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Sunny afternoon ahead
Temperatures to climb into upper 50s
08:20 a.m., March 28, 2006 Updated 02:28 p.m.
Hoping for some sunny weather? It’s on the way, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist. “Sunshine will take the temperature into the upper 50s today,” Schack said.
White House chief of staff resigns
07:42 a.m., March 28, 2006 Updated 02:33 p.m.
WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush announced the resignation of his chief of staff today after a sharp decline in his approval ratings and a campaign by Republicans for a shake-up at the White House.
For sale: studio made of straw
Appraisers, North Lawrence couple disagree about value of rare structure
March 28, 2006
It may be beautiful and environmentally friendly, but it’s the only one around.
Ah, the spotlight
Larranaga, Patriots relishing sudden fame
March 28, 2006
The coach of perhaps the most improbable Final Four team in NCAA history was running on pure adrenaline. George Mason’s Jim Larranaga had slept for only two hours, and his extremely hoarse voice didn’t deter him from what essentially became a day of nonstop talking.
Giants’ Bonds looking for eye of chaotic storm
March 28, 2006
Seven home runs shy of passing Babe Ruth, this should be a time of unbridled joy and excitement for Barry Bonds.
No! Redick, Morrison unanimous
March 28, 2006
J.J. Redick of Duke and Adam Morrison of Gonzaga spent all season locked in a bicoastal scoring race. Fittingly, they ended it as the only unanimous selections for the Associated Press’ All-America men’s basketball team.
Funding frustration reigns at school board meeting
March 28, 2006
After three hours of listening to teachers, principals and administrators pitch ideas Monday on how to improve Lawrence schools, Craig Grant struggled - and failed - to contain his frustration.
Lawrence City Commission: Development Code to be discussed
March 28, 2006
City commissioners will consider approving the city’s new Development Code, which would replace the 40-year old zoning code that currently regulates where development is allowed and under what conditions.
Moussaoui testifies he was to fly plane into White House on 9-11
His version is disputed when jury hears from another terrorist leader
March 28, 2006
Laying out a stunning new version of his terrorist mission, al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui testified Monday that he was supposed to hijack a fifth jetliner on Sept. 11, 2001, with would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid and fly it into the White House.
People in the news
March 28, 2006
Scarlett Johansson tops a lovely list of the “100 Sexiest Women in the World,” in a poll of readers by FHM magazine.
Important job
City commissioners must put personal agendas aside as they begin the process of hiring a new city manager.
March 28, 2006
Lawrence city commissioners have scheduled an executive session an hour before their regular meeting tonight to discuss personnel matters, and their focus is expected to be the hiring of a new city manager.
Farmland buildings on market
Trust seeking to lease office, warehouses
March 28, 2006
A 467-acre complex used by Farmland Industries Inc. to produce fertilizer for nearly five decades is being temporarily reduced for use as an office building and two warehouses.
Horoscopes
March 28, 2006
NFL commissioner search may drag
League in no hurry to find Tagliabue’s replacement
March 28, 2006
The search for Paul Tagliabue’s successor may take a while. As the NFL meetings started Monday, Tagliabue postponed appointing a committee to begin a search for the next commissioner and was vague on when he might do it.
Senate leaders want debate on school finance
Both the House plan and a rival Senate plan have no provisions for new revenue
March 28, 2006
Two Senate leaders said Monday they would like their chamber to debate education funding this week, although they disagreed on a House plan to phase in a $633 million increase in aid to public schools over three years.
Conservatives face full slate of opponents in elections
March 28, 2006
Conservatives on the State Board of Education up for re-election this year now face opponents in the primary and general elections.
FX’s ‘Thief’ steals the spotlight
March 28, 2006
Andre Braugher (“Homicide”) stars in “Thief” (9 p.m., FX) as Nick Atwater, a professional burglar who has always kept his wife and her adolescent daughter (Mae Whitman) in the dark about his profession. They seem to think he trades in antique cars.
Public decline hard to watch
March 28, 2006
A peacock walked past the window as I ate breakfast last Saturday at an old country inn in Albuquerque, his great fan of bejeweled feathers open wide, following a peahen who was pecking around the gravel as if he didn’t exist. The peacock appeared to be infatuated, shuffling around, waggling his rump, craning his bright blue neck, the little doodads on his head bouncing around rather fetchingly, and the peahen kept scratching in the dirt, looking for grubs.
Don’t get ‘punk’d’ by mutual fund firms
March 28, 2006
Imagine your brokerage firm sends you a letter saying your account now will be handled by a centralized call center. So one day you call to ask a question about one of your mutual fund holdings.
