Archive for Friday, March 10, 2006

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Big 12 Tourney: KU vs. OSU Rock Chalk Flock ISU vs. OSU Rock Chalk Review
What do you think about this year's valuation on your home?

Poll results

Response Percent
It was too high and I intend to protest it.
It was too high, but I can live with it.
It was about right.
It was too low.
Total 431

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Free throws lead ‘Huskers to victory
Dourisseau, Wilkerson lead Nebraska to 69-63 win
March 10, 2006
Nebraska came into the Big 12 tournament with a three-game losing streak. Now the Huskers are in the semifinals after winning their second straight, 69-63 over No. 22 Oklahoma on Friday night. Jamel White had 22 points and the sixth-seeded Huskers (19-12), who hadn’t won in the tournament since 1999 before their opening-round victory over Missouri on Thursday, became the only lower seed to win in the first two rounds.
Hearing scheduled in downtown shooting
March 10, 2006
The Topeka man charged in a Feb. 5 shooting death outside a downtown nightclub made a brief court appearance Thursday, again under tightened courtroom security.
Kansas survives Oklahoma State
Jayhawks will play NU at 3:20 Saturday in semis
March 10, 2006
There was a lot of blood, nearly a brawl, but in the end it was Kansas that survived its battle with Oklahoma State Friday night, pulling out a 63-62 win over the Cowboys in a Big 12 quarterfinal game at American Airlines Center.
Help Kids Grow, One Plant At A Time
March 10, 2006
Ask any school-age child what they want for dinner and they’ll probably say pizza, chicken fingers or macaroni-and-cheese. Try to get them to try a new fruit or vegetables, and the response you’ll get is “yuck.” By giving your children the chance to grow their own food and teaching them how to cook it, you could help them gain a lifelong appreciation for the green foods that sustain us, according to the National Gardening Association.
Playing Favorites
March 10, 2006
Expert gardners and their favorite plants.
Pots As Far As the Eye Can See
March 10, 2006
Indulge your fantasy of a tropical garden, even if you live in a frost zone.
Make the Most of Tomatoes
March 10, 2006
Tomatoes are a garden’s gift, a reward for nurturing care and labor. Their deep glorious color, sweet juice and fragrance capture the essence of summer’s peak. The perfect tomato captivates the senses. And on the other end of the continuum: a soft, flavorless tomato with an equally dissatisfying mealy texture - oh, how this sad state of vegetable mediocrity disappoints.
Gardening’s Least Wanted
March 10, 2006
No doubt it all started innocently enough. Most disasters do. But by the time we arrived on the scene, things were wildly out of control.
Outdoor Extravagance
March 10, 2006
You’ve read it in all the magazines: the outdoors has become the new indoors, the new target for our ongoing decorating zeal. Experts say we’re now lavishing the same attention on our lawns and gardens as we’ve previously spent on kitchens and bathrooms.
Star Gardening
March 10, 2006
The era of cocooning has transformed homes that once may have been sparse on amenities into indulgent retreats devoted to entertaining, often replete with island kitchens, gleaming Viking appliances and king-sized media centers. The luxurious lifestyle has spilled outside, literally. No longer meant for admiration from afar, the garden is being viewed as a logical extension of the home where one wines, dines or merely contemplates. And, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor environments is catching on as real estate prices soar.
Garden Novice
March 10, 2006
There are few milestones in life as satisfying as buying your first home. Owning property creates a feeling of accomplishment, and decorating it with one’s personal style is exhilarating.
The Force of Bulbs
March 10, 2006
During the tumultuous spring when outdoor gardening is still a daydream, you can bring the luxurious touch of fresh flowering bulbs into your home.
Texas takes out Tech
Knight suffers first losing season since ‘70-‘71
March 10, 2006
LaMarcus Aldridge dominated both ends of the court, scoring 20 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and disrupting countless possessions, sending No. 8 Texas past Texas Tech 77-70 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament and sealing Bob Knight’s first losing season since 1970-71.
