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Sebelius vetoes concealed carry, chamber’s workers’ comp bill
March 21, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today vetoed bills that would have allowed the carrying of concealed guns and resulted in the reduction of benefits to some injured workers.
Rose pleads not guilty to Boardwalk fire charges
March 21, 2006
The 20-year-old Lawrence man charged with setting the fire at the Boardwalk Apartments that killed three people today waived his right to a speedy trial.
Cold, blustery day ahead
Lawrence escapes heavy snowfall
March 21, 2006
Put away your snow shovel. But keep your heavy coat handy. “It looks like a chilly day in the forecast for our first full day of spring,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Property rights bill gets initial OK
Act would limit government power to take land for economic uses
March 21, 2006
The Kansas Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to legislation limiting governmental power to take away private property for purposes of economic development.
Farmers welcome all-too-rare rainfall
March 21, 2006
The deep snow that fell Monday on much of Kansas didn’t make its way to Lawrence, but area farmers were smiling anyway, thanks to the rain.
Sebelius calls on lawmakers to get busy with school finance work
March 21, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius called on legislators Monday to get serious about passing a multiyear school finance plan that closely follows a cost study presented in January.
Consider golden rule when deciding who to exclude
March 21, 2006
I’m having a sleepover, and I didn’t invite someone I see all the time. How do I handle that? What should I do?
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 21, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.44 at several locations. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
A bad break for spring
On season’s official first day, weather takes a nasty turn
March 21, 2006
Winter refused to end quietly Monday in Kansas. Much of the state was drenched with welcome rain followed by a blanket of snow.
Thousands feared homeless in cyclone
March 21, 2006
Metal roofs littered streets, wooden houses lay in splinters and banana plantations were stripped bare after the most powerful cyclone to hit Australia in three decades lashed the country’s eastern coast Monday.
Historic cemetery unearthed near L.A.
Chinese burial ground a reminder of nearly forgotten period
March 21, 2006
They could not marry, they could not own property, and they performed the most undesirable jobs: ditch diggers, canal builders, house boys. They were banned from most shops and public institutions and were the target of racist violence that went unpunished.
South Junior High School announces honor roll
March 21, 2006
South Junior High School announced its first semester 2005-06 honor roll students.
Daily ticker
March 21, 2006
Ethanol in demand
Energy Department: Pump prices likely to rise if industry can’t keep up
March 21, 2006
After a spurt of good fortune, the fledgling U.S. ethanol industry is anticipating some growing pains that could bring it unwanted attention this summer.
Preventive isn’t pre-emptive
March 21, 2006
To paraphrase Ronald Reagan in his 1980 debate with President Carter: There they go again.
Supply a bit lower for city’s annual compost giveaway
Less carryover, more use and higher herbicide levels contribute to decrease in available amounts
March 21, 2006
Gardeners, clean out your pickup trucks. Lawrence’s not-quite-annual compost giveaway starts Thursday and ends Saturday.
No shame in a tin grin
Gamut of new colors, styles make braces more bearable
March 21, 2006
Metal-mouth. Circuit board. Railroad tracks. Grill. Teens who wear braces still hear the names, just like they did in the 1950s. But these days, it’s more in jest. And some braces-wearers even like the look.
Vandals cause damage at Oak Hill Cemetery
March 21, 2006
A Lawrence cemetery ravaged by last week’s storm has now been targeted by vandals.
Bush continues to highlight success in Iraq
March 21, 2006
Three years after the United States launched the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, President Bush said Monday the overhauled strategy of clearing insurgents from individual cities and using Iraqi and U.S. forces to rebuild was succeeding.
San Francisco clinic founder quits in ‘hippie’-corporate culture clash
March 21, 2006
Dr. David Smith founded the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic during the summer of love. It was 1967, he was 28 and he practiced his own brand of rock ‘n’ roll medicine - treating drug overdoses, sexually transmitted diseases and the common cold.
Hall of fame ceremony rocked by controversy
March 21, 2006
Nothing sells tickets like controversy, and the “2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” (8 p.m., VH1) has its fill. Taped last week at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the fete featured the inclusion of Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Sex Pistols into the musical pantheon.
