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Free State boys knocked out of tournament
March 9, 2007
The BV West Jaguars knocked the Free State Firebirds out of the Boys 6A State Tournament with a final score of 52-41.
President Bush is on a seven-day trip to Latin America
March 9, 2007
Today, President Bush is in Brazil, where he and Brazil’s president highlighted a planned ethanol deal.
KU leadership group is in favor of proposed Domestic Partner Registry
March 9, 2007
The 57 member University Senate voted unanimously at its March 1st meeting to support the idea of a Domestic Partnership Registry.
Bar and nightclub owners could need a new license to do business in Lawrence
March 9, 2007
City Commissioners will discuss whether to create a new entertainment venue licensing system when they meet next week.
Piper Pirates fall to Monarchs
March 9, 2007
The #3 Piper Pirates were held to just 30 points against the #2 TMP-Hays Monarchs in a losing effort at the State Tournament.
Lady Chieftains fall to Colby Eagles in OT
March 9, 2007
After an amazing season, the Tonganoxie girls basketball team has been eliminated from the state tournament by the Colby Eagles, losing 73-67 in OT.
A simple job turns into a potentially dangerous situation for workers on the Kansas Turnpike
March 9, 2007
KTA crews emptying the trash along I-70 discovered a suspicious looking white powder. The substance forced three people to seek medical treatment and blocked off traffic to a portion of the Lawrence Service Center for hours.
One-vehicle accident leaves driver with head injuries
March 9, 2007
An emergency helicopter took a female victim to a Kansas City area hospital after her car slammed into a brick wall at the Harvard Square Apartments.
School Board to consider major changes to ESL program
March 9, 2007
Instead of operating just two elementary sites where non-English speaking students can attend school - board members will consider increasing that number based on how much they can reasonably accomplish and afford.
Lawrence School District names top teachers for the year
March 9, 2007
Pinckney Kindergarten teacher Lynn Heffley earned the award for elementary teacher of the year while Lawrence High School English teacher Ron Lang won the secondary teacher of the year award.
Free State girls eliminated by #1 Wichita Heights
March 9, 2007
The season is over for the Free State girl’s basketball team after a 73-49 loss to the Wichita Heights Falcons in the 6A Girls State Basketball Tournament.
Lawrence Police searching for two men in connection with recent dorm room crime
March 9, 2007
Lawrence Police are asking for your help in identifying two men that may have information about a recent string of dorm room break-ins at KU.
Jayhawks use big second half to top OU in Big 12 tourney
March 9, 2007
After a stagnant first period, an inspired Jayhawk’s squad held off the Oklahoma Sooners in route to a 64-47 victory in the Big 12 Tournament.
Hundreds of runners expected to shuffle their way into an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration
March 9, 2007
This weekend the Annual Shamrock Shuffle takes place on the Kansas River Levee in North Lawrence.
A landmark piece of artwork at Haskell is damaged
March 9, 2007
Witnesses say the ‘War Mother Memorial’ bronze statue was pushed off its base and onto the ground this afternoon, causing an estimated $16,000 in damage.
Art a la Carte
March 9, 2007
Andre De Shields - a Broadway actor, singer, writer, composer, lyricist, choreographer, director and educator - is on the Kansas University campus this weekend to work with students and talk to the public.
Final: Free State loses to Blue Valley West, 52-41
Semifinals of Class 6A state tournament
08:04 p.m., March 9, 2007 Updated 09:16 p.m.
The Free State High boys basketball team (12-11) takes on Blue Valley West (16-7) in the semifinals of the Class 6A state tournament in Emporia. The winner will advance to tomorrow’s state championship game in White Auditorium.
Extra Minutes: Kansas 64, Oklahoma 47
March 9, 2007
Tying up loose ends from Friday’s 17-point KU romp over Oklahoma in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals. KU made the run thanks in large part to an overwhelming second half in which staunch defense helped the Jayhawks score plenty in transition and held OU to a 4-of-20 showing from the field.
