Archive for Monday, March 27, 2006

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All-Area Wrestling Coal supply Lynda Anders Canaday Hip & fit
Which of the following best describes your look at the gym?

Poll results

Response Percent
Sweatpants and a nice T-shirt suit me fine.
I just rolled out of bed and put on what smelled best from the floor.
I’m hiding in the biggest clothes possible to avoid being noticed.
I put on makeup, styled my hair and donned my newest matching yoga tops and bottoms.
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Spring weather finally moves in
Windy conditions expected
08:18 a.m., March 27, 2006 Updated 02:43 p.m.
Pull out your shades, but hang on to your hat - periods of sunshine and some strong breezes are moving into Lawrence today. “It does feel like spring,” said Matt Sayers, 6News meteorologist. “It’s much warmer than what we had last week.”
Pro-Russian party poised to regain control in Ukraine
March 27, 2006
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko’s party was beaten into a humiliating third place in parliamentary elections Sunday as the pro-Russian party of the man he defeated for the presidency 16 months ago appeared headed for a clear victory, according to exit polls.
KU softball falls to Aggies, 3-2
March 27, 2006
Another bottom-of-the-seventh rally lifted Texas A&M to another Big 12 Conference softball victory over Kansas University.
KU’s Self: MU hire ‘excellent’
March 27, 2006
Bill Self, who coached at the University of Tulsa, is well-acquainted with Mike Anderson, the former Golden Hurricane player who Sunday was named head basketball coach at Missouri.
On the record
March 27, 2006
Driver’s license pilot program at center of legislative debate
March 27, 2006
The AAA office in Lawrence is at the center of a gathering fight in the Legislature.
Comparing sins
March 27, 2006
To the editor: In his March 22 letter, Dennis Saleeby employed a tactic often used by Bush critics, i.e., limiting Bill Clinton’s sins to just the Lewinsky affair.
Preacher’s wife apologizes from jail
March 27, 2006
The preacher’s wife charged with murder in the death of her husband wanted his congregation to know “she was sorry for everything she has done,” said a friend who visited her in jail Sunday.
Thome homers, sinks K.C.
March 27, 2006
Jim Thome hit his first two homers of the spring in his first two at-bats to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals, 9-7, on Sunday.
KU women’s golf wins
March 27, 2006
Kansas University’s Chelsey Pryor shot a final-day 74 to finish in sixth place with a 217 total, and the KU women’s golf team claimed its first team title since 2004 with a victory Sunday in the Mountain View Collegiate.
Kansas baseball edges Huskers
March 27, 2006
Kansas University’s baseball team used a three-run sixth inning to pull ahead for good and hand second-ranked Nebraska a 7-6 Big 12 Conference baseball setback on Sunday.
Mason campus rocks in celebration
March 27, 2006
No burning mattresses, no bonfires. Just unrestrained jubilation after George Mason advanced to the Final Four.
Turkey hunts on tap
March 27, 2006
During three consecutive weekends, starting April 8-9, the Westar Energy Green Team will play host to first-time turkey hunters at its Jeffrey Energy Center west of Topeka.
Firearms program for women slated
March 27, 2006
On April 8, the National Rifle Association’s Women On Target program will conduct an event at the Fancy Creek Range in the Tuttle Creek State Park, near Randolph.
Kansas park fees to rise Saturday
March 27, 2006
State park patrons can save money by purchasing many permits before Saturday. Many camping and vehicle permits fees are cheaper if purchased during the off-season - Oct. 1-March 31.
Blue perch surfaces in Minn.
March 27, 2006
Minnesota already lays claim to a mythical blue creature, Babe the Blue Ox.
Drought hampers paddlefishing
March 27, 2006
Paddlefish season will run through May 15, but anglers may not have much success unless eastern Kansas receives spring rains and rivers rise.
Novelist breaks date with romance
LHS alumna turns affections toward mother-daughter relationships
March 27, 2006
Kathleen Gilles Seidel is breaking up with romance novels. They will remain friends with benefits.
Good times with bad boys
March 27, 2006
Queen of clubs, 10 of clubs, Qc-10c, Qc-10c : Phil! Wake up! You’re having a nightmare. And you would too, if you lost a $230,000 pot and then a $350,000 pot to your opponent’s Qc-10c the same night! At the recent World Poker Tour (WPT) “Bad Boys of Poker” special, I finally made another WPT final table. (Of course, only six of us began the event, so technically I started at the final table.) I was there with Tony G, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, Men “The Master” Nguyen, John Robert Bellande and defending champion Gus Hansen.