No buzzer bummer this time
Bryant takes care of business early in Boston
March 21, 2006
After missing three-pointers at the buzzer in consecutive games, Kobe Bryant settled matters early against the Boston Celtics.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
March 21, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 21, 1906: “It appears Franklin County Republicans will not support their home candidate, Henry Allen, because they fear his ‘bossism’. He is running for Congress. : A Kansas City jury turned a woman prisoner loose after her repeated confession of guilt. How would you like to be as good-looking as that? : It is no secret that most local businessmen hope Charles Scott will defeat Henry Allen in the coming election.”
Temper, temper
State legislators shouldn’t use oversight of the state’s judicial budget as a vehicle for juvenile paybacks.
March 21, 2006
Why don’t Kansas House members just go across the street and deflate the tires on the justices’ cars?
Georgia, Tennessee battle over bingo
March 21, 2006
Most nights, a hushed crowd of at least 50 sits at lunchroom tables in this border town’s bingo parlor, scratching off each square with oversized markers.
Southwest Junior High School announces honor roll
March 21, 2006
Southwest Junior High School announced its first semester 2005-2006 honor roll students.
Da Vinci Code’ case goes to judge
Lawyer casts doubt on author Dan Brown’s testimony
March 21, 2006
Arguments closed in “The Da Vinci Code” copyright case with the lawyer for the men suing the publisher of the blockbuster novel suggesting that author Dan Brown’s testimony was unreliable and questioning why his wife, who helped research the best seller, did not testify.
Deficit a bipartisan failure
March 21, 2006
Not so long ago, in a country that now seems far, far away, Ronald Reagan told the nation, “we don’t have deficits because people are taxed too little. We have deficits because big government spends too much.”
Horoscopes
March 21, 2006
For Tuesday, March 21
Senate wants to limit forced sales, but debates ‘wiggle room’
March 21, 2006
State and local governments would have far less power to force someone to sell their property so it could be used for economic development under a bill winning first-round approval Monday in the Senate.
Woodling: Recruits crucial for KU
March 21, 2006
Yes, Virginia, there is a Virginia. But is there really a Virginia Tech?
KU, Southern Cal agree on hoops series
March 21, 2006
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team will be playing a pair of USCs next season.
Ochoa excited about attitude this spring
March 21, 2006
Offensive lineman David Ochoa, a fifth-year senior, is going through spring session number four with Kansas University’s football team.
Pardon for Rosa Parks questioned
Some contend action would imply civil rights leader did something wrong
March 21, 2006
During the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott last year, civil rights leaders called for a pardon of Rosa Parks over her arrest for refusing to give up her seat to a white man.
House advances legislation that cracks down on deadbeat parents
March 21, 2006
Parents who are behind in their court-ordered child support payments can forget about getting a Kansas hunting or fishing license under a Senate-passed bill gaining first-round House approval Monday.
Central Junior High School announces honor roll
March 21, 2006
Central Junior High School announced its first semester 2005-06 honor roll students.
Marbury’s reuturn to Knicks marred
March 21, 2006
Kurt Thomas was still months away from joining the Phoenix Suns when he stood side-by-side with Amare Stoudemire as they waited for Stephon Marbury to shoot free throws during a game last season.
Storm dumps snow, rain across Plains
March 21, 2006
A powerful storm dumped more than a foot of snow in the Plains, closing schools and roads and forcing residents to man shovels Monday during the first day of spring.
Sebelius sees another special session ahead
March 21, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Monday told lawmakers to increase school funding and pay for it with expansion of gambling or face a possible special legislative session.
FBI agent says supervisors blocked Moussaoui probe
March 21, 2006
Zacarias Moussaoui’s lawyers on Monday turned another prosecution witness’s testimony into evidence that could help save the al-Qaida conspirator from execution.
Protesters hole up inside historic New Orleans church
March 21, 2006
Ten people locked themselves into the rectory of one of the nation’s oldest black Roman Catholic churches Monday to protest a decision to merge it with another parish.
On the record
March 21, 2006
No charges will be filed against regent
March 21, 2006
Atty. Gen. Jon Bruning on Monday released the investigatory report into University of Nebraska Regent David Hergert, adding that his office will not pursue criminal charges in the case.
