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Iran may meet with U.S. in Baghdad
Tehran hopes to share thoughts on Iraqi government situation
March 18, 2006
The American ambassador said Friday he wants U.S.-Iranian talks about Iraq - a first between the two antagonists since the U.S. invasion - to be held in Baghdad and focus on “our concern with Iranian policies in Iraq.”
Sadly, Bradley
Another year, another quick exit
March 18, 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 in The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Wrestling returns to NBC
March 18, 2006
Tonight, NBC takes a page out of its 1993 playbook, airing “Saturday Night Main Event” (7 p.m., NBC). This marks the first time in 13 years that the WWE event has aired on the network. But don’t go looking for Hulk Hogan. Tonight’s showcase features John Cena, Triple H, Trish Stratus, Shawn Michaels, Edge, Diva and Candice Michelle, and WWE honcho Mr. McMahon.
Simons: KU should use valuable Endowment land wisely, sparingly
March 18, 2006
The story has been told many times, but it bears repeating. Few universities in the country are as fortunate as Kansas University to have ample land available to take care of their needs to expand teaching and research facilities. Several weeks ago, news reports told of KU’s plans to build a large parking lot, a major addition to the Structural Biology Center, new roads, new utility lines and, quite possibly, numerous other buildings.
Faith forum
Is it natural for me to sometimes doubt my faith?
March 18, 2006
¢ Doubt without inquiry can lead to disbelief ¢ Strong conviction depends on firm foundation
Around and about
March 18, 2006
Old home town - 40 years ago today
March 18, 2006
Delbert Mathia announced for re-election as Douglas County clerk on the Republican ticket. He was expected to win office easily. Mathia had succeeded T.R. Gerhart in the post.
No free pass needed for big schools
March 18, 2006
Forgive Dave Hart. He cannot help who he is. He is an athletic director at a football school who doesn’t get why the NCAA basketball tournament isn’t run like the Bowl Championship Series. He doesn’t quite grasp why the six BCS power leagues don’t get a free pass into the NCAA Tournament like they do into major bowl games.
Kansas Basketball Notebook
March 18, 2006
Braves take win in stride
March 18, 2006
There were no mosh pits of Bradley basketball players late Friday night, no water cooler dumped on coach Jim Les under the seats of The Palace of Auburn Hills. Not in this locker room. Not with this team.
Keegan: Kansas reverted vs. BU
March 18, 2006
The curtain came up on the NCAA Tournament for Kansas University’s basketball team Friday night, and the clock rolled back. All the way back to November. All the way back to Maui. All the way back to the stage-fright days. The Jayhawks were young and unsure of themselves again. They were reacting again, not attacking. They were way too uptight and way too loose with the ball.
BU-hoo, part two
KU falls in first round for second year in a row
March 18, 2006
KU fan Matt Nisker stood till the end, but his Kansas Jayhawks couldn’t make enough shots, grab enough rebounds or do anything else to stop what had seemed to be inevitable from the opening seconds of their NCAA Tournament opener Friday night.
Scourting news
March 18, 2006
Cost to bring Bush to K-State: $65K
March 18, 2006
Kansas State University’s cost for preparing the campus for a visit from President Bush is still being tabulated, but it’s running well ahead of earlier estimates. Charles Reagan, chairman of the university’s Landon Lecture series, said Thursday that the total cost will likely be about $65,000. Before the presidential visit in January, Kansas State President Jon Wefald had said the university’s cost might be as low as $20,000, while Reagan’s estimate was in the $30,000 range.
People in the News
March 18, 2006
¢ ‘South Park’ continues battle with Scientology stars ¢ Crow announces tour dates ¢ Defense rips copyright case against ‘Da Vinci Code’
Horoscopes
March 18, 2006
For Saturday, March 18
4-H and FCE news
March 18, 2006
Rush plans to return
March 18, 2006
Brandon Rush says there will be no suspense in coming weeks. He’s returning to Kansas University his sophomore season and not turning pro. Case closed.
Tigers drop Hooper
March 18, 2006
Lawrence High product Kevin Hooper was one of five Detroit Tigers players sent to the American League club’s minor-league camp Friday.
