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Kansas defeats Nebraska, 79-65
KU in first Big 12 Tourney title game since ‘02
March 11, 2006
The Jayhawk fans that made it down to American Airlines Center got what they wanted Saturday, a trip to Sunday’s Big 12 Tourney championship game and a rematch with co-conference champs Texas at 2 p.m.
Simons: Hiring a new city manager poses challenge for commission
March 11, 2006
With the resignation of Mike Wildgen as Lawrence’s city manager, the pressure now is on the city’s five city commissioners. The big question in Lawrence today is: What kind of person will the commission select as our next city manager?
More charges filed in illegal immigrant deaths
March 11, 2006
The driver of a pickup truck that crashed while carrying 19 illegal immigrants, killing three, was indicted on additional counts, the U.S. attorney’s office said Friday.
Witch hunt
March 11, 2006
To the editor: Regarding Mike Wildgen’s ousting:
Old Home Town - 25 years ago today
March 11, 2006
A Kansas Senate panel endorsed a bill that would allow Lawrence to finance a major development of its central business district.
Indians sign shortstop Peralta to $13 million, five-year deal
March 11, 2006
Jhonny Peralta and the Cleveland Indians both got the security they sought Friday when the shortstop agreed to a $13 million, five-year contract with a club option for 2011.
SCOUTING NEWS
March 11, 2006
Lawrence datebook
March 11, 2006
Society Calendar
March 11, 2006
Around and About
March 11, 2006
Mom’s plea hearing set in endangerment case
March 11, 2006
A mother charged with endangering her infant child - who allegedly died as the result of child abuse by the mother’s boyfriend - made a brief court appearance Friday to schedule a plea.
First libraries dean candidate to visit KU
March 11, 2006
Roxanne Sellberg, the first of five candidates for dean of libraries at Kansas University, will give a public presentation at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union.
Texas dumps T-Tech
March 11, 2006
Playing in an NBA arena, Texas center LaMarcus Aldridge sure looked like he was in the right place. From dunks to long jumpers, altered shots to broken-up passes, plus rebound after rebound, the 6-foot-10 sophomore was at his menacing best on both ends of the court Friday, carrying the No. 8 Longhorns past Texas Tech, 77-70, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament and sealing Red Raiders coach Bob Knight’s worst season in 35 years.
Kansas University, Kutztown close to agreement on ‘KU’ ownership
March 11, 2006
Think of the initials KU anywhere outside eastern Pennsylvania and most people will think of Kansas University.
Haskell boxer to test pro ranks
After 200 amateur bouts, ex-HINU basketball player to debut tonight
March 11, 2006
The brick building colored by peeling, fading yellow paint and the word “Facilities” is home to the Haskell Boxing Club on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University.
Battle, Bacchus earn All-American status
March 11, 2006
Kansas University track and field seniors Sheldon Battle and Charisse Bacchus each earned All-American status Friday during the first day of the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Faith briefs
March 11, 2006
Kasold debacle
March 11, 2006
To the editor: The infrastructure of the city of Lawrence is in disrepair, and city streets are crumbling.
Club News
March 11, 2006
FCE and 4-H News
March 11, 2006
Ex-nurse gagged during sentencing
March 11, 2006
Before receiving six more life sentences, a former nurse who confessed to killing at least 29 patients in two states was gagged with a cloth and duct tape Friday in court after he began loudly repeating the same phrase over and over.
Ag Department hog eradication aims to halt spread of disease
March 11, 2006
The U.S. Department of Agriculture killed more than 60 feral hogs this week in southwest Kansas, as it attempts to curtail the spread of diseases from the wild hogs to domestic pigs.
KU employee still wants to be a millionaire
Contestant wins $8,000 on game show
March 11, 2006
Johnny Andris didn’t win a million dollars, but earning $8,000 for a few minutes of national television fame wasn’t bad.
Preacher, scholars urge reconciliation after cartoon crisis
March 11, 2006
Muslim and Christian scholars and clerics agreed at a conference Friday that the West and Islam must use dialogue to repair ties frayed by the crisis over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons.