Young carries BU again
March 21, 2006
Baylor has a simple plan for when things get tight in the NCAA Tournament: Get the ball to Sophia Young.
Snyder among Royals’ moves
Kansas City cuts 12 players, trims spring roster to 40
March 21, 2006
Right-hander Kyle Snyder, Kansas City’s first-round pick of 1999 who has never able to keep his health, was reassigned to Triple-A Omaha on Monday.
Windiest place in Kansas found in Hamilton County
Lawrence firm mapped wind speeds across state
March 21, 2006
Jane Moser’s farm in Hamilton County isn’t unlike most others in Kansas, except for maybe the trees that bend a bit to the north.
Wetlands value
March 21, 2006
To the editor: Before the city of Lawrence completes its first “beltway” on the south side of town, I would like to ask the citizens to take another look at what we are blessed with on our southern border, the Baker Wetlands.
District considering spending requests
March 21, 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.
Pregnant storm victim thankful for aid
Lawrence woman settles into new home after microburst
March 21, 2006
Arisa Stafford was a single mom-to-be, just weeks from her baby’s due date, when the March 12 microburst smashed a tree into the bedroom of her mobile home.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 21, 2006
Highlights of Monday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
In the halls: Do you think it’s easier to have braces now than in the past?
March 21, 2006
A growing reputation
At 6-foot-4, eighth-grader Ashli Hill can’t hide under the basketball radar
March 21, 2006
Quick: Before Ashli Hill becomes a household name, it’s time to get her a nickname that’s really, really cool.
Alleged sex abuse leads to youth’s arrest
March 21, 2006
Lawrence police arrested a 15-year-old boy accused of threatening and sodomizing a 13-year-old boy. Police said the alleged sexual abuse occurred 2 p.m. Friday in central Lawrence.
Jim Ryun to visit KU, see microburst damage
March 21, 2006
U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., will tour Kansas University today to assess damage to KU buildings caused by the microburst storm that hit Lawrence on March 12.
Money is missing at recreation center
March 21, 2006
Lawrence Police were called to investigate thousands of dollars missing from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Administrator named to post in Missouri
March 21, 2006
Richard Morrell, associate vice provost for student success at Kansas University, has been appointed vice president for student affairs at Central Missouri State University. He begins July 1.
Man in wheelchair is robbed, then beaten
March 21, 2006
A man confined to a wheelchair reported he was beaten and robbed at gunpoint inside his East Lawrence home.
High school declines to publish report of choking game victim from Lawrence
March 21, 2006
A Lawrence teenager’s death is causing a stir in Pennsylvania.
Martial arts students gain world view
Fundraiser earns more than $8,000 to send overseas
March 21, 2006
Living conditions for some orphans in Mexico and India have improved thanks to a partnership between a Lawrence martial arts school and a Kansas City, Mo., volunteer organization.
Branson plane crash kills four
Midday wreck rattles Missouri tourist mecca
March 21, 2006
A twin-engine plane crashed in the heart of this resort town Monday, killing all four people aboard and setting fire to a building near the main drag of tourist nightclubs, theaters and music halls.
Wichita State gives Kansans somebody to cheer for
March 21, 2006
In a blue and red Kansas University ballcap and a matching vinyl jacket Monday, Scott Watson wore the gear of the team he loves.
Couple lose custody of children they caged
March 21, 2006
Michael and Sharen Gravelle, accused of forcing some of their 11 adopted children to sleep in cages, say they took care of youngsters no one else wanted.
Busy hurricane season predicted
March 21, 2006
This year’s hurricane season will be more active than normal but not as busy as last year’s, and the Northeast will be hit by a major hurricane within five years, a private forecaster predicted Monday.
Gore rules out run in 2008
March 21, 2006
Former Vice President Al Gore said Monday that he has no plans to run for president in 2008 but hasn’t ruled out a future in politics.
Chavez opponents question voter rolls
March 21, 2006
Opponents of President Hugo Chavez are demanding a review of what they call gross irregularities in the voter registry, pointing to a western state where 1,921 people by the name Gonzalez are listed with the same date of birth.
