Archive for Saturday, April 28, 2007

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Activist battles business corruption
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
The most effective way to kick the habit of international corruption, says, Peter Eigen, an international ethics expert and activist, is the use of civil society organizations such as Transparency International, an organization he founded in 1993.
Kids, adults share leadership stage
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
When eighth-graders Elisa Coffey and Reilly Moore got together for breakfast Friday morning, they couldn’t help but smile, giggle and wonder - just a little bit - about what they’d gotten themselves into.
Senate’s repair plan rejected by House
Representatives to work today on deferred maintenance compromise
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A1
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the Kansas Board of Regents and the state Senate on Friday pushed for passage of a $630 million, five-year plan to repair buildings and infrastructure at state universities.
Chamber honors leaders
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce honored two recently retired public officials, an agency director and a young professional with awards during a breakfast reception Friday at the Kansas Union.
New set of eyes to look at Wal-Mart
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
A new group of city commissioners on Tuesday will be testing their comfort level with the idea of a Wal-Mart store at Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
Despite staff increase, KU psychologists overloaded
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A1
Seung-Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech shooter, was a mentally ill student who repeatedly had been referred to therapy. His violence toward himself and others was well-documented even before the attacks, but is only the most extreme example of issues that affect many college students.
6News video: Interest very high in virtual education
April 28, 2007
The popularity of virtual education reveals itself today as nearly 200 parents gather in central Lawrence to learn more about the city’s online school.
No damage reported from funnel clouds
Tornado warning brings excitement
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A1
The last Friday of April 2007, a strange month known mostly for its unseasonably frigid weather, gave residents south of Lawrence some excitement with a pair of funnel cloud sightings.
6News video: Local students dig in to make Lawrence a little greener
April 28, 2007
Students at Free State High School planted two trees this afternoon. The new Sugar Maples honor National Arbor Day as well as the 10th anniversary of the school’s founding.
Cornish awaits pro fate
Ex-Jayhawk hopes to be tapped in draft
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C1
Jon Cornish won’t be by the television this weekend watching the NFL Draft. He’s going to try to make the weekend as normal as possible. “Me and my girlfriend,” he said, “are probably going to do laundry.”
Falkenstien book gives insider’s look at Kansas
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C1
Max Falkenstien, the legendary Kansas University basketball and football announcer, has written a new book, “A Good Place to Stop, 60 Seasons with Max and the Jayhawks.” Today and Sunday, the Journal-World is running excerpts from the book, published by Power House.
Rushing off
Sophomore to test waters in draft
April 28, 2007
First Julian Wright. Now Brandon Rush. Kansas University’s sophomore class is dwindling at a rapid rate. “This doesn’t surprise me,” KU coach Bill Self said Friday in discussing Rush’s decision to copy Wright and enter his name in the 2007 NBA Draft. “Julian is a potential lottery pick. With Brandon, we were hopeful to get one year, two would be a bonus. The only reason we thought we might get three is this is the strongest draft in recent memory.”
Schools adapt to technology, ban iPods to stop cheating
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A1
Banning baseball caps during tests was obvious - students were writing the answers under the brim. Then, schools started banning cell phones, realizing they could text message the answers to each other.
Decision catches some Jayhawks by surprise
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C6
Brandon Rush’s decision to enter the 2007 NBA Draft took at least one of his Kansas University teammates by surprise. “I wasn’t ready for it or expecting it,” freshman guard Sherron Collins said. He was preparing for an early Friday afternoon workout at Allen Fieldhouse when informed by coach Bill Self.
KU employee receives bomb threat e-mail
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
A Kansas University employee opened an e-mail about 2 p.m. Friday afternoon stating that four pipe bombs were on or around campus. The e-mail was sent about 6 a.m. Friday.
Head-on collision kills 3 adults, 2 children
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
Five people, including two young children, were killed Friday in a head-on collision in Osage County, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.
KU grad works to make Earth a better place
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B2
In May 2006, Anne Tempel graduated from Kansas University with a music degree, unsure what to do next.
Final brick tower repaired at church
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
The congregation at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt., has reason to celebrate this weekend. Friday afternoon, construction crews repaired the last of eight brick towers damaged by a microburst on March 12, 2005.
Keegan: Money deciding factor
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C1
As soon as Julian Wright said it wasn’t about the money at his farewell news conference, he unofficially stepped out of college and into the professional ranks. Once an athlete says it’s not about the money, he has made the leap from kid to commodity.
