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Smith helps Illini fly by Air Force
Illinois freshman hits six threes in 78-69 win
March 16, 2006
The critics were probably half right. At times it looked like Air Force belonged in the NCAA Tournament. Other times, the Falcons played like a dubious pick. Illinois was just too big and too talented, and finally overpowered the Falcons, winning 78-69 in a first-round game on Thursday night.
Gonzaga knocks off Xavier
Morrison scores 35 in 79-75 squeaker
March 16, 2006
Adam Morrison was teased, taunted and frustrated. So when Gonzaga finally grabbed control for good against Xavier, he let all that emotion out by slamming the ball against his head — three times. With that out of system, he calmly made two free throws to seal Gonzaga’s 79-75 come-from-behind win over Xavier on Thursday nignt in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Colonials pull out overtime victory
GW rallies from 18 down for first NCAA win since 1994
March 16, 2006
The last wild momentum swing in a game full of them went George Washington’s way. Maureece Rice scored 20 points and had a key defensive play in overtime to help the Colonials rally from an 18-point deficit and beat UNC Wilmington 88-85 Thursday night in the first round of the Atlanta Regional.
Despite sluggish start, LSU overcame Iona
Davis scored 17 points in second half for a 80-64 win
March 16, 2006
Once “Big Baby” asserted himself, there was no stopping LSU. Glen Davis scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and the fourth-seeded Southeastern Conference regular-season champions overcame a sluggish start to beat No. 13 seed Iona 80-64 in the first round of the Atlanta Regional on Thursday night.
Bruins top Bruins
UCLA blows by Belmont 78-44
March 16, 2006
Once the UCLA Bruins started scoring, the Belmont Bruins never stood a chance. Freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored a career-high 17 points and UCLA routed the small Nashville school 78-44 Thursday in a first-round NCAA Tournament matchup of similarly nicknamed teams. Ryan Hollins added 10 points for No. 2 seed UCLA (28-6), which won its seventh straight after holding 15th-seeded Belmont to 21 second-half points. Belmont (20-11) had averaged 81.8 points.
Grizzlies lead the whole way
Fazekas’ 24-12 day not enough as Montana wins, 87-79
March 16, 2006
The little team from the Big Sky carried on the winning tradition of No. 12 seeds in the NCAA tournament. Montana overcame a sizable height disadvantage and became the latest No. 12 seed to pull an upset, beating fifth-seeded Nevada 87-79 Thursday in the first round of the Minneapolis Regional. Since 1985, at least one 12th-seeded team has upset a No. 5 seed in the tournament every year except for 1988 and 2000.
Halftime peptalk pushes Gators
Humphrey’s 20 helps rout Jaguars, 75-50
March 16, 2006
Florida coach Billy Donovan spent three days preaching to his players about taking advantage of their size against South Alabama. It didn’t truly sink in until after a halftime tirade Thursday. Donovan ripped his team following a lackluster first half filled with ill-advised shots, then sat back and watched Lee Humphrey, Joakim Noah and Al Horford do everything right. Humphrey scored 20 points — including 12 on four 3-pointers in the second half — Noah and Horford dominated inside, and the third-seeded Gators routed 14th-seeded South Alabama 76-50 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Kemp leads KU to WNIT win over UNI
Jayhawks pick up first postseason victory since 1995
March 16, 2006
Led by Crystal Kemp’s 18 points and 11 rebounds, the Jayhawks also let people know — whether it was the Panthers or critics — that Kansas indeed was a team deserving to play in the WNIT, as it defeated UNI, 59-49.
Felix’s threes lead Crimson Tide to victory
Alabama outlasts Marquette, 90-85
March 16, 2006
Jean Felix and Alabama quickly brought the focus back to basketball. Felix was nearly perfect in scoring a season-high 31 points for the Crimson Tide, which beat Marquette 90-85 in a thrilling first-round NCAA game that was delayed 70 minutes after bomb-sniffing dogs detected something suspicious at San Diego State’s arena Thursday morning. Once order was restored, Felix made five 3-pointers in the first 12½ minutes to help the Crimson Tide take a 15-point lead.
Last-second shot sends Vols to Round 2
Lofton hits jumper for 63-61 victory
March 16, 2006
Chris Lofton’s remarkable shot allowed Tennessee to avoid a major upset and sent the Volunteers into the NCAA Tournament’s second round for the first time in six years. The sophomore guard took an inbound pass with 2.9 seconds left and rattled home a fallaway jumper from just inside the 3-point line to help the second-seeded Volunteers beat Winthrop 63-61 Thursday in the first round of the Washington Regional. Craig Bradshaw missed a shot right before the buzzer that would have tied it for the Eagles (23-8), who remained winless in six trips to the Tournament. They were trying to become the fifth 15th seed to record an upset in the first round, and the first since 2001. Instead the Volunteers advance to face seventh-seeded Wichita State.