At least 16 killed in rebel violence
March 21, 2006
Escalating communist rebel violence claimed 16 lives Monday in Nepal, as hundreds of pro-democracy advocates protested against King Gyanendra’s direct rule in the Himalayan kingdom.
Suspected Nazi accomplice stands trial
March 21, 2006
An 85-year-old man deported from Florida went on trial Monday in his native Lithuania on charges of helping Nazis round up Jews during World War II.
Scholars object to honor for Prince Charles
March 21, 2006
A prominent Egyptian university wants to give Prince Charles an honorary doctorate today. But reaction from some Islamic scholars? No way.
Unions, student groups call for day of strikes
March 21, 2006
The student and union protests over a youth job plan in France continued Monday, when a national day of strikes was set for March 28. Huge recent street demonstrations have paralyzed many universities.
Airline group: 30 million bags lost last year
March 21, 2006
If you’ve ever been frustrated after an airline lost your luggage, you’re in the good company of millions of others.
Belarus election condemned at home, in West
March 21, 2006
The United States called for a new vote and the European Union threatened sanctions on Belarus, where thousands of opposition supporters gathered in the capital for a second night Monday to protest President Alexander Lukashenko’s re-election.
Financier’s conviction overturned on appeal
March 21, 2006
A federal appeals court on Monday threw out the criminal conviction of Silicon Valley financier Frank Quattrone, ruling that the judge gave faulty jury instructions at Quattrone’s 2004 obstruction-of-justice trial.
Teenage boy killed for walking on neighbor’s lawn
March 21, 2006
A man who neighbors say was devoted to his meticulously kept lawn was charged with murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy who apparently walked across his yard.
Iraqis voice anger as war enters fourth year
March 21, 2006
Some Baghdad residents voiced anger and dismay when asked about their lives as the U.S.-led war in Iraq entered its fourth year Monday, a day on which insurgents and sectarian gangs killed at least 39 more people.
Geological Survey names new director
March 21, 2006
William Harrison, interim state geologist and interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey at Kansas University, has been named to the positions on a permanent basis.
Lawrence datebook
March 21, 2006
Lawmaker won’t give up on repealing immigrant tuition bill
March 21, 2006
When it comes to repealing a law that allows illegal immigrants living in Kansas to get tuition breaks at state universities and colleges, Rep. Becky Hutchins just won’t give up.
Harris newspapers president ready to retire
John Lee will be succeeded by firm’s vice president
March 21, 2006
John Lee, president and chief executive officer of Harris Enterprises Inc., the newspaper management company based in Hutchinson, has announced plans to retire effective June 3.
West Junior High School announces honor roll
March 21, 2006
West Junior High School announced its first semester 2005-06 honor roll students.
People in the news
March 21, 2006
¢ Trumps are new parents ¢ Della Reese to launch plus-size clothing line ¢ ‘Brokeback Mountain’ due on DVD April 4 ¢ Pacino to play Herod ¢ Two more years of ‘Simpsons’
Rain washes out Creighton trip
March 21, 2006
Kansas University’s baseball game scheduled for Wednesday against Creighton in Omaha, Neb., has been canceled due to inclement weather throughout the Midwest. The game against the Bluejays will not be made up.
Huff, Kimball honored as all-league
March 21, 2006
Lawrence High’s Drew Huff and Free State High’s Lauren Kimball each won spots on the Sunflower League first-team girls basketball squad as selected by the league’s coaches.
Jayhawks tumble in Hawaii
March 21, 2006
The Kansas University softball team couldn’t overcome a rough first inning, surrendering four early runs in a 6-2 loss to No. 17 Northwestern in the Jayhawks’ final outing in Hawaii.
George Mason basks in glow
Victory over North Carolina, Sweet 16 bid give Patriots unprecedented exposure
March 21, 2006
Don’t know much about George Mason’s basketball team? How about the school itself? Or the man for whom it was named?
Spartans outlast Kentucky
March 21, 2006
After all the missed shots, Michigan State hung on.
Vandy at home, but Carolina cruises
March 21, 2006
North Carolina made playing at home little advantage for Vanderbilt.
Paris - who else? - lifts OU
March 21, 2006
Double-teams don’t slow her, and she’ll battle through just about every triple-team, too, even if she’s a little unnerved. There simply isn’t much an opposing defense can do to stop Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris.