Tonganoxie school administrators suspended
No reasons given by district
March 9, 2007
Tonganoxie High School principal Tatia Shelton and Tonganoxie Middle School assistant principal Darren Neas each were suspended for three days, said school board member Darlyn Hansen. Reasons for the suspensions, which began Thursday and will continue through Monday, were not given.
Teachers of the Year honored
March 9, 2007
In tonight’s 6News and tomorrow’s Lawrence Journal-World, Lawrence school district names its Teachers of the Year, and complete coverage of area high school teams fight for State championships.
Final: Free State loses to Wichita Heights, 73-49
Semifinal of Class 6A state tournament
02:40 p.m., March 9, 2007 Updated 05:05 p.m.
The Free State High girls basketball team (17-6) takes on Wichita Heights (22-1) today at 3 p.m. from White Auditorium in Emporia. The winner will advance to tomorrow’s Class 6A state championship game.
Hazardous material closes entrance to I-70 service area
02:35 p.m., March 9, 2007 Updated 02:53 p.m.
Emergency crews are responding to a hazardous materials spill at the Interstate 70 service station east of Lawrence.
Legislators want assurance Kansas won’t lose medical residents in hospital deal
March 9, 2007
The University of Kansas medical school would have to guarantee that its proposed affiliation with a for-profit, Missouri-based hospital system won’t reduce the number of medical residents at the University of Kansas Hospital under a measure added to the proposed state budget Friday.
KU Med would lose state funding if affiliation goes forward
Budget proviso requires approval from other agencies
March 9, 2007
The proviso states that the KU Medical Center would get no state funding if it affiliates with St. Luke’s unless it also gets majority support from the KU Hospital board, the Kansas Board of Regents, and the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education Board.
Big second half helps KU blast OU, 64-47
March 9, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY - Brandon Rush led all scorers with 16 points, with 13 of those coming in the second half. KU mangled OU in the game’s final 20 minutes, as the Sooners converted just four field goals after halftime. Darrell Arthur added 10 for KU, just days after coming down with a flu bug. The Jayhawks will take on the winner of this afternoon’s Texas Tech/Kansas State game at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon in the Ford Center.
Jawhawk fans at the Big 12 tournament: 15 seconds of . . .
March 9, 2007
Mark Fagan finds out what Jawhawk fans are thinking.
Lawrence public schools name two teachers of the year
March 9, 2007
A Pinkney kindergarten teacher and a Lawrence High School English teacher have been named as the top teachers this year for Lawrence’s public schools.
KU Hospital seeks affiliation freeze
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A1
Kansas University Hospital on Thursday called for a halt to affiliation negotiations between the KU School of Medicine and Missouri-based St. Luke’s Hospital.
Local musicians won’t back down from Petty effort
March 9, 2007 in print edition on D1
Not long ago, Lawrence singer/songwriter Julia Peterson heard a concert by Tom Petty tribute band American Girls in Kansas City.
Brown proud of KU’s Self
Jayhawk coach could earn 100th victory at Kansas today against Sooners
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C1
Still physically fit at age 66, Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown postponed his morning workout a half hour to praise one of his favorite pupils, Bill Self.
Sooners get ready for KU
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C7
Make no mistake about it: Oklahoma University’s basketball team still respects the heck out of Kansas University, even after giving the Jayhawks a scare two weeks ago.
UCLA, Duke take tumbles
Cal stuns No. 4 Bruins; Blue Devils fall to N.C. State
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C4
On the losing end twice against UCLA after owning first-half leads, California nearly let it happen again. This time, the Golden Bears got an extra five minutes and finished off the Bruins.
Sixers making push for playoffs
Turnaround puts Philadelphia in contention
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C5
Joe Smith knows all about the thrill of the No. 1 pick. He was one himself, after all. Here’s something else about No. 1s he wants all those Philadelphia 76ers fans to know: The Sixers don’t intend to select No. 1, No. 2 or any other position available in the draft lottery.
Suspicious package near White House closes area
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
Two blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House were closed for an hour and a half Thursday while authorities investigated a suspicious package found on the presidential grounds.