IRL’s Patrick driven to win
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C1
In 2005, Kansas Speedway was the location for an important first for IRL driver Danica Patrick - her first pole in the IndyCar series. Making her return to Kansas Speedway two years later for Sunday’s Kansas Indy 300, Patrick is still looking for her first victory in the series.
Rain plagues league tennis
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C3
The first time Lawrence High’s Taylor Seratte faced Olathe South’s Andrew Adams this season, Seratte’s attitude wasn’t exactly optimistic. Friday, the LHS sophomore developed a new strategy.
2 state education commissioner candidates remain
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B2
The search for a new Kansas education commissioner has been narrowed to two finalists who each have extensive experience in state education systems.
Spring dance show brims with energy
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B5
I have a thing for flamenco. So when I heard that flamenco (not easy to locate in Kansas) would be a part of the University Dance Company spring concert, I was hooked. Unfortunately, I was also booked Friday and Saturday, so I cheated. I went to the dress rehearsal.
Tongie driver debuts
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C3
There was a look of relief on the face of Dustin Boney following the ARCA RE/MAX Kansas Lottery $150 Grand at Kansas Speedway on Friday.
Lutheran church eyes expansion
April 28, 2007
One of the most visible churches in Lawrence is looking to nearly double its size. “We needed this about five years ago,” says Ed Clement, chair of the fundraising committee. “We can’t wait any longer.”
Longtime journalist recognized for lifetime of achievement
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B1
This month, during its annual convention in Topeka, the Kansas Press Association honored Tom Eblen with the Clyde M. Reed Jr. Master Editor Award. The award, named after the late editor of the Parsons Sun, recognizes a lifetime of achievement in Kansas journalism.
Chainsaw artists carving for charity
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B5
When McLouth artist Russell Ehart looks at a tree stump, he doesn’t see firewood. He sees a bird, a bear - or even Elvis Presley. Ehart and about 25 of his fellow chainsaw carvers are descending this weekend on Pacific, Mo., for the first-ever Carving for a Miracle chainsaw carving competition and benefit auction.
Faith Forum: How can I make connections between ancient scriptures and today?
April 28, 2007 in print edition on D8
This may sound simplistic, but the way to make connections with the ancient stories in scripture is to just read them. Yes, there are some sections of the Bible that are confusing, technical and even tedious.
FSHS boys win Seaman track title
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C3
Free State High’s Keron Toussaint won the 400 and Austin Winn won the 200, and FSHS claimed the 400 and 1,600 relay titles en route to winning the boys track and field title Friday at the Topeka Seaman Relays.
Small home changes can have big impact
April 28, 2007 in print edition on D5
Lighting, hardware, vases, pillows : they’re often just the chorus line in the grand production of a room’s decor. But sometimes the details can steal the show. All it takes, interior designers say, is a single piece with a distinguishable texture, color or aura. Here are a few ideas:
White House daughters gone mild?
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A2
Susan Ford, who lived in the White House around the time “Jaws” premiered, offers insights on “First Daughters: The E! True Hollywood Story” (5 p.m. today, E!). It’s hard being a teenager when your father is the commander in chief. Ford did have her high school prom at the White House, the only time that has been done.
Russian cellist fought for human rights
Rostropovich dies at 80 after lengthy musical career
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A2
Mstislav Rostropovich played the cello with grace and verve - and lived his life offstage the same way. His death at age 80 takes away one of modern Russia’s most compelling figures, admired both for his musical mastery and his defiance of Soviet repression.
Commentary: Russell right pick for Raiders
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C8
No one appreciates the majesty of the big-bodied, big-play receiver like Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.
Obama scores narrow win
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B7
With only about five minutes to go in the sober Democratic debate Thursday night, it seemed there would be no memorable moment, and thus no winner.
Ruling party candidate for president falls short
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A9
The ruling party’s presidential candidate failed to win a first-round victory in a parliamentary vote Friday - an election marked by tensions between the Islamic-rooted government and defenders of Turkey’s secular tradition.
Former state senator convicted of bribery
April 28, 2007
Former state Sen. John Ford, a prominent member of a politically powerful family, was convicted Friday of accepting $55,000 in bribes during a statewide corruption investigation.
Utah only state to allow concealed guns at colleges
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A6
Brent Tenney says he feels pretty safe when he goes to class at the University of Utah, but he takes no chances. He brings a loaded 9 mm semiautomatic with him every day.
KSU coach becomes father
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C2
Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin is a father - again.
