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MU defeats KU baseball 3-0
Jayhawks fall to 2-5 in Big 12
March 31, 2006
Kansas University’s baseball team has played 10 consecutive games against ranked teams, and the Jayhawks will get another one tonight when No. 29 Missouri comes to Lawrence for a three-game series. The Tigers also offer the second-straight rivalry game for a KU squad (18-10 overall, 2-4 Big 12) that defeated No. 17 Wichita State 8-2 at Hoglund Ballpark on Wednesday.
Legislators taking a break
Lawmakers to return for wrap-up session April 26
05:32 p.m., March 31, 2006 Updated 07:53 p.m.
TOPEKA - Kansas lawmakers adjourned their regular legislative session today.
Number of abortions in Kansas falls
March 31, 2006
TOPEKA - The number of abortions performed in Kansas decreased for the fourth straight year, according to state statistics.
Local cases of mumps reported
Those with symptoms urged to see a health care provider
March 31, 2006
Six probable cases of mumps have been reported in Douglas County in the past week and a half, officials at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department announced today.
Downed power line briefly traps truck driver
March 31, 2006
There were some tense moments this morning for a truck driver - after a live power line briefly trapped him in his semi just south of Lawrence’s downtown.
Sunny skies make a comeback
Thunderstorms possible Saturday night
March 31, 2006
Put away your umbrella and pull out the shades - warm temperatures and sunny skies are on tap today, says Jennifer Schack, 6News meteorologist.
Marlins lose finale, but keep top mark
March 31, 2006
Kevin Millar hit a three-run homer, and Baltimore snapped Florida’s nine-game winning streak Thursday with a 7-2 victory. Still, the Marlins broke camp with the best record of spring training (19-7-3).
Pacers miss Miller
Ex-standout honored, but Indiana falls
March 31, 2006
The capacity crowd that showed up at Conseco Fieldhouse to watch Reggie Miller’s jersey-retirement ceremony had nearly vanished by the fourth quarter.
Young teams could be trend
March 31, 2006
The three big-name teams at this year’s Final Four start a combined four freshmen and seven sophomores.
Tavarez suspended 10 days for punch
March 31, 2006
Boston Red Sox reliever Julian Tavarez was suspended for 10 days and fined for his role in a brawl this week.
Missouri invades for baseball series
March 31, 2006
Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price will have all arms available for this weekend’s three-game homestand against No. 29 Missouri.
Dozens die after cruise boat capsizes
March 31, 2006
A cruise boat carrying up to 150 people capsized Thursday night in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Bahrain, and at least 48 bodies were recovered, the country’s coast guard chief said. American divers and a U.S. helicopter aided the rescue effort.
Ballot to have just 2 names
March 31, 2006
Chuck Folks didn’t intend to run for a second term on the Lecompton City Council, but when only two candidates filed to fill three positions, Folks relented and decided to run as a write-in candidate.
Active or reactive?
A city manager who raises new ideas and initiatives can provide positive energy for a city’s elected leaders.
March 31, 2006
Any good boss wants employees who will offer suggestions, raise new ideas and occasionally even disagree with him or her.
Alternate view
March 31, 2006
To the editor: Unfortunately, there are still misconceptions about the curriculum of the Kansas University women’s studies program. It seems that many people on the Lawrence Journal-World forums have not taken the time to fully explore the topic they have chosen to comment toward.
Gun craziness
March 31, 2006
To the editor: I wish to add my voice to what I hope will be a chorus of protest over the recently passed conceal-and-carry bill by our stalwarts in the Legislature who didn’t have the courage to put this to a public vote in November.
Sago survivor heads home
March 31, 2006
It wasn’t a fancy homecoming, just some red balloons, handmade signs, a lot of hugs and his wife’s homemade lasagna. But it was everything the only survivor of the Sago Mine disaster wanted after a three-month recovery that continues to amaze doctors.
Study in contrasts
Final Four head coaches, teams took different paths to big stage
March 31, 2006
George Mason coach Jim Larranaga and Florida’s Billy Donovan, his counterpart on the other bench in Saturday’s first Final Four matchup in the RCA Dome, both played college basketball at Providence College.
Brand touts progress
Despite some poor academic rates, NCAA head encouraged
March 31, 2006
No school could match the postseason success of Florida, George Mason, LSU or UCLA on the basketball court. The classroom marks of those teams weren’t as tough to beat.
