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Archive for Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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Free State vs. Shawnee Mission North Lawrence High/Leavenworth track dual 26th annual Lawrence Art Auction Sunflower Kids Wrestling at State State Competition - Game 3/29/06
Podcasts
Polls
What goal have you set for the spring season of soccer?

Poll results

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Go undefeated and finish first in division
 
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Score one goal a game
 
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Make a new friend on my team
 
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Improve passing and teamwork ability
 
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Increase defensive toughness
 
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Hawks tops Shocks again
KU has won three of last four meetings with WSU in Lawrence
March 29, 2006
Kansas led off the bottom of the inning with back-to-back singles from Brock Simpson and Ritchie Price. Jared Schweitzer walked on an 11 pitch at bat. The Jayhawks’ leading hitter Gus Milner, tied the game at one on a groundout double-play. Erick Morrison gave the Jayhawks a 2-1 lead when he laced a double down the left-field line that touched just inside of the chalk and scored Price for the early KU advantage.
KU crime dropped 7 percent in 2005
March 29, 2006
Crimes reported on Kansas University’s Lawrence campus dropped by about 7 percent in 2005, according to reports released today by KU’s Public Safety Office.
Governor seeks federal disaster aid for March 12 storm damage
March 29, 2006
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has asked for federal aid to help Douglas and Wyandotte counties recover from the March 12 storms that swept through northeast Kansas.
American Eagle to expand in Ottawa
12:10 p.m., March 29, 2006 Updated 02:23 p.m.
American Eagle Outfitters Inc. will break ground next week on an expansion project at its distribution center in Ottawa, more than doubling the complex’s size and promising to add 300 jobs within five years.
Fight over park name holding up child support provision
March 29, 2006
A fight over what to name a new state park is holding up legislation aimed at getting deadbeat parents to pay child support.
State highway officials still favor 32nd Street route for SLT
11:00 a.m., March 29, 2006 Updated 02:53 p.m.
A south-of-the-Wakarusa River route for the South Lawrence Trafficway doesn’t interest leaders of the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Cloudy, warm and windy today
Thunderstorms moving in Thursday
07:26 a.m., March 29, 2006 Updated 03:52 p.m.
Southerly breezes will sweep in warm temperatures and high clouds today to the Lawrence area, says Jennifer Schack 6News meteorologist. “It will be a warm and windy walk home as temperatures make it into the 60s,” said Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Bibliophiles on same page for sale
Variety of books and other items available
March 29, 2006
One of the city’s best-attended book events kicks off Thursday.
New Orleans schools selling flooded buses on eBay
March 29, 2006
Nevermind a bake sale. The cash-starved New Orleans school district is hoping to sell some of its flooded school buses on eBay.
KU, WSU to renew rivalry tonight
March 29, 2006
It’s Rock Chalk vs. Shockers time again.
Wang carries FSHS to win
March 29, 2006
Free State High’s Lucca Wang wasn’t going to let a late goal by Shawnee Heights in the FSHS girls soccer season opener Tuesday keep her team from a victory.
Upstart George Mason staying loose with ‘unityball’
March 29, 2006
George Mason guard Tony Skinn stood under the basket at one end of the Patriot Center, holding a black-covered foam bat with a yellow plastic handle. The bases were loaded. He did a Babe Ruth and pointed to the seats.
Police see similarities in fast-food robberies
March 29, 2006
It’s been a bad week for fast-food restaurants in south Lawrence.
People in the news
March 29, 2006
¢ Filmmaker apologizes for speech at high school ¢ Record producer now faces sexual harassment lawsuit
Lawmakers seek more oversight of bioscience authority
March 29, 2006
A group of lawmakers wants more oversight of the new Kansas Bioscience Authority, saying they are not impressed with what the authority has done so far.
Education fix
March 29, 2006
To the editor: I agree with the March 11 Saturday Column: We elect people to office to be leaders, whether to the City Commission or the state Legislature.