Finally, Nats score in first
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C4
First things first: The Washington Nationals actually scored in the first inning, the only time they’ve managed to do that all season.
Society calendar
April 28, 2007 in print edition on D5
Too many changes, too little success
Lack of stability leads to high spots in draft
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C8
The top dozen teams making picks in today’s NFL draft earned that right by being bad. And not just during the 2006 season.
Horoscopes
April 28, 2007 in print edition on D7
172 militants arrested in terror plot effort
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A9
Saudi Arabia announced Friday that an anti-terrorism sweep netted 172 Islamic extremists and stopped plans to mount air attacks on the kingdom’s oil refineries, break militants out of jail and send suicide attackers to kill government officials.
Sebelius to consider Sudan divestment
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A5
A bill that would divest the Kansas public pension system of holdings in companies that invest in Sudan has been approved by the Legislature.
FDA rejects Arcoxia, Merck’s Vioxx successor
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A6
The Food and Drug Administration rejected Merck & Co.’s request to market a successor to its withdrawn arthritis drug Vioxx in the United States, the drugmaker said Friday.
Report: Allen suspended
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C2
Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen reportedly was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The suspension stems from two DUI charges.
Goodell apologizes for leak
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C8
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell apologized Friday to Georgia Tech’s Calvin Johnson and Clemson’s Gaines Adams for the release of information from confidential interviews at the league’s combine in February.
Ryan Wood’s KU football notebook
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kansas University football assistant coach Earle Mosley has resigned for health reasons, and head coach Mark Mangino announced Friday that Louie Matsakis would be Mosley’s replacement.
Saint Louis taps Majerus
Coach led Utah to 10 NCAA appearances
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C2
Saint Louis hired Rick Majerus on Friday, a move that signals the school’s intentions of becoming a Top 50 national program.
Military helicopter crash in Chechnya kills 18
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A9
A Russian military helicopter heading to a battle with separatist rebels crashed Friday in Chechnya, killing all 18 people aboard, emergency officials said.
NBA briefs
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C7
¢ Team president title added to Wilkens’ duties ¢ Artest won’t face animal cruelty charges ¢ Warriors’ Jackson fined $50,000 by NBA
Red Sox keep Yanks reeling
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C4
At this rate, the Boston Red Sox will blow the New York Yankees out of the AL East race before summer.
Va. Tech surveys dorm residents
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A4
Stumped in their search for a motive, authorities at Virginia Tech have sent out a questionnaire asking students for any information they may have about gunman Seung-Hui Cho and his first victim.
Commodities
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B4
KU’s Costner named to All-Big 12 team
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C5
Kansas University senior Amanda Costner was named to the All-Big 12 Conference women’s golf team, as selected by league coaches.
U.S.: Cocaine cheaper despite costly drug war
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A9
Cocaine prices in the United States have dropped and the drug’s purity increased, despite years of effort and nearly $5 billion spent by the U.S. government to combat Colombia’s drug industry, the White House drug czar acknowledged in a letter to a key senator.
Senior al-Qaida operative captured
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
After being secretly held by the CIA for months, an Iraqi who was one of al-Qaida’s most senior and experienced operatives has been shipped to the Guantanamo Bay military prison for terror suspects, officials said Friday.
Bulls ready to bury champs
Chicago takes 3-0 series lead with victory on Heat’s home court
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C7
Andres Nocioni’s quote was tacked above Shaquille O’Neal’s seat in the Miami Heat locker room before the game, the key phrase marked in yellow highlighter. “We will not sweep Miami,” the Chicago Bulls forward said. Nocioni might be wrong.
Commentary: NCAA right about text messaging
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C2
We can all probably agree the NCAA is among the most hypocritical, overly regulated and insanely silly regulating bodies known to man. For example, you could not give a Wisconsin-Milwaukee soccer player a ride were he or she trudging across Downer in a snowstorm or a hungry Marquette swimmer a couple of bucks for a sandwich.
Official language bill goes to governor
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A5
A bill declaring English the official language of Kansas gained final legislative approval Friday, sending the measure to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for her consideration.
Lawmakers seek papers on Tillman’s death
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
A congressional committee on Friday requested documents from the White House and Pentagon describing how and when the Bush administration learned the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death.
U.S. congressional vote divides Iraqis
Call to withdraw troops gets mixed reaction along sectarian lines
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A8
Many Sunnis on Friday welcomed a U.S. congressional push to begin withdrawing U.S. troops by Oct. 1, but one Shiite grocery store owner expressed fear the move would “leave Iraq in the hands of al-Qaida.”
