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KU will hold classes Tuesday
March 13, 2006
Kansas University will reopen tomorrow following Sunday’s storm, which did about $6 million damage to campus buildings, according to early estimates.
Stormy game day anecdotes
What hoops did you jump through to watch the Big 12 Championship game?
March 13, 2006
Readers share their game day/storm day stories.
Central, New York schools bear brunt of storm damage
March 13, 2006
Three, 500-pound ventilator units that, until Sunday morning, had been atop Central Junior High for almost 85 years are gone.
Power restored to New York Elementary
Central Junior High to remain closed
01:42 p.m., March 13, 2006 Updated 06:48 p.m.
Power has been restored at New York Elementary school.
Concealed carry bill advanced
March 13, 2006
House members today advanced a bill that would allow Kansans to carry concealed guns.
Power slowly being restored to Lawrence
March 13, 2006
Thirty-two Westar Energy crews continue to work in Lawrence today to restore power to more than a thousand homes.
Sex predator’s case will be heard by Supreme Court
March 13, 2006
The Kansas Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments on whether sex predator Leroy Hendricks can live in Leavenworth County.
KU suffers $6 million in damage from storm
10:28 a.m., March 13, 2006 Updated 12:08 p.m.
Kansas University campus sustained at least $6 million dollars of damage from Sunday’s storms, officials said Monday morning.
No storms in forecast
March 13, 2006
Sunday’s powerful storms are gone, but their effects linger. Winds in excess of 70 miles per hour rattled the city, causing widespread damage. Power is still being restored to many residents, and KU has cancelled classes, as have the Lawrence public schools New York School and Central Junior High School.
Obama not the Democratic messiah
March 13, 2006
Barack Obama is not Jesus.
High winds pummel city
Morning storm hits without warning
March 13, 2006
A brutal storm rattled much of the Lawrence area Sunday morning, damaging homes, businesses and schools all over the city. Straight-line winds with speeds of 70 miles per hour or more shook houses and knocked down trees and utility poles throughout the city. Transformers exploded and caught on fire as falling tree limbs ripped power lines from their posts, some hitting homes or crushing cars.
Commentary: Coach has Bruins on the right track
Howland’s tactics boosted UCLA to Pac-10 Conference title; Oakland regional is up next
March 13, 2006
They hugged here, they howled here, the UCLA basketball team filled Staples Center with a thunderclap of an eight-clap that shook the seats here.
Fight in the making over legislation that could limit claims on workers’ comp
March 13, 2006
A workers’ compensation battle brewing in the Legislature pits employer groups against injured workers, defense attorneys against plaintiff’s attorneys and Republicans against Democrats. And it promises to get ugly.
Go ahead, get down
Kansas avenges earlier loss, claims Big 12 tournament crown
March 13, 2006
Bill Self stood on the American Airlines Center court amid a sea of confetti, watching his Kansas University basketball players climb the ladder and clip cords of the net after the Jayhawks’ resounding 80-68 Big 12 Conference tournament championship victory over Texas on Sunday.
Michigan, Cincy among non-dancers
March 13, 2006
Michigan shut the TV cameras and reporters out of the room while it watched the NCAA Tournament selection show.
Wichita State finally headed back to tourney
March 13, 2006
After three straight NIT bids, Wichita State has its first NCAA Tournament berth in 18 years.
Pulse calendar
March 13, 2006
Bradley breathes easily
KU’s first foe happy to be tapped
March 13, 2006
A bubble team from a mid-major seeking an at-large bid? Cue the sweat glands.
Saddam could testify at trial today
March 13, 2006
Saddam Hussein’s trial entered a new phase Sunday as three of his co-defendants testified for the first time, denying they had any role in the killings and arrests of Shiite Muslims in the 1980s.
Study: News outlets covering fewer stories
March 13, 2006
Consumers can find news in many more places these days, but paradoxically are seeing fewer stories covered with less depth, a study issued on Sunday has concluded.
Bonds homers in rare exhibition at-bat
March 13, 2006
San Francisco manager Felipe Alou didn’t have Barry Bonds in his original lineup Sunday. He was certainly glad he went to a new version that included the slugger.
Wright starts, finishes
Freshman’s passing, dunking dandy
March 13, 2006
Not all zone-busters roam outside the three-point semicircle waiting for the ball to be swung back around to them for open shots.
