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Lawrence grocery shoppers warned about purse snatchings
March 22, 2006
Two women have had their purses stolen from their shopping carts in recent days at grocery stores, prompting Lawrence Police to remind shoppers to be on the alert.
Proposed amendment to limit Kansas Supreme Court fails
March 22, 2006
A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at limiting the authority of the Kansas Supreme Court failed today to get the required two-thirds majority in the House to advance.
Spring takes another day off
Snow flurries possible tonight
08:25 a.m., March 22, 2006 Updated 03:15 p.m.
Grab your coat on the way out - temperatures aren’t going to get any higher than 40 degrees today. “That’s about 20 degrees below average,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Tower at KU on way down
March 22, 2006
After 82 years standing atop Mount Oread, Kansas University’s radio tower is coming down.
Surprise, surprise! BC wins
Shaky Eagles oust top-seeded Ohio State, 79-69
March 22, 2006
Boston College seemed an unlikely candidate to pull the biggest upset of the NCAA Tournament.
Jayhawks must reload - fast
Henrickson to count on freshmen to replace three key seniors
March 22, 2006
Three players accounted for 65 percent of the offense during Kansas University’s women’s basketball season.
Judge denies lower bail for fire suspect
Fellow church members offer housing to Jason Rose
March 22, 2006
The man accused of setting a deadly apartment fire is getting support from members of his church, some of whom have offered to take him into their homes if he’s able to get out of jail on bond.
Coach, team deserve praise
March 22, 2006
As anyone who reads this column knows, I’m not a sports fan. It’s not that I disapprove of college or professional sports, it’s just that I’m a spectator sports agnostic. When I was young enough (and flexible enough) to play sports, I did. But I’ve just never much enjoyed sitting and watching while other people play.
Clippers, Warriors wage defensive battle
March 22, 2006
A low-scoring defensive battle reminiscent of a late-season Big Ten match-up took place March 14 at Prairie Park Elementary. The Clippers and Warriors fought each other like Illinois and Iowa during ESPN’s Rivalry Week. A second-half run gave the Clippers the lead and eventually a 15-10 victory.
Pistons’ offense overpowers Hawks
March 22, 2006
In the narrow gym of Prairie Ridge Elementary, decked in red shirts, the fifth- and sixth-grade Salvation Army Hawks shot practice shots. Hawk coach Michael Rupp called for his players to box out. However, despite this last-minute practice, the Pistons in blue dominated the March 13 matchup, 49-6.
Boys versus girls in third grade match-up
March 22, 2006
Two teams waged a gender battle in the Salvation Army Basketball League March 13 at Prairie Park Elementary. The all-boys Jazz took on the all-girls Sting, in a game that proved fun and frustrating for both teams.
Explore eggs on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
March 22, 2006
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week for “Breaking Eggs with Jo Manhart.”
Ban on swine hunting wins committees’ approval
March 22, 2006
The days of hunting feral swine and other wild hogs in Kansas are probably numbered.
Counties lift burn ban after rain and snow
March 22, 2006
Monday’s rain and snow eased dry conditions enough in Douglas and surrounding counties that county commissioners removed bans on burning. Douglas County commissioners had issued a burn ban a week ago because of dry, windy conditions. The ban, which had been requested by township fire chiefs, was removed Monday.
Senate bill toughens property rights
March 22, 2006
Senators approved a bill Tuesday to vaccinate Kansans against being forced to sell their property, as the House prepared to consider even stronger medicine.
Emergency declared amid Indian protests
March 22, 2006
The Ecuadorean government declared a state of emergency in four provinces Tuesday to curb nine days of Indian protests against a proposed free-trade deal with the United States.
Missing family rescued after two weeks in snowbound RV
March 22, 2006
A family that disappeared more than two weeks ago after leaving for a short trip in an RV was found alive Tuesday in a remote area of southwestern Oregon.
Early mistakes haunt U.S. effort in Iraq
March 22, 2006
Three years after we invaded Iraq, President Bush is trying to rally the U.S. public around a war gone sour.
Horoscopes
March 22, 2006
For Wednesday, March 22
Global cuisine
Ethnic markets put the world on a plate for Lawrence eaters
March 22, 2006
Natalie Geary has a tough time finding pickled tomatoes, a treat in her home country of the Ukraine.
Sebelius vetoes concealed weapons bill
Governor also rejects measure reducing payments to injured workers
March 22, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday set up showdowns with the Legislature by vetoing two measures - one that would allow Kansans to carry concealed weapons, and another aimed at reducing payments to workers injured on the job.