BC survives Pacific in 2OT
Eagles pull away in second extra period to win, 88-76
March 16, 2006
A frantic comeback. A few clutch free throws. A couple of overtimes. The only thing missing was an upset, though it was hard to argue with Boston College’s formula for revving up the madness in this year’s NCAA tournament. Baldheaded BC got the first tournament thriller out of the way in an early game Thursday, a double-overtime 88-76 victory that derailed scrappy Pacific and the Maraker Express.
UW-Milwaukee sends Sooners home
The Panthers pull off their third upset in two years
March 16, 2006
Wisconsin-Milwaukee wavered, but never cracked. The Panthers almost never do at this time of the year. Once again showing why they’ve stopped surprising themselves in the NCAA Tournament, the Horizon League champions pulled off their third upset in two years by eliminating No. 6 seed Oklahoma 82-74 in the Minneapolis Regional on Thursday.
Kline fined $1,500 for violating campaign finance law
March 16, 2006
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline today was fined $1,500 for violating the state campaign finance law.
Score one for the MVC
Wichita State stops Seton Hall, 86-66
March 16, 2006
Score an early victory for the Missouri Valley Conference against its critics. Sean Ogirri had 23 points and hit six 3-pointers to lead Wichita State past Seton Hall of the vaunted Big East 86-66 Thursday in the first round of the Washington regional, giving the mid-major conference an impressive debut after hearing plenty about its haul of four NCAA Tournament bids.
Cool and breezy conditions ahead
March 16, 2006
Yesterday’s warm temperatures won’t be repeated today. The day will be sunny but windy.
Plays tap deepest recesses of mind
March 16, 2006
Dean Bevan had a dream. Queen Victoria was visiting a women’s commune in Africa. She was baffled by the whole concept and questioned its necessity. Her tour guide, a nice young State Department official, explained that the facility was designed to free women from dependence upon males.
Jones wants to keep county commission seat
March 16, 2006
Douglas County Commissioner Charles Jones said Wednesday he would run for re-election this year for a third term.
Lawrence datebook
March 16, 2006
New lottery game debuts in Kansas
March 16, 2006
A lottery game similar to Powerball made its debut in Kansas this week, offering smaller jackpots but better odds.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 16, 2006
Highlights of Wednesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
On the record
March 16, 2006
Grass fires consume thousands of acres
March 16, 2006
Two wind-blown fires burned an estimated 14,000 acres of rural land in western Kansas’ Hodgeman County on Wednesday in the latest of a spate of large-scale blazes in the state.
Hall near Vinland to become reception center
March 16, 2006
Stony Point Hall southwest of Vinland will become a reception center under a conditional use permit approved Wednesday night by Douglas County commissioners.
Fossett past halfway on latest record attempt
March 16, 2006
Aviator Steve Fossett passed the halfway point Wednesday night in his latest record flight in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer.
New burn ban issued
March 16, 2006
A new burning ban was put into effect Wednesday night by the Douglas County Commission.
Gun bill passes by veto-proof margin
March 16, 2006
Legislators will find out soon how serious Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is about vetoing a bill allowing Kansans to carry concealed weapons.
Crews clearing debris for St. Pat’s Parade
March 16, 2006
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department will begin cleaning up fallen trees and debris in South Park today in preparation for Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown.
Census: County taking only baby steps on population growth
Report that more residents are leaving than coming in disputed
March 16, 2006
Douglas County is still growing, but only because people are still being born here.
Congressmen talk sanctions over Japan’s refusal to buy beef
March 16, 2006
Last week’s discovery of a new case of mad cow disease in Alabama isn’t slowing Kansas officials in their quest to reopen Japanese markets to American beef.
Give a thought to scale when shopping online
March 16, 2006
Think about size if you plan to buy over the Internet or at any auction or sale you do not attend in person. For example, confusion often arises concerning doll furniture, dollhouse furniture and children’s furniture, especially if a table or bed is being sold from a catalog or Web site. The seat of an adult’s chair is about 16 inches from the floor; the back is about 3 feet tall. A child’s chair is large enough for an average 3-year-old to sit on. The seat is 13 inches from the floor, and the back is 16 inches tall. A dollhouse chair is usually made in the scale used to make the dollhouse.