Mayer: Bradley basketball once caught in scandal
March 18, 2006
Don’t look now, but The Beast lurks ready to pounce again, growling in the background and sniffing for easy prey. That would be college basketball gambling. Past impacts have been damaging; the prospects for increased victimization could bring far more devastation.
House committee endorses one-year school finance plan
March 18, 2006
A school finance bill emerged from a House committee Friday, billed as a one-year, $175 million plan, though legislators would end up being more generous than that. Spurred by concerns that a plan from House leaders to phase in a $500 million increase over three years eventually would create a big budget shortfall, the Select Committee on School Finance abandoned any firm commitments to new spending after the first year.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
March 18, 2006
The Lawrence City Commission rejected by a 5-0 vote a rezoning application for a proposed “cornfield mall” shopping area in southwest Lawrence. But the commission left open a request to put the issue to a citywide vote.
Critics go on the record for history
March 18, 2006
“Every generation blames the one before.” - Mike + the Mechanics, “The Living Years”. Late last year, John Conyers, Democratic congressman from Michigan, proposed impeaching the president of the United States. The proposal received scant attention in the media mainstream, though it was picked up with glee by liberal bloggers and provided a rallying point for the president’s supporters.
Federal team surveys farm storm damage
March 18, 2006
Pat Ross and Kent Nunemaker were ready to tend to their cattle Sunday morning at their farm and ranch northeast of Lawrence. “The clouds were going up and down. Dust devils were just everywhere,” Ross said. “Debris was just flying everywhere.” The winds from the storm destroyed a large barn at Ross-Nunemaker Farms that was about 100 years old.
Society calendar
March 18, 2006
Red-hot Pitt routs Kent St.
March 18, 2006
If the blisters heal in time, Pittsburgh’s men’s basketball team fully anticipates being ready for Sunday’s second-round NCAA Tournament game. The Panthers shot a white-hot 67 percent from the field in a 79-64 victory over Kent State on Friday in The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pittsburgh (25-7) now will face Bradley, which upset Kansas University, 77-73, in Friday’s late game.
Three years after invasion, U.S. hopes to cut troop level
March 18, 2006
The Pentagon wants to pull increasing numbers of American troops out of the line of fire in Iraq, but three years after the invasion this latest evolution in the U.S. military’s mission will depend largely on whether Iraqi security forces can handle it.
Lawrence Datebook
March 18, 2006
Industrial data lifts stocks
March 18, 2006
Lower oil prices and a rebound in manufacturing activity helped Wall Street extend its rally Friday, lifting the Dow Jones industrials and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to a fresh five-year high for the fourth straight session. The major indexes each gained about 2 percent for the week.
Climate action
March 18, 2006
To the editor: Congratulations to Mayor Boog Highberger and the Lawrence City Commission for their action in the March 7 meeting to endorse and sign the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement.
Downtown goes green
March 18, 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. “Things are a little calmer this year,” Bobbie Reid said as she stood with her husband, David, and the rest of her family watching the parade. “It’s a little colder, but it keeps the kids quiet.”
Testimony of city leaders at issue in Wal-Mart case
March 18, 2006
A pig wearing lipstick. Pulling the refrigerator away from the wall to see what crawls out from behind. Throwing aside the curtain to reveal the wizard. Letting the sun shine in. All of those figures of speech - and a couple more - worked their way into an animated hearing Friday on the subject of how much evidence should be allowed at an upcoming trial about a stymied retail development at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
In Lawrence, disappointment and disbelief
March 18, 2006
Irish eyes did very little smiling Friday night in Lawrence. Kansas University supporters who had spent their day celebrating St. Patrick’s Day were disappointed after watching the Jayhawks lose - again - in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The cure for what ales you
How to avoid the head-splitting crush of a hangover
March 18, 2006
The young man was a chemistry major at Kansas University. He had devised a scientific experiment: He’d drink the same amount of alcohol on two nights, at the same bar and with the same bartender. On one night, he would take Chaser, a pill that claims to prevent hangovers; the other night, he would not.
Budget would force court closings
March 18, 2006
Courts across Kansas could be forced to close an extra 3 1/2 weeks under a proposed state budget approved Friday by House members who remain upset over judicial rulings on education funding.
State education official leaving for position in Washington, D.C.