Gamecocks repeat as NIT champions
March 31, 2006
With consecutive NIT championships, South Carolina coach Dave Odom and Hall of Famer Joe Lapchick now have something in common.
Patriots inspire ex-Jayhawk Galindo
Now at Florida International, transfer guard still fan of Kansas University
March 31, 2006
George Mason University is representing all the so-called mid-majors at the Final Four this weekend in Indianapolis.
KU softball twinbill postponed until April 20
March 31, 2006
Thursday’s rainy weather forced postponement of Kansas University’s scheduled softball doubleheader with Creighton at Arrocha Ballpark.
Hard way OK for Sampson
Coach took tough but lesser-talented players at OU
March 31, 2006
Kelvin Sampson’s success at Oklahoma was never much about flash. A denim-shirt sort of guy, it never took long for Sampson to shed his sportcoat on the Sooners’ sideline.
Home runs jolt Royals in victory over Texas
March 31, 2006
Emil Brown and Mark Teahen hit two-run homers, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers, 6-4, on Thursday in the final Arizona game for both teams before breaking camp.
MLB begins probe
Investigation into steroid use under way
March 31, 2006
Baseball began its investigation Thursday into alleged steroid use by Barry Bonds and others, and the head of the inquiry immediately came under attack because of his close ties to the sport.
Bonds’ fate rests with investigation
Banishment, exoneration or something in between could result from new probe announced by Selig
March 31, 2006
Is Barry Bonds about to become a Rose by another name?
Woodling: Mizzou boggles the mind
March 31, 2006
Let me see if I have this straight : A few years ago, Indiana University fired its men’s basketball coach because he had a hot temper. Bob Knight won a couple of NCAA titles, graduated players and never was in hot water with the NCAA, but the ‘tude finally wore too thin.
Bill governing sex signs on roadways clears House
March 31, 2006
Legislation banning signs and other outdoor advertising for a sexually oriented business within a mile of any highway or interstate cleared the House and went to the Senate.
Funeral picket measure returned to Senate
March 31, 2006
The final version of legislation prompted by the Rev. Fred Phelps and his followers’ protests at funerals of soldiers killed in combat will be crafted by House and Senate negotiators and may not come up for a final vote until next month.
LHS, Free State events washed
March 31, 2006
The rain Thursday also postponed several Lawrence High events. The Lions baseball game at Olathe South and swimming meet at Shawnee Mission South now will take place today. The
House passes regulations on dangerous animals
March 31, 2006
With hopes of keeping lions, tigers, bears and other dangerous creatures away from the general public, the House approved legislation praised by two national groups to strengthen the regulation of exotic animals in the state.
North American leaders also focus on immigration
Bush meets with Mexican president, Canadian prime minister
March 31, 2006
With Mexican President Vicente Fox at his side, President Bush gave Congress a long-distance push Thursday to open the United States to immigrant workers who have been sneaking across the borders to fill low-paying jobs.
Strong earthquake injures hundreds
March 31, 2006
A strong earthquake followed by several aftershocks jolted western Iran early today, killing at least 17 and injuring hundreds, state media reported.
Ambushes kill six as violence spikes
March 31, 2006
Suspected Taliban rebels ambushed government vehicles Thursday in eastern and southern Afghanistan, killing a district chief, a police commander and four others, officials said.
Russian rocket carries crew to space station
March 31, 2006
A Russian-American crew and Brazil’s first astronaut flew into orbit Thursday onboard a Russian rocket that’s taking them on a two-day trip to the international space station.
Group to offer help funding prescriptions
March 31, 2006
Lawrence-area residents who are struggling to stay on top of their pharmacy bills are invited to meet with Partnership for Prescription Assistance representatives from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Health Care Access, 1920 Moodie Road.
KU police recover some stolen uniforms
March 31, 2006
Kansas University police say they’ve started recovering some of the thousands of dollars worth of men’s basketball uniforms and warm-ups stolen last week from a locked trailer on campus.
Judge postpones abuse case trial
March 31, 2006
A judge agreed Thursday to postpone the trial for a former Community Living Opportunities employee charged with abusing a mentally challenged client.
Local tourism director joins state council
March 31, 2006
A Lawrence tourism official is joining the reconstituted and newly empowered Kansas Council on Travel and Tourism.
Two title insurance policies preferred
Buyers should opt to protect themselves, bank
March 31, 2006
We are purchasing our first home. The attorney who is overseeing the sale says that we should pay for two different title-insurance policies: one for the bank, and one for us. We think that he’s just trying to sell us an “extra” insurance policy that we don’t really need. What do you think about this?
