Archive for Monday, March 5, 2007

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Audio clips
On the street
Photo galleries
KU baseball vs. Western Illinois Atlantic crossing Pilot Club Antique Show and Sale
What's your favorite way to communicate with friends?

Poll results

Response Percent
Face-to-face visit
MySpace or similar Web site
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When you look back 10 years from now on Saturday's memorable Kansas-Texas game, what will stick out first?

Poll results

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Kevin Durant’s 25-point first half
Kansas’ 17-4 run to open the second half
Julian Wright’s late block of D.J. Augustin
The cutting of the nets afterwards
Kansas’ late missed free throws
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All stories

Kansas Jayhawk Julian Wright honored today
March 5, 2007
KU sophomore Julian Wright has earned First Team All-Big 12 honors in both major polls, today. Julian is the only Jayhawk to do so.
Jayhawks ready for tournament play
March 5, 2007
With 31 games in the books, the Jayhawks pulled off an impressive 27-4 record to earn them the Big 12 title, but now it’s tournament time and the Jayhawks look to extend their winning ways.
Development could be coming to a vacant lot in East Lawrence
March 5, 2007
County Commissioners reached agreement today with ‘tenants to homeowners’ to add new homes to a county-owned lot in the 1100 block of Rhode Island Street.
Lawrence Police Department accepting applications for the 18th Citizen’s Academy
March 5, 2007
You’ve seen the crime shows on TV, now’s your chance to find out what life is really like for the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday.
Lawrence’s top leader is in line for a pay increase
March 5, 2007
Lawrence City Manager David Corliss is set to receive a 4% raise at tomorrow night’s city commission meeting.
Mumps are back in Douglas County
March 5, 2007
Two new cases of mumps have been reported. A KU spokesman confirms the 22 and 23-year-old individuals are KU students. With Spring Break right around the corner, health officials say they want to get the word out now about what people should do if they think they have mumps - and what they can do to avoid it.
Lawrence voters get their first chance to hear from candidates running in the local elections
March 5, 2007
A candidate forum tonight at the library drew a standing room only crowd as Lawrence voters got their first chance to hear from the City Commission and School Board candidates running in the general election.
Four weeks of fresh food does a body good for Lawrence resident
March 5, 2007
Four weeks of fresh food does a body good - at least that’s the way it worked for 29-year-old Daniel Fisher. On January 25th the self-proclaimed fast food junkie began participating in a very local experiment.
Kevin Durant lived up to his big billing at Allen Fieldhouse
March 5, 2007
Kevin Durant, the most talked about player in the country, came in to Allen Fieldhouse with a lot of pressure on his back - and he responded with 25 amazing first half points finishing with 32 points.
Representatives from KU Medical Center visit the state capitol today
March 5, 2007
Representatives from the KU Medical Center were at the Capitol today - one week after a controversial suggestion to sell the hospital.
Big changes in some of the top positions in the Lawrence School District
March 5, 2007
Superintendent Randy Weseman announces a restructuring plan today - effective at the start of the 2007-2008 school year.
Douglas County administrator receives a 4% raise today
March 5, 2007
Douglas County Commissioners say they think Craig Weinaug is doing a good job of guiding the county through the implementation of rural development and subdivision regulations and rewarded him with a 4% pay raise.
Kidcast for March 5th, 2007
March 5, 2007
A bit of weather history, brought to you by a local youth.
Local businessman is bringing a favorite pastime to troops in the Middle East
March 5, 2007
Upon hearing that some troops overseas spend their downtime hitting golf balls, Kyle Taylor, one of the owners of Golf USA, collected 2500 clubs and over 12,000 balls to send abroad.
Police continue to look for man who accosted 4 women at gunpoint
March 5, 2007
Early Saturday morning, a man wearing a ski mask and armed with a handgun somehow was able to get into an apartment at The Hawker.
Are MySpace, Facebook, texting deleting ‘real’ human interaction?
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
In the small town of Tonganoxie, there’s usually a customer or two hanging out at Shilling’s electric-supply shop.
Communication is changing with the times
March 5, 2007
It’s hard to throw a party, break up with your boyfriend, or fail a class these days on the KU campus without it being reflected on the popular website It’s just one sign of the changing face of communication.