March 18, 2006
A high-ranking official in the Kansas Department of Education who was passed over for the job of state education commissioner will be leaving for the U.S. Department of Education. Alexa Posny, currently deputy commissioner of education, will become director of the Office for Special Education Programs with the federal education agency.
Luck runs out for Jayhawk faithful
March 18, 2006
Dan Cook dipped into his lucky Skoal, Dan Chandler slipped into his Body Glove underwear and Danni Boatwright played hooky. But no matter how much the KU fans and others leaned on their previously successful superstitions, they couldn’t carry Kansas University to victory Friday night against underdog Bradley University.
Labour Party adjusts election loan amount
March 18, 2006
Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Labour Party said Friday it had received almost $25 million in loans from donors before the 2005 British national election, a figure far higher that previously declared.
China drops case against researcher
March 18, 2006
A court dismissed state secrets charges against a Chinese researcher for The New York Times in a surprise move Friday ahead of a visit by President Hu Jintao to Washington.
Tests find no evidence of Milosevic poisoning
March 18, 2006
Preliminary toxicology tests on former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic found no evidence of poison or the presence of other drugs in quantities sufficient to kill him.
Blast kills five members of police convoy
March 18, 2006
A roadside bomb killed five policeman Friday as they traveled in a convoy transporting four bodies believed to be Macedonian workers kidnapped in southern Afghanistan a week ago, a senior official said.
Ex-president of LIberia may face war tribunal
March 18, 2006
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Friday she wants ex-president Charles Taylor handed over to a war crimes tribunal for prosecution for his role in Sierra Leone’s civil war, with the agreement of African leaders.
Illnesses raise concerns about drug trials
March 18, 2006
The first test in humans of a new drug to treat leukemia and autoimmune diseases has left six men severely ill, sparking fresh questions about the safety of such clinical trials.
Unlikely hero lifts Memphis
March 18, 2006
Andre Allen isn’t the Memphis player opposing teams consider a serious threat. He’s a 5-foot-10 guard who comes off the bench and doesn’t make a lot of shots, especially from long range. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Miller had quite a 21â2-minute spurt late in the first half, providing the spark the top-seeded Tigers needed to finally push ahead of feisty Oral Roberts en route to a 94-78 victory Friday.
Bucknell’s bizarre shooting enough to down Arkansas
March 18, 2006
Kansas University 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 three-pointers than twos in a 59-55 victory over the Razorbacks.
Nova survives pesky Monmouth
March 18, 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.
Freshmen step up for Carolina
March 18, 2006
A whole new cast looked nothing like defending champs the first time out in the NCAA Tournament. In the end, four freshmen made it turn out all right. Murray State, a team with all of one NCAA victory in its history, took third-seeded North Carolina down to the closing seconds Friday night before the Tar Heels pulled out a 69-65 first-round victory.
Northwestern State’s heave shocks Iowa
March 18, 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 three-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.
Tucker, Aldridge bail out Texas
Toronto finishes on 19-2 run to edge Milwaukee
March 18, 2006
With LaMarcus Aldridge and P.J. Tucker in the lineup, Texas was supposed to have an easier time in the first round of this NCAA Tournament. Unlike last year when they were without Aldridge and Tucker, the second-seeded Longhorns advanced this time because of the standout duo. But Penn sure made things difficult before Texas finally pulled out a 60-52 victory Friday night.
Young pitchers take center stage
March 18, 2006
Promising young pitchers Kyle Davies, Ian Snell, Dan Meyer and Jered Weaver put together solid outings Friday as they try to make their big-league clubs when the regular season starts. Davies moved a step closer to claiming a spot in Atlanta’s rotation, tossing four strong innings in Houston’s 7-0 victory over the Braves in Kissimmee, Fla.
Lions blank Seaman in soccer opener
March 18, 2006
Freshman Stef Stuever scored off a corner kick at 38:07 in the second half, and Lawrence High blanked Topeka Seaman, 1-0, on Thursday night in its girls soccer season-opener.
Royals’ Buck breaks slump
March 18, 2006
John Buck broke out of his slump Friday with three hits, including two doubles, and drove in two runs to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-4.
Leidigh 43rd at NCAA swims
March 18, 2006
Kansas University freshman swimmer Ashley Leidigh competed in the 100-yard butterfly Friday at the NCAA Championships. Leidigh finished in 55.51 to take 43rd place. Only the top 16 finishers advanced to the finals. Leidigh will swim today in the 200 butterfly.