Young talent makes Royals ‘more positive’
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C8
Since he’s still recovering from shoulder surgery and not yet able to participate fully, Scott Elarton has had time to just sit back and observe. He likes what he sees in the Kansas City Royals’ camp.
House Democrats call for ‘08 withdrawal
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
House Democratic leaders vowed Thursday to pass legislation setting a deadline of Sept. 1, 2008, for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq, a challenge to President Bush’s war policy that drew a blunt veto threat in return.
Jackson says he’s happy with his career
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
Amid a lavish party filled with fans, impersonators, orphans and handicapped children, Michael Jackson said Thursday that he wouldn’t change the path of his career, despite “deliberate attempts to hurt me.”
Old Home Town - 100 years ago
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
Former senators seek common ground
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
It was not nostalgia or the desire for companionship that brought four former Senate leaders together in a meeting room on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning - but rather a sense of alarm at the breakdown in civility and at the fierce partisanship that has infected Congress and blocked action on national priorities.
Pork still tempting Congress
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B7
It’s time for that annual ritual known as March Madness. No, this March Madness isn’t about college basketball. It’s about how much money Congress plans to attach to appropriations bills to curry favor back home with their pet projects.
Lawrence Datebook
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
Rehab finally pays off for KU softball catcher Pottorf
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C3
Two shoulder operations. Two missed softball seasons. Elle Pottorf knows all about low-lows. “My lowest point was probably after my second surgery and it wasn’t any better,” said Pottorf, a red-shirt sophomore catcher for Kansas University. “I thought I’d never be able to play the sport I love and be pain-free.”
Colombian president pleads for aid
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
Facing skeptics in the new Democratic-led U.S. Congress, President Alvaro Uribe pleaded with the American public on Thursday to continue a $700 million annual aid package that he credits for making his violence-tortured nation more peaceful and less corrupt.
New KU buses to comply with federal disability act
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
For the general student body, the buses on the Kansas University campus can be an annoyance. With their tailpipes low to the ground, the buses rumble down Jayhawk Boulevard spitting clouds of diesel exhaust in students’ faces.
Hawk horde
University Archives preserves KU’s extensive legacy
March 9, 2007 in print edition on D1
Rebecca Schulte leads the way through a maze of artifacts. She arrives at a secluded room - formerly a projection booth - and unlocks the door. Behind it, bird-shaped heads, feet and bodies are strewn about like some kind of poultry processing plant.
Madness tips off today for Jayhawks
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A1
Lawrence resident Janice Arneson is relaxing in the first seat of the sixth row of section 118 at the Ford Center, watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers cut their first-half deficit to 30-19 by banking in a running buzzer-beater against Oklahoma State.
Group moves to open Nazi archive
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
Moving more quickly than expected, the 11-nation body overseeing a long-secret archive of Nazi war records set procedures in motion Thursday to open millions of files on concentration camps and their victims before the end of the year.
Realtor earns honor for insurance advice
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C10
Thomas Howe, a Realtor with Reece & Nichols Acres Realty in Lawrence, was recognized at Reece & Nichols Alliance Inc.’s annual awards ceremony in Leawood.
Permit system eyed for tree cutting
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
The way Richard Morantz sees it, you need a city permit to tear down your garage in Lawrence, so maybe you also should need a permit to cut down the big old tree in your backyard.
Baylor takes out Oklahoma
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C7
Courtney Paris had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 11 Oklahoma held off a second-half rally by No. 18 Baylor to win, 78-64.
Tittrington: Laughter Brantley’s medicine
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C3
It’s no secret Free State High senior Jenna Brantley will do just about anything to get a laugh. On Thursday night, she admitted she was the one who needed the giggles.
Commentary: Picking NCAA tourney field has flaws
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C2
The time has come once again to break out the fluffy and extra absorbent crying towels. Those inevitably heartbroken come Sunday evening already are preparing their manifestos of outrage that a tragically flawed system has denied them their rightful destiny.
