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Chat with Matt Sayers, 6News Chief Meteorologist
March 23, 2006
6News’ meteorologist discusses the recent storms, tornado safety, and global warming.
Internet service temporarily interrupted
March 23, 2006
Sunflower Broadband Internet service was interrupted for nearly three hours Thursday morning.
It’s law - concealed carry upheld in House
10:56 a.m., March 23, 2006 Updated 11:56 a.m.
Qualified Kansans will be able to carry concealed guns as early as January under a bill put into law despite Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto.
Slow climb to spring begins
March 23, 2006
It’s still unseasonably chilly, but temperatures finally climb out of the 30s today.
Unannounced Clinton visit criticized
Missouri fundraiser was not out of the ordinary, senator says
March 23, 2006
An unannounced fundraising luncheon in Kansas City for Sen. Hillary Clinton has drawn the criticism not only of Republicans, but of some Democrats in a state where one of the nation’s premier U.S. Senate races is heating up.
Experienced pitching key at LHSFSHS
March 23, 2006
Inexperience in any sport can cause an interesting season, but in softball, inexperienced pitchers can throw everyone for a loop.
K.C. gets All-Star game, tentatively
Contest contingent on approval of stadium renovations
March 23, 2006
First the Super Bowl, now the All-Star game.
Bush, Blair not ‘going wobbly’
March 23, 2006
Perhaps it was only a coincidence, or maybe it was planned, but in choosing the same day, Tuesday, March 21, to speak about Iraq, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair said some things that were needed reminders to the American and British people, many of whom are “going wobbly” over the war.
Fear and greed
March 23, 2006
To the editor: Last week, the Kansas Legislature sent two bills to the governor for signature.
Wily coyote captured in Central Park
March 23, 2006
He’s one tourist city officials hope WON’T be coming back.
Imams, rabbis end congress with call to respect religions
March 23, 2006
Imams and rabbis concluded a sometimes-heated international congress Wednesday by calling on each other and the world to respect their religions.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
March 23, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 23, 1906: “The board of regents of the university this afternoon let the contract for the building of the new gymnasium to William Nadelhoffer of this city at a little more than $71,000. The building will be started as soon as possible and there will be a swimming pool under one of the main floor rooms in a wing instead of in a wing by itself as previously planned. “
Community effort
Using the historical Grover Barn to commemorate local ties to the Underground Railroad would be a great addition to the city’s history and tourism efforts.
March 23, 2006
Honoring Lawrence’s historical participation in the Underground Railroad would be a worthy use of the Grover Barn, which has housed a Lawrence fire station for about 25 years.
Middle class gone
March 23, 2006
To the editor: Are you a typical middle-class worker and homeowner in Lawrence, Kan.?
People in the news
March 23, 2006
¢ Aerosmith cancels tour as singer goes under the knife ¢ Postal glamour ¢ The one that got away ¢ Neil Labute play features Fran Drescher ¢ From worst to first
Inventive contestants vie for prize
March 23, 2006
Casting calls continue in San Francisco and Chicago on “American Inventor” (8 p.m., ABC).
Public service ads tackle global warming
March 23, 2006
Your favorite TV show has ended. You’ve just seen the ads for Lipitor and light beer, and here comes another.
Reduction urged in fluoride limit
March 23, 2006
The high levels of fluoride that occur naturally in some drinking water can cause tooth and bone damage and should be reduced, the National Research Council said Wednesday.
Strongest warnings for ADHD drugs rejected
March 23, 2006
Food and Drug Administration advisers recommended Wednesday that drugs like Ritalin used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder don’t have to carry strong “black box” warnings about possible cardiovascular and psychiatric risks.
Bouncer charged in student’s killing
March 23, 2006
A bar bouncer with a long rap sheet has been charged with murder in the death of a graduate student who was savagely raped, strangled and dumped last month in a desolate area of Brooklyn, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.
Opposition dropping to gay marriage
March 23, 2006
The public backlash over gay marriage has receded since a controversial decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Court in 2003 to legalize those marriages stirred strong opposition, says a poll released Wednesday.
Meteorologist to take weather questions
March 23, 2006
Have questions about Lawrence’s recent weather - this week’s snow and the microburst that tore through the city on March 12?
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 23, 2006
Highlights of Wednesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
Shoppers put on alert after purse snatchings
March 23, 2006
Two women have had their purses stolen from their shopping carts in recent days at local grocery stores, prompting Lawrence Police to remind shoppers to be on the alert.