Commentary: Among commissioners, Tagliabue tops
Outgoing NFL leader had little competition from baseball’s Selig, hockey’s Bettman, NBA’s Stern
March 22, 2006
It almost goes without saying that Paul Tagliabue has been the best commissioner in professional sports for the last decade or so.
Baker honors Partners-in-Progress
March 22, 2006
A father-son investment team, the owner of a media company and a longtime area historian were honored Tuesday by Baker University for their business success and community commitment.
Organize your recipes with these useful tips
March 22, 2006
Perhaps you’re like me and have a file drawer full of recipes you’ve clipped from magazines, newspapers, etc. But it takes forever to sort through them when you want to try something new, and you usually go back to your tried-and-true recipes.
$30,000 found in home during Katrina cleanup
March 22, 2006
Trista Wright had an eventful spring break cleaning out hurricane-damaged homes.
Coaching failure
March 22, 2006
To the editor: Bill Self, Coach of the Year, what a joke!
Salvation Army League provides kids ‘positive experience’ on court
March 22, 2006
Spread out across Lawrence, in the elementary schools and the small, dimly lit gym of the Salvation Army, a basketball league has been playing. After the Hoopster League ends, carrying into the madness that is March, three age groups of young athletes are learning the ins and the outs of the game. And quietly pulling the strings, on the second floor of the Salvation Army building sits Donnie Hornburger, the youth program director.
Kings thrilled with state title, season
March 22, 2006
A combination of size, speed and instinct are what led the third-grade Lawrence Kings to become state basketball champions. Over the weekend of March 4 the team defeated five teams en route to the USSSA Kansas State Tournament title.
Hornets enjoy home cookin’
Beleaguered city relishes first pro win in a year-plus
March 22, 2006
The Hornets had toured some of the neighborhoods flattened by Hurricane Katrina. They saw people living in tents.
Bruins buried in finals
March 22, 2006
Getting to the Final Four is on the mind of every UCLA player this week. So are other kinds of finals - sociology, history, communications.
Packer shrugs off flap
March 22, 2006
If Bradley and Wichita State fans expected a teary apology from Billy Packer, then what the CBS analyst said Tuesday will sorely disappoint them.
Walking a perfect exercise for elderly
March 22, 2006
Walking is the most popular form of exercise among older adults, and it’s a great choice. Walking can strengthen muscles; help prevent weight gain; lower risks of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and osteoporosis; improve balance; and reduce the likelihood of falling.
Lawrence datebook
March 22, 2006
Local radio operator answers call from astronaut on station
Houston, I have a connection
March 22, 2006
In 30-plus years operating a ham radio, Bruce Stucky has talked to people in some far-off places.
Grant to help county shape pandemic plan
March 22, 2006
State planning for a flu pandemic got a boost from a $1.1 million federal grant.
House advances amendment on court limits
March 22, 2006
Having already voted to cut the judiciary’s budget, the House took up a proposed constitutional amendment Tuesday to clarify that the courts can’t tell legislators how much to spend - something the Kansas Supreme Court did last year on education funding.
After Dubai ports snafu, Clintons work to get on same page
March 22, 2006
After being surprised by her husband’s role in the Dubai ports deal, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has insisted that Bill Clinton give her “final say” over what he says and does, well-placed sources said.
Effort seeks ‘best practices’ for billing at hospitals
March 22, 2006
As chair of Atty. Gen. Phill Kline’s hospital billing and collection practices task force, I was disappointed to read your editorial referring to the effort as a “high-profile shakedown” of every not-for-profit hospital in Kansas. Quite the contrary is true.
Conservative ploy
March 22, 2006
To the editor: Our illustrious State Board of Education is at it again, that is, the socially conservative, ideologically driven majority members.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 22, 2006
Highlights of Tuesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
KU men’s golf 4th at Moore Invitational
March 22, 2006
Kansas University’s men’s golf team took fourth place at the 17-team Ron Moore Invitational, which concluded Tuesday at the par-72 Palm Valley Golf Course.
Kansas tennis rallies to upend LSU, 4-3
March 22, 2006
Kansas University dropped two of three doubles matches and lost the doubles point, but rallied for a 4-3 tennis victory over 48th-ranked LSU on Tuesday. The 74th-ranked Jayhawks improved to 6-5.
Texas Tech to speak with Purdue’s Curry
March 22, 2006
Texas Tech has taken the first step in trying to lure away Purdue women’s basketball coach Kristy Curry.
On the record
March 22, 2006
Club honors banker for community service
March 22, 2006
Whenever Sandra Studley goes to lunch with Bob Georgeson, the interruptions come early and often.