Stores: Drug plan a burden
Reimbursement rates squeezing small pharmacies
March 27, 2006
Round Corner Drug Store pharmacist Tom Wilcox filled a prescription last week for one of his Medicare Part D customers. It cost him $178. He later learned the customer’s drug plan, Humana, planned on paying him $178.54.
Artist to create Eudora namesake statue
March 27, 2006
Lawrence artist Jim Brothers’ mentor once told him to do his best for a commissioned work, whether it was for a nickel or $1 million.
Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels route
March 27, 2006
The Lawrence Meals on Wheels program seeks volunteer drivers to assist with meal delivery for a recently established delivery route. Driver positions are available each day of the week to pick up and deliver meals. Route delivery takes approximately 45 minutes. To volunteer or learn more about this opportunity, call Kim Culliss at 979-1440.
Library dean candidate to speak at KU forum
March 27, 2006
Paul Conway, director of digital asset initiatives for Duke University Libraries, is the next of five candidates for Kansas University’s dean of libraries to visit campus.
Sandwich shop reports afternoon robbery
March 27, 2006
Lawrence Police said a man posing as a potential customer robbed Quizno’s, 2540 Iowa, Sunday afternoon.
Motorcyclist injured near Midland Junction
March 27, 2006
A Meriden man was flown by air ambulance Sunday night to Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., after he crashed his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 24-59 near Midland Junction.
Fire & Medical leader seeks grant to boost helmet giveaway program
March 27, 2006
Rob Kort has spent the last decade trying to convince children to wear a helmet while biking or skating.
CBS news to feature KU English instructor
March 27, 2006
A “CBS Evening News” report by Richard Schlesinger on the worsening of college students’ handwriting skills, featuring Kansas University English instructor Tina Blue, is scheduled to be broadcast tonight.
Lone Star Lake sewage issue looms
Property owners propose alternatives to new, costly system
March 27, 2006
The water is fine now, but Lone Star Lake someday could become contaminated if aging septic systems on lakefront properties fail, Douglas County health and government officials fear.
People in the news
March 27, 2006
¢ Spike Lee’s ‘Inside Man’ leads resurgent box office ¢ A simpler time ¢ Words in his mouth ¢ Mocking of the penguins
20-vehicle crash kills at least six in Wyoming
Blizzard conditions cut visibility to zero
March 27, 2006
At least 20 vehicles crashed Sunday on a rural Wyoming interstate in blizzard conditions, killing at least six people, officials said.
Married man sues e-dating service
March 27, 2006
John Claassen wants a date so badly he’s suing for one.
9-11 families advised of 911 transcripts’ release
March 27, 2006
Some last words - words exchanged during emergency calls during a day of terror - are soon to be available to the public.
Schiavo, in-laws have books out this week
March 27, 2006
Michael Schiavo and his late wife’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, are still at odds - this time in print.
Analysis: Human cloning emerging as another hot-button issue
March 27, 2006
In Greek mythology, a chimera is a fire-breathing beast with a lion’s head, a goat’s body and a serpent’s tail.
Suspect identified in Seattle party shootings
March 27, 2006
The partygoers didn’t know Aaron Kyle Huff, and don’t know who invited him to their after-party. In the culture of raves, all-night dance parties where they say young people can feel welcomed regardless of looks or background, such questions normally aren’t important.
Award-winning playwright’s painful life became muse
March 27, 2006
“American Experience” (8 p.m., PBS) presents “Eugene O’Neill,” a film by Ric Burns. The only American playwright to receive a Nobel prize, O’Neill’s painful family life would become the source for his many acclaimed dramas.
Commentary: Mason, Larranaga win 1 - or 4 - for little guy
March 27, 2006
This time of year used to be reserved for the big guys, with their tournament pedigrees, supersized budgets and ever-lengthening roster of NBA alums.
Charles, Camilla make segregated visits
March 27, 2006
Prince Charles got a glimpse Sunday of “Saudi-ization,” a Saudi initiative to get more Saudis in the work force.
Arab countries discuss new embassies in Iraq
March 27, 2006
Arab countries promised Sunday to consider reopening diplomatic missions in Iraq, after criticism by Iraq’s foreign minister that they are not doing enough to support his country’s fragile efforts toward stable government or peace.
Unions vow to conduct major strike Tuesday
March 27, 2006
French students and unions insisted Sunday they will go ahead with a one-day national strike and more street protests unless the government withdraws a youth labor law that has sparked violent demonstrations and shut down universities.
Court dismisses convert’s case
March 27, 2006
The Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for abandoning Islam for Christianity will be released for mental evaluation soon, possibly today, potentially defusing a case that sparked international outrage and caused many to question which way the country was heading.
