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KU baseball wins first home game of season
March 4, 2007
Play ball - finally! After numerous delays due to bad weather, the first home game of the 2007 KU baseball season took place today at Hoglund Ballpark.
Motorcycle accident sends man to hospital
March 4, 2007
A man was seriously injured in an accident this evening, but the motorcycle he was driving barely has a scratch.
Late-night invasion leaves questions of security
March 4, 2007
It’s a lucky end to an almost deadly night as police respond to a home invasion call early Saturday morning at the Hawker Apartments.
Dog park getting needed improvements
March 4, 2007
It’s a playground for your pooch and it’s getting some much needed improvements.
Tax break for Lawrence business possible
March 4, 2007
City commissioners could soon approve a major tax break for an east Lawrence business looking to expand.
Basehor school district struggling to keep up with growth
March 4, 2007
It’s no secret southern Leavenworth County is a booming area. The city of Basehor is growing at a feverish pace and the school district can’t keep up.
Local group helps educate parents
March 4, 2007
Moms and dads are usually the ones working overtime to take care of their families, but in this case, a local parent education group is carrying some of the load - asking the state legislature to help them - help parents, help their kids.
Lady Chieftains advance; secure No. 1 seed at state
March 4, 2007
In 4A action last night, the Tonganoxie Lady Chieftains advanced to state with a 46-34 win over Eudora.
Parade auction brings in major green
March 4, 2007
A fundraiser for the Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day parade brought in some major green yesterday.
Piper holds on to 41-39 win over Baldwin to reach state
March 4, 2007
The Piper Pirates punched their ticket to the state tournament with a 41-39 win over Baldwin.
Rush, Wright earn top conference honors
March 4, 2007
After winning the Big 12 regular season team title yesterday at Allen Fieldhouse, some individual Jayhawks were honored today as the League announced the coaches picks for the All-Big 12 team.
Firebird bowling team places second at state meet
March 4, 2007
Yesterday at the state bowling meet, the Firebirds placed second overall as a team behind Maize.
Free State beats LHS to advance to state tourney
March 4, 2007
In girls class 6A, Free State beat cross-town rival Lawrence High for the third time this season, 36-30 to advance to the state tournament in Emporia.
Wright, Rush named to first team All-Big 12
March 4, 2007
Kansas University sophomores Brandon Rush and Julian Wright, who were named the Big 12 Conference’s Preseason Co-Players of the Year, Sunday were honored as first team All-Big 12 performers. Texas freshman Kevin Durant, who scored 32 points in a 90-86 loss at KU Saturday, was named the league’s Player of the Year.
Police investigating home invasion
March 4, 2007
Armed man invades women’s home in the 1000 block of Missouri.
Extra Minutes: Kansas 90, Texas 86
March 4, 2007
Tying up loose ends from Saturday’s wildly-entertaining game in Allen Fieldhouse. Making the postgame festivities even more enjoyable for the Jayhawks was the way in which they got there. KU came back from a blistering Texas first half, finishing the game with a 52.4 field goal percentage, led by a career-high five three-pointers from Mario Chalmers. Russell Robinson hit three of them, too, which was also a career-best. Oh yeah, and Texas’ Kevin Durant wasn’t too shabby in what will probably be his only Fieldhouse visit.
Tonganoxie girls headed to Salina
Baldwin boys fall short against Piper
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C4
Ali Pistora simply couldn’t help but show the waterworks. The Tonganoxie High senior had just played her last basketball game in the Tonganoxie gym - and well enough to make a return trip to the Class 4A state tournament in Salina.
Bus crash survivors mourn teammates, recall tragedy
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Tony Moore and his college baseball teammates were jolted awake when their bus slammed against a concrete barrier and dropped off an overpass. At least two students were trapped, one player had already died and diesel fuel was leaking, survivors and family members said.
New leadership at Walter Reed planned
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Army officials are planning to revise the command structure at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, installing a nonmedical general officer as deputy commander to ensure that administrative operations run smoothly, in the wake of serious problems with outpatient care at the facility, officials said Saturday.
Grant to help create center for young sex-crime victims
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
For the youngest victims of sexual assault, speaking about the crime in an uncomfortable setting can be intimidating.
Lending a hand without a handout
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
Bobby Shriver says repeatedly he can’t stand asking people for money.