Economic growth drops to 4-year low
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
The worst economic growth in four years is raising concern that troubles in the U.S. housing market will spread and throw the country into a recession before the year is out.
FCE News
April 28, 2007 in print edition on D3
The Stull Family and Community Education unit will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Ann Wood. Judy Wulfkuhle will give a program on “Liquid Assets: The Value of Fluids to Your Health.” Members are reminded to bring food donations for the Lecompton Food Pantry and donations for Pennies for Friendship.
Senate overrides veto on concealed guns bill
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A5
Local governments will be barred from imposing additional restrictions on Kansans carrying concealed guns after the Legislature overrode Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of a bill.
KU baseball falls to OU
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C5
Oklahoma scored eight runs in the final four innings to hand Kansas University an 8-0 setback on Friday at Mitchell Park.
On the record
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B2
Nuggets’ Camby named top defender
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C7
Now that Marcus Camby is the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, he’s looking ahead - and behind. The Denver Nuggets’ 33-year-old center said that while he cherishes winning the award for the first time in his 11-year pro career, he’d much rather be celebrating a championship in a couple of months.
NYC mayor: Kansas TV station was wrong to ‘censor’ gun ad
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B8
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday questioned a Kansas television station’s refusal to air an advertisement that is part of his antigun campaign, saying it is wrong to “censor” the spot.
Governor will pay for medical care after crash
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A6
Gov. Jon S. Corzine will forgo his state health insurance and spend hundreds of thousands of his own money to pay for his medical care from a serious car crash, a spokesman said Friday.
U.S. astronaut to return to Earth in June
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A6
The last member of the 14th International Space Station Expedition, U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams, will leave the space station in June aboard a U.S. space shuttle, NASA said Friday.
Seattle upends Royals, 7-4
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C3
Horacio Ramirez skirted trouble early, long enough for Seattle’s offense to give him a few runs.
Club news
April 28, 2007 in print edition on D3
The University Bridge Club announces the results of its meeting on April 21. Hosts were Dave and Mary Gaumer, and Ray and Myrna Ikenberry.
Democrats try to shape new Iraq bill
New spending measure will need support of GOP moderates
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
Democratic leaders are turning to Republicans to help them pass a new Iraq war spending bill that President Bush won’t veto - unlike the one Congress will send him next week with a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops.
Military IDs colonel accused of aiding enemy
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A8
A U.S. officer accused of aiding the enemy for allegedly providing an unmonitored cell phone to detainees while he commanded an MP detachment at a jail is a 51-year-old from Virginia, the military said Friday.
LHS golfers 35th at Hutchinson tourney
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C3
Lawrence High’s boys golf squad placed 35th among 36 teams Friday at the Hutchinson Invitational.
Bush official linked to call-girl investigation
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
Randall Tobias, head of the Bush administration’s foreign aid programs, abruptly resigned Friday after his name surfaced in an investigation into a high-priced call-girl ring, according to two people familiar with the circumstances of his departure.
Care consumers
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: A victory can be claimed by Kansas consumers of health care in Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ veto of the bill that would have exempted many medical providers in our state from being accountable for faulty practice under the state’s Consumer Protection Act.
Refocus debate
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: So often heated debates regarding abortion take place in our homes, churches, universities and government, that it seems we lose sight of the real issue. Both opponents and proponents of the right to choose claim that they’re on the side of humanity, morality and justice.
Poker tournament to help fight Alzheimer’s
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B2
Texas Hold’em poker players are invited to a benefit tournament tonight to raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease.
Police, rioters clash after monument removal
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A9
Police fired rubber bullets and a water cannon at hundreds of protesters Friday in Estonia’s capital in a second night of rioting by ethnic Russians angry about the removal of a Soviet war memorial - an act that also aggravated tensions with the Kremlin.
Putin objects to missile shield
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A9
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that a planned U.S. missile shield in Central Europe was unacceptable because it would extend American control deep into Russian airspace, not deter Iran as Washington claims.
Military news
April 28, 2007 in print edition on D3
Brett G. Johnson has retired from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years of service. He was stationed in Japan along with his wife, Dina, and their children, Janise and Jaime. Johnson will be the assistant chief of operations at a naval base in St. Marys, Ga. He is the son of Robert and Fran Johnson, Lawrence, and Maylene Duncan, Billings, Mont., and the grandson of Vivian Johnson.
