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6Sports video: KU Baseball set to face Baylor
March 17, 2006
The Kansas Baseball team is in the midst of its six weekend series away from lawrence in the last seven. The road warrior Jayhawks start a three game set in Waco, Texas against Baylor tonight.
Sea of green hits downtown
March 17, 2006
The Luck of the irish could be felt in downtown Lawrence today as a sea of green inveades the city. The cool temperatures and gray skies didn’t dampen any Irish spirits during the city’s 19th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Screen Scene
March 17, 2006
Imagine George Orwell’s 1984 if its central character had been a costumed crimefighter a la Batman, you’ll have some idea of the dynamic it played in “V for Vendetta. Also opening this week is The World’s Fastest Indian, The White Countess, and She’s The Man.
School dedicates lunchroom to Lunch Lady
March 17, 2006
Students at Prairie Park Elementary School honor a member of their community they lost last year.
6Sports video: Women safely in round two
March 17, 2006
The KU Women’s Basketball team is safely out of round one of the WNIT. Last night the Jayhawks picked up their first postseason win since 1999 by beating UNI.
6Sports video: Jayhawks worked through the winter
March 17, 2006
Earlier this week, fans got a glimpse of the 2006 Kansas Football team. What fans haven’t seen over the last few weeks is the team’s winter workouts.
GlobalFlyer lands in Salina
March 17, 2006
Adventurer Steve Fossit appears to have broken the closed circuit distance record in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer. Today, he landed at the Salina Municipal Airport after taking off 74 hours earlier from the same place.
Farmers, ranchers recovering from storms
March 17, 2006
Sunday’s storm hit at a crucial time for the farmers and ranchers in Douglas and Leavenworth counties. Now, many are trying to rebuild the stuctures they lost.
Judge hears arguments on retail development evidence
March 17, 2006
A judge today hears arguments on how much evidence should be allowed in an upcoming trial involving the city’s decision to deny a building permit for a retail devlopment at 6th and Wakarusa.
One and done … again
KU bounced in back-to-back NCAA openers for first time
March 17, 2006
One and done : again. In a game eerily reminiscent of last year’s one-point Bucknell bummer, another BU - Bradley University - put an end to Kansas University’s basketball season, 77-73, in a first-round NCAA Tournament battle on Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Ohio State win ensure this NCAA trip counts
Lewis’ 16 second-half points help Buckeyes stave off Davidson
March 17, 2006
Ohio State had four trips to the NCAA Tournament erased last week. Ron Lewis made this one count. Stung by the NCAA punishment, Ohio State regrouped in its tournament opener behind an excellent performance by Lewis. He was in the middle of almost every play during a second-half surge that led the second-seeded Buckeyes to a 70-62 first-round victory over relentless Davidson in the Minneapolis Regional on Friday.
Bucknell is back at it
Lee and Bettencourt combined for 42 in upset
March 17, 2006
Kansas last year, Arkansas this year. The Bucknell Bison sure are taking down some historic programs on their way to making a name for themselves. The Patriot League champions moved to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year Friday, this time taking the unusual route of making more 3-pointers than 2s in a 59-55 victory over the Razorbacks.
Wallace’s late three will haunt Hawkeyes
No. 14 Northwestern State pulls off biggest upset so far
March 17, 2006
Jermaine Wallace might’ve had the worst view of the swish seen ‘round the nation. Stuck in the corner with time running out, all Wallace could do was heave, hope and watch. As he fell below the baseline, his fadeaway 3-pointer was good with a split second left and little Northwestern State pulled off a shocker, rallying past Iowa 64-63 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
St. Patrick’s Day parade a success despite cool weather
March 17, 2006
The cool weather better fit the Christmas season, but instead of red, green dominated downtown Lawrence on Friday as thousands thronged Massachusetts Street for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
St. Patrick’s Day parade live coverage
March 17, 2006
The Free State Productions coverage of the parade.
A fiery hoops chat with Mark Fagan: The man following KU fans
J-W and 6News business editor divulges b-ball insights during down time in Detroit
March 17, 2006
J-W Business Editor Mark Fagan discusses his takes on KU in the NCAA Tournament.