Gingrich acknowledges extramarital affair during Clinton impeachment
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A5
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was having an extramarital affair even as he led the charge against President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he acknowledged in an interview with a conservative Christian group.
Bronx fire kills woman, 8 children
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
Screams poured from the burning building along with smoke and flames: “Help me! Help me! Please! Please!” Bystanders looked up to see a woman toss two children out the window one at a time to those below.
6,000 protesters await Bush
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
As President Bush flew here aboard Air Force One on Thursday, thousands of protesters shouting “Out Bush!” marched down this city’s main drag, Avenida Paulista.
Comic book-styled ‘300’ a macho epic
March 9, 2007 in print edition on D2
In the cinema, there have always been “films” and “movies.” One speaks to art, the other to pure lost-in-the-popcorn-moment excitement.
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B4
Old Home Town - 25 years ago
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
Dedicated leader
J.D. King set a high standard for other community leaders to emulate.
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
Lawrence lost a special and talented individual with Tuesday’s death of J.D. King. King had been in poor health in recent years, and - as is true in so many cases - it is unfortunate that many newer Lawrence residents did not get to know and see him in action when he was an enthusiastic and effective community leader.
Highly regarded researcher leaving KU
Law school dean’s husband to replace outgoing doctor
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
A star doctor who has helped bring millions of dollars worth of grants to Kansas University’s School of Medicine is leaving.
As enrollment climbs, financial support lags
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
A nationwide study released Thursday suggests that after a decade of dwindling public funding for higher education, the picture could be improving for universities.
Visitor spending on rise
Report: Convention activity fell in ‘06
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C10
Lawrence is gaining popularity among folks from out of town, and the visitors are spending more money before they leave, according to a new report.
Newbies spark Royals
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C8
Alex Gordon and Billy Butler looked like the players the Kansas City Royals hoped they would be - even if only one of them will be on the opening-day roster.
Madison, Wis., named ‘most walkable city’
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A5
With the thermometer hovering at 22, and the wind ripping off a frozen Lake Mendota, Rink DaVee and his brother Jim decided to take a stroll. And why not? After all, according to a recent top 10 list, there’s no better place in the country for walking than the capital city of a state known more for cheese and beer than exercising.
War costs continue to grow
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B7
Disclosures of substandard conditions for wounded veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center represent more than another case of Bush administration incompetence.
City, slain reporter’s family reach settlement
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A5
The city has settled a $20 million lawsuit filed by the family of a veteran New York Times reporter whose beating death raised questions about the city’s emergency medical services, the mayor said Thursday.
Lawyer dismisses plea deal in boys’ abductions
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
An attorney for Michael Devlin, the former pizzeria manager charged with abducting two Missouri boys, dismissed a plea deal Thursday that was expected to include several life sentences, saying his client could do better before a jury.
Fate of oaks concerns LMH neighbors
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B3
Pinckney Neighborhood residents are stepping up their efforts to save several old oak trees that may be cut down as part of Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s expansion project.
Project concern
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I am writing to express passionate opposition to the proposed “Kansas River Expression of Soul Project.”
Kansas fans gear up for tournament
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A8
Lawrence bar owners are confident that the Jayhawks’ appearance in the Big 12 Basketball Tournament will bring more fans to their establishments than the few that showed up to send the team off from Allen Fieldhouse.
Placing blame
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I read with interest the Journal-World’s editorial on Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It seems as if you were laying the blame on the local hospital leadership. Before going too far down that track, perhaps you should read Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution; “The Congress shall have Power - to raise and support Armies. …” The current administration has tried to fight the war in Iraq on the cheap.
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C10
Report fails to find cause of copter crash
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
The cause of a helicopter crash two months ago in southern Douglas County remains a mystery.
Japan to conduct new probe into WWII brothels
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
Under intense pressure from Asia and the United States, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that ruling party lawmakers will conduct a fresh investigation into the Japanese military’s forced sexual slavery of women during World War II.
Bill would allow casinos, lower taxes
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B3
A key state legislator Thursday upped the ante on casino gambling by offering a bill to allow casinos and lower property taxes.