Shiites rage over purported U.S. raid on Baghdad mosque
March 28, 2006
Shiite politicians raged at the United States and halted negotiations on a new government Monday after a military assault killed at least 16 people in what Iraqis claim was a mosque. Fresh violence erupted in the north, with 40 killed in a suicide bombing.
Augustus hero for Lady Tigers
March 28, 2006
Seimone Augustus gave her old neighborhood - and all the rest of Baton Rouge - another reason to celebrate.
Keep eye on Suns
March 28, 2006
The Phoenix Suns were able to build a 45-21 record without Amare Stoudemire, doing it with Steve Nash playing arguably better than he did during last season’s MVP campaign and with possibly a more unconventional and harder to defend style of play.
Storm aid may be available on limited basis
March 28, 2006
Although Lawrence residents won’t get federal aid to help pay for storm damage from the March 12 microburst, some aid may be available to help pay for public building and infrastructure damage.
Lawrence Datebook
March 28, 2006
Sebelius signs booster seat bill
Law extends to certain children ages 4 to 7; takes effect July 1
March 28, 2006
A bill requiring more young children to ride in booster seats was signed into law Monday by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who said the state still can make further improvements in its vehicle safety laws.
Seedling from Thomas Jefferson’s tree at Monticello takes root on KU campus
March 28, 2006
Broken and battered trees dot Kansas University’s landscape. But a new tree was planted among the old ones Monday.
Embattled Hernandez put on DL
March 28, 2006
Runelvys Hernandez, who had been expected to be the Kansas City Royals’ No. 2 starter this season, will instead begin the year on the 15-day disabled list because of concerns about his weight and stamina.
Nets go off on Suns
New Jersey solid in 110-72 dismantling
March 28, 2006
New Jersey’s dominance of Phoenix was so stunning that Nets coach Lawrence Frank had trouble keeping track of it.
Seven-year-old seeking Big Brother
March 28, 2006
Seven-year-old Vincent, a student at Hillcrest School, is seeking a Big Brother through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County program. Vincent describes himself at smart, nice and funny. If Vincent had a lot of money, he said he would buy pumpkins, chocolate chip cookies and toys. Vincent said he would like to work at a pet store. Among his favorite activities: camping, swimming, playing card games, arts and crafts, going to the movies and gardening. Vincent said he would like to learn new activities.
Kansas City blows past Giants, 15-6
March 28, 2006
Aaron Guiel homered off Armando Benitez, hit a go-ahead two-run single in the third and doubled, finishing with four RBIs, as the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants, 15-6.
Red Sox, Devil Rays throw down again
March 28, 2006
The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Devil Rays got into another fight - this time in a game that didn’t even count.
A bang that can’t get bigger
Marlins rookie trying to feed off explosive debut
March 28, 2006
Only Jeremy Hermida knows what it feels like to step to the plate as a pinch-hitter in his first major-league at-bat and hit a grand slam.
Special Olympians at competition
March 28, 2006
Fifty-two athletes and coaches from the Douglas County Gators attended the Special Olympics Kansas State Basketball and Cheerleading Competition March 16-18 in Hays.
State quest set to begin
March 28, 2006
Lawrence High boys tennis coach Dick Wedel has enough trouble coaching his team, but finding enough time for all of them to practice has become even tougher.
Self still will check for Rush
March 28, 2006
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self met with his players Sunday night upon their return from spring break.
Coach impressed by KU signee
West squad’s Kitani calls Collins a ‘future All-American’
March 28, 2006
Harvey Kitani, the head coach for the West squad at this year’s McDonald’s High School All-American boys basketball game, has tutored a number of future college players during his 25 seasons as the boss at Fairfax High in Los Angeles.
JamFest more like funk fest
KU signee, Arthur lose at McDonald’s event
March 28, 2006
The POWERade Jam Fest quickly became the jam funk for Sherron Collins.
He picked George Mason
Nebraska man one of scant few to predict Patriots’ Final Four run
March 28, 2006
Russell Pleasant has some explaining to do. Such is life when you’re one of four out of 3 million contest entrants to pick all the teams in this year’s Final Four: LSU, Florida, UCLA and … George Mason?
Woodling: Wonder if Mason still racin’
March 28, 2006
Surely psychoanalysts still rely on word-association tests. You know, the shrink says a word, and you respond with the first thought that enters your mind.
Computer system to guard against racial profiling
March 28, 2006
A new racial profiling law in Kansas won’t catch some police departments off guard.
KU med students do well on test
March 28, 2006
Kansas University’s School of Medicine students surpassed the national pass rate for a test taken by students at the end of their second year in medical school. KU students, for the third straight year, beat the national rate on the Step One of the United States Medical Licensing Exam.