Texas braces for WVU’s Fun-n-Gun
March 23, 2006
West Virginia’s 1-3-1 zone defense and fondness for having its 6-foot-11 center shoot three-pointers make the Mountaineers a difficult NCAA Tournament draw - even for a coach who already survived the challenge in the regular season.
Kansas State edges Fresno; Nebraska stops Wyoming
March 23, 2006
Twiggy McIntyre came off the bench to score 15 points, and Kimberly Dietz added 11 as Kansas State advanced in the WNIT on Wednesday night with a 64-61 victory over Fresno State.
LSU set to test Duke
March 23, 2006
Glen Davis peered tentatively around the curtain, as if he was shy about appearing on the national stage.
Rec calendar
March 23, 2006
Our town sports
March 23, 2006
The best of who’s left
NBA scout rips draft class, opines on best picks among Sweet 16 teams
March 23, 2006
The top 10 American-born players in the NBA Draft this June all could have something in common: winning at least two games in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Nearly all the top prospects ready to make the NBA jump have advanced to the Sweet 16.
Parity changing the game
Self: NCAA climate has shifted dramatically, even in last 10 years
March 23, 2006
With all due respect to the 16 basketball teams still alive in the NCAA Tournament … “I think it’ll be Boston College, Memphis, Texas and Connecticut,” Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said Wednesday, picking his Final Four survivors without hesitation.
Keegan: Huggins knows the drill
March 23, 2006
Let me get this straight: The inexorable march of slime that is college basketball recruiting has reached such depths that a pair of high school stars now are making it known the school that hires Bob Huggins, reportedly Kansas State, gets them as a bonus.
College grads face hot job market
Students already receiving multiple offers
March 23, 2006
Kansas University student Logan Johnson admits he didn’t have to do much job searching before getting an offer - months before graduation - for a job that will bring him more than $60,000 a year.
GM, Delphi offer buyouts to 125,000 employees
March 23, 2006
In one of the largest buyout programs ever, more than 125,000 hourly workers of General Motors Corp. and auto supplier Delphi Corp. are being offered up to $140,000 to give up their jobs to help cut the companies’ crippling labor costs.
High Court restricts officers’ right to enter couples’ homes
Both tenants must give consent for police to come in
March 23, 2006
Recognizing that a man’s home is, indeed, his castle, the Supreme Court said Wednesday that police can’t search a house without a warrant if one occupant invites them in but another objects to their presence.
Gun veto overridden
March 23, 2006
The Senate on Wednesday overrode Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of legislation allowing Kansans to carry concealed guns. The vote set up a final showdown today in the House.
Lawmaker to be honored for Iraq duty
March 23, 2006
State Rep. Lee Tafanelli, R-Ozawkie, will be honored Saturday for his recent service in Iraq by the Jefferson County Republican Central Committee.
Band director leaving
March 23, 2006
James Hudson, director of Kansas University’s Marching Jayhawks and Athletic Bands, is leaving his post to take a similar position at Arizona State University.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 23, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.42 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets.
Ex-official helps erect anti-evolution billboard
March 23, 2006
Dave Penny isn’t shy. Everybody knows he thinks evolution is a bunch of hooey.
Baker to present ‘Peter and the Wolf’
March 23, 2006
The Baker University Orchestra will present “Peter and the Wolf: A Musical Tale for Children” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Rice Auditorium. Admission is free.
Planting new trees rejuvenates nature after spring storms
March 23, 2006
Winter’s final attempt to wreak havoc on our community ended with downed power lines, holes in roofs and tree debris scattered all around town. Now that most gardeners have removed the broken limbs and brought in professionals to inspect the damage, it is time to start rebuilding. Just as you would replace missing shingles or repair scratched and dented cars, it is time to replant trees blown over by tornado-force winds.
Teen arrested under suspicion of vandalism
March 23, 2006
Lawrence police arrested a 16-year-old boy early Wednesday on suspicion of vandalizing a local nonprofit arts agency.
Hitting the road with Fido
March 23, 2006
If you’re traveling with your pet, preparation can make the difference between a memorable vacation and a nightmare.
All aboard rescued from sinking ferry
March 23, 2006
A ferry carrying 101 people along a scenic route near Vancouver Island hit a rock and sank early Wednesday, but the passengers and crew all escaped with only minor injuries, authorities said.
New lead reported in missing teen case
March 23, 2006
Police have a new lead in the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway, who has been missing since last May.
Bush intervenes in Christian convert’s case
March 23, 2006
President Bush leaned on the Afghan government Wednesday to spare a man threatened with the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity.
American arrested in hotel explosion
March 23, 2006
An American man and his Uruguayan girlfriend were arrested Wednesday after bombs severely damaged two low-budget hotels in Bolivia’s capital, killing two people and injuring at least seven.