Burgos blows it; K.C. falls
March 21, 2006
Ambiorix Burgos is slated to fill in as the Kansas City Royals’ closer while Mike MacDougal starts the season on the disabled list.
Nats’ Soriano balks
All-Star refuses to play in outfield; Bosox swap Arroyo for Pena
March 21, 2006
The lineup said Alfonso Soriano was playing left field.
Japan on top of the World Classic, 10-6
Mighty Cuba falls in championship game of inagural international showcase
March 21, 2006
Forget beisbol. This was yakyu at its best, and the inaugural World Baseball Classic belongs to Japan.
Topeka man found dead after fire in kitchen
March 21, 2006
A man was found dead in his home Sunday after a kitchen fire that had burned itself out, authorities said.
Weekend fire at duplex kills 8-year-old boy
March 21, 2006
An 8-year-old boy died Sunday in a fire at his home, becoming the third fire fatality in Wichita this year.
Court won’t hear Missouri River appeal
North Dakota argues that Army Corps of Engineers violated pollution laws in managing flow along river
March 21, 2006
The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear North Dakota’s arguments that the Army Corps of Engineers has violated state water pollution laws in managing the Missouri River’s water flows.
Wireless numbers’ use leads to suit
March 21, 2006
Wireless provider Sprint Nextel Corp. said Monday it was suing private investigative firm San Marco & Associates, claiming it gained illegal access to the phone call records of its customers.
Wal-Mart to hire up to 150,000
March 21, 2006
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to hire up to 150,000 employees in China during the next five years, five times its current work force there, as it expands its number of stores, the company said Monday.
Sprint Nextel sets Wi-Fi network
March 21, 2006
Sprint Nextel Corp. said Monday that its local telephone division was partnering with the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, Nev., to test a wireless broadband network, the first such test with a traditional local phone company.
Commodities
March 21, 2006
Credit system in need of repair
Three bureaus need to focus on accuracy
March 21, 2006
By now you might have heard that the three major credit bureaus have introduced a new scoring system they hope will someday replace the current FICO credit score.
Protection One building stability
March 21, 2006
Having curbed its losses last year, Protection One Inc. is adding employees and increasing investments to build market share for its monitored-security services.
Lester finishes what he starts in Atlanta
First black driver to compete in 20 years overshadows Kahne’s first win since May at Richmond
March 21, 2006
Bill Lester was proud of his accomplishment, though a little embarrassed by all the attention.
NFL commissioner to retire in July
Tagliabue narrowly preserved legacy of labor peace
March 21, 2006
Paul Tagliabue is leaving the NFL, and he’s leaving it both peaceful and prosperous.
Bravo to Feingold
March 21, 2006
To the editor: I applaud Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold’s motion to censure President Bush for illegal domestic NSA wiretapping.
Tree carnage
March 21, 2006
To the editor: We completely agree with Gloria Hood’s letter of March 15 concerning the mayhem that happens on the rural roads of Douglas County.
Capable team
March 21, 2006
To the editor: I would like to respond to Nancy Bagwell’s March 16 letter about the emergency sirens and when they are sounded.
Deal with reality
March 21, 2006
To the editor: If you never talk with a child about drugs and their consequences, he will never try them. This is a stupid and uninformed statement.
Rapidly rising cancer fuels treatment debate
March 21, 2006
Chronic heartburn appears to be fueling the nation’s fastest-growing cancer, esophageal cancer.
U.S. bases have air of permanency
March 21, 2006
The concrete goes on forever, vanishing into the noonday glare, 2 million cubic feet of it, a mile-long slab that’s now the home of up to 120 U.S. helicopters, a “heli-park” as good as any back in the States.
Marines investigated in family killings
March 21, 2006
Residents gave new details Monday about the shootings of civilians in a western Iraqi town, where the U.S. military is investigating allegations of potential misconduct by American troops last November.
Racism should never be used as a crutch
March 21, 2006
Last week, I received an e-mail from a man named Keith in Atlanta.
Macho man Norris gaining cult following
March 21, 2006
Lumberjacks have Paul Bunyan. Horticulturists have Johnny Appleseed. Cowboys have Pecos Bill.