Party platters cater to chip ‘n’ dip enthusiasts
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D5
Bet you didn’t know that March 14 is National Potato Chip Day. And did you know that the potato chip was “invented” in 1853 by an American Indian chef in a resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.?
KU professor’s work part of exhibit in K.C.
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D4
A reception is planned this week for the opening of a Kansas University associate professor’s exhibition, titled “Inner Package.”
Current ‘Idol’ needs support from ‘Soul Patrol’
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D4
“American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks needs his Soul Patrol to step up.
KU professor to give lecture on new book
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D2
Jennifer Weber, Kansas University assistant professor of history, will present a lecture on her new book, “Copperheads,” at an upcoming meeting of the Sgt. Samuel J. Churchill SUV Camp No. 4, which is free and open to the public.
District chorales to perform this week
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D2
The Lawrence High School choral music department will present “Winter Postlude: An Invitation to Spring” at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Lawrence High School auditorium, 1901 La.
Prominent writers reveal their top ten favorite books
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D3
Americans love to pick winners. And then to argue about who should have won instead.
Modernized ‘Lear’ an exhilarating tragedy
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
I don’t like going to the theater. Sitting still for hours in the company of coughing strangers is not my cup of tea. More often than not, the performances are silly, mediocre or overblown.
Fear tactics
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Ignorance and fear. These are the tools of the self-proclaimed moral majority, including Phill Kline and Rep. Lance Kinzer. Using public ignorance and fear, these men try to intimidate people into complying with their narrow religious conservative agenda.
Judge enjoys courtside company
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Two of Lawrence’s most powerful residents have a friendship that’s taken a visible, front-row seat this basketball season.
School speed zone up for review Monday
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
The city’s Traffic Safety Commission will consider making changes to the speed limit near 15th Street and Engel Road at its monthly meeting Monday.
Library to open late on Monday
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence Public Library will open at 10:30 a.m. instead of 9 a.m. Monday.
Jayhawks celebrate title win
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
Bill Self snipped the last four strands of net and forcibly tore the twine from the rim, putting the finishing touches on a joyous celebration Saturday afternoon in Allen Fieldhouse.
Keegan: Durant at best in best
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
A holy man doesn’t walk into St. Peter’s Basilica and start sinning. Tiger Woods doesn’t shank shots at Augusta. Pavarotti doesn’t hit a flat note inside Carnegie Hall.
Sunni family slain after threats for its ‘reconciliation’ efforts
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
Gunmen rounded up a Sunni family that had received death threats for joining U.S.-organized talks with local Shiites, hauling away the men and boys and killing all six Saturday as suspected insurgents expanded a campaign of fear against opponents.
KU tennis team tops ISU
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University women’s tennis team won five of six singles matches and swept all three doubles contests to earn a 6-1 victory Saturday against host Iowa State.
Better ways to crunch retirement numbers
March 4, 2007 in print edition on E1
You don’t hear this one every day: Americans are saving too much for retirement! Well, not all Americans, but some.
John Belushi remains influence on music, comedy
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
When a force of nature like John Belushi is lost, 25 years isn’t time enough to ease the grief or erase the laughter.
Voter forum set for candidates
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawrence City Commission and school board candidates will participate Monday in a voter forum.
Hearing loss a blessing and a curse for boomer
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D1
I am absorbed in cocktail party conversation with two married friends when I suddenly realize I can’t hear a word they’re saying.
Educators wary of students’ citations from online encyclopedia
Lawrence school district blocks some interactive Web sites as questions about their usefulness arise
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Comedian Stephen Colbert is a U.S. senator, and Lawrence has a sister city in China, according to, a free encyclopedia that invites anyone to post and edit information about anything.
Papelbon impressive for Red Soxa
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C2
Jonathan Papelbon overpowered the Philadelphia Phillies and looked much better than Scott Kazmir did in his first start since a 2006 shoulder injury.
The Maids’ probes dark power struggles
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
“The Maids,” a dark and obsessive work by Jean Genet currently playing at the University Theatre, dissects the tumultuous relationship between two sisters and the Madame they simultaneously hate, envy and love. The twisted power struggles that drive the story bring the characters together, only to give each of them more ammunition with which to drive the others away.