Math, science academy plan gets House OK
March 22, 2006
Legislation to start an academy for advanced math and science students was approved Tuesday by the House.
High-top quilt nets high-dollar winning bid
March 22, 2006
A shoe-motif quilt that featured autographs from 41 former Kansas University basketball players sold last week on eBay for $2,651.
Storm displaces Danforth weddings
For better or for worse :
March 22, 2006
It would have been perfect. Tina Lemon and Danny Stice planned a small wedding with family in the intimate setting of Kansas University’s Danforth Chapel.
Politics at work in budget plight
March 22, 2006
When it comes to finding more state dollars for Kansas public schools, most lawmakers plead poverty. The cupboard, they say, is bare. But the state is flush with cash when it comes to cutting taxes on business.
U.S. troops to stay in Iraq for years, president predicts
March 22, 2006
President Bush said Tuesday that American forces will remain in Iraq for years and it will be up to a future president to decide when to bring them all home. But defying critics and plunging polls, he declared, “I’m optimistic we’ll succeed. If not, I’d pull our troops out.”
Roberts back with Orioles
Second baseman recovers after serious elbow injury
March 22, 2006
Brian Roberts was back at second base for the Baltimore Orioles, throwing his body around without any fear of getting hurt again.
Soriano situation on hold
March 22, 2006
Alfonso Soriano and the Washington Nationals were stuck in a holding pattern Tuesday. The team had a day off, and no one seems to know whether he will agree to move from second base to left field.
WBC an instant classic for Japan
Tournament deemed a success, with some exceptions
March 22, 2006
Baseball threw one heck of a party.
Cyclones name McDermott coach
Iowa State turns to Northern Iowa’s successful leader
March 22, 2006
The job of turning around Iowa State’s basketball program was given to self-described Iowa farm boy Greg McDermott.
Payless executives get incentive pay
March 22, 2006
Payless ShoeSource Inc. president and CEO Matt Rubel is getting an $829,644 bonus for less than six months’ of work last year, leading the company as it met performance goals.
Workers log on for March Madness
March 22, 2006
CBS Corp.’s experiment to offer free online coverage of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament drew big numbers during the first two rounds, serving more than 14 million streams of the live broadcasts.
Daily ticker
March 22, 2006
Commodities
March 22, 2006
Reliability: Updates better than new models
March 22, 2006
It’s part of the lore of new-car shopping: Don’t buy a just-introduced model. Wait awhile for the manufacturer to “work out the bugs.”
New report surfaces of civilian killings
March 22, 2006
Iraqi police have accused American troops of executing 11 people, including a 75-year-old woman and a 6-month-old infant, in the aftermath of a raid last week on a house about 60 miles north of Baghdad.
Gunmen storm jail, kill police, free insurgents
March 22, 2006
Until dawn broke, officials did not think of Muqdadiyah as an especially vulnerable place. Police occasionally raided nearby villages, as they did last weekend, hauling rebel suspects to cells in a courthouse compound in the city center.
Abu Ghraib dog handler, a Fort Riley soldier, convicted
March 22, 2006
An Army dog handler at Abu Ghraib was convicted Tuesday of tormenting prisoners with his snarling animal and competing with a comrade to make the Iraqis soil themselves.
Man beaten to death for destroying shrine
March 22, 2006
A 27-year-old mentally disturbed man was beaten to death by enraged onlookers at a world-famous shrine in downtown Bangkok after he destroyed a popular statue of a Hindu deity with a hammer, police said.
Police foil Palestinian suicide bombing
March 22, 2006
With sirens wailing and blue lights flashing, Israeli police chased a van with explosives on a main highway Tuesday and captured a group of Palestinians who defense officials say planned a major bombing ahead of national elections.
Supreme leader OKs talks with U.S. on Iraq
March 22, 2006
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that he approves of talks between U.S. and Iranian officials on Iraq, but warned that the United States must not try to “bully” Iran. It was the first confirmation that Khamenei, who holds final say on all state matters in Iran, is in favor of the talks.
Homeric illustrations adorn ancient sarcophagus
March 22, 2006
A 2,500-year-old stone coffin with well-preserved color illustrations from Homer’s epics has been discovered in western Cyprus, archaeologists say.
After the cyclone, a barbecue
Australians make the best of bad situation
March 22, 2006
After their town was torn apart by a terrifying cyclone - amazingly without loss of life - the people of Innisfail responded with a most Australian of gatherings: a barbie.
Find a StarStyle, make it your own
New Web site promises shopping bonanza for TV viewers
March 22, 2006
A new Web site could carry America’s fascination with celebrities and the art of product placement on TV to dizzying levels.
