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Disaster readiness KU vs. Ole Miss Eyes on the prize
Do you think Douglas County needs a "day-reporting center" for low-security offenders as part of its criminal justice system?

Poll results

Response Percent
Yes. It can help prevent future overcrowding at the jail.
Yes. But efforts should be made to hold down the costs.
Total 435

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Lawrence school budget proposals released
March 20, 2006
Lawrence school officials have released a list of 38 spending proposals being considered for the district’s 2006-07 budget, which begins July 1.
Sebelius urges lawmakers to come up with school finance funding
Governor indicates special session could be called
March 20, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today told lawmakers to increase school funding, pay for it with expansion of gambling or face a possible special legislative session.
Spring storm begins dumping snow on western Kansas
March 20, 2006
Up to 8 inches of snow had fallen in parts of western Kansas Monday morning, closing a portion of Interstate 70 and several schools and giving the first day of spring the look of a nasty winter storm.
Winter weather leads to event cancellations
09:51 a.m., March 20, 2006 Updated 04:45 p.m.
The following is a list of cancellations that have been called in to the News Center today because of the winter storm moving through the area.
Sleet, snow blustering in
Area under Winter Weather Advisory
08:16 a.m., March 20, 2006 Updated 04:38 p.m.
Spring is starting in Lawrence with a shovel full of winter weather - rain, sleet and then snow is expected by late tonight.
Eyes on the prize
High school photographers snag slew of awards
March 20, 2006
Lawrence is full of talented artists whose work hangs in galleries, adorns street corners and fills private collections in homes across the community.
Consultants: ‘Day-reporting center’ needed
Low-security inmates could live in dormitory, leave daily for jobs
March 20, 2006
Imagine a place - perhaps in downtown Lawrence or maybe at the Douglas County Jail east of town - where people in trouble with the law would be required to visit each day and check in.
Immigrant tuition, judges, guns move to front burner
March 20, 2006
Forget health care, the economy and school finance. Those issues may take a back seat to immigration, judges and guns during this year’s election season.
Nets best Mavs
March 20, 2006
Richard Jefferson scored 28, and the New Jersey Nets beat Dallas, 100-89, Sunday for their first victory over the Mavericks in six years.
Experts suggest small projects to solve world’s big water problems
March 20, 2006
The numbers behind the world’s water crisis are daunting.
N.W. Missouri family to lead walk for soldiers’ memorials
March 20, 2006
A northwest Missouri family plans to lead a 5-kilometer walk to raise money for a statue to honor a family member killed in Iraq and hopes to receive enough funds for memorials for other slain soldiers.
Retiree tax cut
March 20, 2006
To the editor: Rex Youngquist’s recent letter (Public Forum, Jan. 18) proposing senior property tax reduction and elimination is a sound one.
State may be unprepared if another disaster strikes
Iraq, Afghanistan deployments put strain on Guard’s equipment
March 20, 2006
For all the broken trees, shattered windows, fallen barns and days of cleanup generated by last week’s microburst in Lawrence, experts say the incident doesn’t rise all that high in the annals of natural disasters to afflict the city.
Kansas’ Mosley shines in finale
March 20, 2006
It took Shaquina Mosley only 40 minutes Sunday to remember she had played with Ole Miss star Armintie Price last spring during the USA Basketball National Team Trials.
Dayton unkind to Heels’ coach before
March 20, 2006
NCAA men’s basketball tournament notebook. : Kansas University basketball fans with long memories weren’t shocked Sunday when Roy Williams’ No. 3-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels fell to No. 11-seeded George Mason, 65-60, in a second round NCAA Tournament contest in Dayton, Ohio.
Thank heaven for 7-11: Sweet 16 unusual
March 20, 2006
Friday prime time brings George Mason-Wichita State, CBS’s worst nightmare.
Bill would benefit shops
Payment to Westgate has been delayed
March 20, 2006
A Lawrence development company and law firm has a keen interest in seeing that legislation before the Senate today becomes law.
Hundreds thrilled to greet Sweet 16 Shockers
March 20, 2006
The Wichita State Shockers received a jubilant welcome late Saturday as they returned home from their 80-73 victory over Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Washington Regional.
Big names? No problems
Upstart George Mason strikes again, beats UNC
March 20, 2006
Michigan State? Gone. Defending national champion North Carolina? Gone, too.
KU snaps skid in tennis, 7-0
March 20, 2006
Kansas University’s tennis team ended a four-match losing streak with a 7-0 rout Sunday of Southern.
KU women’s golf 13th at tournament
March 20, 2006
Kansas University’s women’s golf team shot a final-round 318 and three-day 963 to finish 13th Sunday at the Betsy Rawls Invitational.
