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KU cruises to Big 12 North sweep, 89-52
February 24, 2007
Jackson then tipped in a Rodrick Stewart miss, making him the sixth Jayhawk to score in double figures on the night. Mario Chalmers led all scorers with 18 points, while Darrell Arthur had 15 points to go with 11 rebounds, good for his second straight double-double. Sherron Collins, Sasha Kaun, Julian Wright and Jackson were all in double figures as well, as KU shot 52.2 percent from the floor, and outrebounded ISU 47-30. KU (25-4 overall, 12-2 Big 12) swept the Big 12 North for the first time since 2001-02, and will have a quick turnaround, taking on Oklahoma down in Norman Monday night at 8 p.m.
Weather radios back in operation
TVs, regular radios should be monitored
12:44 p.m., February 24, 2007 Updated 03:13 p.m.
6News meteorologist Jennifer Schack said she has been told that the transmitter operated by the Topeka bureau of the National Weather Service is back in operation; weather radios will work.
Sen. Roberts: ‘No Child’ law needs to be fixed
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., referred to himself Friday as the Senator Left Behind, as he was rushed away from a meeting with Kansas school superintendents to other obligations.
Racetrack suspected of illegal betting
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
An investigation is being conducted into allegations of illegal betting at The Woodlands racetrack, authorities said Friday.
Name of last-minute witness revealed
Lawrence woman was served subpoena in Jason Rose case before judge declared mistrial
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
The identity of the witness whom prosecutors tried to introduce before a mistrial was declared in the Jason Rose murder and arson trial is now known.
Simons: Researcher’s lecture at KU offers hope for cancer cure
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
It was a lecture that should have been heard by a large and broad cross-section of the Lawrence and Kansas University community. It was a lecture that would have inspired young men and women to seek a career in the vast field of medical research. It was a lecture that would have given hope to those who are battling cancer and those who have friends and family fighting the disease, and it was a lecture that would have given anyone with the ability to contribute private funds to cancer research to dig a bit deeper in their pockets to support such efforts.
Sharing the love
Firebirds find form after halftime
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
After Lawrence High outplayed his team during the first half, Free State High girls basketball coach Bryan Duncan approached his players at halftime, asking if any of them felt like panicking.
Keegan: Jungle a jumpin’ hoop joint
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
It was an easy choice, really. Either sit in front of the television and watch a weeping judge and then a video of Anna Nicole Smith talking in a far-away manner, seemingly unaware her face had been painted, or head out to the “Jungle” to watch a high school basketball doubleheader.
ISU holding out hope
NCAAs a long shot, but NIT possible
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C7
At 14-13 overall and 5-8 in the Big 12 Conference, Iowa State’s basketball team currently is not in the mix for an at-large berth in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Seabury boys fall in regional playoffs
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C6
Top-seeded Troy downed No. 5 Seabury Academy, 61-33, in Class 1A regional boys basketball Friday.
Baldwin, Santa Fe Trail each send two to finals
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C8
Baldwin High’s Nick Rockhold and Kevin Callahan have advanced to the finals of the Class 4A state wrestling meet at the Bicentennial Center.
Same old questions dog Sosa
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C10
Sammy Sosa isn’t interested in answering the lingering questions about steroids. After a year out of baseball, he has more pressing issues with the Texas Rangers.
Stormy weather on tap for weekend
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
Back into the closet with the golf clubs, Frisbees and baseball mitts. The Lawrence area weather will turn ugly again this weekend.
Probe: Nearly 800 contractors killed
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
In a largely invisible cost of the war in Iraq, nearly 800 civilians working under contract to the Pentagon have been killed and more than 3,300 hurt doing jobs normally handled by the U.S. military, according to figures gathered by The Associated Press.
Sunni official: Rape charge supported by strong evidence
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
A Sunni Muslim woman’s allegations that she was raped by three members of Iraq’s Shiite-dominated police force took a startling turn Friday when a Sunni human rights official said that a government committee has uncovered strong evidence to support her claims.