Lawrence Datebook
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
Old piano is professor’s forte
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B5
Janice Wenger wants people to hear what Beethoven heard.
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D6
For Sunday, March 4, 2007:
Minerals spring to fore in makeup
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D1
Natural equals Good. Synthetic equals Bad. That’s the general consensus these days. As Americans become more health- and environment-conscious, their desire for natural living is driving businesses to offer less-processed products.
Zumba zoom!
Latest exercise craze shakes up workouts
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D1
Wth salsa music pumping and whistles blaring in the background, instructor Katy Parker starts twisting her hips. It’s not long before 30 pairs of shoulders are shimmying along with her to the rhythm.
On the spot weather
Storm Hawk keeps eye on conditions with GPS and radar
March 4, 2007 in print edition on E1
Bonnie was talking about the strange weather she’d just been through in Iowa City.
Ladies take charge for home-building
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Alice McKinzie drove 2 1/2 hours to work in biting cold temperatures, only because she’s a woman.
Cigar festival draws aficionados to Cuba
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
For some Americans, Cuba’s annual cigar festival is an enticing, forbidden fruit for which they risk hefty fines for violating the U.S. ban on travel to the island.
Catfish nabs scientist’s foot
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B8
True to its species’ reputation, a 30-pound flathead catfish roaming the bottom of a southeast Kansas river saw Curtis Schmidt’s foot - and promptly chomped. And didn’t let go until Schmidt hopped ashore.
Police: Tape shows kids smoking marijuana
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
A 17-year-old man was arrested after Fort Worth police searching his Watauga home on a burglary warrant found a videotape that appeared to show someone helping his 2- and 5-year-old nephews smoke marijuana, officials said.
U.S., Brazil launch biofuels trade forum
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A5
The world’s two top ethanol producers - the U.S. and Brazil - announced the creation of an international forum to help turn biofuels into a globally traded commodity, just days before the two countries are expected to sign a separate agreement promoting the industry across the Western Hemisphere.
Bush consoles disaster victims
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
President Bush handed out hugs to residents who survived killer tornadoes that ripped through Alabama and Georgia and offered encouraging words Saturday at Enterprise High School where students grieved the loss of eight classmates.
Businesses labor to squelch e-mail urban legends
Myths, rumors can circulate for years
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
Ever get one of those e-mails purporting that Starbucks doesn’t support U.S. soldiers, or that Coca-Cola has randomly chosen you for a cash prize? How about the tale that there’s pig fat in McDonald’s soft-serve ice cream?
Iraqi leader says Cabinet shake-up coming in two weeks
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A4
Iraq’s prime minister said Saturday he will reshuffle his Cabinet within two weeks and pursue criminal charges against political figures linked to extremists as a sign of his government’s resolve to restore stability during the U.S.-led security crackdown in Baghdad.
Presidential candidates woo young but unreliable voters
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A8
Young people bring energy, passion, creativity and technical wizardry to the presidential campaign - everything, it seems, except impact on Election Day.
Judge orders newspapers to remove story from Web sites
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B4
A judge has ordered two Kansas City newspapers to remove articles about an area utility from their Web sites and temporarily barred the papers from publishing the story.
People in the news
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Elizabeth Hurley marries businessman at castle ¢ Comedy festival names Colbert person of the year ¢ Everett leads parade at Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Students retell tornado’s deadly assault on school
Eight were killed during storms
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A9
In the science wing at Enterprise High School, students huddled in the protection of an interior hallway, joking around, thinking about how hungry they were and hoping they would get a half-day off.
Third rivalry loss tough to stomach for LHS
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C4
The first two losses to Free State High were tough enough for the Lawrence High girls basketball team.
Body parts mistakenly delivered to home
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two packages containing human body parts - including a liver and part of a head - meant for a medical research lab instead were delivered to a home.
New paddlefish rules in effect March 15
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C10
New rules will be in effect for the Kansas paddlefish season (March 15 to May 15).
Wissel earns NCAA spot
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
Kansas University’s Colby Wissel ran a career-best 7 minutes, 53.08 seconds in the men’s 3,000 meters Saturday at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., to qualify automatically for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Grand slams key KU sweep
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University softball team swung hot bats in both games of Saturday’s doubleheader at the Great Western Downtown Plaza Classic, scoring a combined 17 runs in a sweep of North Texas at the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex.