Therapist pleads not guilty in child porn case
March 11, 2006
A respiratory therapist has confessed to molesting “countless” children at the convalescent facility where he worked and selecting the most brain-damaged children to photograph in pornographic poses, a prosecutor told a judge Friday.
Police storm university to dislodge student protest
March 11, 2006
Police stormed France’s famed Sorbonne University early today to dislodge students occupying the building in protest of a new national employment measure, hours after the demonstrators hurled furniture and ladders from the landmark’s windows.
American hostage killed in Iraq
March 11, 2006
An American who was among four Christian activists kidnapped last year in Iraq has been killed, a State Department spokesman said Friday.
Cooler heads
Kansans should be relieved that a measure designed to punish the Kansas Supreme Court isn’t likely to be back on the legislative agenda in the foreseeable future.
March 11, 2006
It seems that cooler heads have prevailed on the issue of “reining in” the Kansas Supreme Court by making appointments to the court subject to confirmation by the Kansas Senate.
Baylor psyched for OU rematch
March 11, 2006
The Baylor Lady Bears are right where they wanted to be at the Big 12 Conference tournament.
Spacecraft enters orbit around Mars
March 11, 2006
A NASA spacecraft successfully slipped into orbit around Mars on Friday, joining a trio of orbiters already circling the Red Planet.
Federal prosecutor resigns
March 11, 2006
Saying “the best chapter of my life is closed,” U.S. Atty. Todd P. Graves said Friday that he was resigning after nearly five years of prosecuting federal cases in western Missouri.
Ohio State draws probation
NCAA hands Buckeyes three-year penalty
March 11, 2006
Ohio State was placed on three years’ probation Friday, a ruling that wipes out records from four NCAA Tournament appearances by the men’s basketball team - including a trip to the 1999 Final Four.
Classic ends for Guiel sooner than he’d hoped
March 11, 2006
Aaron Guiel was back Friday in the Kansas City Royals’ camp - not that he didn’t want to be there, but he thought it was premature.
On the record
March 11, 2006
DNA proves husband’s hair was in wife’s hand
March 11, 2006
The hair of a former Army doctor convicted in the slayings of his wife and two daughters was found in his dead wife’s hand, according to long-awaited results of DNA testing made public Friday.
Former mayor acquitted of racketeering, bribery
March 11, 2006
Former Mayor Bill Campbell was acquitted Friday of lining his pockets with payoffs while guiding Atlanta through a period of explosive growth that helped secure its place during the 1990s as a world-class city. But the jury convicted him of tax evasion.
Son convicted in 2002 slaying of mother
March 11, 2006
A man accused of killing his mother and dumping her body in a strip mine pit nearly four years ago has been convicted of first-degree murder.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago today
March 11, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 11, 1906: “While Kansas City is howling lustily for reduced street car fares, Lawrence marches sturdily along with absolutely free fares.
Governor resumes power after blood clot removal
March 11, 2006
Gov. Ernie Fletcher, who was recovering well after having most of a blood clot removed from his chest and arm, resumed his gubernatorial powers Friday afternoon.
Even blind students must pass driver’s ed
March 11, 2006
Most high school students eagerly await the day they pass driver’s education class. But 16-year-old Mayra Ramirez is indifferent about it.
Mistrial declared in Gotti’s second case
March 11, 2006
For the second time in as many trials, a federal jury could not reach a verdict on racketeering charges against John A. Gotti, the son of the late Gambino crime family boss. A mistrial was declared Friday, and the man called “Junior” headed for home on Long Island.
Deportation the latest weapon against gangs
March 11, 2006
Federal immigration officials and local police have tightened the net on violent gangs, making 2,388 arrests in the past year, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday.
Teacher reinstated after Bush, Hitler statement
March 11, 2006
A high school teacher who was placed on leave after comparing President Bush’s State of the Union address to speeches by Adolf Hitler has been reinstated, his attorney and school officials said Friday.