Mumps cases reported in Douglas County
March 5, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, after a months-long quite period mumps are back in Douglas county and restructuring is taking place at the Lawrence school district’s administrative level.
Wright named Big 12 Co-Player of the Week
March 5, 2007
Thanks to a double-double average over two games in the past week, Kansas University sophomore forward Julian Wright was named the Big 12 co-Player of the Week today, sharing honors with Texas freshman Kevin Durant. Wright is the only Jayhawk to earn either the Player of the Week or Rookie of the Week honors this season, doing so for the second time. He was first named POW on Nov. 27.
Weinaug receives 4 percent raise
Has been working for Douglas County 15 years
March 5, 2007
Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug received a 4 percent compensation increase today from Douglas County commissioners.
No ‘I’ in Free State
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Ask Chuck Law how he feels about coaching the Free State High boys basketball team to the state tournament in his first official season and you won’t even come close to hearing the word “I.”
Hispanic group sets immigration forum
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B4
A local Hispanic organization has plans to hold a community forum with a group that promotes reporting illegal immigrants.
Kansas right at home
A month later, KU baseball wins home opener
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Finally! Nearly a month after Kansas University’s baseball squad was scheduled to play its original home opener, the Jayhawks finally took the field at Hoglund Ballpark on Sunday - in a doubleheader against Western Illinois.
Bollywood swinging bridges culture gap
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
An Indian boy with a suitcase and an “I love NY” T-shirt stumbles onstage, grinning at the New York skyline and the chic Indian-American girls strolling by.
Winner of Nobel Prize to give science lecture
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
World-renowned physicist Sheldon Glashow will speak Friday at Kansas University.
By Nancy San Martin
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Three murdered Salvadoran legislators. Four cops, suspected in the killings, themselves shot to death in a maximum security prison. Broken government agencies. And more questions than answers.
Girls in driver’s seat
Mattel pairs racers, dolls in new line
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
They’re small, fast and made for racing. But they also are pink or purple and sparkly, and come with a tiny doll.
Campaign lie damages Allen
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
In the words of Hollywood mogul David Geffen, “Everybody in politics lies.” But when some politicians tell lies that damage a person’s character in the eyes of voters and ultimately lead to his defeat, those are damnable lies that need to be corrected.
States, utilities building wave for renewable energy
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B3
They may not have been tidal waves, but there certainly were ripples last week on the energy-development front.
Sorrentino: Harrison unflappable in clutch
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
With 35 seconds left in Saturday’s Class 6A girls sub-state championship game, I asked myself: If Lawrence High brought a massive circus to the Olathe Northwest gym with the intent of breaking Kelsey Harrison’s concentration at the foul line, would it actually work?
Cheap shot? That just depends
Hansbrough was bloodied up at the end of the Duke-UNC game, but was it an intentional foul?
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C2
If you’re a Duke fan, the forearm with which your Gerald Henderson decked North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough was: (A) a nudge; (B) an accident; (C) a blatant offensive foul on Hansbrough.
Candidates Obama, Clinton extol city’s civil rights legacy
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., describing himself as “the offspring of the movement,” paid homage Sunday to the civil rights protesters whose violent beatings here at the hands of state troopers and sheriff’s deputies 42 years ago sparked national outrage and led to legislation ensuring the voting rights of African Americans throughout the South.
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
Events calendar
March 5, 2007 in print edition on D2
KU softball tumbles, 1-0
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Kansas University softball team lost a 1-0 decision to Great Western Downtown Plaza Classic host Tulsa on Sunday and finished second in the tourney.
Lawrence Datebook
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
March 5, 2007
North Korea: Secrecy and dictatorship on film
March 5, 2007 in print edition on D1
“Explorer” (8 p.m., National Geographic) correspondent Lisa Ling goes “Inside North Korea” for a hidden-camera glance at the world’s most secretive dictatorship.
Tax abatement to be considered
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
City commissioners will consider giving a 10-year, 55 percent tax abatement to API Foils for an expansion of its plant at the East Hills Business Park.
Sosa slugs HR off K.C. pitching
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C8
Sammy Sosa hit his first home run of spring training and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 on Sunday.