School district honors teachers of the year
March 10, 2006
Two teachers in Lawrence get to go to the head of the class. Lawrence public school officials today announced they have named Debby Cummings, a Schwegler fifth-grade teacher, as 2006 Elementary Teacher of the Year. Jane Rock, a family and consumer science teacher and department chairperson at Free State High School, has been named the school district’s 2006 Secondary Teacher of the Year.
Temperatures heading up to 60s
Thundertorms possible Sunday
06:18 a.m., March 10, 2006 Updated 12:08 p.m.
Winter was still lingering around this morning, as temperatures dipped below freezing. But more springlike weather is moving in later today. “It’s kind of a chilly start, but temperatures will quickly climb,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “I think we’ll see our temperatures soar into the mid 60s today.”
Russia, U.S. see power shifts
March 10, 2006
When does a senior government official decide that the bosses can no longer be trusted or expected to change for the better? That they must instead be restrained by the force of political opposition from causing more damage?
Iranian leader remains defiant over nuclear program
March 10, 2006
Iran’s hard-line president on Thursday warned the West will suffer more than his country if it tries to stop Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, vowing to press ahead with the program as the confrontation moved into the U.N. Security Council.
Bird flu found in mammal
March 10, 2006
A weasel-like animal called a stone marten was infected with the deadly bird flu virus, marking the disease’s spread to another mammal species, a German laboratory said Thursday.
Ax falls at KSU
Unable to earn berth to NCAAs, Wooldridge fired after tourney loss
March 10, 2006
Jim Wooldridge came to the Big 12 Conference tournament this week knowing that a four-game winning streak - and subsequent NCAA Tournament berth - was the law if he wanted to keep his job.
Sidewalks to remain homeowner’s chore, but city might help
Financing programs may ease repair burden
March 10, 2006
Homeowners shouldn’t expect the city to help pay for sidewalk repairs in front of their homes anytime soon.
Critical Mass
Lawrence film weathers kudos and barbs from national media
March 10, 2006
“Satire via sledgehammer.”
Eyes’ delivers bloodcurdling sights
March 10, 2006
If the chambers of commerce from a few Southwestern states thought “National Lampoon’s Vacation” posed a deterrent to driving through their regions, they might consider issuing an injunction to prevent the release of “The Hills Have Eyes.”
Journal-World named top-10 sports section
March 10, 2006
The Journal-World sports section was named one of the top 10 Sunday sections in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors in its yearly contest.
Queen’ uses history to tell tale of rebellion
March 10, 2006
A screenwriter trying to combine “Xena: Warrior Princess” with “Braveheart” could not have invented a story more compelling than “Warrior Queen Boudica” (7 p.m., History). A true tale of first-century Britons rebelling against Roman occupation, “Boudica” combines interview footage, computer graphics and often-rousing battle-scene re-enactments involving thousands of actors in Roman centurion garb as well as ragged get-ups of Britons and Celts.
Two dead, school damaged as storms sweep South
March 10, 2006
Storms moving across the southern Plains on Thursday brought winds strong enough to rip off roofs and blow apart barns. At least two deaths were attributed to the weather, and thousands of people lost power.
KU wary of Curry, Cowboys
March 10, 2006
Oklahoma State guard JamesOn Curry emerged as one of the Big 12 Conference’s rising stars last season. “I thought he’d be a serious candidate for player of the year in the league this year,” Kansas University coach Bill Self said of Curry, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound sophomore from Pleasant Grove, N.C. “He will be before he leaves, for sure.”
Mangino faces hectic spring
March 10, 2006
Mark Mangino’s agenda is a mile long, and he only has a month to work through the list.
People in the news
March 10, 2006
C.S.A.’ editor/actor earns freakish press
March 10, 2006
Critical acclaim is not the only way “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America” is gaining press coverage. In fact, one cast/crew member of the Lawrence-made film found out just how quirky notoriety can be.
Inmate professes love, takes blame for escape
March 10, 2006
Proclaiming his deep love for “an angel” and continuing to deny that he was a violent criminal, John Manard said he was solely responsible for his escape in a dog crate from a Kansas prison.