On the record
March 28, 2006
Reagan adviser Lyn Nofziger dies at 81
March 28, 2006
Franklyn “Lyn” Nofziger, the rumpled and irreverent conservative who served Ronald Reagan as press secretary and political adviser, died of cancer Monday. He was 81.
Letter-writers seek leniency for Abramoff
March 28, 2006
Friends of fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff are petitioning the court for leniency when he is to be sentenced on fraud charges Wednesday in Florida.
Loneliness linked to high blood pressure
March 28, 2006
Loneliness in people over 50 greatly increases their risk of high blood pressure, researchers say in the latest study to underscore the health advantages of friends and family.
Benzene fears prompt call for soft drink bans
March 28, 2006
Some leading public-health experts want education officials to ban certain soft drinks from public schools until they’re proven safe and free of the cancer-causing chemical benzene.
AIDS drugs show promise at preventing infection
March 28, 2006
Twenty-five years after the first AIDS cases jolted the world, scientists think they soon may have a pill that people could take to keep from getting the virus that causes the global killer.
Investigators find security lapses at U.S. ports of entry
March 28, 2006
Undercover investigators slipped radioactive material - enough to make two small “dirty bombs” - across U.S. borders in Texas and Washington state in a test last year of security at American points of entry.
U.S. agency taps ‘power of Internet’ on Iraqi documents
March 28, 2006
The federal government is making public a huge trove of documents seized during the invasion of Iraq, posting them on the Internet in a step that is at once a nod to the Web’s power and an admission that U.S. intelligence resources are overloaded.
Shelter’s mission worries residents
Salvation Army plan on Haskell Ave. may face new approval process
March 28, 2006
Beth Anne Mansur wants a guarantee. She and other East Lawrence residents want to know for sure that a proposed Salvation Army homeless shelter near 19th Street and Haskell Avenue will truly rehabilitate the homeless rather than just providing them a place to hang out day after day.
Senate panel favors citizenship plan
March 28, 2006
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved sweeping election-year legislation Monday that clears the way for 11 million illegal aliens to seek U.S. citizenship, a victory for demonstrators who had spilled into the streets by the hundreds of thousands demanding better treatment for immigrants.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 28, 2006
The Journal-World found gas prices as low as $2.33 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets. If you find a lower price, call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.
Bob Dole’s old running mate ponders Republican strategies
March 28, 2006
Republicans nationwide need to expand their base if they hope to remain in control in the Capitol and the White House, Bob Dole’s former running mate said Monday.
University hopes city approves transit fund request
Proposal would boost bus, parking programs
March 28, 2006
The city and university bus systems haven’t merged, but City Hall is expected to give Kansas University a major assist in expanding public transit on campus.
Work on KU gateway to begin, affect traffic
March 28, 2006
Kansas University’s traffic control booth near 13th Street and Oread Avenue will be torn down as construction starts on the Docking Family Gateway.
Employee suspected of stealing rent money
March 28, 2006
An employee is suspected of stealing $5,900 in cash, checks and money orders from The Oaks Apartments, 2345 Ridge Court. The thefts happened between Feb. 24 and March 9, according to a police report.
Three rape reports under investigation
March 28, 2006
Lawrence Police have taken three unrelated reports of rapes in recent days:
Lifetime TV courts younger women
March 28, 2006
With “American Idol” Fantasia Barrino singing “I Believe” and cheerleaders from Kentucky’s Dunbar High leaping around the stage, it was clear when Lifetime made a sales pitch to advertisers last week that things are changing at the network for women.
Teens hospitalized after car wreck
March 28, 2006
Five Tonganoxie teenagers, none of whom wore seat belts, were injured in a rollover accident Friday evening in southwestern Leavenworth County.
African immigrants are topic at library forum
March 28, 2006
Identity, voice and community were the topics of discussion at a forum about new African immigrants and their lives in Kansas.
Landfills exploring methane uses
March 28, 2006
Several Kansas landfills are exploring possible uses of methane gas, including turning the highly combustible waste product into an economically viable energy source.
Kentucky enacts law limiting funeral protests
Measure targets Phelps’ Topeka church
March 28, 2006
Flanked by National Guardsmen and veterans of all ages, Gov. Ernie Fletcher signed a law Monday to force protesters to keep their distance from military funerals.
Double Take looking for a smart, motivated teen to dispense advice
March 28, 2006
Dr. Wes: All good things must come to an end. So it is with Marissa and Double Take. Fortunately we still have five months to draw upon her wisdom before she retires to a leisurely life of the mind at Pittsburg State University. To replace her, we are going running a scholarly version of “American Idol.” Today we offer an essay contest and get Marissa’s reflections on what it takes to grab her job.
In the Halls: Where do you go to get advice?
March 28, 2006
Helping sister move exploits weaknesses
March 28, 2006
I spent a chunk of my weekend in Abilene, performing one of the most onerous tasks known to mankind: Helping my sister and her husband move.