St. Patrick’s Day will be cool and cloudy
March 17, 2006
St. Patrick’s Day will be on the chilly side this afternoon, as a cooling trend begins which will last until early next week. Time to put on a jacket before going out to watch the parade.
Ray returns with 19 points in Nova’s win
Wildcats tie school record with 26th win over Monmouth
March 17, 2006
Villanova had the No. 1 seed, the home-court advantage, and a resume that has them unquestionably among the nation’s elite. None of that seemed to faze unheralded Monmouth. Pushed by a pesky Monmouth team aiming to pull off an unprecedented upset, the top-seeded Wildcats prevailed and beat the Hawks 58-45 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Roy’s 28 points help Huskies roll
Washington hits 12 triples
March 17, 2006
So much for this being an upset special. Behind 28 points by Brandon Roy, fifth-seeded Washington defeated Utah State 75-61 Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
No. 1 Duke dominates Southern
Redick, Williams each score 29 in Blue Devils win
March 17, 2006
Shelden Williams and J.J. Redick combined for all but 12 of their team’s points to help the top-seeded Blue Devils overcome a sluggish start in a 70-54 victory over Southern University on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
A&M puts clamps on Big East champs
Law scores a dozen points in last minutes in 12th seed’s upset
March 17, 2006
Maybe the Big East was overrated. It would be hard to argue against that after the opening day of the NCAA Tournament. Acie Law scored 23 points, including a dozen in the final 2:25, and helped 12th-seeded Texas A&M upset fifth-seeded Syracuse 66-58 Thursday night in the Atlanta Regional.
Hoosiers hang on against Aztecs
Mike Davis era continues at Indiana
March 17, 2006
If it turns out to be the last win at Indiana for Mike Davis, it might be his sweetest, too. And maybe his most unlikely. With his team outplayed on almost every level, the Hoosiers’ lame-duck coach had every reason to believe he’d be packing it up for good Thursday night after the first round of the NCAA Tournament. His players weren’t quite ready to say goodbye, though. And when Robert Vaden hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left, Indiana was on its way to a thrilling, come-from-behind victory, 87-83 over San Diego State.
Kansas gets extra day to prepare
Jayhawks will play host Sunday to Mississippi in WNIT
March 17, 2006
Bonnie Henrickson heard the news late Thursday afternoon: Mississippi could not make it to Lawrence on Saturday. “We’re not complaining,” Henickson said after her Kansas University women’s basketball team clipped Northern Iowa, 59-49, in a WNIT preliminary-round game Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse.
Amazing’ expansion followed big bang
March 17, 2006
By the faint cosmic glow of the oldest known light, physicists say they have found evidence that the universe grew to astounding proportions in less than the blink of an eye.
White House report shifts focus from Iraq
March 17, 2006
The need for a big new military offensive in Iraq illustrates the difficulties still facing the United States after three troubled years of fighting. It comes as the Bush administration works to show critics at home and abroad it is on the job in Iraq and ready, if necessary, to confront new dangers from Iran.
House OKs $92B for wars, cleanup
March 17, 2006
The House voted Thursday to give President Bush $92 billion more for Iraq, Afghanistan and Gulf Coast hurricane relief despite worries about the ballooning costs of the war and the recovery effort.
Lawrence datebook
March 17, 2006
Youth recreation center plans move forward
March 17, 2006
A movement to determine Lawrence’s sports and recreational needs and how to satisfy them took another step forward Thursday. An organization called Partners for Lawrence Athletics & Youth spent time brainstorming about the questions to be answered and information needed to improve local recreation opportunities for youngsters.
Adams leads Arizona to big win
UA’s 19-2 run helps Wildcats cruise
March 17, 2006
Hassan Adams’ leadership was even more important to Arizona than his solid shooting. Back from a two-game suspension, Adams scored 21 points and Ivan Radenovic added 18, leading the eighth-seeded Wildcats to a 94-75 victory over No. 9 seed Wisconsin in the Minneapolis Regional on Friday.