Royals win game, lose closer
March 20, 2006
With Mike MacDougal hurt, the Kansas City Royals’ bullpen has another vacancy, and Kyle Snyder is trying to pitch his way into the picture.
KU softball called
March 20, 2006
Kansas University’s two scheduled softball games Sunday at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational were canceled because of inclement weather. KU was scheduled to conclude the tournament with single games against Oklahoma State and San Diego State. KU still is scheduled to face 17th-ranked Northwestern in a nontournament game tonight.
Baylor clips Kansas, wins Big 12 series
March 20, 2006
Baylor scored four runs over the final two innings to pull away from Kansas University and claim a 5-1 Big 12 Conference baseball victory over the Jayhawks on Sunday.
Weekend rain might cause reassessment of burn ban
March 20, 2006
A slow-moving weekend storm system that has soaked Oklahoma with much-needed rain might cause state officials to reassess a statewide burn ban that has been in place for more than four months.
Journal-World article featured on news site
March 20, 2006
A Lawrence Journal-World article about the city’s noise ordinance received national publicity Sunday when it was featured on the popular Internet news site Drudge Report.
Cancer survivor to share experiences
March 20, 2006
Cancer survivor Nancy Hawkins, of Lawrence, will share her experience with the disease and present “Advances in Cancer Research” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine. Hawkins works with research scientists and physicians to decide which cancer grant requests receive funding from the American Cancer Society.
Fair to give options for disability services
March 20, 2006
As a forum on disability-related topics for individuals, families and caregivers to learn more about area service providers, the Douglas/Jefferson County Transition Council will host the sixth annual Community Resource Expo.
Fight over U.S. ports spurs debate about foreign ownership of America
March 20, 2006
The furor over efforts by an Arab company to buy U.S. port operations has focused attention on a little noticed economic fact of life: America increasingly is foreign-owned.
Fox offers hot night of conspiracies
March 20, 2006
Monday nights have become the night of the ticking clock on Fox. “Prison Break” (7 p.m., Fox) joins “24” in two solid hours of nail-biting paranoia, conspiracy and claustrophobia.
Keep your chimney raccoon-free
March 20, 2006
March is here, and that means mother raccoons would like to turn your chimney into a maternity ward.
Dams checked as island braces for more rain
March 20, 2006
With more heavy rain on the way, Hawaiian officials carefully monitored high-risk reservoirs for another possible break after a dam burst last week, killing up to seven people.
Pirate radio station interferes with flights
March 20, 2006
Airline pilots departing from Miami International Airport are getting an earful of something unexpected: Hip-hop tunes from a pirate radio station that sometimes interfere with their communications with the control tower.
Cheney ignores calls for White House shake-up
March 20, 2006
Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday dismissed suggestions that the Bush White House, hampered by a weak response to Hurricane Katrina and stumbles on policy questions, needs a shake-up.
Working in a natural setting sparks socially aware projects
March 20, 2006
On an isolated farm near Lecompton, Bob and Carey Treanor think they’ve found the right environment where they can mix work, pleasure and everyday living.
De Soto takes a shot at landing soccer complex
March 20, 2006
Mayor Dave Anderson hopes a soccer complex in a suburb north of Dallas could be the model for a future home of the Kansas City Wizards in De Soto.
City bans smoking in all public places
March 20, 2006
One of the strictest tobacco bans in the nation went into effect in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas on Friday, making smoking off limits in public places where someone else might be exposed to secondhand smoke: indoor businesses, outdoor businesses, parks, outdoor cafes, even apartment building common areas.
States seek legislation to reduce dropout rates
March 20, 2006
Stephan Howell got in a lot of fights in high school and was suspended so often he couldn’t get credit for some of his classes. By his senior year, he was told he would have to stay an extra year and a half if he wanted to graduate.
Protesters: Gulf paying price of Iraq war
March 20, 2006
Veterans and war protesters marched past gutted houses and piles of rotting wood and debris Sunday, saying the slow pace of rebuilding the hurricane-ravaged city shows the price the country is paying for continuing to wage war in Iraq.
Child abuser receives maximum sentence
March 20, 2006
A Hutchinson man has received the maximum sentence for abusing his two children and forcing them to live in “deplorable conditions” over several years.
Analysis: Legislators on track for another special session
March 20, 2006
Legislators were on a highway to a bipartisan plan for boosting state aid to public schools, but they appear to have exited onto a road that dead ends in a special session this summer.
Oklahoma leads nation in tornado damage
March 20, 2006
The cost of tornado damage in Oklahoma since 1996 has been higher than any other state, according to a newspaper analysis.