Dubai firm withdraws from U.S. ports deal
March 10, 2006
With President Bush unable to contain a Republican congressional rebellion, a company owned by the United Arab Emirates vowed Thursday to turn over its just-acquired operations at six major U.S. port terminals to an American entity.
Toms, Ogilvy among Honda leaders
First-round 67s highlight day on which scores soar
March 10, 2006
Gusty winds sent 8-iron shots flying 245 yards, while some 4-irons struggled to go 185. The breezes had a few balls fluttering on the slick greens, most of the players couldn’t break par, and golf’s rarest feat spiced up the afternoon.
Hospice giant enters Lawrence market
March 10, 2006
The nation’s largest provider of hospice care is entering the Kansas market.
Respect for life
March 10, 2006
To the editor: In interviewing me for an article about local human efforts to transport migrating salamanders across heavily traveled 31st Street near the Wakarusa Wetlands (Feb. 28), a Journal-World reporter asked, “Why would you do something like this?”
Rent’ actor to speak during KU Pride Week
March 10, 2006
Actor Anthony Rapp will give a lecture at 7:30 p.m. March 29 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre at Kansas University. The event is part of the KU’s Queers & Allies Pride Week celebration.
Kansas baseball off to Clemson, track at NCAAs
March 10, 2006
These are giddy times for Kansas University’s baseball players. The Jayhawks are riding an eight-game winning streak and are ranked No. 25 nationally in one poll.
Property values rising fastest in eastern Lawrence
March 10, 2006
Thinking about buying a home in eastern Lawrence?
Army generals meet to discuss expanded Fort Riley mission
March 10, 2006
Several Army generals were in Kansas on Friday to discuss expanding Fort Riley’s mission to include responsibilities related to training Iraqi security forces.
Kind strangers
March 10, 2006
To the editor: On March 2, I planned to attend the last KU women’s basketball home game.
Cartoonists step in to draw strip for colleague diagnosed with cancer
March 10, 2006
A cartoonist whose vision is threatened by a tumor is getting some help from his fellow comic-strip artists.
Scorching start carries Sooners
March 10, 2006
Oklahoma didn’t need any late heroics this time.
Rock Chalk Revue opens at Lied Center
March 10, 2006
Members of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the Delta Upsilon fraternity dressed as firefighters and sang and danced Thursday night on the Lied Center stage.
U.S. squad stays alive in WBC
March 10, 2006
Johnny Damon and his U.S. teammates had a hard time figuring out exactly what needed to happen for the Americans to advance in the World Baseball Classic.
Bush urges support for religious groups
March 10, 2006
President Bush prodded corporate America on Thursday to open its wallet to faith-based charities and declared his administration’s efforts in that area a great success. Independent analysts said the picture was far less clear.
Bush signs Patriot Act renewal into law
March 10, 2006
A day before parts of the USA Patriot Act were to expire, President Bush signed into law a renewal that will allow the government to keep using terror-fighting tools passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Ex-teacher who took hostages surrenders
March 10, 2006
A former teacher armed with a handgun that fires rubber bullets surrendered peacefully Thursday after taking nearly two dozen people - mostly students - hostage in a classroom at his former school in western France, officials said.
IRA chieftain targeted as police hunt smugglers
March 10, 2006
More than 300 police backed by British and Irish troops mounted dawn raids Thursday on the home turf of Thomas “Slab” Murphy, reputedly the Irish Republican Army’s veteran chief of staff and its most lucrative smuggler.
Prison procedures reviewed
March 10, 2006
The Kansas Corrections Department conducted a review of security procedures in all its prisons Wednesday, a step taken in reaction to the escape of a convicted murderer last month.
Elarton named Royals’ opening-day starter
March 10, 2006
Kansas City manager Buddy Bell on Thursday named right-hander Scott Elarton to be his starter for the April 3 season opener against the Detroit Tigers.
Living trusts beneficial, affordable
March 10, 2006
Q: You often write about the benefits that creating a simple living trust can provide to homeowners. However, my friend says that only millionaires need to form a trust. Who is right?