Colorful production makes ‘Will Rogers Follies’ a hit
Show a celebration of life, career
March 17, 2006
We don’t like to admit that our tastes haven’t changed that much in 90 years, but Peter Stone knew it and took advantage of it by writing “The Will Rogers Follies,” which provided a way to bring back the Ziegfeld Girls and their leggy routines as the vehicle for a celebration of the life and career of Will Rogers. Whenever Will is not onstage - and sometimes when he is - the focus is on the precise and fluid movements of these dancers.
KU says repair backlog made damage worse
March 17, 2006
Kansas University on Thursday blamed the state’s failure to pay for facilities maintenance for exacerbating the damage from Sunday’s storm. KU officials say the high winds left behind at least $6 million in damage. “I think if we’d been able to address our deferred maintenance, we would have come out better,” Vice Provost Jim Long said.
St. Pat’s celebration set to roll down Mass. St.
March 17, 2006
If you are going downtown today, be sure to wear green. The 19th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade gets under way at 1 p.m. at South Park. The parade will feature about 100 entries, which will line up and take a route down Massachusetts Street to 501 N. Ninth.
Idaho governor named new interior secretary
March 17, 2006
President Bush picked Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne on Thursday to be his new interior secretary, selecting a pro-development Western Republican to push for more oil and gas drilling from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska’s North Slope.
Lawyers: Attorney sent information to airlines
March 17, 2006
Lawyers for two airlines being sued for damages by 9-11 victims prompted a federal lawyer to coach witnesses in the trial of al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui so the government’s death penalty case would not undercut their defense, victims’ lawyers allege.
Oceans’ warmth linked to stronger hurricanes
March 17, 2006
Rising ocean temperatures have stoked the growing fury of hurricanes, according to a study made public Thursday that intensifies a debate over the link between global warming and the ferocity of storms.
Church fire suspects held on state warrants
March 17, 2006
Three college students accused of setting fire to a string of rural churches were granted release on bail by a federal judge Thursday, but they will remain in custody because of new arrest warrants issued by the state.
Faculty will receive $17.5M in back pay
March 17, 2006
University of Washington regents agreed Thursday to give faculty a pay raise and turn over $17.5 million in back pay, interest and attorney fees to settle a lawsuit.
Senate OKs $2.8 trillion budget
March 17, 2006
Congress pushed the ceiling on the national debt to nearly $9 trillion Thursday, and the House and Senate promptly voted for major spending initiatives for the war in Iraq, hurricane relief and education.
Prescriptions for anti-psychotic drugs skyrocket among children
March 17, 2006
Soaring numbers of American children are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs. And in many cases, they’re being prescribed for attention deficit disorder or other behavioral problems for which these medications have not been proven to work, a study found.
Libby’s attorneys subpoena reporters
March 17, 2006
The CIA leak case of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby may be heading for a new battle between the news media and the courts, the second such confrontation triggered by the Valerie Plame affair.
Sex offender sought for attacks on teens
March 17, 2006
A man sought by police in connection with the rape of two teenage girls in an underground room behind his Hartsville home had been recommended for the state’s sexually violent predator program, officials said Thursday.
Seven SUVs earn top scores in crash tests
March 17, 2006
Seven sport utility vehicles earned the government’s highest ratings in providing protection in front-end and side crashes, according to test results released Thursday.
Students mourn teacher struck, killed by car
March 17, 2006
Students wept and prayed Thursday at a sidewalk memorial for a teacher who was struck and killed by a car as the driver and passenger quarreled.
Lawmakers may pardon segregation arrests
March 17, 2006
Alabama lawmakers are considering pardoning hundreds, possibly thousands, of people who were arrested decades ago for violating Alabama’s segregation laws.
Harris won’t withdraw from Senate race
March 17, 2006
Rep. Katherine Harris will fight rather than quit her U.S. Senate campaign, saying she’ll spend $10 million she inherited from her father to revive her bid, which has been set back by her ties to a bribery scandal.