Judge: Libby can have access to briefings
March 11, 2006
A federal judge ordered the CIA on Friday to turn over highly classified intelligence briefings to Vice President Dick Cheney’s former top aide to use in preparing the aide’s defense against perjury charges.
Police: Girl made up story about abduction
March 11, 2006
A 13-year-old girl who sent chilling cell phone text messages claiming she had been kidnapped and abused in a dark basement had actually cut school and met an older teen for sex, authorities said Friday.
Police: Militant group behind deadly bombings
March 11, 2006
Investigators believe one of Kashmir’s most notorious Islamic militant groups planted bombs that killed 20 people at a temple and train station in Hinduism’s holiest city, police said Friday.
Body of teen exhumed for second autopsy
March 11, 2006
The body of a boy who died after a videotaped beating by guards at a juvenile boot camp was exhumed Friday for a second autopsy, his mother weeping as his coffin was raised.
Nation: EU unwelcome to observe election
March 11, 2006
The Foreign Ministry said Friday a group of European Union lawmakers were not welcome to monitor the upcoming presidential election in Belarus, accusing the legislators of intending to provoke conflicts.
Seven deaths prompt ban on kite-flying
March 11, 2006
The death of a 4-year-old boy whose throat was slit by a low-flying kite string coated with glass has prompted authorities to forbid kite-flying in eastern Pakistan.
Millionaire husband convicted in slaying
March 11, 2006
A millionaire and one-time fugitive was convicted of murder Friday for hiring a hit man to kill his socialite wife 19 years ago because he feared losing money and a Florida mansion in a divorce.
EU: No aid for Hamas without peace promise
March 11, 2006
The European Union on Friday threatened to cut off aid to a Hamas-led Palestinian government “unless it seeks peace by peaceful means” - its strongest signal yet to the new leadership.
New principal chosen for Woodlawn School
March 11, 2006
Jeanne Fridell on Friday was named the new principal of Woodlawn School, starting with the next school year.
Marriage sanctity
March 11, 2006
To the editor: The front page of Wednesday’s Lawrence Journal-World reports that Martin Miller - a man who engaged in an adulterous relationship, murdered his wife and thereby left his children without a mother or father to raise them - is getting married.
Judge gives shooter five-year sentence
March 11, 2006
A Lawrence man received a nearly five-year prison sentence Friday for a February 2005 shooting at a south Lawrence apartment complex.
Top Gun’ jets return from final deployment
March 11, 2006
There will be no more dogfights for the Tomcat.
Estimate: Spill largest ever on North Slope
March 11, 2006
An oil spill discovered earlier this month in Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay was the largest ever on the North Slope, according to an official estimate released Friday.
30 militants killed in strike in tribal region
March 11, 2006
Pakistani soldiers backed by helicopter gunships targeted a suspected militant hideout in Pakistan’s volatile tribal region near the Afghan border and killed about 30 militants, a sign of continuing tension in the region, an Army spokesman said today.
Royals hammer Athletics
March 11, 2006
Rich Harden made his initial Oakland spring-training appearance Friday, allowing one run in three innings as an Athletics’ split squad lost to the Kansas City Royals, 9-4.
Kansas tumbles
March 11, 2006
Kansas University’s No. 25-ranked baseball squad had its eight-game winning streak snapped Friday, falling, 7-2, to No. 2-ranked Clemson.
Military News
March 11, 2006
Old Home Town - 40 years ago today
March 11, 2006
Steve Munzer, Salina senior at Kansas University, won what amounted to a triple crown of scholarship - as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Danforth Fellow and a Rhodes Scholarship for study in England. His various grants were to provide full support until he could obtain his doctoral degree.
Personal property forms due Wednesday
March 11, 2006
Douglas County taxpayers have until Wednesday to sign and return their 2006 personal property assessment forms to the Douglas County Appraiser’s Office at the Douglas County Courthouse.
Catholic Charities to halt adoptions
March 11, 2006
The Boston Archdiocese’s Catholic Charities said Friday it would stop providing adoption services because of a state law allowing gays and lesbians to adopt children.