Douglas County jobless rate drops
March 31, 2006
Douglas County’s unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in February, down from 4.4 percent a year earlier, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Thursday.
Leadership Kansas names 2006 class
March 31, 2006
The next class for Leadership Kansas includes three people who make their living in Lawrence.
Agent to lecture on business ethics
March 31, 2006
An FBI special agent who helped crack medicine-dilution and price-fixing cases will present a lecture on business ethics next month at Kansas University.
On the record
March 31, 2006
One injured when tornado touches down
March 31, 2006
One person was injured late Thursday afternoon when a tornado carved a path through Montgomery County in southeast Kansas, emergency officials said.
Group promotes city designs that lead to healthier habits
March 31, 2006
If we got more exercise, we’d be healthier. But for most of us, exercise is inconvenient. So it makes sense to come up with ways to add walking or biking to our daily lives.
Patrol seeks fuel deals
March 31, 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.
Businesses, residents picking up pieces after microburst
March 31, 2006
It may not be pretty, but a Lawrence-area business hit hard by the microburst storm earlier this month is about to reopen.
Salon owner, stylist dies from cancer
March 31, 2006
A Lawrence salon owner and hair stylist died Wednesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a battle with cancer.
Vandals target downtown buildings
March 31, 2006
Many downtown buildings have been hit by graffiti in recent days.
Study: Prayer may not help heal
March 31, 2006
Praying for a sick cardiac patient may feel right to people of faith, but it doesn’t appear to improve the patient’s health, according to a new study that is the largest ever done on the healing powers of prayer.
Farmers plant less corn amid drought, high input costs
March 31, 2006
Amid an unrelenting drought, Kansas farmers are planning to put in just 3.35 million acres of corn this spring, down 8 percent from the acreage planted a year ago in the state, National Agricultural Statistics Service said Friday.
State court limits gay weddings
Out-of-state couples can’t marry in Massachusetts
March 31, 2006
In a disappointment for the gay rights movement, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday that same-sex couples from states where gay marriage is prohibited cannot tie the knot in Massachusetts.
What is that thing?
The truth behind Lawrence’s prominent whatchamacallits and thingamajigs is revealed
March 31, 2006
Most Lawrence residents can talk at length about Allen Fieldhouse, Liberty Hall, the Campanile or that “Honk for Hemp” guy.
Daschle to speak at Dole Lecture
March 31, 2006
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, 58, will deliver the third annual Dole Lecture at 8 p.m. April 10 at Kansas University’s Lied Center.
Outpouring of help overwhelms fire victim
March 31, 2006
Carol Alvarez said she was a bit overwhelmed Thursday by the many offers of help she was getting from the Lawrence community.
Mickelson best at BellSouth Classic
Lefty fires opening 63, takes one-stroke lead over Coles
March 31, 2006
Phil Mickelson got off to a fast start in his bid for a third BellSouth Classic title - and made it clear that he’s in top form for the Masters.
Holidome passes test
New owner ready for renovations
March 31, 2006
For Dennis Hulsing, owning one hotel with an asbestos problem is enough. Hulsing, whose Clarion Hotel at Kansas City International Airport has been closed nearly a month after workers exposed themselves to asbestos during renovations, is scheduled to close his purchase of the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive, on April 18.
Two killed in bus crash
March 31, 2006
Two men, one a Trego County commissioner, were killed Thursday when a school bus collided with another vehicle near the small town of Ogallah in western Kansas.
Study: Air warming above Antarctica
March 31, 2006
The air over Antarctica is warming even faster than in other parts of the world, according to an analysis of 30 years of weather balloon data.
Moussaoui jury asks for WMD definition
March 31, 2006
The jury weighing Zacarias Moussaoui’s role in the deaths on Sept. 11, 2001, asked for a definition of “weapons of mass destruction” Thursday as it worked to decide whether the al-Qaida conspirator is eligible for the death penalty.
City to release tapes of 9-11 emergency calls
March 31, 2006
Christopher Hanley had to repeat his story to two dispatchers after calling 911 from the Windows on the World restaurant on Sept. 11, 2001.
People in the news
March 31, 2006
Supermodel Campbell faces charge of assaulting worker and Council agrees to pay $1.1M to Notorious B.I.G.’s family.