Campus artists finally get top facilities
March 17, 2006
The scientists got their laboratories, the jocks their plush weight rooms and climbing walls. Now, at last, the massive campus building boom of the last 15 years is getting around to the performing arts. From big, public universities to small, liberal arts institutions such as Williams College, schools across the country are throwing unprecedented sums at new and often architecturally striking arts venues.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
March 17, 2006
Old home town - 40 years ago today
March 17, 2006
Old home town - 25 years ago today
March 17, 2006
Straight talk
March 17, 2006
To the editor: Hooray to Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., for recently standing up to her husband, former President Bill Clinton, on the attempt by an Arab company to purchase managing rights of six U.S. ports.
Helping hand
March 17, 2006
To the editor: Once again we have evidence of what a great place Lawrence is to live. Stories abound telling of neighbors helping neighbors in the aftermath of the microburst.
Public shelters?
March 17, 2006
To the editor: In light of the recent storm damage and poor alert system to the public of Lawrence, where are people who have no basements to go during a tornado?
Lucky’ effort
Local residents should appreciate the hard work and charitable spirit that goes into today’s St. Patrick’s Day events.
March 17, 2006
Although history doesn’t necessarily confirm it, the “luck of the Irish” is a well-known concept.
Police officers catch robbery suspect
March 17, 2006
Lawrence Police say they used surveillance on a liquor store Thursday morning to catch a suspect who may be connected to as many as 20 other burglaries.
Fire inside wall causes minor damage
March 17, 2006
A fire inside a wall caused minor damage Thursday afternoon to a southwestern Lawrence apartment. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Capt. James King said firefighters used water to put out the fire just after 4:10 p.m. The flames were confined to the wall and only smoke was visible from the outside, he said.
Museum program to focus on women
March 17, 2006
Stories about amazing women from America’s past will be told during a program for children and their families Saturday at Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
Future kindergartners invited to round-up
March 17, 2006
Future kindergarten students and their parents can learn what a day of class at Veritas Christian School will be like on April 7 at the Kindergarten Round-up.
State to re-evaluate credit unions after years of financial troubles
March 17, 2006
After years of financial troubles but no serious changes in the way it does business, state officials say they will now step in to manage the Credit Union Group Credit Union, which has an affiliate in Lawrence, the Free State Credit Union at 1001 E. 23rd St. and 901 Iowa.
Hofstra downs Huskers
March 17, 2006
Loren Stokes scored 23 points as Hofstra earned its first postseason victory in 33 years at the Division I level with a 73-62 victory against Nebraska in the NIT.
Aggies upend Syracuse
March 17, 2006
Maybe the Big East was overrated. It would be hard to argue against that after the opening day of the NCAA Tournament. Acie Law scored 23 points, including a dozen in the final 2:25, and helped 12th-seeded Texas A&M upset fifth-seeded Syracuse, 66-58, Thursday night in the Atlanta Regional. It was the third loss in three games for the new expanded Big East, which sent a record eight teams into the field of 65.
Morrison keeps Gonzaga alive
Alabama waits out bomb scare before taking care of Marquette
March 17, 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.
Praise for trails
March 17, 2006
To the editor: I used to be an avid hiker and explorer in my younger, skinnier days. I have done many trails in Missouri and Kansas and all the trails in Stilwell, Kan., that the Mission Valley Hunt uses.
Long-range view
March 17, 2006
To the editor: I would like to respond to Gene Ramp’s March 10 letter to the editor. Not only is he inaccurate in assigning responsibility for the resignation of our city manager (Journal-World article on the same date), his reactive rhetoric is unwarranted and untrue.
Storm cleanup brings neighbors together
Bishop Seabury seniors help at Pendleton’s Country Market
March 17, 2006
Some old neighbors showed up Thursday to do some grunt work and help clean up Pendleton’s Country Market east of Lawrence after Sunday’s storm. Twenty-one Bishop Seabury Academy seniors and some teachers removed rubble from two destroyed silos and other buildings for farmers John and Janet Pendleton.
Series to focus on science standards
March 17, 2006
Hume Feldman gets hot under the collar when he thinks about the Kansas State Board of Education’s changes to the definition of science in the public school science standards. “Redefining science?” the Kansas University professor said. “Who are you? Where do you come from? The arrogance is just unbelievable.”
Game time for Sunday still unsettled
March 17, 2006
The winner of tonight’s Kansas University-Bradley game will play the winner of today’s Pittsburgh-Kent State game Sunday. KU officials Thursday were informed the time of Sunday’s games were not yet set in stone.