Driver in idling car arrested for DUI
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
The sound of a revving engine attracted the attention of a Lawrence police officer patrolling the 700 block of New Hampshire Street on Wednesday night.
Report slams FBI’s use of Patriot Act
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
A blistering Justice Department report accuses the FBI of underreporting its use of the Patriot Act to force businesses to turn over customer information in terrorism cases, according to officials familiar with its findings.
Parents pay for pulling students out for vacation
District charging for missed school days
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A10
Tired of parents pulling their kids out of school for a ski trip or a visit to Disneyland, the local school system is billing them for the missed class time at $36.13 per day.
Haskell selects president
University’s next leader taught at KU, now in Tennessee
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A1
Haskell Indian Nations University ended a two-month search for a new president when it announced late Thursday that Linda Warner will replace president Karen Swisher, who retired Dec. 31.
At least 10 civilians killed in ambush
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
A rocket-propelled grenade attack on African Union peacekeepers and an ensuing gunbattle killed at least 10 civilians and wounded two peacekeepers in the Somali capital, witnesses and hospital officials said Thursday.
News of the Weird
March 9, 2007 in print edition on D2
In February, two anti-whaling activists (one from Australia, one from Los Angeles), intending to attack a Japanese whaling ship near Antarctica with a bottle of acid and a smoke bomb, got lost in the fog in their small dinghy and were rescued with the help of several boats, including the whaler…
Tall order awaits Free State’s Ballard
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C1
Christian Ballard has been an intimidating force for opposing teams in the Free State High boys basketball team’s three playoff games.
Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C6
Julian Wright and Mario Chalmers scored 18 points apiece, while Sasha Kaun had 11 points and nine rebounds as KU tripped OU, 67-65, on Feb. 26 in Norman, Okla. KU blew a 17-point second-half advantage, but managed to claim the win. Nate Carter had 20 to lead the Sooners.
Panel: Walter Reed issues extend to VA hospitals
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A4
A former Veterans Affairs official said Thursday he warned the department as early as August 2005 of backlogs in the VA benefits claims system but officials instead shelved a program aimed at alleviating delays.
Mayer: ‘Rope’ not frayed by age
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C1
He’s in his upper 80s, still wears his Jayhawk letter jacket with extreme pride and represents virtually all the good things Kansas University and its basketball heritage embody.
Activists: Contraceptive should be in all stores
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A10
Activists are calling on Kroger Co. pharmacies to make the so-called “morning after” pill available at all of their stores after a Georgia woman said she was denied the contraceptive.
U.S., Iraqi forces capture suspects
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A7
U.S. and Iraqi troops captured eight suspected insurgents Thursday in raids north of Baghdad as part of a campaign to prevent insurgents from regrouping outside the city during the ongoing security crackdown.
Knight’s diatribe sparks Texas Tech past Colorado
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C7
After yet another missed block-out, Texas Tech coach Bob Knight called Martin Zeno over to the Red Raiders’ bench in the second half for what Knight initially referred to as “a discussion” before correcting himself.
People in the news
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
¢ ‘American Idol’ axes another 4 contestants, leaves 12 finalists ¢ Former CNN, MSNBC chief to produce CBS newscast ¢ Actor Lane Garrison charged with manslaughter in car crash ¢ Faith Hill, Tim McGraw to return for Soul2Soul tour ¢ Johnny Depp’s ailing 7-year-old daughter ‘much better’
White House OKs Senate oversight of U.S. attorneys
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A4
The Bush administration agreed Thursday not to oppose legislation that would eliminate the attorney general’s power to appoint interim U.S. attorneys without Senate confirmation.
Bench helps Tonganoxie girls survive, advance
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C3
Although Tonganoxie High’s game against Abilene wasn’t the fast-paced meeting that was anticipated in the first-round matchup of the Class 4A girls state basketball tournament, Tonganoxie’s bench still was the key factor in its 45-36 victory.
Fired lawmakers blocked from Congress by police
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
Police surrounded Ecuador’s Congress on Thursday to keep out dozens of lawmakers who were fired a day earlier by four electoral judges the lawmakers had sought to impeach in the latest constitutional crisis for the small Andean nation.