The guys with kaleidoscope eyes
Brothers find vibrant market for their wooden creations
March 20, 2006
It started, in part, because brothers Steve and David Parman didn’t like lugging their handcrafted furniture, grandfather clocks and cedar chests to craft shows.
Volunteers needed for Day of Caring
March 20, 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.
On the record
March 20, 2006
Lawrence datebook
March 20, 2006
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 20, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.46 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Commentary: Tourney dunks spark excitement
When Tennessee’s Candace Parker threw it down twice Sunday, the women’s game may have changed
March 20, 2006
Tara VanDerveer had just walked out of a meeting room Sunday morning when she heard her assistant coach Amy Tucker scream.
Pampling bounces back at Bay Hill
Opponent’s two missed putts vault Australian to victory
March 20, 2006
Rod Pampling thought he had thrown away the Bay Hill Invitational. Greg Owen gave it right back Sunday by missing two putts inside three feet that could haunt him for some time.
Big goings-on at WPT Celebrity
March 20, 2006
After playing in the Commerce Casino’s $10,000 buy-in L.A. Poker Classic on the World Poker Tour (WPT) on Feb. 19, I was all fired up to play the WPT Celebrity Invitational at the Commerce six days later. Poker has been really hot, and I have never seen that many stars in this event before. For me, it was a great pleasure to meet James Garner (of “Maverick,” “The Rockford Files,” and countless other TV shows and movies over the years). As a poker player, how could I not love Garner? (Did I mention that he starred in “Maverick?”)
Prime minister says jobs law will stand
March 20, 2006
French unions threatened a one-day general strike and socialists warned Sunday that protests would increase unless the government rescinds a law weakening job protections for young people. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said the measure will stand.
Christian convert faces execution
March 20, 2006
An Afghan man who allegedly converted from Islam to Christianity is being prosecuted in a Kabul court and could be sentenced to death, a judge said Sunday.
Mudslide kills nine, leaves two missing
March 20, 2006
A mudslide swept down on a scouting expedition in central Colombia, killing nine young hikers and leaving two others missing, authorities said Sunday.
Powerful cyclone hits northeast coast
March 20, 2006
A powerful tropical cyclone ripped the roofs off buildings and uprooted trees in northeastern Australia, tearing across the region this morning with devastating winds that pinned emergency workers inside despite pleas from terrified residents.
Second human case of bird flu reported
March 20, 2006
Egypt reported its second human case of avian flu Sunday.
Online content draws $2 billion
March 20, 2006
Music sales helped propel U.S. spending on online content to a record $2 billion last year, a 15 percent increase from 2004, the Online Publishers Assn. reports.
On the money
March 20, 2006
What determines the price for a gallon of gas? In part, the commodity markets.
Telecommuting suits lifestyles
More employees opt to work from home
March 20, 2006
Imagine being on a Hawaii vacation and stepping onto the hotel balcony to watch the sun rise over the Pacific.
People in the news
March 20, 2006
¢ ‘V for Vendetta’ claims victory at box office ¢ Charles, Camilla to tour Middle East, India ¢ Injunction extended on Kid Rock tape ¢ Making things happen
Now a ranch hand, Blake plans acting comeback
March 20, 2006
A year after Robert Blake was acquitted in criminal court of killing his wife, the former tough guy actor spends his days exercising horses at a friend’s ranch and planning a comeback.
Quote correction
March 20, 2006
To the editor: I hope I am not the only one who picked up on the error in the story on “Quoting Shakespeare.”
Amazing board
March 20, 2006
To the editor: I’m having a hard time believing the state school board’s decision about “opt-in” sex education.
U.S. tone on Iraq sounding more realistic
March 20, 2006
Two important and related changes in the Bush administration’s strategy for the long war on global terrorism emerged here last week. One tiptoed in quietly. The other came with trumpets blaring for political effect. It might have worked better the other way around.
KJHK on hiatus as tower is removed
March 20, 2006
KJHK is off the air. For now.
Yankees’ Leiter retires
March 20, 2006
Al Leiter got one last out, then called it a career.
Va. Tech routs Mizzou; Lady Vol dunks twice
March 20, 2006
Virginia Tech used experience to beat back Missouri every time its lead was threatened.
Kansas Explorers Club members go ‘questing’ for fun
March 20, 2006
Abner Perney will stick his feet in every fishing lake. Lee Addis will walk down every Main Street. Elaine Miller will snap a shot of every county courthouse. And Vera Mann will slurp a limeade in every single soda shop.