Show respect
March 29, 2006
To the editor: As a Haskell Indian Nations University student (Muscogee Creek Nation) and voting Lawrence resident, I would like to respond to Les Hannon’s Take a Stand of Feb. 23, “A responsible choice for SLT.”
Drake still teaching more than the game
March 29, 2006
Swoosh. Swish. Shwap. Whatever sounds the net makes to you as a basketball glides through the nylon, Bob Drake guarantees he can make it happen all the time. If you’re willing to work, that is. Drake’s resume speaks for itself.
Rainbolt on path to her Olympic dream
Discipline and desire led Rainbolt back from injury, to state title
March 29, 2006
Considering her arm was in a cast from shoulder to wrist last year, 8-year-old Natalie Rainbolt didn’t know how her 2005-2006 gymnastics season was going to go.
City updates building code
New rules will permit smaller lots, encourage walkways
March 29, 2006
There’s a new set of rules for Lawrence developers to play by. After five years of haggling and hand-wringing, city commissioners Tuesday night unanimously approved the city’s Development Code - a 300-page document that will guide how everything from new retail projects to neighborhoods can develop in the city for decades to come.
Report: Poverty touching more kids
March 29, 2006
In Douglas County, one of every five children is living within a few hundred dollars of the federal poverty line. “I don’t know how some of these people are making it,” said Jeanette Collier, who runs the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corp. office in Lawrence.
Lawrence rejoins list of most livable sites
Web site factors crime, housing data into rankings
March 29, 2006
Lawrence is back among the top 100 communities in the country to live, according to a Web site that matches people with places that fit their needs.
Highlights from the Kansas Legislature
March 29, 2006
Highlights of Tuesday’s activities at the Kansas Legislature.
House-Senate negotiators reach agreement on animal cruelty bill
March 29, 2006
The deliberate killing, maiming or torturing of animals would be a felony under compromise legislation worked out Tuesday by House and Senate negotiators.
Prime minister speaks against immigration
March 29, 2006
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he does not want Italy to become a multiethnic, multicultural country.
Former Liberian warlord disappears
March 29, 2006
Former Liberian warlord Charles Taylor slipped away just after Nigeria reluctantly agreed to transfer him to a war crimes tribunal, and the White House suggested Tuesday that President Bush may cancel a meeting with Nigeria’s leader.
Reports on Iraq intelligence denied
March 29, 2006
“Total rubbish.” That’s what Moscow has to say about reports that it provided Saddam Hussein with information on U.S. battle plans.
Senate rejects idea of ethics office
March 29, 2006
The Senate on Tuesday voted against setting up an ethics office, even as it tries to outrun its scandal-tainted reputation.
Sago Mine survivor to go home Thursday
March 29, 2006
The sole survivor of the Sago Mine disaster is expected to be released from a rehabilitation hospital and return home Thursday after more than two months of therapy, a family spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Moussaoui may be on martyrdom quest
March 29, 2006
Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui offered last month to testify for prosecutors against himself at his death-penalty trial and told agents that he did not want to die in prison, according to last-minute testimony Tuesday.
Analysis: Card departure reflects new Bush reality
March 29, 2006
A few weeks ago, President Bush’s spokesman dismissed talk of an impending staff change as “inside Washington babble.” White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card’s resignation Tuesday suggests that Bush was listening.
Today Show’ correspondent visits ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’
March 29, 2006
Join “Jayni’s Kitchen” this week as she visits with Mike Leonard, “Today Show” feature correspondent.
For art’s sake
Stephen Johnson honored as record number of artists donate work to 26th annual Lawrence Art Auction
March 29, 2006
Before Stephen Johnson made a living at art, he made a point of living at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Solutions for pack rats with veggie seed stashes
March 29, 2006
Anyone who gardens over time accumulates a trove of leftover vegetable seed envelopes, half-full or half-empty, depending on your disposition. When we plant vegetables, most of us don’t throw away unused seed. After all, we are gardeners, and it’s not in our nature to squander.