Kansas softball to entertain OU
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C5
Who you play often means more than where you play. That may be the explanation for the Kansas University softball team’s glaring home-road disparity. Against Big 12 Conference foes, the Jayhawks are 0-7 at home, but 6-1 away from Arrocha Ballpark.
McCain speech shows refreshing candor
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B6
Credit John McCain with one thing: When you’re 70 years old, running for president a second time and have been stumping the country for many months, it’s difficult to spring any surprises in your formal announcement speech.
Around and about
April 28, 2007 in print edition on D3
Lindsey Witthaus has been selected as a Fulbright student grantee for 2008. Witthaus, who is among 15 students who received a Fulbright for study in Brazil, will conduct a demographic study of a rural community in Minas Gerais.
China names new foreign minister
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A9
China’s government abruptly replaced its foreign minister Friday, appointing former ambassador to the United States Yang Jiechi to the post in an early reshuffling of senior positions ahead of key political meetings.
D.A. wants to reinstate sex crimes charges
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B3
Douglas County prosecutors want to reinstate the original charges against a Missouri man who absconded earlier this year after entering into a plea agreement in a sex crimes case.
Scouting news
April 28, 2007 in print edition on D5
Travis W. Andregg, 17, received the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouting, during a Court of Honor on April 22 at First Methodist Church’s West Campus in Lawrence. He is a senior at Lawrence High School and the son of Karen and Todd Andregg, Lawrence.
Pharmacy error cited for drug that killed 3
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
A pharmacy erroneously made a drug 10 times more potent than intended, which killed three people who received it at an Oregon clinic, the state medical examiner said Friday.
People in the news
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Court lets Anna Nicole’s ex-boyfriend leave with infant ¢ Jazz Fest honors Ed Bradley with funeral parade ¢ That’s what I want: McCartney fortune ranks 3rd ¢ Silverman says host gig a pre-MTV dream come true
Child psychiatrist pleads not guilty to molestation
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A6
A noted child psychiatrist pleaded not guilty Friday to charges he molested seven boys in his care, and his lawyer said the accusers had mistaken routine physical examinations for sexual abuse.
Defensive line a K.C. priority
Wide receivers also find home atop Chiefs’ 2007 draft board
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C8
As the NFL Draft approaches, Ryan Sims must know how the unloved stepchild at a family reunion feels.
Faith briefs
April 28, 2007 in print edition on D8
Beyond the backsplash
Rich variety lights up the latest in tiles
April 28, 2007 in print edition on D1
Bejeweled, speckled and shimmering with flecks of gold, the newest tiles are going way beyond the backsplash, brightening living spaces all over the house. Improvements in the past 20 years in firing, glazing and cutting technology have made tile easier and, in some instances, less costly to manufacture while creating a new luxury category of visually appealing high-gloss finishes, textures and designs.
Governor’s attorney airs appointment issues
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B6
As early as 2003, shortly after she took office as governor, the director of appointments expressed concern to Gov. Sebelius that the Kansas University Hospital CEO and the Hospital Authority Board were not following the law that requires three names to be submitted to the governor for each position open or expired on the board.
FDA agents search Emporia pet food plant
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A3
Federal agents searched facilities of a dog and cat food manufacturer and one of its suppliers as part of an investigation into the widening recall of pet products, the companies disclosed Friday.
M.L.B. briefs
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C5
¢ Thome headed for DL ¢ S.D. therapist pregnant ¢ Toronto activates Glaus ¢ Carpenter throws bullpen
Army Family
The Army can be so vital, then along comes something like this.
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B6
The U.S. Army has done so many things so well for so long that we can afford to overlook some of its minor failings - like a busy-body tendency to oververbalize when it is such a foolish waste of time.
Rights issue
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I was recently quoted in this paper as saying it’s legal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation “in some places.” What was I thinking? It is legal in MOST places. People think it is illegal because they know such discrimination is wrong.
Chinese leaders look to end tax breaks for polluters
April 28, 2007 in print edition on A9
Premier Wen Jiabao pledged Friday to help clean China’s air and water and combat global warming by phasing out tax breaks and discounts on land and electricity for highly polluting industries.
Lawrence Datebook
April 28, 2007 in print edition on B2
OSU’s Curry to enter draft
April 28, 2007 in print edition on C2
Oklahoma State junior guard JamesOn Curry plans to enter the NBA Draft but will not hire an agent, according to a report by The Oklahoman.