No stranger in a strange land
Novel reflects Indian student-turned-KU prof’s integration into America
March 13, 2006
Swapan Chakrabarti traded Sunday dinners for lessons in driving his American roommate’s Cadillac.
Spring break-ins: Student homes easy pickings for thieves
March 13, 2006
Kansas University students are targets of property crime year-round, whether they’re away on vacation or they’ve just left a bike unattended for a few minutes.
Quoting Shakespeare
You use The Bard’s words more often than you might think
March 13, 2006
Wednesday is the ides of March. Most people - and certainly those who read William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in school - know that means the ominous March 15, or the day Caesar was killed.
Hollywood waddles through weak 2006
March 13, 2006
Moviegoing fell to its lowest level in nearly a decade while the costs to market films continued to increase, especially for smaller, specialized ones, the Motion Picture Association of America said last week.
Serious business
Some “kidding” is far out of line and deserves significant penalties.
March 13, 2006
How can anyone of sound mind be dumb enough these days to try to play a “joke” by faking a bank robbery or claiming to possess a bomb or weapon when getting on an airplane.
Commentary: New-to-Kansas family survives first severe storm
March 13, 2006
The hail was banging against our bedroom windows and thunder clapped just before 7 a.m. Sunday morning. The storm was loud.
Boater classes upcoming
Courses cover navigation, trailer usage, safety tips, self-rescue
March 13, 2006
Wildlife and Parks will conduct boater-education classes Saturday and again May 20 in Lawrence.
Senator calls for censuring Bush
March 13, 2006
A liberal Democrat and potential White House contender is proposing censuring President Bush for authorizing domestic eavesdropping, saying the White House misled Americans about its legality.
Arizona, Webb smother Royals
March 13, 2006
Diamondbacks opening-day starter Brandon Webb threw four shutout innings in Arizona’s 5-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Storm-watchers are surprised by severity
March 13, 2006
Tornado sirens intended to warn residents of coming storms sounded several minutes after severe weather hit the area Sunday morning.
Storm topples 135-year-old church spires
March 13, 2006
Two of the four spire-topped brick towers on the east side of historic Plymouth Congregational Church downtown were toppled by high winds Sunday.
Deadly bird flu found in Myanmar, Cameroon
March 13, 2006
The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was detected for the first time in poultry in Myanmar and Cameroon, officials in the two nations said, in the latest sign of the disease’s expanding range in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Take responsibility
March 13, 2006
To the editor: What kind of man refuses to support his child (Journal-World, March 9)?
Woman killed while seeking shelter in her mobile home
March 13, 2006
Severe storms across the Midwest spawned tornadoes that killed three people.
Railway plans new hub near Gardner
March 13, 2006
BNSF Railway is considering building a $200 million intermodal shipment center on a site southwest of Gardner, close to the Gardner Municipal Airport, city and economic development officials said.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
March 13, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 13, 1906: “Arrangements have been made for Lawrence to play baseball this summer in the Kaw Valley Amateur League along with Tonganoxie, Eudora and Bonner Springs. There will be two to three games a week and there should be great entertainment. : Interstate Commerce Commission inquiries into oil rates resumed in Kansas City today with E.L. Willhoyt, an independent oil dealer in Springfield, Mo., testifying that John D. Rockefeller gained his riches by sandbagging his rivals with shady dealings.”
Cover for Bush
March 13, 2006
To the editor: Sen. Pat Roberts has once again provided cover for the Bush administration’s questionable acts.
Field ready to go in revamped tournament
March 13, 2006
Cincinnati, Maryland, Michigan and Louisville were seeded No. 1 Sunday in the revamped National Invitation Tournament.
Iranian leaders rule out deal with Russia
March 13, 2006
Iran ruled out a Russian proposal aimed at easing tensions over its nuclear program Sunday, drawing criticism from a senior lawmaker in Moscow who said the decision destroyed the last chance for compromise before the U.N. Security Council takes on the issue this week.
Missouri changes catfish limits
March 13, 2006
Channel catfish and blue catfish are among the most sought-after fish species in Missouri. Now, creel limits for the two species have changed.
Commercial projects, rules for subdivisions on table
March 13, 2006
The Lawrence Douglas-County Planning Commission will meet twice this week to consider approval of several commercial projects and the new Lawrence and Douglas County Subdivision Regulations.
Wild pitches deadly
No. 2 Clemson capitalizes on Czyz’s wildness to hold off Jayhawks
March 13, 2006
Kansas University’s baseball squad couldn’t hold on thanks to two Don Czyz wild pitches, allowing No. 2-ranked Clemson to score two eighth-inning runs and prevail, 4-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series Sunday.