Bucs stock up on quarterbacks
Tampa Bay signs free-agent Garcia, trades for Plummer
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C2
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free-agent quarterback Jeff Garcia and potentially nabbed even more competition for incumbent starter Chris Simms by obtaining the rights to Jake Plummer from Denver on Saturday.
Only the best
Americans should be united in their disgust of squalid housing conditions for some wounded soldiers receiving outpatient treatment at a respected Army hospital.
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
It’s sometimes hard to understand Americans’ repeated assurance that even if they disagree with United States policy in Iraq, they still support America’s troops.
Kansas curiosity marks 100th year
Garden of Eden was one man’s paradise
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
The small north-central Kansas town of Lucas has a one-of-a-kind garden that attracts 10,000 people a year.
Desperation may inspire new progress in Iraq
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
The Bush administration is tossing babies off the Iraq sled as the wolves of disintegration creep closer. Desperation runs through the flurry of initiatives that the White House and State Department have breathlessly wheeled out to deal with Iraq’s war in recent weeks.
Skygazers worldwide watch first total lunar eclipse in 3 years
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A10
The moon darkened, reddened, and turned shades of gray and orange Saturday night during the first total lunar eclipse in nearly three years, thrilling stargazers and astronomers around the world.
20 percent rise in U.S. emissions projected
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
By 2020, the United States will emit almost one-fifth more gases that lead to global warming than it did in 2000, increasing the risks of drought and scarce water supplies.
Award-winning metalsmith to visit KU
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D2
Robert Ebendorf, master metalsmith and graduate of Kansas University’s design department, will return to his alma mater this week to participate in a professional practice series.
Leaders pledge to fight Muslim sectarian strife
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Following their first official talks in Saudi Arabia, the Iranian and Saudi leaders on Saturday pledged to fight the spread of sectarian strife in the Middle East, which they said was the biggest danger facing the region.
Dentist addresses restorative academy
March 4, 2007 in print edition on E1
Dr. Jim Otten, Lawrence, presented “Optimal Material Choices in Exquisite Restorative Care” during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry in Chicago.
Police break up leftists’ opposition protest
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Police clubbed protesters and dragged them into waiting buses on Saturday in response to a defiant demonstration against the Kremlin in the heart of President Vladimir Putin’s hometown.
Free State boys reward coach’s faith
Firebirds finish second in team race; Burnside top city girl with eighth-place finish
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C4
Not even the Lawrence fire marshal was going to keep the Free State High bowling team from giving its hometown crowd a good showing in the Kansas state bowling tournament Saturday at Royal Crest Lanes.
Bunny Hunt scheduled
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C10
Kansas Bowhunters Association will conduct a Bunny Hunt next weekend at Cheyenne Bottoms north of Great Bend.
Final cost
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: What plan does the Bush leadership have for winning the war in Iraq? After more than four years, 3,100 deaths and thousands seriously wounded and maimed, is victory in sight?
Tribe revokes membership for freed slaves’ descendants
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Cherokee Nation members voted Saturday to revoke the tribal citizenship of an estimated 2,800 descendants of the people the Cherokee once owned as slaves.
Cow antibiotic poses risk for people
FDA near approval of drug, despite warnings of potential danger to humans
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A7
The government is on track to approve a new antibiotic to treat a pneumonia-like disease in cattle, despite warnings from health groups and a majority of the agency’s own expert advisers that the decision will be dangerous - for people.
European anarchists flock to join rioters
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A3
Anarchists from across northern Europe flocked to join protesters in the Danish capital on Saturday after two nights of riots sparked by the eviction of squatters from an abandoned building that had been a center for young leftists and punk rockers.
Permits required for harvesting hay
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
Anyone interested in harvesting hay near public rights of way close to Kansas highways has to get permits from the Kansas Department of Transportation.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
From the Lawrence Daily World for March 4, 1907: “A ‘farmer’ party at the Fraternal Aid Hall, given by the junior class at the university, was deemed a very successful affair.
Kindergarten roundups begin around city
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B3
Calling all kindergartners: Lawrence public schools are looking for you.