U.S., Iraqi forces enter Shiite stronghold of Sadr City
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
U.S. and Iraqi troops poured into Baghdad’s main Shiite militia stronghold Sunday, encountering no resistance in the one-time Sadr City combat zones but testing the Shiites’ commitment to the U.S.-promoted campaign to drive militants from the capital.
Vilsack exit signals notable political shift
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
My guess is that the withdrawal of former Gov. Tom Vilsack from the presidential race made no impression whatsoever on you. It may be that the abbreviated presidential campaign of Vilsack made no impression whatsoever on the 2008 race.
Huggins lone winner among conference’s new coaches
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C4
At the end of a Big 12 Conference regular season brimming with story lines and intriguing subplots, Kansas University (27-4 overall, 14-2 Big 12) finished one game in front of No. 8 Texas A&M (25-5, 13-3) and two in front of Kevin Durant and the Texas (22-8, 12-4).
Rookies in a race
Roy, Bargnani best bets to bag award
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C5
All of a sudden, it’s a race. Not at the bottom of each conference’s playoff standings, but in the Rookie of the Year standings. At the start of the season, Brandon Roy’s injury problems and a lack of playing time for Andrea Bargnani and Randy Foye left Adam Morrison looking like the default winner of the award.
Economy’ the buzz word for election, for now
City candidates may try to push other ‘hot-button’ issues
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
All that’s missing thus far from the race for three seats on the Lawrence City Commission is Democratic strategist James Carville and his famous 1992 phrase: “It’s the economy, stupid.”
Bill would help fund cleanup at crime scenes
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
It’s not cheap to clean up the scene of a violent crime or a traumatic event, but someone has to pay for it.
Apartment invasion scares students
Armed intruder enters women’s residence at The Hawker
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Residents of The Hawker apartment complex are feeling a little less safe after a reported home invasion in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Best way to discuss job change
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
J.T. and Dale Talk Jobs.
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 5, 2007
Energy industry in doldrums
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B7
Modern American capitalism is the world’s envy of growth. It successfully harnesses the human drive for competitiveness with the human need to create and innovate.
Brewers’ Hall learning on fly
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C8
It’s hard to find Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Bill Hall.
After-school programs in need of assistants
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Lawrence After School Programs are seeking volunteers for several elementary schools to tutor students or assist with homework. Volunteers are needed from now until the end of the school year in May. Hours for the after-school programs are from 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on all days of the week.
Oakland’s Crosby improving after injury
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C8
Oakland Athletics shortstop Bobby Crosby faced live pitching Sunday for the first time this spring and showed no lingering effects from the back injury that sidelined him for the final two months last season.
Jackson, Pippen discuss comeback
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C5
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he has talked to 41-year-old Scottie Pippen about making a comeback with the team.
Police arrest dozens in third night of unrest
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Copenhagen police arrested dozens of people early Sunday in a third straight day of unrest triggered by the eviction of squatters from a disputed youth center.
Unpaid federal taxes possible pot of gold
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A4
Think of the uses of $300 billion, the annual gap between what taxpayers owe and what they pay.
China says it will boost spending on military
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
China will boost military spending by 17.8 percent this year, a spokesman for the national legislature said Sunday, continuing more than a decade of double-digit annual increases that have raised concerns among the United States and China’s neighbors.
Last suspect in armed dognapping arrested
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Four purebred Yorkshire terriers stolen at gunpoint during a home-invasion robbery more than a week ago were returned to their owners after a man turned himself in to police.
Afghan bombing, shooting spark riot
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
A suicide bombing aimed at an American military convoy triggered a chaotic round of gunfire on a busy highway in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, leaving at least eight civilians dead and about three dozen others wounded, officials said.
Senators vow action in Walter Reed scandal
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
They want more than a bandage. Lawmakers promised a quick response and sought an independent commission as they expressed outrage Sunday over the poor conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Come sail away
Lawrence couple relishes Atlantic crossing
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C6
Lon Akerberg claims a sailing background that predates him by generations.
Suspect in wife’s killing arrested in wilderness
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Wearing neither coat nor shoes, a fugitive suspected of killing and dismembering his wife was found hiding under a fallen tree Sunday in a snowbound state park after a bitterly cold night on the run, authorities said.
Customer service employee retiring
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
Coleen Good has announced her retirement after 22 years at CEK Insurance, Lawrence.