Panel finds stem cell study was flawed
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A5
A scientific panel says a 2002 study that suggested adult stem cells might be as useful as embryonic ones was flawed and its conclusions may be wrong, a finding that raises questions about the promise of a less controversial source for stem cells.
It’s hard work to become a Blue Man
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Phillip Vint wants to be a Blue Man. That’s why the stocky, 29-year-old drummer for a local funk-reggae band made sure he was at the front of the line last week for open auditions to become the newest member of Blue Man Group.
Segregation even in war
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
Veterans well into their 80s recall days of valor and years of indignation on “A Distant Shore: African Americans of D-Day” (6 p.m. today, History). All of the solders interviewed here stormed the beaches of Normandy in June 1944. And like every soldier of their time, they entered a segregated military.
Savings grace
Clergy often face uphill battle planning for retirement
February 24, 2007 in print edition on D1
For 18 years, the Rev. Richard Wempe worked with the homeless in Kansas City, Mo., and didn’t take a salary. Now that he’s retired, that means he can’t accept Social Security for those years. And even during the years he did earn a salary, he received only partial Social Security benefits.
Society calendar
February 24, 2007 in print edition on D5
TV feeds appetite for nation of gawkers
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
“Anti-hero: A main character in a dramatic or narrative work who is characterized by a lack of traditional heroic qualities, such as idealism or courage.”
Why cut aid?
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: There seems to be universal agreement in the United States that illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America is a problem.
Commentary: Chief Illiniwek’s dance offended many
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C2
Chief Illiniwek had his last dance Wednesday night. I never thought I’d say this, but it was time to put away the war paint and say goodbye.
Teen abducted from bus stop escapes
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
A 13-year-old boy abducted at gunpoint from a school bus stop Friday morning made a “miraculous” escape hours later, authorities said. The gunman was still being sought.
Airport tests powerful X-ray machine
Scanner can see through clothes
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
The Phoenix airport on Friday became the first in the United States to test new X-ray technology that can see through people’s clothes and show the body’s contours with blush-inducing clarity.
Bistro combines art, culinary interests
Two siblings set to open Bleu Tomato in De Soto
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B5
Marcy Bray remembers overwhelming her husband the first time she prepared pasta as a newlywed. “I made like two gallons of sauce,” she said. “He looked at it and said, ‘I can’t eat all that.’
Opium eradication under way to dismay of Afghan farmers
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
Anguish creased the weathered face of the opium farmer as a U.S.-trained eradication team swept through his farm fields in this southern Afghan village.
Salmonella source confirmed by CDC
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B5
A week after ConAgra Foods Inc. recalled peanut butter after a salmonella outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the presence of the dangerous germ.
4-H news
February 24, 2007 in print edition on D3
Douglas County 4-H clubs participated in County Club Days on Feb. 3.
Saving children demands organized effort
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
One month and 1,400 e-mails later, here is a progress report on What Works. That’s a series of columns I started last month in which I asked folks to tell me, in 250 words or less, about programs in their communities that have shown success in improving the lives of black children in five specific areas: self-esteem, violence prevention, education, fatherlessness and poverty.
Simple point
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Recent letters printed here about quoting “Scriptures denouncing homosexuality” seem to have missed the point.
Cruel action
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: In the Feb. 20 Journal-World sports section there was an account of three live chickens being thrown onto the basketball court at the Feb. 19 Kansas-K-State game.
Military news
February 24, 2007 in print edition on D3
Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Michael A. Garner and Air Force Reserve Airman Trevor B. Messenger have graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
The plucky duck
Imagine shareholders having a chance to decide about executive compensation packages.
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Aflac insurance company seems to be doing quite well with its ubiquitous plucky duck keeping the name before the public with all those clever television commercials. Now the company may be doing the public an even greater favor with its proposal for a new executive compensation program.
Oscar Mayer chicken breast, cuts recalled
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B5
Kraft Foods Inc. on Friday recalled all packages of Oscar Mayer/Louis Rich chicken breast strips and cuts, expanding the scope of a Sunday recall.