Northwestern wins, 1-0
March 18, 2006
Kansas University’s softball team suffered its eighth one-run loss of the season, falling to 17th-ranked Northwestern, 1-0, on Friday in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational.
Baylor romps, 15-3, in Big 12 opener
March 18, 2006
Baylor used a pair of big innings - a five-run third and a seven-run eighth - to roll past Kansas University, 15-3, on Friday night in both teams’ Big 12 Conference baseball opener.
KU careful in WNIT victory
March 18, 2006
Just one turnover every eight minutes is rare in college basketball. Yet Kansas University’s women gave the ball away only five times in the 59-49 victory Thursday night over Northern Iowa that enabled the Jayhawks to advance in the WNIT.
Colorado bill would ban protests at funerals
March 18, 2006
A protest by members of the ultraconservative Westboro Baptist Church has prompted a lawmaker to work up a proposal requiring demonstrators to stay at least 300 feet away from military funerals.
On the Record
March 18, 2006
Sister: Accused assailant had stopped taking medication
March 18, 2006
The sister of a man accused of killing a teenage clerk at a convenience store says he had recently stopped taking medication prescribed for his mental illness. Anthony R. Barnes, 40, is being held on $500,000 bond, charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault. He is accused in the fatal shooting Monday night of Brian Hall, a 17-year-old high school senior.
BU’s Ohlman honored
March 18, 2006
Baker University’s Ashley Ohlman, a senior guard from Emporia, has received honorable-mention status for the NAIA Div. II All-America women’s basketball team. Ohlman averaged 15.2 points a game to lead Baker in 2005-2006.
KU golfers tied for 10th
March 18, 2006
The Kansas University women’s golf team finished the first day of the Betsy Rawls Invitational tied for 10th place.
Report: Oil spill went undetected for days
March 18, 2006
For five days or more, crude oil oozed from a pipeline through a corrosion hole about the size of a pencil eraser, silently spreading underneath the snow in what would become the biggest spill ever on Alaska’s North Slope.
Frist proposal dodges guest worker issue
March 18, 2006
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist sidestepped President Bush’s call for giving illegal immigrants temporary work permits in an election-year immigration bill the Tennessee Republican unveiled Friday.
Accounting woes send GM stock tumbling
March 18, 2006
General Motors Corp.’s disclosures that it lost $2 billion more last year than previously reported and needs more time to sort out accounting errors in the finance business it wants to sell gave investors fresh reasons to worry about the world’s biggest automaker. They sent GM’s shares price down nearly 5 percent Friday, shaving more than a half-billion dollars off its market value.
Pathologist: Suffocation caused teen’s death
March 18, 2006
A teen who died after guards punched and kicked him at a boot camp likely was suffocated during the confrontation and was brain-dead when he was brought to a hospital, a pathologist told lawmakers Friday.
NASA accidents prompt safety directive
March 18, 2006
Kennedy Space Center employees returned to work Friday with orders to be more careful a day after a stand down was ordered following a spate of recent accidents.
FDA issues abortion pill warning
March 18, 2006
Two more women have died after using the abortion pill RU-486, regulators said Friday in a warning that brought renewed calls for pulling the controversial drug from the market. The organization that provided the pill to the two women said it would immediately stop disregarding the approved instructions for the pill’s use.
Google search request denied
March 18, 2006
A federal judge on Friday ordered Google Inc. to give the Bush administration a peek inside its search engine but rebuffed the government’s demand for a list of people’s search requests - potentially sensitive information that the company had fought to protect.
Moussaoui judge allows testimony
March 18, 2006
Prosecutors seeking to execute al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui partially revived their case Friday after a judge reversed course and agreed to admit some evidence about aviation security.
Ex-Lion Parker signs with Baker basketball
March 18, 2006
Taylor Parker, a 5-foot-8 guard from Johnson County Community College, has signed to play basketball at Baker University. Parker, who will be a junior for Baker in 2006-07, was an all-Sunflower League performer at Lawrence High. Parker averaged 10.5 points a game his senior year for the Lions.