Helpful staff
March 10, 2006
To the editor: Recently, a project needed historical research about 19th century Lawrence. I was surprised when a Kansas University academic told me I might get help at the Watkins Community Museum of History, whose new staff were described as “eager to serve and ready to work hard.” On a Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., I called with my query.
Blair offers regrets to Brazilian leader
March 10, 2006
British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered his “deepest regrets” Thursday to Brazil’s president and to the family of an innocent Brazilian electrician shot to death by police who suspected him in July terror attacks on the capital’s transport system.
Actor to host screening at Haskell film festival
March 10, 2006
Wes Studi, an American Indian actor who played Magua in “The Last of the Mohicans” and Detective Casals in “Heat,” will host a 6:30 p.m. screening of “Geronimo: An American Legend,” today at Haskell Auditorium. In the movie, Studi portrays Geronimo.
KBI investigating shooting by officer
March 10, 2006
A Winfield police officer shot and killed a man believed to be involved in a robbery, prompting an investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, authorities said.
Lawrence datebook
March 10, 2006
City shows interest in museum proposal
March 10, 2006
City commissioners expressed support for a proposal to use a historic fire station building to house a museum highlighting the area’s role in the Underground Railroad.
KU student performing at Lyric Opera
March 10, 2006
The Lyric Opera will premiere Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” based on the Walter Scott novel, on Saturday.
$26M mistake lowers county valuation total
March 10, 2006
Oops. A $26.6 million error on a single property owner’s valuation notice resulted in an inflated figure for the entire county.
U.N.: A fifth of world lacks clean water
March 10, 2006
Mismanagement, limited resources and environmental damage have combined to deny 1.1 billion people access to safe water, a U.N. report said Thursday.
Internet feeds termite rumors
March 10, 2006
Home Depot and Lowe’s are being swamped by calls and e-mails from worried gardeners responding to unfounded rumors quickly spreading on the Internet that mulch made from house debris and fallen trees in New Orleans after Katrina contains highly aggressive Formosan termites.
Uncle Sam selects tax-debt collectors
March 10, 2006
The nation’s tax collectors announced Thursday that three companies would help collect unpaid tax debts.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago today
March 10, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 10, 1906: “The Hamilton statehood bill passed the U.S. Senate yesterday.
Funeral home targeted in body parts probe
March 10, 2006
A family-owned funeral home may have taken cash kickbacks to look the other way when a body-parts ring plundered the corpses of “Masterpiece Theatre” host Alistair Cooke and other people, according to two law enforcement officials close to the case.
Witnesses: Armed police charged demonstrators
March 10, 2006
Police armed with batons charged into about 200 mostly female demonstrators demanding equal rights for women in a Tehran park, beating protesters, witnesses said Thursday.
Water may exist on one of Saturn’s moons
March 10, 2006
The Cassini spacecraft has found compelling signs that reservoirs of liquid water exist within 100 feet of the surface of Saturn’s cold, tiny moon Enceladus, greatly adding to the chances that microbial life exists beyond Earth.
Medieval scholar plans presentation at KU
March 10, 2006
Dolores Frese, professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver a lecture titled “Feeding at the Source: Maternal Bodies, Vernacular Theory and Chaucer’s Rhyme-royal Tales” at 4 p.m. Monday.
K.C.’s Bako blasts pair against Texas
March 10, 2006
Paul Bako is happy just to be playing again. Bako homered twice and had four RBIs on Thursday in the Kansas City Royals’ 12-4 victory over a Texas Rangers split squad.
Lawyers seek death in prophet cartoons
March 10, 2006
Attorneys for a cleric have urged a judge in Yemen to condemn to death a local editor who published the Danish caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, the newspaper’s Web site said Thursday.
Therapist arrested on sexual abuse suspicions
March 10, 2006
A respiratory therapist at the convalescent facility of nationally recognized Children’s Hospital of San Diego has been arrested on suspicion of molesting bedridden children and posting pornographic pictures of them on the Internet, officials said Thursday.
Kidnappers return teen unharmed to home
March 10, 2006
A 13-year-old boy has been returned to his Inglewood home after a kidnapping that might have been a case of mistaken identity, police said.