People in the news
March 22, 2006
¢ Rivers seeks love match ¢ New hosting gig ¢ Playing dirty
NBC banks on chatty crooks, cops
March 22, 2006
“Heist” (9 p.m., NBC) follows a team of ace burglars planning a simultaneous robbery of every jewelry story on Rodeo Drive. And during Oscar week no less, when they are certain to be filled to the rafters with bling. We also get to watch the team of police assigned to catch them. If this sounds familiar, you’ve been watching the British series “Hustle” on AMC.
Charges are dropped in student sex case
March 22, 2006
In an effort to spare the victim from having to testify in court, state prosecutors decided Tuesday to drop charges against a former Tampa teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old middle school student.
Microsoft to delay new operating system
March 22, 2006
Microsoft Corp. will delay the consumer release of its new Windows operating system until January 2007, missing the holiday sales season and throwing some PC makers and retailers into turmoil.
Kansas senator a leftist?
Brownback painted as too liberal on immigration
March 22, 2006
It’s a rare day when Sam Brownback is denounced as a radical left-winger.
Impeachable?
March 22, 2006
To the editor: Here is a little quiz.
Service lauded
March 22, 2006
To the editor: The Lawrence-Douglas County Advocacy Council on Aging reluctantly acknowledges the resignation of Frank Day as chair of the council.
Sharin’ the green
March 22, 2006
To the editor: I want to take this opportunity to thank the Journal-World and Channel 6 for their coverage of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and in particular for the pictures and footage of the Jefferson County North High School Marching Band.
Storm warning
March 22, 2006
To the editor: It’s hard to believe Assistant Emergency Management Director Teri Smith actually said what was printed in the Journal-World on March 13.
Opt-in’ policy
March 22, 2006
To the editor: What do stories about the Tooth Fairy and claims about the wisdom of an “opt-in” policy for sex education courses have in common?
Legislative focus
A second special session to address school finance issues isn’t likely to be welcomed by Kansas voters.
March 22, 2006
Any positive points Kansas legislators make with voters by pushing hot-button issues onto the legislative agenda now probably will be wiped out by negative voter reaction if there is another special session this summer to deal with school finance issues.
Bradley revels in return to spotlight
March 22, 2006
Vaudeville acts. Politicians. Consumer products. Concert tours. And now the Bradley Braves.
Seniors driving Longhorns in tournament
March 22, 2006
When the Texas Longhorns walked off the court after losing in the Final Four in 2003, it seemed natural to expect a quick return.
Top Shock media darling
Ex-Jayhawk ‘Turg’ popular with press
March 22, 2006
Former Kansas University point guard Mark Turgeon, who has guided Wichita State into the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 1981, is one popular mid-major basketball coach these days.
Keegan: No news good for Meier
March 22, 2006
Offseasons tend to be filled with bad news because in many cases the good news is not news. When a defensive back doesn’t get injured, that’s not newsworthy, but it is good news. If a fullback’s name doesn’t show up in the police blotter, then it doesn’t show up in the newspaper.
Hours of training pay off at Championships
March 22, 2006
Seven thousand yards, 4.24 miles, 140 laps : these numbers are no strangers to the Lawrence Aquahawks swim team. Six days a week the Aquahawks hit the pool at the Lawrence Aquatic Center, two to a lane, heads bobbing in unison with the rhythmic flow of the water as the swimmers barrel through their daily average of 140 laps.
Cold snap won’t harm veggies already sown underground
March 22, 2006
The good citizens who obediently planted their potatoes and onions on St. Patrick’s Day or already have sowed spinach, lettuce and other greens need not fear the forecast. At this writing, temperatures in northeast Kansas were expected to be in the upper 30s early this week, with the possibility of sleet or snow and an overnight low of 20 mixed in.
Regents’ maintenance plan gets cool reception
March 22, 2006
State universities’ $586 million list of deferred maintenance projects probably will be deferred at least one more year.
Butler honored at Hoopster awards banquet
March 22, 2006
In Craig Butler’s 27 years of coaching basketball he has seen a lot of players come and go. Butler has been coaching youth basketball for so long that some of his earlier players now have children of their own playing in leagues. Butler’s impact and guidance on youth basketball players is so pervasive that he has even coached a few NBA players in their early days.
Nine Sunflower wrestlers qualify for state
March 22, 2006
Mid-America Nazarene University’s Cook Center was at capacity all day Saturday, where the best youth wrestlers in northeast Kansas gathered for the District Championships.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 22, 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.