Bus crash in Chile kills 12 Americans
March 23, 2006
A bus carrying cruise ship tourists plunged 300 feet down a mountainside in northern Chile Wednesday, killing 12 Americans, U.S. and Chilean officials said.
Basque separatists call permanent cease-fire
March 23, 2006
The Basque militant group ETA ended a decades-long campaign of terror, announcing a permanent cease-fire Wednesday that closes the door on one of Western Europe’s last armed separatist movements.
Kansas meatpacker seeks OK to test
March 23, 2006
A Kansas meatpacker has sparked an industry fight by proposing to test all the company’s cattle for mad cow disease.
Housing boom costs average folks
March 23, 2006
America’s recent housing boom moved prices beyond the means of average folks, new research shows.
YRC Worldwide cuts forecast
March 23, 2006
Trucking company YRC Worldwide Inc. on Wednesday said it was lowering its expectations for the first quarter, saying smaller volumes and cost overruns were cutting into the bottom line.
Commodities
March 23, 2006
Insurance to increase for retirement accounts
March 23, 2006
Money you’ve socked away in certain retirement accounts will have more federal insurance protection at your bank and savings institution beginning April 1. Credit union depositors also will see an increase in the insurance limit for their retirement accounts.
House leaders pessimistic about school finance
March 23, 2006
With the days remaining in the 2006 session short and state dollars even shorter, House leaders sounded less than optimistic that the first school finance debate will produce anything significant.
Senate committee holding up House measures
March 23, 2006
A legislative standoff formed Wednesday between a group of House Republicans who are hungry to cut taxes, and senators pushing for progress on school funding.
On the record
March 23, 2006
Lawrence datebook
March 23, 2006
Police investigating possible link in killings
March 23, 2006
Police on Wednesday continued to investigate two homicides that occurred in the same neighborhood hours apart, but officials had not determined if they were related.
Royals’ Affeldt shines
March 23, 2006
Jeremy Affeldt boosted his bid for a spot in Kansas City’s rotation, allowing only one hit in six innings Wednesday night as the Royals beat the Seattle Mariners, 4-1.
Book: Bonds sought to keep name in clear
March 23, 2006
Barry Bonds tried to keep his name out of the BALCO scandal, sending his lawyer into meetings with company representatives to ask for protection, according to a new book.
Toplikar: Library patrons can download audio books - but not on iPods
Check it out
March 23, 2006
After a week at home, my daughter Bonnie was packing up and getting ready for the long road back to the University of Iowa. Her boyfriend, Arna Hemenway, would be doing the driving from Lawrence to Iowa City.
Gadgets would allow roadside fingerprinting
March 23, 2006
A gadget being tested by Kansas authorities will allow officers to take fingerprints in the field during traffic stops, routine interviews, homicide investigations - any situation where they need to quickly check someone’s prints against those of people arrested in the past.
Supporters still hope to revive debate over casinos, slot machines
March 23, 2006
Opponents have driven a stake through a bill allowing state-owned casinos and slot machines at dog and horse tracks, but the idea was still wriggling Wednesday, ready to arise when legislators become desperate for money.
Army dog handler gets six months in prison
March 23, 2006
An Army dog handler was sentenced Wednesday to six months behind bars for using his snarling canine to torment prisoners at Abu Ghraib.
Rainy day allows reflection
March 23, 2006
In some ways, it’s fitting NASCAR’s weather luck ran out on the same weekend that Bobby Hamilton told everyone he’s beginning cancer treatments.
New insurgent attack on police station foiled
March 23, 2006
Emboldened a day after a successful jailbreak, insurgents laid siege to another prison Wednesday. This time, U.S. troops and a special Iraqi unit thwarted the pre-dawn attack south of Baghdad, overwhelming the gunmen and capturing 50 of them, police said.
Growth trends
March 23, 2006
To the editor: I note that future planning for Lawrence is again a hot topic.
Silent complicity
March 23, 2006
To the editor: In his March 18 column, Leonard Pitts opined that some critics of violations of human rights, government corruption and other heinous immoralities do so to create a historical record of their opposition to those crimes.
Ballad’ moves songs to new stage
Baldwin’s beloved historical musical seeks bigger audiences in Lawrence
March 23, 2006
We all know the history: Abolitionists fought fervently - and even died - for the free state cause in Lawrence.
Senate rejects strings on cancer center
March 23, 2006
The Senate on Wednesday defeated a move by Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, to require that the Kansas Cancer Center work with specific healthcare providers before it could spend a $5 million appropriation to help the center gain national designation as a comprehensive cancer center.