Tale of the tape
March 10, 2006
Jayhawks (22-7) vs. Okla. St. (17-14)
Mortgage borrowing spurs record debt
March 10, 2006
U.S. households took on debt at the fastest pace in 20 years in 2005, fueled by a housing boom that boosted their net worth to a record $52.1 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago today
March 10, 2006
The four-year, $1 million study on Kansas River erosion was expected to be released soon with a recommendation that federal engineers do nothing to stabilize the problem, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said.
No Growth Gang
March 10, 2006
To the editor: The Kookberger Contingent (aka the No Growth Gang) has finally won one, or two, maybe.
Governor hospitalized with blood clot
March 10, 2006
Gov. Ernie Fletcher was taken to the hospital Thursday for emergency treatment of a life-threatening blood clot somewhere between his upper arm and his jugular vein.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago today
March 10, 2006
The crime rate in Lawrence had shown a drop of 7.7 percent from the rate of a year earlier, according to Police Chief William Troelstrup.
Home sale comes with leash agreement
Former owner asks buyers to care for his beloved beagle
March 10, 2006
Housing contracts can get complicated in a hurry. Just consider the clause that Jared and Whittnie Essner agreed to when they bought their first home last week:
Time to change
Hazardous cheerleading stunts aren’t worth the risk.
March 10, 2006
We may be seeing some significant action against dangerous cheerleading tactics that can maim and kill. That’s good, considering how many spectators, particularly parents, hold their breath when some youngster is tossed into the air or allowed to fall a long distance as part of an “inspirational” pep squad performance at an athletic event.
Acting PM: Israel will build wall on new border if talks fail
March 10, 2006
Israel will determine its border with the West Bank in the absence of talks with the Palestinians, and then build a wall and move all settlers to the Israeli side, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an interview published today.
Stoking nativist fever harmful to U.S.
March 10, 2006
At the beginning of this year - or even a month ago - no one would have guessed that a routine business transaction between two foreign-based firms would prove to be the lever for breaking up the governing Republican coalition in Washington.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 10, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.24 at several locations across Lawrence. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Amendment to require Senate OK for justices fails
March 10, 2006
Despite criticism of the Kansas Supreme Court, the idea of requiring Senate confirmation before justices can join the court was shot down Thursday by senators, dealing a serious blow to those wanting to overhaul the judiciary.
Rains dampen grass fire threat
March 10, 2006
Rains dampened the fire danger Thursday across much of the state’s parched grasslands, as Butler County officials surveyed the damage from a blaze that charred 10,700 grassland acres a day earlier.
On the record
March 10, 2006
A perfect storm’ predicted for farmers
Droughts, higher costs in 2006 may cause lower farm incomes
March 10, 2006
Jerry McReynolds was stringing wire fence at his Woodston farm with his son and his hired hand this week when a loud boom startled the men and spooked the cattle in a nearby pen.
Alvamar coffee slated
March 10, 2006
The Alvamar Ladies Nine-hole Golf Club’s spring coffee will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Alvamar Public clubhouse. Potential members are invited. For information, call Evelyn Schmidtberger at 842-7232.
Documents raise questions about decision on morning-after pill
March 10, 2006
Internal documents made public Thursday have raised new questions about the federal government’s continued refusal to allow over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraceptive known as “Plan B.”
New report examines school districts’ performance
March 10, 2006
Legislators trying to craft a school spending plan to meet a court mandate received yet another piece of information that could help them decide where the money should go.
Seniors leaving work force earlier, living life longer
March 10, 2006
Senior citizens are leaving the labor force sooner than they did 50 years ago, even though they are living longer, healthier lives
Wes Studi roams Hollywood highway
March 10, 2006
Beginning with his film debut in 1989’s “Powwow Highway,” Wes Studi has followed a career path that has led him to become one of the most successful American Indian actors working in Hollywood.
World abortion trend contrasts with U.S.
March 10, 2006
Over the past 10 years, more than a dozen countries have made it easier to get abortions, and women from Mexico to Ireland have mounted court challenges to get access to the procedure.