Death penalty sought in sheriff’s death
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B8
The man suspected of killing a southeast Kansas sheriff received official notice Thursday that the state plans to seek the death penalty if he’s convicted by a jury.
Scouting news
February 24, 2007 in print edition on D5
Cub Scout Pack 3370, chartered to the Deerfield School PTA, conducted its annual Blue and Gold Banquet on Feb. 12 at Plymouth Congregational Church.
Soldier’s attorneys say he didn’t help plan rape
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
Attorneys for an Army soldier accused in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the killings of her family told a judge Friday he was not involved in planning the attack with the other soldiers charged in the case.
Longtime KU dean Carlin to step down
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B3
A longtime KU administrator announced Friday that she’s stepping down.
Real ID Act
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: In May 2005, our U.S. Congress passed a military spending bill, H.R.1268, that includes the Real ID Act. Real ID creates, in effect, a national ID card. Personal information will be contained on all new driver’s licenses and pooled into one central database.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
Dillon to request release
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C2
Corey Dillon, who is 14th on the NFL’s career rushing list, is likely to be playing for a team other than New England next season. Dillon’s agent, Steve Feldman, told The Associated Press on Friday that his client would ask the Patriots for his release and that the team was likely to grant it by March 2.
Faith Forum: Should members of congregations applaud after music in church?
February 24, 2007 in print edition on D1
The issue of applause in church is directly related to the worship attitude and practices of the individual church; each will have a unique tone and expression of sacredness and worship.
On the record
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
Cuba declines to renew journalists’ credentials
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
Cuban press authorities have told the Havana correspondents for the Chicago Tribune, the BBC and a major Mexican newspaper that they can no longer report from the island.
Britain to increase troop levels in Afghanistan
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
Britain said Friday it will increase its troop strength in southern Afghanistan to bolster NATO forces battling Taliban militants, days after Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was pulling some British troops out of Iraq.
City candidates Limburg, Davis share views online
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence City Commission candidates Michael Limburg and Jake Davis on Friday concluded a week of candidate chats here at ljworld.com.
25 dead or missing after fire at group home
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
Faulty electrical wiring may have sparked a catastrophic fire that raced through a home for the disabled in western Latvia on Friday, leaving 25 people dead or missing, rescuers said.
Fake’ fur on coat could be from Fido
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A7
That fur trim on your jacket that you think is fake? Tell it to Fido. An animal advocacy group says its investigation has turned up coats - some with designer labels, some at higher-end retailers - with fur from man’s best friend. Some retailers were set scrambling to pull the coats from shelves, take them off Web sites and even offer refunds to consumers.
Passenger train derails; 1 dead, 77 injured
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
A high-speed train traveling from London to Scotland derailed Friday night and sent carriages slipping down an embankment, killing at least one person and injuring 77, officials said.
Anti-terror law struck down by high court
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
One of Canada’s most contentious anti-terrorism measures was struck down Friday by the Supreme Court, which declared it unconstitutional to detain foreign terror suspects indefinitely while the courts review their deportation orders.
Commodities
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B5
4 police officers charged with protecting ‘mob’
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Four veteran police officers were accused in federal court of taking thousands of dollars to protect what they thought were mob shipments of drugs, stolen art and jewelry.
Nations push for cluster bomb treaty
U.S., China, Russia snub conference
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
Forty-six countries agreed Friday to push for a global treaty banning cluster bombs, a move activists hope will force the superpowers that oppose the effort - the U.S., China and Russia - to abandon the weapons.
Man pulls out knife at downtown nightclub
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B3
Lawrence police were called to the Granada late Friday night in response to calls that someone inside the nightclub brandished a knife.
Rats invade New York KFC, Taco Bell restaurant
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A4
New Yorkers are used to seeing rats where they catch their trains - not where they buy their chalupas.
Giant sinkhole swallows homes, kills 2
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
A 330-foot-deep sinkhole killed two teenage siblings when it swallowed about a dozen homes early Friday and forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people in a crowded Guatemala City neighborhood.