Like a good wine, fine chocolates carry a certain pedigree
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
Call it chocolate with a pedigree. Like a good Bordeaux or Chianti, some chocolate comes from a particular place - the Indonesian island of Java or Venezuela’s Sur del Lago, for example.
Contractor Exchange now available online
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
Lawrence resident Paul Veerkamp, of, announces the establishment of Contractor Exchange, an online service designed to connect building contractors and subcontractors.
Ahman Green heading to Houston
Former Packers RB agrees to terms with Texans
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C2
The Houston Texans agreed to terms with free agent running back Ahman Green on Sunday.
Last Yugoslavian king may be returned home
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Yugoslavia’s last monarch, exiled from his homeland during World War II, ended up in a tomb inside an ornately decorated church outside Chicago, a place that still attracts his loyal followers.
Nudists shed clothes, pounds at gym
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
A dozen middle-age and elderly men were game enough for a Dutch gym’s invitation to work out nude. But they were vastly outnumbered by the dozens of journalists watching them lift, row and cycle in the buff.
Air ambulance called after motorcycle crash
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
A 63-year-old man was taken by Life Star helicopter to Kansas University Medical Center on Sunday evening.
Good investment
A relatively modest tax abatement proposal could pay strong dividends for Lawrence.
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
A tax abatement request from API Foils seems like a good opportunity for Lawrence to support the expansion of a business that already has proven itself as a good local employer.
Photographer wins national award
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
Robbin Loomas, of Sterling Image Photography in Lawrence, earned a Bronze Level Photographer of the Year Award from Professional Photographers of America during the organization’s annual convention in January in San Antonio, Texas.
National Geographic magazine to feature Flint Hills story
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B8
The beauty of the central Kansas’ Flint Hills will be getting some national attention later this month.
Starbucks chairman laments lost ‘romance’
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
Starbucks has lost its soul and does not know where to find it.
Taps turned off critical water projects
Aid sanctions create problems for Palestinians dependent on U.S.
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
One slip, and Issa Abu Shakr’s 5-year-old nephew plunged into the fetid stream of sewage that flows outside the family’s West Bank home.
Hogs’ revs up record opening for Disney
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
The biker buddy comedy “Wild Hogs” and its ensemble cast of John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and Tim Allen was the weekend box office champ with a $38 million take, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Body of teenager who killed 5 in Utah buried
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
The teenager who killed five people in a Utah shopping mall and died in a police shootout was buried Saturday in his native village in eastern Bosnia.
Time for change?
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Shame on Lawrence. For a city that fancies itself as “cutting edge” politically, 14 percent voter turnout is beyond pathetic. It’s disgraceful.
People in the news
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ Restaurant flies feast across Atlantic for West ¢ Jackson arrives in Japan for public appeareances ¢ Smith’s grave becomes big tourist attraction
Conference honors six Jayhawks
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Kansas University sophomores Brandon Rush and Julian Wright, the Big 12’s co-Preseason Players of the Year, have been tapped first-team all conference in a vote of league coaches.
Gun concern
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: In the aftermath of the concealed carry weapon law passing, it’s great to see we’re all standing. Kansans seem content to continue using words to settle disputes rather than draw and fire. It’s unsure whether Kansas is now a safer place, although one TV news station did a blurb on a concealed carrier in Topeka who was able to foil an armed robber.
Free State squads to face familiar opponents in Emporia
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C3
The Free State High boys basketball team will see familiar faces when it treks to Emporia this week for the Class 6A state basketball tournament.
Smoking effects
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Congratulations to Chuck Magerl and his fellow public-spirited Lawrence bar and restaurant owners who recently testified in Topeka against a proposed statewide ban on smoking in public places.
NAACP president resigns after 19 months
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A3
NAACP President Bruce S. Gordon said Sunday he is leaving the civil rights organization after just 19 months at the helm, citing clashes with board members over management style and the organization’s mission as the reasons.
Arabs to relaunch peace offer with Israel
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Arabs will relaunch a 2002 land-for-peace offer in an effort to end the decades-long conflict with Israel at a summit later this month, but without changes Israel has been pushing, the Arab League’s Secretary-General said Sunday.