Lucky’ controversy
Award-winning author might have last word
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D3
Susan Patron is the kind of reader who really lives books: She jokes that years before she came to work in the Los Angeles Public Library system she spent almost all of her free time in its branches.
Sosa back in swing of things
Slugger collects first hit of spring as Rangers rock Royals’ Perez
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C3
Sammy Sosa got his first hit of spring training, and Kenny Lofton and Ian Kinsler each had a run-scoring double to help the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals, 8-5, on Saturday.
Driver hits car, store in accident
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
A car crashed into a Lawrence grocery store Saturday after causing another accident, Lawrence police said.
Oread Books announces book signing
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D2
Roderick Townley, author of the just-published young adult novel “The Red Thread: A Novel in Three Incarnations,” will give a lecture and reading, and sign books in an appearance from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 13 at Oread Books, Kansas University.
On the record
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
Big 12 champs!
1,900 wins, plus No. 1 seed in OKC
March 4, 2007 in print edition on A1
Jayhawk fans have a lot to be proud of after Kansas University’s 90-86 win over Texas on Saturday. The victory marks the team’s 1,900th all-time victory and makes them outright Big 12 regular season champs this year.
Money woes curb ‘inconvenient’ candidates
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
In the 1920s, the Brooklyn Dodgers finished in sixth place seven times in eight years. Late in that unfortunate period, a droll sportswriter, noting the team’s listless play, wrote, “Overconfidence may yet cost Brooklyn sixth place.”
Sad comment
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B7
To the editor: Some of us paying attention to the City Commission race have noticed that several yard signs for a certain commissioner up for re-election have been removed or destroyed - and not by “mischievous” children.
Kansas basketball notebook
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C7
Kevin Durant, who is just 18 years old, has quite a presence about him.
Durant had to ‘suck it up’
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C6
Kevin Durant returned from the locker room in the second half with a slight limp - and received a standing ovation in Allen Fieldhouse.
KU alumnus to give tuba performance
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D2
Jess Lightner, a tubist with the U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Brass and a native of Garden City, will perform March 12 at Kansas University.
KSU wins finale, looks to avoid return home
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C5
No offense to the home fans, but Cartier Martin really doesn’t want to play in Bramlage Coliseum again.
Seminars to address climate change
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
Kansas University’s Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets will be taking part in a two-year study of the polar ice caps and their effects on the global climate.
Old Home Town - 40 years ago
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
The Kansas Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee killed the proposed fair housing bill by an 8-3 vote, which had been taken by secret ballot.
Time has come for reforms
Senate approves bill addressing donation reports
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B1
Lawmakers may actually approve campaign finance reforms this session.
March 4, 2007 in print edition on E1
Douglas County residents or businesses filing for bankruptcy protection for the week ended Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the District of Kansas, according to court records:
A&M center shows off
Mom watches as Aggie sets career mark
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C5
Antanas Kavaliauskas’ mother traveled more than 5,000 miles from Lithuania to see him play college basketball for the first time.
Big Brothers Big Sisters raises more than $95K
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B2
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County recently put on its most successful fundraising event.
Divided vote
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: More stories than election results were there for the reading in the Feb. 28 Journal-World. True, “newcomers lead the pack,” but far more significant is where they led.
Poet’s Showcase
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D3
Promises - By Judith Bader Jones
Study: Some rural counties gaining full-time workers
March 4, 2007 in print edition on B4
More than a dozen rural Kansas counties have seen increases in the number of residents with full-time jobs even as their overall populations have declined, according to a new Wichita State University study.
Takeover mode’ hits Chalmers
Kansas guards ‘terrific’
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C6
The best way to sum up Mario Chalmers’ relationship with the three-point shot during the Jayhawks’ 16-game Big 12 Conference schedule is that of a true labor of love. For Russell Robinson, it was merely a flirtation.
March 4, 2007 in print edition on D3
Huskies’ defense, post play overwhelm UCLA
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C8
Jon Brockman couldn’t stop complimenting UCLA, from its bevy of talented weapons to the Bruins’ suffocating defense.
Third time, Firebirds charmed
Free State completes season sweep of LHS, earns repeat trip to state
March 4, 2007 in print edition on C1
The Free State High student section enveloped the FSHS girls basketball team as the players held their Class 6A sub-state tournament hardware.