A kinship web
March 28, 2006
To the editor: That the smallmouth salamander and the Journal-World editorialist (March 4, “Oh, no!”) are born of the same parent - elemental dust from an aged star that exploded 5 billion years ago - is no New Age platitude. It is an insight from the wisdom stream that we call “science.”
Gun facts
March 28, 2006
To the editor: I have been reading, with great interest, the letters to the editor and posts on the Journal-World Web site, concerning the recent passage of right-to-carry.
Recognition due
March 28, 2006
To the editor: I appreciated Dave Ranney’s Feb. 22 article regarding the Lawrence music ensembles invited to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Assn. convention in Wichita.
Impressive coach
March 28, 2006
To the editor: In response to Mr. Gary Watson’s letter to the editor of March 22 regarding coach Bill Self: In my opinion, coach Self is one of the most impressive coaches across the country. Perhaps if Mr. Watson would remove himself from his La-Z-Boy, put down his beer, and take his head out of the sand, maybe, just maybe, he would have a different perspective of coach Self.
Tal Afar a success story, but a rare one
March 28, 2006
When our Humvee squeezed through the labyrinthine streets of Tal Afar late last year, what immediately struck me was that the U.S. soldiers were living in the heart of this war-scarred city among the local people. What a contrast, I thought, as we pulled up outside an ordinary home - the base for a company of American GIs - to the garrison-like encampments I’d visited elsewhere.
Civic education vital to U.S.
March 28, 2006
Fierce global competition prompted President Bush to use the State of the Union address to call for better math and science education, where there’s evidence that many schools are falling short.
Middle East company buys Farmland equipment
March 28, 2006
The dismantling has begun. Manufacturing equipment that has been idle for five years at a former Farmland Industries Inc. complex at the edge of southeast Lawrence is being taken apart and prepared for delivery.
EU pushes pact for air services
March 28, 2006
The European Union hopes to get a preliminary “open skies” air services agreement with the United States in the first half of the year, its top transportation official said Monday.
Ex-Florida resident guilty in Nazi trial
March 28, 2006
An 85-year-old Lithuanian deported from Florida was convicted Monday of helping Nazis murder Jews during World War II, but the judge said the man was too frail to serve prison time.
Inmates, guards clash at prison
March 28, 2006
Police stormed a prison in the Georgian capital Monday after inmates rioted in an alleged escape attempt, sparking a gunbattle that left two guards and seven inmates dead, the Justice Ministry said.
U.N. commission on human rights closes
March 28, 2006
The discredited U.N. Human Rights Commission held its last-ever meeting Monday, ending a 60-year history in which some of the world’s worst offenders often used their membership to protect one another from condemnation.
Centrist party poised for election gains today
March 28, 2006
Israelis head to the polls today in a critical electoral test of acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s plan to withdraw from much of the West Bank, with public opinion surveys indicating a strong advantage for his centrist Kadima Party.
Christian convert seeks asylum overseas amid Afghan protests
March 28, 2006
An Afghan man who faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity has appealed for asylum in another country, the United Nations said Monday after hundreds of Muslims marched against a court’s decision to dismiss his case.
Sanofi-Aventis buys stake in Zentiva
March 28, 2006
Sanofi-Aventis SA, the world’s third-largest pharmaceuticals company, said Monday it bought a 25 percent stake in Czech drugmaker Zentiva for 430 million euros, or about $515 million.
Walgreen’s climbs on holiday sales
March 28, 2006
Despite a mild flu season that kept many people out of doctors’ offices and pharmacies, Walgreen Co. on Monday said its earnings rose 7 percent during the second quarter thanks to strong holiday merchandise sales.
Target expands bath, body offerings
March 28, 2006
Target is looking to offer department-store cosmetics at discount-store prices.
Amazon rain forest protection expanded
March 28, 2006
Brazil announced plans to expand protection of the Amazon rain forest - while also calling on rich nations to do more to protect the environment.
Opposite views
March 28, 2006
To the editor: The contrast between two items that appeared in Wednesday’s Journal-World caught my attention.
Dana may not have seen lights
Perhaps unaware of caution, driver kept foot on gas until a few tenths of a second before impact
March 28, 2006
The scarred, twisted remains of Paul Dana’s No. 17 Panoz race car lay under a tarp Monday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the biggest clue in a mystery that may never be solved.
Blunt edge
British pop star woos American audiences with understated sound, piercing lyrics
March 28, 2006
James Blunt is about to learn a little about Kansas. Everything the British singer-songwriter, who plays a sold-out show Wednesday at Liberty Hall, knows about the state he learned from being in a stage production of “The Wizard of Oz.”