LHS sweeps track titles
March 17, 2006
The Lawrence High boys and girls track teams chalked up a handful of multiple winners to claim the team titles in both halves of Thursday’s season-opening Topeka West Mid-Winter Relays at Hummer Sports Park.
Kansas scraps past Panthers
March 17, 2006
That mouse under Marija Zinic’s right eye figured to turn blue and ugly overnight. “She might not be able to get a date for a couple of weeks,” Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson quipped, “but I think she looks good.” Zinic came off the bench to provide a late spark the Jayhawks needed to eclipse Northern Iowa, 59-49, in a preliminary-round WNIT game Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
Jayhawks good to go
With game on line, to whom will KU turn?
March 17, 2006
A year ago, Kansas University’s basketball players looked to Wayne Simien with the game on the line. Simien, KU’s senior leader and go-to guy, took - and missed - the last shot of the season, a free-throw-line-extended jumper that clanged and closed the Jayhawks’ shocking 64-63 first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Bucknell.
On the Record
March 17, 2006
G-8 energy ministers meet to talk security
March 17, 2006
Energy ministers from the world’s richest countries called Thursday for market-oriented approaches to increasing supplies and said significant investments would be needed in the production, transportation and processing of resources.
Hamas plans to go solo with new government
March 17, 2006
Hamas ended coalition talks Thursday after failing to secure a single party as a partner, but said it would form a government on its own - a scenario likely to ensure international isolation for the Islamic militants.
U.S. to withdraw most military forces
March 17, 2006
The United States, which long has provided Iceland with its only military force, has decided to withdraw most of its service members and all of its fighter jets and helicopters from the country later this year, the U.S. ambassador said Thursday.
Students’ protest of labor law turns violent
March 17, 2006
Riot police fired rubber pellets and tear gas at youths who pelted them with stones and torched cars Thursday in the heart of Paris, a violent turn in nationwide protests against a new labor law that brought a quarter-million people onto France’s streets.
Few mourners visit Milosevic’s coffin
Former president denied state funeral
March 17, 2006
The flag-draped coffin of Slobodan Milosevic went on public display Thursday, but it drew relatively few mourners paying tribute to the former president who died while on trial for genocide and war crimes. Hundreds of loyal Milosevic supporters - not the thousands that organizers had predicted - lined up to view his casket in a museum dedicated to the late communist dictator Josip Broz Tito in Belgrade’s plush Dedinje district.
Iran says it’s ready for talks with U.S. over Iraq
Nuclear dispute won’t be on agenda
March 17, 2006
Iran offered Thursday to enter into talks with the United States aimed at stabilizing Iraq. The Bush administration said it would discuss the insurgency with the Islamic republic, but not nuclear issues. It was the first time Iran has agreed to negotiate with the superpower it calls the “Great Satan” - a move that appeared to reflect the desire of at least some top Iranian officials to relieve Western
House expects 1-year school finance plan
March 17, 2006
As a House committee moved closer Thursday to finishing a school finance plan, members said it was likely to emerge as a one-year proposal that creates obligations in future years. The House Select Committee hoped to finish its work today. “We have a lot of people in our caucus who want a one-year plan,” said Chairwoman Kathe Decker.
Black officers file discrimination suit
March 17, 2006
Twenty-one black police officers filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court, complaining of discriminatory treatment. The suit, which seeks no monetary damages, said the plaintiffs and other minority officers have been denied desirable job assignments, promotion opportunities, supervisory positions, training, equal pay, bonuses and other employment benefits.
ConAgra plans to cut dividend, businesses
March 17, 2006
ConAgra Foods Inc. said Thursday it would cut its dividend by 34 percent, shed its seafood and cheese businesses and record an unspecified amount of charges over the rest of the year as part of a sweeping restructuring plan. Its shares tumbled nearly 7 percent.
K.C. firm reports fewer tax clients
March 17, 2006
H&R Block Inc. said Thursday it saw fewer tax clients in February but still posted a slight increase in revenue.