Springtime project: Make a house for Eastern bluebirds
March 16, 2006
One measure of vitality in an urban area is the number of homes erected each year. Unfortunately, this development leads to the decline of other types of dwellings. Wildlife often depends on the grass and trees that covered the land before houses took their place. However, there is one species of bird that can be encouraged to move in with new home construction - only on a smaller scale.
Help with how-to
March 16, 2006
Before starting a new improvement or repair project - no matter how small - taking a few minutes to read instructions is often a good idea. Even if you’ve made the repair in the past, looking over owner’s manuals or reading home-repair books can refresh your memory.
Oklahoma State, CU fall
March 16, 2006
Robert Hite and Guillermo Diaz each scored 15, and Miami survived a frantic late rally to beat Oklahoma State, 62-59, on Wednesday.
Kansas State trounces KU women’s tennis
March 16, 2006
Kansas University fell to Kansas State, 6-1, in college women’s tennis on Wednesday. The loss drops the Jayhawks to 5-6 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12 Conference.
South Korea’s win keeps U.S. alive
March 16, 2006
Team USA still has a chance in the World Baseball Classic thanks to South Korea.
Washburn stymies Royals
March 16, 2006
The Seattle Mariners like what they see from Jarrod Washburn.
Brown-Marbury feud increases in scope
March 16, 2006
Stephon Marbury accused Larry Brown of trying to drag him into a public dispute and said the coach was making their ongoing feud a personal one.
MSU eases limits on Allen contract
Ex-KU coach can leave without penalty after one year
March 16, 2006
Missouri State had amended its contract with head football coach Terry Allen to allow the university or the coach to back out at the end of the year without paying penalties, the school said Wednesday.
Gunman kills two in Denny’s restaurant
March 16, 2006
A man armed with two handguns opened fire inside a Denny’s restaurant during the lunch hour Wednesday, killing two people and wounding a married couple before taking his own life, police said.
Fans’ good fortune comes at bad time
March 16, 2006
Sometimes good fortune comes at the worst time. Just ask Colleen Zimmerman.
KU merchandise goes on the road
All eyes on Kansas Jayhawks
March 16, 2006
Danny Lewis is taking his store on the road.
Activist blasts KU women’s studies program
University defends integrity against conservative’s comments
March 16, 2006
A nationally known conservative activist shopped his “Academic Bill of Rights” to the Kansas Statehouse on Wednesday, charging that Kansas University and other state colleges indoctrinate their students with liberal ideologies.
Fed: Labor market gaining strength
March 16, 2006
The economy headed into the spring season with solid momentum, helping to generate more employment opportunities and keep factories humming, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.
H&R Block faces $250M fraud suit
March 16, 2006
New York state filed a $250 million fraud suit Wednesday against H&R Block Inc., charging that the nation’s largest tax preparation service steered more than 500,000 customers into a money-losing retirement account plan.
Pasta maker gets $295M in financing
March 16, 2006
One day before risking default on its loans, American Italian Pasta Co. said Wednesday it had received a new five-year, $295 million financing agreement.
Oil prices decline as supplies grow
March 16, 2006
Crude oil futures fell Wednesday after U.S. government data showed a large increase in supplies last week.
Commodities
March 16, 2006
Bradley feeling little heat
Players: Lower-seeded squad has ‘nothing to lose’ against Jayhawks
March 16, 2006
Sure, it’s a difficult task, but Bradley University’s men’s basketball players are trying to treat Friday night’s first-round NCAA Tournament showdown against Kansas as “just another game.”
Hurry up and wait
KU has ample time to prepare for Bradley
March 16, 2006
Kansas University’s men’s basketball players and coaches arrived at the team hotel, the Auburn Hilton Suites, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, well in advance of Friday’s 8:30 p.m. first-round NCAA Tournament contest against Bradley.
Keegan: If Rush heats up, look out
March 16, 2006
The Kansas University charter flight landed safely Wednesday evening, ahead of any snow storms that might be on the way. We’ll have to wait until Friday night to find out if Brandon Rush’s jump shot made the trip.
PlayStation 3 launch delayed
Sony expects to release console in November instead of spring
March 16, 2006
Sony Corp. will delay the launch of its much-anticipated PlayStation 3 console until November, prolonging the agony not only for itself but also for many others in the video game industry.
Funding for open space still up in air
City, county commissioners considering how to pay for business parks
March 16, 2006
A funding mechanism for providing business parks and open green space would be in place by the start of 2007, if Lawrence city and Douglas County commissioners get their way.
Daily ticker
March 16, 2006
No charges to be filed over prophet cartoons
March 16, 2006
Denmark’s top prosecutor said Wednesday he will not press charges against the newspaper that first published the Prophet Muhammad drawings that triggered deadly protests by Muslims worldwide.