McGraw finds some time to reflect
March 31, 2006
Tim McGraw asks a lot of his fans. Onstage, the country singer encourages them to live, love, dance, care, grab it all. Offstage, he urges them to vote, give blood, donate money, to help any way they can.
Sebelius calls for water conservation, funding
March 31, 2006
Calling water essential to Kansas, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday said she was disappointed to learn upon taking office that funding for the Kansas Water Authority had been diverted elsewhere.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 31, 2006
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 31, 1906: “The Second District Congressional Committee met today and confirmed that Charles Scott’s majority over Henry J. Allen was 1,539 after a bitter contest.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
March 31, 2006
Dr. George A. Wolf Jr., executive director of the Tufts New England Medical Center and vice president for medical and dental affairs at Tufts University, was appointed provost of the Kansas University Medical Center and dean of the KU School of Medicine.
Old Home Town- 25 years ago
March 31, 2006
Efforts by a local group failed to get the issue of a comprehensive development plan for downtown Lawrence on the ballot for the coming city and school board elections.
Iraq will be on ‘08 agenda
March 31, 2006
President Bush’s vow to keep U.S. troops in Iraq beyond his term in office did more than underscore his determination to see the controversial mission through to a successful ending.
Adult education program lacks funds
State declines Even Start’s $430,000 grant request for 2006-07 school year
March 31, 2006
A program that allows parents to restart their education alongside their children at the East Heights Early Childhood Family Center will not be able to serve its regular 40 Lawrence families next school year.
Richest’ is all warfare, no class
March 31, 2006
To the chagrin of many, the reality genre refuses to die. And while it twitches and gurgles on its way to television’s Boot Hill, the forlorn format appears bent on exhausting every possible variation.
Man admits to stabbing, faces life in prison
March 31, 2006
A man accused of killing a woman selling him drugs pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Wednesday.
Too many guns
March 31, 2006
To the editor: I have a question concerning concealed weapons. Don’t we have enough killing now? If a person is allowed to carry a concealed weapon, then how is a person supposed to feel safe? Standing in line at the banks.
Slither’ a clever slimefest
March 31, 2006
In a world of brain-dead horror remakes, writer-director James Gunn didn’t just set out to redo any old fright flick. In the body-snatchers-from-space tale “Slither,” he aimed to remake them all - and more.
Concealed carry sponsor concerned about privacy of records
March 31, 2006
Should records of people who get permits to carry concealed guns in Kansas be concealed from the public?
Blitz Build’ project to erect house in just one week
Construction workers pooling talents to create residence for local family
March 31, 2006
It will kind of be Lawrence’s version of the popular television show “Extreme Home Makeover.”
Mangino: Defense OK
Coach likes potential despite load of losses
March 31, 2006
The assumption is logical: So many contributors were lost from last year’s Kansas University football defense that, naturally, the 2006 version is going to take a big step back with inexperienced players roaming around.
U.S. reporter ‘not harmed’ during time as hostage
March 31, 2006
American reporter Jill Carroll’s three-month hostage ordeal ended Thursday when she was left on a Baghdad street in front of a Sunni political party office. She appeared composed and eager to talk about her 82 days held captive in a tiny room.
State bracing for ‘killer bees’
March 31, 2006
Kansas officials are bracing for the first swarms of so-called “killer bees” to cross into the state as early as this year, the Kansas Department of Agriculture said Thursday.
KU grad programs get boost in rankings
March 31, 2006
Kansas University’s law and education schools gained spots in the graduate school rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.
School plans fail in Senate
March 31, 2006
The Kansas Senate took three swings at adopting a school finance plan Thursday and whiffed on all three.
Clergy sex abuse costs, cases continue to grow
March 31, 2006
New figures released Thursday by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops show the unrelenting toll of the clergy sex abuse crisis: 783 new credible claims last year, most of which date back decades, and costs of nearly $467 million.
Stone murders ‘Instinct’ sequel
March 31, 2006
In the 14-year gap between “Basic Instinct” and the sequel, it’s doubtful star Sharon Stone spent the time taking acting lessons.
Final Four unites diverse George Mason
March 31, 2006
I came out to George Mason University’s Fairfax, Va., campus to luxuriate in Final Four frenzy. First thing I needed was a map.
Legal immigrants leery of policy change
March 31, 2006
By turning out close to a million people in cities from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., for demonstrations against punitive immigration laws, the Hispanic community has delivered a timely reminder of the often-forgotten voice in this national debate.
Lawrence Datebook
March 31, 2006