Drop in gas prices helps slow inflation
March 17, 2006
Inflation, after posting a big spike at the start of the year, slowed sharply in February, reflecting large declines in gasoline and other fuel prices.
New Orleans election plan gets approval
March 17, 2006
Over the bitter objections of some black leaders, the U.S. Justice Department approved a plan Thursday for New Orleans’ first elections since Hurricane Katrina. The department still needs to approve a few polling place changes but otherwise gave its blessing to plans to have elections for mayor, City Council and other posts on April 22. Department officials also said they would send observers to monitor the balloting.
Home equity can affect financial aid for college
March 17, 2006
We have a daughter in high school and are beginning to apply for financial aid so she can go to college. Will the fact that we have about $125,000 in equity in our home affect her ability to get the most student aid possible?
Water forum proposes rebuilding systems
March 17, 2006
Delegates from 130 nations opened a summit on global water supplies Thursday amid calls for massive donations to rebuild water systems in poor nations.
Evacuee relief efforts shift to mental health
March 17, 2006
When William Villavaso closes his eyes, the nightmare is waiting for him - the one about the 15 hours he spent in water slick with diesel fuel in New Orleans, a life jacket and a chunk of wood keeping him afloat until he was rescued. Six months after losing his home and his possessions to Hurricane Katrina, the 49-year-old New Orleans native is living in Chicago, where he has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and wakes up from bad dreams in a cold sweat.
Leaders hope to stem exodus to Europe
March 17, 2006
African migrants desperate to escape the world’s poorest continent are streaming through Mauritania to embark on a perilous ocean voyage to Europe that already has killed hundreds.
V for Vendetta’ is S for Subversive
March 17, 2006
“Ideas do not bleed. They do not feel pain,” Natalie Portman’s character explains in the opening narration. But do ideas get dizzy? There are so many disparate ideas competing for screen time in “V for Vendetta” that it’s a wonder the film doesn’t come apart at its narrative seams.
Thousands of elderly now get free health care
March 17, 2006
Jose Soto got one more doctor than he counted on when he went to a hospital for an ear problem. Physician-turned-president Michelle Bachelet stopped by to make sure nobody was charging him for the service.
Tale of the Tape
March 17, 2006
Jayhawks (25-7) vs. Bradley (20-10)
Wright eager for NCAA opener
March 17, 2006
Julian Wright started the Big 12 Conference tournament with butterflies. He ended it viciously - with a 360-degree highlight-reel dunk against Texas that had even the most lethargic of fans jumping out of their recliners. Five days later, Wright and Kansas University’s basketball team hopes Sunday’s exclamation point is followed by another sentence demanding such punctuation.
Study finds health risks for some on Atkins diet
March 17, 2006
The popular Atkins diet could be linked to a life-threatening complication that one woman who claimed to be following it developed, according to doctors who published a case report on it today in a British medical journal.
Irish shamrocks just a bunch of blarney
March 17, 2006
For one week a year, nursery owner Cecil Geddis is knee-deep in shamrocks, the delicate three-leafed plant that people the world over associate with Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day. “You have to move fast in this business. Nobody wants to buy a shamrock on March 18,” said Geddis, whose nursery has produced 80,000 shamrock plants, most shipped out in cartons bearing leprechaun decorations and labeled: “Authentic shamrock - grown in Ireland.”
Kansas holds ‘intense’ practice
March 17, 2006
Kansas University’s basketball players leisurely shot jumpers and held a brief dunk drill during their NCAA-mandated shootaround Thursday at The Palace of Auburn Hills. That low-key session - which was scheduled for 40 minutes, but lasted under 30 minutes - followed a rigorous, one-hour, 25-minute practice at the Detroit Pistons’ practice facility.
Gambling fails as source for school funds
Sebelius-backed measure may resurface
March 17, 2006
Despite pressure from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a move to expand gambling failed in the Senate on Thursday, which also throws into limbo proposed public school funding increases. “We were hoping to be able to utilize this for education,” Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, said of gambling revenue. “We’ll have to find another way to do it.” He added it’s possible gambling will come up again.