Fall from forklift kills worker at Kansas State
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B5
A construction worker died Wednesday after falling from a forklift at a Kansas State University construction site.
Solomon out at St. Bonaventure
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C4
St. Bonaventure coach Anthony Solomon was dismissed Thursday after a 7-22 season, with his team failing to qualify for the conference tournament during his four years at the school.
British show lost in translation
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A2
Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley of “Absolutely Fabulous” fame team up again in “Clatterford” (8 p.m., BBC America). Written and created by Saunders, “Clatterford” is set in a women’s club in a provincial British town.
KU eyes second net-cutting
Jayhawks want to improve on 2006’s 11â2 titles
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C6
Kansas University’s basketball team won’t be lacking for motivation today, and possibly through the weekend, at the 2007 Big 12 postseason tournament.
Rate buydowns can set home apart
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C10
About Real Estate with David W. Myers.
NFL Briefs
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C2
¢ Ravens acquire McGahee ¢ Rams add tight end ¢ Seahawks release Wistrom ¢ Report: Broncos add Ramsey ¢ Falcons, Horn agree
Clutch as can be
Firebird girls go 20-of-23 at line, join boys at 6A semis
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C1
As Lauren Kimball reached for a steal, she quickly realized she wasn’t going to come up with the basketball with about 10 seconds remaining in overtime - potential trouble.
Magnitude 4.7 quake hits; no injuries reported
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
A light earthquake struck in the mountains of Central California on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of injury or damage.
Insurance official to attend meeting
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C10
The Douglas County Estate Planning Council’s next meeting is set for noon to 1:30 p.m. March 20 at the Lawrence Country Club, 400 Country Club Terrace.
USD buys out Holland’s contract
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C4
Brad Holland’s 13-year run as basketball coach at San Diego ended Thursday when the school bought out the final year of his contract.
EU blocks WTO banana tariffs investigation
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
The European Union blocked a World Trade Organization investigation of its banana tariffs Thursday, temporarily delaying the inevitable reopening of a decade-old dispute with Latin American countries and the United States over claims of unfair trade discrimination.
Hard-liners dominating assembly election
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A6
Hard-liners raced ahead Thursday in an election to decide who will control the Northern Ireland Assembly and hold the key to revived power-sharing in this British territory.
Trucker skips work after claiming half of jackpot
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A5
Georgia’s newest millionaire skipped work Thursday after claiming half the $390 million Mega Millions jackpot, while lottery officials in New Jersey waited for the second winning ticket in the richest lottery in U.S. history to surface.
Fort Riley to lose training advising
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B8
The military plans to move its training of advisers for Afghan and Iraqi security forces from Fort Riley to another Army installation within the next few years, the Kansas post’s commanding general says.
Livingston scheduled for knee surgery
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C5
Los Angeles Clippers guard Shaun Livingston is scheduled to have reconstructive surgery on his left knee Tuesday in Alabama.
Penguins to keep talking
Franchise’s future uncertain after meeting
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C2
The future of the Pittsburgh Penguins remained unsettled Thursday after four hours of discussions resulted in plans for another negotiating session next week.
New U.N. chief urges end of violence against women, girls
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A9
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all nations Thursday to end “the pandemic” of violence against girls and women by working to change cultural practices and attitudes that tolerate beatings, sexual attacks and other abusive acts.
OU guard recovering from flu bug
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C7
Oklahoma senior guard Michael Neal anticipates he’ll be ready to play today when the Sooners take on Kansas University in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals.
Legislature resolving differences on bill limiting funeral picketing
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B5
The House and Senate are moving closer to agreeing on the best way to restrict funeral picketing in the home state of the Rev. Fred Phelps, whose followers protest throughout the nation at services of U.S. troops killed in combat.
Vonage to pay Verizon $58M in patent case
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
Internet phone company Vonage infringed on three patents held by Verizon Communications and must pay $58 million plus possible future royalties to its competitor, a jury said Thursday.