U.S. negotiates compromise on Gaza border crossing crisis
March 20, 2006
With Palestinians facing severe shortages of bread, milk and other foods in Gaza, U.S. officials called an emergency meeting Sunday and brokered a compromise with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in a two-month-old border standoff.
Belarus incumbent re-elected; critics cite fraud
March 20, 2006
Thousands of people poured onto a snow-blown central square Sunday night to protest the results of a presidential election in which incumbent Alexander Lukashenko was heading to the kind of overwhelming victory that his opponents charge lacks any credibility.
Bradley proves it’s no joke
Braves stun Pitt, advance to play top seed Memphis
March 20, 2006
Bradley was all business after knocking out Kansas University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Now, it’s party time.
Nova holds off scrappy Arizona
March 20, 2006
With Rollie Massimino looking on proudly, Villanova rekindled memories of its 1985 championship season.
Abrams calm, cool in UT victory
March 20, 2006
A.J. Abrams certainly got over those jitters that bothered him in his NCAA Tournament debut.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 20, 2006
¢ House prayer ¢ Impeach Bush ¢ Open meetings ¢ Back benchers ¢ Things to watch
Troubeshooting printers, marriages
March 20, 2006
If I ever split with husband Ray - after lo, these many years - my grounds for divorce will be six little words: “What did you do to it?”
Three years in, Bush encouraged by progress in Iraq
March 20, 2006
President Bush marked the anniversary of the Iraq war Sunday by touting the efforts to build democracy there and avoiding any mention of the daily violence that rages three years after he ordered an invasion.
Gas pedal warns drivers to brake
March 20, 2006
A new safety feature being developed by Nissan Motor Co. causes a car’s gas pedal to lift by itself to alert the driver of a possible collision.
Applicants should prepare for questions beyond job skills
March 20, 2006
My wife is a certified professional in health care. On a recent Sunday, she saw an ad posted by a local hospital. She couldn’t believe how perfectly she fit the qualifications. She sent a resume via e-mail that went to a “human resources consultant” contracted by the hospital. The consultant, who sounded about 12, informed my wife she would have to take a test over the phone.
Many Iraq fears confirmed
March 20, 2006
Iraq never attacked Israel, nor did it unleash chemical and biological weapons against invading forces. Al-Qaida didn’t expand its anti-U.S. terrorism.
Women’s Studies faculty responds to criticism
March 20, 2006
We write to clarify the mission and methods of the KU Women’s Studies Program in light of David Horowitz’s biased and uninformed testimony about us before the Kansas House Appropriations Committee on March 15.
The impact of energy sources on our society might at least for now top the list of greatest feats of the 1900s.
March 20, 2006
When analysts were attempting to decide the most important scientific or technological advances of the 20th century, great emphasis was placed on medical achievements, refinement of the motor vehicle and the Wright Brothers’ airplane and its descendants.
March 20, 2006
For Monday, March 20
Rebel rally dooms KU
Ole Miss bounces Jayhawks from tourney
March 20, 2006
Houdini has nothing on Mississippi University’s women’s basketball team.
Group ponders future of Underground Railroad site
Paying for possible museum is main task ahead
March 20, 2006
The path to slaves’ freedom went through Lawrence 150 years ago, and now some residents have a plan to preserve that history.
Pulse calendar
March 20, 2006
Boy barely limited by rare disorder
March 20, 2006
Tyler Huxman of rural Moundridge is a lot like any other 5-year old.
Bill seeks greater enforcement of DUI law
March 20, 2006
Most Kansas residents convicted of multiple drunken-driving offenses haven’t followed through on a requirement to get a device on their vehicles that keeps them from starting if alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath, according to the Kansas Department of Revenue.
Political progress seen amid continuing violence in Iraq
March 20, 2006
As the Iraq war entered its fourth year, nearly 1,500 U.S. and Iraqi soldiers on Sunday sought to root out insurgents from farming villages an hour’s drive north of the capital, and at least 35 people died in insurgent and sectarian violence nationwide.
Insurance limit on retirement accounts rises
Fed to lift coverage to $250K
March 20, 2006
The federal insurance limit for retirement accounts at banks will more than double to $250,000 this year - just in time for retiring baby boomers.
Study casts doubt on election
March 20, 2006
If you bet on a racehorse, and later heard about serious allegations that the winning horse may have been illegally doped to gain an advantage, would you demand an investigation? You know the answer. It would depend on whether or not you bet on the winning horse.
Keegan: MVC, parity for real
March 20, 2006
Those too consumed by melancholy to watch the NCAA Tournament, given Kansas University’s early exit Friday night, missed entertaining action that revealed a thing or two about this college basketball season.