Wildfires threaten six small towns
March 16, 2006
Stiff winds pushed wildfires deeper into the parched Texas Panhandle on Wednesday, threatening six small towns and prompting authorities to urge 3,000 people to evacuate their homes.
Crews search for bodies after earthen dam failure
March 16, 2006
Searchers with dogs looked for bodies in the mud and debris Wednesday after a dam break released a roaring, tree-snapping torrent of water and raised fears about the safety of dozens of similar dams across Hawaii.
Company details plans to sell port operations
March 16, 2006
A Dubai-owned company announced Wednesday it will sell all its U.S. port operations within four to six months to an American buyer, providing new details about its sales plans that were forced by congressional concerns over terrorism security.
Abbas condemns raid on Palestinian prison
March 16, 2006
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday toured the devastated Jericho prison where Israel spirited away six prisoners, denouncing the raid as an “unforgivable crime.”
Prosecutors ask judge to reconsider evidence ruling in Moussaoui case
March 16, 2006
Prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday to reconsider her decision to toss out half of the government’s case against confessed terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. They acknowledged that altering the judge’s ruling is their only hope of salvaging the death-penalty case.
Chat room participants charged in child porn enterprise
March 16, 2006
Participants in an international Internet chat room transmitted live visuals of child molestation and traded thousands of pictures of child pornography, federal authorities said Wednesday in announcing charges against 27 people.
St. Patrick’s queen will reign in parade
March 16, 2006
A 21-year-old Lawrence woman was selected as this year’s St. Patrick’s Day queen during Sunday’s annual coronation and banquet held at the Flamingo Club.
People in the news
March 16, 2006
¢ Singer Phil Collins and wife announce they’re separating ¢ Former 90210 star expecting third child with husband ¢ FCC fines CBS stations, affiliates $3.6 million
Baby’s body found in yard
March 16, 2006
The body of a newborn was found near the back door of a home Tuesday in a rural area of Reno County.
Lost potential
March 16, 2006
To the editor: Abortion has come once again to the forefront.
Baker conflict
March 16, 2006
To the editor: I believe it is time for Roger Boyd’s support of the 32nd Street alignment of the South Lawrence Trafficway to be put into perspective.
Sirens’ mission
March 16, 2006
To the editor: Reading the article “Storm-watchers are surprised by severity,” in Monday’s paper, there was a very disturbing comment made by Assistant Emergency Management Director Teri Smith.
U.S. should resist urge to micromanage in Iraq
March 16, 2006
Adversity and the telephone bring out the best in Ibrahim al-Jafari, Iraq’s embattled prime minister.
Author weaves ‘All Parts Together’ in historical novel
March 16, 2006
Lawrence author Tom Mach has harbored a keen fascination with the Civil War since childhood.
KU tournament notebook
March 16, 2006
KU’s Sasha Kaun realizes it will be a tough test trying to slow 7-foot Bradley sophomore center Patrick O’Bryant. Kaun roomed with O’Bryant at last summer’s Pete Newell Big Man camp in Las Vegas.
KU must contain UNI’s 6-7 center
March 16, 2006
Not many women college basketball players tower over Kansas University’s 6-foot-2 Crystal Kemp.
Survey: Health care mediocre across the board
March 16, 2006
Startling research from the biggest study ever of U.S. health care quality suggests that Americans - rich, poor, black, white - get roughly equal treatment, but it’s woefully mediocre for all.
Disputed workers’ comp bill goes to Sebelius
March 16, 2006
Some workers who are injured on the job would receive lower benefits under a bill legislators sent Wednesday to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
Horoscopes
March 16, 2006
For Thursday, March 16
Parents plead cases for troubled children
State sympathetic to upholding placements in group homes
March 16, 2006
Parents and guardians pleaded Wednesday with lawmakers to fund facilities that provide services that they say are necessary to keep their children alive.
Planning Commission OKs Pennsylvania Street project
March 16, 2006
The city of Lawrence took a crucial step toward New Urbanism on Wednesday, despite angry cries from members of the East Lawrence Neighborhood Assn.
School finance plan expected today
March 16, 2006
After weeks of discussions, suggestions and amendments, a House panel is expected to put the final touches on its school finance plan, and the committee leader says the proposal will include funding for one year and “goals” for years two and three.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 16, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.32 at several locations in Lawrence. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Super sub
Interim crew chief credits boss Johnson for No. 48 team success
March 16, 2006
After Jimmie Johnson won his second race of the 2006 Nextel Cup season on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a reporter asked interim crew chief Darian Grubb if people are starting to recognize him at the grocery store.