Nine injured after ferry crashes into ramp
March 11, 2006
A car ferry collided Friday with a dockside ramp in the coastal city of Southampton, injuring nine people, the coast guard said.
Free State’s Ayre commits to Baker
March 11, 2006
Nick Ayre, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior wide receiver from Free State High, has signed to play football with Baker University. Ayre, who received honorable-mention status on the All-Sunflower League football team as a senior, has been selected to play in the Shrine Bowl.
KU punter Tucker arrested for OUI
March 11, 2006
Kansas University punter Kyle Tucker was arrested early Friday morning on charges of operating a vehicle under the influence and failure to show proof of insurance, according to Douglas County Jail records.
Foreign investment not at risk - yet
March 11, 2006
The scuttling by Congress of a Dubai-owned company’s bid to gain control of U.S. port operations is unlikely to trigger negative economic consequences unless it is followed by dramatic changes to the laws governing foreign investment in the United States, global trade experts said Friday.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 11, 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. Prices
The Sopranos’ sings again
March 11, 2006
Few shows have earned as much viewer respect, affection, devotion and trust as “The Sopranos” (8 p.m. Sunday, HBO). Viewers of a certain age await the new season with the same awe and anticipation that once preceded the unwrapping of a new Beatles album. You know you’re going to be entertained, amused and challenged all at the same time.
Senator still wants 3-year schools plan
March 11, 2006
The Senate’s top leader said Friday that he’s still committed to passing a three-year K-12 funding plan, adding, “We do it now, or we do it later, in special session.”
How should I choose books to read that enhance my spirituality?
March 11, 2006
Holy Scriptures are a best bet for bolstering faith and like any good book, a good religious book is alive. It has integrity. It has bone. But it can manifest this in surprising ways.
GOP meeting launches search for next president
March 11, 2006
Almost 1,000 days before the elections of 2008, nearly 2,000 Republicans from the South and Midwest have come to Memphis looking for a new president.
Cowboys bloom late
OSU ‘slower to mature’ than KU
March 11, 2006
This battle, symbolically, might have been won months ago. While Kansas University’s young basketball team tripped out of the gate, wiped off the dirt and cruised through the stretch run of the season, Oklahoma State was playing catch-up with equal inexperience.
Rush struggles
OSU’s Dove stifles freshman star
March 11, 2006
Oklahoma State’s Marcus Dove was not named to the Big 12 Conference’s all-defensive team. Brandon Rush didn’t get to vote. Otherwise, Dove might have made it. An offensively challenged 6-foot-9 forward, Dove averages four points a game and was scoreless in 24 minutes of Kansas University’s 63-62 victory over OSU to advance to today’s semifinal round of the Big 12 tournament.
President calls lawmakers to first session
March 11, 2006
Iraq’s president issued a decree Friday calling the new parliament into session March 19 for the first time since it was elected nearly three months ago, saying he feared “catastrophe” and “civil war” if politicians could not put aside their differences.
Private funding paid for 10 Brownback trips in 2005
Such travel could be banned or limited after Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal
March 11, 2006
When Sen. Sam Brownback flew to San Antonio last year for religious broadcaster Pat Robertson’s 75th birthday party, a conservative advocacy group picked up the $10,000 tab for a chartered plane and helicopter flight.
New Jersey tour showcases hit sites
March 11, 2006
As the tour bus curves out of New York into New Jersey, Marc Baron prepares his guests for what they are about to see: what Tony Soprano sees during the opening credits of “The Sopranos.”
Huskers prevail after ‘ambush’
March 11, 2006
Letting teams stick around finally got the best of Oklahoma. After the Sooners won five Big 12 Conference games by one point during a wild regular season, it was sixth-seeded Nebraska that stung third-seeded OU, pulling away late for a 69-63 victory in the league tournament quarterfinals Friday in the American Airlines Center.
Tens of thousands march to support immigrant rights
March 11, 2006
Tens of thousands of immigrants from all over the Chicago area, many carrying U.S. flags, marched into downtown Friday to show support for immigrant rights.