Raftery: KU’s chances good as any
March 17, 2006
Bill Raftery is calling his 24th NCAA Tournament for CBS, and this year’s draw sent him to The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Modern Men’ another bust for producer
March 17, 2006
The new comedy “Modern Men” (8:30 p.m., WB) appears destined to become a footnote in TV history. It happens to be the first comedy produced by the prolific Jerry Bruckheimer, and quite possibly the last sitcom to debut on the soon-to-depart WB network.
Test can curb grim statistic
March 17, 2006
Here’s a grim tally. Number of Americans killed annually in auto accidents: 43,000. Deaths from alcohol-related crashes: 17,000. Deaths from driver distraction: 10,000. Number of Americans who die yearly from firearm-related accidents or assaults: 18,000. Deaths from terrorism on 9-11: 2,986.
Upsets take center stage
Montana, UW-Milwaukee knock off ranked foes
March 17, 2006
Montana had a double-digit seed, little if anything positive to draw upon from its last NCAA Tournament appearance and barely could look eye-to-eye with Nevada’s best player. None of that mattered. The Grizzlies had 12th-seed magic on their side.
Kansas Basketball Notebook
March 17, 2006
Afghanistan confirms outbreak of bird flu
March 17, 2006
Lab tests have confirmed the first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in Afghanistan, the government said Thursday. Sweden also announced an outbreak of the virulent virus after two wild birds were found to be infected. In India, health workers slaughtered thousands of chickens Thursday in dozens of villages to contain the country’s second bird flu outbreak, a senior official said. The culling was to be completed today.
House backs KU cancer center
March 17, 2006
A proposed cancer center at the Kansas University Medical Center received a strong endorsement Thursday from the House, but members rejected other initiatives from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as they debated budget issues.
Lawsuit targets H&R Block IRA
Experts offer investment advice on retirement-savings product
March 17, 2006
More than half a million eager savers signed up for H&R Block’s Express IRA product in recent years, and plenty of them are probably wondering how to unravel that decision now. With its steep fees and low interest rates, H&R Block’s retirement-savings product generally depleted account balances instead of building nest eggs, New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer charged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
Report: Katrina contracts wasteful
March 17, 2006
The government wasted millions of dollars in its award of post-Hurricane Katrina contracts for disaster relief, including at least $3 million for 4,000 beds that were never used, congressional auditors said Thursday.
Deck the hall
Kansas Music Hall of Fame inducts its sophomore class
March 17, 2006
Kansas native Bill Lee recalls seeing an early performance by The Byrds in the mid-1960s after he had moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA. Then he was quite astonished to find a mention of Bonner Springs High School in the liner notes of the band’s first record. He soon discovered Byrds founder Gene Clark grew up in the area.
Wild pigs gunned down at Clinton
Feral swine said to be nationwide problem
March 17, 2006
The team of government agents armed with shotguns and a helicopter succeeded in its mission near Clinton Lake. When it was all over, 25 wild pigs had been gunned down, tested for disease and carted away to an approved mass grave in Osage County. “They were feral swine, which means they were domestic pigs that either got away from somebody or were intentionally released,” said Rob Ladner, a law enforcement officer and supervisor with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks in Topeka.
Keegan: Kansas a better Bradley
March 17, 2006
“Dangerous team” is a term that gets tossed around a lot in March. Let’s look at exactly what qualifies a team as “dangerous.” First, it would have to be a team peaking at tournament time, in some cases because of a player back from injury or suspension. Next, having an NBA prospect usually helps. So does playing in a conference that had a better year than usual.
People in the News
March 17, 2006
¢ ABC News anchor Woodruff leaves Bethesda facility ¢ Metal mavens to headline second season of ‘Rock Star’ ¢ Simpson skips GOP fundraiser ¢ more…
Line-item veto can tip balance of power
March 17, 2006
In spite of President Bush’s almost unprecedented reluctance to use the veto power conferred by the Constitution - on March 23, Bush will have served longer without issuing a veto than any president since Jefferson, who vetoed nothing in two full terms - he says the nation needs, and implies that he would robustly use, a line-item veto power that Congress can and should give him. But both the “can” and the “should” are problematic.