D.C. ready for baseball
March 23, 2006
Taking a cue from Congress, which left town for a week in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I took a long weekend to celebrate - and anticipate - something equally important, the advent of the baseball season.
Soriano agrees to play left field
Nationals persuade second baseman to make switch
March 23, 2006
Alfonso Soriano agreed at last to change positions, and he had an easy first day in his new spot.
Study: Second try at antidepressants often works
March 23, 2006
If your first antidepressant doesn’t eliminate your symptoms, try, try, again, according to a landmark depression study headed by Dallas researchers.
Top seed awaits upstart Bradley
March 23, 2006
As soon as John Calipari arrived at Memphis six years ago, he earned a reputation for recruiting some of the biggest prep stars in the country.
Reports: Huggins accepts K-State job
News conference reportedly set today to introduce ex-Cincy coach
March 23, 2006
Former University of Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins has accepted an offer to become Kansas State University’s coach, various news outlets reported Wednesday night.
Ideas sought for redeveloping library
Companies prepare plans for updated cultural center
March 23, 2006
It will be a little more than a month before supporters of a new or expanded Lawrence Public Library will know how much interest there is among developers for taking on the project.
Proposed amendment curtailing court fails
Measure would have limited judges’ financial authority
March 23, 2006
Another proposed constitutional amendment aimed at curtailing the authority of the Kansas Supreme Court has failed in the Legislature, but supporters said Wednesday’s vote wasn’t the final word.
There’s sleuthing to do on pottery mark dates
March 23, 2006
Don’t always trust the date you find in a pottery mark. A well-known mark, often found on porcelain clock cases for Ansonia clocks, says “Royal Bonn, 1755” in a shield. But the maker was Franz Anton Mehlem, who had a pottery in Bonn, Germany, from 1836 to 1931.
Area union leaders will wait for more information
March 23, 2006
Uncertain what it will mean for area workers, local union leaders said they were reserving judgment on General Motors’ agreement with the United Auto Workers to offer buyouts to 125,000 GM plant workers.
Sowing the seeds of history
Heirloom gardening preserves memories, scents and flavors for future generations
March 23, 2006
I’m really looking forward to my irises coming up this spring, primarily because my 90-year-old grandmother dug them out of her garden last fall and gave my mother and me about eight different varieties.
Returning to form?
Earnhardt Jr. pleased with team’s early season performance in 2006
March 23, 2006
That sound you’re hearing from legions of Budweiser-red-wearing fans each week can only mean one thing - Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back in championship-contending form. Or is he?
Commentary: U.S. pride struck out in WBC
Americans should have learned lesson in failure
March 23, 2006
Where’s the booing? Where’s the hissing? Where’s the outrage?
Eminent domain proposal advances in Legislature
Amendment would allow forced sales only for public use
March 23, 2006
Kansans couldn’t be forced to sell their property except for public use under a proposed constitutional amendment receiving first-round approval Wednesday in the House.
Iran’s offer a trap - and an opportunity
March 23, 2006
Ask administration hard-liners about Iran’s sudden acceptance of the U.S. offer to talk about stability in Iraq and you hear this reaction: It’s a booby trap. These hawks are right.
Horoscopes
March 23, 2006
For Thursday, March 23
Cavs’ James invincible again
Triple-double, game-winner caps storybook night
March 23, 2006
LeBron James saved his best for last - twice. James hit the first game-winning shot of his career with 0.9 seconds left in overtime, finishing with 37 points and his ninth career triple-double in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 120-118 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.
States say drug-free school zones off-target
March 23, 2006
In reaction to the crack epidemic of the 1980s, laws creating drug-free zones around schools spread nationwide. Now, hard questions are being raised - by legislators, activists, even law enforcement officials - about the fairness and effectiveness of those laws.
West Coast supremacy at stake
March 23, 2006
Los Angeles is celebrities, glitz and showtime basketball. Life’s a little bit slower in Spokane, Wash.
Workers riot at Dubai skyscraper project
March 23, 2006
Asian workers angered by low salaries and mistreatment smashed cars and offices in a riot that interrupted construction Wednesday of what is meant to be the world’s tallest skyscraper - including a luxury hotel run by Giorgio Armani.
Senate wrestles with human cloning
State budget considerations turn into debate about embryos
March 23, 2006
A proposed ban on using taxpayer dollars to support embryonic stem cell research failed Wednesday in the Senate, as consideration of a proposed state budget turned into a passionate debate over human cloning.
Commentary: NCAA recognized changed landscape
March 23, 2006
The Big Ten had an NCAA men’s basketball tournament performance that only Bode Miller could love.