Anthony lifts Nuggets late
Pacers victimized, 101-99
March 16, 2006
George Karl figured there only was one option when the Denver Nuggets needed a last-second shot Wednesday night - Carmelo Anthony.
Gov.: Ground Zero developer ‘betrayed public’s trust’
March 16, 2006
Plans to rebuild Ground Zero, the gaping hole in lower Manhattan’s resurgence, stalled again amid fury Wednesday - leading New York Gov. George Pataki to accuse developer Larry Silverstein of betraying New York.
Safety concerns lead to re-evacuation
March 16, 2006
“It’s been like a circus over here,” said Justin Miller, 22, a resident of Building 1125 at the Berkeley Flats apartment complex near 11th and Indiana Streets. “They tell us one thing, and then they told us another. … It’s pretty crappy if it’s been nonlivable, and I’ve been staying here all this time.”
Forecast for rain prompts fast repairs
Contractors work to at least patch buildings’ holes before weekend
March 16, 2006
In a town with too many leaking or missing roofs, a weekend forecast predicting more rain meant scores of workers and homeowners doing fast, makeshift repairs to ward off the possibility of more damage.
Judges give meaningful commentary on ‘Inventor’
March 16, 2006
Produced by Simon Cowell, “American Inventor” (7 p.m., ABC) offers an entertaining blend of “American Idol,” a science fair and a TV shopping network.
Dubai deserves U.S. thanks
March 16, 2006
Last week, DP World decided to separate from its newly acquired U.S. port terminal operations. Even though these assets are less than 10 percent of its recent takeover of Great Britain’s venerable maritime company P&O, it is an undoubted blow to DP World.
Bush still trying to justify strategy in Iraq
March 16, 2006
On the third anniversary of the war in Iraq, President Bush once again finds himself trying to rally American public opinion to support that costly venture. The series of speeches that began this week comes against a backdrop of deepening skepticism on the part of voters about the effort that began in March 2003 with a lightning strike against Saddam Hussein’s forces.
Favorite things for spring
March 16, 2006
People seem to associate spring with nature more than any other time of year.
Our town sports
March 16, 2006
Cupboard full for new LHS boss
Depth a big concern for Free State, Seabury Academy
March 16, 2006
It’s safe to say Matt Anderson wasn’t blown away with his introduction to the Lawrence High girls soccer program last spring.
Commentary: Spare me the ‘billionaires’ argument
March 16, 2006
In the aftermath of last week’s announcement that NASCAR will build its hall of fame in Charlotte, N.C., I find myself feeling the need to defend NASCAR, a handful of rich people and Charlotte’s mayor, city council and power elite - all at the same time.
Board OKs opt-in for sex ed
Some members want to push for abstinence-only education requirement
March 16, 2006
The Kansas State Board of Education on Wednesday voted to require that students get their parents’ permission before taking sex education.
Group calls for end of ape actors
March 16, 2006
The “No Animals Were Harmed” disclaimer at the end of the movie has been part of the popular vernacular since 1989, when it first showed up in Paul Newman’s “Fat Man and Little Boy.” It’s even trademarked.
Overstepping
State school board members once again are diving into matters that should be left to local boards.
March 16, 2006
“When did we suddenly not trust local boards of education?”
Spring homers now habit for Bonds
March 16, 2006
Barry Bonds, Mark Mulder and Mike Mussina nearly look ready for the regular season. Andy Pettitte, however, is just beginning to work the kinks out.
Correction
March 16, 2006
Quail Run School defeated The Independent School of Wichita in a tie-breaker on Saturday for the elementary team title of the Kansas State Invitational Chess Championships. A story in Tuesday’s Journal-World had incorrect information.
Bill requiring DNA tests in felony arrests advances
March 16, 2006
Despite opposition and delays, the Senate gave first-round approval to legislation requiring people arrested on felony charges to submit DNA samples that could be used to determine whether they were involved in other crimes.
Lake View Manor’s funding cut off
Loss of payments for new admissions, possibility of fines threaten to close home
March 16, 2006
A Lawrence nursing home is on the brink of being forced out of business.
Commentary: Apparently, Jayhawks babble and suck
March 16, 2006
What the heck is a Jayhawk?
College loans, alternative tax perplex taxpayers
March 16, 2006
I’m so proud of my husband. He has assembled all of our tax documents and we’ve already dropped them off at our accountant’s office.
11 reportedly killed in U.S. raid
March 16, 2006
A U.S. air strike north of the capital Wednesday killed 11 people - most of them women and children, said police and relatives of the victims. The U.S. military said it captured the target of the raid, a man suspected of supporting al-Qaida fighters.