Johnson County agrees to settle with lawyers fired by Kline
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B5
The Johnson County Commission agreed Thursday to have individual grievance hearings for the eight employees District Attorney Phill Kline fired in January.
On the record
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
Murtha support
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: I understand there is a tendency to write about the John Murtha plan as “anti troop” when it is exactly the opposite.
Braves’ Hampton ailing
Cards’ Kinney likely out for year; Jays’ Thomas debuts
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C8
Mike Hampton is hurt again, and this time it has nothing to do with his arm. The Atlanta Braves’ left-hander injured his left side during batting practice and won’t be ready for the start of the regular season.
Iran releases most women detained for peaceful protest; 3 remain jailed
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A9
Iran has released all but three of 31 jailed women’s rights activists, ordering them not to attend a protest to mark International Women’s Day in front of the Iranian parliament, one of the women’s lawyers said Thursday.
Coroner: Boy killed self with senator’s handgun
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A5
A teenager who was found dead with a state senator’s gun by his side committed suicide, according to a county coroner who recommended Thursday that no charges be filed over the death but left open the possibility of lesser charges.
Document may delay power plant
Legal analysis says utility upgrades may violate clean-air rules
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B2
A Kansas City, Kan., utility may be forced to delay construction of a new power plant after a confidential document identifying possible violations of clean-air laws in its other power plants appeared in two Kansas City newspapers.
Sen. Clinton calls for new GI Bill of Rights
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A4
Hillary Rodham Clinton offered a new GI Bill of Rights for men and women in uniform, arguing that Democrats can do a better job of protecting and providing for U.S. troops than the Republican administration.
Study: Big-city murders spike by 10 percent
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A5
The murder rate jumped by more than 10 percent among dozens of large U.S. cities since 2004, a study shows in the latest sign of the end of a national lull in violent crime.
Only 3 in 10 asthmatic children get flu shots
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A10
Children with asthma should get flu shots to protect them, but only 3 in 10 do, U.S. health officials said Thursday.
Celtics’ Szczerbiak has ankle surgery
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C5
Boston Celtics forward Wally Szczerbiak underwent season-ending surgery on his left ankle Thursday. The operation was performed by Dr. Brian McKeon, the team’s physician, the team said.
Police seeking volunteers to learn about officers’ work
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B1
The Lawrence Police Department is seeking volunteers who want to learn more about how officers do their jobs as part of the 18th Citizens Academy.
Energy politics
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Edward Goldberg’s discussion on energy on the March 5 opinion page hits the nail right on the head.
More FSHS students band together for team
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B5
When the Free State High School boys basketball team played in the first round of the Class 6A tournament Wednesday night, some fans noticed the team didn’t get much of a musical boost.
Iraqi government urges displaced to return home
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A7
Every few days, an Iraqi army officer with a thick mustache and a black beret goes on television to deliver a battery of statistics intended to demonstrate the government’s progress in bringing security to the country.
Defense raising Heat in East standings
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C5
Alonzo Mourning rose and swatted Tyrus Thomas’ dunk attempt away, then shouted at his Miami Heat teammates to stand and cheer.
Energy choices
March 9, 2007 in print edition on B6
To the editor: Global warming is starting to change the world we live in, and recent outbreaks of tornadoes in winter, instead of spring, is adding more proof to the position of most climate scientists today that are telling us that as the world’s atmosphere warms, severe weather events will only continue to become stronger and more frequent.
Man found guilty of rape, murder of student
March 9, 2007 in print edition on A3
A man accused of raping and killing a University of Delaware student, whose body was discovered in her burning apartment, was found guilty Thursday and could face the death penalty.
School district hires programs coordinator
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C10
Andrea Moen has joined the Lawrence school district as programs coordinator. She will work for the Lawrence Schools Foundation and the Lawrence Education Achievement Partners, which recently formed an alliance.
Kansas women learn lessons, grow to prepare for next season’s play
March 9, 2007 in print edition on C7
Shaquina Mosley feels there’s a lesson hidden somewhere in this trying season.