his boys in Las Vegas where they’ll race in Sunday’s UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.
House committee ties ports deal to war funding
March 9, 2006
In a biting rebuke to President Bush, a lopsided and bipartisan majority of a major House committee voted Wednesday to nullify portions of a deal that would hand operation of U.S. port facilities to a Dubai company.
Teri Hatcher reveals sex abuse by uncle
March 9, 2006
Terrified that a child molester might escape punishment for driving a young girl to suicide, “Desperate Housewives” star Teri Hatcher told cops the secret that tormented her for three decades: This monster had molested her, too.
Men’s rights group seeks child-support exemption
March 9, 2006
Contending that women have more options than they do in the event of an unintended pregnancy, men’s rights activists are mounting a long-shot legal campaign aimed at giving them the chance to opt out of financial responsibility for raising a child.
Tempest in a tea company’s report
Beverage study raises concerns on nutrition values, marketing
March 9, 2006
Some prominent nutrition experts put out new guidelines Wednesday urging Americans to cut back on calorie-rich sodas while allowing more leeway for alcohol and lots of room for tea and coffee - up to 40 ounces a day.
Idol’ judges need to grow up
March 9, 2006
Four more contestants get the boot on tonight’s “American Idol” (7 p.m., Fox). As of this early date, Elliot Yamin and Chris Daughtry appear to be the male singers to beat. Female teens Paris Bennett and Lisa Tucker have talent to spare, but Kellie Pickler’s incandescent smile and plucky resilience in the face of a difficult life story cannot be underestimated.
Gunmen dressed as commandos abduct 50 security workers
March 9, 2006
Gunmen wearing commando uniforms of the Shiite-dominated Interior Ministry on Wednesday stormed an Iraqi security company that relied heavily on Sunni ex-military men from the Saddam regime, spiriting away 50 hostages. The ministry denied involvement and called the operation a “terrorist act.”
Senate panel begins work on immigration overhaul bill
March 9, 2006
The Senate Judiciary Committee, starting work on a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, voted Wednesday to toughen diplomatic pressure on countries that refuse to take back criminals convicted of crimes in the United States.
Bush gets close-up look at devastation
March 9, 2006
Six months after Hurricane Katrina, President Bush got a close-up look Wednesday at the mountains of debris, the abandoned homes and the boarded-up businesses that are shocking reminders of the “pain and agony” New Orleans endures still.
Planned U.N. deployment brings protests in Sudan
March 9, 2006
Tens of thousands of Sudanese marched through Khartoum on Wednesday, protesting plans to deploy U.N. peacekeepers in conflict-torn Darfur and demanding the expulsion of the top U.N. and U.S. envoys in the country.
S. Dakota dumps search for common ground
March 9, 2006
Two months ago, when all eyes were on Samuel Alito’s confirmation hearings, I traveled 1,300 miles west to Sioux Falls, S.D.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 9, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.24 at several locations across Lawrence.
New CDs can trap investors
March 9, 2006
When the North American Securities Administrators Assn. announced its top investor traps to watch out for in 2006, there were the usual suspects.
Organizations oppose rental fee increase at county fairgrounds
March 9, 2006
Representatives of organizations that frequently use the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds spoke out against increased rental fees Wednesday night during the Douglas County Commission meeting.
Wildgen accomplished much in office
March 9, 2006
Mike Wildgen, 58, began working for the City of Lawrence in 1974 following two years in the city manager’s office in Olathe and two years in the city development department in Kansas City, Mo.
Commentary: O’Neil injustice must be rectified
March 9, 2006
Being a bad guy can keep you out of the Hall of Fame (ask Pete Rose), but being a really great guy won’t get you in (ask Buck O’Neil).
Rogers had Democrats pegged
March 9, 2006
Will Rogers rides again. The Dust Bowl-era humorist, who once famously said, “I don’t belong to any organized party. I’m a Democrat,” would feel right at home in his party today.
Graduate students show off research
March 9, 2006
It was kind of a cerebral show-and-tell Wednesday in the Capitol as graduate students from Kansas University, Kansas State and Wichita State displayed a wide range of research projects.
Three college students arrested in Alabama church fires
March 9, 2006
Three college students, including two aspiring actors known around campus as pranksters, were arrested Wednesday in a string of nine church fires that spread fear across Alabama last month.
Season’s fate on the line for OSUISU
March 9, 2006
A day after legendary Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton said he might not be done coaching, Sutton’s son and OSU interim coach, Sean, said the Cowboys weren’t done playing, either.
Another award for tourney-focused Self
March 9, 2006
Another day, another coach-of-the-year honor for Kansas University’s Bill Self. On Monday, KU’s third-year coach was tapped Big 12 coach of the year by his peers. On Tuesday, he earned Region Six coach-of-the-year plaudits. It’s all in recognition of 22-7 KU’s comeback from a 3-4 start with a team that starts three freshmen and two sophomores.
Homers plentiful for KU
March 9, 2006
After his first home run of the season during Kansas University’s 10-1 victory Wednesday over Baker University, Ritchie Price got a message from a kid seated behind KU’s dugout at Hoglund Ballpark.