Iowa governor drops out of ‘08 presidential race
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A4
After just 86 days in the race, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack could well have more influence on the presidential nomination process from outside the contest than he did from inside.
Gunmen kill 1 Lebanese, kidnap 2 Italians
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A9
Gunmen opened fire Friday on a vehicle carrying foreign workers in Nigeria’s unruly oil-producing south, killing one Lebanese man, while assailants on speedboats kidnapped two Italians in separate violence.
Game belongs in Vegas
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C4
If I were going to lay a bet on it, I’d take the odds against Las Vegas ever getting a NBA team, or a team from any of the major professional sports leagues.
Families file lawsuit to block vaccine mandate
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
A group of families has sued in an attempt to block Gov. Rick Perry’s executive order requiring schoolgirls to be vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer.
Russell runs through bracket
Free State, LHS wrestlers tied in team standings
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C8
Free State High and Lawrence High have the exact same team score after the first day of Kansas 6A state wrestling at the Kansas Coliseum, but Free State has something LHS doesn’t - a wrestler in a state championship match.
Verdict against landlord upheld
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B3
The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a local jury’s finding that a landlord discriminated by refusing to rent to an unmarried, interracial couple.
Choose tops and shoes carefully to make most of your waistband
February 24, 2007 in print edition on D1
Just when you were getting used to the feeling of wearing waistbands on your waist, the fashion industry has decided to move things up.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C7
KU leads the all-time series, 161-58. KU is 41-9 against ISU in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have won three consecutive games and five of six in the series.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
Sharpest speller to be crowned at bee
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
Thirty top spellers hope to be called a champion at the end of this morning’s annual Douglas County Spelling Bee.
Girl Scout cookies nearly free of trans fats
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A5
For much of the country, it’s Girl Scout cookie time again. And this year, all those cookies, not just the Thin Mints and a few others, will come nearly free of harmful trans fats.
K.C. broadcaster ‘still on cloud 12’
Matthews ecstatic about Hall-of-Fame honor
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C10
Every time Denny Matthews tells the story of the little old lady out in western Kansas, he chokes up.
Neglected park
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: The recent snowfall transformed Martin Park off Peterson Road into a serene, peaceful vista. The one exception still visible is the graffiti on the park’s sign. The word “nugget” (slang for marijuana) is painted on the sign at the park’s entrance.
Haskell women advance
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C3
Haskell Indian Nations University rallied late and won its first-round game Friday in the MCAC women’s basketball tournament.
Sprewell barred from seeing children
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C4
Former NBA standout Latrell Sprewell, accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of their children, may communicate with his children only by phone, e-mail or text message.
Club news
February 24, 2007 in print edition on D3
The Pilot Club’s Antique Show and Sale is set for March 2-4 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St. More than 25 dealers will be featured at the show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 2-3 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4. Admission is $3 a person. Proceeds will benefit community projects such as the Head Injury Support Group, ECKAN, Health Care Access and the Ballard Center.
Board work starting to pay big dividends
Jayhawks have cleaned glass with renewed emphasis since being called out by Self
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
Bill Self insists it was not a calculated coaching ploy to call out his big men after a lazy effort on the backboards against Colorado on Jan. 27 in Allen Fieldhouse.
High school, 7-Eleven ban energy drink
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
A high school banned a caffeine-packed energy drink and 7-Eleven pulled it from Colorado stores after some students said it made them sick and shaky and caused their hearts to race.
Jayhawks drop pair in Louisville
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s softball team fell to Kent State, 4-1, and Louisville, 7-1, on Friday at the Red and Black Tournament at Ulmer Stadium.
Big first inning lifts Stanford over KU
Early Cardinal home runs doom Jayhawks
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C3
Stanford scored five runs in the first inning en route to a 6-5 victory over Kansas University in college baseball on Friday at Sunken Diamond.
Wal-Mart manager sentenced to probation
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
A former manager of Lawrence’s Wal-Mart store was sentenced Friday afternoon to serve one year of probation for his conviction of embezzling more than $12,000 from the store last summer.