Jayhawks drop another dual, this time to Oklahoma State
March 13, 2006
The Kansas University women’s tennis team just can’t put together a complete dual.
On the record
March 13, 2006
Gillispie emotes happily
A&M coach thrilled Aggies made field
March 13, 2006
Texas A&M waited 19 years for a trip back to the NCAA Tournament, so what was another few minutes?
Pendleton’s landmark towering silos destroyed
March 13, 2006
The two 60-foot-tall silos that helped Lawrence area gardeners and asparagus lovers find Pendleton’s Country Market, 1446 E. 1850 Road, are gone.
Out of character
A proposed addition to the former Carnegie library building makes no attempt to fit with the structure’s historical character.
March 13, 2006
It is difficult to understand how the proposed addition to the city’s Carnegie library building at Ninth and Vermont streets can pass the various local hurdles associated with preserving historical properties.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
March 13, 2006
While some colleges and universities in America had been shifting away from the more traditional curricula over the years, Kansas University appeared to have done a much better job of sticking with “the basics,” and as a result provided a much better education than the majority of schools, a study indicated. Jerry Hutchison, acting vice chancellor for academic affairs, said KU had always required certain courses to give students a broad educational background upon graduation and that such a policy would continue.
Tips for filing an insurance claim for storm damage
March 13, 2006
Here are some tips from the American Red Cross about how to properly report an insurance claim after a natural disaster.
NYPD: Indictment to be sought against bouncer
March 13, 2006
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Sunday authorities would seek an indictment against a bouncer with a long rap sheet, the prime suspect in last month’s gruesome slaying of a graduate student.
Leader: Ports deal still could move forward
March 13, 2006
Congress will closely watch a Dubai-owned company to be sure it transfers its U.S. port operations to an American company, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday.
Pretax health plans see rapid growth
March 13, 2006
Nearly 3.2 million people were covered by high-deductible health plans in January, according to America’s Health Insurance Plans, a national trade association of health benefits companies.
Fire survivor picks through ashes of house
March 13, 2006
The lone survivor of a rural house fire that killed nine of his relatives stood in the ashes Sunday recalling his frantic attempt to rescue them the day before.
Rice: U.S. hopes to give more aid to Palestinians
March 13, 2006
The United States hopes to find a way to increase humanitarian donations to the Palestinians following Hamas’ election victory, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday.
Old home town - 40 years ago today
March 13, 2006
Eudora Swimming Pool Inc. needed about 15 more full memberships to qualify for a loan to build a public pool in the city. Also to be included were a bath house, baseball park, picnic area, horseshoe pits and adjacent parking.
Five militants convicted of plotting terror attacks
March 13, 2006
Five Islamic militants were convicted Sunday of plotting terrorist attacks on Jordanian intelligence agents, foreign tourists and upscale hotels and sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 years to life.
Eudora City Council to review pool plans
March 13, 2006
Tonight might be the last time to dive right in with input for a new swimming pool and recreation facility in Eudora.
Ex-‘Seinfeld’ co-star plays up neuroses
March 13, 2006
Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars in “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (7:30 p.m., CBS) as Christine, the divorced mother of 8-year-old Ritchie (Trevor Gagnon). Mother and son live with her seemingly unemployed and unattached brother, Matthew (Hamish Linklater), who serves as a pinch-hit babysitter and recipient of Christine’s many confessions, no matter how inappropriate or wince-inducing.
Early polls carry little clout
March 13, 2006
Polls say the darndest things. Take the idea that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the front-runner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. He does get the best numbers in some recent surveys, but some believe skepticism about those numbers might be in order.
Gas prices up 11 cents
March 13, 2006
Retail gas prices across the country climbed an average of 11 cents in the past two weeks, according to a new survey.
An airplane encounter affirms homebody status
March 13, 2006
I flew up to Grand Forks, N.D., last week on one of those little regional jets that put you in an intimate relationship with your seatmate. Mine was a slim young man in black horn-rims who was studying a legal pad with math formulas on it. Halfway to the Forks, he asked the flight attendant for aspirin. He had an accent. “What is he saying?” she asked me. “Aspirin,” I said. I guess she thought we were friends since we were in each other’s laps. So she found some aspirin.
Colts’ James signs with Cardinals
$30 million contract lures pro bowler away from Indy
March 13, 2006
The Arizona Cardinals have hollered to anyone who would listen that they are serious about building a winner.