Show to reveal if KU intern is millionaire
March 9, 2006
Johnny Andris knows how well he did when he taped an appearance four months ago on the syndicated television show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”
Pierce records triple-double
Celtics standout bags 31 points, 12 boards, 10 assists
March 9, 2006
Paul Pierce’s seventh straight 30-point game showed he can do more than just score.
Baker names 1st woman president
March 9, 2006
Baker University on Wednesday named the 28th president in school history: Patricia Long, the acting executive vice chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Tittrington: FSHS got peek at future
March 9, 2006
The present didn’t provide much fodder for the Free State High girls basketball team Wednesday night.
Haskell looking for endowment leader
March 9, 2006
Unlike most colleges, Haskell Indian Nations University does not have an active endowment association.
People in the news
March 9, 2006
¢ Boy George to revisit rehab ¢ Give peace a kiss ¢ No animal testing ¢ Paisley tops in nominations for country music awards
Replay changes up in air
Coach’s challenges being considered
March 9, 2006
As with any new setup, the Big 12 Conference’s football instant-replay system is being closely examined for potential changes.
Compiling quilt no small feat
Quilters collect 41 autographs of KU basketball athletes, coaches for Social Service League auction
March 9, 2006
It’s an odd match - Jayhawk basketball, quilters and shoes for needy kids.
Just another bump in the road
Nagging illness was latest setback for KU’s Jackson
March 9, 2006
Darnell Jackson is back. He’ll tell you so himself. “I’m ready, man,” a smiling Jackson said. “I’m ready to go out there.”
Jayhawks good, but still …
KU sweeps Missouri State, yet Bunge slightly steamed
March 9, 2006
Her hitters produced 14 runs. Her pitchers allowed only one earned run.
Government, Wittig’s wife settle assets issue
March 9, 2006
Attorneys for former Westar Energy Inc. Chief Executive David Wittig and his wife said Wednesday they had reached a settlement with federal prosecutors over how to forfeit some of the couple’s assets.
Concerns about mulch from Katrina areas not cause for alarm
March 9, 2006
With the cleanup of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast still in full swing and the beginning of another season less than 100 days away, a recent buzz on the Internet is raising a lot of questions about what is happening with all of the debris being disposed. Tales of contaminated mulch coming north in an effort to make cheap money have gardeners all across the Midwest up in arms.
Correction
March 9, 2006
Leadership of the Leadership Lawrence program was mischaracterized in a story appearing Wednesday in the Journal-World. The program has had several directors and executive directors since the program began 23 years ago.
Play imagines women ruling political realm
March 9, 2006
Looking for social commentary with dancing girls? Dennis Christilles, Kansas University professor of theater and film, delivers with his comedic production “A Congress of Women,” based on the ancient play “Ecclesiazusae” by Aristophanes.
Youth officials aim to stop ‘bouncing’
Appeals to protect children in group homes from being released prematurely
March 9, 2006
State youth officials Wednesday said they have established an appeals process to prevent children from being removed from group homes and mental health treatment facilities before they are ready because of funding problems.
A room with a view
Dividing your garden into distinct areas creates intimacy, expands living space
March 9, 2006
Do you ever look out over your garden and think it’s all just a little too overwhelming? There are just so many green, grassy areas that it seems impossible to tackle and rather dull to view.
Audit finds middleman took $1M in fees
March 9, 2006
An out-of-state company with the Kansas contract for providing Homeland Security equipment collected close to $1 million in tax-funded middleman fees in 2005, according to a state audit.
Firebird flameout
FSHS fails to get going in puzzling state defeat
March 9, 2006
Free State High didn’t have the answers. Then again, maybe the Firebirds weren’t expected to.
Horoscopes
March 9, 2006
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Our town sports
March 9, 2006
Museum exhibit becomes memorial for Parks
March 9, 2006
Inside the wide halls of Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art, the vision of Gordon Parks looks out onto the world.
Friends of the Parks donators recognized
March 9, 2006
City commissioners recognized nearly 300 individuals and businesses that have contributed $93,000 in funding and in-kind services to the city’s Friends of the Parks program.
Retiree reflects Congress’ mixed record
March 9, 2006
In many ways, the saga of this Republican era in the House of Representatives can be summed up in the story of Bill Thomas, the California congressman who announced this week that he is retiring as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and not standing for re-election.
Texas teen abortion rate falls
Law requiring parental notification credited for decline
March 9, 2006
Abortion rates declined significantly among Texas girls - though some got riskier abortions later in pregnancy - after the state enacted a parental notification law, researchers say.
Longtime city manager resigns under pressure
Commission cites planning issues
March 9, 2006
Longtime City Manager Mike Wildgen resigned Wednesday. City commissioners asked him to leave, citing concerns about inadequate planning for the city’s growth. His last day will be Friday after 16 years on the job.
Families push for expanded infant screenings
Kansas among lowest number in nation, with tests for only four genetic diseases
March 9, 2006
Michelle Leeker had to stand by as her baby son slowly lost his battle to a rare disease. She doesn’t want other parents to go through that.
NFL owners approve union proposal
Collective-bargaining agreement extended six years
March 9, 2006
NFL owners chose the certainty of a salary cap over the prospect of life without one, and they’re paying for it.
Group publicly bashes NCAA system
March 9, 2006
Not everyone is a fan of the new Academic Progress Rate - the same reform system that may penalize Kansas University’s football and baseball programs this year.