Late collapse irks Bucks
Toronto finishes on 19-2 run to edge Milwaukee
March 18, 2006
The Milwaukee Bucks collapsed and cost themselves an important game. Chris Bosh had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 16-point deficit in the final six minutes to beat the Bucks, 97-96, Friday night. Milwaukee led, 94-78, with 5:41 left, before Toronto finished the game on a 19-2 run - capped by Bosh’s two free throws with 3.4 seconds remaining.
Murder case to be retried because of judge’s acts
March 18, 2006
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ordered a new trial for Joseph Hayden, who was convicted in connection with the brutal slaying of an elderly woman in Franklin County. The court, in a 5-2 decision, said the trial judge in the case, James Smith, committed judicial misconduct. “Hayden’s trial was presided over by a district judge who was intrusive, rude and sarcastic,” Justice Carol Beier wrote for the majority.
Adventurer claims record for closed-circuit flight
March 18, 2006
Adventurer Steve Fossett landed his lightweight experimental aircraft Friday at the same Kansas airport where he took off three days earlier, traveling more than 25,000 miles nonstop in what appeared to be another record-breaking distance flight.
Club news
March 18, 2006
Military news
March 18, 2006
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Megan Martin has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Briefly
March 18, 2006
Churches, addresses and service/worship times
Old home town - 100 years ago today
March 18, 2006
“From the Lawrence Daily World for March 18, 1906: Great loss of life attended the collision of two passenger trains on the Denver and Rio Grande in a snowstorm near Florence, Colorado, this morning.
Photo noted
March 18, 2006
To the editor: I want to congratulate the Journal-World for the awards it received from the Kansas Press Assn. I am the mother of Wesley Hein, and the woman in a photo that appeared in the paper on March 8 with the story, “J-W wins awards in state contest.”
Action on Darfur
March 18, 2006
To the editor: Thanks to the Journal-World for printing the column by Trudy Rubin on the genocide in Darfur. She detailed the work of Brian Steidle, a former Marine Corps captain who was an official observer in Darfur, witnessing murder, rape, looting and torching of whole villages of the black native people.
Quick cleanup
Local residents and city crews showed their community pride by helping the city quickly clean up after Sunday’s storm.
March 18, 2006
Congratulations to Lawrence residents and city workers, all of whom have done an excellent job of cleaning up after Sunday’s terrific wind storm. There was major damage in and around the city, but to a visitor unaware of the damage to specific buildings, the main evidence of the storm was the large number of severely damaged and uprooted trees and large tree limbs scattered in streets and yards.
Prince Charles wins diary judgment
March 18, 2006
Prince Charles won a court judgment Friday barring publication of more extracts from a private diary, but a judge ordered a trial to determine if other journals acquired by a newspaper should stay private.
Journal-World requests criminal affidavits to be open to public
Some legal professionals say documents could be prejudicial
March 18, 2006
The Lawrence Journal-World is asking judges in Douglas County to give the public more access to the facts of criminal cases. The newspaper made a request this week with Chief District Court Judge Robert Fairchild to start letting the public see “probable cause” affidavits - written statements used by police and prosecutors to get arrest warrants and search warrants.
No guarantee
Lawrence is sure to evolve and change, but will it be for better or worse?
March 18, 2006
In a recent letter to the Journal-World’s Public Forum, a local resident stated, “: whatever your political persuasion, Lawrence will continue to evolve, grow and change.” The letter writer is right on two of three counts: Lawrence will continue to evolve and change, but there is no guarantee Lawrence will continue to grow. As good as Lawrence’s history has been, there is nothing automatic about its future growth and excellence.
Lawrence sex-ed policy likely to stay as opt-out
Superintendent criticizes state board’s decision
March 18, 2006
Lawrence schools Supt. Randy Weseman on Friday criticized the Kansas State Board of Education for being out of touch and unresponsive to local school districts. “The arguments they’re making are just voices in the dark,” Weseman said. “They’re just not issues.”
Morgan out at Iowa State
AD: Report of recruiting scam played part
March 18, 2006
owa State fired basketball coach Wayne Morgan and his staff Friday in the wake of a reported recruiting scam. ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard said during a news conference that he met Thursday evening with school president Gregory Geoffroy and with Morgan. “We informed him that we were making a change in the leadership of our men’s basketball program, effective immediately,” Pollard said.