War crimes tribunal urges Nigeria to arrest Liberian warlord
March 27, 2006
The international war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone urged Nigeria on Sunday to arrest exiled Liberian warlord Charles Taylor immediately amid fears the former president might flee to avoid trial for crimes against humanity.
69 Iraqis die in violence, including U.S.-backed raid
March 27, 2006
Police found 30 more victims of the sectarian slaughter ravaging Iraq - most of them beheaded - dumped on a village road north of Baghdad on Sunday. At least 16 other Iraqis were killed in a U.S.-backed raid in a Shiite neighborhood of the capital.
Retired professor still enjoys studies of birds’ migration
March 27, 2006
Eight feeders stand brimming with sunflower and thistle. Below them, a carpet of assorted seeds covers Max Thompson’s backyard.
Guide for gift giving
March 27, 2006
We’ve all been there at work: A colleague is about to start maternity leave, or Milton is retiring after 79 years in the corner office. Obviously, a gift is in order. Right?
Study: U.S. doctors reduce charity care
March 27, 2006
American doctors, short of time and squeezed by hard-bargaining health plans, are less likely to see patients who can’t pay than they were a decade ago, according to a study released last week.
Game can’t pull Pacino back in
March 27, 2006
Once you reach the “Intensive Care” mission in “The Godfather: The Game,” you’ll meet up with a Michael Corleone who looks and sounds absolutely nothing like Al Pacino.
On the money
March 27, 2006
Direct-purchase plans allow investors to buy stock directly from a company without going through a broker.
How to invest in mutual funds
March 27, 2006
The universe of mutual funds is big and getting bigger all the time, so much so that there are almost too many choices. It’s enough to make the average investor put off selecting a stock fund indefinitely, so here are some ways to simplify your choices if you don’t know where to start.
Man’s choice
March 27, 2006
To the editor: Recently there has been great consternation over the conversion of a Muslim in Afghanistan to become a Christian.
Old home town - 100 years ago today
March 27, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 27, 1906: “Tom Sweeney, Democratic leader for this county, has succeeded in bringing the Second District convention here. The meeting is in August but the only problem is there are no party candidates for office, even across the state.”
Old home town - 40 years ago today
March 27, 2006
Mary Elizabeth Sonneborn and Woody Wright were the top two winners in the Douglas County Science Fair of 1966.
Old home town - 25 years ago today
March 27, 2006
Despite last-minute appeals for psychiatric help rather than punishment, the man who bilked merchants in three area counties by claiming he was heir to the French’s mustard fortune was sentenced to at least six years of imprisonment.
Great idea
The community should help support a local club’s plans for a festival promoting books and reading.
March 27, 2006
A two-day festival focusing on books and reading is a wonderful idea for Lawrence.
All-purpose library?
A new Lawrence Public Library should serve a variety of purposes, but it doesn’t have to duplicate programs that already exist.
March 27, 2006
It’s important that efforts to make the Lawrence Public Library a centerpiece of downtown don’t result in a facility that duplicates and competes with existing resources.
One win for little guys
UConn’s buzzer brick sends Mason to Final Four
March 27, 2006
George Mason’s players stood on the press table, waving their jerseys to the crowd. Coach Jim Larranaga walked around with the nylon net around his neck.
Gator boys’ cruise past Wildcats’ senior shooters
March 27, 2006
With Florida minutes away from the Final Four, Joakim Noah threw his head back, screamed and pounded his chest as if to announce Gators’ arrival.
Bedore: Hard part past for Pats
March 27, 2006
Comments, musings, opinions and ramblings about the crazy 2005-06 college men’s basketball season: Can George Mason University win the NCAA title? Why not?
MU turns to Anderson; Alden hangs on
March 27, 2006
From Truman the Tiger to pompom-shaking cheerleaders, the backdrop for Missouri’s unveiling of new men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson at Mizzou Arena Sunday afternoon was pure celebration.
Guard wants to have fun in showcase
KU signee Collins sets sights on Jacque Vaughn’s assist record at McDonald’s All-American Game
March 27, 2006
It didn’t take long for Sherron Collins to trade Chitown cool for California chill.
Lawrence datebook
March 27, 2006
Commentary: Everybody’s an underdog at Final 4
UCLA has highest seed, but doesn’t resemble typical bully as survivors head to Indianapolis
March 27, 2006
George Mason is going to the Final Four. Three weeks ago, if somebody said that, you might have responded, “Really? What team is he on?”
Driver Dana dies in pre-race crash
Rookie slams into Carpenter’s car before IRL opener
March 27, 2006
Rookie driver Paul Dana was killed in a pre-race practice crash Sunday before the Indy Racing League season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He was 30.