Keegan: Kansas’ secret weapon
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
Somewhere on some night at some stage of the NCAA Tournament, a player listed way down on some team’s stat sheet will do something that brands him an unlikely March hero for the rest of his life.
NCAA backtracks on rules
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C1
The NCAA screwed up. That’s what Football Rules Committee chair Michael Clark bluntly admitted last month, when the committee went back to the drawing board and released new rules that likely will go into effect for this fall’s college football season.
Helpful hints for roomate success
March 5, 2007 in print edition on D1
Thinking ahead to summer subleases and new living plans in the fall? To make a roommate arrangement work, “it has to be handled like any other business transaction,” says Sylvia Bergthold, who wrote a book on the subject. She and other experts recommend:
Bloody finale for UNC, Duke
Heels win; Devils’ Henderson suspended for foul
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C5
Blood poured from his nose and onto his lip, chin and the court. The latest bruised face of college basketball’s nastiest rivalry belongs to North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough.
Affordable housing lease to be considered
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Douglas County commissioners today will consider leasing lots the county owns in the 1100 block of Rhode Island Street to Tenants to Homeowners Inc.
Former Mo. senator, VP candidate Eagleton dies at 77
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A4
Former U.S. Sen. Thomas Eagleton, who resigned as a vice presidential nominee in 1972 after it was revealed he had been hospitalized for depression, died Sunday, according to the office of Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Money tip
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
A jury-duty scam has duped civic-minded citizens into releasing their Social Security numbers and other information, according to the FBI.
Seminar to address safety inspections
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A8
Steve Zink, director of the Division of Industrial Safety and Health at the Kansas Department of Labor, will present an employer seminar, “How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection and Kansas Safety,” from 8:30 a.m. to about 10:30 a.m. March 21 at the Lawrence Workforce Center, 2540 Iowa, suite R.
Rec calendar
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C6
Former leader’s war crimes trial to start
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A6
Ramush Haradinaj, who was once a nightclub bouncer and martial arts expert and rose to become a guerrilla chieftain and Kosovo’s prime minister, faces trial in which he is accused of mounting an ethnic cleansing campaign against Serbs.
Ibuprofen beats 2 other painkillers in children’s study
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A1
Deciding which medicine to give a child in pain just got easier: The first head-to-head study of three common painkillers found that ibuprofen works best, at least for kids with broken bones, bruises and sprains.
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B5
On the record
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B2
Laces wild
Shoes dangling from power lines in Lawrence probably represent harmless college pranks
March 5, 2007 in print edition on D1
The white Adio tennis shoes, size 9 1/2, stood no chance of making it to a Dumpster. One night, when Alex Busche decided the shoes were finally worn out, he tied their laces together, walked to the sidewalk outside his apartment at 14th and Tennessee and heaved them skyward. On the first try, the shoelaces settled on top of the power line. Score.
Capitol Briefing
News from the Kansas Statehouse
March 5, 2007 in print edition on A7
¢ Morris issues travel report ¢ Sebelius: Bush undeterred ¢ On second thought ¢ Water wars
Japanese denial of WWII military brothels shocks former professor
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Even after 62 years, Grant Goodman, a retired Kansas University history professor, still is involved in a World War II-era Japanese dispute.
Early retirement program grows costlier for district
As more teachers opt to take benefit, price tag has risen above $1M a year
March 5, 2007
For more than three decades, thousands of children have benefited from Susan Ralston’s keen auditory sense.
Pump patrol
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
Patrol seeks fuel deals
Irrigation takes heat for water loss
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B1
When Robin Bailey wanted to escape the Denver suburbs, she bought a 160-acre alfalfa farm in northwest Kansas and fell in love with a pair of creeks that raced through the property. Two ponds she added later were just another bonus.
Old treasures find new homes at Pilot Club antiques show
March 5, 2007 in print edition on B4
For one weekend, a building at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds was turned into an Old World bazaar, with knickknacks and glass goods spread on tables throughout the building.
Detroit’s Rogers has strong start; Mariners turn triple play
March 5, 2007 in print edition on C8
Kenny Rogers, the much-maligned left-hander who pitched 23 straight scoreless innings in the 2006 postseason, gave up two runs - one earned - and three hits for Detroit in a 7-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Winter Haven, Fla.