All-around all-star
KU signee Collins confident in his game
March 29, 2006
While Kansas University basketball fans kept busy last fall extolling the offensive prowess of coach Bill Self’s fab four recruiting class, the Jayhawk boss spent even more time telling anyone who would listen that defense would dictate when that quartet would play and for how long.
Fluke injury clouds future for safety Harris
March 29, 2006
It was a simple tackle during a Kansas University football practice two weeks ago. Nothing out of the ordinary - not even the pain in safety Rodney Harris’ neck.
LHS football aide tapped as Arkansas City coach
March 29, 2006
Lawrence High football assistant Darrin Wegner has accepted the head-coaching position at Arkansas City High.
KU baseball adds game with Tabor
March 29, 2006
Kansas University’s scheduled baseball game with Creighton on March 22 in Omaha, Neb., was canceled because of bad weather, and that game was replaced with a 6 p.m. game April 19 against Tabor College at Hoglund Ballpark.
Kansas’ Kemp invited to participate in WNBA camp
March 29, 2006
Kansas University graduating senior Crystal Kemp plans to take part in the WNBA pre-draft camp Monday at Emmanuel College in Boston.
Indiana to tap Sampson
Coach leaving OU; NCAA sanctions could follow him to IU
March 29, 2006
Indiana will hire Kelvin Sampson as its next basketball coach, delivering him from an Oklahoma team under investigation for possible recruiting violations to lead one of the most prestigious programs in the country.
FSHS falls; LHS sixth in tennis
March 29, 2006
Free State High’s tennis team opened its season with a 5-4 loss Tuesday at Shawnee Mission South.
Kansas hammers UMKC
March 29, 2006
Kansas University collected 25 hits - including seven home runs - in a doubleheader sweep Tuesday of Missouri-Kansas City.
S.C. gets chance to repeat
March 29, 2006
Renaldo Balkman scored 23 points, and South Carolina earned a chance to defend its NIT championship with a 78-63 victory over Louisville in the semifinals Tuesday night.
K-State reaches finals
March 29, 2006
Claire Coggins scored 16 points, and Kimberly Dietz hit a free throw with 10 seconds remaining in overtime Tuesday night to lead Kansas State to a 57-56 victory over Western Kentucky in the semifinals of the Women’s NIT.
Andrade’s Royals debut a success
March 29, 2006
Steve Andrade, who was claimed earlier in the day off waivers, pitched a scoreless inning to get the win in Kansas City’s 6-4 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
Cubs’ Wood, Prior placed on DL
Grissom reveals retirement after 17-year big-league career
March 29, 2006
Mark Prior and Kerry Wood went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday along with the hopes of many Chicago Cubs fans.
Commentary: George Mason rallying cry: Packer
Outspoken CBS college basketball analyst draws negative reaction - but he doesn’t care
March 29, 2006
George Mason fans have been yelling “Bill-eee Pack-er! Bill-eee Pack-er!” with great glee after each of their NCAA Tournament wins. They have latched onto Packer as the embodiment of the powers that be in college basketball. When they stick it to “The Man,” they like to think The Man looks just like a bald-headed, hard-headed Wake Forest grad who used to be the voice of Putt-Putt golf.
Libertarian chairman to speak in Lawrence
March 29, 2006
Michael Dixon, the national chairman of the Libertarian Party, will be the featured guest tonight at a Lawrence fundraiser.
KU event features Kassebaum Baker
March 29, 2006
Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker will speak at a fundraiser at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kansas University.
Leavenworth leader plans Lawrence visit
March 29, 2006
The commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, will be in Lawrence today to recognize local officials for their help training officers.
KU student receives Truman scholarship
March 29, 2006
Kansas University junior Michelle Tran is a recipient of the 2006 Harry S. Truman Scholarship providing up to $30,000 for college students preparing for leadership in public service.