Hip & fit
Workout duds take a turn toward trendy
March 27, 2006
Headed to the gym? Here’s what’s out: baggy sweatpants and oversized T-shirts. Not to mention hot pink Jane Fonda-esque leotards and leg warmers.
States shouldn’t sidestep Electoral College
March 27, 2006
The question of how we elect a president is up for debate again, with advocates of a majoritarian philosophy having invented a new device for moving to a direct popular vote for the chief executive.
Westar’s coal supply reduced; disruptions in railroad service raise concerns
Utility fears alternative fuels could be needed to keep the lights on
March 27, 2006
In a normal year, the giant pit that contains hundreds of tons of coal at Westar Energy Inc.’s Lawrence Energy Center is full to overflowing. These days, though, the stockpile of fuel that keeps the city running is roughly three-quarters its usual size.
Senate immigration debate to be heated
Fence at Mexico border, worker permits among contentious proposals
March 27, 2006
Founded by immigrants and praised as a haven for the oppressed, the United States now is struggling to decide the fate of as many as 12 million people living in the country illegally.
U.S. plans lunar ‘base’ as prep for Mars missions
March 27, 2006
For the first time since 1972, the United States is planning to fly to the moon, but instead of a quick, Apollo-like visit, astronauts intend to build a permanent base and live there while they prepare what may be the most ambitious undertaking in history - putting human beings on Mars.
A song from the heart brings renewal
March 27, 2006
Last March, Lynda Anders Canaday wanted to die. She could barely walk because of rheumatoid arthritis in her knee and a spinal disorder. She’d lived for more than 50 years, all the time dealing with discrimination - people telling her that a blind black woman shouldn’t aspire to sing opera and classical music.
Bush needs new advisers
March 27, 2006
Too little, too late. President Bush is going to the nation to bolster his plummeting credibility because the war in Iraq is going badly. He’s even admitting the original war plans weren’t so great and that it won’t be on his watch that troops can be withdrawn. Out of desperation, he’s trying candor or a limited version of it. It’s not enough.
Mother steering prep Arthur to KU or UT
March 27, 2006
If mom gets her way, Darrell Arthur stands a 50-50 chance of donning crimson and blue next winter.
Villanueva’s career day wasted
Raptors’ player goes 0-for-2 on day UConn also lost
March 27, 2006
The best game of his NBA career couldn’t save a lousy day for Charlie Villanueva. Villanueva scored a career-high 48 points, but the Milwaukee Bucks received 35 points from Michael Redd to beat the Toronto Raptors, 125-116, in overtime Sunday.
Law ruffles family’s feathers
Chickens to leave Basehor coop
March 27, 2006
City regulations were the last thing on Victor Dietz’s mind about a year ago when he decided to buy a couple of baby chickens for his daughter, Hannah. His then-9-year-old daughter fell in love with the baby chicks.
Regents’ AccessUS program a slow-go
Few takers so far for long-distance learning
March 27, 2006
It was billed as a way to bring higher education to residents of western Kansas. But three years after its inception, the Kansas Board of Regents’ AccessUS program is struggling.
The ‘Class of Katrina’ shares one last dance
For Pass Christian, Miss., students, prom a shot of normalcy
March 27, 2006
Wearing a canary yellow strapless evening gown, Jessica Jenkins walked across the remains of her home, raising her petticoat to keep it out of the red clay.
Libraries can provide wealth of information for job searches
March 27, 2006
A conversation with a reference librarian is always a good idea.
Dems must broaden appeal
March 27, 2006
There they go again. Democrats lost the 2004 presidential election even though they met the party’s goal of turning out more of their targeted voters.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 27, 2006
¢ Concealed guns ¢ Running tab ¢ Pigs, schools and immigration ¢ Things to watch
Pulse calendar
March 27, 2006
Soriano mixed bag
Nationals patient; Bonds out for spring?
March 27, 2006
Washington manager Frank Robinson continues to be understanding about Alfonso Soriano’s troubles in the outfield. After all, Robinson knows it’s a work in progress.
UNC survives Purdue
Tar Heel floored by cramp; Tennessee, Duke, UConn advance
March 27, 2006
North Carolina’s Ivory Latta made the winning shot and then was carried from the floor - by the team’s trainers.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 27, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.34 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
At the pinnacle of techology
Local firm lands $1.1M in contracts
March 27, 2006
A Lawrence-based technology company has received $1.1 million in federal contracts, and the business is expanding into a new location to handle the extra work.
March 27, 2006
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