Mayer: KU looks good for ‘06-‘07
March 11, 2006
A Kansas University basketball fan can find lots to love with the 10 current juniors and sophomores due back next season. Perhaps the most beautiful facet of this jewel is that none of them is ready to turn pro, and all seem to understand that.
Clemens, Griffey lead U.S. victory
Americans blast South Africa, 17-0, reach second round
March 11, 2006
There was no classic embarrassment for the United States on Friday. Just the blowout everyone expected.
A knockout blow
KU withstands barrage, ousts OSU
March 11, 2006
A solitary speck of Russell Robinson’s blood remained on the hardwood as the final horn sounded in Kansas University’s 63-62 first-round Big 12 Conference tournament victory over Oklahoma State on Friday night in American Airlines Center. The droplet, better than anything else, summarized KU’s hard-fought victory, which was dominated by rugged defense.
City manager leaves with $121K, raise
Severance pact based on Wildgen’s contract with city
March 11, 2006
Former City Manager Mike Wildgen, whose last day on the job was Friday, will receive his more than $121,000 annual salary through March 2007 and get a 3 percent raise.
Blind baseball reporter weds at home plate
March 11, 2006
This Yankee Stadium home run wasn’t celebrated with a high-five or a handshake. It was sealed with a kiss.
Kansas basketball notebook
March 11, 2006
Kansas University power forward Darnell Jackson was downright upset when his teammate and buddy, Jeff Hawkins, was flattened by Oklahoma State’s David Monds on a layup try with 10:28 left.
Corkins questions KU test center
Wichita superintendent says commissioner overreacting
March 11, 2006
The Kansas University center that produces statewide tests is on the hot seat with Education Commissioner Bob Corkins.
District honors this year’s top teachers
Schwegler, Free State instructors enjoy job’s collaborative nature
March 11, 2006
Debby Cummings and Jane Rock have mastered the difficult art of getting kids to believe in themselves.
Jayhawks split pair at Classic
March 11, 2006
The continual error-filled play by the Kansas University softball squad - this time in Friday’s opening games of the Jayhawk Classic - has coach Tracy Bunge baffled.
Keegan: Kaun plays big for KU
March 11, 2006
It remains to be determined if Kansas University is good enough to win the Big 12 Conference tournament. This much we already know: The Jayhawks are tough enough.
Warriors win shootout
Richardson, Wade both tally 40-plus
March 11, 2006
The Miami Heat were on a roll until they ran into Jason Richardson.
Sound and fury over noise law
March 11, 2006
Police and prosecutors are getting tough on Lawrence party houses and other noise ordinance violators.
Movie events bring spotlight to Lawrence, for a change
March 11, 2006
Two events Friday evening made Lawrence feel somewhat like Hollywood.
People in the news
March 11, 2006
McGraw, Hill blast Hurricane Katrina cleanup efforts
Time to give Maris his record back
March 11, 2006
Nearly a half-century ago, they tried to devalue Roger Maris’ record.
Selective quotes miss Bible’s main message
March 11, 2006
An open letter to Donna Reddick: I’m writing this for Desiree. She’s a student at Miami Sunset Senior High, where you teach business technology. A few days ago, she sent me an e-mail recounting an incident that happened on campus last week.
Interior secretary resigns from Cabinet
March 11, 2006
Interior Secretary Gale Norton resigned Friday after five years of guiding the Bush administration’s initiative to open government lands in the West to more oil and gas drilling, logging, grazing and commercial recreation.
Blue Devils weather Hurricanes
Duke snaps two-game losing streak; Redick emerges from slump
March 11, 2006
Call it a slump, or maybe just the result of the normal ups and downs in a shooter’s season. Either way, J.J. Redick finally appears to be beyond his struggles.
Professing their Faith
Despite public perception, majority of university faculty consider themselves spiritually engaged
March 11, 2006
Chuck Marsh figures many of his fellow Kansas University faculty members are spiritual or religious people.