Library dean candidate to speak at KU forum
March 29, 2006
Bradley Schaffner, head of the Slavic division of Harvard University’s Widener Library, is among the five candidates for Kansas University’s dean of libraries.
Lawrence student wins Goldwater scholarship
March 29, 2006
Jenilee Morrison, daughter of David and Pamela Morrison of Lawrence, has received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
On the record
March 29, 2006
Summer of Mercy’ pastor to retire
March 29, 2006
An outspoken Protestant pastor who was among the leaders of abortion protests during the 1991 “Summer of Mercy” in Wichita has announced his retirement.
Dispute leads to two spelling bee champs
March 29, 2006
Normally, the All-Kansas Spelling Bee is a winner-take-all affair.
Proponents spend big in KC stadiums vote
March 29, 2006
Backers of a Jackson County election to fund millions of dollars in stadium improvements at the Truman Sports Complex might have a tough fight at the polls.
City summit to focus on sewer difficulties
March 29, 2006
City commissioners will have a question-and-answer discussion on the city’s sewer problems Friday.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 29, 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.
Memory walk, brunch to support scholarships
March 29, 2006
Family and friends of Lisa Ramos Bland will gather again this year to remember and celebrate the life of the Lawrence woman who was killed by a teenage drunken driver nearly six years ago.
Internet made the difference in election, staffer says
Former campaign manager for Howard Dean discusses 2004 race during KU visit
March 29, 2006
Joe Trippi has seen a lot in his years - no, decades - working on presidential campaigns.
Spring weddings out at KU chapel
March 29, 2006
The bad news has gotten worse for those hoping to wed soon in Danforth Chapel.
Profanity proliferates in everyday speech
March 29, 2006
This is a story about words we can’t print in this story.
Legislators shape state budget proposal
March 29, 2006
Legislative negotiators have fashioned an $11.7 billion state budget that largely follows recommendations from Gov. Kathleen Sebelius but lacks two of her new social service initiatives.
Slow cooking delicious; safety test recommended
March 29, 2006
A safe slow cooker cooks slowly enough for unattended cooking, yet fast enough to keep food out of the bacterial danger zone (above 40 degrees to below 140 degrees). In the danger zone, bacteria grows very rapidly. Food left in the danger zone too long can cause food-borne illness.
Arab leaders haven’t warmed to new authorities in Iraq
March 29, 2006
Embattled at home, Iraq’s U.S.-backed government also is having trouble winning respect - much less support - from Arab neighbors, who still don’t consider it legitimate or sovereign, several delegates said Tuesday at an Arab summit in the Sudanese capital.
Talks on government resume
March 29, 2006
After a one-day boycott by Shiite leaders, Iraqi politicians returned to talks on forming a government - but that may have been all they could agree on.
FSA to collect ideas at Topeka meeting
March 29, 2006
State leaders of the Farm Service Agency will be in Topeka on Thursday to accept ideas for addressing the efficiency and effectiveness of the state’s system for providing government assistance.
Consumer optimism nears four-year high
March 29, 2006
Americans’ confidence in the economy rebounded in March, sending a widely followed barometer of consumer sentiment to a near four-year high, a private research group said Tuesday.
Prosecution rests in Enron case
March 29, 2006
A federal judge dismissed three counts against former Enron Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling and one count against company founder Kenneth Lay as the government brought its case to a close Tuesday.
Commodities
March 29, 2006
Conklin, Haralson win state titles
Sunflower Kids Wrestling battles opponents and flu at tourney
March 29, 2006
No one trains for six months because they want to injury default in the Kansas State Championships. No young wrestler wishes to come down with the flu just moments before his first round match. Every young wrestler’s dream is a state championship.
College soap soiled by sleaze
March 29, 2006
I’ve been waiting for years for someone to turn college life into a bona fide soap opera, and “The Bedford Diaries” (8 p.m., WB) does just that. Too bad it’s irredeemably sleazy and often just plain dumb.