Hurricanes don’t spur policy rush
March 13, 2006
Hurricanes and flooding raged for many Americans last year, but that hasn’t prompted a run on flood insurance.
Seven workers fall from roller coaster
March 13, 2006
Seven carnival workers fell from a roller coaster Sunday while testing the ride for the upcoming Miami-Dade County Fair, authorities said.
Registrations taken for Day of Caring
March 13, 2006
Roger Hill Volunteer Center announces the 2006 Day of Caring, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 29. Registration forms are being accepted for individuals and groups interested in volunteering for this annual event that brings together hundreds of organizations, businesses, families and individuals to spend the morning volunteering on behalf of dozens of community organizations. Projects may include painting, cleaning, archiving, organizing and yard care on behalf of local nonprofit organizations and community members in need.
Loitering limits at shelter sought
Lawrence City Commission agenda highlights ¢ 6:35 p.m. Tuesday ¢ City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets ¢ Sunflower Broadband Channel 25 ¢ Meeting documents online at www.lawrenceks.org
March 13, 2006
Commissioners will consider approving a condition that would limit the ability of residents of the Lawrence Community Shelter from loitering in the shelter’s yard or front porch area.
Arrived late, left early
March 13, 2006
Man, was I looking forward to playing in a World Poker Tour (WPT) event, any WPT event. I had not played in a history-making event with a huge prize pool since November, and the Commerce Casino’s $10,000 buy-in L.A. Poker Classic proved to have an especially huge prize pool, including $2.4 million for first place. After skipping five major events in January, and watching my contemporaries like Daniel Negreanu, Scotty Nguyen and Michael Mizrachi win, I was raring to go!
Mourning heats up
Backup center leads Miami; Shaq sits
March 13, 2006
Alonzo Mourning sparked a fourth-quarter surge while Shaquille O’Neal watched from the bench, and the Miami Heat earned their latest come-from-behind victory Sunday by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 98-92.
KWPC to hold public hearing
March 13, 2006
The Kansas Wildlife and Parks Commission will conduct a public meeting and hearing Thursday at the Kansas History Center in Topeka.
People in the news
March 13, 2006
¢ Sean Connery recovering after surgery for kidney tumor ¢ ‘50s pinup star getting hit on more now than in her prime ¢ Star says she’s never lacked confidence, ‘trust in universe’ ¢ Film director leads rally before presidential election ¢ ‘Incredible Hulk’ star sues brother over image rights ¢ Auction featuring Beat works raises funds for Katrina victim
Special turkey hunt for youths slated at Clinton Reservoir
March 13, 2006
Clinton Reservoir will be the site of a special youth turkey hunt April 8.
Tribunal: Preliminary tests show Milosevic suffered heart attack
Spokeswoman: Too early to tell if former leader was poisoned
March 13, 2006
A heart attack killed Slobodan Milosevic in his jail cell, the U.N. war crimes tribunal said, citing preliminary findings from Dutch pathologists who conducted a nearly eight-hour autopsy Sunday on the former Yugoslav leader.
Put experience to work when job hunting
March 13, 2006
I’m a 58-year-old executive assistant who lost her job due to layoffs and can’t find a new job. I know that it’s all about age discrimination. I feel that nobody wants an older executive assistant. Your realistic thoughts, please.
Storm sweeps through Mo., Kansas City
March 13, 2006
The storm system that battered Lawrence on Sunday morning swept into northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri on winds that knocked over airplanes at the downtown Kansas City, Mo., airport and ripped roofs off homes, businesses and the Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Water Park in Kansas City, Kan.
Weather delays start of spring drills
March 13, 2006
Kansas University’s scheduled football practice Sunday - which was to be open to the public - was postponed after inclement weather left many of KU’s athletic facilities unusable.
Diver Topol 13th at zone diving meet
March 13, 2006
Kansas University senior Casey Topol was the lone Jayhawk to compete on the final day of the NCAA Zone D Diving Regional on Sunday.
Simple filtering treatment offers better way to treat heart failure
March 13, 2006
An amazingly simple method of filtering excess fluid from the bloodstream appears safer and far more effective than the “water pills” that have been used for decades to treat hospitalized heart failure patients, doctors reported Sunday.
McCain is all but announced
March 13, 2006
Officially, he is not yet running and won’t make up his mind until after the fall elections, but in a recent interview in his Senate office, McCain sounded as if an announcement of his candidacy is merely a formality.