Wife gets 16 to life for killing husband
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
A woman who fatally stabbed her millionaire psychotherapist husband, whom she met as a 14-year-old girl in treatment, was sentenced Friday to 16 years to life in prison for murder.
Memorial, funeral set for Johnson
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C4
A public memorial service for Dennis Johnson will be held Sunday in Austin before the former NBA standout is buried March 2 in Los Angeles.
Jury in CIA leak trial on recess for weekend
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Jurors deliberated a third day Friday without reaching a verdict on whether former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby obstructed the investigation into who leaked the identity of a CIA operative married to a prominent Iraq war critic.
Hospital expansion may mean tree loss
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B4
A $40 million expansion of Lawrence Memorial Hospital may cause two large oak trees near the corner of Fourth and Maine streets to be cut down.
Flu shots may be urged for all children next year
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
National health officials are moving toward recommending flu shots for all children older than 6 months as the disease’s impact on kids has become more apparent in recent years - including the deaths this month of two Seattle-area girls.
U.S. detains son of Shiite official
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A6
U.S. forces detained the son of one of Iraq’s most prominent Shiite politicians for several hours Friday, a spokesman for the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq said.
Longtime school director to retire
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B4
After a 29-year career in education, Lynda Allen, director of mathematics and sciences for Lawrence public schools, announced Friday she plans to retire at the end of this school year.
De Soto girls dominate on ‘D’
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C6
The De Soto High girls basketball team used a dominant second-quarter run to blast Anderson County, 46-19, Friday night in the regular-season finale for both schools.
Woods’ streak ends at 7
O’Hern stops Tiger at Match Play event
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C2
Tiger Woods’ winning streak is over no matter what tour he is playing.
White House warns against Iraq pullout
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A3
Brushing aside criticism from the White House, Senate Democrats said Friday their next challenge to President Bush’s Iraq war policy would require the gradual withdrawal of U.S. combat troops beginning within 120 days.
Kansas takes 2 events at Big 12 indoor track championships
Agafonov’s throw longest in country this year
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University juniors Kate Sultanova and Egor Agafonov won the women’s pole vault and the men’s weight throw, respectively, at day one of the Big 12 Indoor Championships.
Salvation Army comes up short of goal, but still optimistic
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B4
The Salvation Army’s signature red kettles came a little bit closer to full this year, but still wound up short of the organization’s goal.
Eagles end on upside
Veritas girls claim consolation crown
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C6
The Veritas Christian girls basketball team finished off their 2006-07 season in positive fashion Friday night, knocking off Topeka Heritage Christian, 60-44, to win the consolation championship at the six-team Kansas Christian Athletic Association state tournament.
Taxes touted to fund repairs
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
The idea of having counties where regents universities are located increase local property taxes to help pay for $660 million in university repairs is picking up steam in the Legislature.
KU office remodeling tops $100K
University says overhaul was badly needed
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A1
The offices of Kansas University’s top administrators have received a six-figure overhaul in recent months.
Engineering Expo shows how dreams are designed, built
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B1
Kansas University graduate Brian McClendon is an executive at one of the world’s hottest companies.
KU trying to escape cellar
Jayhawks could improve Big 12 tournament seed
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C3
It’s not over until it’s over, so Bonnie Henrickson maintains hope of escaping the Big 12 Conference cellar.
People in the news
February 24, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Actress Amanda Peet gives birth to daughter ¢ Trustees seek DNA from James Brown’s body ¢ ‘Sopranos’ actor in interview: I’m no ‘cold-blooded killer’
Around and about
February 24, 2007 in print edition on D3
Horoscopes
February 24, 2007 in print edition on D7
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B6
Lawrence Datebook
February 24, 2007 in print edition on B2
LHS boys secure season sweep
February 24, 2007 in print edition on C1
Daniel Green’s face became so red with intensity Friday night it nearly blended in with the color of his Lawrence High uniform. It’s now to the point where LHS coach Chris Davis said he occasionally has to settle the senior point guard down.
Faith briefs
February 24, 2007 in print edition on D8