How to avoid a taxing time
Filing early, electronically helpful
March 29, 2006
Because April 15 falls on a Saturday this year, the Internal Revenue Service has granted you a two-day reprieve to file your annual income taxes.
Fed boosts borrowing costs
March 29, 2006
Ben Bernanke, sticking with the Federal Reserve’s playbook in his first meeting as chairman, raised interest rates to a five-year high and hinted that an additional increase could be in store.
KU seniors, grads win Omni Awards
March 29, 2006
Nine Kansas University seniors and recent graduates have received Omni Awards from the Advertising Club of Kansas City.
Daily ticker
March 29, 2006
Legal battle shaping up over tobacco settlement
March 29, 2006
A legal battle may be looming between states and tobacco companies over money owed from a landmark 1998 settlement agreement. What’s at stake could be more than $1 billion.
Crack down on immigration
March 29, 2006
Observing the pro-immigration demonstrations in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Atlanta and elsewhere in recent days, I wondered: Whose country is this? Why are many illegal aliens who broke our laws to get here and who continue to break our laws to stay here, demanding that the United States not only allow them to remain, but support them with the taxes of law-abiding citizens? Have we gone mad?
U.S. less friendly to French
March 29, 2006
As the French have even more problems dealing with the 21st century, it is worth asking exactly why Americans now see the Russians as a better friend than the Parisians.
Not so slimy
March 29, 2006
To the editor: I personally like Tom Keegan, but his March 23 column about Coach Huggins demonstrates that Tom has a blind spot when it comes to KU.
Horoscopes
March 29, 2006
For Wednesday, March 29
Lawrnece Gymnastics Academy Boys Results
March 29, 2006
Level 5, 6 and 7 competed in the state meet March 11. The results are as follows:
Dance City T&T Twizters Results
March 29, 2006
These are the results from Dance City T&T Twizters participation in Dave’s Gymnastics Factory “Spring to the Summit” meet in Lee’s Summit, Mo., on March 18.
Mideast culture alters march to democracy
March 29, 2006
The trial in Kabul of Abdul Rahman - an Afghan who faced possible death for converting from Islam to Christianity - should jolt any illusions about the ease of bringing democracy to Afghanistan or the Middle East.
Painful project
City officials must do whatever they can to ease the pain of downtown businesses during waterline construction work this summer.
March 29, 2006
If last year’s waterline replacement project in the 600 block of Massachusetts Street tried your patience, get ready for twice as much fun this summer.
Level 6 gymnasts finish 5th at state
March 29, 2006
The Level 6 Lawrence Gymnastics academy girls gymnastics team finished 5th at the state meet on March 11. Level 6 had seven gymnasts qualify for the state competition.
Girls hitting mats in Coyotes wrestling
Covert wins state title with little experience logged on the mats
March 29, 2006
Payton Covert only started wrestling just recently, but with just a few meets under her belt Covert has body slammed the competition in Kansas youth wrestling leagues throughout the state. With little experience and weighing in at less than 69 pounds, Covert took home the U.S. Girls Wrestling Association Kansas State Champion title on Feb. 26 in the 12-and-under division.
Fields small part of DCABA’s facelift
March 29, 2006
Baseball runs through the Houk family. In particular the Douglas County Amateur Baseball Association has deep roots in their clan. Walt Houk was one of the original signers of the league when it began back in the early 1970’s. Kent Houk, the current commissioner of the 10-and-under division, field operations manager and coach, played on DCABA’s first team, the Jets.
FSHS baseball edges Indians
March 29, 2006
Free State High first baseman Lorenzo Ricketts has struggled through the first three games of the season, so he’s taking hits any way he can get them.
KU plans to make an entrance
$500K donation clears way for gateway
March 29, 2006
Goodbye, old traffic booth. Hello, $600,000 water-spraying welcome.
Code covers many areas
March 29, 2006
City officials are hopeful the new development code will improve the city’s development process.