Keegan: Robinson helps KU up ladder
March 13, 2006
Finally, Russell Robinson encountered something on a basketball court that fills him with fear.
Fans, peers remember Puckett
15,000 attend two-hour ceremony in Metrodome
March 13, 2006
Kirby Puckett was known for his eagerness, enthusiasm and exceptional ability to play baseball, as well as a perpetual smile and a passion for other people.
Service to certify e-mails legitimate
AOL, Yahoo trying to cut spam
March 13, 2006
Daina Avizonis has learned to approach her inbox with a wariness normally characteristic of members of a bomb squad. The 41-year-old Redwood City, Calif., scientist scans the name of each sender, and if it is not someone she recognizes she zaps the message.
No surprises for Big 12 in NCAAs
March 13, 2006
Dallas The NCAA Tournament bracket had no surprises for Big 12 Conference, only the revelation of when, where and against whom Kansas University, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M will be playing.
City’s Special Olympians headed to national contest
March 13, 2006
Two athletes will represent Lawrence this summer at a lesser-known Olympic competition.
Dozens killed in attack on Shiite slum in Baghdad
March 13, 2006
The feared resumption of mass sectarian violence erupted Sunday in a Baghdad Shiite slum when bombers blew apart two markets shortly before sundown, killing at least 44 people and wounding about 200.
Women’s golf 10th at ‘Mo’morial
March 13, 2006
Kansas University’s women’s golf squad placed 10th out of 18 teams Sunday after the final round of the “Mo”morial at Traditions Golf Club.
KU-Texas notebook
March 13, 2006
Jeff Hawkins wore an American Airlines Center net around his neck during his postgame interview session with reporters in a giddy winner’s locker room Sunday afternoon.
Jayhawk faithful wary of Kansas’ first-round foe
March 13, 2006
When the names Kansas University and Bradley University flashed on the television screen Sunday announcing the pairing for the NCAA Tournament first-round game Friday in Auburn Hills, Mich., a few muted cheers filled Henry T’s Bar & Grill, 3520 W. Sixth St.
Longhorns didn’t ‘tough it out’
March 13, 2006
Big 12 Conference Player of the Year P.J. Tucker won the award as much for his toughness as anything, so he knows toughness when he sees it.
Redick, Duke win ACC again
Devils hold off BC; Iowa, Florida take titles
March 13, 2006
Mike Krzyzewski sat at the podium with four of his seniors, basking in the glow of another Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship.
Ex-Afghan president escapes attack; bombing kills four U.S. soldiers
March 13, 2006
A roadside bomb killed four U.S. troops passing by in an armored vehicle in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the deadliest attack on coalition forces in a month.
Missouri Valley lands four in NCAAs
March 13, 2006
Even with a conference record-breaking number of NCAA Tournament bids, Sunday still was bittersweet for the Missouri Valley Conference.
Ninth-inning RBI lifts A-Rod, U.S.
Japan’s go-ahead run in eighth overturned
March 13, 2006
Even the Americans figured they caught a break.
Mothers of autistic children join forces
Parents exchange strategies, ideas for helping youngsters
March 13, 2006
Two-and-a-half years ago, Rebecca Dority and her son Isaac walked into a room full of children.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 13, 2006
¢ At-risk may be at risk ¢ Not germane ¢ Quote of the week ¢ Things to watch
KU sports facilities suffer storm damage
March 13, 2006
Three Kansas University sports venues suffered damage during Sunday morning’s storm.
Some locks, some shocks
No. 1 seeds ho-hum, but questionable picks plentiful
March 13, 2006
The madness was on before the first tipoff. This year’s NCAA Tournament draw was a mix of power and unpredictability, with the top seeds surprising no one - and the rest of the field stirring all the debate.
Bradley fills KU’s dance card
Jayhawks get No. 4 seed, trip to Auburn Hills, Mich.
March 13, 2006
In a great mood after watching his Kansas University Jayhawks beat Texas for the Big 12 Conference tournament title, coach Bill Self remained cautiously upbeat after watching the NCAA Tournament show with his players, coaches and family members Sunday in American Airlines Center.
Horoscopes
March 13, 2006
For Monday, March 13
Nebraska will keep Collier
March 13, 2006
Barry Collier will be retained as Nebraska’s head basketball coach for at least another year, ending weeks of speculation about his status.
Lawrence datebook
March 13, 2006