March 17, 2006
For Friday, March 17
U.S. ousted from Classic
Americans drop 2-1 decision to Mexico
March 17, 2006
Roger Clemens was a loser in what might have been the final start of his career, and Mexico eliminated Team USA from the World Baseball Classic. Oliver Perez and seven relievers combined to pitch a three-hitter Thursday night as Mexico beat the Rocket and the United States, 2-1, giving Japan another shot at Korea in the WBC semifinals.
KU softball in Hawaii
March 17, 2006
Kansas University’s softball team is in Honolulu this weekend for its final nonconference tournament of the season.
Lawrence Art Guild meeting Monday
March 17, 2006
Art lovers are invited to display items relating to the Wakarusa Wetlands at Monday’s Lawrence Art Guild meeting.
Landmark church plans to rebuild
March 17, 2006
Stan Rolfe isn’t worried. “It won’t be a problem,” he said, referring to the decision to close the upper balcony at Plymouth Congregational Church after Sunday’s storm. “There’s plenty of the room in the front rows - (Pastor) Peter (Luckey) would probably like that,” Rolfe said, laughing.
This ‘n’ that
March 17, 2006
Braves counting on big man
Center O’Bryant could be key to Bradley’s chances tonight against KU
March 17, 2006
The question made Marcellus Sommerville laugh a laugh that screams, “Are you serious, man?” “Yeah,” he said between snickers, asked if Bradley University basketball teammate Patrick O’Bryant had NBA tools. “He’s got that potential.” Sommerville meant no disrespect, but at the same time, he knows what kind of talent O’Bryant possesses - and it’s enough to make that answer to a reporter’s question a no-brainer.
U.S. launches air assault
Operation Swarmer’ targets insurgents north of Baghdad
March 17, 2006
In a well-publicized show of force, U.S. and Iraqi forces swept into the countryside north of the capital in 50 helicopters Thursday looking for insurgents in what the American military called its “largest air assault” in nearly three years.
Evolving marital expectations
March 17, 2006
I have a friend who taught her daughters to express their feminist views with men they dated. Her advice went roughly like this: Speak up, speak up, the only man you will scare off is your future ex-husband.
Underage drinking to be topic of forum
March 17, 2006
Nearly two-thirds of Kansas students grades eight through 12 have drunk alcohol in their lives, with 22 percent saying they’ve gone on a drinking binge by consuming five or more drinks in a row.
Shockers strut their stuff
Last-second shot helps Tennessee past pesky Winthrop
March 17, 2006
Sean Ogirri threw down a slam in transition, then ran by the Wichita State fans with his arms extended as if to announce, “Here I am.” He might as well have been talking for the Missouri Valley Conference.
Gordon has big day as Royals rally
March 17, 2006
Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 and scored two runs, and the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-4, on Thursday. Gordon, the second overall pick in June’s amateur draft, is 9-for-20 this spring. A two-time Big 12 player of the year at Nebraska, he hit .353 with 44 homers and 189 RBIs in his three-year career.
High hopes for holiday opener
ku fans looking for luck tonight
March 17, 2006
Tyler Cedarlind can’t believe his Irish luck. Cedarlind, who graduated from Kansas University, will get a chance to watch his Jayhawks in person tonight as they take the court at The Palace of Auburn Hills for their NCAA Tournament opener against Bradley. The game also will get him out of another celebration: an authentic Irish dinner with the in-laws right here in the greater Detroit area, where Cedarlind and his wife, Lark, have been living since he graduated from KU in 2000.
Kline fined $1,500 for campaign finance violation
March 17, 2006
Atty. Gen. Phill Kline on Thursday was fined $1,500 for a violation of the state campaign finance law. Kline described the violation as an “honest mistake” and noted that his office self-reported the violation as soon as he became aware of it. After a 15-minute hearing, the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission met in closed session for about 15 minutes, and then emerged and unanimously approved the fine.
Parks laid to rest in Fort Scott
March 17, 2006
Gordon Parks came home Thursday to be buried near his parents and eulogized at a funeral service in a church he wouldn’t have entered as a child because he was black. He was remembered as a man who used his talents as a photographer, writer, composer and filmmaker to battle racism and poverty during a life that came full circle from a humble beginning to an exulted end in his hometown.