Violence erupts, travel disrupted by strike
March 29, 2006
More than 1 million people poured into the streets across France and strikers disrupted air, rail and bus travel Tuesday - even shutting down the Eiffel Tower - in the largest nationwide protest over a youth labor law.
Israeli election victor vows to pursue peace
March 29, 2006
Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared victory for his centrist Kadima party in Israel’s elections Tuesday, vowing to act on his own if necessary to draw Israel’s final borders and “painfully” uproot Jewish settlers if negotiations with the Palestinians are not possible.
Senators delay immigration debate
March 29, 2006
Senators agreed Tuesday to briefly delay their debate on immigration reform, giving lawmakers time to work for greater consensus on an issue that has sparked a furor on Capitol Hill and across the country.
Reagan-era defense secretary dies
March 29, 2006
Caspar W. Weinberger, who oversaw the Pentagon’s biggest peacetime spending increase as President Reagan’s defense secretary and later was indicted for his role in the Iran-Contra affair, died Tuesday. He was 88.
Keegan: Milner carries big stick
March 29, 2006
In the first or second inning, when Kansas University cleanup hitter Gus Milner walks to the plate tonight against Wichita State at Hoglund Ballpark with loud bat in hand, give him an ovation he won’t forget.
Tourney venue in Vegas unknown
March 29, 2006
The Las Vegas Invitational men’s basketball tournament, set for Thanksgiving week 2006, continues to take shape.
Latta sparks Tar Heels; Duke outlasts UConn
March 29, 2006
Ivory Latta flexed her muscles at LeBron James, shook hands with Pat Summitt and helped North Carolina drop mighty Tennessee out of the NCAA tournament.
Parents urged not to tolerate teen drinking
Local forum is part of federal effort to discourage youths from using alcohol
March 29, 2006
In Jon Barta’s view, drunk kids at Lawrence high school dances don’t always spark as much parental outrage as they should.
House-Senate negotiators deadlock on sex offenders bill
March 29, 2006
House and Senate negotiators hit an impasse Tuesday over a bill mandating tougher penalties for sex offenders - especially those victimizing children - but one of the chief negotiators said an agreement will be reached soon.
Legal immigrants show solidarity for undocumented
March 29, 2006
Legal immigrants in the United States view undocumented immigrants favorably and support legislation that would give them a path to citizenship, according to a national, multilingual poll released Tuesday.
Lion Logan jumps for joy
Junior takes liking to high jump; Lawrence boys win, girls fall
March 29, 2006
It took all of two meets for Kevin Logan to find his second love.
OU signee sad to lose coach to IU
March 29, 2006
It took just one short phone call to rain on Scottie Reynolds’ all-star parade and turn him as glum as the cloudy weather outside Cox Arena on Tuesday.
OU’s Paris first freshman honored
Augustus, Latta, Pondexter, Young round out first team
March 29, 2006
In her first college game, Courtney Paris broke loose for 24 points and 10 rebounds - in only 20 minutes.
Allen’s late shot boosts Sonics
March 29, 2006
With another last-second basket, Ray Allen ended the Grizzlies’ winning streak and ruined Pau Gasol’s big night.
Missouri coach pledges loyalty
Anderson’s contract with Tigers loaded with incentives
March 29, 2006
New Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson will earn a minimum of $850,000 annually over the next five years - as long as he “agrees to be a loyal employee” and doesn’t bad-mouth the school.
Candidate to speak at KU Republicans meeting
March 29, 2006
Kansas University’s College Republicans will host State Rep. Scott Schwab, R-Olathe, at 7 p.m. today in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union. The meeting is open to the public.
Lawrence datebook
March 29, 2006
Healthy economy could help pay for school funding plan
March 29, 2006
Unprecedented tax increases, budget cuts, expanded gambling or a combination of the three will be needed to pay for a proposed three-year, $610 million school finance plan.
Fidgeting tested as fitness tool
March 29, 2006
The fidgety boys and girls in Phil Rynearson’s classroom get up and move around whenever they want, and that’s just fine with him.