South Dakotans rally on both sides of new abortion ban
March 10, 2006
Demonstrators on both sides of the abortion debate rallied in two South Dakota cities Thursday, responding to their state’s enactment of a law that would ban nearly all abortions. Protests against the law also took place in several other states, organized by Planned Parenthood.
Hispanic radio including hip-hop, reggae
March 10, 2006
Some of the things you WON’T hear on La Kalle 105.9 FM, the city’s newest Spanish radio station: Salsa. Merengue. Pretty much any type of traditional Spanish music.
Forbes list of world’s billionaires fattens
March 10, 2006
As emerging stock markets surged during the past year, 102 people around the world won a much-coveted title along with their stellar gains - they became billionaires. But tepid returns in the United States ate into the fortunes of some of the richest Americans, including the founding family of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Boos greet Bonds in spring debut
Giants slugger says he’ll talk about baseball, but not about book
March 10, 2006
If the latest round of steroids accusations is bothering Barry Bonds, he’s not letting on to it.
Kline probes billing practices of hospitals
Attorney general says guidelines needed to ensure ethical actions
March 10, 2006
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline on Thursday announced his office was investigating billing and collection practices of the state’s not-for-profit hospitals.
Landlords challenge students on leases
Tenants seek law that standardizes clauses, ends arbitrary charges
March 10, 2006
Kansas University students on Thursday went to the Legislature seeking relief from what they said were unscrupulous landlords.
Keegan: Big buzz missing in Big D
March 10, 2006
Dallas - A fine city. For football. They love their Cowboys here, just not their Oklahoma State Cowboys, as evidenced by all those comfortable chairs remaining empty throughout OSU’s Thursday night victory over Iowa State, 79-70, at American Airlines Center.
NU puts Missouri out of its misery
March 10, 2006
Jamel White and Jason Dourisseau made sure all those missed free throws didn’t lead to another early departure from the Big 12 Conference tournament for Nebraska.
No timeline in search for city manager
March 10, 2006
City commissioners still aren’t certain about how they’ll find a replacement for City Manager Mike Wildgen, one day after he was forced to resign.
Kansas basketball notebook
March 10, 2006
Kansas University’s players arrived via charter at 4 p.m. Thursday. Coach Bill Self watched the OSU-ISU game at American Airlines Center after discovering the game was blacked out at the team hotel, The Fairmont.
Brewers’ Sheets leaves early
March 10, 2006
Ben Sheets came out of Milwaukee’s game against Oakland due to irritation in a back muscle, the same area which caused him to miss the final month of last season.
Rush AP freshman of year
Texas’ Tucker player of year; OU’s Neal top newbie
March 10, 2006
Brandon Rush, who leads Kansas University’s basketball team in scoring and rebounding, on Thursday was tapped the Associated Press Big 12 Conference freshman of the year.
McNamara’s magic no one-day act
Syracuse guard hits second straight big shot in upset of No. 1 UConn
March 10, 2006
Gerry McNamara waited one day to one-up himself.
Kansas becoming a gray area
Census report shows several state counties among oldest in nation
March 10, 2006
The heads in Smith County, Kan., are grayer than most places in the nation.
A rare rock-chalk flock
Student-made Jayhawks soar at school cafeteria
March 10, 2006
Debbie Nall runs the cafeteria cash register at Central Junior High School. She’s biased.
Giants looked other way for Bonds
March 10, 2006
Don’t pout, Giants fans.
Kansas pitcher regains her form
March 10, 2006
Kassie Humphreys hit the depths early last April.
March 10, 2006
For Friday, March 10
OSU survives Cyclone scare
Boggan flirts with perfection in first-round victory
March 10, 2006
Thanks to Mario Boggan, who was nearly perfect on Thursday night, Oklahoma State lives to play another day.
Local contractor cheated customers, state says in lawsuit
March 10, 2006
The legal troubles are growing for a local contractor accused of bilking customers out of thousands of dollars in recent months.
Three led push for resignation
March 10, 2006
They said it was a 5-0 vote, but it’s safe to assume city commissioners weren’t truly unanimous in asking for City Manager Mike Wildgen’s resignation Wednesday.